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For those that are new, Hi! I'm Talon! I mainly talk about , and - I mean to talk about more but for some reason that never happens.
Webdev during the day, audio game dev and music producer at night. Oh I also make sure sorta kinda mostly runs.

I know we love to hate on Apple but oh my gosh the addition of the Eloquence TTS in the new MacOS is such a welcome change. VoiceOver feels so much snappier and faster and more pleasant to use than it ever has. Oh this is beautiful. Please Linux accessibility people please get me excited about a new linux pre-release version as this MacOS beta has. Please! Aaaaa this is beautiful I thought it would never happen

Hey! Maybe someone can help me. I'm trying to find an accessible Gemini client for Windows that supports client certificates. Most of the ones I've tried do not, or are broken, or are not accessible.

Mental dilemma, Linux, Accessibility, Software development, stream of consciousness ramble... something like that? 

I feel like I should also point out that I'm by no means a Linux accessibility expert. I might get things wrong. And if I do, please do correct me. My experience comes from trying to use it as a daily driver a couple times over the past few years, and I will continue trying every time I see a new development.

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Mental dilemma, Linux, Accessibility, Software development, stream of consciousness ramble... something like that? 

I've been thinking about this quite a bit recently. On the one hand, yes, I'd love it if I could just switch to Linux. But the accessibility story hasn't been very pleasant. Everytime I bring this up, I keep wondering if I'm supposed to do anything about it. But deep down I know it wouldn't be fun. I know practically nothing about how the Linux accessibility stack works, and when I think about figuring it all out, I find myself losing interest. Which is strange since I absolutely need accessibility to use the OS.
But like... I don't know... it just doesn't seem like fun to me. It's not exactly what I want to do with my free time. I have other things I care about. And I can do those things. Not on Linux maybe, but there are operating systems that work well. Do I like the dubious privacy practices of the other operating systems? No. Not at all. Would I switch if I could? Yes. Absolutely. But is it wrong for me not to want to invest time into fixing this? Especially when I have other things that I can already do that I personally feel like I want to actually invest time into?
Does this make me a hypocrite? Should I even complain if I, in theory, could potentially have the ability to fix the problem with tons of personal investment and struggle, but I choose not to because I would rather do things that I find more enjoyable?
I'm not really expecting an answer I guess. This is definitely a thing that will vary from person to person. But whenever I talk about Linux and accessibility, these thoughts come up. And I always end up uncertain if I'm doing the right thing.

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Since it'll be a miracle if Valve ever decides to add accessibility to Steamdeck/SteamOS, I'm really happy that we finally got audio drivers for Windows. Time to really test the thing!
Yes, even disabled people play games, thank you very much. Why wouldn't we?

I want to stream more. I don't want to work. Meh. Was a lot of fun!

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I was told to post this by @bluespacedragon. Never tried this before but we have a long char limit now... Please go easy on me. Ahaha

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The suns rays carefully stretched over the horizon, the winds a whisper over the sounds of the retreating night. "Very soon", they thought. "Very soon, none of this will be audible anymore.". And so it was.
Not even a year later, and the sounds of the night were extinguished. No longer could the creatures of the forest express themselves, singing desperately to try to be heard over the rhythmic thump of the industrial machinery installed not far away. Not that they knew what it was. Not that they cared. They had done this before. Brave souls would stay, but the tired would move on. Like they had so many times before.
"Where do we go?", someone asked. "Is there even a safe space left?".
But they searched and searched and found nothing. Days turned into weeks, weeks turned into months. The comfortable climate turned to fire, turned to ice. Everyone sympathized with a wolf's howl. Nobody had even seen an owl in a long time. Where had they gone?
Slowly but surely the realization was a resounding "no". There were no longer any safe spaces left. Their young would not grow up nourished and strong. They would grow up painfully and slowly adapting to the changes of the world. A world that, by and large, did not want them. Or was it the world? No. No it wasn't. It was those strange creatures. Those that walked upright. Those that made so much noise and collapsed living space after living space.
And so, the birds scouted. Snakes lay in ambush, the cats licking their paws. For they knew it was time to exact revenge. And like a tidal wave it spread. One howl. One scream. Slowly but surely it spread all over the world. And all at once, the entire animal kingdom struck. The bipeds would never know what hit them. They could not win. Not this time.

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Woke up with major eye pain. Went to doctor and apparently there is now a small tear in my cornea. How is your day going?

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Hey @talon, remember this melody? I beefed it up a little and you are going to hate me for it, lol. This is what happens when I have some free time. Enjoy!

OK OK, I'm done. That's it. no more music for a while.

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Poor animal crossing... you didn't deserve the wrath of my boredom. Also if the whole of 2022 is going to be like this then I'm so, so sorry in advance. :dragon_crysmile:

Happy new year. I woke up this morning, opened the laptop, and found this still open from last night. Must have made this at some point during the new year "celebration". Don't remember actually doing it, but it sounds cute, so hey why not.

That reminds me, we don't have a cover image or mascot or anything! This is a problem in need of a solution... If anyone has any ideas, or wants to help, let me know? I'll pay of course!

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I know I posted about this before, but it's still so... surreal to me that this Mastodon instance has been running for a little bit over 3 years! It really doesn't feel like it's been that long. Time flies...

I would totally get a Switch too if they had. They haven't. So I would basically either be using OCR on a computer, or holding my phone over the screen like a total idiot. No thanks.

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Nintendo is the only one that didn't yet add a screen reader to their game console. Sad.

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'Music should be heard, not hoarded.' My new phrase.

That's why I give so much of it away to podcasters, youtubers, people that need high-quality mp3's for any kind of situation. You'll find tons of them freely available here. Download at will.

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