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    Debian developer wins gold!
    Submitted by Netsnipe on Tuesday, March 12, 2002 – 13:49
    After reading this
    HREF=”http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2002/debian-devel-announce-200203/msg00010.html”>announcement

    with great joy, I’d like to take this opportunity on behalf of the
    Debian Planet staff and the Debian community, and especially as a
    fellow Australian, to congratulate Paralympian and Debian developer
    HREF=”http://www.paralympics2002.com/athletes/biographies/41002.html”>Bart
    Bunting
    on his two alpine gold medals at the Salt Lake 2002
    Paralympic Winter Games. Well done mate. You are an inspiration to us
    all.

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    Subject: Re: Debian developer wins gold!
    Author: Anonymous
    Date: Thursday, 2002/03/14 – 04:42
    How does he program with no sight?
    Please forgive my ignorance on the subject.

    -Frapazoid

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    Subject: Blind programmers.
    Author: abo
    Date: Monday, 2002/03/18 – 00:53
    I briefly worked for a company that made electronic devices for blind people, including laptops. This exposed me to many blind programmers.

    They use brail keyboards sometimes, though often use normal keyboards too. The use speach synths for output, which they crank up as fast as they can go (like a tape recorder on fast-forward). The most common complaint they have about speach synth’s is they go too slow, and prefer phoneme-distinctness over human-likeness. Because of the linearity of speach, anything “GUI” or “WIMPY” is useless to them because it doesn’t make sense when you feed it through a text->speach synth. They live at the CLI 🙂

    But the most amazing thing about blind programmers is their memory. Because they can’t just “look it up”, they memorize whole code-bases. Discussing programs with them, they will quote chunks of code and line numbers at you off the top of their heads. Because they hold the whole program in their heads, they can often find bugs the rest of us miss. If I was an employer, I would hire a blind programmer whenever I could.

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    Subject: Re: Debian developer wins gold!
    Author: Netsnipe
    Date: Friday, 2002/03/15 – 09:54
    Ever seen the movie Sneakers before? Dan Aykroyd plays a blind cracker nicknamed “Mother” and and vision impaired computer users like his character can use Braille terminals as well as sound drivers that read out terminal output. Read this thread on debian-devel where there’s talk on starting up a fork of Debian for blind users. There’s links in some of the follow up posts to drivers for these devices which may give you an idea.
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    Subject: Re: Debian developer wins gold!
    Author: Anonymous
    Date: Friday, 2002/03/15 – 13:06
    Since Sneakers is one of my favorite movies (seen it over 10 times) I’d like to correct you – it was character called ‘Whistler’ played by David Strathairn who was blind. Dan Aykroyd played ‘Mother’ indeed but this character was a conspiracy theorist all the time arguing with an ex-FBI agent Donald Crease played by Sidney Poitier.
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    Subject: Re: Debian developer wins gold!
    Author: Anonymous
    Date: Sunday, 2002/03/17 – 14:36
    Actually, Donald Crease was an ex-CIA agent :p
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    Subject: GUHHH
    Author: Anonymous
    Date: Wednesday, 2002/03/13 – 22:00
    Lunix user wins special olympics!

    GOOD FOR TEH JOO!

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    Subject: Re: Debian developer wins gold!
    Author: Anonymous
    Date: Wednesday, 2002/03/13 – 18:04
    I wish I had words to decribe the respect I have for this man…

    w00t seems to come closest !

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    Subject: Re: Debian developer wins gold!
    Author: Anonymous
    Date: Wednesday, 2002/03/13 – 20:55
    DOWNHILL GOLD and a Debian DEVELOPER!!

    That alone for a sighted person would be amazing! But your off the charts!!!!

    You are a stud.

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    Subject: Maximum Respect
    Author: Anonymous
    Date: Wednesday, 2002/03/13 – 16:39
    That is so amazingly cool. Well done. We all bow down to your extreme skill.
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    Subject: Re: Debian developer wins gold!
    Author: Anonymous
    Date: Wednesday, 2002/03/13 – 10:13
    IMPRESSIVE !!
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    Subject: Re: Debian developer wins gold!
    Author: thorgod
    Date: Wednesday, 2002/03/13 – 05:28
    Wow! Congrats!

    /me looses strength in knees to the godly-geeky-ones!

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    Subject: Re: Debian developer wins gold!
    Author: Anonymous
    Date: Tuesday, 2002/03/12 – 18:41
    Damnit, you made me cry 🙂 That is just unfreakingbelievable – doin 80kmh on snow and everything being pitch black. As a nationally ranked pole vaulter all through high school and college, I can say that these guys are probably better athletes, and frankly, have bigger cajones than the vast majority of pro/world ranked athletes I’ve met and trained with. I’d rather watch this on TV than the regular Olympics – these guys (and girls) are world class athletes who endure 10X more than an ‘enabled’ person.
    Kudos, congrats, and major ass kicking to you all 🙂
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    Subject: Re: Debian developer wins gold!
    Author: Anonymous
    Date: Friday, 2002/03/15 – 18:56
    I cried too. I want to be like him when I grow up. Maybe next life… 🙂 You are sooo goooood!!!
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    Subject: Re: Debian developer wins gold!
    Author: Anonymous
    Date: Thursday, 2002/03/14 – 06:52
    Its “cojones” pronounced “koh-ho-ness” not “cajones” which literally means drawers.
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    Subject: Re: Debian developer wins gold!
    Author: che
    Date: Tuesday, 2002/03/12 – 15:54
    Congratulations!

    Blindness haven’t stopped you from beind a active member of the Debian community *and* a golden medallist!
    Wow!

    C.

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    Subject: Congratulations
    Author: pabellon
    Date: Tuesday, 2002/03/12 – 23:12
    Bravo, man.

    Very best wishes,

    Ignasi

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    Subject: Re: Debian developer wins gold!
    Author: Anonymous
    Date: Tuesday, 2002/03/12 – 15:04
    yesterday a spaceman today an olympic gold medallist tomorrow THE PRESIDENCY!
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    Subject: Re: Debian developer wins gold!
    Author: Anonymous
    Date: Tuesday, 2002/03/12 – 14:09
    Congratulations….

    So the myth is true!! You can be a fit geek 🙂
    Simon.

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    Subject: Re: Debian developer wins gold!
    Author: Anonymous
    Date: Tuesday, 2002/03/12 – 14:55
    Ya, *now* they tell me… 😉
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