Archive for July, 2007

Second life – what are your thoughts?

Posted by stuff4sam on July 25, 2007

I’ve been hanging out in the virtual world Second Life a lot recently wrapping my head around all the amazing things you can do there. If you haven’t already seen it Second Life is a virtual world where you create your own online persona called an avatar, who can do a lot of the things you do in everyday life but in a online environment. Something that’s really struck me however is how this could be a real opportunity for people who are restricted in some way in their day to day lives.

People listening to a talk by Judy Brewer of the Web Accessibility Initiative in Second Life

Working as a Web Accessibility Consultant this is hardly surprising but what really got me excited was thinking of the opportunities that it could give Sam. Imagine if he could hang out in Second Life, meet people, go to concerts, take courses, fly, visit art galleries, even play football with his Dad.

To do all this though Second Life needs to be accessible which, from what I have seen so far, it is not. So I’ve decided to look into it myself and research how Second Life fairs in terms of accessibility from the perspective of all users including people with mobility, visual, hearing and cognitive impairments but I need your help. Rather than just put on my auditors hat I’d like to also hear what your experiences are with Second Life including the good as well as the bad, what you find troublesome, what features you like most and if you use an access technology or change your browser settings.

If you’d like to share you thoughts with me then drop me an email at I’ll publish my findings here as well as on the RNIB Web Access Blog.

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Posted by stuff4sam on July 24, 2007

 Totaliser hits £21,000

Another totaliser to show that we have reached another landmark – £21,346 to be precise!

Here are more thank yous to the people that helped us get there. Here we go in no particular order:

  • Fran and Ruth who raised £435.70 from their sponsored run. You may think that was an unusual total and you’d be right. The 50p came from Dave the Donkey and 20p from an unnamed chicken. Er, right! This might be the start of a whole new group of supporters?
  • book sales – an un-named donor gave a large collection of new books for us to sell raising approx £100. From card making to life coaching, there was something for everyone!
  • Sally Cain Cards who donated a percentage of sales to Stuff4Sam
  • book boxes around the country – sales continue to generate substantial funds. Thanks to all who donate, buy or manage books.

That’s it! Watch this space for the next totaliser, hopefully coming soon!

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Been a bit busy

Posted by stuff4sam on July 24, 2007

Sorry for the radio silence recently – been a bit busy with the day job! Things are ticking along and there will be more posts again soon. Hope you are all well!

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Hi Sam from Cyprus

Posted by stuff4sam on July 11, 2007

Hi Sam!

Ian in front of pool 

This is me and Jacqui on holiday in Cyprus.

Just in front of us is a huge swimming pool which was so warm it felt like getting into a bath. You would have liked it. As the sun was so hot I / we spent most of the time in the shade just relaxing, reading and swimming. The food was good too!

Thinking of you – all the best.

Ian and Jacqui

Hi Sam from Ian and Jacqui

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