RE: Speech Path in the Chron

Dan,

Pssst. Re-read the article. Lisa is quite profitable. Her limitation is
strictly time.

Scott

________________________________________
From: D. J. Sloan
Sent: Sunday, July 30, 2006 8:37 PM
To: Scott Royall
Subject: Re: Speech Path in the Chron

Scott .. Thought provoking.  Troubling.  I wonder what she could do with a
bit of volunteer help if she had a client (student) in need of your
product.  DJS

Scott Royall wrote:

Dan,

Actually, Lisa Dunwoody is one of several semi-local SLPs I’ve contacted
without response. The Chronicle article does note that she has about all the
business she and her staff can handle so the non-response isn’t a surprise.
Telling a busy SLP that you have a great AAC product that runs on any
Windows computer doesn’t really excite them. To start with, most of them
only understand enough about computers to do their jobs. Also, the existing
AAC vendors have had nearly twenty years to indoctrinate SLPs to their
approaches to AAC. Those approaches haven’t been challenged because so few
disabled people reach the working world. You and I know that I had to build
Xpress-It because the rest bombed so badly in the corporate environment of
Shell Oil, but few of the SLPs I’ve talked to seem to grasp the implications
of that. Brad Smith was quite right in that Xpress-It wasn’t right for
everyone. It was built for those of us with speech impairments who demand
the ability to converse with anyone we want or need to without totally tying
up a computer.

There. Hopefully, that paragraph is saucy enough to pique Lisa’s
professional curiosity. 🙂 Likewise, she hopefully noticed Xpress-It’s
"real-world pedigree" and will contact me.

________________________________________
From: D. J. Sloan [mailto:djsloan25a26@yahoo.com]
Sent: Sunday, July 30, 2006 2:23 PM
To: Scott Royall
Subject: Speech Path in the Chron

Scott ..

  Did you catch this in the newspaper:
http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/business/4080726.html

DJS

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RE: Speech Path in the Chron

Dan,

Actually, Lisa Dunwoody is one of several semi-local SLPs I’ve contacted
without response. The Chronicle article does note that she has about all the
business she and her staff can handle so the non-response isn’t a surprise.
Telling a busy SLP that you have a great AAC product that runs on any
Windows computer doesn’t really excite them. To start with, most of them
only understand enough about computers to do their jobs. Also, the existing
AAC vendors have had nearly twenty years to indoctrinate SLPs to their
approaches to AAC. Those approaches haven’t been challenged because so few
disabled people reach the working world. You and I know that I had to build
Xpress-It because the rest bombed so badly in the corporate environment of
Shell Oil, but few of the SLPs I’ve talked to seem to grasp the implications
of that. Brad Smith was quite right in that Xpress-It wasn’t right for
everyone. It was built for those of us with speech impairments who demand
the ability to converse with anyone we want or need to without totally tying
up a computer.

There. Hopefully, that paragraph is saucy enough to pique Lisa’s
professional curiosity. 🙂 Likewise, she hopefully noticed Xpress-It’s
"real-world pedigree" and will contact me.

________________________________________
From: D. J. Sloan [mailto:djsloan25a26@yahoo.com]
Sent: Sunday, July 30, 2006 2:23 PM
To: Scott Royall
Subject: Speech Path in the Chron

Scott ..

  Did you catch this in the newspaper:
http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/business/4080726.html

DJS

RE: Lilly

She’ll be pleased when I tell her.

Lilly is doing better on the leg today.

________________________________________
From: Marsha Anderson [mailto:marsha.anderson@vcamail.com]
Sent: Friday, July 28, 2006 12:03 PM
To: Scott Royall
Subject: RE: Lilly

You’ve got the 1:00PM slot Wednesday, Aug.2nd!

________________________________________
From: Scott Royall [mailto:royall@conchbbs.com]
Sent: Fri 7/28/2006 9:26 AM
To: Marsha Anderson
Subject: RE: Lilly
Fne, 1:00.
 
________________________________________
From: Marsha Anderson [mailto:marsha.anderson@vcamail.com]
Sent: Friday, July 28, 2006 9:31 AM
To: Scott Royall
Subject: RE: Lilly
 
2:00 won’t work.  I have a 1:00 or a 3:30 appointment open at Ashford.
 
________________________________________
From: Scott Royall [mailto:royall@conchbbs.com]
Sent: Wed 7/26/2006 6:11 PM
To: Marsha Anderson
Subject: RE: Lilly
How about 2:00?
 
________________________________________
From: Marsha Anderson [mailto:marsha.anderson@vcamail.com]
Sent: Wednesday, July 26, 2006 6:59 PM
To: Scott Royall
Subject: RE: Lilly
 
Since you sent this yesterday, I’m assuming you mean Wednesday, August 2nd. 
Please tell me a time so I can put her on the schedule .
 
________________________________________
From: Scott Royall [mailto:royall@conchbbs.com]
Sent: Tue 7/25/2006 8:17 PM
To: drbeale@gcvs.com
Cc: ‘Cherie Murphy’; Marsha Anderson
Subject: Lilly
Well, Lilly was doing great until this morning. That’s when I think she
might have sprained the soft tissue. I don’t think she hurt the hardware at
all, and there’s little swelling if any. She’s just reluctant again to bear
weight on that leg after doing so more and more since Friday.
 
The only reason for my mentioning this incident is to point out something
I’d think GCVS would know automatically. If you shave the whole hind quarter
(including the genital area) before surgery, what do you think will happen
when the hair starts growing back? Yep, it itches like mad! If you’re a girl
dog, all your instincts are screaming to run from the itch. Now you know how
Lilly aggravated her knee. Despite her handler’s reassurance, she got
frantic for a while. Fortunately, Aloe Vera cream really helps. You should
consider making that part of the post-op kit. Lilly is sleeping comfortably.
 
By the way Marsha, Dr. Beale said you should have no problem removing the
staples. How does a week from tomorrow sound?

RE: Lilly’s surgery

Well, for the most part.

Lilly did aggravate the insult to the soft tissue around that knee on
Tuesday. The hospital had shaved that hind quarter–including the genital
area, and the hair was just beginning to grow back. That’s a very itchy
situation frustrating to a little girl. Lilly made a couple of rather
impressive jumps before I was able to calm her. This was all rather
expected, and shouldn’t be a problem. Lilly is already using the leg some.
She was using it a lot before Tuesday, but less since then. Most
importantly, she is having no problem moving around, and is pulling ahead of
me on walks. Lilly still doesn’t want to stand on the leg, but walking on it
gives her no paws. This after just one week. That’s quick even for TPLO.
________________________________________
From: Carolm2345@aol.com [mailto:Carolm2345@aol.com]
Sent: Thursday, July 27, 2006 6:45 AM
To: royall@conchbbs.com
Subject: Re: Lilly’s surgery

Scott, how is Lilly?  I hope no news is good news.

FW: Dell Inc. Case #139527594 Team PEX001 Email #~24518962~# Confirmation

Lester,

Around and around I went today with the call centers in India today. They
must’ve transferred my call ten times. Each person dutifully gave me a new
case number. I unfortunately had to hang up when I was finally transferred
to a lady I couldn’t understand at all due to poor line quality. The
experience would have been funny if it wasn’t so sad.

The gist of what information I did get was that the wayward M1710 has been
logged back at Dell, and that you or your department needs to re-submit the
order. Yeah, that seems a bit funky to me too, but it makes a certain amount
of corporate sense. It also gives us a natural opportunity to adjust the
order.

One of the many call-takers I spoke to mentioned a M760. I have no knowledge
of any such beast, but I am aware that Intel arranged for its client
manufacturers to be able to announce new systems on Monday that are based on
new, lower-power processors. Intel announced early this month that all of
its future processors would be capped at 65 watts regardless of speed.
That’s an order of magnitude below the Gen2’s Pentium M. Apparently the
number of scorched laps became too great to ignore. This is good news for me
in any case.

I’ll have someone dial your extension tomorrow so we can talk. Not having a
good laptop has really hampered me, but I think we have been handed a chance
to achieve a better fit.

Scott

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—–Original Message—–
From: Scott Royall [mailto:royall@conchbbs.com]
Sent: Wednesday, July 26, 2006 8:15 PM
To: ‘lester_’

Subject: STATUS

Ah, Lester, I just discovered a power problem with my cell phone that has
caused most of your calls to roll over to voicemail without notification. I
just found a bunch of messages from you so I obviously owe you an apology
for believing you were ignoring me totally. I’m sorry. This message will be
a blog entry so my apology will be public. As I’ve said before, I say
nothing in private as I’m unwilling to say publicly. That’s me. I understand
why you avoid email, but that actually works against you. My views are
getting aired so equal time for Dell is only fair. In any case, I was wrong
about you ignoring me completely, and I admit it.

Now, I have to say that I didn’t listen to your messages. My voicemail
wasn’t including time-stamps so there was no telling which messages were
most current. I’m presently twiddling my thumbs waiting for the second M1710
to arrive. Then, I guess I get the joy of calling you to discuss what to do
with it. I still maintain that a 17-inch laptop isn’t right for me for a
couple of technical reasons, but I’ve also been without a good laptop much
too long. We’ll have to agree on some solution.

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RE: Request

I’m the person you’re referring to. What I have is a program that enables
any PC to produce high-quality speech easily from text entered in various
ways. The text is predicted at both the current and next-word level. The
software is called Xpress-It. I can send an electronic brochure if you like.

Carol mentioned an Autism conference at the Astrodome on October 29th. Sure,
I’d be interested in demonstrating Xpress-It there. However, I’ve been
reduced to a one-person operation with virtually no money. Thus, the
demonstration would need to be free for me. Please tell me more about the
conference.

Oh, to twist a popular sales pitch, "I am not just the creator of the
product, I’m its first user." I have Cerebral Palsy and depend on Xpress-It
to communicate. I wrote it while working for Shell Oil, because there was
nothing already available that was good enough for my bosses.

—–Original Message—–
From: ROBERT Fleischer [mailto:tamuags1@msn.com]
Sent: Wednesday, July 19, 2006 7:29 AM
To: carolm2345@aol.com
Subject: Request

I’m turning in some addresses for Resource Fair attendees for the walk this
year. You mentioned you had a friend or client from the bank that made
talking devices of some sort. This would be a great opportunity for him to
show off his product. What I need is his name, address and phone #.

Thanks!

Rob