I am a member of an email list for the ACB – American Council of the blind.
I get a lot of really good information on that list, and we’ve been down since I started this blog. We’re back up, so I’m going to start passing along information that is valuable to the blind community and our sighted partners.
First one I want to mention is a warning about the Victor Stream that a woman on the list posted about her personal experience with getting on on Ebay. I’m really glad she let us know, and want to share it with my fellow Victor lovers.
(All personal information and names will be omitted in any ACB postings)
Hi. I wanted to let you all know something that I have recently learned the hard way about the Victor players by Humanware. Be real careful about purchasing the ones you see on Ebay. I know some people have expressed interest in that possibility.
Well, apparently, Humanware had some older versions before the Victor Stream and these are selling now because while they are great little devices and play a wide variety of formats, and look like a Stream in every other way, they are not the Stream in that you cannot one, upgrade them to the Stream, and you cannot play the NLS books on them.
You’ll know the difference because the Stream have serial numbers that begin with 951.
How did I learn this? When I attempted to get mine NLS ready and learned that mine is not, in fact, a Stream. I bought one of the older versions from Maxiaids not realizing the difference. So now, I’m essentially stuck having to either buy another VR Stream, or the Booksense, or just use the NLS player when it is distributed or whatever else is out. And I’m not happy about this, let me tell you.
Just a word of warning there.
Ok, so there’s that from an ACB member. I will definitly take this warning to heart, and I will buy from the actual Victor people if I can ever afford it. 😉
Keep an ear out for future postings from ACB. I’ve gotten some interesting emails to post,a lot of them doing with laws and legislation. The only way to be advocates for ourselves and our blind friends is by being informed.