February 13, 2004
During my Nemesis interview, I was asked a number of technical questions about how to write code, make circuits, etc. I was also asked how I would go about designing a keyboard for the blind.
I started off about how, essentially, the only thing that should change is that you need some kind of reference so you know where your hands are, especially when you start. I commented that most of the time I don’t actually look at the keys when I’m using the keyboard, just when I start. And then I stopped. Actually, I said, I guess I don’t know where some keys are, and keyboards aren’t completely standard, so sometimes the “~” key is somewhere strange.
“Oh!” interjected my interviewer, “You’re talking about a computer keyboard.”
“Ooh! I, I didn’t even think of that.”
And then we both had a good laugh.
I don’t think I got that job.