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Benjamin ‘Benilda’ Key:

The random ponderings of a not quite sane, or insane, trans woman. My thoughts on computer programming, justice, politics, and various other topics.

About Me

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I am a self-taught software engineer. I am very good at what I do and I very much enjoy it.

I am currently employed by Freedom Scientific, a Vispero™ company. I have been with Vispero since it was a much smaller company called Henter-Joyce. Henter-Joyce became part of Freedom Scientific Inc. in 2000 and then became part of VFO in 2015. VFO changed its name to Vispero in 2018.

During my years working for Vispero, I have had the pleasure of working on products that truly make a difference in people’s lives.

Vispero develops a number of assistive technology products for those who are blind, have low vision, or have learning disabilities. I have worked on several of the products developed by Vispero including JAWS®, JAWS Inspect, Fusion, MAGic®, OpenBook®, and the PAC Mate. Most recently I have worked on JAWS Inspect.

My primary programming language is C++ but I have done some programming in C#, Java, JavaScript, Python, and TCL. Most of the software I have worked on runs only under Microsoft Windows but I have done some programming for FreeBSD, GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, and Solaris.

I have published several open source projects on my SnKOpen SVN repository. One of these projects, the YekNeb C++ Code snippets library compiles and runs under Microsoft Windows, FreeBSD, GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, and Solaris.

I love reading and have ever since I was a small child. I read a number of diverse genres, including dungeon core, fantasy, horror, LitRPG, mystery, science fiction, and suspense. Some of my favorite authors are Anne McCaffrey, Charlaine Harris, Clive Staples Lewis, George R. R. Martin, J. R. R. Tolkien, J.D. Robb, Jim Butcher, Jonathan Brooks, Kim Harrison, Laurell K. Hamilton, Mercedes Lackey, Marion Zimmer-Bradley, Nalini Singh, Orson Scott Card, Robert Jordan, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Terry Brooks, Terry Goodkind, and Terry Pratchett, just to name a few.

My Blogs

I have multiple blogs.


I have written a number of articles on a number of subjects. Some of them can be found on my Articles Page. For more, go to one of My Blogs.

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