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2015 Author Donna Jodhan Publications Archive


 

Author Donna Jodhan Publications - Issue 21

 

Author Donna Jodhan Publications, June 2, 2015 - Issue 21

An Author Donna Jodhan Publication
http://www.donnajodhan.com/

Greetings,

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, May 28, 2015 - Volume 511
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

A Flying Blind, LLC Publication
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1) Read this article to learn about "Using a Computer with a Visual Impairment: A Beginner's Guide to Computer Accessibility:"
http://www.afb.org/info/living-with-vision-loss/using-technology/using-a-computer/123

2) Almost half a year has passed, so three erudite women gather on the Blind Bargains Cast to summarize it for us:
http://www.blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=12897

3) The new improved Trekker Breeze GPS device is available from Humanware for $750:
http://blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=12928

4) Humanware has also released KeySoft 9.5 for the Apex family of products, including streaming Internet radio, the ability to print UEB Math, Quick Notes, and Exam Mode:
http://www.humanware.ca/web/en/Newsletter/190520151427.htm

5A) Hadley has 3 NEW iFocus Instructional Videos that discuss how to navigate the Apple Watch. They can be found on Hadley's YouTube channel at:
http://www.youtube.com/hadleyschool

Meanwhile, it's time for the retrospectives, now that reviewers have had their Apple Watches for a month:

5B) First, from the NFB AT Blog:
https://nfb.org/blog/atblog/apple-watch-review-%E2%80%93-your-mileage-may-vary-edition

5C) From 9to5Mac:
http://9to5mac.com/2015/05/25/a-skeptics-apple-watch-diary-one-month/

5D) From ZDNet:
http://www.zdnet.com/article/apple-watch-its-time-will-come/

5E) And from iMore:
http://www.imore.com/apple-watch-one-month-later

Two new games are available for iOS users:

6A) Audio Rally Racing:
http://www.applevis.com/forum/os-x-mac-app-discussion/new-audiogame-audio-rally-racing-available-full-version

6B) And from the makers of DiceWorld, Premium Video Poker:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/premium-video-poker/id989641925?ls=1&mt=8

7A) The Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired offers resource pages for learning iOS:
https://www.tsbvi.edu/ios-device-resources

7B) And Mac OS:
http://www.tsbvi.edu/apple-os-resources

8) NFB Newsline has added four magazines to its service. For cooking enthusiasts, choose from AllRecipes and Diabetic Living. To keep up with breaking news on the mobile front, follow Apple Insider and Android Central:
https://nfb.org/audio-newspaper-service

9) Get two presentations during one TekTalk program, on GMT Tuesday, 2 June at 00:00. First, learn about MD Support and their indoor wayfinding app, LowVis Guide, designed for navigating around large conference venues. Then, hear what's new with Dolphin Systems:
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

10A) Talking DOSBox has moved:
http://batsupport.com/unsupported/dosbox/

10B) You can join a mailing list to discuss it by sending a message to:
talking-dosbox+subscribe@googlegroups.com

11) Learn about camera apps for low vision users of Android from the latest installment to the 22Point Blog:
https://22point.wordpress.com/2015/05/23/new-blog-post-android-camera-apps-for-low-vision

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This collection of tips is intended to assist you in keeping up with improvements and enhancements to various products and services that help you to live a better life. Enjoy!

1) Here is a resource for you if you are seeking a physical therapist in your local area. The perfect way to get started:
http://www.physicaltherapists.com/

2) Here are some physical therapy resources for you:
http://www.physicaltherapists.com/resources/

3) A perfect letter game for you to explore! Accessible Letter Soup ($0.99 USD) Play Accessible Letter Soup and have fun learning. The game hides words of several categories. Words can be found horizontally, vertically, or diagonally. You may select the size of the board and the number of words to be found. Read more at:
http://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/games/accessible-letter-soup

4) For those seniors who experience loss of vision Hadley offers a series of free audio recordings available on CD that provide seniors with the tips and tricks needed to continue living well with low vision. It appears these cannot be downloaded or streamed, though:
http://lowvisionfocus.org/lvf.asp

5) Calling all blind runners looking for sighted guides! United In Stride is a tool for uniting visually impaired runners and sighted guides. Both, from anywhere in the US, should register on the site, so that those wishing to run can find guides to assist:
http://unitedinstride.com/

6) Looking for ways to hide what Google may know about you? Here's "How To Download and Delete What Google Search Knows About You:"
https://www.yahoo.com/tech/heres-how-to-download-and-delete-what-google-117031199754.html

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Section: Mystery of the Month:
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This month, I'd like to whet your appetite with a brief description of one of my audio mysteries that I have chosen for you. This one is called "Breakfast in the Bahamas" and here is a brief description:

Cori Hobbs, Scottie Allerie, and Dana Brisco had a tradition to vacation together twice annually. Once to the Bahamas and once to Hawaii. However on this last trip to the Bahamas, something went terribly wrong and one of these close friends did not make it back home. Why? A case of secrets revealed?

Who could have done it?
Was it Blaine Kinkade the Third? Dana's husband and Dana was suing for a divorce.
A software company hit man? Dana had been threatened by someone from the software company.
Someone who wanted their secret kept? Dana had recently uncovered a smuggling ring and they did not want her to report it.

The mystery of Dana Brisco's murder takes lots of twists and turns and the final outcome is totally unexpected. The murderer's identity is only revealed in the final moments of this enthralling mystery!
 
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Section: From the Desk of Author Donna Jodhan:
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If you would like to gain perspective as to how blind persons go about their daily activities, and how they interact with others, please go to:
http://www.donnajodhan.blogspot.com

If you're looking for ways to make your products, services, and/or physical locations more accessible to those who are blind and/or partially sighted, please go to:
http://www.sterlingcreations.ca/sightimpaired.html

If you would like to learn more about Author Donna Jodhan through her editorials and more please visit:
http://www.sterlingcreations.ca/blog

To learn more about what Donna does through the activities of her company please visit:
http://www.sterlingcreations.ca/newsletter.html

Donna also produces various other useful posts every Saturday such as:

Helpful monthly tips.
Where to find your best American cities.
How to make your products and services more accessible.
Editorials on creating an accessible workplace.
Technology related articles each Wednesday and Thursday.
http://www.sterlingcreations.com/businessdesk.htm

You can follow Author Donna Jodhan on Twitter @author_jodhan or @accessibleworld. You can also chat with her on Skype @habsfan0526.

With very best wishes,
Donna J. Jodhan AKA Detective DJ

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Section: Some Friendly Advice From Author Donna Jodhan:
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June 2015
Marshalling the Memories

Whenever I am a bit stymied for material to write about, one of the first things that I do is to try and marshal my memories. More often than not, it is not that easy to marshal them in some semblance of order but there is a technique to this and here are my suggestions.

First, I try to find some quiet time and a quiet place to do it. It need not be a huge effort; just a corner or tiny place tucked away from noise and distractions. Then I start to concentrate and focus my attention on one single topic or subject. The trick of the trade is to be able to have memories that relate to each other; not those that are scattered all over the board.

It needs to be kept in mind that scattered memories often distract you from concentrating. It is always better to have memories come into your mind in some semblance of order. Not easy but it can come with practice. Give it a try and you'll see what a difference it will make when you sit down to gather materials for your next writing project. Materials are more often than not created through memories.

So just go out there and practice marshalling your memories.

Donna J. Jodhan, AKA Detective DJ

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1) It's now in the books! On May 3, 2015 Author Donna Jodhan presented Bradly Larkin with an award for his Anti-Bullying Campaign. The event took place in Halifax Nova Scotia. Bradly played the character of Alex Kerchoff in Author Donna's murder mystery The Cell Phone Call. He was a young wiz kid and computer guru. This event took place on May 24, 2014.

2) Author Donna Jodhan's 3rd Season of the Crime Crusher Series is now airing on ACB Radio. Please visit www.acb.org to learn more. ACB Radio is an Internet-based radio station that broadcasts worldwide.

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1) For those of you traveling with toddlers, most, if not all airlines allow toddlers under the age of two years to travel free of charge.

2) Did you know this about your favorite hotel? When you first book they put a hefty hold charge on your credit card and this is only removed after they have charged you for your stay. So don't panic if you discover that you have been charged twice. The first charge will come off soon after your stay is over.

3) Why is it that there are so many young ones around in the bird and animal kingdoms? With a long and very cold winter just gone by, parents did not have the time to consummate their relations by mating and as a result the young ones should have been born much earlier than they are now being born!

4) Some very useful information about months of the year. From May 11th to August 11th is the period of the year when we gain the most daylight. Summer starts officially each year on June 21st.

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Compliments of our good friends over at Headstar Communications we give you the latest Volume of the E-Access Bulletin, Access To Technology For All, Regardless Of Ability, at: www.headstar.com/eablive. If you'd like to subscribe to this free monthly text-only publication directly, send an email to eab-subs@headstar.com with "Subscribe" in the subject line.

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With very best wishes for a Jolly month of June,
Donna J. Jodhan AKA Detective DJ

 

Author Donna Jodhan Publications - Issue 20

 

Author Donna Jodhan Publications, May 5, 2015 - Issue 20

An Author Donna Jodhan Publication
http://www.donnajodhan.com/

Greetings,

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Your All Access Pass allows you to browse all episodes at your convenience and download each in MP3 format as many times as you like. As a subscriber you also receive automatic notifications whenever additions are made to the Author Donna Jodhan Subscription Library.

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, April 30, 2015 - Volume 507
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

A Flying Blind, LLC Publication
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1) Marco gives us an informative "Update on Office Solutions in the Browser and on Mobile:"
https://www.marcozehe.de/2015/04/28/an-update-on-office-solutions-in-the-browser-and-on-mobile/

2) A while back we reported on the campaign to generate funds for NVDA Remote Access. The project is moving along. Here is an update:
http://www.blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=12751

3A) Upcoming free webinar trainings from Freedom Scientific include a two-part series on using JAWS with Facebook and sessions on using JAWS with the Target and Amazon sites:
http://www.freedomscientific.com/Services/TrainingAndCertification

3B) Also from FS, FSCast #107 helps us learn about new keyboard support for Facebook in JFW 16, as well as features available to users of the Leasey package that enhances JAWS:
http://freedomscientific.com/About/FSCast

3C) And our intrepid blogger Chris Hofstader asks probing questions about the JAWS End-User License Agreement, with lots of spirited discussion resulting:
http://chrishofstader.com/what-did-i-just-agree-to/

4) AFB offers a new $49.00 webinar, "iPad for Babies and Toddlers: Early Intervention for Children with Visual Impairments:"
http://www.afb.org/store/Pages/ShoppingCart/ProductDetails.aspx?ProductId=eiPadforBabies&ruling=Yes

5A) People have begun to receive their Apple Watches, and are discussing their experiences. An example is "A skeptic's Apple Watch Diary: Day 4, The Halfway Point:"
http://9to5mac.com/2015/04/27/a-skeptics-apple-watch-diary/

5B) Huffpost Technology suggests, "Not Sure What An Apple Watch Is For? Try These 12 Apps:"
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/04/24/apple-watch-apps_n_7127394.html

5C) Eric Alba tells us "Some Things I've Done With Apple Watch in the Last 11 Hours"
http://log.ericalba.org/post/117307478867/some-things-ive-done-with-apple-watch-in-the-last

5D) This week's edition of the Blind Bargains Apple rundown is aptly titled "The Apple Watch Edition:"
http://blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=12758

5E) Finally, the AppleVis Podcasts page contains a growing number of demonstration podcasts:
http://www.applevis.com/podcasts

6A) This site doubtless has lots of interesting content in its own right:
http://www.appleworld.today/

6B) And also has an Accessible Apple page:
http://www.appleworld.today/blog/?category=Accessible+Apple

7) Learn what's going to be offered in the new Keysoft 9.5 for the Apex product line on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 5 May at 00:00:
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

8A) A podcast comparing how app layouts differ from mobile phone to tablet, directed mostly to speech users, is available at:
http://www.22point.com.au/podcasts/PhoneVSTabletPodcast.mp3

8B) And a blog post on the same subject, directed to users with low vision, is available at:
https://22point.wordpress.com/2015/04/28/comparison-of-tablet-vs-phone-for-large-print/

9) Netflix has begun adding audio-described programming fairly rapidly. Here is a link that includes a listing of what was available at the time of writing:
http://www.blindbargains.com/b/12753

10) Check out this short video on YouTube of Larry Lewis of Flying Blind, LLC paying a visit to the FAVI last week, Aruba's Association for the Blind and Vision Impaired:
http://youtu.be/Yw1CJHU8kCo

11A) Some of our regular podcast purveyors are right on schedule. Our two weekly discussion / information casts, Serotalk at:
http://serotalk.com/2015/04/27/serotalk-228-go-freeze-yourself/

11B) And Blind Bargains at:
http://www.blindbargains.com/b/12722

Blind Bargains will probably have another shortly after we publish.

11C) Cool Blind Tech has several Apple Watch podcasts as well as others:
http://www.coolblindtech.com/

11D) And Eyes on Success follows up last week's interview with Jim Fruchterman with more about Bookshare's global reach and various initiatives:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

12) National Industries for the Blind is awarding a $2,500 scholarship to an individual who is blind and pursuing an education in computer science, information systems, or a related field. For information, email:
kgallagher@nib.org

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This collection of tips is intended to assist you in keeping up with improvements and enhancements to various products and services that help you to live a better life. Enjoy!

1.) Want to know more about the PlayStation's Text-to-Speech feature? Read more at:
http://www.brandoncole.net/?p=218

2.) Now you can read and stay in touch with what's going on in the world of Apple's most important posts, updates, apps and podcasts at the beginning of each month:
http://www.applevis.com/blog/applevis-assistive-technology-braille-gaming-ios-apps-news/applevis-unlimited-whats-new

3.) VisionAware brings us "Insights about using an iPhone; Pros and Cons for a Blind Person:"
http://www.visionaware.org/blog/visually-impaired-now-what/insights-about-using-an-iphone-pros-and-cons-for-blind-and-visually-impaired-users/12

4.) If you're looking for some videos to help you learn how to use VoiceOver on the iPhone, the Hadley Instructional Videos Page has around 40 iFocus videos for learning to use VoiceOver on the iPhone:
http://www.hadley.edu/InstructionalVideos.asp

Below we offer some very informative articles regarding the new Apple Watch:

5A.) An In-Depth Look at Apple Watch Accessibility Features:
http://www.applevis.com/blog/apple-watch-assistive-technology-news/depth-look-apple-watch-accessibility-features

5B.) 13 Reasons Why I Want an Apple Watch:
http://www.applevis.com/blog/apple-watch-opinion/13-reasons-why-i-want-apple-watch

5C.) Hands-On with the Apple Watch:
http://www.applevis.com/blog/apple-watch-assistive-technology-news-opinion-reviews/hands-apple-watch

5D.) Inconvenient Truths About The Apple Watch:
https://medium.com/@flyosity/inconvenient-truths-about-the-apple-watch-11bafa44551b

5E.) The Apple Watch Official Accessibility Page:
http://www.apple.com/accessibility/watch/

6.) Finally, we have some really neat Go Green cleaning tips:
http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/home/a18573/ways-to-go-green/

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This month, I'd like to whet your appetite with a brief description of one of my audio mysteries that I have chosen for you. This one is called "The Ice Skater's Last Invitation" and here is a brief description:

He was young, handsome, and a brilliant ice skater. He had everything going for him including all the adoring fans that he could ever have hoped for. Yet, Kyle Willowby had been found murdered in his dressing room. He was about to retire from the spotlight so what could have gone wrong? Why? Who?

Which one of the following suspects could have been the real murderer!
Was it Benny, a body guard that had been hired by Kyle Willowby?
Was it Max Fenucci, an associate of his manager Jake?
Or was it someone in his wife Melissa's company?

This is a must read with lots of twists and turns and the real murderer is not identified until the very end!
 
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Your All Access Pass at http://bit.ly/ADJ-All-Access will allow you to browse all episodes at your convenience and download each as many times as you like. As a subscriber you will also receive automatic notifications whenever additions are made to the Author Donna Jodhan Subscription Library.

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You can also purchase this individual episode on the Author Donna Jodhan Online Store at http://www.donnajodhan.com/store.html for just $0.99 USD, or an entire season of 13 mysteries for the very low price of just $9.99 USD.

Visit the Author Donna Jodhan Online Store at http://www.donnajodhan.com/store.html today to purchase your very own copies.

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If you would like to gain perspective as to how blind persons go about their daily activities, and how they interact with others, please go to:
http://www.donnajodhan.blogspot.com

If you're looking for ways to make your products, services, and/or physical locations more accessible to those who are blind and/or partially sighted, please go to:
http://www.sterlingcreations.ca/sightimpaired.html

If you would like to learn more about Author Donna Jodhan through her editorials and more please visit:
http://www.sterlingcreations.ca/blog

To learn more about what Donna does through the activities of her company please visit:
http://www.sterlingcreations.ca/newsletter.html

Donna also produces various other useful posts every Saturday such as:

Helpful monthly tips.
Where to find your best American cities.
How to make your products and services more accessible.
Editorials on creating an accessible workplace.
Technology related articles each Wednesday and Thursday.
http://www.sterlingcreations.com/businessdesk.htm

You can follow Author Donna Jodhan on Twitter @author_jodhan or @accessibleworld. You can also chat with her on Skype @habsfan0526.

With very best wishes,
Donna J. Jodhan AKA Detective DJ

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May 2015

Triggering Thoughts

In the normal scheme of things it is our thoughts that almost always lead us to create, design, develop, and test our inventions. Call it what you may; inventions, creations, imaginations, products, and so on. At the end of the day it is our thoughts that help us to scale the wall and go out there and be free to create, design, develop, test, and complete.

If you were to follow this theory then the next step would be to ask the logical question; how does one trigger thoughts? How does one get those illusive thoughts to come dancing and prancing into our minds? How does one capture these sparkling flashes and put them into action? I believe that the first thing is to find ways to trigger them and here is my response for what it is worth.
 
You can use your senses to do this. Each of your five senses can play an important role; from the sense of hearing to the sense of smell, the sense of sight, the sense of taste, and finally the sense of touch. No one sense is more important than the other. For some it may be the sense of sight and for another it may be the sense of hearing. Maybe the sight of blue skies? Or maybe the sound of running water? Or even maybe a song, the taste of a juicy ripe peach, the smell of baking bread, or the touch of a feather on the back of your hand. Nothing is written in stone so why not go out there and experiment with what helps to trigger your thoughts?

Donna J. Jodhan, AKA Detective DJ

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Author Donna Jodhan is preparing to diversify her authorship, and how is this?

In addition to writing audio mysteries she is hoping to unveil her feature writing some time in the very early fall. This is new ground for Author Donna Jodhan but not to worry; her audio mysteries will still be available and she also plans to write a second Christmas Box Set in the near future.

Stay tuned!

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1.) Some interesting info about our beloved turtles:
They need to come up every 15 minutes for air, so, if they get trapped in the net of a fisherman, it is vitally important to free them as soon as possible.

2.) So you're interested in finding those ever popular discount fares? Here's a tip for you:
The best time to find them is at around one minute past midnight on a Wednesday morning. And why is this? Well, here's the secret. Most travelers book discount fares on a Monday and if they do not follow through they let them go or have to do so before one minute to midnight on Tuesday. Accordingly, these fares come flooding back into the system at one minute past midnight on Wednesday morning. Give it a try!

3.) Want to know a bit more about the beautiful island of Barbados?
There are about 1500 Churches on this lovely island, and, at the same time, there are also about 1500 bars!

4.) Okay, there is definitely something called adult acne. What are the main causes?
Stress and hormonal changes.

5.) Did you know that browser cookies can undermine your privacy?
Yes, any snooper can use your browser cookies to build a profile on you! You need to be careful!

6.) So this is the latest about something interesting in France:
A law has been passed that employers are prohibited from asking their employees to do any work related task through email. What this means is that employers are prohibited from communicating with employees through emails or through any sort of mobile device for about 11 hours daily starting at 6:00 PM.

7.) Now for something interesting about cats!
These lovable pets sleep for about 16 hours per day!

8.) Which day of the week do we tend to nod off the most on?
Why, it is Wednesday!

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Compliments of our good friends over at Headstar Communications we give you the latest Volume of the E-Access Bulletin, Access To Technology For All, Regardless Of Ability, at: www.headstar.com/eablive. If you'd like to subscribe to this free monthly text-only publication directly, send an email to eab-subs@headstar.com with "Subscribe" in the subject line.

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With very best wishes for a merry month of May,
Donna J. Jodhan AKA Detective DJ

 

Author Donna Jodhan Publications - Issue 19

 

Author Donna Jodhan Publications - Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - Issue 19

An Author Donna Jodhan Publication
http://www.donnajodhan.com/

Greetings,

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We just missed April Fool's Day, but here are some informational resources you can store up for next year:

1A) Mental Floss brings us, "6 of Ben Franklin's Greatest Hoaxes and Pranks:"
http://mentalfloss.com/article/62668/6-ben-franklins-greatest-hoaxes-and-pranks

1B) 7 Easy April Fools' Pranks You Can Pull Off At Work:
http://mentalfloss.com/article/62674/7-easy-april-fools-pranks-you-can-pull-work

1C) "11 of the Greatest Class Pranks in History:"
http://mentalfloss.com/article/61629/11-greatest-class-pranks-history

1D) And how can we pass up, "The Complete Lifehacker April Fools' IT Tricks Guide", courtesty of Lifehacker Australia:
http://www.lifehacker.com.au/2015/03/the-complete-lifehacker-april-fools-it-tricks-guide/

1E) And finally, this page links to excerpts from the book, Prankopedia, as well as other potentially fun things:
http://www.neatorama.com/2014/03/31/Prankopedia/

2) The Playstation 4 game system has a text-to-speech feature, and this blogger is enthusiastic about its possibilities:
http://www.brandoncole.net/?p=218

3) The handy AppleVis monthly summary of the most important posts, updates, apps and podcasts is up right at the beginning of the month:
http://www.applevis.com/blog/applevis-assistive-technology-braille-gaming-ios-apps-news/applevis-unlimited-whats-new

4A) This balanced VisionAware post offers what it claims to offer: "Insights about Using an iPhone: Pros and Cons for Blind and Visually Impaired Users:"
http://www.visionaware.org/blog/visually-impaired-now-what/insights-about-using-an-iphone-pros-and-cons-for-blind-and-visually-impaired-users/12

4B) And this one from Last Child offers, "The Low-Vision Experience with an iPad:"
http://www.last-child.com/the-low-vision-experience-with-an-ipad/

5) The Trekker Breeze GPS device is getting an upgrade, and you can hear about it on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 7 April at 00:00:
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

6) Visit Hadley's YouTube Channel to find the all new iFocus "Using Dropbox" Instructional Video. This video includes all of the latest updates to the Dropbox app and can be found at:
https://youtu.be/5s2_pjYzAU4

7) Freedom Scientific is hosting training in multiple cities. Classes include Webpage Testing with JAWS, Creating Accessible Documents and Writing Scripts. For more information and to find a location:
http://www2.freedomscientific.com/Training/JAWS-training-workshops.asp

8A) In conclusion, there is a new podcast, as well as a variety of blog posts, available on the Serotalk site:
http://serotalk.com/

8B) And a couple of new podcasts from the Blind Bargains team:
http://blindbargains.com/audio/

8C) Triple Click Home, Episode 37 is available:
http://tripleclickhome.com/2015/04/01/triple-click-home-episode-37-watch-for-aliens/

8D) And the latest Tech Doctor podcast is called, "Everything You Need to Know About Using the Mac :"
http://www.dr-carter.com

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This collection of tips is intended to assist you in keeping up with improvements and enhancements to various products and services that help you to live a better life. Enjoy!

Courtesy of Applevis, here are some interesting apps to check out:

1.) Be My Eyes - Helping Blind See (Free)
From the App Store:
Blind users can request help from a sighted person and the sighted users will then be called for help. You can read more at:
http://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/lifestyle/be-my-eyes-helping-blind-see

2.) Blindfold Crazy Eights (Free)
From the App Store:
Blindfold Crazy Eights is a fully accessible Crazy Eights card game for both sighted and visually impaired people, designed for rapid audio play. You can read more at:
http://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/games/blindfold-crazy-eights

3.) Blindfold Solitaire (Free)
From the App Store:
Blindfold Solitaire is a fully accessible Solitaire card game for both sighted and visually impaired people, designed for rapid audio play. You can read more at:
http://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/games/blindfold-solitaire

4.) Degrees Pro - Accurate Weather (Paid. Free version available.)
From the App Store:
Degrees is a simple and intuitive Weather App with information provided from NOAA and Environment Canada. The clean and simple design allows you to quickly view all of your favourite locations on a single screen. You can read more at:
http://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/weather/degrees-pro-%E2%80%93-accurate-weather

5.) PracticeLooper (Paid)
From the App Store:
Loop sections you want to practice and learn by ear at your own speed. Slow down music without changing the pitch, or transpose without changing the tempo. You can read more at:
http://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/music/practicelooper

6.) Talking Atlas (Paid)
From the App Store:
A.) An amazing innovative app for sighted and visually impaired users with:
B.) Assistive mode for the visually impaired
C.) Audio Hints to guide through all the modes
D.) 200+ maps of countries and the world
E.) Audio description for each map
F.) Audio described flags
G.) Facts, Languages, Population, GDP, Area Size, Calling Code, History and much more
H.) Trivia based on world facets to test your knowledge
I.) Multiple language dialects for VoiceOver
You can read more at:
http://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/education/talking-atlas

7.) Voice Dream Writer (Paid)
From the App Store:
Voice Dream Writer helps everyone write better. Text-to-speech proofreading reduces mistakes, phonetic and meaning search help you use the right words, and an active outline helps you to organize and improve the structure of your writing. You can read more at:
http://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/productivity/voice-dream-writer

8.) And we close with 9 Do-It-Yourself recipes for natural cleaners that are both safe and childproof:
http://healthychild.org/easy-steps/green-spring-cleaning-9-diy-recipes-for-natural-cleaners/

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This month, I'd like to whet your appetite with a brief description of one of my audio mysteries that I have chosen for you. This one is called "Six Candles for Summer" and here is a brief description:

Little Summer Kirsten Stinsen has been kidnapped on her birthday. No one saw when the child was snatched but everyone is blaming each other. Her nanny is also missing but everyone refuses to believe that the nanny could have done the crime. Neighbors are stunned! Why would anyone want to kidnap Little Summer? For ransom?

Who could have done it?
Was it Brandon Stinsen?
He wanted custody of Summer Despite knowing that she was not biologically his.
Was it Kirsten Stinsen?
She too wanted custody of her only child.
Was it Justin Langden?
He Wanted custody of his biological child.

This mystery is filled with suspense and it is quite difficult to guess who the kidnapper is until the final moments. Yes! A surprise for the listener and an unlikely kidnapper!
 
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If you would like to gain perspective as to how blind persons go about their daily activities, and how they interact with others, please go to:
http://www.donnajodhan.blogspot.com

If you're looking for ways to make your products, services, and/or physical locations more accessible to those who are blind and/or partially sighted, please go to:
http://www.sterlingcreations.ca/sightimpaired.html

If you would like to learn more about Author Donna Jodhan through her editorials and more please visit:
http://www.sterlingcreations.ca/blog

To learn more about what Donna does through the activities of her company please visit:
http://www.sterlingcreations.ca/newsletter.html

Donna also produces various other useful posts every Saturday such as:

Helpful monthly tips.
Where to find your best American cities.
How to make your products and services more accessible.
Editorials on creating an accessible workplace.
Technology related articles each Wednesday and Thursday.
http://www.sterlingcreations.com/businessdesk.htm

You can follow Author Donna Jodhan on Twitter @author_jodhan or @accessibleworld. You can also chat with her on Skype @habsfan0526.

With very best wishes,
Donna J. Jodhan AKA Detective DJ

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April 2015 Breaking Down the Boredom Barrier

More often than not, it is the boredom barrier that gets in the way of a writer being able to work and it often leads to writer's block.

It can be said that it is very easy to slip into boredom but on the other hand it is also just as easy for a writer to get out of it. The thing to remember is this; the boredom barrier is definitely manageable and can be easily broken down. The first thing to remember is that you can conquer it. You can overcome it and you can sometimes use it to your advantage.

How do you break down the boredom barrier? In my opinion, I find things to do and things that I enjoy doing. I use nature to help me out here. I go for walks, I listen to the birds, I smell the flowers, grass, and freshness of the air, and I even use the smells of cooking and fragrances of perfume to help me out.

In short, I call on all of my available senses to help me out. I cannot call on the sense of sight because I am blind but here is where my imagination steps in to help me. So why not give this a try?

Donna J. Jodhan, AKA Detective DJ

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Announcement: Author Donna Jodhan's 3rd Season of Crime Crusher Series with Detective DJ will be aired on ACB Radio sometime in the spring of this year. Author Donna is extremely excited about this and would like to thank Larry Turnbolt for this great opportunity. The Crime Crusher Series with Detective DJ has been airing on ACB Radio since 2012. The first two seasons, as well as the 12 Days of Christmas Box Set which aired during Christmas of 2014.

ACB Radio is the radio station of the American Council of the Blind, an Internet based radio station that broadcasts worldwide. Stay tuned for more exciting news on this.

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1.) Here's what we recently learned about those very hard working courier company drivers. They are often paid per drop off, so what do they allegedly do in order to puff up their pockets with more money for themselves? They arrive at your door and do not even wait for more than a second before placing a sticker on your door to say that they were there. Then they scurry back to their vans and speed away leaving you with no choice but to call the company for another drop off. More often than not, they do not even ring your doorbell or your buzzer. We had 3 persons verify these actions so the next time you find yourself having to call your courier company to ask for the driver to return with your package keep these facts in mind!

2.) How often do we yawn on average? About 10 times per hour.

3.) You might be surprised to learn that laminate and wooden floors attract more germs than carpeted floors.

4.) Now, here's something interesting to know about the beauty industry. This particular industry is a billion dollar one, about $260 billion per year to be exact, and you know what? More people spend money on beauty aids than on education.

5.) Having problems keeping up with those starched napkins for your table? Well, here is a solution that works quite well. Why not buy bandannas at the dollar store? They are pretty and stiff and they never wilt. You can wash them in the washer and they are still stiff and starchy!

6.) And finally, some interesting stats about annual colds. You get about five of them per year on average and cold season is at its height from September to April.

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Compliments of our good friends over at Headstar Communications we give you the latest Volume of the E-Access Bulletin, Access To Technology For All, Regardless Of Ability, at: www.headstar.com/eablive. If you'd like to subscribe to this free monthly text-only publication directly, send an email to eab-subs@headstar.com with "Subscribe" in the subject line.

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With very best wishes for an astounding month of April,
Donna J. Jodhan AKA Detective DJ

 

Author Donna Jodhan Publications - Issue 18

 

Author Donna Jodhan Publications - Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - Issue 18

An Author Donna Jodhan Publication
http://www.donnajodhan.com/

Greetings,

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, February 26, 2015 - Volume 498
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1) The February, 2015 Braille Monitor has an interesting article comparing reading with refreshable Braille to reading Braille on paper:
https://nfb.org/images/nfb/publications/bm/bm15/bm1502/bm150205.htm

2) This CNIB blog post discusses monitor purchases by people with low vision:
http://bit.ly/18nrPLm

3A) Learn about the very helpful Be My Eyes App on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 3 March at 01:00:
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

3B) Here is a video showing creative use of the Be My Eyes App, in Hungarian:
http://videa.hu/videok/tudomany-technika/a-be-my-eyes-alkalmazas-suD595kQj9Fx9CrS?start=0

4) Hear from a blind person with years of experience repairing desktop and laptop computers in episode 1509 of Eyes on Success this week:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

5A) The article "Get Started in GoogleDocs with Window-Eyes has been added to the knowledge base:
http://www.gwmicro.com/kb2063

5B) And this video shows how to use Google Slides with NVDA and Firefox:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWZVQ-vldEk&feature=youtu.be

6) A lot of students worldwide can get Microsoft Office for free:
http://blogs.office.com/2015/02/23/students-worldwide-can-now-check-eligibility-free-office-school/

7) The Comcast accessibility representative answered questions about their Z1 Talking Guide in a Twitter Live Chat, and Blind Bargains gives us some salient quotations:
http://www.blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=12382

8A) Blind Bargains also offers the Weekly Apple Rundown:
http://blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=12372

8B) And Blind Bargains podcast 6: (If happenings of the last few weeks are any indication, podcast 7 will be out about the time you receive this.)
http://www.blindbargains.com/b/12362

9) NVDA 2015.1 is now an official release, with big improvements for Microsoft Word, Microsoft Outlook and Skype, among others:
http://www.nvaccess.org/post/nv-access-releases-2015-1-of-free-nvda-screen-reader

10) BBC has online web accessibility training for web developers:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p007trgm

11) This Wired article bears the title: "Meet the Team That Makes It Possible for the Blind to Use Facebook"
http://www.wired.com/2015/02/meet-team-makes-possible-blind-use-facebook/

12) Here is a YouTube basic introduction to BookShare. Other video tutorials on the service are available as well:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ExqTYgbwS7E&list=PLadTDTlp9sV5BJmFpQBfpvthQq2P_L1St

13) "Understanding the Travel Needs of People with Disabilities" is the title of a free webinar coming up on 3 March at 18:00 GMT. Register at:
https://tti.adobeconnect.com/attri-pwd/event/registration.html

14) The Speak Screen feature of iOS8 is a hidden gem many VoiceOver users could take advantage of. Here is an audio demonstration:
http://mosen.org/index.php/ios-8s-speak-screen-feature-listen-to-ibooks-with-your-screen-locked-and-more/

15) The latest Tech Doctor podcast is an interview with Shelly Brisbin:
http://www.dr-carter.com/

16) This and the forthcoming FSCast give us a look back at history, as Jonathan Mosen interviews Ted Henter, founder of the original Henter-Joice:
http://podcast.freedomscientific.com/FSCast/episodes/FSCast104-Ted_Henter_Part1.mp3

And some recent AppleVis podcasts include:

17A) Blindfold Solitaire: An Audio Version Of This Classic Card Game:
http://www.applevis.com/podcast/episodes/blindfold-solitaire-audio-version-classic-card-game

17B) An Introduction To Workflow For iOS: Powerful Automation Made Simple:
http://www.applevis.com/podcast/episodes/introduction-workflow-ios-powerful-automation-made-simple

17C) And AppleVis Extra 28: Dr. Howard Kaplan, MD, Creator of Spotlight Text and Accessibility Advocate:
http://www.applevis.com/podcast/episodes/applevis-extra-28-dr-howard-kaplan-md-creator-spotlight-text-and-accessibility

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This collection of tips is intended to assist you in keeping up with improvements and enhancements to various products and services that help you to live a better life. Enjoy!

1.) For those of you seeking an app that will enable you to use a Brailler type of keyboard for your iPad:
http://www.ibrailler.com/manual.php

2.) A List of 100 Places To Find Trustworthy Health Information:
http://www.lifehacker.com.au/2015/01/this-list-has-100-places-to-find-trustworthy-health-information/

3.) Find and download user manuals for any device out there at Central Manuals, and all for free:
http://lifehacker.com/central-manuals-lets-you-find-and-download-user-manuals-1681233160

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6.) Here we have, "10 Siri Tricks To Help You Be Your Most Productive Self":
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7.) With tax time fast approaching here is a link that can help persons with disabilities to meet the challenge. ACB has compiled a page with tax info and resources for persons with disabilities in the US:
http://www.acb.org/IRS

8.) And here are "Top Tips for Your Well Being When Working Off Shore":
http://www.energyglobal.com/upstream/special-reports/16022015/Top-tips-for-wellbeing-when-working-offshore/

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This month, I'd like to whet your appetite with a brief description of one of my audio mysteries that I have chosen for you. This one is called "Mistaken Identity" and here is a brief description:

Someone had wanted popular fashion model Jill Hagman dead and they had planned each step of the crime down to the nth detail. The murder had been committed in Jill's posh condo but alas! Something had gone terribly wrong for the murderer! Now it was too late to turn back the clock!
 
Who could have done it?
Was it Mickey Banaman, Jill's ex-husband who swore revenge?
Was it Brett Kidman, Jill's manager who swore payback?
Or was it Zack Neaman, who swore revenge because of jealousy?

This mystery is one of true passion and revenge and the killer is the one who seizes an opportunity to carry out a passion of crime!
 
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If you would like to gain perspective as to how blind persons go about their daily activities, and how they interact with others, please go to:
http://www.donnajodhan.blogspot.com

If you're looking for ways to make your products, services, and/or physical locations more accessible to those who are blind and/or partially sighted, please go to:
http://www.sterlingcreations.ca/sightimpaired.html

If you would like to learn more about Author Donna Jodhan through her editorials and more please visit:
http://www.sterlingcreations.ca/blog

To learn more about what Donna does through the activities of her company please visit:
http://www.sterlingcreations.ca/newsletter.html

Donna also produces various other useful posts every Saturday such as:

Helpful monthly tips.
Where to find your best American cities.
How to make your products and services more accessible.
Editorials on creating an accessible workplace.
Technology related articles each Wednesday and Thursday.
http://www.sterlingcreations.com/businessdesk.htm

You can follow Author Donna Jodhan on Twitter @author_jodhan or @accessibleworld. You can also chat with her on Skype @habsfan0526.

With very best wishes,
Donna J. Jodhan AKA Detective DJ

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March 2015
Ways to Improve Your Imagination
 
Let's face it; without a well functioning and well oiled imagination most of us will probably be unable to put our creative juices to work. For those of us who write for a living or even for those of us who simply write as a hobby, we need our imagination to keep us going.
 
So how can we do this in a world that is becoming more inundated with noise and clutter? Not possible you say? I say that it is indeed possible but we need to find ways to do it and at the end of the day it is really not that hard to do.
 
I have a few tricks up my sleeve that I use constantly and I am going to share these with you. The first tip would be to find a quiet place where you can hear yourself think. Next would be a place where you feel comfortable; a favorite coffee shop, restaurant, park, beach, etc. The third would be engaging in a favorite activity that would stimulate your metabolism; playing a fast pace game, doing yoga, or even something like cooking or playing your favorite instrument.
 
Then there are the things that you would engage in as a means to take your mind off your work. Watch a movie, read a book, go for a walk, do some knitting, go to a pottery class, etc. You see, so many different ways for you to stimulate your imagination and there is more but I am sure that by now you get the picture.
 
So just go out there and use some of these techniques to help improve and stimulate your imagination.
 
Donna J. Jodhan, AKA Detective DJ

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Bet you did not know about the different faces of Author Donna Jodhan! Not only is she a terrific audio mystery writer! She is also an avid campaigner against bullying! She is now campaigning for a Barrier Free Canada, and yes! She still finds time to run her own company as well as go to law school! No stopping her!

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1.) Some important info for you about the flu shot!
Doctors say that when you take your flu shot, it should be able to protect you from some of the major flu strains for up to about one year. A flu shot cannot protect you from every single strain. The flu season usually lasts from October to April.

2.) Something to keep in mind as you pack your voltage converters if you are traveling out of North America.
Low voltage can accommodate such gadgets as your MP3 player, your computer, and small appliances. However, you will need high voltage for your blow drier.

3.) Why have we been having such frigid temps since December?
Because the sun has not been very active.

4.) Which country produces the most oranges worldwide?
Why of course! It's Brazil!

5.) Which is the most popular pizza topping?
If you guessed pepperoni you would be absolutely correct!

6.) A word of warning about gift certificates!
Make sure that when you purchase them you have them activated before you leave the store!

7.) Okay, here is an important airport tip for you.
If you fail to board a plane and your luggage has already been checked in, then guess what? Your luggage will be taken off the aircraft.

8.) Something very interesting to consider when it comes to production levels for the week!
Monday - Employees have a hard time producing because it is the first day back after the weekend. Tuesday - The most productive day of the week. Wednesday - The second most productive day of the week. Thursday and Friday - The least 2 productive days of the week. This was found through a survey carried out by the Globe and Mail.

9.) For those pregnant ladies we have something important to pass on.
Probably best for you to stay from raw fish and sushi during your pregnancy.

10.) This tip about a baby's car seat!
Car seats do have an expiry date, believe it or not!

11.) How many rice eaters are there in our world today?
Well, there are approximately 4 billion of these esteemed persons!

12.) Finally, some useful tips about the cooking of garlic and onions!
Garlic cooks much faster than onions!

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Compliments of our good friends over at Headstar Communications we give you the latest Volume of the E-Access Bulletin, Access To Technology For All, Regardless Of Ability, at: www.headstar.com/eablive. If you'd like to subscribe to this free monthly text-only publication directly, send an email to eab-subs@headstar.com with "Subscribe" in the subject line.

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With very best wishes for a magnificent month of March,
Donna J. Jodhan AKA Detective DJ

 

Author Donna Jodhan Publications - Issue 17

 

Author Donna Jodhan Publications - Tuesday, February 3, 2015 - Issue 17

An Author Donna Jodhan Publication
http://www.donnajodhan.com/

Greetings,

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1A) The J-Say package for hands-free computer use with JAWS is about to get a major update next week, with lower prices and considerable improvement. Read about it here:
http://www.hartgen.org/node/285

1B) A podcast discussing the new features is here:
http://www.hartgen.org/laircastfiles/laircast04.mp3

2) The Window-Eyes Certification Program, which lets you demonstrate your competence in the program is now available for version 9. It still costs $99 to obtain this certification, but as of 27 February, this price will soar to $149:
http://www.mailing-sender.net/3d1n3e5kd8at654/40b/1124ta19.html

HowToGeek weighs in with two enticing articles:

3A) "Go Wireless and Never Connect a Cable to Your iPhone Again"
http://www.howtogeek.com/207752/go-wireless-and-never-connect-a-cable-to-your-iphone-again/

3B) And "How to Quickly Batch Rename Files on Windows, Mac OS X, or Linux":
http://www.howtogeek.com/207503/how-to-quickly-batch-rename-files-on-windows-mac-os-x-or-linux/

4) Online Convert purports to allow us to convert audio, images, videos and documents to many formats for free:
http://www.online-convert.com/

5) The enrollment deadline for the interesting assortment of courses from CAVI is 1 February:
http://wiki.cucat.org/index.php?n=Main.CaviSchedule

6A) Two new mailing lists could interest some. Both are on Freelists, so you write to the indicated address and put subscribe into the subject field. The first is for discussion, sale or purchase of notetakers new or old:
notetakerinfo-request@freelists.org

6B) The other is for the deaf-blind:
bhi-l-request@freelists.org

7) Eyes on Success starts a two-part series on working from home and tele-communiting with program 1505:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

8) The University of Michigan seeks an experienced screen reader specialist:
http://umjobs.org/job_detail/105673/screen_reader_specialist_intermediate

9) SPN is rebuilding its podcast network, planning to do more blogging, and restructuring and updating content on the SAMNet network:
http://serotalk.com/2015/01/28/the-return-of-spn/

10) Feedly has Introduced a Power Search To Help its Pro Users Better Find Stories On The Web:
http://www.androidpolice.com/2015/01/27/feedly-introduces-power-search-help-pro-users-better-find-stories-web/

11) This List Has 100 Places To Find Trustworthy Health Information:
http://www.lifehacker.com.au/2015/01/this-list-has-100-places-to-find-trustworthy-health-information/

12) Find and download user manuals for any device out there at Central Manuals. All for free:
http://lifehacker.com/central-manuals-lets-you-find-and-download-user-manuals-1681233160

13) The people that bring us the wealth of TED Talks have done us the service of grouping some of their material into thematic playlists:
http://www.ted.com/playlists#

14A) Here are two posts concerning the accessibility of WordPress. How easy is it to create an accessible Wordpress site?
https://www.accessiq.org/news/news/2015/01/wordpress-cms-accessibility-guide

14B) And here are some packages for easier maintenance of a Wordpress site:
http://www.customerservant.com/wordpress-maintenance-packages/

15) Here are updated instructions for checking spelling and grammar in Office 2013, including keyboard shortcuts:
http://bit.ly/1LjxEZk

Moving on to some Apple-related material in conclusion:

16) The KNFBReader app is at half price, $49.99, for an unspecified time:
http://www.applevis.com/apps/deals/ios-apps-dropped-price/knfbreader-currently-reduced-9999-4999

17) MacWorld UK says that if your iPhone is slow, here are 14 Top tips to speed up iOS 6, iOS 7 & iOS 8:
http://bit.ly/1tvnjnb

18) Thanks to the CNIB blog, we learn about using the iPhone as a telescope:
http://bit.ly/1Bz0MGk

19) Get a perspective on the three most important changes for blind persons found in iOS 8 on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 3 February at 01:00:
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

20) This is a podcast with the creator of the Be My Eyes App:
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/23152298/Insights%202015-01-22.mp3

21) The latest Tech Doctor podcast is called "Mac For The Blind Apple Certified":
http://www.dr-carter.com

And finally, we have some AppleVis podcasts:

22A) Fixed In Yosemite 10.10.2: Playback Of Audio Messages When Using VoiceOver:
http://www.applevis.com/podcast/episodes/fixed-yosemite-10102-playback-audio-messages-when-using-voiceover

22B) Audio Hijack: Record Any Audio On Mac:
http://www.applevis.com/podcast/episodes/audio-hijack-record-any-audio-mac

22C) Using The Apple Remote App To Control Your Apple TV From An iOS Device:
http://www.applevis.com/podcast/episodes/using-apple-remote-app-control-your-apple-tv-ios-device

22D) Quick Tip: Using The PP Jailbreak Tool For Mac:
http://www.applevis.com/podcast/episodes/quick-tip-using-pp-jailbreak-tool-mac

22E) AppleVis Extra 27: Winston Chen, Developer of Voice Dream Writer:
http://www.applevis.com/podcast/episodes/applevis-extra-27-winston-chen-developer-voice-dream-writer

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This collection of tips is intended to assist you in keeping up with improvements and enhancements to various products and services that help you to live a better life. Enjoy!

1.) Interested in learning how to use hash tags on Twitter?
https://support.twitter.com/articles/49309#

2.) AbleGamers selects the most accessible mainstream games of 2014:
http://www.mediaaccess.org.au/latest_news/digital-technology/ablegamers-select-most-accessible-games-of-2014

3.) Seeking ways to keep up with your prescriptions in a meaningful way? In a big gain in accessibility, "CVS Health now Offers Talking, Braille and Large Print Prescription Labels Through its Mail Service, Pharmacy for Individuals with Vision Impairments":
http://lflegal.com/2015/01/caremark/

4.) Seeking an alternative to using Google for your searches?
http://www.lifehacker.com.au/2015/01/the-best-tools-for-finding-information-when-google-isnt-enough/

5.) Interested in mastering Siri on your i-device?
http://www.siriuserguide.com/siri-dictation-guide/

6.) Want to learn more about the world of cochlear implants? Program 1503 of Eyes on Success discusses, "Cochlear Implants for Blind Persons":
http://eyesonsuccess.net

7.) Here are five non-toxic essential ingredients that every parent should have in their cupboard:
http://healthychild.org/easy-steps/put-these-five-nontoxic-essentials-ingredients-in-your-cupboard/

8.) Do you have children or loved ones that suffer from allergies, asthma, or similar types of ailments? Clean up indoor air pollution using these easy steps:
http://healthychild.org/easy-steps/clean-up-indoor-air-pollution-for-kids-with-allergies-asthma/

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This month, I'd like to whet your appetite with a brief description of one of my audio mysteries that I have chosen for you. This one is called "Diary of a Parisian Priest" and here is a brief description:

Fr Stephan Paridis had been a very well liked Parish Priest. He was kind, generous, and always had time for his parishioners. Yet, there was someone who hated him enough to have killed him in cold blood while he slept. The goodly priest had started to criticize big business and certain governments before he was killed. Could any of this have played a part in his demise? Or was there something in his past that came back to bite him?
 
Was it Yannick LaBlanc - a parishoner?
Was it Pavel Sakarov - a Russian diplomat?
Or was it Dominic Gatchel - a banking executive?
 
This mystery is filled with intrigue and a healthy touch of suspense and at the end of it all the murderer turns out to be the least suspected.
 
Get this audio mystery, and many others, by becoming an All Access Pass Member at http://bit.ly/ADJ-All-Access of the Author Donna Jodhan Subscription Library for the extremely affordable price of just $4.99 / month.

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You can also purchase this individual episode on the Author Donna Jodhan Online Store at http://www.donnajodhan.com/store.html for just $0.99 USD, or an entire season of 13 mysteries for the very low price of just $9.99 USD.

Visit the Author Donna Jodhan Online Store at http://www.donnajodhan.com/store.html today to purchase your very own copies.

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If you would like to gain perspective as to how blind persons go about their daily activities, and how they interact with others, please go to:
http://www.donnajodhan.blogspot.com

If you're looking for ways to make your products, services, and/or physical locations more accessible to those who are blind and/or partially sighted, please go to:
http://www.sterlingcreations.ca/sightimpaired.html

If you would like to learn more about Author Donna Jodhan through her editorials and more please visit:
http://www.sterlingcreations.ca/blog

To learn more about what Donna does through the activities of her company please visit:
http://www.sterlingcreations.ca/newsletter.html

Donna also produces various other useful posts every Saturday such as:

Helpful monthly tips.
Where to find your best American cities.
How to make your products and services more accessible.
Editorials on creating an accessible workplace.
Technology related articles each Wednesday and Thursday.
http://www.sterlingcreations.com/businessdesk.htm

You can follow Author Donna Jodhan on Twitter @author_jodhan or @accessibleworld. You can also chat with her on Skype @habsfan0526.

With very best wishes,
Donna J. Jodhan AKA Detective DJ

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February 2015
Techniques for Better Thinking
 
I would offer this: When it comes to being able to think; there are techniques that work and techniques that do not. I do not believe that there is any one technique that will work for everyone. It comes through trial and error but for this month I am going to give you what works for me.
 
I start by finding a quiet spot in my home or I may try to find one in a park or even on the beach. Next I would sit there for a few minutes doing some breathing exercises. Then I start to allow my imagination to wonder and hopefully this will begin the process of better thinking for me. If this technique does not work for some reason then I go to my second technique; using soft music to help me think. This second technique also often works. I usually use soft classical music or even some soft easy going music.
 
If techniques 1 and 2 do not work for some reason then I have other techniques in my toolkit; cooking up a storm in my kitchen, or maybe going swimming, or even just taking a nap. I would say that each of these techniques has its own merits but for now my toolkit of techniques serves very well.
 
So why not give any one of these techniques a try? Happy thinking!
 
Donna J. Jodhan, AKA Detective DJ

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Guess what? Author Donna Jodhan is about to embark on a very exciting adventure! Yes indeed! She is going to be teaming up with a self defense instructor to help bring the message to audiences! And what is this message? Well, it is all about her Campaign Against Bullying (CAB) and how one can use not just their hands and feet to defend themselves against bullys; but also one's voice to do the same!
 
Stay tuned for more news on this new and exciting adventure for author Donna Jodhan.

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This is a personal message from author Donna Jodhan: "Each time we raise our voice at someone else we are engaging in bullying! Each time we raise our hands to slap or punch someone else we are also engaging in bullying and each time we engage in actions to either manipulate or force someone else to do what we want we are also engaging in bullying!

There is no room in this world for bullying and each day we fail to take action against bullying it is another day that we allow others to bully us and our kids. Our heros and role models are the ones who have made us proud; those brave young men and women who gave their lives for us in past wars and those who continue to do so. They are not the ones who choose to be racists and those who believe that their bad behaviour in public is acceptable.

I write and record audio mysteries that are being used at such events as murder mystery evenings as well as at public awareness and team building events. I promote understanding, tolerance, and problem solving and my audio mysteries continue to be broadcasted around the world and you can listen to them anywhere! On the plane or train! In the car or right there in your home! On your i-device or computer!

Please join my Campaign Against Bullying (CAB) by supporting my efforts to keep on writing and recording! "If you truly care then you will certainly dare!"

You can follow Author Donna Jodhan on Twitter @author_jodhan or @accessibleworld. You can also chat with her on Skype @habsfan0526.

Be sure to like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/authordonnajodhan.

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Compliments of our good friends over at Headstar Communications we give you the latest Volume of the E-Access Bulletin, Access To Technology For All, Regardless Of Ability, at: www.headstar.com/eablive. If you'd like to subscribe to this free monthly text-only publication directly, send an email to eab-subs@headstar.com with "Subscribe" in the subject line.

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With very best wishes for a fabulous month of February,
Donna J. Jodhan AKA Detective DJ

 

Author Donna Jodhan Publications - Issue 16

 

Author Donna Jodhan Publications - Tuesday, January 6, 2015 - Issue 16

An Author Donna Jodhan Publication
http://www.donnajodhan.com/

Greetings,

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Compliments of our good friends over at Flying Blind, LLC we bring you the latest Volume of Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, The Week's News in Adaptive Technology. If you'd like to subscribe to this free weekly publication directly, head on over to www.flying-blind.com, or send an email to enews@flying-blind.com with "Subscribe" in the subject line.

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, January 1, 2015 - Volume 490
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

A Flying Blind, LLC Publication
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Read this Volume of Top Tech Tidbits on the web at: http://www.flying-blind.com/tidbits2015/01012015/index.html

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This Week's Featured Advertisement: Happy New Year from Flying Blind, LLC !!!

Before we put this Holiday Season in our rear view mirrors we at Flying Blind, LLC would like to wish all of you a happy, prosperous, and rewarding 2015. We sincerely appreciate all of our readers and are excited to begin another trip around the sun with you! May you have a fantastic holiday weekend full of good times while we all look forward to the next 365 days and how we will spend them. As ever, we at Flying Blind, LLC are standing by to assist you with your Adaptive Technology needs! Together, let's make it a memorable 2015!!!

1) Learn about a wearable mobility aid under development on the first installment of Tek Talk for 2015, on GMT Tuesday, 6 January at 01:00:
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

2) By means of a plug-in being developed, you can append items to the clipboard using NVDA:
http://addons.nvda-project.org/addons/clipContentsDesigner.en.html

3) Development continues on Leasey, the powerful JAWS scripts for beginning and advanced computer users:
http://www.leaseycentral.com/node/12

4)Hear about The Sociology of Disability on Eyes on Success, program 1501:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

5) Learn about Using hash tags on Twitter from the Twitter Help Center:
https://support.twitter.com/articles/49309#

6) Learn the "10 Things You Didn't Know Your Mac Could Do" courtesy of MacWorld UK:
http://www.macworld.co.uk/feature/mac/mac-tricks-tips-hacks-you-didnt-know-3592188/

Here follow a couple of useful articles from HowToGeek:

7A) How to Find Your Lost Windows or Office Product Keys:
http://www.howtogeek.com/206329/how-to-find-your-lost-windows-or-office-product-keys/

7B) How to Record Your Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, or iOS Screen:
http://www.howtogeek.com/205742/how-to-record-your-windows-mac-linux-android-or-ios-screen/

8) The highly popular Voice Dream Reader App for iOS is on sale at half price through January 4th 2015. Winston Chen will be releasing Voice Dream Writer by the end of January, and this should be exciting as well:
http://www.voicedream.com/

9) For $20 you can pre-order iOS Access for All (iOS 8 Edition):
http://www.iosaccessbook.com/pre-order-ios-access-for-all-ios-8-edition-today/

10) The Inclusive Android site continues to host reviews and how-to's for Android users:
http://inclusiveandroid.tk/

11) A lot of great apps and app developers won the AppleVis Golden Apples of 2014:
http://www.applevis.com/blog/advocacy-applevis-assistive-technology-ios-apps-mac-apps-news/announcing-applevis-golden-apples

And in closing our first publication of the new year, two AppleVis podcasts:

12A) Quick Tip: Creating Custom Vibration Alerts in iOS 8:
http://www.applevis.com/podcast/episodes/quick-tip-creating-custom-vibration-alerts-ios-8

12B) AppleVis Extra #25: Several users answer the question: What's on Your Home Screen?
http://www.applevis.com/podcast/episodes/applevis-extra-25-whats-your-home-screen

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This collection of tips is intended to assist you in keeping up with improvements and enhancements to various products and services that help you to live a better life. Enjoy!

1.) Here is something of interest for those of you looking for a sunshine getaway for this winter. Spotlight on Aruba, known as One Happy Island, Aruba is blessed with ideal weather year round and bountiful beaches:
http://travelling.visiontravel.ca/2014/11/27/destination-spotlight-aruba/?dm_i=1OST%2C30M2Z%2CC3X0LX%2CAUPKP%2C1

2.) If you are a blind gamer looking for games to play then you must check out this next one. There are 35 games for you to choose from:
http://www.spoonbillsoftware.com.au/blindgamers.htm

3.) Looking for some workouts with descriptions as to how to do them? Blind Alive sells exercise workout recordings with extremely clear exercise descriptions:
http://www.blindalive.com/

4.) Yoga mats with clear markings to help students. Rousettus sells a special yoga mat with clear markings to help students with placement for exercises:
http://rousettus.com/

5.) Who says that beep baseball does not exist?
http://www.nbba.org/

6.) Now you can explore the Complete guide to iPhone and iPad Settings:
http://www.macworld.co.uk/feature/iphone/how-use-settings-configure-ipad-iphone-ios8-updated-3583514/

7.) Here's a list of 75 awesome apps that Google thinks every Android fan should use:
http://accessnewsdaily.com/75-awesome-apps-that-google-thinks-every-android-fan-should-use/

8.) You may well want to know "How to Wipe Your Phone or Tablet Before You Sell It", CNET provides guidance:
http://www.cnet.com/how-to/how-to-wipe-your-phone-or-tablet-before-selling/

9.) And this next one is for those of you who need to know more about iCloud:
http://www.pcworld.com/article/2847324/what-you-need-to-know-about-the-cloud.html

10.) If you are presently on the hunt for a scientific calculator for either you as a blind person or for a blind family member or friend, check this out:
http://www.sightenhancement.com

11.) Looking for some well needed inspiration? Then this next one is a must read:
http://abovethelaw.com/2014/12/todays-tech-how-a-deaf-blind-lawyer-uses-technology-to-represent-her-disabled-clients/

12.) Small businesses rely heavily on computers, so among other things companies should give their employees clean-ups to help increase performance, reliability and security:
http://www.springfieldnewssun.com/news/lifestyles/computer-tips-for-small-businesses/njQgs/

13.) This next one is for those of you who need to make the text on your iPad or iPhone larger and more readable:
http://www.howtogeek.com/205175/how-to-make-text-larger-and-more-readable-on-iphone-or-ipad/

14.) And for those of you looking to make your iPad more usable:
http://home.bt.com/tech-gadgets/phones-tablets/partially-sighted-make-your-ipad-easier-to-use-11363942894576

15.) Best Jobs in Health Care For 2015. 8 Great Part-Time Jobs for Retirees:
http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2014/12/17/best-health-care-jobs-new-year/

16.) And another resource to help you become more familiar with your i-device:
http://www.applevis.com/blog/ios-apps/35-apps-help-you-get-started-new-ios-device

17.) Then we now have a page for you to check out regarding some very informative tricks for using Siri:
http://www.siriuserguide.com/

18.) And if you are interested in wanting to learn how to send gift cards from your i-device then this next one is for you:
http://www.applevis.com/podcasts

19.) And how about this for a finale, "10 Best Foods to Help You Sleep Better at Night":
http://www.about.com

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This month, I'd like to whet your appetite with a brief description of one of my audio mysteries that I have chosen for you. This one is called "Supper at the Seaside" and here is a brief description:

Eight board members have been found dead at a posh hotel. They had all been there for an annual board meeting but! No one made it out alive an those responsible made very sure of that!
 
The question is: Who could have engineered such a heinous crime and why?
 
What could have driven anyone to do this? Could this have been an inside job?
 
Was it Matt McFaddon?
He had lost his life's savings.
Could not pay for his wife's cancer treatment.
She had passed on.
 
Was it Timothy Shoemaker?
He had lost all of his retirement savings.
Had been down sized.
Had been forced to find another job.
Had huge debts to pay.
 
Was it Erin Hennessee?
Was a single mom.
Had to close down her business because she lost her investments.
Had to mortgage her home.
Could not afford to send her kids to college.
Was forced to borrow heavily to stay afloat.
 
Was it Marianne Litzky?
Had lost all of her investments.
Her husband had recently passed on.
She had medical bills to pay for him.
Had kids to look after.
A single mom who had lost her home due to delinquent mortgage payments.
 
Deception, treachery, and desperation all combine to make this mystery into a true life drama!
 
Get this audio mystery, and many others, by becoming an All Access Pass Member at http://bit.ly/ADJ-All-Access of the Author Donna Jodhan Subscription Library for the extremely affordable price of just $4.99 / month.

Your All Access Pass at http://bit.ly/ADJ-All-Access will allow you to browse all episodes at your convenience and download each as many times as you like. As a subscriber you will also receive automatic notifications whenever additions are made to the Author Donna Jodhan Subscription Library.

The All Access Pass at http://bit.ly/ADJ-All-Access is the very best way to enjoy all that the Author Donna Jodhan Subscription Library has to offer, and we hope that you'll take advantage of it. No commitment required. Cancel anytime. All major credit cards, debit cards, and PayPal accepted.

You can also purchase this individual episode on the Author Donna Jodhan Online Store at http://www.donnajodhan.com/store.html for just $0.99 USD, or an entire season of 13 mysteries for the very low price of just $9.99 USD.

Visit the Author Donna Jodhan Online Store at http://www.donnajodhan.com/store.html today to purchase your very own copies.

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If you would like to gain perspective as to how blind persons go about their daily activities, and how they interact with others, please go to:
http://www.donnajodhan.blogspot.com

If you're looking for ways to make your products, services, and/or physical locations more accessible to those who are blind and/or partially sighted, please go to:
http://www.sterlingcreations.ca/sightimpaired.html

If you would like to learn more about Author Donna Jodhan through her editorials and more please visit:
http://www.sterlingcreations.ca/blog

To learn more about what Donna does through the activities of her company please visit:
http://www.sterlingcreations.ca/newsletter.html

Donna also produces various other useful posts every Saturday such as:

Helpful monthly tips.
Where to find your best American cities.
How to make your products and services more accessible.
Editorials on creating an accessible workplace.
Technology related articles each Wednesday and Thursday.
http://www.sterlingcreations.com/businessdesk.htm

You can follow Author Donna Jodhan on Twitter @author_jodhan or @accessibleworld. You can also chat with her on Skype @habsfan0526.

With very best wishes,
Donna J. Jodhan AKA Detective DJ

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January 2015
Brain Boosters
 
I know that many authors often suffer from writer's block and this is not unusual and one should not really panic when this occurs. What I find works for me is something I call brain boosters.
 
I have been using brain boosters for several years now and brain boosters can come in several forms. Here are some examples. The words or melody of a song. The smell of a sweet scented rose. The color of one of your favorite objects. The taste of one of your favorite dishes. You see, it all has to do with the use of your senses and trust me when I say that it does indeed help.
 
So try this one out, and happy writing with brain boosters!
 
Donna J. Jodhan, AKA Detective DJ

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Author Donna Jodhan would like to congratulate the recent winner of the ACB Online Auction that was held on December 7, 2014. The winner; Leslie Thom, won a free six-month All Access Pass to the Author Donna Jodhan Subscription Library of audio mysteries. We congratulate Leslie!
 
If you would like to listen to some of author Donna Jodhan's easy going comments and opinions on how she celebrates the holiday season then you can go to: http://bit.ly/1sBhPan and there you can listen in on the second segment of the weekly Insights Show that airs on Accessible Media, Inc. in Toronto Canada. Author Donna appears each Tuesday on this show and wears her advocate's hat as she comments on various topics as discussed with her by Jason Vermes of Accessible Media, Inc.

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This is a personal message from author Donna Jodhan: "Each time we raise our voice at someone else we are engaging in bullying! Each time we raise our hands to slap or punch someone else we are also engaging in bullying and each time we engage in actions to either manipulate or force someone else to do what we want we are also engaging in bullying!

There is no room in this world for bullying and each day we fail to take action against bullying it is another day that we allow others to bully us and our kids. Our heros and role models are the ones who have made us proud; those brave young men and women who gave their lives for us in past wars and those who continue to do so. They are not the ones who choose to be racists and those who believe that their bad behaviour in public is acceptable.

I write and record audio mysteries that are being used at such events as murder mystery evenings as well as at public awareness and team building events. I promote understanding, tolerance, and problem solving and my audio mysteries continue to be broadcasted around the world and you can listen to them anywhere! On the plane or train! In the car or right there in your home! On your i-device or computer!

Please join my Campaign Against Bullying (CAB) by supporting my efforts to keep on writing and recording! "If you truly care then you will certainly dare!"

You can follow Author Donna Jodhan on Twitter @author_jodhan or @accessibleworld. You can also chat with her on Skype @habsfan0526.

Be sure to like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/authordonnajodhan.

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Compliments of our good friends over at Headstar Communications we give you the latest Volume of the E-Access Bulletin, Access To Technology For All, Regardless Of Ability, at: www.headstar.com/eablive. If you'd like to subscribe to this free monthly text-only publication directly, send an email to eab-subs@headstar.com with "Subscribe" in the subject line.

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With very best wishes for a joyous month of January,
Donna J. Jodhan AKA Detective DJ



Disclaimer: All characters, plots, and story lines written by Author Donna Jodhan are entirely fictional, and are not intended to represent any known real life occurences. Author Donna Jodhan is Detective DJ and these references may be used interchangeably.