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  • Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2009 08:14:04 -0700

This is interesting. There are some good things here. Look at everything.

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Subject:        Fred's Head Companion - American Printing House for the Blind
Date:   Fri, 20 Feb 2009 13:53:10 +0000
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Tips to Buying Food Online: Accessible Resources <>

Posted: 20 Feb 2009 05:39 AM PST

Did you know that you could buy food online? I was amazed when I discovered this fact. There are hundreds of different food websites on the internet, all of which offer great deals and promotions. So no matter what you are in the mood for, you can find it online. You can choose from steaks, lobsters, fruit, wine, chocolates, cakes, coffee, and much more.

What's available you ask? You may be surprised to find out that almost any item that you desire can be purchased online. Many sites offer discount grocery delivery, as well as gourmet treats. If you want a cheap elegant dinner date, try ordering two live Maine lobsters! They will be shipped to your doorstep within 24 hours, complete with cooking instructions. You can make it surf and turf by adding some Omaha steaks to the menu. Top it off with a bottle of wine and imported chocolates. All purchased online, for less than you would think! The trick to buying food online is to look for the best deals and promotions.

A good food delivery site will have many important features. You want to find someone that has been around for a while. I like the selection available at <>. They only work with the best sites, and you can be sure that you are getting a good deal. Check out their RSS feed to have the online bargains delivered to your news aggrigator. For the first time you can actually find coupons that we can read!

Look at a site's prices and selection. Most sites will offer various promotions and coupons for repeat customers. So if you get hooked on that fancy chocolate, it may be cheaper the next time you order a batch. You can also find coupon codes that may give you free shipping or 15% off the next purchase.

Be sure to factor in the shipping costs. Good sites offer free shipping anywhere in the country. Most perishable items will need to be specially packed and rush delivered.

Buying food online is a great way to get a good discount. Websites have lower overhead and are able to give you the same product your local grocery store can, at a fraction of the retail price. What a great deal! And with the wide assortment and free shipping, you can't pass up buying food online.

If you live on or near a college campus, CampusFood offers online ordering for hundreds of restaurants ranging from large chains to small local eateries. Coupons and promotions are often available. You can also save your most ordered items to a favorites list and then order from your phone using text messaging. The site is pretty easy to navigate and works well with screen readers.

Campusfood got its start in 1997 when President Michael Saunders, then a student at University of Pennsylvania, decided there was an easier and more convenient way to order his tuna hoagie than over the phone. Students now browse through menus and order food online with Campusfood making issues such as misplaced menus, busy signals, and order miscommunications obsolete.

Through a virtual food court, Campusfood connects millions to a national base of over 1,500 chain and independent restaurants at more than 300 of the top campuses across the country. Campusfood continues to grow each year, adding campuses and restaurants to their roster.

Click this link to visit <>.

       Amazon Grocery

The following is direct from Amazon:

As an Amazon customer, you expect to find an unparalleled combination of selection and value, no matter what type of product you seek. That's exactly the premise we started with in building Amazon Grocery. To that foundation, we added features that would create a new kind of shopping experience, one where it's easy to keep track of the groceries you want and easy to discover new favorites, and then have them delivered to your door free via Super Saver Shipping or Amazon Prime.

At Amazon Grocery <>, you'll find longtime staples, from Kellogg's to Jiffy Pop. You'll find new entries, such as Kashi cereals and Kraft Easy Mac microwavable snack packets. And when we carry a brand, we'll try to carry every flavor available: not just the most popular flavors of Jell-O, but all flavors, from apricot to wild strawberry and the 70 flavors in-between. We're also making regional favorites like Andy Capp Hot Fries available nationwide, and making hard-to-find specialties like Zico Pure Coconut Water a standard part of our mix.

We also have an extensive selection of natural and organic products. If you haven't heard of Immaculate Baking Company or Bear Naked, let us be the first to introduce you to these earth-friendly brands and their fantastic products.

Our goal at Amazon Grocery <> is to make sure you find the products you want, available at a competitive price, shipped free via Super Saver Shipping or Amazon Prime. To do this, we're working with our manufacturers on ways to keep per-unit costs low. For example, items you purchase might come in larger packs than you see at a traditional grocery store, and we might ship a product in a manufacturer's original case.

Along with this new category of products, we're highlighting a feature we call Your Shopping List, which you'll find under the "Your Lists" link on the top of every page. Your Shopping List makes it easier to locate and keep track of items you purchase routinely--products such as coffee and tea, cereal, paper towels, and cookies. You can order one or all of the products directly from your list, and you can add and delete items with the click of a button.

Let us know how we can make Amazon Grocery <> better for you by sending an e-mail to grocery-feedback@xxxxxxxxxx <mailto:grocery-feedback@xxxxxxxxxx>.

Click this link to visit Amazon Grocery <>.

       Cut down household shopping needs with Amazon's Subscribe & Save

You already love the one-stop convenience of shopping online at <>, but chances are you're not getting everything you can out of this feature-packed shopping engine. Several advanced Amazon features and third party apps and add-ons can help you get the best deals and the stuff you want delivered to your door. Now, here's an Amazon power-shopper tool to add to your cart.

Sick of running out to buy diapers, shampoo, laundry detergent or toilet paper? Grocery shopping is an unavoidable commitment of modern life, but Amazon's Subscribe & Save program can shorten your list and lighten the load of your grocery bags. Get paper towels, dry food goods, baby needs, or a healthy selection of other items delivered on a recurring schedule, at a discount, with free shipping, and, most importantly, without having to worry or think about it.

This service from Amazon called Subscribe & Save ships regular deliveries of discounted household items on a schedule you determine. "Subscribe" to, say, your favorite brand of paper towels and set Amazon to ship you a few packages every one, two, three, or six months. Amazon waives the shipping fee, gives you 15% off their regular price for the towels, emails you before each shipment goes out (with an option to cancel), and charges you only when they ship. Offer only applies to household items, not books, CDs or DVDs), but it sure looks like a handy way to automate your shopping and save cash, time and travel on bus or paratransit.

Click this link to get started with Amazon's Subscribe & Save Program <>.

       Order Online and Local Restaurants Deliver <> provides fast and easy online food ordering from local restaurants & merchants. Since 1999,, formerly, has provided both companies and consumers with the convenience of a singular destination for all of their food delivery needs. <> users place orders online, eliminating the need for telephone calls, and making food ordering a fast, convenient and more efficient process. Benefits include:

   * Accessible menus from local restaurants
   * Save favorite orders and restaurants for easy reordering
   * Maintain a complete history of past orders
   * Save money on exclusive specials
   * Earn prizes, cash and airline miles through DeliveryPoints accrued
     with each order

The information regarding price, product specifications and availability contained on the site has been provided by member retailers. The prices charged by member retailers are the same as the prices charged in their brick-and-mortar stores at the time an order is delivered, shipped or available for pickup.

For more information about, call 800-709-7191 or visit them on the web at <>.

       Internet Grocer

I recently came across a fantastic site called Internet Grocer, the website for the company Best Price Storable Foods. If you are at all interested in any level of home preparedness, you have got to check this site. You may find yourself spending hours browsing the site, but here are some of the things that I think you should check out:

Canned Foods: The website specializes in selling canned foods that are nearly impossible to find, like canned butter, cheese, and high-quality meats, including canned ground beef.

Dehydrated Foods: Best Prices Storable Foods sells Mountain House brand dehydrated foods. You can buy these products in the #10 can size (which is about a gallon size) or #2.5 cans (which is about a quart size). There are a few places that you can find #10 cans of dehydrated food, but that size is too big for most families. Once opened, dehydrated foods should be used within two weeks. This is hard to do with most items. The smaller size is very practical for average families, and for sampling the product before buying it in bulk.

Year's Supply: You can also purchase pre-assembled year supplies for one, two, or four people. These are composed of dehydrated foods from Mountain House brand. In addition, there are three month supplies for one or four persons available for purchase. If you want to have a year's supply for your family, but don't want to have to worry about compiling it yourself, this may be just the option you need.

Grain Mills: Use this website to find electric and hand-powered grain mills for as low as $55.

References: In addition to these items I have listed, there are many more products sold on this website in addition to home preparedness references to help you as you plan for emergencies.

Click this link to visit <>.

Here are some additional websites that have been reccomended by blind and visually impaired computer users. Some of these sites also offer delivery within designated sections of the country:
AmericaGrocer takes the tediousness out of grocery shopping, shipping non refrigerated items across the 48 states and Alaska and Hawaii. Shipping rates start as low as $12.99-- and the more you buy, the more pounds you pack, the less your shipping costs will be. Products are conveniently classed by type; you can browse through breads, baked goods, sweets, canned goods, pet care, and cleaning supplies, among other things. Selection is quite varied, with brands for all budgets. All products are shipped via FedEx and arrive anywhere from two to five days after you've placed your order. Low prices are guaranteed. If you find cheaper price tags at NetGrocer's or, AmericaGrocer will refund 110% of the difference.
Offering nation-wide delivery of groceries including pet food. Phone 800-791-2114 Monday through Thursday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, Fridays 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Groceries Express
20,000 brand names shipped to USA and Military, Detroit Delivery.

Delivers within the Washington DC Metro Area, Boston Massachusetts and in Chicago, Illinois, but go to the site and enter your zipcode. You may be in an area where they have expanded their delivery service.

Enter your zipcode to see if delivery service is available in your area.

Omaha Steaks

Tortuga Rum Cakes
This site delivers rum cakes plus coffees and other tropical items.

1-800-345-1515 or 1-800-345-2525
My favorite shopping channel. sometimes they have food items like steaks, ribs, fish, crabcakes and apples.
Features nonparishable items, cereals, pastas, canned vegetables and soups. Their site is very speech friendly too!

Bashas' Supermarkets
Online ordering and delivery to the Metro Phoenix area and Tucson.

Bypass the fields for username and password and enter your zip code in the field indicated. You can then see a list of places where delivery is available. Non-perishables can apparently be delivered anywhere in the country, through a service Albertson's partners with.

Delivery in the Miami, Florida area.
Online ordering only, no delivery service.

Valu Market
Delivery and pickup in the Louisville, Kentucky area. Shop online and have items delivered or you can pick them up.

Schnucks Market out of St. Louis Missouri.
Delivers to many towns in Missouri and Illinois plus Evansville Indiana and Davenport Iowa.
GopherGrocery is an online shopping portal that allows you to pick out your groceries and have them delivered to your door the next day. The site currently services the Twin Cities area and deliveries of over $100 are free of charge. The interface for selecting groceries is pretty standard; search by product or category and see small-thumbnail images of the products before purchasing. The portal seems to contain just about everything that you'd expect from a grocery store and it is easy to search and find what you require. In case you aren't lucky enough to work from home, you can also select the time that you'd like your groceries delivered, within a window of one hour.
Another online grocery store contender, OneClickGrocery, ships for free to dorms, apartments, businesses and homes in New York and Conneticut. Delivery is available five days a week; first time orderers get $5 in free groceries and the same goes if you refer a friend. OneClick also allows users to create and save shopping lists, and users can even get some inspiration from the site's selection of pre-made lists tailored by location. University student parents can chip in to their kids' grocery funds using the aptly named "Grocery Fund" function; money deposited can go towards dining hall meal plans as well. Any unused funds are returned at the end of the year. Although delivery is free, and you pick the delivery time, there is a $15 charge for redelivery.
With over 1100 participating vendors from across the United States, EatYourMailbox is a service that allows you to order food from any State and have it delivered to your front door. The premise behind this service is that you can't always get the regional foods that you know and love when you move to the other side of the country, unless of course you order it from EatYourMailBox. The site is easy to use and goods can be searched for by State and type of food or by entering keywords into a search bar. After getting your results, check out a brief description of the sites and how other readers have rated them, then visit the website of the vendor you choose and order what you like.

Looking for some homemade items that you won't find in the local grocery store? Foodzie is an online marketplace where you can discover and buy food from small artisan producers and growers.

Do you know other websites that specialize in the sale or delivery of food? Send them to fredshead@xxxxxxx <mailto:fredshead@xxxxxxx> and we'll update this list.

Disposable Ways to Communicate <>

Posted: 19 Feb 2009 11:35 AM PST

Disposable email addresses are quite useful for many things, such as posting on an auction site or for signing up for one of those forced "free" accounts so that you can download a piece of software you were wanting to try.

If you end up giving your real email address, you never know how many people they will sell it too and eventually you'll be bombarded with tons of useless offers, deals, etc.

MintEmail is the way to go if you're looking for a free way to get disposable email addresses! The coolest thing about the site is that when you visit it, you automatically get a custom temporary email address! Instantly! It's shown at the upper right hand corner of the screen. This email address is automatically placed into your clipboard, so you can simply press CTRL+The coolest thing about the site is that when you visit it, you automatically get a custom temporary email address! Instantly! It^D>'s shown at the upper right hand corner of the screen. Also, the email address is automatically placed into your clipboard, so you can simply press CTRL + P and paste it anywhere! No need to highlight and press CTRL + C.V and paste it anywhere, no need to highlight and press CTRL+C.

Another really cool feature is that the web page continuously checks for new messages and updates the page automatically when a new email arrives, no need to go to another page, click "Check mail" or anything like that. Just send an email and watch it appear on the screen! Also, the title for the page is updated to "New Email" so that you will know when a new email arrives even if you are on another tab in Firefox or IE.

The site will automatically verify email links for you from most websites out there. For example, if you wanted to create an account on YouTube, you would type in all of the info and provide your email address. You would then get an email where you would have to click a link to verify your account. Using MintEmail, all of the links inside each email will be clicked automatically so that if there is any verification link, it will be clicked.

If you need to have your temporary email address for longer than four hours, you can actually create a MintEmail address that will last up to three months! So if you're hosting an auction or something that will last six days on eBay, go ahead and set the duration for one week. Just put in your real email address and all messages will be forwarded.

You can always close the browser and check your messages by simply opening the browser window and heading to

Click this link to get a disposable email address through <>.

       FREE Telephone Numbers?

Oh yeah, they have those too. Why would you ever need one? What about for your children or to keep the ex-spouse away? Maybe you want to sell something in the newspaper but don't want to give your real phone number.

At Numbr, you can get a FREE, anonymous, disposable phone number that can even filter out telemarketing calls. You can set up your Numbr to expire in an hour, day, week, month, it works all the time and you can even set up "quiet time" that forwards calls to your real number or email address. It features filter block, parental controls, and you can get your complete call records anytime. You don't even have to be at a computer to get a Numbr, just call 415-234-5678 and your calls will be forwarded to the number you use to make the call!

Click this link to visit <>.

Learning from a Knol <>

Posted: 19 Feb 2009 06:45 AM PST

According to Google, a knol is "a unit of knowledge, an authoritative article about a specific topic." The Google Knol service just reached 100,000 articles and it's finally being recognized as a potential competitor to Wikipedia. If you'd like to learn more, here's how you can get started reading and contributing to Google Knol!

Reading a Knol is simple! All you have to do is point your Web browser to and search for whatever you'd like to read about. The search is powered by Google, so you know it's good! Knols can be written by anyone, so the content varies quite a bit.

To write a Knol of your own, sign in to your Google account (if you don't have one, you'll need to sign up first). Click on "Write a Knol" button. You'll then see the basic structure for writing a Knol. You can choose your license as well. Pick from three Creative Commons licenses (saying that people can use it, but with conditions) or All Rights Reserved (only under limited circumstances can people use it). Who knew you could learn so much from a Knol?

Keep Wireless Networks Secure with My WiFi Zone <>

Posted: 19 Feb 2009 06:20 AM PST

As we all know, when you use a wireless router, there's always a chance that other computers will be able to pick up your signal and use it, without you ever knowing a thing about it. Even more than that, there's always the risk of your computer being hacked into as well. So, what can you do to keep yourself safe when using your wireless connection? Let's take a look at your options!

To begin, wireless routers are set up to send out a beacon called the Service Set IDentifier (SSID), which is what helps your wireless devices (laptop, notetaker, etc.) connect to the Internet. The main purpose of the SSID is to broadcast wireless signals and invite available devices within range to connect to them. Now, if a device doesn't know a network's SSID, it will not be able to connect. So, if you change your SSID settings, only the people who know the SSID will be able to connect to your wireless network. That can help keep some of the "outsiders" away.

While hiding your SSID keeps casual users at bay, you could still have trouble with hackers. Unfortunately, a hacker who is determined enough to get into your network will find a way. If they have the right kind of software, they will be able to easily gain access to your computer. Plus, changing your SSID can result in a slower performance and it could take you longer to connect to the Internet. Luckily, there are a few other things you can do to keep your wireless network as secure as possible.

For starters, you can change your router's login and password to be different from the default settings. If you're still using the login and password that came with your router, anyone could connect to it, change your settings and even lock you out. You should also change your SSID to something a little more unique. Most routers come with a name of "default," which is very easy for hackers to figure out. You should change it to something a little more meaningful to yourself. Lastly, you should turn on your encryption. If you do that, your router will not give access to any wireless devices unless they can provide the password you specify. It will also encrypt any communication between your computer and your router so that no one will be able to see what goes on. Note: If your router supports WPA encryption, you should use that over WEP, which is an older version.

Doing the three things I discussed above are your best bets for secure wireless networking, but if you still want to hide your SSID, you can do so by following the directions in your user manual. Every router is different, so your manual should give you detailed directions on how to get the job done.

Notetakers, like other portible devices, have now entered the world of wireless communication. Isn't it great to be able to walk around and download books, email, podcasts news or RSS feed content through your notetaker?

Like everything else, there's a concern for those who run out and purchase a wireless hub so they can get this wireless connectivity in their homes. One always has to ask, "Is my home network secure?" "I wonder if someone is trying to gain access to my network?"

I ran across a little gem of a program that will help you keep an eye on who's using or attempting to use your wireless connection without your consent or knowledge. This issue has been the focus of many legal debates lately. Should it be legal to connect to your neighbor's wireless network when they in fact are the ones broadcasting the signal onto your property? I don't feel that this is right, but it goes on. In fact, it goes on everyday, as more and more end-users have WiFi capability.

Over the past two to three years, the number of wireless networks in homes has really increased. According to McAfee, twenty to sixty percent of these networks are completely unsecured. I have personally noticed that between home and work, there have been several new wireless networks broadcasting their SSID all over the place (300 to 500ft), and if you have a wireless network, there's a possibility you're doing it right now too.

With this little program called My WiFi Zone, you can obtain the access to drop any potential wireless trespassers. Every time a new system attempts to access your network, a small balloon will pop up in the lower right hand corner of your desktop alerting you of the actions taking place. You can quickly scrutinize any connection attempts by viewing the information in this pop up and comparing it to the information of the systems you are responsible for. If you choose not to authorize this unknown entity attempting to gain access to your network, then simply select Deny from the pop up window and bingo-bango, this party crasher is stopped cold.

Everyone using a wireless router should have some sort of WiFi monitoring software on his or her system, and with My WiFi Zone, you get this protection for free. So protect yourself from WiFi interlopers with My WiFi Zone. It's easy to use and free. Now that's a deal.

Click this link to learn more or download My WiFi Zone <>.

What is Social Bookmarking? <>

Posted: 19 Feb 2009 06:07 AM PST

I know most of you have probably heard of bookmarking and some of you probably know what I'm talking about when I say social networking, but what about social bookmarking? Do those three things even have anything to do with each other? The answer to that is yes and no. Allow me to explain!

When you bookmark a Website, you're adding it to your Favorites list (in your Web browser) so that you'll be able to find it easier and faster the next time you want to visit it. That way, you don't have to take up so much time finding it again in the wide world of the Web. Now, I'm willing to guess that most of you bookmark a lot of Websites on a regular basis. Am I right? So, once you have all those sites compiled, what are you going to do with them? Wouldn't it be nice to be able to share them with other people who may have the same interests as you?

That's where social bookmarking comes in! It allows you to share your bookmarks with other Internet users in a collaborative way. Usually, social bookmarking takes place on sites where the users can create an account to add their bookmarks to. It's also helpful to do it on sites that allow you to insert keywords for the types of bookmarks you add. That way, they all can be organized and set into categories that other users can easily search.

Social bookmarking gives you the chance to see all the Websites you may have missed. By seeing what other users submit in certain categories, you can view the ones that fit your interests the best. You won't have to waste your time looking at other sites that don't interest you. By seeing sites that people add, you can start to accumulate a whole slew of new resources.

Once you become a part of a social bookmarking site, you become a member of that community. You and all the other users are there for the same thing and you can help each other out in finding sites that will benefit all of you. It also makes searching the Web so much easier and quicker. Another great thing is that once you're part of a site, you can access it from any computer and any browser. That way, you're never limited in seeing the social bookmarks you've been waiting for.

Now, you're probably wondering how you can get started. Well, there are a few social bookmarking sites online today, with one of the most popular being <>. You can create your own account there and once you're all set up, you can search by keywords to find other bookmarks that may interest you. also has lists for the "Popular" and "Recent" categories, so you can dive right in. You can find bookmarks for all types of things, from software to design to photography to shopping, it's all right there!

Another great social bookmarking site is Digg is mostly geared to technology and science, but if you're into that, it will be perfect for you. You can leave comments, or "diggs" on the Website as well, which makes it all a little more interesting. One more popular social bookmarking site is It's a great source for up and coming online content. Reddit also has a very unique and easy voting system. Other social bookmarking sites that may be worth a look are Furl, StumbleUpon and Slashdot.

Now, of course, there are always pros and cons to everything and social bookmarking is no exception. If social bookmarking is going to work properly, it takes a lot of organization to make sure all of the information is divided up correctly and is relevant. Sometimes the sites fall short of that and it can make your research a lot more difficult. On the other hand, the sites allow users to gain a bigger knowledge base, all while helping others do the same. Social bookmarking is a feel good type of thing and if done right, it can benefit a lot of people!

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