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I believe that all of these can be useful to some.

Nimer J

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A Pocketful of Sound <http://feedproxy.google.com/%7Er/FredsHeadCompanion/%7E3/I6QdXYEbbwg/pocketful-of-sound.html>

Posted: 13 Mar 2009 12:49 PM PDT

/A Pocketful of Sound/ was written to help individuals decide which of the audio player gadgets is best for them.

Author Anna Dresner describes and compares many of the most accessible players, including the Zen Stone; iPods; players running Rockbox; the Olympus DS-30, DS-40, and DS-50; the Victor Reader Stream; the Icon; and many others. She uses the same checklist for each product to compare their features. She includes detailed descriptions, basic instructions for use, and tips for power users. Also included are brief sections on the media-playing capabilities of notetakers and cell phones, information about how players organize music, links to tutorials and other resources, and sources for downloading music and books.

To read the table of contents, visit http://www.nbp.org/ic/nbp/POCKET.html <http://www.nbp.org/ic/nbp/POCKET.html>.

The book is available in Braille and PortaBook for $14. Send orders to:

National Braille Press
88 St. Stephen Street
Boston, MA 02115-4302
Toll Free: 800-548-7323

Get Your Movie Fix With Netflix <http://feedproxy.google.com/%7Er/FredsHeadCompanion/%7E3/ByQK_FT79mk/get-your-movie-fix-with-netflix.html>

Posted: 13 Mar 2009 11:19 AM PDT

You say you're a movie buff but hate going to the video store because you don't have enough vision to read the endless rows of boxes that lign the shelves of your local video store? You can't get help finding the right title that your kids have been dying to see? Netflix is an accessible alternative, and your movies are delivered right to your door!

With Netflix you can rent as many DVDs as you want from the comfort of your home and have them delivered to your door in about 1 business day! There are no late fees and no due dates, and shipping is free both ways.

Select your movies and they should arrive in your mailbox in about 1 business day via U.S. mail. When you finish watching a movie, simply put it in its prepaid envelope and mail it back. After they receive your returned DVD, they'll send the next available DVD from your list. Shipping is always free both ways - no hidden charges.

Netflix has a wide selection of movies - everything from classics to new releases. As a member, you'll be able to choose from any of 60,000 titles - five times the selection of a typical video store. The web site is available 24 hours a day and makes finding movies simple and convenient.

Since launching their online movie rental service in 1999, Netflix has become the world's largest online DVD rental service. Each month, Netflix provides movie entertainment to more than 4 million satisfied customers.

Click this link to visit the Netflix website <http://www.netflix.com>.


       InstantWatcher.com makes the Netflix search easy

Netflix has added the ability to watch movies and television programs online through their "Watch Instantly" option. If you have a Netflix account, you can search for items and by clicking the "watch" link, you can sit back and enjoy the show right from your computer. A small software package is required to download the first time you watch something, but once downloaded, you're good to go.

One of the difficult aspects of the Netflix experience is their website. They have so many titles that it can be difficult to find the "Watch Instantly" programs. I was happy to find another website that only looks at items that can be watched online and that works better with a screen reader.

InstantWatcher.com is an easy-to-use Website that allows you to search through the thousands of titles available on Netflix Watch Instantly. You don't have to sign up for anything to begin searching by genre, people, new releases and more. InstantWatcher even allows you to add titles to your Netflix queue right from the site.

As someone who loves Netflix but is often frustrated by the difficult search process, InstantWatcher.com is a welcome addition to my bookmarks folder.

Click this link to visit http://www.InstantWatcher.com <http://www.InstantWatcher.com>.

What Does This Error Mean? <http://feedproxy.google.com/%7Er/FredsHeadCompanion/%7E3/hwawIM0RCkQ/what-does-this-error-mean.html>

Posted: 13 Mar 2009 08:11 AM PDT

We all get an error message on our computer screen and most of the time, we don't know what it means or how to fix it. Am I right? It's especially annoying when you have to get past the error in order to complete a task. Well, it doesn't have to be so difficult to figure out what the error is and how to fix it.

Most of you probably have no one to turn to when you receive an error message. That is, until now! Here's a Website you can visit to find out what an error message means and how you can easily fix it. The name of the Web site is "What Does This Error Mean?"

At the site, you can copy and paste or type your error message in to the box on the site and simply wait for your results, or you can browse through the most recent and most common errors.

Let's use error #404 as an example. Its explanation is "Server not found." Go ahead and copy and paste that into the box and then hit the Find Me Some Help button. The results are immediately shown. If you think you can add some information to this error, or any error messages on the site, you're free to do so. That way, everyone benefits! If you'd like to keep tabs on a certain error for when its information is updated, you can do so by clicking on the Follow This Error button. You can also browse through the most recent error messages by clicking on the Browse button at the top of the page. It will show you the name of the error message and how many solutions it has. I hope this helps ease your error message headaches!

Click this link to visit http://www.WhatDoesThisErrorMean.com <http://www.whatdoesthiserrormean.com>.

Macular Degeneration Support Inc. <http://feedproxy.google.com/%7Er/FredsHeadCompanion/%7E3/0AK6qlPumA4/macular-degeneration-support-inc.html>

Posted: 13 Mar 2009 06:52 AM PDT

Macular Degeneration Support Inc. (MDS), offers a host of online resources for people with macular degeneration and related diseases.

The organization's web site contains: more than 1500 links to low vision-related resources, library, book store, an email discussion group, chat room, and literary contributions--writings by people with low vision.

MD Support is a non-profit, public service organization. It was created in 1995 by Dan Roberts, a retired educator. Its director and staff are all visually-impaired volunteers.

The organization publishes a "web book" containing the same information as its web site which are distributed at cost to individuals who do not have internet access. There are currently two volumes of the Web Book. Individuals who purchase the two volume set can receive bi-annual updates. According to MD Support, any profits from the sale of the Web Books is used for the organization's outreach efforts.

For more information about MD Support, use the organization information below.

Macular Degeneration Support Inc.
3600 Blue Ridge
Grandview, MO 64030
Web: http://members.aol.com/danlrob/MDpeople

Books By Email <http://feedproxy.google.com/%7Er/FredsHeadCompanion/%7E3/P8bJXbGL9cU/books-by-email.html>

Posted: 13 Mar 2009 06:48 AM PDT

Too busy to read books? Have them delivered to you in small chunks via email.

You spend hours each day reading email but don't find the time to read books. DailyLit brings books right into your inbox in convenient small messages that take less than 5 minutes to read. This works incredibly well not just on your computer but also on a Treo, Blackberry, Sidekick or accessible PDA of your choice. In the words of Dr. Seuss: Try it, you might like it!

Simply pick a book, select how often and when you want to receive messages, and provide your email address. DailyLit does the rest.

Click this link to visit http://www.dailylit.com <http://www.dailylit.com>.


       Get Alerts on New Book Arrivals From Your Library

Wowbrary is a free service that can monitor your local public library and alert you on new book arrivals. Just enter your zip code, select your library from the list and sign-up with your email to receive weekly updates from that library. Currently it serves libraries in major US cities, covering over thirty-four million in population

Once you receive your weekly email, you can view the latest movies, DVD, books divided by categories and week's Top Choices from your library. Click on items to get more detailed info from the library's website.

You can sign up to as many libraries as you like, the service is free and accessible.

Click this link to check out Wowbrary at http://www.wowbrary.com <http://www.wowbrary.com>.

Products Helpful in Identifying and Matching Clothes <http://feedproxy.google.com/%7Er/FredsHeadCompanion/%7E3/i6fu7S8ZhHc/products-helpful-in-identifying-and.html>

Posted: 13 Mar 2009 06:45 AM PDT

The following agencies offer products helpful in identifying, and matching clothing items

*Maxi Aids:*

  1. *Do-Dots:* These clear plastic braille buttons (1 male, 1 female)
     snap together easily and nondestructively through hem, cuff, or
     collar. One side of the button tells you the design (light, dark,
     print, plaid, stripes, and plain). The other side tells you the
     color. Includes 45 different colors, and a braille-coded key to
     the abbreviations is included.

  2. *Say What:* Re-usable tags made of strong plastic. You can change
     the desired information on a removable label. Each kit contains 10
     tags and enough braille tape for 23 labels. The tags measure 1
     1/2" x 5 3/4".

  3. *Match Makers:* Special plastic covers with large tactual dots
     that are bonded to nickel plated safety pins. Count the number of
     dots to find matching clothing.

For more information about these products contact:
Maxi-aids
PO Box 3209
Farmingdale, NY 11735,
Toll-free:1-800-522-6294
Phone: 516-752-0521,
Fax: 516-752-0689.

*Independent Living Aids* offers the following product:

  1. *Thick Sock Locks:* These plastic squares with gripper holes will
     keep socks paired in the washing machine, dryer, and sock drawer.

For more information please contact:
Independent Living Aids
27 East Mall
Plainview, NY 11803
Phone 1-800-537-2118
Fax 516-752-3135

These tips from Carol Woodward were published on the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired website <http://www.tsbvi.edu/Education/clothing.htm> and are made available by special permission of the author.


       Sherlock Talking Label Identifier

The Sherlock Talking Label Identifier is a hand-held digital voice recorder with each recorded message keyed to an adhesive label or plastic disk tag. Labels or tags can be attached to clothing, medications, packaged products, frozen foods, documents, books, CDs, anything you wish to identify. Includes 25 labels, 10 tags and carrying case.

Sherlock Talking Label Identifier: Catalog Number: 1-07410-00

Extra Adhesive Labels (pack of 25):
Catalog Number: 1-07411-00

Extra Plastic Tags (pack of 10):
Catalog Number: 1-07412-00

Click here to purchase these items through our Quick Order Entry page: http://shop.aph.org/quickentry.asp <http://shop.aph.org/quickentry.asp>

If you need assistance, click this link to read the Fred's Head Companion post "Purchasing Products From The APH Website Is Easy" <http://tinyurl.com/9ezka>.

American Printing House for the Blind, Inc.
1839 Frankfort Avenue
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 6085
Louisville, Kentucky 40206-0085
Toll Free: 800-223-1839
Phone: 502-895-2405
Fax: 502-899-2274
E-mail: info@xxxxxxx <mailto:info@xxxxxxx>
Web site: http://www.aph.org

Humanware, a manufacturer of assistive devices <http://feedproxy.google.com/%7Er/FredsHeadCompanion/%7E3/vB0dphQFdqY/humanware-manufacturer-of-assistive.html>

Posted: 13 Mar 2009 06:44 AM PDT

Humanware is a designer and manufacturer of technology for people who are vision impaired. Their products include:

   * The SmartView video magnifier, a low vision aid that enlarges
     objects, actions and text onto a display screen
   * PocketViewer, the truly portable low vision device
   * Victor Reader, a line of digital talking book players that allow
     reading of talking books recorded in digital format
   * Trekker, a revolutionary system that uses GPS and digital maps to
     help blind people find their way in urban and rural areas
   * Maestro, a PDA using a text-to-speech technology adapted
     application and a tactile keyboard membrane over a PDA touch screen
   * BrailleNote, provides a choice of output options by combining a
     crisp high definition Braille display with clear, responsive speech
   * BrailleNote PK, the world's smallest blindness PDA, it combines a
     high definition braille display with speech output
   * VoiceNote, provides high quality speech output without the Braille
     display



For more about Humanware and their products, use the contact information below:

Humanware
175 Mason Circle
Concord, CA 94520
Toll Free: 800-722-3393
Phone: 925-680-7100
Fax: 925-681-4630
Email: us.info@xxxxxxxxxxxxx <mailto:us.info@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Web: http://www.humanware.com

National Library Service For The Blind (NLS) <http://feedproxy.google.com/%7Er/FredsHeadCompanion/%7E3/9n6ireqDtjg/national-library-service-for-blind-nls.html>

Posted: 13 Mar 2009 06:43 AM PDT

The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) administers a free library program of braille and recorded materials circulated to eligible borrowers through a network of cooperating libraries.

Under a special provision of the U.S. copyright law and with permission of authors and publishers of works not covered by the provision, NLS selects and produces full-length books and magazines in braille and on recorded disc and cassette. Reading materials are distributed to a cooperating network of regional and subregional (local) libraries where they are circulated to eligible borrowers. Reading materials and playback machines are sent to borrowers and returned to libraries by postage-free mail.

Established by an act of Congress in 1931 to serve blind adults, the program was expanded in 1952 to include children, in 1962 to provide music materials, and again in 1966 to include individuals with other physical impairments that prevent the reading of standard print.

National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS)
1291 Taylor St., N W
Washington, DC 20542
Toll Free: 800-424-8567
Phone: 202-707-5100
Fax: 202-707-0712
Email: nls@xxxxxxx <mailto:nls@xxxxxxx>
Web: http://www.loc.gov/nls

Labeling Controls On Household Appliances Using Braille <http://feedproxy.google.com/%7Er/FredsHeadCompanion/%7E3/uoU0SIqO0CY/labeling-controls-on-household.html>

Posted: 13 Mar 2009 06:42 AM PDT

Labeling the controls on some household appliances may prove helpful. Many modern microwaves have no tactilely detectable buttons. Here Braille labels can serve a dual purpose: not only do they help to locate the function keys, they also identify them. Even if appliances have tactile controls, it may still prove useful to label some of them, especially if you do not want to make the effort to remember many different settings. Thus you may wish to attach Dymo tape labels to your dishwasher, your washing machine, and your dryer. These labels are especially helpful with the type of washing machines, which use a dial to select different wash cycles. You can use little triangle-shaped Dymo tape arrows to point to the beginnings of various stages and place some identifying letters or words nearby.

You will probably not need or want to label every single appliance in your home, especially those that you are already familiar with or others, which are simple to use. But, on the other hand, do not be shy about labeling anything; after all, the manufacturers always include print labels for sighted consumers.

Some complex appliances such as videocassette recorders may require a different approach. In addition to labeling some buttons, you may wish to make note of the layout of the control panel since there may not be enough room to label all keys. You may also want to write down the sequence of steps for operating your machine. As you are programming the VCR, you can then refer to your notes on the procedure. If you have a remote control device with a complicated layout, you may again wish to take notes on the function of each key. After all you will want to take full advantage of the power of your remote control when you are lounging in your recliner, zapping through TV channels.

This excerpt is from "101 Ways To Use Braille" by Ellen Waechtler. The article first appeared in the Summer, 1998, issue of the Braille Spectator, a publication of the NFB of Maryland, and is reprinted with special permission from the author.


     Braillable Labels and Sheets from APH

These clear, blank self-adhesive labels can be brailled and used to label items around the home, school, and office, such as: household appliances; canned goods; greeting cards; books; CDs; folders. The labels come in a variety of packages and sizes for convenience. The pre-cut, peel-off Large and Small labels accommodate braille lines that are 15 cells wide, with four lines fitting on the large and two on the small labels. Full-Size and Pin-Fed Sheets offer more room for brailling and can be cut to the desired size. A printed SimBraille sheet is included with each package to assist in determining size and placement.

Assorted Label Pack (5 Large Sheets, 5 Small Sheets, 10 Full-Size Sheets, 30 Pin-Fed Sheets):
Catalog Number: 1-08871-00

Small Label Pack (10 Sheets, 18 labels (3.87 x 0.95) per Sheet):
Catalog Number: 1-08872-00

Large Label Pack (10 Sheets, 10 Labels (3.875 x 1.75) per Sheet):
Catalog Number: 1-08873-00


       Braillable Sheets



15 Sheets (8 1/2 x 11, full-size):
Catalog Number: 1-08874-00

30 Continuous Sheets (8 1/2 x 11, pin-fed):
Catalog Number: 1-08875-00

Click here to purchase these items through our Quick Order Entry page: http://shop.aph.org/quickentry.asp <http://shop.aph.org/quickentry.asp>

If you need assistance, click this link to read the Fred's Head Companion post "Purchasing Products From The APH Website Is Easy" <http://fredsheadcompanion.blogspot.com/2005/11/purchasing-products-from-aph-website.html>.

American Printing House for the Blind, Inc.
1839 Frankfort Avenue
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 6085
Louisville, Kentucky 40206-0085
Toll Free: 800-223-1839
Phone: 502-895-2405
Fax: 502-899-2274
E-mail: info@xxxxxxx <mailto:info@xxxxxxx>
Web site: http://www.aph.org

Labeling Your Cleaning Supplies Using Braille Labels <http://feedproxy.google.com/%7Er/FredsHeadCompanion/%7E3/uyXR-BpXUfI/labeling-your-cleaning-supplies-using.html>

Posted: 13 Mar 2009 06:41 AM PDT

Labeling your cleaning supplies with braille labels using Dymo tape eliminates the possibility of confusing your oven cleaner with your furniture polish. You can also label such items as shampoo and conditioner bottles, which often feel the same, so that you can differentiate between them before you pour the contents into your hand or onto your hair.

This excerpt taken from "101 Ways To Use Braille" by Ellen Waechtler. The article first appeared in the Summer, 1998, issue of the Braille Spectator, a publication of the NFB of Maryland, and is reprinted with special permission from the author.


     Braillable Labels and Sheets from APH

These clear, blank self-adhesive labels can be brailled and used to label items around the home, school, and office, such as: household appliances; canned goods; greeting cards; books; CDs; folders. The labels come in a variety of packages and sizes for convenience. The pre-cut, peel-off Large and Small labels accommodate braille lines that are 15 cells wide, with four lines fitting on the large and two on the small labels. Full-Size and Pin-Fed Sheets offer more room for brailling and can be cut to the desired size. A printed SimBraille sheet is included with each package to assist in determining size and placement.

Assorted Label Pack (5 Large Sheets, 5 Small Sheets, 10 Full-Size Sheets, 30 Pin-Fed Sheets):
Catalog Number: 1-08871-00

Small Label Pack (10 Sheets, 18 labels (3.87 x 0.95) per Sheet):
Catalog Number: 1-08872-00

Large Label Pack (10 Sheets, 10 Labels (3.875 x 1.75) per Sheet):
Catalog Number: 1-08873-00


       Braillable Sheets



15 Sheets (8 1/2 x 11, full-size):
Catalog Number: 1-08874-00

30 Continuous Sheets (8 1/2 x 11, pin-fed):
Catalog Number: 1-08875-00

Click here to purchase these items through our Quick Order Entry page: http://shop.aph.org/quickentry.asp <http://shop.aph.org/quickentry.asp>

If you need assistance, click this link to read the Fred's Head Companion post "Purchasing Products From The APH Website Is Easy" <http://fredsheadcompanion.blogspot.com/2005/11/purchasing-products-from-aph-website.html>.

American Printing House for the Blind, Inc.
1839 Frankfort Avenue
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 6085
Louisville, Kentucky 40206-0085
Toll Free: 800-223-1839
Phone: 502-895-2405
Fax: 502-899-2274
E-mail: info@xxxxxxx <mailto:info@xxxxxxx>
Web site: http://www.aph.org

Craft Books And Cookbooks by Marjorie Arnott <http://feedproxy.google.com/%7Er/FredsHeadCompanion/%7E3/Q4BSSNXwrkc/craft-books-and-cookbooks.html>

Posted: 13 Mar 2009 06:40 AM PDT

Marjorie Arnott, an avid knitter, has compiled several books with interesting knitting and crocheting patterns and designs. These patterns and designs come from as far away as Australia and Scotland. Check her website for a catalog that also includes cookbooks.

Marjorie Arnott
1446 North Coronado Street
Chandler, AZ 85224-7824
Phone: 480-345-8773
Email: marnott@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx <mailto:marnott@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Web: http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~rowan/marjorie-crafts.html <http://www.cs.cmu.edu/%7Erowan/marjorie-crafts.html>

Contributor: Marjorie Arnott

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