Dean does an excellent job. I remember back in the days of Raised Dot
Computing, he used to be on staff there. I got their newsletters on
cassette, and he recorded some of the articles. I'm off to check out the new
JAWS scripting group that he mentions.
----- Original Message ----- From: "beth" <fb-oe@xxxxxxx>
Sent: Friday, 10 February, 2006 10:02 AM
Subject: [bct] Fw: Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, February 9, 2006
I get this every Thursday, so may many of you, but there were some things
we've been discussing in this one, so I sent along the newsletter this time.
fieldTop Tech tidbits for Thursday, February 9, 2006
1) Shaun Everiss has started a mailing list, primarily but not exclusively for discussing old computer equipment. to join, send a message to the address below, and put the word subscribe in the subjectheretechrubbish-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
2) The American Foundation for the Blind will publish the first AccessWorld Guide to Assistive Technology Products. the book will appear in March on disk and in print and will cost $24.95.
3) Independent Living Aids, in conjunction, I believe, with a Swiss organization, is marketing the Milestone mp3 player/recorder for $365.00. the unit features accessible navigation and the ability to store audio files in its 256 megs of built-in memory or on a cf card. You can listen to a presentation on the device and read more about it here: http://accessible-devices.com/milestonerecorder.html
4) Top Speed2 is a car racing game with impressive sound effects and an enthusiastic community of players. the game is free from http://playinginthedark.net/
5) Gw Micro, maker of window-Eyes, and Libera, maker of the System 7, a case management application, have announced that they have collaborated to make this case management system accessible to blind social service employees.
6) A new mailing list for those interested in learning to write scripts for JAWS has been created, called Scriptography. Read about it
7) OPAL and LibraryU present the Day of the Digital Audio Book on Ghursday, 16 February. Presentations and self-paced modules will take place throughout the day. Free, but registration requested: http://learning.libraryu.org/LULiveReg/LULiveReg.asp
8) window-Eyes users report that the menu system in the cd burning program Nero Burning Rom, which was formerly not accessible, now works wel in window-Eyes with version 188.8.131.52.
9) The February, 2006 issue of the Braille Monitor contains a review of the three accessible gps systems available for blind travelers: http://www.nfb.org/bm/bm06/bm0602/bm060206.htm
10) If By Phone is a new interactive phone service trying to get started. You can call the US toll-free number 866-350-9836 or visit http://www.ifbyphone.com/
11) I got the month wrong for the AccessTechnologyInstitute presentation on the Audacity audio editor, but not the day. You haven't missed it! It's coming up on Tuesday, 14 February at 01:00 GMT. I always give times in GmT, and this event takes place at the beginning of Tuesday even though North Americans will experience it on Monday.
12) Jonathan Mosen shares a link to a site that contains the audio feeds for all the many BBC channels in one accessible place. http://dave.org.uk/streams/
13) In the 30 January entry on his blog, Jonathan discussed software designed to turn gext into mp3 or other digital audio formats so one can listen to it in a portable player, burn it to cd, and such. http://www.mosenexplosion.com/
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