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One of the things that irks me the most with iDevices is the virtual keyboard. Sure, I can tap away quick text messages and the like, but it's not really feasible for long typing sessions. I resort to Bluetooth key... Continue Reading: A New Way To Type On Your iDevice
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How I learned to read braille
First things first, I needed to acclimatize myself to tactile sensations felt through my fingers. My teacher's assistant in kindergart... Continue Reading: Braille Rules! Part 2
I have touched on many topics within this blog, but there is one that I have found quite daunting to approach, since it's so dear to me, yet has become somewhat controversial: Continue Reading: Braille Rules! Part 1
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Let your iDevice do the reading:
Nope, that's not a spelling error, it's actually a new app that was recently released to the AppStore. What is it? Read on and find out.
In many of my blog entries, I've touched on APPS that let you make phone calls for free, suc... Continue Reading: Say Zello To The World!
Unless you've been living under a rock for the last 24 hours, you've probably heard all the hoopla, (yes I said hoopla, leave me alone), about this new iPad. Apple has gotten lazy in its nomenclature. They can't even call it something lik... Continue Reading: The New iPad
I was trying to find a snazzy title for this particular entry, but came up empty-handed. Ah well, better luck next time. One of the many things I've been tinkering with recently on my iPhone are podcasts. The music app on the iDevices do ... Continue Reading: Podcasts And Other Stories
It seems that everyone is into the giving mood these days. GW Micro, the makers of Window-Eyes, have come up with a fully accessible interface for Skype. What's even more impressive is that it's free and will work with any screen reader o... Continue Reading: A Gift From GW Micro
The funniest movie clip I've ever seen, is in the dramatization of Alexander Graham Bell's life. Good old Alex is at home and receives a call from a stranger offering him a subscription to a local newspaper. He throws the phone across the... Continue Reading: Phone Scams: Don't Be A Victim
Have you ever had the misfortune of dropping your cell phone into a water source, (we won't mentioned which one). Or better yet, knocked over a drink, (hot or cold) onto your keyboard? This weekend, I knocked over a glass of water right i... Continue Reading: When Your Devices Take A Bath
Buying a computer can be a daunting task. Especially if you're hit with the usual computer jargon these days: MHZ, DVD, HDD, RAM, Sd,SSD USB, Ethernet, WIFI. The list goes on. Since the back to school sales are on right now, I thought I... Continue Reading: Buying A New Computer
It seems that many organizations involved in daisy creation and distribution are coming out with their own concept of Daisy presentation on the IDevices. In comes Read2Go from Benetech, the hosts of BookShare and other interesting project... Continue Reading: Yet another Daisy reading App: Read2Go
Take a hike? No really, I mean it. What better way to get back to nature and enjoy the great outdoors. Hiking is yet another one of my passions. I was able to recently rediscover it with Dorothy, my patient adventure friend.
What ... Continue Reading: Take A Hike!
Before I get into the abovementioned topic, let me throw in a little technical IPhone Nugget. There's a new IPhone Accessible GPS APP out there called Ariadne GPS. If you're up on your Greek Mythology, (Which I'm not), you'll quickly real... Continue Reading: Tandem Cycling Anyone?
One of the most frustrating things for me when it comes down to computers, is keeping copies of important files up-to-date across my small army of PCs. I recently found a utility called Dropbox and figured this would be a good time to sh... Continue Reading: Sync Your Files With Ease
No, I'm serious. Want to play tennis? Read on and you'll find out the somewhat newest sport gaining interest around the globe.
Yes, I know, tennis has been around for years, but have you heard of blind tennis? Aha, I didn't think ... Continue Reading: Tennis Anyone?
Although, my blog has been mostly concentrated on technology, there are other things that I do in life. In the next few entries I'll let you into a few of my sports interests. Don't worry, technology is still in my portfolio. Let's start ... Continue Reading: Run Forest, Run!
Personalizing your phone is probably the most fun you can have. Hmm, okay, well there are many other things that are fun, but it is one fun thing, I'll grant you that. You don't have to be a nerd to add nifty new ringtones. For example... Continue Reading: Creating Ringtones for your IPhone
I've been holding off on talking about this ingenious app until it would be available in the Canadian app store. Low and behold, it is. Have you ever had a situation where an extra pair of eyes would have come in handy. Well, I wouldn't m... Continue Reading: VizWiz: Augmenting Your Vision
As promised, here are a few more apps that have made their way onto my IDevices. Let's deal with Life Enhancing apps.
Still my favourite app, find out information of an item by taking its picture and letting the... Continue Reading: IDevices Apps Roundup, Part 2
Most people would say that you have to be egotistical for wanting your computer to speak in your own voice, but let's think about this for a moment. Imagine losing the power of speech. It can happen and it has for a few people, some of th... Continue Reading: Make your PC talk in your own voice
What, it can do that? Yes, oddly enough, the IPhone can indeed make phone calls. I realized that in my plethora of entries on the IPhone, I neglected to talk about its most basic functions, making and receiving phone calls. So, here I am ... Continue Reading: Making a call on an IPhone
Recently, I was asked if I had found any interesting apps to blog about. It got me to thinking... yeah I do that sometimes. It got me to thinking that I should go through my apps and list the ones that I found to be of particular interest... Continue Reading: IDevices Apps Roundup, Part 1
Every so often, I stumble on something that really catches my eye, so to speak. I have about 10 different email lists, various RSS and multiple twitter feeds pushing information to me.
This morning, I found the following scripts ... Continue Reading: ITunes Access with BlindTunes:
One would think that changing a password is an easy task. Well, it is, at most times. For the last couple of weeks, I've been telling myself, self, you should change your work password. To be honest, I did look around a few times and trie... Continue Reading: Changing The Windows Password:
By Martin Courcelles
Oh no! Not another new keyboard?
It seems that every time a new PC and/or laptop rears its ugly head, you need to learn a new keyboard configuration. Well, as a JAWS user, you have ... Continue Reading: Jaws Tips: Key Learn Mode
By: Martin Courcelles
I've had IDevices for a few months now. It's been a lot of fun to try out new apps and other gadgets in conjunction with these multi-facetted marvels.
So, do I consider myself a Mac... Continue Reading: IDevices Games
By Martin Courcelles
I need to write something down:
Ever have an idea you want to quickly jot down, or just want to quickly note someone's phone number? You could always run Not... Continue Reading: Jot notes down in a flash
One of the most frustrating things for me when it comes down to computers, is keeping copies of important files up-to-date across my small army of PCs. I recently found a utility called Dropbox and figured this would be a good time to sh... Continue Reading: Syncing Information
Many of you have probably wondered where martin's been. Okay, maybe a couple of you. Scratch that, the people at my local Tim Hortons certainly have been wondering. Anyway, I was on holidays participating in a cross-country skiing meet in... Continue Reading: Want virtual sight? Try oMoby
These days, with all the new gadgets coming out every 3 months, it's refreshing to see innovative ideas such as this one; no gadgets required. Previously, when you wanted to record a phone call, you'd need expensive hardware and special c... Continue Reading: Recording A Phone Call
Once in a while, I do fall off the Techno Geek wagon and talk about something else. Today is one of those days.
Since the cold weather has finally hit us in Toronto Canada, (minus 20 degrees Celsius), yes, I know prairie dwellers... Continue Reading: Protecting Your Doggie Pawz
In October of this year, CNIB, as well as other blindness organizations were invited to participate in a 1 day, round table event at Microsoft's offices in Redmond Washington. The topic was their new Windows Phone 7 operating system. Firs... Continue Reading: Microsoft promises accessibility:
Since I'm already in a holiday mood, I thought I'd lighten discussion here a bit and talk about creativity. Furthermore, I'd like to give a gift to all of my loyal readers.
A few years ago, I was in a production of Charles Dicken... Continue Reading: Some Creative Giving
Being a nerd can be taxing, especially when it comes down to time-management. Back home, I have a plethora of various PCs, netbooks and notebooks. From time to time, I need to flex my software muscles and attempt a reinstall of the operat... Continue Reading: Configuring A New PC IS A Drag
Okay, I'm actually screwing up an adage. Well, 2 actually.
It's necessity that's the mother of invention. And curiosity that kills the cat. Where was I going with that again? Oh yeah, so my main point is curiosity. Some would say... Continue Reading: Curiosity Is The Mother Of Invention
Some of you may think I wrote all there was to say about online radio, but alas, you were wrong.
While catching up on a bunch of my utterly geeky newsletters this weekend, I happened upon a very snazzy and easy to use Online rad... Continue Reading: Online Radio revisited:
I'm always attracted to simple applications. Much of the CD burning software out there is full of bells and whistles. Sometimes, I'd rather just have a straightforward, no nonsense application and have an easy way of simply burning a CD. ... Continue Reading: Burning CDs; The Simple Way
So, you've heard this term thrown around a lot and are curious as to what is its meaning? Or perhaps, this is the first time you've heard of such an animal. Well, first off, it's not an animal, nor is it a covert government agency. RSS... Continue Reading: What Is RSS?
Wow! Martin has been eating his Nerd cereal this morning, hasn't he? So, what's an input interface? Well, read on and I'll try to shed some light on this oh so interesting topic.
You've got this new shiny IDevice, and you're slo... Continue Reading: IDevice Input Interfaces
I've had my IPod for a few months now; because I'm too darn cheap to get the IPhone. Nevertheless, it's been a lot of fun to try out new apps and other gadgets in conjunction with this multi-facetted music playing marvel. In this entry, I... Continue Reading: Accessible Apps for the IDevices
By Martin Courcelles
Tired of the humdrum commercial-infested local radio stations? Simply want to listen to your favourite tunes, but don't want to bother with setting up playlists? Or perhaps, you want to visi... Continue Reading: Online Radio
Since many of us are making the migration to Windows 7, I figured this would be a good time to share a few resources which may help in the transition.
Windows 7, taming the monster:
Okay, it's really not a monster, n... Continue Reading: Tips And Tricks: Windows 7 migration
In this blog entry, we'll tackle the subject of using a utility to create powerful shortcut keys.
If reading my muse isn't exhilarating enough, this time I'm venturing into the world of podcasting. That's right, now you also ha... Continue Reading: Creating Shortcuts With Hotkeyz
So what's all this craze for Apple products these days? Well, to put it into 3 words, built-in accessibility; a concept that has finally been implemented within the computer world. In other words, buy any current Mac product and it's ac... Continue Reading: IPod? IPhone? IPad? IDon'tKnow
Ever wanted to retrieve something you copied to the clipboard, but it's now gone since you copied something else? Well, how about having a history of your clippings. This is possible in most office products, however the clipboard manager ... Continue Reading: Clipboard History
So your favourite store just sent you a flyer via email. You're excited because you assume that it'll read just fine. Oh look, are those pigs flying? Oh, no it's superman. Putting all jocularity aside, there will be instances in your life... Continue Reading: Accessing PDF Documents
So I'm sure many of you are getting bored of this Jaws this, Jaws that stuff I've been doing up to now. Well, I guess it's Jaws Tips, so it's warranted. <smile> But, let's face it. We've hit enough Jaws aspects to be able to bran... Continue Reading: Folders And SubFolders
Knowledge is power; or so they tell me. With this in mind, let's explore this new tool, only available in Jaws 11 and higher.
What is Research It?
Well, that's a very good question. I'm glad you asked. It's a quick... Continue Reading: Jaws Tips: Using ResearchIt
What's that you say?
Don't like the way Jaws pronounces something? No problem. We can fix that.
Speech technology has come a long way, but there are still times where Your computer will say something, but it's just no... Continue Reading: Jaws Tips: The JAWS Dictionary
Do you twitter?
This seems to be a question that crops up in conversation rather frequently these days.
Not a big fan of Facebook or similar sites that ask way too many questions when you're subscribing? Notice I haven... Continue Reading: I'm All A twitter
Let's Get Linked In
The Social media never seems to end. Today, we'll be talking about a service called LinkedIn. This is sort of like Facebook, but for professionals.
As with all social media,... Continue Reading: LinkedIn
Youtube, the accessible way:
Since its inception, YouTube has grown by leaps and bounds. This used to be a platform for amateur video and the like, but now organizations have embraced the video forum and appreciate its value a... Continue Reading: Accessible YouTube
Want to play darts like the pros? Well now you can. With the new Audio Dart Master. It's reviewed at one of my favourite bloggers page, Fred's Head. Read up on this innovative talking dart board at the link below... Continue Reading: Darts Anyone?
Surviving On Facebook
Now that we've tackled the Facebook sign up, let's look at a few different ways of accessing the system.
If you haven't subscribed to Facebook yet, you'll want to read my previous entry on the t... Continue Reading: Facebook: Part 2
Joining the digital revolution.
Yes, I too fought against using Facebook, but here I am, a happy user; keeping up with the cool kids and connecting to old friends and colleagues. But it's not all fun and gam... Continue Reading: Subscribing To Facebook
Setting Up An Outlook Meeting:
Last blog entry, we tackled appointments, and you were all so kind not to have jumped all over me for having forgotten to talk about appointment status. Well, one reason is because I'm using Outl... Continue Reading: Jaws Tips: Outlook Meetings
Conquering the calendar,
Try saying that three times in a row:
Conquering the calendar Conquering the calendar Conquering the calendar.
Easy for Jaws to say. Anyway…
One of Outlook's useful features is ... Continue Reading: Jaws Tips: Outlook Appointments
The more you read these tips, the more you'll find that I'm really into customizing. And why not. You spend a lot of time on your computer, so make a few changes, make it comfortable for yourself.
... Continue Reading: Jaws Tips: Customizing Outlook
Welcome to our next riveting edition of, "As the Jaws Tips Turn".
Last blog entry, I showed you two more quick navigation keys within your browser. Now, I'll demonstrate how the Jaws search function works and 4 more ke... Continue Reading: Jaws Tips: JawsFind And Element Lists
Tables and Buttons:
Last blog entry, we touched upon fields and headings within the web browser. Today, we'll venture onto buttons and tables.
A great example of buttons and tables is found at the CBC webpage:
<... Continue Reading: Jaws Tips: Buttons and Tables
I get by with a little help from my friends:
So there's one last Jaws-related help key which I'm going to dole out this week, and then we can start working on more user-related topics. Speaking of which, keep those ideas comin... Continue Reading: Jaws Tips: Jaws F1 Help
Help, I need somebody:
Besides being a good Beatles tune, asking for help when using Jaws can be just a key press away.
Last post, we touched on the JAWSKEY+H combination which gave us Jaws-related help... Continue Reading: Jaws Tips: Help Via JAWS
Help is on the way:
Jaws comes with a plethora of built-in help, (also known as context-sensitive help) and today, you'll find out how to access one of these options; via shortcut key of course. Before I go any further however,... Continue Reading: Jaws Tips: Context Sensitive Help
Two Tips for the price of one!
What's IN A Title?
Once you start moving around within many windows programs, there may come a time where you don't remember what program you are currently focused on. Jaws has a built-i... Continue Reading: Jaws Tips: Title And Status
One of Windows most useful functions is being able to run many applications at once. I will touch on a couple different ways to navigate between these applications.
You are presently reading this content within your browser. Let... Continue Reading: Jaws Tips: Moving Between Windows
It's A Virtual World:
Have you ever found yourself in a pickle where you would like to be able to copy what's on your PC's display, but due to technical limitations were not able to? Well, here's a key combination I use daily to do ... Continue Reading: Jaws Tips: Virtualize A Window
Has my Jaws gone crazy?
So why is Jaws not working correctly? Although most people would attribute this to the user, let's step back a second and look at this objectively. Your computer is running many applications simultaneo... Continue Reading: Jaws Tips: Fixing JAWS Errors