Top Tech Tidbits - Volume 241
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology
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1) This Fred's Head post is entitled Add a Recycle Bin to Your Flash Drives
2) The Marican Printing House for the Blind's Tactile Graphic Image Library continues to grow and serve as a resource for anybody anywhere needing to include raised graphics in their work.
3) Recent posts to the NFB Access Technology Blog discuss things seen at the Consumer Electronics Show and request those attending the organization's summer convention to vote for the tech presentation they want to see offered.
4) Anybody considering acquiring the Intel Reader would do well to read the article in the January, 2010 Braille Monitor entitled Initial Thoughts on the Intel Reader
As well as the head-to-head comparison between this device and the KNFB Reader detailed here:
5) Unfortunately, future development for Wayfinder Access, the GPS solution for Nokia phones, is ended. Existing copies will presumably be supported, and you can still buy it, but Vadafone has purchased the Wayfinder program and is ceasing to develop Wayfinder Access.
6) Now that free RFB&D keys are available for use on the Book Sense, a new article has been posted to the Gw Micro knowledgebase: Using RFB&D with the BookSense
The BookSense firmware for the UK is also available from
7) Chip Orange has written a long article on the Gw Micro Wiki for beginners who want ot write Window-Eyes scripts.
8) GW Micro has written a couple useful scripts recently. One is Progress Indicator, with support for Firefox progress bars
the other is WordNav, which provides a read-only navigation mode for Word documents.
9) New mailing list for those of you who own a Rockboxed Sansa talking MP3 player as well as for anyone who might be interested in the subject of Rockbox on a Sansa MP3 player has been started. These may be very accessible and affordable mp3 players.
10) The topic for Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 19 January at 01:00 will be What was cool at the 2010 Consumer Electronics Show from the perspective of a blind user?
11) Serotek is still giving away free Accessible Event accounts, good for up to three participants, until the end of January.
12) They have also started selling monthly subscription packages of their products for as little as $9.95 per month. You pay a one-time $25 sign-up fee, then you have access to the package you pay for during the months you pay for it.
13) EASI will offer a free webinar on Google's Android phones and access to them on Wednesday, 20 January at 19:00 GMT.
14) They will also offer a $195 four-part series on social media and accessibility for people with various disabilities on Mondays at 17:00 GMT starting 25 January.
15) Optelec has done their customers the favor of paying Freedom Scientific's very high braille driver signing fee. Hence, signed drivers for JAWS 10 and JAWS 11 in 32- and 64-bit versions for the ALVA BC640 and BC680 Braille terminals are now available.
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