Top Tech Tidbits - Volume 194
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology
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1) On GMT Tuesday, 10 February at 01:00, Tek Talk will exceptionally not hold a training. Rather, they will hold a memorial for Pat Price, Tek Talk founder, who quietly and steadily worked to enhance the lives of the blind for decades, and who passed from this world on 1 February.
2) The Hadley School will present a seminar on the Victor Reader Stream on Tuesday, 10 February at 19:00 GMT. To take part, you must register beforehand, though a recording will be made available.
Text transcripts of some previous Hadley seminars are available, and recordings of many more are to be found on this page:
3) Consultant Allan Cantor has updated his FAQ document on macro creation and use in Windows
and his FAQ on keyboard access:
4) The latest free program to be developed by Jamal Mazrui is called TestPage. It is a simple program designed to test a web page for usability and to generate the result of its test in a text file.
5) the KNFB Reader has been upgraded to version 6.1.9. This version allows for some translation of texts between languages. The Reader now works on an additional phone, the Nokia 6220.
6) Thanks to Fred's Head Companion,we have a compendium of information for finding online university lectures on many subjects.
7) And another collection of resources concerns Experiencing History Through Sounds and Personal Accounts
8) This week's final nugget from Fred's Head Companion is ReadHowYouWant, an initiative providing low-cost Braille and DAISY books through arrangements with publishers.
They also offer a library of large print books:
9) You can read some analysis of the results of the survey of screen reader users and the web, conducted by Wbe-AIM which we mentioned a few issues back, at
10) Serotek has announced that they will no longer charge upgrade fees or software maintenance agreements. Once you buy a product from the company, future upgrades will come to you at no charge, even if your product license is old.
11) The Serotek team conducted 365 interviews during the recent ATIA conference, and here are the recordings:
12) They also condense the highlights from ATIA into one hour on their seventh podcast.
13) Code Factory has released a new version of Mobile Speak for Symbian phones. Version 3.80 features new voices, a speech dictionary, support for some new phones, and increased stability.
14) the National Federation of the Blind, in partnership with Wal-Mart Foundation, has launched NFB ShareBraille, a site intended to help connect those who want Braille with those who want to give Braille away, thus increasing the life of Braille materials. At present the library is minuscule, but could grow tro be quite useful.
15) The February, 2009 issue of the Braille Monitor contains an article entitled Mobile Devices
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