Top Tech Tidbits - Volume 178
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology
Distributed by Flying Blind, LLC
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1) This Fred's Head Companion post provides basic instructions for setting up Windows sound schemes.
2) "Accessible Computer Games (Past, Present & Future)" will be the topic for Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, October 7 at 00:00
3) The latest bimonthly edition of AccessWorld is available, featuring an article about trends in the design of CCTVs, the second part of the series on portable audio devices and news on the quest to find accessible home appliances.
4) Jarte is a unique free word processor (a $20 paid version is available also) which detects the existence of a screen reader on the system and makes all its features accessible. It is based on the Wordpad engine with many enhancements. It can run from a flash drive and open Word 2007 and 2003 files.
5) We learn from Blind Bargains about Mundu Radio, a free program that lets users of Symbian phones listen to mp3-streaming radio stations on their web-enabled phones.
6) MaPlayer is a shareware audio player with many features desirable to blind users, including tempo and speed adjustment, playlist administration, and more.
A podcast on the player can be downloaded here:
7) The new team producing ACBRadio's Main Menu technology program has launched a web site containing the episodes aired since they took over, with a link to the previous collection. New shows continue to air on GMT Wednesdays. Much of the content seems to consist of podcasts available elsewhere, though there are also demonstrations conducted by the team.
8) I haven't tried this, but Midomi is a web site that lets you sing or hum part of a song into your microphone and let the site try to find the song for you. Scripting has to be enabled in your browser for it to work.
9) The State of Minnesota is looking to fill a contract position for an adaptive technology company to update and create skills-based testing for various programs. To get the full solicitation, write to
10) The University of Michigan seeks a candidate for the position of Campus Web Accessibility and Adaptive Technology Coordinator.
11) An opening exists in Janesville, Wisconsin for a Technical Services Professional, the person who is the statewide education authority for assistive technologies for the Blind and Visually Impaired.
12) To close, here are many text tutorial collections recently created or enhanced by Jamal Mazrui:
JAWS for Windows
Microsoft Office (including 2007)
Miscellaneous application software packages
Content Management Systems
C#, ADO.NET, and ASP.NET
Miscellaneous database and SQL
Networks, TCP/IP, and Security
Miscellaneous programming, including algorithms, data structures, object
orientation, user interfaces, regular expressions, and version control
SQL Server Compact Edition
VBScript and the Windows Script Host
Visual Basic .NET (including 2008), ADO.NET, and ASP.NET
Windows Template Language
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