Top Tech Tidbits - Volume 278
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology
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1) "Let Technology Help You Get Organized" is the next Technology workshop at the Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Saturday, 22 October, 20:00 GMT. The workshop will cover notetakers, barcode scanners, money identifiers, OCR and digital recorders. Participate in person, by phone or online. Register at
2) Freedom Scientific has reduced the price of the Pac Mate Omni by $900 and released version 6.5, which includes support for RealSpeak voices, enhanced DAISY book support and other improvements.
3) We often list programs written by Jamal Mazrui in this newsletter. Now Jamal has put links to all his programs on one page.
4) US residents have now until 15 October to file their viewpoints about accessible cell phones with the FCC. Comments can now be submitted via email. Jamal Mazrui has assembled an archive of relevant documents, available here:
5) The Gizmo site now includes Free 15-point Security Checklists, lists for PC users at home, PC users at the office, parents, children and young people, students and company bosses.
6) At the same site, we learn to Find Out Exactly What's on your PC Using a Hidden Windows Command
7) The first three of a series of tutorials featuring the new Book Port Plus are available in the American Printing House Webcast Archive.
8) The Migel Memorial Library is a large library of blindness-related resources. You can now search the catalog at
A few of the articles are available for online reading
9) Serotek Tech Chat 71 tells us about This Month in Access Technology, September 2010
10) The Lions Center for the Blind in Oakland, California is seeking a computer >instructor/assistive technology specialist. For more information, or
to apply for this position, contact Scott Blanks, Director of Assistive Technology and Computer Services, at:
11) Facebook is seeking an experienced User Interface Engineer to address accessibility issues.
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