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Top Tech Tidbits - Volume 235
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

Distributed by Flying Blind, LLC

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1) Here is an article from Gizmo entitled The Great 64 Bit Software Confusion Explained

2) And while we're at it, the team at Gizmo offers us The Best Free Software for 64 Bit Windows 7 (and Vista)

3) A reader advises that Accent press are independent publishers who's e-books, in unencrypted PDF format, are perfectly usable with a screen reader or PDF conversion software. They are a small publishing house with a growing range, and very accommodating with regard to access issues.

4) Blind Adrenaline offers accessible online card games for $3.95 per month.
Now, points us to an audio file concerning the launch of online Euchre in December.

5) Here is a rather unfavorable review of the Kapten GPS which we mentioned last week:,18

6) From Lockergnome, here is a great compendium of resources for those wishing to learn all they can about information security:

7) For those wishing to access the web and e-mail using an ordinary phone, Tek Talk will feature a demonstration and discussion of NetECHO, a subscription service that lets you do just this.

8) Here's another take on the Intel Reader thanks to ZDNet Health Care:

9) Tech Chat 41 shows how you can put together a Portable Computer, Screen Reader and Reading Solution for Under $1,000

10) SeroTalk Podcast 27 discusses Open Source Software, Computer Back Ups, and has interviews with Two Blind Pastors

11) SeroTalk Tech Chat 40 gives Online Shopping Tips for First-Time and Seasoned Professionals

12) To complete the Serotek section: Users of the Victor Reader Stream and the Icon have long been able to download described movies and other content from the SAMNet audio network onto those devices. Now, owners of the Plextalk Pocket have the same advantage.

13) Here is a Chris Pirillo video which I haven't watched, along with other related links which may be informative, on How to Convert Cassettes to MP3

14) Here is a brief post, with some interesting associated links, entitled Notebook Reliability - Asus The Best And HP The Worst from The Blade by Ron Schenone, MVP

15) The Media Access Australia website contains many tutorials, including comprehensive information on how to enable the access features in Mac OS X, iPods and the iPhone, and others on Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7.

16) Using data from the Alexa service, J.j. of has ascertained the 25 most popular web sites serving the blind and visually impaired. Here is part 3, with links to the previous installments:

17) Here are J.J. thoughts on the new BrailleNote Apex from Humanware:

18) American materialism is spurred to its greatest height during the holiday season, when merchants face increased pressure to sell lots. Those who want to buy can often find good prices, and J.J. is offering the holiday buying guide for Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and the rest of the 2009 holiday shopping season.

19) All inPlay is working on their sixth game, Blackjack, and it is in free public beta until work is done on it. Everybody can play.

20) A company in Woodlawn, Maryland is hiring for an IT Tester position.

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