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Top Tech Tidbits - Volume 303
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

Distributed by Flying Blind, LLC

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1) I have recorded a podcast about my life in Costa Rica to date. It covers a variety of topics including obscure ones like the radio dial in this remote part of the country. I plan to submit it to Blind Cool tech, but until then, you can grab it here:

2) You can learn about The Global Voice, the innovative Internet station that seeks to bring the blind and sighted together, on Tek Talk for GMT Tuesday, 4 May at 00:00.

3) Here are some of the latest updates on the gizmo site:
Free Computer & Internet Books Online
Free Children's Books Online
Best Free Media Player
Best Free Online TV Viewer
Best Free File Archiver/Zip Utility
Best Free Audio / Video Format Conversion Program
Best Free Firewall

4) Thanks to the team at BlindBargains, we learn about Convert Files, a straightforward and effective site for converting a multitude of document, presentation and media files into your desired format. You can, for instance, convert YouTube videos to mp3 or pdf documents to .doc among many others.

5) Each week, Nancy and Pete Torpey share their life experiences and information they have gathered over the years living with vision loss - from the everyday to the high tech, on a half-hour program called viewpoints. Both have Ph.D.'s in physics; one is sighted, the other blind. They love travel and music.

6) In Serotalk podcast 66, the team discusses their usual broad array of topics that is impossible to synopsize in one or two sentences.

7) In Serotalk Tech Chat 98, Users Share Their Favorite Windows Software

8) Blind Software offers a free version of their calendar/ planner

9) The EASI free webinar on 14 June will feature Sheryl Burgstahler reporting on the book she edited on universal design and online learning

10) Public Beta version 2.5 of the Save as DAISY plug-in for Microsoft Word now supports Word 2010.

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