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Top Tech Tidbits - Volume 325
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

A Flying Blind, LLC Publication

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1) One of the dying wishes of terminally ill Becky Williams is that one of her songs about braille be recorded professionally. Owing to her long-term relation with the Hadley School, this has been done, so you can hear her song, Brailling Signs is Cool to Do and read the story of its creation. You can get the recording by putting “brailling sign song” in the subject and e-mailing:
And read the account at:

2) Outlook 2010 Keyboard Commands with Jaws, Window-Eyes and System Access is now available from National Braille Press In braille, eBraille, or Word, for $6.00:

3) Jamal Mazrui has updated Edsharp, the powerful text editor, with bug fixes and improved file conversion facilities.

4) These two web sites contain good information about using a Bluetooth keyboard with an I-device under IOS5.

5) Here is some rather advanced information on Advanced Query Syntax for searching under Windows Vista or Windows 7.

6) The DAISY Consortium announces the Release of Obi 2.0, a tool designed to make Creating Accessible Audio Books Easier.

7) From the Gizmo site, we learn about the site called Simple Help. "The main purpose of is to help beginner-to-intermediate computer users learn how to do various things with their computers. teaches a wide variety of topics to all levels, such as troubleshooting email, preventing spam and removing spyware."

8) Along the same line and from the same source, there is much Windows-related assistance available from Microsoft, but it is not simple to find what you’re looking for in their maze. The Gizmo Tips editor has put together a short list of some Microsoft links that may make it easier to get answers when help is wanted:

9) Freedom Scientific announces a $500 to $1,500 reduction in the price of the Pac Mate and Pac Mate braille displays.

10) The archive of the webinar on the Victor Reader Stratus DAISY/MP3 player is now available.

11) With the approach of the traditional gift-giving times in many countries, you have two sources for low- and high-tech gift ideas, with many low-cost ones. The first is Tek Talk, which offers its two-part Stocking Stuffers feature every year. Part one will be on GMT Tuesday, 8 November at 01:00.

12) The second is the December Dilemma technology seminar from the Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, on Tuesday, 15 November, at 21:00 GMT. You can take part online or by phone; to learn how to do so, RSVP to:

13) Nokia has created a screen reader for its phones, to be distributed by Code Factory.

14) EASI’s November fee-based course, Creating Accessibility for Online Learning, starts on 7 November. The course costs $350, but people from overseas as well as those who purchase their course package get a 20% discount, and scholarships are also available.

15) Here are more goodies from the Gizmo site: Best Free iPhone Apps
File Backup Terminology: What do terms like Differential and Incremental mean and how will they help me?
Sick of DropBox’s 2GB Limit? Here’s a Solution
The 3 Best-ever Windows Productivity Tips
TIP: How to Open Your Favorite Program or Document Automatically at Startup
300,000 Free Lectures From The World’s Top Universities


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