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Top Tech Tidbits - Volume 191
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

Distributed by Flying Blind, LLC

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1) This Fred's Head Companion article is called Business Travel Tips for the Entrepreneur With a Disability, and includes lots of Internet resources.

2) This one is similarly endowed, and is called The Joy of Music: You Don't Have to See to Have a Music Career

3) The Gw Wiki is designed to provide training and information for those wishing to script Window-Eyes.

4) "Using Kurzweil To Improve Sound Quality of eBooks" will be the topic for Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 20 January at 01:00.

5) Boston's VIBUG is the oldest computer user group for the blind. They offer audio archives of their monthly programs for no charge. In addition, thanks to the wonders of the Internet, people can join from anywhere for $20 per year, allowing you to take part in the meetings live, ask questions, get live computer assistance, and share resources.

6) Richard W. Fairbourne has created a 250,000 self-voicing talking dictionary. He is presently selling the downloadable version for $10, and with it you also get a maze game, calculator and scheduler program. Cd versions cost more, and these prices may go back up to their previous levels.

7) Some may find a 38-minute interview on the public radio program Fresh Air, The Rise and Fall of the Music Industry, interesting.

8) The university of nevada in Reno recently developed an application called TextSL which allows visually impaired to access the popular virtual world of Second Life using a screen reader. A beta version of this application can be downloaded for free on:
They are looking for volunteers who would be willing to participate in user
studies in the Spring semester of 2009.

9) The training department at Freedom Scientific is beginning to offer classes online. Some are free, others cost $50 per instructioonal hour.

10) Cathy Ann Murtha has announced release of her latest $50 downloadable textbook, Windows Vista with JAWS for Windows 10. This book is available in various formats including DAISY.

11) This Fred's Head Companion article lists various barcode scanners and explains why one might want one.

12) This one discusses fonts for readers with low vision, and provides some resources.

13) The application deadline for students to receive equipment from the Stevie Wonder House Full of Toys we first mentioned in December has been extended until 31 January.

14) this post from Gizmo's Best-Ever Freware is called Ten Amazing Google Search Tips, and it is followed by lots of comments giving more ideas and information.

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