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Top Tech Tidbits - Volume 192
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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1) Two tech-related articles appear in the January, 2009 issue of the Braille Monitor: Making CAPTCHA More Accessible for the Blind
and Converting Your TV from Analog to Digital

2) Recent additions to SeroTalk include a 42-minute chat about Netbooks, the exciting new smaller laptops that cost much less than laptops generally do and do everything most of us need
and a 35-minute discussion about portable devices and the new Serotech product, the Socializer, which eases access to instant messaging and social network sites.
Speaking of Netbooks, in order to avoid the common phenomenon where the screen reader costs more than the computer, you can buy a version of System Access that will only work on a Netbook for $149.00.

3) Fred's Head Companion lets us in on a new free Windows game playable by anybody with hearing: Saber Duel invites you to don a pair of headphones and block lightsaber attacks coming at you from various sides.

4) The NFB Access Technology Blog offers A Comparison of Mobile Geo and Wayfinder Access (Two GPS solutions for different mobile phone platforms)
and a description of Walking Hotspot, a way to use your mobile phone as a wireless router for your laptop.

5) The Gw Micro Blog has awakened, and recently contains a post discusses the value of examining the html source of web pages to solve some accessibility problems: Sleuthing Sources Solves Snafus

6) This site,, is constantly updated with laptop news and reviews.

7) A contributor to the above-mentioned site contributed to Gizmo's Tech Support Alert her take on the Top Five Best Video Download Sites, and also included short descriptions of many others.

8) Denny Huff Reviews Outlook 2007 and 2003 On Tek Talk GMT Tuesday, 27 January at 01:00.

9) A lot of people use and follow the progress of the chat system Skype, so this article, entitled Skype’s new super-wideband codec might be of interest:

10) This Fred's Head Companion post is called Lesson Plans On The Net and includes a good number of online resources.

11) The upcoming February edition of the British fee-based audio adaptive technology magazine Infotech will feature a comprehensive review of the Plextalk Pocket DAISY recorder among other articles.

12) American Foundation for the Blind is about to release a book through AFB Press, Assistive Technology for Students Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired: A Guide to Assessment. The book costs $49.00 in print or as a text-based cd.

13) Petro Giannakopoulos has produced a series of podcasts on Replay Converter, one of the suite of programs that comes with the Replay a/v suite from Applian Technologies. You can subscribe to the podcastor download recordings here:

14) Adobe has posted a survey, active until 31 January, asking what features people want in the next version of Adobe Reader:

15) EASI will hold a free webinar on Cascading Style Sheets and Accessibility on Tuesday, 27 January at 19:00 GMT.
They are preparing their Barrier Free Design course to re-launch in February, and are updating it to conform to the recently-adopted Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.

16) Bookshare has considerably renovated its web site, and they invite you to a training on its use on GMT Thbursday, 29 January at 02:00.

17) AccessComputing Alliance provides a nationwide resource to help students with disabilities pursue computing fields. Students with disabilities can become part of the AccessComputing Team and engage in an on-line community of peers and professionals as they transition to college, graduate school, and employment. AccessComputing will also identify opportunities for paid internships and research, especially with college students.

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