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Top Tech Tidbits - Volume 243
The Week's News in Access Technology

Distributed by Flying Blind, LLC

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1) Some may find this ODLIS, the online dictionary of library and information science useful:

2) Recent versions of Window-Eyes have been characterized by stuttering or sluggishness for those using EloQuence as their synthesizer. This patch fixes these problems and improvves performance:

3) This Fred's Head post gives some information and resources concerning Rockbox, an open-source replacement firmware for mp3 players which adds speech access to many commercial players.

4) Serotek Tech Chat 48 covered power searching the internet including sites for news, hard-to-find information, useful search engines and search techniques.

5) EASI offers its four-part fee-based Accessible Web Design class starting on 1 February.

6) Instructions for the vOICe program have now been translated into Chinese.

7) The article Getting to Know the GW Toolkithas been added to the Gw Micro knowledge base.

8) Handy Tech is now selling the iRead, an OCR program for the blind designed by Handy Tech Germany. The program costs $750 and a 30-day demo copy can be obtained here.

9) Humanware will be demonstrating the BrailleNote Apex, and answering questions about its blindness products, at the Lighthouse for the Blind inSan Francisco on Thursday, 18 February from 21:00-23:00 GMT. Those who can't attend in person can take part online or via telephone. To RSVP, e-mail by 16 February

10) The US IRS makes many forms available in accessible format to the blind.,,id=98135,00.html

11) Firefox version 3.6 has been released. You can read about the accessibility improvements it contains here
And download it here:

12) The Global Voice continues to produce technology shows as well as many others. They do not have a podcast feed yet, so they are sending e-mails to their lists to let listeners know which shows are not in the archive and can be downloaded. Find out what they air and how to join their lists at their home page

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