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Top Tech Tidbits - Volume 156

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1) The Optacon was the first portable reading device that was widely used by the blind, and many people still swear by it. Efforts are being made to keep it alive. You can find documentation and other information about it here:

2) Tek Talk will present "Anyone For A Game of Chess?" on GMT Tuesday, 22 April at 00:00.

3) If you want a comprehensive listing of Radio Reading Services, here is the listing. Some of them don't broadcast online, and others require a username and password to access them:

4) Thunder has been available as a low-cost screen-reader alternative for some time, but it is now totally free:

5) Our friend at The Ranger Station saved me a lot of investigative research by finding these: Here is a link for the latest update of MAGic, including the USB version:

6) And here is the place to find the different versions of the Daisy player FSReader:

7) One reader reports that the newest version of Nokia PC Suite, used to move programs and data to and from Nokia phones, is much more accessible than previous versions:

8) The Daisy Planet is the monthly newsletter concerning this accessible information format:

There are also rss feeds to keep up on news regarding the Daisy format:

9) Here are links to several recorded presentations offered by EASI on various aspects of Daisy:

10) EASI is offering a four-part webinar, free to subscribers of their annual package, $195 for the rest, on creating Daisy content:

11) Fred's Head Companion tells us about yet another way to get audio books: On the Go Books, which lets you receive books by mail on CD in much the same way that services like NetFlix let you order videos.

12) They also tell us that the National Archives has made hundreds of useful and interesting videos available through Google Video, most of them being downloadable.

13) Bookshare is hiring some programmers and engineers, and some of these are contract positions which can be performed without relocation.

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