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Top Tech Tidbits - Volume 209
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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1) Tek Talk will take a rare day off for this coming Monday holiday. Accessible World will present the first in a monthly seminar session, Living with Diabetes, the last Wednesday of each month stateside,hence in May, GMT Thursday 28 May at 01:00.

2) David Bales has written a Jaws guide to Internet Explorer 8, the vast majority of which will also benefit users of other screen reading programs. It is available at:
Speaking of JAWS and Internet Explorer 8, the latest incremental upgrade adds some enhanced support, as well as adding support for Windows 7 and enhancing support for Access 2007:

3) On this week's Innovations, hear two reports from Sight City, Europe's largest exhibition for technology and services for the visually impaired. The first is on a stand-alone optical character reader called "The Reporter" from Sensotec, and the second is on a product still under development: a braille display large enough to show virtually a whole screen-full of information, from a company called Meta AG. Remaining repeat airings of the program are GMT Friday at 14:00 and Sunday at 09:00.

4) Applian Technologies has a free FLV (Flash Video) player which might be useful for some people with low vision to watch these videos.

5) The National Eye Institute offers podcasts and vodcasts (audio and video) on eye care, preventable eye conditions, and vision research.

6) Fred's Head directs us to Access on Main Street, a site which covers mainstream products that, by chance or design, make life easier for an elder or a person with a disability.

7) This Fred's Head article discusses How to Adjust Color Contrast in Windows using the mouse and keyboard

8) Here is an article on using bullets in Microsoft Word from a site called, which might lead to other interesting information as well.

9) This Fred's Head article describes a stand-alone reading machine, the Plustek BookReader V100

10) SeroTalk Tech chat 16 discusses various tools for using Twitter.

11) The Gw Micro blog brings us a Window-Eyes 7.1 Progress Update

12) Version 1.4 of the window-Eyes scripts for Winamp is now available, providing a smoother user experience and fixing some bugs.

13) A comprehensive exploration of Word 2007, an eight-lesson course costing $350, from Access Technology Institute, begins May 27. This four-week course also provides students with a free copy of the textbook and four live chat sessions.

14) EASI offers a free webinar, ARIA Accessibility of new Dynamic Web-based Applications, on GMT Tuesday, 26 May at 18:00. Pre-register to get a space and get access to the archive.

15) Two items from Gizmo's Best Ever Freeware that promise some useful software: Best Free Audio / Video Format Conversion Program

16) And Lots of Commercial Software for Free, featuring older programs that no longer cost:

17) Thanks to The Ranger Station, we learn about a free 1-hour webinar demonstrating the features of Dragon Naturally Speaking 10. Here's the press release:
Press Release:

18) Also, Dolphin Systems is releasing version 11 of their line of programs, with Windows 7 support and, more important, an easier userinterface:

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