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Top Tech Tidbits - Volume 175
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

Distributed by Flying Blind, LLC

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1) Rynhardt Kruger has written a free program for users of Symbian Series 3 phones allowing users to read text-based books on the phone and setting bookmarks and searching. You need the Python interpreter for the phones. For information and to request, write to:

2) Some new books, each somewhat related to technology, have been announced on the Online Books page: "Two Bits: The Cultural Significance of Free Software":
Originality, Imitation, and Plagiarism: Teaching Writing in the Digital Age
The Hyperlinked Society: Questioning Connections in the Digital Age

3) The Alva Braille Controller 640, a modern wireless braille display, will be the subject of Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 9 September at 00:00.

4) Shell Extension City is a continual source of interesting Windows utilities and powertools. The next few items come from there:

5) Browser Hijack Retaliator is a set of tools to protect your web browser from having its home page changed:

6) Restore is a program which may let you recover files accidentally deleted with the shift+del keystroke. It also lets you permanently delete files.

7) Movavi lets you download movies from video-sharing sites like YouTube and save them to your phone or to various video formats:

8) This site lists several WINDOWS PERFORMANCE TWEAKING MYTHS, claiming that many of the tweaks recommended on the web are either useless or harmful:

9) Now, from Fred's Head Companion, if you maintain a blog or want to, you might want to join the BlindBloggers e-mail group by sending a blank message to:

10) The publication Accessing Foreign Language Materials as a Blind or Low Vision Student addresses studying languages such as Mandarin, Turkish, Arabic, Korean and others where the road for the American or Western European student is less familiar.

11) Finally, is a no-frills, easy-to-use weather site, great for pc's and notetakers.

12) This web site seeks to make news sources accessible by reading them using its own synthetic voice. The site features some hotkey access, for which you will need to turn off MSAA or browse mode in your screen reader if you are using one.

13) Code Factory has an active blog with considerable information to read and several podcast interviews to listen to:

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