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Top Tech Tidbits - Volume 229
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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1) Microsoft has released a free anti-virus program, Microsoft Security Essentials. From all reports, it is accessible. Here is a Blind Acces Journal post on how to get it;

2) Here is Lockergnome's discussion of the merits of the program:

3) In part to respond to this new player in the market, AVG version 9.0 will be coming soon and will still be free and include more features.

4) As Microsoft prepares to release Windows 7, Kathy Ann Murtha is offering an 8-week, $400 course on Windows Vista for which a certificate of completion can be had if you attend all sessions and pass all exams with 80% or higher.

5) The LazLight is a specialized $239 light which may be of use to some people with low vision.

6) The gamers mailing list often points to new accessible computer games. You can read the archive here
and if you want to join, send a blank message to

7) Thanks to, we discover this post, containing many links to online resources, entitled 10 Small Businesses That Are Free or Cost Little to Start Up

8) For the right person, this could be beneficial: the free program StrokeIt lets you use gestures with the mouse and have Windows carry out a command or sequence of commands, perhaps somewhat like what Mac users can do, and many of them like it.

9) This Mark Taylor podcast discusses what's new in MobileSpeak version 4.0

10) David Chittendon explains the technical differences between CDMA and GSM mobile phone technologies:

11) Version 12 of Kurzweil 1000, the specialized OCR program for the blind, is to begin shipping on 15 October. Here are the new features:

12) The Word is a Bible search and study site with a growing library of materials in English and Spanish. The author has introduced a magnification option.

13) Tek Talk presents: “Internet Explorer 8 with JAWS, Window-Eyes and System Access on GMT Tuesday 13 October at 00:00 GMT.

14) Bill Boules' podcast continues. He has announced a contest whose winner can receive either a Netbook or an iPod Touch.

15) Serotek will begin holding free educational events every GMT Friday at 01:00 using its Accessible Event package. you can listen to and view the one held on GMT 2 October

16) Three YouTube videos teaching use of the APH Refreshabraille 18 are available. Here is the link to part 1:

17) I have no idea if the accessible Linux distributions will run on this, but here is a way to get a Linux Netbook for around $50:

18) Adaptive Information Systems often announces reduced prices on the various equipment, usually CCTV's that he sells. Contact him by e-mail at
or check the site

19) Minnesota State Services for the Blind is seeking an adaptive technology specialist. The job closes 16 October.

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