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Top Tech Tidbits - Volume 181
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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1) The September-October issue of DIALOGUE: A WORLD OF IDEAS FOR VISUALLY IMPAIRED PEOPLE OF ALL AGES is now available, with, as always, some technology-relatedinformation.

2) The staff of the weekly technology program Main Menu has started a mailing list where topics from the show can be discussed and feedback to the staff offered. To join, end a blank message to

3) The Ohio State Universith Web Accessibility Center has created a Survey of Survey Tools, testing for accessibility different packages for creating online surveys.

4) If you use an Index embosser, then you now have access to an improved braille translation and editing package, winBraille. A more elaborate paid version can also be had.

5) This Fred's Head Companion article offers several ways to access weather forecasts and advisories from the US National Oceanic and Atnospheric Administration (NOAA)

6) And this one contains information about various packages for translating text and music into braille.

7) "Stay in Touch with Windows Live Messenger" is the topic for the free Tek Talk training coming up on GMT Tuesday, 28 October at 00:00.

8) The Sendero Group announces the release of version 5 of its GPS packages for the BrailleNote family of products, with over 40 new features including many new points of interest.

9) While we're talking about GPS, Code Factory has started a mailing list to discuss its new Mobile Geo product, which it created in partnership with Sendero Group.

10) A mention in the New York Times Thursday technology news brought me to Tweakhound, a site with lots of well-thought-out information for optimizing windows.
the author also has a blog that provides computer news and reviews.

11) This page lists lots of keyboard shortcuts for the Firefox browser:

12) If you are a supporting ($20/year) member of VIP Conduit, you can take the Goldwave for Intermediate Users class which starts on GMT Wednesday, 29 October at 00:30.

13) Two people have written scripts or programs to facilitate language translation of blocks of up to 500 characters using the Google algorithm. First, Jamal Mazrui created window-Eyes scripts to do this.
Then Octavian Rosnita wrote Maestro Translate, a desktop program to achieve this with any, or no, screen reader.

14) Tidbits Reader Tyler Spivey has co-authored a free program to make windows navigation easier. The program called NUtils lets you hide programs so that they do not appear in the alt+tab order. You get to them with hotkeys or through the system tray.

15) Audio interviews regarding the Cisco Academy for the Blind and Vision Impaired in Australia are available here:

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