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Top Tech Tidbits - Volume 182
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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1) A student senior Meghanical Engineering Design Team at MIT is striving to design and build a better braille labeler. They have a questionnaire which they would like interested people to complete. People living around the Boston area may get to examine and comment on prototypes as well. For information, e-mail:

2) EASI offers two free webinars in November as well as a four-part fee-based course on Taming Microsoft Word and Excel. The webinars are "Making Accessible Forms in PDF" on Thursday, 16 November, and "Captioning Educational Material on a Large Scale" on Thursday 20 November. Both begin at 18:00 GMT. For information about all this, go to

3) Dorina Nowill Foundation for the Blind of Brazil has created BBReader, a free Daisy book reader, an add-on to Firefox, available in English, Spanish and Portuguese versions. This is the link to the English page:

4) A new version of the Firefox Accessibility Extension is now available:

5) window-Eyes version 7.01, with bug fixes and some enhancements, has been released: </upgrade
Two articles have been added to the Gw Micro Knowledge Base: "Getting and Reading the Current Line Number in Word 2007"
Buying a New Computer That Works with Window-Eyes

6) Several articles about the upcoming Windows version, Windows 7, are to be found among other articles at
And this blog discusses the engineering of Windows 7:

7) ViewPlus announces an update to its Tiger Software Suite, enabling translation of math from Microsoft Word into Braille through the intermediary of MathType Version 5 or above from Design Sciences.

8) Jamal Mazrui has created an interactive programming environment for the Perl language, designed to improve accessibility to programmers:
And one for Python:

9) Here are a few useful compendia of information courtesy of Fred's Head Companion: First, how to find accessible nutritional information:

10) Next, Shopping for Unique Gift Items:

11) Here is a post entitled Top Ten Myths about the Mac and Its Accessibility to the Blind:

12) The final compendium, though slightly out of date, contains good information regarding pdf documents and how to read and convert them:

13) In briefer pieces of information from Fred's Head Companion, the Global Text Project claims that it will create open content electronic textbooks that will be freely available from a website.
WitGuides claims to be a source for downloadable e-books:
And Open Textbook is an online registry of textbooks free for anyone to use:

14) NoteMesh is a free site where students in the same university class can exchange course notes.

15) Saving perhaps the best for last, if this site really does what it claims, a lot of us will make lots of visits: Tv Radio Cat claims to be a worldwide database of radio and tv stationswith regularly updated information and links to online broadcast:

16) Version 10.01 of the Dolphin line of screen readers and screen magnifiers is out, with a Startup wizard and some new features and fixes:

17) Each year for the last few, Tek Talk has offered two sessions devoted to Stocking Stuffers, low-cost items that could make interesting gifts. The first StockingStuffer session for this year will take place on GMT Tuesday 4 November at 00:00.

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