Archives June 2014

Delivering Access Podcast Season 2 Episode 16 with Jim Meck

Using only an iPhone for one business trip, running even though totally blind, and always talking.

This weeks hero is sure to empower you! The Fedora Outlier’s Delivering Access Podcast was created to highlight individuals, groups and communities in the ever growing  blindness population who are changing life’s and making a difference in the world through their works, passion and their belief in change.

 

This weeks guest is Jim Meck

 

 

 

Listen as our guest walks us through their life of how they became blind, they’re early years and the tools they used along their journey.

 

Tools and technology:

iPhone

iPad

Mac

CCTV

Pebble 

 

Contact Info:

email: jim@jimmeck.com

facebook: jimmeckmusician

 

If you or someone you know has a story that needs to be told or if you want to highlight an organization, cause or your passion. Feel free to contact us and we’ll be happy to review your request and get you on an upcoming episode of the Delivering Access Podcast.


Mac Master Series Quick Tip: Fast User Account Switching In OS X Is Easy (And Perfect For All Of Your Alter Egos)

I can think of at least a half dozen reasons why you might want to switch between user accounts on your Mac.

  • You’re a secret agent working to smuggle enemy nation’s most burning secrets across international lines.
  • You have an alter ego named Bob, who lives in Long Island with his two parakeets and works the graveyard shift at a lonely tollbooth.
  • You’re extremely OCD, and along with having an outfit for each day of the week, you also want to tailor your desktop experience, as well.

Okay, so those examples are (maybe) a tad unrealistic. But who am I to judge anyway—your business is your business, right?

If you’re switching between user accounts, there’s really one thing you care about—and that’s speed. It has to be fast. No dilly-dallying around for you.

If you’re sharing a computer with family members, or want to troubleshoot something funky you’re seeing with your primary account, running and switching between multiple user accounts has never been easier.

Today’s Tweetable: This Quick Tip on fast user switching in OS X is perfect for everyone—even your alter egos. Click to tweet (opens in a new window)

If you (and all of your alter egos) are constantly frustrated with the Mac, or just want to squeeze every penny of productivity out of your investment, I have something you’re going to want to see.

Apple has Geniuses, right? While that’s cute and all, you’re going to end up spending even more of your hard-earned pennies getting them to teach you the tips and tricks for working with OS X and VoiceOver.

Let Fedora’s Mac Masters show you the ropes with weekly tips, tricks and tidbits to make you (and all of your multiple personalities, alter egos and secret personas) masters, too. Just drop your best email in the box below, and we’ll take care of all of the details.

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Partner With Fedora And Get Paid, Announcing Our Commission-Based Partner Program

ATLANTA, Georgia (June 23) — In an effort to reach more consumers across the country, Fedora Outlier, LLC, a nationally-recognized assistive technology consulting, teaching and support firm, is launching a partner initiative to compensate agencies and individuals who refer new clients to any of the firm’s services for Mac, Windows or IOS.

The Partner Program is a commission-based approach to affiliate referrals, and will award each partner a 15% commission on any products or services sold in part to their referral.

“We do our best to reach out to any and all new and prospective consumers,” said the firm’s managing partner and founder, VaShaun Jones. “But referrals help us to share insight with an even larger portion of the community. That’s huge to us.”

Any agency, service provider or individual interested in becoming a registered member of the Partner Program can visit http://www.fedoraoutlier.com/partners to complete a web-based registration form. Once approved, participants can begin referring friends, family, clients and consumers to any of Fedora Outlier’s consulting, teaching and support products.

“We’ve designed the program to be as straightforward as possible,” said senior partner, Scott Rumery. “These partners are already referring people they know to providers like Fedora, and we think that they should get a little something for their time and consideration.”

All registered partners must go through an approval process and complete a W-9 form before receiving any commission payments.

For questions about the Partner Program or products and services offered by Fedora Outlier, LLC, contact VaShaun Jones at excellence@fedoraoutlier.com, or by phone at (888) 958-6979.

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Mac Master Series Quick Tip: Folder Actions In OS X Help You Keep Your Sanity (Even In The Darkest Of Times)

Let me set the stage on a dark, desperate place almost every VoiceOver user has found themselves…

You’ve found a file you’d like to download, so you give the link a click and sit back while the computer does it’s magic of transferring bits and bytes to your computer. I mean, that’s it’s job, right, so why even question it?

But here’s the kicker: You clicked the link, and despite all the laws of science and such that dictate this download should have begun, you get no indication that this is the case. What gives?

So, you rather frustratedly and impatiently give the link a second, and third, and fourth click in hopes that Safari and VoiceOver were out back on a cigarette break, conspiring on even more diabolical initiatives to drive you closer and closer to your breaking point. But nothing happens—or did it.

Check your Downloads folder, friend. You’ve been had again. There are now two dozen copies of your file resting safely in your Downloads, and of course, you had no idea. It’s a tale as old as time, and that’s why I’m reaching out with a little help for you—and it’s called Folder Actions.

Setting up Folder Actions in OS X is easy, and with the catalog of built-in scripts that Apple includes for some of the most common tasks you might consider attaching to your folders, it makes this feature a hidden gem for many users. Don’t shy away at the word “scripts” either, as this one isn’t labeled “geeks only”.

Today’s Tweetable: Apple has some very powerful actions you can attach to your folders—and they’re (almost) described as “magical”. Click to tweet

So, let’s take a real world example you might want to consider with Folder Actions.

  1. Open the Finder and navigate to your Home directory (use Command + Shift + H and you won’t even have to break a sweat.)
  2. Scroll through the list of files and folders until you come across your Downloads folder.
  3. Use VO + Shift + M to access the right-click menu for this folder.
  4. Arrow through the list of options here until you find “Folder Actions Setup…”.

On the Folder Actions Setup screen, you’re given a list of pre-loaded scripts to perform common actions (like displaying an alert message when new files are added to a folder, in this case, our Downloads folder.) You can reference this post for a few more real world examples of Folder Actions.

See, that 2-minute hack just spared your hard drive of unnecessary clutter—and helped save your sanity (even if for another day.)

And thats the kind of super-helpful advice and info you can expect from the Mac Master Series by Fedora Outlier. Simple, straightforward and practical are our middle names (or maybe our DJ names, I’m not quite sure.)

So, how do you get more sanity-saving guidance from the sagely counsel of the Fedora Outlier team? Easy! In the box below, pop in your best email address—and we’ll very reliably send you tips, tricks, hacks and apps to help make your life easier and your Mac less scary.

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Delivering Access Podcast Season 2 Episode 15 with Damashe Thomas

Delivering a positive message and encouraging the audience

This weeks hero is sure to empower you! The Fedora Outlier’s Delivering Access Podcast was created to highlight individuals, groups and communities in the ever growing  blindness population who are changing life’s and making a difference in the world through their works, passion and their belief in change.

This weeks guest is Damashe Thomas

Listen as our guest walks us through their life of how they became blind, they’re early years and the tools they used along their journey.

Tools and technology:

iPhone

iPad

windows computer

android device

Contact Info:

twitter: @damashe

email: damashe@fedoraoutlier.com

If you or someone you know has a story that needs to be told or if you want to highlight an organization, cause or your passion. Feel free to contact us and we’ll be happy to review your request and get you on an upcoming episode of the Delivering Access Podcast.


Quick Tip: Adjust VoiceOver Verbosity In A Flash

When you learned how to set the verbosity settings in VoiceOVer Utility, did you think that if you wanted to change any of those settings, you had to revisit VoiceOver Utility to do so?

You know, those ever-important verbosity settings like how much punctuation VoiceOver will announce while reading, or how you will be alerted when typing or passing a capital letter?

Well, you don’t have to go through all of those steps to make those changes. There is a faster, more efficient way to accomplish the same thing, and all it takes to get to the Verbosity settings is a single keystroke.

Today’s Tweetable: Mac OS X VoiceOver users: The VoiceOver Utility is a serious time-waster—and we’ll show you why. Click to tweet

To change any of these settings, press the VO keys along with the letter V, for verbosity. You can then stop holding down the VO keys, and press the left or right arrow to go through the selections.

There are seven settings that you can adjust. they include:

  • typing echo – none, characters, words, or characters and words spoken after typing
  • text attributes – do nothing, speak, or play tone when text attributes change
  • numbers – spoken as words or digits
  • capitals – do nothing, speak, play tone, or change pitch when typing or encountering a capital letter
  • when status changes – do nothing, speak, or play tone when the status changes
  • speech verbosity level – low, medium, or high, how much information you want spoken by VoiceOver
  • punctuation – none, some, most, or all, how much punctuation you want spoken by VoiceOver

When you reach the item you want to change, simply press the up or down arrow until you find the setting you want for that category. The change will be immediate and global, meaning it will take effect in whatever application you are working.

When you are finished in this area, press the Escape key. The Verbosity settings will vanish, and you’ll be focused right back where you were prior to visiting the Verbosity settings screen.

As you grow as a Mac OS X user, you’ll find that certain verbosity settings need tweaking—and that’s a good thing. That means you’re getting faster (and in turn, more productive). But wouldn’t you like a fast-track to getting more comfortable with your Mac?

Each week, we’re cranking out a slew of tips, tricks and tidbits to help you, the growing Mac OS X user, become an Apple wizard, capable of taking the world by storm (or at least your little sliver of it.)

Take charge, take control and get more done by dropping your best email address in the box below. You’ll get super practical advice from us each week that’s nearly the digital equivalent to an IV drip of Mac insight—pumped right into your veins. We’ll call it Mac-drenaline (because it has a nice ring to it.)

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Delivering Access Podcast season 2 Episode 14 with Chetan Bakhru

Never letting is blindness build a brick wall around him.

This weeks hero is sure to empower you! The Fedora Outlier’s Delivering Access Podcast was created to highlight individuals, groups and communities in the ever growing  blindness population who are changing life’s and making a difference in the world through their works, passion and their belief in change.

 

This weeks guest is Chetan Bakhru

Listen as our guest walks us through their life of how they became blind, they’re early years and the tools they used along their journey.

Tools and technology:

iPhone

Mac

windows computer

android tablet nexus 7

Contact Info:

website: blind-planet.com

twitter: cbakhru

If you or someone you know has a story that needs to be told or if you want to highlight an organization, cause or your passion. Feel free to contact us and we’ll be happy to review your request and get you on an upcoming episode of the Delivering Access Podcast.