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Month: October 2012

Will It Be Out With The Computer, In With The Tablet?

Posted in iOS

It was not that long ago that, if we wanted to check our email, surf the internet, or type up a document, we had to go home or to the office, and sit down in front of our computers. With the introduction of lap-tops, computing became portable but still a bit cumbersome, carrying them around in briefcases or in their own dedicated cases. But all that has changed with the use of smart phones, tablets, and iOS devices.

Snap Out Of It!

Posted in Apple Inc

There are times when it takes every muscle in my body to throw off the covers and crawl out of bed. The reason is not because I don’t want to get up or that I am not feeling well. The real reason for this action is because I am simply depressed. I cannot give you a straight forward answer about what triggers my depression. It could be as simple as McDonald’s screwed up my order for the millionth time. I’m a woman who suffers with menopause. Or that my life didn’t exactly turn out the way I thought it would. The truth of the matter is that my depression is mostly caused by the fact that I am blind! Can being blind cause depression?

Insertion Point At Start Or End

Posted in iOS

When you are typing text you’ll have an insertion point. Now weather or not its at the beginning or end of a edit field is the question. The insertion point is where the cursor is. It visually is flashing waiting for your next key press, but sometimes on iOS I have to switch from one app to another and this often leaves me coming back to an app and not knowing where the cursor is. In this Quick Tip I’ll show you how to quickly find out where your insertion point is, so you can make as few errors as possible.

Can You See Yourself As A Blind Piano Technician?

Posted in Apple Inc

This email appeared on a list that I subscribe to. It is one of those extraordinary stories that reminds us that just because we are blind, doesn’t mean that we can’t have a career that is unique and interesting, as well as profitable. Jeff Lann, Executive Director of the School of Piano Technology for the Blind, in Vancouver, Washington, writes……

Start With The End In Mind

Posted in Apple Inc

Earlier this week I received a call from a person who was attending a seminar for their professional growth. They stated that a person was on the panel and the person was the wrong one to present on the subject of Apple technology for the blind by the blind. Because this person was close to me they were outraged that it was them speaking on this subject and not our firm. I began to get angry as well until I thought of some reasons that would give us more notoriety and take us to the next level.

Pick A Tone, Any Tone

Posted in Mac

Do you like ringtones? More specifically, do you like to change your ringtones frequently? If the answer to these questions is yes, then you will want to read on, because in this post I will show you how you can make a ringtone from the music that is already on your computer, and therefor you will no longer have to pay those high prices for ringtones that may not be exactly to your liking.

Helping A Voice-Over Friendly Developer

Posted in Apple Inc

This is a guest post by John D. Panarese over at Mac For The Blind. He is a
friend and a fellow Mac trainer. Check out his work over at

I have neglected in writing about this, as I have gotten caught up in other distractions. However, I’d like to follow up on an item about a developer named, Marco Arment, Maccessibility posted about and who we talked about on the podcast a few weeks ago. The Maccessibility story is

and I recommend you read it.