Why we should try to use a hammer less, an introduction to automation, how to make custom keyboard shortcuts in macOS

Neal Stephenson, in his essay, , "In The Beginning Was The Command Line" talks about how different interfaces have different strengths, and also weaknesses, a very entertaining and also instructive read. It's only about 100 pages, so I strongly recommend it.  In 1966, . Abraham Maslow (who was a key founder of humanistic psychology) said, … Continue reading Why we should try to use a hammer less, an introduction to automation, how to make custom keyboard shortcuts in macOS

An introduction to IP addresses and NAT, network address translation

Posted September 7, 2021We probably all have physically mailed something, we needed the recipient's address. Wisconsin North America is probably not enough to get it there. When I studied at Edgewood college, the college had a mail room where mail was sorted and put in the mailboxes of employees and students. People who worked in … Continue reading An introduction to IP addresses and NAT, network address translation

How Apple’s HomePod Mini finally gives blind people an affordable HomeKit hub

Smart  homes are awesome, there are even podcasts that talk about them. They do anything from automating things around the home, to keeping people safe, and almost anything one could think of in between. In late 2018, I started down the HomeKit path.I noticed very quickly though, that I couldn't reach any of my Home-kit … Continue reading How Apple’s HomePod Mini finally gives blind people an affordable HomeKit hub

A conceptual introduction for sighted readers on how VoiceOver works

On January 9th, 2007, Steve Jobs first announced the iPhone. Many people including my friend Dr. Nathan Klapoetke were very excited about it and couldn't wait to buy one. That day, Nathan was reinstalling windows for me as there was no real practical way to do that yet with a screen reader. While Nathan ranted … Continue reading A conceptual introduction for sighted readers on how VoiceOver works

My explanations about how headphones with noise cancellation and transparency modes work

it's probable that many of you already know about and understand the idea of active noise canceling headphones, (ANC). They've been around for a while. The idea is that beyond natural noise cancellation, more accurately called noise isolation, you get from closed back headphones. Headphone models that offer active noise cancellation have microphones on the … Continue reading My explanations about how headphones with noise cancellation and transparency modes work

My explanations about the different physical designs of headphone models

When someone goes to read about or buy a new pair of headphones, they may be somewhat confused about how companies seem to interchange, or at least not explain their fancy terms of design, but just throw them around with abandon.. Hopefully, this might help. There are basically three kinds of headphones that are worn … Continue reading My explanations about the different physical designs of headphone models

How to add, and quickly switch between what language VoiceOver is currently speaking on your iOS device

I remember hearing Deane Blazie once demo a Braille 'n Speak in Spanish, and thinking that was really cool. Later I bought a $100 add on, so my Braille Lite would speak Portuguese, but things then were way different than now. You had to completely reflash the firmware, there was no way to switch languages … Continue reading How to add, and quickly switch between what language VoiceOver is currently speaking on your iOS device

How transparency mode in headphones is important, and should not be discarded as a silly or useless feature.

Posted on July 14, 2021 I've heard people walking, running, or even on bikes blasting their music and in many cases totally unable or willing to hear anything around them. As a blind person, I would be putting my life in danger doing that. When headphones began to come out with transparency mode, or sound … Continue reading How transparency mode in headphones is important, and should not be discarded as a silly or useless feature.

How along with quality sound, Apple’s AirPods Max are the most efficient BlueTooth headset for VoiceOver users

June 15 2021 When Apple released their AirPods Max headset last December, many complained they were way over priced. I can't disagree, even though I did buy a pair with the help of some birthday and Christmas money. Now after 6 months, I have to say I have never regretted buying them. No, they aren't … Continue reading How along with quality sound, Apple’s AirPods Max are the most efficient BlueTooth headset for VoiceOver users

Thoughts about Groundhog Day, and my realization of how being afraid of one’s shadow is very possible when combining poor vision with a primitive brain

After decades of research, Dr. Paul Bach-y-rita saw them come to fruition with the BrainPort artificial vision device. The BrainPort made by Wicab takes images from a camera worn on the forehead and converts them to shapes felt on the tongue through an array of 20 by 20 electrodes. Very cool, but also in some … Continue reading Thoughts about Groundhog Day, and my realization of how being afraid of one’s shadow is very possible when combining poor vision with a primitive brain