For Christmas just after my fifth birthday, I got a radio. This radio was a bit unique, in that it was round and had a telephone rotary dial on the front, though it didn't move. Shortly after that my youngest sister Andrea gave me an earplug and showed me how to plug it into the … Continue reading How headphones have been very useful to me for many years, and what I’m hoping for from headphones in the future
Posted on May 20, 2020 I'm typing this post on an old Logitech Ergonomic keyboard from 2003, and occasionally think about replacing it. I hope the keyboard isn't paying attention..... ok, it's still working. I've read about the Ergo Pro keyboard from Matias, which will probably be its replacement, though it's a bit expensive; the … Continue reading How the Mac app Type2Phone can make any keyboard attached to your Mac a Bluetooth keyboard
There are articles all over the Internet about how you can use security cameras, and which are the best ones to buy. I have also heard how people use cameras to keep track of their pets while away from home. I even have a friend who uses a web cam to make sure his 3d … Continue reading My thoughts on how with some software, cameras could be much more useful for blind people
Posted on Tuesday April 14, 2020During the Covid-19 pandemic, we have been asked to stay 6 feet or 2 meters apart misnamed as social distancing. I have wish from the beginning that we called it physical distancing; we are not told to stop communicating, nor should we. Staying farther apart to reduced the spread of … Continue reading My thoughts on why we should be physical distancing, instead of social distancing
Last Wednesday was April 1, aka, April fools day, and because of the Covid-19 pandemic, most people canceled the chaos and mayhem that usually happened on that day in other years, but I thought I'd remind some of us who already knew, and introduced others who didn't yet, to one of the best practical jokes … Continue reading With April fool’s jokes canceled this year because of Covid-19, I wrote about how Haydn’s “Surprise” symphony would still be a tasteful laugh
Posted on December 13, 2019 Johan Sebastian Bach probably wished he'd had a better way to work on his "Musikalisches Opfer", "A Musical Offering" when he traveled back home to Leipzig from visiting King Frederick the great of Prussia near Berlin in 1747. Ok, he probably instead really wished for something faster and more comfortable than a … Continue reading My thoughts on how productivity is way more portable than in the past, but how annoyingly some non-visual features only appear on products with larger screens
Posted Tuesday, December 3, 2019One of the bigger challenges for a blind person is quickly identifying things that aren't physically unique or labeled in braille. This is one of the frustrations technology has helped in a big way. The first device that made a significant breakthrough in this area, was the I.D. Mate. A talking … Continue reading My journey to the cool Amazon “Show and Tell” feature discovering along the way that the Echos Show 5 and 8 won’t ever be able to support it.
Posted on October 19, 2019Audio takes time.Many have said, "a picture is worth a thousand words", but it would take way longer to say or write those words than it did to take that picture. A picture is the capturing of a moment less than a second that lasts metaphorically forever. I imagine that someone … Continue reading My thoughts about unlike a picture, an audio recording needs to last a longer amount of time to develop
Posted on Friday September 6, 2019 In summer 1981 between my fifth and sixth grade years, my parents and I visited my oldest sister Kathi in Colorado. She had a microwave oven, and her kids who were in grade school could use it to cook or reheat foods. Kathy thought it would be good for … Continue reading How the Amazon Basics microwave oven has replaced the much more expensive talking microwaves made specifically for the blind
Posted on January 7, 2019A month or 2 ago, I read that the new Amazon Echo Dot third generation model no longer was powered from micro USB, but now required a proprietary AC adaptor, I remember the old days when every device had its own AC adaptor, those were frustrating times. I then got my … Continue reading My thoughts and discoveries on how Amazon now uses proprietary AC adaptors on their echo dots.