How the Mac app Type2Phone can make any keyboard attached to your Mac a Bluetooth keyboard

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

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 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

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 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.

How the Amazon Basics microwave oven has replaced the much more expensive talking microwaves made specifically for the blind

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

A much improved way to spell check documents using VoiceOver on iOS beginning with iOS 12.1

Posted on November 6, 2018 There was a way, reproducible though not very convenient to spellcheck documents in iOS 11 using VoiceOver and at the time I thought it was cool though somewhat difficult to remember, but wrote a blog post about it anyway. A big thank you to Scott Davert, who discovered that in … Continue reading A much improved way to spell check documents using VoiceOver on iOS beginning with iOS 12.1

Another post I wrote with additional thoughts about Apple’s Face ID

Posted on October 1, 2018 Two weeks ago, I wrote about how I strongly dislike Apple's Face ID; and although some in the blind community have agreed with my thoughts, there are also some who do not. They say "oh Face ID is just fine and it's accessible," etc. Accessible for sure, but not efficient; … Continue reading Another post I wrote with additional thoughts about Apple’s Face ID

My thoughts about how as a VoiceOver user, Face ID although accessible is not very efficient

Posted on September 13, 2018On January 9, 2007 Steve Jobs introduced the first iPhone, but I wasn't sucked into his reality distortion field quite yet. My friend Nathan Klapoetke was ecstatic about it though and told me later that day when reinstalling Windows for me that he couldn't wait to buy one; that was a … Continue reading My thoughts about how as a VoiceOver user, Face ID although accessible is not very efficient

How for me, bone conduction headphones by Aftershokz is one of those technologies that is not just nice to have but a huge game changer for blind people

Posted on July 17 2018Shortly after Christmas when i. Was 5, my sister Andrea introduced me to headphones with one of those single ear plugs from the 1970s, and showed me how I could plug it into my radio and listen to it. After a few minutes of private listening I couldn't understand at all … Continue reading How for me, bone conduction headphones by Aftershokz is one of those technologies that is not just nice to have but a huge game changer for blind people

Instructions on how to get your Aftershokz Trex headset to work with Bluetooth Multipoint

Posted on November 9, 2017 About a year ago, I wrote how useful the Apple watch was for me, but one problem still was unless I used my mess of cables hack I couldn't get VoiceOver from both my iPhone and watch simultaneously.The Aftershokz headphone company released their Trekz-Titanium model in early 2016 and many … Continue reading Instructions on how to get your Aftershokz Trex headset to work with Bluetooth Multipoint

How to accessibly and reliably spell check documents on iOS devices with VoiceOver

Posted on October 5, 2017 Although I guess possible on older versions of iOS, until iOS 11, spell checking documents on iOS devices was extremely difficult with the screen reader  Voiceover. Occasionally when browsing around a document if VoiceOver said a word was misspelled you could maybe get suggestions if you happened to be exceptionally lucky. … Continue reading How to accessibly and reliably spell check documents on iOS devices with VoiceOver