Live Text, new in iOS 15 is amazing, but it took us 45 years of technical advancements to get there.

Live text is awesome, it just took us a long time, 45 years, to get there. Like many kids, my parents read a lot to me when I was young; but because I am totally blind, they probably read to me way later into my life than most. Even when I was in college, Mom … Continue reading Live Text, new in iOS 15 is amazing, but it took us 45 years of technical advancements to get there.

How I listen to music, and how the new Apple Music Voice Plan might actually be good for some people

Apple's new Apple Music Voice PlanWhen I was in 7th grade, my Dad got a radio walkman for Christmas, but soon after he loaned it to me i used it much more than he did. That was my introduction to hearing stereo through headphones, it was mind blowing. Until 9th grade all of my cassette … Continue reading How I listen to music, and how the new Apple Music Voice Plan might actually be good for some people

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

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 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 headphones have been very useful to me for many years, and what I’m hoping for from headphones in the future

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

My thoughts on how with some software, cameras could be much more useful for blind people

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

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.

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