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.

My beginning explorations about less visual alternatives to spreadsheets for screen reader users

Posted on December 12, 2018 Almost 2 weeks ago  I was listening to the Mac Power Users podcast with David Sparks and Katie Floyd, the episode had one of the best titles I'd ever seen,  "My Life Is a Subscription" this could be a blog rant all by itself, but what they wanted the listener … Continue reading My beginning explorations about less visual alternatives to spreadsheets for screen reader users

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

Technology for most is a nice thing to have, but for those with disabilities, how huge of a game changer technology is in improving their lives cannot be exaggerated

Posted on July 6, 2018 As I wrote about in my last post, technology in its most basic definition is an innovation which makes some task easier, and for most of us that is most of the time, the case; but for people with disabilities, it is way more than that.Technology helps us get places … Continue reading Technology for most is a nice thing to have, but for those with disabilities, how huge of a game changer technology is in improving their lives cannot be exaggerated

How I discovered that the audio in Live Photos can help blind people identify and organize them

Posted on May 17, 2018 When Apple announced live photos along with their iPhone 6s in 2015 almost everyone I know or read thought they were nothing more than a stupid gimmick, and promptly turned them off. It took 2 plus years before advantages of Live Photos started to show up as mentioned by Allison … Continue reading How I discovered that the audio in Live Photos can help blind people identify and organize them

Why blind people should care about social media and contact photos, facial recognition

Posted July 29, 2017 I have observed in the blind community over the years that many of us seem to care little, if at all, about pictures. In the past, I admit, they didn’t do much for us most of the time, but times are changing.Starting with TaptapSee,  KNFB Reader, and other less known apps … Continue reading Why blind people should care about social media and contact photos, facial recognition

How I think smart watches are way more useful than many think

Many say that watches are useless now that we have cell phones and just as many don't even wear one, , but I still say it's much easier to look at your wrist if sighted or do voiceover gestures on your Apple watch, than to take your phone out of a pocket to get the … Continue reading How I think smart watches are way more useful than many think