Listen to Triple-click Home Episode 18: Could You Try That in Less Words?
Welcome to another jam-packed episode of Triple-click Home. This month, John Panarese takes the wheel and is joined by Alena Roberts and Buddy Brannan. Along with a discussion of the current crop of news stories, Jamie Pauls talks with Brian Kevelighan about the Aftershokz Bluez bluetooth bone conduction headphones. We also feature a listener email, so stick around and enjoy the show!
Top of the News
This month, Brian Kevelighan reviews the Aftershokz Bluez Bluetooth bone conduction headphones. He isn’t the only one who is in love with them. The Triple-click Home team share their opinion of these headphones as well.
Thanks again for another very informative & witty podcast.
You all could form the Blind Tech Comedy club.
I have to tell you of my mac transition.
My Mother passed away 2 years ago, June 30. I wanted a diversion & a new computer. I got tired of all of the SMA upgrades. Therefore, it left me with the concept of learning to use the Mac OS. NOt only was I learning a new OS, I was learning a new screen reader. Originally, I paid the $99 for the one on one instruction through the apple store. I found the noise & lack of knowledge by the in store trainers discouraging until I met a lady who introduced me to macvisionaries. Between macvisionaries & Iblink radio, I have gotten more information than I could have ever paid for.
As you were talking about your first experience with a screen reader, I have to relay my own experience. I started with DOS 5.0 & found a shareware program called BPop. It was not a fully functional screen magnifier. It would allow me to engage it after I had typed something in order to proofread it. If I had made a mistake, I had to count spaces & lines in order to correct it.
Living in Florida at the time, I was in a close proximity to what was then Henter Joyce in St. Petersburg Florida. I actually met Ted Henter. I found within my budget through considerable cutbacks at the time the $295 to purchase Magic 1.27. It magnified my DOS screen & brought Windows 3.1 in 2x mode. I also received training through the state of Florida on the Vert screen reader along with word perfect 5.1.
Fast forwarding to today, I still have my windows computer yet pull out my mac for everything.
I am by no means an expert, yet am proficient enough to do what I need to do & am very satisfied with my decision to learn the Mac OS.
Like Jamie, I too, am a manual reader. I try to absorb what my given appliance or piece of electronics will do like a sponge. All of the resources you listed are very much appreciated. Your work does not go for naught. I also have a suggestion. Is it possible to take topics from the mac visionaries list with the most responses & expound on the subject matter? Some of them are very lengthy, yet very informational. I don’t read everything primarily, because I don’t have the time to read email all day. However, I find their listers very helpful & interactive.
The applevis site is also a good resource, however, I find some on that site who whine if something isn’t handed to them. Thank you also for your interview with the gentleman dealing with the Earl app. I am not necessarily one who believes everything needs to be free, however, I am tentative to subscribe to their service without knowing how viable they will be. I see their monthly price point to be very affordable, yet my Kansas City paper is not part of their content due to their web subscription policy. I do use newsline & am glad to see a for profit company give them direct competition while making it safe for those who spend a lot of time commuting.
It sounds as if they are following the model of Flexy, using the blind community as a means to test their app & service, yet eventually marketing to everyone.
We have come an extremely long ways from the specialized equipment costing several thousand dollars to main stream technology accessible to everyone.
Thank all of you for your tireless efforts & your dedication to making the world we live in technologically easier to live with.
Pamela J Francis
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