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Blindy.tv is closing October 1st

Blaster
 

I just received this e-mail from blindy.tv, it looks like there going
to close for good on October 1st.

Here's the e-mail:

Good Bye from Blindy.TV
All good things must come to an end, and so it is with Blindy.TV. Due
to the accelerating degradation of our broadcast automation, and the
lack of time and interest, on our part, to rebuild from scratch,
Blindy.TV streams have been failing with increasing frequency over the
last year. We've attempted to keep the service running with some
temporary workarounds, but even those are failing. Therefore, it has
been decided to officially retire the Blindy.TV service as of
10/01/2018, at 12:00 AM eastern US time, after nearly six years
online.
As many of you will have noticed, over the last year, our streams have
been failing with increasing frequency. This has been caused by
problems with our broadcast automation software and OS rot on the
servers running the automation, streams, and web site. The only way to
fix everything, at this point, would be to rebuild, and the truth is
that there isn't sufficient time or interest to undertake such a
large project.
Thank you to everyone that listened and spread the word about
Blindy.TV. The goal of this project was to raise awareness of, and
stimulate demand for, audio description. The audio description world
in 2018 is very different from the world of 2012, when work first
started on Blindy.TV. Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and the iTunes
Store, all offer content for streaming or purchase that includes
audio description. Audio description is also slightly more common on
broadcast and paid TV in North America than it was in 2012. We
encourage you to support the availability of audio description by
financially supporting the distributors that bring it to you.
For additional audio TV streams, we highly suggest Banana Vision
(bananavision.tv), which will be the new home for some of the content
previously broadcast on Blindy.TV.
Over the life of Blindy.TV, we've deliberately been evasive about who
was behind Blindy.TV. However, no ending would be complete without
credits, therefore, here are some, but by no means all, of the
volunteers that brought you Blindy.TV. The original idea for Blindy.TV
was inspired by Rebecca Loomis. Creation of the Blindy.TV service,
including the web site, the broadcast automation, imaging, and
editing of thousands of hours of content, was brought to you by Bryan
Smart. Additional IDs and imaging was thanks to Patrick Perdue, Jason
Meddaugh, and Clarence Griffin. Our chief archivist/acquirer of new
content was Katy Todd, with significant help from Mike Wassel.
Additional content and production elements were provided by Andre
Louis. Blindy.TV would not have been possible without significant
content contributions from a certain Living Audio archive, and a
certain lounge, which will remain anonymous, but nevertheless have our
thanks. Finally, thank you to all of the Blindy.TV listene rs that
contacted us with words of encouragement.
Bryan Smart


Excel Compatible

Howard Traxler <howard@...>
 


For about sixteen years, I've kept my checking account in an Excel file.  The latest is the Excel in MS Office 2003 with Windows XP SP3.  Now I'm going to be moving to Windows 10.  It's been my experience that Microsoft will not let me use Office 2003--even though it is a legitimate package.  So, I'm wondering if there is a spreadsheet program compatible with the Excel data file and useable with NVDA.  I have installed Libre Office on my XP machine but have not yet tried its spreadsheet; if it has one.
 
Any suggestions, please and thank you.
 
Howard


Re: How do you create a short-cut key?

Smiling?
 

Not true at all. One can simply create a shortcut within the start menu shortcut by going into the properties and doing the very same thing as I stated before and the Apply button never needs to be used, hitting enter simply applies and Okays it.

-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io [mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On Behalf Of Steve Matzura
Sent: Wednesday, September 26, 2018 6:28 AM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] How do you create a short-cut key?

Almost. First, this can only be done for Desktop icons. If you want a
shortcut key for something that is not already on the Desktop, you have
to create a Desktop icon for it, which is beyond the scope of this
discussion. Second, while in the icon's Properties dialog, the shortcut
key to go directly to the actual shortcut key field is Alt plus K.
Third, it's a two-step OK process--after typing your desired shortcut
key for the program in question, tab away from the shortcut key field
and press Alt plus A to activate the Apply button, then press ENTER to
activate the OK button, which closes the dialog.


On 9/26/2018 8:50 AM, Smiling? wrote:
Highlite the icon and go to the properties by using the keystroke
Alt+Enter.
Then tab through until it asks you which keystroke it is that you would like
to use.
Which you would then use whatever keystroke it is that you would like to
use.
Then hit enter to OK it.

-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io [mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On Behalf Of
Carolyn Arnold
Sent: Tuesday, September 25, 2018 7:40 AM
To: TechTalk@groups.io
Subject: [TechTalk] How do you create a short-cut key?

The subject line is the question here, how do you create a
short cut key? Thanks.

If you pray, don't worry; if you worry, don't pray,

Carolyn


Re: How do you create a short-cut key?

Steve Matzura
 

Almost. First, this can only be done for Desktop icons. If you want a shortcut key for something that is not already on the Desktop, you have to create a Desktop icon for it, which is beyond the scope of this discussion. Second, while in the icon's Properties dialog, the shortcut key to go directly to the actual shortcut key field is Alt plus K. Third, it's a two-step OK process--after typing your desired shortcut key for the program in question, tab away from the shortcut key field and press Alt plus A to activate the Apply button, then press ENTER to activate the OK button, which closes the dialog.

On 9/26/2018 8:50 AM, Smiling? wrote:
Highlite the icon and go to the properties by using the keystroke
Alt+Enter.
Then tab through until it asks you which keystroke it is that you would like
to use.
Which you would then use whatever keystroke it is that you would like to
use.
Then hit enter to OK it.

-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io [mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On Behalf Of
Carolyn Arnold
Sent: Tuesday, September 25, 2018 7:40 AM
To: TechTalk@groups.io
Subject: [TechTalk] How do you create a short-cut key?

The subject line is the question here, how do you create a
short cut key? Thanks.

If you pray, don't worry; if you worry, don't pray,

Carolyn


Re: external hard drives

Steve Matzura
 

2TB for seventy dollars is a darn good price.


On 9/25/2018 11:25 PM, heather albright wrote:

It is 2tb but, I was hoping the price would be lower these days! Cheers Heather

 

"Blindness is a characteristic, not a handicap!" Dr. Kenneth Jernigan
e-mail:
kd5cbl@...
sites:
National Federation of The Blind:
www.nfb.org
An Accessible Online Library:
www.bookshare.org

 

From: Steve Matzura
Sent: Tuesday, September 25, 2018 9:14 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] external hard drives

 

How much space does that $70 external drive have? How much space does what your mother wants to back up take up? If she compresses her pictures directory with something like Win-RAR or 7Zip, that should save some space. Unfortunately that doesn't happen with music, as it is already compressed.

 

On 9/25/2018 5:16 PM, heather albright wrote:

Hello, I am trying to find an external hard drive for my mom. She needs to back her pc up, put all her thousands of thousand photos and now she wants to put her music library on the drive.

 

So wanted to know if 70 dollars is a good price for wd drives? They say it is the old version but it looks like the knew version, woe!

Cheers Heather




Re: How do you create a short-cut key?

Smiling?
 

Highlite the icon and go to the properties by using the keystroke
Alt+Enter.
Then tab through until it asks you which keystroke it is that you would like
to use.
Which you would then use whatever keystroke it is that you would like to
use.
Then hit enter to OK it.

-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io [mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On Behalf Of
Carolyn Arnold
Sent: Tuesday, September 25, 2018 7:40 AM
To: TechTalk@groups.io
Subject: [TechTalk] How do you create a short-cut key?

The subject line is the question here, how do you create a
short cut key? Thanks.

If you pray, don't worry; if you worry, don't pray,

Carolyn


Re: accessible 28 to 32-inch tv

"Marvin Atkins"
 

Then Samsung UN32M5300AFXZA would be your model number. Since in the U.S., The A on the end of the model number represents America. Sorry about the misinfo on my first post.
 
Marvin
 

From: Josh Kennedy
Sent: Wednesday, September 26, 2018 7:45 AM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] accessible 28 to 32-inch tv
 
yes I do live in the united states. 


Re: accessible 28 to 32-inch tv

Josh Kennedy
 

yes I do live in the united states. 


Re: accessible 28 to 32-inch tv

"Marvin Atkins"
 

Josh,
 
Samsung UN32M5300AFXZC may be a good choice for you. Chris G. from Mystic Access did a wonderful tutorial on it. The last letter in the model number represents the country you live in as C for Canada so if you are in the U.S., you would put a U instead of a C when you look it up. Chris shows you how to turn on voice without sighted help.
 
Hope this gives you an idea of what’s out there,
Marvin
 

From: Josh Kennedy
Sent: Tuesday, September 25, 2018 10:23 PM
To: main@techtalk.groups.io
Subject: [TechTalk] accessible 28 to 32-inch tv
 

Hi,

 

I may be in the market to buy a new tv in a year or two once this one dies. My question is this. Are there any tvs with a 28-inch or 32-inch screen that are accessible and that I can set up without sighted help? A tv with voice guidance or a screen reader?

 

Josh

 

 

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 


This week on Eyes On Success: Accessibility of US National parks

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Re: external hard drives

heather albright
 

It is 2tb but, I was hoping the price would be lower these days! Cheers Heather

 

"Blindness is a characteristic, not a handicap!" Dr. Kenneth Jernigan
e-mail:
kd5cbl@...
sites:
National Federation of The Blind:
www.nfb.org
An Accessible Online Library:
www.bookshare.org

 

From: Steve Matzura
Sent: Tuesday, September 25, 2018 9:14 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] external hard drives

 

How much space does that $70 external drive have? How much space does what your mother wants to back up take up? If she compresses her pictures directory with something like Win-RAR or 7Zip, that should save some space. Unfortunately that doesn't happen with music, as it is already compressed.

 

On 9/25/2018 5:16 PM, heather albright wrote:

Hello, I am trying to find an external hard drive for my mom. She needs to back her pc up, put all her thousands of thousand photos and now she wants to put her music library on the drive.

 

So wanted to know if 70 dollars is a good price for wd drives? They say it is the old version but it looks like the knew version, woe!

Cheers Heather

 

 


Re: accessible 28 to 32-inch tv

Mich Verrier
 

Hi hear’s the tv that I got 2 years ago.

Model Number:  FW32D06F (Make sure there is a letter B after the model number for ecdition B)

UPC:  5381834029

Here is the link to the tv too:

https://www.walmart.ca/en/ip/sanyo-32-fw32d06f-led-lcd-hd-tv/6000196784584

it works quite well and once you have some one turn on voice guidance it is fine. Now I will say that if you have a dish it wont read out the guide or what the name of the show is. Now I live in Ontario Canada so if you live in the us that might be diffrint. Hth. From Mich.

 

From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On Behalf Of Josh Kennedy
Sent: September 25, 2018 10:23 PM
To: main@techtalk.groups.io
Subject: [TechTalk] accessible 28 to 32-inch tv

 

Hi,

 

I may be in the market to buy a new tv in a year or two once this one dies. My question is this. Are there any tvs with a 28-inch or 32-inch screen that are accessible and that I can set up without sighted help? A tv with voice guidance or a screen reader?

 

Josh

 

 

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 


accessible 28 to 32-inch tv

Josh Kennedy
 

Hi,

 

I may be in the market to buy a new tv in a year or two once this one dies. My question is this. Are there any tvs with a 28-inch or 32-inch screen that are accessible and that I can set up without sighted help? A tv with voice guidance or a screen reader?

 

Josh

 

 

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 


Re: external hard drives

Steve Matzura
 

How much space does that $70 external drive have? How much space does what your mother wants to back up take up? If she compresses her pictures directory with something like Win-RAR or 7Zip, that should save some space. Unfortunately that doesn't happen with music, as it is already compressed.


On 9/25/2018 5:16 PM, heather albright wrote:

Hello, I am trying to find an external hard drive for my mom. She needs to back her pc up, put all her thousands of thousand photos and now she wants to put her music library on the drive.

 

So wanted to know if 70 dollars is a good price for wd drives? They say it is the old version but it looks like the knew version, woe!

Cheers Heather



New office program

David Mehler
 

Hello,

How many use alternative office programs? And of those how many can
read from and write to Office 2010 .docx files?

I'm trying to get a document to read, one that is time sensitive, and
word keeps crashing, I am in need of an alternative. Screen readers
are jfw 2018 and NVDA 2018.3.

Some urgency.

Thanks.
Dave.


help with itunes

Kimsan
 

Hi,

I am using jaws 18, itunes 12 and windows 10 pro.

I need help with itunes and locating the playlist I created.

I created the play list from my iphone, synced it to itunes but I can’t seem to find it.

Thank you.

 

 

 

http://therasslincafe.com/

 


Using an external numeric keypad with Jaws and encountering some problems

Cristóbal
 

Hello list,

I do a lot of number typing and because of this, I finally got tired of toggeling the numlock key on and off and forgetting what it was on. I decided to get an external numeric keypad and using it for the data entry part and leaving the onboard numpad as the navigation keys.

Anyway, I ended up buying the Jelly Comb wireless model: https://www.amazon.com/Jelly-Comb-Wireless-Receiver-Compatible/dp/B01HLTH7YE

The computer recognizes it fine with the little wireless dongle, but I’m finding that when I try to use it, Jaws will say “numlock off” for every single number on the 10-key when in the number state. Also, regardless if numlock is on or off, the / and * keys above #8 and 9 will activate as left and right mouse click. Not good if you want to punch in dates.

Anyway, I was wondering if anyone’s actually using an external numeric keypad be it this one or some other model and if there’s either a fix for these particular issues or maybe there’s a specific model that plays well with Jaws?

I can even live with the numlock off announcement thing if I really, really had to, but the left and right mouse button thing I find really disruptive since without it, there’s no quick and convenient way to punch in dates.

Thanks,

 

Cristóbal

 


external hard drives

heather albright
 

Hello, I am trying to find an external hard drive for my mom. She needs to back her pc up, put all her thousands of thousand photos and now she wants to put her music library on the drive.

 

So wanted to know if 70 dollars is a good price for wd drives? They say it is the old version but it looks like the knew version, woe!

Cheers Heather

"Blindness is a characteristic, not a handicap!" Dr. Kenneth Jernigan
e-mail:
kd5cbl@...
sites:
National Federation of The Blind:
www.nfb.org
An Accessible Online Library:
www.bookshare.org

 


Re: Firefox freezes and unuseable

Nancy Shackelford
 

Have latest Frefox and have restarted numerous times. Latest version
of NVDA. Only addons I have are ETI Elloquence and Tripletalk addon.
Happens with JAWS 2018 as well.

Thanks,

Nance

On 9/24/18, Quentin Christensen <quentin@nvaccess.org> wrote:
Hi Nancy,

With NVDA, which version are you using? We discovered that the initial
release of NVDA 2018.3 had a bug which caused Firefox to crash, but we
released NVDA 2018.3.1 the next day which resolved that issue.

If you have updated, two things to check:

Firstly, have you restarted the computer after updating either NVDA or
Firefox?
Secondly, if you try restarting NVDA with add-ons disabled (press NVDA+Q
then down arrow to "Restart with add-ons disabled" and press ENTER) see if
that helps - if it does, let us know which add-ons you are using.

Otherwise, if you could send me a copy of your log to info@nvaccess.org,
I'd be happy to have a look (press NVDA+F1, then control+a to select all,
then open an email to me and control+v to paste the log.

Kind regards

Quentin.
--
Nancy Shackelford --Walk On Faith And Trust In Love - Michael Reid--


Re: technological resources for learning I P A symbols?

Leo Bado
 

hi, thanks to those of you who replied!


Leo Bado

El 23/09/2018 a las 15:35, Teri McElroy escribió:
Hi


One option for writing phonetic code is an online phonetic translator. You can paste the english text in to an edit box on the site and have it translated into phonetic script. I also managed to find one to translate from phonetic script to english but can't find the link right now. This one might get you started, and you can google to find more.

https://easypronunciation.com/en/english-phonetic-transcription-converter

For information on the braille for phonetic symbols, visit the ICEB website.

The other option is to use unicode. Here is the page I found which explaines how to get Jaws to read IPA symbols in unicode.

If you decide to go this route, I suggest you make backups of your files before modifying the tables in Jaws before proceeding in case you need to restore your original files if something goes wrong. It's not for the faint hearted. The page below gives step by step instructions for modifying the Jaws tables and I think there is also information in Jaws help on modifying speech characters.

http://www.ruf.rice.edu/~reng/jaws-ipa.html

Teri
On 23-Sep-18 1:52 PM, enes sarıbaş wrote:

hi,I am also interested in this. I am starting my master in linguistics next week, and will need to do this to participate in my phonology class. I assume brailling is required, as it doesn't appear possible to read these naturally as audio.


On 9/23/2018 3:36 AM, Leo Bado wrote:

Hi Teri,

I use jaws and n v d a as well, bothon their latest versions.

I haven’t e-mailto n v d a developers, probably I’ll ask on the international mailing list.

Sounds really interesting what you were ssayiing about modify jaws so it can say the names of the phonetic symbols.I’ll google it to see what can I find.

However, for now my main obstacle is that I can’t find any accessible info related to this.

For instance, I would like to find a web site describing the name of the phonetic symbol, followed by how to write it with a keyboard and if possible even an audio example.

As I said in my first message, all I had found is how to write those symbols using asciidecimal and hex.

I don’t know how to do that because I’m confused.

Once I figure out that, I would try to add new each symbol as an entry to the default dictionary.

I can’t tell it will work but so far I can’t come up with a better idea.

Leo Bado
El 22/09/2018 a las 13:57, Teri McElroy escribió:
Hello Leo

I would be interested to know if anyone else on list has answers to your questions, especially about writing phonetic or phonemic symbols. If you are a Jaws user, there is a way to modify Jaws so that it says the names of the phonetic symbols, but it won't pronounce words written with those symbols.

Which screen reader do you use? If you use NVDA have you emailed the developers to see if NVDA can be modified to pronounce the symbols? I found information on how to do this with Jaws by googling so there could be something similar for NVDA.
If you have difficulty understanding ESpeak, can you use another synthesizer?

Teri
On 23-Sep-18 4:02 AM, Leo Bado wrote:

Hello fellow listers,

I stop by to ask a question about learning phonetic sounds for English language and any accessible tech-tool related.

I’ve been looking for an accessible way to read phonetic symbols specificly with a synthetizer or may be a software.For my surprise espeak reads some of the phonetic sounds properly but it seems not to be able to read all of them, besides I have a hard time trying to grasp what espaek is trying to say due to its robotic sound.So, if anyone can give me a tip ere I would appreciate it.

I also want to know if someone knows how to write phonetic sounds, let’s say at least using ascii code.I foundcodes for ascii decimal and hexadecimal or something like that but I don’t know how to use those codes to write the symbol.

Lastly but no least, does anyone have international phonetic alphabet (I P A) on audio that be willing to share?

I take hints and remarks about how to face this situation, specially because I can’t find reliable technological resources in oreder to properly learn the international phonetic alphabet.

Thank you for any help or suggestion.

--
Leo Bado