The "Public Eye"

Noun. public eyepublic eye - a focus of public attention; "he enjoyed being in the limelight"; "when Congress investigates it brings the full glare of publicity to the agency".

Say what you will, the news is what counts when it is information you need.



  
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Author Donna Jodhan Publications - Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - Issue 12

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1) Well, Marco threw in the towel on his 30-day immersion into Android on day 18 and went back to iOS:
http://30dayswithandroid.blogspot.de/2014/08/day-18-part-3-i-quit.html

2) Meanwhile, this sighted Android user spent a month with an iPhone, and shares his impressions of hardware and software:
http://www.anandtech.com/show/8414/a-month-with-the-iphone-5s

3) The Summer 2014 edition of "508 XPress" has articles on Avoiding Section 508 Violations, Efficient Strategies for Non-Visual Mobile Navigation, and more:
http://www.section508.va.gov/

4) If you have reason to use the command line, this article discusses how to Use Tab Completion to Type Commands Faster on Any Operating System:
http://www.howtogeek.com/195207/use-tab-completion-to-type-commands-faster-on-any-operating-system/

5) Here we have the post "Working with Web 2.0 Applications: A Blind User's Review":
http://g3ict.org/resource_center/newsletter/news/p/newsletterId_/id_513

6) And here are some tutorials for working with Google Docs and Google Drive:
http://rintintin.colorado.edu/~deri4989/googleappstutorials/

7) This post, from Paths to Literacy, lists the author's preferred apps that support the development of Orientation and Mobility skills for children and youth who are blind or visually impaired, as well as those who are deaf-blind:
http://www.pathstoliteracy.org/orientation-mobility-apps

8) In case you're asking yourself if you should switch to a no-contract phone carrier, this post and its numerous comments might help you with the decision:
http://cnet.co/1zHXFbW

9) CNET offers ideas on "How to improve battery life on any mobile device":
http://www.cnet.com/how-to/how-to-improve-battery-life-on-any-mobile-device/

10) From Computerworld comes, "16 Tips for Mac Users Who Must Use Windows":
http://www.computerworld.com/article/2476636/microsoft-windows/16-tips-for-mac-users-who-must-use-windows.html

11) NVDA 2014.3RC1 hs been released, with lots of new features for Microsoft Office users. this is a release candidate, which means that if no glaring problems surface, this will be identical to the final release of the upgrade:
http://community.nvda-project.org/blog/NVDA2014.3rc1Released

12A) Doug Lee continues to upgrade the JAWS scripts for Skype. Here is a direct link to version 6.18 of the Skype 6 scripts:
http://bit.ly/1mURaNj

12B) Here is a 12-minute audio description of the scripts:
http://www.dlee.org/skype/ts3.mp3

13) Doug Lee is also developing JAWS scripts and NVDA add-ons for Virtual Audio Cable. This is an upgrade to the NVDA add-on:
http://www.dlee.org/vac/vac.nvda-addon

14) The Vario Ultra Braille devices have not shipped yet, but the manual is now available:
http://www.baumusa.com/support/user-guide-docx-varioultra.docx

15) With Cloud storage prices becoming more competetive, Dropbox has lowered storage prices and added some features to its paid version:
http://www.theverge.com/2014/8/27/6072757/dropbox-slashes-pricing-and-boosts-storage-as-competition-intensifies

Turning to audio, and some video:

16A) Eyes on Success 1435 addresses Macular Degeneration and Low Vision Support Groups:
http://www.eyesonsuccess.net/

16B) This YouTube video was a presentation to a YouTube conference: "Going Screenless with Youtube: How blind users experience this service":
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ewCSjiZ7Cdo&feature=youtu.be

16C) I'm actually preparing Tidbits late enough this week to be able to include the latest Serotalk Podcast, #208:
http://serotalk.com/2014/08/27/serotalk-podcast-208-out-here-on-the-balcony/

16D) The latest Media Access Australia podcast, with accompanying transcript, covers Australia's Braille OwnFone: 3D-printed features, customisation, usability and more:
http://www.mediaaccess.org.au/audio-description-on-radio/australias-braille-ownfone-3d-printed-features-customisation-usability-and-more

And from AppleVis:

16E) Listen to A Review of the HMDX JAM Classic Bluetooth Speaker:
http://applevis.com/podcast/episodes/review-hmdx-jam-classic-bluetooth-speaker

16F) And Send Invoices and Estimates, Track Time and Capture Expenses with FreshBooks Cloud Accounting for iOS:
http://applevis.com/podcast/episodes/send-invoices-and-estimates-track-time-and-capture-expenses-freshbooks-cloud


Section: Practical Tips To Enhance Your Daily Life:

This collection of tips is intended to assist you in keeping up with improvements and enhancements to various products and services that may help you to live a better life. Enjoy!

1.) If you are not sure as to how to turn on and off your i-device or as to how to reset it, check this out:
http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1430

2.) How to control your iPhone with your Apple earbuds!
http://www.tuaw.com/2014/07/15/10-ways-to-control-your-iphone-with-your-apple-earbuds/

3.) Learn about steps Google is taking to in the fight against child pornography:
http://www.extremetech.com/computing/187521-google-scans-your-gmail-inbox-for-child-porn-to-help-catch-criminals-but-dont-worry-about-loss-of-privacy-yet

4.) Having problems updating and older version of a Microsoft Word document in Microsoft Word 2013?
http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/how-to-update-an-older-word-document-in-word-2013.html?cid=dn_article

5.) For a wealth of technical information, all in one place, check out:
http://www.extremetech.com/

6.) If you who are prone to spilling liquids onto and/or into your computer keyboards, check out this out:
http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/how-to-deal-with-liquid-spilled-in-a-keyboard.html?cid=dn_article

7.) And finally some really great information on the Fitbit Flex, and activity monitor that automatically counts the number of steps you take in a day, keeps track of calories burned, and active minutes:
http://www.fitbit.com/


Section: Mystery of the Month:

This month, I'd like to whet your appetite with a brief description of one of my audio mysteries that I have chosen for you. This one is called "The Million Dollar Mansion" and here is a brief description:

Sometimes, one's luck simply runs out, and this is what happened to ruthless Will Lufthouse.
Will was ruthless, a blackmailer, and a bully.
He built his business and reputation on all of this but alas!
Time ran out for ruthless Will.

Who could have done it?
Was it Judge Peaches Pearson who was running out of money?
And who was also growing tired of Ruthless Will and his demands?
Or was it Chad Loantree, a corporate executive who was tired of paying blackmail to ruthless Will because he had something on him?
Or was it Dr. Curt Richardson who did not want to pay anything to Will because he hated to be pushed around?
Or maybe it was Lea Anderson, Will's ex-wife who had reached her end with Will because of his incessant demands and he wanted her back but she did not want him?

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Section: Some Friendly Advice From Author Donna Jodhan:

September 2014
How News Items Could Help

You would be amazed to learn how you can use news items to help kick start a sluggish imagination on any given day. Most authors often run into what we call writer's block, and sometimes it is a bit difficult to pull out of it.

Not to worry though, this condition often does not last for too long and I have found that by listening to the news there is often some item or bulletin that would jump out at me and if I take the time to listen a bit more closely I can find either some sentence, group of words, or some theme from said item to help me germinate the beginnings of a story that I can later develop into a full blown mystery.

Ideas often flow into our minds from the least expected corners of our daily lives, and listening to news items is no different. Give this a try and see how you do.

Happy listening to those breaking news items!

Donna J. Jodhan AKA Detective DJ


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The first free audio mystery download is titled, "The Million Dollar Mansion", and is currently available for free download to all site visitors at: http://bit.ly/1qkoEt8. More free downloads coming soon! Stay tuned!


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This is a personal message from author Donna Jodhan: "Each time we raise our voice at someone else we are engaging in bullying! Each time we raise our hands to slap or punch someone else we are also engaging in bullying and each time we engage in actions to either manipulate or force someone else to do what we want we are also engaging in bullying!

There is no room in this world for bullying and each day we fail to take action against bullying it is another day that we allow others to bully us and our kids. Our heros and role models are the ones who have made us proud; those brave young men and women who gave their lives for us in past wars and those who continue to do so. They are not the ones who choose to be racists and those who believe that their bad behaviour in public is acceptable.

I write and record audio mysteries that are being used at such events as murder mystery evenings as well as at public awareness and team building events. I promote understanding, tolerance, and problem solving and my audio mysteries continue to be broadcasted around the world and you can listen to them anywhere! On the plane or train! In the car or right there in your home! On your i-device or computer!

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Section: Closing:

With very best wishes for a super month of September,
Donna J. Jodhan AKA Detective DJ


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