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, February 3, 2015 - Issue 17

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1A) The J-Say package for hands-free computer use with JAWS is about to get a major update next week, with lower prices and considerable improvement. Read about it here:
http://www.hartgen.org/node/285

1B) A podcast discussing the new features is here:
http://www.hartgen.org/laircastfiles/laircast04.mp3

2) The Window-Eyes Certification Program, which lets you demonstrate your competence in the program is now available for version 9. It still costs $99 to obtain this certification, but as of 27 February, this price will soar to $149:
http://www.mailing-sender.net/3d1n3e5kd8at654/40b/1124ta19.html

HowToGeek weighs in with two enticing articles:

3A) "Go Wireless and Never Connect a Cable to Your iPhone Again"
http://www.howtogeek.com/207752/go-wireless-and-never-connect-a-cable-to-your-iphone-again/

3B) And "How to Quickly Batch Rename Files on Windows, Mac OS X, or Linux":
http://www.howtogeek.com/207503/how-to-quickly-batch-rename-files-on-windows-mac-os-x-or-linux/

4) Online Convert purports to allow us to convert audio, images, videos and documents to many formats for free:
http://www.online-convert.com/

5) The enrollment deadline for the interesting assortment of courses from CAVI is 1 February:
http://wiki.cucat.org/index.php?n=Main.CaviSchedule

6A) Two new mailing lists could interest some. Both are on Freelists, so you write to the indicated address and put subscribe into the subject field. The first is for discussion, sale or purchase of notetakers new or old:
notetakerinfo-request@freelists.org

6B) The other is for the deaf-blind:
bhi-l-request@freelists.org

7) Eyes on Success starts a two-part series on working from home and tele-communiting with program 1505:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

8) The University of Michigan seeks an experienced screen reader specialist:
http://umjobs.org/job_detail/105673/screen_reader_specialist_intermediate

9) SPN is rebuilding its podcast network, planning to do more blogging, and restructuring and updating content on the SAMNet network:
http://serotalk.com/2015/01/28/the-return-of-spn/

10) Feedly has Introduced a Power Search To Help its Pro Users Better Find Stories On The Web:
http://www.androidpolice.com/2015/01/27/feedly-introduces-power-search-help-pro-users-better-find-stories-web/

11) This List Has 100 Places To Find Trustworthy Health Information:
http://www.lifehacker.com.au/2015/01/this-list-has-100-places-to-find-trustworthy-health-information/

12) Find and download user manuals for any device out there at Central Manuals. All for free:
http://lifehacker.com/central-manuals-lets-you-find-and-download-user-manuals-1681233160

13) The people that bring us the wealth of TED Talks have done us the service of grouping some of their material into thematic playlists:
http://www.ted.com/playlists#

14A) Here are two posts concerning the accessibility of WordPress. How easy is it to create an accessible Wordpress site?
https://www.accessiq.org/news/news/2015/01/wordpress-cms-accessibility-guide

14B) And here are some packages for easier maintenance of a Wordpress site:
http://www.customerservant.com/wordpress-maintenance-packages/

15) Here are updated instructions for checking spelling and grammar in Office 2013, including keyboard shortcuts:
http://bit.ly/1LjxEZk

Moving on to some Apple-related material in conclusion:

16) The KNFBReader app is at half price, $49.99, for an unspecified time:
http://www.applevis.com/apps/deals/ios-apps-dropped-price/knfbreader-currently-reduced-9999-4999

17) MacWorld UK says that if your iPhone is slow, here are 14 Top tips to speed up iOS 6, iOS 7 & iOS 8:
http://bit.ly/1tvnjnb

18) Thanks to the CNIB blog, we learn about using the iPhone as a telescope:
http://bit.ly/1Bz0MGk

19) Get a perspective on the three most important changes for blind persons found in iOS 8 on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 3 February at 01:00:
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

20) This is a podcast with the creator of the Be My Eyes App:
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/23152298/Insights%202015-01-22.mp3

21) The latest Tech Doctor podcast is called "Mac For The Blind Apple Certified":
http://www.dr-carter.com

And finally, we have some AppleVis podcasts:

22A) Fixed In Yosemite 10.10.2: Playback Of Audio Messages When Using VoiceOver:
http://www.applevis.com/podcast/episodes/fixed-yosemite-10102-playback-audio-messages-when-using-voiceover

22B) Audio Hijack: Record Any Audio On Mac:
http://www.applevis.com/podcast/episodes/audio-hijack-record-any-audio-mac

22C) Using The Apple Remote App To Control Your Apple TV From An iOS Device:
http://www.applevis.com/podcast/episodes/using-apple-remote-app-control-your-apple-tv-ios-device

22D) Quick Tip: Using The PP Jailbreak Tool For Mac:
http://www.applevis.com/podcast/episodes/quick-tip-using-pp-jailbreak-tool-mac

22E) AppleVis Extra 27: Winston Chen, Developer of Voice Dream Writer:
http://www.applevis.com/podcast/episodes/applevis-extra-27-winston-chen-developer-voice-dream-writer

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Section: 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 help you to live a better life. Enjoy!

1.) Interested in learning how to use hash tags on Twitter?
https://support.twitter.com/articles/49309#

2.) AbleGamers selects the most accessible mainstream games of 2014:
http://www.mediaaccess.org.au/latest_news/digital-technology/ablegamers-select-most-accessible-games-of-2014

3.) Seeking ways to keep up with your prescriptions in a meaningful way? In a big gain in accessibility, "CVS Health now Offers Talking, Braille and Large Print Prescription Labels Through its Mail Service, Pharmacy for Individuals with Vision Impairments":
http://lflegal.com/2015/01/caremark/

4.) Seeking an alternative to using Google for your searches?
http://www.lifehacker.com.au/2015/01/the-best-tools-for-finding-information-when-google-isnt-enough/

5.) Interested in mastering Siri on your i-device?
http://www.siriuserguide.com/siri-dictation-guide/

6.) Want to learn more about the world of cochlear implants? Program 1503 of Eyes on Success discusses, "Cochlear Implants for Blind Persons":
http://eyesonsuccess.net

7.) Here are five non-toxic essential ingredients that every parent should have in their cupboard:
http://healthychild.org/easy-steps/put-these-five-nontoxic-essentials-ingredients-in-your-cupboard/

8.) Do you have children or loved ones that suffer from allergies, asthma, or similar types of ailments? Clean up indoor air pollution using these easy steps:
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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 "Diary of a Parisian Priest" and here is a brief description:

Fr Stephan Paridis had been a very well liked Parish Priest. He was kind, generous, and always had time for his parishioners. Yet, there was someone who hated him enough to have killed him in cold blood while he slept. The goodly priest had started to criticize big business and certain governments before he was killed. Could any of this have played a part in his demise? Or was there something in his past that came back to bite him?
 
Was it Yannick LaBlanc - a parishoner?
Was it Pavel Sakarov - a Russian diplomat?
Or was it Dominic Gatchel - a banking executive?
 
This mystery is filled with intrigue and a healthy touch of suspense and at the end of it all the murderer turns out to be the least suspected.
 
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With very best wishes,
Donna J. Jodhan AKA Detective DJ


Section: Some Friendly Advice From Author Donna Jodhan:

February 2015
Techniques for Better Thinking

I would offer this: When it comes to being able to think; there are techniques that work and techniques that do not. I do not believe that there is any one technique that will work for everyone. It comes through trial and error but for this month I am going to give you what works for me.

I start by finding a quiet spot in my home or I may try to find one in a park or even on the beach. Next I would sit there for a few minutes doing some breathing exercises. Then I start to allow my imagination to wonder and hopefully this will begin the process of better thinking for me. If this technique does not work for some reason then I go to my second technique; using soft music to help me think. This second technique also often works. I usually use soft classical music or even some soft easy going music.

If techniques 1 and 2 do not work for some reason then I have other techniques in my toolkit; cooking up a storm in my kitchen, or maybe going swimming, or even just taking a nap. I would say that each of these techniques has its own merits but for now my toolkit of techniques serves very well.

So why not give any one of these techniques a try? Happy thinking!

Donna J. Jodhan, AKA Detective DJ


Section: News Flash From Author Donna Jodhan:

Guess what? Author Donna Jodhan is about to embark on a very exciting adventure! Yes indeed! She is going to be teaming up with a self defense instructor to help bring the message to audiences! And what is this message? Well, it is all about her Campaign Against Bullying (CAB) and how one can use not just their hands and feet to defend themselves against bullys; but also one's voice to do the same!

Stay tuned for more news on this new and exciting adventure for author Donna Jodhan.


Section: Please Join My Campaign Against Bullying (CAB):

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!

Please join my Campaign Against Bullying (CAB) by supporting my efforts to keep on writing and recording! "If you truly care then you will certainly dare!"

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Section: Closing:

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


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