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, March 3, 2015 - Issue 18

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1) The February, 2015 Braille Monitor has an interesting article comparing reading with refreshable Braille to reading Braille on paper:
https://nfb.org/images/nfb/publications/bm/bm15/bm1502/bm150205.htm

2) This CNIB blog post discusses monitor purchases by people with low vision:
http://bit.ly/18nrPLm

3A) Learn about the very helpful Be My Eyes App on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 3 March at 01:00:
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

3B) Here is a video showing creative use of the Be My Eyes App, in Hungarian:
http://videa.hu/videok/tudomany-technika/a-be-my-eyes-alkalmazas-suD595kQj9Fx9CrS?start=0

4) Hear from a blind person with years of experience repairing desktop and laptop computers in episode 1509 of Eyes on Success this week:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

5A) The article "Get Started in GoogleDocs with Window-Eyes has been added to the knowledge base:
http://www.gwmicro.com/kb2063

5B) And this video shows how to use Google Slides with NVDA and Firefox:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWZVQ-vldEk&feature=youtu.be

6) A lot of students worldwide can get Microsoft Office for free:
http://blogs.office.com/2015/02/23/students-worldwide-can-now-check-eligibility-free-office-school/

7) The Comcast accessibility representative answered questions about their Z1 Talking Guide in a Twitter Live Chat, and Blind Bargains gives us some salient quotations:
http://www.blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=12382

8A) Blind Bargains also offers the Weekly Apple Rundown:
http://blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=12372

8B) And Blind Bargains podcast 6: (If happenings of the last few weeks are any indication, podcast 7 will be out about the time you receive this.)
http://www.blindbargains.com/b/12362

9) NVDA 2015.1 is now an official release, with big improvements for Microsoft Word, Microsoft Outlook and Skype, among others:
http://www.nvaccess.org/post/nv-access-releases-2015-1-of-free-nvda-screen-reader

10) BBC has online web accessibility training for web developers:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p007trgm

11) This Wired article bears the title: "Meet the Team That Makes It Possible for the Blind to Use Facebook"
http://www.wired.com/2015/02/meet-team-makes-possible-blind-use-facebook/

12) Here is a YouTube basic introduction to BookShare. Other video tutorials on the service are available as well:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ExqTYgbwS7E&list=PLadTDTlp9sV5BJmFpQBfpvthQq2P_L1St

13) "Understanding the Travel Needs of People with Disabilities" is the title of a free webinar coming up on 3 March at 18:00 GMT. Register at:
https://tti.adobeconnect.com/attri-pwd/event/registration.html

14) The Speak Screen feature of iOS8 is a hidden gem many VoiceOver users could take advantage of. Here is an audio demonstration:
http://mosen.org/index.php/ios-8s-speak-screen-feature-listen-to-ibooks-with-your-screen-locked-and-more/

15) The latest Tech Doctor podcast is an interview with Shelly Brisbin:
http://www.dr-carter.com/

16) This and the forthcoming FSCast give us a look back at history, as Jonathan Mosen interviews Ted Henter, founder of the original Henter-Joice:
http://podcast.freedomscientific.com/FSCast/episodes/FSCast104-Ted_Henter_Part1.mp3

And some recent AppleVis podcasts include:

17A) Blindfold Solitaire: An Audio Version Of This Classic Card Game:
http://www.applevis.com/podcast/episodes/blindfold-solitaire-audio-version-classic-card-game

17B) An Introduction To Workflow For iOS: Powerful Automation Made Simple:
http://www.applevis.com/podcast/episodes/introduction-workflow-ios-powerful-automation-made-simple

17C) And AppleVis Extra 28: Dr. Howard Kaplan, MD, Creator of Spotlight Text and Accessibility Advocate:
http://www.applevis.com/podcast/episodes/applevis-extra-28-dr-howard-kaplan-md-creator-spotlight-text-and-accessibility

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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.) For those of you seeking an app that will enable you to use a Brailler type of keyboard for your iPad:
http://www.ibrailler.com/manual.php

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

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

4.) 27 Cleaning Recipes for Every Surface and Occasion
http://greatist.com/health/27-chemical-free-products-diy-spring-cleaning

5.) The direct source for those seeking almost every and any type of User Manual:
http://www.central-manuals.com/

6.) Here we have, "10 Siri Tricks To Help You Be Your Most Productive Self":
http://amex.co/1A1OAO2

7.) With tax time fast approaching here is a link that can help persons with disabilities to meet the challenge. ACB has compiled a page with tax info and resources for persons with disabilities in the US:
http://www.acb.org/IRS

8.) And here are "Top Tips for Your Well Being When Working Off Shore":
http://www.energyglobal.com/upstream/special-reports/16022015/Top-tips-for-wellbeing-when-working-offshore/


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 "Mistaken Identity" and here is a brief description:

Someone had wanted popular fashion model Jill Hagman dead and they had planned each step of the crime down to the nth detail. The murder had been committed in Jill's posh condo but alas! Something had gone terribly wrong for the murderer! Now it was too late to turn back the clock!

Who could have done it?
Was it Mickey Banaman, Jill's ex-husband who swore revenge?
Was it Brett Kidman, Jill's manager who swore payback?
Or was it Zack Neaman, who swore revenge because of jealousy?

This mystery is one of true passion and revenge and the killer is the one who seizes an opportunity to carry out a passion of crime!

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To learn more about what Donna does through the activities of her company please visit:
http://www.sterlingcreations.ca/newsletter.html

Donna also produces various other useful posts every Saturday such as:

Helpful monthly tips.
Where to find your best American cities.
How to make your products and services more accessible.
Editorials on creating an accessible workplace.
Technology related articles each Wednesday and Thursday.
http://www.sterlingcreations.com/businessdesk.htm

You can follow Author Donna Jodhan on Twitter @author_jodhan or @accessibleworld. You can also chat with her on Skype @habsfan0526.

With very best wishes,
Donna J. Jodhan AKA Detective DJ


Section: Some Friendly Advice From Author Donna Jodhan:

March 2015
Ways to Improve Your Imagination

Let's face it; without a well functioning and well oiled imagination most of us will probably be unable to put our creative juices to work. For those of us who write for a living or even for those of us who simply write as a hobby, we need our imagination to keep us going.

So how can we do this in a world that is becoming more inundated with noise and clutter? Not possible you say? I say that it is indeed possible but we need to find ways to do it and at the end of the day it is really not that hard to do.

I have a few tricks up my sleeve that I use constantly and I am going to share these with you. The first tip would be to find a quiet place where you can hear yourself think. Next would be a place where you feel comfortable; a favorite coffee shop, restaurant, park, beach, etc. The third would be engaging in a favorite activity that would stimulate your metabolism; playing a fast pace game, doing yoga, or even something like cooking or playing your favorite instrument.

Then there are the things that you would engage in as a means to take your mind off your work. Watch a movie, read a book, go for a walk, do some knitting, go to a pottery class, etc. You see, so many different ways for you to stimulate your imagination and there is more but I am sure that by now you get the picture.

So just go out there and use some of these techniques to help improve and stimulate your imagination.

Donna J. Jodhan, AKA Detective DJ


Section: News Flash From Author Donna Jodhan:

Bet you did not know about the different faces of Author Donna Jodhan! Not only is she a terrific audio mystery writer! She is also an avid campaigner against bullying! She is now campaigning for a Barrier Free Canada, and yes! She still finds time to run her own company as well as go to law school! No stopping her!


Section: Author Donna Jodhan's Picks of the Month:

1.) Some important info for you about the flu shot!
Doctors say that when you take your flu shot, it should be able to protect you from some of the major flu strains for up to about one year. A flu shot cannot protect you from every single strain. The flu season usually lasts from October to April.

2.) Something to keep in mind as you pack your voltage converters if you are traveling out of North America.
Low voltage can accommodate such gadgets as your MP3 player, your computer, and small appliances. However, you will need high voltage for your blow drier.

3.) Why have we been having such frigid temps since December?
Because the sun has not been very active.

4.) Which country produces the most oranges worldwide?
Why of course! It's Brazil!

5.) Which is the most popular pizza topping?
If you guessed pepperoni you would be absolutely correct!

6.) A word of warning about gift certificates!
Make sure that when you purchase them you have them activated before you leave the store!

7.) Okay, here is an important airport tip for you.
If you fail to board a plane and your luggage has already been checked in, then guess what? Your luggage will be taken off the aircraft.

8.) Something very interesting to consider when it comes to production levels for the week!
Monday - Employees have a hard time producing because it is the first day back after the weekend. Tuesday - The most productive day of the week. Wednesday - The second most productive day of the week. Thursday and Friday - The least 2 productive days of the week. This was found through a survey carried out by the Globe and Mail.

9.) For those pregnant ladies we have something important to pass on.
Probably best for you to stay from raw fish and sushi during your pregnancy.

10.) This tip about a baby's car seat!
Car seats do have an expiry date, believe it or not!

11.) How many rice eaters are there in our world today?
Well, there are approximately 4 billion of these esteemed persons!

12.) Finally, some useful tips about the cooking of garlic and onions!
Garlic cooks much faster than onions!


Section: From Head Star Communications:

Compliments of our good friends over at Headstar Communications we give you the latest Volume of the E-Access Bulletin, Access To Technology For All, Regardless Of Ability, at: www.headstar.com/eablive. If you'd like to subscribe to this free monthly text-only publication directly, send an email to eab-subs@headstar.com with "Subscribe" in the subject line.


Section: Closing:

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