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2014 Author Donna Jodhan Publications Archive


 

Author Donna Jodhan Publications - Issue 15

 

Author Donna Jodhan Publications - Tuesday, December 2, 2014 - Issue 15

An Author Donna Jodhan Publication
http://www.donnajodhan.com/

Greetings,

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Compliments of our good friends over at Flying Blind, LLC we bring you the latest Volume of Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, The Week's News in Adaptive Technology. If you'd like to subscribe to this free weekly publication directly, head on over to www.flying-blind.com, or send an email to enews@flying-blind.com with "Subscribe" in the subject line.

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, November 27, 2014 - Volume 485
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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1) Window-Eyes 9 Beta 1 is now available for installation on top of a working copy of Version 8, which of course everybody can get for free if you own Microsoft Office. The program has a rewritten, snappier and more powerful web interface, bulit-in QuickBooks support, and more:
http://www.gwmicro.com/Window-Eyes/Beta/

2) AFB offers a free webinar, "An Introduction to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau," available any time:
http://www.afb.org/store/pages/ShoppingCart/ProductDetails.aspx?ProductId=eIntroCFPB&ruling=Yes

3) This YouTube video is called "Accessibility Matters: User Experience [UX] Technologies at Goldman Sachs"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ck0Q0tlHgKY

4) And this YouTube Quick Tip from APH demonstrates Graphing a Line on the Orion TI-84 Plus Talking Graphing Calculator
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q5HhMBhvJNc&feature=youtu.be

5) With yours truly (Dean Martineau) as moderator, Tek Talk will offer a Compendium of Networking and Learning Resources for Computer Users with Vision loss, covering some twelve local, national and international resources, some of which I, as Tidbits Editor, hadn't even run into before. This will air on GMT Tuesday, 2 December at 01:00:
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

6) We have received reports that version 2.0 of MalwareBytes is now much more accessible to screen reader users:
https://www.malwarebytes.org

7A) If you have experienced Google Instant, the feature of Google that fills in search results as you type and which isn't terribly friendly to screen readers, and have tried to turn it off without success, you might want to try using these links for Google. In the US, try:
https://www.google.com/webhp?complete=0&hl=en

7B) And in the UK, use this one:
https://www.google.co.uk/webhp?complete=0&hl=en

8) On Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 November, starting at 20:00 GMT, Blindy.TV will air a marathon of audio-described epidoses of South Park. Each day, they will give away a set of SoundPods Speakers:
http://blindy.tv/node/34

9) The forces of materialism assert them with great vengeance during this time of year, with many sales, and if you want to find the best ones, "The How-To Geek Guide to Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sales" is at your disposal:
http://www.howtogeek.com/176453/the-how-to-geek-guide-to-black-friday-and-cyber-monday-sales/

10) Spotlight Text is a $29.95 iPad app well-designed for low-vision users of Bookshare. The app has different reading modes, intended for people with different types of vision loss, as well as an audio-only mode. The linked article gives slightly inaccurate prices for Bookshare:
http://www.blindness.org/blog/index.php/a-new-app-for-book-readers-with-low-vision/

11) This post from the TED Blog, along with the discussion, is instructive: "10 Tesearch Tips for Finding Online Answers"
http://blog.ted.com/2014/10/02/10-research-tips-for-finding-answers-that-elude-you/

12) From Access News Daily comes "Everything You Need to Know About Using iCloud Drive and iCloud Photo Library":
http://accessnewsdaily.com/everything-you-need-to-know-about-using-icloud-drive-and-icloud-photo-library/

13) The final upgrade to NVDA for the calendar year, 2014.4, is in the Release Candidate Stage. Learn more about it and get it from here:
http://community.nvda-project.org/blog/NVDA2014.4rc1Released

Turning to a varied collection of audio material this week:

14A) If you want to hear about what's coming in NVDA 1014.4, you can listen to this:
http://www.nvda-kr.org/en

14B) Would you like to use BlindSquare with Google Maps but don't know how? This podcast will help you get started:
https://audioboom.com/boos/2672672-how-to-use-google-maps-with-blindsquare

14C) The Accessible Devices podcast is back after a leave of absence, talking about widgets and more:
http://www.accessible-devices.com/feed.xml

14D) Eyes on Success discusses Tablet Comparisons for Low Vision Users:
http://eyesonsuccess.net

14E) Jonathan Mosen is the guest on the Delivering Access Podcast:
http://www.fedoraoutlier.com/dap-season-2-jonathan-mosen/

14F) Here is an Audio Comparison: Siri Versus Google Voice Search
https://audioboom.com/boos/2684908-audio-comparison-siri-versus-google-voice-search

And finally, AppleVis offers us:

14G) Beats Studio Wireless Over-Ear Headphones: Unboxing And Description:
http://www.applevis.com/podcast/episodes/beats-studio-wireless-over-ear-headphones-unboxing-and-description

14H) Say Play For iOS: Say The Title Of Any Song And Hear It Playing A Few Seconds Later:
http://www.applevis.com/podcast/episodes/say-play-ios-say-title-any-song-and-hear-it-playing-few-seconds-later

14I) Exploring The Accessibility Of The Apple TV:
http://www.applevis.com/podcast/episodes/exploring-accessibility-apple-tv

14J) New In iOS 8: The Speak Screen Feature Adds Something Extra For Low Vision Users:
http://www.applevis.com/podcast/episodes/new-ios-8-speak-screen-feature-adds-something-extra-low-vision-users

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Section: Tips To Enhance Your Daily Life:
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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.) Okay, more often than not you need to see a list of files that you have opened in Windows so check out this one:
http://www.howtogeek.com/200165/how-to-see-a-list-of-your-recently-opened-files-in-windows/

2.) Are you in the market for a scanner? Portable and easy to use? Not sure where to look? Then check this out:
http://www.giraffe-reader.com/

3.) No, this next reference is not out of a book of dreams! You need to check this one out for yourself! Yes, a headset that talks!
http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-28133155

4.) This next one is for those of you who are looking for ways to search the Internet using Google and there are 35 tips for you to check out:
http://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/the-35-best-google-search-tips-and-tricks/

5.) Now, here is a great idea for a holiday gift for anyone from 2 to 92; a musical system that has lots of potential to bring great fun and joy to you and your family. A must check out at:
http://www.afb.org/aw/main.asp

6.) For all of you who own a small or medium sized business, you can never be too careful when it comes to protecting yourself against cyber hackers. Read on here:
http://www.techgoondu.com/2014/11/15/five-it-security-tips-for-smbs/#.VGiUFGeEi2w

7.) Check out what Americans are doing after retiring. They are certainly not sitting around at home. They are finding ways to boost their incomes:
http://www.nasdaq.com/article/the-post-retirement-career-how-americans-are-not-really-retiring-cm414350

8.) Did you know? Small businesses provide 55% of all jobs and 66% of all new jobs. Here is something for you to check out if you are in the market for growing and branding your business:
http://www.sys-con.com/node/3230268

9.) If you are a vendor selling adaptive technology then you may want to check out this next link:
https://nfb.org/images/nfb/publications/bm/bm14/bm1410/bm141006.htm

10.) Something for you to check out if you want to be more comfortable the next time you travel. 24 apps that have been tried and proven for your enjoyment:
http://www.nbp.org/ic/nbp/APPSOUT.html

11.) Want to make Dropbox on your iOS device more accessible? Then check out this one:
http://bit.ly/1udwWAw

12.) Are you worried about a cyber security breach? Not sure where to turn? Then check this one out:
http://www.bizjournals.com/bizjournals/how-to/technology/2014/11/how-to-reduce-your-risk-of-a-cyber-security-breach.html

13.) Now then, just a suggestion for you to follow up on if you are seeking some weight loss tips:
http://www.thehealthsite.com/news/how-to-lose-weight/

14.) Maybe you are looking for a new and exciting career path. Then how about taking a look at this next one? Who knows, you may just hit the jack pot here:
http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/xinhua-news-agency/141120/japan-establish-council-translation-app-development-toward-o

15.) If you are a small business thinking of going global then here is something that you should take a look at before embarking on your venture. Top IT tips for small businesses going global:
http://enterpriseinnovation.net/article/top-5-it-tips-small-businesses-going-global-804625682

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Section: Mystery of the Month:
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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 "Santa's Super Secret" and here is a brief description:

Alex Terrasco had a secret that only two people knew of. He had a desire to fulfill a dream and he used his secret to do just that.

Alex was no different from most of us. He grew up in a normal family environment but at age 13, something unexpected happened to change his life forever. He did not allow this event to stop him from dreaming but alas! He had to put his dream on hold for many years while he took care of business.

Then one day something else happened and Alex was again reminded that he had still not fulfilled his dream. This time however, he made sure that his precious dream was realized!

Santa's Super Secret! A tale of fiction that includes hopes, misadventures, and sadness turned into joy!
 
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Visit the Author Donna Jodhan Online Store at http://www.donnajodhan.com/store.html today to purchase your very own copies.

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If you would like to gain perspective as to how blind persons go about their daily activities, and how they interact with others, please go to:
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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

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December 2014
Time of Year

I always find that the time of the year is another way to spark one's imagination and motivation. Especially so at this particular time of the year; at Christmas time.

I have to admit that December is usually the time when I get a lot of my inspiration. Not just to write Christmas stories but almost anything else as well. This particular time of the year often puts me in the mood to think, create, and write. I am not sure why; it could be any reason. Anything from the spreading of joy and good cheer to wanting to share. Whatever it is, I do think that many of us could use this time of the year to increase our writing.

A very Merry Christmas to you!
 
Donna J. Jodhan, AKA Detective DJ

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Just in time for the holiday season!

Author Donna Jodhan announces the release of her 12 Days of Christmas box set!

This 12 episode box set is filled with refreshing, scintillating, and riveting audio Christmas mysteries for all ages and is now available at: http://www.donnajodhan.com/store.html.

Download a free sample to get a feel of things!

Purchase the entire box set for just $19.99 USD or a single episode for just $1.99 USD.

Recorded in her own voice and in her own unique style, Author Donna Jodhan puts you in the mood for the true spirit of Christmas with messages of hope and her imaginative fiction is absolutely contagious and captivating!

Donna's main character Detective DJ narrates 12 fabulous Christmas episodes and there is more to this ficticious character than you could ever imagine! She not only writes and records Christmas episodes, she also solves crimes in a unique way and is an active participant in campaigns against bullying!

You can follow author Donna Jodhan and Detective DJ on Twitter @author_jodhan and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/authordonnajodhan.

To learn more visit http://www.donnajodhan.com.

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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!

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!"

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

Be sure to like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/authordonnajodhan.

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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.

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

 

Author Donna Jodhan Publications - Issue 14

 

Author Donna Jodhan Publications - Tuesday, November 4, 2014 - Issue 14

An Author Donna Jodhan Publication
http://www.donnajodhan.com/

Greetings,

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Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, October 30, 2014 - Volume 481
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We're back with another refurbished, top-of-the-line, wireless Braille display at a tremendous savings! This gently used new generation of Brailliant Refreshable Braille displays gives you desktop USB/Bluetooth access in a form factor conducive to use with your favorite portable tablet and/or smartphone. Ergonomic thumbkeys together with Braille input keys make entering Braille text and navigating through the most complex Apps a snap for Windows, iOS, and Android users. The Brailliant BI line of displays are Flying Blind, LLC's preferred and most-used desktop Braille displays in a variety of educational, vocational, and communal settings. This unit ships with approximately nine months remaining on its manufacturer's warranty, is in fantastic condition, and is listed here at over 30% off of its suggested retail price, giving you an approximate $1,000.00 USD savings! We'll even throw in an additional Executive Products carrying case, valued at $90.00 USD, to anyone wishing to add a splash of style and class to their Brailliant!!! Price includes shipping within the 48 Continental United States. This unit will be sold on a first come, first serve basis. To be the first to secure this unit please use the Buy Now link included below. For more information, or to order this product offline, email featured@flying-blind.com or call +1 (216) 381-8107 today.

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1) From the CNIB blog comes "Camera Hacks for Photographers Who Are Blind or Partially Sighted":
http://blog.cnib.ca/Lists/Posts/Post.aspx?ID=584

2) It's time for Stocking Stuffers again. Each year, Tek Talk offers two sessions where people who sell smaller, high and low-tech items to the blind can talk about their wares. Part one of this year's series is on GMT Tuesday, 4 November at 01:00. Of course, like all Tek Talk programs, these will be archived, and you can write if you are not sure how to convert GMT to your time zone:
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

3) The American Foundation for the Blind wants you to take a survey to "Tell us what you think about our technology information!"
http://www.afb.org/info/living-with-vision-loss/using-technology/12?mode=survey

4) EASI offers two useful free webinars in November. "Balabolka the flexible E-reader" will take place Thursday, 6 November at 19:00 GMT, while "Recent NVDA Developments for Education and Work" will be held on Wednesday, 12 November at 21:00 GMT. Register here:
http://easi.cc/clinic.htm#november

5) Exploring Blackboard Collaborate Accessibility Features is a package of 2 free EASI Webinars: Tuesday 4 November, Introduction to Web Conferencing, at 19:00 GMT, and Tuesday 11 November, Experiencing Blackboard Collaborate First-hand, at 19:00 GMT. Register here:
http://easi.cc/clinic.htm#november

6) In his post, "Apps, The Web, and Productivity," Marco explains why he makes little use of web-based apps even when they are supposedly accessible:
http://www.marcozehe.de/2014/10/28/apps-the-web-and-productivity/

7) Bookshare has updated its web site, such that it is now mobile-friendly, much easier for prospective members to learn about and join the service, and easy for members to find their account settings:
http://bookshareblog.wpengine.com/2014/10/bookshares-updated-website-helps-you-do-more/

8) Our old controversy-stirrer, Chris Hofstater, is back with a rather unfavorable look at the accessibility of the Yosemite operating system and trends in Apple accessibility:
http://chrishofstader.com/apple-the-company-i-hate-to-love-part-3-the-macintosh-user-experience/

9A) JAWS version 16 is now officially released, with MathML Support, Convenient OCR for entire PDF documents, and other enhancements:
http://www2.freedomscientific.com/downloads/JAWS/JAWS-whats-new.asp

9B) The latest FSCast podcast covers MathML in more detail along with other features including Braille input:
http://www.freedomscientific.com/About/FSCast/FullListing#Episode99

10 )Popular Twitter client TheQube version 0.7 is out with some streamlining and enhancements:
http://theqube.oire.org/17

11) YouDescribe is a free accessibility tool for adding audio description to YouTube videos, the more described, the merrier!
http://youdescribe.ski.org/search.php

12A) In the audio realm, we start with a very informative AppleVis podcast, Direct Touch Typing on iOS 8: What Is It And How Does It Work With VoiceOver?
http://www.applevis.com/podcast/episodes/direct-touch-typing-ios-8-what-it-and-how-does-it-work-voiceover

12B) Learn about the KNFB Reader app for the iPhone on Eyes on Success program 1444:
http://eyesonsuccess.net/

12C) Learn about Remapping your CapsLock key for use as the Voice Over modifier keys on the Cool Blind Tech podcast
http://coolblindtech.com/podcast/remapping-your-capslock-key-for-use-as-the-voice-over-modifier-keys

12D) And from the SPN, catch episode 26 of High Contrast:
http://serotalk.com/2014/10/28/high-contrast-episode-26-muscle-memory/

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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.) This one is for those of you who are seeking information on the various types of screen readers:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Screen_reader

2.) If you would like to know about the fantastic voice dream reader app, the one that enables you to read books on your i-device with ease, check this out: http://blog.ted.com/2014/07/08/how-a-ted-talk-inspired-me-to-take-a-mid-career-sabbatical/

3.) If you are looking for a text that can be of assistance to those seniors with vision loss then this one is for you:
http://bit.ly/1BANrv5

4.) If you are in the market for a scientific calculator for someone who is vision impaired, check this out:
http://www.sightenhancement.com

5.) If either you or someone that you know is blind or partially sighted and you or that someone else is diabetic and you are seeking ways to manage your diabetes then this one is for you:
http://www.diabetesnet.com/

6.) Looking for some useful home repair tips?
http://www.visionaware.org/info/everyday-living/home-repairs/gils-guide-to-home-repairs/123

7.) Are you someone interested in games and gaming? This is a growing field and if you have time to complete a survey, check this out:
http://goo.gl/forms/GuAp18bkVi

8.) Want to learn more about accessibility for the iPhone 6 and 6+?
http://atmac.org/accessibility-iphone-6-iphone-6-plus

9.) Want to learn more about how to use your camera on your iPhone or iPad?
http://www.imore.com/camera-ultimate-guide?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

10.) We have a compendium of six apps that use Touch ID to make your iPhone life easier:
http://gizmodo.com/6-iphone-apps-that-use-touchid-to-make-your-life-easier-1648397490

11.) If you are a small business owner and looking for some top tips to keep your business secure, here goes:
http://blogs.sophos.com/2014/10/23/security-by-the-numbers-5-easy-ways-small-businesses-can-stay-safe/

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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 Kidnappers Kid" and here is a brief description: Greg Napeyian thought that he had solved all of his problems.
Rich, successful, and with two terrific sons.
All was well until someone in his past came back to haunt him.
He could not stop his demise.
 
Who could have killed Greg and why?
Who could have the greatest motive for committing this horrendous crime?
 
The killing had seemed simple enough. The killer simply entered through the French doors as his victim was reading a book and did not hear as the French doors were softly pried open. By the time he realized that someone was close by it was too late. The killer had found the poker and had wasted no time. He struck hard and connected; killing Greg with one single blow. Then he then exited back through the French doors and disappeared into the night.
 
Get this audio mystery, and many others, by becoming an All Access Pass Member at http://bit.ly/ADJ-All-Access of the Author Donna Jodhan Subscription Library for the extremely affordable price of just $4.99 / month.

Your All Access Pass at http://bit.ly/ADJ-All-Access will allow you to browse all episodes at your convenience and download each as many times as you like. As a subscriber you will also receive automatic notifications whenever additions are made to the Author Donna Jodhan Subscription Library.

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You can also purchase this individual episode on the Author Donna Jodhan Online Store at http://www.donnajodhan.com/store.html for just $0.99 USD, or an entire season of 13 mysteries for the very low price of just $9.99 USD.

Visit the Author Donna Jodhan Online Store at http://www.donnajodhan.com/store.html today to purchase your very own copies.

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If you would like to gain perspective as to how blind persons go about their daily activities, and how they interact with others, please go to:
http://www.donnajodhan.blogspot.com

If you're looking for ways to make your products, services, and/or physical locations more accessible to those who are blind and/or partially sighted, please go to:
http://www.sterlingcreations.ca/sightimpaired.html

If you would like to learn more about Author Donna Jodhan through her editorials and more please visit:
http://www.sterlingcreations.ca/blog

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

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November 2014
Finding a Theme
 
One should never be afraid of the writer's block; it happens when you least expect it but I have found that one of the quickest and easiest ways to get out of this is for you to try and find a theme that you can concentrate on and then focus all of your attention on it.
 
Finding a theme may not be as difficult as you may think. You could certainly help yourself in this area by starting small and then building from there. Maybe just looking at a tree, a flower, a bird in flight, or even up at the sky could be the spark you need to find a theme.
 
I enlighten the finding of a theme to this: You roll out your canvas in front of you, gather your paint brushes, and then you stand still and quiet and look straight ahead at your canvas. Presto! You would be amazed to see how quickly your imagination would take over and the rest as they say will be history.
 
You could find a theme practically anywhere! In a busy mall or coffee shop, at the park or beach, on a moving train or bus, on a plane, or even sitting quietly at home.
 
So just go out there and find your theme!
 
Donna J. Jodhan, AKA Detective DJ

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Author Donna Jodhan has just posted her second season of audio mysteries and now you can either download a free sample, subscribe for unlimited access to her entire library, or purchase individual episodes or buy the entire second season.
 
Author Donna's free download section presently contains two free downloads and this will be increased to three shortly; stay tuned!
 
Author Donna Jodhan is planning another major release for later this month so keep checking back!

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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!

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!"

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

Be sure to like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/authordonnajodhan.

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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.

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

 

Author Donna Jodhan Publications - Issue 13

 

Author Donna Jodhan Publications - Wednesday, October 8, 2014 - Issue 13

An Author Donna Jodhan Publication
http://www.donnajodhan.com/

Greetings,

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Your All Access Pass allows you to browse all episodes at your convenience and download each in MP3 format as many times as you like. As a subscriber you also receive automatic notifications whenever additions are made to the Author Donna Jodhan Subscription Library.

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1) There's a Wikipedia article on screen readers, and it has received positive reviews:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Screen_reader

2) This is the story of the creation of Voice Dream Reader by its developer:
http://blog.ted.com/2014/07/08/how-a-ted-talk-inspired-me-to-take-a-mid-career-sabbatical/

3) From the AFB Bookstore, you can buy the $49.95 pre-recorded webinar with transcript and slides, "Teaching iPhone and iPad Basics to Seniors with Vision Loss":
http://bit.ly/1BANrv5

4) Here are resources and Information from a professional for Developing a Great Podcasting Voice
http://bit.ly/1vzc5fw

5) Sight Enhancement Systems has launched two New Scientific Calculators For The Visually Impaired:
http://www.sightenhancement.com

6) The next HIMS webinar will be entitled "Using EBot for Greater Independence at Home," and will take place on Tuesday, 14 October at 19:00 GMT. Register here:
http://hims-inc.com/webinar-registration/

7) Learn about "The Kyocera Verve Telephone For Blind Persons" from Sprint on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 7 October at 00:00:
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

8) Jonathan Mosen's book, iOS Without the Eye, is now available in many formats from National Braille Press for $19.95:
http://www.nbp.org/ic/nbp/IOS8-EYE.html

9) You can get phone training on ZoomText for $90/hour, except that until the end of the year it only costs $160 for two hours:
http://us1.campaign-archive2.com/?u=46e107c7813eb905dfd2a6938&id=1770325982

10) An update is available for the Qube twitter client used by many:
http://theqube.2fh.co/

Please Note: We're not finishing with audio this week, so there's more to follow! But in the audio department:

11A) SeroTalk podcast 213 is out:
http://serotalk.com/2014/10/01/serotalk-podcast-213-year-of-the-poptart/

11B) Also from the SPN Network, we get That Android Show, Episode 32
http://thatandroidshow.com/2014/09/30/that-android-show-episode-32-nfc-for-you-and-me/

11C) And High Contrast Episode 25:
http://serotalk.com/2014/09/30/high-contrast-episode-25-its-all-about-byron/

11D) Elsewhere, learn about parenting a blind child on Eyes on Success #1440:
http://www.eyesonsuccess.net/

11E) This downloadable recording concerns Kindle for PC:
http://bit.ly/1uCVNmW

11F) The latest Tech Doctor podcast features part of the team creating CrowdViz, which seeks to use FaceTime to link blind iPhone users to volunteers who can assist them with specific visual tasks:
http://www.dr-carter.com/

11G) Podcast 100 of Web Axe discusses Wordpress accessibility and includes a transcript:
http://www.webaxe.org/podcast-100-joe-joseph-wordpress-a11y/

And five podcasts from BGZ:

11H) YTD Video Downloader
http://www.blind-geek-zone.net/ytd-video-downloader/

11I) iPhone 5c:
http://www.blind-geek-zone.net/i-phone-5-c/

11J) The Rode to Rage:
http://www.blind-geek-zone.net/the-rode-to-rage/

11K) Microsoft One Drive, Part One:
http://www.blind-geek-zone.net/microsoft-one-drive-part-one/

11L) KNFB Reader App for iPhone:
http://www.blind-geek-zone.net/knfb-reader-app-for-iphone/

12) Among lots of other things, this site contains MP3 files designed to teach keyboarding to the blind:
http://bit.ly/YU7Tub

13) This is an online tutorial on the Nemeth Code:
http://tech.aph.org/nemeth/

14) A series of six beginner and intermediate online iPhone classes will start soon. Each class costs $50:
http://lisasalinger.com/links/iOS.html

15) Those seeking to use the new Braille input feature of iOS8 may want to study Apple's help page about the feature:
http://help.apple.com/iphone/8/en.lproj/iph10366cc30.html

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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) In the market to sell or buy a home? Not sure what you should be asking your Realtor?
http://realtormag.realtor.org/sales-and-marketing/handouts-for-customers/for-buyers/questions-ask-when-choosing-realtor

2) Having difficulty removing rust from chrome?
http://removeandreplace.com/2014/05/26/best-way-to-safely-remove-rust-from-chrome/

3) Are you looking for ways to refinish a wooden table? If you're thinking of throwing away your favorite wooden table, but finding it hard to do so, check this out:
http://removeandreplace.com/2014/05/25/the-easiest-way-to-refurbish-and-refinish-a-wooden-table/

4) Are you in search of an accessible fitness tool? Look no further!
http://www.myfitnesspal.com/

Here are some very useful online training courses that help you to become more familiar with both Apple products as well as other types of Internet based products:

5A) Windows:
http://www.blindaccesstraining.com

5B) Apple
http://www.fedoraoutlier.com

5C) And also:
http://www.blindtraining.com

6) Are you job seeking? These are the three highest paying jobs that are being driven by the demands of baby boomers:
http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2014/06/07/3-great-paying-jobs-experiencing-high-growth-thank.aspx

7) Need security tips?
http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/234517

8) If you are blind or have low vision and are not sure whether or not Twitter could be for you, check this out:
http://bit.ly/Yd04A9

9) If you are in need of creating a strong password and want to be able to remember it, check this out:
http://www.howtogeek.com/195430/how-to-create-a-strong-password-and-remember-it/

10) Looking for some good online resources for post secondary education? Check this out:
http://lifehacker.com/plan-your-free-online-education-at-lifehacker-u-fall-s-1629870934

11) If you have a disability or know of someone who does, and you are interested in fishing, check this out:
http://www.fhnbinc.org/

12) For adults with a vision impairment who enjoy camping here is a list of camps in both the US and Canada:
http://www.grownupcamps.com/cgi-bin/index.cgi?page=Special+Needs

13) And for children with vision impairments:
http://www.christianrecord.org/

14) Looking for a free rhyming dictionary?
http://rhymer.com/

Here are two free apps for blind persons who love to stream music to their i-device and/or smartphone. Both are very accessible and easy to use and both products are available from the Apple store:

15A) Product: Spotify Music Streaming App:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/spotify-music/id324684580?mt=8

15B) Product: Songza Music Streaming App:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/spotify-music/id324684580?mt=8

16) Soon winter will be here. Here's something to check out when winterizing your home. You can never have too many of these kinds of tips as old man winter approaches:
http://realestate.msn.com/article.aspx?cp-documentid=13107899

Here is something for those of you who are in need of some smartphone security tips for small businesses: http://www.lifehacker.com.au/2014/09/smartphone-security-tips-for-small-businesses/

For those of you job seeking, the retiring baby boomer sector is driving demand in the health and services industries. Almost 10,000 baby boomers are retiring each day:
http://www.pressconnects.com/story/money/2014/09/19/southern-tier-jobs-outlook/15915455/

Want to know what older adults are up to these days? It's not just retiring!
http://www.weau.com/home/headlines/More-older-adults-looking-for-jobs-volunteering-opportunities-276851451.html

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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 Fisherman's Feast " and here is a brief description: An annual holiday vacation that turned into a horrible end.
A perfect day marred by a horrible death.
Which close friend could have done it?
Why did Marty Mede have to die?
 
Who could have done it?
Could it have been either of Marty's two twin sons Brent or Brandon?
Nicholas Meadows; Marty's close friend and trusted lawyer?
Josh Chastaine; Marty's business partner for many years?
Or Glen Costano; Marty's terrific financial officer?
 
Get this audio mystery, and many others, by becoming an All Access Pass Member at http://bit.ly/ADJ-All-Access of the Author Donna Jodhan Subscription Library for the extremely affordable price of just $4.99 / month.

Your All Access Pass at http://bit.ly/ADJ-All-Access will allow you to browse all episodes at your convenience and download each as many times as you like. As a subscriber you will also receive automatic notifications whenever additions are made to the Author Donna Jodhan Subscription Library.

The All Access Pass at http://bit.ly/ADJ-All-Access is the very best way to enjoy all that the Author Donna Jodhan Subscription Library has to offer, and we hope that you'll take advantage of it. No commitment required. Cancel anytime. All major credit cards, debit cards, and PayPal accepted.

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Visit the Author Donna Jodhan Online Store at http://www.donnajodhan.com/store.html today to purchase your very own copies.

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If you would like to gain perspective as to how blind persons go about their daily activities, and how they interact with others, please go to:
http://www.donnajodhan.blogspot.com

If you're looking for ways to make your products, services, and/or physical locations more accessible to those who are blind and/or partially sighted, please go to:
http://www.sterlingcreations.ca/sightimpaired.html

If you would like to learn more about Author Donna Jodhan through her editorials and more please visit:
http://www.sterlingcreations.ca/blog

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

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October 2014
Using The Seasons
 
You would be absolutely amazed to learn how you can use the four seasons to help you create and write masterpieces. Mother Nature sure has a way of helping us out whenever we need it and each season has its very own attributes and variables to help you do just that.
 
If we were to look at each season individually, we would easily see what I am trying to tell you. Spring: Gentle rain, fresh breezes, chirping birds, fragrant flowers, swaying trees, green grass, and on it goes. If you were to think of any of these themes you could easily take any of them and start developing your canvas from here on. Any of these themes can be used to paint scenes in your mind.
 
Summer: Bright sunshine, blue skies, white puffy clouds, kids in the park, dogs running around. Again, themes that you can use to do almost anything; from creating scenes to titles for your story.
 
Fall: Wet leaves scattered about, trees all coloured in reds and oranges, cool biting winds, shorter days and longer nights, soaked and sodden grass. Very definite themes that can be used in any way you see fit.
 
Winter: Fresh fallen snow, crunching ice under foot, howling winds, gloomy sky. All of these themes belong to winter scenes and you can use them to paint pictures.
 
So you see, you can definitely use any of the four seasons to help you develop your story lines.
 
So use the seasons to help you create, develop, and imagine.
 
Donna J. Jodhan, AKA Detective DJ

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Author Donna Jodhan has started something new, unique, and very innovative!
 
An opportunity to get up close and personal with her! Now you can be acknowledged and recognized if you do any of the following, and in turn author Donna will acknowledge and recognize you on Facebook and on her main website: Share her posts on Facebook or retweet her tweets regarding her Campaign Against Bullying (CAB). Or you can send her a testimonial at: testimonials@donnajodhan.com.
 
This is new and unique! Simply thinking outside the box!

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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!

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!"

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

Be sure to like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/authordonnajodhan.

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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.

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With very best wishes for an extraordinary month of October,
Donna J. Jodhan AKA Detective DJ

 

Author Donna Jodhan Publications - Issue 12

 

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

An Author Donna Jodhan Publication
http://www.donnajodhan.com/

Greetings,

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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

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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/

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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?
 
Get this audio mystery, and many others, by becoming an All Access Pass Member at http://bit.ly/ADJ-All-Access of the Author Donna Jodhan Subscription Library for the extremely affordable price of just $4.99 / month.

Your All Access Pass at http://bit.ly/ADJ-All-Access will allow you to browse all episodes at your convenience and download each as many times as you like. As a subscriber you will also receive automatic notifications whenever additions are made to the Author Donna Jodhan Subscription Library.

The All Access Pass at http://bit.ly/ADJ-All-Access is the very best way to enjoy all that the Author Donna Jodhan Subscription Library has to offer, and we hope that you'll take advantage of it. No commitment required. Cancel anytime. All major credit cards, debit cards, and PayPal accepted.

You can also purchase this individual audio mystery on the Author Donna Jodhan Online Store at http://www.donnajodhan.com/store.html for just $0.99 USD, or an entire season of 13 mysteries for the very low price of just $9.99 USD.

Visit the Author Donna Jodhan Online Store at http://www.donnajodhan.com/store.html today to purchase your very own copies.

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If you would like to gain perspective as to how blind persons go about their daily activities, and how they interact with others, please go to:
http://www.donnajodhan.blogspot.com

If you're looking for ways to make your products, services, and/or physical locations more accessible to those who are blind and/or partially sighted, please go to:
http://www.sterlingcreations.ca/sightimpaired.html

If you would like to learn more about Author Donna Jodhan through her editorials and more please visit:
http://www.sterlingcreations.ca/blog

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

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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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Author Donna Jodhan has just started something new and will now be offering free downloads of select audio mysteries for your listening pleasure!

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!

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!"

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

Be sure to like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/authordonnajodhan.

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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.

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

 

Author Donna Jodhan Publications - Issue 11

 

Author Donna Jodhan Publications - Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - Issue 11

An Author Donna Jodhan Publication
http://www.donnajodhan.com/

Greetings,

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Compliments of our good friends over at Flying Blind, LLC we bring you the latest Volume of Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, The Week's News in Adaptive Technology. If you'd like to subscribe to this free weekly publication directly, head on over to www.flying-blind.com, or send an email to enews@flying-blind.com with "Subscribe" in the subject line.

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, July 31, 2014 - Volume 468
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

A Flying Blind, LLC Publication
http://www.flying-blind.com/

Read this Volume of Top Tech Tidbits on the web at: http://www.flying-blind.com/tidbits2014/07312014/index.html

1) Mastering the Macintosh with VoiceOver is a book available free on iBooks:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/mastering-macintosh-voiceover/id899197795?mt=11

2) Presentations and slides from the recent Accessing Social Media Conference can be found here:
http://www.fcc.gov/events/accessing-social-media

3) Here is a post titled, "10 Ways 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/

4) Master Chef Christine shares a video about how she runs her home office with her Apple products:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_OO9w_oK6dQ&feature=youtu.be

5) Glassbrick Screen Magnifier is free from Australia:
http://www.glassbrick.org/

6) Classic Six Dragons is an accessible text game with a Sound Pack:
http://mud.themudhost.net/~vladaar

7) Learn about the Harbolt Company, selling useful products to the blind, on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 5 August at 00:00:
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

8) Here is an AppleVis Forum Topic: Productivity on the MacBook Pro:
http://www.applevis.com/forum/os-x-mac-app-discussion/productivity-macbook-pro

9) A lot of people agree with the sentiments expressed in this article, "I'm Done with Braille Notetakers," but I (Editor, Dean Martineau) am not fully among them:
https://mehgcap.wordpress.com/2014/07/19/im-done-with-braille-notetakers/

In this week's available audio:

10A) The sessions of the recent NVDACon are now available:
http://www.nvda-kr.org/en/nvdacon.php

10B) This amazon Kindle Fire tutorial used to cost, but now it has gone free:
http://blindpodcaster.com/kindle-fire-hdx

10C) The July FSCast from Freedom Scientific describes the new FS Website, previews Typeability 5, and demonstrates how to use place markers on the web:
http://podcast.freedomscientific.com/FSCast/episodes/fscast092-July2014.mp3

10D) Episode 1431 of the Eyes on Success Radio Show is for Finding a Job:
http://www.eyesonsuccess.net/

From AppleVis Come:

10E) QCast: an Accessible Podcast Manager and Player for Mac OS X:
http://applevis.com/podcast/episodes/qcast-accessible-podcast-manager-and-player-mac-os-x

10F) Using Talking Windows Pre-installation Environment to Install Windows on a Mac from a USB Drive:
http://applevis.com/podcast/episodes/using-talking-windows-pre-installation-environment-install-windows-mac-usb-drive

10A) Innovative Language 101 for iOS: Learn the Language of your Choice With These Lessons and Learning Tools:
http://applevis.com/podcast/episodes/innovative-language-101-ios-learn-language-your-choice-these-lessons-and-learning

10G) In a herculean act of service and dedication, Rick Harmon has obtained permission and then assembled virtually the entire collection of Blind Cool Tech podcasts from 2005-2012:
http://www.blind-geek-zone.net/blindcooltecharchive/

10H) Here's an Audioboo, The Perfect Sound Design in BlindSquare:
https://audioboo.fm/boos/2356554-the-perfect-sound-design-in-blindsquare

10I) And finally, Exploring Windows 8.1 - I'm At The Start Screen, now what? is the topic for the latest Cool Blind Tech podcast:
http://coolblindtech.com/podcast/exploring-windows-81-im-at-the-start-screen-now-what

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This collection of tips are 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!

Here are some very useful tips for making various sprays that will help you to rid your garden of bugs and pests.

1) How to Make Organic Pepper Spray for Plants:
http://www.ehow.com/how_4867549_make-organic-pepper-spray-plants.html

2) How to Make Homemade Organic Bug Spray for Plants:
http://www.ehow.com/how_8174783_make-organic-bug-spray-plants.html

3) How to Make Garlic Spray:
http://www.ehow.com/how_7486169_make-garlic-spray.html

4) If you have a disability and are looking for work-at-home employment opportunities:
http://www.ntiathome.org/index.shtm

5) This is for those of you who are in the market for headphones. The wireless Aftershock headphones are really great and you may want to check these out:
http://www.aftershokz.com/2014/05/30/meet-bluez-2-transcending-wireless-bone-conduction-headphones/
http://www.aftershokz.com/product/bluez-2/

6) For those of you interested in Apps for the Deaf / Blind we recently celebrated the birthday of Helen Keller and this is a good time to share these:
http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2014/06/27/helen-keller-birthday-deaf-blind-apps-technology/11496293/

7) A Review of Uber, the Growing Alternative to Traditional Taxi Service:
http://www.afb.org/afbpress/pub.asp?DocID=aw150602

8) And this is for the iPad or iPhone user looking to set up iCloud on their iDevice. How to set up your new iPhone or iPad using iCloud:
http://www.imore.com/how-to-setup-iphone-ipad-icloud

9) Did you know that there is a vibrating glove that can teach Braille?
http://www.ubergizmo.com/2014/06/vibrating-glove-braille/?utm_source=mainrss

10) If you presently own a small business and are seeking cyber security tips, check this out:
http://www.macon.com/2014/07/12/3194781/10-cybersecurity-tips-for-small.html?sp=/99/148/

11) Learn how to do Advanced Searches in Windows 7:
http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/advanced-searching-in-windows-7.html?cid=dn_article

12) Are you tired of trying to rid yourself of those pesky ants? Try this:
http://store.doyourownpestcontrol.com/crawling

13) Having problems repairing your venetian blinds?
http://www.411homerepair.com/diy/windows

14) And finally, from the pages of Donna's Travel Diary come "At Conferences On My Own":
http://www.theblindpost.com

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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 President's Partner" and here is a brief description:

No president is ever safe from threats and secrets and in the case of Scott Sandosky!
This and more surrounded him and he had no way to escape it.

Who could have done it?
Could the president's 3 nephews have been behind his demise?
Could it have been a foreign government seeking revenge?
Or could it have been a local fanatical group?
Or even still: Could the president have faked his own disappearance?
 
Get this audio mystery by becoming an All Access Pass Member at http://bit.ly/ADJ-All-Access of the Author Donna Jodhan Subscription Library for the extremely affordable price of just $4.99 / month.

Your All Access Pass at http://bit.ly/ADJ-All-Access will allow you to browse all episodes at your convenience and download each as many times as you like. As a subscriber you will also receive automatic notifications whenever additions are made to the Author Donna Jodhan Subscription Library.

The All Access Pass at http://bit.ly/ADJ-All-Access is the very best way to enjoy all that the Author Donna Jodhan Subscription Library has to offer, and we hope that you'll take advantage of it. No commitment required. Cancel anytime. All major credit cards, debit cards, and PayPal accepted.

You can also purchase this individual audio mystery on the Author Donna Jodhan Online Store at http://www.donnajodhan.com/store.html for just $0.99 USD, or an entire season of 13 mysteries for the very low price of just $9.99 USD.

Visit the Author Donna Jodhan Online Store at http://www.donnajodhan.com/store.html today to purchase your very own copies.

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If you would like to gain perspective as to how blind persons go about their daily activities, and how they interact with others, please go to:
http://www.donnajodhan.blogspot.com

If you're looking for ways to make your products, services, and/or physical locations more accessible to those who are blind and/or partially sighted, please go to:
http://www.sterlingcreations.ca/sightimpaired.html

If you would like to learn more about Author Donna Jodhan through her editorials and more please visit:
http://www.sterlingcreations.ca/blog

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

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August 2014
The Power of Quietude

You would be amazed to know how you can use quietude to help you think, create, and develop. Trust me when I tell you that there is absolutely nothing better than using the power of quietude to help you get ahead.
 
I do most of my writing either very early in the morning or in the early hours of the evening. All is quiet then. I can hear myself think and breathe and I can manage to organize my thoughts in a cohesive manner.
 
At these times of the day, the phones are silent. Your inbox's activity is probably at its lowest and you can probably ignore your i-device for a period of time.
 
There is nothing worse than having to work in the middle of noise whether or not it is white noise or regular noise. When all is quiet you can think and you can breathe. You have the space to organize your thoughts and expand your imagination to reach for the stars. Why not give it a try?
 
Use the power of quietude to help you get ahead.

Donna J. Jodhan, AKA Detective DJ

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Author Donna wishes to announce that in the early Fall of 2014, she will be offering her Second Season for sale!
 
You will be able to purchase episodes individually or subscribe for unlimited access at www.donnajodhan.com/store.html.
 
The Second Season contains 13 riveting audio mysteries that will tease you to try and guess who did it!
 
This Second Season has already been aired by Accessible Media, Inc. of Toronto and American Council of the Blind Internet Radio and the feedback has been nothing short of smashing!
 
If you think that the First Season was exciting, then you haven't seen anything yet!

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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!

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!"

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

Be sure to like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/authordonnajodhan.

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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.

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With very best wishes for an awesome month of August,
Donna J. Jodhan AKA Detective DJ

 

Author Donna Jodhan Publications - Issue 10

 

Author Donna Jodhan Publications - Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - Issue 10

An Author Donna Jodhan Publication
http://www.donnajodhan.com/

Greetings,

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The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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1) Lichess claims to be the first chess site accessible to visually impaired people.They have implemented several changes that enable announcing moves in text format, showing textual representation of board diagrams and eliminating CAPTCHA's, among other changes:
http://en.lichess.org/blog/U5AX_DcAADkAz-L5/accessibility-for-blind-players

2A) The Accessible Gadgets Mailing List has been formed. Subscribe by sending a blank message to:
accessiblegadgets-subscribe@lists.mysticaccess.com

2B) Or visit:
http://lists.mysticaccess.com/listinfo.cgi/accessiblegadgets-mysticaccess.com

3) BAUM USA has introduced a new Braille device called VarioUltra, which functions as both a Braille display and a Braille notetaker. Offered with 20-Cells ($2,395.00) or 40-Cells ($3,395.00), VarioUltra features excellent cells, lightweight, versatile connectivity and long battery life. Devices should ship in July:
http://www.varioultra.com

4) Freedom Scientific has released the JAWS Training Bundle, for users needing thorough beginning or refresher training on JAWS and Windows. The 50+ hour comprehensive training package costs $995.00 if purchased with a Victor Reader Stream or Plextalk Pocket, and $750 if purchased for use with your own DAISY player:
http://www.freedomscientific.com/training/JAWSTrainingBundle.asp

5) Doug Lee continues to make free JAWS scripts available for Skype, Virtual Audio Cable, Weather Watcher Live, and other programs:
http://dlee.org/

6) American Foundation for the Blind has released a free iOS CareerConnect App:
http://www.afb.org/blog/afb-blog/afb-launches-an-app-for-afb-careerconnect-and-its-free/12

7) If you are a user of NVDA, an NVDA code contributor, add-on developer or other user or developer interested in NVDA screen reader, you are invited to NVDACon, to take place via TeamTalk through the GMT day of 12 July:
http://www.nvda-kr.org/en/nvdacon.php

8) AfterShokz Blues, Bluetooth headsets that transmit through bone conduction rather than the ear, leaving ears free to hear traffic and other useful external sounds, have been upgraded to version 2. Here is a blog post about the new features:
http://www.aftershokz.com/2014/05/30/meet-bluez-2-transcending-wireless-bone-conduction-headphones/

9) As we reach the five-year anniversary of the implementation of VoiceOver into the iDevices, here is an article and discussion of the retrospective:
http://www.applevis.com/blog/advocacy-apple-assistive-technology-ios-iphone-news/5-years-voiceover-look-how-far-weve-come

10) This article addresses the accessibility features said to be built into the Amazon Fire mobile phone:
http://www.mediaaccess.org.au/latest_news/digital-technology/amazon-touts-accessibility-of-fire-smartphone

11) Here is the Top 10 Best Android Smartphones Buyers Guide: June 2014 Edition:
http://www.androidheadlines.com/2014/06/top-10-best-android-smartphones-buyers-guide-june-2014-edition.html

12) This is a guide on Installing Mac OS X from a USB Flash Drive:
http://www.applevis.com/guides/braille-mac-os-x-miscellaneous-voiceover/installing-mac-os-x-usb-flash-drive

13A) This week's audio roundup begins with the latest FSCast, where we learn about that new JAWS training bundle, among other things:
http://www.freedomscientific.com/FSCast/episodes/fscast091-june2014.asp

13B) Eyes on Success 1426 addresses navigation using echolocation:
http://www.eyesonsuccess.net/

13C) Listen to a Demo of the BEM Bluetooth Speaker Band with the iPhone using VoiceOver:
http://davidwoodbr.podbean.com/e/demo-of-the-bem-bluetooth-speaker-band-with-the-iphone-using-voiceover/

13D) The innovative iOS navigation app BlindSquare now allows keyboard navigation with Braille and Bluetooth keyboards. Here is a demonstration:
https://audioboo.fm/boos/2273669-keyboard-notetaker-and-braille-display-support-in-blindsquare-2-2

13E) The DropVox Aapp now offers MP3 recording. Here is a test of Dropvox 2 on the fly MP3 recording, HQ mono and stereo:
https://audioboo.fm/boos/2276345-a-test-of-dropvox-2-on-the-fly-mp3-recording-hq-mono-and-stereo-spliced-together-of-course

13F) And episode 29 of That Android Show appeared just before this newsletter wended its way to Flying Blind, LLC for distribution:
http://thatandroidshow.com/2014/06/25/that-android-show-episode-29-ye-skeptical-bodies

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Welcome to our varied collection of links for your reading pleasure. They are meant to help you keep up with improvements and enhancements to various products and services that are a part of your daily life. Enjoy!

1.) Are you having difficulty removing rust from chrome? Would you like some help? http://removeandreplace.com/2014/05/26/best-way-to-safely-remove-rust-from-chrome/

2.) If you are thinking of throwing out your favorite wooden table but are finding it hard to do so, here is the easiest way to refinish it: http://removeandreplace.com/2014/05/25/the-easiest-way-to-refurbish-and-refinish-a-wooden-table/

3.) If you are in search of some sort of accessible fitness tool then look no further. This website could be the answer to your questions and queries: http://www.myfitnesspal.com/

4.) Here are some very useful links for those of you interested in pursuing online training courses that help you to become more familiar with both Apple as well as other types of Internet-based products:

4A.) Windows: http://www.blindaccesstraining.com

4B.) Apple http://www.fedoraoutlier.com

4C.) And also: http://www.blindtraining.com

5.) Here is an interesting link for those of you who are job seeking. These are the three highest paying jobs that are being driven by the demands of baby boomers: http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2014/06/07/3-great-paying-jobs-experiencing-high-growth-thank.aspx

6.) Looking for tips to help you prepare for all kinds of security circumstances? http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/234517

7.) This next link is for those of you who are constantly striving to become more familiar with Siri. Remember now, Siri continues to improve our ability to communinate and access more effectively: http://fieldguide.gizmodo.com/7-uses-for-siri-you-might-not-know-about-1589307090/+whitsongordon

8.) And finally, how to get navigation directions even offline without having to buy a GPS device: http://www.howtogeek.com/182965/how-to-get-navigation-directions-even-offline-without-buying-a-gps/

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On May 24 Detective DJ and her crime crushers team along with the Halifax chapter of the Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians hosted a murder mystery evening at the Dartmouth Sports Complex in Halifax Nova Scotia.

This event was a resounding success as both cast members and audience participated in solving the mystery of the Cell Phone Call written by author Donna Jodhan. The evening was enriched by two games that were developed by Author Donna Jodhan which were meant to create public awareness and foster team building.

We thank Accessible Media Inc for having come out to film the events of this evening and we are pleased to tell you that in the fall Detective DJ and the Crime Crushers will be hoping to take their show to one of the schools in the area.

You can get a peep at some coverage for this event by visiting https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GFTbYrO81QM&feature=youtu.be

Stay tuned for more!

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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 Emerald Egg" and here is a brief description:

Barry Barenteau had denied all odds!
He lived a dangerous life and he knew it!
He was always one step ahead of his rivals and only his instincts saved him at the end.
 
Who could have wanted Barry dead?
Was it the Russians and they had sent their man Vladimir to finish off Barry?
Or was it the Chinese and they had sent their man Yang Tai to complete the mission?
 
Get this audio mystery by becoming an All Access Pass Member at http://bit.ly/ADJ-All-Access of the Author Donna Jodhan Subscription Library for the extremely affordable price of just $4.99 / month.

Your All Access Pass at http://bit.ly/ADJ-All-Access will allow you to browse all episodes at your convenience and download each as many times as you like. As a subscriber you will also receive automatic notifications whenever additions are made to the Author Donna Jodhan Subscription Library.

The All Access Pass at http://bit.ly/ADJ-All-Access is the very best way to enjoy all that the Author Donna Jodhan Subscription Library has to offer, and we hope that you'll take advantage of it. No commitment required. Cancel anytime. All major credit cards, debit cards, and PayPal accepted.

You can also purchase this individual audio mystery on the Author Donna Jodhan Online Store at http://www.donnajodhan.com/store.html for just $0.99 USD, or an entire season of 13 mysteries for the very low price of just $9.99 USD.

Visit the Author Donna Jodhan Online Store at http://www.donnajodhan.com/store.html today to purchase your very own copies.

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If you would like to gain perspective as to how blind persons go about their daily activities, and how they interact with others, please go to:
http://www.donnajodhan.blogspot.com

If you're looking for ways to make your products, services, and/or physical locations more accessible to those who are blind and/or partially sighted, please go to:
http://www.sterlingcreations.ca/sightimpaired.html

If you would like to learn more about Author Donna Jodhan through her editorials and more please visit:
http://www.sterlingcreations.ca/blog

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

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July 2014
Using images to Transform

For this month, I'd like to introduce you to yet another neat way of transforming and creating. It all has to do with using images to help you do just that. As someone who is blind, I find this strategy to be very affective.

You are probably wondering how I do this and I'll tell you. I dip into my memory bank to retrieve images of all kinds, sizes, and shapes and I can do this because up until 2004, I had enough vision to see images. I can still remember them all and whenever I wish to use an image to help me create then I simply go to my memory bank.

Conjuring up images can help you to imagine and explore. It can certainly help you to improve and expand your imagination and you would be very surprised to see how you can allow yourself to drift from scene to scene without too much difficulty.

Just sit back and enjoy it all! Happy transforming through imaging.

Donna J. Jodhan, AKA Detective DJ

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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!

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!"

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

Be sure to like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/authordonnajodhan.

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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.

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

 

Author Donna Jodhan Publications - Issue 9

 

Author Donna Jodhan Publications - Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - Issue 9

An Author Donna Jodhan Publication
http://www.donnajodhan.com/

Greetings,

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Compliments of our good friends over at Flying Blind, LLC we bring you the latest Volume of Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, The Week's News in Adaptive Technology. If you'd like to subscribe to this free weekly publication directly, head on over to www.flying-blind.com, or send an email to enews@flying-blind.com with "Subscribe" in the subject line.

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, May 29, 2014 - Volume 459
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

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We open with best wishes to those with whom I (Dean Martineau) join in commemorating the anniversary of the Ascension of Baha'u'llah today.

With Apple's annual developer conference coming this week, people are beginning to express their hopes for the new operating systems. So, for your perusal, we have:

1A) My Top 10 Accessibility Wish List for iOS 8":
http://mosen.org/index.php/my-top-10-accessibility-wish-list-for-ios-8/

1B) My Top Ten Accessibility Wishes for OS X 10.10:L
http://www.applevis.com/blog/apple-braille-mac-os-x/my-top-ten-accessibility-wishes-os-x-1010

1C) And, while we're at it, "My Top 10 Accessibility Wish List for Android 4.5":
http://blindbargains.com/b/11190

2) While we're talking Android, here's a post full of games on Android which are accessible for Talkback users:
http://qchristensen.wordpress.com/2014/05/22/android-games-for-talkback-users/

3) A mailing list related to Android use for the blind is vi-android. To join, put the word subscribe in an e-mail to:
vi-android-request@freelists.org

4) Developers of the Eyes Free Android site want to know what features and information you would like to see there. Links on the page take you to the existing site content:
http://eyes-free.tk/?q=content/what-would-you-see-site

5) A low-vision user has developed a free magnifier app, Magnificent, for iOS:
http://www.applevis.com/forum/ios-ios-app-discussion/introducing-magnificent-new-magnifier-app-ios

6) Ai Squared invites you to Try the New ZoomText Beta for Windows 7, a 60-day beta version that includes support for Office 2013 and Internet Explorer 10 and 11:
http://bit.ly/1lSz4tS

7) This post is entitled "Apple and the I-Word: Accessibility As Innovation":
Link removed.

8) Learn about Broadcast It, a 13-hour audio tutorial demonstrating how to use the StationPlaylist suite of broadcasting tools with JAWS, on Tek Talk for GMT Tuesday, 3 June at 00:00. Contrary to what we reported last week, the event didn't take place yet, it is on Stateside Monday 2 June, GMT Tuesday:
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

9A) Fedora Outlier, LLC is launching the Mac Master series, an educational program that currently costs $239.00 for the year but whose price is set to increase. Learn about it from the FAQ:
http://bit.ly/1oMfinJ

9B) They're having a "Mixer" on June 5 stateside, the time is not stated, where you can ask questions, see the first few lessons and get in before they increase the price:
http://bit.ly/1iue7Em

10) The Spring 2014 issue of the 508XPRSS Newsletter features articles on Avoiding Section 508 Violations, Which Tool Should I Choose for PDF Content? And Methods for Mobile Input & Navigation among others:
http://www.section508.va.gov/support/newsletter/508XPressVolume11Spring2014.pdf

On the audio front this week:

11A) The May edition of Freedom Scientific's FSCast unveils a logo for use in email and the web by those who have passed JAWS certification, describes Power 123, a new dynamic device switching technology on Focus Blue Braille displays, and discusses the forthcoming accessible version of Intuit's Quickbooks:
http://www.freedomscientific.com/FSCast/episodes/fscast090-may2014.asp

11B) Program 1422 of Eyes on Success is entitled Intersection of Usability and Accessibility:
http://www.EyesOnSuccess.net

Catching up with AppleVis:

11C) We learn about Exploring Some of the Changes and New Features Introduced in BlindSquare 2.0:
http://applevis.com/podcast/episodes/exploring-some-changes-and-new-features-introduced-blindsquare-20

11D) Quick Tip: How to Access the Feed of Your Most Recent Items in Facebook 10.0 for iOS When Using VoiceOver:
http://applevis.com/podcast/episodes/quick-tip-how-access-feed-your-most-recent-items-facebook-100-ios-when-using

11E) Quick Tip: How to Use Burst Mode to Take Photos on the iPhone 5S:
http://applevis.com/podcast/episodes/quick-tip-how-use-burst-mode-take-photos-iphone-5s

11F) An In-Depth Demonstration of the RiVO, a Keyboard-Like Device for iOS VoiceOver Users:
http://applevis.com/podcast/episodes/depth-demonstration-rivo-keyboard-device-ios-voiceover-users

11G) Quick Tip: How to use the Emoji Keyboard on Mac OS X:
http://applevis.com/podcast/episodes/quick-tip-how-use-emoji-keyboard-mac-os-x

11H) And Programming with Xcode: Part 1 - Creating a New Project:
http://applevis.com/podcast/episodes/programming-xcode-part-1-creating-new-project

11I) Don't forget SeroTalk Podcast 200:
http://serotalk.com/2014/05/22/serotalk-podcast-200-im-doing-peace-out/

11J) And the SPN Special: An Audio Tour of the Seeing Eye:
http://serotalk.com/2014/05/28/spn-special-an-audio-tour-of-the-seeing-eye/

And finally:

11K) BGZ brings us Tag or Mention on Facebook mobile site:
http://www.blind-geek-zone.net/tag-or-mention-on-facebook-mobile-site/

11L) And A Demo of TweetLogix for Twitter on iOS:
http://www.blind-geek-zone.net/demo-of-tweetlogix-for-twitter-on-ios/

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Welcome to our varied collection of links for your reading pleasure. They are meant to help you keep up with improvements and enhancements to various products and services that are a part of your daily life. Enjoy!

1.) Okay, with spring almost over and summer on its way, I think that this next link would be extremely helpful to you when cleaning up your yard and garden.You can keep your yard and garden pest free without the use of harsh chemicals:
http://lifehacker.com/5583176/draft-keep-your-yard-and-garden-pest-free-without-harsh-chemicals

2.) If you are one of those who eats right, and exercises faithfully, and you want to avoid falling off the track and the downward spiral, then this next link is for you: http://www.heraldmailmedia.com/life/tips-on-how-to-avoid-the-downward-spiral/article_574d8116-ce15-11e3-9bc6-0017a43b2370.html

3.) Are you concerned about being the target of flash attacks if you are an Internet Explorer user? Well check out this link and see what you think: http://www.zdnet.com/protect-yourself-from-flash-attacks-in-internet-explorer-7000003921/

4.) And here is another link for those of you who are concerned as to which passwords you should be focusing on changing regularly:
http://www.crn.com/slide-shows/security/300072499/heartbleed-havoc-10-passwords-you-need-to-change-right-now.htm

5.) This next link is for those of you who own a business and wish to keep up to date on those big and small security tips. And it doesn't matter; you can never be over prepared!
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-siciliano/15-tips-to-prepare-for-bi_b_5272527.html

6.) Now then! This next link is for those of you looking for reliable Cloud backup and storage. If you have multiple devices and want to ensure that your files can be accessed on all of them, then this link is for you:
http://www.businessnewsdaily.com/6375-tips-on-picking-cloud-storage.html

7.) If you are constantly looking for ways to delete yourself from various websites then this next link is for you. Give this one a try:
http://justdelete.me/

8.) A really great link for you to check out if you have pets and are concerned about keeping them fit and away from obesity: http://spartaindependent.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20140514/NEWS01/140519985/6-Tips-to-improve-your-pet%E2%80%99s-physical-fitness-avoid-obesity

9.) With Skype becoming more and more popular as a means of communication among and between friends and family, you may want to have a look at this link. It shows you how to download Skype to your computer:
http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/how-to-download-and-install-skype.seriesId-136224.html?cid=dn_article

10.) Okay, a perfect link for those of you looking for some really terrific iPhone tips and tricks. Here are some that you did not even know existed: http://www.macworld.co.uk/feature/iphone/10-best-iphone-tips-tricks-you-didnt-know-existed-3514829/

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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 Canadian Clown" and here is a brief description:

Marc André Ficheau SR had been a successful businessman.
He had everything going for him but alas!
Something in his past came back to bite him and he was powerless to stop the course of events.
Tragedy, sadness, and more.
Who could have done it?
Someone in Marc André's past?
Someone with a vendetta against him?
An enemy?
 
Get this audio mystery by becoming an All Access Pass Member at http://bit.ly/ADJ-All-Access of the Author Donna Jodhan Subscription Library for the extremely affordable price of just $4.99 / month.

Your All Access Pass at http://bit.ly/ADJ-All-Access will allow you to browse all episodes at your convenience and download each as many times as you like. As a subscriber you will also receive automatic notifications whenever additions are made to the Author Donna Jodhan Subscription Library.

The All Access Pass at http://bit.ly/ADJ-All-Access is the very best way to enjoy all that the Author Donna Jodhan Subscription Library has to offer, and we hope that you'll take advantage of it. No commitment required. Cancel anytime. All major credit cards, debit cards, and PayPal accepted.

You can also purchase this individual audio mystery on the Author Donna Jodhan Online Store at http://www.donnajodhan.com/store.html for just $0.99 USD, or an entire season of 13 mysteries for the very low price of just $9.99 USD.

Visit the Author Donna Jodhan Online Store at http://www.donnajodhan.com/store.html today to purchase your very own copies.

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If you would like to gain perspective as to how blind persons go about their daily activities, and how they interact with others, please go to:
http://www.donnajodhan.blogspot.com

If you're looking for ways to make your products, services, and/or physical locations more accessible to those who are blind and/or partially sighted, please go to:
http://www.sterlingcreations.ca/sightimpaired.html

If you would like to learn more about Author Donna Jodhan through her editorials and more please visit:
http://www.sterlingcreations.ca/blog

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

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June 2014
Using The Sense of Smell to Develop Ideas

For this month, I'd like to introduce another way for you to develop your ideas. You may find this suggestion a bit different but trust me when I tell you that it does indeed work.

This may be a good month for you to try out this suggestion as you will no doubt be experiencing the smells of both spring and summer. I use my sense of smell to help me to develop my ideas. I use various smells and fragrances to help me with my writing.

For example: The scent or smell of roses helps me to imagine scenes of rose gardens, walking in a garden on a bright spring day or vases of flowers in a dining room. The delicious smell of baking cookies helps me to formulate scenes that could take place in a kitchen, or scenes of customers in a bakery. The smell of clothes being washed in my washer can help me to develop a scene of someone folding freshly laundered clothes or a mom dressing her little ones in fresh clean garments.

You see, you can easily use your sense of smell to help you associate scenes and objects and bring them together on your mind's canvas. It is really not too difficult and you can have lots of fun and success doing it.

Happy imagining through smelling!

Donna J. Jodhan AKA Detective DJ

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For this month I am going to tell you how Detective DJ went about creating her team! You already know that Detective DJ and Author Donna Jodhan are one and the same and that the author used her initials to create the character Detective DJ.

The fictional team was developed strictly on a fictional basis and the characters each possess a bit of the author's own personality. We'll briefly describe the first two characters for this month and then talk about the other three characters next month.

DR Shay Harrington is a psychologist who attended school with Author Donna and her character is very similar to that of author Donna. However, DR Shay has other characteristics that make her different. She is married with twins; a boy and a girl and author Donna has a twin brother. DR Shay is quiet, a bit shy, and extremely reflective; similar to author Donna. She has a passion for traveling, ice skating, and chess but this is where her similarities to the author ends. DR Shay has another side to her! Mysterious and private and a lot of her work as a psychologist is top secret!

Chip Sanderson is the private investigator to this team and he is very similar to the author in that he loves investigative work but there is more to him than this. He is divorced with two daughters and they are the pride and joy of his life. He loves to ski, hike, and fish! He engages in wine making and loves a good social life! However, his work always comes first! He has been involved in the solving of many international high profile crimes and he is a schoolmate of the author.

Next month, you'll meet the remaining three characters of detective DJ's crime crushers team!

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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.

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Are you tired of being bombarded with scenes of violence? Or are you simply sick of hearing about the world of crime? Or are you fed-up with all of the foul language being used around you and now you are just ready to pack it in and not listen anymore? Do you feel totally helpless when it comes to not being able to protect your kids from such things as bullying and abuse?

If your answer to any of the above questions is "yes" then please read on! There is something that we can all do to stop the spread of crime and there is no need for you to throw up your hands in desperation and surrender anymore! No, there is a simple solution just waiting for you to become a part of it and it has to do with how we listen and what we listen to!

The time has come to change the way we listen, and what we allow and encourage our kids to listen to. Yes! The time has come for us to use the spoken word to help change how our kids think, act, and react. It's all about using the power of the spoken word to reshape our mindset to become problem solvers through logic and fact rather than through violence and crime.

Donna Jodhan has developed a very unique and potent recipe for helping to fight crime and it all begins with exposing kids and their parents to clean listening through her audio mysteries. In short! A delicious salad bowl of simple ingredients that include warm heartedness, fiction, drama, suspense, intrigue, mystery, all combined with occurrences of daily life! Donna Jodhan's audio mysteries are filled with clean content that truly depicts the essence of true mystery as opposed to the use of distasteful language while at the same time it perpetuates enjoyment and pleasure through the use of real life conflict and drama.

For literally pennies you can purchase, sit, and enjoy and you know what? You can download these mysteries to your computer and to any of your i devices! No more having to worry about what your kids are listening to!

Help author Donna Jodhan stop the spread of crime by supporting her efforts to promote clean and healthy listening! Help her to stop the contamination of what our kids listen to and replace it with content that is positive and uplifting!

Visit her online store at http://donnajodhan.com/store.html.

Above all! Help our kids to grow up in a world where crime is not allowed to take up precious time!

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With very best wishes for a Jolly Month of June,
Donna J. Jodhan AKA Detective DJ

 

Author Donna Jodhan Publications - Issue 8

 

Author Donna Jodhan Publications - Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - Issue 8

An Author Donna Jodhan Publication
http://www.donnajodhan.com/

Greetings,

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1) A step forward has been made in accessibility to free Office suites with the release of OpenOffice 4.1 with built-in iAccessible2 support. Screen readers with this support should, in theory, be able to work with OO out of the box, without the need to install Java Access Bridge. Reportedly, support is best with NVDA, with the most recent update for JAWS, which works in most places and forthcoming versions of Window-Eyes may also have support:
http://www.openoffice.org

2) GW Micro has announced that it has expanded its services beyond software and hardware for people who are blind or visually impaired. It will now be offering services to organizations who are required to develop, procure, maintain and use electronic and information technology (EIT) that is accessible to people with disabilities. GW Micro's accessibility services will also be available to any person or organization who is interested in making their websites, documents or software accessible and compliant with Section 508 standards, the Americans with Disability Act (ADA), or the internationally recognized Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0.
http://www.gwmicro.com

3) Accessibility has largely been returned to the mainstream version of the Fleksy iOS keyboard app, which many people find to be an effective tool for writing on iDevices:
http://fleksy.com/journey-towards-accessibility-we-are-home/

4) The Australian Communications Consumer Action Network along with other organizations there have embarked on a campaign to rid the world of CAPTCHA's, the inaccessible boxes that contain squiggly characters that many web sites require for security. So if you run into one of those and can't fill it out, send the Kill CAPTCHA letter:
https://accan.org.au/news-items/hot-issues/781-captcha-what-you-can-do

5) Another article casting doubts on the fitness of Android for the generality of users is "Why Android Is Not Accessible. And What Is Accessibility Anyway?"
https://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140429154036-29289122-why-android-is-not-accessible-and-what-is-accessibility-anyway

6) Jonathan Mosen has written "Words and Disability - The Delicate Balance"
http://publicaddress.net/9228

7) HIMS will offer a webinar, "Aker: Math Made Easy with Advanced Nemeth Capabilities on the Braille Sense!," on Wednesday, 13 May at 19:00 GMT. Register even if you can't attend in person and they'll send you a recording:
http://hims-inc.com/webinar-registration-nemeth-braille-sense-makes-math-easier/

8) We have ceded to the request from Sight Enhancement Systems to include this link to a YouTube video about Flick, purported to be the world's first robotic camera for students who are visually impaired:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gRvyfBkHDGI&feature=youtu.be

9) Barrier-free Information Technology EASI (Equal Access to Software and Information) is a month-long course designed to guide an institution in making both its computer and information technology systems fully accessible to its users with disabilities. The course starts May 5:
http://easi.cc/adaptit.htm

10) Many of our more than 6,000 readers live outside the United States or speak primary languages other than English, so we are always happy to mention websites that will assist speakers of those languages as well. This is a Spanish-language website regarding assistive technology:
http://www.manolo.net

11) This new AppleVis guide post is called "How to Partition a Drive in OS X":
http://www.applevis.com/node/10359

12) Read this NFB AT blog post on an intriguing navigation device under development:
https://nfb.org/blog/atblog/ustraap-system

Moving on to the week's audio material:

13A) From the aforementioned Spanish-language site, where you can find a regular podcast and its archive, comes a review of Window-Eyes:
http://www.tifloaudio.com/podpress_trac/web/125/0/ta045.mp3

From the SPN Network:

13B) Serotalk podcast 196 has been out for a week, so #197 may well come soon:
http://serotalk.com/2014/04/23/serotalk-podcast-196-the-jamie-dilemma/

13C) They also give us High Contrast Issue 20:
http://serotalk.com/2014/04/28/high-contrast-episode-20-screen-dump/

13D) Episode 1 of the Blindpodcaster's latest series, Blind We Are, is out:
http://blindpodcaster.com/blind-we-are-001/

13E) From RNIB's Insight Radio comes "Music Event Provides Opportunities For Blind Musicians":
http://www.insightradio.co.uk/podcast-episode.html?category=early_edition&name=2014-04-22_reading_music_tx.mp3#.U2EMYWdOXiz

13F) Eyes on Success 1418 features the NFT Newsline Service:
http://www.eyesonsuccess.net/

The three podcasts from BGZ this week are:

13G) Olympus DM620 Demonstration:
http://www.blind-geek-zone.net/olympus-dm620-demonstration/

13H) Classic Shell:
http://www.blind-geek-zone.net/classic-shell/

13I) And TalkingFlix, Coming Soon To Speakers Near You by Cool Blind Tech:
http://www.blind-geek-zone.net/talkingflix-coming-soon-to-speakers-near-you-by-cool-blind-tech/

AppleVis' two offerings are:

13J) Quick Tip: How to Add and Edit Contacts on your iOS Device:
http://applevis.com/podcast/episodes/quick-tip-how-add-and-edit-contacts-your-ios-device

13K) And Add Something Different to your Social Networking With Melt for iOS:
http://applevis.com/podcast/episodes/add-something-different-your-social-networking-melt-ios

13L) AccessTalk Podcast 24 covers Windows Phone 8.1, Office 365 Personal, Samsung smartphone peripherals and the Blaze EZ:
http://accesstalk.co.uk/podcast-24/

13M) Episode 384 of Our Place Podcast is the second part of a discussion of the Telorion Phone:
http://t.co/6OlEURS9jn

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Welcome to our varied collection of links for your reading pleasure. They are meant to help you keep up with improvements and enhancements to various products and services that are a part of your daily life. Enjoy!

1.) With tornado season fast creeping up on us, we'dlike to kick things off with a very useful link for you to check out. It never hurts for you to be ready ahead of the game:
http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/oa/climate/severeweather/tornadosafety.html

2.) This next link is for those of you who have a small business and are looking for tips on how to choose a secure point of sale system. Check this one out:
http://www.businessnewsdaily.com/6195-tips-for-choosing-a-secure-pos.html

3.) Are you concerned about the intake of daily fluids? Are you looking for ways to meet your daily fluid needs? Check this out:
http://www.graskyendurance.com/5-helpful-tips-to-meet-daily-fluid-needs.html

4.) This next link is for those of you who are looking to gain weight and bulk up on muscle:
http://health.india.com/fitness/10-simple-tips-to-gain-weight-and-put-on-muscle/

5.) Want to avoid those mobile security problems when using mobile apps? Well here is a really great article to check out:
http://searchcio.techtarget.com/tip/Six-tips-for-avoiding-mobile-security-problems-with-mobile-apps

6.) For those of you who enjoy the scent of sweet smells, check this out. Scentsy flameless candles and warmers:
http://www.warmupscents.com/

7.) Are you a person who is constantly on the go? And having trouble finding those healthy foods while you are so? Then this is for you:
http://www.albanyherald.com/news/2014/apr/19/mary-ganzel-five-tips-for-healthy-eating-on-the-go/

8.) And for those of you constantly in search of random keyboard shortcuts. There are some very interesting tricks here for you to discover:
https://nfb.org/blog/atblog/odds-and-ends-bite-sized-bits-access-technology-goodness

9.) And finally, if you are seeking some great and nutritious pre and post workout snacks, check this out:
http://www.stylebistro.com/Health+Diet+Fitness/articles/R4Nc5We6JAN/Best+Pre+Post+Workout+Snacks+Nutritionist

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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 "Bad Luck in Leafy Lane" and here is a brief description:

She was young, beautiful, and very smart.
She had lots of friends but with all of this, someone wanted her dead.
It all came down to jealousy, obsession, and revenge.
Why was Carie Christiansen killed?
Who could have done it?

Was it Stefan who was very angry after his break up with Carie?
Was it Mitchel who had promised his ice skating girlfriend to help destroy Carie?
Was it Bruno who had been hired to kidnap Carie?
Was it Andrew who had had a huge crush on Carie?

Get this audio mystery by becoming an All Access Pass Member at http://bit.ly/ADJ-All-Access of the Author Donna Jodhan Subscription Library for the extremely affordable price of just $4.99 / month.

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The All Access Pass at http://bit.ly/ADJ-All-Access is the very best way to enjoy all that the Author Donna Jodhan Subscription Library has to offer, and we hope that you'll take advantage of it. No commitment required. Cancel anytime. All major credit cards, debit cards, and PayPal accepted.

You can also purchase this individual audio mystery on the Author Donna Jodhan Online Store at http://www.donnajodhan.com/store.html for just $0.99 USD, or an entire season of 13 mysteries for the very low price of just $9.99 USD.

Visit the Author Donna Jodhan Online Store at http://www.donnajodhan.com/store.html today to purchase your very own copies.

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If you would like to gain perspective as to how blind persons go about their daily activities, and how they interact with others, please go to:
http://www.donnajodhan.blogspot.com

If you're looking for ways to make your products, services, and/or physical locations more accessible to those who are blind and/or partially sighted, please go to:
http://www.sterlingcreations.ca/sightimpaired.html

If you would like to learn more about Author Donna Jodhan through her editorials and more please visit:
http://www.sterlingcreations.ca/blog

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

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May 2014
Using Music to Generate

For this month, I'd like to focus on how one can use music to help generate ideas and get into the right mood. You would be really surprised to know how music can help you to generate ideas as well as help to put you in the right type of mood.

I often use music to help me get started. Music is so very flexible and fascinating when it comes to being a great tool for generating. Sometimes, it takes me a bit of time before I can find just the right piece of music or song to do the trick. If I am having difficulty concentrating and focusing then I go to my favorites folders and start working through my collection.

There is not really any specific type of music that I use. It can be anything from classic to easy listening, or anything from easy rock to soft disco. It could even be anything from a Christmas carol or song to a popular ballad. Sometimes I may even go to my keyboard and compose something to help me get a kick start.

I invite you to give this strategy a try. And happy generating with music.

Donna J. Jodhan AKA Detective DJ

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Last month I promised to tell you what Detective DJ does in order to recharge and relax. It is really very simple!

This hard working detective is extremely organized and each day she puts aside specific times for doing such things as exercising on her stationary bike, taking time to inhale the fresh air, and spending time just meditating for a few minutes. If there is any spare time left she plays chess and composes on her electronic keyboard. She loves the beach, ice skating, and enjoys healthy and stimulating conversation.

For next month, I'll tell you how the good detective went about creating her fictional team.

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Are you tired of being bombarded with scenes of violence? Or are you simply sick of hearing about the world of crime? Or are you fed-up with all of the foul language being used around you and now you are just ready to pack it in and not listen anymore? Do you feel totally helpless when it comes to not being able to protect your kids from such things as bullying and abuse?

If your answer to any of the above questions is "yes" then please read on! There is something that we can all do to stop the spread of crime and there is no need for you to throw up your hands in desperation and surrender anymore! No, there is a simple solution just waiting for you to become a part of it and it has to do with how we listen and what we listen to!

The time has come to change the way we listen, and what we allow and encourage our kids to listen to. Yes! The time has come for us to use the spoken word to help change how our kids think, act, and react. It's all about using the power of the spoken word to reshape our mindset to become problem solvers through logic and fact rather than through violence and crime.

Donna Jodhan has developed a very unique and potent recipe for helping to fight crime and it all begins with exposing kids and their parents to clean listening through her audio mysteries. In short! A delicious salad bowl of simple ingredients that include warm heartedness, fiction, drama, suspense, intrigue, mystery, all combined with occurrences of daily life! Donna Jodhan's audio mysteries are filled with clean content that truly depicts the essence of true mystery as opposed to the use of distasteful language while at the same time it perpetuates enjoyment and pleasure through the use of real life conflict and drama.

For literally pennies you can purchase, sit, and enjoy and you know what? You can download these mysteries to your computer and to any of your i devices! No more having to worry about what your kids are listening to!

Help author Donna Jodhan stop the spread of crime by supporting her efforts to promote clean and healthy listening! Help her to stop the contamination of what our kids listen to and replace it with content that is positive and uplifting!

Visit her online store at http://donnajodhan.com/store.html.

Above all! Help our kids to grow up in a world where crime is not allowed to take up precious time!

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

 

Author Donna Jodhan Publications - Issue 7

 

Author Donna Jodhan Publications - Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - Issue 7

An Author Donna Jodhan Publication
http://www.donnajodhan.com/

Greetings,

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1) Top Dot is collaborating with a small group which may be able to provide a very small number of Braille devices to competent blind people. If you might be interested in learning about this, grab the document below and follow the instructions it contains:
http://is.gd/YvTsZX

2) A lot of information is available on happenings and announcements at the recent CSUN conference. Some of these links may contain duplicate information. A good place to start investigating the Conference might be The 2014 Great Big List of Resources from the CSUN Disabilities and Technology Conference:
http://curbcut.net/events/csun-disabilities-technology2014/

3A) Two organizations conducted many interviews of CSUN conference exhibitors and others. Four packages of interviews, a few specials, and a pre-conference package can all be found at Serotalk:
http://serotalk.com/

3B) While many interviews can also be found on the BlindBargains audio page:
http://blindbargains.com/audio/

4) Presentations, slides, and resource sheet for a presentation on 3D printing here:
https://nfb.org/blognames/atblog

5) And finally, lots of videos of conference presentations and interviews with presenters and exhibitors here:
http://www.webable.tv/Events/csun2014.aspx

6) You can download demos of the upcoming versions of Dolphin Guide and SuperNova:
http://www.yourdolphin.com/CSUN.asp

7) Tthis blog post from WebAim is called "Accessibility Lipstick on a Usability Pig":
http://webaim.org/blog/accessibility-lipstick-on-a-usability-pig/

8) TurboTax offers Tax Tips for the Blind:
https://turbotax.intuit.com/tax-tools/tax-tips/General-Tax-Tips/Tax-Tips-for-the-Blind/INF23092.html

9) Updates to the JAWS Skype scripts have been posted, providing faster Alt + Arrows / Numbers for reading chats, and several other changes:
http://www.dlee.org/skype/

10) NVDA version 2014.1 has passed through its testing phase whose releases we announced earlier, and has now been released:
http://www.nvaccess.org/post/nv-access-releases-version-2014-1-of-free-nvda-screen-reader/

11) Learn Tips for Using Outlook 2010 with JAWS for Windows on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 1 April at 00:00:
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

12) 7-128 Software has released the 2014 edition of Top Web Sites for Gamers Who Are Blind:
http://www.7128.com/top25/topsitesblind.html

13) Samsung is releasing three adaptive products to work with the Galaxy Core Advance: A ScanStand for automatically reading print, an Ultrasonic Cover for detecting objects, and a labeling system. The press release says the add-ons for the Android phone are now available:
http://www.samsungmobilepress.com/2014/03/14/Samsung-Expands-Galaxy-Core-Advance-Experience-with-Specialized-Usability-Accessories-1

14) And we'll end with two weeks worth of audio to make up for last week:

Eyes on Success Brings Us:

A) 1411 Using Band-in-a-Box with JAWS (March 12, 2014)
http://www.eyesonsuccess.net/eos_1411_podcast.mp3

B) Talking Information Center Radio Reading Service (March 19, 2014)
http://www.eyesonsuccess.net/eos_1412_podcast.mp3

C) And GW SocialEyes for FaceBook Users (March 26, 2014)
http://www.eyesonsuccess.net/eos_1413_podcast.mp3

BGZ Makes Available:

D) A Demonstration of the Cuisinart SS-700 Single Serve Brewing System:
http://www.blind-geek-zone.net/a-demonstration-of-the-cuisinart-ss-700-single-serve-brewing-system/

E) TI84 Plus Talking Graphing Calculator:
http://www.blind-geek-zone.net/ti84-plus-talking-graphing-calculator/

F) Airport Travel Tips:
http://www.blind-geek-zone.net/airport-travel-tips/

G) And Gaming Glimpse: Grand Theft Auto V Accessibility Review:
http://www.blind-geek-zone.net/gaming-glimpse-grand-theft-auto-v-accessibility-review/

The Big List From AppleVis Starts With:

H) Free Up Hard Drive Space on your Mac with Disk Cleaner Pro:
http://applevis.com/podcast/episodes/free-hard-drive-space-your-mac-disk-cleaner-pro

I) Accessible Movie Editing on Your iOS Device With Apple's iMovie App:
http://applevis.com/podcast/episodes/accessible-movie-editing-your-ios-device-apple%E2%80%99s-imovie-app

J) ECHO - Hear to Play: Navigate this iOS Game With Just Your Hearing and the Accelerometer:
http://applevis.com/podcast/episodes/echo-hear-play-navigate-ios-game-just-your-hearing-and-accelerometer

K) Exploring Some of the Advanced Features of Apple's iMovie App for iOS:
http://applevis.com/podcast/episodes/exploring-some-advanced-features-apple%E2%80%99s-imovie-app-ios

L) FlightView Elite: Real-Time Flight Tracking on your iOS Device:
http://applevis.com/podcast/episodes/flightview-elite-real-time-flight-tracking-your-ios-device

M) A Quick Look at Some of What's New and Changed for Blind and Low Vision Users in iOS 7.1:
http://applevis.com/podcast/episodes/quick-look-some-what%E2%80%99s-new-and-changed-blind-and-low-vision-users-ios-71

N) Quick Tip: A Workaround for the Bluetooth Keyboard Problem Introduced in iOS 7.1:
http://applevis.com/podcast/episodes/quick-tip-workaround-bluetooth-keyboard-problem-introduced-ios-71

O) Quick Tip: Apple TV 6.1 Makes it Easy to Hide Unwanted Channels:
http://applevis.com/podcast/episodes/quick-tip-apple-tv-61-makes-it-easy-hide-unwanted-channels

P) AppleVis Extra #20: Umano:
http://applevis.com/podcast/episodes/applevis-extra-20-umano

Q) And Quick Tip: How To Activate Siri Without Using The Home Button:
http://applevis.com/podcast/episodes/quick-tip-how-activate-siri-without-using-home-button

R) The new Tech Doctor Podcast is about CSUN 2014:
http://www.dr-carter.com

S) And finally, A Top Tech Tidbit from BlindPodcaster on the Native Music Play App from Google:
http://blindpodcaster.com/tech-bits-play-music-from-google/

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Welcome to our varied collection of links for your reading pleasure. They are meant to help you keep up with improvements and enhancements to various products and services that are a part of your daily life. Enjoy!

1.) Well, you need to have a serious look at this link! It's for those who are looking for that one stop tech shop for serious technological needs! Give this one a try!
http://www.techsupportalert.com/users/rhiannon

2.) Here is a really great link for those of you who are interested in learning who is really behind the making of malware. It really does not hurt for us to know a bit more:
http://www.howtogeek.com/183642/who-is-making-all-this-malware-and-why/

3.) This link is for the one who really wants to become their own boss and set the tone for themself without having to be at the beck and call of someone else. All about the benefits of owning your own home business:
http://www.cochraneeagle.com/article/20140306/COE0801/303069999/-1/coe/home-based-businesses-provide-many-benefits

4.) This one is for those seniors who are looking for ways to make their meals more nutritious! Have a look at this:
http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/1780791

5.) Are you an iOS Ssecurity Consultant? Maybe you are thinking of becoming one? Or maybe you would like to learn more?
http://www.itbusinessnet.com/article/TechInsurance-Issues-Recommendations-for-iOS-Security-Consultants-3117393

6.) This is for the one who is always wondering why most diets fail despite the best of intentions! Have a look at this:
http://www.odt.co.nz/lifestyle/health-fitness/295014/nature-tips-scales

7.) Are you a woman who is presently looking into home business opportunities for women? Well, here is a link to give you a good start!
http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20140314/SP01/140319797/1006/women-veterans-summit-is-april-17

8.) This next URL is for those of you who are hesitating when it comes to whether or not to buy a GPS device. Check out this link; it could save you lots of money and make the decision for you:
http://www.howtogeek.com/182965/how-to-get-navigation-directions-even-offline-without-buying-a-gps/

9.) Another link for you to check out if you are having difficulty balancing work with exercise and good eating habits!
http://www.jweekly.com/article/full/71127/tips-for-healthy-living-eat-right-exercise/

10.) This next link is for those of you who are concerned about security for your small business when using social media. You can never be too careful:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-siciliano/7-social-media-security-t_b_5020772.html

11.) If you are looking for some fitness tips to help you get started then this link is for you. With spring finally here you may want to take a close look:
http://www.thespec.com/living-story/4419928-10-fitness-tips-to-help-you-get-the-right-start/

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This month, I'd like to whet your appetite with a brief description of one of my episodes titled "The Chocolate Chip Cookie". Here is a brief description:

Judge Brent Devrise had his dog to thank for having saved his life.
He was lucky to remain alive!
Someone totally unexpected saved him from certain death. Luck was definitely on his side and he lived to tell the very unlikely story. How he managed to deprive death of his life is simply a miracle!

Who could have done it?
Or should we say who could have tried to do it?
A hit man of someone that the judge had previously sent to prison?

Get this audio mystery by becoming an All Access Pass Member at http://bit.ly/ADJ-All-Access of the Author Donna Jodhan Subscription Library for the extremely affordable price of just $4.99 / month.

Your All Access Pass at http://bit.ly/ADJ-All-Access will allow you to browse all episodes at your convenience and download each as many times as you like. As a subscriber you will also receive automatic notifications whenever additions are made to the Author Donna Jodhan Subscription Library.

The All Access Pass at http://bit.ly/ADJ-All-Access is the very best way to enjoy all that the Author Donna Jodhan Subscription Library has to offer, and we hope that you'll take advantage of it. No commitment required. Cancel anytime. All major credit cards, debit cards, and PayPal accepted.

You can also purchase this individual audio mystery on the Author Donna Jodhan Online Store at http://www.donnajodhan.com/store.html for just $0.99 USD, or an entire season of 13 mysteries for the very low price of just $9.99 USD.

Visit the Author Donna Jodhan Online Store at http://www.donnajodhan.com/store.html today to purchase your very own copies.

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If you would like to gain perspective as to how blind persons go about their daily activities, and how they interact with others, please go to:
http://www.donnajodhan.blogspot.com

If you're looking for ways to make your products, services, and/or physical locations more accessible to those who are blind and/or partially sighted, please go to:
http://www.sterlingcreations.ca/sightimpaired.html

If you would like to learn more about Author Donna Jodhan through her editorials and more please visit:
http://www.sterlingcreations.ca/blog

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

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April 2014
Using Colors and Shapes to Create

For this month, I'd like to zoom in on how you can use colors and shapes to help you create. It probably sounds like what kids do and in actuality it probably is not that much different. You can definitely use colors and shapes to help you create and it is a great way to help stimulate your imagination and thought process. You can use this technique to help develop scenes in your mind.

Here is an example. Think of the color yellow and next pick a shape. I'll start with a circle and then we'll go from there. Yellow, and a circle. This may first seem to you as being a bit abstract or maybe a bit strange but allow me to go on.

Yellow happens to be my favorite color so when I think of yellow I think of things such as bright yellow curtains, bright yellow shirts, and bright yellow cups and saucers. Next for the circle and I'll think of a yellow circle in the sky; maybe the sun? A bright yellow circle, maybe a piece of beach land? A bright yellow circle, the light of a candle in a dark room?

If you find it difficult to combine the two then take one at a time and after generating images in your head you are now ready to start developing a scene in your mind. Here is an example.

A room with yellow curtains. A carpet with yellow circles for patterns. A circular lawn with yellow flowers adorning it. Circles on a sidewalk. These are all bits and pieces for you to use to develop scenes.

There you have it and happy shaping and coloring!

Donna J. Jodhan AKA Detective DJ

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Last month I promised to share some of the techniques that I use to tell the rest of the world about Detective DJ and it's all about using social media in addition to my website.

I use Twitter and Facebook to spread the word about my character. I use tweets to direct followers to my www.donnajodhan.com website and then my tweets are redirected to Facebook. I tweet daily and tweet more than once. I do my best to come up with interesting tweets. There is no fast and hard way to success here; simply persistence!

For next month, I'll tell you what detective DJ does in order to relax and recharge.

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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.

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Are you tired of being bombarded with scenes of violence? Or are you simply sick of hearing about the world of crime? Or are you fed-up with all of the foul language being used around you and now you are just ready to pack it in and not listen anymore? Do you feel totally helpless when it comes to not being able to protect your kids from such things as bullying and abuse?

If your answer to any of the above questions is "yes" then please read on! There is something that we can all do to stop the spread of crime and there is no need for you to throw up your hands in desperation and surrender anymore! No, there is a simple solution just waiting for you to become a part of it and it has to do with how we listen and what we listen to!

The time has come to change the way we listen, and what we allow and encourage our kids to listen to. Yes! The time has come for us to use the spoken word to help change how our kids think, act, and react. It's all about using the power of the spoken word to reshape our mindset to become problem solvers through logic and fact rather than through violence and crime.

Donna Jodhan has developed a very unique and potent recipe for helping to fight crime and it all begins with exposing kids and their parents to clean listening through her audio mysteries. In short! A delicious salad bowl of simple ingredients that include warm heartedness, fiction, drama, suspense, intrigue, mystery, all combined with occurrences of daily life! Donna Jodhan's audio mysteries are filled with clean content that truly depicts the essence of true mystery as opposed to the use of distasteful language while at the same time it perpetuates enjoyment and pleasure through the use of real life conflict and drama.

For literally pennies you can purchase, sit, and enjoy and you know what? You can download these mysteries to your computer and to any of your i devices! No more having to worry about what your kids are listening to!

Help author Donna Jodhan stop the spread of crime by supporting her efforts to promote clean and healthy listening! Help her to stop the contamination of what our kids listen to and replace it with content that is positive and uplifting!

Visit her online store at http://donnajodhan.com/store.html.

Above all! Help our kids to grow up in a world where crime is not allowed to take up precious time!

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You can follow Author Donna on Twitter at: @author_jodhan or @accessibleworld.
You can chat with her on Skype at: @habsfan0526
You can send her an email at: authordonna@donnajodhan.com
Be sure to like us on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorDonnaJodhan

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

 

Author Donna Jodhan Publications - Issue 6

 

Author Donna Jodhan Publications - Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - Issue 6

An Author Donna Jodhan Publication
http://www.donnajodhan.com/

Greetings,

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Compliments of our good friends over at Flying Blind, LLC we give you the latest Volume of Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, The Week's News in Adaptive Technology. If you'd like to subscribe to this free weekly publication directly, head on over to www.flying-blind.com, or send an email to enews@flying-blind.com with "Subscribe" in the subject line.

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, February 27, 2014 - Volume 446
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

A Flying Blind, LLC Publication
http://www.flying-blind.com/

Greetings,

1A) Lunar Tabs is An Intelligent Accessible Guitar Tab Reader for Android and Windows:
http://tandonp.wordpress.com/2014/01/20/lunar-tabs-an-intelligent-accessible-guitar-tab-reader/

1B) While we're talking about music, Talking Tuner is a free iOS app that helps anybody tune any instrument. You play a note and the app announces the intended note and whether your rendition is sharp or flat and by what percent:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/talking-tuner/id421065079?mt=8

2) Lifehacker shares with us "Everything You Didn't Know You Could Do with Google's Voice Commands," especially useful for Android but also very useful with the Google iOS App:
http://lifehacker.com/everything-you-didnt-know-you-could-do-with-google-voi-512727229

3) Marco from Mozilla presents "Accessibility in Firefox for Android: Some more technical background, Part II," and there is a link to Part 1 in the article if you missed it:
http://www.marcozehe.de/2014/02/23/accessibility-in-firefox-for-android-some-more-technical-background-part-ii/

4A) Tin Star is a text adventure game for AndroiD and iOS. The first three chapters are free, the rest is available to buy now for $3.99, with the price going up on 10 March:
https://www.choiceofgames.com/user-contributed/tin-star/#utm_medium=web&utm_source=redirectmailchimp

4B) And learn about text adventure games, both those we can still play from the past, and new ones, on the CAVICast coming up on GMT Monday, 3 March at 01:00, via TeamTalk at:
http://tt.cucat.org

5) Here is the VoiceOver guide for the iPhone in handy HTML format:
http://help.apple.com/iphone/5/voiceover/en/iph3e2e4218.html

6) Fedora Outlier, LLC offers the Follow Friday Interview Series, and the latest one features an interview with John Panarese of MacForTheBlind. This is a written transcript:
http://www.fedoraoutlier.com/follow-friday-with-john-panarese-of-macfortheblind/

7) From the NVDA Community page, here is a post entitled, "Switching from JAWS to NVDA", which gives clear instructions:
http://community.nvda-project.org/wiki/SwitchingFromJawsToNVDA

8) Chris Hofstader finishes his rather unflattering assessment of Android accessibility in the article "Testing Android Accessibility: The Programmers' Perspective":
http://chrishofstader.com/testing-android-accessibility-the-programmers-perspective/

9) Meanwhile, Aaron, the blind podcaster, teaches how to droid email:
http://blindpodcaster.com/how-i-droid-email/

10) YouDescribe is a new tool that allows volunteers to add audio description to YouTube videos for free:
http://www.mediaaccess.org.au/latest_news/general/new-tool-adds-audio-description-to-youtube-videos

11) The listing of accessible iOS and Android Apps from How to be Blind doesn't claim to be complete, as at this stage, completeness would likely be impossible, but it is quite extensive:
http://htb2.com/apps/

12) Hear about the accessibility efforts of the Carroll Centre for the Blind on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 4 March at 01:00:
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

13) The article "Ten Tips for Braille Users of iDevices" is quite thorough. As always, when reading these posts on web forums, it is good to look at the comments that often follow:
http://www.applevis.com/blog/accessories/ten-tips-braille-users-idevices

14A) The Accessible Image Sample Book is a free online resource developed to show some of the many options for creating accessible versions of digital images, especially those found in instructional materials like digital textbooks:
http://diagramcenter.org/standards-and-practices/accessible-image-sample-book.html

14B) Learn more from the webinar presented by its authors:
http://diagramcenter.org/webinars.html

15) The Swiss National Association of and for the Blind (SNAB), offers VIP PDF-Reader, a free program which it claims is "The first PDF reader for visually impaired people." It reformats documents for easier viewing and allows for easy adjustment of fonts among other features:
http://www.szb.ch/en/PDF-Reader.html

16) AffordableCollegesOnline.org is a site dedicated to providing free higher education tools and information for current and future college students. One of the site's resources is a listing of open university courses:
http://www.affordablecollegesonline.org

17) EASI offers a $225 four-part series, Online Accessibility for Students with Disabilities:
http://easi.cc/clinic.htm

18) An upgrade to Mavericks has recently appeared. Learn about the OSX Mavericks v10.9.2 Update including VoiceOver fixes:
http://support.apple.com/kb/HT6114?viewlocale=en_US&locale=en_US

19) NVDA 2014.1rc2 has been released. This is a release candidate, meaning that unless serious flaws are found, it will be identical to the official final version of this first update for 2014. It includes support for PowerPoint 2013, and various improvements for Windows Mail, Google Chrome, Excel, and ARIA web applications:
http://community.nvda-project.org/blog/NVDA2014.1rc2Released

20A) The results from WebAim's fifth screen reader survey are now in:
http://webaim.org/projects/screenreadersurvey5/

20B) A summary of the results are here:
http://webaim.org/blog/survey-5-results/

21 A-K) And as we often do, we end with this week's audio:

A) Triple Click Home #27 is out for iOS enthusiasts:
http://tripleclickhome.com/2014/02/26/triple-click-home-episode-27-will-you-be-my-family/

B) The iPhoid Podcast, which has three available episodes already, bills itself as "A podcast that will take the good and the bad from both Android and iPhone, and bring it all to you in a fair setting."
http://www.jjhof.com/IPhoid/

C) Serotalk Podcast 188 has been out for a week or so. Even if you aren't going to listen to the podcast, a look at the show notes gives a good summary of the week's technology happenings, and the mailba offers interesting perspectives:
http://serotalk.com/2014/02/20/serotalk-podcast-188-cattle-car-airways/

D) The Tech Doctor podcast is back with an interview with Rosemary Mahoney, author of "For the Benefit of Those Who See":
http://www.dr-carter.com

E) Eyes on Success 1409 focuses on Image for Windows, an Accessible Program for Backing up Your Computer:
http://www.eyesonsuccess.net/

Nuggets from AppleVis include:

F) Digitize Your Vinyl Records With Amadeus Pro for the Mac:
http://applevis.com/podcast/episodes/digitize-your-vinyl-records-amadeus-pro-mac

G) Using iTunes Radio on the Apple TV with VoiceOver:
http://applevis.com/podcast/episodes/using-itunes-radio-apple-tv-voiceover

H) How to Access and Use the Ringtones Created or Downloaded by Third Party iOS Apps:
http://applevis.com/podcast/episodes/how-access-and-use-ringtones-created-or-downloaded-third-party-ios-apps

Finally, from BGZ come:

I) Podcast regarding Facebook for iOS:
http://www.blind-geek-zone.net/podcast-regarding-facebook-for-ios/

J) Podcast regarding Zello for iOS:
http://www.blind-geek-zone.net/podcast-regarding-zello-for-ios/

K) Audacity Loopback P1:
http://www.blind-geek-zone.net/audacity-loopback-p1/

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Welcome to our varied collection of links for your reading pleasure. They are meant to help you keep up with improvements and enhancements to various products and services that are a part of your daily life. Enjoy!

1) You probably think that when it comes to your smart phone, you have all of the tips and tricks that you need. No, you probably do not and if you would like to beef up your bag of tips and tricks then check out this link:
http://www.techradar.com/news/phone-and-communications/mobile-phones/10-things-you-didn-t-know-your-smartphone-could-do-1183606

2) If you are presently thinking about buying an iPhone5 but are still wavering, then here is a huge benefit for you to consider! It is a terrific accessibility tool and you can check out this link:
http://www.macworld.com/article/2084805/why-the-iphone-5s-is-a-terrific-accessibility-tool.html#tk.rss_all

3) This may be old news to you, but you know what? It never hurts to revisit old news and this time it's all about the 20 most important keyboard shortcuts for Windows PC users. Check it out at:
http://www.howtogeek.com/174952/the-20-most-important-keyboard-shortcuts-for-windows-pcs/

4) Okay, how many of you continue to grapple with the challenges of being able to navigate Facebook? Do we hear a loud groan? Try this link and see how you get on!
http://lifehacker.com/5726441/the-built+in-keyboard-shortcuts-of-facebook

5A) This one is for those seeking to either replace or upgrade their hard drives. You can never have too much info at your fingertips when going shopping for hard drives. The Most (and Least) Reliable Hard Drive Brands:
http://lifehacker.com/the-most-and-least-reliable-hard-drive-brands-1505797966

5B) What Hard Drive Should I Buy?
http://blog.backblaze.com/2014/01/21/what-hard-drive-should-i-buy/

6) How many of you are constantly in search of useful links for learning how to use Google for searching purposes? Well, here you go! A very powerful link for you to check out:
http://www.googletutor.com/google-manual

7) If you are really wondering about the benefits of storing your batteries in the fridge in order to keep them fresh then this one is for you:
http://www.howtogeek.com/179486/ask-htg-should-i-store-my-batteries-in-the-fridge/

8) This link will help you to deal with the removal of malicious software, and boy do we all need this type of help:
http://www.howtogeek.com/180773/what-is-the-malicious-software-removal-tool-and-do-i-need-it/

9) And yet another link for those who want to learn more about troubleshooting wireless routing problems:
http://www.howtogeek.com/180235/how-to-troubleshoot-wireless-router-problems/

10) And finally, a great article for you to check out if you are worried about your wireless carrier gouging you. Find out the eight ways they are doing this:
http://www.howtogeek.com/164490/8-ways-your-wireless-carrier-is-gouging-you

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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 Senator's Secrets" and here is a brief description:

Young, goodlooking, and brilliant!
Who says that success does not come with a price tag?
Especially when there are secrets lurking in the background and this was part of Senator Christian Jansen's downfall.
He had absolutely no chance!

Who could have done it?
There was someone who did not want the senator to run as president because he would be too difficult to handle.
There was a Mafia boss who felt that the senator would be dangerous to them as president and he knew about Christian's previous association with the Mafia high-up.
There was yet another who wanted the good senator dead because his oil company wanted to punish the senator for having broken his promise to them.
There was someone who had something on the senator from his past which could destroy his career if publicized.

Get this audio mystery by becoming an All Access Pass Member at http://bit.ly/ADJ-All-Access of the Author Donna Jodhan Subscription Library for the extremely affordable price of just $4.99 / month.

Your All Access Pass at http://bit.ly/ADJ-All-Access will allow you to browse all episodes at your convenience and download each as many times as you like. As a subscriber you will also receive automatic notifications whenever additions are made to the Author Donna Jodhan Subscription Library.

The All Access Pass at http://bit.ly/ADJ-All-Access is the very best way to enjoy all that the Author Donna Jodhan Subscription Library has to offer, and we hope that you'll take advantage of it. No commitment required. Cancel anytime. All major credit cards, debit cards, and PayPal accepted.

You can also purchase this individual audio mystery on the Author Donna Jodhan Online Store at http://www.donnajodhan.com/store.html for just $0.99 USD, or an entire season of 13 mysteries for the very low price of just $9.99 USD.

Visit the Author Donna Jodhan Online Store at http://www.donnajodhan.com/store.html today to purchase your very own copies.

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Section: From the Desk of Author Donna Jodhan:
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If you would like to gain perspective as to how blind persons go about their daily activities, and how they interact with others, please go to:
http://www.donnajodhan.blogspot.com

If you're looking for ways to make your products, services, and/or physical locations more accessible to those who are blind and/or partially sighted, please go to:
http://www.sterlingcreations.ca/sightimpaired.html

If you would like to learn more about Author Donna Jodhan through her editorials and more please visit:
http://www.sterlingcreations.ca/blog

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

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March 2014
Listen and Learn

For this month, I'd like to put forward the following suggestion: As an author I find that by listening and learning it sure helps me to generate ideas and in my world it's all about being able to listen and then learn from what I have listened to and then to generate the ideas from what I have learned.

First, I narrow down what I would like to listen to at the moment. It can be anything from listening to the babble of a brook, the gentle roll of the sea, the horns of cars, or even a documentary. Then I choose specifically what I want to zoom in on and then I go from there.

You may be saying to yourself then what really can you learn from listening to a brook or the sea? For me, the sounds of these two things teach me about the type of sounds they make as they go about their business and then I begin to develop my ideas and themes from them. For example: Just listening to the babble of a brook would help me to develop a scene in my mind and ditto from listening to the roll of the sea.

This is how I connect my dots when generating ideas.

Happy listening!

Donna J. Jodhan AKA Detective DJ

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Last month, I promised to unveil the true identity of our Detective DJ and now it's time! Detective DJ and Author Donna Jodhan are one and the same! Yes! We are one and the same and I believe that this is what helps me to be a bit unique as an author among other things.

I write and record my own mysteries in first person and I believe that by doing this, it gives me more latitude to develop plots and insert the characteristics of Detective DJ that enable me to include bits and pieces of my own personality. I can think more clearly as Detective DJ and have better control over my plots. I am sure that there are many authors out there who use similar techniques.

For next month, I'll share some of my techniques for how I go about telling the rest of the world about Detective DJ.

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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.

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Section: Help Stop The Spread of Crime Against Innocent Victims:
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Are you tired of being bombarded with scenes of violence? Or are you simply sick of hearing about the world of crime? Or are you fed-up with all of the foul language being used around you and now you are just ready to pack it in and not listen anymore? Do you feel totally helpless when it comes to not being able to protect your kids from such things as bullying and abuse?

If your answer to any of the above questions is "yes" then please read on! There is something that we can all do to stop the spread of crime and there is no need for you to throw up your hands in desperation and surrender anymore! No, there is a simple solution just waiting for you to become a part of it and it has to do with how we listen and what we listen to!

The time has come to change the way we listen, and what we allow and encourage our kids to listen to. Yes! The time has come for us to use the spoken word to help change how our kids think, act, and react. It's all about using the power of the spoken word to reshape our mindset to become problem solvers through logic and fact rather than through violence and crime.

Donna Jodhan has developed a very unique and potent recipe for helping to fight crime and it all begins with exposing kids and their parents to clean listening through her audio mysteries. In short! A delicious salad bowl of simple ingredients that include warm heartedness, fiction, drama, suspense, intrigue, mystery, all combined with occurrences of daily life! Donna Jodhan's audio mysteries are filled with clean content that truly depicts the essence of true mystery as opposed to the use of distasteful language while at the same time it perpetuates enjoyment and pleasure through the use of real life conflict and drama.

For literally pennies you can purchase, sit, and enjoy and you know what? You can download these mysteries to your computer and to any of your i devices! No more having to worry about what your kids are listening to!

Help author Donna Jodhan stop the spread of crime by supporting her efforts to promote clean and healthy listening! Help her to stop the contamination of what our kids listen to and replace it with content that is positive and uplifting!

Visit her online store at http://donnajodhan.com/store.html.

Above all! Help our kids to grow up in a world where crime is not allowed to take up precious time!

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Section: Contact Author Donna Jodhan:
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You can follow Author Donna on Twitter at: @author_jodhan or @accessibleworld.
You can chat with her on Skype at: @habsfan0526
You can send her an email at: authordonna@donnajodhan.com
Be sure to like us on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorDonnaJodhan

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

 

Author Donna Jodhan Publications - Issue 5

 

Author Donna Jodhan Publications - Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - Issue 5

An Author Donna Jodhan Publication
http://www.donnajodhan.com/

Greetings,

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Section: From Flying Blind, LLC:
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Compliments of our good friends over at Flying Blind, LLC we give you the latest Volume of Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, The Week's News in Adaptive Technology. If you'd like to subscribe to this free weekly publication directly, head on over to www.flying-blind.com, or send an email to enews@flying-blind.com with "Subscribe" in the subject line.

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday, January 30, 2014 - Volume 442
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology

A Flying Blind, LLC Publication
http://www.flying-blind.com/

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1) Learn about the new simplified web interface in Dolphin Guide 8 on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 4, February at 01:00:
http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

2) David Bales has written some guides for using Windows 8.1. They can be found in the Windows 8.1 section of this page, which contains lots of other useful guides.
http://vip.chowo.co.uk/jaws-guides/

3) Calc 12E RPN Financial Calculator is a $5.95 iOS app whose developer, Stone Meadow, has made the commitment to make the app VoiceOver compatible. Read a review of the app from Horizons for the Blind:
http://www.horizons-blind.org/?p=2080

4) Web developers who use the Bootstrap 3 web development framework may well want to use the free Bootstrap Accessibility Plugin to make their sites or applications much more accessible:
https://www.paypal-engineering.com/2014/01/28/bootstrap-accessibility-plugin-making-the-popular-web-development-framework-better/#author

5) The application deadline is 7 February for the next semester of CAVI courses. Here is information about their Raspberry Pie (Linux) course:
http://www.wiki.cucat.org/index.php?n=Main.IntroductionToTheLinuxPi

6) The Swype keyboard for Android offers new accessibility features:
http://whatsnext.nuance.com/swype-keyboard-accessibility-features/

7) Tap Tap See is Fedora Outlier's Number One App Of 2013, and this post contains a couple of brief stories outlining ways the app has been beneficial:
http://www.fedoraoutlier.com/fedora-outliers-number-one-app-of-2013-brought-to-you-by-how-to-be-blind-coming-in-at-number-2-is/

8) From Audiobook History comes a sizeable listing of audiobooks which the readers of the blog considered to give better experiences than physically reading the books:
http://audiobookhistory.wordpress.com/

9) Microsoft is pleased to announce the launch of the Microsoft DisAbility Scholarship for college-bound high school students:
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/diversity/programs/microsoftdisabilityscholarship.aspx

10) Here are some informative posts from HowToGeek:

A) How to Avoid Junkware Offers with Unchecky:
http://www.howtogeek.com/179758/how-to-avoid-junkware-offers-with-unchecky/

B) What is the Malicious Software Removal Tool and Do I Need It?
http://www.howtogeek.com/180773/what-is-the-malicious-software-removal-tool-and-do-i-need-it/

C) Should I Store My Batteries in the Fridge?
http://www.howtogeek.com/179486/ask-htg-should-i-store-my-batteries-in-the-fridge/

D) How to Troubleshoot Wireless Router Problems:
http://www.howtogeek.com/180235/how-to-troubleshoot-wireless-router-problems/

11A) Tipa PDF is a $2.95 iOS app that purports to offer accessible acess to PDF documents with powerful features. This is the iTunes link:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/tipa-pdf/id794488998

11B) Tipa Reader for Android allows you to read files in various formats:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tiflotecnia.tipa.reader

12) Turning to audio, podcasts, and the like:

AppleVis offers us:

A) Ear Monsters: Kill As Many Monsters As You Can, As Fast As You Can In This Audio Game For iOS:
http://applevis.com/podcast/episodes/ear-monsters-kill-many-monsters-you-can-fast-you-can-audio-game-ios

B) AppleVis Extra #19: Kwasi Mensah, Developer of Stem Stumper & SpellStack:
http://applevis.com/podcast/episodes/applevis-extra-19-kwasi-mensah-developer-stem-stumper-spellstack

C) LibriVox Audio Books: Free Access to Thousands of Audiobooks and Radio Dramas on your iOS Device:
http://applevis.com/podcast/episodes/librivox-audio-books-free-access-thousands-audiobooks-and-radio-dramas-your-ios

From BGZ come:

D) Roland TRI-CAPTURE Part1:
http://www.blind-geek-zone.net/rolandtri-capture-part1/

E) Playing the Wii From a Blind Person's Point of View:
http://www.blind-geek-zone.net/playing-the-wii-from-a-blind-persons-point-of-view/

F) Create MP3 File using iTunes and Jaws:
http://www.blind-geek-zone.net/create-mp3-file-using-itunes-and-jaws/

G) Roland TRI-CAPTURE Part 2:
http://www.blind-geek-zone.net/roland-tri-capture-part2/

H) AccessTalk Podcast 22 Covers Window Eyes, Google contact lenses, connected toothbrushes & the Fitbit Flex:
http://accesstalk.co.uk/podcast-22/

I) Episode 26 of Triple Click Home is out:
http://tripleclickhome.com/2014/01/23/triple-click-home-episode-26-the-icoffee/

J) Here is a Screencast Demo Video of VoiceOver Accessibility Settings iOS 7, Rotor & VoiceOver Practice:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=orjgUb3bTug&feature=youtu.be

K) Eyes on Success #1405 deals with Windows 8 Smartphone Accessibility:
http://www.eyesonsuccess.net/

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Section: Practical Tips To Enhance Your Daily Life:
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Welcome to our varied collection of links for your reading pleasure. They are meant to help you keep up with improvements and enhancements to various products and services that are a part of your daily life. Enjoy!

1) Looking for quick ways to do such things as calculate your annual salary, return on investment, or even calculate tips in your head, plus more? This source has some great math shortcuts for you to check out:
http://lifehacker.com/practical-math-shortcuts-for-everyday-life-1495337792

2) If you are seeking ways to protect your identity while traveling then this may be a good source for you: The Paranoid's Guide to Protecting Your Identity While Traveling:
http://joeorozco.com/blog_the_paranoids_guide_to_protecting_your_identity_while_traveling

3) If you are a blind person who loves traveling to exotic spots but you are having difficulty finding someone to accompany you then look no further! You can find all you seek plus lots more at:
http://www.traveleyes-international.com

4) Looking for that illusive high paying job? Part-time or full-time? You may want to check out this link:
http://www.latinpost.com/articles/5787/20140110/interpreters-translators-demand-high-paying-jobs-2014.htm

5) If you presently own a small business and are looking for ways to beef up your security then this is may be what you are looking for. Tips on how to protect yourself, your hardware, and software:
http://news.idg.no/cw/art.cfm?id=AA3F8F7C-BC66-5490-87E4307F918F8F13

6) If you are seeking an exciting career or even maybe a second career, then this may be for you. There is a growing demand for home care givers and the pay is very good:
http://www.paramuspost.com/article.php/20140114155651992

7) And this one is for those of you who dream of being able to surf the Internet more easily and efficiently! The good folks at Dolphin Computing surely have something to sing about! Check this one out:
http://yourdolphin.com/newsitem.asp?id=721

8) How many of you are constantly looking for ways to eat well for less? It may not be as difficult as you imagine. There are definite expert opinions out there:
http://www.wics.com/news/top-stories/stories/vid_15207.shtml

9) If you are a woman looking to gain some hard to come by pounds then this link may be for you. This website has all kinds of very useful tips in addition to those for women trying to gain weight:
http://www.onlymyhealth.com/workout-schedule-for-women-trying-to-gain-weight-1389950451

10) And this one is for those of you who are in constant search of gadgets and devices to help improve life for their guide dogs:
http://republicanherald.com/news/device-makes-life-easier-for-guide-dogs-1.1606731

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Section: Mystery of the Month:
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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 Norwegian Nutcracker" and here is a brief description:

Matt Gregos never had a chance in life.
He had done everything right; he was honest and hard working but alas!
Jealousy played a hand in his murder and how it was done was quite different!

Who could have done it?
There was someone who had wanted to take control of Matt's business.
There was someone who had wanted the victim to keep his secret to the end.
There was someone who had wanted the victim to rejoin the drug world.

You can purchase this audio mystery for the very affordable price of $0.99 USD. Each of my audio mysteries cost $0.99 USD and you can purchase an entire season of 13 mysteries for the very low price of $9.99 USD.

Visit http://www.donnajodhan.com/store.html today to purchase your very own copies.

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Section: From the Desk of Author Donna Jodhan:
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If you would like to gain perspective as to how blind persons go about their daily activities, and how they interact with others, please go to:
http://www.donnajodhan.blogspot.com

If you're looking for ways to make your products, services, and/or physical locations more accessible to those who are blind and/or partially sighted, please go to:
http://www.sterlingcreations.ca/sightimpaired.html

If you would like to learn more about Author Donna Jodhan through her editorials and more please visit:
http://www.sterlingcreations.ca/blog

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

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Section: Some Friendly Advice From Author Donna Jodhan:
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For February 2014 I'd like to offer the following tips on creative thinking.

If you like to create through thinking then this is a good start and what exactly do I mean by creative thinking? I look at it like this; being able to think outside of the box. Many authors would readily tell you that creative thinking helps them to get a jump start. In order to avoid prolonged periods of writer's block, creative thinking can be used.

Creative thinking can be compared to being able to put your thoughts down on paper, or to create through painting, drawing, singing, or even playing an instrument. As a matter of fact, you can use creative thinking to do other things that I have mentioned.

Creative thinking can be looked upon as the gateway to the development of thoughts and ideas and the beauty about creative thinking is that you can do it almost anywhere. From the noisiest spot to the quietest place.

So happy creative thinking!
Donna J. Jodhan AKA Detective DJ

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Section: The Mysterious World of Detective DJ:
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For February 2014, I'd like to introduce you to my fictional support team.

Meet DR Shay Harrington: My residential psychologist who spends much of her time trying to get into the head of the perpetrator.
Meet Chip Sanderson: My right hand person and private investigator.
Meet DR Ryan Martini: My resident crimes scene specialist.
Meet DR Nicholas Gascay: My resident pathologist.
Meet Alex Kerchov: My resident computer guru.

Each time member has a definite part to play in the plot and as my mysteries go, they present reports to the team and after reviewing them carefully, it is I who makes the final decision as to who the suspect should be.

In the first two seasons, each audio mystery is a single episode but for season three audio mysteries will be greatly expanded to include more suspense, drama, and intrigue. I have done this in response to comments and feedback that I have received and I thank those who have taken the time to provide me with terrific suggestions.

For next month, I'll let you into a secret about the true identity of detective DJ but in the meantime, happy listening!

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Section: From Head Star Communications:
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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.

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Section: Help Stop The Spread of Crime Against Innocent Victims:
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Are you tired of being bombarded with scenes of violence? Or are you simply sick of hearing about the world of crime? Or are you fed-up with all of the foul language being used around you and now you are just ready to pack it in and not listen anymore? Do you feel totally helpless when it comes to not being able to protect your kids from such things as bullying and abuse?

If your answer to any of the above questions is "yes" then please read on! There is something that we can all do to stop the spread of crime and there is no need for you to throw up your hands in desperation and surrender anymore! No, there is a simple solution just waiting for you to become a part of it and it has to do with how we listen and what we listen to!

The time has come to change the way we listen, and what we allow and encourage our kids to listen to. Yes! The time has come for us to use the spoken word to help change how our kids think, act, and react. It's all about using the power of the spoken word to reshape our mindset to become problem solvers through logic and fact rather than through violence and crime.

Donna Jodhan has developed a very unique and potent recipe for helping to fight crime and it all begins with exposing kids and their parents to clean listening through her audio mysteries. In short! A delicious salad bowl of simple ingredients that include warm heartedness, fiction, drama, suspense, intrigue, mystery, all combined with occurrences of daily life! Donna Jodhan's audio mysteries are filled with clean content that truly depicts the essence of true mystery as opposed to the use of distasteful language while at the same time it perpetuates enjoyment and pleasure through the use of real life conflict and drama.

For literally pennies you can purchase, sit, and enjoy and you know what? You can download these mysteries to your computer and to any of your i devices! No more having to worry about what your kids are listening to!

Help author Donna Jodhan stop the spread of crime by supporting her efforts to promote clean and healthy listening! Help her to stop the contamination of what our kids listen to and replace it with content that is positive and uplifting!

Visit her online store at http://donnajodhan.com/store.html.

Above all! Help our kids to grow up in a world where crime is not allowed to take up precious time!



Disclaimer: All characters, plots, and story lines written by Author Donna Jodhan are entirely fictional, and are not intended to represent any known real life occurences. Author Donna Jodhan is Detective DJ and these references may be used interchangeably.