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Monday, July 4th, 2011
9:16 pm
MP3 Players Easy to Operate without Sight for Sale

I'm not blind, but my mother is. I spent years researching for an inexpensive MP3 player for her, and finally found her one, which she adores. I also have two myself, though; one brand-new, still in box, and one I have used from time to time.

It's the Creative Zen Stone, which (of course) they no longer make. Each one has 2 GB in size and a 2-3 hour battery life. The Zen Stone also has built-in speakers--very helpful for anyone, but especially small children who do not like wearing earbuds for how they feel--and each charges charges via USB.

Got that?


The brand new one is colored pink and is still in the box it came in; I opened it just to make sure everything was there. It comes with earbuds (not the most comfortable, but workable), a USB-to-MP3 cord, directions, limited hardware warranty for being refurbished, and instructions of where to go online to get program documentation.

The slightly-used black one (the one I've used myelf) comes with itself. I'll charge it before I send it. (Obviously, it costs much less than the new pink one.)  I CAN say that it is in perfect shape; I've just been using it.

I ALSO have a blue Silicone Skin Case to protect the Zen Stone, which an be bought by either person who buys one (or both) of the MP3 players,

If you are interested in any of the above, please email me at: fireandarose at ymail dot com.  (Yes, it's ymail, not gmail.)  We'll work out a reseaonable price, or try to.  Please put in the subject line: Zen Stone MP3s so I know it's not spam.

I know how hard it was for my mother to not have access to music on the go, and how happy it's made her, so I'd rather do this than just list it for anyone on eBay.
Wednesday, May 11th, 2011
9:55 pm
Coming out of hibernation to ask a question...
OK... Sorry if I'm out of the said loop on the technology world with the NLS readers and what not... Did I phrase that right? Oh well, hopefully you know what I mean. The only two I've been dealing with for the past forever is the tape player and the new me being able to download books onto flash drive(s). I honestly can say that I hadn't thought of the portable readers until now. Slow I am. And really feeling 'smart'! Guess my brain just works in strange ways...
Anyways, can you guys give me some advice on which ones work for you and why? I kinda would like to know which ones have all the cool specs and what not. All I know is that they all are rather pricey... and are (mostly) daisy. After that I am rather clueless.
Thanks so much for your help!

x-posted sorry if you see this more then once

Current Mood: curious
Tuesday, October 6th, 2009
2:05 pm
Victor Stream Reader
If your putting music on your victor reader can you get the reader to recognise the files independently?
Like say if have has Taylor Swift and Jordin Sparks I can put them on the victor reader as seperate files but when I go to play music it plays all my music togeather it seems, do you know how to get it to recognise seperate files?
Saturday, August 8th, 2009
11:49 pm
accessible program for making videos?
I am trying to figure out how and/or if I can make a video with my built-in web cam on my laptop. Does anyone know if there are any programs that are JAWS accessible to accomplish this? If it matters I have a Dell with a built-in cam. I tried windows movie maker, but either I just don't know how it works, or it wasn't accessible. Any help I can get would be appreciated! I've tried to google for ideas, but about 10 combinations of terms I give up and am in hopes someone else has something to contribute. Thanks!

Current Mood: curious
Friday, June 26th, 2009
3:57 pm
I know it's not the latest and greatest technological advancement out there, but does anyone know of someone (especially K-12 students who could benefit from a Braille N Speak 2000?
Thursday, June 4th, 2009
1:35 pm
Internet and Synth Questions
I'll be moving upstairs soon which means I can finally bring my computers with me and have some fun. I'm interested in going online with one of my dos machines and Nettamer and a ppp account from
or with a shell account and Lynx. I'm also very excited about an experiment I'm doing with my Apple IIGS. I'm gonna try to get that one up on the net too via a temporary shell account that my friend's setting up for me.Thing is, I have no clue how to use Textalker or Proterm. Can anyone give me some general tips? What browser will I need to use.

Finally, can I use my Braillenote as an external synth with Vocaleyes or with JAWS for Dos if I tell the screenreader that it's a Keynote Gold or a generic serial synth? What about my Braille Blazer? I'm looking for something to replace my Echo for both the pc (since I can't find my cord to my Keybote Voicecard) and the Apple and I found the Doubletalk LT and Doubletalk here respectively
but the prices are too high for me right now and I'd like to get started as soon as possible on my projects. Thanks.

Current Mood: hopeful
1:08 pm
Need a Tutorial and Some Advice
I want to learn to program strictly for myself and anyone else who'd be willing to try my applications but am not interested in anything graphical or complicated, nor do I wish to deal with Windows and bridging programs together etc. I don't care what the code of other programs is doing. I'm looking for a tutorial for Quickbasic 4.5 and can't seem to find one anywhere! I mean, I know of entire groups devoted to dos and for some reason, i can't find a tutorial for this language on the net. But I did discover that I can run it in XP uring command.com. Can anyone varifythis?

Also, has anyone successfully used the Lynx browser in XP? I tried the compiled version specifically made for it (since I know nothing about compiling on my own) and I can get on the web, enter and go to urls and even fill in usernames and passwords, but it doesn't read all the links properly even on text-only pages. It says "normal link use the arrow keys or return to activate". Do I need to use one of my dos machines to do this or change screenreaders for Windows or what? If I need to configure things, how do I do it? If not, then can anyone recommend another good text-based browser for Windows? Unfortunately, WebbIE doesn't play nicely with my current version of IE (7 I think).

Current Mood: frustrated
Wednesday, May 20th, 2009
3:24 pm
I want to get into the skype craze. I know I'm late, but better late than never. can someone help me set up a skype acount? I went to the website, but can't see where to create an acount. Any help would be appreciated.
4:51 pm
accessible DVD burning software and JAWS?
Hi, does anyone know of any DVD burning software that is accessible with JAWS? If so how difficult is it to use with JAWS and where do I find it? Also I would like tobe free DVD burning software if possible. I'm using JAWS 10 and windows XP.

Current Mood: curious
Sunday, May 10th, 2009
7:49 am
Deleting Status Messages from Facebook
Okay, as usual, I'm having a problem with Facebook. I use the mobile version 99% of the time because the regular one is horrible. That said, does anyone know how I can first, find my old status messages and second, delete them? I can get to the link for one if it's commented on but can't see any way to delete it on either version. The only thing it'll let me do is comment, delete comments and like or unlike it. Btw, I'm using JFW 9. Help would be appreciated.

Current Mood: annoyed
Saturday, May 9th, 2009
1:50 pm
two things
Hi All
I posted these to blindpeople but thought I'd try here too.

1. Does anyone know of any LJ themes that are accessible? e.g. without all that page summary sstuff at the top and preferably with headings?
2. I'm looking to find an accessible website builder. Does anyone know of one? the ones I know of areout of date.

Thanks for the help if you can think of anything.

Current Mood: hungry
Thursday, April 23rd, 2009
7:15 pm
Olympus recorder.
I'm looking at getting a digital recorder. I need something that talks as I'm totally blind and I came across a Olympus DS Digital recorder that's got 1 GB of memory for $199 on maxi aids. It records in stereo, which I want. It says it's got an optional voice guidance feature for the visually impaired. Has anyone used one of these? If so, how much do they talk? I need something that I can edit things independently with and transfer things to my computer independently, as I have no sighted people around to help me. I really like the 1GB idea, but I'd need some guidance with how to operate it and turn on the voice guidance feature, since it says it's optional, I'd assume it's not on automatically.
Thanks for any help you can provide,

Current Mood: hopeful
Sunday, April 19th, 2009
1:49 pm
braillenote or pacmate

sorry for cross posting this as i am trying to gather a variety of opinions.
My question is what do people think is better and easier to use when at uni or school a Braillenote MPower with a 18 cell or pacmate with braille display?

I am looking into th purchase of one and am trying to work out which with be most beneficial and economical

thnks guys
Thursday, April 9th, 2009
10:55 pm
Blogger anyone?
Hello All,
Does anyone on here use blogger?
The way I have it set up is fairly basic, but using firefox I really can't get a handle on how to post.
I also use deepest sender as my blogger and lj client - not even this can do it!
I'm at my wits end!
Is Inept Exploder the way to go with this thing?
Is wordpress Any better?
Does anyone have any ideas?
Or the tech knowledge just to go in and set all the templates etc up? Lol wishful thinking I know.

My screenreader of choice by the way is JAWS.

Cross-posted to blindpeopleand blind_tech


Current Mood: relieved
11:33 pm
Two Cool Recording Programs
Well, now that I'm using a Windows machine, I started looking for recording software to replace TapeDeck which is a wonderful program for the Mac. I'm not interested in editing etc so wasn't looking for anything complicated. However, I did want something that recorded to mp3 so the files wouldn't be huge and so I didn't have to deal with converting the files later on. Well, I found the perfect free sollution. It's called Step Voice Recorder. Not only is it accessible (including with NVDA) but it allows you to set the kbps (kilobites per second) of the mp3, which lets you choose the quality of the recordings. It goes from 0, lowest quality to 100. I probably won't go above 50 cause the files get big after that but if you don'tind that it's a nice choice. Anyway, the link can be found here. Go to the downloads page and select the "download old free version if you're looking for old freeware."
Btw, for my fellow Mac users, TapeDeck can be found here. Note that it's not freeware (the cost is $25) but it's well worth the price and the tech support is fantastic. Also, he's very interested in helping with accessibility, so if you do get it, let him know that there's another blind or visually-impaired using it.
11:16 pm
Random Windows Questions
Some keys on my Macbook decided to quit working so I need to send it in for repair. I got an Acer Aspire One aoa 150, the 8,9 inch model with the 160 gb hard drive. It has Windows XP Service Pack 3 installed which means it comes with a horrible version of Internet Explorer that can't be removed. It keeps changing my homepage and generally isn't cooperative. I've never had this problem with version 6 or below. I installed Webb Ie and it worked quite nicely for awhile. Then, it started doing this thing where it wouldn't read the page properly. Instead of putting the link and the name of the link on one line like this
link 1 livejournal
it put the number on one line and the title on the other, sometimes breaking up the title into a third line. It's also not reading pages correctly and the f 6 key isn't working to get me to the input sections of a page (edit and combo boxes etc). I also installed Firefox and looked up the shortcut keys but found nothing for things like getting to input fields and listing the links on a page. Do such hotkeys exist?

To make matters worse, I can't find the home, end, page up, page down, an and function keys on my Acer netbook. Mom read them to me but the one is really the right arrow and I donno what the other one is. But they must say other things cause she would have no way of knowing about that (only now getting into computers). Maybe, they double as other keys? Is there a way I can make different keys take over the functions of home, end, page up and page down if this is not the case? How do I get skype to work with NVDA or do I need to use another screenreader? I tried a few instances of 3 and even one of 2 but all it said was submenu without telling me what the menu was and then things like 1 of 2, 2 of 7 etc.

Finally, what's a good program that I can use for making videos? I use
Photobooth on the mac but don't remember if XP has an accessible ap like that or if I need to download something. Thanks for everything.
Tuesday, April 7th, 2009
12:40 pm
Which RSS feeds and Pod catchers are most accessible??
Thanks in advance for your comments.

Current Mood: chipper
Friday, March 27th, 2009
5:51 pm
KNFB Mobile With Talks On Nokia N82
Never mind, disregard last post. I figured it out.
4:50 pm
Nokia N82 With Talks and KNFB Reader
I just got my KNFB mobile with Talks on the Nokia N82 yesterday and am trying to figure out how to work it. This phone is so much more complex than my 6620 classic. I've got most of it working, but am having trouble with my ringtones. Problem is my ringtone will play for about 1 second and then Talks reads the caller ID info. The ringtone does not continue and Talks doesn't repeat the info. Please help.

Current Mood: frustrated
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