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Blind Bargains Qast 21: Bacon Drizzle Binary Math
Joe Steinkamp Wednesday, 24-Jun-2015 2:24 PM ET
The audio clubhouse seems to be a bit more crowded this week. Joe has returned to find his buddy J.J. in the midst of releasing version 2.0 of the Blind Bargains app for iOS. And to celebrate said app's release, it seems that Michael Doise and Steven Clower rolled up to the party in style with their canoe. Wait, that isn't right. Dave Williams showed up to the event with his Canute Braille Display. Yeah, that's what happened. Well that and a tip plus "Sound Off" and "Last Word" also happened. Along with a secret sound!
We'd like to thank this week's sponsor, BlindAlive for providing us the motivation and support needed to create this episode. No matter your level of health or fitness, there is an exercise program out there for you. To learn more about these fitness products, and subscribe to BlindAlive's podcasts, visit their website. Also, check out the BackTPack, an ergonomically sound backpack ideal for students and professionals. And remember "Don't just live, be alive"!
BB Qast Secret Sound
The PowerQube is an electrical power system that can charge up to 9 devices at once, and is one of the coolest gadgets we've seen. It features both AC and USB outlets, and they're all spaced far apart from each other so you don't end up with unused outlets. You can buy one now from SpeedDots, or win one from us with the BB Qast Secret Sound.
In The News:
Discussion Topic: Accessible App Development
You might have heard about Swift this month at Apple's WWDC. No, not Taylor, we were referring to Apple's programming language instead. Okay, we know it is a bad joke. but don't throw a dart at us for that. And this time we mean the actual projectile not the programming language from Google. kidding aside, many of the programming languages used by today's developers are accessible to the blind and visually impaired. Why Mr. Doise and Mr. Clower have been programming for years. They discuss what tools they use, where they think programming is going in the future and they even give out some amazing resources to help one get started with their own adventures in code. "Hello World", we're coming for ya!
If you are looking for a more traditional online learning option, you could consider lynda.com
Demonstration: Canute Braille Display
We recently mentioned this display in a previous article, and show, but many of you still had questions about the unit. Dave Williams just so happened to have one nearby and he provides us a short demo on some of the display's features.
J.J. talks about this potentially lifesaving service which can alert you of an imminent storm or tornado.
Comments, emails and tweets arrive to our HQ constantly. Here is a sample of some of the feedback we found interesting this week. First up, Kevin with a thought after hearing episode 20.
Our old pal, darknexus , left us a comment on the Bem speaker band article.
We had a lot of buzz around the Canute article. Vivien passed this along...
Twitter produced some gems. This first one is in response to Patrick's demo from episode 20.
next, two words, Hash Bag. yeah, that's a thing.
Hmm, note to the team, we need achievements or badges for marathon playback of BBQ episodes in v3.0.
Next, Ken sent us an email to clarify some information on the upcoming move in the U.S. to "chip and pin".
J.J. reached into Joe's Twitter timeline and found these gems for everyone's perusal.
We are just a few days away from the 2015 summer conventions and the BB Qast is the place to catch up on news from both Dallas and Orlando. Drop us a line, or tweet us, to pass along your predictions or suggestions of who we should chat up at next month's events. Or, since you are already here, leave your thoughts in the comment section below.
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Displaying 1 comment.John Wesley Smith Thursday, 25-Jun-2015 1:19 PM ET:
Hey, guys, I'm still confused about whether to reserve my copy of Windows 10. I have a Windows 7 machine, and I use Window-Eyes. I'd prefer to wait a while to see how accessibility issues work themselves out before actually making the switch to Windows 10. Can I get Windows 10 by July 29th and wait until later to activate it? Joe, I'm sorry to hear about your father's passing. My dad, who is still living, took me to numerous eye doctor appointments in my younger years, while my mom worked during the day. We had an hour's drive to get to Omaha for each visit. He wasn't quite as supportive of my broadcasting ventures as your dad was for you, but he did take me to the FCC office in Kansas City, MO, in the summer of 1977 so I could take the commercial radio license test. We got up at 4:00 in the morning to be there by the time the office opened. I passed the test, but by the time I finally made it into radio in 1982, the license was no longer necessary. Keep up the good work--all of you--on BBQ. John Wesley Smith
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Joe Steinkamp is no stranger to the world of technology, having been a user of video magnification and blindness related electronic devices since 1979. Joe has worked in radio, retail management and Vocational Rehabilitation for blind and low vision individuals in Texas. He has been writing about the A.T. Industry for10 years and podcasting about it for nearly 5 years.
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