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Blind Bargains Qast 78: Triangle Chocolatey Goodness
Joe Steinkamp Friday, 21-Oct-2016 2:32 PM ET
Peanut butter and chocolate are a perfect example of how two separate things can come together to make one awesome thing. Today, as Ricky and J.J. demonstrate, we'll show how technology and cooking can fall into that same fantastic pairing with a discussion on the Instant Pot. We also have news, "Sound Off", the "Last Word" and a tip from Joe about web mail.
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In The News:
Demonstration: Instant Pot
Ricky Enger joins J.J. in the blind Bargains test kitchen to talk about and demonstrate the Instant Pot cooker, which can saute, pressure cook, slow cook, and so much more. J.j. demonstrates the IP-Duo60 version of the device, and Ricky discusses the Bluetooth-enabled Smart cooker version. J.J. makes delicious carrots while he and Ricky discuss the safety and ease of use of this highly versatile kitchen appliance.
A few of the recipes discussed in this segment are:
As promised, here are the layouts for the two units.
Layout of InstantPot Duo
Starts from the top left corner going down in columns.
Layout of Instant Pot Smart
Tip: The New Outlook.com
Some would rather do their taxes than use web mail. And while Joe would agree, he notes that the improvements made to the Outlook.com service have made things a lot easier for screen reader users. Descriptive labeling, familiar navigation and an Application Key Context Menu are just some of the useful features found in this Microsoft makeover. And the new $20 Premium option removes ads and provides some nice customization.
John Wesley Smith left us this thoughtful comment on the Episode 77 page...
We could not agree more about finding time to read. Between the holiday tech explosion ... oops, sorry about that one Samsung, we'll be busy all the way up to March 2017. We might have to redesign our offices just to fit all this new tech. Good thing Gordon Love sent along this info about a possible future way to view accessible floor plans.
Jeremy writes in to email@example.com with a question we often see at least once every few months.
Before we go any further, and as we say time and time again, we'd be lost without the tireless efforts of Patrick Perdue. He truly is the main reason why we sound like we do on all the shows we have done together for the past six years at various places. All credit goes to him as he really does make us sound better than we actually are before audio enhancement. With that said, and back to the actual question, we use Team Talk for recording raw audio and Reaper for editing. Then the whole thing gets wrapped up in a bow for Patrick to perform his audio magic.
Mr. Perdue would tell you that the first secret to podcasting is not to use the S word. Ahem, Skype, for those who don't know this long-running "in joke" on the podcast. We've found over the years that Skype just gives off this sound that can be hard to listen to for long periods of time.
Joe adds that doing your research is key to putting out consistent and entertaining content. Drill down and find a subject that you feel comfortable to speak about at length. Say, for example if you like the mac, then become the best darn Microsoft Office with Voiceover person there is so you can have a unique line on a platform where there are already a lot of shows out there on Apple products. Try and be as authentic and true as you can be about your subject matter. State an opinion and prepare for others to throw in theirs. And, this is key, toss out the script when you feel that your show is getting stale. Change and conflict can create catchy content. or, as you just read, it can force you to use alliteration in show notes when under a deadline. You might want to avoid that bit if you can.
Food returns to the portion of the show that knows it best.
And, as another bonus, here is that Mitchell and Webb sketch Joe mentioned during this segment.
Microsoft announced an event for October 26th. Then Apple sent out invites for an event on October 27th. So Microsoft said they have an event for Office on November 2nd. We are currently looking to schedule our mental nervous breakdowns somewhere between the winter holidays and ATIA. Have a great week everyone!
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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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