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Blind Bargains Qast 95: No Really, This is a Normal Show


This week, we got a bit of something for everyone. John Taylor from Irie-AT demonstrates the new Index FanFold-D V5 braille embosser. Listener Aaron Spears demonstrates a Bluetooth bathroom scale, and we have just a bit of feedback from last week's podcast. All of that and a bit of technology and legos in last word for podcast 95.

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Interview: John Taylor from Irie-AT

Believe it or not, we couldn't get to everything at CSUN, but luckily there are more conferences on the horizon. At the CTEBVI conference near San Francisco, J.J. caught up with John Taylor, Product Manager for Irie-AT to learn about the Index FanFold-D V5 braille embosser, a high-volume model designed for production use. It's actually rather quiet considering its power as you will hear in the podcast.

Demonstration: A Bluetooth Bathroom Scale

Talking scales are so last century. Listener Aaron Spears demonstrates the BALLYS BLS-7361 digital bathrom scale and shows how you can use a smartphone to track your weight and other body measurements. It's available for about 50 bucks on Amazon.

Tip: iOS on Slow Speed

iOS 10.3.1 has added an interesting new feature which can help you speed up your phone by finding out which apps are slowing it down. Joe gives you the speedy details in this week's tip.

Sound off:

To say we received a bit of feedback on podcast 94 would be a bit of an understatement. Here's a selection of notes that came in:

From Kevin Berry:

Gentlemen:
Having listened to your podcast since its inception, and knowing the time of year, I eagerly looked forward to the most recent edition. However, instead I listened, for a little while, to a terribly edited mishmash of repeats and chops. You said Patrick was not feeling well but I fear for him if this is what he produced.
Better luck next year.

From Ali Moosa:

Hi Joe,
Was there a technical issue with episode 94? A lot of sections kept repeating over and over several times throughout the show.
Hope to hear from you soon,

From Kathy Blackburn:

You have to know it was annoying. I'm even more annoyed that I find it necessary to use energy I could better spend on other things to compose this message. The repetition wasn't funny; it was just irritating. Please banish that trick down the memory hole: permanently.

From Juan Avila

That podcast kind of sucked. The same 2 thingskept repeating over and over. Last year's was better. You should replayed it.

From Stanley Littrell:

I was listening to your bbq podcast on my echo. I quickly realized that I was going to have a weird treat in store for me because several segments were heard multiple times. One example was the iOS update. Take care.

From @douglas2005 on Twitter:

I was glad to learn about iOS 10.3 in the @blindbargains podcast 94. I was glad to learn about iOS 10.3 in the @blindbargains podcast 94.

To explain everything, Patrick gives the dish on how he put episode 94 together.

Last Word:

Joe bring us The 20 Most Successful Technology Failures of All Time

And time is running out to get Nimuno Loops - The Toy Block Tape from Indiegogo which lets you put legos on just about anything.

We've got Lots of cool things planned for the coming weeks, and we hope you continue to send in your comments, tips, and reviews as well. See you for 96 next time.

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J.J. Meddaugh is an experienced technology writer and computer enthusiast. He is a graduate of Western Michigan University with a major in telecommunications management and a minor in business. When not writing for Blind Bargains, he enjoys travel, playing the keyboard, and meeting new people.


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