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Blind Bargains Qast 101: I Don't Know About That


Dave Williams, host of the Braillecast podcast, joins J.J. and Joe to talk a whole lot about Braille Displays this week. We also talk about how Site City is unique when compared to similar shows in the U.S. and the big news from VFO. We have a tip and some Amazon related "Last Word" as well. So limber up your Braille reading fingers and dive into episode 101 of the blind bargains Qast.

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In The News:

Window-Eyes is No More, How We Got to This Point and What's Next

Access World for may features articles on books and games

Amazon Prime Video May Be Coming to an Apple TV Near You

Keep In Touch with Alexa

AIRA secures 12 million dollars in funding

Discussion Topic: Dave Williams And News From Site City

Last week Dave spoke to Greg Stilson about the newly announced Brailliant 14 and this week he is with us in person to talk about the many Braille Displays he was able to get his hands on at Site City 2017. In this discussion we talk about the ElBraille, which we did a focus on in episode 92, and the Seika Mini 7.
We discussed a number of other Braille displays, each of which were covered during convention season. These were...

#CSUNATC17 Audio: HandyTech's Actilino is a 16-cell Swiss Army Knife

#CSUNATC17 Audio: Baum Unlocks the Future of the Vario Ultra While Magnifying Visio Magnifier Options

#CSUNATC17 Audio: A Star Is Born With The New HIMS Polaris

#CSUNATC17 Audio: The Dot Watch is Real, and Brings Braille to your Wrist

Tip: Left In The Lurch While traveling?

J.J. talks about traveling this week. The split fare option in the Uber app can be a lifesaver when your primary form of travel, in this case Amtrak, falls through. You could even use something like PayPal to share the costs between other captives, er um passengers, who are also trying to reach their final destination. These are good options to have on hand no matter if you are a seasoned traveler or just a summer convention goer.

Sound Off:

our Twitter feed was filled with many thoughts about the end of an era for a particular screen reader. Here are just some of the comments sent into us on the @blindbargains account.

Sam N bluecansam: I'm hoping they plan on moving devs from WE to JAWS to consolidate strengths. Right now, NVDA is kicking butt.

cristoferdeo: Generally, a company may acquire another in part for its technology. Was this just a straight smothering of a competitor?

SupraLady57: I'll use all 3 screen readers. It's sad that my hard earn money has been the toilet. Let's see what's gone tomorrow.

broadwaydon1: The problem is not that there will be no options, it's that there are now fewer options. Not everyone can learn two; I think people tend to forget that. What saddens me more than the discontinuing of a software product is how some folks have reacted today. We saw this coming. Besides, we still have options. many of them. JAWS, NVDA, System Access, Dolphin, and Narrator. I'm totally not minimizing the attachment and loyalty to Window-Eyes that many have had by any means.
My main point is that as in life, you can either embrace changes willingly, or be dragged. I'd rather embrace change.

Betty writes in to ask us about a previous tip from J.J.

"On your BBQ podcast 99 J. J. gave a tip about reassigning or remapping a key on the computer to change its functionality. I didn't catch the name of the program and I don't see it in the show notes. Can you give me the name again or provide a link, please? Thanks.

Oops, sorry about that. you can find out more about this utility at the SharpKeys website.

Last Word:

Two items that might prove to be helpful to those in need.
Amazon Echo Silver
Science fair project up for bids?

Next week we will go over some of the information from the big Google i/o event. Android O, Google Home and a bunch more from the company that does so much beyond the search engine.

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Sky Mundell Friday, 19-May-2017 10:34 PM ET:

This is a very good podcast indeed. Listening to Dave Williams talk about Window-Eyes is very inspireing to me, and I agree with a lot of his words about the staff, and so on and so forth. GW Micro was very friendly and very approachable. When I listened to his speech, I think about how much my school could have benifited a lot from GW Micro if they weren't always focusing on JAWS.


Louis D Sunday, 21-May-2017 7:47 PM ET:

J.J, great tip this episode! Have you guys used other payment services such as Venmo or Square Cash?


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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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