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Blind Bargains Qast 161: What You Braille Is What You Get

Autumn brings about a change in the weather, the leaves find their seasonal colors and the smell of nutmeg is everywhere thanks to the craze that has Pumpkin Spice in all things from coffee to breakfast cereals. With J.J. traveling this week, Joe ran his fingers across the BBQ Rolodex for a guest host and landed on a familiar voice that just so happened to have some big news to discuss. A listener-submitted tip a musical Last Word and Sound Off round out this episode in what we self-mockingly call a "traditionally formatted" show.

In The News

Hulu Becomes Latest Streaming Service to Commit to Accessibility for Blind Users

Herbal Essences Plans to Make Its Packaging More Accessible for Those with Low or No Vision

The fall update for the HIMS Polaris has been released

Windows 10 October update is back on and rolling out, friend of the show BGFH79 has a rundown on Youtube For the update's Low Vision features
and Narrator

JAWS Support of Chrome 70

Success! The United States Ratifies the Marrakesh Treaty

Be sure to check out Judy Dixon's article, and many bits of info for October Employment Awareness Month, in the latest issue of "Access World"

Interview: Greg Stilson Of AIRA

Greg Stilson
Has not been in front of our microphones since late June. Joe and Greg discuss what s been happening over the summer and dig down a little deeper on the updates to the AIRA app for both iOS and Android. Greg s timely arrival on this week s show also provides us the opportunity to learn more about AIRA s latest small business initiative launching this week, with Intuit

Tip: Hunter IO

Rebecca Skipper sent along this helpful tip for those looking to connect with people in the business community.


I am not sure if this would be of any interest to the BBQ audience, but I ll pass it along anyway.

Have you ever wanted to contact an executive or another individual at a particular company but couldn t find their email address?

There are lots of packages professionals use to scrape email addresses, and there are some tips in Google, but I learned of an accessible website that will help you find email addresses.

Check out

It is accessible, and there is a free and paid version.

The free version gives you access to 100 searches per month whereas the paid versions give you a lot more, starting at 1,000 searches for $49.99 A MONTH.

You start by putting in a company s address, say,

The site will then give you a list of all email addresses it found on the web.

You can then search for a specific person.

You can save a step and use the email finder to perform the same function.

Need to know if that email address you found is accurate?

Use the email verifier.

Let s say you found an email address for an employee at

Copy and paste that address into the email box on the email verifier page.

You really want a message that says that this email address is valid and safe to use.

If not, you will receive a message saying that the email address can t be verified with certitude and then you will see a confidence number as a percentage.

You will also see what types of errors the site found.

I hope this is useful."

Sound Off:

Ron Kolesar writes in to tell us about his recent experiences with Charter Spectrum.

"I am a happy spectrum cable customer for the U.S.
Good morning to my fellow U.S spectrum cable subscribers.
Spectrum Cable that once was Time Warner Cable now has a blind friendly
voice output cable converter box.
I would say it's about 90 to 93 and maybe stretching the truth to 95 percent
blind friendly.
The voice is a female voice that is loud and clear.
I think it works off of the volume, but don't quote me on that.
I won't lie.
There's still a few bugs on Spectrum's end and on the client's end as well.
But Spectrum is also learning and they want to hear from blind and deaf
Spectrum clients who own and use the new world box two box and remote.
It is nice to be able to program in watch on demand shows.
The phone number is at:
If anyone has any questions here in the states, and if I can answer them?
Please write me at:
I can call anywhere in the states and if I remember correctly, Canada as
Or, call spectrum at:
Because I might have missed out on the beta testing of the project and we
weren t suppose to get them until December, but I've been giving quite a bit
of feedback on what is and still isn't working.
Some of the bugs, especially on Spectrum's end have been fixed, but there's
still some bugs on both sides of the coin.
I don't have the DVR package, but I do have what they call the gold package.
I took off six movie channels though and my bill is just slightly under $200
per month.
That's because I have the monthly unlimited phone, broadband cable and
quicker internet.
About the second quarter of 2019, Spectrum is coming to take our remotes
away from us and replace them with a remote that has a push to talk AKA PTT
button for my fellow Ham Radio operators on the list.
We will be able to have voice input for both the tv set and the box.
So, there you have it.
It isn't still one hundred percent blind friendly just yet, on either side
of the coin just yet, but
I give Spectrum Cable a huge A for effort for trying.
In the good old days of Morse Code short hand, 73's AKA Best Regards and or
best whishes from Ron U.S. Ham Radio Station KR3DOG-PA-WCECTM
Which stands for
Pennsylvania West County Emergency Com-Tree Manager."

Last Word:

The soundtrack of our lives and another appearance of a lama for the week's web surprise.-
The 40 Greatest Movie Soundtracks of All Time
Winamp 6, due out in 2019, aims to whip more llama ass

Next episode, even more Apple wrap-up goodness from the event on the 30th. Stay tuned...

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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 for 15 years and podcasting about it for almost a decade.

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