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Blind Bargains Qast 189: Cracked And Sliced

The BBQ Crew returns with news, an interview and that gut-wrenching "Last Word" just like the good 'ol' days of yore. In other words, we've run out of summer convention coverage and now it is back to work. Tune in to hear Greg Stilson speak about the free AIRA plan and we think this week's tip will help you live your life online to the max. Fire up the grill and BBQ with BBQ 189.

In The News:

NVDA 2019.2 is now available

Two August JAWS Updates Fix Slack, Skype, Windows 10 Start Menu Bugs

Cracking down on crackers

CBS All Access offering some shows with audio description

Google Pixel Users can Now Toggle TalkBack by Voice

Google Docs 'live edits' feature helps the visually impaired

The internet's accessibility reckoning

It's Back: WebAIM's Screen Reader Survey Number 8 Can Help Shape Industry Best Practices

Oops, this would have been our "Survey of the Week" but it is now closed, Boston Museum of Science is looking for opinions about accessible services

Lego Providing Accessible Instructions for Some of its Sets

Interview: Greg from AIRA

Greg Stilson, Director of Product Development, is no stranger to our microphones. And he has told us about various free AIRA free promotions before. Except, here's the thing, he has not come on the show to discuss how AIRA is now free for everyone. No kidding. Joe gets the scoop from Greg about the new 5 free minute calls news announced by AIRA in August. Listen in as the pair cover some common questions regarding limitations, frequency of calls and how easy it is to use these new free minutes.

Tip: Maximize your life and your Windows

It might seem like a silly thing to say, but maximizing your active windows is just as important to troubleshooting as the classic "have you tried turning it off and on again?". You can make sure that browser, and other windows, open in their screen-filling goodness by doing these steps. Find the icon, or file location, where the desired program resides. Hit the Alt key and Enter at the same time, or right click with the mouse, to get to the Properties box. Once there, find a combo box labeled "Run". Make sure that it says Maximized instead or Normal or Minimized. Then click OK to save any changes. Also, remember to go back and check the status of these changes after Windows, or that particular program, updates as the program may shift back to the previous mode after the update.

Sound Off:

Here are a couple of tweets that caught our ears when prepping for this episode.

RT @JesseTregarthen @blindbargains Thanks J.J. You also convinced me to buy tiles. Pro tip, don't put one in your wallet and then put your wallet in your back pocket. You'd be amazed how easy it is to accidentally double push that button and ring your phone.

RT @reevesman @blindbargains Do you have the interviews for the 2020 conventions up yet? Patiently waiting.

Last Word:

The summer may be over; however, the Last Word remains constant with its offering s year round.
The audience is listening... in 3d audio
Planters Cheez Balls Is Giving Away Shakers Full of That Orange Dust
And from Hai, Behold: The Blooper Burger. Your Arteries Will Clog Just Thinking About It

We aren't sure what is in store for episode 190. 191, well that looks like it will cover the recently announced Apple event on September 10th. Because, as everyone knows, the trees turn a lovely shade of rose gold each fall around early September.

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Greg Epley 64 Monday, 23-Sep-2019 11:55 AM ET:

I was so disgruntled to hear J.J.'s difficulties signing up for CBS All Access. I myself started with them back in May 2016. I was most likely using IE as my browser of choice then, or perhaps Firefox; anyway, one of those. I am not always the most patient person in the world when it comes to poorly designed web forms since I once created websites. As recently as a few days ago, I went in and changed my payment method and password, and the only problem I ran into was forgetting that not all special symbols are available on TvOS remote keyboard. But I got it straightened out. I am hoping CBS gets this audio description thing worked out in time for Star Trek: Piccard in 2020, but I'm not holding my breath. I didn't really care for Discovery, or Enterprise, for that matter, but I also don't like absolutely everything Star Trek.

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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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