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Blind Bargains Qast 203: Whamageddon Is The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year


A holiday stocking crammed full of news, a lively discussion on audio description options and a browser tip to aid you on your post shopping surfing successes. And most of all, in the Last Word, a continuing tradition helps us end our final regular show of 2019 on a high note. Grab that hot cocoa and fire up that Yule Log channel on Netflix before you settle down for a long winter s nap with episode 203.

In The News:

NVDA 2019.3beta1 now available for testing
December updates for JAWS, ZoomText and Fusion 2020 have been released
JIM THATCHER, ACCESSIBILITY GIANT, DIES AT 83
Phil Raistrick, Founder of En-Vision America, Dies at 78
Code Jumper wins CES award for best app inovation
The AppleVis Community Names Seeing AI and Dice World as its Golden Apples of 2019
Microsoft updates Seeing AI,bringing new languages,currencies, and support for Siri shortcuts
Register now for the 2020 AFB leadership conference
Write and Preview Markdown with ease with IAWriter
A Blueprint for Time Management: A Dozen Suggestions for Improving Apple's Screen Time Feature
Choose the perfect gift, find the best food, or get help finding the perfect holiday decorations with Aira
Access World features articles on Amazon Audio Description, microwaves and more
Hulu app gains support for audio description tracks to help the visually impaired
Casting Call: Apple TV+ Series "SEE" Season 2

Tip: Deleting Cached Files And Cookies In Firefox Or Chrome

The new image description feature in Google Chrome sure is a lot of fun. However, it can eat up a lot of resources if you have it scan every picture on every page you encounter. To delete this weighty data, and we suggest you do this once a month if you aren t using this feature full time, press the Control plus the Shift and Delete keys at the same time. From there, choose the amount of time you want the browser to delete from your history. Notice you will find options like cookies and such as you make your way down to the Cache checkbox. Select the options you want and then choose the clear data button. The same hotkey works with Firefox if that is your browser of choice by the way.

Sound Off:

Rebecca Skipper writes in about something Joe knows very well.

"Hi,
I really want to read both the Star Trek 2009 countdown comic and the Picard prequel comics, but I can t get Openbook or JAWS OCR to scan the text properly.
I purchased the 2009 comic in print, and I am so disappointed in the poor OCR results I got.
Is there any way I can get accessible versions of these comics?
Thanks.
Rebecca Skipper"

The great thing about the internet is that whatever you can think of... it's possible someone else has thought about it and posted the answer online. Fans of movies and shows do this a lot. Joe notes that there are dedicated channels on Youtube that wil dissect just about every aspect of a movie, show or comic. Check out these two links for major breakdowns of the first title in the prequel comic.

Star Trek Picard - Countdown Comic #1 | Review, Breakdown & SPOILERS!
Star Trek Picard news - Countdown Comic 1 analysis! IDW review reaction

Lydia Alverson writes in to help Joe with something he doesn't know well.

"Dear BBQ team,

First off, I just want to let you know that I just finished listening to the 200th episode of your podcast on my Mac via Safari. The web player is great.

Joe, I don't blame you about not being all that good at math. It isn't my favorite subject either. When I was a freshman in high school, my math teacher showed us a very catchy song and video to help us memorize the quadratic formula. To this day, I still can't get it out of my head. I will post a link to the video with a song below.

The Quadratic Formula"

Thanks again for another great podcast.

Sincerely,
Lydia Alverson"

Last Word:

Our sincerest thanks go out to the gang at Snyder Hall at University of Illinois For their fantastic Dial A Carol service. We appreciated their holiday spirit and we were thrilled to have them on the show again this year. To hear their holiday cheer from 2018, tune in to episode 169's "Last Word" section. Just know you may not want to do this if you want to survive Whamageddon unscaved

P.S> Stay past the credits for a special musical treatment from Patrick.

BBQ 204 has our A.T. Avengers assemble for the trends that emerged during 2019. Until then, Happy Holidays 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 for 15 years and podcasting about it for almost a decade.


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