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19 minutes | Jul 22, 2021
NVDA remote addon demonstration
In this episode I will show how to use NVDA Remote addon as a NVDA screen reader user. It is a very simple installation like any other addon. You can download the addon from nvdaremote.com website. They have a version for NVDA 2019 or newer, and an older version for previous versions of NVDA screen reader. This service is very useful when you need to help another blind person with adjusting settings or to copy details or settings from a computer to other. I have used during the demonstration a feature called push clipboard which allow the initiator of the remote session to copy some text from his machine, and paste it into the controlled machine. Another scenario where this addon is very useful is when you can control a local server from distance. Asuming you have a computer 24/7 turned on, used like aFTP server or online radio station, you can control that station via NVDA Remote addon also. Excepting Jaws, which is featuring a similar service called Jaws tandem, is no other screen reader so friendly when is about remote control between computers of blind people. Third part programs for remote control are not always fully accessible, or some issues with screen readers in particular could make them challanging to be used. Hope to come back soon with a demonstration of Jaws Tandem as well. Enjoy your little tutorial from this podcast.
12 minutes | May 17, 2021
Make your shopping with Deliveroo as a screen reader user
Today I am going to demonstrate Deliveroo, an iPhone app which gives you multiple options for take away, restaurants orders and grocery too. Using Voiceover screen reader in my iPhone 11 I will show you how to add to basket but also how to check out and pay. If you never worked with this app then start from this link to register and download your app. https://roo.it/adriant-8xu8 It is my referral link which will credit my account with a couple of pounds. It is no extra costs involved for your side if you start from here. Also you can go straight in App Store for download and sign up from there. Good luck with it.
20 minutes | Apr 25, 2021
Podcasting microphones comparison
In this episode I make a comparison between 4 microphones: 3 mics dynamics and one condenser. Which one is your pick for your podcast channel? Is no processing in this recording and the EQ is flat. All microphones are connected to same mixer and use the same cable at its turn. Sorry for various volume fluctuation but no way to demo a microphone for podcasting. Isn’t it? Each microphone mentioned have a link below where you can go to check the product page for technical specifications. Note! When the comparison starts is a podcast chapter inserted for each portion starts. It is easy navigation in case of your device supports podcast chapter navigation. Sontronics Solo Behringer XM8500 Rode Podmic Rode NT1 condenser microphone Please let me know which one you think sounds better for your podcast? Tweet me @AccessibleCompu Enjoy your listening and have fun podcasting!
19 minutes | Feb 21, 2021
Registering with Signal as a blind user of iPhone
Today I will post an episode with my first atempt to create a Signal account using my iPhone 11. The audio demonstration is done from the downloding app stage up to sending first message with Signal, like an end user who never has used the service before. This recording shows the easyness of signing up with Signal as a blind user. I have used Alex voice in my Voiceover screen reader. I am looking for your opinion about the screen reader accessibility of this app. I’ve found being good and totaly usable by screen reader, users but here and there a gentil touch will make the app even more screen reader friendly.
19 minutes | Jan 26, 2021
Bluetooth Keyboard Navigation in iOS with Voiceover screen reader
In this episode I will show you how to learn the main shortkey combinations using keyboard help section but also how to manipulate text from an app to other using keyboard navigation shortkeys. All is done having Voiceover screen reader turned on, so completely accessible for blind. Enjoy.
22 minutes | Dec 4, 2020
Louie Voice Assistant makes life easier for blind people. Listen how!
Few days ago I have had the pleasure to interview Pramit Bhargava, the creator of Louie voice Assistant. You can listen this interview in order to learn more about him but also to find out some answers about this app and its future. But I will leave Pramit to talk about his background and how Louie came to life I’m Pramit, Founder of Louie Voice Control which allows the users to do each & everything within supported Apps with just voice commands. I would like to share with you why I started developing apps for the visually impaired. The side-effect of medicine that I took in 1999 impacted my Retina and my vision has been dramatically declining ever since. By 2012, I was not able to read anything. At that point, I felt completely miserable and did not know what to do next. This low-point was completely unexpected especially for someone who had graduated from India’s prestigious engineering and management institutions (IIT and IIM) and worked for global companies such as Unilever, Motorola, and Quest Diagnostics. I wasn’t able to come to terms with this situation. However, as I look back now, I believe that this phase guided me towards a higher purpose in life rather than chasing traditional career goals and materialistic successes. I also got involved in spirituality, meditation during this challenging phase, and started understanding the true purpose of my life. One might say that my next phase was driven by a series of coincidences. But, I consider it as divine help that led me to a senior executive of a Top Venture Capital Company who encouraged me to work on Apps to solve the problems that I and other visually impaired individuals face across the world. With that one meeting, Louie was born. The aha moment for Louie Voice Control came when a sighted friend was booking a Uber ride for me. He kept asking me questions and then, he made the appropriate selections. In a matter of minutes, the booking was done! I wondered how empowering it would be especially for the visually impaired if the phone were to read out the menu options and then, accept my verbal responses as inputs and make the booking. Louie is all about being able to operate popular Apps and do everything within those Apps using voice commands. As of today, Louie supports YouTube, WhatsApp, Uber, Contacts & Phone Calling. More Apps are under development. Louie is an accessibility App and can be used by all voice-lovers including but not limited to visually impaired, blind, motor-disabled, elderly, people with limited manual dexterity and all hands-free lovers. Louie needs accessibility permissions to operate. None of the leading Voice Assistants or Personal Assistants (Alexa, Google, Siri) can do what Louie can: · Voice Assistants tend to be superficial & will allow you to do only 2-3 things within an App. Louie in comparison will fully voice control an App – each and every feature within the App. · Leading Voice Assistants or Personal Assistants have a nasty habit of going silent every now and then. Louie in comparison will do a two-way continuous interaction – just like a human interaction Watch Louie in action: https://youtu.be/Ujh4hYyKz1Q The app is in beta stage and free to install. My aim is to spread the word around so that more and more people use the app and benefit from it. The app is available for Android devices only but iOS version is coming soon. The Google Play link for Louie voice Assistant is here.
26 minutes | Nov 9, 2020
Reset and re-link your Apple Watch without sighted help
Learn in this podcast episode how to reset your Apple Watch, how to re-link it to your iPhone and how to set up your preferable face and complications. All demonstration is made with Voiceover turned on and no help was needed from a sighted person. Enjoy!
14 minutes | Aug 18, 2020
Pontes Media Downloader for Mac OS – audio demonstration for Voiceover users
In this podcast episode I will show how to install Pontes Media Downloader for Mac, but also how to download a Youtube play list with its help. The program could be downloaded from Pontes website. When you try to install the program from application folder, as you do with any Mac OS app, a warning will come up saying the developer is unknown and Mac can’t install this program. But instead of using command O to open the app use context menu pressing shift VO M and from the options list choose open. Press open and don’t worry about the message saying the program will overwrite the privacy settings. Once the program will be opened properly ,it is another grant access which needs to be accorded, which helps Pontes Media downloader to work with short keys. You have to go in system preferences pressing the button open system preferences and navigate to unlock . Your account password will be required to be typed in in order to allow Pontes Media Downloader to be listed in the table with granted permits apps. Once you have done all mentioned above the program will work very similar with Windows version, if you are familiar with. I have been surprised to see the program being able to download a play list of 80 videos and even more, to convert them in mp3. Hope to help you in one way the audio tutorial. Any questions are welcome in comments section below.
5 minutes | Jul 3, 2020
How to perform OCR with Jaws – audio demonstration
You can learn in this short episode of podcast today how to make Jaws to read text from pictures or unaccessible documents or websites. Simply, just open that file or document, or maximise your browser window then press Insert and spacebar at the same time followed by O, then S to start the process. Jaws will say Jaws OCR has started. Shortly you hear OCR finished. A Jaws voice with a different pitch then the one used regular will read the result of OCR. OCR stands from Optical Character Recognition which is a technology used to detect automatically txt from pictures. Listen how I have done my demonstration with a little package card from a SIM to check what is written on it. If you wish to learn more about Jaws just go here.
15 minutes | Jun 4, 2020
How to add a Google Re-captcha code to your WordPress website
Today I will show you how to insert a Re-captcha Google code into your WordPress site. It is annoying to receive all sorts of automatic e-mails with spam, as comments or messages via contact form. Adding a tick box “I am not a robot” we can avoid all this unpleasant extra work with cleaning spam. Introduction Before starting, I wish to mention this tutorial is for screen reader users, and instructions are provided with keyboard navigation only in mind. I have used Jaws for Windows 2020 screen reader and Google Chrome for demonstration. I am looking to open a course soon called WordPress with Speech which will help blind people to go blogging with WordPress independently. Resources I have used for contact form builder a plugin called Jetpack which is available here. I like it because it is packed with lots of features which are available on wordpress.com site. Actually, takes the power of wordpress.com into your selfhosted WP blog. In order to insert Google Re-captcha code, I will use a plugin called Re-captcha Jetpack which can be downloaded or installed from
36 minutes | Apr 17, 2019
Installing WordPress manually as a screen reader user
A while ago I have recorded a podcast episode about WordPress installation via Softaculous, but at this time I have decided to show you how to install a WP website on your server manually. Why manually? Because is coming with some advantages. You can create a DB name as you like, and you can upload, straight on, the WordPress package with the desired plugins and themes. Also, you can manage separate the files from FTP, and Database file, in case of a crush. When Softaculous is used if you decide to remove the installation the DB also is removed. I have encountered a couple of situations when, in hurry, I have deleted accidentally the wrong website because the check box ticked was related with the website below the one wanted to be removed. Anyway, it is a double warning there asking you if you really wish to remove that installation because is not possible to undo the task. My fault, of course, to not pay attention to second warning, but good for me to know how to repair everything here. Another thing for a manual installation is the possibility to name the database as you like. A meaningful name helps me to identify the DB for each domain easily when I must deal with DB management. Softaculous tends to name the DB/username randomly and similar which is not always good. Enough with pros and cons, but not before saying Softaculous is a very good option for commodity or new blog developers. If you wish to install manually a WordPress website, you need to meet some requirements: 1. To have a hosting account somewhere preferable with LAMP. LAMP stands from Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP. 2. A domain names 3. A copy of WordPress downloaded from www.wordpress.org. 4. An FTP client like FileZilla 5. A text editor like Notepad. 6. A program for unzip like 7zip or WinRAR. 7. Internet connection. If you wish to have the same hosting service and interface like me just contact me. A domain name could be purchased together with hosting. In this way the domain price is cheaper. The FTP client FileZilla can be downloaded from here. Download 7zip from here. Let’s start the job now! You have to do 4 steps as following: Create a MySQL database in your cPanel Modify your config file from the downloaded WordPress package Upload the modified WordPress folder content to your server using FileZilla client Run the instalation wizzard accessing your domain name in browser Creating MySQL database Go to your cPanel and login. Assuming you have a domain and hosting purchased, you must type in your browser the name of your domain followed by slash cPanel and press enter. Use credentials provided by your hosting provider and login. Under MySQL data base wizard create a new DB and a new user. Tick the box “all privileges” and press next. Make a note of the DB details like name/user/password. Keep in mind, in cPanel with LAMP the database name will be like your cPanel username underline Database name. AE: If my cPanel user name is Adrian and the new created DB is named ice-cream the final name will be Adrian_icecream and the user will be Adrian_DBusername where DBusername will be the user for DB. Password and DB name/user are case sensitive. Create an e-mail for the domain where WordPress will be installed in case of you haven’t yet. You can use also a personal e-mail like gmail or Hotmail, but I not recommend because spam filters of this e-mail providers which may cause problems with sending/receiving e-mails. Close the cPanel and go to next step. Prepare your WordPress package for upload Navigate to downloads folder and unzip your WordPress copy what you have just downloaded from WordPress.org. A folder called WordPress will be created. In this folder are other 3 folders and a bunch of files. The file what we need to edit is called WP-config-sample.php. Press F2 on it in order to rename it and change the name in WP-config.php. Open this renamed file in Notepad and arrow down until Jaws reads first line starting with “Define”. Several lines are above, majority of them starting with star. All this line are comments and explanation but ignore them. First line starting with the word “Define” is the one where we must insert the dB name. You must read word by word that line and in between apostrophes you can read ‘database_name_here’. Delete all in between apostrophes and type the DB name what you have just created in cPanel. Continue to arrow down and search for “Define DB username”. Like above, go word by word and delete what is in between apostrophes when you find ‘database_username_here’. In between apostrophes right the DB username exactly as you have created in the DB wizard in cPanel. Don’t forget the right format. Arrow down again until next line starting with “Define” and their search for ‘database password’ and delete what is in between apostrophes. Type the DB password as created in cPanel. Press alt f4 and save the changes. Any wrong character or extra space in between apostrophes will cause installation fail. When this change is made properly it is the time to upload the modified pack to FTP. Upload your WordPress to server via FTP Open FileZilla and type your credential like hostname, username and password. This detail is provided by your host. In most cases are similar with the cPanel credentials. FileZilla will display two screens; one for your local machine and one for your FtP server. Tab around until the tree view related with your local machine point to the WordPress folder with the modified WP-config.php file and then tab until pass remote site slash. That tab marks the server screen half and in that tree view you must point to the root folder of the domain where WordPress is following to be installed. Turn back using tab key to your local machine screen and just a tab below the tree view is the content of WordPress folder. There press CTRL A to select all, then application key, or shift F10. Select upload and press enter. You can check up the upload progress with insert page down. A notification will appear when the upload is finished. Run the installation wizzard Assuming you have uploaded the content of WordPress folder up to the right folder in FTP, and the data modified in WP-config.php is correct, the installing wizard will appear in your browser when you type the name of the domain where you install WordPress. In this wizard you must put a name for your site, a username for admin, an e-mail address and a password. Presuming you have created before an e-mail under that domain, where WP installation runs, type that address. Leave the tick box marked in case of wish to leave Google to index your blog. If you plan to put the content later is good to tick that box until content is posted. Press tab key until install button and press enter. A success installation message will come up, displaying your chosen username and a link to login in your blog dashboard. Job done. It is the time to start blogging and customise your site. Conclusion Keep in mind, to install a blog is not a big deal, but posting quality content regular is the path to a successful blogger. I have performed all this using a Windows 10 machine, Jaws 2018 and Google Chrome as browser. Stil need help? In case of any information is not clear enough, please listen the podcast episode below, where I have recorded all steps from scratch, down to the moment of having the brand-new blog installed. For any questions about blogging as blind don’t hesitate to contact me. Also, Accessible Computer provides training courses one to one for blind people interested to learn blogging with screen readers. The post Installing WordPress manually as a screen reader user appeared first on Accessible computer.
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