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Author Donna Jodhan Publications - Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - Issue 5

An Author Donna Jodhan Publication


Section: From Flying Blind, LLC:

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1) Learn about the new simplified web interface in Dolphin Guide 8 on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 4, February at 01:00:

2) David Bales has written some guides for using Windows 8.1. They can be found in the Windows 8.1 section of this page, which contains lots of other useful guides.

3) Calc 12E RPN Financial Calculator is a $5.95 iOS app whose developer, Stone Meadow, has made the commitment to make the app VoiceOver compatible. Read a review of the app from Horizons for the Blind:

4) Web developers who use the Bootstrap 3 web development framework may well want to use the free Bootstrap Accessibility Plugin to make their sites or applications much more accessible:

5) The application deadline is 7 February for the next semester of CAVI courses. Here is information about their Raspberry Pie (Linux) course:

6) The Swype keyboard for Android offers new accessibility features:

7) Tap Tap See is Fedora Outlier's Number One App Of 2013, and this post contains a couple of brief stories outlining ways the app has been beneficial:

8) From Audiobook History comes a sizeable listing of audiobooks which the readers of the blog considered to give better experiences than physically reading the books:

9) Microsoft is pleased to announce the launch of the Microsoft DisAbility Scholarship for college-bound high school students:

10) Here are some informative posts from HowToGeek:

A) How to Avoid Junkware Offers with Unchecky:

B) What is the Malicious Software Removal Tool and Do I Need It?

C) Should I Store My Batteries in the Fridge?

D) How to Troubleshoot Wireless Router Problems:

11A) Tipa PDF is a $2.95 iOS app that purports to offer accessible acess to PDF documents with powerful features. This is the iTunes link:

11B) Tipa Reader for Android allows you to read files in various formats:

12) Turning to audio, podcasts, and the like:

AppleVis offers us:

A) Ear Monsters: Kill As Many Monsters As You Can, As Fast As You Can In This Audio Game For iOS:

B) AppleVis Extra #19: Kwasi Mensah, Developer of Stem Stumper & SpellStack:

C) LibriVox Audio Books: Free Access to Thousands of Audiobooks and Radio Dramas on your iOS Device:

From BGZ come:

D) Roland TRI-CAPTURE Part1:

E) Playing the Wii From a Blind Person's Point of View:

F) Create MP3 File using iTunes and Jaws:

G) Roland TRI-CAPTURE Part 2:

H) AccessTalk Podcast 22 Covers Window Eyes, Google contact lenses, connected toothbrushes & the Fitbit Flex:

I) Episode 26 of Triple Click Home is out:

J) Here is a Screencast Demo Video of VoiceOver Accessibility Settings iOS 7, Rotor & VoiceOver Practice:

K) Eyes on Success #1405 deals with Windows 8 Smartphone Accessibility:

Section: Practical Tips To Enhance Your Daily Life:

Welcome to our varied collection of links for your reading pleasure. They are meant to help you keep up with improvements and enhancements to various products and services that are a part of your daily life. Enjoy!

1) Looking for quick ways to do such things as calculate your annual salary, return on investment, or even calculate tips in your head, plus more? This source has some great math shortcuts for you to check out:

2) If you are seeking ways to protect your identity while traveling then this may be a good source for you: The Paranoid's Guide to Protecting Your Identity While Traveling:

3) If you are a blind person who loves traveling to exotic spots but you are having difficulty finding someone to accompany you then look no further! You can find all you seek plus lots more at:

4) Looking for that illusive high paying job? Part-time or full-time? You may want to check out this link:

5) If you presently own a small business and are looking for ways to beef up your security then this is may be what you are looking for. Tips on how to protect yourself, your hardware, and software:

6) If you are seeking an exciting career or even maybe a second career, then this may be for you. There is a growing demand for home care givers and the pay is very good:

7) And this one is for those of you who dream of being able to surf the Internet more easily and efficiently! The good folks at Dolphin Computing surely have something to sing about! Check this one out:

8) How many of you are constantly looking for ways to eat well for less? It may not be as difficult as you imagine. There are definite expert opinions out there:

9) If you are a woman looking to gain some hard to come by pounds then this link may be for you. This website has all kinds of very useful tips in addition to those for women trying to gain weight:

10) And this one is for those of you who are in constant search of gadgets and devices to help improve life for their guide dogs:

Section: Mystery of the Month:

This month, I'd like to whet your appetite with a brief description of one of my audio mysteries that I have chosen for you.

This one is called "The Norwegian Nutcracker" and here is a brief description:

Matt Gregos never had a chance in life.
He had done everything right; he was honest and hard working but alas!
Jealousy played a hand in his murder and how it was done was quite different!

Who could have done it?
There was someone who had wanted to take control of Matt's business.
There was someone who had wanted the victim to keep his secret to the end.
There was someone who had wanted the victim to rejoin the drug world.

You can purchase this audio mystery for the very affordable price of $0.99 USD. Each of my audio mysteries cost $0.99 USD and you can purchase an entire season of 13 mysteries for the very low price of $9.99 USD.

Visit today to purchase your very own copies.

Section: From the Desk of Author Donna Jodhan:

If you would like to gain perspective as to how blind persons go about their daily activities, and how they interact with others, please go to:

If you're looking for ways to make your products, services, and/or physical locations more accessible to those who are blind and/or partially sighted, please go to:

If you would like to learn more about Author Donna Jodhan through her editorials and more please visit:

To learn more about what Donna does through the activities of her company please visit:

Donna also produces various other useful posts every Saturday such as:

Helpful monthly tips.
Where to find your best American cities.
How to make your products and services more accessible.
Editorials on creating an accessible workplace.
Technology related articles each Wednesday and Thursday.

You can follow Author Donna Jodhan on Twitter @author_jodhan or @accessibleworld. You can also chat with her on Skype @habsfan0526.

With very best wishes,
Donna J. Jodhan AKA Detective DJ

Section: Some Friendly Advice From Author Donna Jodhan:

For February 2014 I'd like to offer the following tips on creative thinking.

If you like to create through thinking then this is a good start and what exactly do I mean by creative thinking? I look at it like this; being able to think outside of the box. Many authors would readily tell you that creative thinking helps them to get a jump start. In order to avoid prolonged periods of writer's block, creative thinking can be used.

Creative thinking can be compared to being able to put your thoughts down on paper, or to create through painting, drawing, singing, or even playing an instrument. As a matter of fact, you can use creative thinking to do other things that I have mentioned.

Creative thinking can be looked upon as the gateway to the development of thoughts and ideas and the beauty about creative thinking is that you can do it almost anywhere. From the noisiest spot to the quietest place.

So happy creative thinking!
Donna J. Jodhan AKA Detective DJ

Section: The Mysterious World of Detective DJ:

For February 2014, I'd like to introduce you to my fictional support team.

Meet DR Shay Harrington: My residential psychologist who spends much of her time trying to get into the head of the perpetrator.
Meet Chip Sanderson: My right hand person and private investigator.
Meet DR Ryan Martini: My resident crimes scene specialist.
Meet DR Nicholas Gascay: My resident pathologist.
Meet Alex Kerchov: My resident computer guru.

Each time member has a definite part to play in the plot and as my mysteries go, they present reports to the team and after reviewing them carefully, it is I who makes the final decision as to who the suspect should be.

In the first two seasons, each audio mystery is a single episode but for season three audio mysteries will be greatly expanded to include more suspense, drama, and intrigue. I have done this in response to comments and feedback that I have received and I thank those who have taken the time to provide me with terrific suggestions.

For next month, I'll let you into a secret about the true identity of detective DJ but in the meantime, happy listening!

Section: From Head Star Communications:

Compliments of our good friends over at Headstar Communications we give you the latest Volume of the E-Access Bulletin, Access To Technology For All, Regardless Of Ability, at: If you'd like to subscribe to this free monthly text-only publication directly, send an email to with "Subscribe" in the subject line.

Section: Help Stop The Spread of Crime Against Innocent Victims:

Are you tired of being bombarded with scenes of violence? Or are you simply sick of hearing about the world of crime? Or are you fed-up with all of the foul language being used around you and now you are just ready to pack it in and not listen anymore? Do you feel totally helpless when it comes to not being able to protect your kids from such things as bullying and abuse?

If your answer to any of the above questions is "yes" then please read on! There is something that we can all do to stop the spread of crime and there is no need for you to throw up your hands in desperation and surrender anymore! No, there is a simple solution just waiting for you to become a part of it and it has to do with how we listen and what we listen to!

The time has come to change the way we listen, and what we allow and encourage our kids to listen to. Yes! The time has come for us to use the spoken word to help change how our kids think, act, and react. It's all about using the power of the spoken word to reshape our mindset to become problem solvers through logic and fact rather than through violence and crime.

Donna Jodhan has developed a very unique and potent recipe for helping to fight crime and it all begins with exposing kids and their parents to clean listening through her audio mysteries. In short! A delicious salad bowl of simple ingredients that include warm heartedness, fiction, drama, suspense, intrigue, mystery, all combined with occurrences of daily life! Donna Jodhan's audio mysteries are filled with clean content that truly depicts the essence of true mystery as opposed to the use of distasteful language while at the same time it perpetuates enjoyment and pleasure through the use of real life conflict and drama.

For literally pennies you can purchase, sit, and enjoy and you know what? You can download these mysteries to your computer and to any of your i devices! No more having to worry about what your kids are listening to!

Help author Donna Jodhan stop the spread of crime by supporting her efforts to promote clean and healthy listening! Help her to stop the contamination of what our kids listen to and replace it with content that is positive and uplifting!

Visit her online store at

Above all! Help our kids to grow up in a world where crime is not allowed to take up precious time!

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