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Online Church Communities and Services for People with Disabilities

ByMichael McCarty-September 27, 2007Do you find it hard as a blind or visually impaired person to get to church for lack of transportation? Has someone slighted you for your visual impairment, and refused to be around you and fellowship with you? The answer to this problem is simple. On Thursday nights at 9:00 P.M. Eastern, 8:00 P.M. Central,an internet church service is the answer. Come in to this church service via computer and listen to songs, testimonies, and a preached message. With a microphone, you can share with others your story of salvation, ask for prayer, and give praise reports. This is an e-church. After service, there will be a period of fellowship. Come and be filled with God’s Presence.

Click this link to learn more about this online church service: users will have to download a chat client. Upgrades are automatic. Audio quality is good and the software is safe. Just type in your name and disregard the password prompt. Enter on your name…Post a CommentRead More »

Nexus Radio

ByMichael McCarty-September 26, 2007p>Nexus Radio is a free full featured radio player for listeners who want to record their favorite radio content for playback on their PC, or any portabledevice that supports MP3s. With over 6000+ radio stations and support for thousands more, Nexus Radio delivers the content radio listeners yearn for. Searchthrough a rich variety of radio stations with a straightforward interactive guide that can be updated daily with more content than XM and Sirius radiocombined. Whether you are at home or on the road, Nexus Radio can record your favorite songs or radio shows automatically with TiVo style recording for later playback.MP3s recorded with Nexus Radio can be automatically named and tagged with ID3 tag information, and transferred to your iPod or any other multimedia deviceeffortlessly.Simply download the Nexus Radio application to your computer and listen or record the stations presented on the Nexus Radio website. Screen reader users will find most of the buttons to be pro…Post a CommentRead More »

LazyLibrary: Read Less, Get More

ByMichael McCarty-September 25, 2007Ever strained your eyes reading a book that was a few hundred pages longer than it needed to be? Yeah, so have we. Fortunately, there are authors out there that would rather have a concise and effective book than a lengthy and diluted tome, and that’s where LazyLibrary comes in.Welcome to the LazyLibrary, where you can find print books on any topic without having to worry about high page counts. If it’s over 200 pages, you won’t evensee it. Scan and read all about anything, in less time, for (usually) less money.

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The Power-Failure Light

ByMichael McCarty-September 25, 2007Winter, at least where my parents live, means always having to say “The power just went out.” Enter the Power Failure Light, which sits innocently charging on yourlamp most of the time. During an outage, it kicks in and gives you a bright light for up to 8 hours. Useful to most of us; invaluable to seniors and peoplewith low vision.This clever little device will keep you from stubbing your toe while going for a flashlight next time the power goes out. Fitting between a lightbulb andyour lamp, the Power Failure Light sits dormant and juices up while the power is flowing. When you get an outage, the six built-in LED lights automaticallyturn on. Compatible with incandescent and compact fluorescentbulbs. 5″ H x 5″ W x 3″ D. (3 1/2 lbs.

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PawPlunger Cleans Your Dog’s Paws

ByMichael McCarty-September 25, 2007The PawPlunger is the latest in pet cleaning products, designed to help you keep your dog’s paws clean.When “Mimi” is ready to come into the house, you “plunge” each foot into the PawPlunger, and the soft bristles and water cleans off all the dirt and mud. All you have to do is fill it with water, and it’s ready to use.

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ByMichael McCarty-September 24, 2007Lite-A-Switch is a set of face-plates for wall-mounted switches and outlets that have LED lights on them. The Lite-A-Switch night light retrofits existing wallswitches or outlets and using zero space, can be installed in minutes with only a screwdriver, and attaches securely to a wall switch or outlet making it kid friendly and adult convenient.Ever come home at night, with the lights off, and find yourself feeling around for the light switch? The Lite-A-Switch solves that problem by allowing you to see the switch in the dark.Probably a good idea for the guest room and guest bathroom.Available in four stylish colors: Crystal Blue, Diamond White, Emerald Green and Pearl Pink.

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Santa’s in the Building!

ByMichael McCarty-September 24, 2007After several meetings, and a lot of coffee, your group/organization has decided to have a Christmas party this year. Who gets to play Santa? Let me guess, you got the job? Now you get to purchase the suit without getting a second mortgage on your home to finance it. Don’t worry, you came to the right place to find the perfect costume.You can purchase a variety of Santa Suits from the Oriental Trading Company. The suit includes the jacket, drawstring pants, 11″ Santa cap, beard with elastic strap and boot covers, pipe and glasses. One size fits most adults. Now, there’s no reason you should have all this fun by yourself. After all, you’ll need someone to guide you to the front of the room. Get your wife involved with her own Miss Claus Suit. The felt dress has an elastic waist with an attached belt. Includes a 11″ x 18″ felt santa cap. One size fits most adults. Won’t you guys look great? Who knows, you may be asked to do this every year! C…Post a CommentRead More »

Bible Audio Via Email

ByMichael McCarty-September 24, 2007The audio files on this page have been highly compressed so that you can easily send them to your friends as e-mail attachments.Right click the files and save them to your computer. Then you can attach them to your emails. When your friends open the attached audio file it will play for them if they have the RealAudio or Windows Media player.

Send an audio Psalm, Prayer, Scripture or Blessing to someone Today by clicking this link:! All quotes are from the WEB or KJV and are provided in both RealAudio and Windows Media formats.Post a CommentRead More »

Crafting Patterns Website For The Blind and Podcasts to Get You Started

ByMichael McCarty-September 21, 2007DRG, publisher of books, magazines and pattern booklets in a number of special interest areas, recently received an e-mail from an avid knitter, Eileen Scrivani, who also happens to be blind. Scrivani expressed concern that the company’s Web site lacked vision-impaired access.As a result, the company researched vision-impaired accessibility and made the necessary technological changes. Now, all of its free patterns are tagged to enable screen readers to translate them into audio. Every pattern on is now tagged to enable screen reading. This is a great resource for visually impaired crafters because there are nearly 2,000 craft and needlecraft patterns to download from the is available to the general public at no charge, and includes patterns in knit, crochet, paper crafting, quilting, sewing, tatting, plastic canvas, woodworking and general crafts. Members can download patterns from the Web site at www.freepatterns.comPost a CommentRead More »

Be Punctual and

ByMichael McCarty-September 21, 2007Have you ever missed an important meeting or doctor’s appointment? Maybe you’ve forgotten to eat lunch? is a site that two fellas started so that you could write yourself a letter to be delivered at a later date. we’ve all had to do them in high school andcollege. it’s sorta cool to receive a letter from yourself about where you thought you’d be a year (two years? more?) later. is based on the principle that memories are less accurate than emails. They strive for accuracy. The letter will be delivered from the email address: mailer (then the at sign) so you may want to tell your spam guard to allow mailsfrom that address.

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The Children’s Nursery and its Traditions

ByMichael McCarty-September 21, 2007This site is about Children’s Books for the young, and for the not so young. It provides an unashamedly nostalgic trip into the magic lands of lost childhoodsas depicted in classic books of the 19th and early 20th centuries.A feature of books of the Victorian period is that it was not uncommon for them to attempt moral tuition as well as telling a story. This is perhaps whymany of our traditional family values are popularly thought of as having their utmost expression during this mainly Victorian period. Although, realistically,there were many problems with life in that period, there were also many good things well worth preserving. I hope that you as a parent or grandparent,may think like me, that the world can be improved by passing on some of these traditions, values and magic to your children.

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What is Beta Software?

ByMichael McCarty-September 18, 2007Occasionally the American Printing House for the Blind will offer software under a beta release. No, you don’t get a cute fish with your programs, but you do get to check out some great programs before they are released to the general public.A beta release of any program is a version that has been through extensive in-house testing by the company who made it and has been released for public use, usually with very minimal support. Beta testing is an advanced phase that tells the company how well their program works for real-world users with all the possible different operating systems, settings, and other programs on their machines. The company usually encourages these beta users to give feedback so they can fix any little wrinkles before the general release of the “real” version and answer the most common questions in the help files and guides.In the case of beta software from APH, you should not expect to receive phone support from our Customer Service department.…Post a CommentRead More »

Resource for Homeschooling Your Blind or Visually Impaired Student

ByMichael McCarty-September 17, 2007Nothing But the Best
by Sarah J. Blake
Book Review by Margaret Mary Myers(This book review was written several years ago, but the ebook is still available today.) How would you like to have a friendly, knowledgable person in your living room any time you wish, telling you all about how to homeschool your blind orvisually impaired child? Imagine her speaking to you conversationally over a cup of tea, telling you of her own experiences as a blind child and a blindadult, making complex explanantions about the eye simple to understand, sharing with you what methods various people have used in homeschooling their children.Now imagine that in her Mary Poppins type carpet bag, she has a limitless supply of resources of all types about homeschooling, blindness, and the educationof blind children. And sometimes when she comes, she brings guest speakers who are experts on various related subjects. This is the virtual reality ofSarah J. Blake’s electronic book, “Nothing But the…Post a CommentRead More »

Kester Braille

ByMichael McCarty-September 17, 2007Kester Braille
by Louise Johnson
Review by Margaret Mary MyersWould you like to start teaching your child to read – using braille? If you homeschool, these books would be an ideal place to begin. Or if you are a teacherof the visually impaired who has learned Braille, but you don’t have a lot of experience with it yet, these books could be very helpful for you in teachingyour students. You don’t need to have prior knowledge of braille in order to use these books, which enable you to teach your children both Braille reading and Braillewriting. The Teacher’s Guide provides all the information that you need, including how to teach your student tracking. All you need is the books, a fewminutes a day, and a Perkins braillewriter (which – as a homeschool parent or as a teacher – you can probably borrow through your state resource center).Even for an older child who already knows how to read in print, and now must learn braille, I feel these books are worthwhile as a sta…Post a CommentRead More »

The Little Red Alphabet Book

ByMichael McCarty-September 14, 2007For years teachers have used The Red Letter Alphabet Book as a complement to the Sandpaper Letters, integrating touch, sight, and sound to help blind and low vision childrenin the first stages of reading. This book uses greeting card felt (flocking) to make velvety, touch-sensitive letters, which invite children to touch andtrace the shapes of the letters. Letters have specially designed ascenders and descenders for clarity. Three realistic drawings of everyday objects featurethe red, textured letter opposite them.First use the pictures for sound games and later for word recognition. Includes a pronunciation guide of phonetic sounds and suggestions for use. Spiralbound cardstock; 5½” x 8½”, 56 pages. Ages 2 and up.

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Small Wrists Need a Smaller Talking Watch

ByMichael McCarty-September 14, 2007One of my biggest gripes about talking watches is that they are huge and often don’t fit the small wrist of younger girls. Thanks to Independent Living Aids this problem has been solved.This ladies’/junior watch is small (1.12 x 1.5 inches) and delicate. Alarm function offers 3 different sounds. Hours and minutes are verbally announcedwhile setting the watch. This is a pink watch also good for teenagers and women with smaller wrists.

Click this link to purchase the Junior Style Talking Watch from Independent Living Aids.
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Vision Impairment in Children Website

ByMichael McCarty-September 14, 2007This website, sponsored by Comeunity Parenting Support: is a great resource for information about blindness as it relates to children. The site features a section of Books for Parents of Children with Vision Impairment and lots of Vision Impairment Resources.Vision impairment is one of the more common long term impacts of prematurity. Many children born prematurely experience ROP (Retinopathy of Prematurity) duringtheir hospital stay. As they mature, myopia, amblyopia and more severe vision impairment (including blindness) occur in many children born premature. Childrenat risk due to ROP or who have visual disability should be followed by a children’s opthomologist throughout their lives. To learn more, click this link to visit the Vision Impairment in Childrenwebsite at general articles and Resources for Parents of Children with Disabilities and Special Needs, click this link to visit http://www.child…Post a CommentRead More »

Handbook for Itinerant and Resource Teachers of Blind and Visually Impaired Students

ByMichael McCarty-September 14, 2007Handbook for Itinerant and Resource Teachers of Blind and Visually Impaired Students
Author: Doris M. Willoughby and Sharon L.M. Duffy Reviewed by Margaret Mary MyersDon’t let the long name and the 1989 copyright of this book fool you as this is a treasurehouse of practical advise and instruction for teachersand homeschooling parents. Some of it is specifically for the itinerant or resource teacher, advising her how to deal with parents, staff, and IEPs. Butmuch of it teaches you step-by-step how to teach!The book includes, among other things:

Hints and tips about teaching braille, note-taking, handwriting and keyboarding.
Techniques for independent living, cooking, sewing, and industrial arts.
Discussions of social life, dating, marriage, and the family.
Cane curriculum with instructions and illustrations.
Guide to the Nemeth Code.
A “paper-compatible” abacus method.In this book there is a strong slant toward NFB (National Federation of the Blind) philosophies. Even if …Post a CommentRead More »

Blindness Etiquette Tips

ByMichael McCarty-September 14, 2007The following piece on “Disability Etiquette” is an excerpt from the United Spinal Association “Tips On Interacting With People With Disabilities.” Thesetips are designed to help you understand what to do and what not to do when in the company of a person with a disability.People Who Are Blind or Visually ImpairedPeople who are blind know how to orient themselves and get around on the street. They are competent to travel unassisted, though they may use a cane ora guide dog. A person may have a visual impairment that is not obvious. Be prepared to offer assistance-for example in reading-when asked.Identify yourselfbefore you make physical contact with a person who is blind. Tell him your name-and your role if it’s appropriate, such as security guard, usher, caseworker, receptionist or fellow student. And be sure to introduce him to others who are in the group, so that he’s not excluded.If a new customer or employee is blind or visually impaired…Post a CommentRead More »

Pup Cups, Water for Dogs On The Go

ByMichael McCarty-September 13, 2007How many times has your dog spent the day panting and sweating in need of a refreshing drink of water? If you’re like me, then you’re always wondering where you will find the next source of water for your thirsty dog. Whether you are on your way to the park, taking a ride on the bus or off on a trip around the world, the accessibility of water is a common concern.Even when you do find water, it’s nearly impossible to serve without spilling it all over the place or carrying around some clunky, messy device. That’s why Pup Cups was created.Pup Cups are small enough to fit anywhere and filled with ultra-purified water in a cup your dog can drink right out of. They can be purchased individually, or in packs of twenty-four. Pup Cups incorporate your dog’s thirst for life and your need for convenience. So from now on, if you want to water your lawn, buy a sprinkler. If you want to give your dog a drink, get some Pup Cups: a CommentRead More »

The BiblioVault Scholars’ Portal

ByMichael McCarty-September 12, 2007The BiblioVault repository contains a growing collection of older, recently published, and new books from participating scholarly presses. The Scholars’ Portal, now in its beta-test phase, enables you to pinpoint books that are of interest to you.You can do full-text searches over the BiblioVault collection and learn which books contain the search topic. To do a quick search, select a book element-full-text, title, author, copyright year, or ISBN-from the pull-down menu and then enter a word or phrase in the box. Finally, click on the Quick Search button. A list of the book(s) that are consistent with that search will result. Clicking on the title for a book will take you to that book’s page in the Scholars’ Portal. From there you can go to the publisher’s home page and even order the book.Clicking on In-Depth Search will enable you to do a complex search. Or you can browse the collection by title, author, or publisher by clicking on the appropriate button.It’…Post a CommentRead More »

High-Tech 007 Devices

ByMichael McCarty-September 11, 2007Do you consider yourself to be a blind 007 type of guy? Maybe you’re a smooth, visually impaired operator like Agent 99 on Get Smart? You know to be cool you have to have the latest spy gadgets. Things like hidden cameras and listening devices are standard in your line of work. Where can you go to find the latest high-tech survailence equipment?For the latest in Nanny cams, covert cameras, bug detectors, hidden cameras, spy cams, gps tracking, wireless video cameras, home security systems and more, click this link to read the Surveillance Products blog at

This phone “listens” for intrudersThe TeleSpy is an economical intrusion notification system, built into a working telephone. With the internal hidden motion detector and microphone thisplain telephone is now your DIY way to install a home alarm. Simply enter the number you would like the TeleSpy to call in the event of an intrusion andturn the power switch on. When the motion …Post a CommentRead More »

Global Restaurant Guide

ByMichael McCarty-September 10, 2007So, you’re in a new place and you’re hungry. What do you do? Well, for someone who is blind or visually impaired, the first thing you do is to search around until you find someone to ask about the local establishments. How many times has someone told you about a place that they said had really good food, and when you got there, it smelled horrible and tasted worse! Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to find things yourself, without having to ask anyone for assistance?This restaurant guide will make it easier for you to find a great place to eat. This is an excellent tool for vacation planning, business trips and even to check out what’s good in your own town!The main page is broken down into sections and those are: United States, Canada, Australia & New Zealand, Asia and Europe. You’ll also find a search enginesandwiched between the United States and Canada. At the bottom of the page, there is an international guide and world map as well. Since I can only …Post a CommentRead More »

Picking Pans for Baking

ByMichael McCarty-September 10, 2007You are getting ready to bake and you have several different types of pans to pick from. But which one do you use? When you are baking pies and breads, use a dark pan. This will aid in browning the crusts better. When baking cookies or cakes, use a shiny pan. This will help prevent over darkening of the bottoms and sides. If you decide to use a glass pan, don’t forget to reduce your oven temperature by 25º. You may also want to check for doneness a few minutes before thetimer goes off.Post a CommentRead More »

Accessible World of Coca-Cola

ByMichael McCarty-September 10, 2007I love soft drinks, specifically Coke. I even enjoy collecting Coke stuff, you know, jukeboxes and Coke Christmas tree ornaments, stuff like that? Well, when I heard that recent improvements to their museum makes things easier for us, I knew it was a great write-up for Fred’s Head and a place I have to visit.The New World of Coca-Cola opened a fewweeks ago in Atlanta, Georgia. It offers several interactive theaters, a full history of Coca-Cola, and an actual working bottling plant! It alsooffers Durateq handhelds featuring an Assistive Listening and Captioning engine by Softeq.Guests can listen to amplified audio, view closed captioning for the showsand exhibits, or listen to content in multiple languages. Descriptive narration is also offered for the blind.The handhelds are free to guests and can be checked out at the GuestServices station in the main lobby.

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Sunblades Are More Than Sunglasses

ByMichael McCarty-September 07, 2007Here’s a new type of eyewear that might really take off, and may prove to be benefitial for some of us.Sunblades are not really sunglasses, in that they don’t block out light. Rather, they create a band of shade around your eyes to block out glare, allowing you to see more clearly.You can get all kinds of shapes and sizes to enhance that “look” you’re trying to create. They even have batman style Sunblades.Recently, the maker of Sunblades came out with a line of products called, “Sunblade Shades” which attaches a set of removable sunglass lenses to the Sunblades. Apparently, the producers of Master Blasters, a sci-fi television show, thought Sunblade Shades were so cool, they had their characters wear them.

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Serial Numbers and Their Locations

ByMichael McCarty-September 07, 2007Have you ever been asked for your computer’s serial number? How about for some of your other electronic devices? If you have, you probably already knowwhat I’m talking about, but if you haven’t, allow me to fill you in! These days, every computer, every device, has its own serial number. The serial numbers are mainly used for inventory purposes, but they also help with identification. For example, if you’re having trouble with your computerand you are talking to your manufacturer’s technical support, they may ask you for that number, because it helps them to identify what type of computeryou have. They can then use that information to help you in a more detailed manner.Your manufacturer can also use that number to order replacement parts, or a new computer if necessary. The same goes for other devices you may use with your computer as well.For most pieces of hardware (including your computer, printer, etc.), the serial number can be found either on the bott…Post a CommentRead More »

The Mouse That Soared: Modifying Windows for Better Visibility

ByMichael McCarty-September 07, 2007The Mouse That Soared: A Guide for Customizing the Mouse for People with Low VisionAmy R. Salmon – American Foundation for the Blind“Redoing Windows: A Guide for Customizing Windows for Users with Low Vision,” in the May 2005 issue of AccessWorld, provided a no-cost, step-by-step guide to modifying your Windows operating system and the appearance of the computer screen. This article provides a no-cost solution for customizing the mouse for users who have low vision. Most computer users who have low vision can relate to the challenges of locating and tracking that darn rodent. For users who love the mouse, this guide provides instructions for controlling features on the mouse and changing the size, color, shape, and look of the mouse pointer.Because of Windows XP’s advanced features for customization, all instructions are based on this operating system. However, most of the same features are also available in the Windows 2000, Windows ME, and Windows 98 operating systems.…Post a CommentRead More »

MoveIt2 That Folder for Me

ByMichael McCarty-September 05, 2007I download a ton of stuff: movies, music, software, documents. I spend a lot of time selecting which folder to store the various files in. You know, you put the music files in the My Music folder, the documents in the My Documents folder, etc. MoveIt2 is a free program that helps keep all this stuff organized, without needing to specify a location every time I download something.With MoveIt2 running in the background, I can automatically move music files to one of my music library folders, TXT files to the place where I store electronicdocuments and movies to the place where I like to keep videos, without ever manually intervening in the process. If you run an FTP site, MoveIt2 is evenmore useful because you can have people upload files to a common location and MoveIt2 will automatically sort them based on certain criteria (of course, thisassumes your FTP server is running Windows). The free version supports 5 simultaneous watched actions, which for a single user is likely more…Post a CommentRead More »

Happy Birthday, You’ve Got Myopia!

ByMichael McCarty-September 05, 2007This goes to show you what you can discover if you have lots of data.Vision researchers wanted to test the theory that the development of myopia (nearsightedness) is linked to the amount of sunlight the baby receives in the immediate period following birth. They call it the perinatal photoperiod.They reviewed the complete health records of over 275,000 children and tracked their refractive errors. Next, they did a statistical analysis of those with myopia using a technique called multivariate logistic regression. Stay awake – here comes the goodpart!There were seasonal variations in moderate and severe myopia according to birth month, with prevalence highest for June/July births and lowest for December/January.In the northern hemisphere nearsightedness correlates with sunny birth months. It would be very cool to repeat the study in Sydney or Cape Town to seeif such numbers are reversed, just like their seasons.Remember, this information came from looking at piles of old…Post a CommentRead More »

Grocery Cart Containment Systems

ByMichael McCarty-September 05, 2007The next time you find yourself pushing a shopping cart through a grocery store, you may not realize you’re pushing the latest in shopping cart technology. That is until, you try to push it off the parking lot.I have a Wallgreen’s near my home, and we do all our simple shopping there. We used to put our things in the cart, take them home, and return the cart to the store. This became more difficult when the cart began locking up on us about half way through the parking lot. Now, we have to pack everything home. This usually causes bags to be broken, items to be lost, and we don’t purchase as much because we can’t pack it all.The secret behind the GS2 Comprehensive Cart Containment System is its new-fangled wheels. These wheels are designed to automatically lock when someone tries to push it beyond the perimeter of the store parking lot.Buried underneath the parking lot pavement is a “perimeter antenna” that carries a locking signal. When a shopping …Post a CommentRead More »

I Need To Get Off The Phone

ByMichael McCarty-September 05, 2007It’s a Saturday afternoon, the snacks are ready, and you’re excited to watch the final episode of your favorite show on television. Suddenly, the phone rings. You try and try to end the conversation, but it just goes on and on! The last thing you want to be is rude, but man, you really want to go!Don’t you wish you could send a signal to the other person that you really want to get off the phone? If only the kids would come in, or if someone would come to the door. Let me tell you about a site that can help: site is great for helping you get off the phone, either at home or the office. Simply choose the excuse you need, click the link, and in a few seconds, the sound will be playing out your computer speakers. Sounds include:

Someone’s at the door
My ride is here (honking horn)
I can’t hear you (jet noise)
I can’t hear you (street noise)
I can’t hear you (conversations)
The car alarm just went off.
Something’s wrong with my comput…Post a CommentRead More »

What are “shared” files in Windows?

ByMichael McCarty-September 05, 2007Shared files are “general purpose” files more than one program can use. They usually come in the form of DLL files, and should be automatically installed with the software that needs them (assuming the setup program for the software includes them.DLL (Dynamic Link Library) files are basically “support” files for certain types of software. They are generally (but not always) found in your Windows System directory.They work like this: Let’s say a program needs to perform an operation. Rather than all the coding being built into the program, it uses a particular DLL file that, with a simple call, can perform the operation for it. Saves lots of programming time, especially since many of the common DLL files are already installed with Windows.I’ve also had lots of people ask about deleting these files. Well, the best advice is not to, since many of your DLL files are used by more than one program. Going through and deleting the ones you *think* aren’t …Post a CommentRead More »

Thought Provokers About Blindness and Visual Impairment

ByMichael McCarty-September 05, 2007This website is devoted to changing what it means to be blind through the promotion of the human potential to successfully adjust to and live withblindness and visual impairment. It is meant for the blind, the visually impaired, professionals involved with this population such as vocational rehabilitationcounselors or therapists, teachers and educators of the blind and visually impaired, families and friends interested in adjustment to vision loss, allthose interested in peer counseling and blindness, individuals looking for blindness related information or guidance or suggestions or materials or adaptiveequipment or consumer groups, etc. Toward this goal, THOUGHT PROVOKER, a web based discussion forum on blindness and visual impairment is presented and available for reading and beingresponded too. Additionally featured are short stories highlighting the successful adjustment to blindness through the development of a positive attitude and philosophicalfoundati…Post a CommentRead More »

Audio Book Clubs, Are they the Right Choice for you?

ByMichael McCarty-September 04, 2007By Pete MarkovicAudio BooksAudio books or “digital books” are a modern alternative for traditional paper books. They are a great source of spoken entertainment, education and information. The attractive feature offered by audio books is they allow you to listen to almost any book of your choice while pursuing another interest. For example some of the more common activities include commuting, walking, driving, cycling, gardening, cooking and much more! Audio books include the digitized versions of magazines, original TV and radio programs as well as all the genres normally available for paper books. Theses include all the popular audio fiction book titles, non fiction, science fiction, mysteries and autobiographies. Club SubscriptionsThere are many options available for obtaining your audio books; one very popular such method for regular audio book listeners is to subscribe to an audiobook club. Clubs are a monthly subscription based system of procuring audio books on a…Post a CommentRead More »

I Don’t Like Spam

ByMichael McCarty-September 04, 2007To help combat spam, email users should follow these recommendations:

Never make a purchase from an unsolicited email – If spamming weren’t economically viable, it would be obsolete. Not only can an email user fall prey to a potentially fraudulent sales scheme, but his or her email address can also be added to the numerous email lists that are sold within the spamming community, further compounding the number of junk emails received.

If you do not know the sender of an unsolicited email message, delete it – While most spam is usually just annoying text, a spam email message could actually contain a virus and/or other exploit that could damage the computers of all who open it.

Never respond to any spam messages or click on any links in the message – Replying to any spam message, even to “unsubscribe” or be “removed” from the email list only confirms to the spammer that you are a valid recipient and a perfect target for future spamming.

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Being a Literature Students she loves to write and always kept working for the society and who really need a hand. Apart from writing she is an excellent singer herself. Have found her either reading or drawing in her free time. An inspiring personality you may want to follow at FredForum here.

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