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How to Chop or Peal Onions without Tears

ByMichael McCarty-November 30, 2007Do you hate cutting onions because they make you “cry”? Here’s some ways to prevent that.

Put the unpeeled onion in the freezer.
Leave the onion in the freezer for about ten minutes.
Remove the onion from the freezer and peel it. The onion can now be sliced, chopped, or minced without tears.Simply keep your onions in the fridge along with other veggies and you will never cry when chopping them – it’s that simple!You can freeze an onion, just prepare like you were going to use it. Pan fry it before cooling and putting into an airtight container and freeze. This stops the onion going mushy when defrosted. Use as you would any other onion.If you use a sharp knife, there shouldn’t be any tears. An onion makes you cry because acid is being released from the onion. Using a dull knife crushes the onion rather than cutting it, releasing far more of this acid into the air.Onions that have been frozen raw may tend to be slightly mushy after thawing.

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General Knowledge RSS Feeds

ByMichael McCarty-November 29, 2007Not that you need it, but you can enrich your mind and impress people at cocktail parties by subscribing to daily feeds that send along a Word Of The Day (via Wordsmith.org), Quote of the Day (via Brainy Quote), or how about a bit of wisdom with a daily fortune cookie? Just look for the RSS or XML links on each page to get the feed to add to your news aggrigator.RSS (Real Simple Syndication) is technology that allows certain programs called RSS readers to download new content from an RSS feed to your computer. RSS feeds are often found on blogs or forums and contain the latest posts to that blog or forum. An RSS feed can also be found on news sites and contains the latest articles found on that site. Just like an email program such as Microsoft Outlook saves you time by checking for new mail for you and downloading it so that you can view it, the RSS reader checks for updates for you and as soon as it sees an update, it will download it to your computer and can notify you by a popup…Post a CommentRead More »

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Basic Toys for Blind Preschoolers

ByMichael McCarty-November 16, 2007By Carla RuschivalPeople always seem to think that the ideal toy for a blind child is one that talks or plays music. While it is true that such toys are fun and entertaining,it is also true that a blind preschooler needs many other types of toys as well, including those that build manual dexterity, encourage discriminationof shape and size through touch, and allow the child to learn problem-solving skills.Measure Up! Cups by Discovery Toys: There are many nesting cups and blocks on the market, but the Measure Up! Cups are terrific. The 12 brightly-coloredcups have raised numbers in the bottom from 1 (smallest) to 12 (largest). Fit them inside one another or turn them over and build a tower. A raised ringaround the bottom edge of each cup prevents towers from toppling too easily when touched. Use the cups to encourage the blind preschool child to reach,grasp, and build; to explore size; and to solve problems (which cup comes next).The Giant Pegboard from Discovery Toys: Even t…Post a CommentRead More »

Talking First Aid Kit

ByMichael McCarty-November 16, 2007Carl Augusto of the American Foundation for the Blind Blog posted the following about this great product.I think it’s always important to keep safety in mind, so I thought I’d let you know about a new product from intelligentFirstAidT, the First Aid “talking” Kit. The Kit includes nine injury-specific packs to help treat common injuries, including Bleeding, Head & Spine Injury, and Shock. The packs are individually labeled and color-coded, which I love because it would help someone with low vision easily distinguish the packs. The best part, though, is that with the press of a button, the audio component attached to each card provides step-by-step instructions to manage the wound. Situations often become chaotic when a loved one, an acquaintance, or even you, experiences a minor injury. With this tool, people with low vision can remain calm and have an idea of how to handle things without worrying about reading any print.

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Digiscribble Hand Written Notes to MS-Word Documents

ByMichael McCarty-November 15, 2007College students, just think of the possibilities! For the first time, handwritten notes, maps, sketches and signatures can all be captured remotely using a normal ink filled pen. Save them to your PC and then convert them to typed text and copy or import into MS Office applications like Word and Outlook. When connected digiscribblealso has mouse functionality and you can use it with the ‘digital inking’ and ‘tablet PC’ features included with MS Vista.Digiscribble works in 2 modes:Pen Mode: As well as capturing your notes remotely away from your PC or notebook when connected digiscribble captures natural handwriting onto a PC or notebookin real time. Once you have captured & saved your notes in the note manager software included you can back up your notes and recycle your paper. Your notescan then be edited and converted to editable typed text with the MyScript recognition software included. They can then be exported straight into MS Wordor Outlook or copie…Post a CommentRead More »

Create Your Own Cookbook

ByMichael McCarty-November 15, 2007Tastebook.com allows you to create custom-made recipe books by choosing from an array of available recipes on the website (thanks to Tastebook’s partnership with Epicurius.com) and/or by adding your very own. After registering with the site, you can start selecting the recipes that you would like to include in your very own Tastebook. Once you’re done with yourselection, you can pick a cover to customize, and, before finalizing the process, you can review the created cookbook page by page. Every Tastebookcan include up to 100 recipes, which can be added at any time; this means that for all the unused recipe credits, you will get remaining credits to beincorporated afterwards. Its practical design makes it very easy to add and remove recipes from the book over time. Tastebook is a great idea not only for organizing your own recipes but also for a very personalized present.

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Talking CD Album

ByMichael McCarty-November 12, 2007I’d love to be able to thumb through my CD collection as fast as my sighted son can. He has those books of CDs and he simply flips through the pages until he finds the disc he wants. It takes me forever to find the disc I want to play sometimes, but that’s all about to change with this device.The Voice Recording CD Album doesn’t automatically recognize each disc, instead you have to record a custom 3 second message for all 20 CDs in the binder. But as you turnthe pages your messages will be played back making it easy to find the album you’re looking for. You’ll need to be particularly careful about putting the discs back into the exact slot, otherwise this system becomes useless.There are two CDs per page and it’s easy to record your 3 second voice message for every CD. The Voice Recording CD Album is made of rugged plastic with a built-in speaker, recording button and secret closure.

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ZoomIt Makes Presentations Easier to See

ByMichael McCarty-November 12, 2007ZoomIt is a free utility that allows you to capture an image of your computer screen (via customizable hotkeys). Then, in real time, you can draw, typeor zoom directly in on the captured screen image. The really handy part is that the capture process is seamless, as no external program is opened. By pressingthe Esc key (escape) on your keyboard, you can “unfreeze” the screen and all the mark-ups you made will disappear. This is extremely handy for doing presentations,especially if you use a tablet PC. ZoomIt also offers a timer function where you can assign a countdown to your computer. That would be useful if you wantedto do a presentation with interactive user exercises. Either way, this is an extremely handy utility that doesn’t even need to be installed to run. Justdouble click it and go! ZoomIt works on all versions of Windows and you can even use pen input for ZoomIt when drawing on tablet PCs. The screen magnifier is one of the best out there, but it’s …Post a CommentRead More »

Switchit: The Dual-Ended Long Spatula

ByMichael McCarty-November 09, 2007Can there ever be a perfect spatula? This dual-ended spatula provides exceptional convenience in the kitchen. Its two-in-one design offers one end that’s great for broad, sweeping strokes, while the other, smaller end offers a bit more control and finesse. Using either end, the ingenious asymmetric design reaches any angle in any pot, pan, or bowl. The kitchen tool features a hard stainless-steel 18/10 core with a 650-degree-F heat-resistant silicone exterior. The stain-resistant spatula won’t scratch nonstick cookware and is dishwasher-safe for fast easy cleanup. The spatula measures 11-1/2 by 2 inches and carries a limited lifetime warranty.

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Tag Items with Tag Alert

ByMichael McCarty-November 09, 2007Tag it or leave it! Don’t you hate it when you misplace or forget personal items like your cell phone or wallet? With the Tag Alert you can make sure you never walk away from your personal belongings (or that they don’t walk away from you.) Just tag your item and keep the monitor on hand. When your item strays beyond 30 or 100 feet (depending on the setting) an alarm sounds.

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Follow That Mouse!

ByMichael McCarty-November 07, 2007Have you ever been working away on your computer when all of the sudden, your mouse pointer disappears? You try moving your mouse around as fastas you can to try and find it, but it just seems like it went away forever. Well, if this has ever happened to you, I have something you might be veryinterested in! You can add a trail to your mouse pointer so that it’s easier to locate. To do this, go to Start and open up your Control Panel. Once you’re in there, click on either Mouse or the Printers and Other Hardware link and then choose the Mouse option. This will open up the Mouse Properties box and you’re going to want to choosethe Pointer Options tab. Next, go down to the Visibility section and checkmark the line that says “Display pointer trails.” You can then decide how long you want the trail to last.It can either be short, long or somewhere in the middle. When you’re done, click OK. Now, you will have a trail following your pointer every time you …Post a CommentRead More »

Gift Girl: Helping the shopping-challenged men of the World

ByMichael McCarty-November 07, 2007OK guys, if you have no clue what to buy for your lady, Gift Girl is here to lend you a helping hand. It aims to be an online destination that dishes out shopping advice to help men eliminate wrong choices by deliveringthe perfect gift selection. This solution-based site integrates the latest technology with fashion expertise for the time-and taste-challenged male. The site boasts thousands of designer items that hover between $100 to more than $100,000 in terms of price, with new content being added on a daily basisin order to keep the site and its selections fresh. All you need to do is fork out a $20 subscription fee – a small price to pay considering you run therisk of getting the wrong present yet again on your anniversary, having to spend the night on a cold, concrete floor for the umpteenth time.Gift Girl content includes:

Gift Girl Collections: Ranging from New York City Girl to Lazy Sunday Girl, Nantucket Girl and more., complete ensembles are suggested to match many…Post a CommentRead More »More postsPowered by Blogger

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