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Why Won’t the “F” Keys On My Keyboard Work?

ByMichael McCarty-December 14, 2005I try to use F1 for help or F11 to make my browser full screen and nothing happens. My adaptive software is going crazy! What can I do?My guess is that you have a newer Microsoft or Logitech keyboard. These have something called an “F Lock” key located just above the number keypad on the right side of the keyboard. It allows your Function keys to do more than one operation. If you could see the small print you’d notice, the top side of the keys probably say “Print”, “Undo”, “Save”, “Reply”, etc. while F11 and such are on the front. You may have an indicator light that comes on when you are in normal “F” mode.When you boot up your computer the F Lock key is off so the keys use their “enhanced” function. What that means is that every time you boot up you need to hit the F Lock key for your Function keys to act normally. Microsoft offers no way to change this setting.Post a CommentRead More »

The Miracle of Braille Music

ByMichael McCarty-December 13, 2005In 1987 the Music Braille Committee of the World Blind Union decided to update the existing Manual of Braille Music Notation and to try to bring the major library music services together. A conference held in 1990 lead to the formation of a small consortium; FNB (Amsterdam), SBS (Zurich), ONCE (Spain), and the RNIB (UK). Together these four music braille libraries decided to build a central catalogue representing their holdings.Over a period of six years the consortium defined its cataloguing rules based on AACR and ISBD, using Smeraglia Rules and the Groves New International Dictionary of Music and Musicians as the authority file. The resulting catalogue “the International Braille Music Catalogue” was based on non-standard software.In 1996 the New International Manual of Braille Music Notation was published. In the following year the CANTATE project produced a system which linked music catalogues and databases of digital scores. It was natural to bring these two standar…Post a CommentRead More »

Tips On How to Conduct Yourself at an Office Party

ByMichael McCarty-December 12, 2005Office parties are a strange mix of holiday cheer and office politics. If you’re careful, you may be able to avoid most office party faux pas. Plan to go to the party. Even if office parties are not your cup of tea, you’re part of the group and need to make an appearance.

Find out before the party what most people are wearing. You don’t want to show up in a casual outfit if everyone else is dressed to the nines. Make sure your spouse or date has this information.

Be conservative in your dress if you are a woman. Shockingly short dresses or plunging necklines are not appropriate for this type of business occasion.

Get to the party on time, or shortly after it starts. Even if you only stay a short time, this is better than “popping in” at the end of the evening.

Be sure to acknowledge all of your co-workers, bosses and associates. Introduce your spouse or date, and include the spouses or dates of others in your conversations.

Avoid drinking too much. Over-indulgin…Post a CommentRead More »


ByMichael McCarty-December 07, 2005The ButterWizard keeps your stick of butter at the optimum temperature for soft, easy spreading.Previously, folks kept a stick of butter in a butter dish on the kitchen counter. Depending on fluctuations in room temperature, or if it took some heat from the oven, it might get too soft, or too firm.Powered by its nickel-metal hydride batteries, the ButterWizard never lets your butter get too soft or too firm. When finished at the dinner table, return the ButterWizard to its charging base.

Click this link to learn more about the ButterWizard: http://www.butterwizard.com.Post a CommentRead More »


ByMichael McCarty-December 07, 2005Have you ever been trapped in a conversation with an annoying person and prayed that your phone would ring to give you “an out”?Well, Ring4Freedom has answered your prayers!Ring4Freedom is software that will ring your cell or desk phone at your command. Simply press the hotkey and your phone will ring instantly. Download Ring4Freedom now and say “hello” to the person calling you and “gotta roll” to annoying colleagues, boring meetings, and uncomfortable conversations.Click this link to Ring4Freedom: http://www.ring4freedom.com!Post a CommentRead More »

CardAvenue: Buy, Sale, and Trade Gift Cards and Gift Certificates

ByMichael McCarty-December 06, 2005Do you still have that gift card that your grandma gave you last year? You know you’ll never use it. Why not trade it for something you will use?CardAvenue is the industry leader for gift card exchange and gift card auctions.At CardAvenue gift card swap and auction transactions are protected by Cardcowboy balance verification on most cards valued at over $100. For gift cardsvalued less than $100 all transactions are secured with a $10 deductible.Registration is free and you can setup your gift cards wish listin minutes. After setting up your wish list you can make all of your unwanted gift certificates available for trade on CardAvenue.com.

Why trade your gift cards instead of just auctioning them? You can trade gift cards at equal face value on CardAvenue.com. If you know you are going to spend the value of your card at one of your favorite retailers, you can probably get more store credit on a gift card than you can cash in an auction. Gift card auctions are also av…Post a CommentRead More »

A Website of Word Oddities and Trivia

ByMichael McCarty-December 06, 2005This website is maintained by Jeff Miller, a teacher at Gulf High School in New Port Richey, Florida and gives great information about words.Imagine having tons of words to use in your next game of Scrabble. You can learn really long words, words that have uncommon double letters; triple letters; and even quadruple letters, Palindromes, and much more!

Click this link to view nineteen pages of Word Oddities and Trivia: http://members.aol.com/gulfhigh2/words.html.Post a CommentRead More »

Braille Bullets?

ByMichael McCarty-December 05, 2005Message: I am Brailling a formal document, with a list that I would ordinarily put bullets in front of. Is there some kind of symbol in Braille that serves the same purpose, or do I simply make the list? Also, with MS Word, people often put headings in bold font. Is the italics Braille symbol the best way to do this, or is there some other symbol? Thanks for any ideas.If you’re doing a “formal” document, here are the quotes from BrailleFormats (See http://www.brl.org)The rules say you probably don’t need the bullets in the list. Rule 7 Section 2a3 of Braille Formats says:

“3) Bullets, hollow dots, check marks, and other signs printed before each listed item solely for visual effect must be ignored in braille”.As for bold headings, Rule 3, Section 12 says the following:

“Special typefaces ignored. Ignore special typefaces for the following. Chapter titles and other headings except paragraph headings”.Many braille readers find excess…Post a CommentRead More »

Audio News To Go

ByMichael McCarty-December 05, 2005OdiogoT – short for “Audio News To Go” is a Windows application that extracts blog posts or articles from news sites (such as The New York Times, CNN, and The Wall Street Journal) and converts them to light audio files in seconds. The files can then easily be uploaded to any MP3 player. This gives users anytime, anywhere access to their favorite printed news content. Many articles and blog posts available on the Web today can be read through third-party websites such as Google and Yahoo! thanks to the standard distribution format, RSS. Odiogo converts the content on any website containing RSS feeds into small audio files using cutting-edge text-to-speech technology. Unlike many of its predecessors, this new breed of artificial intelligence technology observes punctuation and more natural speech patterns to provide a better quality listening experience.OdiogoT comes with 200 preinstalled news feeds including The New York Times, CNN, Time, The Wall Street Journal, The Was…Post a CommentRead More »

No More Error Reports

ByMichael McCarty-December 05, 2005Every time I have a problem with this one program, a little window pops up and asks me to report the error to Microsoft. Sometimes this window can get in the way, preventing JAWS from properly reading the screen. There is a way to stop this window from popping up, read on for the answer.To get rid of that pesky window, right-click the My Computer icon on your desktop and choose Properties.In the System Properties window that appears, go to the Advanced tab and click Error Reporting.You have a few options. You could Disable error reporting. This will make any crashing program’s window simply close itself. Poof! No explanation of what happened.You could also click But Notify Me When Critical Errors Occur, but it might be even safer (and less confusing down the road) if you select Enable Error Reporting and Choose Programs to exclude only your commonly crashing program.Click OK until you’re back to your desktop, and that error reporting window shouldn’t bother you w…Post a CommentRead More »

The ABCs of My Programs

ByMichael McCarty-December 05, 2005Remember when your computer was new and all the programs were listed in alphabetical order? Don’t you wish there was a way to alphabetize all the programs under Start/Programs? There is a way, and it’s easier than you think.

Click the Start button, then Programs. Highlight any program group (i.e. menu item) that’s listed there.
Now, just right-click, or use the Applications key and select Sort by name from the resulting menu.
That’s it. Remember that you can still cut and paste program groups around if you want to manually specify which ones sit at the top of the list.Post a CommentRead More »

The Fred’s Head Companion Newsletter

ByMichael McCarty-December 05, 2005ImageSo, you really like the Fred’s Head database? Are you one of those folks who click on the link to see the most recent entries? Do you find yourself visiting the Fred’s Head Companion page everyday to see what’s new? Would you like a way to get the new articles in your email? Thanks to the Fred’s Head Companion newsletter you can!In order to sign up for the Fred’s Head Companion Newsletter, you must do the following:

Visit the Fred’s Head Companion page at http://www.FredsHeadCompanion.blogspot.com, or click the “Our Blog! Read the Fred’s Head Companion” link from the Fred’s Head start page.

Under the heading “Receive Posts by Email” look for the box labeled “Subscribe to the Fred’s Head Companion feed”. If you are using a screen reader, you can press the letter “e” twice and you should be taken directly to the edit box.

Enter your email address in the box.That’s it. You should receive a confirmation e…Post a CommentRead More »

Find Medical Information in The Merck Manuals

ByMichael McCarty-December 05, 2005Basically this site has all of the Merck Manuals available online for free, which means a lot of medical information you can use to make informed decisions. You can access two reference books for patients and caregivers, The Merck Manual Second Home Edition and The Merck Manual of Health and Aging.The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy, The Merck Manual of Geriatrics, and the Merck Manual of Veterinarians are also available on this site, but they contain more technical information for healthcare professionals. They might be useful to look up more about a specific condition or test if you already know the basics from the “for-patients” books.The Merck Manual Second Home Edition covers topics such as Accidents, Children’s Health Issues, Fundamentals, Special Subjects, and Women’s Health Issues, only to name a handful. Special Subjects included sections about alternative medicine, diseases of unknown cause, surgery, and medical decision making. The Merck Manual…Post a CommentRead More »

Bowling Breakthrough

ByMichael McCarty-December 05, 2005Tenpin bowling is a social activity that most people enjoy quite regularly nowadays.The first time I tried it was in my teen years when my brothers took me to Hollywood Bowls in Brizlington in Bristol. This was quite a memorable experiencebecause they kept trying to position me in the right place to throw the bowl straight down the middle and it never reached the pins!I had a few failed turns before a member of staff came along to tell us that I could use the barriers to help the bowl reach the pins. The barriers wouldautomatically come into place for my turn and then go down for everyone else’s turns. This was news to us and I was surprised to see an improvement inmy game as small as it was.Although I have always been bowling with my friends and family ever since, I was never really a good player. That is until I joined the team of visuallyimpaired bowlers in the summer of 2005.It still makes me laugh to remember how much everyone else on that team joked about my bowl…Post a CommentRead More »

Get Sticky with Sticky Keys

ByMichael McCarty-December 05, 2005I love using keyboard shortcuts. It’s quick and makes me look like I’m a pro or something. However, I realize that many of you like to keep one hand on the mouse, so those three key combos are out. How about a way to type one key at a time rather than all at once? This feature is called “Sticky Keys” and gives you a delay between key strokes when doing a keyboard shortcut. Let’s say you want to copy something-rather than hold down Ctrl + C you can type Ctrl then C. Ready to get sticky? Here’s what to do… Head over to the Control Panel (Click Start / Settings / Control Panel ) and select “Accessibility Options”. On the “Keyboard” Tab, place a check in the checkbox next to “Use Sticky Keys”.Click OK to close the Accessibility Options window. Now you can do combos a key at a time. Yeah!Post a CommentRead More »

Saving Unfinished Email Messages

ByMichael McCarty-December 05, 2005How can I “hold” an unfinished email to send later? I use Outlook Express. Whether it’s a telemarketer or a “Clunk!” and suspicious giggling from the next room, life’s interruptions don’t mean you have to start writing your message again from scratch. From the composing email window, select File, then Save. A window will appear to tell you that it has been saved to your draft folder. When you come back to your computer, open the drafts folder and take up writing that message where you stopped!Post a CommentRead More »

Saving Unfinished Email Messages

ByMichael McCarty-December 05, 2005How can I “hold” an unfinished email to send later? I use Outlook Express. Whether it’s a telemarketer or a “Clunk!” and suspicious giggling from the next room, life’s interruptions don’t mean you have to start writing your message again from scratch. From the composing email window, select File, then Save. A window will appear to tell you that it has been saved to your draft folder. When you come back to your computer, open the drafts folder and take up writing that message where you stopped!Post a CommentRead More »

Cyber Security Bulletins for Your Computer

ByMichael McCarty-December 05, 2005There are several records in this database on how to keep your computer free of viruses, spam, and phishers. Now I have a site where you can keep up-to-date on all the latest computer threats.Cyber Security Bulletins, from the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team, provide weekly summaries of security issues and new vulnerabilities. They also provide patches, workarounds, and other actions to help mitigate risk. The site offers the bulletins in weekly emails, or through their RSS feed.Click this link to see the latest Cyber Security Bulletins: http://www.us-cert.gov/cas/bulletins/index.html.Post a CommentRead More »

Pricelessware Software for Your Computer

ByMichael McCarty-December 05, 2005I don’t know about you but I love free stuff, especially free computer stuff. I found a site that contains a list of free computer software, and it’s just waiting for you to download it. The Pricelessware list is a compilation of software collected through a yearly vote by the participants of the “alt.comp.freeware” newsgroup. It is a list of what people have voted as “the best of the best in Freeware”. The software listed on the site is commonly referred to as “Pricelessware”, a term given with great respect and thanks to the authors of these programs for giving us such wonderful quality freeware. I can’t guarantee that everything will be screen reader friendly, but you never know what you’ll find until you take a look.

Click this link to get some free computer software: http://www.pricelessware.org/thelist/.Post a CommentRead More »

A Tutorial for Microsoft’s ActiveSync

ByMichael McCarty-December 05, 2005You just received your new portible notetaker? I think congratulations are in order here! You will absolutely love the freedom your new device will bring, but you may find the Microsoft ActiveSync program a bit confusing.I’m not sure how many of you are new to Windows Mobile devices, but a company called Aximsitehas a tutorial for people new to ActiveSync.This tutorial may help people understand how to set up ActiveSync, and to understand some of its limitations (i.e., limit of two computer partners, limit of one e-mail partner, and the lack of subfolder support for calendar, contacts and tasks). This is certainly an easy-to-follow guide to get yourself started.Click this link to view the ActiveSync tutorial from Aximsite: http://www.aximsite.com/articles/link.php?id=247.Post a CommentRead More »

Create A TinyURL

ByMichael McCarty-December 05, 2005Have you ever found a cool product on the web and wanted to share it with a friend? Were you discouraged to find that the URL was extremely long? Imagine trying to share a web address like:

http://www.mapquest.com/maps/map.adp?searchtype=address&country=US&add tohistory=&searchtab=home&address=&city=irvine&state=ca&zipcode=?You have to be careful when sharing long URLs, they can wrap around to a new line and not work properly in some email programs. Imagine trying to share that URL over the phone! There is a website that can help you “shrink” those long URLs down to size. TinyURL automatically squishes any long URL into a permanent, smaller URL that you can easily share with others. The whole process is simple:

Copy any long URL to your clipboard.

Point your web browser to http://tinyurl.com.

Paste that long URL into the box on the TinyURL web site.

Click on the “Make TinyURL” button.

Copy the resulting shortened URL and share it …Post a CommentRead More »

Removing The Windows Login Prompt

ByMichael McCarty-December 05, 2005I am the only user name on my computer. How can I skip the user login step?For security reasons, it can be a good idea to leave this be. However, if saving time is important to you, try the following:Go to “Start” and choose “Run”. In the dialog box, type “control userpasswords2” (without the quotes) and click “OK” Under the “Users” tab, uncheck the box “Users must enter a user name…” and click “Apply”. You’ll be asked for your Administrative password. If you have one, type it in and confirm. If you don’t, just click “OK”. The windows may disappear automatically, or click “OK” to close them. The next time you boot up your computer, you shouldn’t have to log in.Post a CommentRead More »

What does “IP” stand for?

ByMichael McCarty-December 05, 2005Outside the computer world, IP sometimes stands for Intellectual Property. In computer lingo, IP stands for “Internet Protocol”. You’ll often see it paired with TCP, “Transmission Control Protocol.” Together, TCP/IP allow two different computers to talk back and forth over the internet.Every computer and server (email servers, IP hosts) has an IP address.The IP address acts like a return postal address stamped on packets of data that your computer sends through the internet. IP addresses are made of four numbers separated by periods, for example, This stamp on data sent through the net tells receiving computers what country, service provider, host, and computer sent the info.Some routers and software can make you anonymous over the internet by masking your IP address. In addition, less scrupulous computer masters can take control of a remote computer and thus have that computer’s IP (return address) stamped on their evil doings.

Want to…Post a CommentRead More »

Maintaining Your Freezer

ByMichael McCarty-December 01, 2005Most people buy a freezer and stick it in the corner hoping for the best. There are a few hints that will help you get the most out of your freezer.

To help maintain an even temperature in your freezer, never freeze more than 3 pounds of food per cubic foot of your freezer. If your freezer is 10 cubic feet, do not freeze more than 30 pounds of product. If you add too much frozen food, you may raise the temperature of the freezer, causing your already frozen foods to defrost.

Try not to overload or underload your freezer. Try to keep it about 2/3 full at all times, this is the optimum space for allowing air circulation and minimal effort for the motor to work to keep the food frozen. If you don’t have enough food, fill it with containers of ice, or fill old milk jugs 3/4 full with water and place in the freezer.

Try to defrost your freezer every 2 months or if the ice reaches a depth of more than 1/2 inch.

Label and date all foods stored in the freezer with print and/or braille labels.

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Baking Bacon

ByMichael McCarty-December 01, 2005I have found that making bacon is a cumbersome task. It throws grease all over my kitchen and you have to constantly watch it and turn it until done.I have found the easiest way to prepare the bacon is to bake it.

Take a large baking sheet with edges (jelly roll pan or cake pan) and line with aluminum foil.

Lay your bacon pieces on the foil with the pieces just touching.

Bake in a preheated 400º oven for 15-20 minutes depending on personal preference for crispiness.

Remove from the oven and serve everyone piping hot bacon at the same time.After breakfast, just pull off the foil from the pan and toss. Clean up is done!Post a CommentRead More »

Chilling Drinks for Hot Summers

ByMichael McCarty-December 01, 2005There is nothing like a tall cool drink on a hot summer day. Unfortunately as it gets hotter out your ice cubes melt making your drinks watery. Try this handy tip to add a bit of spice to your summer drinks.Get a couple of extra lemons, limes, strawberries or even use some balled melon depending on your drink. When you get the fruit home, wash it thoroughly and cut into medium sized pieces. Place on a flat cooking sheet in your freezer. Once the fruit has been thoroughly frozen, usually a couple of hours, place them into a large zip lock storage bag and freeze. Now when you prepare your favorite refreshment, drop in a couple pieces of fruit for coolness and added flavor.Wouldn’t this be great for those large cups of water?Post a CommentRead More »

Circus Web

ByMichael McCarty-December 01, 2005My wife and I were looking through some picture albums and came across some pictures of the kids at the circus. This got me curious to see if there were any good circus sites on the net. Let me tell you, I sure found what I was looking for.If you click the “Circuses” button on the side menu it gives you an alphabetical list of Circuses from the United States, as well as a bunch of circus related links. Each link goes to that Circus’ homepage, where you can learn tons of nifty stuff about them. A favorite of mine is Circus Flora. Their site is really well put together. Now that’s a circus I’d like to see.”History” is the next button on the menu. If you want to learn about the rich history of the circus click here. A time honored tradition from the time of Rome until the present. How did it start? Find out by reading here.”Lore” to me is the heart and soul of this site. Here is where you can find out about every aspect of the circus from …Post a CommentRead More »

Computer Media: What are the Differences?

ByMichael McCarty-December 01, 2005What are all these different drives? Probably the easiest way to explain it would be to define each of them:Hard Drive – A hard drive is a fast, high capacity internal disk drive found in all modern PCs. Unless the computer is older than say, 12 years, it should have a hard drive in it. Any PC running Windows does.The reason for having a hard drive is to give you a permanent place to keep your computer’s information. They are generally much more reliable than keeping your data on a floppy disk (that’s not to say you shouldn’t back up your info though), are much faster, and hold tons more.Adding a second hard drive is a great way to add more space for files. They are available as both internal or external.Floppy Drive – These little 3.5″ disks hold about 1.4 MB of information. It seems like just yesterday that floppy disks ruled the planet, but now with the cheap price of CD-Rs and CD-R drives, the floppy drive is being put to pasture. Most new computers don…Post a CommentRead More »

Light and Fluffy, Dishes?

ByMichael McCarty-December 01, 2005You just made a casserole for dinner, and now that it has all been eaten you are left with a baked on mess. You have tried almost everything, but your elbow grease is just about all used up. What else is there to do?From your laundry room, grab a sheet of fabric softener (2 or 3 for larger pans).Place it in your casserole dish and fill with water.Let sit for at least 20 minutes.Now just grab your scrubber and the mess should clean right off.Post a CommentRead More »

Cleaning The Coffee Pot

ByMichael McCarty-December 01, 2005You are looking at your coffee pot and notice that there is a lovely brown coloring on the glass. Time to clean the coffee pot!

When the pot is cold, fill the pot with about a half a cup of water, 2 tablespoons of salt and a cup of ice.

Now holding the pot by the handle, swirl the ice and water in the pot. The ice and salt will scrub the stains from the inside of the pot.

Dump out the water after a few minutes and see if you need to repeat. Once the pot is clean, dry and let warm back up to room temperature.

Now fill the pot with 1/2 water and 1/2 vinegar. Remove the used filter and place a clean filter in the tray.

Pour the water into the hopper as normal and let run through a cycle.

Dump the water from the pot, bring back to room temperature and repeat with plain water.Your pot should now be squeaky clean and your coffee should taste better!You can do the cleaning cycle once a month or as needed, it’s up to you!Post a CommentRead More »

Basic Measurements

ByMichael McCarty-December 01, 2005Here are some basic measurements that you may have been wondering about:

3 teaspoons= 1 tablespoon
2 tablespoons = 1/8 cup
4 tablespoons = 1/4 cup
4 oz = 1/2 cup
8 oz = 1 cup
16 oz = 1 pound
2 cups = 1 pint
2 cups of Sugar = 1 pound
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An Easy Way to Clean The Blender

ByMichael McCarty-December 01, 2005You just finished making up a fresh treat in the blender for the family, and now you need an easy solution for cleaning the blender? Well, you knew exactly where to look!Cleaning the blender is simple, just place a cup of water into the blender and a squirt of dishwashing soap.Now just blend away.Remove from the base and dip your rag into the soapy water and wash the gasket well, then re-assemble and wipe off the outside of your blender.Rinse well and dry. Ready to go again!Post a CommentRead More »

Need to Keep Lots of Food Hot?

ByMichael McCarty-December 01, 2005You have a large amount of food that you have to prepare, you are having a hard time trying to figure out how to keep it all warm. You might have a bit of trouble finding all of the supplies, but this tip will help you keep it all warm.Find a box that is large enough to hold all of your food with plenty of room to spare.Now locate some thick foam insulation boards. You can find these at your local home improvement store.Cut the pieces to line all sides of your box and a piece for the top.Now cover the whole inside with aluminum foil.When you have your box prepared, just drop in all the food and place on the lid and your food will be kept toasty warm for hours.Post a CommentRead More »

Use Outlook Express to Create a Web Page

ByMichael McCarty-December 01, 2005Don’t have a web page editing program? Don’t know HTML? No sweat. Anyone can write an email-so why not use Outlook Express to design your web page.Huh?That’s right. If you can make a rich text email you can save it as a web page. It won’t be the fanciest site on the net, but at least you’ll have something for people to visit. Before we get started, you should create a folder called “Web Page” to save the HTML files and pictures in. Any pictures you will be using should be in there first. Click “Create Mail” just like you do when writing an email. Go to “Format” and make sure it is set to “Rich Text (HTML)”.From here get as creative as you can. Keep in mind the design principals mentioned in previous Fred’s Head articles.You can add a background color by going to “Format”, choosing “Background” then “Color”. Select one from the list.Next you can specify the size of your font and …Post a CommentRead More »

Retro Turntables and Radios From Crosley

ByMichael McCarty-December 01, 2005If you like the retro look, Crosley has some cool stuff for you to check out on their web site.In 1920 Powel Crosley founded the company that pioneered radio broadcasting and mass market manufacturing around the world. Dismayed with the $130 price tag for the radio receiver he promised to buy for his son’s birthday, Crosley decided to make his own. Upon successfully building a working set for only $35, Crosley was quick to spot the mass market potential.Today the Crosley name lives on with superbly detailed replicas that truly transcend time. Reintroductions of original vintage radios and turntables feature the newest technologies graced by unforgettable Crosley stylings. The Crosley Collection includes AM/FM radios, portable suitcase – styled record players and turntables, record changers, multi-functional audio cassette/compact disc players, jukeboxes, music boxes, telephones and more.

Click this link to take a trip down memory lane with Crosley: http://www.crosleyradio.com.Post a CommentRead More »

The History of Computing and the Internet

ByMichael McCarty-December 01, 2005The history of computing and the story of how the Internet came to be are fascinating subjects to me. But it’s too big a story to tellhere, so I’ve pulled together some excellent links that you can use to explore it at your leisure. The HISTORY OF COMPUTING PROJECT: http://www.thocp.net offers a timeline of the major events in the history of computers, biographies of computer pioneers, and even a history of video games.The HOBBES’ INTERNET TIMELINE: http://www.zakon.org/robert/internet/timeline gives a brief history of Internet milestones from 1957 to the present.Post a CommentRead More »

The South Carolina Commission for the Blind Telecommunications Training and Employment Division

ByMichael McCarty-December 01, 2005The South Carolina Commission for the Blind Telecommunications Training and Employment Division train Blind and VisuallyImpaired individuals to work in a call center environment. After 12 weeks, employers are able to hire qualified individuals who have completed arigorous customer service training program. The Training and Employment Division at SCCB has placed hundreds of blind and visually impaired personsin customer service jobs not just in South Carolina, but all over the United States! Since its beginning in August 2001, SCCB Telecommunications Training Center has trained hundreds of Blind and Visually Impaired consumers. TheTelecommunications Training Center partnered with Vanguard, Inc., as well as, the American Red Cross to train qualified visually impaired or blindpersons who wish to reenter or remain in the work force. Upon completing 6 to 12 week training, if an individual decides that relocating may not be the best option for them, there is an employmentc…Post a CommentRead More »

The PCMate CCTV for Your Laptop

ByMichael McCarty-December 01, 2005You have a meeting in the board room? Wonder where you are going to plug in your camera? No need to worry, just connect your PCMate to your laptop’s USB port and view the meeting agenda or watch the presentation right on your screen. Whether you are going from classroom to classroom or sitting on a plane you can have your video magnifier with you at any time.With the PCMate you simply connect to your laptop and anywhere you go you have your video magnifier. The PCMate is powered by the USB port, making your computer your CCTV. The PCMate has split screen, distance viewing, color select and can even “Capture” an image to be saved as a file on your hard drive.The PCMate uses only 3% of a 72 watt hour laptop battery.For more information on the PCMate or any other Clarity Product please use the contact information below:

2222 Park Place
Suite 1C
Minden NV 89423
Toll Free: 800-575-1456
Phone: 775-782-5611
Fax: 775-783-0966
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Autism Spectrum Disorders and Visual Impairment

ByMichael McCarty-December 01, 2005Meeting Students’ Learning NeedsOver the past several years, the incidence of autism, or the range of conditions known as autism spectrum disorder, has increased. Children with autism have special needs and require a great deal of support from family and teachers. When a child with autism is also blind, the situation becomes even more complex. To address the needs of children with autism and vision loss, AFB Press has released Autism Spectrum Disorders and Visual Impairment: Meeting Students’ Learning Needs-the first book of its kind.Written by Marilyn H. Gense and D. Jay Gense, two professionals who have devoted their lives to studying and helping visually impaired children with autism, Autism Spectrum Disorders and Visual Impairment offers a comprehensive look at how autism interacts with vision loss and presents effective ways to work with students. Helpful resources include suggestions and approaches for assessment, instruction, and program planning; numerous forms and t…Post a CommentRead More »

Spray On The Flavor

ByMichael McCarty-December 01, 2005The David Burke Flavor Sprays contain zero calories, zero fat, zero cholesterol, zero carbohydrates and FDA-approved flavoring. Whether you are on a low carb, no carb, low fat, no fat, no sugar, point system, or counting calorie diet, the Flavor Spray is right for you! By eliminating your toppings, gravies, dressings, and sauces the flavor spray provides the flavor that most diets are missing. No longer when you diet will you crave the sweet taste, or yearn for flavor when you count calories. Just spray our flavor spray and you will no longer need to satisfy your craving for flavor. Follow a low carb meal regimen, and allow flavor spray to add the toppings and sauce to your meal.Want the taste of ranch dressing on those french fries? Spray it on! How about tasting some cookies & cream on your morning bagel? Spray it on! Hey kids, tired of drinking plain old milk? Then spray some Memphis BBQ in there! OK, well maybe you could use something different on that one, but you could …Post a CommentRead More »

12 Tips to Reduce Food Contamination from Packaging

ByMichael McCarty-December 01, 2005The following guidelines should help give you ideas of how to avoid food contamination from packaging.

Plastic tends to migrate into fatty foods, especially hot fatty foods. Don’t leave cheese wrapped in its plastic wrapper sitting in the sun! Cool leftovers before placing in plastic storage containers.

Plastic wrap should never come into direct contact with fatty food in the microwave. It is also important not to use leftover margarine or yogurt tubs in the microwave. Use ceramic or glass cookware instead.

Microwavable packages should be avoided. Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) migrates from the packaging into the food, as do the adhesive components (and their degraded products) of the package.

A 1988 FDA study of microwavable packaging components, called heat susceptors, showed that low levels of the carcinogen benzene could migrate into food when heated.

Skip the boil-in-a-plastic bag foods, as well as sous vide foods–foods that are vacuum packed.

When you can, replace plastic cups…Post a CommentRead More »

Planet Tea

ByMichael McCarty-December 01, 2005My wife is a tea aficionado, and through her love of tea, I’ve grown to understand and love the stuff myself. Although my earlier efforts were to drown it in sugar and cream, now I understand what a good cup of Jasmine with just a little bit of sugar is all about. Now I have many favorite teas, and I’d like to share my love of it with you by sharing this site.Here you will be able to browse the following sections: Resources, What is Tea, Tea’s Origin, World of Tea, Preparation, Health Benefits, Article Archives, and Links.What is Tea? Well if you check out the “What is Tea” section, they can answer that question promptly. There you will learn all about tea from its technical definition to its simple definition. From the four kinds: Black, Green, White, and Oolong. World of Tea – This section gives you a map where you can explore the different kinds of tea from different places all over the world. If you click on the location you can see in detail what kind …Post a CommentRead More »

Net State, The History of States and More

ByMichael McCarty-December 01, 2005Welcome to Net State. I know it looks like just another states and capitals site, but there’s more! If you just use your mouse to rollover the states, that’s all you will get, the state and it’s capital. But, if you are adventurous and click on the state THEN you get to the cool stuff on this site. Out of curiosity, I chose Ohio. Here’s an example of the introduction I received:

“Welcome to Ohio, birthplace of seven U.S. presidents, birthplace of the first professional baseball team, and birthplace of that all-American favorite, the hot dog!”

“Ohio grew into a highly industrialized state in large part due to its geography. (Location, location, location…) With ports along Lake Erie, major rivers, and rolling plains, Ohio was perfectly situated to grow as America grew, and to provide what America (and the world) needed. Ohio’s industrial might has encompassed steel, automobiles, rubber products, chemicals, machine tools, and building materials.…Post a CommentRead More »More postsPowered by Blogger

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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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