#536 Logitech k480 Keyboard, Type2Phone, Linux Inside Windows Inside OS X, 12″ Macbook, Dr. Robert Carter

The true story on how to pronounce the name Charon, Pluto’s moon Wired article entitled “Really, Here’s How You Pronounce “Charon” — Probably”. Review of the Logitech k480 Bluetooth keyboard designed to let you flip between three devices. Type2Phone from houdah.com for $10 in the Mac App Store will do the same thing as long as you live in the Mac/iOS ecosystem. In an attempt to open a hole in the space-time continuum, I ran Ubuntu Linux inside a virtual machine I created for Windows 10 inside Mac OS X Yosemite. I give my views on the 12″ MacBook now that the honeymoon is over, and then in Chit Chat Across the Pond I talk with Dr. Robert Carter of The Tech Doctor Podcast at dr-carter.com to discuss how a blind podcaster can be seen as just another tech podcaster.

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Hi this is Allison Sheridan of the NosillaCast Mac Podcast, hosted at Podfeet.com, a technology geek podcast with an EVER so slight Macintosh bias. Today is Sunday August 16, 2015 and this is show number 536. I’ve got a ton of great geeky stuff to talk about today but before we get started I wanted to give you a critical update about our discussion on Pluto with Steve and Bart a couple of weeks ago. Don Squires wrote in explaining that the three of us had chosen the wrong pronunciation of the moon Charon.:

Sorry to be a pedant, but the name of Pluto’s moon, Charon, is pronounced as if it started with the letter “k.” Charon is the name of a mythological character who ferried souls across the river Styx to Hades, the realm of Pluto. The “ch” of Charon is the English transliteration of the Greek letter chi (X). English words from Greek words containing chi are almost always pronounced with a “k” sound, e.g., Christ, chaos, chasm, etc.

Steve came back back with a really interesting article on Wired explaining the pronunciation. I put a link in the shownotes to the article entitled “Really, Here’s How You Pronounce “Charon” — Probably”. I want you to read the whole thing because it’s pretty hilarious, but the reason we’ve chosen to go with the “sh” version of Charon is because Jim Christy, who discovered the moon in 1978, had promised his wife Charlene he would name the object after her.

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Last week I told you during the Clarify ad segment that it hadn’t worked quite properly for me and that I had sent a note off to support to figure out the problem. I’m glad to report back that both problems I encountered were my own fault. When you use Clarify to post to your blog, one of the great advantages is that you can edit the tutorial later and just repost to the same page without doing any fiddling. Unfortunately when I edited a tutorial right before last week’s show, the tutorial seemed to have lost the connection to the blog post. I learned via a back and forth discussion with support that I had made an illogical step. I created the original tutorial, saved it to Evernote, and then uploaded it to my WordPress site, and then quit Clarify. Think about the order of those steps – I never saved the information about the WordPress site back into Evernote, so when I opened it a few months later from Evernote, how could it possibly have known about the WordPress upload? My bad.

The other problem I had was with my tutorial on TripMode, Evernote kept telling that the note content was malformed and couldn’t save it. Well in this case I think Evernote is just dumb, but luckily support for Clarify still helped me out and pointed out that Evernote doesn’t like links that don’t start with http://. I often just write podfeet.com instead of https://podfeet.com and that works EVERYWHERE but in Evernote. Again, not a problem with Clarify but still support bailed me out and solved all of my problems.

If you’d like to try out Clarify check out the free trial over at clarify-it.com.

Chit Chat Across the Pond

This week we’re joined by Dr. Robert Carter, of The Tech Doctor Podcast at http://dr-carter.com to talk about how a blind podcaster can be seen as just another tech podcaster and break out of the type casting as only a blind podcaster. You can follow him on twitter at @robert_carter

How do we decrease the divide between disability and mainstream?

Book by Rosemary Mahoney called “For The Benefit of Those Who See: Dispatches From the World of the Blind.”; Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/1SJfM03

  • How does a blind Apple Accessibility podcaster gain credibility with sighted mainstream Apple podcasters?
  • This requires lots of work on both sides.
  • What most sighted people know about blind people is wrong.
  • The knowledge is based on misconceptions and stereotypes. Use how blindness is portrayed in the bible as an example.
  • Sighted people have their own conscious and unconscious fears about themselves becoming blind and how helpless they would become.
  • For sighted people to see a blind podcaster as a general Apple expert who would be capable of participating in and contributing to mainstream Apple discussions, the sighted podcaster would have to remove misconceptions and stereotypes, conquer own fears and awkwardness and begin seeing blindness as a characteristic or attribute of the person rather than the primary thing of importance.
  • Sighted podcasters would have to learn that blind people have to know just as much about the general operation of OS X and iOS as any other expert.
  • The blind person has to know some specialized VoiceOver commands but can talk knowledgeably about non-accessibility aspects of the workings of Apple devices.
  • Blind podcasters should be considered as a viable guest discuss all current aspects of Apple.
  • This can only happen when barriers that are created by the misunderstanding of blindness have been removed.

That’s going to wind this up for this week, many thanks to our sponsor for helping to pay the bills, the makers of Clarify over at clarify-it.com. Don’t forget to send in your Dumb Questions, comments and suggestions by emailing me at [email protected], follow me on twitter @podfeet. Check out the NosillaCast Google Plus Community too – lots of fun over there! If you want to join in the fun of the live show, head on over to podfeet.com/live on Sunday nights at 5pm Pacific Time and join the friendly and enthusiastic NosillaCastaways. Thanks for listening, and stay subscribed.

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