I’ve got an update on my 2.4GHz network and how it’s living in peace with my USB 3 hub, a review from Dorothy of a slide scanning service she recommends called Dijifi, a review from me of Paprika Recipe Manager, and Steven Goetz joins us to talk about how he uses Plex to entertain himself while his baby eats. We’ll have our first interview from CSUN International Technology and Person’s with Disabilities Conference an interview with Cindy Bennet from DO-IT: Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology at washington.edu/doit.
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 March 27, 2016 and this is show number 568.
Steve and I just got back from San Diego where we attended the CSUN International Technology and Person’s with Disabilities Conference. We’ve been going for a few years now and it’s great fun. The best part for me is seeing the advancements in technology for enhancing the lives of those with disabilities. The exhibit hall floor is pretty small but it makes it possible to absorb most of it in one day. We did 6 or 7 interviews and as usual we will tease them out to you over time. I really like that this conference opens my brain up to more than just gadgets for the blind. There I learn about tools for the deaf, people with autism and speech disorders as well as mobility problems. We’ll have something for everyone!
One of the other fun things about going to the CSUN conference is hanging out with old friends and meeting new friends. I was delighted to run into Lore Schindler. She’s been listening to the show for years and years. She works at a school for the blind and we’ve had lots of interesting conversations over those years and only met up in real life once before.
I also got to have lunch with Shelly Brisbin, author of iOS Access for All, a fantastic ebook covering every single bit of how to get the most from the accessibility features built into iOS. If you’re interested in the book there’s a link in the shownotes. We were also joined by the delightful Jeff Bishop, who was instrumental in helping me learn how to use VoiceOver way back when I did the Blindfolded tech talk at Macworld. Jeff is a contributor to Main Menu which is a weekly radio program on ACB Radio, all about technology from a blindness perspective. It’s also available as a podcast if you do a search for Main Menu. It was an absolute blast getting to talk to Jeff. We got to meet Neil Bernstein, who works at the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, which is a part of the Library of Congress. They make audio books and braille books for the blind or anyone who can’t use standard print. I really enjoyed having Neil at lunch too because I got to listen in on the questions he had for Jeff and Shelly. All around a great experience and I didn’t want to tear myself away!
Ok, enough gushing about how much fun I had, you’ll hear more about the specifics on the show floor in the interviews.
On Chit Chat Across the Pond this week I had Jennie Josephson on the show to try and answer the question, “What’s a Producer”? Jennie has been the executive producer of the Daily Tech News Show for Tom Merritt for the last two years, and that got me wondering what a podcast producer has to do with a radio producer or a TV or film producer. Jennie explains her answer to the question with wonderful anecdotes from her time as a news producer for radio, up to and including going to see the Dali Lama with Dan Rather of CBS News! It’s not too much of a tech angle but I thought it was great fun. Go listen over at podfeet.com or subscribe in your podcatcher at Chit Chat Across the Pond (four words).
We’d better get started, I’ve got an update on my 2.4GHz network, a review from Dorothy of a slide scanning service she recommends, a review from me of Paprika Recipe Manager, Steven Goetz joins us to talk about how he uses Plex to entertain himself while his baby eats, and if we have time, we’ll have the first CSUN recording.
Cindy Bennet from DO-IT
Do-IT stands for Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology, and it’s an office within the IT unit at the University of Washington. Cindy Bennet is a student volunteering for the organization. washington.edu/doit
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