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Aira dropping Horizon kit support as of April 2020

I was looking at twitter and saw that Blind Bargains is reporting through AIRA that they are dropping support for the Horizon kit.

The most expensive plan that AIRA has is $199 for 300 minutes and $224 per month with Horizon. I’ve never used it, but it comes with a telephone that is equiped with the technology to get it to work.

According to what I’ve read, the application that AIRA relies on is not going to be updated past April 1, 2020. I also have read that it is not that reliable, and AIRA would like to find a replacement.

Blind bargains reports that AIRA will be contacting customers who baught Horizon outright to work with them to find another solution.

Blind Bargains: Aira drops support for Horizon glasses, looks for new solutions.

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CSUN vendors dropping like flies

Lots of news is being reported in regards to the CSUN conference. Last I knew, the conference was hosted in San Diego, but I guess its going to be hosted in Anaheim this year. Growing List of Sponsors including Google, Microsoft, Deque Bail on #CSUNATC20, Organizers Remaining Silent and #CSUNATC20 is Still a Go for Now, though Coronavirus Concerns are Causing Many to Reconsider are only two articles through blind bargains.

I saw through their twitter that Microsoft, Adobe, and other vendors have pulled out due to the concerns of this new virus that started in China.

I was hopeful to go to Arizona to represent Braille2000 in an event, but B2K’s Bob Stepp has backed out in concern of the virus, as well as other committments days after the Arizona event.

Other news across the spectrum about this virus goes beyond this blog, but sports events may be impacted. To keep this tech related, I hope that the organizers will do the right thing to keep everyone safe through this difficult time since there is no cure for this virus last I heard. Please be safe!

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IS TLS 1.0 and 1.1 really ready to go?

Livewire says yes, and articles out there have more

The last several days on Livewire have been quite interesting. Last week, I experienced a technical issue which has since been resolved. On top of that, I was notified that the site was upgraded to only work on 1.2 or higher TLS connections. Sans News Bites talks about this in one of their segments and this blog post entitled: It’s the Boot for TLS 1.0 and TLS 1.1 is one post and it comes from Mozilla themselves.

After the technical issues were resolved in live wire, someone recently reported running Windows 8, Firefox, and Jaws 16.

  • Windows 8, to my knowledge is not getting any updates
  • Firefox may be old, and unable to understand the TLS infrastructure
  • Jaws 16 isn’t supported with bug fixes
  • Chrome can’t run on 8

In the next podcast, I talk about Live Wire a little bit, what it is, the basics on the LTN (Livewire Telephone Network) and that while I did have an issue, it was my own doing.

The person behind Live Wire understands the security well, and I believe more sites will be moving toward this aspect. I said this before reading this article, and this is Sans News Bites from February 11, 2020. If I had the chance to read this before that discussion, I’d be more up to date!

Browsers negotiate to the highest common denominator which can mask the presence of less secure connection options. Make sure you’re regularly scanning the encryption settings on your web servers to ensure older, less secure connections are disabled, or monitored and documented where enabled. Monitoring may show the need to support older less secure operating systems and browsers may not be as significant as thought, or worth the risk.

Livewire is the first site to my knowledge to have taken this step, and I believe we’ll have more.

There are other articles around the web that covers this, and I’m running 73 of firefox now and have no trouble with connecting to Livewire since my own technical issue was resolved.

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Apple releases watch OS 6.1.3

Apple on February 18th released 6.1.3 to fix something specific with irregular heartbeats and something in Iceland. Applevis has a blog post on this and you can click through.

They also released an update in the 5x series for those who can’t upgrade to 6x because of phones.

Click through to read more from Apple Vis if you’re interested.

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Nvda Version 2019.3.1 released, bringing support for new braille displays, screen curtain, more

Blind bargains is reporting the update of NVDA version 2019.3.1.This breaks some addon functionality as addons may need to update themselves, but screen curtain is braught in by default as part of this update.

Also, several braille displays from the Handitech corporation are introduced.

If you’d like to learn more, please check out the Blind Bargains posting about NVDA by clicking on the link.

Do you Use NVDA on a consistant basis and want to tell me all about your experience? No problem! Just contact me at and I’ll be happy to receive your report! Thanks so much for reading!

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Blue Diego Investment Group Announces Acquisition of Aira Tech Corp

I’m passingthis on for people to see. I saw this from one of my followers, and we don’t know what this effect will have as of yet.


Blue Diego Investment Group Announces Acquisition of Aira Tech Corp

I’m going through twitter, and found this: Blue Diego Investment Group Announces Acquisition of Aira Tech Corp and I’m interested to see how this ends up turning out.

I recently decided to pay for the basic AIRA plan, and utalized it to do some mail and was on for 8 minutes only needing to pay for three of them.

I guess we’ll have to see what overall improvements or degredations this may cause, and since both companies are privately held, this may put more money in to Aira so that we don’t have to pay so much and pricing may at some point can come down.

I guess we’ll have to see what happens with this one. Passing this along.

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BARD Mobile for iOS version 1.3

I got this update and saw this in my app store, but here are the notes sent directly on the email list.


An upgrade for BARD Mobile for iOS is now available on Apple’s App Store. The release includes the following new features:

• Simultaneous downloads: You can now download up to three items simultaneously.
• Braille autoscroll: When reading braille books, you can have your braille display scroll automatically. You have full control over the speed.
• More actions button: The details screen for each book now includes an “ellipsis” button (labeled More actions) that offers a number of other things you
can do with that book, including seeing a list of other books in the same series, by the same author(s), or in the same subject area(s).
• Enhanced actions list on VoiceOver rotor: You can also get to those very same additional actions using the Actions item on the rotor while in a book
list.
• Quickly switch between titles: No need to go back to the bookshelf to change books! Just swipe left with one finger (or three, if using VoiceOver) while
on the Now Reading screen to see a list of other books on your device that you’ve already opened. They’re in the order of most recently read. There’s also
a Recently Read button in the upper left if you don’t want to use the gesture.
• Format hiding: Don’t ever read braille? Tell BARD Mobile not to show you any braille items (unless they’re on your wish list or previous downloads).
Don’t ever read audio? It works that way, too. Find this by going to the Settings tab, selecting User Account Settings, and then selecting Show Me.
• Book and magazine subscription support: You can now subscribe to magazines via the app just like you can on the BARD website. Book series, too! New magazine
issues or books in subscribed series are automatically added to your Wish list.
• AirPlay support: There’s now an AirPlay button right on the Now Reading screen. From there you can send your audio to any available AirPlay or connected
Bluetooth device.
• Braille/audio indicator: For lists with mixed formats (Wish List, Previous Downloads) there’s a format icon distinguishing format type so you know if
it’s audio or braille.  
• Save Jump By setting with each book: The app will now remember how you had your Jump By button set when you close a book and will restore that setting
the next time you open it.
• Compatible with iOS 11-13

The release also includes internal updates and significant download reliability improvements.

The user guide has been updated too. It can be found here:
https://nlsbard.loc.gov/apidocs/BARDMobile.userguide.iOS.1.3.html..

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Jaws 2020 February 2020 is now available

Hello folks, Jaws has released an update today. It was talked about on the most recent Freedom Scientific podcast.

Here are the notations from the updates page about this update.


Enhancements in JAWS 2020.2001.70 (February 2020)

The following is a list of improvements made between the December 2019 release and the February 2020 update.

To download the latest release, visit the Downloads web page.
You must be logged on as an administrator to install this software.

• Addressed issues using JAWS and Fusion with the new Microsoft Edge Chromium Browser released in January 2020. Notable fixes include reviewing text in
Edit Controls and the Address Bar as well as a possible loss of speech and braille output.
• Added a new JAWS Settings Center option called “Skip Blank Lines While Navigating” which is on by default when reading web pages and PDF documents. This
feature helps make reading more efficient as JAWS and Fusion ignores blank lines as you navigate using UP and DOWN ARROW. For those who prefer to hear
blank lines while navigating, open Settings Center (INSERT+6) and clear this check box. You can find this new option in the Web / HTML / PDF group under
Reading.
• Changed the Highlight Tracking used in JAWS when navigating web pages or PDF documents with the Virtual Cursor from a Green Block to a Red Box to match
ZoomText and Fusion. To further customize the settings used for visually highlighting text as you navigate, open Settings Center and expand the Visual
Tracking group.
• When reading comments in Word documents, JAWS now also reads any reply comments. For instance, if you are focused on a comment that contains a reply,
pressing ALT+SHIFT+APOSTROPHE now reads both the original comment followed by the reply.
• When using Say All (INSERT+DOWN ARROW) to read a book in the Kindle for PC application, resolved a customer reported issue where JAWS or Fusion would
repeat the last line after reaching the end.
• Added a new Quick Settings option called “Blank Cell Announcement” for JAWS and Fusion that is available when using Excel. By default, when you encounter
empty cells as you navigate spreadsheets, you hear “blank” followed by the cell coordinates. Turn off this option if you only want to hear the coordinates
of empty cells, making speech less verbose as you navigate.
• Removed the “Microsoft Edge Browser Support” option from JAWS Settings Center as it is no longer needed. This control was required in order to use the
original Edge browser that is being removed from Windows 10 by Microsoft and replaced by the new Chromium version of Edge released in January 2020.
• Added the ability for JAWS and Fusion to properly recognize and report both Column Span and Row Span info in HTML tables where information might span
over 2 or more cells.
• For JAWS installations licensed using one of the new portal licenses that is tied to an email address, the status line of the JAWS window now only displays
the expiration date for the license. The About dialog box will display additional license information including the users email Address, expiration date,
and the serial number.
• Resolved a reported issue where a customer was not able to properly migrate settings from an earlier version.
• Addressed an issue where typing Contracted Braille very quickly using a Braille keyboard would sometimes cause text to appear in gibberish. This was
observed primarily when typing in Office applications and when exporting text from the Scratchpad on Focus displays into an open Office document.
• Resolved a long standing issue where attempting to select and delete multiple words in a row using a Braille keyboard was not working as expected in
Word and Outlook.
• When typing into a Word document using Contracted Braille, resolved an issue where immediately backspacing over a word and typing a replacement word
would result in duplicate text on the current line.
• Added support for 3 African Languages (Sotho, Xhosa, and Zulu) when using Convenient OCR in JAWS and Fusion.
• Resolved a reported issue with TreeViews in Eclipse not reading as expected using speech. Braille support for these controls will be addressed in a future
update.
• All JAWS Flexible Web Rules created for 1 chromium based Browser will now apply for any other browser that also uses Chromium. For example, if you create
a Flexible Web Rule in Chrome, it will also apply for the new Microsoft Edge Chromium Browser.
• Resolved an issue where FSReader would become unresponsive when opening a very large DAISY book.
• Added a function for web application scripts that helps JAWS ignore the role=”application” attribute when a web author has used it incorrectly. This
was reported by ONCE in Spain and was related to SAP web-based applications.
• Resolved a reported issue from Once in Spain where opening very large messages in Outlook 365 with lots of nested levels was causing JAWS and Outlook
to stop responding.
• Added Color Settings options to the View menu in the Script Manager to help users who have issues viewing certain colors, for instance, red/green color
blindness.

You can get Jaws up through the jaws updater or through their downloads page,. They talk about this update in the latest FS Podcast.

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RS Games has beta client of 64 bit Mac version of their client

RS Games reported through twitter that they now have a beta of their program for 64 bit Mac. There may be bugs in the program, and you’re encouraged to let them know of bugs. With any beta software, it could even be unstable. I don’t think this will be the case, howevber, its worth mentioning anyhow.

Nice going, RS Games! Hopefully, it can be fully developed and Mac players will be able to join the fun.

RS games web site

Find the client under the downloads section of the site.

RS Games, A 64 Bit Mac version is available on the Downloads section of http://rsgames.org. Note it is still in Beta and you may encounter bugs. 34 minutes ago, RS Games

Enjoy!

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Mac, Watc, and TVOS get updates

I’m coming across an AppleVis post in regards to Mac updates, TVOS, and Watch updates. This is the Apple Vis post that has all of the details.

In summary, it looks like this is a security release, and there are not any major changes for usability for the blind and low vision community. Have a great day!

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Scammers hitting the blind, same as my talks earlier

Dice World has been talked about on my podcast as well as it being demoed in various aspects throughout the podcast. I’ve been recently looking at the forums that have now been added, and it looks like the scammers are now targeting the blind.

On podcasts prior, I’ve talked about multiple people who have added me to twitter and have asked for my Hangouts. After getting me on Hangouts, they insist on either having me pay to get them here to see me, asking for gift cards, or even money.

One of these people I said that I couldn’t pay for anything, and that they’re a scammer. They were rude saying that I shouldn’t mess with their business and that their lawyer would contact me. I told them that I would tell them everything, and yet, still no lawyer. Its a business to scam people out of money and try to get people to have a so-called relationship with no voice or video communication?

While I’ve been on dice world for a number of years, it saddens me that the blind community is now being targeted with people who are doing this type of thing. I’ve not encountered them on my own through that platform, but the developer is encouraging players to report this to them by email.

Podcast 289 which is available upon request if you can’t find it through RSS, talks about one such person who followed me on twitter. As someone who has been on the Internet for quite a number of years, before some, I’ve read plenty of articles and even some books about what these people can do. This Blog Post talking about Scam me if you can is one such book, and I’m sure there are others.

Since this is a blog talking about all sorts of things, I want people to know what I’m seeing. If you think that scams like this could happen on a gaming platform like Diceworld, this article talking about employment scams may be a reminder that it isn’t just the above mention we should be talking about or even this tech support article where scammers will go after your hard earned files and even try to have you pay money to supposedly fix the problem they will or have already started.

Think thats all we have to deal with? > Phone Phishing, Data Breaches, and Banking Scams is something else, and you can search this blog for more.

The fact that the scammers, one of whom is changing their name from male to female, is coming over to a platform like Diceworld, means nothing. This is sad! Some of the people on this type of platform don’t know a whole lot about these people, and they can fall for whatever they ask, and question it afterword or even while communicating with them.

This is a sad state of affairs. I’m saddened that these people have nothing else to do with their lives. I think some of these people are very employable and can use their skills for good instead of getting money out of a community that relies on money to survive.

This is not going to go away any time soon, and if you search scam on this blog, you’ll find lot of articles besides the ones I’m linking here in this post. Use your gut. Its there to tell you if something is not right. Follow what it says. There’s a community out there who are bringing it up, and asking questions, and thats great! Keep it up!

If I can be of help, please feel free to reach out. I’m just an email, imessage, phone call, or text message away!

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Apple Releases iOS 13.3.1 and iPadOS 13.3.1 with Some Improvements to Smart Invert

The applevis linked here: https://www.applevis.com/blog/apple-releases-ios-1331-and-ipados-1331-some-improvements-smart-invert talks about smart invert fixes. While I’m a low-vision user, I mainly use speech, not the vision aspects of IOS.

There are two bulleted lists:

  • The first covers what has been fixed
  • the second covers what may be still broken

and comments are still welcome on what you’re experiencing.

The post is unaware of any other fixes for blind and low vision users, this may include regressions as well.

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Chromebooks and the blind

Hello,

I’ve answered this on mhy tech board, board 295 on Live wire. I’m posting this mainly to get some insight. How many people on here have used a Chrome book and if so, what are its accessibility features? With no hard drive for storage, you can’t install anything like NVDA or Jaws, and I’ve heard everything is in the cloud. With no experience in this field of computing, I’m seeking someone who has used one and can give some guideance.

I mentioned that everything is cloud based, I.E. Google Drive, and the like. You can’t install anything like NVDA and Jaws, and I believe the person is blind.

If anyone has used it, comment here, or contact me at:

  • E-mail/imessage tech at menvi.org
  • Text/whatsapp 804-442-6975
  • hangouts: jrimer 2010 at gmail.

I look forward in hearing from some of you on your experience with this. If you would like to call, please call the number for text/whats app. Thanks for your assistance!

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NLS BARD releases Bard Express 2.0.32

I’m a little late for this, but I think that this is important to pass along. This comes directly from the BARD mailing list and from BARD themselves.

I hope the following is of interest to those who use this utility.


BARD Express 2.0.32.68 Now Available

The National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled is pleased to announce the next version of BARD Express. Version 2.0.32.68 brings many features
to NLS patrons, providing new ways to discover even more of the national collection of books and magazines.

Here is the list of the new features available in this release:

Public or Private:

By choosing the Public option during installation, the new version of BARD Express can be installed on computers that are available to the public. This
means the program will not retain user credentials any time the program is closed, or is left idol for 5 minutes.

Choose the Private option during installation to have BARD Express remember your username and password so you don’t have to.

Choosing Your Preferred Format:

Tell BARD Express your preferred format. Have BARD Express display audio, braille, or both formats, it’s up to you. Change it at any time by opening the
Preferences menu, or by using the keyboard command Control+E.

Braille:

BARD Express can now search for, download, and copy braille books and magazines to an external storage device for your reading on the go.

Column Configuration:

There are 2 additional column types that can be found under Column Configuration: Format, and Date Added. Format lets you know if the book is braille or
audio. Date Added informs you when a title was added to BARD.

Back One View: Escape

You can now use the Escape key to return to a view you just came from. For example, perhaps you opened the book details page of a title that sounds interesting.
After reading the details, you decide that book is not for you. Press the Escape key to return to the list of Recently Added books and Magazines.

Manage Devices: Control+N

This is the new keyboard command assigned to open the view where you can manage external storage devices. In addition to the new keyboard command, this
dialog now provides a utility to eject the cartridge or thumb drive. The keyboard command to eject the drive is Alt+E while in the Manage Devices dialog.

Open the Download Status view: Control+T.

There is now a place to keep track of your downloads in progress. This is handy when you have multiple titles downloading at the same time.

Find: Control+F

This utility gives you even more control over finding which books and magazines you want. From within menus such as Recently Added Books and Magazines
for example, use the Find utility to sift through metadata to refine the type of material you want. After opening a view such as Recently Added Books and
Magazines, tab or shift-tab to locate the “Find” button and open it. As an alternative, use the keyboard command Control+F to open the Find dialog. This
feature works with any list of books such as your existing Bookshelf, Recently Added Books and Magazines, Most Popular Downloads, and after clicking a
specific subject under Browse By Subject. The various checkboxes in the Find dialog tells the program where to look for the text string you want to find.
The checkboxes include: Title, Author, Annotation, and Content Flags. They are checked by default, which means the program will sift through each of these
items to see if they contain your search criteria.

Reset Find utility to the default: Alt+E

This Reset button returns all options in the Find dialog to their defaults, and erases any text from the Search field.  Activating the Reset button will
result in the original book list repopulating. For example:

list of 6 items
1. Load the list of Most Popular Books.
2. Run the Find utility and type a search such as “Romance” without the quotes.
3. Choose the Okay button.
4. The resulting book list will likely be less than 50, assuming you have BARD Express to display 50 books at a time.
5. Open the Find utility again, and this time choose the Reset button.
6. The Find utility will close and focus will land in the original list of 50 books
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Filter utility: Alt+I

The Filter utility lets you choose to see only fiction, nonfiction, or music titles.

Bring up a list of books such as in Most Popular Downloads. Navigate this dialog and choose the “Filter” button. This dialog presents a few control types.

list of 4 items
• Use the “Item Type” combo box to choose either Books and Magazines, or Music.
• If Music is highlighted, you will see only music materials after clicking the Okay button.
• If Books And Magazines is highlighted in the “Book Type” combo box, use the set of radio buttons to choose fiction, nonfiction, or all if you want to
see both fiction and nonfiction titles in the same list.
• Click the Okay button to get the resulting list of books.
list end

Previous Downloads: Alt+V, P, P, Enter

Users of BARD Express now have the ability to access their list of previously downloaded books and magazines.

Under the View menu in the menu bar, choose Previous Downloads to see your list of previously downloaded titles.

Or, type the keyboard combination, Alt+V, P, P, and Enter

Sort: Alt+T

To try out the new keyboard command, navigate to a list of titles such as your Bookshelf, Wish List, Recently Added, Most Popular Downloads, or Browse
By Subject. After bringing up the “Sort” menu, explore the new ways you can sort the titles.

Subscribe to a book series or magazine: Alt+S

This keyboard command lets you subscribe to your favorite book series and magazines.

list of 4 items
• Locate a book series or magazine and open it so you see all the titles in that series or magazine publication.
• Choose the Subscribe button.
• BARD Express will say that you are now subscribed to the item.
• Choose Okay.
list end

Unsubscribe to a book series or magazine: Alt+U

list of 4 items
• Locate a book series or magazine and open it so you see all the titles in that series or magazine publication.
• To unsubscribe, choose the Unsubscribe button.
• BARD Express will say that you are now unsubscribed to the item.
• Choose Okay.
list end

Manage Subscriptions: Alt+V, S, S, Enter

An alternative to unsubscribing to a magazine or book series as described above, consider managing all your subscriptions from one place.

list of 4 items
• Open the View menu in the menu bar, Alt+V
• Scroll through this menu until you find the item named Subscriptions, and choose it. Alternatively, use the keyboard command listed above.
• Open the item you wish to unsubscribe to.
• Choose the Unsubscribe button as described above.
list end

Here’s how to download the software.

If you’re already using BARD Express:

list of 4 items
1. After running the program, open the Help menu and choose, “Check for Updates.”
2. If you’re not already running the latest version of BARD Express, the program will notify you that a new version is available.
3. Choose the option to download the software. BARD Express will download the new version and start the installation process.
4. Follow the prompts to complete the installation.
list end

Alternatively, you can download the software from:

https://nlsbardpractice.loc.gov/LOC_02/BARDExpress.html

Note, this version supports Windows 7.0 and above.

Sincerely,

The BARD Support Team

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Join AT Guys on January 13th for an informal demo of a brand new display

Blind Bargains is asking people to join them for a demo of a brand new braille display which is 360 cells and a multi line display. The article Join Us Monday for a Canute Multiline E-Reader Live Demo and Q&A has all of the details of the presentation including dial in options.

Since this gets retweeted and resent one week after posting, it is important to note that its January 10th today, and when it gets retweeted, the event will have already passed. You may still be able to get a recording if one is available, I’m unclear if this is the case. I’m passing this along to subscribers in case they want to participate in this event.

It sounds facinating! Have you ever heard of this?

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Yahoo forcing random password resets … am I the only one supporting someone having trouble?

This is more of a curiosity thing than anything else, but I have a hunch from what I’m told that this has been going on for a number of years now.

The service AT&T has email service. When we started with this service it was known as SBC Yahoo! Through the years, some have gotten straight att.net addresses although the web site is a dot com for everything else.

In this world, we’ve got many types of people with varying degrees of capability in the technology world. We also know that Yahoo! email has been breached and that came to light three years after the fact.

When you authenticate as an SBC Yahoo! customer using mail, you go to the Yahoo! mail web site.

The authentication is your full email address I.E. which belongs to me. It also asks for your password, which is the account password for that address.

Here’s the problem. I was able to switch the account to a different interface two weeks or so ago. But for awhile now, ATT Yahoo! account holders need to reset their password every two weeks.

My grandmother has had an SBC Yahoo account for a number of years, and has never experienced this until recently. I never experienced it, although I don’t use my SBC address anymore, in favor of my accounts on my domain and my gmail. I understand this has been going on for a couple of years now, and enough is enough! The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) folks changed the guidelines where passwords are not needing to be changed as often, as long as there is not a valid reason for the passwords to be reset.

My grandmother is older than most on this blog, reads facebook, comments on things, plays games, checks email, and does some shopping on amazon for things she needs. Nobody except ATT Yahoo! services have prompted her to change her password.

Here is my hunch based on what I know:

  • passwords may not be as secure as they should
  • company never sent email to my knowledge about said policy
  • too much time was spent on hold trying to get the issue resolved and
  • frustration as to why no email can be accessed and wondering why the account was locked out.

I’ve never seen any of this behavior with any company before. Unless there was a valid reason, I’ve never changed my password, even after all of these breaches. The fact my biological data is potentially out there now, its game over for me! I know this, and I’ve been working hard to make sure I don’t use the same password everywhere and thats why I have Lastpass, the last password you’ll ever need.

I’m thinking that this is targeted because of the potential weakness of the passwords given to me, yet my password may not be all that secure over there anyhow. I’m thinking it may be the same password i use somewhere else.

So ATT, what gives? Why are you making an elderly person who has no knowledge of why and what to do about the issue if you don’t tell them in writing or email or phone?

If this issue persists, I’ll have no choice but to help her either set up a gmail, or even set up an address on the domain purchased for her and hosted through me. Then, I’ll either have to show her that web mail, or set it up through Tunderbird.

For someone who has so much in the way of notifying people and companies, I’m not going to be impressed with having to have her do all of this, and I can hopefully have mail forwarded to the new address in the meantime, but this is enough! Was it the weak passwords? You can check the hashes without knowing the password, and if you notice its weak, reach out! There is no need to make someone change their password every two weaks without probable cause. I know nobody else who is going through this experience, and I’ve not been tipped off to any articles saying there is a problem of this scope.

If anyone else is experiencing this, I’d love to hear from you. Please get in touch!

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jaws 2020 has been released

According to this earlier posting on Jaws 2020 I was confused and decided to be caucious on the ordeal of the release.

Seeing its near the holidays, I decided to call Vispero to find out the information so I know how to proceed.

Jaws 2020 is released as of the press release I blogged about. I didn’t get a letter as discussed in a podcast, but it also seemed like it was available.

I know we’re not receiving CD’s or DVD’s this year, so if you want it, you’ll need to go get it.

I’m happy I decided to go get the information as I’d like to use 2020 as it seems to have fixed some things with Google docs which I use.

I’m hopeful that the upgrade will be taking bplace either this week or next week, for me, but I thought since I was thinking about it, I’ll post this and make it clear that the update is out.

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Phil Raistrick, Founder of En-Vision America, Dies at 78

Blind Bargains is reporting the sad news of the founder of En-Vision America passing away on November 20, 2019. I knew of the ID Mate and I also knew of the Script Talk programs they run. I don’t think my pharmacy that I use has Script Talk available, but I hope to use it one day.

I just wanted to take this opportunity of passing this news along.

To read more about the company or any links, please go to the article directly.

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Bard express throws errors, fixes in the works

Hello all,

I just saw the following from BARD support today. For those who use the BARD express and have it installed currently, you aren’t effected. Any new users may receive a waring about it being from an unknown publisher.

This is because the certificate expired on December 2nd. NLS is going to precure a new cert and will release an update soon.

Here is the official email notice from NLS directly.


Hello List Subscribers,

The software that certifies BARD Express as “safe to install” expired on Monday, December 2, 2019. The expiration of this certificate does not affect current
users. It does, however, impact patrons who install BARD Express 1.2.4.72 on or after December 2, as they will be warned that the software is from an unknown
publisher. The software is safe to install.

NLS expects to procure a new software certificate in the coming weeks, at which point an update to BARD Express will be released, and users will no longer
receive this warning.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

The BARD Support Team


NLS should be ashamed of themselves letting the cert expire and not replacing it on a timely manner. It is too dangerous today to have software that is not signed as required now. I hope the fix comes sooner than later.

While this is specialized, we have to hold all companies that provide software responsible to fix their software whether its an expiring cert, or if it is a bug that effects functionality.

This can’t be good practice, and NLS is run by the government so I don’t expect any better.

If I hear any news, I’ll be sure to pass it along.

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IOS 13.2 now out, lots fixed, a few new bugs

IOS 13.2 is now out. Apple vis has the details of lots of fixes, but 4 potential bugs that could have you holding off if you use braille. Spome may be device specific, so your milage will vary. Here is the Apple vis post on IOS 13.2 for you to peruse. Happy updating!

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