an eagle flying over a gorge The only limits are those of vision.

Richard Turner's Home Page

Last modified November 3, 2018

Welcome to my web site. The primary purpose of this site is to offer some help to other blind or visually impaired people. There are a few things of interest to others, I hope.

So, below you will find links to some resources, quotations, musicians and whatever else I decide to add. I hope you find something interesting and possibly even useful.

In case you are wondering why I have "42" in the name of my web site. It isn't that there were 41 turner.coms ahead of me. My favorite number is 42, thanks to the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. I have a small sound sample from the BBC Radio version of the book: answer.mp3

an eagle in flight
"The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy has this to say on the subject of flying.
There is an art, it says, or rather, a knack to flying. The knack lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss."
--Douglas Adams, from Life, The Universe and Everything, p.59

iDevices from Apple

In November of 2009, I purchased my first iPod Touch 64GB. I liked the idea of having a built-in screen reader, PDA functionality, as well as a music and audio book player. I am now using the iPhone 5S daily and loving it!

For those who are not familiar with the iDevices, the first accessible iPod Touch was the Third Generation, which came out in late 2009. They were the 32 GB and 64GB models. They have Voice Over built-in, which is the Apple Screen Reader. Most of the apps (short for applications) that come from Apple are quite accessible with Voice Over.

useful Apps

Before you go on to the list of apps, the best new app in a long time came out on July 12, 2017. It is Seeing AI from Microsoft and it is free. It I included it in the list of apps, but one area some folks have been having difficulty with is the Product Channel for identifying products by their bar code.

Seeing AI Product Channel Demo

Below is a link to a showrtrecording demonstrating the product channel in the Seeing AI app. I did not say everything in the recording. Bar Codes are usually near the label seam on a can or bottle, on the bottom of boxes, along the seam of a bag, etc. When you hear the firstbeep on your device, turn the item slowly until you hear fast beeps. Then, slowly move the device closer to the item. When you are about 4 to 6 inches from the item, you should get results. SeeingAIProductChannelDemo.mp3

At my job, we teach the Apple iDevices as the best accessible device going right now and we have compiled a list of apps that we have tested with VoiceOver. Below is a link to our list which I hope to keep updated fairly regularly.
Useful Apps
If you want the Useful Apps as a Word DOCX file, you can get it at this next link by right clicking and selecting Save Target As:
Useful Apps.docx

iOS Gestures and Keyboard Commands

Here are Word .DOCX files of the VoiceOver gestures and keyboard/braille commands, mostly from the iOS 10 user guide.

Orbit Reader 20 Jaws Commands

If you have the Orbit Reader 20 braille display and have a hard time finding the Jaws commands to use it with Jaws, Here they are in a table: OrbitReader20JawsCommands.html

Scanning Stands

In case you are only interested in the different scanning stands available for use with OCR apps, here is a list of currently available stands: Scanning Stands

Narrator Keyboard Commands

Here is a link to a Word .docx file of the Narrator Keyboard Commands, Touch Gestures and Scan Mode.


The National Braille Press has a page with all of their Apple related books listed in one place. Here are a few titles:

  • "Getting Started with iOS 9 and the iPhone" by Anna Dresner
  • Anyone Can Play: Accessible Games for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch , edited by Judith Dixon, $12.00
  • iOS 9 Without the Eye , by Jonathan Mosen, $19.95
NBP Apple Products

iOS Access for All by Shelly Brisbin is another excellent book that covers all aspects of the accessibility features on Apple products. The iOS 10 version is now available: iOS Access for All web site

iPhone X Ringtone

Here are two links to the M4R file of the new iPhone X Ringtone. First, is an MP3 version so you can play it easily, then, a direct link to the M4R version, if you want to download it, you will need to right click and select Save Target As.

Go cubs Go ringTone

In honor of the Chicago Cubs winning the 2016 World Series, I clipped out part of the Steve Goodman song, "Go Cubs Go" and saved it as a Ringtone for iOS. Right click on the zip file to save it on your computer, then unzip it and add it to iTunes:

Voice Dream Reader 4.0 overview

I did an overview when Voice Dream Reader 4.0 was in beta. If you have not gotten Voice Dream Reader, this is still accurate on the layout, etc.

A note about this MP3 file. I recorded it with Audio memos Pro on my iPhone 5S using the Zoom IQ 6 microphone. I had Voice Dream Reader 4.0 final beta on my iPod Touch 6th Generation playing through the Sound Brick bluetooth speaker. This is my first attempt at doing this kind of recording, so it is a bit rough in places where I did a little editting, but i hope it is helpful.

Voice Dream Reader Version 4 MP3

Tones from the Galaxy S6 converted to m4r for iDevices

On the VIPhone Users List, mark Taylor posted a link to get the tones provided by The Android site which contains the link to the original .ogg files used on the Android phones. I have converted those original files to m4r format for use on the Apple devices. But, I want to give credit to the Android Soul web site for providing these files.

The m4r versions are in the zip file "" available here: The original ogg files are available here: The Android Soul download

Here are some links related to Apple products that you may find helpful:

GPS Receivers for the iDevices

Bad Elf GPS Receiver for iPod touch, iPhone, iPad and iPad2 (66-channel, SBAS/WAAS, 10Hz)

Bad Elf receiver at Amazon

Dual Electronics XGPS150 Universal Bluetooth GPS Receiver for iPad 2, iPad, iPod touch, iPhone and Other Smartphones, Tablets and Laptops

P> dual Electronics Bluetooth GPS Receiver at

Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows 10

Here is a Word Document that uses Tables and Headings for the extensive list of keyboard shortcuts from the Microsoft support page.

Free Screen Saver

The screen saver allows you to pick what images appear on the screen and also allow you to have any sound files playing. If you like that idea, you will find the link below.
gPhotoShow - Free Slide Show Screen Saver

accessible games

Below will be a link to some of my favorite games, but before that, in memory of Jim Kitchen, I converted many of the commercials he used in his games to ringtone files for anyone who might want them. They are mostly from the Baseball game, my personal favorite.
Jim Kitchens

Accessible games Here you can read about some of my favorite accessible games.


Quotations Here you can read some of my favorite quotations.


I recently received a variation on the old Abbott and Costello "who's on first" routine. I decided to produce it with different speech synthesizers using Window-Eyes and GoldWave. The link below will play the mp3 file. Enjoy.
Hu's in China.mp3
Here is the text version in an MS-Word document: Hu's_in_China.doc



I recently learned that the OPTACON has an active users' list, places to repair them, and a movement to get a new OPTACON type machine created. If you are interested, here is some information.

OPTACON Repair in the U.S.

Richard Oehm
Oehm Electronics
SAN JOSE, CA 95122-3617
Tel: 408-971-6250
FAX: 408-271-9188


To subscribe to the OPTACON users' list, send an e-mail with the word subscribe in the subject to:
optacon-l-request at
by replacing the word "at" with the @ (at) sign.

Bible Study Resources

I recently discovered a Ministry that is providing a vast array of Bible Translations, study materials and reading materials for free to print disabled people. It is called Optasia Ministry. Here is a partial quote from his web site:

Our Vision:
We aim to provide resources that will help equip Christians with disabilities to serve in Christ's church.

We provide biblical study tools and other ministry resources in a digital form that can be read by screen reading computer software, giving persons with visual disabilities access to materials that are not usable for them in print form. A list of available material is listed on our web site or is available by contacting us.

Because we are operating under the Chafee Amendment of the US copyright law we are able to provide copyrighted material free to those who qualify for our services. Those wishing to receive our material will be asked to affirm that they have a visual disability or other disability that necessitates the use of the alternative formatted documents we provide.

Optasia Ministry web site

WordWeb Pro

Wordweb is a dictionary that you can have running in the background to make it easy to look up definitions, synonyms, etc., from just about anywhere on your computer. It is very screen reader friendly. Check it out at:

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