Richard Turner's Home Page
Last modified May 22, 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
"The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy has this to say on the subject of flying.
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.
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.
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.
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
Get the Picture! Viewing the World with the iPhone Camera
Judy Dixon's book is written from the perspective of someone who was born blind and yet wants to know how to take really good pictures. She hired a professional photographer to teach her about the use of the camera and she shares what she learned in this excellent book. She also discusses a lot of different apps that help a person who is blind learn about their environment, identify objects, etc.
The National Braille Press has a page with all of their Apple related books listed in one place. Here are a few titles:P>
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: 01GOCUBSGORingTone.zip
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 Soul.com 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.
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 LaptopsP> dual Electronics Bluetooth GPS Receiver at Amazon.com
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.
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.
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.
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.
OPTACON USERS' LIST
To subscribe to the OPTACON users' list, send an e-mail with the word subscribe in the subject to:
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:
Optasia Ministry web site
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: www.wordweb.info
MUSICIANS and other entertainment
Musicians Here are some of my favorite musicians who have a Pacific Northwest connection.
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