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Alert: Avoid JAWS Public Beta 7.10 Third Update (Build 340

May 5, 2006 • Darrell Shandrow Hilliker

If you are running Windows XP and you have multiple profiles configured on your computer, are connected to a Windows Active Directory or Domain or otherwise rely on the Windows Logon screen in order to gain access to your system, I would strongly recommend that you not complete today’s update from Build 332 to Build 340 of the JAWS 7.1 public beta. After completing this update, I am no longer able to fully access the Windows Logon screen. Pressing the tab key enables access to only the “turn off” option. It is necessary to use the JAWS cursor to navigate this screen now, and only one of my accounts is available in this manner. This issue has been promptly reported to Freedom Scientific!

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Google Opens Doors to the Blind

May 3, 2006 • Darrell Shandrow Hilliker


Did you all miss me? I’m back! Here’s what I talked about on the show:

  • Google opens its doors to us by finally making an audio CAPTCHA available on all properties, including Blogger. What shall we do with the petition?
  • Karen and I will be married in exactly one month from today!
  • Karen’s guide dog, Douglas, has been having a hard time lately.
  • I’m listening to Scott Sigler’s latest podcast novel, Infection. We’re up to episode 8 and things are really hopping. This book is pretty morbid, so I would not consider it family safe. I wish Scott would work on the accessibility of his web site just a little…
  • I played Good Day by Natives of the New Dawn from the Podsafe Music Network.

That’s all my friends. Don’t forget to tell us what you think. Thanks.

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Visual Verification: Google Adds Audio CAPTCHA to Blogger

May 1, 2006 • Darrell Shandrow Hilliker

Google has rounded out its implementation of audio CAPTCHA by adding it to their Blogger property today, May 1. Blind Blogger readers may now post comments to their favorite blogs even when the authors have implemented word verification to protect against spam. Read more about this excellent news on Blogger Buzz and check out the LAFD blog to experience an example of Google’s audio alternative to visual verification.

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