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Mike Calvo on Computer America Tonight!

July 10, 2007 • Darrell Shandrow Hilliker

Serotek CEO Mike Calvo will be interviewed live on the Computer America
program tonight July 10th at 10pm to Midnight eastern. Computer America is
the nation's longest running radio talk show about computers. Shows include
up to the moment technology news, interviews with industry experts,
appearances by hardware and software companies, show business personalities,
special segments and lots more. Throughout the Monday through Friday
two-hour program, Craig Crossman and his co-host Carey Holzman take your
phone calls, answer questions and make computers fun. A live chat room lets
you participate online during the show. And don't forget the ongoing
contests with big ticket computer prizes! Computer America is your primary
resource to the world of computers and technology. Mike will be talking
about Serotek and it's plan to provide accessibility anywhere. Current
Serotek customers are encouraged to call in and give feedback as to how
Serotek's products have impacted their lives.

Computer America is carried across the country over the Business TalkRadio
NetworkĊ½. If you cannot find a radio station carrying the show, you can
still listen because the Business TalkRadio Network streams its signal live
over the Internet. The streaming audio is in Windows Media format only, so
you will need to have a player that supports this format. Click the
following link to listen to the show:
If that link doesn't work, then please try this alternate link from Las
Vegas affiliate K-News 970AM:

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Update: Accessible Version of CallBurner

July 8, 2007 • Darrell Shandrow Hilliker

It appears the CallBurner team has not yet made their accessible version available to the public. Since many of you have asked how you can get started right away, please feel free to download a copy of the accessible version. Since this version of CallBurner is not currently provided on the company’s web site, this software should be considered to be a beta release, with all the “play at your own risk” caveats that status entails. Stay tuned for another update as soon as the CallBurner Team has informed us of the public availability of the accessible release.

Categories: JAWS, reviews, Skype, tips

CallBurner: Finally, Fully Accessible Skype Call Recording is Here at Last!

July 7, 2007 • Darrell Shandrow Hilliker

The people at Netralia, developers of the Skylook Skype call management and recording application for Microsoft Outlook, have recently released a new Skype call recording product that does not depend on Outlook. The new CallBurner application enables annotation and recording of all Skype calls while providing a clean, simple user interface.

After learning of the existence of this new product, I downloaded a trial copy of the software. While finding it reasonably usable for basic call recording, I found the call detail window largely inaccessible with any screen reader, including JAWS, System Access and Window-Eyes. I promptly wrote a short note to the company’s support e-mail address requesting accessibility enhancements to permit full use of CallBurner with screen reading software. On Thursday, July 5, I was absolutely flabbergasted to receive a response from the company’s senior developer offering a beta copy of an accessible version of the software for my testing! This response came in less than three weeks of my initial request!

After downloading the test copy of CallBurner, I immediately began to put it through its paces. After enabling “Screen Reader Compatibility” in the Accessibility sub-menu of the program’s System Tray icon, I was instantly delighted to discover extensive keyboard navigation, a tabbed Call Details dialogue box and full accessibility without need of screen reader configuration or scripts. Follow these steps to enable “Screen Reader Compatibility” after downloading and installing CallBurner:

  1. Minimize all running programs and focus on the Desktop by pressing Left Windows+M.
  2. Press JAWS Key+F11, Modifier+F11 (System Access) or Insert+S (Window-Eyes) to open the System Tray menu.
  3. Down arrow to CallBurner and press enter to right click its System Tray icon.
  4. Press enter on the Accessibility sub-menu.
  5. Press enter on “Screen Reader Compatibility”. This is the only option currently found in the Accessibility sub-menu.
  6. The following dialogue box is shown: “Screen Reader Compatibility is now turned ON. NOTE: You need to restart CallBurner for this change to become effective.”
  7. Press enter on the OK button to accept the change.
  8. Press JAWS Key+F11, Modifier+F11 (System Access) or Insert+S (Window-Eyes) to return to the System Tray menu.
  9. Down arrow to CallBurner and press enter to right click its System Tray icon.
  10. Up arrow to the Quit option and press enter.
  11. Press the Left Windows key or CTRL+Escape to open the Start menu.
  12. Press p to open the All Programs menu.
  13. Down arrow to CallBurner and press enter to open its sub-menu.
  14. Press enter on CallBurner to start the program. The Call Details window opens, presenting a tabbed dialogue box that delivers a fully accessible user interface to all CallBurner functions.
  15. Press the End key to move to the Help tab.
  16. Press the Tab key once to select Browse On-Line Help and press enter to open CallBurner’s documentation in a typical web browser window. This help will serve to get you started with CallBurner in short order.

The latest version of CallBurner, incorporating the “Screen Reader Compatibility” enhancement, has been made available as of Saturday, July 7, 2007. I highly recommend CallBurner to anyone, blind or sighted, who needs to record Skype calls. The ability and willingness of the developers to make their software accessible in less than three weeks of such a request demonstrates the commitment of this company to high quality, reliable customer service and technical support. We should all send a quick note of thanks to the CallBurner Team expressing our appreciation for their prompt attention to our accessibility needs and encouraging their developers to continue the excellent work in this area for all their software. Stay tuned to Blind Access Journal and other blind community online resources for demonstrations, reviews, tips and other information covering the use of this excellent application.

Categories: JAWS, reviews, Skype, tips

ACB 2007 Convention on demand and podcasts complete

July 7, 2007 • Darrell Shandrow Hilliker

All of the on demand archives and podcast files are up for all of the
sessions of the 2007 convention, including the banquet. You can download
all of the sessions from the podcast feed found at:

If you wish to listen to the on demand archives, then go to the Convention
2007 page found at:

Note: The quality and, thus, the file sizes, of the podcasts are
significantly higher than those provided in the On Demand archives.

Happy listening everyone,
Jeff Bishop

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Promoting Bookshare: Theme of Tuesday Event,July 3, 2007

July 2, 2007 • Darrell Shandrow Hilliker


Theme: Telling Others About Bookshare

Facilitator: Monica Willyard (

Although has dramatically increased access to books for the
community of visually impaired and otherwise print disabled individuals
since 2002, it is still unknown in many circles. During Tuesday's live,
interactive meeting of the Bookshare community, the group will examine ways
to take the Bookshare story to schools, universities, libraries, retirement
communities, and other areas . throughout the United States.

Date: Tuesday, July 3, 2007.

Time: 5:00 p.m. Pacific, 6:00 p.m. Mountain, 7:00 p.m. Central, 8:00 p.m.
Eastern and Wednesday 00:00 GMT.

Where: The Bookshare Online Community Room.

There is no charge to attend this event. All you need is a PC running
Windows 2000 or later, an Internet connection, a sound card, and speakers. A
microphone will be needed to allow you to interact audibly with each other.
If, however, you do not have a microphone, text chatting will be allowed.

To join this community of book lovers, click on the Bookshare Chat Room link
on the Accessible World Home page at:

or use the following direct link:

If this is the first time you have entered a Talking Communities chatroom,
or the conference client has been updated, you will need to install and then
run the Talkcom software. It is very small and safe to install on your
computer. When the installation is complete, you will be returned to the
sign-in screen. Select the Enter Room button. Enter your first and last
name, Leave the Password field blank. tab to the log in button, and press
Enter. That's it. You will be in the room and can begin talking with others
in the virtual audience by pressing and holding down the Control key.

Don't hesitate to invite all your friends. Seating is unlimited and All
events are FREE! Also, stop by the chat room anytime to visit with friends
or get immediate answers to Bookshare issues.

See you Tuesday, July 3!

For additional information, contact:

The Accessible World
Pat Price, Events Coordinator

This online live event is entirely an activity of Bookshare volunteers that
is sponsored by the Accessible World in partnership with Talking

Susan Lumpkin, Co-Facilitator
Bookshare Chat Room

Media Contacts for Additional Information:
Robert Acosta, Chair, Planning Committee
Helping Hands for the Blind

Pat Price, Events Coordinator
The Accessible World Symposiums
Skype: patprice1

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