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E-Band Music Software

Hello fellow readers I just recently discovered a fantastic tool for musicians called E band from Boss Corporation.

I'm sure that anyone reading this blog might be asking themselves "what the heck is E band?"

Well, E Band is a system which allows musicians to practice their music soloing skills when it comes down to playing bass or guitar, or vocals.  E band allows you to take any mp3 song, or a standard audio file and allows you to import the file in to the unit.

Furthermore E Band also allows you to change the key of a song, and also allows you to slow down the song to allow the musician to be able to pick up a guitar or bass passage.

Imagine the great classic hit song from the Eagles called Hotel California?

Update on Windows 8 -- 2nd Review

Hello there fellow readers, as promised in an earlier blog I told you that I would get back to you all on Windows 8.

At the same time that Windows 8 was released Jaws for Windows had also made its release to version 14.0.

In actual fact I ended upgrading my Jaws before installing Windows 8 in its upgrade mode.  I figured that it wasn't worth reformatting my drive, and doing a fresh install of Windows 8, since everything was going fine and well with Windows 7.

Accessible Metronome

I just recently purchased a metronome that was going to be accessible to me.  Nowadays, most of the metronomes on the market are digital and do not cater to people who have a visual impairment.  However I did find a metronome that was accessible. The metronome model is from Korg and I'll explain later on how I think it's accessible.

Why Do We Read & Write Blog Posts?

People write blogs as a way to express themselves and their knowledge or expertise. People read blogs as a source of information or because they find the writer interesting.

Blogs are extremely useful, both to the writer and the reader. The writer may have a lot of knowledge to share, and the reader may want an informal way to learn about a topic. Some people use blogs to find other people with similar problems, issues or situations

Blogging is an excellent way to keep your writing skills sharp.  It’s also a great way to interact with people by posting on forums, discussion lists, networks & other larger social media sites, such as twitter & facebook, to educate, advocate & learn.

It’s a great way to find out new and informative information

Jaws 14

I am pleased to report the release of Jaws 14 has finally hit the market.

On October 22, 2012 jaws 14 was released, beating Microsoft's Windows 8 release scheduled on October 26, 2012.

As I stated in an earlier blog the release of Jaws 14 is supposed to include support for Windows 8 and the support for the new SAPI speech synthesizer, known as Vocalizer.

The nice thing about this software synth is that it gives fantastic response when typing text into a word processor.  One important question which comes to mind is - will this synthesizer replace the default Eloquence synthesizer which comes standard with Jaws?

Update on Windows 8

As promised I told you that I would report on my findings of Windows 8.

As you all know Windows 8 was released on October 26, 2012.  I have personally  picked up a couple of copies of Windows 8 Pro Edition.

At the cost of $69.99 who could go wrong with that price.  Microsoft states that the price will not increase until January 31 2013.

How to Write a Successful Blog

You should be aware that there is no "standard" blog approach. There are no hard and fast rules on how to blog.

The top advice for writing a blog is:

Happy Blog-Oween !

HAPPY BLOG-OWEEN !

October is my second favorite month of the year. One of the best things about the fall month is doing traditional Halloween activities, like going out to a pumpkin patch and picking out the perfect pumpkin. I love sipping a pumpkin tea, or one with cinnamon and spice, drink that have that cozy taste of fall ! Another terrific thing about the month of October is the fact that it’s not to hot, but not to cold, just the perfect weather to throw on a warm cozy sweater and curl up on the sofa !

To try and make this a bit of an interactive blog, I’m going to share a few questions and my answers , and I’d love to hear yours

1) What is your favorite Halloween Movie?  Mine is Charlie Brown’s Pumpkin Patch

Blogging & Sharing

A blog is a valuable asset to our organization. It gives us the opportunity to establish ourselves, it gives us a platform to network with your peers, fellow organizations, and general public and allows allows us to generate buzz in social media.

You ask, what is social media? In short, social media can be defined as interactive platforms via which individuals and communities create and share user-generated content. 

If we can get comments on our blogs, we’ll increase our status as an organization.  The more comments we have, the more clout we appear to have, because people are interested enough in what we are and have to say as an organization, so much that people will take the time to comment  on interesting topics.

Soon to be released: Windows 8

It has finally come!  The anxiously-awaited, new-to-be-released Windows 8.  Microsoft promises this to be the best release of Windows ever, filled with lots of features, and boasts that this new soon-to-be-released version of Windows will be even more stable than it's predecessor, Windows 7. 

Isn't it funny how we are all now used to Windows 7 and how we have become accustomed to how it operates alongside the commercial and free screen readers out on the market to date, while companies like Freedom Scientific and GW Micro have been frantically working so hard in the last several months to ensure that their screen readers are compatible with the soon-to-be-released operating system from the Big Giant?

TC Electronic (music software)

In today's blog I wanted to tell you about a seminar I attended this week on a company that designs products for guitar, bass, and audio enthusiasts.  The company which hosted the seminar was TC Electronic

In this seminar they presented a whole range of guitar peddles which produce and change the way the guitar sounds.  As some of you may know an electric guitar isn't an electric guitar if it doesn't have a series of effects to give it an enhanced tone in colour.  The gentleman giving the talk was very thorough in informing his audience of what each peddle did, and demonstrated how one could change and vary each peddles effect. 

Advocacy- We cannot sleep, Let Our Voices be heard !

In this blog, I'd just like to take a moment to speak regarding a quote that i find quite inspiring. I hope that the following quote, will also inspire you. After the quote you will see my follow up comments!

One of the great liabilities of history is that all too many people fail to remain awake through great periods of social change. Every society has its protectors of status quo and its fraternities of the indifferent who are notorious for sleeping through revolutions. Today, our very survival depends on our ability to stay awake, to adjust to new ideas, to remain vigilant and to face the challenge of change."

- Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

APPLE THIS Website

This week, I'd like to talk about a web site dedicated to those who own or are interested in purchasing a Mac system.

The web site is http://www.applethis.com.

On this web site you will find new breaking stories about what apple is doing, and some valuable information on compatibility of softwares, and OS release information, and what exactly is  the future of Apple products.

The information on this web site is extremely accessible, and you can navigate all the sections by pressing the letter h on your screen reader to navigate by heading, and follow the links to the full story.

Finally there are also links to resources to sites  dedicated to those with a visual impairment.

Open Office 3 Software

This blog is on an alternative word processing software for the Mac.  The software package is called Open Office 3, and was designed by a group of individuals who believed that paying lots of money for a Office suite was simply not satisfactory.

While they accept  donations, the software is completely free, and easy to download. You simply go to www.openoffice.org, and the rest is straightforward, if you follow the instructions.

I had always heard about this software before but was not inclined to download it until a friend of mine from work encouraged me to download it.

The installation easy and straight forward, and I had no problems in installing the software on my Mac.

Tune In Radio -App for iPhone, iPad products

Hello fellow bloggers, this week I like to talk to you about a new application,  I downloaded on my iPhone, it's called “Tune In radio”.

A brief description of what this app is.

Tune in Radio is a application which allows you to tune in to radio stations across the world using your WiFi  and or Data plan usage provided from your local carrier.  It is an application which is installed on either you iPhone, and or iPad.

There are two versions of the app,

1. a paid version which allows you to record your favourite program on the radio station you dial in to, and

2. the free version which simply allows you to listen to the radio station.

Installation of the software is extremely accessible while using voice over on the iPad or iPhone.

OS X-Iphone, Ipad Upgrade

A new feature that is available to new OS X upgrade to the iPhone iPad

As you are all aware, OS X was released on September 19, 2012 at approximately 1 PM.  The procedure in applying the updates to the new OS was extremely easy and did not require any effort at all and in fact was extremely accessible as well while setting up the phone and the iCloud.

Well there are numerous features listed in the update it would simply take too long to collaborate in this blog.  For the purposes of this blog I would like to talk about the map feature that is now available in OS 6

Recently In the News "Montreal Gazette"

Below is a recent article that was posted in the "Montreal Gazette" and also recently posted to our local Chapter Facebook Page by one of our members

'I made too many complaints'; Frequent user of STM'S adapted transit service says staff can be rude and service leaves much to be desired

Graphic: DAVE SIDAWAY, THE GAZETTE / Omar, a quadriplegic, is wheeled into a taxi in downtown Montreal. Omar, who was temporarily barred from the Société de transport de Montréal's adapted transit service, is taking his case to the Quebec Human Rights Commission.;

Siri on the iPhone 4S

Hello there readers. Well, with the back to school season well on its way, I thought it would be appropriate to talk about a feature on the iPhone 4s called Siri.

Since the birth of the iPhone 4s, there has been a dictation feature on each and every new iDevice built  in the last year.

However, a feature which is not installed on every iDevice is the Siri voice assistant.

What is Siri, you might all be wondering?

Well, imagine telling your T.V. or computer that you want to do a certain task.  Siri on the iPhone does, and quite well I might add.

With Siri you can

Mountain Lion Dictation

In this post, I'll talk a bit about the dictation feature in the newly released OS mountain lion 10.8.

While  this feature is not perfect it can definitely help those who have issues in  typing large amounts of text.  This feature can be launched by going into the edit menu found under the Apple menu bar.  Once this feature has been set up in system preferences, an individual only needs to  press the FN key  twice to activate the feature and press the key twice again to deactivate the feature.

An Introduction to Mac OS 10.8, MOUNTAIN LION

The long awaited release of Apple's Mac OS 10.8, Mountain Lion, finally arrived in the Mac App store on July 25, 2012.

I went through the steps to download the 4 gigabyte file. I don't know if it was because millions of customers were downloading on their server at the same time, but the download took about half an hour to complete on my system, which I found a little long considering I'm using an extremely high speed server from my carrier.

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