Richard Turner's Home Page
Last updated May 25, 2020
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 SE 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.
iOS Gestures and Keyboard Commands
Here are Word and a couple Excel files of the VoiceOver gestures and keyboard/braille commands, mostly from the iOS user guide. I added the common braille commands for VoiceOver on the Mac. I've included the new Voice Control commands list.
At my job, I teach the Apple iDevices as the best accessible device going right now and I have compiled a list of apps that have been tested with VoiceOver. Below is a link to the list which I hope to keep updated fairly regularly.
In case you are interested in the different scanning stands available for use with OCR apps, here is a list of currently available stands: Scanning Stands
I have put together a list of most of the UEB punctuation in more or less alphabetical order. If you right click on the following link and choose save as, you can save the .brf file to use on your braille device.UEBPunctuationAlphabetical.brf
Orbit Reader 20 manual in brf
I took the word document from the Orbit Research web site and converted it to UEB braille with Braille Blaster. To download it, right click on the link and select save as, otherwise it will try and open it. Here is the file:
Hadley Institute for the Blind Instructional Videos
Hadley has been adding a lot to their instructional videos. The link below will take you to their videos page where you will find videos on topics like:
Apple Related Books
A man named Michael Fier, has written a book to help someone from the very beginning with no experience with Apple devices, through to a pretty complete understanding of the iOS system and the use of VoiceOver. Here is a link to an ePub version of his book that will work in Voice Dream Reader or any ePub reader.
The National Braille Press has a page with all of their Apple related books listed in one place. Here are a few titles:
iOS Access for All by Shelly Brisbin is another excellent book that covers all aspects of the accessibility features on Apple products: 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
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:
Windows Related items
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
I put the Jaws Laptop Keystrokes into an Excel file as I personally find this a more accessible format than in the Jaws help topic.
Narrator Keyboard Commands
Here is a link to a Word .docx file of the Narrator Keyboard Commands, Touch Gestures and Scan Mode.
Chrom Browser Tutorial for Jaws by David Moore
Here is a word document formatted with headings of David Moore's excellent tutorial on using the Chrome Browser with Jaws.
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.
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
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.
Braille EDGE 40 v1.1 Firmware UpdateUpdating your Braille EDGE 40
1. Download the ZIP file from the link below.
2. Extract the ZIP file. You will see a single .bin file: B40NK_170307.bin.
3. Copy this .bin file to the root of a SD card.
4. Insert the SD card into the Braille EDGE 40.
5. Hold down "F8" and press and release the "reset" button. (NOTE: It is NOT necessary to hold down reset.)
6. Continue holding "F8" until the Braille EDGE 40 speaks, "Start system update".
7. The Braille EDGE 40 plays progress sounds to indicate that something is happening.
8. The Braille EDGE 40 says, "Update Success" and then restarts itself after 10 seconds.
You can download the Braille EDGE 40 updated firmware here,
Check to make sure the Braille EDGE 40 is running Firmware Version 1.1 Build 20170307 by doing the following:
1. From the Main Menu, use the SPACEBAR repeatedly until you get to "Information".
2. Press "ENTER" to open this screen.
3. Press "SPACE-DOT 4" twice. This will display the version and build you are running.
This latest release for the Braille EDGE 40 contains the following new features and enhancements:
Expanded UEB SupportThe Braille EDGE 40 already supported the use of UEB in the Notepad application. Now UEB can also be used in the Braille EDGE 40 menus and prompts.
1. Go to the Options Menu on the Braille EDGE 40.
2. Scroll to "Braille for Message" or press the letter "G".
3. There are five options: US Uncontracted Braille, US Contracted Braille, UEB Uncontracted Braille, UEB Contracted Braille, and Computer Braille. Press "SPACEBAR" to cycle through the options and press "ENTER" to save.
To change the default grade of Braille used in the Notepad:
1. Go to the Options Menu on the Braille EDGE 40.
2. Scroll to "Braille For Notepad Grade" or press the letter N.
3. There are five options: US Uncontracted Braille, US Contracted Braille, UEB Uncontracted Braille, UEB Contracted Braille, and Computer Braille. Press "SPACEBAR" to cycle through the options and press "ENTER" to change.
This feature is useful when testing Braille cells for weak dots.
1. To enter Test Mode, press "SPACE+BACKSPACE+ENTER+T" from anywhere in the Braille EDGE 40 Program Menu.
2. Individual pins will move up and down on the display starting with dot1 in cell 1, moving to DOT2 in CELL1, etc.
3. Press "SPACE" to pause or resume Test Mode.
4. While paused, pressing the cursor router above any cell will cause all pins in that cell to be displayed.
5. Also while paused, press any individual dot or function key on the Braille EDGE 40 and see its corresponding function.
6. Press "SPACE+Z" to exit Test Mode.
Typing Mode has been available on the Braille Sense for many years. Now this function comes to the Notepad on the Braille EDGE 40. While in Typing Mode, pressing "SPACE" with any character on the keyboard enters that character followed by a space into the document. This mode can keep you from accidentally moving to a different part of the document by pressing"SPACE" plus any characters that are navigation commands. Typing Mode is especially useful for fast typists.
Typing Mode is a toggle. To enable Typing Mode from within a document, press "F4+K". The same key combination will exit Typing Mode.
Enhanced JAWS Support
Function keys on the Braille EDGE 40 should produce the same results as their QWERTY keyboard equivalents: Escape, Tab, Control, Alt, Insert, Shift, Windows and Applications.
Exam Mode locks the Braille EDGE 40 in terminal mode, so that it may be used as a Braille display for a student using a computer designed to facilitate standardized testing. Exam Mode requires that a password be entered so that the function cannot be exited without entering the same password. The computer must contain a screen reader compatible with HIMS Braille displays for Braille input and output to be possible.
Terminal Mode is the mode in which the notetaker serves as a Braille Terminal (Braille display) for a screen reader. The screen reader outputs the screen information in Braille to the device, and translates keystrokes from the Braille keyboard into text and commands the computer can understand. This Braille access provides a truly accessible testing environment for the student.
We have left specific instructions out of this release note and the Braille EDGE 40 user manual in an attempt to keep it out of the hands of students. Please email HIMS at firstname.lastname@example.org instructions for using Exam Mode.
If you have any questions, please call HIMS Technical Support at (888) 520-4467 Option 2 or e-mail them at: email@example.com
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
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