My first audio demonstration series podcast about Mountain Lion is now up. It is on selecting text on the web and the new ways one can do this in VoiceOver. You can find episode #16
The Big Cat Has Arrived
Well, the day has arrived. Yes, folks, OS Mountain Lion is now here. It was released by Apple as of this morning. You can purchase it through the Mac App Store for $19.99 and upgrade over both Snow Leopard or Lion.
I will be putting a few podcasts up in regard to Mountain Lion as the days pass. I have one done and am just waiting for my webmaster to upload it. Also, I added some new material to the
How to for the Mac and OS X pages for Mountain Lion
I am, so far, quite impressed. I always love installing a new operating system and exploring it and messing around for the first time. I am, when it comes to this stuff, like a big kid at Christmas time opening my presents.
I will mention a few of the features and additions that I have noticed. By no means is this a detailed description, but you will find a lot of information already all over the internet. The great folks at Applevis are already putting up a bunch of podcasts on Mountain Lion
Also, there are 3 books in the Take Control series from Tidbids Publishing that will be very helpful and useful to you. They are, “Take Control of Upgrading to Mountain Lion 1.1”, “Take Control of Using Mountain Lion 1.1”, and, “Take Control of Mail in Mountain Lion”. You can find these books
Alternatively, my good friends at Mac-access.net also have the entire series of take control books available. Please give them a look. Continue reading
With Mountain Lion said to be released later this month, it’s good idea to prepare oneself for the upgrade. At least, it’s best to get your system ready and to be aware of all the things that you should consider before you actually upgrade.
With that said, I am highly recommending the book, Take Control of Upgrading to Mountain Lion, by Joe Kissel. This is a book published by TidBids Publishing, and there are a lot of very useful and helpful books they have released over the years.
Although you can get it through their website
I would also highly recommend the services to purchase any of the Take Control series of books from
Please contact them for specific details.
I was recently honored and privileged and humbled to have been invited to be a guest host for the Serotek Triple Click Home podcast. It was a great deal of fun, and we discussed the World Wide Developer Conference and all of the Apple news that was released during the keynote address. I highly recommend that you subscribe to the podcast, as it is both quite entertaining and informative. I don’t know what I actually added to it, but I thank Serotek for inviting me to be a part of Episode #8. I certainly had a great time, and it has been one of my personal highlights of this Mac for the Blind adventure for me.
You can find the Triple Click Home podcast
Anyone who knows me personally knows my personal feelings about the whole Twitter and social networking explosion. No, I am not a fan of Twitter and Tweeting, and I grudgingly use Facebook.
However, with this kind of a resource and business, I have finally put aside my personal feelings and have added a Twitter account for macfortheblind. It is simply, @macfortheblind. Feel free to follow us.
I will do my best to tweet information, news and any updates to the site, as well as new audio demonstrations. At this point, I still am going to try to get another podcast up before Mountain Lion, but we will see how time permits.
There is also some news in regard to me having been given the distinct honor and privilege of joining forces on a tech podcast as a guest host. I will post the news about the podcast and the date of the release when I have it.
As always, I thank you for your continued support and for viewing this site. I have gotten a lot of positive feedback from folks learning the Mac and iDevices particularly over the last few months, and I truly am humbled and flattered by the kind words and compliments. I must point out, though, that the bast majority of the material here has come from the community, and I cannot take responsibility for it beyond making it available for you.
I have had a few days to digest everything that Apple announced at the WWDC keynote, as well as having read a lot of the reactions from various Mac and Apple related websites. To me, Tim Cook and company did a fantastic job, and from the opening part of the keynote using SIRI to tell jokes, it was an entertaining and grand display only Apple seems to be able to do so well. I really wish I had been present.
The new Mac Book Pro with the retina display is a truly awesome machine. I think Apple hit the ball out of the park again. It will be amazing and amusing to see how the PC laptop makers scramble to come out with the “Mac Book Pro” killers and badly fail as they have tried in attempting to match the Mac Book Air. The only “downside” to the model is that it is pricy and, to me, is a bit out of my range for my purposes of upgrading my current MBP.
Read all about the new Mac Book Pro here.
The standard Mac Book Pro line and the Mac Book Airs have been updated as well. They now all use the Intel Ivy Bridge processors, and I believe I will be getting a 13 inch MBP some time soon. From a practicality standpoint for my situation, this is the best choice, though I will be opting for the SSD storage instead of physical hard drive. I found it interesting that some folks were surprised that Apple retired the 17 inch Mac Book Pro model, as this was a very strong rumor sited in a number of places over the last month or two. Continue reading
On Monday, Apple will be holding their yearly World Wide Developer Conference, and as usual, there is a lot of speculation and excitement surrounding the event. At 1 O’clock Eastern time, the keynote address will take place, and what will be announced and highlighted are the topics of countless rumors and guessing.
For me, I am particularly interested. I don’t normally buy into the rumor mill and all of the talk that goes on about what Apple will or will not do because people tend to be wrong in many of the cases. However, this year, I really have been paying attention, and I really can’t wait until Monday afternoon. I think there are some good educated guesses, and based on the banners that are already up, it appears that we can expect a few obvious items to show up during the keynote address. Continue reading
It’s been quite a while, but there is now the 15th episode in the Mac for the Blind Audio Demonstration Series. It was not really intended as an official demonstration, as I was really messing with the Piezo recording application, but I decided to add it to the series. It is a demonstration of Serotek’s DocuScan Plus OCR product of the Mac, and it covers scanning a document, as well as the other features available in the products. As usual, you can find it on the
In addition, I have also added an RTF version of the Getting Started with VoiceOver in Lion manual. You can find it on our
Documentation page should you want it
This is just a quick note to let folks know that I have not forgotten about the site or anything of that nature. After the whole ACSP preparation and exam taking process, I have found myself a bit tired and mentally burnt out. ON top of that, I have been training folks and doing some non-accessibility stuff to make a living that have kept me tied up as well.
With that said, though, I will be getting back to trying to put some additional material up. Also, the Audio Demonstration series will continue. I have just not decided what I will cover next. So many people have put up some great podcasts on iOS in places like the applevis site, and I don’t want to reinvent the wheel by covering the same material. Thus, I am not sure if I should go back to the Mac, find some other areas of iOS to present or simply wait until Mountain Lion is released.
It may be a few more weeks, but things will be progressing here. So, please stay tuned. As always, I very much encourage and desire contributions and help from the community. So, if you have articles, podcasts, demonstration instructions or the like that you’d like to share, please let me know. I can’t stress enough how much I want Mac for the Blind to represent the blind Mac and iOS device user community.
Why I am writing this post
Let me just make this clear at the start that this post is not intended as any sort of bragging or boasting or anything along those lines. My story about my journey to take and pass the Apple Certified Support Professional exam for Mac OS X Lion is, hopefully, to serve two purposes. Firstly, if there are other blind folks interested in doing the same thing, this will help to encourage and inspire them. Secondly, even if you don’t ever intend on taking an Apple certification exam, I hope that this will convince you that, no matter what kind of goal you set for yourself, don’t sell yourself short by believing that there is no way to achieve it because it doesn’t seem “realistic” to reach as a blind person.
I will begin by plainly stating that the ACSP exam was the most challenging and intense exams I’ve ever taken in my life. I knew it would be difficult and that a lot of preparation would be needed, but I had no idea just how hard the exam would prove to be. I had always thought that the exam I took for my Certified Social Work license had been the toughest test I had taken until I took my Black Belt test in 1994. That had been an overall much more challenging exam because of the mental and physical drain. However, despite the ACSP exam not having the physical element to it, I still felt as if I had gone through all of the aspects of the Black Belt test by the time I completed the last of the 80 questions.
Somehow, by the grace of God, when the smoke cleared and it was all over, I had passed the exam and some three months of preparing and studying had paid off for me. I will try to describe the preparations that I took in achieving my goal, as well as advising you on what worked and what will not work for you. I never took an exam like this before, and some felt that I over prepared for it. However, sitting here now, every moment and choice I made I feel was worth the effort and the time I spent getting myself ready. I hope to provide you with some tips and sound advice should you decide to take the same journey by the time I am done writing this post. Continue reading