Hey, thanks Steve

7 10 2011

I was very sad to read of Steve Job’s passing. His brand of magic has made my life more accessible. I can hear clearly on my iPhone 4 which has a T4/M4 rating – great for listening clarity. I’ve got lots of great applications on my phone which help me in so many ways – talking books, iPod, radio, keeping me in touch with blogging, RSS feeds, Twitter and Skype. I can get my remote captions on it too, for conference calls and meetings. I can’t carry an ordinary laptop around, it’s too heavy and stresses my spine after a few minutes carrying it, so his MacBook Air saves the day. Saves me from a lot of doctor visits too. My little iPod gives me a lot of opportunities to listen to music and talking books, and gives me more opportunities to learn to listen and improve my cochlear hearing.

This article by Tim Carmody touched me …. I hope Steve Jobs knew how much of a difference he  made to people’s lives. He pushed the disability envelope and helped other people to see that there are possibilities and different, and better, ways of doing things.

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Subtitles for Apple Mac tutorials

11 04 2009

I’ve bought an electronic frisbee Apple MacBook Air and am struggling with finding out how to use all the applications, as it didn’t come with a manual. I found video tutorials online however they aren’t captioned. A problem for me, since I can’t hear!

I discovered this site, Mac Video Tutorial subtitles project. The video tutorials are subtitled by volunteers. Brilliant! Just what I need, and I’m sooo grateful.

Captions are available in English and Italian, and they would love more volunteers, to translate into other languages.

I have to say, with Apple liking to be seen as being at the forefront of technology, why haven’t they captioned all their videos? It’s not a technically difficult thing to do.