Author Archives: mcourcel

About mcourcel

I work within the Information Technology industry. More precisely, within the accessibility field. Oddly enough, I'm trying out WordPress to evaluate its ease of use and just to tinker with various topics of my choosing.

Neat things in the news this week

I’ve got 2 interesting stories this week that were considered news-worthy… and they didn’t involve the Superball draw. 🙂 First off, in the spirit of my last entry, the University of Michigan is investigating the creation of a Kindle-like device, … Continue reading

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Happy Braille Day!

Happy Braille Day This piece was originally published on another site a few years back. I decided to publish it here in a modified/updated format in order to honor Braille day. I have touched on many topics, but there is … Continue reading

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When Accessibility Features Get In the Way

I’ll admit it’s quite the controversial title for a blog entry, but hear me out. Picture the following. You’re idly sitting in front of your keyboard tinkering with either shift keys and all of a sudden you’ve triggered something on … Continue reading

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MS Office 365… I am converted!

Although I podcast a lot about Apple products, (Easy Access), there are many other devices and computers that I use day-to-day. When at work, it’s mostly Microsoft Office products. To be honest, I’ve gotten used to these tools and have … Continue reading

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Gestures, why use them

By now, many of you have probably encountered, or even own one of the many iDevices. You are also probably using Voiceover to access its many built-in functions. But, are you using Voiceover efficiently? If you are constantly looking for … Continue reading

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Episode 1.2, (Pilot?), A Few Voiceover gestures.

In this episode, we investigate voiceover gestures and how they can speed up navigation. http://www.podcastgarden.com/login/audio-6/6529/ea01_A_few_gestures.m4a  

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Easy Access, Episode 1: Starting And Stopping VoiceOver

   In this episode, I give you a quick and easy way of turning on Voiceover on your idevice with the use of SIRI.  http://www.podcastgarden.com/login/audio-6/6529/ea01_EnablingVoiceover.m4a  

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Editing a Blog From The iPhone

A few days ago, I did a review of a pocket-sized braille display. Then I thought, what if I could actually write a blog with the darn thing by using my iPhone. Well, it seems that there are like-minded folk … Continue reading

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Another Talking Alarm?

Another Talking Alarm?   For any of you who have had the privilege of spending some quality time with yours truly, you will undoubtedly know that I have a fixation, nay a fascination with all hardware or software that tracks … Continue reading

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Focusing On Braille

Thanks to the folks at Canadialog, I have had the pleasure of using the diminutive Focus 14 blue braille display from Freedom Scientific. Easily held in one hand, the device crams a lot of functionality within a small package. One … Continue reading

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