Author: FSCast

FSCast 230, Major Scotty Smiley discusses his life, and Dr. Michele McDonnall with results of year two of the AT In The Workplace study

On FSCast 230, we’ll get to know retired Army Major Scotty Smiley.  He was blinded by a suicide bomber when fighting in Iraq; but came back, taught at West Point, and became the military’s first totally blind active-duty officer.  Then, Dr. Michele McDonnall will be here to discuss the second year of the AT in …

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FSCast 229, An Interview with Mandy Van Cleave, an overview of Text Viewer, and how to write compelling bug reports

On FSCast 229, when Mandy Van Cleave started her job as an assistive technology trainer, little did she know that she would soon need that technology for herself.  We hear from Mandy about her personal and professional experience, as well as about a new ZoomText feature that might change the way you use screen magnification.  …

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FSCast 228, An Interview with Donovan Tildesley, and an overview of using Visual Studio Code

On FSCast 228 we’re joined by retired Paralympic swimmer Donovan Tildesley.  We’ll hear about his odyssey of being removed from a Virgin cruise because the crew panicked when they saw a solo blind passenger, and how his social media presence allowed him to negotiate a solution.  Then, a look at Visual Studio Code and why …

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FSCast 227, Archive of FSOpenLine from February 2023

On the archive of the February FSOpenLine, we take your calls on a variety of topics including: Slack conversations unexpectedly scrolling to previous  content, Notepad starting up slowly on Windows 11, Fusion sometimes scrolling the screen away from the mouse location, the newly added WhatsApp scripts for JAWS, and how to prevent Zoom from automatically …

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FSCast 226, Software developer Andre Polykanine, plus Sasha Hordiiko & Igor Kushnir from the Ukrainian Association of the Blind

On FSCast 226, we’ll get to know longtime JAWS beta tester, self-proclaimed language nerd, and software developer Andre Polykanine.  Then Andre will serve as translator for a visit with Sasha Hordiiko and Igor Kushnir of the Ukrainian Association of the Blind.  We’ll hear about their work and find out what life has been like since …

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FSCast 225, Bill McCann of Dancing Dots, & Campbell Rutherford, a former Freedom Scientific Student Of The Month

On FSCast 225, we celebrate Braille Literacy Month with two guests for whom braille plays a pivotal role.  Bill McCann, founder of Dancing Dots, has been helping blind musicians with all aspects of music creation for the past 32 years.  And Campbell Rutherford, a former Freedom Scientific Student of the Month, is now studying applied …

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FSCast 224, archive of the November 2022 FSOpenLine

On FSCast 224, it’s the archive of the November 2022 FSOpenLine. We discuss improved support for the Outlook Scheduling assistant in JAWS 2023, and take your questions on a variety of topics including: searching for commands in JAWS and Office apps, preventing mail from going to the Outlook Junk folder, and providing resources to people …

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FSCast 223, Kim Charlson & Thomas Reid discuss the 2022 Audio Description Awards

On FSCast 223, it’s the Second Annual Audio Description Awards put on by the American Council of the Blind.  We’ll hear about some of the winners and talk about all things audio description with Kim Charlson, co-chair of the ACB Audio Description Project, and Thomas Reid, audio description narrator and host of the Gala two …

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FSCast 222, A demo of how to customize notifications using regular expressions, and Leona Godin discusses her book “There Plant Eyes: A Personal & Cultural History of blindness”

On FSCast 222, we’ll demonstrate how creating rules to manage notifications just got more powerful, thanks to the use of regular expressions.  It may sound a bit intimidating, but we’ll take it step by step, and you’ll see just how easy it really is. Then we’ll meet M. Leona Godin and hear about her book …

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