RNIB Computer Course, Final Day

Well this week was the last of
That Computer Course
That i’ve been on. The other person was back again this week.

We were first going to show the other person how to use
The KNFB Reader
That I had used last week, but the battery was low.

We just talked about general things after that, and the other person on the course was saying about how hard it was to book flights on
Easyjet
And we tried it out. It is better than the last time I went on to it. We were able to navigate around most parts of it.

While we were on the subject of websites, I decided to see how accessible the new
Confused.com
Website was to navigate. I was quite shocked at the amount of information you need to enter!!!!! Well it was actually quite accessible!!!! That was brilliant!!!! At least the advertisement lived up to its promise of being “User Friendly”, or something like that.
We were then shown surfing on
Amazon
To
Download Some Songs From Under 60 P
It was pure class. It was all legal too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You can listen to a preview of each track too. They also do albums from under £4!!!!!

Since it was our first time using Amazon, we had to download
The Amazon MP3 Downloader
Which automatically copies the music you download from amazon to your library in
Itunes
Or
Windows Media Player

Next we went over burning a CD for the other persons’ benifit.

Finally we learnt how to use
Microsoft Outlook
I found it easy to use, but when I tried to use it when I was at home, I couldn’t send emails. I got to show the other person how to use
The KNFB Reader
I love that thing!!!!

It was a great three weeks!!!! I don’t know why I had doubts about it!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I would just like to say Thanks.

It’s back to
The Cedar Foundation
On Thursday. Hopefully I can pass on some of the information I got from this course!!


Computer Problems…

I’ve got a problem with my CD drive. Last Thursday i was playing a CD, and i moved the laptop onto the bed. Well now the drive won’t work.

When i try to play a CD, it makes the normal sounds like it’s preparing to play it, but then it just stops. The “DVD” drive doesn’t show up in the Computer area.

Can anyone help? I don’t want to reboot unless i really really have to. Would moving the laptop from my knee to the bed when I was playing a CD affect it?

For your information, I’m using a Vijitsu Seamens laptop.

Thanks.


RNIB Computer Course, Day 2

Here’s the second part of
The Computer Course
I told you about. This was for the 19th March.

Well this week it was only me and the tutors, as the other person couldn’t make it.

First, I showed them my
Olympus Dictaphone
Which they had asked me to bring in. They were impressed at how good the design was.

We decided to use the
Olympus Voice Recorder
Which i had looked at last week. This time though, we recorded with it!!!

Next, they let me have a look at
The KNFB Reader
wich is cool!!!!!! I scanned in loads of things with that thing, and couldn’t believe how good the
OCR
Was!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

After this, we just talked, then I looked at
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From Humanwear. We were going to use this last week, but we couldn’t get it working, because an
SD Card
had to be used for it to work.

Finally, after lunch, we looked at copying CDS using
Windows Media Player
And a programme called
Record Now!!
which is the best. Unfortunately it doesn’t work on my Laptop!!!!!!!!

I just wish tomorrow wasn’t the last day of this course. I really enjoyed it!!!!

Oh and by the way, i have been asked to possibly teach an I T class with the
i Matter
Group. That’ll be cool!!! I’ll find out more info and post it when i get it.


RNIB Computer Course, Day 1

As I’ve said earlier, I should have posted this on the 12th and 19th March, rather than the 23rd!!!! I’ll just post for the 12th, then i’ll do another entry for the 19th. This course is run by the
RNIB

Well On the 11th of March, I was contacted by a woman
The Cedar Foundation
I didn’t really want to go, because i didn’t know if it would benifit me, and because i’m not that keen on the organisation. I just thought that i’d give it a shot, at least for the experience. I’m so glad I did!!!!!!!

On the Thursday, the course started at about half 10. While I was waiting for the other tutor to get there, I was introduced to the only other person on the course. He was also from the
Cedar Foundation
Only he was a trainee.

Once the other tutor arrived, we had a chat about general issues, then we got some work done on the computers!!!

We were going to start off with learning how to use
Windows Live Messenger
But we knew how to use that. So we used
Skype
Instead.

We went through how to create an account, and how to add people, call them, and answer calls. The tutors wanted me to basically teach everything, cause they didn’t know as much as me apparently.
I told them that there were
Scripts Available
That would make JAWS work better with Skype. I took them through where to get them, from
Google
And told them to type in “JAWS Scripts For Skype”, and look for the first result after the “Search Results” heading.

There was a bit of a problem installing them though, as we needed adminastrative rights. It’s a good job that we didn’t download them, because when I tried them at home, they weren’t as good as the previous versions. I thought I had installed them in the wrong location, but I hadn’t.

Anyway, since we couldn’t get the scripts installed, we looked at how to download audio described movies, all legally of course.
We went to a website called
Blind Mice

To download
The Movies
They are MP3s, so you just have to click on them and save them just like a normal file. Or you can open them directly. I downloaded
Walk The Line
Just to see what it was like. It was cool!!!

After lunch, we just did stuff on
Skype
Again.

As well as doing that stuff on the computers, we got to look at a few bits of technology too!!!! First we looked at
The Olympus digital voice recorder DS40
Which has voice navigation. Then it was the
Mile Stone
MP3 player which is also a voice recorder.

It was really good. It feels as if there was more i didn’t mention, but I think cause of this weeks’ activities i’m getting the two confused.

I wish this week wasn’t the last of it!!!! I’ll post the info on the 19th, hopefully before Thursday!!!


I’ve Got Alot To Post, But For Now….

I’m sorry I haven’t actually posted properly for a bit, but I can never be bothered. I’ve got a course I have to post about that I was on with the
RNIB
But it seems so long to write. I’ll do it later though. This week is the last week of it.

By the way, i’m thinking of cutting my Links List. I never really read those blogs any more. Please comment if you want me to keep your blog linked here.

I promise i’ll post later!!!


I Never Thought I’d Long For A Capcha!

I was on MSN about a week ago with
R_1985
And she told me about something that will read the majority of
Capchas
So I decided to try it out. I had to download
Firefox
Though. I was a bit cautious about downloading it, since the last time I downloaded it, there were a lot of toolbars that were installed too. This time though, it seems alright. It’s much faster too!!!!!!!!!! I’ve still kept Internet explorer though.

So anyway, once I had firefox installed, I had to get
Web Visum
Which is the add on for the Capchas.
R_1985
Invited me to join Web visum. Then I registered. I had to enter an activation code in the box which is provided in the invite email. If you don’t know anyone using Web Visum, you can
Register
For a request.

It is so cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thanks again
R_1985

If you need help using it, just comment.


Second GCSE Maths Exam

Today I had my second GCSE maths exam.

I started at about half 9. It was alright, but some of the questions were real bummers!!!!!!! I left those ones to the end though.

The only bad thing was that I didn’t get notified that I was going to have a new scribe. Also, a collumn was missing out of my table in braille!!!!!!!! Grrrrrrrr!!!!!!!!! It was only 1time, but that’s not the point. My teacher is going to bring it up, so that the board are aware of it.

Hopefully this exam will get me on a C again like the last one. Although i think i left some of the working out that I should have done. I got my point aross though.

My scribe was coming in just as I had finished. It’s a good job that the person I got today was able to do it.

By the way, I got 67 out of 75 in that last exam. Sorry I didn’t let you all know.

Hard to believe it’s the last module now. At least now I can focous on it.