83 episodes

A podcast Hosted by Brian Fischler, Ed Plumacher, and Allison Meloy discussing the good and bad of assistive technology for the low vision and totally blind. Key topics include Apple’s VoiceOver, Amazon’s VoiceView, Windows Narrator, Freedom Scientific Jaws, Described Video, and basically any product that talks to you. We are not NPR, as we are an entertainment technology show.

That Real Blind Tech Show Brian Fischler, Ed Plumacher, and Allison Meloy

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A podcast Hosted by Brian Fischler, Ed Plumacher, and Allison Meloy discussing the good and bad of assistive technology for the low vision and totally blind. Key topics include Apple’s VoiceOver, Amazon’s VoiceView, Windows Narrator, Freedom Scientific Jaws, Described Video, and basically any product that talks to you. We are not NPR, as we are an entertainment technology show.

    Episode 83 - Rewired Not Retired, This Is Your Life Larry Goldberg

    Episode 83 - Rewired Not Retired, This Is Your Life Larry Goldberg

    Brian and Ed are back in the That Real Blind Tech Show Lair, and are thrilled to be joined by the recently rewired, not retired Larry Goldberg. Larry just left Yahoo, as their Head of Accessibility.
     
    We start off asking Larry about the future of accessibility at Yahoo.
     
    We revisit our history over the past few years with Yahoo and the All Blind Fantasy Football League. If you have not seen the mini documentary about The All Blind League, you can watch it here. If you are interested in joining the Second All Blind Fantasy Football League which will be launching this August, email us in ThatRealBlindTechShow@gmail.com to reserve your spot.
     
    Coming up in just a few days is Global Accessibility Awareness Day which Larry is involved with, we get his thoughts about where the state of accessibility is in 2022. Larry is also involved with XR Access, a group who’s goal is making augmented and virtual reality accessible to all, we dive in to what is coming up with them as their virtual conference will be June 9th and 10th.
     
    We then begin our stroll down memory lane with a This is your life with Larry Goldberg. We discuss some of Larry’s career highlights, some lesser known moments of Larry’s career, and of course discuss all the amazing achievements Larry has accomplished in the name of accessibilityy.
     
    We discuss how a USC Broadcast graduate ends up working in accessibility. Larry explains how captioning eventually led to audio description in television and film. We discuss the early days of audio description and how audio description has evolved here in 2022.
     
    We then talk about Larry’s involvement with the 21st Century Communications Act, and find all about Teach Access.
     
    We wrap up discussing what we can look forward to from Larry Goldberg the Consultant. You can keep up with Larry through his LinkedIn page.
     
     
    To contact That Real Blind Tech Show, you can email us at ThatRealBlindTechShow@gmail.com, join our Facebook Group That Real Blind Tech Show, join us on the Twitter @BlindTechShow , or leave us an old school phone message at 929-367-1005.

    • 54 min
    Episode 82 - Is There A Difference Between A Bluetooth Jerk and A Glasshole?

    Episode 82 - Is There A Difference Between A Bluetooth Jerk and A Glasshole?

    It’s an all new That Real Blind Tech Show as the gang is back together in their still socially distant lairs of choice. We start off again with a little peek behind the curtains to our discussion before we actually hit record. Ok, so record had obviously already been hit, but we speak freely until we actually kick off the show.
     
    Once we get rock and rolling, we start off discussing Global Password Day. Who even knew this was a thing? So for the big day, we discuss our latest methods of managing all those messy passwords. In honor of Global Password Day, Apple, Microsoft, and Google have come together looking to get rid of passwords! And to do so they will be using Fido.
     
    CNN Plus Sleeps with the fishes! We didn’t even get to talk about the launch. And is Netflix adding ads?
     
    At least as of June 1st on this show we will have some competition for the name the S Lady. 
     
    Apple has announced they will be lowering trade in prices on all devices not named iPhone. Since we have the queen of returns on our show, we thought we would get Allison’s expert advice on how she maximizes value on all those returns.
     
    VoiceDream Reader has come to the Mac, but why would someone need or want it?
     
    Some users are having a weird iOS bug where Apple Music is replacing other music providers in their dock. Conspiracy theorists are out in the millions!
     
    With Edge recently passing Safari as the second most used desktop browser, we thought we would visit our go to browsers of choice.
     
    We discuss the recent article about best wireless headphones in 2022.
     
    The conversation then moves to the word Transitioning and why is this word used so predominantly in the blindness community. One of us has a big issue with it. Bet you can guess which one of us does!
     
    Next we discuss our favorite items from the recent article top ten cellphone myths.
     
    We then go over a couple of emails from Dan and Mary regarding a blunder that happened with the release of an episode a few weeks ago.
     
    Finally, it’s a classic story from Brian, and more of What’s Pissing Off Brian Now, and Watcha Streaming, Watcha Reading.
     
    To contact That Real Blind Tech Show, you can email us at ThatRealBlindTechShow@gmail.com, join our Facebook Group That Real Blind Tech Show, join us on the Twitter @BlindTechShow , or leave us an old school phone message at 929-367-1005.

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Episode 81 - Blind Vampires, A Conversation with YouTube's The Blind Life Sam Seavey

    Episode 81 - Blind Vampires, A Conversation with YouTube's The Blind Life Sam Seavey

    Brian and Ed welcome Sam Seavey to the That Real Blind Tech Show Lair. If Sam’s name is not familiar to you, his YouTube Channel probably is as Sam produces The Blind Life.
     
    Sam takes us through how he started The Blind Life originally known as The Blind Spot, what made him want to get in to producing videos for the blind and low vision, and his experience with Android devices of all things.
     
    We discuss some of the initial accessibility barriers Sam faced when he launched his YouTube channel, and what some of the challenges he faces producing his channel in 2022.
     
    Sam then shares his experiences being back in person at ATIA and CSUN conferences this year.
     
    Since we are both tech shows, we discuss reviewing products and how we handle a product that we just cannot give a positive review about. We then tackle the common complaint that assistive technology products are overpriced.
     
    Here at That Real Blind Tech Show, our setup is fairly simplistic, as we just work with audio. We were quite curious to learn about Sam’s setup for filming video, and how accessible the products he uses are for the blind and low vision. Sam tells us about the first Sony camcorder to have a screen reader built in to it, but hold your horses, as the screen reader is still unfortunately, in its development stages.
     
    While Sam’s The Blind Life Channel is completely free to view and subscribe to, he does need to eat, so if you are a fan of his content we discuss the different subscription levls he offers.
     
    We then get Sam’s advice for people in our community who have been thinking about starting their own YouTube Channel. 
     
    You can keep up with Sam on The Blind Life YouTube  and Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, now on Tick Tock if you use this one.
     
    To contact That Real Blind Tech Show, you can email us at ThatRealBlindTechShow@gmail.com, join our Facebook Group That Real Blind Tech Show, join us on the Twitter @BlindTechShow , or leave us an old school phone message at 929-367-1005.

    • 50 min
    Episode 80 - A Conversation with Liz Gutman, Head Audio Description Writer for IDC

    Episode 80 - A Conversation with Liz Gutman, Head Audio Description Writer for IDC

    Brian and Ed welcome Liz Gutman from International Digital Center (IDC) to the That Real Blind Tech Show lair.
     
    Liz is the Head Writer for Audio Description at IDC. She explains to us what that entails, how she first learned about audio description, and how she got involved with working in Audio Description writing.
     
    Liz pulls back the curtain a little, and lets us know about her process for writing an Audio Described script. We discuss the difference between good and not so good audio description, and learn that putting together an Audio Described script is more of a team effort than you would think.
     
    We ask Liz if the studios and production companies are aware of the difference between high quality audio description and the other stuff.
     
    We then discuss Brian’s experience reading his first Audio Described track and Liz’s experience working with him.
     
    Liz then explains to us what her experience was like writing the Audio Described script for Bridgerton. You can read the article that both Liz and Brian are quoted in about Audio Description in the Wall Street Journal.
     
    Liz is now teaching Audio Description writing with her former mentor Colleen Conner and while the current classes are completely sold out, you can learn more about them here. You can keep up with all things Liz by following her on Twitter.
     
    To contact That Real Blind Tech Show, you can email us at ThatRealBlindTechShow@gmail.com, join our Facebook Group That Real Blind Tech Show, join us on the Twitter @BlindTechShow , or leave us an old school phone message at 929-367-1005.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Episode 79 - Wassup, How Do You Like Them Apples!

    Episode 79 - Wassup, How Do You Like Them Apples!

    It’s an all new That Real Blind Tech Show as the gang is back together and one of us has an all new podcast lair.
     
    We start off discussing the fun back and forth we have been having with our friends over at Blind Guy Talks Tech.
     
    We begin our tech segment of the show discussing how Uber and Lift’s initial response to the NYC Subway shooting was to hike all passenger fares in time of an emergency. Did you hear the one about the cops that pulled over a self driving car in San Francisco? We did.
     
    Elon Musk is interested in buying Twitter. His bid came in just a smidge ahead of ours.
     
    In our legal corner this week, some Russians are attempting to sue Netflix over them shutting down in their country.
     
    Zuckhead wants Meta’s AR glasses to be Facebook’s iPhone moment. Here’s a role reversal, Apple is now calling out Facebook for their plans to take 50% from Mettaverse sales. Apple is rumored to be testing a feature that would allow app developers to automatically charge users for subscription price increases. Bad apple, Bad Apple. Are Apple’s own privacy concerns getting in their own way of innovation? With WWDC sneaking up on us, we decided to put together a wish list for Apple stock app improvements. You may want to hold off on buying a new Mac anytime soon as Apple is rumored to be working on 9 different M2 Macs.
     
    We then check in on our Android experiences and discuss our thoughts of using the device, the gestures, and whether or not we plan to keep our Android phones.
     
    We then discuss the state of accessibility for a few apps that are really failing pretty miserably. 
     
     
     
    We then talk about a new topic, NFT’s. We actually had to look up what they are!
     
    In honor of Spring Cleaning, we decided to talk robot vacuums. If you have a model you are loving, please do let us know and email us in at ThatRealBlindTechShow@gmail.com.
     
    And of course its more of What’s Pissing Off Brian Now and Watcha Streaming, Watcha Reading.
     
    To contact That Real Blind Tech Show, you can email us at ThatRealBlindTechShow@gmail.com, join our Facebook Group That Real Blind Tech Show, join us on the Twitter @BlindTechShow , or leave us an old school phone message at 929-367-1005.

    • 1 hr 23 min
    Episode 78 - A Demo Of The Item Chooser and Dictation On The Mac

    Episode 78 - A Demo Of The Item Chooser and Dictation On The Mac

    Brian is once again flying solo for another super cool, super useful That Real Blind Tech Show demo. He has the keys to the That Real Blind Tech Show lair, and can get in it any time he chooses.
     
    First a test as the 144th person to email us in at ThatRealBlindTechShow@gmail.com wins a million dollars. Full disclosure, there is absolutely nothing true about this previous statement, and no moola is being given away, just testing if you actually read the show notes as Brian mentioned on this episode.
     
    Brian starts off demoing the item chooser on the Mac and how useful it has become in his daily workflow. He shows off the benefits of using the item chooser on the desktop and how it will not work in mail. He goes through using first letter navigation to quickly find emails, and then back to the item chooser in safari and numbers. Brian shows the difference between using the item chooser and web item rotor. 
     
    Brian next walks you through using your Jump Command, VO J in finder windows and Mac mail. He demonstrates the issue in Mac OS Monterrey where you cannot get rid of the toolbar in finder windows or you will lose access to your side bar. Brian then shows you how to quickly add a folder to your side bar and dock as well as remove them.
     
    Lastly, Brian shows you how to enable dictation on your Mac and gives an example of how improved dictation is on the Mac. 
     
    To contact That Real Blind Tech Show, you can email us at ThatRealBlindTechShow@gmail.com, join our Facebook Group That Real Blind Tech Show, join us on the Twitter @BlindTechShow , or leave us an old school phone message at 929-367-1005.

    • 45 min

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