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Jonathan Mosen MNZM is a Chief Executive, advocate, entrepreneur, technology expert and broadcaster. Direct from his studio in Wellington New Zealand, Jonathan talks about anything that takes his fancy this week, from technology to music to politics to disability issues and much more. And listeners love to talk back. It's a captivating listen in which you can be informed, entertained, amused, in strong agreement and strong frustration all in one episode. The best way to participate in the show is to hear it live. Ask your smart speaker or radio app to play Mushroom FM on Saturdays at 2 PM US Eastern time, 7 PM UK. Sound off! Email a voice clip or something in writing to jonathan at MushroomFM dot com. Or call the listener line, +1-864-606-6736. That's +1-864-60Mosen

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    • 4.6, 15 Ratings

Jonathan Mosen MNZM is a Chief Executive, advocate, entrepreneur, technology expert and broadcaster. Direct from his studio in Wellington New Zealand, Jonathan talks about anything that takes his fancy this week, from technology to music to politics to disability issues and much more. And listeners love to talk back. It's a captivating listen in which you can be informed, entertained, amused, in strong agreement and strong frustration all in one episode. The best way to participate in the show is to hear it live. Ask your smart speaker or radio app to play Mushroom FM on Saturdays at 2 PM US Eastern time, 7 PM UK. Sound off! Email a voice clip or something in writing to jonathan at MushroomFM dot com. Or call the listener line, +1-864-606-6736. That's +1-864-60Mosen

    If you had to choose between your computer and smartphone, which would you keep? Braille display comparisons, weather apps and more

    If you had to choose between your computer and smartphone, which would you keep? Braille display comparisons, weather apps and more

    Kia ora Mosen At Largers.

    It's yet another very busy show thanks to all your contributions. Do keep them
    coming. Also feel free to spread the word about the show. It's wonderful to see
    an increasingly diverse group of people commenting.

    Here's what's in store for you this week.

    Intro,0:00.000

    Special episode coming mid-week on podcasting and podcast hosting
    services,2:15.565

    This is the first Mosen At Large using the new Focusrite Scarlett 8I6 audio
    interface,3:58.840

    Thoughts on various Braille displays,15:08.562

    The Focus Braille display,29:06.077

    Learning Braille and choosing a display,34:50.505

    Favourite iOS weather apps,41:20.428

    The joys of Braille Screen Input,44:12.368

    Computer versus smartphone. If you could only keep one, which one would you
    choose?,45:53.162

    Is there a way to block an entire prefix with an iPhone?,1:02:33.673

    Reflections on the ADA,1:05:59.332

    Books and podcasts I would recommend,1:11:08.185

    Synology NAS accessibility and working with VMWare Fusion,1:24:05.753

    Recommendations for accessible accounting apps,1:28:45.429

    Setting up a new Windows computer without sighted assistance,1:30:57.076

    Wishes for future iOS versions,1:33:27.518

    Working with Ferrite for iOS,1:38:00.955

    The Bonnie bulletin begins with Bonnie choosing between her computer and
    smartphone,1:40:18.670

    Space splash downs past and present,1:42:16.270

    Things that make us unsubscribe from podcasts,1:44:28.621

    YouTube for iOS,1:48:18.972

    Moving more from Eloquence toVocalizer,1:49:30.566

    How's the Zoom F6 portable field recorder working out?,1:51:03.205

    Questions inspired by past shows,1:54:16.354

    Closing,1:58:58.587

    Share your thoughts on these topics or any others. Drop me an email in writing
    or with an audio attachment, Jonathan at MushroomFm.com, or phone the listener
    line in the United States, +1864-60Mosen, that's +18646066736.

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    word. Thank you.

    • 1 hr 59 min
    Reflections as the ADA turns 30, the secrets of effective advocacy, people-first language, smart homes, TTS preferences and Braille displays

    Reflections as the ADA turns 30, the secrets of effective advocacy, people-first language, smart homes, TTS preferences and Braille displays

    Kia ora Mosen At Largers.

    Thanks for checking out another episode, and I trust you're doing OK during what
    in much of the world is still a very difficult time.

    Happy 30th anniversary to the ADA, which is a big focus of this week's show.
    Here's what's in store for you this week.

    Intro,0:00.000

    Reflections and questions on the ADA's 30th anniversary,2:15.404

    The blind vending programme in the US,14:08.061

    Are we too willing to accept a life of living off the Government?,19:22.390

    Is people-first language actually hurting us? And what is the secret to
    successful advocacy,24:00.371

    I'm in high school. What is realistic for me to aspire to for a
    career?,39:45.475

    The term visually impaired confuses people,45:46.501

    More thoughts on Braille displays,50:26.644

    TTS voices we love and loathe,1:01:32.835

    How do you start building a smart home?,1:17:01.756

    Terminology and smart home thoughts,1:27:22.988

    Tips for running Windows on a Mac,1:30:01.854

    Why some blind Americans confuse sense and since,1:35:18.439

    TTS and Braille comments,1:39:31.846

    The advice given to parents of blind kids can make or break lives,1:43:17.583

    Proctoring has privacy risks,1:46:02.158

    special tableware for blind people? It's essential apparently,1:48:04.661

    Share your thoughts on these topics or any others. Drop me an email in writing
    or with an audio attachment, Jonathan at MushroomFm.com, or phone the listener
    line in the United States, +1864-60Mosen, that's +18646066736.

    Keep up with Mosen At Large between episodes. Follow MosenAtLarge on
    Twitter where you'll get audio extras, links
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    to

    • 1 hr 51 min
    The text-to-speech engines you love and loathe, things to know when buying a Braille display, and the controversy surrounding IAAP

    The text-to-speech engines you love and loathe, things to know when buying a Braille display, and the controversy surrounding IAAP

    Kia ora Mosen At Largers.

    Here's what's in store for you this week.

    Introduction,0:00.000

    Buying and using a Braille display,2:15.360

    Blindisms,18:13.812

    Thoughts on text-to-speech engines,20:20.095

    Various thoughts on TTS and Braille displays,30:19.104

    Direct transfer between Focus and iPhone,46:49.718

    Getting smoother Braille in JAWS,50:27.920

    The International Association of Accessibility
    Professionals,54:29.940

    Read the NFB's resolutions including the one concerning
    IAAP.

    Read IAAP's point-by-point
    rebuttal

    Comments on testing and IAAP,1:37:25.676

    USB Braille displays and iOS,1:40:40.457

    What if your Braille display has a melt-down when you need it most?,1:43:28.336

    Thoughts on Braille and TTS,1:47:11.165

    The word blind and perceptions of blindness,1:52:34.312

    Various comments including another markdown editor recommendation,2:02:46.579

    Another blind person burned by limitations in Sony's new TV range,2:05:28.704

    Closing,2:09:48.85

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    • 2 hr 10 min
    Judy Dixons book Capturing and Sharing the World, and Marco Salsiccia discusses audio description in less than the optimal format

    Judy Dixons book Capturing and Sharing the World, and Marco Salsiccia discusses audio description in less than the optimal format

    Kia ora Mosen At Largers. You made it to our new podcast host OK, and we made it
    to episode 50! Golly!

    Here's what's in store for you this week.

    Introduction,0:00.000

    You made it to our new podcast home,2:15.498

    IAAP interview in the next episode,2:40.707

    Judy Dixon discusses her new book: Capturing and Sharing the
    World,3:35.993

    Marco Salsiccia discusses the inferior format choices for some audio described
    content,17:54.816

    Closing,33:58.338

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    • 34 min
    How you use your smartphone's camera, more on the word "blind" as a pejorative, how do you handle religious people who want to heal us and more

    How you use your smartphone's camera, more on the word "blind" as a pejorative, how do you handle religious people who want to heal us and more

    Kia ora Mosen At Largers. Here's what's in store for you this week.
    Introduction and contact info,0:00.000
    Another Mosen At Large interview extra is coming,2:15.487
    COVID-19 update,2:48.849
    I've been evaluating podcast hosting companies and we may be moving,4:19.514
    What do you use your smartphone camera for and what apps are you using?,9:34.548
    The pejorative and multiple meanings of the word blind,21:09.590
    Religious people who want to cure us,46:14.399
    Low vision videographers,49:06.280
    the first public beta of iOS 14 is out. What do you think?,49:36.171
    Samsung's Bixby is more accessible than it used to be,52:10.669
    Looking for a quality microphone for iOS,53:06.093
    Zoom releases its new H8 portable recorder,57:20.236
    Blindness and mental health,59:04.975
    More on the Zoom H8,1:08:51.928
    iOS microphone recommendation,1:09:41.916
    Can hearing aids and AirPods co-exist?,1:10:19.545
    Looking for accessible podcast apps for Android,1:13:06.734
    Zoom conferencing screen sharing accessibility,1:16:02.824
    Irony alert! The inaccessibility of the exams for the International Association of Accessibility Professionals,1:16:50.834
    Hands free activating of Alexa coming to the iOS app,1:21:42.111
    What do you think of virtual blindness conventions?,1:23:35.866
    Is Apple deliberately depriving the iPhone SE 2 of features?,1:25:34.718
    Sight and Sound holding webinar about Microsoft Teams for anyone in the world to attend,1:28:08.615
    The Bonnie Bulletin begins with comments on blind people inappropriately placed in facilities for people with learning impairments,1:32:42.579
    Self care and maintaining perspective,1:38:18.233
    Bonnie listened to a lot of the ACB virtual convention,1:43:34.020
    Closing announcement,1:46:30.645

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    • 1 hr 46 min
    Write beautifully formatted documents anywhere with markdown, and how does the Optimise Battery feature on your iPhone work?

    Write beautifully formatted documents anywhere with markdown, and how does the Optimise Battery feature on your iPhone work?

    For those of us who have been using computers for a long time, inserting little strings of text into a document to denote formatting may seem like a backward step. I felt that way for years, doggedly holding on to my view that WYSIWYG, (what you see is what you get), was inherently superior. I now realise how much that was holding me back.

    Markdown is a simple series of commands you can insert into any text file that allows you to create beautifully formatted documents in almost any format you want, including web pages, PDF files, ePub files and even Word documents. Thanks to markdown, I'm now creating good-looking documents on any device I have to hand, including the very basic scratchpad in my Focus 40 Blue 5th gen Braille display.

    And here's the kicker! When you're ready to do the final edit of your document or collaborate with others, there's a free plug-in that lets you open, edit and save Markdown right within Microsoft Word. This workflow has been a game-changer for me.

    In this episode, I'll introduce you to the basics of Markdown and show you how you can create and work with documents consistently on a wide range of devices.

    Products mentioned in this feature include: Writage, a Markdown plug-in for Microsoft Word, the Ulysses app for iOS, iPadOS and Mac, IA Writer, and the Focus 40 Blue from Vispero.

    I also explain a little about how the optimise battery feature works on iOS.

    Keep up with Mosen At Large between episodes. Follow MosenAtLarge on Twitter where you'll get audio extras, links to interesting news stories, sneap peeks about what's coming up and more. If you'd like to subscribe to our announcements only email list, please send email to media-subscribe@mosen.org

    • 31 min

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Great podcast for all blind folk

Jonathan Mosen has been long known in the blind community. In fact, he is an international celebrity of sorts. This podcast is directed to persons who are blind and those who are interested in learning about technology for the blind. Although, it doesn't stop there. Listen and enjoy!!!! but, they also help

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