Important: This page deals with information that can assist you in solving problems with your computer equipment. Such sites include Freedom Scientific, Microsoft, Network Solutions, and Dell to name a few. There is a vast array of information on both this Page and on the Blindness Page to assist you in learning about speech packages and their accessibility/lack thereof, with programs people use every day to accomplish tasks. Such programs used daily include antivirus software, banking software for balancing your budget, and design programs like Publisher. For more assistance, network with technical people who understand speech packages and compatibility with other programs. If you find a program to be inaccessible, have a discussion with screen reader specialists that write script. Additionally, talk to the manufacturer of the problematic program, Microsoft Publisher, or Storage Sync by Simple Tech for example. If need be, seek assistance from disability advocates in getting accessibility issues solved.
Antivirus And More:
Apache Computer Software
Avanquest Software (for SystemSuite Professionals and more)
Avira – Antivirus Solutions for Home and for Business
CloudMark – Anti-spam, Spam Filter, Antivirus, Anti-phishing
FileHippo Update Checker
GRC | Ultra High Security Password Generator – Gibson Research
Kaspersky Lab – Antivirus Protection & Internet Security Software
Lavasoft Computer Software
Malwarebytes : Free anti-malware, anti-virus and spyware removal download
McAfee Security Software
Norton Security Software
Password Generator Tool
PC Pitstop, LLC – PC Pitstop: Free PC Scans and Tune-up Utilities
Piriform – Download CCleaner, Defraggler, Recuva, Speccy – Millions of users worldwide!
Secunia Personal Software Inspector (PSI)
Sonic Wall, Inc. – Dynamic Security for the Global Network – SonicWALL, Inc.
Spam Bully – Email spam filter for Outlook and Outlook Express, Windows Mail in Vista and Windows Live Mail
SpyBot Search and Destroy – BETA with Accessibility features
Strong Password Generator
Vipre Antivirus – The Best Anti Virus Protection for Windows & Android | VIPRE Antivirus
Walling Data Systems, Inc (AVG Distributor)
WebRoot Software Inc.
Cell Phone Accessibility:
Code Factory: Making mobile phones and PDAs accessible to the blind
RerWare LLC – Android and Windows Mobile Backup – MyBackup Pro
Speed Dots – Tactile Screen Covers
Hardware Devices (to assist in using computer)
Aliph Jawbone – Products for Your Mobile Lifestyle
BlueAnt Wireless – Bluetooth Handsfree, Car kits and Mobile Communication Devices
Cardinal Sound and Video (formerly Cardinal Sound Communications)
Consumer Cellular – No Contract Cell Phones with the Best Cell Phone Plans
GreatCall – Official Home of Jitterbug, 5Star & Medical Apps
Parrot USA (for BlueParrot headsets and more)
Plantronics (for headsets)
VTech – Electronic Learning Toys
Popular Search Engines:
Abbreviations and Acronyms Dictionary
Best of the Web Directory
Dictionary, Thesaurus, All Reference, Encyclopedia
Encyclopedia Britannica Inc.
Sharpened. net – The Computer and Internet Resource
Screen Reading Software
EnableMart – Assistive Technology
Hot Spot Clicker (a JAWS scripting program)
Linux Screen Reader
Orca Gnome Live
Rockbox OpenSource Jukebox
Firmware – For MP3 Players
Screenreader.net – Freedom for Visually Impaired and Blind People
Text To Speech for
Windows – Digital Future
Software And Technical:
AbleData: Assistive Technology Products, News, Resources
A T Guys, Your Assistive Technology Experts
Acronis Inc. (for backup software for your computer)
Adobe Systems Inc.
AppleMacSoft – DRM Converter for Mac, iTunes M4P to MP3, Graphic Converter, Video Converter
AppleVis – Empowering blind and low-vision users of Apple products and related applications
Ask Bob Rankin
Audials – Your free Entertainment with Audials Software – Overview
Belarc Advisor, inc. – Free Personal PC Audit, for software, hardware and security configuration information on your computer. Software license management, IT asset management, cyber security audits, and more.
Blind Tunes – music accessibility for the visually impaired
Blind Tech Support
Calibre – E-book management
Carbonite Computer Backup
Cheeky Munkey – Internet Guide for Seniors
Computer Hope’s free computer help
Commtech LLC – Doing It Right Where Others Have Failed
Diplodocs (For various instructional manuals)
Dummies.com – How-To Help and Videos – For Dummies
eBook DRM Removal, Remove DRM from ePUB PDF AZW etc
Even Grounds, Accessibility, Section 508 and WCAG Compliance Consulting
Fox IT Software – PDF Converter PDF Editor Edit and Convert PDF, Word files to PDF, Free PDF convert, save PDF forms, create PDF forms, pdf documents, protect pdf
Gizmos Freeware Reviews
How Stuff Works “Computer Channel”
How to Geek
Ifrogz – iFrogz Golite – USB Power Bank Charger + Flashlight | iFrogz
Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and numbers (ICANN)
Inthane’s Grab Bag
Intuit, Personal Finance, Small Business, and Tax Software
IronKey – Data Storage Security for Mobile Workforces | IronKey
iolo technologies – The PC Tune-Up Experts
It Can Wait – Texting & Driving – It Can Wait
Living Blind: Blindness information, resources and fun stuff too.
Logitech – Get immersed in the digital world with a mouse, keyboard, webcam, headset, Harmony remote, speakers, and more.
Make Use of: Cool Websites, Software and Internet Tips
Mp3tag – the universal Tag Editor (ID3v2, MP4, OGG, FLAC, …)
National Institutes of Standards and Technology (NIST)
New Designs Unlimited, LLC
Next Generation Technologies (NGT)
Ninite (service for installing popular applications for operating systems)
NonVisual Desktop Access (NVDA)
Nuance Communications, Inc
Password Recovery: Passware
PDF Text Extraction in Your Browser
PNY- (For Memory Cards/Flash Drives)
Python Software Foundation
Q-Continuum (for Hope and other special software)
RankinFile.com – Small Business Tech and Tips – Questions and Answers – The Rankin File
Registry Edits for Windows XP – Tips & Tweaks
SanDisk – Official Manufacturer of Flash Memory Cards for Imaging, Computing, Mobile, Music, and Gaming Devices
SAP – United States
SatelliteGuys.US – America’s Satellite and Home Theater Technology Information Source
SmartATI.com – Access. Training. Integration.
Sound Retrieval System (SRS) Labs, Inc.
SoundTaxi – Protected Music (Audio) and Video Converter
SplashData – Powerful productivity apps for iPhone, iPad, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, Windows & Mac OS
Sun Micro Systems
TechSoup – The Technology Place For Nonprofits
The Windows Club – Windows 8, Windows 7 Tips, Downloads, Security, Phones, Live, Office
Tips 4 PC
Triumph Technology | Where IT’s All About Adapting!
Wave.webaim.org – WAVE – web accessibility evaluation tool
Web Visum – Your Web Helper (Will Decipher CAPTCHA)
What is CAPTCHA
What Is My IP Address – Shows Your IP Address
What Is RSS? – RSS Explained
WhatsAByte.com – Megabytes, Gigabytes, Terabytes – What Are They?
Whois.com – Domain Names & Identity for Everyone
Windows Install CleanUP – Description and Download
World Media Group, LLC
World Start Computer Tips
World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)
Here are some tips I have gained that might help you, should you decide to create a website…..
You want to begin by shopping and getting the most for your money. Demand high quality and reasonable response time for issues from your hoster and designer. Feel free to explore other sites that you enjoy visiting, as every site is unique to the owner. Once you find your hoster and designer, come up and/or search for a good domain. Utilize information from World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), Whois.com, and Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and numbers (ICANN).
It is imperative that sites meet accessibility standards for those with disabilities, which WC3 can help with this. If you are feeling brave, you can design your own site, using templates provided by your web host/designer. This task can be challenging, though, if you are a person with little or no vision. In developing my site, gingerresources.com, I elected to seek assistance from my web designer and host to insure my site is up and running with accurate information. In building a website, you want your site to be clean, not full of clutter. You want to also provide rules, if you will be including a blog, shopping cart, payment options, and such. This is so your site does not become a place of hate and anger; everyone is allowed to share, but showing civility in the process of making a point. I wish you good luck, as you decide whether or not to take on the website maintenance endeavor, as we all have our place on the “super Highway” of the Internet.