Be My Eyes Lets You Help A Visually-Impaired Person See Via Their Phone’s Video Camera

Bruce Elgort:

Thanks Mitch Cohen for sharing this great app with me.

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Be My Eyes, a new Danish non-profit ‘startup’, has taken a commodity technology, the humble video call, and, by combining it with a community of sighted volunteers, used it as the basis for an iOS app that lets you help a visually-impaired person ‘see’ through their phone’s video camera.

Specifically, Be My Eyes — which recently caught the attention of Twitter and Square founder Jack Dorsey — works as follows: If you’re a sighted person you register with the service and wait for the app to send you a notification that a visually-impaired person who has also signed up requires help. Once a match is found, the two of you are connected via an audio/video call, essentially enabling you to ‘lend’ your eyes to the visually-impaired person who points their phone’s rear-facing camera at whatever it is they want to see. The two of you then collaborate over the…

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Eight Microsoft MTA’s Now Completed

Today I completed my eighth Microsoft Certified Technology Associate (MTA) exam. The test was the “Windows Server Administration Fundamentals (Exam 98-365). This exam focussed on the following:

  • Understanding server installation
  • Understanding server roles
  • Understanding Active Directory
    Understanding storage
  • Understanding server performance management
  • Understanding server maintenance

Here is a list of the MTA’s that I have completed the last few months:

  1. Microsoft Technology Associate: Windows Server Administration Fundamentals (January 15, 2015)
  2. Microsoft Technology Associate: HTML5 Application Development Fundamentals, July 17, 2014
  3. Microsoft Technology Associate: Networking Fundamentals, June 18, 2014
  4. Microsoft Technology Associate: Security Fundamentals, June 11, 2014
  5. Microsoft Technology Associate: Database Administration Fundamentals, June 09, 2014
  6. Microsoft Technology Associate: Web Development Fundamentals, June 09, 2014
  7. Microsoft Technology Associate: Windows Operating System Fundamentals, June 04, 2014
  8. Microsoft Technology Associate: Software Development Fundamentals, February 25, 2014

Food Drumming with Bobby Rondinelli

Where you can find me for the next few months

Here’s my teaching schedule for the Winter Quarter at Clark College:

  • Monday/Wednesday: CTEC 121 – Intro to Programming and Problem Solving at Clark College/Washington State University (2-4:20pm/Room 104)
  • Tuesday/Thursday: CTEC 122 – HTML Fundamentals (12-1:50pm/Room SHL 124) and CTEC 127 - PHP with SQL (3:30-5:50pm/Room SHL 124)

My office is SHL 127 located in Scarpelli Hall.

Two Years as a College Professor

This month I completed my second year as a professor at Clark College. In that time I have taught HTML Fundamentals, JavaScript, Intro to Programming and Problem Solving with Python, PHP with SQL 1 and PHP with SQL 2. In that time I have taught 500 students, received the 2013 Exceptional Faculty Award and have made many new friends and colleagues. It seems like just yesterday that I was discussing the opportunity of teaching at Clark with MarkyMark, Matt and Ben. Thanks guys for your guidance and friendship.

My friends Ed and Volker call this my “encore career” and I couldn’t be happier and in a better place than where I am now.

Derek Featherstone: CSS, Accessibility, and You

Here’s a free, hour-long talk that Derek Featherstone recently delivered at the CSS Developer Conference in New Orleans.

When most people think about accessibility, they think about HTML as the foundation for accessibility. It makes perfect sense — strong semantic HTML has a huge impact on a visually impaired person using a screen reader. But, what about people with other disabilities? The truth is, there are many more people with low-vision out there than there are blind. There are more fully-sighted keyboard users in the wild than there are non-sighted keyboard users. And there are a huge number of other disabilities that most people don’t even consider when they build their sites and applications. In order to provide the best of user experience to people of all abilities, we must move beyond “write great HTML and you’ll be accessible.” To do that, we use CSS. In this session, we’ll share with you some of the most significant accessibility challenges we face when it comes to the web today and share with you solutions for addressing those head on with the CSS you write. You’ll learn all about the issues, AND know what to do about them.

Watch the video >

If You Use IBM Lotus Notes Then You Need to See This Groundbreaking Product

The London Developer Co-Op has created a tool named “Via” that every single company running IBM’s Lotus Notes and IBM’s Lotus Domino need to look at. I’m not going to get into the why customers need to consider LDC Via, as I think most of you know why already. Take it from me, this is the one and only tool that you can use to “modernize” your Notes and Domino data – period.

Each and every day I am hearing from colleagues, customers and community members asking what should they do with their data now that they are migrating off of the platform. Up until recently I didn’t have a solid answer, but now I do.

Go check out LDC Via now and let them know Bruce sent you. Also, if you will be at IBM’s ConnectED conference in January 2015, go and find Ben Poole, Julian Woodward or Mark Myers for a demo.

 

500

Earlier today my Lynda.com video series “Up and Running with IBM Connections” reached 500 viewers in 57 countries. I continue to be humbled by the feedback subscribers and IBM Connections users are leaving.

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IBM New Way to Work – Replay

WordPress Freedoms: Infographic

WordPress Freedoms

Infographic developed by Aaron Hockley of wp-photographers.com

I can think of some other open source orgs that need some improved messaging about their wares.

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