Year: 2020

We can Call Jenny

We can’t believe we’ve reached the final podcast of the year. We begin this last annual edition by announcing our January 2021 free event. This one is all about the Evo E10 DAISY media player. We’ve already created a basic demo for this innovative little device, available from the above-linked product page, but this event will go further in depth about its benefits and features, and give you an opportunity to ask questions. The Evo offers a few cool features rarely seen on other DAISY players, and also has great sound-quality for its size. While it has some drawbacks, which are discussed in the basic demo, Chris actually likes it so much that it’s replaced his Book Port Plus as his player of choice. We’d love to have you join us on January 28 for the event. All relevant info will be sent to our Events mailing list.

For those of you who have used the QCast podcast client in the past, we’re pleased to announce that our podcast once again plays perfectly on it. For those who haven’t used QCast, Chris provides a demo of this versatile software for PC and Mac. While this is a paid product, a free trial is available.

Have you ever been in need of an accessible solution to find TV listings? We found one for you at TVTV.us. As long as you know the name of the channel you’re seeking listings for, this website should be able to help you find it. And, of course, since it’s a website, it’s completely cross-platform.

Kim provides a look at the Alexa skill for the RadioTunes.com music service. This site contains 90 channels of curated music in many genres. A free version is available to listen to via the app, but to get the highest music quality and to be able to use the skill, you’ll need a premium subscription. Kim explains other benefits of upgrading to premium, as well.

One thing that has always impressed us about RadioTunes is its accessibility across platforms. It’s available for iOS, Fire OS, and Android, and Kim gives a quick look at the Android app.

We want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your support during this insane year. You can’t imagine how much we appreciate it. Let’s say good-bye to 2020, and welcome in a hopefully far brighter 2021. Talk to you all in the new year!

Dance On One Foot

Chris and Kim discuss the situation of holiday shipping.
They are pleased to announce the Windows 10 tutorial is currently available for purchase.
Chris and Kim sahre what they got each other for Christmas.

Lisa joins us for the anual food edition podcast where she and Kim each share a recipe you may wish to try.

Lisa’s crab cakes:

1 pound crab meat
1 cup breadcrumbs, half for the mix, and half to coat
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 tbsp. lemon juice
1 egg
1 and 1 half tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 fourth teaspoon Phillips or other seafood seasoning.
Shape into cakes, and coat with the remaining breadcrumbs. Bake at 400 for 6 minutes per side. If you do not want to use butter or oil, lightly spray the crab cakes with nonstick cooking spray

Super Secret Project

In this episode we start by thanking everyone that was able to join us last Friday for our virtual open house. A good time was had by all.
Next we talk about three new products that are either available such as our Fire Tablet tutorial. We also announce our Windows 10 tutorial that is currently up for pre-order, to be released soon.

Next we take two trips into the Mystic Access Magic Castle.
We talk with Brittany Stovall, she tells us all about the fun products that she offers.
Next we talk to Kesel Wilson from the National Braille Press.
She announces new books, including the book we wrote for NBP: Getting Started with Windows 10. There are other great products from NBP that Kesel shares with us.
We exit the castle
and are joined by Barry Scheur of GuideLights And Gadgets to announce our latest collaboration.

A New Home for Christmas

It’s almost time for Black Friday madness here in Mystic Access Land, and we’re excited to share about everything we’re doing to make your holidays a little brighter. Plus, there are two segments in the castle this time around, so stay tuned for all the fun!

We have multiple specials which will begin on Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, November 26, and end at 11:59 on Giving Tuesday (December 1).
Purchase either of our phone sanitizers and get $5 off our reversible micro USB cables.
Save ten percent off most hardware.
Most audio documentation products are buy one, get one half off. The one you’ll get for half price will be the product of equal or lesser value.
Buy a BlindShell phone, get a case for $20.
Buy one each of our sets of high-quality cables (reversible micro, lightning, and USBC), get half off one set. This is nearly $10 off.
$10 off Mifa bluetooth speakers.

We had some lonesome Echo Dots sitting around that we wanted to put back in inventory so they can find new homes for the holidays. Each Dot comes with our comprehensive Alexa tutorial, which includes eight hours of content. Purchase a second generation Dot with tutorial here, or third generation Dot with tutorial here. There are only a few in stock, and when they’re gone, they’re gone.

Don’t forget that we’re holding an open house on Friday, November 27 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM eastern time. This is a great opportunity to meet others in the community, let your hair down and share some conversation and virtual leftovers with us. Here’s all the info you’ll need to join us:

Topic: Holiday Open House
Time: Nov 27, 2020 01:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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We announce three new products in today’s episode — well, one is our Windows 10 documentation, which we shared about earlier, but the pre-order for the Windows 10 documentation is now available. Listen to the episode to learn about the other two products. They’ll be available very soon, and Kim will put out a newsletter and a public news article letting you know when.

Before we reach Black Friday, we have our final free virtual event of 2020. For November, we’re discussing the pint-sized kitchen. If you need to conserve space in your cupboards or

Little Pink Gloves

In this episode Chris and Kim make some announcements. They talk about November’s free class andremind us about the virtual open house on November 27th. It will be a good time for all.
For those that weren’t abale to take advantage of the ghost coupon in October, they managed to sneak in another coupon. Listen for details.

Next they discuss some of their favorite products they have received in the past. These items may be good ideas for gifts as most of them are under $100.

Chris really likes his new Keurig and talks about why he had to get a new one.

Thanks so much for being a podcast listener.

A Rising Tide Floats All Boats

Today’s episode features a very interesting castle interview, but we begin with several important announcements.

Our October free event will deal with making sure those many and varied household tasks are accessible to you. There are tons of ways to conduct tasks, and many modifications or tricks one can use to make a task easier. If you’ve been curious about how to make that appliance easier to use, how to perform a task with less stress, or how to save time while doing housework, this class could be very interesting. And if you participate live, bring your own tips to share at the afterparty, if you wish. The event will be held on Thursday, October 29 at 8:30 PM ET. If you’re on our Events mailing list, information will be sent to you early in the week of the event.

Speaking of events, we clarify are policy about recording Q and A sessions for free versus paid events, and also share the important news that we’ll now be using passwords on all future events, in addition to the waiting room feature of Zoom. Please listen carefully for all the details.

We’re happy to announce that our event on the Orbit family of products was a great success. If you couldn’t attend the event, you can now purchase the audio in both DAISY and MP3 by visiting this page. A written transcript will be coming soon, and will be available to all those who have purchased the new product.

Chris may have bought yet another Alexa device on Prime Day. He compares the Echo Show 8 to his original Echo Show device, and shares some reasons you may wish to upgrade yours.

Finally, we enter the Mystic Access magic castle to speak with Jose Gaztambide, CEO, and Mike May, Chief Evangelist at Good Maps. Learn about the innovative work they’re doing, especially in regards to indoor navigation.

Create Your Stash Your Way!

We start out this episode with some timely announcements.

First is a final reminder that our Orbit Reader live event starts on Thursday. We are taking registrations for the event until 5:00 PM ET on October 8, the day of the event.

Thanks to a listener, Chris gives a workaround for those that are downloading audio from our Free Downloads page using iOS devices.

Next we discuss how future free events will work moving forward and how we will be able to get the recordings out in a timely manor.

There is a surprise in this episode that could save you a little money on Mystic Access products, so definitely continue to listen.

Next, Chris demonstrates Linkstash, a powerful stand alone bookmark manager for Windows computers. You can use this manager with one browser or if you make use of multiple web browsers. You can learn more about Linkstash and download a 30 day trial by activating this link.

If you want to get a head start on your holiday shopping, or just want a super gift for yourself, we insert the audio sample of the latest and greatest Bluetooth speaker we’re now carrying. If you own our Sharkk that is sadly no more, this speaker sounds about three times better. It’s truly amazing. Listen to the sample, and check out all the specs / make your purchase here.

Finally, Chris takes us through Steve’s Talking Clock, a talking clock for Windows computers. It brings back memories with some of the add-on clocks Chris has installed. One of the clocks is the voice of Chris’s first talking watch.

Thanks so much for being a podcast listener.

Off By Twelve Hours

This episode features two extensive demos, but first we share some important announcements.

Our two-week event on Orbit products remains open for registration. All pre-orders went through on September 15, but you still have time to join us and to tell others who may be interested. This event covers both the older and new Orbit braille displays as well as the Orbit Writer. The first part of the event is October 8 2020, and everything will be recorded in case you can’t attend live.

We apologize for not having the pre-orders available for Windows 10 or QBraille. Those will be put up ASAP. Kim wants to make sure she has a thorough syllabus in each of those product descriptions for your convenience. Kim will put a news article up when the pre-orders are available. Thanks a lot for your patience.

Finally, we announce our free September class, which will be held on September 24. This one’s all about iOS 14 and Watch OS 7 and their new features and bugs. We’d love to have you join us if interested. For more information, please make sure you’re subscribed to our Events mailing list, as we send the joining information there.

The majority of today’s episode focuses on two extensive demos. We discuss SAM Smart alert for mail, which, as the name suggests, is a mailbox alert system. We demo Sam’s sounds, discuss it’s many benefits, and share why it may be a good solution for you.

Next, Chris shares about his new Panasonic KX-TGD564M Link2Cell Bluetooth Cordless Phone with Voice Assist and Answering Machine.
We discuss its many benefits in terms of accessibility, show its talking caller ID, and more. We also remind you that if you’re looking for a really affordable landline option, and already have good internet access, we offer audio tutorials on both ViaTalk and VOIPo. These are both VOIP companies that use your existing internet connection to deliver great quality phone calls.

Thanks, as always, for listening!

Check The Batteries

In this episode we announce that we will be moving forward with the Reading Easily and Affordably with Orbit Products class in October.

We remind listeners about the Fire TV and Fire Stick and Fire Tablet tutorials that are currently up for pre-order.

Next we announce two new tutorials that will be on pre-order soon. One is a tutorial on Windows 10 and the other is a tutorial on the QBraille XL braille display created by HIMS.
Chris discusses how he usedAira to help him with a contractor. Chris then uses an Aira agent to assist in setting up the MySpool Mailbox Alert system with Text Message and Email Notifications.

Thank you once again for joining us for this episode.

Soundify Your Computer

Lots of timely news to share in today’s episode, including dates for the potential Orbit Reader two-session event. The first session will be October 8 and the second will fall on October 15. Both these are Thursday evenings at 8:30 PM Eastern Time. We haven’t yet gotten the requisite 50 registrants to hold the event, but are getting closer. If you know anyone who’s interested, please send them to the above page. The events will be recorded and available to all participants, so if you have a time conflict, no worries.

Sorry for the very short notice in announcing our August free event, but due to so much happening here in Mystic access Land we were late in deciding. Fortunately, a very timely topic is waiting in the wings. Do to Microsoft ending support for Internet Explorer on its own products, we feel it’s time to revisit a hugely important topic we discussed once before, but to also expand it to cover even more info. Why should you choose not to use Internet Explorer, what other browsers are out there, and how is each unique in terms of how it assists your productivity and security online? This event isn’t just for IE users, either. We’ll talk about benefits to many different browsers, and also squash that nagging fear that changing to a new browser will be super hard — it won’t, we promise! We’d love to have you join us. This is a public event, so please feel free to invite anyone whom you feel would be interested.

Title:
Browsing Securely On Your Terms
When:
Thursday, August 27, 2020 8:30 PM – 9:30 PM Eastern Time
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Speaking of cool browser features, Kim has one to share on the new Microsoft Edge, which she now has set as her default. It’s an awesome productivity hack, especially when reading lots of information.

We’ve enabled a neat new address feature on Mystic Access, and want to show you how it works. Want to auto-complete your billing or shipping address in very little time? We have you covered. This feature will primarily be of help to new customers, but we really want to make your visit to our site super convenient, so want you to know it’s available.

Want some additional entertainment while conducting everyday tasks with JaWS? Chris demos how to change sound schemes so that you can customize your user experience. If that sounds good to you, give it a try.

One of the perks of working at Mystic Access is that we sometimes get to buy really convenient and cool toys for ourselves. We’re now both excited to own the Powlaken 3 in 1 Qi-Certified Wireless Charging Station. We describe and demo this practical device and share our experiences using it. Click here to purchase your own wireless charging station.

Finally, Kim shares an interesting product that you may use for different reasons than might your sighted friends. check out this two-pack of phone or tablet pillows, available from QVC and learn why Kim recommends them.

Thanks, as always, for listening!