blog post: a tribute to my guide dog gatsby

When I first received Gatsby in 2004 I had no idea she would touch my life and leave this indelible mark on my heart. She helped me gain confidence in my travels, she would amuse me with her antics and a lot more. Gatsby even helped my brother, Rakan, place in a Reflections contest in 2005. So many stories and memorable moments.
You’re probably wondering why I’m sharing this.
Today, February 1st, 2017, my lovely Gatsby journeyed over the rainbow. She wwill be greatly missed. She brought so much into my life as well as my family’s. Her sweet energy permeated throughout the entire household. Her Unconditional love, uncanny ability to comfort me when I would think all is lost. Of course tears as she chewed up my braille blocks I worked so hard on many years ago. She takes away a piece of my heart. An empty spot sits in her honor. She will be missed by not just myself but, by others whose lives she’s touched. Farewell my Sweet Gatsbyđź’ś

The Great Gatsby, born August 8, 2002. Passed February 1, 2017.

blog post: an alternative way to submit feedback to apple when you are in the public beta cycle

The following will cover an alternate way of submitting bugs to apple. This ensures a faster reply for us. I should know, I’ve been a beta tester for going on 5 years now, and I’ve done these exact steps.

for all of us public beta testers submitting feedback through the feedback is all good, however there is another way to do this and it’s a lot easier.

#first step: create a free apple dev account
. create an apple developer account. Make sure it is the free one as you don’t want to pay the $99 a year. this will ensure access to the bug report site. You can find out more at [apple’s developer website.](http://developer.apple.com)

#report the pesky bugs
When you need to report a bug go to [apple’s bug report site](http://bugreport.apple.com) and sign in. After signing in with your apple ID and password you signed up with for your free apple developer account, click new in the tool bar. Now click iOs \(osx if you are testing os 10.12\) and fill out the info. This is an accessible way of submitting said reports, and you can upload screenshots and profiles and logs this way.
##submitting screenshots.
To upload a screenshot or movie of the bug if at all possible do the following. Note that recording a movie will not be gone over here as many systems are different.

1. After you record your movie save it to your desktop
2. Fill in the relevant fields in the bug report such as title, description and steps to reproduce. Also don’t forget to include build numbers.
3. In the heading labeled attachments.
4. Next click the upload file button and find your movie. Hit enter on it and the file will begin uploading when you click submit.

That’s it. I’ve ben a beta tester for 6 years and about 95 percent of my bugs get seen and acted on by the apple devs. You will get a response with in 2-3 days rather then wait and hope the feedback got to them.

#thanks and acknowledgments
I’d like to thank one of my fellow beta testers for reminding me of this method in bug reporting during the public betas. You don’t need to spend any money and you have an accessible platform for reporting. By the way the bug reporter in iOs from apple’s [bug reporter site](http://bugreport.apple.com) is very very accessible via safari on iOs. I’ve had the chance to submit bugs when on the go and update them when I get home from work or school.

Any comments should go to the disqus frame. Anything missing? Let me know.

blog post: a short review of 05 – Ascendance

The following is a review from my good reads account. I’ve been participating in the 100 books in 1 year challenge and it has not been easy, but I will make it. I first started at 60 but then found out I was almost there, so raised the challenge. Below you can see all of my reviews. I hope you all enjoy this series.

Here is part 1

Ascendance (1 of 2) (The DemonWars Saga #5)Ascendance (1 of 2) by R.A. Salvatore
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The read was very good, but the ending made the book seem like it was going to go on. Over all thoughI love the time period this takes place in, almost 14th century period but on a different world, but a world so much like ours.

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And here is part 2.

Ascendance (2 of 2) (The DemonWars Saga #5)Ascendance (2 of 2) by R.A. Salvatore
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The read was very good, but the ending made the book seem like it was going to go on. Over all thoughI love the time period this takes place in, almost 14th century period but on a different world, but a world so much like ours. I’m not very happy of how the book itself over all ended, but I am glad of how the author portrayed the characters and how they really seemed very real to me.

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Blog post: a book I just finished

I’m in the process of the 2015 good reads challenge. I’m tryig to choose books I take interest in. One of them is here for you to enjoy, the review is anyway. I hope the third book is goig to be good as well. I started it and so far D.E Johnson has not disappointed me. Following is the review. Thoughts? Leave them in the comments on this post.

Motor City ShakedownMotor City Shakedown by D.E. Johnson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved the history of the story. Very well done.

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blog post: my first impressions of jetpack

Hello to all. You might notice some changes to the podcast page. I’m using the jetpack plugin as i want to kind of streamline the plugins i use and prevent any unnecessary load n the server, plus i’veheard some good things about it.

changes in jet pack i’d love to see

one change in particular i’d love to see in jetpack is the ability to add the sharing social buttons with out ragging and dropping. As many of you know i am a voice over user and a screen reader user in general, so dragging and dropping is not a good thing, in most cases it is actually impossible to do this. I hope to get in touch with jetpack’s developers to try and implement this but in the mean time you will have to share the links and posts by hand. Sorry to all for now.

update.


i spoke to the jetpack staff and they fixed the sharing problems with accessibility. I wrote up a tiny blog post about it, but i can update this one wiht the key strokes if needed. I would like to thank the jetoack team for working so hard to make this change.

conclution.

so far im really loving the set up. It is quick simple and for now, free. Any comments are welcome. The staff are wonderful at jet pack and I really applaud them for giving 110 percent in fixing this issue.

blog post: a call to action against the regional transportation commission of Southern Nevada

Hello to all. This is in regard to a petition I created against our transportation commission here in the southern part of Nevada. They have for the past 4 years given me and others grief by limiting access to their system. Basically if you live outside the fixed rout system they will not pick you up. This is an injustice to the disabled as they have to rely on family members and friends who might not always be around to take them to a stop where pera transit can pick them up.

I encourage you all who are in this area to forward this to fellow nevadans and get the word out there. Send it to email lists you know of, etc.

Petition and link.

Here is the petition and link.

I’m writing on behalf of all the blind and disabled out there in southern Nevada. For 4 years I’ve been trying to convince the RTC (regional transportation commission of southern Nevada) to please ask pera transit that they pick us up outside the supplemental zone. They have done this but on a stand by system, that is, you might have a way their, but not back to your destination.

By law Pera transit has a 0.5 mile radius outside the area that the fixed rout takes so they can accommodate. My nearest bus stop is over 2 miles away. Which for me is an impossible rout because of the area I live in. I have talked to many supervisors and left comments for them, but they keep giving the excuse that they don’t have enough demand for the service outside where I live, and that the richer population complain that it would bring more crime to the area.

This to me is not a good enough excuse, as I know many older and disabled people who do live in my community who would value the use of the pera transit service in my neighborhood. I have to depend on others to get me to a place where pera transit can then pick me up. This is counter intuitive as it does not promote independence, rather it instead promotes dependence.

I’m asking on behalf of the national federation of the blind of southern Nevada to please increase pera transit to all of Las Vegas, not just where the fixed rout is capable of going. It is a disservice that the RTC made the decision to exclude the rural areas of Las Vegas and is to me an injustice.

Thanks for your time.

Sarah k Alawami

Las Vegas Nevada,
February 28, 2014

That’s why I created a petition to Regional Transportation commission of Southern Nevada, which says:

“On behalf of the blind and disabled, we petition the regional transportation commission of Southern Nevada to expand the coverage of the Pera transit service to cover all of the Las Vegas Valley. This will promote grater independence for the blind and disabled persons living in rural areas.”

Will you sign my petition? Click here to add your name:

Here it is imbedded in to the post directly.

Thanks!

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I encourage all of you to please forward this to as many nevadans as you can. if this becomes popular enough move on will help us spread the word. Those of you in the news departments can also maybe contact your news directors and also get this out there. This is an injustice that needs to be stopped. Not just for me, but for the rest of us that live outside the fixed route system.

a look at the qrz website using safari

QRZ website using safari. It is recommended by them to use google chrome, how ever chrome crashes a lot. so safari I have to use. I log a contact and talk about how one might except a QSO if they are to receive a QSO from the QRZ website. Any question and I’ll try and answer them.

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blog post: an interesting article on twitter jail

I just stumbled across an article about being in twitter jail and i thought I’d share it with you all. I’ve had this happen mainly because I tweeted I think it was 100 times in an hour. Normally, twitter jail lasts for 24 hours, bot fur this particular person whom I’ll link to the blog below this lasted for around 48. She even links to the 30 rules that twitter has, although I’m not sure how many people actually follow said rules as there are probably over a million twitter accounts and counting. So how do you stay out of twitter jail? Read the blog article linked in this post and feel free to comment. Have you ever been in twitter jail and what did you do to get out if it?

Twitter Jail For 48 Hours – It Could Happen To You Too!: “”
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