blog post: looking at some cloud hosting services

I’m one for cloud storage, everything for me is in the cloud, I mean everything. Recently someone contacted me regarding some articles they put together for cloud hosting services. I want to take the time to compare accessibility of said services and my experience with any of them that i have had. Not all of the services will be compared, just the ones I’ve used.

For those that are unaware, I am visually impaired. I have ben blind since birth and I use a screen reader which reads elements on the screen out loud to me. If a link or a button though is not labeled properly this can lead to a lot of misinformation on the part of the developers. This is of corse not intentional but it is important to educate and make sure the software and service is equally accessible for all users. If it is not that is not a good thing as the person is losing out on some potential clients. I always ask developers and reviewers to test their software with their eyes closed and with the screen turned off using nnvda or voiceover on the mac, also talkback on android and voiceover on ios .

Let’s take a look at some of the services I have used. I will link to this person’s article and finally to the whole site at the bottom of this post.

I heard of and have used pcloud for a few months now, but sadly the developers have ben unable at least on the mac side of things fix a bug where I could not copy the url to the file and or folder I wanted to share with my family and or friends. I contacted them about this and they knew what was going on. The back up and sync worked ok, however downloads from the client itself took for ever even though at the time i was on a 50 down and 8 mbps up connection. Grabbing stuff from the website was much much faster for some odd reason. Here is the pcloud post See what you think. I like the 10 gigs of free storage and the encryption but that’s about it.

Backblaze although fast and easy to use is not accessible in terms of restoring your files and or folders. I have tried to contact the website developers about this with no avail. When I last used it you had to click the graphics to restore the files, fine, if my screen reader could see it on windows and or mac. I have to give them this though. The support staff really did try and help and uploading was a breeze. In fact I could modify via the url my upload speed and simulate certain situations to get the best upload out of my connection. following is a link to the back blaze article.

##idrive: a service to consider
There is one service I use that I’m working with the staff to make more accessible. It includes sync with the same space you have, the ability to share files and folders and more. They are called idrive They even back up mobile devices. I have already restored some screenshots from my phone to my computer using idrive. It worked flawlessly.

As you can see there are a number of back up and sync services. If you want to know more visit this site as well. They have a lot to offer in terms of vpn and back up data security.

blog post: Why I’m a federationist

People often ask me why I belong to the national federation of the blind. I could give the generic minute message we have, but I believe our own words speak loudly as well. Here’s my answer to the question.

#why I belong to the NFB.

Why am I a federationist?? I’m a big believer in technology. I believe technology has and will continue to help the blind, however it costs a lot. A simple machine for embossing (that is brailing from a computer on to paper) cost about 5-50 grand, and that’s new. A braille display (a contraption that turns computer screen output into braille right a way for a user) cost between 500 to 5000 dollars. This must stop. I’m aware most of us are buying our stuff through services for the blind in what ever state/country you live, however that gives companies no excuse to charge an arm and leg for the technology. I know companies need to make a profit, I have 2 small businesses so I get it, however this is wrong on so many levels. As a federationist I feel that by making my and others’ voices heard we can stop this treatment of the blind and disabled.

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.](

#report the pesky bugs
When you need to report a bug go to [apple’s bug report site]( 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]( 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.


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.


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.



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.