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How to broadcast, or podcast using osx with out too much hassle

This will be a sticky, that is, always at the top, post. This ensures that who ever wants to read this will not have to find the post barrier amongst all the other posts on the podcast blog.

to broadcast from the mac with out too much haste if you don’t want metadata showing, or to do a live remote where you don’t need meta data showing you will need

  • sound flower from http://code.google.com/p/soundflower
  • >vlc or the player of your choice. (I’ve used iTunes as well, but you need another external sound card just in case).
  • Line in (free) from this site
  • Garage band ($14.95) from the mac app store
  • Nice cast $59 from this site
  • and if you are going to do a podcast using this set up you will need the recording software of your choice. I use amadeus

Steps

  1. Install sound flower. I don’t recall if you need to restart your system or not but follow the prompts.
  2. Install line in I’m not going to go through the steps as the user should be familiar with installing apps to a mac.
  3. Install nice cast.
  4. Launch line in
    • A. Choose input as sound flower 2ch and output as your internal sound card or an external if you have another one.. I use an mimic usb sound card.
    • B. Check the pass through check box and you will be able to hear your sound. This is useful if for some reason like if you use iTunes you want to set the output in mac itself to sound flower 2ch. You will then need to switch voice over to another sound card (lion and higher). As a side note you can get to the sound prefs by hitting option plus f12 or if you have fn. keys toggled on fn. option f12.
  5. Download garage band from the app store.
    • A. Start garage band and choose voice for the template
    • B. go to its prefs and go to output.
    • C. Set the output to sound flower2ch and the input to the mic of your choice.
    • d. delete all tracks in the project and create a new basic track, or use the existing one
    • E. from the track you want to use go to the track info area and interact.
    • F. choose stereo 1/2 from the pop up button.
    • if you want the mic on choose on with out feedback. This control will must and unmute your mic. when you are done speaking choose off, or none. Refer to the prior step when you want to broadcast
    • G. Save the file you just created. I called mine mic for broadcasting.band. You will need to set your output and input every time in the prefs or check to see that they have been retained before every broadcast/podcast.
  6. launch your player of choice (not applicable to iTunes) and set its output to sound flower 2ch
  7. start nice cast
    • A. set its source as sound flower 2ch. I’m assuming you already created the preset for the server you are to broadcast to.
    • B. with all of this launched hit cmd b to start broadcasting and check to archive if you want from nice cast and test the server to see if you are connected or have someone tune in and listen to see if you are.
    • C. I usually start with the mic off, that is with the monitoring off. in garage band, play a track or 2 from my player and then turn the mic on by changing the setting in that pop up button to on with no feed back.

and that’s it. It seems like a lot to do, but if you are fast fingered you can put on a successful show.

Attached is the file I use. Enjoy.

[signoff]

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.

##pcloud
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
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.

#exit
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.

let’s have some fun with anchor

Thanks to jessie’s audio blog for the help with the demo. Also check out my patreon page for more content such as this and feel free to become a patron.

We go over anchor, an for android interesting way to engage with the listening audience. We call into station do shout outs, and more. We even have issues with some features that just rolled out at the time of this recording. Sorry about the clipping. I’m not used to this mic I have. It’s way more powerful than I thought it was going to be.

let’s explore the new xbox layout

Let’s explore the new xbox layout with Jessie from [jessie’s audio blog](http://jessiepp.com]

We take a look at each of the tabs and also show some bugs that still need to be worked out. If you would like to follow me on xbox my gamer tag is ke7zum I have a club on there as well that is all about killer instinct. My end goal is to advocate more for gaming accessibility, wether it’s talking menus, rumble feedback etc. I also am trying to put more youtube videos p on my patreon page, so follow me there as well and feel free to donate 1 dollar or more to get access to private events I will hold in regard to gaming accessibility and more.

about the clipping. I think I had my levels a bit hot. I ,hope this still helps the end user out a bit.
Take care and enjoy the podcast. Thanks to all who have provided me feedback both in email etc.

To leave a comment go to the discuss frame or message me on my patreon page as well.

looking at twitterrific for mac, the good, the bad and what needs work

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We take a look at twitterrific for mac

I take a look at the following:

  • menu bar
    *tweets
    *mentions
    *direct messages

I also show the issues with twitterrific for mac. They do exist. I also suggest disabling buttons such as like and reply in the table itself.

Any suggestions can be left on the disqus frame etc.

let’s talk about the moto z2 force

the following was recorded in conjunction with jessie’s audio blog

We take a brief look at some of the functions of the moto 2z force. This is a phone with 4 gigs of ram, 8 cores and a lot of power for its price, at the time of this recording on sale at tmobile for about $500, normally about $750 with out taxes. Sit back and enjoy the ride.

By the way we are now on patreon which is a site for collecting patrons and funding. I really love their concept and depending on how much is donated the patrons will get anything from shout outs to access to paid content no one else will get to private youtube casts etc. Check it out.

Looking at what’s new in apple

Apple has come out with a lot of new innovations. Let’s stake a look at them.

  • apple watch
  • watch OS
  • iPhone
  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 10
  • wireless charging

As you can see a lot has ben covered in the short 1 hour 55 minute broadcast.

As always comments and discussions are more than welcome.

let’s use an xbox with narrator, shall we?

In this episode we take a look at the Xbox and narrator, the screen reader that ships with narrator. To activate narrator on the xbox you can either

  • go to settings, ease of access, narrator or
  • hold down the home button until the controller vibrates then hit the start button. And then go left to yes, or maybe it’s right? And hit a to confirm

I love the accessibility of the unit and there is so so much you can do with narrator and the xbox. Now, if only developers of games would work to make the games more accessible for the visually impaired as fighting games are fun, however some of want to play RPG games and go through menus etc. Let’s get the word out there folks.

let’s scan some bar codes with a galaxy

I take a look at he ID Mate Galaxy by Envision America. This is a machine that will read bar codes of items you either buy or custom bar codes you affix to items yourself. I forgot to go over that, but maybe in another podcast I can if all of you want.

I had a bit of trouble with uploading a recording, however and I edited the network out of the podcast, but over all I hope the listener gets a feel for how the product works.

Any feedback can be left in the disqus frame. Enjoy.

exhibit hall misadventures, mishaps, misunderstandings, and interviews part 02 07-13-2017

We first have a misunderstanding when arriving at the exhibit hall. I did end up getting what i needed by the way. We also interview a few more companies including a candid one and discussion with APH regarding their orbit 20. So far, I’m not all that impressed with the display. Find out why at about the 30 minute mark.

Feedback can go in the disqus frame. Enjoy

Exhibit hall interviews part 01 July 12 2017

We take a look at several companies including

  • orcam
  • at&t
  • envision America
    *hidow (I can’t spell that)

There were a lot more companies however you will have to tune in and find out.

Any comments can go in the disqus frame.