blog post; a way to test your mac for free

When I came across the following article on lifehacker, on speedster I was a bit surprised that someone came up with this app. I’m testing this for accessibility. As most of you know who listen to the podcast or read the blog, I’m totally blind and use a screen reader called voiceover. Voiceover ships with osx 10.4 and above and can be accessed with command f5. Many apps are accessible with voiceover and while some are not, some of the devs I’ve spoken to have worked hard to make the apps accessible and easy to navigate.

main interface of speedster

When you first navigate the program you are presented with a start test and a number of tests remaining. There is an in app purchase that enables you to remove this limit. the following is a screenshot of the speedster window. Notice the start test button that is prominent.

After the start test button is opened, you are presented with a web view of the start test screen. This might appear to be inaccessible to voiceover users, but if you quit interacting with that and go right, you will notice the results. Here are mine.results of the test. Notice the download and upload speed which  in this example is 35 Mbps by 5 Mbps.

exit

Over all the app is very usable with voiceover and free. You only need test your speed maybe once a day or so. I hope you enjoy this app. Feel free to leave a comment and discuss this in the forums as well. I love the way this app is simple to use and I hope you mac users will make use of this tool.

Author: Sarah Alawami

licenced amature radio operator, loves to read and sing.