Accessible Android Apps August 2016

This is a list of the apps that I use on my phone and tablet. I am able to do what I want in the app, so I consider it accessible.

I use a bluetooth keyboard and touch to get things done. It is just a matter of which I find to be most usable for me.

If an app that I find useful has a pro version, I will purchase the upgrade just to support the developer and show my appreciation. I ask that you do the same.

My current devices:

phone: Samsung Galaxy Note 5

tablet: Alcatel ONETOUCH PIXI™ 7

bluetooth keyboard: Logitech K380 Multi-Device Bluetooth Keyboard

Acapela TTS Voices https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.acapelagroup.android.tts

AccessNote https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.afb.accessnote.android

Amazon Kindle https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.amazon.kindle

AquaMail https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.kman.AquaMail

Arcus https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.arcusweather.darksky

BlipBlip https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=it.nadolski.blipblip

Clipper Sync Plugin https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.clippersync.android.plugin

Clipper+ https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=fi.rojekti.clipper

Device Manager https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.adm

Duo https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.tachyon

ETI-Eloquence TTS https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=es.codefactory.eloquencetts

File Commander https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mobisystems.fileman

Google Opinion Rewards https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.paidtasks

IDEAL Currency Identifier https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.ideal.currencyid

IF https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ifttt.ifttt

iHeartRadio https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.clearchannel.iheartradio.controller

KMBC https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.hearst.android.kmbc

KNFB Reader https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sensotec.knfbreader

Live on YouTube https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tilda.youtube

MacroDroid https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.arlosoft.macrodroid

Messenger https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.messaging

Music Folder Player Full https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=de.zorillasoft.musicfolderplayer.donate

My App List https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.projectsexception.myapplist

Nearby Explorer Online https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.aph.nearbyonline

NFC Labeler https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=hu.gersoft.nfclabeler

Nova Launcher https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.teslacoilsw.launcher

Pocket Casts https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=au.com.shiftyjelly.pocketcasts

Pro Weather Alert https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.globalcanofworms.android.proweatheralert

Scanner Radio Pro https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.scannerradio_pro

Sex Offenders Search https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fibercode.sexoffenderssearch

Sheets https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.docs.editors.sheets

Shiprack https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.shiprack.client

TalkBack https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.marvin.talkback

Talking Caller ID Pro https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.guidology.talkingcalleridpro

TapTapSee https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.msearcher.taptapsee.android

Touchless Notifications Pro https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=hu.viczian.notifications.pro

Translate https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.translate

TuneIn Radio Pro https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=radiotime.player

Tweetings https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.dwdesign.tweetings

Uber https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ubercab

VLC https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.videolan.vlc

Vocalizer Voices https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=es.codefactory.vocalizertts

Weather Timeline https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.samruston.weather

TalkBack 5.0.4.3 is now officially released

The following is from the Eyes Free Google Group Email List.
To join this great resource of Android users from around the world, send a new message to:
“eyes-free+subscribe@googlegroups.com”

Hello TalkBack users. We are happy to announce the official release of TalkBack 5.0.4.3. We were waiting to send out the release notes until the update propagated to 100% in the Play Store.
Below is the list of new features and fixes that are specific for all supported versions of Android. The last section of this post is specific to Android N which is currently in developer preview. Since we know that some Eyes-free users have been testing Android N for some time, we thought to list updates for this version of Android as well.
Enjoy!

The TalkBack Team

Here is a list of new features and fixed bugs in TalkBack 5.0.4.
Web

TalkBack now announces when no element of a given type exists on a web page. For example, if the user swipes to the next HTML heading but none is found, a message will be spoken to let them know about this.

TalkBack now supports text editing in Chrome. We are aware that copy/cut/paste actions are still missing from the Local Context menu.

TalkBack does not repeat the current element when auto-scrolling.

Multi-page Views

TalkBack will now announce when the user is in a multi-page view and provide feedback as to what page they are located on (when swiping left and right with two fingers), for example, “page 1 of 3”, along with the name of the page (if provided by a developer via the contentDescription). An example can be seen in the Phone app.

Text Editing

TalkBack now reports the text that has been selected, copied, cut or pasted.

Miscellaneous

There is a new option in the Global Context Menu called “Copy Last Utterance to Clipboard”. This allows the user to copy the last-spoken phrase to clipboard for further processing, i.e. pasting into another app, etc.

The list of custom actions can now be opened with a user-defined gesture, in the “manage gestures” screen. It is “unassigned” by default.

The shortcuts in the “default” keyboard map can now be changed by the user.

The “pages” navigation settings has been removed from TalkBack.

The “speak caller ID” setting has been removed as we have no way of making this work consistently across devices.

TalkBack now includes phonetic spelling tables for most of the languages supported by TalkBack.

Italian, Czech, German and other translations have been corrected.

Support for N FEATURES specifically:

TalkBack notifies the user when entering multi-window mode and identifies window names and their position on the screen (message: Hangouts on top, Messenger on bottom in portrait mode and “on left” and “on right” in landscape mode).

In multi-window screen the user can swipe to the screen splitter and move it up or down using custom actions (swipe to the splitter and then access custom actions via the local context menu, swipe up, then right).

When using external keyboard, it is possible to switch between opened windows with a shortcut key. In multi-window mode the shortcut key will switch between all active windows, in a single-window mode, the shortcut key will move between navigation bar, main screen and status bar only. Default shortcut key: CTRL+ALT+up/down arrows.

Seek controls will now move in increments of 5% when changing their value with volume keys. On pre-N versions the seek bar would only move in increments of 20%.

When focused on a seek control, going into the Local Context Menu will allow editing the value of a control discretely, i.e. the user can type in the exact value they want to set the seek bar to. On pre-N devices it is only possible to use volume keys to change the value of seek controls.

Richer information about grids and lists will now be spoken, for example, “20 columns and 5 rows”.

TalkBack will now soften the volume of another audio stream when, for example, playing a video in Youtube or another app. For this to work, the “focus speech audio” setting should be turned on in TalkBack Settings.

TalkBack will now speak the number of characters in password fields, for example, “9 characters”. Previously, TalkBack did not speak anything as if the field was empty.

NUT Meeting August 13, 2016 10:00 – 11:30 AM

You are invited to the next meeting of Northland Users of Technology (NUT).

Saturday August 13, 2016 from 10:00 – 11:30 AM

We meet in the club room at the Hy-Vee located near I-29 and NW 64th street in Kansas City, Missouri.

Hy-Vee Club Room

5330 NW 64th Street
Kansas City, MO 64151
Store: 816-505-1311

Please join us in our monthly gathering of people discussing technology as it relates to those who are blind or low vision.

Its an opportunity to share information, get help from other people, and discuss things in person.

Its also a chance to enjoy some yummy food. We do have wonderful people who will go to the kitchen area and get food.

The NUT meetings have no formal structure, there are no officers, by-laws, or membership dues involved in what we do. Its just people getting together with people. There are no requirements that you have breakfast, your participation is what is important.

This month we don’t have a demonstration scheduled. It is a great time to discuss any issues you are having with technology, share something you’ve heard or learned about, and enjoy each others company.

We all have something to learn from each other. Asking questions is part of how we all learn.

So bring yourself and feel free to bring a friend. There are no requirements that people attending the meeting have a visual disability.

If you need assistance in finding the club room at Hy-Vee, stop at customer service.

If you have any questions, please contact me at steve@blindbites.com

Also, please feel free to share this with anyone you think might be interested.

Many people arrive around 9:30 to get their day started with good food and conversation, so don’t be afraid to be an early bird.

You can join the NUT email list by sending a new email to:

nutkc-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

Once you get a reply from Yahoo Groups, simply reply, (usually control r in most programs) and send the message. That will verify your address is correct and that you do want to join the list.

You can send a new message to the NUT list with this address:

nutkc@yahoogroups.com

Steve

TheListenFactor weekend channel guide with marathon info

This is the weekend channel guide for The Listen Factor.
You can listen to their eight channels of audio and also subscribe to the channel guide by going to:
http://thelistenfactor.com/

Steve

Good morning all

here’s your weekend channel guide.

No changes to our regular schedule for this weekend.

Our tv show marathon this weekend is 48 hours of cartoons. On the even hours he man of the universe will air followed by an episode of danger mouse, DVS. On the odd hours, Odd Squad, DVS and Glitter Force, DVS will air. One ep follows the other in the time slot. Then an episode of yogie bear and go go gopher will air taking us up to the top of the hour. So tune in and get energize by our heeros figuring out ways to help people out of jams and protect us from the bad guys.

Mike has put together a great variety of movies on channel7 this weekend. He had a couple of requests then fit the others around them. I think it’s a good line up, even though my westerns have come to an end for now.

Thanks for listening everyone.

Denise and the TLF team

Remember, this is not a chat list. for assistance, questions, concerns or suggestions, send an email to

WeListen

Weekend Schedule

all times eastern. use the letter H to move through the headings to the channel you’re looking for. then arrow down to here show times. Use jaws find- control plus F and type in DVS to find described shows.

Channel1 Situation Comedies, saturday, Oldies but Goodies

Petticoat Junction- 8:00AMPM

Family Affair- 9:00AMPM

The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis- 10:00AMPM

The Flying Nun- 10:30AM and PM

The Real McCoys- 11:00AMPM

My Favorite Martian- 11:30AMPM

The Donna Reed Show- 12:00PMAM

The Brady Bunch- 1:00PMAM

Andy Griffith- 2:00PMAM

Mr Ed- 3:00PMAM

full House- 4:00PMAM

Dick Van Dyke- 5:00PMAM

My Three Sons- 6:00PMAM

The Courtship of Eddies Father- 7:00PMAM

Channel1 Situation Comedies, Sunday

Gilligan’s Island- 8:00AM, 4:00PM, 12:00AM

That Girl- 9:00AM, 5:00PM, 1:00AM

Green Acres- 10:00AM, 6:00PM, 2:00AM

Hazel- 11:00AM, 7:00PM, 3:00AM

Leave it to Beaver- 12:00PM, 8:00PM, 4:00AM

Happy Days- 1:00PM, 9:00PM, 5:00AM

Mr Belvedere- 2:00PM, 10:00PM, 6:00AM

Charles in Charge- 3:00PM, 11:00PM, 7:00AM

Channel2 Variety Programming, Saturday

Game shows Galore!

Bagage on the Road, Newly Wed Game, 8:00AM, 4:00PM, 12:00AM

Catch 21, 25,000$ Pyramid- 8:45AM, 4:45PM, 12:45AM

Match Game, Hollywood Squares- 9:30AM, 5:30PM, 1:30AM

Password- 10:30AM, 6:30PM, 2:30AM

Legend of the Hidden Temple- 11:00AM, 7:00PM, 3:00AM

Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego- 11:30AM, 7:30PM, 3:30AM

The Price is right current – 12:00PM, 8:00PM, 4:00AM

Celeberty Family Feud 2016 – 12:45PM, 8:45PM, 4:45AM

Match Game 2016 – 1:30PM, 9:30PM, 5:30AM

The $100,000 Pyramid 2016 – 2:15PM, 10:15PM, 6:15AM

the flintstones- 3:00PM, 11:00PM, 7:00AM

The Jetsons- 3:30PM, 11:30PM, 7:30AM

Channel2 Variety Programming, Sunday

Diagnosis Murder- 8:00AM, 4:00PM, 12:00AM

Moonlighting- 9:00AM, 5:00PM, 1:00AM

Cagney and Lacy- 10:00AM, 6:00PM, 2:00AM

Cannon- 11:PM, 7:00PM, 3:00AM

Six Million Dollar Man- 12:00PM, 8:00PM, 4:00AM

Wonder Woman- 1:00PM, 9:00PM, 5:00AM

The Incredible Hulk- 2:00PM, 10:00PM, 6:00PM

Batman- 3:00PM, 11:00PM, 7:00AM

The Adventures of Superman- 3:30PM, 11:30PM, 7:30AM

Channel3 Education, Games and Reality Programming, Saturday

The Simpsons, DVS- Sat. 8:00AM, 4:00PM, Sun. 12:00AM, Mon. 12:00AM

King of the hill- Sat.8:45AM, 4:45PM, Sun.12:45AM, Mon.12:45AM

Knight Rider- Sat.9:30AM, 5:30PM, Sun.1:30AM, Mon.1:30AM

Dual Survival- Sat. 10:30AM, 6:30PM, Sun. 2:30AM, Mon. 2:30AM

The show features a pair of survival experts in predetermined scenarios while in challenging environments without specialized equipment.

Two and a Half Men, sitcom- Sat. 11:15AM, 7:15PM Sun. 3:15AM, Mon. 3:15AM

The Dukes of Hazzard- Sat. 12:pm, 8:00PM, Sun. 4:00AM, 8:00PM, Mon. 4:00AM

The A Team- Sat. 1:00PM, 9:00PM Sun. 5:00AM, 9:00PM, Mon. 5:00AM

American action-adventure series, about a fictional group of ex–U.S. Army Special Forces personnel who, after being imprisoned as war criminals “for a crime they didn’t commit”, escape and, work as soldiers of fortune.

Bob’s Burgers, DVS – Sat. 2:00PM, 10:00PM, Sun. 6:00AM, 10:00PM, Mon. 6:00AM

Bob and his family own and operate their own restaurant. needless to say, they are not exactly the most polished and professional or conventional managers. this is an adult animated show.

Married with Children, sitcom- Sat. 3:00PM, 11:00PM, Sun. 7:00AM, 11:00PM, Mon. 7:00AM

Channel3 Education, Games and Reality Programming, Sunday

Your Story Hour- 8:00AM, 4:00PM

childrens’ stories with a christian theme. suitable for adults too.

Davey and Goliath- 8:30AM, 4:30PM

listen along to a fine adventure of davey and his best pal goliath his faithful dog and often his conscience.

Adventures in Odissy- 8:45AM, 4:45PM

Young people grapple with life’s road bumps and must make good decisions.

Down Gilead Lane- 9:15AM, 5:15PM

Follows a number of families as they grapple withhow to best live their lives in a faith filled manner.

Left behind series, adults – 10:15AM, 6:15PM

What would you do if suddenly a friend or family simply disappeared leaving you behind? radio dramatization of the popular novels.

Left behind series, kids – 11:05AM, 7:05PM

a radio dramatization of the popular novels oriented toward young people. suited for adults as well.

Sunday Afternoon, BBC Block

Various dramas- Wed.8:00AM, Fri.8:00AM and Sun.12:00PM/Noon

Various dramas- Wed9:30AM, Fri9:30AM and Sun 1:30PM

Various dramas- Wed.11:00AM, Fri. 11:00AM and Sun. 3:00PM

Channel4 Variety programming, Show Marathon

Cartoons are the shows to see for our tv marathon- saturday 8:00AM through 8:00AM monday morning when regular programming begins.

show sets begin at the top of the hour

Channel5 Variety Programming, Saturday, Kids Front and Center

The Patty Duke Show- 8:00AM, 4:00PM, 12:00AM

A Different World- 9:00AM, 5:00PM, 1:00AM

California Dreams- 9:45AM, 5:45PM, 1:45AM

Dennis the Menace- 10:30AM, 6:30PM, 2:30AM

The Wonder years- 11:15AM, 7:15PM, 3:15AM

The Facts of Life- 12:00PM, 8:00PM, 4:00AM

Boy Meets World- 1:00PM, 9:00PM, 5:00AM

Silver Spoons- 2:pm, 10:00PM, 6:00AM

The Partridge Family- 3:00PM, 11:00PM, 7:00AM

Channel5 Variety Programming, Sunday

Some not forgotten favorites

Different Strokes- 8:00AM, 4:00PM, 12:00AM

The Bernie Mack Show, DVS and NonDVS – 9:00AM, 5:00PM, 1:00AM

Seinfeld- 9:45AM, 5:45PM, 1:45AM

Grace Under Fire- 10:30AM, 6:30PM, 2:30AM

Frasier- 11:15AM, 7:15PM, 3:15AM

Sandford and Sons- 12:PM, 8:00PM, 4:00AM

Fresh Prince of Bel Aire- 1:00PM, 9:00PM, 5:00AM

The Jeffersons- 2:00PM, 10:00PM, 6:00AM

Amen- 3:00PM, 11:00PM, 7:00AM

Channel6 Old Time Radio, OTR

8:00AM- Variety of crime detective stories

9:00AM- Variety of suspense, horror, macobre stories

These will alternate all weekend with new episodes playing so drop in several times if you like.

Regular programming begins on Monday at 8:00AM

Channel 7 Movies For You

We always have a ton of fun with your help coming up with unique movie themes! However, this weekend, we had a request for a nice variety of content with no particular theme so that’s what we will be presenting! We hope you enjoy the movies that were chosen! All times are eastern and the plot summaries heading contains all the movie details!

Triangle DVs: midnight, 8 AM and 4 PM

Ice Dreams NDVS: 1:45 AM, 9:45 AM and 5:45 PM

MICHAEL JACKSON’s Journey from Motown to Off the Wall: 3:15 AM, 11:15 PM and 7:15 PM

The Choice DVS: 4 PM, 12 PM and 8 PM

Miracles From Heaven DVS: 6 AM, 2 PM and 10 PM

Channel8 Musical Madness

Saturday’s theme is Boot Scootin’ Saturdays on Music Madness featuring the best in new country and all of those classics from artists such as: Carrie Underwood, Kenny Rogers, Florida Georgia Line and Dolly Parton

Sunday is smoothe jazz sunday.

Plot Summaries

Triangle DVs:

When Jess sets sail on a yacht with a group of friends, she cannot shake the feeling that there is something wrong. Her suspicions are realized when the yacht hits a storm and the group is forced to board a passing ocean liner to get to safety, a ship Jess is convinced she’s been on before. The ship appears deserted, the clock on board has stopped, but they are not alone… Someone is intent on hunting them down, one by one. And Jess unknowingly holds the key to end the terror.

Ice Dreams NDVS:

When U.S. Olympian Amy Clayton’s father died trying to get his daughter to
practice on time, it only seemed right to hang up her skates for good, even if it meant disappointing her mother, Harriet. But the call of the run-down Mid City Ice Rink was too strong to ignore, and having worked out a deal with Skipper and the owner the rink, Amy has continued to skate privately.
Nicky, a promising skater, and her mom find out that Amy is skating at Mid City, and convince
the reluctant (and broke) ex-Olympian to coach Nicky. Although reluctant at first, Amy recognizes Nicky’s dedication and talent, and through coaching the ambitious young skater, she has the chance to reevaluate her own dreams, even the one she thought she had left behind.

The Choice DVS:

Travis and Gabby first meet as neighbors in a small coastal town and wind up in a relationship that is tested by life’s most defining events.

Miracles From Heaven DVS:

MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN is based on the incredible true story of the
Beam family. When
Christy (Jennifer Garner) discovers her 10-year-old daughter Anna
(Kylie Rogers)
has a rare, incurable disease, she becomes a ferocious advocate for
her daughter’s
healing as she searches for a solution. After Anna has a freak
accident, an extraordinary
miracle unfolds in the wake of her dramatic rescue that leaves
medical specialists
mystified, her family restored and their community inspired

__._,_.___

Making Yummy Coffee My Way At Home

I’ve read several articles and blogs about what “experts” suggest for making coffee at home. I want to start off by saying I’ve never been a “pert” so I cannot be an “expert”.
I’m just a guy who enjoys coffee and believe you don’t need an expensive grinder, professional coffee maker, and a digital scale to make great tasting coffee at home. I am also someone who after years of being obese, had Gastric Bypass Surgery about five years ago. Sugar Free is a big part of my life after surgery. One area that is very easy to do sugar free is with coffee.

Lets take a look at the things I have in the kitchen. The shortened links will be to Amazon, but you can use the info to shop elsewhere, if that is what you want to do. I don’t receive any compensation for providing these links to Amazon, its just where I bought each of these items and it was easy to find and provide a link.

KitchenAid BCG111OB Blade Coffee Grinder – Onyx Black
https://goo.gl/Px0cnA

I’ve seen this grinder in many online lists and reviews. It has been called the best coffee grinder under $500 at many places.
Its simple, easy to use, and the metal cup and the lid / cover are dishwasher safe. You measure the beans, put them into the metal cup. Next put the cover on top and plug it in. You start the grinding by pressing down on the cover and stop by stop pressing on the cover. So the longer you grind, the finer the coffee will be. It takes some experimenting to get the grind to your preferred level. It takes just about 4 seconds for me to grind 3/4 of a cup of coffee beans to get it to where I like it. This is one thing about you making coffee at home. You get to learn what works for you and do it your way.

Hamilton Beach summit coffee maker
https://goo.gl/DIiDsq

I love this coffee maker for several reasons. I previously used and loved another maker from the same company. It made one serving at a time. You measured the coffee and water, not one of those makers that uses those premade little cups one just drops into the machine.
I got to a point where I was drinking more coffee and making coffee for friends who were over for a visit. This maker will make several cups of coffee at a time and stores it in an internal tank, no glass carafe heating up and just waiting to be broken.
This coffee maker has several features and options. It can make iced coffee, make different amounts of coffee, and a favorite of mine brought over from my previous coffee maker, a BOLD feature.
This sends a little bit of water through the ground coffee and then takes a break. It slowly repeats this until the maker is finished. It gives the coffee a richer and fuller taste than the makers that just push the water through until its done. This maker can do that too, but BOLD is my choice.
The coffee maker will beep once when its finished. There is a dispensing bar on the front of the machine. Just hold your cup under the spout and press against the bar. I do hold a finger near the full line in my coffee mug to know when it is full and then pull the mug away from the dispensing bar. Just my way of doing this as a guy who is blind. Don’t worry friends, I do wash my hands before making your coffee.
Cleaning is easy to do with some white vinegar once a month. The large container that the coffee goes into once its made cannot be put in the dishwasher, as part of the machine that keeps the coffee warm is built into this tank. No worries though, its easy enough to clean in the sink with some dish soap and water, just don’t submerge the tank in water.
The basket that holds the ground coffee can go in the top rack of the dishwasher. I do use paper filters with this machine. There is a reusable filter that somewhat works with this coffee maker, but it isn’t a perfect fit and I’m just not comfortable using it.
The coffee maker does keep the coffee warm for 4 hours after its done making coffee. You can put it back on the keep warm mode by holding down the power button for about six seconds.
A tip on filling the maker with water. If you are facing the buttons on the front of the maker and have the lid open with the basket and large container removed, feel along the back left part of the maker. You’ll feel several ridges along the inside. Fill water to the bottom of the top most ridge. That was just a much easier way for me as a blind guy to figure out how much water to put in. There are markings inside the big container the finished coffee goes into, but I needed something I could feel.

20 oz. ThermoServ Coffee Travel Mug 6 Pack – Multi-color
https://goo.gl/ZTnmNi

These are the mugs I use. I bought a six pack of them so I can always have a new mug to put coffee in. This is handy for when friends come over and also keeps me using a clean mug each day. There is an easy to feel line near the top for where to fill the coffee to. The mugs are dishwasher safe and also microwave safe.

OXO Good Grips Plastic Measuring Cups, 6-Piece, Black
https://goo.gl/9dh8nO

I love the feel of these measuring cups and they are dishwasher safe. Because of their design, they are easy to hold on to, no metal cup slipping around, waiting to be dropped. I use the 1/4 cup for measuring coffee beans and the 3/4 cup for measuring Soy Milk. We actually have two sets of these in our kitchen. I like to keep all of my coffee stuff together, that way there is no wondering who used a certain measuring cup last and where it is. The set of measuring cups I use stay next to the coffee maker, the set we use for other stuff in the kitchen stay on the other counter, actually they are hanging from the knob of a cabinet.

PYREX 4-cup Measuring Cup
https://goo.gl/r9F2s0

I know some may think this measuring cup is oversized for the job, but its a matter of what works for you. I like to use this to pour the soy milk into a mug. There is no mess of measuring the milk and using the measuring cup to pour into the mug. I measure the soy milk with the 3/4 cup and do that over the sink. That way if I spill a little, it goes into the sink and not onto the counter or runn off to the floor. Yeah, I’m not one to cry over spilt milk, I just don’t like making a mess. So I pour the milk from the measuring cup into this 4 cup pyrex measuring cup and use the spout to know when I’ve got it lined up with the mug. Again, just doing what works for me.

Oxo 5.5 quart storage
https://goo.gl/FOsgAk

This is how I store the bags of coffee beans. It will hold several bags and when you place the lid on and press the locking button, the container becomes air tight. This is important in keeping your beans dry and fresh. These are sold in smaller sizes, this is just the one I like and use. You should also keep your coffee beans away from heat and in a dark place. I figure the beans are dark enough in their bag, and I keep this container on the far side of the kitchen, away from the counter the dishwasher is under and away from the stove.

My Thoughts On Coffee Beans
Most of these same articles I’ve read insist on using the freshest, recently roasted within a day or two beans for the best results. I’ve tried many coffee beans from different roasters before finding my favorite. I bought from some that shipped the day after the beans were roasted, ones that shipped a couple of days, even ones that only ships on certain days of the week so they can keep a schedule of when they roast and when they ship.
I’ve also bought from the grocery store. I know the beans in the store were not roasted as recently as some I bought directly from the place that roasted them. I’ve bought coffee beans that were $16 per bag, some that were $12 per bag, and even some that were about $9 per bag.
I wanted to try a bag of my grocery store’s store brand of beans and see what the difference in taste would be. Most of the time, my local and favorite grocery store, Hy-Vee – a Midwest chain of stores, sells their bags of whole bean coffee for around $5.99 per bag. Sometimes its on sale for a dollar off and that is when I stock up.
I tried the store brand and I couldn’t tell the difference in taste between this bag that cost $5.99 and the freshly roasted bag of coffee beans that cost $16. I’ve talked with several people in my area who agree and had the same experience. So the store brand is what I buy. I know, some of those articles I’ve read would have me banned for life from the coffee drinkers club. I do what works for me and there is nothing to be gained in feeling like part of the super club that only buys the most expensive beans. If that works for you and you can afford that, then go ahead, do what works for you. The writers of those articles who insist on using the most freshly roasted and expensive beans haven’t offered to buy coffee beans for me.

There is a variety of flavors to pick from with this local store brand, the same variety you’ll find from the more expensive choices.
I just ask you to keep an open mind and try different beans from places until you find your favorite. Don’t let this blog post or any other guilt you into buying a certain brand or variety of beans. There are lots of places out there to buy from. Enjoy your journey in finding the beans that suit your taste and mood.

Sugar Free Syrups
I buy sugar free syrups from both Davinci Gourmet and Torani. Both companies make some of the same flavors but they also make some flavors that the other doesn’t. I buy from a variety of places, each companies web site, Amazon, and lately SamsClub. I found that Sams has many of what I consider the basic flavors of Davinci Gourmet syrup for just under $5 per 750ml bottle. Usually both brands sell for just under $8 plus shipping per bottle on their web sites. It helps to subscribe to each company’s newsletter as they often have monthly specials and sometimes free shipping on your order.

I use a pump that attaches to the top of the bottle to dispense the syrup into my coffee mug. Each company sells their own pumps, which do fit each others bottles. Its the same size bottle with the same top of the bottle. The pumps from both companies work well, I just have a personal preference for the pumps from Toranni. They just seem to have a more fluid and consistent push to them when pumping syrup. That is just my own personal thing though, again it is what works for me. As I said earlier, making coffee at home allows you to do things your way. You get to experiment and come up with your own creations.

Tips & Suggestions
I keep a plastic jug in the refrigerator with water in it. I’ve read and found its best to make coffee with as cold as you can get water. Also I’ve read and experienced, if you like the taste of the tap water in your home, then use it. If you don’t like the taste of your tap water and don’t use it for drinking or cooking, then use whatever filtered or bottled water you use. Its a matter of what you are used to drinking, that will usually provide the best coffee for you. Using cold water makes a big difference in the coffee than just using water that is room temperature or water right out of the faucet.
I refill the jug and put it back in the refrigerator each time so its always ready when I want to make coffee.

I do like milk in my coffee, it just provides for a creamier taste. I never was a regular milk drinker and now in my life after weight loss surgery, I definitely am not. My choice is Soy Milk. To keep the sugar low I use unsweetened soy milk and my favorite brand is Silk. Again, something that is just my favorite. I’ve tried the store brand and a few other and I just like the taste of the Silk Unsweetened better. I put 3/4 of a cup into a mug along with four pumps of syrup. I then put the mug in the microwave for 30 seconds. The mugs I use are dishwasher and microwave safe, so nothing to worry about.
When the milk and syrup are heated up, I place the mug under the dispensing spout on the coffee maker and push against the bar. Stir with a spoon, attach the lid, and enjoy a yummy mug of coffee.

I didn’t provide the price for each item I use as they vary from time to time on Amazon. The prices go up or down just a few dollars, I just didn’t want anyone reading the price as of when I’m writing this and find its different when you go to Amazon.

These are the things and methods that work for me in making coffee that I and my friends enjoy. One of the many benefits of making coffee at home is finding your own ways of making coffee. The other thing is since you are making it, you know what is being put into your coffee. Experiment, try different beans and syrups, and find what you like. Just because I do something a certain way doesn’t mean that you have to.

TheListenFactor weekend channel guide

Once again I am going to share the weekend channel guide from this wonderful source of streaming audio.
You can go to:

http://thelistenfactor.com

to listen to your choice of the eight channels below.
I am so thankful for the people at The Listen Factor, sharing their weekend channel guide is just my way of saying thank you.
You can find information on their site on how to receive the program schedule on a daily basis.
Steve

Good morning all

here’s your weekend channel guide.

We have a few changes on our weekend schedule.

On channel5 on Saturday, Silver Spoons begins airing at 2:00, 10:00 and 6:00. On channel5 on Sunday, The Bernie Mack Show is coming to TLF. The first 3 seasons are described. It airs at 9:00, 5:00 and 1:00

On channel2 we have some changes to our game show block. The current price is right will air at 12:00, 8:00 and 4:00. This is followed by celeberty family feud a summer series. Feud is followed by a new version of Match game at 12:45, 8:45 and 4:45. And finally the $100,000 Pyramid airs at 2:45, 10:45 and 6:45. These 3 shows are summer series. I think you’ll enjoy them. Give them a try.

I’m indulging myself in this weekends marathon by airing Gunsmoke. I’m a fan of westerns and gunsmoke is the quintasential western. So western fans out there join me on channel4 and we’ll listen together.

mike has put together a fun group of movies on channel7 this weekend based on your request. They sound pretty exciting. Drop by.

Thanks for listening everyone.

Denise and the TLF team

Remember, this is not a chat list. for assistance, questions, concerns or suggestions, send an email to

WeListen

Weekend Schedule

all times eastern. use the letter H to move through the headings to the channel you’re looking for. then arrow down to here show times.

Channel1 Situation Comedies, saturday, Oldies but Goodies

Petticoat Junction- 8:00AMPM

Family Affair- 9:00AMPM

The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis- 10:00AMPM

The Flying Nun- 10:30AM and PM

The Real McCoys- 11:00AMPM

My Favorite Martian- 11:30AMPM

The Donna Reed Show- 12:00PMAM

The Brady Bunch- 1:00PMAM

Andy Griffith- 2:00PMAM

Mr Ed- 3:00PMAM

full House- 4:00PMAM

Dick Van Dyke- 5:00PMAM

My Three Sons- 6:00PMAM

The Courtship of Eddies Father- 7:00PMAM

Channel1 Situation Comedies, Sunday

Gilligan’s Island- 8:00AM, 4:00PM, 12:00AM

That Girl- 9:00AM, 5:00PM, 1:00AM

Green Acres- 10:00AM, 6:00PM, 2:00AM

Hazel- 11:00AM, 7:00PM, 3:00AM

Leave it to Beaver- 12:00PM, 8:00PM, 4:00AM

Happy Days- 1:00PM, 9:00PM, 5:00AM

Mr Belvedere- 2:00PM, 10:00PM, 6:00AM

Charles in Charge- 3:00PM, 11:00PM, 7:00AM

Channel2 Variety Programming, Saturday

Game shows Galore!

Bagage on the Road, Newly Wed Game, 8:00AM, 4:00PM, 12:00AM

Catch 21, 25,000$ Pyramid- 8:45AM, 4:45PM, 12:45AM

Match Game, Hollywood Squares- 9:30AM, 5:30PM, 1:30AM

Password- 10:30AM, 6:30PM, 2:30AM

Legend of the Hidden Temple- 11:00AM, 7:00PM, 3:00AM

Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego- 11:30AM, 7:30PM, 3:30AM

Family Feud, Celeberty Name Game, Jeopardy- 12:00PM, 8:00PM, 4:00AM

Early Childhood Mix of Shows- 1:00PM, 9:00PM, 5:00AM

Rin Tin Tin, My Friend Flica, Annie Oakley and Sky King will air in this slot.

Sabrina The Teenage Witch animated series- 1:30PM, 9:30PM, 5:30AM

Mixed Cartoons- 2:15PM, 10:15PM, 6:15AM

cartoons from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s, Alf, george of the Jungle, fat albert, majilla the gurilla, milton the monster, inspector gagit, fonzy and the gang and many more

the flintstones- 3:00PM, 11:00PM, 7:00AM

The Jetsons- 3:30PM, 11:30PM, 7:30AM

Channel2 Variety Programming, Sunday

Diagnosis Murder- 8:00AM, 4:00PM, 12:00AM

Moonlighting- 9:00AM, 5:00PM, 1:00AM

Cagney and Lacy- 10:00AM, 6:00PM, 2:00AM

Cannon- 11:PM, 7:00PM, 3:00AM

Six Million Dollar Man- 12:00PM, 8:00PM, 4:00AM

Wonder Woman- 1:00PM, 9:00PM, 5:00AM

The Incredible Hulk- 2:00PM, 10:00PM, 6:00PM

Batman- 3:00PM, 11:00PM, 7:00AM

The Adventures of Superman- 3:30PM, 11:30PM, 7:30AM

Channel3 Education, Games and Reality Programming, Saturday

The Simpsons, DVS- Sat. 8:00AM, 4:00PM, Sun. 12:00AM, Mon. 12:00AM

King of the hill- Sat.8:45AM, 4:45PM, Sun.12:45AM, Mon.12:45AM

Knight Rider- Sat.9:30AM, 5:30PM, Sun.1:30AM, Mon.1:30AM

Dual Survival- Sat. 10:30AM, 6:30PM, Sun. 2:30AM, Mon. 2:30AM

The show features a pair of survival experts in predetermined scenarios while in challenging environments without specialized equipment.

Two and a Half Men, sitcom- Sat. 11:15AM, 7:15PM Sun. 3:15AM, Mon. 3:15AM

The Dukes of Hazzard- Sat. 12:pm, 8:00PM, Sun. 4:00AM, 8:00PM, Mon. 4:00AM

The A Team- Sat. 1:00PM, 9:00PM Sun. 5:00AM, 9:00PM, Mon. 5:00AM

American action-adventure series, about a fictional group of ex–U.S. Army Special Forces personnel who, after being imprisoned as war criminals “for a crime they didn’t commit”, escape and, work as soldiers of fortune.

Bob’s Burgers, DVS – Sat. 2:00PM, 10:00PM, Sun. 6:00AM, 10:00PM, Mon. 6:00AM

Bob and his family own and operate their own restaurant. needless to say, they are not exactly the most polished and professional or conventional managers. this is an adult animated show.

Married with Children, sitcom- Sat. 3:00PM, 11:00PM, Sun. 7:00AM, 11:00PM, Mon. 7:00AM

Channel3 Education, Games and Reality Programming, Sunday

Your Story Hour- 8:00AM, 4:00PM

childrens’ stories with a christian theme. suitable for adults too.

Davey and Goliath- 8:30AM, 4:30PM

listen along to a fine adventure of davey and his best pal goliath his faithful dog and often his conscience.

Adventures in Odissy- 8:45AM, 4:45PM

Young people grapple with life’s road bumps and must make good decisions.

Down Gilead Lane- 9:15AM, 5:15PM

Follows a number of families as they grapple withhow to best live their lives in a faith filled manner.

Left behind series, adults – 10:15AM, 6:15PM

What would you do if suddenly a friend or family simply disappeared leaving you behind? radio dramatization of the popular novels.

Left behind series, kids – 11:05AM, 7:05PM

a radio dramatization of the popular novels oriented toward young people. suited for adults as well.

Sunday Afternoon, BBC Block

Various dramas- Wed.8:00AM, Fri.8:00AM and Sun.12:00PM/Noon

Various dramas- Wed9:30AM, Fri9:30AM and Sun 1:30PM

Various dramas- Wed.11:00AM, Fri. 11:00AM and Sun. 3:00PM

Channel4 Variety programming, Show Marathon

Gunsmoke will air this weekend as our tv marathon- saturday 8:00AM through 8:00AM monday morning when regular programming begins.

show sets begin at the top of the hour

Channel5 Variety Programming, Saturday, Kids Front and Center

The Patty Duke Show- 8:00AM, 4:00PM, 12:00AM

A Different World- 9:00AM, 5:00PM, 1:00AM

California Dreams- 9:45AM, 5:45PM, 1:45AM

Dennis the Menace- 10:30AM, 6:30PM, 2:30AM

The Wonder years- 11:15AM, 7:15PM, 3:15AM

The Facts of Life- 12:00PM, 8:00PM, 4:00AM

Boy Meets World- 1:00PM, 9:00PM, 5:00AM

Silver Spoons- 2:pm, 10:00PM, 6:00AM

The Partridge Family- 3:00PM, 11:00PM, 7:00AM

Channel5 Variety Programming, Sunday

Some not forgotten favorites

Different Strokes- 8:00AM, 4:00PM, 12:00AM

The Bernie Mack Show, DVS and NonDVS – 9:00AM, 5:00PM, 1:00AM

Seinfeld- 9:45AM, 5:45PM, 1:45AM

Grace Under Fire- 10:30AM, 6:30PM, 2:30AM

Frasier- 11:15AM, 7:15PM, 3:15AM

Sandford and Sons- 12:PM, 8:00PM, 4:00AM

Fresh Prince of Bel Aire- 1:00PM, 9:00PM, 5:00AM

The Jeffersons- 2:00PM, 10:00PM, 6:00AM

Amen- 3:00PM, 11:00PM, 7:00AM

Channel6 Old Time Radio, OTR

8:00AM- Variety of crime detective stories

9:00AM- Variety of suspense, horror, macobre stories

These will alternate all weekend with new episodes playing so drop in several times if you like.

Regular programming begins on Monday at 8:00AM

Channel 7 Movies For You

The weekends are driven primarily by your requests and this weekend will be no exception! If we haven’t gotten to your requests, don’t lose heart! The most likely cause is that we are still trying to track down your movies as is the case with this group of movie suggestions! For those who requested these, Thanks for your patience and we hope you enjoy these flix!

WoodLawn NDVs: midnight, 8 AM and 4 PM
Any Given Sunday DVs: 2:15 AM, 10:15 AM and 6:15 PM
Quarantine DVS: 4:30 AM, 12:30 PM and 8:30 PM
Don’t Tell Mom The Babysitter’s Dead NDVS: 6 AM, 2 PM and 10 PM

Channel8 Musical Madness

Saturday’s theme is Boot Scootin’ Saturdays on Music Madness featuring the best in new country and all of those classics from artists such as: Carrie Underwood, Kenny Rogers, Florida Georgia Line and Dolly Parton

Sunday is smoothe jazz sunday.

Plot Summaries

WoodLawn NDVs:

A gifted high school football player must learn to embrace his talent and his faith as he battles racial tensions on and off the field.
In 1973, a spiritual awakening captured the heart of nearly every player on the Woodlawn High School football team. Their dedication to love and unity, in a newly desegregated school filled with racism and hate, leads to the largest high school football game ever played in the torn city of Birmingham, Alabama, and the rise of superstar, Tony Nathan.
After racial tensions begin to boil over at a high school, the school’s football coach allows a local man preaching a message of positivity, faith and love to speak to his players. Their play begins to improve, and the town begins to heal socially and spiritually in response.

Any Given Sunday DVs:

A star quarterback gets knocked out of the game and an unknown third stringer is called in to replace him. The unknown gives a stunning performance and forces the aging coach to reevaluate his game plans and life. A new co-owner/president adds to the pressure of winning. The new owner must prove her self in a male dominated world.

Quarantine DVS:

Television reporter Angela Vidal and her cameraman are assigned to spend the night shift with a Los Angeles Fire Station. After a routine 911 call takes them to a small apartment building, they find police officers already on the scene in response to blood curdling screams coming from one of the apartment units. They soon learn that a woman living in the building has been infected by something unknown. After a few of the residents are viciously attacked, they try to escape with the news crew in tow, only to find that the CDC has quarantined the building. Phones, internet, televisions and cell phone access have been cut-off, and officials are not relaying information to those locked inside. When the quarantine is finally lifted, the only evidence of what took place is the news crew’s videotape.

Don’t Tell Mom The Babysitter’s Dead NDVS:

It’s a summer full of unexpected fun and foul play when mom takes a trip to Australia leaving Sue Ellen and the kids behind. What they didn’t expect was the babysitter mom left to take care of them – an elderly tyrant who’s ready to make their lives miserable – until she keels over dead on the first night. Now the kids figure they can have the summer of their dreams, only they don’t have any money for the basics – like movies, dates and pizza. It’s up to Sue Ellen to find a job, but to make it in the adult world she has to fake it from the top of her resume to the tip of her nail polish. If she succeeds, Sue Ellen and the kids are going to have a summer they’ll never forget…so long as they Don’t Tell Mom The Babysitter’s Dead

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NUT Meeting July 9, 2016

Please join us for the next meeting of Northland Users of Technology (NUT).

Saturday July 9, 2016 10:00 – 11:30 AM.

Hy-Vee Club Room

5330 NW 64th Street
Kansas City, MO 64151
Store: 816-505-1311

If you need assistance in getting to the Club Room, just stop at Customer Service.

Many people do arrive around 9:30 AM for conversation and to get started on Breakfast. We do have wonderful people from Hy-Vee who will go to the Kitchen area to get food.

We ask that everyone set their phones to silent or vibrate so they do not become a distraction while someone is demonstrating or during the process of asking & answering questions.

A few of the things I plan to talk about & demonstrate are Google’s new option for two factor verification, streaming audio including News, TV shows, Cartoons, and Movies, and maybe a call from a previous episode of The Tech Guy Radio show.

Please bring yourself and a friend. There is no requirement for a level of knowledge, experience, or disability.

We all learn from each other by asking questions. None of us just woke up one day knowing everything we know. There is always something to learn for each of us.

Please feel free to bring or talk about anything you want to share with the group.

If you have any questions feel free to email me at:

steve@blindbites.com