Free Streaming Audio Selections

Below you will find information on the sources of streaming audio that I listen to on a daily basis. You will find a nice variety of classic cartoons, Star Trek and other SciFi shows, and great classic television shows and movies. Some of the options include an audio description of the visual elements in the show or movie, and some other options that are just the audio.

Along with a link to the services, you will find a short piece of information from the web site of each place.

The Listen Factor has information on their main page about subscribing to an email list to receive a daily schedule of programming.

Bananavision
http://bananavision.tv/

Bananavision
Putting the Vision back in Television
Welcome. We created Bananavision in 2008 because mainstream television drove us bananas. We offer an array of television audio for your enjoyment. To get started, you can listen to the main channel for Windows, iPhones and Macs, and GNU/Linux. For more channels and listening options, check the listen page. You can also listen to all of the channels in your media player.
Keeping the memories alive.

Blindy.TV
http://blindy.tv/

Blindy.TV is a charitable project created by blind people that believe that the blind should be able to enjoy the same television programming that entertains and contributes to the shared culture of their sighted family and friends. We contribute freely of our time and resources to provide a free described television programming service to those that are served by neither commercial products nor government programs. The current service provides a few channels of audio-only television programming, in several genres, all with audio description.

The Listen Factor
http://thelistenfactor.com/

Listening With Friends
Welcome! We’re glad you stopped by. We enjoy it when friends join us as we listen to great programming.
Here at The Listen Factor, we stream a variety of great media sound tracks specifically designed for folks who are blind and/or visually impaired making it difficult to see the TV screen.
Some of our offerings include:
• Old Time Radio, including crime/detective, mystery, suspense, westerns, family, comedy, adventure and SciFi.
• TV and movie sound tracks (sound only, no video) both described and nondescribed, all genres
• Music and other special events in conjunction with a partner radio station.
We welcome our friends and guests alike. click on a channel link below and join us in one of our home listening theaters

Twit.tv
https://twit.tv/
Live audio only feed http://twit.am/listen

ALL TECH, ALL THE TIME.
NETCASTS YOU LOVE FROM PEOPLE YOU TRUST
TECH NEWS, REVIEWS, HELP AND HOW-TOS
WE READ THE MANUAL SO YOU DON’T HAVE TO
THIS IS TWIT!

My contact information:

Twitter @blindbites Blog blindbites.com email steve 22 year cancer survivor & 5 year obesity survivor 

Its A Tool, Not A Machine

A little more than five years ago, January 25, 2011 I had Gastric Bypass Surgery. I was, like many others overweight ever since I was a child. The earliest I can remember being aware that I was heavier than other kids at school was in the second grade.

One of the phrases or comments I hear on a regular basis goes something like this, “Oh, the surgery worked for you, I know someone it didn’t work for and they gained all of the weight back and more.”

Any form of weight loss surgery is just a tool. It isn’t a matter of the tool working or not, at least in most cases, its a matter of my choosing to use the tool in a way that it benefits me. I can eat anything I want to, its just there are many things I choose not to eat. In my life before surgery, it was easy to eat a bag of cookies all by myself, especially the soft batch or Chips Ahoy cookies. There is nothing about this tool that would physically stop me from eating a few cookies. I know myself and it would not stop with just a few cookies now and then. For me, and I do mean me, as I cannot say what works for you, a few cookies would lead to a downward spiral and take me back to the way I ate before having surgery. That is a choice that I make for me.

Another thing I have experienced is people who see the success of weight loss surgery and think all they have to do is eat the same things the person who had surgery eats and they can have the same results. As I said earlier, its a tool. If you don’t have the tool, you can’t expect the same results.
If you decide to use the handle end of a screwdriver to hammer a nail into the wall, you might end up putting a hole in the wall and injuring yourself in the process. If you got a hammer which is the right tool for that task, you might expect different results.

We are all different and our bodies change. If I make a food choice that my body reacts well to, that doesn’t mean your body will react the same way. Along with that, I’ve learned that just because something I used to eat six months ago was fine for me, that can change and today my body doesn’t react the same way.

Its all a matter of doing what works for you. It is a choice that you have to make and be involved in your health. You can’t just sit back, not pay attention and expect the tool to do all of the work.
Weight loss surgery should be a way to change your lifestyle. If eating in an unhealthy way is what took you to being obese, then use this tool to make a change in how and why you eat. Don’t eat just because the clock says its time for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, make a choice to eat when you are hungry.

If you make the choice to have weight loss surgery and then make the choice to not use the tool correctly, don’t blame the tool for a choice that you have made.

Creating Volume Shortcut In Windows 10

As with many things related to Microsoft Windows, there are many ways to do the same thing. This is how I setup a shortcut to adjust the volume in Windows 10.

I could of course, just go to the system tray and select volume and make changes from there, but I wanted something more convenient.

Copy the following to your clipboard.

%windir%\System32\SndVol.exe -f 49825268

We are going to make a shortcut in Windows 10 using the info above. I want this to also be easy to find, so I can add this to any of the other computers I use at home, so I am going to keep the shortcut stored in my Google Drive. You can of course, store this anywhere on your computer and it doesn’t have to be in Google Drive, I have that installed and synching files on all of my computers, so that was something easy for me.

Go into the folder where you want the shortcut file stored. When you open a folder, nothing in that folder is selected until you move the cursor keys or click on something with a mouse. That is what we want to happen to make this process easier.

Now without selecting anything in the folder, press your context or applications key and a menu will open. Arrow up to the item that says:
New Sub menu and either press enter or use your right cursor key to open the menu. Move to shortcut and press enter.

The create shortcut wizard opens and this is where you will paste the line from earlier in this message and press enter.

On the next screen you are asked to give the shortcut a name, I named it Volume and press enter or tab to finish and press enter.

From here you could press the context or applications key and go to the properties and assign a keyboard shortcut, but I chose something that requires less keystrokes to activate the shortcut and shouldn’t conflict with keys for any other program.

In Windows 10 you can pin programs, documents, or shortcuts to the task bar. The first item that gets pinned can be launched by pressing the Windows key and 1. The second item that is on the task bar can be launched with Windows 2 etc…

So anytime I need to adjust the volume, I simply press Windows and 1 and I’m in the volume settings.

If I want to remove my volume shortcut from the task bar I could either go to the Volume item on the task bar, press the context or applications key and select unpin from task bar.
I could also go to the volume shortcut that I keep stored in my google drive and do the same to unpin the shortcut from the task bar.

You can use this to quickly launch a program you use frequently. I could pin Firefox as the second item on the task bar and could open it by pressing the Windows key and 2.

Steve

Twitter @blindbites
Blog blindbites.com
email steve@blindbites.com
22 year cancer survivor & 5 year obesity survivor

TheListenFactor friday channel guide with changes

Just passing along the schedule for Friday from The Listen Factor.
You can listen to the wide variety of shows by going to:

http://thelistenfactor.com/

For those who have never listened to shows from this excellent free service, it is just the audio of television shows and movies. Some shows or movies have description, others don’t. You can listen easily through your browser, nothing to install, no signup or membership.

Hi all

here’s your Friday channel guide.

we have a couple of changes for you today on channel4.

Chicago fire will begin aring at 1:45PM, 9:45PM and 5:45AM. the show features the professional and personal aspects of the fire fighters and paramedics lives.

at 3:30PM, 11:30PM and 7:30AM arrested development begins airing. the show’s producer and narrator is ron howard.

thanks for listening everyone.

denise and the TLF team

Remember this is an announcement list only. for assistance, questions, concerns or suggestions, send an email to

WeListen

schedule

all times eastern. use the letter H to move through the headings on the page. when you find the channel you want, use the arrow keys to arrow down for show times.

Friday channel guide

Channel1 Situation Comedies

Friday, On the Job with our favorites

Archie Bunker’s Place – 8:00AM, 4:00PM, 12:AM

Archie, formerly from Archie Bunker, co-owns a neighborhood bar and raises his brothers daughter growing up in the jewish faith. comedy/drama

WKRP in Cincinnatti – 9:00AM, 5:00PM, 1:00AM

Life at the radio station, behind the scenes and their everyday problems. comedy

Welcome Back Cotter – 9:45AM, 5:45PM, 1:45AM

Mr. Cotter goes back to his home highschool to teach a group who call themselves the Sweat Hogs. Generally they are students with no motivation to learn. He becomes more than a teacher to the young men and women helping them to gain confidense in themselves, comedy/drama.

The Office – 10:30AM, 6:30PM, 2:30AM

Spin City – 11:15AM, 7:15PM, 3:15AM

Who’s the Boss – 12:00PM, 8:00PM, 4:00AM

A male maid? Yes that’s Tony. He runs the household while raising his daughter and going to college so he doesn’t have to be a maid forever. comedy

Taxi – 1:00PM, 9:00PM, 5:00AM

Life as a taxi driver has it’s risks and rewards. Each man and woman has their secret dreams and goals they want to achieve. They don’t plan to be a Taxi driver forever! comedy/some elements of drama.

Cheers – 2:00PM, 10:00PM, 6:00AM

Features life at Cheers, a neighborhood bar. Lives become intertwined and strenghs and weaknesses exposed. comedy/some elements of drama.

Home Improvement – 3:00PM, 11:00PM, 7:00AM

Tim is an accident prone host of the handy man tv show- Tim the tool man Taylor. See how he balances his professional life and home life as his wife tries to create a more sensative modern man. comedy.

Channel2 Variety Programming

Friday, Sitting in as our legal heros do their best

Law and Order and SVU, one episode each, DVS – 8:00AM, 4:00PM, 12:00AM

Night Court,- 9:30AM, 5:30PM,1:30AM

Perry Mason – 10:00AM, 6:00PM, 2:00AM

Matlock – 11:00AM, 7:00PM, 3:00AM

Ally McBeal- 12:PM, 8:00PM, 4:00AM

L A law- 1:00PM, 9:00PM, 5:00AM

The Practice- 1:45PM, 9:45PM, 5:45AM

Judging Amy- 2:30PM, 10:30PM, 6:30AM

The Good Wife- 3:15PM, 11:15PM, 7:15AM

Channel3 Educational, Games and reality Programming

Friday Frights

You’re in for 24 hours of shows with ghost sightings and unusual tales with surprise endings. So have a friend over or have some covers handy to pull over your head if you need them.

are you afraid of the Dark- 8:00AM, 4:00PM, 12:00AM

revolves around a group of young people who referred to themselves as “The Midnight Society.” Every week, at a secret location in the woods, one member would tell a scary story to the group. The themes of the stories usually revolves around a variety of paranormal phenomena, such as demons, ghosts, magic, haunted houses, magical curses, aliens, witches, vampires, werewolves, and the like coming into contact with average youths.

The Twilight Zone- 9:00AM, 5:00PM, 1:00AM

The series consists of unrelated stories depicting paranormal, futuristic, Kafkaesque, or otherwise disturbing or unusual events; each story typically features a moral and a surprise ending.

The Alfred Hitchcock Hour- 10:00AM, 6:00PM, 2:00AM

anthology series hosted by Alfred Hitchcock which featured dramas, thrillers, and mysteries.

Ghostly Encounters- 11:00AM, 7:00PM, 3:00AM

Hauntings- 11:45AM, 7:45PM, 3:45AM

Tales from the DarkSide- 12:30AM, 8:30PM, 4:30AM

anthology horror, science fiction and fantasy TV series that often ended with a plot twist.

The Outer Limits- 1:15PM, 9:15PM, 5:15AM

anthology of distinct story episodes, sometimes with a plot twist

Nightfall- 2:00PM, 10:00PM, 6:00AM

A Canadian radio broadcast from the 1980’s of scarey and unusual tales

The walking Dead – 2:30PM, 10:30PM, 6:30AM

deputy sherrif Rick Grimes is shot and wounded in an altercation with criminals. He awakens from a months-long coma in an abandoned, disheveled hospital. Upon leaving he discovers an apocalyptic world overrun by zombies, colloquially called “walkers” and “biters”. He returns to his house to find his wife and son missing, then meets survivors

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

Seattle medical resident Olivia “Liv” Moore is turned into a zombie while attending a boat party. To cope with her new appetite for brains, Liv takes a job at the King County morgue and shares her secret with her boss, Dr. Ravi Chakrabarti. In order for Liv to survive, Ravi encourages her to eat the brains of murder victims whose bodies are delivered to the morgue. they become friends. Whenever she eats a victim’s brain, Liv temporarily inherits some of their personality traits. She also experiences flashbacks which often give her clues about the murder. Liv uses this new ability to help the Seattle Police Department solve crimes, passing herself off as a psychic consultant, while Ravi works to develop a cure for Liv’s affliction.

Channel4 Variety Programming

Friday Free for All

Star Trek Original Series DVS – 8:00AM, 4:00PM, 12:00AM

Lost in Space – 9:00AM, 5:00PM, 1:00AM

House of Cards, DVS – 10:00AM, 6:00PM, 2:00AM

Fringe, DVS – 11:00AM, 7:00PM, 3:00AM

Nashville, DVS – 12:00PM, 8:00PM, 4:00AM

WWI Homefront Series- 12:45PM, 8:45PM, 4:45AM

british radio drama which began airing in 2014. features stories about a small water front village dealing with the impending war with germany in 1914. the stories are presented as though they are taking place 100 years to the day of todays date. a 13 minute show.

Covert Affairs, DVS – 1:00PM, 9:00PM, 5:00AM

Chicago Fire, DVS – 1:45PM, 9:45PM, 5:45AM

The show explores the lives, both professional and personal, of the firefighters and paramedics of the chicago fire department at the quarters of Engine Co. 51, Truck Co. 81, Rescue Squad Co. 3, and Ambulance 61.

E R – 2:30PM, 10:30PM, 6:30AM

Arrested Development, DVS – 3:30PM, 11:30PM, 7:30AM

features the ficticious Bluth family, a formerly wealthy and habitually disfunctional family. It is presented in a continuous format, incorporating handheld camera work and voice-over narration, as well as occasional archival photos and historical footage. The show also utilizes several long-running “easter egg” jokes throughout each season. Ron Howard serves as an executive producer and the series’ uncredited narrator.

Channel5 Variety Programming

Friday, Living life on the edge

MASH- 8:00AM, 4:00PM, 12:00AM

Set during the Korean war, highlights the survival techniques used by the medical staff during difficult times. comedy/drama

Gomer Pile – 9:00AM, 5:00PM, 1:00AM

Gomer a country boy originally from the andy griffith show joins the arny and drives his sargeant crazy. comedy

McHales Navy – 10:00AM, 6:00PM, 2:00AM

An american crew serve in the pacific islands on a PT Cruiser are constantly getting into jams and trying to put something over on their commanding officer. comedy

Hogan’s Heroes – 11:00AM, 7:00PM, 3:00AM

american prisoners in a Notsi Prisoner of War camp, serve as spies and a transfer point to help others escape. Comedy

Wings – 12:00PM, 8:00PM, 4:00AM

Two brothers operate an air transport business. Unusual characters and situations, comedy

Brooklyn nine-nine – 12:45PM, 8:45PM, 4:45AM

Police comedy/drama set in New York city

Dragnet 1967 – 1:30PM,9:30PM, 5:30AM

Police drama set in Los Angeles

Barnie Miller – 2:00PM, 10:00PM, 6:00AM

Police comedy/drama set in New York

Get Smart- 3:00PM, 11:00PM, 7:00AM

A modern satire on the spy life. comedy

Channel6 Old Time Radio, OTR

DVS built into the scripts

Friday

Tales of the Texas Rangers, western – 8:00AM, 4:00PM, 12:00AM

Fort Laramie, western – 9:00AM, 5:00PM, 1:00AM

Challenge of the Yukon- 9:30AM, 5:30PM, 1:30AM

Have Gun Will Travel, western – 10:00AM, 6:00PM, 2:00AM

Gunsmoke, western – 11:00AM, 7:00PM, 3:00AM

The Six Shooter – 12:00PM, 8:00PM, 4:00AM

Frontier Gentleman – 12:30PM, 8:30PM, 4:30AM

Frontier Town – 1:00PM, 9:00PM, 5:00AM

The Lone Ranger – 1:30PM, 9:30PM, 5:30AM

The Twilight Zone – 2:30PM, 10:30PM, 6:30AM

Unusual stories, suspense

Channel 7 Movies For You

A while back, we featured a popular male actor and his accomplishments on the big screen! This week, we thought it would be fun to feature a female favorite Julia Roberts for her role in a variety of films! We hope you enjoy our actors spotlight! Here is your movie lineup through April 22! All times are eastern and the plot summaries will give you movie details!

Erin Brockovich DVS: midnight and noon

My best friend’s wedding DVS: 2:30 AM and PM

Stepmum DVS 4:15 AM and PM

Charlottes web DVS: 6:15 AM and PM

Pretty woman DVS: 7:45 AM and PM

Sleeping with the Enemy DVS: 9:45 AM and PM

Biography Julia Roberts: 11:15 AM and PM

Channel8 Musical Madness

Friday we get you charged up and ready for the weekend with the weekend wind-up! Its All the best party hits of the last 60 years! If you danced to it in High School or at your wedding, its probably in the mix! From The Champs to The Village people from Black Eyed Peas to Black Box, we will play upbeat songs to get you over that hump to the weekend!

Plot Summaries

Erin Brockovich DVS rated R:

2000 Oscar Winner! 2000 Oscar Best Actress: Julia Roberts
Erin Brockovich is an unemployed single mother, desperate to find a job, but is having no luck. This losing streak even extends to a failed lawsuit against a doctor in a car accident she was in. With no alternative, she successfully browbeats her lawyer to give her a job in compensation for the loss. While no one takes her seriously, with her trashy clothes and earthy manners, that soon changes when she begins to investigate a suspicious real estate case involving the Pacific Gas & Electric Company. What she discovers is that the company is trying quietly to buy land that was contaminated by hexavalent chromium, a deadly toxic waste that the company is improperly and illegally dumping and, in turn, poisoning the residents in the area. As she digs deeper, Erin finds herself leading point in a series of events that would involve her lawfirm in one of the biggest class action lawsuits in American history against a multi-billion dollar corporation.

My best friend’s wedding DVS rated PG-13:

When a woman’s long-time friend says he’s engaged, she realizes she loves him herself and sets out to get him, with only days before the wedding.

Stepmum DVS rated PG-13:

Anna and Ben, the two children of Jackie and Luke, have to cope with the fact that their parents divorced and that there is a new woman in their father’s life: Isabel, a successful photographer. She does her best to treat the kids in a way that makes them still feel at home when being with their dad, but also loves her work and does not plan to give it up. But Jackie, a full-time mother, regards Isabel’s efforts as offensively insufficient. She can’t understand that work can be important to her as well as the kids. The conflict between them is deepened by the sudden diagnose of cancer, which might may be deadly for Jackie. They all have to learn a little in order to grow together.

Charlottes web DVS rated G:

Wilbur the pig is scared of the end of the season, because he knows that come that time, he will end up on the dinner table. He hatches a plan with Charlotte, a spider that lives in his pen, to ensure that this will never happen.

Pretty woman DVS:

Edward is a rich, ruthless businessman who specializes in taking over companies and then selling them off piece by piece. He travels to Los Angeles for a business trip and decides to hire a prostitute. They take a liking to each other and he offers her money if she’ll stay with him for an entire week while he makes the “rich and famous” scene (since it doesn’t do for a man of his stature to be alone at society parties and polo matches). Romantic comedy (and complications) ensue.

Sleeping with the Enemy DVS:

Laura and Martin have been married for four years. They seem to be the perfect, happiest and most successful couple. The reality of their house- hold, however, is very different. Martin is an abusive and brutally obsessed husband. Laura is living her life in constant fear and waits for a chance to escape. She finally stages her own death, and flees to a new town and new identity. But when Martin finds out that his wife is not dead he will stop at nothing to find and kill her

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Kangaroo PC Update

After all of the trouble with the $99 Kangaroo PC we’ve had, I decided to not use it for anything other than doing demonstrations at our monthly technology meetings.
We reinstalled Windows 10 again, installed the Kangaroo PC drivers and it acted like maybe it would work well for a change. Even if it went back to its old ways of blue screens of death with the ks.sys error and remain in a boot loop, it wasn’t a big deal as I had switched back to one of our better computers for my daily use.

I installed a few programs on the Kangaroo, Firefox, Thunderbird, Chicken Nugget, NVDA, etc.. and they were all working fine.
I was on the Windows 10 desktop and pressed tab. I heard nothing. I checked my headphones and they were plugged into the USB headphone adapter, everything was plugged in as it was just a few minutes before.

Knowing better with this piece of crap computer than to just press the power button to shutdown, I asked my Wife to connect it to a monitor and see what is on the screen.
We were greeted with yet another blue screen of death and the ks.sys error. This didn’t happen during a Windows Update, it didn’t happen because the computer was shutdown improperly, it happened during normal use.

At that point I was using the Kangaroo PC for about three hours after we reinstalled Windows 10 and the Kangaroo drivers. All Windows updates had been installed and things seemed to be working fine.

We decided we had way more than enough problems with this piece of junk and put everything back in the box. Our friend who bought the Kangaroo PC for us has returned it to NewEgg for a store credit.

Please folks, if you want a small and inexpensive Windows computer, look elsewhere and don’t waste your money or time with the Kangaroo PC.
It just isn’t worth the trouble when you have to reinstall Windows every week and reinstall all of your programs.

KCATA uses technology to improve services

The following is a cross post from the NUT Kansas City Blog.

As most of us know, through the use of IFTTT and the KCATA twitter site, people can find out about Share-A-Fare status changes due to inclement weather. The twitter site can also be useful when trying to communicate with SAF as Ruthie found out the day of the Royal’s parade.

But there is more. A few months ago there was a news segment about BRIDJ. In partnership with the KCATA, BRIDJ is an ap-based service that lets people schedule a passenger van to pick them up at their nearest bus stop. Passengers are then dropped at the bust stop nearest to their destination. The KCATA is also working on a system called IVR (Interactive Voice Response) which would let SAF passengers know if their ride will be late or even early. This system will be useful for everyone, especially for those of us who work at the IRS and have to wait outside for our rides to pick us up.

Lisa Womack KCATA Mobility Manager will be talking about these topics and more as well as answering questions at our next NFB Chapter meeting. You don’t need to be a member to come learn something new and ask questions. All interested parties are welcomed.

When: April 16, 2PM
Where: 118 Westport Road Second Floor (Westport Branch of the KC Public Library).

Hope to see you there!

Best Regards

Daniel Garcia
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Posted by: Daniel Garcia

NUT Meeting April 9, 2016

The next NUT meeting will be this Saturday April 9 from 10:00 to 11:30 AM.

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

We will have a demonstration and discussion about adding calendar entries on a smartphone. This will include both Android and Ios devices.
We will also have a demonstration of using the remote add-on with NVDA to connect to another computer. This can be used to fix a problem for someone without needing to be in person, or even just showing someone how to do something on their computer.

As always, bring yourself and a friend, bring your questions and comments, and join us for a friendly discussion of technology.

Some people do arrive for general conversation just after 9, so don’t be afraid to show up early.

We have wonderful Hy-Vee employees that will go to the kitchen area and get food from the buffet or other food options from the kitchen.

If you need assistance in getting to the club room, just stop at Customer Service on your way in.

Everyone is welcome, there are no membership dues, pledges, secret handshakes, or loyalty songs to learn. Just people helping people.

If you have any questions, feel free to send a message to:
steve@blindbites.com