Accessible Android Apps March 2018

These are the apps that I’m using on my LG G6, which is still running Android 7.0 but I’ve heard sometime it’ll have Android 8.1.
I use a combination of an external keyboard (Logitech K380) and touch to do what I need or want to do.
That combination of options makes these apps accessible to me, so that is why I consider them accessible. Everyone is different & has different needs, so your mileage may vary.
I post this list of apps that I’m using for a couple of reasons. The first is for those either new to Android and looking for some accessible apps to install, or those looking to see what other people are using, maybe someone looking to try a different app. The other is if I ever have to do a factory reset on my phone, I’ve got a list of my installed apps online with links to the play store. I use the My App List app, which you’ll find below to generate the list.
If I can be of any assistance, you can contact me at @blindbites on twitter or via email.

Amazon Alexa


AquaMail Pro Unlocker


Be My Eyes


Clipper Sync Plugin


Files Go

Find My Device

Freemotion change

Google Opinion Rewards

Google Play Books




KNFB Reader




Music Folder Player Full

My App List


NFC Labeler

Nova Launcher

Nova Launcher Prime



Pocket Casts




Skype Lite

Storm Radar


Trusted Contacts

TuneIn Radio Pro



Uber Eats



Shared by ‘My App List’

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Notes Installing Windows 10 Creator Update With Narrator

I’ve been playing around with a desktop computer and installing Windows 10 Creators Update using Narrator.
For now, these are just some notes I want to share. I might work on putting something better together, just depends on how I’m feeling as I recover from carpal tunnel surgery.

I made a bootable USB drive with using the Media Creation Tool from Microsoft. This is an easy way to get the install files onto a USB drive.
In order to boot from a USB drive automatically you’ll need to have that selected in the boot order in the BIOS settings. There are other ways to boot from a USB drive by pressing certain keys but it seems sometimes those are different depending on which brand computer you are using.
Nothing is quite as easy as having that option set so it just happens automatically.
For those of us who are totally blind that means getting someone who can see to change the boot order setting in BIOS. Its one of those things that once its set, you don’t have to worry about it.

I booted from the drive I made and waited a few minutes before starting narrator with the control + WindowsKey + enter command.
I heard that nice Sara talking. I followed the prompts making settings and didn’t have any problems.
I used the external keyboard that I usually use on a computer. I like to use a keyboard I’m familiar with when setting things up.

One area of confusion I had was when all of the files were copied and the process was ready to restart the computer. I tried reading the screen with turning on scan mode capslock + space.
I’ve done this a few times and it doesn’t seem to either be anything else on the screen or maybe that any keystroke starts the reboot process. Next time I’m going to try the capslock w command to read the window.
It would be helpful to have some sort of a prompt that narrator speaks instructing the person to remove any bootable USB drives before selecting restart.

One thing I’d like to see done in a update is to have the install process automatically start narrator after the restart if it detects you used narrator in that first part of the install process when you booted from the USB drive and started narrator.

Maybe have that part of the install process create a file on the drive that after that first restart, windows sees the existence of that file and starts narrator automatically.
Maybe even with a dialog asking, I noticed you used narrator in the first part of installing Windows. Would you like to continue using narrator?

I think this would remove some of the not knowing what is going on after that first restart.

Cortana was helpful in setting things up but note that if you don’t have a microphone on your computer, she doesn’t, at least in my experiences offer to help. On one of my several times of doing this all over from scratch, I connected my logitech h800 headset. After I had that connected via its USB dongle, cortana spoke up and it was quite nice answering some yes or no questions.
Again, just some thoughts and notes. The biggest thing that will help is patience. It also helps if you are installing windows from a USB drive on a computer that isn’t your daily use computer that you depend on. If you have access to another computer that it isn’t the end of your online existence and loss of your cat pictures if something goes wrong and you can simply try again, that would be great.
Lastly, as always backup your data before installing Windows in this way or even a regular update from within Windows.

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Long Term Storage #WLS Friendly Foods

My Wife and I are finally putting together a container of food and things in case of a several day power outage from ice or snow as it has happened before here in Kansas City.

I’m looking for ideas of foods that are post weight loss surgery friendly and can be stored for at least a year without growing anything inside.
We will replace things as they get close to an expiration date, but it’d be nice to not have to do that very often.

So far we’ve got canned chicken, canned tuna, bottled water, beef jerky, a manual can opener just to keep in the container, nuts and stuff like that.

Is there anything else you can think of to add to the box?
If so would you please contact me either on twitter ‘@blindbites‘ or email ‘’

Once we finish adding any other items, I’ll post the contents of our survival box. We aren’t preppers or anything like that. We just thought it would be a good idea to put some stuff together just in case the power goes out for several days and if conditions were bad from an ice storm, we wouldn’t have to worry about needing help for a week or so.

We’ve got plenty of blankets to keep us warm, several battery packs for phones etc… What would you put in your box?

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Nut Meeting Saturday November 12, 2016 10:00 – 11:30 AM

One shouldn’t send out reminders when a little kitty has deprived one from a few more hours of sleep. Steve

The next meeting of Northland Users Of Technology (NUT) is:
Saturday November 12, 2016
Time: 10:00 – 11:30 AM
Hy-Vee Club Room
5330 NW 64th Street
Kansas City, MO 64151
Store: 816-505-1311

Join us in a friendly conversation about technology as it relates to people who are blind or low vision. This is not a formal group with officers, by-laws or any of that stuff that prevents people from just talking with people.

Several people do arrive early to get a start on breakfast, however eating breakfast is not required to attend our meeting.

So bring yourself, bring a friend and bring your questions.
If you need help getting to the Club Room, just stop at Customer Service and they will assist you.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me by email: “”
or by Twitter

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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.


Twitter @blindbites
22 year cancer survivor & 5 year obesity survivor

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Five years ago today I had Gastric Bypass Surgery and along with finding and marrying the love of my life its one of the best things I’ve done in my 43 years on this big spinning ball we call Earth.

I weighed 316 pounds on this day in 2011. I lost 20 pounds during the education process I went through before surgery. Before starting the program at Saint Luke’s in Kansas City, the only other time I was able to lose any amount of weight is when I was dealing with cancer in 1994. That is a weight loss method you won’t hear any celebrity pushing this Winter.

I weigh 170 pounds as of today. I know it isn’t just all about the number, but its a good way to measure how I’m doing in my fight against obesity.
I am no longer diabetic, no longer have sleep apnea, and none of the other weight related problems I had before surgery. I mentioned to my surgeon today that I haven’t even had a cold in the last year. I love my health, love my body and most important of all, I love me.

Something I’ve learned over my five years since surgery reminds me of something my Dad told me. If it is to be, its up to me. There is no going back to the things and ways I ate in my life before Gastric Bypass Surgery. You can’t decide after six months that it is okay to have just a bite of chocolate cake or just a taste of that hot fudge sundae. This starts a downhill roller coaster effect. Well one bite didn’t kill me last time, so I’ll try two bites this time. After all, I’ve worked hard to lose weight after surgery, I deserve a break, I have earned it.
If one thinks and chooses to do that after surgery, you will end up back where you were before except with a much more painful and horrible ride getting there.
Nobody is going to show up at your door when you make bad choices after having weight loss surgery to tell you to stop. At that point it is up to you to make choices.
I’m not talking about people who have had surgery and there was a complication but instead the people where everything was successful, they just made bad choices.

I love the journey of learning that this life saving, life changing tool has brought me. It is a never ending learning experience.One learns about their body and how it reacts to certain foods. You might do fine with a food item you love and then one day your body decides it doesn’t like that anymore. When that happens and you start to gain weight, its a sign to find something new. If you try and nothing changes, don’t be afraid to seek help from the place you had surgery. Their help doesn’t stop the day you go home from the hospital.
None of us are machines running a program that has been perfected over the years. We are all different and our bodies are different machines, sometimes the program needs to be modified to run in your system.

So thanks to all of the support I’ve had from friends, both in person and online. I learn so much from talking with others who have had surgery. Sometimes I learn things that I was never told about during my education process before surgery. Sometimes you do need to have ridden the roller coaster to experience the ride.

If I can be of any help to others, contact me. If you are also blind or low vision and are interested in talking with other people who have had weight loss surgery, join the blind-wls email list by sending an email to: “”

Twitter @blindbites
22 year cancer survivor & 5 year obesity survivor

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Clearing Up Confusion With Share-A-Fare notifications

This is in reference to the services I have created with IFTTT that will either call you or text you when the status of the KC Share-A-Fare program has changed.

For those who may not know, Share-A-Fare only changes their operational status when there is weather that delays or impacts their service. They don’t make these changes on a daily basis and the KCATA only sends a tweet when there is a status change. They don’t tweet that everything is a normal status. So you would only be getting a phone call or text message when the status is changed to one of the 4 levels.

I created these recipes as a way to help others to be more informed about any delays in Share-A-Fare related to weather or other issues that are causing a delay in service.
I have called several times in past years to ask if there was a delay related to weather and the travel coordinators had no idea of what I was asking about. This was after being on hold for ten or more minutes as many others were calling.

Just to avoid any confusion…

For the phone call recipe go to

For the text message recipe go to

They are different recipes. If you want both you have to go to each of the two links to add the recipe. Signing up for one doesn’t sign you up for the other.

You can confirm which of the recipe pages you are on by reading the title bar in your browser. In NVDA press insert t.

You can check or delete any recipe that you have added by going to

Signing up for either recipe for the first time is a multi-step process.
First you have to create a free account with IFTTT, otherwise they wouldn’t be able to create the services for you.

Each part of a recipe uses a channel. Once you tell IFTTT that you want to add a recipe, it will check to see if you have the necessary channels enabled. If not, it will walk you through enabling only the channels needed for the recipe. Think of this like enabling permissions for a smart phone app.

After you have enabled the channels, there will be an add button on the page.
Press space or enter on the add button and the recipe will be added to your personal recipes and will be activated.

If you need any assistance in signing up for either of these recipes, please contact me at:

Twitter: @blindbites
22 year cancer survivor & 5 year obesity survivor

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