ABSA, joining the FNB camp of non-cooperation – not interested in the blind or visually impaired

Difficulties regarding independence, recognition, rights, etc. is an ongoing fact of life if You are a person living with a disability.

Recently I got quite involved in the accessibility and disability rights arena.

I encountered touch screen card machines on one of my shopping trips but, dismissed it and shopped somewhere else instead but, when I received an email regarding the experience of another person, I realized that this is going to become a problem.

I quote:

My request to you then, do you have sufficient contact with the others banks mentioned above to address this matter? It simply is not acceptable that a blind person will have to be dependent on someone else to enter his / her PIN at these point of sale machines.

End of quote:

Now, this is only one issue that was raised.  Continue reading ABSA, joining the FNB camp of non-cooperation – not interested in the blind or visually impaired

Windows 7 Problem Step Recorder – Create Step By Step Recordings

Some of us like to help others but, it can be extremely frustrating when you attempt to figure out the problem just to be met with an even bigger problem.


The person who is experiencing the problem with his windows 7 machine is sometimes the biggest obstacle to solving the problem since he or she is not able to tell you exactly what went wrong.  (Just teasing).  It’s not their fault but, it is frustrating, nevertheless.


Windows 7 has an answer for us here.  The “Problem Step Recorder” can help.   Windows 7 Problem Step Recorder will record steps that either you or your client take that will eventually result in a certain computer problem.


Once you have finished recording the steps, it outputs each step as a screenshot and puts them in an MHT document (webpage).


Now, now, you guys, it is all ok, Microsoft is not discriminating against those of you who can’t see the screenshots: It will also include a text only description of the steps down the bottom of the page.  (One less online petition for me to look at.)


To top it all off, it will also place all the contents of this recording into an archived zip file so that it can be easily emailed.


To use it, Goto Start “Menu > Run” and type: psr

Optiguide, I don’t really know what to make of it.

So, Optiguide is this new screenreader with real amazing features; ok?

Visit the developer’s web site.

The documentation link, provided on the web site said “page not found” but, I went and downloaded the application in any case, just to check it out.

Grab your own copy from the UTechAccess web site.

Download Optiguide version 1.0.55 from here.

The version I tested in this podcast, is 1.0.55.

I only went through the installation and initial setup. I really didn’t know what de hell was going on. There were no real helpful messages anyware and no help documentation in the program group.

I tested this on a virtual machine of Windows XP.


QRead, Accessible EBook Reader for windows

QRead is a fairly new program release by Q, or Christopher Toth. Yes, it’s the same dude who was involved with Qwitter, the accessible twitter client for those of us on the Windows Operating system.

So, what does QRead do?

It allows the opening of pdf, epub, docx, txt and protected as well as unprotected Bookshare content in a fast and rather afficient manner.

To find out more, check out the podcast below.

Further down, there are links for downloading a demo and to the web site of the application.


The MD5 checksum fingerprint is: ecc32e8e5fb451756546010961057a4d

Also visit his web site at