Launch of new Mobile @Vodacom Kiosk for the blind and visually impaired at @CouncilForBlind

In partnership with Vodacom, the South African National Council for the Blind (SANCB) officially launched a mobile service kiosk at their Pretoria offices yesterday (Wednesday 8 June), bringing mobile communication closer to visually impaired people.

These days, smartphones come with built-in accessibility features on both Android and iOS platforms enabling people with various disabilities to also have access to the amazing world of independence and the internet.

The kiosk will provide step-by-step guidance and serve as an information hub and one stop shop for blind and visually impaired people who are interested in accessible phones.

For more information, please contact the SANCB on 012-452-3811.

How to Change your iTunes Backup Location in Windows 10, 8 and 7

How to Change your iTunes Backup Location in Windows 10, 8 and 7

Disclaimer: I take no responsibility if you break your computer or your nose out of frustration. Read carefully through the instructions below before executing anything.

Introduction

I have iTunes installed on my root ssd drive, a 128 gb Samsung. However, this drive is kind of running out of space, especially since I have about 60 gb of content on my iPhone. This is a problem as stupid iTunes doesn’t allow you to change the location for backups. I had to solve this problem and thus, I’m sharing what I’ve done, here with you.

Please read the following carefully before you get started:

iTunes keeps the iOS backup folder directly on the system drive, usually the C: drive, like in my case.

By default, iTunes will store the backup files in the following path:

  • iTunes backup location on Windows XP:
    \Documents and Settings\(username)\Application Data\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\
  • iTunes backup location on Windows Vista/Windows 7/8/10:
    \Users\(username)\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\

iTunes is hard wired to put all backups into the path shown above and it is not possible to instruct iTunes to store it elsewhere. Quite typical of Apple to dictate and limit but, this is neither here nor there.

We are going to create a new backup folder in another hard drive on the PC, such as D drive, E drive and so on. And then link the original backup folder to the new backup folder. Once we have linked them, every time iTunes tries to save a backup to the C: drive, the files get saved in the new created backup folder, even though iTunes will be (under the impression) that it is saving it in its default location. So yes, basically we’ll be fooling iTunes.

How to Change iTunes Backup Location on Windows

Step 1. Create a New iTunes Backup Folder on another drive

Firstly, you should create a new iTunes backup folder on D drive, E drive or any drive that has more free storage space. This includes portable external drives. You can name this folder anything you like, e.g. iTunes Backup.

I named mine:

d:\itunes backup

Step 2. Rename old iTunes backup folder on system drive

The default iTunes location can be found above, just make sure it’s the correct one and corresponding with your version of Windows. Now, rename the folder name “Backup” to something else, e.g. “Old Backup”. This is what I’ve done.

Step 3. Change iTunes backup location on Windows

We are now going to create a symbolic link. It’s fine if you don’t know what it is. Just follow the steps below and you should be just fine.

  1. Still in the default itunes location path from earlier, press SHIFT key and press the applications key on the old iTunes backup file location, you will get a pop-up menu.
  2. Select “Open command window here”.

    You should now be in the command prompt.

    In my case, it shows:

    C:\Users\User\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\old Backup>
  3. In the command prompt window, manually type in the following command where D:\ is the new drive location (drive letter may vary depending on what you have selected earlier) and “itunes backup” is the name of the iOS backup folder you just created:

    mklink /J “%APPDATA%\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup” “D:\itunes backup”
  4. You will now see the command prompt window return a success in creating a junction. And a new folder shortcut called “Backup” will appear in the original location.
  5. Now, delete the old iTunes backup folder that you renamed earlier.

Go ahead, connect your iPhone or whatever Apple device you want to sync with iTunes and backup.

South African Banking Accessibility Survey for blind and visually impaired persons

If you are living in South Africa and live with a visual impairment, you are no doubt one of those who might have received terrible service from your bank.

 

Or, just perhaps they might have amazed you with their accessibility of their products and/or services.

 

You may also recall the difficulty that I’ve had with FNB in the past and ABSA who joined them in ignoring our calls for action on fixing the inaccessibility of their services.  If you haven’t read those articles, let me just say that their attitude stinks and that FNB still dismissed my request for dialogue even though I have approached them as the representative of Blind SA, a national consumer organization of and for the blind.

 

Either way, we have finally launched the South African Banking Survey that you can now complete.

 

The purpose of this survey is to gain a greater understanding of the service needs of people with visual impairment who are making use of products and/or services provided by banks in South Africa.

 

We are seeking people who are blind or visually impaired (or their caregivers), who are willing to complete a few questions.

 

If you want to be contacted for assistance to complete the survey, please let us know on Facebook or on Twitter.  Optionally, please phone us on 0127533663.

 

Thank you to Unlocking Abilities (PTY) Ltd. for hosting the survey.

Iphone 5c and 5s contract pricing

As some of you may know, Apple’s iPhone 5c and 5s launched officially today in South Africa.

Below is a very basic overview of the contract packages for entry-level consumers.

Currently only Cellc, Vodacom and MTN made their pricing known.

However, I will update this post when any other networks decides to make pricing known.

I also didn’t do a pricing breakdown for call costs and the like since I was receiving contradictory info from the networks.

Please doublecheck costs, like total cost of ownership, calls, etc. with the network before committing to any sort of contract.

Mobile carrier Device Cost per month over a 24 month period Name of package
MTN Apple iPhone 5c 16GB R 279.00 Anytime 100
Vodacom Apple iPhone 5c 16GB R 399.00 Smart S
Cell C Apple iPhone 5c 16GB R 399.00 Straight Up 100
MTN Apple iPhone 5c 32GB R 329.00 Anytime 100
Cell C Apple iPhone 5c 32GB R 549.00 Straight Up 100
MTN Apple iPhone 5s 16GB R 429.00 Anytime 200
Vodacom Apple iPhone 5s 16GB R 469.00 Smart S
Cell C Apple iPhone 5s 16GB R 499.00 Straight Up 100
MTN Apple iPhone 5s 32GB R 479.00 Anytime 200
Vodacom Apple iPhone 5s 32GB R 529.00 Smart S
Cell C Apple iPhone 5s 32GB R 599.00 Straight Up 100
MTN Apple iPhone 5s 64GB R 529.00 Anytime 200
Vodacom Apple iPhone 5S 64GB R 679.00 Smart M

Apple iPhone 5 pricing for South Africa

This post is for those of you who are interested in taking out a contract with an Apple iPhone.

 

In South Africa, it is quite expensive to obtain accessible devices and there is no doubt that Apple’s iPhone 5 is an excellent choice for many visually impaired and fully blind individuals however, making the right choice is also important since it is a rather expensive purchase.
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