Category: commentary

My Address to the National Council of State Agencies for the Blind

Using Apple hardware and apps as an effective tool in the toolbox   Address delivered to the National Council of State Agencies for the Blind at its conference in Greenville, South Carolina, 17 November 2017   It’s an honour to have been asked to speak with you today. By way of background, I have a …

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An open letter to Tim Cook, about those Blindfold Games. Surely one of your departments has gone rogue?

Note, this matter has concluded with an excellent outcome. As Marty from Blindfold Games writes on his blog, Apple has put things right.     Dear Mr Cook, a few days ago, I mentioned you in a tweet in which I praised your team members who had clearly put considerable thought into the Face ID …

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Bullied by a thief, pirate threatens legal action against me

A couple of days ago, I blogged about being made aware of the organised theft and redistribution of my intellectual property. I thought long and hard about whether to publish the post, and decided to do so for several reasons. First, it gave me the opportunity to communicate how hurtful these acts are for the …

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How do some people sleep at night? Blind people ripping off other blind people

Recently on The Blind Side podcast, I was honoured to be able to conduct a fascinating interview with professor Stephen Lockley of Harvard University about non-24. That’s the condition that makes it difficult for many of us in the blind community to maintain consistent sleeping patterns. Perhaps that’s not the only reason some people are …

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My address to the Blind Citizens Australia convention, “Making the most of Emerging Technologies”

Prologue Sometimes, the technology gods just like to play with you. I’ve seen it when people have practiced and practiced a demo, only to see it go horribly wrong when it really counts. When the tech gods want to play with you, you must either laugh at yourself and the situation, or hope that a …

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Response to the “Girl Gone Blind” post, “To the Child who has a Blind Parent”

***Updated on 28 March 2017.   Today, Maria Johnson, author of the post that prompted me to write this response, substantially reworked her original article. So while the link to her post which you’ll find in this article still works, the article you’ll see is quite different from the piece that deeply troubled some blind …

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Apple Should Enable The Existing iPhone Feature We Can’t Use

As is customary at this time of year, the iPhone rumour mill is in overdrive. Pundits are expecting a particularly big release this year, as Apple celebrates iPhone’s 10th anniversary. Already, we’re hearing rumours about wireless charging, facial recognition, and fancier screens. The wireless charging seems like a certainty, and I suspect this feature was …

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The Marrakesh Express won’t take us to the end of our journey

As I’ve blogged previously, I’m pleased to have played a part in starting the journey back in the early 1990s that has ultimately led to the formulation of the Marrakesh Treaty. This significant international agreement, a triumph for all those involved in the delicate negotiations, will facilitate the sharing of accessible format material across country …

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