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For anyone considering buying an apple watch now that it works with braille, it's worth noting that not all displays that work with iOS work with it. I was able to pair a Hims display no problem, but pairing a 5th gen Focus results in a device not supported error, though this may have been fixed in the GM release. I also heard orbits work fine. So it may be necessary to crowd source a list of compatible displays or wait for apple to publish a list.

There has to be a happy medium between the corporate "let's maintain everything forever, yay 20 more years of IE" and the open-source "let's release breaking changes every Tuesday just for fun." But I don't think we're there.

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Since Mastodon doesn't support citing posts by others yet, here's a manual one. I came to the same realization after my third attempt at switching to Android last year, with the first two having happened in 2013 (4 days) and 2014 (18 days). And I'll just add that Microsoft abandoning Windows 10 mobile is probably the saddest thing that has happened to mobile accessibility in recent years. That OS had so much accessibility promise, but Microsoft blew it.

I've converted a couple of videos from the archived 1996 website of Babylon 5 to a modern format for your enjoyment!

The original file is at the resolution of 156x88 but the content is so 90's internet that I just had to.

Starting with Ivanova welcoming you to the online experience with a bit of a warning.


Avatar: The Last Airbender now has available for all three seasons (54 episodes) on Netflix! I'll see you all next year. :)

And sure enough, VoiceOver specifically tells you to use the rotor to enable direct touch for specific apps. So while this might seem a bit annoying at first, ultimately I think this is actually a really good thing for the reasons I mentioned in previous posts.

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Before, if you went into any of these apps, you wouldn't even get the chance to turn it on because you'd lose all touch. Well, I noticed my flicktype wasn't kicking into direct touch after a phone restart and I had to turn it on manually. Now I just looked with hints turned on...

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Your random observation for the day regarding iOS 14. Looks like Apple is now prepping VoiceOver for letting you take advantage of screen recognition in apps that just mark the whole screen as a direct touch area but are inaccessible (anything Unity, maybe others). TBC

Also note I don't put the blame entirely on the developers themselves. No architect or civil engineer has to go out in their spare time to learn how to make accessible buildings or crosswalks. It's part of their core education.

Somehow, my CS education thought it was super important to tell me about linked lists and data structures, but not how blind people use the internet. I think they could have spared at least a week on this.

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I think it goes to show how immature our field is, when software engineers can work for decades without learning how to make their apps usable by blind or otherwise disabled people. Imagine if architects designed buildings without wheelchair ramps, or if civil engineers designed crosswalks without grooves or curb cuts.

They used to! And it was super dangerous! But now there are regulations forcing the engineers to figure this stuff out. I imagine accessibility will be the same in the future.

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FYI from gorhill (maintainer of uBlock Origin) regarding DuckDuckGo's Privacy Essentials web extension (

> Regarding 3rd-party exposure, I find that uBO protects you better... For instance, while DDG reports that ad.doubleclick\.net was blocked on CNBC, the network pane reports that not ALL requests to ad.doubleclick\.net were blocked, and as a result, ad.doubleclick\.net still gets to know which page you are visiting. -


I wrote an article explaining the trend with browsers' add-on support and why I think that #Mozilla limiting users' choice on Android massively is part of that trend. The add-on ecosystem is degrading steadily, and I don't expect it to reverse course.

Holy crap, google is apparently taking down all/most fediverse apps from google play on the grounds that that some servers in the fediverse engage in hate speech. At least three apps I know of anyway and I'd imagine the others will follow soon under the exact same reasoning.} Seems to be the case with Husky, Fedilab, and "subway" tooter.

this is a scary precedent if google play is going to ban any apps that can in any way be used to access content with hate speech. So what about a forum client, do they take that down just because there is a forum somewhere on the internet posting hate speech?

This is particularly worrisome because for most people Google Play is the only way they understand to install apps at all.

Picture attached of one of the notices received by fedilab.

@fedilab @tateisu #fediverse #mastoadmin #freespeech #censorship

"This is the most exquisite example of the Streisand Effect I've ever seen": :ablobcatcry: :ablobcatheartbroken:

Blanked-out areas of Baidu Maps reveal location of Chinese camps, prisons, military facilities, the lot / Boing Boing

Trying out the new Firefox on Android. So far:

• It shares data with their "mobile marketing vendor" Leanplum, switched on by default
• It reset my default search engine choice back to Google

Is this what Mozilla meant by their new focus on monetising products? 🙄

Obviously, not everything worked. For example, I wasn't able to log in anywhere, because most forms would for some reason redirect back to themselves. This could be a problem with the browser being this old or WebOne not handling the redirects properly, who knows. I also tried to make a video recording, but for some reason this kept killing the VM even though it worked fine earlier today and all yesterday... Go figure. I might attempt to record one again later. But this was a very fun experiment

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Windows 95 turns 25 today. Out of boredom, but also curiosity, I just attempted to browse the modern internet with it in combination of a screen reader. And so, using a combination of IE 5, Window-Eyes 5.5 and the WebOne proxy, I actually managed to browse a surprising number of sites, like reddit, HN, my homepage, and a few others. Visually, I bet they looked like utter garbage, but semantically, which is what the SR cares about, they read surprisingly well for a 21+ year old browser!

Sometimes when I'm helping a non-techie with computer issues, and the best advice I can give them is "did you try turning it off and back on again," I wonder if they think I'm not really trying to help them, or that I'm withholding some secret computer science knowledge from them. But no – this is the big insight! When you're a programmer, you realize that programmers don't really know what they're doing. All software is terrible. And our collective misfortune, as users, is to do battle with it

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So apple releases one developer beta of an OS with broken VoiceOver and we write a petition saying we're being excluded. Meanwhile, every few weeks google releases an update to YouTube that breaks something, whether that's the position slider or most recently putting all audio to the phone earpiece... And no one bats an eye.

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