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Accessible Resource for Plus Size Apparel

Have you been looking for plus size apparel for a while? Plus size apparel doesn't have a high level of availability despite the increasing demand. The plus sizes are mostly displayed in either a small section of the clothing department or in expensive specialized boutiques, it can be very frustrating to find what you are looking for and you may end up settling for something that doesn't really satisfy your needs. Are you tired of searching indefinitely and in vain, for plus size apparel? Are you frustrated by settling for less than what you want and deserve? Are you dreading those long fitting sessions? Why waste your time and energy searching all over the place when you can find what you want online. This site will provide you with a great selection of plus size clothing and a variety of specialized clothing items such as: plus size lingerie, plus size swim suits, plus size dresses, plus size maternity clothes, plus size wedding dresses, plus size bra, plus size jackets an…

Pacman Talks!

In 1980 a little known distributor by the name of Midway released a game destined to become one of the greatest arcade classics of all time. Developed by Namco, Pacman is a maze game in which a player navigates Pacman, a yellow figure, through a maze eating pills and avoiding ghosts. Pacman has undeniably had a significant impact on the video game industry. Until Pacman, video games were almost exclusively "Space Shooters" - games in which a player controls a space craft that has to shoot something. Pacman was the first game to break out of that model and be incredibly successful. Since then, video games have diversified considerably and continuously branch out into new and creative areas. The name Pacman is derived from the Japanese phrase Pakupaku which loosely translates into "he eats, he eats". In fact, the game was originally released under the name Puck Man in Japan, but when the game was picked up by Midway to be released in the US the name was changed to …

Choosing The Right Eyeglasses

Eyeglasses in the world today have become so fashionable that even some people will wear them without having the need. However, some people really do need glasses and don't wear them for one reason or another. Reasons include: they cannot afford to go to the eye doctor, or they feel glasses do not look all that wonderful on them. Whatever the reason, it is very important to wear your eyeglasses if you need them. There are several reasons one should wear eyeglasses if it has been deemed necessary. The first one is obvious, so you can see. In most states, you won't be able to get your drivers license if glasses have been prescribed and you refuse to wear them. Additionally, headaches are common in those who are far sighted or near sighted and do not wear glasses. This is caused from the amount of work your eyes have to do in order to properly function. People who are farsighted often believe that they can just pick up any old pair of glasses at the grocery store and this wil…

Are You Ready for Reading Glasses?

Are you at the point of not being able to read up close without straining? Many people find themselves in need of single-vision reading glasses. It's not a sin. In fact, reading glasses can be fashionable, colorful, and fun to coordinate with your wardrobe. There are full size, half-eyes, bifocals which are "plano" or no added Rx on the top so you can actually walk in them without getting dizzy, sun readers, and wallet readers which work great for restaurant menu reading. Reading glasses can be custom-made for each individual through an optical dispenser, or they can be purchased "ready-made" at retail shops or online at stores such as http://www.eyecarefashion.com. Ready-made readers became popular in the 1990s: three times more pairs were purchased during that decade than ever before, at an estimated rate of 30 million pairs per year. They are less expensive than custom eyewear, allowing you to own several pairs for a reasonably small amount of money. Rea…

Music for Your Wedding

The big day is coming. You've worked so hard to insure that this will be the greatest day of your life. How about adding another special touch, music. Did you know that many couples have used CDs to announce their wedding? You can order a personalized gift CD single of "Friends are Quiet Angels" (The Friendship Song) How about giving your Bride's Maid a CD as a special gift? There are so many wonderful songs that can be used in a wedding. From the time the guests arive, to the last dance, music can set the mood. Don't worry, you don't have to drag out your CD collection. I've got a website that will have everything you need. At Wedding Music Central you can purchase CDs designed for your special day. Each song is performed by Grammy / Emmy winners; you can even listen to sample MP3 files of each disc. Are you thinking of a DJ? Wedding Music Central has tips on what to play and when to play it, song suggestions, how to hire bands & DJs, they …

Quick Reference Guide for Party Menus

By Margaret Rench Deciding what food and how much to serve for a party is stressful. Remember:

The guests are there to mingle with each other and with you. Food is important, but it's not the end of the world if you forget to make something or if something doesn't turn out right.

Make things that you are comfortable cooking and that you have had success with. If the only thing you can cook is spaghetti, then serve spaghetti and splurge on some fancy bakery desserts!

Snacks and AppetizersIf you are having an adult party plan on 4-6 snacks per guest. If it's a child's party you can plan on less. Try to have a variety of 3-4 items. Frozen meatballs cooked in a crock pot with brown gravy are an easy treat! Cheese cut into fun shapes, crackers, shrimp, mini pizzas, deviled eggs, even fruit or vegetable trays would be fine.

SaladBuy pre-made salad for the party. Add some carrots, radishes and onions before serving. The size of the bag and your guest count will give you an idea…

Memories on Hand: The Beauty of Class Rings

The first recorded instance of class rings for a graduating class occurred at West Point in 1835. The tradition has spread, and now in the United States class rings are a common purchase by students, often seen as an intregal part of tradition as the caps and gowns on graduation day. Class rings are a great way of not only having a living momento to your high school or college years, but also as a way to tie you to your fellow classmates, to increase that sense of comradery and belonging to something greater. Class rings were generally a single design, made by the high school or college, and the only design change would be the graduation year. Today's class rings are usually customized by each student in some way. Because of this, there no longer really is a "typical" class ring, though popular generalities still exist. Men's rings are generally larger than women's. The most popular color is gold, though that differs depending on the school and company providing…

How to Become a Mary Kay Beauty Consultant

Become your own boss with an exciting new beauty consultant job with a Mary Kay business.

Find a Mary Kay beauty consultant in your area. To do this go to http://www.marykay.com. Type in your area code to find the consultant nearest to you.

Find more information about the business by calling the consultant in your area. She will answer any questions that you may have about selling Mary Kay.

Order a starter kit. The cost of the kit is approximately $100.00 but it is worth it if you are looking to make some really quick money.

Listen to all the CD's located in your kit. They will help you with any selling issues that you may have. Always have a positive attitude, no matter what. If you do not have a positive attitude, nobody will want to do business with you. "Dress for success". If you're not dressed well in a business-like manner, then your customers will not take you seriously. Women, expect to wear skirts or dresses to all meetings you attend. Do not expect your busi…

Tips For After The Move

It's a new day and a new place. There is a smell of paint and boxes surrounding you. It's time to get settled. If you handle unpacking systematically, you won't have any problems.

Get the movers to place boxes in the rooms where they belong, for example all boxes that contain kitchen stuff should be placed in the kitchen.

Create a priority list and unpack accordingly. Many people prefer getting the kitchen and bedrooms done first followed by the living areas.

Check that all appliances and electronics work. Keep a master list and check as "OK."

Next have the utilities turned on and all the appliances connected to the right outlets.

Create a mover's file and file all receipts, insurance papers, as well as contracts in it. Pin a sheet with the mover's numbers and contact details. Ensure that you have the bill of lading and payment receipt.

Keep ready the papers pertaining to the transfer of school registrations. Plan to meet the school authorities and complete the…

Consider Lasik: Lose Those Glasses For Good!

Glasses might be a popular fashion accessory, but there is no fun in wearing them out of necessity. Lasik, or laser assisted in situ keratomileusis, is fast becoming one of the most popular ways to deal with short- or long-sightedness, helping spectacle wearers say goodbye to glasses for good. Sight correction surgery has been available for a number of years, but as in other medical fields, increasing understanding and technical innovations continue to make these surgeries more effective and affordable. There was a time when only the wealthy and the brave could undergo sight correction procedures, but developments like Lasik are widening the options for those with imperfect vision. Using hi-tech equipment to create a flap in the cornea through which the corneal tissue can be adapted to improve a patient's vision, Lasik is both quick and relatively painless. Unlike the major surgical procedure eye correction formerly represented, Lasik now allows patients to walk in to a clinic a…

Quickly Clean Just About Anything!!

By Jennifer Shircel Ok, so if you're at all like me, you have 1 main disinfectant cleaner, a glass cleaner and a furniture polish! I don't want to have a specific cleaner for every little thing in the house! Now, I've got a great solution to quickly clean the kitchen countertops, the bathroom sinks and counters and just about everywhere in between! We all either have old cloth diapers we aren't using anymore or have old rags just sitting around the house collecting dust - so use them! I took my old cloth diapers and cut them into 4 squares. Now, take a container, probably something that is plastic and has a tight fitting cover and fill it with your favorite cleaner/disinfectant and water. Now, toss in your cloths and put the cover on tight. The next time that you need to quick wipe up the kitchen counters or maybe a quick clean-up in the bathroom, grab out a cloth, ring it out good and wipe up your mess. Once you're finished, toss it in the laundry! This is goi…

The Facts About Credit Card Fees

The following are charged by most credit card companies under almost all circumstances, .

Annual fee - Paid for being a user of the card
Cash advance - fee. Paid when the card is utilized for making a cash advance; usually a flat fee or a percentage of the amount advanced
Balance transfer - fee. Paid when a balance from another credit card is transferred to the other card. Checks are usually sent to pay-off the card. Balance transfer happens when the check is used to settle the amount due on the other card.
Late payment fee - Paid if payment was done after the date due
Over the credit limit fee - Paid for payments exceeding the credit limit
Credit limit increase fee - Paid for a credit limit increase request
Setup fee - Paid for opening a new credit card account
Return item fee - Paid for returned checks when bill payments by check was done for insufficiency of funds (meaning, the check bounced)
Other fees - Payments made for over the phone settlements, cost coverage for credit bureau reportin…

Accessible Health Care Guide to all Diseases and Conditions

Welcome to the diseasesAtoZ.com! Your complete online health guide diseasesatoz.com, have compiled and consolidated the latest information on all diseases and conditions basics, their symptoms, causes, diagnosis, and their treatment. Diseasesatoz also provides health advice on different diseases and conditions with various health articles which will make it easier for you to ask your doctor important questions and to take a more active role in keeping you and your family healthy. diseasesatoz.com provides you with the best required health information. Here you can learn about the symptoms, causes, diagnoses and treatments of a broad range of illnesses. Look here for complete information on common diseases and conditions and health resources for yourself or someone you care about. Learn how to manage your health.

Click this link to learn about diseases, from A to Z: http://www.diseasesatoz.com.

Disclaimer: All information on www.diseasesatoz.com is for educational purposes only. It is …

Using The Braille 'n Speak Scholar With Windows XP

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Message: We have the Braille'n Speak Scholar and want to hook it up to a Windows XP computer. Do I copy the .com or.exe files to the C:\windows\system folder or do we need to look for an up date to the software? Location: Kentucky If you have a Braille 'n Speak Scholar and it is a recent one having a September, 2004 revision, you should be able to install the program WinDisk onto the computer. WinnDisk is on the CD that should have come with the Scholar. If you have an older Scholar, let me know and I can arrange to have information sent to you about doing all this good stuff with Hyperterminal that you likely already have. To tell the revision date of your Scholar, go into the status menu with dots 3-4-chord (that means together with the space key) and press the keys for the braille letter r dots 1-2-3-5. The revision will be announced. Then, exit the status menu with e-chord, dots 1-5 together with the space key.

Contributor: Fred Gissoni

Hope For Vision

Hope For Vision is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness of retinal degenerative and other blinding diseases, to providing information and community tools to help those coping with vision loss, and to develop the tools required to support a grassroots movement to raise urgently needed funding for scientific research. More information can be found at www.HopeForVision.org.

Hope For Vision
124 11th Street, SE
Washington, DC 20003
Phone: 202-294-6187
Email: hope@hopeforvision.org
Web: http://www.HopeForVision.org

Hidden Tracks On CDs

A hidden track is a piece of music which has been deliberately placed on a compact disc, audio cassette, vinyl record or other recorded medium in such a way as to avoid detection by the casual listener. In some cases, the piece of music may simply have been left off the track listing, while in other cases more elaborate methods are used. In some rare cases a "hidden track" is actually the result of an error that occurred during the mastering stage of the record's production. You know how it works. The CD is over, and you're sitting there wondering if you should put on another one. Then all of a sudden, you're startled by more unexpected music. I hate that. The main problem is when you rip the CD to audio files. You end up with a file that has two songs, separated by at least a minute of silence. The Beatles were responsible for what may be the first "hidden track" (although it may not be considered a full track) on the 1967 album Sgt. Pepper's L…

Internet Radio Station for Shortwave Radio Listeners

The Electronic DX Press, an internet based short-wave listeners group, overseen by Bob Padula, a well known DXer, and professional short-wave monitor has recently established an internet radio station. The station produces programs about short-wave listening, which would be of interest to those who enjoy listening to short-wave radio. The programs can be heard as streamed audio, or downloaded directly, or through their podcast. I urge anyone interested to take a listen to the shows, and leave feedback for Bob.

Click this link to read the blog, or subscribe to the RSS or podcast feeds: http://www.livehouse.com.au/bob/.

To learn more about the Electronic DX Press please visit http://edxp.org.

Fixing Wobbly Knobs On Furniture

You have a chest of drawers that has a wobbly knob. Don't you hate that? You're always afraid you're going to pull the knob off when you open a drawer. Grab a screw driver and remove the screw from the inside of the cabinet. Now using nail polish, white glue or wood glue, place a drop in the hole of the knob. Before the polish or glue dries, replace the screw. Now when the polish or glue dries, it will securely hold the screw into the knob with out a wobble.

Electronically Monitor Your Children Up To 300 Feet

Curious kids tend to run off or start wandering away before parents have a chance to catch them. Make sure you know where your kids are with the IonKids Wristag system, which allows you to monitor up to four kids at once. This child safety system consists of two components: a comfortable bracelet for the child to wear and a convenient base unit a parent can easily carry and operate. The base unit will monitor up to four Wristags from up to 300 feet away, alerting you with sound, lights, and vibration if a Wristag goes out of range. One Wristag is included with the starter kit; additional Wristags are sold separately. Know that your children are close by and safe whether you are in the mall or at the park. Lock a Wristag onto your child's wrist and use the base unit to set the range in which your child can travel. The Wristag is equipped with sensors that detect the child's skin. If these sensors perceive an excessive gap between the Wristag and the skin, the child safety devi…

How To Store Cake

You just had the most amazing cake for dessert, but you have so much left! How can you store the rest? Most cakes with a sugar frosting can be kept at room temperature for up to 3 days. To get the most out of it, tear off a piece of plastic wrap and cover any cut edges. This will help keep it from drying out. Now just place it into a cake keeper or you can place a large bowl over it.

What you Need to Know about Cat Food

By Jay Moncliff Cats Need Protein in their Cat Food The cat food you feed to your cat should always be rich in protein. This generally should come from meat, poultry or fish. Many cat food brands advertise chicken, beef, and tuna flavored cat food because they know that cats need protein and cat owners are looking for quality cat food. However, you need to make sure the cat food you buy has a sufficient amount of cat food regardless of what flavor it is.

Cat Food with Taurine Check the cat food you typically buy for an amino acid called taurine. This particular amino acid is very important in the overall health of your cat, and your cat will eat as much food as it has to in order to supplement this particular amino acid. So, if you are buying less-expensive cat food that does not have the proper nutrients your cat will eat a lot. If you buy a nutrient rich cat food then your cat will eat little and save you more money while still getting proper nutrition.

Canned Cat Food or Dry Cat Foo…

Mike Cleveland: An Award Winning Fiddle Player

Indiana native Mike Cleveland started playing the fiddle at age four when he was at the Kentucky School for the Blind in Louisville. According to his biography, "In 1993 he was chosen to be part of the Bluegrass Youth All Stars at the IBMA's award show. Later that year Mike made his Grand Ole Opry debut as a guest of Alison Krauss. His list of guest appearances over the years is a who's who of bluegrass legends including Bill Monroe, Jim and Jesse, Ralph Stanley, Mac Wiseman, Doc Watson, Larry Sparks, Doyle Lawson, and J.D. Crowe." Now, he has his own band, Flamekeeper, and continues to win popular and critical acclaim.

He was selected for the International Bluegrass Musicians Association's (IBMA) Fiddler of the Year award in 2001, 2002, and 2004.
He was also awarded the IBMA's Instrumental Album of the Year Award in 2002 for his album, Flame Keeper and the 2004 award for Live at the Ragged Edge.

For more information about Mike, and to hear samples of his pla…

Cleaning Curling Irons

You are getting ready for work and as usual you grab the curling iron. You have already had your first cup of coffee and you get a really good look at it. Ewwww, what is all that stuff on it? As you use your curling iron hair spray will build up on your iron. Since it is an electrical appliance do not attempt to clean it while it is plugged in. Once the curling iron has been unplugged and is cool you can clean off your iron with a damp rag. If you can't quite get it all, or it is being stubborn, grab a bottle of rubbing alcohol and dab some on your rag. This should clean the rest of the hairspray off with little effort.

Sensible Scoops for the First Time Kitchen

Setting up a first time kitchen can be quite a task. You don't know exactly what you need and when you do look, there are a billion choices. For a bare bones kitchen here is an item that you will want to have on hand. Please remember when you are making your purchases, don't skimp on the quality. If you spend a little bit more now, you will save a lot of money down the road. One of my favorite tools is a Stainless Steel Scoop. These are the guys that look like an ice cream scoop. You can get 3 different sizes: 3 tablespoon, 2 tablespoon and 1 tablespoon. If you can only get one, get the 2-tablespoon size. It is ideal for filling regular size muffin tins, making medium sized cookies, removing seeds from melons, making meatballs and portioning out cream based salads like chicken or potatoes. The 1-tablespoon size is ideal for making small cookies, meatballs, filling miniature muffin tins and making melon balls. The 3-tablespoon size is ideal for filling large muffin tins an…

Shine a Little Light with the Twin LED Book Light

Do you find yourself needing extra light while reading? Do you like to read in bed at night? Don't keep your spouse awake while you enjoy your novel. The Twin LED Book Light can clip to any hardcover or paperback book to light up the page without disturbing anyone nearby. This book light features two ultra-bright LED lamps in an extendable swivel head for easy focusing, regardless of where it's attached to your book. The Twin LED Book Light is powered by two AA batteries (sold separately). The Twin LED Book Light's head rotates 60 degrees and slides up and down to offer versatility while reading. The clip attachment rotates 360 degrees for further flexibility. Complete instructions are included.

Click this link to purchase the Twin LED Book Light from the Smarthome website.

Ring Removal from Wood

You have coasters, but no one in the house seems to want to use them. You feel across your coffee table, and you notice there are rings from cups that have been left there. A family member comments that the rings are white in color and really stand out. You can remove most rings by rubbing some mayonnaise on the rings and let it sit for about an hour. After an hour, gently rub off the mayonnaise using a soft dry cloth.

What to Look for in Nutrient Rich Oranges

By Shauna Hanus Oranges contain a range of nutrients that encompass more than just Vitamin C. Oranges contain foliate, fiber, antioxidants, potassium, thiamin calcium and magnesium. It is estimated that one orange can provide as much as 2/3 of the daily requirements of Vitamin C. Oranges are such a versatile fruit tree that this evergreen is widely grown in Florida, Arizona and California. Orange trees can be found in not only sweet orange groves but also as part of an overall landscaping plan. The hearty bitter variety of orange tree tends to be found in landscaping design. Being the United States third most popular fruit yielding only to apples and bananas is not the oranges only claim to fame. Orange blossoms are pungently sweet and the scent is commonly used in colognes, perfumes and soaps. When buying oranges look for firm round oranges that seem heavy for there size. This heaviness is an indication that the orange is full of juice. Some green in oranges may be acceptable. W…

Online Resource for Party Games

Party Games Etc has free baby shower games, bridal shower games, birthday party games, printable party games, TV Trivia, and Movie Trivia games for your next event. You'll find easy instructions to a variety of games for all occasions. Each of the party games are designed to fit your party theme. Cool movie trivia is fun at any event! Check out the printable shower games and the Journey to the Wild Divine.

Click this link to visit Party Games Etc: http://party-games-etc.com.

Break Out for the Blind

Wrecking Ball is a blind-accessible version of the classic arcade game Break Out. The object of this game is to break all the bricks in each level using a bouncing ball. There are seventeen columns of blocks arranged in eight rows, making 136 blocks. If the ball lands in the top center--that is, center and quietest, the blocks will shrink to half their size. If it lands on the bottom--that is, anywhere where it's very loud, you will hear a crashing sound and lose that ball. The number of remaining balls will then be announced. There are two sets of keystrokes used to move your ball. The shift keys and space keys function exactly like flippers on a pinball table. When the ball is anywhere from on the right the to just right of center, press right shift and the ball will go forward and left. If the ball is in the center, hit the space bar. This not only makes it go forward but slows it down somewhat. This is good if you find the ball going too fast. If the ball is anywhere…

Wilderness Survival: How Long Would You Last?

This site has tons of survival information. Do you know what to do if a plane crashes and you survive? Do you know what to not eat because it's poisonous? Could you make a fire in the middle of nowhere with just the stuff in the area? If you can't, you can find out how on this site. You can find out about dangerous fish, insects, and animals. Learn about survival gear, and how to make a shelter that will keep you out of the storm. There's even a quiz to test yourself. To navigate through the sections, use the menu on the sidebar. They are divided into three categories: Wilderness Survival, Survival Reference, and Marketplace (which we won't be discussing here). I really liked the information provided in the Survival Reference section. The fish were exceptionally interesting, because a lot of people assume you can just eat whatever you catch, not even realizing that they would die from toxins, or get stung from fin spines.

Click this link to learn more about Wildern…

Finding Older Versions of Programs

Who says newer is always better? Sometimes the older versions of programs just seem to work better. Maybe you finally got the hang of the old version when they totally revamp the interface of a new program. Maybe you liked the way things were laid out in the prior version of a particular program. Maybe the new version of some commonly used program has issues with your screen reader or your system in general. Maybe the program was released too early, and it's crawlin' with bugs. If you have an older PC being used in the house you can always keep the file size down and the CPU usage to a minimum using programs that were more geared towards these systems resources. Whether you're not happy with the new version of a program, or you need something to run on that old 98 box, then you may find this site accommodating. Older Versions is a website that offers downloads of older versions of some of the most popular programs. Older versions of AOL, CD Clone, DeadAIM, and a bunch …

I Keep Running into Runtime Errors

A runtime error is caused by an error within a program's code. This is a problem at the programmers end, not yours. What usually happens is that you (or the software) do something unexpected and the program doesn't know how to handle it. When someone creates a piece of software, they try to anticipate every possible scenario. Unfortunately, that's next to impossible and sometimes you end up with bugs, including runtime errors. So, what do you do if you get one of these runtime errors? Check the program's website for any updates or patches. You could also contact the program vendor and let them know the details of your problem. This could include where you are within the program when the error occurs, your version of Windows, or what other programs you have running in the background.

Light Locator from Lighttech Interactive

Lighttech Interactive has released an action/adventure game called Light Locator. In the game you play as detective Henry Johnson as he tries to save a whole city by deactivating the mega radioactive bomb a group of terrorists has planted in its main sky scraper!

Features include

totally self - voicing (no screen reader required)
3 skill levels to play on
the ability to view your local top ten scores for the 3 difficulty levels
authentic sound effects
and more! Lighttech Interactive is commited to delivering high quality, entertaining accessible games! Check out the Lighttech Interactive website by clicking this link: http://www.lighttechinteractive.com.

Music for Baby Boomers at Max's Music Place

The people who entertained you in the 1960s were born roughly between 1938 and 1944. Max was born right at the end of 1939. During the 60s he was busy starting his career, but now that it's behind him, he has returned to his first love, MUSIC! Instead of wallowing in nostalgia, bring back old memories with new music. Give him a look and a listen.

Who is Max Robinson?"I'm old enough to know better and young enough to do something about it. I've been singing in public since I was eight years old, playing guitar since I was ten, and seriously writing songs since 1992. I don't swear except when I get one of those error messages resulting from the artificial stupidity we call software. I don't smoke and I don't drink. What do I do for fun? I get my jollies from writing songs and singing them for people. When an audience appreciates my work it gives me a high no mere chemical can approach." "The kind of music I do can best be called folk. In addi…

Harmony Service International

Sometimes life brings conflict. It's good to know that there's someone who can help us through the tough times. Cultures and communication are like icebergs--90% below the surface of habits and consciousness. This 90% Unknown is structured in upward -controlling levels of the mind, which cause havoc if incorrectly understood and applied. Harmony Service International is here (or travels to your location) to troubleshoot optimal solutions for you in cross- or multi-cultural situations in international business and negotiations. "I founded Harmony Service International in 1987 as an import/export company and counseling service. I have imported from four countries, was rated most highly among speakers at Department of Commerce workshop in Austin, TX, was recommended by world's top-paid financial consultant Sir Harry Schultz in his Newsletter (#615, p. 4), and spoke at a Wealth Protection conference in Nassau, Bahamas, at which Sir John Templeton and experts from seve…

Voice of the Nation's Blind: An Online Magazine

The National Federation of the Blind operates Voice of the Nation's Blind, an on-line Web magazine with articles of interest to blind people about various topics, including legislation and public policy, culture, and technology. It can be found at http://www.voiceofthenationsblind.org, or by going to www.nfb.org and clicking on Publications, then on Voice of the Nation's Blind. For more information please contact:

Christopher S. Danielsen, Editor
Voice of the Nation's Blind
National Federation of the Blind
1800 Johnson Street
Baltimore, MD 21230
Phone: 410-659-9314, ext. 2330
Fax: 410-685-5653
Email: cdanielsen@nfb.org
Web: http://www.voiceofthenationsblind.org

How to Dress for a Job Interview - Men

Skills, experience and attitude will land you a job, but your interview attire is more important than you think. It's an opportunity to make a good first impression with a potential employer or future boss.

^DNB^DNB Know the company you will be interviewing with, and research the industry that it's a part of to familiarize yourself with the universal dress code. Ask a friend at the company or stake out the front door to find out what current employees wear.

^DNB Go in a suit and tie to any company that's part of a more formal industry, such as banking or law. Choose a basic black, dark gray or dark navy suit, a matching tie and black leather lace-up shoes. Borrow anything that you may be leery of investing in well in advance to ensure that it's clean and fits well.

^DNB Opt for dressy casual attire for a company that you know doesn't expect suits. Pressed khakis or slacks, a clean, ironed button-down shirt, a belt and a leather loafer will serve you well.

^DNB…

How to Dress for a Job Interview - Women

Perfect grooming is your first assignment when you interview for a job, whether you want to be a CEO or an entry-level factory worker. To a prospective employer, how you dress says a great deal about you.

Call the receptionist or secretary at the prospective employer's office for tips on what employees wear.

Consider the job's location. If it's a library in a strip mall, you can wear a sweater and slacks. At a corporate office, wear a conservative business suit. A pantsuit with a sweater or blouse is appropriate for an informal office.

Choose between closed-toe shoes, pumps and loafers. If you are wearing a skirt, nylons are a must.

Avoid miniskirts, tight sweaters, sloppy overalls and sandals with straps.

Check your outfit for holes, tears, stains, scuffs or wrinkles.

Tone down the use of makeup, hair spray, perfume and jewelry. One nose ring is one too many and may cost you the job of your dreams.

Inspect your hair, nails, hems and the shine on your shoes.

Wear a silk scarf and …

What Is A Bot?

The word bot comes from the word robot, meaning work. A bot can be described as automated software that sends out commands when it receives a specific type of input. Bots are often found in chat rooms and through advertisements on Web sites. For example, if you're ever in a chat room and automatically get kicked out because of a violation, the bot is what actually removed you from the area. A bot is also partly responsible for some of those banner ads you see, for those of you who can see, going across your computer screen. There are also Web searching bots, which are also known as spiders and crawlers. They crawl the Internet searching for HTML documents and record the information they find. Later, they create catalogs from the information they generated from the Web sites they "spidered." The information is used for the search engine results that you get on Google or Yahoo! From the above mentioned situations, bots may seem like they're your friends. They can hel…

Tips for Storing Butter

When you store butter, you can keep it in the refrigerator for about one month. If you are going to store it for longer than a week, make sure that you place it in a tightly sealed bag. You can freeze butter for up to six months, but once again, make sure it is tightly sealed in a bag.

Text Messaging Scam: Blind Cell Phone Users Beware!

If you are a cell phone user, and are blind or visually impaired enough that you can't read your cell phone's screen, you may want to contact your service provider and have text messaging turned off. If you have an accessible cell phone, watch out for messages from 42222. This warning from a fellow APH employee explains it all, her message follows. I use my cell phone very little and usually keep it turned off. I never use text messaging. I received a text message from 42222 which I opened, thinking it might be one of those general welcome to our service messages from Verizon or something like that. The message said something like welcome to saurus...and I think it mentioned Verizon. I wasn't interested and did not read further, still thinking this was perhaps one of those welcome to our new service messages. I kept getting messages from 4222 and did not open them. I was billed 10 cents for each text message and 9.99 for a download on my cell phone bill. I have n…

How to Help a Teen Keep a Job While in School

Focus on balance, making sure there's ample time for school, studying, after-school activities and the job. It's difficult but it can be done.

Sit down for some preplanning before the job search begins. Figure out workable days and times.

Get a job description before the teen takes the job. A job that asks a lot of a teen may make him or her too tired to keep up with other things, and the job may eventually have to be sacrificed.

Make sure there is ready transportation available. If the teen does not have a car or doesn't see to drive, arrange your schedule so you can get him to work on time.

Will assistive devices or other specialized technology be necessary for the teen to be successful at the job? If so, be prepared to purchase these items.

Show respect for your teen's job. If Aunt Martha is coming for dinner, don't insist that the teen try to get out of his shift in order to be home.

Keep tabs on how classes are going. Grades, test papers and parent-teacher conferen…

LED Lamp with built-in motion detector

Place the I-On LED Cordless Task Lamp with Auto-Sense on any flat surface or mount it to the wall using the included suction cup. When set to Auto, it will use a built-in motion detector to sense your presence, turning on automatically if the room is dark, and the photo sensor won't allow it to turn on when it's light out, so it won't use up unnecessary power. You don't need to turn on a blinding light when you get up late at night. The I-On LED Cordless Task Lamp with Auto-Sense can mount on any desk, a wall, or even a mirror, and it will turn on automatically when it senses motion. This LED lamp features an ultra-bright LED in a flexible head. The I-On LED Cordless Task Lamp is powered by four AA batteries (sold separately).

Item Includes

Lamp
Suction cup
Instructions

Click this link to purchase the I-On LED Cordless Task Lamp with Auto-Sense from the Smarthome website.

Accessibility Expectations: Is the Glass Half Full or Half Empty?

By Chris Hofstader As may be obvious to people who read Blind Confidential, I talk to a fairly large number of different blind people on a regular basis. I often infer conclusions from our conversations and write about them here. Recently, I have held one-on-one discussions with four other blind men. Do not place too much scientific credibility that the results I infer from these conversations, on the topic of "Accessibility Expectations," as they violate two major research principals. First, I include myself in the results so you might call this a gonzo survey and, the other four people I talked to all fall into the category of personal friends and, therefore, scientific objectivity hardly applies here. Finally, all of these conversations were part of another conversation so no controls existed, individuals were not asked the same set of questions and my own opinions clearly colored any results that might be derived from this informal study.This population of five bl…

Dusting the TV

You notice that your TV is covered in dust every time you turn around. Using furniture polish is not good for the glass, using glass cleaner on plastic may not be good, and the cabinet is not made of wood, so what should you use to clean the family entertainer? You can grab a fabric softener sheet and use it to dust it off. The fabric softener will cut through the static and erase the dust.

Seven Ways to Leave Your Clutter

Everyone has some degree of clutter lurking at home. When you're tired of moving it around, stepping over it, and losing important items in it, it's time to take control of the clutter. What should you do with it? You have seven options:

Dispose of it. Much of clutter is trash you either thought you would need or figured you'd throw out later.

Put it away. About half of the remaining clutter in most homes consists of items that simply haven't been put away. Fill a laundry basket then deliver the items to the proper rooms. Avoid this trap by making things easy to put away and by enforcing a family "use it and put it away" rule.

Donate it. If you don't use it, it's not a treasured decorative item or memento, and it's not an important piece of paper, get rid of it. Pass it along to someone who can use it.

Refer it. The novel you've been saving for Debbie, the recipe you copied for Aunt Jan and the glove borrowed from Mom need to be sent or delivered …

Got Milk? Keep It Fresh

Who thinks about storing Milk? There are a few simple things that you should keep in mind to help keep your milk fresh. Do you get the plastic jug or the carton? When you buy milk, you should get it in the carton. The carton helps insulate the milk and keep it at a more even temperature. This will help it from spoiling as quickly. Your refrigerator should be kept at 40 degrees, and the milk should be stored on a shelf inside the refrigerator and not on the door. The door has too drastic of temperature changes every time the door is opened. No matter what the expiration date on the carton, you should dispose of milk that has been opened for more than one week. If you need to store it for longer, freeze it. You can store milk frozen for up to 3 months.

Keyboard Control of Cursor Movement in Word

Besides the usual arrow keys to move one space / line in the appropriate direction and the Page Up / Down which moves part of a screen in either direction, there's a couple of extras that can be used to make your movements quick and easy.

If you combine the Ctrl key with an up or down arrow, you'll move to the top of the previous / next paragraph.
The Ctrl key + a left or right arrow will move you to the start of the previous / next word.
Ctrl + Page Up / Down will move you to the top of the previous / next page in the document.
Home will take you to the beginning of the current line of text.
End moves you to the end of the current line of text.
Ctrl + Home or End will move you to the very top or bottom of the document.
Alt + Ctrl + Page Up will move you to the top of the current screen of text. (The documents will not jump anywhere. The cursor is simply moved to the top of the currently visible text).
And of course, Alt + Ctrl + Page Down will move the cursor to the bottom of the cur…

Family Reading with the Harvard Family Research Project

The Harvard Family Research Project invites you to browse a new section of their website and learn how to use children's storybooks to promote family involvement in education! Launched in partnership with Reading Is Fundamental, the Family Involvement Storybook Corner is a unique source for information on using children's storybooks with family involvement themes to engage families in their children's education and encourage family-school-community partnerships, all while supporting literacy. Family involvement storybooks can be used to promote the awareness, discussion, and practice of family involvement in a wide range of settings -- including family literacy programs, family support and parenting programs, out-of-school time programs, and ESL programs. Come to the Storybook Corner to download an annotated bibliography of storybooks with family involvement themes for ages 4-8 or to get ideas on how to use family involvement storybooks in the classroom. You can also do…

How to Copy and Paste in Windows

Not sure how to copy and paste? No problem, you're not the only one. I've had several people ask me how this week, so here's a little help for you! First of all, you can copy and paste just about anything: text, Web pages, files, pictures, etc. There are two easy ways to get the job done. You can either highlight what you'd like to copy with the mouse, then right-click on your selection and choose Copy. Then you simply move your cursor to where you'd like the copied material to be and right-click again and choose Paste. The other way to copy and paste is through keyboard shortcuts. To copy, highlight what you want by holding down the shift key and using the arrows to navigate. Press CTRL+C to copy the material to the clipboard. To paste, move your cursor to the designated spot and hit CTRL+V. Either way you do it, copying and pasting is rather simple and it comes in handy quite often.

Why Does My Streaming Audio Break Up?

So you've found this really great internet radio station that you'd like to listen to but when you click the "listen" link and the audio starts it skips and pauses. What is causing this? Does your media player say something about buffering? What does that mean? A buffer is basically an area of memory that a hardware device or software program uses when it needs a constant, uninterrupted flow of information. For example, when we listen to streaming audio, the program we use "buffers" the signal a little before the music starts to play. Here's how it works. Your audio program "collects" a few seconds of audio, then starts playing them. If there is a split second interruption, you don't notice it since the audio you're listening to is already a couple seconds old. Since you're not listening to the audio at the same instant it comes in, it gives the program a few seconds to compensate for any slight interruptions (and there are l…

The Mozart Project

Welcome to the Mozart Project. Here we will learn all about the life, times and music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. You'll find navigation to be very simple. Just use the links in the middle of the page. They are:

Biography - Not only will you find biographies of Mozart's mother, father and sister, you will also find a chronology and a family tree.

Compositions - You can view the compositions by date or by category. This is a very comprehensive listing.

Selected Essays - Read two essays on Mozart. Interestingly, one that separates the facts of Mozart from the fiction of the play Amadeus (a play written by Peter Shaffer about Mozart) in great detail.

Bibliography - there are many great resources that this site has garnered information from. Here you can really explore where the information came from. It may even draw you to check a book or two out from your local library.

Links - You can get an in depth look on related topics like Mozart's Operas, Orchestras, Scores and home pages…