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How to Transfer Settings and Files From One Computer to Another with Magic Transfer

If you're looking for an easy way to transfer your files, Windows settings and other software preferences from one computer to another, Magic Transfer is a tool that you must check out. Magic Transfer is freeware, comes at less than 1 MB and helps you transfer your files and settings from one computer to another. Once installed, launch the program, click "Backup" and select the items that you want to back up. You'll notice that Magic Transfer gives you the following options: Internet Explorer Favourites, Cookies, History and Settings
Firefox Bookmarks, Plugins and Extensions and Settings
Outlook Express Address Book, Mail Folders, Accounts and Settings
System Keyboard, Appearance and Mouse settings, Desktop, Quick Launch and Start Menu shortcuts among other things
Files that you specify Magic Transfer also gives you an estimate of how much space these would take when backed up. Now, click the backup button on the bottom of the window and specify a folder where the bac…

Get a List of All Keyboard Shortcuts in MS-Word

If the curious computer user has MS Word on his Windows PC or OS X Mac, he can pull together a printable list of all the keyboard functions in his word processor. This amazing feat can be accomplished with MS Word 97, 2000, 2002, or 2003 in Windows, MS Word X or Word 2004 will work on an OS X Mac. Here are the quick and dirty clues to MS keyboard secrets. Click the "Tools" menu, then hit "Macros In."
Pick "ListCommands" in "Macro Name."
Hit the "Run" button.
When the "List Command" box appears, choose the "All Word Commands" and click OK. There it is, the list can be saved under any name and printed whenever the urge strikes. Instead of being keyboard secrets, these shortcut keys are yours to use, enjoy and share with your friends. The more word gets around about these obscure functions, the more they will enter into keyboard life and start performing the functions for which they were intended. Note: For users with…

Vision Loss Resources

Vision Loss Resources has announced the relaunch of their website (www.visionlossresources.org) that features a text-only version with screen reader compatibility. The site utilizes the latest technology available to offer full customization to people with blindness and vision loss, and delivers easy access to valuable information. Through this site, information can be accessed about topics such as low vision assessment, rehabilitation, programs for seniors and children, deaf-blind services, recreation, everyday living skills and community center activities. Vision Loss Resources (formerly known as the Minneapolis/Saint Paul Society for the Blind) is an independent nonprofit agency whose mission is to assist people who are blind or visually impaired to achieve their full potential and to enrich the lives of all persons affected by blindness or vision loss. For more information, contact:

Vision Loss Resources, Inc.
1936 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Phone: 612-871-22…

Websites for Family Reading Time

One of the best things you can do with your young children is to read to them. Even if your child is not blind or visually impaired, you will find that reading creates quality time that can never be replaced by video games or TV programs. Here's some websites that provide story books that you, and your child, will enjoy. Free Books for KidsThis is a great site where parents can read books to their children. Classics such as Tom Sawyer and Treasure Island can be found at this screen reader friendly site. Children's Story Books OnlineThis screen reader friendly site has interactive short stories for children of all ages. These stories are not the classics, but they are still fun reads. ByGoshThis site contains illustrated short stories aimed more at the preschooler. This site has classic stories such as The Little Red Hen, Jack and the Beanstalk, and The Hare and the Tortoise. The site is screen reader friendly, but may be frustrating for younger users. Mighty BooksThis site…

AM/FM Radios for the Blind

Listen to Everything with C. CraneC. Crane radios have been favorites of blind and visually impaired listeners for many years. I have been fortunate to have had many friends in the radio business and they've all told me about these radios. I wanted to share this one with you, I think they've improved the model by adding features that we will love. The CCRadio Plus, Silver offers all the features of the original CCRadio - including unparalleled long-distance AM tuning - but now adds FM reception, National Weather Service emergency alerts, even the audio signals from local off-air TV stations! Combine these features with a highly tuned playback system designed to recreate the human voice accurately, and you get the ultimate talk radio listening device! Although the CCRadio Plus, Silver offers dozens of features, perhaps its most significant is its short-wave receiver-quality reception of AM radio stations up to 300 miles away. Its reception is so powerful, the CCRadio Plus, …

Websites of Interest to Seniors

Here are some sites for networking with other seniors, making new friends, learning more about computers, obtaining information about retirement, etc. Senior Citizens Resources: This Website is run by FirstGov and it provides several tips for senior citizens. It gives information on consumer protection, places senior citizens can volunteer, seniors and adult education, advice on estate planning and federal and state agencies for seniors. This site also has links to the government sites that may be beneficial to senior citizens, such as the Administration on Aging, the Social Security Administration and the Veteran's Health Administration.

Click this link to find some Senior Citizens Resources. SeniorNet: This Website's mission is to provide access to computer technology for older adults. As a result, senior citizens will be able to gain knowledge and eventually share it with others. This site is basically set up as a discussion board. Everyone is welcome to part…

APH Traveling Exhibits: Bring History to Life at Your Location

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The APH Museum offers three traveling history exhibits. Each exhibit draws on the Museum's unique collection and extensive research on the history of the education of blind people. You can rent these exhibits for display at your school, library, or other organization.

"IN TOUCH WITH KNOWLEDGE: The Educational History of Blind People"Kiosk-style exhibits feature interactive displays with original artifacts, reproductions, graphics, tactile exhibits, and hands-on activities. The exhibit focuses on the history of tactile innovations in four areas: reading and writing, geography, mathematics, and science. Braille labels, large print, and audio text descriptions provide complete accessibility. This 800-square foot exhibit is modular, allowing for flexible exhibit arrangement.

"Building A Future: U.S. Residential Schools for Blind and Visually Impaired Students"Free-standing exhibit features a chronological arrangement of photo illustrations. The photos show historic…