cheree at dogsc4me.com
Sun Sep 5 05:07:33 GMT 2010
Cheree Heppe here:
Just to show that amazing things happen to people, I just won an IPad in a contest.
I took the IPad to the Mac Store in Portland, Oregon for some assistance operating it and getting it started in VoiceOver, and have made tremendous progress using it and in synching the IPad with my NetBook.
It amazes me that my NetBook, the wireless keyboard and the IPad all fit into this little Columbia Sports bag that might in an earlier day have held make-up.
The guys at the Portland, Oregon store invite any blind person in the area to come and investigate Apple computers and IPads. They said they will show people how to operate the devices and let people play and learn.
The Apple Corporate store is also very helpful, but the Mac Store has more one on one availability, at least at this point.
That IPad now has every bit of music I ever put on my NetBook, quite a few Gigs worth, it turns out and is playing the whole lot, making very interesting musical juxtapositions.
The Mac Store sells a wider variety of accessories for Apple products than the Corporate store. I found a lovely leather case for the IPad. The case looks like a leather book or folio that, if you didn't look too closely at the "pages," would seem to have fallen right out of the sixteenth or seventeenth century library in some noble house.
They also sell a stand that looks like nothing so much as a modern book stand, like what old dictionaries and such sit upon. This stand is lightweight metal, gray, not packable in my little Columbia bag and more of a desk item, but multi-positionable from mirror-type vertical to table-top flatness, great for all of our tapping and swishing gestures we make to use the VoiceOver interface. This stand would be great for elevating the IPad at a table where people were eating, preventing the device from being on the level of the plates and glasses. It would be lovely positioned in a kitchen for quickly looking up the weather or recipes or playing music, but as long as I have a teenager in this house, that's where it's never going.
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