jesse_the_k: Happy & sad monster dolls over "bipolar = 2X Fun" (Bipolar = Twice the Fun)
Jesse the K ([personal profile] jesse_the_k) wrote in [site community profile] dw_accessibility 2012-05-12 05:50 pm (UTC)

Mac OS X 10.6.8. Started using Macs with Finder 4.1

I beta-tested software called inLarge which was the precursor to the current Apple OS X enlargement tools (in 1988! I'm old!) and I'm putting off using screen enlargement as long as I can. The flashing and cursor movement will interfere with some of my other impairments. I am very far-sighted, plus astigmatism and double vision; also fatigue, psych nonsense, migraine, and tendency to RSI in hands, arms, shoulders. I can cope on my home computer with my laptop glasses and the following tools.

Flux helps with mania management & happy eyes.
Typinator makes it possible for me to type accurate HTML
Boom doubles the dynamic range of Mac's speakers, which definitely improves listening to podfic with my central auditory processing issues.
Spotlight to open files and start applications

Yojimbo to store snippets, pix, indexes to fanfics, and the little things which would be on scraps of paper if this were 1960. Don't like it much, but it permits me to store-and-go, which soothes obsession.

I bounce between browsers because I don't have the GREP-foo needed to create custom style sheets for each site I visit, and various browsers help me in various way to suppress flashing, enlarge text, suppress background colors. (Also I'm obsessive when I'm manic—like now—so I keep switching in hopes that one of them will be easy. So far, no.) I used to be at the marvelous zen point with iCab, but I can no longer figure out the site-pref controls.

Right now I'm using Safari 5.1.5 on a MacBook Pro, Adblock, TypeToNavigate (plus Safari's own tab to links—much better than tracking the cursor around with my thumb), Zoom by site (a poor cousin to NoSquint which doesn't seem to be working but too manic to test), and 1Password (Oh! My lousy memory doesn't matter anymore with this utility remembering and filling out all my logins.)

OmniWeb is great for the site-by-site prefs, but no keybrd nav. Both Safari and OmniWeb provide keybrd shortcuts for the first 10 items on the bookmark bar, where I keep the "zap colors" and "zap all css" Jscripts from Jesse's Bookmarks, as well as the Read it Later bookmark for Instapaper. God I love Instapaper! (Zap all css is great for the NYTImes and other sites with altogether too many columns.)

Firefox is fine when it's not squirming and crashing, and I adore NoSquint, but the lack of the keybrd shortcuts is really annoying.

I've tried Opera intermittently for the past decade, and it always feels completely alien.

I also have an iPod Touch. It's wonderful for reading because it's so light! Instapaper has tilt-to-scroll; I do as much of my net reading as I can on my back with the wee iPod in alternating hands. I read ~25 articles/week from the NYT (I even pay them, isn't that weird?) as well as another 40 from various magazines, blogs, DW, even BBS/forum threads, Archive & other fanfiction.

If it's more than three spacebars' worth of text *in the original*, I'll send it to Instapaper. (I avoid getting sucked in to actually reading until it's on my iPod. Sitting up and reading on the Macbook is sub-optimal.) I also use iBooks, MegaReader (no highlights), Kindle, Bluefire for purchased books and fic. They all permit me to set the font to huge and the colors to optimal

Since I have a lousy memory the iPod becomes assistive in innumerable ways I won't bother to brag on about: alarms are wonderful!

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