Millions of online bloggers in and ‘netizens’ on the planet. Here’s one more joining you – my name is Bhavya Shah, and I belong to Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. I am completely blind due to incomprehensibly convoluted ophthalmological abnormalities (meaning complex eyesight problems :P), yet lead the ordinary fifteen year old life that anyone would.
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Longg long ago (nine and a half years ago, to be precise), three lads by the name of Tom, Chris and PJ launched a web-based source code hosting and management service called GitHub. But three years before they did this, Linus Torvalds, the same guy who created the open source Linux operating system, developed a version control system called Git. What is GitHub, what is Git, how are they interconnected, what is a version control system, what does source code hosting and management mean, etc. – these are probably the questions nagging you as you read this bombastic beginning to a blog post. While the intent of this series of posts is not to individually take up all of these terms and extensively explicate them, I do believe that answering some of them to some extent from the get-go will be of use in bettering our basic understanding of everything else that will be going on shortly.
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Frequent visitors of Hiking Across Horizons will tell you that I am a passionate proponent of the free, open source and community-driven NVDA screen reader. My ardour towards this software can be perceived via my past writings on the subject – The Non Visual Desktop Access Movement and Will VFO Acquire NV Access?. Both these have been lengthy discourses and intellectual theories with reference to NVDA’s present and future, but I have never done a user-oriented post sharing some essential but seldom discussed tips and tricks with regards to NVDA. That, my friends, is what this post shall be devoted to.
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Before reading How I Access Android – The Apps & Accessories Pt. 2, please read How I Access Android – The Fundamentals Pt. 1.
In a century where the Smartphone is taking every aspect of our lives by storm, where Android, a mobile OS, has overtaken Windows, a Desktop OS, in terms of Internet usage, where mobile apps amount to a $50 billion market worldwide, it is inevitable that everyone must eventually catch on to this rapid digital transition. Android has the lion’s share when it comes to the Smartphone user base, and the statistical facts that there exist more than 2 billion devices powered by Android and close to 3 million apps for the platform testifies that. But are visually impaired people just able to make basic phone calls, send and receive SMS, and probably use Whatsapp as well on a rudimentary Smartphone, or can they truly partake in this global shift? More specifically, can Google Talkback users utilize the various kinds of smart devices Android fuels, the millions of diverse apps on the Play Store, and the essentials to the cutting-edge of the mobile world?
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If you fail to recognize the gravity of the presented question, or do not know what VFO or NV Access is in the very first place, worry not, as an elucidated background, plus a comprehensive answer to the presented question, along with an illustrative situational example – all are in order.
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‘Do blind people have a sixth sense’ is the million dollar question which is to serve as the central subject for this post. The problem however here is not the original enigma, but the far-fetched speculations and self-proclaimed assumptions that the sighted community tends to declare so confidently with reference to the sixth sense.
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Being in the tenth grade at present, a crucial year in Indian schooling, I had self-pledged to minimize all co-scholastic, extra-curricular and non-academic activities. Unfortunately however, I have alternatively been spending time proliferating my online activity and streaming YouTube videos and what not, resultantly still somewhat evading academics. But chancing upon a few YouTube videos interviewing teenage entrepreneurial millionaires is what has reinvigorated my thought processes by introducing me to the startup ecosystem in India and the world over, entrepreneurship possibilities and success stories as youngsters, and the concept that every big idea sprouts through the execution of a random brainwave.
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It was merely one of those unimportant non-academic subject activities that was assigned to us ninth graders last year. My fellow classmates had to create visually appealing and meaningful posters and banners to celebrate the heroic metal which our Indian soldiers portray in every act of theirs, and my alternative was a textual letter/address pertaining to the same.
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