What a week, technologically speaking!
Last week my beloved word prediction and completion software EZ Keys died unexpectedly. This software saves me a fair number of keystrokes. Without it, I type every single letter. My left shoulder is screaming, my arm is about to fall off, and my wrist wants to be put on ice for a week!
The tech support guy kindly offered to put a software replacement cd in express mail. That was a week ago! I understand times are tight and everything being cut back, but how long does mail from California to British Columbia take?
Meanwhile, I am using Microsoft Windowsâ€™ accessibility feature StickyKeys for holding down multiple keys at once. (To find StickyKeys and other handy accessibility tools in Windows XP, go to Start > Control Panel > Accessibility Options).
i am also using the free word prediction software LetMeType. With some tweaking, Darrell was able to load my EZ Keys word list into LetMeType so that I wasnâ€™t starting from scratch.
LetMeType isnâ€™t as powerful as EZ Keys. I am missing the automatic space after the software finishes typing a word, the automatic capital after I type a period, and the shortcut keys for word suffixes. But, because the LetMeType word box doesnâ€™t appear until after I type two or three letters, I can easily use the number keys and the characters above them â€“ something I am constantly fighting with in EZ Keys. LetMeType is quickly learning my language, often showing word choices with two or more words. A nice little program available for free.
Then last night, while writing a lengthy comment on Wendy Piersallâ€™s post, I discovered that accidentally hitting Ctrl+shift+W in FireFox is deadly. Do not try this at home! The internet browser closes without any warning, regardless of what you were doing. This sent me searching for a way to turn off specific keyboard shortcuts in FireFox. I found a way to turn off shortcuts, eventually! This adds KeysConfig… to the Tools menu (or the shortcut is Ctrl+shift+F12). The list of possible keyboard shortcuts can then be modified.
Along the way, I discovered the FireFox Accessibility Extension, which I, of course, had to install. I suspect this toolbar will be useful in other projects that are in the works.
(Iâ€™ve yet to return to Wendyâ€™s post to retype my comment. Sorry, Wendy.)
All of this is happening while I should be frantically preparing my presentation for San Antonioâ€™s AccessCamp on February 21st. The plan is for me to present online to the group located in San Antonio and to use Skypeâ€™s text chat feature to answer questions. Right?!
I need chocolate!
How is your week going?If you enjoyed this post, consider buying me a chai tea latte. Thanks kindly.