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The 2009 deadline will not affect the vast majority of Americans who already
satellite TV. But households relying on an antenna to receive "over-the-air"
acquire a digital tuner to continue receiving TV shows.
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My favorite Website:
Websites of the Month
This month is gardening related...canning or preserving the fresh bounty
from the garden. I was
over at Lowes (hardware) in Burlington (NC) and next to the magazine and
book racks was the
freestanding display of the Ball company's canning products. Well, Di and I
do a lot of canning this
time of the year and this was the first time I've seen Balls products
prominently displayed so....
I had to check everything out and found the url
Raw Video: HD video of gulf spill released
Yeah, really sad about the gulf oil spill, another way of looking at
this is history in the making. You've
seen videos of the oil spewing out of the damaged underwater pipe, although
grainy. There's a high
def video available. Yeah, put up with the advert for a moment then the
video shows the leak in
clear fashion...dramatic, huh?
I was doing a little research about coffee grinds...actually, what to do
with used coffee grinds and
came across this page, Fun Facts About Coffee. Did you know: that the
athletes playing in the cannot
drink more than 5 cups of coffee? Both the American Revolution and the
infamous French Revolution were born in coffee houses? We say coffee beans
although they are really berries? Expresso is not a
three biggest coffee drinkers in the world are the Americans, the French and
Read more here:
Natural Wonders Stretch from the Mountains to the Coast
Ahh! My favorite vacation designation...the
Parkway @ #1,
Grandfather Mountain @ #3
and the Great
Smoky Mountains @ #4. Camping many times...I can't count...motels...only
that's not counting any Morganton stayovers.
Land for Tomorrow
was featured in a local TV station,
segment and loyal visitors know, I love the mountains, so I was
overjoyed when the
Blue Ridge Parkway was picked as the number one vacation designation.
Photographic History of the North Carolina School for the Deaf
Historical exhibits about NCSD is expanding...we have the NCSD Museum and
The Bugler, beginning with the Spring 2010 issue, is featuring an
ongoing series of articles about
all the Deaf schools in North Carolina, and of course this website featuring
throughout the website about the history of the Morganton school. This new
facebook group page is
administered by the well known Jimmy Autrey featuring pictures seen AND
unseen previously. If you
are a member of fb then there's no problem in viewing the page. If you are
not a member, join up
and see the new avenue of the history of the Deaf schools in North Carolina.
As most of you visitors know, I'm a backyard gardener and I'm always
searching for shortcuts anyway
I can. I found a fantastic shortcut but MamaPat says this was old news to
her. First paragraph of this
site explains it perfectly: Straw Bale Gardening is simply a different type
of container gardening. The
main difference is that the container is the straw bale itself and is held
together with two or three
strings. Once the straw inside the bale begins to decay the straw becomes
that creates an extraordinary plant rooting environment.
Sounds good to me!
My apologies for not providing neato websites for the past three months.
Maintaining pages for our
40th Anniversary has been a daunting task...so without further ado:
Give Away of the Day
I was looking for a couple of programming resources, freebies as a matter of
fact, and found this
site, downloaded a couple of files and found out the hard way that you had
to install AND register
these freebies on the same day they are free. If you don't, then
you've lost this opportunity. Anyway,
I downloaded a couple of these freebies and (registered on the same day)
found that these were
really, so far, good quality software. You can bookmark and check them out
daily or sign up and they
will e-mail you daily on their freebies. You know about Webshots Picture of
the Day, well, this is
almost the same: Software of the Day. PS: Don't wait till midnight to see
what the next day's freebie
is about...their servers are located somewhere in the Pacific Standard Time
zone so...midnight their
time is 3am North Carolina time...zzzz
No WOM this month.
No WOM this month.
From January 2009
As promised, here is my CSDVRS review:
Well, this one is not a website of the month but a disappointment and a
grief about the
behind the website.
I've put off getting VRS because I just didn't want a another TV waiting to
used. The CSDVRS folks
at the ASL Expo in Greensboro, NC back in
2008 convinced me
to sign up for Z30
(Z340) on sale for $80. Although it has a small screen, I really liked this
because of its laptop like portability. It would serve its purpose very well
as I could take it with me
on my road trips as well as being able to connect this unit in any room in
my house as well as inside
my workshop separate from my house. Really, a perfect and ideal VRS unit for
OK, so weeks go by...no e-mail, mail, or any communications from CSDVRS. I
go to NCSD's
Homecoming and eureka! CSDVRS has a booth! I asked about getting Z340. Their
I will get e-mail in three weeks. So again, I waited and waited. No e-mail,
nothing, nothing, and
more nothings. So, on January 6, I contacted them through their website and
basically I wrote: "It is
now 2 and half months OR 4 months since September 2008! WOW. I waited and
waited. No e-mail,
nothing, nothing, and more nothings".
And now, finally, I received a response, albeit a manufactured
response...you know...the same
response sent to anyone who's asking. Here's what they said: "We are
completing the final stages of
testing the new Z phones. The Z-340 has started being shipped to customers,
and there is still no
release date of the Z-150. This has been due to an overwhelmingly high
volume of requests we have
received for the Videophone. CSDVRS will be contacting you once the Z
becomes available, and the
current units we have will be assigned on a first come, first serve basis."
Oh, wow, whoopie doo! Geez, I didn't ask about the Z-150. Here was my
Same old, same old.
That's the same story the rep said at the NCSD Homecoming on Oct. 18, 2008.
So in effect, nothing new, nothing changed.
So the moral to any company offering any product: Don't offer products until
it has come off the
assembly and testing lines. DUH!
Sonicbomb.com = MH-47 Chinook helicopter
John forwarded this military clip and...well...I'll let his e-mail do the
Gutsy move...This is some chopper pilot...a rarely seen perspective: a video
of a U.S. Navy SEAL
extraction was filmed from inside an MH-47 Chinook helicopter. The pilot has
lowered the ramp,
dipped the tail end into the water to partially flood the compartment (a
maneuver that requires quite
precise flying) and awaits the Navy SEALs to board in their F470 Zodiac.
The rest of the website is outstanding...has historical items never before
released to the public or
declassified after so many years. Needless to say, I spent several hours on
If you have a favorite website,
please e-mail them to with the
subject "Website of the Month" and we'll check it out and post
no commercial sites
unless it's really interesting.
Previous Websites of the Month can be found
Check back often!
This page is a work
in progress, which means, the internet is always changing and expanding,
therefore, this page may have links added, updated and/or deleted. I am
hoping that this page will
grow with input from you so that you can use this page as a reference.
I used to say that I'm surfing on the net with
two PCs simultaneously, but now I have modified my
setups so that I am using two monitors on each of my workhorse computers.
One computer is used
webmastering, graphics, surfing, researching, e-mailing, etc and the other
is for audio work, such
archiving audio tapes, recording music files, archiving data files,
burning CDs/DVDs, recovering lost
off of other people's dead hard drives as well as helping me to repair
other folks dead PCs.
So I'm going
to take advantage of this page and help ya'll be savvy with your own PCs
Oh, by the way, don't let me do all the work, send me your favorite
Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Netscape, Opera, Safari,
I will not go into deep details here but will briefly talk about each
and will start in alphabetical order.
First up Mozilla Firefox, a direct competitor to MS's IE (Microsoft's
Internet Explorer), Firefox is an
open source browser with an extensive plug-ins and extensions to make your
cruising the internet a
breeze. Loads up pretty quick and as with other browsers, it will inform you
when an update is
available. This is my main browser and I haven't looked at all of the
plug-ins and extensions, yet.
Google Chrome is the newest entry in the browser wars. It's light
weight, quick to load, fast, and if
you do a search, it informs you of the contents in your PC that you might be
looking for. I don't have
it installed on any of my PCs because of unverified rumors that it sends
back data to Google. I
really like this browser so I'm planning to do an extensive research to see
if I can overcome my
apprehension on using this browser.
Internet Explorer...comes with Windows and gives the other browsers an
unfair advantage. Used to
be that you could not uninstall it, now you can. It's a heavy browser, takes
a while to load up and MS
is slow to install innovations created by it's competitors. If you were
using Firefox, you would
remember that it took MS a good while to feature tabbed browsing. There are
extensions and plug-
ins offered for IE but they're not easy to find.
Netscape used to be the only direct competitor to IE and was THE
dominant web browser in terms of
usage share, although by 2002 its usage had almost disappeared. One of the
reasons for this was
due to the popularity of Microsoft's Internet Explorer web browser software
and other web browsers,
and partly because the Netscape Corporation (later purchased by AOL) did not
Navigator's technical innovation after the late 1990s. The business demise
of Netscape was a central
premise of Microsoft's antitrust trial, wherein the Court ruled that
Microsoft Corporation's bundling
of Internet Explorer with the Windows operating system was a monopolistic,
and illegal business
practice. AOL's eventual purchase of the Netscape Corporation, guaranteed
the death of the
Netscape browser as AOL canceled technical support in 2008. Downloading of
archived versions of
the Netscape Navigator web browser family are available. Moreover, AOL
maintains the Netscape
website as an Internet portal. Netscape source code was the base for Mozilla
Firefox. Netscape used
to be the only web browser I used.
Opera started out as trailware, in 1994, and had to be purchased
after the trial period ended.
Version 5 released in 2000 ended this requirement and became ad sponsored,
advertisements to users who had not paid for it. Later versions of Opera
gave the user the choice of
seeing banner ads or targeted text advertisements from Google. With version
8.5, released in 2005,
the advertisements were removed entirely and primary financial support for
the browser came
through revenue from Google which is by contract Opera's default search
engine. I've used Opera for
about 6 weeks now and it's impressive. I enjoy their so called dial-up page
which features multiple
homepages when you first startup the browser. It's also a fast browser, not
heavy loaded like IE.
Slinmbrowser is really a stripped down version of Internet Explorer
with tabs, very light weight,
loads up quickly and features quite a few extras as with the other browsers;
built-in popup killer,
skinned window frame, form filler, site group, quick-search, auto login,
hidden sites, built-in
commands and scripting, online translation, script error suppression, and
Browser War Summary - Here's my take:
Firefox is my long running favorite...I've added several features for
my use, Adblock Plus,
Autopager; used mainly on Google's search pages...lets me continue on down
the page and not
having to click to Googles next page, Download helper has an icon to display
Personas, (browser skins/themes), Mminimap, Plaincopy (which I use during my
duties...this lets me copy text in plain format and not the format from a
lets me put in reminders to display when needed and my favorite, Foxsaver,
it's really a screensaver
but it runs in the browser's window...it's like a mini-webshots.
Internet Explorer - Although IE is now loosing it's dominance as
Firefox is now emerging as the most
popular browser, webmasters test their website work with IE first to double
check their work, before testing with the other browsers. Firefox at times
has problems displaying layouts of web pages when
comparing with IE. Unfortunately, some web editors rely on IE when using a
shortcut transferring hyperlinks.
Opera is my new favorite browser next to Firefox.
Slimbrowser is used because it's faster than IE and I use it on my
Notebook when checking my
e-mails on the road.
How, where do I use these browsers on my workhorse PC? I have 3
monitors attached to my PC,
The left monitor I switch between 3 browsers, Firefox for web surfing,
Slimbrowser for e-mails and
IE for webmastering work. The middle monitor is used mainly for webmastering,
text editing as
well as some graphic rendering. And the third or right monitor is where all
my webeditors are used
and Opera when not web editing. When my concentration is focused on the
middle and/or right
monitors, Foxsaver kicks in on the left monitor and provides a pleasing
distraction when I need a
mini-break to rest my eyes a bit.
To download these and other browsers and some plug-ins you
can go to
Hurricane Katrina has impacted just about everyone in the United
States especially us Deafies.
We need to prepare ourselves for these dangers. Trudy Suggs offers
suggestions to help you prepare
in the event disaster strikes in her
Cultural Perspective article in i711.com. To view these and other
articles you must register, free, on
(Telecommunication for the Deaf, Inc.)
Trudy Suggs as National Public Relations
Specialist for Community
Emergency Preparedness Information Network Project which is funded by
the Department of Homeland Security and coordinated
by TDI. (Click
here to go to the CEPIN
website). Trudy wanted to share the first issue concerning emergency kits.
here to see
News and Updates as well as to download the "Are You Ready" newsletter in
Note to ALL VRS Users:
On January 26, 2005, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released
make clear that video relay providers may no longer use certain marketing
and call handling
to try to get your business. Click
here, to find out what is now
There are many web sites devoted to the ASL as a language; here are a
few of them:
Take me to the ASL Browser
This is an excellent site to learn ASL. Click on the link "Take me to the
ASL Browser". This page has
in alphabetical order a list of words which you click on and it shows a
video clip of how to sign that
word. Needless to say, the page also has video clips on signing the
The FAED Eagle
website has been shutdown and while researching for it's new location, I found
this site. It has tons and tons of ASL and Deaf links.
Grab a cup of coffee and do click on
(BTW, FAED's site was shutdown on, 08/01/03).
This is another page with links to ASL sites:
Talking Hands ASL website is kinda nifty.
homepage has a sign langauge toolbar that
you can download. Their
product page has a bumper stickers
promoting ASL and Deaf Pride, as
well as cards and a coffee cup promoting ASL. At the bottom of their pages
are links to download
ASL wallpapers and more Deaf links.
There are about 185+ Deaf websites out there. Some are now down, some are
in the process of re-work, and some now charge a fee. What I've done here
is listed the most informative ones, in no specific order:
DeafWebsites.com a comprehensive
listing of Deaf websites.
National Theatre of the
The USA Deaf Sports Federation (USADSF) Website:
Deaf Life Magazine:
Everything You Wanted to
Know About Deafness - DEAF-INFO Web Site. ...
What will you do? The Deaf Employee. ... Home to a mailing list about
as well as information and links to other deaf resources:
Extensive directory to just about every aspect of deaf culture, including
An internet shopping mall for the Deaf!
Promoting Equal Access in Telecommunications and Media for People Who are Deaf,
Late-Deafened, Hard-of-Hearing, an national organization engaging in
telecommunications advocacy for deaf and hard of hearing people:
Welcome to DeafZONE:
Closed Captioning Faq, an extensive information site about closed
on television, HDTV and the internet. As of January 2008 "FAQ" page
has been converted to a website
the rumors: Captioning Is NOT Going Away:
http://www.robson.org/gary/captioning/rumor-killer.html - this page
is not available on this site as of
Webmaster's Note: This was originally posted in August 2002 and was featured as
a Website of the
Month selection for
For a list of Schools for the Deaf in the USA
Thanks to: Berry & Martha Hamrick
AOL's Hometown pages has over 200 individuals/groups with their own
web pages relating to
various areas of Deaf cultures ranging from personal pages, various Deaf
clubs, services for the
Deaf, etc. You'll have to make time to visit these pages. There's a lot of
stuff out there. Type in
deaf in the search & explore box in this page:
Here's two that I
Lanny's Brown Eagle Page: Bottom of this page has additional
links to deaf sites:
National Association of the Deaf's website
Berry has found a search engine with a tremendous wealth of Deaf related
Of course, just keying in
www.deaf.com will take you to the owners of
the Deaf Life publication
site giving you a choice to go to 6 other websites.
"just getting back online".
Deaf Expo is a show where venders and companies selling
equipment and items for the Deaf get
together inside a large building so Deafies can see what's for sale that
would enhance their everyday
living. These shows are located in California and due to organizational
restructuring there were no
shows produced in 2005 and no shows are planned for 2006. This group is not
associated with The
DeafNation Expo mention in the next paragraph below.
http://www.deafexpo.com/ for further updates.
DeafNation Expo website marvels the community with:
- Video Clip News/Sports coverage are done in Sign Language
- Countless Special Coverage at events that are now history
- Hosting the DeafNation Expo at 12 different cities
- Sponsors are clearly visible on the web
- And even better, the audience has been paying attention to every step
And don't forget the DeafNation Expo in
Greensboro on February 23rd.
Convenient, reliable internet & video relay service 24 hrs a day, 365
days a year through Sprint at:
Free online text and video relay calls are just a click away.
Simply go to
www.att.com/relay and start calling.
2003 Bad Year for Deaf Football Teams
The 2003 football season seems to be bad one for the football teams at
Gallaudet University and at
some residential schools for the deaf.
Kentucky School for the Deaf has dropped this sport.
Indiana School for the Deaf played one game and suspended this sport for
the remainder of the
Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf , also dropped due to not
enough players, shut it down for
Also Phoenix Day School for the Deaf has made it a two-game season,
forfeiting the rest of their
What about Gallaudet University? Every year turnout 50-55 players had
signed up. This season only
have 40 players to play....
Hope 2004 season will be much better>>?????????????
For an excellent source of computing and internet tips, check
Check out free and free to try software to download:
Ye Ode Webmaster's
Own PC Tech Files
I can brag big time, only because I can. I have a PC tips website
because lots of folks asks me about
how to do this and how to do that, what's the best way to do this and
what's the best way to do that.
So, after accumulating a large number of e-mails over the past 10 odd
years advising these folks how
to maintain their computers, I decided to funnel all my tips to this
website. It's still being updated every
now and then when I'm not working on NCSD1970, but still, it offers a
bunch of tips to enjoy your PC
without any outlay of your hard earned $$$$. How kewl is that?
Got chat? AIM? MSN? Yahoo's?
How about IRC?
Fills up your desktop, doesn't it? Well,
roll your own. Roll it all together into one chat messenger and save
your PC's resources at the
same time. Get Trillian
instant messenger. Once you
have it set up, all your instant messengers
are online at once and controlled by one program with the same if not
more features than your
old chat messengers. Well, don't let me explain the details, hop on over
check it out! Kewl, eh? Click on the link and then click on
Downloads. Then click on Download Trillian Basic and start saving your
And for Mac OS X, take look at Fire here:
The best thing - both programs are free!
Tech Tip 1:
Do you want to be alerted of any type of emergencies such as Severe
Security threat level upgrades or downgrades, natural disasters, health
alerts, etc.? Tired
special reports coming on TV and having to get someone hearing to tell
you what is going on?
no more. Go to
up for email alerts to be sent to
or your wireless device to be alerted 24/7! This service is free.
Tech Tip 2:
Ever get frustrated that your computer beeps to get your attention? Both
Windows XP and Mac
are deaf friendly. They know how to get your attention if you are unable
to hear the system
you need to turn this feature on first. To enable this under Windows XP,
go to Start,
Panel, then Accessibility Options. Click on the Sound tab, then make
sure the box
next to "Use
SoundSentry" is checked.
You can select the type of visual warning you want in the drop box on
the next line. When you are
done, click on the "Apply" button on the bottom of the window.
OS X, you will need to open
System Preferences, then click on Universal Access. After
the Hearing tab, make sure
the box next to "Flash the screen whenever an alert sound
checked. You can test it using
the button on the next line, "Flash Screen".
Ryan Layton -
Webmaster's Note: The above Tech Tips are but two of the many Tech Tips
that Mr. Layton
contributes to the
weekly newsletters. He has
his own website featuring his reviews
of wireless technology for the Deaf.
I am in the process of splitting this page in two, but it will
be an ongoing process, the other half
Websites of the Month Archives
2009's Websites of the Month can be viewed
2008's Websites of the Month can be viewed
2007's Websites of the Month can be viewed
2006's Websites of the Month can be viewed
2005's Websites of the Month can be viewed
2004's Websites of the Month can be viewed
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