Hello, I am Kevin Fjelsted. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Technology is one of my main interests, as the blog’s title suggests, and I have worked with numerous products. Blindness makes me especially interested in accessibility and gives me an opportunity to find strengths in my struggles and triumphs.
Technology, accessibility for blind people, learning, family, and faith are some of the topics that interest me. These topics will be what many of my posts are on, but the main purpose of this blog is for you to know me better and hopefully for you to respond so I can meet you. Thus, we will build a community and learn from each other.
July 30, 2018Completing The Race: Squaring The Circle
The Early Years My earliest childhood memories are amazing in detail and vivid clarity. They remain with me sixty years later. I was born on the Sandia military base in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I remember swimming in the base pool. I remember riding on the back of my dad’s motor scooter without shoes on. One time I scraped my ankle on a protrusion on the side of the scooter and had to have stitches. I remember the doctor working onRead more.
June 28, 2018Using Web Sites With A Screenreader
I was recently asked the following questions concerning accessing web sites via a screen reader. When using a screen reader on a new page you’ve never accessed before, how do you typically figure out what’s on the page and how to navigate around it? Has there ever been a site that pleasantly surprised you with how easy it was to navigate? If so, what was it and what made it so exemplary? What are the bugs or layouts that frustrateRead more.
August 27, 2014Virtual Braille and Image Discernment the key learnings of the Optacon
I am a life long braille reader who enjoys the freedom that braille gives me to read any book that has been transcribed or translated. Braille is the key to literacy for all of us who are blind. I can’t imagine not reading braille. It would be like depriving me of the human right of learning. I recall in the 1970s’ learning to use the Optacon for reading print. As an Optacon user, I was by no means the mostRead more.
August 10, 2014Reel to Reel Tapes sure hold there magnetism
In doing some cleaning out of storage spaces recently, I came across ten reels of magnetic tape with no labels on them. My parents had given them to me several years ago when they were cleaning up. I was fortunate to be able to listen to there contents thanks to a friend who still has a working tape deck capable of playing them. These tapes were recorded when I was a teenager. It is amazing to hear sounds that wereRead more.