Tuesday, December 30, 2014

What you should know about the ABLE Act - Vox

What you should know about the ABLE Act - Vox

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

RJ Cooper Assisitve Technology - Switch Switcher

RJ Cooper Assisitve Technology - Switch Switcher

 The problem:

  • The user uses 1-2 switches to control things
  • He/she wants to control 2 different things with
    the same switch(es)
  • Presently, a facilitator must unplug his/her
    switch(es) from one device and plug into another
  • It would be much better if the user could do it by

The Probable Solution

  • The user presses/holds his/her #1 switch for a
    set-able number of seconds to switch between devices
  • The 'outputs' of his/her switch clicks now go to the
    second device
  • Alternatively, if pressing/holding is difficult,
    Switch Switcher can be put into Double-Tap Mode by a
    facilitator, so that double-tapping switch #1 within a
    set-able number of seconds switches between devices.

Switch Switcher uses 2 AA batteries so it's completely
portable.  Batteries should last about a month.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

TouchUp | MAKE

TouchUp | MAKE

This guide will describe the steps to put together a bed control
system for a Hillrom-8400 hospital bed from an iPad application. An
Arduino acts as the intermediate device that directly connects to the
bed and communicates with the iPad over WiFi.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Portable generators rated best by Consumer Reports | Consumer News | Seattle News, Weather, Sports, Breaking News | KOMO News

Portable generators rated best by Consumer Reports | KOMO News

Consumer Reports tests portable generators and says you want one with
about 5,000 to 7,000 watts of power. That will give you enough power for
your essentials, such as a refrigerator, a well or sump pump, and a
furnace, as well as a computer, a microwave, and some lights.

Consumer Reports tested 31 portable generators, checking to see how much
power is actually delivered and the quality of that power. You want a
generator that can deliver the power it claims, maintain voltage, and
handle power surges from appliances that cycle on and off, including a
refrigerator or an air conditioner. It's also better for a computer and
other electronic devices.

For $4,000, the top-rated Honda EU7000is delivers the smoothest and the
quietest power. But Consumer Reports found plenty of less expensive
generators that-though not as quiet-handled surges in power even better.
Among them: the $900 Troy-Bilt XP 7000 30477 and, also for $900, the
Generac RS7000E, which testers say is very easy to start.

And remember, whichever generator you choose, you'll need about 8 to 20
gallons of gasoline to keep it running 24 hours a day. And because
gasoline can go bad, be sure to add fuel stabilizer to it.

This report is based on an article in the October 2014 issue of Consumer Reports magazine, pages 43-44

Friday, September 26, 2014

Tecla Shield DOS™ | Komodo

Tecla Shield DOS™ | Komodo

Can’t touch the screen? No problem! with the Tecla Shield DOS you can use your external switches or the driving controls of your powered wheelchair 1 to:

  • Send and receive email and text messages
  • Browse the web
  • Read books
  • Access environmental controls (e.g., temperature, TV, etc.)
  • Make, and even hang up, phone calls at any time
  • Enter text and commands with your voice 2
  • And just about everything else you can do with a smart device!
Tecla gives access to iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and
Android devices to individuals with spinal cord injuries (quadriplegia),
multiple sclerosis (MS), ALS, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, brain
injury, stroke and anyone else who, due to disease or disability, finds
it difficult to use a touch-screen.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Ninite - Install or Update Multiple Apps at Once

Ninite - Install or Update Multiple Apps at Once:

A Ninite Installer
No toolbars. No clicking next. Just pick your apps and click Get Installer.

Install and Update All Your Programs at Once

A Ninite Installer8

No toolbars. No clicking next.
Just pick your apps and click Get Installer.

UNetbootin - Homepage and Downloads

UNetbootin - Homepage and Downloads: UNetbootin allows you to create bootable Live USB drives for Ubuntu, Fedora, and other Linux distributions without burning a CD. It runs on Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X. You can either let UNetbootin download one of the many distributions supported out-of-the-box for you, or supply your own Linux .iso file if you've already downloaded one or your preferred distribution isn't on the list.

Access any Computer From Anywhere with UltraVNC

Access Your Home Computer From Anywhere - SYSTM

Sunday, August 17, 2014

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Monday, August 4, 2014

Sunday, August 3, 2014

TetraMouse - Products

TetraMouse - Products: The TetraMouse offers more built-in features at the lowest price of all mouth-operated mice.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Consumer Opt-out | NAI: Network Advertising Initiative

Consumer Opt-out | NAI: Network Advertising Initiative: Opt Out of Interest-Based Advertising

NAI members are committed to transparency and choice. The NAI opt-out tool was developed in conjunction with our members for the express purpose of allowing consumers to "opt out" of the Interest-Based Advertising delivered by our members.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Hope - The Transverse Myelitis Association (TMA)

Hope - The Transverse Myelitis Association (TMA)

Here was the big message everyone in
attendance walked away with: neural restoration is possible. This is
actually a mantra we all should learn and repeat daily. To quote Dr.
Cristina Sadowsky of Johns Hopkins and the Kennedy Krieger Institute, we
are capable of “achieving significant, incremental improvement at any
time following injury.” I repeat: at any time. Whether you were injured
yesterday or like me, seventeen years ago, you can improve.
How many of you long ago gave up on the
idea your condition would ever change? That’s what the doctor no doubt
told you soon after your injury. “I’m sorry, son, there is no recovery
from this.” Before this conference, I believed that almost as a matter
of doctrine. This paralysis is it, I figured. It could only get worse,
not better. My sole focus, outside of exercise, has been trying to avoid
nasty falls, skin breakdown, and infection. Every time I read in the
newspaper about a “breakthrough in paralysis” or some such miracle on
the horizon, I turn the page. Years away and too late for an old-timer
like me, I’d tell myself. I don’t tell myself that anymore.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

20 Tricks That Can Make Anyone An Excel Expert

20 Tricks That Can Make Anyone An Excel Expert

The Best VPN Services

The Best VPN Services

Federal regs for auto dealers costing US economy more than $10B, study says | Fox News

Federal regs for auto dealers costing US economy more than $10B, study says | Fox News

I wondered why the newer cars all seem to have a higher front, sort of box look to them.

Regulation is increasingly limiting the design perimeters for new
cars, too. Testing has revealed that serious injury can result when a
pedestrian's head strikes the hood. The hood itself acts as a cushion as
it crumples, but that cushion effect ends as the hood impacts the
engine block.

The new regulations require most new cars have a three-inch space between the hood and the engine block. 
But designers can't just raise the hood line three inches without
throwing the entire design out of whack. The windshield and windows must
be smaller. The lip, where the sheet metal rises to the base of the
windows, must be higher. The seats, too, must be higher so the driver
can see over the higher hood, andthe wheels have to be bigger, lest they
appear out of scale with the new proportions.

It's all money well spent, said safety expert Clarence Ditlow of the Center for Auto Safety.

"The cost of regulation saves lives, prevents injuries, prevents
paralysis and overall the government takes into consideration and cost
benefit already and if anything, there's too little auto regulation and
not enough," he said.

This Infographic Gives You Substitutes for Common Ingredients

This Infographic Gives You Substitutes for Common Ingredients

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Top 10 Incredibly Useful Windows Programs to Have On Hand

Top 10 Incredibly Useful Windows Programs to Have On Hand: Some apps are essential, and you use them every day. Everyone knows their names: Firefox, VLC, 7-Zip, and so on. However, there's another class of app that gets less attention: the apps that are insanely useful to have in your back pocket on the rare occasions you need them. Here are 10 of our favorites.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Saving the wild salmon - CBS News

Saving the wild salmon - CBS News: Saving the wild salmon

Do salmon farms help or hurt the declining wild salmon population? Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports on the controversy surrounding the multibillion dollar industry.

Friday, May 9, 2014

How to switch your Windows 8.1 log-in to a local account - CNET

How to switch your Windows 8.1 log-in to a local account - CNET

How to move your OneDrive local storage to another drive - CNET

How to move your OneDrive local storage to another drive - CNET

With Microsoft's recent release of Windows 8.1, the cloud-storage
service formerly known as SkyDrive officially became OneDrive. And it
remains tightly integrated with the OS.

So integrated, in fact,
that it syncs your cloud files to your hard drive, and vice-versa.
That's a handy feature, to be sure, but what happens if you're running
out of space on that local drive?

This can definitely be a problem for anyone with, say, a Surface or similar tablet,
or a laptop with a small solid-state drive. Fortunately, it's a simple
matter to relocate OneDrive's local storage to another storage device,
thereby freeing up critical space.

What kind of device? Because it's something you'll want to keep plugged in full-time, I recommend a tiny flash drive like the PKparis K'1 or much more affordable Team C12G (currently $15.99 at Newegg for the 32GB version).

Once you've added your drive, here's how to strongarm Windows 8.1 into moving your local OneDrive folders to it:

Monday, May 5, 2014

iPad Resources

Hello AT/AAC people!

     I've only been emailing you about 2-3 times per month so I don't think I've been taking advantage of your good nature in allowing me 'in' to your lives ;-)

     My RoadTrip requests this year have been significantly less than previous years.  I have to face it; I'm older (61) and I strive to stay relevant and current. I still get comments like "I wish you moved in with us!" and "We [the support team] didn't even think of that!" when I do visit with 'you, so I hope you ask me to visit *your* facility soon!  It's (almost) free and I LOVE doing it!  Any ages, any disabilities. And with my new knowledge about ASD, from my current efforts towards a Masters in Autism Instruction, I *do * consider myself an "expert" in ASD technology.

     Back to business, though.  There *are* newer companies with 'newer' people now.  I don't think they do a better job than I, but they are younger, and they get around! I have to hand it to them. So, get ready, and here they are, my competitors (and colleagues)*:

Ablenet - Always a solid company, and they have re-invented themselves also, since the iPad. They make a lot of the same types of things I do (but mine are less money).  But they still make great stuff and are current and relevant.


Therapy Box - Over in the UK, they've made some (rather pricey, but great) apps, like Predictable, and now Chat-able, and they carry several things by several other companies. They alway do a 'warm' newsletter with great stories :-)


Inclusive Technology - I don't know how they do it but they come out with app after app, and several are free.  They also carry several nice iPad hardware items. They are a strong competitor! Their prices are a bit higher than mine, but great stuff.  You can play their games online at:


     Remember that all interfaces work with all apps, regardless of company. You might need a bit of tech support, so call 1-800-RJCooper (me) or email for any help with any interface from any company with any app from any company.

Enabling Devices - The owner of this company, Steven Kanor, and I had been friends for years, but recently he moved more to the background and a real 'business person' (steamroller: Karen) took over operations and I'm not very happy with them, as they've copied, exactly, several of my products, without permission, after reselling them for years.  Not happy at all.
     But, they do make a bunch of things that no one else makes so they are still of value *to you*, hence I include them here as a *service to you*:


(I do ask that you consider me first, though, for anything that we *both* make)

AMDI - Their original 'claim to fame' was a line of AAC devices in the $4000 range and less.  Good products.  But they never *really* caught on.  They've also re-invented themselves for the iPad and carry mounting products, similar to mine (mine are less $, of course), and other iPad things, most notably, the iAdapter *rugged* cases w/built-in speaker and stand.  Great product.  A bit pricey but does what it is advertised to do.
    Of BIG note for this company, they are the only ones that make a real variety of 'odd' switches', like piezo-electric and proximity.


Attainment Company - Known best for paper-oriented picture support materials, they are probably best known for the GoTalk device, rugged and solid, and reasonably priced.  Once again, a company that has re-invented themselves, they produce iPad cases that are nice competitors to my Ultimate II's. They're worth a look-see. They also make some nice social skills apps. Not to forget, my favorite, for now, AAC app, GoTalk Now.  One of the only ones that does video and music.


     There *are* companies like EnableMart and InfoGrip that carry *everyone's* products, including just a few of mine.  I'm not a big favorite of these 'all in one' stores as my stuff is so specific to people and populations, but they do serve a purpose.  If they don't have something of mine, and you *must* order through them, but they say they don't carry it, insist, because they do.  Usually, it's a case of not making enough money on my stuff because my stuff is *always* lower priced than others.

And here is MY home page:


     So, if you've ever seen Miracle on 34th Street (the original), this concept of sending you to competitors should sound familiar ;-)  If not, watch the movie at the holiday season this year ;-)

Until next time!

RJ :-)

P.S. Don't want my little 'bring-a-smile-to-your-face' emails here, just UnSubscribe below.

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7 More Issues With Windows 8.1 That Can Be Fixed

7 More Issues With Windows 8.1 That Can Be Fixed: Windows 8.1 has been available since October 2013, with its first major update having just been released on April 8th. In light of the release, we take the chance to follow up on our original 7 Windows 8.1 Upgrade Issues and How to Fix Them article with another look at some problems and issues that users have faced when using Microsoft’s flagship operating system.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Women & Co. - Creating and Sticking To a Budget - Apps to Help Streamline Household Finances

Women & Co. - Creating and Sticking To a Budget - Apps to Help Streamline Household Finances

Use Andy to emulate Android on your desktop - CNET

Use Andy to emulate Android on your desktop - CNET: There are lots of great reasons to use an Android emulator. Perhaps you're thinking of ditching your iPhone in favor of, say, a Google Nexus, but want to test-drive Android first. Or maybe there's an app that would be convenient to run on your PC, like Messaging or WhatsApp. Heck, maybe you just want to enjoy Clash of Clans on a larger screen.

Whatever your plans, Andy should be able to accommodate them. Unlike BlueStacks, which merely runs Android apps, this free utility gives you a fully operable Android experience on a Windows or Mac system, and can even sync with your existing Android device.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Camera Mouse

About / Camera Mouse: Camera Mouse is a free program that allows you to control the mouse pointer on a Windows computer just by moving your head. Clicking can be done by making the mouse pointer dwell over a spot on the screen (after first turning Clicking on in Settings).

The program was developed at Boston College to help people with
disabilities use the computer. The main audience for this program is
people who do not have reliable control of a hand but who can move their
head. People with Cerebral Palsy, Spinal Muscular Atrophy, ALS,
Multiple Sclerosis, Traumatic Brain Injury, various neurological
disorders use this program and its predecessors to run all types of
computer software.

Camera Mouse works as a mouse replacement system for Windows
computers so it should work with just about any application program. For
example people use Camera Mouse with entertainment programs, education
programs, communication programs, web browsers, and so on. (See the Downloads page for some of the programs and websites that we have used with Camera Mouse.)
Camera Mouse works best with application programs that require only a
mouse and a left click and that do not have tiny targets. It's easier to
use Camera Mouse with application programs that do not require extreme

What equipment is required? A Windows 8, 7,
Vista, or XP computer and a standard USB webcam (or a video camera built
into a notebook computer or tablet). We do our development work with a Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920 or a Microsoft LifeCam Studio HD. Camera Mouse works with other commercial USB webcams as well.

Complete Collection Of Celebrity ‘Simpsons’ Couch Gags

Complete Collection Of Celebrity ‘Simpsons’ Couch Gags

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

What to do with your old CD collection - CNET

What to do with your old CD collection - CNET: What to do with your old CD collection

Is your CD collection gathering dust in your attic? If so, then it might be time to sell, donate, or recycle your outdated mode of music storage.

3 Dangers Of Logging On To Public Wi-Fi

3 Dangers Of Logging On To Public Wi-Fi: You’ve heard that you shouldn’t open PayPal, your bank account and possibly even your email while using public WiFi. But what are the actual risks?

Well, your home WiFi is (hopefully) encrypted; the WiFi at the coffee shop isn’t. This means you’re at risk of people monitoring your online activity, or worse – unless you know how to protect yourself. Here are a few dangers, and how to avoid them.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Overcome Windows 8.1 Upgrade Errors With A Legal ISO Download

Overcome Windows 8.1 Upgrade Errors With A Legal ISO Download: Some people have encountered issues when upgrading to Windows 8.1 from their Windows 8 PCs. This isn’t entirely surprising — the best way to upgrade your operating system with the least risk of problems is by performing a fresh install.

Windows 8.1 is a bit different from previous versions of Windows in that people generally get it through an upgrade from the Windows Store. Luckily, Microsoft allows you to download a legal Windows 8.1 ISO file, so you can make your own Windows 8.1 installer disc or USB drive.

How To Safely Upgrade To Windows 8.1

How To Safely Upgrade To Windows 8.1: Are horror stories of how Windows 8.1 upgrades went horribly wrong keeping you from upgrading yourself? Yet you wish you could access some of Windows 8.1′s novelties, like better SkyDrive integration, improved desktop features, or you name it. This article summarizes the lessons we have learned, to help you navigate the potential pitfalls of upgrading to Windows 8.1, including a safety net that — in case things do go wrong — will allow you to return to Windows 8, as if nothing ever happened.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Boy Scouts of America v. Dale - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Boy Scouts of America v. Dale - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: Boy Scouts of America et al. v. Dale, 530 U.S. 640 (2000), was a landmark case of the Supreme Court of the United States decided on June 28, 2000, that held that the constitutional right to freedom of association allows a private organization like the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) to exclude a person from membership when "the presence of that person affects in a significant way the group's ability to advocate public or private viewpoints."[1] In a five to four decision, the Supreme Court ruled that opposition to homosexuality is part of BSA's "expressive message" and that allowing homosexuals as adult leaders would interfere with that message.[2] It reversed a decision of the New Jersey Supreme Court that had determined that New Jersey's public accommodations law required the BSA to readmit assistant Scoutmaster James Dale, who had made his homosexuality public and whom the BSA had expelled from the organization.