Hello Everyone,

I hope you enjoy this 47 minute Pod Cast in which I interview the founder and president of Code Factory, Mr. Eduard Sanchez. 

Code Factory is the developer of Mobile Speak, the world’s leading screen reading, screen magnification, and Braille interface program for mobile devices.  It provides accessibility to blind and low vision users of wireless products such as cell phones and pocket PCs.

As a visually impaired individual, I wish to personally thank Mr. Sanchez for it is because of innovative technology pioneers like he who bring the world so much closer to people like me.

Learn all about Code Factory at: http://www.codefactory.es

Most Sincerely,

Episode 28: An Interview with Eduard Sanchez

Organizing Your Windows Mobile Smart Phone Text Message Inbox

One of the most frustrating limitations of Windows Mobile for Smart Phones is that subfolders cannot be created in the text message Inbox.  Consequently, this means that any message you wish to save must remain in the SMS Inbox.  As one might expect, it does not take long for this folder to get unmanageably large. 

While there are several companies that offer online SMS storage services such as Treasure My Text, personally, I do not  like the idea of (1) giving out my mobile number to a remote organization and (2) having my private text messages floating somewhere out there in cyberspace.  After all, you never know when they may float right back to you; just ask Detroit Mayor, Kwame Kilpatrick.  (Smile)

Another limitation of Windows Mobile for Smart Phones is that you cannot print, publish, or save SMS messages on your PC in a readable format.

One answer to these text message limitations is to install a third party application such as an SMS manager.  However doing this will (1) add more software overhead to your phone’s memory load, thereby slowing it down, and (2) most likely not be fully compatible with any screen reading software for the blind or low vision. 

SOLUTION: Read the rest of this entry »


Hello Everyone,

This is for those of you who may accidentally lock the keyboard on the Samsung Blackjack 2 Smart Phone: Read the rest of this entry »

Hello Everyone, 

Ever wanted to unchain your GSM mobile phone? 

This can be done but only to the extent that the phone can be “unlocked” and used on any GSM network.  As far as “unbranding”, I cannot speak to that. I do know that once the phone is unlocked, you will be able to use it on either T-Mobile or AT&T, if living in the USA.

The following warning is from A T & T: Read the rest of this entry »

Hello Everyone,

At the risk of being biased, I feel as though “everyone” wants to beat up on the Samsung Blackjack 2.  For the life of me, I do not know why.  Aside from some MSS accessibility oversights, due to the Samsung model specific applications, we BJ2 users appear to have the least difficulty with our Windows Mobile 6 based phones.  Read the rest of this entry »

Hello Everyone,

Some of you may notice that, from time-to-time, your Windows Mobile 6 Smart Phone may begin to slow down even after you think you have freed up phone memory by closing currently running software applications.  For many of you using Mobile Speak to access your Smart Phone, what you hear and see is not always what you get, until now.  (Smile)
This is for all Windows Mobile 6 users, especially those on the Samsung Blackjack II Smart Phone with the Mobile Speak for Smart Phone accessibility software installed. Read the rest of this entry »


In an attempt to make the essential list of Twitter commands documentation more accessible to the visually impaired, I have adapted and reformatted the list for use with Braille and screen reading software.

Click Here To Begin:

I hope you find my adaptation helpful.


Now here is the REAL 411 on A T & T Wireless:

I am happy to announce that A T & T Wireless now offers free Directory Assistance (411) to its wireless customers with disabilities.

The following is from the A T & T Wireless website:


“Providing helpful dialing assistance:
AT&T recognizes that directory assistance services can provide helpful dialing assistance for customers with significant visual, cognitive, and physical disabilities. That’s why we’re pleased to waive the per call charge to AT&T 411 Info for those with qualifying disabilities.”

To read the entire article go to:


or you can call the A T & T National Center for Customers with Disabilities at:
(866) 241-6568 Voice.
(866) 241-6567.

Or you can contact Susan Mazrui, A T & T’s Director of Federal Affairs, at:

Or you can go to the main A T & T Disability Resources website at:



Hello Everyone,

I did not write the following piece, entitled “How To Silence A Room”, but I wish to salute the person who did.  I am most proud to be an American citizen. 

Mark Marcus Taylor


When in England at a fairly large conference, Colin Powell was  asked by the Archbishop of Canterbury if our plans for Iraq were just an  example of ’empire building’ by George Bush. He answered by saying,  “Over the years, the United States has sent many of its fine young men  and women into great peril to fight for freedom beyond our borders. The  only amount of land we have ever asked for in return is enough to bury  those that did not return.”

It became very quiet in the room. 

Then  there was a conference in France where a number of international  engineers  were taking part, including French and American. During a break one of the  French engineers came back into the room saying “Have you heard the latest  dumb stunt Bush has done? He has sent an aircraft carrier to Indonesia to help the tsunami victims. What does he intend to do, bomb them?” A Boeing engineer stood up and replied quietly: “Our carriers have three hospitals  on board that can treat several hundred people; they are nuclear powered and can supply emergency electrical power to shore facilities; they have  three cafeterias with the capacity to feed 6,000 people three meals a day,  they can produce several thousand! gallons of fresh water from sea water each day, and they carry half a dozen helicopters for use in  transporting victims and injured to and from their flight deck… We have eleven such ships; how many does France have?”

Once again,  dead silence. 

A   U.S. Navy Admiral was attending a naval conference that included Admirals from the U.S. , English, Canadian, Australian and French Navies. At a  cocktail reception, he found himself standing with a large group of  Officers that included personnel from most of those countries. Everyone  was chatting away in English as they sipped their drinks but a French  admiral suddenly complained that, whereas Europeans learn many languages,  Americans learn only English.’ He then asked, ‘Why is it that we always  have to speak English in these conferences rather than speaking French?’  Without hesitating, the American Admiral replied ‘Maybe it’s because the  Brits, Canadians, Aussies and Americans arranged it so you wouldn’t have to speak German.

You could have heard a pin drop.
Always be proud to be an American.


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