Archive for August, 2006

Strange RNIB Gadget

Thursday, August 31, 2006 20:46 26 Comments

I came across a rather strange looking gadget at Monument metro station in Newcastle the other week. It was near the lifts (I was avec pushchair, otherwise I’d probably never even have seen it). It was a black box about eighteen inches to two feet long by about eight to ten inches wide. It had [...]

This was posted under category: Accessibility, Life, Local Interest

If I was a dead Russian composer, I’d be…

Thursday, August 31, 2006 20:35 4 Comments

Dmitri Shostakovich, apparently. Thanks to Steve Pugh of VTT, and if you want to find out which dead Russian composer you would be, take the dead Russian composer test yourself.

This was posted under category: Memes, Oddities

More articles on the way in September…

Thursday, August 31, 2006 9:18 3 Comments

Pretty much summed up by the post title, really. I’ve got three more articles lined up for September, two of which are already written and one of which is partly written. Strangely enough, the two which have already been written will probably be published later, but that’s because they’re aren’t being published here so I [...]

This was posted under category: Life, The Pickards

Roy Keane, the antichrist, and Sunderland AFC

Sunday, August 27, 2006 23:11 20 Comments

Okay, this isn’t going to make me popular with any Sunderland AFC fans out there, and I’m sure that one or two do read this site, even if it’s just to tell me to mind my own bleeding business at times, and call me a skunk and so on. But basically, Sunderland and Roy Keane [...]

This was posted under category: Oddities, Sport

e-Accessibility and the United Nations

Sunday, August 27, 2006 17:13 No Comments

Basically, what it says on the tin: The theme for this year’s International Day of Disabled Persons (3 December 2006) is accessibility to information technologies, and the day will be referred to as E-Accessibility Day.United Nations Although I notice the UN are capitalising the e in their E-Accessibility, I’ve got to say it’s not very [...]

This was posted under category: Accessibility, Standards

Resizing Your Text

Saturday, August 26, 2006 0:44 22 Comments

If you find the text on a site is too large or too small for you to read comfortably, there are many ways in which you can adjust it, depending on your browser and the platform you are using. If you find that this advice does not work for you, please let me know, indicating [...]

This was posted under category: Accessibility, Articles

Text Resizing Results

Friday, August 25, 2006 18:58 3 Comments

This version of the page is styled to fit with the normal look of my site. There is also an unstyled and cut-down version of this page which may be more suitable for actually carrying out comparisons, as you won’t have the side and far bars “getting in the way”. Note this page is currently [...]

This was posted under category: Accessibility, Articles, Standards

Advertisement Feature (2)

Thursday, August 24, 2006 1:21 19 Comments

Nearly forgot to mention, the something or otherth Aletaster beer festival is being held from this evening. There will be lots of real ale available, which is probably not too much of a surprise to people who’ve been to beer festivals before. Basically, it tends to work as follows: the Aletaster pub runs as normal; [...]

This was posted under category: Life, Local Interest, Newcastle United

Advertisement Feature

Thursday, August 24, 2006 0:06 3 Comments

Was looking at one of my favourite sites today (well, it’s bookmarked in my firefox browser) to see if there was anything new and came across something I liked very much. It’s not particularly accessible, being a video with no relevant sound or audio description, but it is funny.

This was posted under category: Life, Oddities

A Poxy Weekend

Wednesday, August 23, 2006 23:29 2 Comments

It’s not been the best couple of weeks health-wise. A few relatives have been ill with varying things (but in the interests of preserving their privacy I’ll keep my gob shut about who and what); the weekend before last myself, my wife and both children experienced some form of stomach upset, with varying symptoms ranging [...]

This was posted under category: Life, Science, The Pickards