August

I don’t like August so I find it useful to give myself a project.  This year it was to cull my books and to try to sort out the accessibility on my PC.  Books are culled and mostly distributed and with help, in particular from Liz and Sorcha, I have learned a lot more about what can be done to make using my PC easier.

I have learned a number of magnifying techniques and short cuts.  Sadly there seems to be no way of overcoming menus in blues and greys – the main culprits being WordPress and Word.  Also, it seems that the only way to enlarge the cursor so that I can see it is by downloading expensive software from Zoomtext.

The Macular Disease Society produce an excellent booklet giving information about techniques, organisations and software called, unsurprisingly, Computers and Software.  This is free.  I contacted a small charity called AbilityNet  but their IT advisor was on holiday.  They were very helpful and I shall be in touch again soon.

It is hard work and sometimes dispiriting to keep working on this, but it is important to persist.  There is a lot of help out there, but each individual’s low vision needs are different and the resources seem to be scattered.

Anyway, it is September.  New television programmes are coming up, the Paralympics are on, visiting relatives are about to arrive and I have signed on for an Arvon Foundation blogging course.  Lots to look forward to.

I am reading and enjoying  Ian McEwan’s  new novel, Sweet Tooth.  Our next bookgroup read is Why be Happy When you Could be Normal and I have just finished Elizabeth Taylor’s wonderful A View from the Harbour.
Not all technology is frustrating!

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2 Responses to August

  1. heavenali says:

    Glad you enjoyed Elizabeth Taylor : ) I have read Why be Happy when you could be normal – I found it a very good memoir, and I have heard good things about Sweet Tooth – and rather fancy it at some point.

    • Thanks for the r eply. I have just finished Sweet Tooth and think it is one of the best books I have read in ages. The story within a story is perfectly constructed, the characters clever, intriguing and flawed are brilliantly realised, there are enough literary and topical references to keep the reader stretching beyond the basic story…….and there’s the evocation of 1972 and the Winter of Discontent. Please read it and let me know what you think!

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