Links for Irish VIPs

Below is a small collection of links of interest to blind or visually impaired people in Ireland. Please come back from time to time to check for updates.

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Accessibility of Google Search Result Details Buttons

Let’s face it: when it comes to search engines, Google is the standard against which all others are measured. But is Google perfect? Is there no room for improvement?

If you’re like me, and you use a screen reader such as JAWS or NVDA, I’m guessing the answer to both questions is a resounding “No!”

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SMS to Email Gateway

Imagine you’re in the middle of nowhere with no WiFi or mobile broadband. You need to send someone a short email message, but all you have is an ancient mobile phone that can only do voice calls and texts. What do you do?

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The Funniest Viral Images Ever?

This is a follow-up to my post on the Funniest Viral Emails Ever? This time it’s the turn of viral images. You’ve probably seen them all before, but classics bear repeating!

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A Selection of Christmas Links

Please find below a small selection of virtual Christmas gifts from my big bag of links. I hope you enjoy them and that you and yours have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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The Funniest Viral Emails Ever?

Long before Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, back when AltaVista provided the search results and Netscape Navigator was the must-have browser, people would send each other jokes by email, or “viral emails” as they became known.

Someone working for a large company might receive a viral email from a colleague which he would then forward to his family and friends. And they'd send it to all their contacts, and so on, and so on. By the time the message arrived in your inbox, it would be encrusted with a dozen > symbols in the left margin and buried under a tangled spaghetti of header lines containing the email addresses of literally hundreds of people you'd never heard of.

Which added to the experience somehow. You felt you were “in on the joke” with all those other people from around the world.

The quality varied enormously, but some of them were genuinely funny and have stood the test of time. I've put together a selection of links to what I think are some of the best viral emails ever. If you've read some of them before, it's because they're classics! Wherever possible, I've linked to the original source.

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Wayback Machine Bookmarklet

Have you ever returned to a web page you hadn't visited in a while only to discover it no longer exists, or has changed beyond all recognition? If so, one way to banish those dreaded “404 Not Found Blues” is to try your luck with the excellent Internet Archive's Wayback Machine.

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Stupid URL Tricks

Below is a small collection of simple tips and tricks you can use just by manually editing the URL in your browser's address bar. How to access the address bar depends on whatever combination of browser and operating system you happen to be using, but pressing <Alt+D> is a good bet, or try <F6> a few times until focus toggles round to the address bar. If all else fails, I suppose you could click the mouse on the URL currently displayed in the address bar, but where's the fun in that? Anyways, here they are. I hope you find them useful.

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