The coolest gifts, from Christmas past.

Wow, isn’t it crazy how years fly when your all grown up. Tomorrow, is December 30th, of 2022. Flip back over 20 years ago, it was, almost, y2K, everyone was scared the world was gonna end. I had these friends, who lived out in the country, and there parents were sams club members, and baught cases, and cases of water and MRE’s. We stood in the church on December 31st, 1999, when the stakes were high, expecting the Lord to come back, we were ready. The clock struck mid night as church members sang, and? We, were still all there. It felt different, as we walked out into the crisp Missouri air, the car started, my Braille N Speak 2000, booted, only cause I purchased the upgrade, lol. We drove home. 22 years later, I’m still here today. It’s crazy how the years fly.

I know it now, like I wouldn’t admit it then. I was, spoiled when I was a kid. Not the kind of kid though who was always a brat, at least, I don’t think so. It was something I focused on then. I got a lot of cool gifts. I remember going to moms a few years back, and played my drum kit, and it felt like Christmas. I thought, this Christmas, man I don’t need a damn thing. If I had all that stuff stored away and only played with it as an adult on Christmas, that’s all I’d ever need.

The first gift which I remember receiving that made a difference in my young life was a micro cassette recorder. My dad sold office products my entire life. He had one that he took voice memos on back in the day. I was probably 2 years old and I was obsessed with his. I remember the first time I felt it on the table, I said, Dad what is this? He told me. I said what is a recorder. He said, well son, you talk in it, like this. He showed me. I was amazed. I don’t think I’d heard my voice on tape before that. Fast forward later that year, and I was looking through a old toy box at a neighbors house. I found something. Why it was in the toy box no one knew. It was, a micro cassette recorder, with out the tape door. I remember rushing to his dad and saying, is this what I think it is? And he told me it was broke, he needed to throw it away. I asked, can I have it then? He abliged, and the thing never worked. I remember being sad, and even later that year, on Christmas morning, I got a brand new one. It came with a pack of three little tapes. It had a strap that would go over my rist at the time, lol, yes, I was that young. It had two speeds one an octive slower than the higher. It had a mono earphone jack and microphone jack. It took two aa batteries. I used it, and used it, always though recording over what I had previously recorded, because, it was easy to get back to the beginning of the tape.

When I was about 5 I wanted to play an instrument. I didn’t know which one, but my parents suggested the piano. We had one in the livingroom. Sure. So it was all serious and we’re going to find you a piano teacher. For Christmas/Birthday, I asked for an electronic keyboard. I remember going to Toys Are Us, and was looking at keyboards in a glass case. I couldn’t feel them, and so, mom asked the sales clerk to get one out for me to touch. As the clerk was doing so, she nocked over something that sounded miraculous in the case! What, was that mom? I asked, well, it’s a guitar. A guitar? I remember dad had a toy one that I had touched up in the closet, so I asked, is it like dads? Well no, it’s electric. It was electric! It had a built-in speaker/amp. I was sold! The clerk got it out of the case. I layed it on the floor and was told I should hold it and shown how. It had a wammy bar, the speaker was small under the strings where a sound hole on an acoustic might be. It wasn’t loud but there was some grit when you turned it all the way up. Um, mom, so can I get that instead of the keyboard? No, lets find a keyboard. 🙂 The keyboard was cool, I rmember it had a motorcycle sounding patch that I had never heard again. It had built-in speakers, probably a casio. I started learning the piano. Still though, my blood ran guitar.

the next year, the entire year, I couldn’t stop talking about the guitar. Oh I was taking piano lessons all right, but it wasn’t the music I listened to. I found hard rock way to young, but that’s another story for another time. two of my fondest memmories in my life were at that time. My vision teacher took me to the mall. They had a music store. This was the second time that I touched a guitar. I had got a litteral toy one that year with no strings and buttons so I new how to hold it. I remember talking to the clerk, and he plugged the guitar at the mall into an amp. I remember I hit the fifth and fourth strings, making a d power chord. I had never felt that excitement before. I would have stayed for hours. The next of the two memmories was going to the local music store with dad, to which, I did stay for hours. I held the guitar and strummed it as dad sat patiently by. When I woke up on Christmas morning that year I went into the livingroom by the tree. There was a different smell in the room, a kind of varnish, a newness. There by the tree, was a 3 quarters Memphis guitar, with a small PV amp. I played that guitar that day until my fingers litterly bled. I played cat scratch fever using fourths, and smells like teen spirit also using forths. That was, the best Christmas gift I have ever received which set the course for my life.

So naturally for Christmas’s to come, the gifts naturally revolved around guitar. A couple years later I asked for a WaWa petal. I got it, but it didn’t sound right. I put a new 9V in it, it didn’t help. I took it to guitar lessons,a nd asked my teacher, what’s up with this? It doesn’t have the throw that it should. It was, a WaWa for a bass. We exchanged it and ooooo!!! Then it was all right! That petal was so fun to learn and brought a new expression to my playing

Years later when I was probably 11 or 12, I discovered the four track recorder. Not the APH one, but the musical mixer which would allow you to layer instruments. Oh how I wanted one. My guitar teacher had another student who was celling his. I remember I didn’t know if I was going to get it or not, but that Christmas morning there it was! A year or so earlier I had been visiting a family friend and he had an old drum kit in his bassment which needed work, and I was so excited about performing the experiment of playing a beet on the drums, without hearing anything, then seeing how it would sound to layer my guitar over that, and vocal two part harmoney on top of that, 4 tracks. I’ll never forget the first time. Listening back to it all together, I had a revelation. I wanted to be in a band, just as bad as I wanted the guitar, and the WaWa petal, and the Four Track. All my friends at the time were into video games the super NES. Now I could be in a band, without being in a band, if I got good enough. That gift too, was crucial in setting course for my life.

Moving away from Christmas for a moment. When I was 4-5 years old, my dad called us boys into his office. This was totally unexpected with the surprise in his voice. Boys, I have a gift for each of you. No, I didn’t get it, my boss was kind enough to get you these. After we open them you are going to call him, and after that write him a letter of thanks. These gifts were extraordinary. Like, I know if it wasn’t for him getting us these gifts, it would have been years later that I would have gotten the gift. My brother Nick loved TV, movies, the old west. For Nick dads boss litterly got him a miniature pocket sized TV. It had a pull out antanna, a digital tuner, about the size of the game boy that would come out years later. It had an eighth inch video in and a mono earphone out. It took 4 aa batteries, had a little speaker at the bottom. That was freakin amazing!! For me, he got, a Sony Discman. Yes, the real deal Sony discman. I didn’t have a CD player, of course not!! shit, my parents had only purchased one a year before that and they hadn’t had a stereo for years! This was incredible! It was big, took 4 AA batteries, had two switches on the front one for megabass, one for hold. On the top were two sets of buttons, play/stop big buttons on the right, and scip/seek smaller buttons above the play stop. a set of four on the left, programming buttons. It was heavy. It had an all metal casing around it. I had never heard anything so clear in my young life. I had it until I was 12-13. It litterly wore out. I wish it hadn’t, I wish I still had it. It would go for thousands on Ebay but I’d never cell it.

When I was going to turn 10, I wanted a walkman that would record from the radio. I didn’t know if there was such a thing. Mom and I went to best buy, and asked the clerk. There was, such a thing! It was a sony. On that birthday there it was. What I learned was much cooler than recording from the radio mobile, was the fact that it came with a stereo microphone. This was incredible in my opinion. Up to that point, my recorded world, had been mono. I remember setting the recorder and the mic in the driveway, as I road my bike by it on the sidewalk. Listening back I heard stereo space/movement as I road by. I remember listening to that over and over again. The only thing that came close in that big of way later in life was binaural recording. Speaking of Christmas gifts, one of my brothers lifes wants was a remote control plane. He got one, and I recorded this flight with that walkman that God I wish I had!!! It was such a cool recording.

Over my life I have received a hell of a lot of amazing gifts! But those described above, are some of the coolest! Which will always remain in my memmory! I know we all have that gift as a kid that has shaped us!!! I’m wishing everyone a very happy and prosperous 2023!

If I could have any truck!

It would be this one! This thing sounds like the truck of my dreams! If it had subwoofers in it, wow! And I’ll just leave it at that. I have recorded several takes of this truck as it comes by almost every morning, which I have not yet shared,but this is the coolest yet! omg omg omg.

Temporary Clipboard JAWS Scripts, providing you with 5 temp clipboards!

Temporary Clipboard Scripts
Written by Drew Weber.
Usage:
At times we may need to go back and copy the same text into edit fields or documents later in the day, or we may need a sequence of different text for multiple repetitive fields. These scripts allow for five temporary clipboards, accessed by commands and the q w e r t keys representing five clipboards. Note that as the name suggests these are temporary, and will clear with a JAWS restart.
First access the Temp clipboard scripts from anywhere within Windows by pressing control+shift+c. JAWS will announce “
Temp clipboard enabled.”
These scripts stay active for 5 seconds giving you enough time to do what you need to do. After this short window of opportunity the Default Script set is once again enabled, and JAWS will announce,
“Temp clipboard disabled”.
copy to clipboard 1-5 respectively
control+q w e r t
Note that Text needs to first be on the Windows clipboard before copying to one of the temporary clipboards.
paste from clipboards 1-5
q w e r t
Announce the text that is in the clipboards to jog our memmory.
control+shift+q w e r t
JAWS Speech history.
At times it may be easier to get a peace of information from the JAWS speech history than it is to regularly copy a said line of text to the clipboard. The Temporary Clipboard scripts enable you to choose, up from the bottom line which line to copy. from 1-5. After enabling Temp Clipboard with control+shift+c, hit h, to bring up the Choose a line dialogue. This is a simple list view, which you can arrow down and hit enter to make your selection and have the text copied to the Windows clipboard. Note even though this may take longer than the 5 seconds allowed, choosing the line will still cary out the desired result even when the Default script set has been switched back too.

Instalation:
First, Copy the following files into your JAWS Settings/Enu directory
TempClipboard.JKM
TempClipboard.jsb
TempClipboard.JSD
TempClipboard.JSH
Second, Copy all contents from the default script text files to JAWS.
CopyContentsToDefaultJSS.txt
to the end of your User Default.jss file.
1: Open
CopyContentsToDefaultJSS.txt
Hit Control+a to select all.
Hit Control+C to copy to clipboard.

2: Hit Insert+0, to open the JAWS Script manager.
Hit Control+Shift+D to open your default.jss file. If you haven’t included any custum scripts in your default, JAWS may announce, Shared Default.jss. If you have, JAWS may announce, User Default.jss
Hit Control+end to get to the bottom of the file. Make sure you are on a blank line below
EndScript
Hit Control+V to paste the contents from the

CopyContentsToDefaultJSS.txt which you have copied to your clipboard.
Hit Control+S to save and compile. You should hear a ding, with the announcement, Compile Complete.

3: Copy all contents from
CopyContentsToDefaultJKM.txt
to your default.jkm.
Open the CopyContentsToDefaultJKM.txt file
Hit Control+a to select all.
Hit Control+C to copy to clipboard.
alt+tab back to the JAWS Script Manager.
In the JAWS Script Manager, hit Control+O to bring up the open file dialogue.
Tab to files of type and hit K, JAWS will announce, KeyMap files .jkm.
ShiftTab until you get to the listview and hit d, for Default.jkm.
Hit enter.
Hit control+F and type Common.
Hit enter, and then escape you should land on the line that reads
Common Keys.
Hit, end, then enter.
Paste the contents with control+v onto the blank line.
Hit control+s to save. You won’t hear a ding.
You should be all ready to use your new scripts!

Download the zip archive below.
Follow Drew Weber on Twitter: @_IllegallyBlind

One of the weirder sounds I’ve heard. Something passing.

I don’t know what this was, sounds like a muffler, or running over something, the Doppler effect would make me think of more than just running over something, but I didn’t hear any more parts to the muffler or whatever this was than these three. Very odd!

Win11 NotePad Bandaid JAWS Scripts

Windows11 Notepad Bandaid JAWS scripts.

Usage.
In Win11 when you have not saved a document within the Notepad text editor and press alt+f4, this dialogue seams to be inaccessible, not always properly allowing you to choose the save, or, don’t save buttons. Even more, if you are able to choose Don’t save, a ghost fantom Notepad window will remain on the taskbar and alt+tab list which does not contain a document. The only way to get rid of this is to kill it from the task manager.
These scripts allow one to see three options when pressing alt+f4 from Notepad, in a menu.
save: which presses control+s allowing one to properly save the document before exit.
Don’t save: clears the document and presses alt+f4 which properly closes the document.
Already saved, just exit: assuming the document has been previously saved, presses alt+f4 and properly closes the document.

Instalation
drop the:
notepad.JKM
notepad.jsb
notepad.JSD
into your jaws Settings/Enu directory.
The scripts should now be functional within Notepad. Download Zip below

Do you find yourself without a Braille Display? With the need to read outloud? Use the all new, #ReadAloud JAWS Scripts!

Sometimes we find ourselves without a Braille display. Some of us, myself included, read Braille, but don’t read fast enough to confidently read out loud. What do we do in these situations? Up to now it may have been a luming question. I am happy to present the #ReadAloud JAWS Scripts which I feel will help you master reading out loudd.

Listen To The Demo below:

ReadMe file below is found within the Zip download at the end of this post.

Read Aloud Scripts
Written by Drew Weber
V1.0
12/20/2022

Usage:
Use these scripts to split lines into 3 or 4 word chunks for reading aloud without a Braille display.
Control+dash: Reads forward a chunk.
Control+Shift+Dash: Rereads the current chunk.
Control+Shift+Dash, twice quickly: Moves backwords a chunk without reading. Hit Control+Dash to continue reading.
JAWSKey+Space, and then, Control+Dash: selects and Copies from the curser, may move the curser back to where you started copying from, and puts the text in the JAWS virtual Viewer to start reading aloud in a document type where these scripts fail to read appropriately. (IE, a Microsoft Word document.)

Instalation:

Copy all contents from the
CopyContentsToDefaultJSS.txt
to the end of your User Default.jss file.

1: Open

CopyContentsToDefaultJSS.txt
Hit Control+a to select all.
Hit Control+C to copy to clipboard.

2: Hit Insert+0, to open the JAWS Script manager.

Hit Control+Shift+D to open your default.jss file. If you haven’t included any custum scripts in your default, JAWS may announce, Shared Default.jss. If you have, JAWS may announce, User Default.jss
Hit Control+end to get to the bottom of the file. Make sure you are on a blank line below
EndScript
Hit Control+V to paste the contents from the CopyContentsToDefaultJSS.txt which you have copied to your clipboard.
Hit Control+S to save and compile. You should hear a ding, with the announcement, Compile Complete.

3: Copy all contents from

DefaultJKM.txt
Open the file
Hit Control+a to select all.
Hit Control+C to copy to clipboard.
In the JAWS Script Manager, hit Control+O to bring up the open file dialogue.
Tab to files of type and hit K, JAWS will announce, KeyMap files .jkm.
ShiftTab until you get to the listview and hit d, for Default.jkm.
Hit enter.
Hit control+F and type Common.
Hit enter, and then escape you should land on the line that reads
Common Keys.
Hit, end, then enter.
Paste the contents from the
DefaultJKM.txt
file with control+v.
Hit control+s to save. You won’t hear a ding.

Now you are ready to Start using your new Scripts!
Merry Christmas!!
Follow Drew Weber on Twitter @_IllegallyBlind

Mud in the wind, sped up (45 speed) w?t?f?

If Kane Brown, a major label, artist can get away with this, why not me a little independent artist that no one knows about 🙂 as it turns out, it actually sounds cooler than I expected. So, what am I talking about anyway? LoseIt sped up from Kane Brown. Listen here.

https://music.apple.com/us/album/lose-it-sped-up/1658371766?i=1658372056

Everybody better run out and purchase this off of iTunes, because if I have any hunch which I do, it’s probably gonna go away soon it’ll probably be pulled by the label, and then be classified as a collectors item! But that is beside the point. I haven’t truly analyzed lose It, which I will probably do later, but it sounds like it’s just sped up a fourth, from E, to a. Below, which is my song, is played off of a vinyl at 45 speed! And I think if Kane would’ve done that I would probably have a bit more respect for it. ☺️ Lol