Archive for October, 2006

Alternative Examples to the Mosen Explosion

October 4, 2006

I was sorry to learn that Jonathan Mosen had closed down his Mosen Explosion blog and had deleted it from LiveJournal. It was a fantastic resource, as well as a place where Jonathan shared a great deal of his personal life and professional knowledge with the world. It will be sorely missed.

I had a practical reason to be sorry as well: I referred to the Mosen Explosion frequently in Blog On! as anyone who has read the book knows. Because Jonathan used the blog in so many different ways, it was an ideal example of blogging, as well as a good blog.

Fortunately, many others are writing excellent blogs and creating fine resources as well. So if you’re reading Blog On! and are wondering where to turn, here are some sites that fulfill some of the same functions as the Mosen Explosion.

One site to try is Blog of a Blind Bookworm. Maintained by Kestrell, this site includes book reviews, news stories, personal comments, and more. Because this blog is hosted by LiveJournal, it shares many structural characteristics of the mosen Explosion, such as LiveJournal categories.

A useful feature of the Mosen Explosion was its extensive technology news. You can find similar coverage on Jeff Bishop’s Desert Skies blog.

Finally, for a large collection of RSS feeds (though not as large as the one that used to be on the Mosen Explosions’s RSS page), check out the news links on the ACB Radio main page. It begins with the first level 5 heading on the page, so from the top of the page, you can move to it by typing the number 5 if you use JAWS, or 5 followed by H if you use Window-Eyes.


Internet-Related Tutorials Available from Chris Judd

October 3, 2006

Chris Judd has created eleven tutorials, many of which relate directly to using the Web. These include tutorials about eBay, Paypal, downloadable accessible games, Outlook Express, navigating specific complex websites, and more. Each tutorial costs $8, but there are price breaks if you order more than 3. Tutorials can be mailed to you on CD, or e-mailed to you as MP3 files.

I listened to a sample of one of the accessible games tutorials. It was done in an informal style; I listened as Chris tried his luck at some slot machines and Blackjack. There was enough detail to get me started, and he played the games long enough to give me a good sense of what it might be like to play them.

Unfortunately, Chris doesn’t have a website, but if you’d like more information, feel free to contact him via e-mail.