Sunday, February 10, 2019

Stopping Robot Callers

Over the last couple of years I have found the number of robot calls I was receiving on my cell phone to b
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Stop Robo Calls to your cellphone.
e increasingly annoying.

Last December I was receiving between eight and ten calls per day.

Some offering "Urgent prayer" on the light side of the spectrum to the downright threatening scam calls threatening me with a visit from the sherriff if I did not give them a few thousand dollars by providing them with my debit card details.

I had tried blocking the numbers after every call, but the scammers changed their telephone number several times a day and I would receive the same calls over and over again.

Early in January I heard about a free service called You Mail   

 You Mail is an app which runs on your cell phone. It checks incoming call numbers against it database of known spam callers instantly sending their robo-dialers an out of service signal. You Mail will also answer your incoming calls from your friends and contact list if you do not pick up the call.

The nice thing for me  is that You Mail will then transcribe any voicemail into an e-mail message for you. You can then read the e-mail using a screen reader like Siri on the iPhone.

There is of course two levels of service. Professional gives you more bells and whistles, but for me the free service is wonderful in itself. I have not had a robo-call or spam call for two weeks now. My wife loves that when  she calls and it goes to voicemail, my voicemail now addresses her by name. Much nicer than the old generic, please leave your name and number and I'll get back to you.

So if you are tired of robo-calls setting up You Mail took about thirty minutes. There are several codes to enter in response to e-mails. But it is free and well worth the effort as now I can get on with other things instead of answering spammers calls.

Take a look at You Mail Click here.

Friday, January 25, 2019

Don't Give Up

Over the past couple of days I have been researching some changes to my local bus routes which happened over the Christmas Holidays.

Some of the help I received could have been very dangerous for me to follow.

In this video I tell you about what happened to me. How by questioning the advice I was given and going out in the world I found my own answer to the problem of getting a bus to college was simpler, safer and more enjoyable than  any sighted person could believe.

Blind people have the resources they need to get on with  life so don't give up, there is a solution to your problem. You just need to not give up.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

A New School Semester

Last week I started a new semester at college. New classes mean new classmates and new rooms to learn the layout of.

I am generally not too nervous about taking new classes but one class I found particularly taxing on the first day.
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College Campus and Fountain

I generally like to get to the classroom in goode time. About thirty minutes before class start is ok. I like this fortwo reasons. One my classrooms are on the top floor of the building, I walk up the stairs to the room for exercise and the elevator is not the largest, Leif my guide dog and I can just squeeze in, God knows how wheelchair bound students manage. Secondly getting to class early eases my tendency to panic about being late.

Well, Leif and I were pushed out of the way as we joined the line to enter the classroom at the start of class. Normal behaviour I find for many of my fellow students at the beginning of a semester, or in the line for the bus.

After we had found our way into the room, I told Leif to find me a chair. He knows this command and does the job perfectly. In this case he led me to one of those desk chair combinations. Where the desk folds over your belly after you sit. Not my favorite style.

Well I began feeling my way around the chair, it was empty. When sudden someone shouted "You can't sit there!" and I felt the chair pulled away from under my hand.

"You need to sit over there." The voice said again.

I hate that phrase, over there. Over bloody where>? I always think to myself.

Anyway the teacher came over and directed me to a much nice seat. A desk with a seperate chair. Lots of room for Leif to stretch out.

The voice which had yelled out at me, cooed about how nice Leif looks I just nodded.

Later in the class my neighbor, the young woman who yelled at me. Quite emphatically told everyone in the class that she  is, "Totally sympathetic to the needs of the disabled and that I know what they need and want to work with them to support them."

Yes, Love. You definitely proved to me, that you have my best interests at heart. I thank you for your sympathy, which I do not need and ask that you gain some empathy, which would be of more use in your future.

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Christmas 2018

It is now just a few hours to go until Christmas Day.

Up until now, I have to say this year doesn't seem much to be like Christmas for me.

I am not really a party person. So am glad that actually I have no parties to go too. I have never really liked the false atmosphere of the "Office Party". One year, not too long ago I remember listening to colleagues at work to pick up clues for gifts in the months coming up to the holiday.

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I bought items in mind of the things they had said they liked. One of them, I recall, upon receiving her gift, loudly proclaimed how she hated the item I had bought. She was going to  throw it away right there and then.

OK, a bad strategy on my part to get them something that they said they liked. Next year I  went to a charity website and bought a flock of sheep for villagers in Africa. I then  gave my colleagues each a thank you from  the charity, telling them how much the villagers from all over Africa would use their flocks of sheep.

Do you know what? She complained again.

So I came to my absolute policy. No Christmas presents at work. Mean of me? Yes. But I now gift the money to my favorite people and charity.

My wife and I went Christmas shopping Friday. I took my guide dog along too. He loved the crowded shops. He actually does love crowds. His pace picks up, he is on his toes as he weaves me through the crowd and of course he gets lots of treats for his  good work.

My wife had decided she wanted som everyday ear rings, not expensive ones, just for daily work wear. I also love to get her a gift card for her favorite  stores so after finding her several pairs of earings I had her take me to her favorite dress shop. There I bought her some gift cards to help her with her work wardrobe after Christmas, plus I got a bonus of $40 in free gift cards  as well. So she will have over $200 to spend come the after Christmas sales.

Together we have seen another year pass. I  thank you for reading my posts.

May I take this opportunity to wish you and your families a very Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.