ShellyBlog Shelly Brisbin's life consists of several long tails. She writes about them here.

March 13, 2018

Listen: Apple Brings Everyone Can Code To Some Kids In Austin

I had the pleasure of watching as 17 kids who attend Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired learn a bit about Swift Playgrounds, the environment Apple created to teach people how to code in the Swift language. Even better, I made a radio story about it for Texas Standard. I’m really proud of it.

I’m less proud that I forgot I had a blog, so I didn’t get around to telling you about all this until now. Apropos of that, I’m planning to restart my “all the podcasts” RSS feed, should you want to hear me behind the mic without a script in many forms and on many shows – whether I blog about them or not. I just need to find all the 2017 and 2018 appearances and line them up in a nice, neat column

October 28, 2016

Pee Dee Eff

Filed under: Announcements — Shelly Brisbin @ 6:59 PM

If you listen to me on podcasts when I’m feeling frisky, you know that making the PDF version of my books does not bring me joy. But hey, I do make them, they are good, and you can get yours right here, right now, along with the ePub version, which is my favorite.

Also, there’s a whole lot of podcast audio coming your way from me in the next couple of weeks. You can watch me on Twitter, or subscribe to my podcast meta-feed, to learn about it all as it happens.

October 25, 2016

iOS Access for All Update Released

Filed under: Access and Disability,Announcements,General Store,New Media and Tech — Shelly Brisbin @ 1:18 PM

I’m thrilled to announce that the new edition of my book, iOS Access for All, is ready and waiting for you right here. There you’ll find buy links, the table of contents, and many more words you can read. Get the ePub for $20.

I’m really proud of this one, and there’s a bit more new material this time than last. That’s partly due to Apple’s interface changes, and partly because I added depth to several topics. In addition to a complete update for iOS 10, you’ll find 80 pages of completely new material. I’m scheduling some dates with a few podcasters, so watch your feeds, as well as this blog for the plugs.

Learn all there is to know at the Web site, or just buy it right here.

Buy the ePub edition

Buy from the iBooks Store
buy from Apple's iBooks Store

May 19, 2016

Less Than or Equal Guest Shot: My Beef with Tech Journalism

Filed under: Access and Disability,Announcements,Podcast Appearances — Tags: , , , , — Shelly Brisbin @ 12:56 PM

I was honored to join Aleen Sims on episode #89 of her podcast, Less Than or Equal. It’s a great show, where you will meet a wide range of people, many of whom are not among the usual suspects of podcast guests (present company excepted, I guess.) We talked about the reasons accessibility is often invisible in the mainstream tech world, and why I get grumpy when I read (or don’t read) about accessibility in mainstream tech publications. I did that thing where I talk really fast, so increase the speed of your podcatchnr’s playback (Overcast is great for this) and have a listen. I would love your feedback, too.

March 10, 2016

Best Android Apps for People with Low Vision

Filed under: Announcements,New Media and Tech — Shelly Brisbin @ 1:04 PM

People think I’m an Apple-only geek. I have done little to dispel this notion, by my book and podcast work. But yay, verily, I offer proof that I can cross the platform when need arises. Here’s my AccessWorld roundup of some nifty Android apps that folks with low vision should find useful.

January 13, 2016

Is Apple TV Truly Accessible to Blind and Visually Impaired Viewers?

Filed under: Announcements,New Media and Tech — Tags: , , , , , — Shelly Brisbin @ 11:41 AM

I tackled the question of Apple TV accessibility for AccessWorld, the monthly magazine of the American Federation for the Blind.

December 14, 2015

One Feed to Rule Them All

Filed under: Announcements,Podcast Appearances — Shelly Brisbin @ 3:12 PM

You, dear reader, are used to seeing plugs for my podcast appearances here. That is a somewhat boring way to use a perfectly good blog, but I do like to get the word out, and I sometimes forget to post. I’m trying a new thing: a meter feed of podcasts on which I appear. You can subscribe to the feed, or to individual shows, which would be the more normal way to consume the noise I make. On the master feed, It include shows I host and produce, panels where I’m a regular, and other people’s podcasts where I’ve somehow managed to grab a mic. As I write this, I’m still adding “back catalog” to the master feed. I’m only going back to the beginning of 2015. The number is already above 50.

So, if you never want to miss one of my podcasts, copy this feed link into your podcastcher of choice, and prepare yourself.

December 11, 2015

The Parallel Returns

Filed under: Announcements,Podcast Appearances — Shelly Brisbin @ 3:30 PM

I had a great time making a new episode of The Parallel, with awesome guests Jason Snell and Joe Steinkamp. We chat about one of my favorite subjects, the art (or craft) of podcasting itself. How very meta of us.

November 19, 2015

November is “Podcast Every Single Day” Month

Filed under: Announcements,Podcast Appearances — Shelly Brisbin @ 9:27 AM

Time for another podcast appearance update. I’ve been doing a lot of recording.

Next up, I’ll be announcing availability of the iOS 9 book. 

October 14, 2015

Hey, I’m Writing for AccessWorld

Filed under: Access and Disability,Announcements,New Media and Tech — Tags: , , , — Shelly Brisbin @ 6:58 AM

I’m very excited to let you know that I’ve signed on as a contributor to the American Foundation for the Blind’s highly-regarded technology magazine, AccessWorld. My beats include tech products for low-vision users, and mobile stuff for both Android and iOS. My first piece is a review of the Revolution 22’, a hybrid consisting of a video magnifier and an Android tablet. It’s so much fun to be doing product reviews again!

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