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Tony Fadell has left Apple. For all those Apple lovers, this was the man who gave us the iPod and the iPhone. Of course Steve gets most of the credit, but for all you Apple haters, this man was behind those stunning products that literally leapfrogged competition and earned your grudging respect.

Tony leaves the company with the statement – My primary focus will be helping the environment by working with consumer green-tech companies,” he said. “I’m determined to tell my kids and grandkids amazing stories beyond my iPod and iPhone ones.

So long Tony and thanks for all the fish.

you can read the article about tony leaving on http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/03/29/godfather-of-ipod-severs-final-ties-with-apple/?src=twt&twt=nytimesbits and his short bio at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tony_Fadell

Anant

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Katty Gelt Meyer is a member from Belgium. As a new user, she is now familiarizing herself with Inclusive Planet. She enjoys reading folklore and also blogs about various topics.

This is her story so far …

  • Tell us something about yourself…

I’m Katty, 33 years old, and have and I have been in a relationship for the last ten months. I studied History at the University of Gent (with a year at the University of Leiden). I was lucky enough to have had a teacher who gave his subject in such a way, that it seemed he had been watching what he was telling: Storytelling was his method to give history. In the past, I thought he was able to foretell the future, but now I know how I could do this: he knew the past, saw some conflicts coming, So knowing the past could help you to foresee the future (in a limited way, of course, it isn’t as logical as Maths).

I really wasn’t good at Maths, but I was lucky to have had a teacher that knew me better than I did and who motivated his pupils, even if they had difficulties with his subject. Both he and the history teacher tried to see the person behind the student, and so they gave me confidence. I’m fond of cats, fairy tales, lore & myths, reading and listening to stories.

  • Where are you working now? What do you enjoy about your job?

I’m working for the “luisterpuntbibliotheek”, the Dutch Library of Belgium for people with reading disabilities. What I enjoy is helping our readers find a book they like, or helping them solve a problem with their daisy-player (if I manage it to solve the problem, I have a lucky day).

  • Last book read?

A book about folk tales & legends of the region I live in – Waasland

  • Which country would you like to visit?

I’d like to visit Greece, because of the fact I was fascinated by the myths my History teacher told me.

  • A person who inspires you and why?

Louis Braille – He was able to collect some tidbits of knowledge, and combined them to compose the Braille-system. With this invention, he made it possible for blind people to read, write, to study and to participate in the society.

  • Three of your favourite websites and why?

www.ccleaner.com : Here you can find an accessible tool for cleaning up your pc.

www.birthdayalarm.com : a website where you can compose a birthday calendar, it helped me to remember the birthdays of my loved ones, something I always forget.

www.hp-lexicon.org : one of the best websites dedicated to Harry Potter, made by a competent team.

I also own a blog (written in Dutch, my native language): http://kattykrabbelt.blogspot.com

  • What would make Inclusive Planet better?

If I could give my google-account access to inclusive Planet (and others could do the same with their primary account), there’s no need for us to remember another username/password.

  • Where would you like technology for the blind to head towards?

To make the internet and other aspects of our life as accessible as possible, so that everyone can participate in everything in the same way. That’s why I was so delighted when I saw the new verification method in the alpha-version of Inclusive Planet.

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The Fake IPL Player is on inclusive planet!

That’s right, the FIP (fake IPL player) has started a channel exclusively on  inclusive planet where he will read out one chapter a week, for members of inclusive planet.  Sounds too good to be true? Listen to this!

If you are not a member, what are you waiting for? You can register for free at http://inclusiveplanet.com/en/register. Once you do that, then head to http://inclusiveplanet.com/en/group/495133 and subscribe to the channel.  We got two podcasts up already, read out by the one and only FIP himself!

That’s all we got to say. Hope you enjoy your weekly dose of Appams and  Naans and Chirkut Telis (Our other personal favorite 🙂 )

Will keep you updated with every new podcast

Best, Anant

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So, we have started to explore another way, another forum to reach out to an interesting bunch of folks up by Ashoka. For those of you who have not heard of them, Ashoka is a global association of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs. In order to facilitate exchange of ideas, Ashoka has started an ideas platform at Changemakers.

So, come check out the group, Solutions for the Global Print-Impaired, started by us at Changemakers. To kick things off, check out our two latest posts there.

Tech and Print Impairment – Some resources and an Intro.

&

Making Accessibility a business proposition

By the way if you really don’t want to comment there, please feel free to use our Blog’s commenting feature. However, we encourage you to sign up and join one of the most interesting, passionate and clued in communities in the world.

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It seems that everyone has an opinion on twitter… they love it, hate it, don’t mind it, find it useful, or think it’s a waste of time. But they still have an opinion on it. While I was doing my research I found some very interesting articles like Top 5 ways Smart people use Twitter, why twitter will endure etc. I also found Why I don’t use twitter. You can read all these and make up your mind for yourself. Better yet, sign up and try it out!

But whatever you do, don’t dismiss it out of hand. There is value that twitter provides, if you know how to tap it effectively.
We started actively tweeting from @inclusiveplanet recently and the response has been phenomenal! I don’t want to measure the results based on the number of followers or lists etc. What I will base it on is the solutions that we have discovered, and similar minded people & organizations that we have managed to connect with!

Now coming to the point of the blog post – You can now tweet from Inclusive Planet!

Of course we didn’t debate over the potential use of twitter. Our decision was easy to make – Our planeteers asked for it! J
Many of our members pointed out that they would like to tweet from Inclusive Planet – what they are doing on Inclusive Planet, share with other people something that they saw or read on Inclusive Planet.

This is a pretty exciting move for us. It allows all our members to let the rest of the world know what you they’re upto! Or as one of planeteers, Tomi puts it – “my vocational school blocks Twitter now 😦 Inclusive Planet to the rescue! 😀 #1P”

I suggest you join in on the fun… and don’t forget to use #1P – the official Inclusive Planet hash tag.

Tweet away….

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Support Donna Jodhan, for a better Canada

Our friends in Canada are fighting for better online accessibility in Canada. Donna Jodhan and her friends are calling upon the Government of Canada to ensure that all information and services offered through Federal Government websites be made to comply with WCAG 2.0 guidelines by December 31, 2010.  Please copy and paste the <links> below into your internet browser.
Take action today by signing our online petition at:
<http://www.PetitionOnline.com/GCWAP/petition.html>

You can read more about our campaign and join us on Facebook at:
<http://www.facebook.com/group.php?v=wall&gid=359483366688>

You can also send your support by email to:
<blind.equality@gmail.com>

Please share this with your friends, colleagues, and supporters of
e-accessibility.  Accessible websites mean stronger communities and
healthier economies!

_______________

Quick Facts:

+ Over 800,000 Canadians have seeing limitations that require accommodations.
+ If a website is not accessible, then to a blind person, it does not exist.
+ Government of Canada websites fail simple accessibility compliance tests.
+ Offenders include many major Federal departments, including Canada’s
largest employer, the Public Service Commission

Help us Support  in her Charter challenge against the
Attorney General of Canada, scheduled for May 19-21, 2010!

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If you are reading this, it probably means that you have crossed the digital divide and are independent enough to take in the sea of content, that we call the internet. But in Madagascar, out of 600,000 persons with visual impairment, less than 10 have access to computers!

Three young social entrepreneurs have decided to bring about change! Holiniaina, Martin and Karin are just like you and me… the only difference is that they acted! They created The Madagascar Education and Resource Centre for the visually Impaired (MERCI) with the vision to offer support and services for visually impaired people in and around Antananarivo, the capital of Madagascar.

MERCI needs your help!

MERCI has decided to maximize the power of collaboration by using the Inclusive Ideas platform. Here’s how you can help.

  1. The team at MERCI has designed a computer training curriculum, but before finalising it, they wanted everybody’s views is to ensure that students of MERCI get access to the best possible curriculum. Click here to review MERCI’s computer training curriculum. Moreover, if you already have some material which can be used for developing this curriculum, then feel free to share it.
  2. To achieve their vision, they need funds to run MERCI. You may not be able to help 600,000 people overnight… but what you can do, in your own small way, is contribute to this cause, and pass the word on to people in your network. If you are interested in funding their venture or helping them in any other way, then do write to us on contact at inclusiveplanet dot com

Join hands with Holiniaina, Martin, Karin & Inclusive Planet to give this gift to the visually impaired people of Madagascar! Armed with the knowledge of computers, the opportunities are innumerable. They can start a business, write stories, create music, join groups, campaign for causes, try online dating, make friends around the world and be on Inclusive Planet. 🙂  A gift that they can use throughout their lives… a gift that will enrich their life!

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