Android Tip: Search Settings

This is the first of what I hope to be several tech tips, as I discover them, or tips for things I use on a daily basis.

This one came out of a podcast I was listening to, which I highly recommend, called Phones Show Chat. It can be found at Steve Litchfield’s Site.

They were talking about a setting in Android being hidden deeply in menus, so you had to go way down to find it. The setting in question was Pulse Light Notification. The Co-host, Ted Salmon was talking about this setting being buried deep in menus.

Something I use every day in Android, is the Search Settings feature. This can be found if you open Settings, then look towards the top right of the screen. I don’t know what it looks like visually, but Talkback, my screen reader, says Search Settings. If you tap that, you get a search box where you can start typing a setting. When I typed “Not” without the quotes, the first search item at the top of the screen was, you guessed it, Pulse Light Notification.

I highly recommend anyone who wants to get round settings in Android quickly, use this method, as it is sometimes quicker than clicking down several levels of menu items.

I hope this helps.

Posted in Android, Blog, Tech

Upcoming Events For 2017

March 2017

Open Sight Equipment and Information Day

Date:15th March 2017

Time : 10.00 AM-3.00 PM

Venue: Portsmouth Library,Civic Centre,Portsmouth,PO1 2DX

Kingston Association for the Blind, Eye Tech Solutions day

Date: 22nd March 2017

Time: 10.00 Am to 3.oo PM

Venue: St James Church Hall, Bodley Road, New Malden, KT3 5QD

Focus Group  Birmingham

Date:28th March 2017

Venue: 62 Woodville Road, Birmingham,B17 9AR

April 2017

National Federation for the Blind

Date: 26th April 2017

Time: Members Only Evening Meeting

Venue:RNIB Judd Street

May 2017

Open Sight Information and Equipment Day

Date: 25th May 2017

Time: 10.00 AM to 3.00 PM

Venue: Forest Community Centre, Pinehill Road, Bordon, Hampshire, GU35 0BS

July 2017

Sight Village Birmingham

Google map showing venue

Date: 18-19 July 2017

Time: 9.30 A.M to 5:00 P.M. 18th July

Time: 9.30 AM to 3.30 P.M. 19th July

Venue: 1 Hockley Circus, Birmingham, B18 5PP

Open Sight Information and Equipment Day

Date: 27th July 2017

Time: 10.00AM to 3.00PM

Venue: Hayling Island Community Centre, Station Road, Hayling Island,PO11 0HB

August 2017

Sunderland And North Durham Royal Society For The Blind Mini Exhibition

Google Map Showing Venue

Date: 8th August

Time:10 AM to 1.00PM

Venue: TBC

Date:9th August

Time: 10 A.M. to 1 P.M.

Venue: Sunderland And North Durham Royal Society For The Blind, 8 Foyle Street, Sunderland, SR1 1lb

September 2017

Enfield Vision Focus Day

Date: 23rd September 2017

Time: 10AM- 2.30 Pm

Venue: Community House, Edmonton, 311 Fore St, London, N9 0PZ

October 2017

K A B Sight Matters

Date: 11th October 2017

Time: 10 AM-3 PM

Venue: Channel Suite, Leas Cliff Hall Folkestone. CT20 2DZ

Open Sight Information and Equipment Day

Date:20th October 2017

Time: 10.00 AM to 3 PM

Venue: St Andrew’s Methodist Church, Western Way, South Ham, Basingstoke, RG22 6ER

2018

Open Sight Information And Equipment Day

Date: 21st March 2018

Time: 10.00 AM to 3.00 AM

Venue: Ferneham Hall, Osbourn Road, Fareham, PO16 7DB

 

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What Is DNS Recursion And Why Should I care?

Hello and welcome to an occasional post from me, as a direct result of my working life, and some tech tips I come up with now and again to fix things.

DNS recursion is one of those things I came across when moving my web site from an in-house server to a cloud-based much faster server at Vultr, whom I highly recommend if you want a dedicated virtual private server.

I use a Windows-based DNS (Domain Name System) server called Simple DNS. I have used it for years, but only in-house.

When I moved, I got a new IP address for my cloud-based server, as you would. I then found that oddly, some devices, Emma’s Galaxy S5 was one, would not load any web sites, instead giving an error, something to the effect of bad domain config, or DNS Probe Failed, or other such errors.

I was racking my little brain for a couple of weeks over this. I had written to JH Software, the developers of SimpleDNS for support and they had made a couple of suggestions, which didn’t fix the problem. What was odd though is that newer devices like my Nexus 6P and Angie’s iPhone were going on the web with no problem, but maybe a bit slow.

It seemed that telling my router to use Google’s open DNS servers, which do allow recursion, 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4 would work, even for the Galaxy S5, but when I pointed to my own IP address as the primary DNS server from my router, then the S5 couldn’t get out when connected to our wi-fi.

Eventually, I got it. It was DNS recursion. As a security measure, recursion should be disabled on your own DNS server, other than for clients from your own IP address. If recursion is not available to you, then you won’t reach many web sites.

For an explanation of DNS Recursion, please read this article I found here:-

SimpleDNS Recursion

The solution was to go into Tools, Options in SimpleDNS go down to the option called Recursion in the DNS branch and enable recursion from non-local IP addresses, but only for trusted IP’s then add your ISP’s public IP address allocated to you.

I hope this helps some network server admins scratching their heads if they run a DNS server and wondering why they can’t get out on all devices.

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New Year, New Things!

Hi all and a very Happy New Year to you.

The purpose of this post is just to let you know that we are migrating to a new web server for all the domains belonging to comproom. Hopefully, this means no difference for you, except that the web site should be a lot faster.

Please bear with us though, if you do get any teething issues, but more importantly, please do report them to us from the contact page.

Many thanks for all your business last year and may we wish you all a wonderful New Year.

From Angie, Steve and Emma.

Posted in News

KNFB Reader On Sale!

The KNFB Reader for Android and iOS will be on sale from Friday 30 October 2015 to Sunday 1 November 2015. Find out more here:-

KNFB Reader Sale

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Introducing Truecall VI – More Than A Nuisance Call Blocking System!

Various aspects of using a telephone are challenging for visually impaired people – in particular the interface of a modern cordless phone is via a screen, so is inaccessible.

trueCall Vi was designed specifically for visually impaired people with a number of key features:-

  • trueCall Vi’s interface is via voice menus rather than a screen
  • When you play back messages, the control is via the familiar telephone keypad rather than an arbitrary array of buttons.
  • trueCall announces callers through its speaker so you know who is calling before you answer the phone.
  • When trueCall announces a caller it can announce them by name rather than just reading out a string of digits (as is the case with existing ‘talking Caller-ID’ systems).
  • trueCall’s nuisance call management features mean that you are not disturbed by the majority of nuisance callers.
  • trueCall Vi has audible alerts telling you how many messages you have waiting.
  • trueCall Vi comes with a large print and audio manual and the serial number in Braille on the base of the unit.
  • trueCall Vi’s optional call recording feature allows you to playback your calls at your leisure. This means that if you are making complex arrangements – travel arrangements; negotiating a mobile phone tariff; etc – you don’t have to worry about taking down notes during the call.

Steve Nutt of Computer Room Services who is blind and who helped to specify and design trueCall Vi said

“Modern landline phones are challenging for blind people – they give out key information like caller-ID visually, are controlled via visual menus, and an arbitrary array of buttons on the base station and handset. trueCall Vi solves this problem by allowing your phone to be controlled through voice menus and prompts. It offers a call recording facility and the most advanced Talking Caller-ID feature available anywhere in the world. All this, and it also blocks nuisance phone calls!”

To purchase Truecall VI, simply visit this link:-

Buy Now!

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New product – Giraffe Reader for iPhone

We are very pleased to announce that we are now a supplier of the Giraffe Reader for the iPhone. Hopefully more Giraffe Readers coming soon. This enables you to easily scan and read printed material with the aid of the Giraffe Reader and an iPhone app called Prizmo.

You can find out about Prizmo here:-

Prizmo OCR package for iPhone

Or you can purchase a Giraffe Reader for yourself here:-

Purchase The Giraffe Reader

Of course, there are many other OCR apps for the iPhone, but we know the Giraffe works very well with Prizmo.

For more information about Giraffe Reader, please visit:-

The Giraffe Reader official home page

Please note these will also be available to purchase at Sight Village 2014 in Birmingham and at all the remaining Sight Village events.

Posted in News

Event: Sight Village 2014, Birmingham, UK – 15 to 16 July 2014

Come visit us at Sight Village 2014 at Birmingham, UK

Venue Location


  • Date: 15th July 2014 to 16th July 2014

  • Time: 10:00 to 16:00

Venue: New Bingley Hall, 1 Hockley Circus, Birmingham, B18 5BE, United Kingdom.

The exhibition is open at the following times:


15th July 2014 – 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM

16th July 2014 – 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Teaser

Come see our new products, such as a reasonably priced talking MP3 player, an excellent little Bluetooth speaker and Truecall VI, the ultimate tool for managing nuisance calls, with enhanced Caller ID plus our usual wide range of products and services.

The Bluetooth Speaker, known as the BlueTiger, can already be purchased here:-

Purchase a BlueTiger Speaker right now

Also come see our Boxwave keyboards for Android phones, iPhones, iPads and many other devices. You can find them here:

Boxwave Bluetooth Keyboards

Posted in Events, Uncategorized

Welcome!

Hello and welcome to our new-look web site.

Here, You will find news, events and product announcements.

We hope you enjoy looking around, but should you have any comments about the web site, how accessible it is, its appearance, anything, please do not hesitate to Email steve@comproom.co.uk

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