Why don’t the worlds of mainstream tech and accessibility tech ever seem to collide? Shelly, who keeps one foot in each, wants to know. She and her guests from both worlds chew over the news and trends of the day, mixing in an accessibility perspective. Hosted by Shelly Brisbin.
16: We’re Having a BBQ
Apr 16 • 73 min
Each spring, all the accessibility tech nerds go to the CSUN Assistive Technology Conference in Southern California. At the end, a bunch of us do a wrap-up podcast for Blind Bargains, which covers the show from soup to nuts, Braille to navigation.
15: The News About News +
Apr 2 • 31 min
Last Monday, Apple announced Apple News +. And I’m breaking usual format to give you a first look and demo, complete with extra accessibility sprinkles.
14: Into the Weeds
Mar 6 • 51 min
Darcy Burnard, a friend and longtime podcast collaborator, talks with me about making podcasts accessibly. Which tools work, which ones don’t, and which can be made to do our bidding?
13: That’s Why I Love Screen Curtain
Feb 19 • 73 min
Every tech-savvy person ends up helping some portion of her or his family get software installed, or spam banished. I wanted to find out how others do it, so I talked to fellow family tech supporters, who have also done this work professionally.
12: I’ll Take One of Everything
Jan 15 • 75 min
Can you turn an iPad into your primary computer, and if you do that, is it the best choice you can make, or a stunt to talk about on podcasts? I pose these blunt questions to my iPad-dominant guests. And give you a bushel of links, too.
11: Just the Accessible Tips
Jan 1 • 19 min
Enjoy a few gifts from past Parallel guests. And as it turned out, there’s great stuff for users of iOS, Android, macOS and Windows. And games!
10: I Was Ready to Flip a Table
Dec 17, 2018 • 81 min
Which is more fun; a thorough-going discussion of home automation tech, or Allison and Mikah geeking out on any subject? Fortunately, it’s not necessary that you make a choice.
9: I Just Personally Need Folders
Nov 21, 2018 • 80 min
Shortcuts, not just the Siri ones, have the potential to change the way people use iOS. I talk with a couple of shortcut-makers. The enthusiasm is infectious.
8: Film Struck Dead
Nov 6, 2018 • 58 min
We gather to mourn the demise of the FilmStruck streaming service, a lifeline for cord-cutting fans of classic and art film, and a way to pass film history on to new generations. We also offer you an amazing array of links.
7: Hey Guillermo!
Oct 23, 2018 • 65 min
Smart speakers have very much been a part of this fall’s tech product announcement season. On this episode, we kick the various speakers and virtual assistants around, and give some thought to their place in our lives.
6: Bring on the Darkness
Oct 9, 2018 • 68 min
What is dark mode, or what should it be? How have the various mobile and desktop OS makers actually implemented the mainstream dream version of what users with visual disabilities have known for years as inverted colors?
5: In My Heart I Want the Hot Blue
Sep 19, 2018 • 81 min
I let the fall Apple event soak in for a couple of days before rounding up some folks to talk about it. Watches, phones, and new iOS features are all on the bill of fare. And Mikah and David share their Apple addictions.
4: Eat Your Own Dog Food
Sep 4, 2018 • 41 min
I’m talking to two CEOs who run small tech companies, and who, for my money, excel in communicating about what they’re doing in honest, transparent ways. In other words, they don’t speak Corporate-ese when they tell you about the things they make.
3: The One with Sal Soghoian (Bonus Show)
Aug 28, 2018 • 63 min
Sal Soghoian is the man behind Apple automation. For almost 20 years, Sal made sure automation was a part of the Mac, whether advocating personally with Steve Jobs, or building tools like Automator that allow users to customize their Macs.
2: I Mix Like a Human
Aug 21, 2018 • 82 min
We’re describing audio description with audio. How do movies or TV shows acquire audio description? Which streaming services are heroes, and which fall short? Who describes, and how does description work? And how can you find described content?
1: I Wish All Computers Were Orange
Aug 7, 2018 • 56 min
Personal computers have been around long enough that many of us have fond memories of a formative device, a technology, or an operating system. Some of us collect obsolete hardware; others recall the history because they were a part of making it.
0: Introducing Parallel
Aug 3, 2018 • 6 min
Parallel is a tech podcast with accessibility sprinkles. It’s new on Relay FM. Meet the show, meet the host, and find out what comes next.