I’m Igor Kaminski, one of Sadam Ahmed’s good friends. I’m glad to be joining his site as a blogger. Years ago, I started my own technology blog, but I didn’t like the direction it was going in, so I decided to scrap it. It just didn’t flow the way I intended it to.
Now, I’m at it again. I’ve read many articles and reviews and while I cannot call myself a complete expert, I would like to throw myself into it. I’ve always been interested in technology, since I use it every day. As a blind person, I use it to do everything, from scanning documents, to communicating with friends. I also realize that making technology accessible is a goal Sadam and I share. The only difference between us is that I’m a much more enthusiastic gamer, but that’s a topic I’ll cover later on. We both intend to highlight products and services that make life easier, both for the visually impaired and mainstream users alike.
Besides the blog, I’m also intending on getting my NVDA certification. When I went to the Perkins School for the Blind, I volunteered at the student help desk, helping students troubleshoot their technology. I really enjoyed doing that. Now, I’m hoping to get my certificate, in order to help out in much the same regard. NVDA is a free and open source screen reader that has allowed me to become a proficient computer user at no additional cost and is increasingly being adopted as a viable alternative to commercial products, such as Jaws.
I hope to do the following in short:
- Review apps that I find useful and helpful in performing a wide variety of tasks.
- Highlight devices that will increase independence, ranging from document scanners and smart glasses, to navigation aids.
- Provide alternative and less expensive products to more conventionally used ones.
- Throw in a few jokes here and there for some entertainment value.
I am glad Sadam and Yahya took me on board their ship. Now, I can help us avoid the rough parts of the digital ocean.