Welcome to the tutorials page. This contains recordings for various tutorials I've been asked to produce over the years. Simply activate a link to play the file or use the "save target as" option in your browser via the link context menu to save the file to your computer.
Audacity basic tutorial
This is a short demo explaining how to do a few basic recording tasks in Audacity using a screen reader. I'm by no means an expert, so this isn't comprehensive.Download Audacity here. Download the Audacity Tutorial.
Creating TTS Skits
This describes how I make text-to-speech skits. If you wish to download voices such as Microsoft Sam, please consult the downloads page.Download the TTS Tutorial. Visit Freesound, where you can download many free sound effects. Download the Gold Wave audio editor used in this tutorial. Download the Balabolka program that can generate audio files of TTS voices.
VoiceView demonstration on touch screen Echo devices
This is a short demonstration of using the VoiceView screen reader on Amazon Echo devices such as the Echo Show that have touch screens. This isn't comprehensive, but may be of interest to some.Download the VoiceView demo here.
Making a siren sound with the Mac Alex voice
This is a simple tutorial describing how to make a siren sound using the Apple Alex text-to-speech voice. If you prefer brief text instructions and since the quality of this file is poor, simply type awww over and over into a file. Slow the voice down to its minimum rate or speed it up to maximum, depending on how you want it to sound, and increase the pitch to maximum as well. I hope you find this as amusing as I do.Download the iSiren tutorial here.
Open Broadcaster Software Tutorial
This is a simple tutorial discussing how to configure OBS for basic recording and/or live streaming to YouTube. As far as I know, there isn't a way for a blind person to independently configure video sources, so this focuses on audio only content.Download the OBS Tutorial here.
Using Account Linking in Open Broadcaster
This explains how to link a YouTube account to the program.Download the Account Linking OBS Tutorial. Visit the website to download OBS
Uploading Audio Files to YouTube
This tutorial describes how to use an online service to convert an MP3 file to an MP4 file that YouTube will accept.Visit the online audio to video converter website used in this tutorial. Download the Uploading Audio Files to YouTube Tutorial.
Purchasing content on Itch.io
This short tutorial describes how to purchase content from Itch.io using a screen reader.Download the Purchasing Content on Itch.io tutorial.
Purchasing Voices from Harposoftware
This tutorial describes how to purchase voices from the Harpo website.Download the Harpo tutorial.
NVDA Remote tutorial
This tutorial describes how to use the free NVDA Remote NVDA add-onto control other computers running the NVDA screen reader.Download the NVDA Remote tutorial.
Using VMware Fusion Player on Intel Macs
This demonstrates how to create a virtual machine using VMware Fusion Player for Intel-based Macs. The process should be similar for the new Apple Silicon ARM Macs, except you'll want to run ARM compatible operating systems instead.Download the VMware Fusion Player tutorial. Download VMware Fusion Player for Mac
Using VMware Player on Windows
This demonstrates how to use VMware Player on Windows. A newer version of Player has been released which simplifies the process of creating a Windows 11 virtual machine by automatically adding a TPM, but the process is identical.Download the VMware Player Windows tutorial. Download VMware Player here.
BSC Games and Windows Defender tutorial
This demonstrates how to run the BSC games on modern versions of Windows as well as how to configure excluded folders so Windows Defender won't bother you with false positives for applications such as games coded in the BGT programming language.Download the package required for the BSC games tutorial. Download the BSC Games and Windows Defender Tutorial here.
Windows Defender text tutorial
For those who might want a simple textual guide for creating excluded locations in Windows Defender, follow these steps:
- Create a folder that you wish to be excluded from Defender scans
- Open Windows Security by entering that phrase into the start menu search box.
- Select virus & threat protection from the list of categories.
- Select Manage settings.
- Select add or remove exclusions, then confirm the User Account Control prompt.
- Select add an exclusion, then select folder.
- Finally, browse to the folder in the file system you'd like to exclude and choose the select option. It should now appear in the list of excluded locations.