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Housekeeping: Search for I.T., Sony Batteries and Screen Magnifiers

Frank Ahrens

A few items:

-- You can now punch " Post I.T. " into the search box atop the main home page and you'll be directed right to the blog. Assuming, of course, you haven't already bookmarked us. Also, you can type any of our names into Google, and the blog pops up on the far right, under "Sponsored Links."

-- In case you missed it--and if you have Sony batteries in your laptop--here's more news on the Great Flaming Battery Recall.

-- A few days ago, one of our readers asked if anyone makes a magnifying screen he could put over his elderly mom's PC to help her read the screen. It occured to me that this might be something a number of readers would be interested in. Here's a link to the CNet page on screen magnifiers with product reviews. They seem to run from about $30 to more than $100.

By Frank Ahrens  |  October 24, 2006; 2:14 PM ET  | Category:  Frank Ahrens
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So when are we going to hear from Sam, Mike, and Alan?

Posted by: Diheedral | October 24, 2006 3:18 PM

What? Getting tired of us already?

Posted by: Frank Ahrens | October 24, 2006 3:28 PM

One can make the screen larger with software.

Posted by: Gary Masters | October 24, 2006 3:55 PM

How to set Accessibility features for people who are blind or who have low vision in Windows XP
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The Start menu Accessibility programs

To use Magnifier to enlarge the screen display

To use Narrator to provide audio assistance for the screen display

The Control Panel Accessibility Program

The Accessibility Wizard

Posted by: Gary Masters | October 24, 2006 4:00 PM

Thanks, Gary!

Posted by: Frank Ahrens | October 24, 2006 4:14 PM

You can access the accessibility features in OS X by going to Universal Access in System Preferences. There, you have pretty much the same options as you would on Windows.

Posted by: Troy | October 25, 2006 10:06 AM


If you go to, there are a few virtual magnifiers that are FREE and extremely easy to operate. I use one in my class in combination with my data projector to call attention to certain parts of the screen. My students think it is a hoot, and a bunch of them have downloaded it and use it at home. I doubt 8th graders really need the magnifier, but whatever it takes to show that computers are more than large "IM" machines.

Neat blog. Thank Rob Pergoraro for linking it in his column.

Posted by: a bea c | October 26, 2006 3:13 PM

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