Kindle 3 Enable Voice Guide

The screen on my Amazon Kindle 3 recently broke so I decided to test the device’s accessibility. Although the manual for the device instructs you on how to enable Voice Guide, a feature that reads menus to you aloud, it does so in a way that would not be of any use to someone with impaired vision. So, for those who aren’t able to visually navigate the Kindle 3, here is a blind guide to enable Voice Guide:

  • Power the Kindle on (slide the Power Switch to the right and let it spring back to its original position on the left, the Power Switch is located on the bottom right edge of the kindle)
  • Press the Home button to make sure you begin at the home screen (bottom row of buttons on face of Kindle, second long oval key from the right)
  • Press the Menu button (top row of buttons on face of Kindle, the only long oval key on the far right)
  • Press the down direction key five times on the 5-way pad to get to the Settings Menu (the 5-way pad is the square navigation pad occupying the far right of rows 2 and 3 on the kindle keyboard, the down button is the bottom edge of the square)
  • Press the select button on the 5-way pad to select Settings (the select button is the middle button on the 5-way pad, it is not raised and is in the middle of the square)
  • You are now on Page 1 of 3 of the settings menu
  • Press the Next Page button to get to Page 2 (the lower and larger of the two buttons on the right or left edge of the Kindle)
  • You are now on Page 2 of 3 and Voice Guide is selected by default
  • Press the select button on the 5-way pad to turn Voice guide on
  • Your Kindle 3 should now be reading the menu items to you

Once you have selected a document to read, you will need to press Shift and Sym(bol) simultaneously to enable Text-To-Speech reading. Shift is the bottom-left-most circular button on the face of the Kindle, Symbol is the 9th circular button from the left in the third row of buttons on the face of the Kindle.

Enjoy!

Wisconsin Lakeside International Trucks

I took a ride up to Waukesha, Wisconsin yesterday to pick up the head and intake manifold for the 4.0L straight-six that’s going into my AMC Gremlin. Forest, at Independent Tuning Solutions, ported them for me and they look great. I’ll have some pictures of that with the motor sometime soon. Monday is the last day of this semester for me, so I should be back to working on the Gremlin pretty soon.

On the ride home I spotted a CASE IH sign and an International sign from I-94 and decided it would be a good photo opportunity.

Lakeside International

Lakeside International

Lakeside International

Lakeside International

Keep on truckin’…

– TinMan

Scout Roll Bar

The Scout II needed a roll bar so that I will be able to put a bikini top on it down the line instead of having the hard top on in the warmer months. The pipe is 2″ steel conduit for the hoop and 1.5″ for the diagonal supports. The mounting plates are 1/4″ steel. My dad welded everything together and then I rattle canned it flat black.

Scout II roll bar

Scout II roll bar

Scout II roll bar

Scout II roll bar

Scout II roll bar

Scout II roll bar

I ordered the “rust is lighter than carbon fibre” from volkswagenstickers.co.uk, I think that it suits the truck well 😛

The remainder of the to-do list for the Scout is as follows:

  • Make or buy a bikini top
  • Replace the body mounts (or what’s left of them!)
  • Finish weeding out emissions hoses from the engine bay so that it doesn’t look like it’s full of snakes anymore
  • Paint the bed and cab floor with bedliner
  • Reupholster the bench seat

That’s all for now.

– TinMan