A look at what’s coming up

Coming up from the Underworld Tech team

As many of you will no doubt have realized, the team have been having problems throughout their first year of existing. First it was hosting, then it was wordpress errors…You get the picture. If it was going to happen, it happened.
But now, we’re on stable hosting and have a relatively error free website.
So at this time, we’ve started to focus more on what we’re here for. What are we here for?
Accessible application development.
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Another screen reader dies, but you still have options

Window-eyes: 1995-2017

That’s right, the window-eyes screen reader from GWMicro is gone, effective as of 15 May 2017. While GWMicro thoughtfully provided options to user to migrate to jaws, not everybody is comfortable with jaws and freedom scientific.

So what options do we have?

That’s a good question, and its not really an easy one to answer. As you might know, almost all the comertial options are now part of the VFO group, which seems to have taken over a lot of the screen readers and assistive technology software options as of late. While you could go to something like dolphin supernova, a popular option in the UK, not everybody has the money to afford that kind of option.

The free option

So what’s left? Well, the popular NVDA screen reader from tutorials that focus on the basics.
Thanks for reading, and feel free to contact us for more info!

Coming up: An introduction to Linux shell

An introduction to the Linux shell, for absolute beginners to Linux:

Today, we want to share a new opertunity that we are providing to people completely new to the Linux shell. The Linux shell is instrumental in any server administrators job. From SSH-ing to installing packages, the command shell can do a lot more in a lot less time than any GUI tool.

From basic to bash:

What we are providing is a small introductory course in Linux shell commands. Our hope is that people taking this course will learn how to:

  • SSH into a Linux server without compromising on security.
  • Use SFTP via the command line to upload and download files.
  • Learn how the born again shell (bash) environment works.
  • Learn about file permitions and precisely what they do, and how to change them safely.
  • Install packages via apt-get and aptitude.

What do I get?

All of the above. We also hope to be able to show people how to properly configure a server, and recover should anything go horribly wrong. We will teach the basic knowledge required to start, run, configure, and tweek your own Linux server. At the end of the course, participants will complete a simple bash scripting project that will automate the installation of the LAMP or LEMP stack, with tweeks to their preference. If you don’t know what LAMP or LEMP is, and your brain is screaming at you to stop reading, don’t worry, we’ll teach you that, too.

How much will this cost?

Honestly, as of right now, we’re unsure. The expected price is probably between $60 US to $100 US, depending on how much time we decide to teach. We’ll be giving out updates soon though, and you can ask us on our twitter if you have any questions.

Conclusion:

We’re offering a course for Linux beginners on how to set up and effectively use a bash environment on a server, and how to configure the server to your liking. This course is for beginners to Linux, or beginners to servers in general, and will hopefully teach the basis of how to secure and protect yourself from hacking attempts.

Got questions? Ask us over on our twitter or in the comments below.

Thanks for reading!