Open Thread January-16

Good morning.

Has your commute been thrown a monkey wrench with this traffic? Have you been forced to bike through somewhat chilly conditions? Have you had to sit in a somewhat more cramped bus? Have you experienced the horror of telecommuting? Are you in Southern or Eastern Washington and not seeing the fuss?

Personally, my commute is fine, but it’s a bit weird anyway.


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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – 2019/01/16

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – January 16, 2019

— The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk

How busy is the Microsoft Disability Answer Desk?
It averages 550 calls per day from the deaf and the
disabled, asking for assistance on these Microsoft
products and software.


— an unusual owner of a small town coffee cafe

Seth Hill, who owns the Tarot Cafe in Watertown, NY,
is somewhat unusual. One night every week he hosts
ASL lessons and it is open to the public. Purchase
of a cup of coffee is not required. How many business
owners would host these ASL classes on a weekly
basis? Not too many, DeafDigest thinks so.


— big time actress turns down a fake-deaf role

DeafDigest praises Jameela Jamil, a well known British
actress. She was offered a fake-deaf role in an upcoming
movie and turned it down. She said that this deaf role
should go to a more deserving deaf actress. Actors and
actresses, desperate for roles would accept any role.
Not Jameela Jamil!


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Ivacy Brings In A ‘Guardian’ Aboard

You know how convenient it would be if you were to configure your router with a VPN instead of separately configuring VPN service on each device? “Hell Yes”! We thought so too, hence why, Ivacy proudly announces its partnership with Guardian Routers.

Guardian Routers serves as a benchmark in the domain of DDWRT routers all over the world. What is DDWRT? Simply put, it is an improved Firmware version of your everyday wireless Internet routers (OEM firmware) which unlocks a multitude of additional features.

DDWRT aims to make your internet and home networks more secure and reliable. Coupled with Ivacy VPN, your level of internet safety and security will strengthen.

What does it mean for our users?

Keeping with the traditions, Ivacy yet again partners up with next gen tech. This time around, it’s Guardian Routers. The latter, packs support for L2TP, PPTP and OpenVPN protocols which makes it a suitable combination with Ivacy VPN.

Ivacy does not believe in re-engineering the craft rather it simplifies lives by bringing on board services that can prove to be of value for its clientele and compliments Ivacy as a complete security solution.

In Ivacy we trust

That is not oversimplifying. Ivacy has been at the center of every event. Be it as streaming companion for FIFA World Cup 2018, securing a partnership with Sticky Password, introducing the world to Split Tunneling, sporting secure shopping on Black Friday/Cyber Monday, offering Free Trial or the launch of NAT Firewall and Dedicated IP addons – Ivacy has done it all!

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Australian Open On Kodi – How to Watch it Live on Kodi

It’s a New Year and the first Grand Slam competition is already underway. Yes, you guessed it – Australian Open on Kodi. The tournament event is held every year and the last 14 days of January (15-28) makes up for the Australian Open Tennis.

List of Major Grand Slam Tournaments

The are four major Grand Slam tournaments and they all have to do with tennis.

  1. The Australian Open
  2. The French Open
  3. The Championships at Wimbledon
  4. The US Open

But this article will largely deal in watch Australian Open live free and how can you watch it on Kodi? Well, when it comes official broadcast, Australia’s Seven Network should be your go-to channel. But for the folks in the US, UK, Germany, UAE, and Italy, they cannot watch Australian Open due to geo-restrictions.

They inadvertently will have to resort to a VPN service and a decent one at that such as Ivacy. With the help of which you can bypass geo-restrictions and can watch your favorite content, no matter where you are in the world.

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How to Watch Australian Open on Kodi for Free

The text which follows details how you can watch the Australian Open live stream free from anywhere in the world, live and free. Kodi is a streaming platform which enables users to watch content with the help of add-ons.

Add-ons can range from sports add-ons to film and TV add-ons. In order to watch Australian Open on Kodi, you can choose from the following set of add-ons that will provide with the best streaming experience when it comes to sports or Australian Open for that matter.

Below is the list of add-ons:

  1. SportsDevil
  2. Castaway
  3. Phoenix
  4. Adrian Sports
  5. ZemTV
  6. Evolve
Streaming illegally on Kodi can get you a DMCA notice. So be smart, sign-up for Ivacy VPN and watch your favorite content in peace.

You can watch Australian Open online free by installing Kodi addon of your choice. Follow these steps:

  • Open Kodi application
  • Go to Add-ons
  • Hit the Package Installer icon (in the top left corner of your screen)
  • Choose to Install from Repository
  • Click on Kodi Addon Repository
  • Then Video Add-ons
  • Browse from the list of add-ons that you wish to install
  • Now press Install
  • Wait for the Addon Enabled Notification
  • Hit backspace to go back to he Kodi main menu
  • On the main menu, choose Add-ons (towards your left-hand side)
  • The installed video addon will be appearing in the list

You are now set to stream Australian Open Kodi. Enjoy!

A Fair Warning

There is often a debate which rages on about how Kodi is illegal. It is not! It’s used by millions of users around the world every day. Had it been anything other than legal, it would have shut down. It hasn’t which is proof of its legitimacy.

But wait, what about the debate? The question of it being legal is primarily on the use of add-ons. Official Kodi add-ons call for a subscription. On the other hand, unofficial add-ons allow you to watch the content for free!

It is always a good practice rely on official add-ons due to regular updates and fixes from developers. Unofficial add-ons are not only illegal but their repositories are also riddled with bugs. They get taken down as part of crackdown from authorities. So there’s always a risk.

However, if you must use unofficial add-ons (AND WE DO NOT CONDONE ITS USE), use Ivacy VPN which masks your identity online and lets you stream in complete anonymity. Not your ISP and not even authorities will be able to track down your location. So play safe and bask in the many benefits of a Kodi VPN.

List of Broadcasting Channels for Australian Open 2019

Below is a list of different broadcast partners for Australian Open Tennis:

  1. Australia: Seven Network
  2. UK: Euro Sport
  3. USA: ESPN2/3

How to Watch Australian Open on Kodi in the US?

In the US, ESPN3 owns the rights to broadcasting Australian Open. It is a paid service, therefore, if you do not have ESPN3 subscription, you will not be able to access it. If you do then you are in luck. Here’s how:

  1. Subscribe to Ivacy VPN
  2. Download and install Ivacy on your preferred device or configure it on a VPN enabled router
  3. Launch the app and connect to the US region
  4. After that open Kodi, and follow the above steps to install ESPN3 addon
  5. Click on the ESPN3 addon and you will be asked to sign in
  6. Login into your account with the credentials

And viola! You can enjoy Australian Open on Kodi in the US from the comfort of your couch.

How to Watch Australian Open on Kodi in the UK and Europe

Eurosport has the rights to the Australian Open in the UK and other European regions. You can stream Australian Open on Kodi if you have a Eurosport Player subscription.

First things first,

  1. Register for Ivacy VPN
  2. Download Ivacy on your preferred device or you can configure it on VPN compatible router
  3. From the app, connect to the UK (or whichever European region you are in)

Subsequently, follow these steps to set up Eurosport Kodi addon:

  • Download Kodi Nerds zip file
  • Launch the app and from the home screen go to Add-ons > My Add-ons
  • Scroll towards the bottom and click Video player InputStream
  • During this make sure, InputStream Adaptive and RTMP Input are set to on
  • From the main menu, choose Package Installer icon in the top left corner
  • Now select to Install from zip file and browse to the previously downloaded zip file. You will be able to locate it by the name
  • Wait for the Addon Enabled Notification to appear
  • Next, choose Install from repository > Add-ons > Video Add-ons
  • Select Eurosport Player and press Install
  • On the Kodi home screen under Videos go to Add-ons and then Eurosport Player
  • Here you will be prompted to enter your login information

You should now be able to watch Australian Open on Kodi with ease.

A Bit About Australian Open 2019

The tournament is already underway in Melbourne Park and it’s the 107th time that an Australian Open Tennis tournament is contested. The event is made up of singles, doubles and mixed doubles matches.

It will be the first time that a tie-breaker final set is featured in an Australian Open Tennis live and this will be introduced in every match format. Meaning, if a contest were to reach 6-6 in the final set, the first player to score 10 points and is leading by 2 points, will be declared the winner.

This time around, in a men’s singles, a 10-minute break will be allowed provided if the heat were to reach on Australian Open Heat Stress Scale (during the third set) to 4 scales or higher.

Wilson has supplied tennis balls this season from Dunlop. Meanwhile, Roger Federer is the current reigning and defending champion of men’s singles championship whereas Caroline Wozniacki is women’s.

Use official add-ons to watch content legally on Kodi. Buy Ivacy to watch content anytime, from anywhere. Streaming otherwise is subject to a DMCA notice.

Following is a list of favorites this season in both men and women singles divisions, respectively.

Men’s Singles:

  • Novak Djokovic
  • Andy Murray
  • Rafael Nadal
  • Stan Wawrinka
  • Roger Federer

Women’s Singles:

  • Maria Sharapova
  • Serena Williams
  • Garbine Muguruza
  • Victoria Azarenka
  • Simona Halep

Final Word

Australian Open Tennis on Kodi is one of the highly anticipated and exciting tennis events happening right now. Best part, you can watch Australian Open on Kodi live. So jump right into the action and never miss any match! But while you maybe excited it is equally imperative that you make no compromises on your privacy online.

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Ivacy Accepts Payments in Tron (TRX) for those Conscious about their Anonymity

Ivacy has time and time gone on record to state it believes that internet security and freedom is the right of every internet user. This can be seen by how it was one of the very first VPN providers to abide by GDPR while educating its audience regarding the regulation at the same time.


For those users that want to keep a low profile about their payments, Ivacy was already accepting purchases made using some popular cryptocurrencies. In fact, Ivacy is one of the very few VPN providers out there that accept cryptocurrencies, establishing its perseverance to give its customers’ personal identity high priority.

The good news is Ivacy is now adding another cryptocurrency to that list, Tron (TRX).

A Bit More about Tron (TRX)

Tron (TRX) is a big name in the cryptocurrency industry and was recently in the news for its deal involving taking over BitTorrent, which is no small feat at all. If that is not enough, Tron (TRX) is the only top crypto that is in green by over 10%.


Being the 9th largest cryptocurrency, it is currently trading at $0.0244. With the cryptocurrency market cap locked at $1.6 billion, Tron is handling trading volumes of an excess of $300 million. Tron’s pricing is witnessing positive action due to its rock solid performance in the Dapp department. Tronbet, a Dapp on Tron network, has already established itself as a market leader by registering trades of over $25 million in the last 7 days.

Rest assured, if you are a Tron enthusiast, you are in for a treat considering how Tron is putting in a considerable amount of effort to develop a strong Dapp network, which is already growing exponentially.

So if you had been wondering how to put the cryptocurrency you own to good use, now is the time to do so. Not only will you further anonymize yourself, but there is absolutely no way for anyone to track your online activities.

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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – 2019/01/15

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – January 15, 2019

— many shelters do not have interpreters and counselors

Many shelters, that protect victims of domestic violence,
lack interpreters and qualified counselors. This is the reason
why these deaf victims leave these facilities, but still
looking around for other facilities that best serve their needs.


— patenting the sign language National Anthem

At big events, such as the Super Bowl, we have a deaf celebrity
doing the ASL version of the Star Spangled Banner. Could this
ASL version be patented and protected from these copyright
issues? A joke? Silly? Well, there is a bill going on in
Ireland to protect their sign language version of their
national anthem!


— 13th person in the jury room

There are few nations that allow interpreters
for deaf jurors. But many nations do not allow
these interpreters. Their reason is that the
13th person in the jury room is considered
an outsider and not part of the court
proceedings. It does not matter to them
that these interpreters are neutral and
not involved with the jury room discussions,
which can often be quite heated.



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5 Best Mac Torrent Clients for 2019

The inception of torrents has made downloading over the internet incredibly easy. All it requires is the best Mac torrent clients and an internet connection, of course. These top Mac torrent clients will allow you to download any file absolutely free of cost; the internet bill though should be your only concern.

In this blog, we share the 5 best Mac torrent clients out there.

Top 5 Torrent downloaders for Mac

Before jumping to the top Mac torrents list, here’s a little information about what torrents are and how they work.

A torrent is a file used to download content. A typical torrent file is a torrent extension comprising of tracker and informative files denoting that specific torrent file. Torrent operates over P2P (peer-to-peer) file sharing protocols which connects you to remote peers on the web for file sharing and to download content.

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Mac Torrent Client #1: qBittorrent

qBittorrent keeps things as simple as possible. Rather than incorporating every function imaginable. qBittorrent offers the right balance by utilizing as little CPU memory as possible and simultaneously meeting users’ needs. It carries an integrated torrent search engine, media player, all the while offering encryption at the same time.

Qbittorrent for Mac

How to use qBittorrent on Mac

  1. From the File tab add a torrent file from your hard drive or enable search engine from View tab.
  2. Enter a keyword and download any torrent file you want to (choose file and click download).
  3. Go to transfer tab to see the progress of your download.

Mac Torrent Client #2: Deluge

Deluge has been around for quite some time, and it is as simple and powerful as it gets. The credit for its effectiveness goes to the extendable plug-ins available for use, which allows you to build a custom version of Deluge based on your own needs and requirements.

Deluge for Mac torrent

How to use Deluge on Mac

  1. Head to the downloaded torrent file. This is in the Downloads folder as a default.
  2. Double-click it to launch it in Deluge.
  3. Manage the torrent.
  4. Choose your file location.
  5. Click on Add to finalize your download locations.
  6. Start the download.

Mac Torrent Client #3: Transmission

Transmission is a favourite for many because it doesn’t stuff your screen with bundled toolbars, invasive ads or greyed-out features that you need to pay to access.

transmission mac torrent client

How to use Transmission on Mac

    1. Right click on the downloaded torrent file and click open with Transmission
    2. A pop-up will open, click the add button
    3. Your downloading would start on
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Mac Torrent Client #4: Folx

Folx, a top Mac torrent app, presents convenient ways of downloading torrent files. You have greater control over your downloads by setting priority, regulating download and upload speeds, and tag downloads for quick search through the content.

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How to use Folx on Mac

You can add downloads to Folx in 3 ways

  1. Quick add
  2. New task window
  3. Browser integration

Mac Torrent Client #5: uTorrent

uTorrent for Mac allows you to search for a torrent file from the app itself and also set priorities to your downloads. The app is a lightweight app and the installer is small in size. uTorrent can also serve as a portable downloader if saved to a USB stick.

uTorrent client for mac

How to use uTorrent on Mac

  1. Download µtorrent at
  2. Open µtorrent by double-clicking on the icon.
  3. Visit the Torrent site you trust and search for the torrent you want.
  4. Look at the list of Torrents available.
  5. Download the Torrent.
  6. Wait for the Torrent to download completely.

So this was our list of the best Mac torrent clients out there. Do let us know if we have missed out on any with your valuable suggestion in the comments section. Remember, you will need to use Ivacy VPN whenever you torrent to avoid getting a DMCA notice.

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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – 2019/01/14

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – January 14, 2019


— a vague business license

South Lake Tahoe, Nevada announced
that a business license was issued to
an individual. It said it was for

sign language

Sign language teacher or Sign Language
interpreter? Not all sign language teachers
are interpreters; not all sign language
interpreters are sign language teachers!


— many deaf owned businesses, no business directory?

There was a story about the state of Maryland having
these approximately 75 deaf-owned businesses. This is
great – just that there is no directory that lists
these deaf-owned businesses! Deaf people in Maryland,
as well as in these neigbhoring areas of Washington, DC
and Virginia would love to know if there are deaf
locksmiths, deaf car mechanics, deaf house painters,
deaf carpenters, deaf attorneys, deaf accountants
and so on.


— hated being followed by interpreters everywhere

A deaf woman, who enrolled at a hearing college years ago,
was always followed by interpreters everywhere she went –
no matter where – classrooms, dorms, athletic practices,
social events, etc. She hated it. As a result, she transferred
to Gallaudet. DeafDigest is mentioning it because there
was a story today of an Ivy League deaf freshamn student
being followed by two interpreters everywhere. He said he
likes being followed; will he continue to like it or
will he get tired of it?



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Open your thread

Hey everyone, please learn to stand.

In an open thread last week, I mentioned that people on public transportation who stand in front of open seats are the way. But Seattle has a problem with people standing in all sorts of wrong places. In doorways. At the counter after they pay. On the curb cut when the walk sign is on.


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DeafDigest Gold – January 13, 2019

DeafDigest Gold – January 13, 2019
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Hearing people that love coffee do not know sign
language. How were they able to order their coffee
from Deaf-In-Business, a cafe in Malaysia.
There is a huge sign in front of the counter
that shows different signs for Espresso, Cappuchino,
Cafe Latte, etc.
In Shillong, a region in India, a workshop took place
for district officers. It is “Accessible Election for
the Deaf and Hard of Hearing People.”
Deaf said that. Hearing said that. This incident
was in reference to the Dunkin’ Donuts shop in
Jacksonville, Illinois. The deaf said hearing
won’t communicate. The hearing said he
communicated but the deaf person wouldn’t
understand. The issue was an order for a
vanilla coffee. There are three varieties of
the coffee, and the hearing person wanted to
know which variety the deaf person wanted. It
went on back and forth. Hence this issue –
the hearing said that. The deaf said that.
Do hearing people in India listen to the deaf?
Well, there was a recent workshop where Miss Deaf
Asia, as the keynote speaker, gave advice to
100 hearing women interested in business careers.
Prosphen Okiemute, who is deaf, graduated from
University of Ibadan in Nigeria and is an
attorney. The university said this deaf attorney
is one of their most successful graduates.
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    Some time ago two deaf families lived in houses
next to each other. Both houses had side doors
that faced each other about 20 feet apart.
    When these deaf people from one house wanted
to communicate with someone from the other house,
they just stood in front of the windows of the side
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    Not any more, both families moved away.
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This week’s ASL video in youtube
    Dr. James Marsters, who died few weeks ago, was
written up in many hearing newspapers. They said
he was involved with the first TTY machine in 1964.
    Weitbrecht was already using his Radio Ham TTY
machine to communicate with other hearing Radio
Hams from 1940’s to 1960’s.
    Marsters and Weitbrecht did not know each
other before a friend introduced them. Marsters
was a frustrated dentist, not able to use voice
phone to communicate with his hearing patients.
    With Marsters’ encouragement, Weitbrecht
converted a Radio Ham modem to a Deaf TTY
modem in 1964.
    Marsters and another deaf partner founded a
company that manufactured Deaf TTY modems.
This company helped the Deaf TTY network grow
very fast.
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Rene Pellerin’s Corner:
I traveled to Colombia, South America for 12 days.
The country is much older than United States!
The sidewalks were difficult to navigate due to bricks
and cobble stones.
Many sidewalks were narrow with many street vendors trying
to sell their products.
Also some of the older buildings had wooden decor
exposed on the outside walls for me to crash into!
I told my wife that I brought the wrong white cane!
My other white cane has a special tip called “All Terrain”.
It would have allowed me to go through more smoothly than
getting stuck in between cracks!
Overall, it was an interesting and cultural experience for us.
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