Ken Saunders

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About Ken Saunders

I'm Ken from the Boston Massachusetts area. I'm Legally Blind due to a congenital condition known as Ocular Albinism with Nystagmus, and one who lives with Type 1 Diabetes.
Neither of these issues interferes with my ability to accomplish (nearly) any goal that I set out to tackle. I do face difficulties and roadblocks (who doesn't), but I either push right through them, work around them, or just accept them and do the best that I can.
My greatest passions are creating computer graphical artworks (for web, applications, and personal use), working on my websites, volunteering for the Mozilla Foundation, and as cheesy at it may sound, making people smile.

The following lists some of my current projects as well as some of my past efforts.


My Sites

Access Firefox - Creator and Project Manager

Access Firefox is a site / project that I created to provide Firefox end users with visual impairments, those without perfect visual acuity, and individuals with certain cognitive disabilities, Firefox accessibility related tools and resources.
The site's content primarily consists of information about the default accessibility options and tools within Firefox, brief guides about some of the Firefox Add-ons that can be used to make viewing and interacting with the Internet easier, more comfortable, and efficient, and a good amount of introductory material about using Firefox itself.

Access Firefox is an ongoing project that was built by, and is maintained by volunteers from within several different Mozilla communities.


MouseRunner.com - Owner/Operator

Mouse Runner started as a hobby to lessen the effects of New England Winter boredom.The site went live on February 16, 2005 and offers numerous graphical artworks and elements for downloading such as icons, wallpapers, etc, and informational resources including software guides.
MouseRunner.com is being fully rewritten (it's outdated and the coding is a nightmare) and you can check out the building grounds to see its (very slow) progress at MouseRunner.net.
MouseRunner.com Stats on Alexa


Firefox & Thunderbird Extensions - Developer & Contributor

Page Zoom Button
By Michael Buckley, Lou Cypher, Ken Saunders

The Page Zoom Button add-on allows users to control the full page zoom feature in Firefox from a single toolbar button.

Screen shot of the Page Zoom Buttons add-on for Firefox


Big Buttons
By Ken Saunders

Sharp, colorful, and easy to see, large (48x48 pixel) and extra large (64x64 pixel) Firefox toolbar buttons.

Default Firefox toolbar buttons
default Firefox navigation toolbar buttons

48x48 pixel Big Buttons
48x48 pixel Big Buttons navigation toolbar buttons

Learn more about Big Buttons
Get Big Buttons from the Firefox Add-ons site.


Theme Font & Size Changer
By Baris Derin, Ken Saunders

Allows users to change the global font and font size for Firefox itself meaning for all windows, menus, toolbars, etc.
Also available for Mozilla Thunderbird and SeaMonkey.

Firefox (Vista) default theme
Firefox toolbars default theme

Firefox (Vista) default theme with the Diavlo Bold font and the font size at 28 pixels
Firefox toolbars with 26 pixel text


Web Developer Tools - toolbar button
By Ken Saunders

Toolbar button with a drop down menu containing the native Firefox Web Developer tools for quicker access.

Native Web Developer Tools toolbar button


Zoom Button for Thunderbird
By Ken Saunders

Zoom in, zoom out, and reset page zoom with one toolbar button.

Zoom Button for Thunderbird


about:addons Launcher
By Ken Saunders

Toolbar button to launch the Add-ons Manager. Button opens the Add-ons Manager in a new tab and can be placed on any toolbar including the Add-on Bar.

Toolbar button
about:addons Launcher toolbar button

Add-on Bar button
about:addons Launcher Add-on Bar button


Firefox Themes - Contributor

Here are 2 Firefox themes that I created icons for.
Click on an image for a larger view.

Pink Hope
For Firefox 3.0 - 3.6

Pink Hope Firefox theme screen shot

Gray Modern 2 AF
For Firefox 2

Gray Modern 2 Firefox theme screen shot


Firefox Lightweight Themes Designer

Also compatible with Mozilla Thunderbird.

Nightly
Firefox Nightly Firefox Persona

Gecko
Gecko Firefox Persona

Ichthys
Ichthys Firefox Persona

Firefox Cut Metal
Firefox Cut Metal Firefox Persona

Eye of Ra
Eye of Ra Firefox Persona

Organic Orbs
Organic Orbs Firefox Persona

Candied Hearts
Candied Hearts Firefox Persona

Boston Red Sox Big B
Candied Hearts Firefox Persona

More Personas by Ken Saunders


deviantART.com - Member

As I mentioned at the top of the page, I have a great interest in computer generated art. I've been a member of deviantART.com since September 2005, and in that time I have submitted over 200 different pieces of my artworks that have been individually viewed more than 700,000 times which still amazes and humbles me.

Below are a few samples of wallpapers that I've created and uploaded to deviantART.
Click on any of the images to view larger versions of them.

Tribal wallpaper preview

Tribal - Wallpaper Sizes: 1024x768 - 3200x1200
Top 30 of 243,000+ most popular deviations of all time for Tribal
#1 & #9 out of 3,900+ most popular deviations of all time in Customization for Tribal

Blue clock wallpaper preview

Withstood the Test.. Unscathed
Wallpaper Sizes: 1024x768 - 2560x1600
Third place winner (out of 106 entries) for "Blue" contest on deviantART

Eye of Ra wallpaper preview

Eye of Ra
Wallpaper Sizes: 1024x768 - 3200x1200
Favorites: 126, Views: 18,411 , Downloads: 8,236
Top 60 - Customization > Wallpapers > Egypt

3 Chinese Elements

5 Chinese elements icons.
Favorites: 289, Views: 26,845, Downloads: 7,873
.PNG- 256x256, .ICO- 32x32-256x256, .ICNS- 32x32-256x256

KenSaunders on deviantART


Misc and Past

Spread Firefox.com - Former member of the SFx team

Original SpreadFirefox.com header

I was a member of Spread Firefox (the first official Firefox marketing site) for 6+ years. I was selected for the Volunteer Spotlight on 10/14/2006 and became an administrator on 12/08/2006.
I loved SFx. I spent the majority of my time there and met some great people with whom I'm still friends with. Some of them close friends.


Spread Thunderbird.com - Former member of the STb team

As an administrator, I helped launch Spread Thunderbird in November 2008. I also helped to moderate the site, interact with and help out and guide other members and Thunderbird users, and I made many content contributions.


dmoz - Former Editor

Former category editor for the Open Directory Project in Computers > Open Source > Organizations > Mozilla


Answers.com - Former Category Supervisor

Former Answers.com category supervisor for Mozilla Firefox and Mozilla Thunderbird.
Answers.com is an excellent organization to volunteer for.


Squidoo.com - Lensmaster

For the web site Squidoo.com, I created a Firefox Guide (Lens) that made it to the #7 spot out of tens of thousands of Lenses. The Firefox Guide was number #1 in Computers and Technology, and it was also selected as Lens of the Day in April of 2006.
I'll be updating the guide to reflect the newer Firefox features as well as the other content there.


Final Words

The main purpose of this page is to hopefully inspire others who are also facing challenges and to show them that persons with different abilities can reach their goals and a measure of success (whatever that may be to them) even when they may face seemingly insurmountable barriers.


Definitions

A person is considered Legally Blind, in the USA, when their visual acuity is 20/200 or less in their better eye with best correction.

Ocular Albinism is an inherited condition in which the eyes lack melanin pigment.

Nystagmus is an involuntary back-and-forth movement of the eyes.

Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin, a hormone that is necessary to convert sugar, starches, and other food into energy.


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