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FW: [Blind Android Users] New Amazon Echo Voice

John Holcomb II
 

-----Original Message-----
From: blindandroidusers@groups.io <blindandroidusers@groups.io> On Behalf Of Gordon
Sent: Tuesday, July 20, 2021 1:38 AM
To: blindandroidusers@groups.io
Subject: [Blind Android Users] New Amazon Echo Voice

So the Amazon Echo now has a male voice and wake word to go with it. You can say, change your voice and it will switch to the male voice. If you say change wake word you'll now have Ziggy as a new option.


Re: Turning a xlf or spread sheet in to text

Kay Malmquist
 

When I try to do this, I get a lot of extra stuff. it asks me a bunch of questions One being about not being able to save other sheets in the book.  I know that but can I just select all and copy it to a text file?

Kay Malmquist
kay.malmquist@...
 
"Where focus goes, energy flows."
Bob Proctor

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Tuesday, July 20, 2021 3:31 AM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Turning a xlf or spread sheet in to text

Hi Kay

If you go to the file menu and select save as, you can tab past the filename to a list of possible formats you can save as. One option in that list is a csv file, but there is also a text option. You can arrow up and down the list to select the option you want to save then tab to the save button and press enter.

On 20/07/2021 7:58 pm, Kay Malmquist wrote:
Hi all,
The subject pretty much says it.  I have a couple of very basic spreadsheets that are just schedules and my Braille display won't read them of course.  So, what is the quickest and easiest way to convert or just copy them as a text file.  I'm sure there is a way and I'd appreciate any help,As I need this to happen before Friday.  Thanks in anticipation.

Kay Malmquist
kay.malmquist@...
 
"Where focus goes, energy flows."
Bob Proctor


Re: Turning a xlf or spread sheet in to text

Kay Malmquist
 

I have a problem hearing f or s, and I should have looked.

Kay Malmquist
kay.malmquist@gmail.com

"Where focus goes, energy flows."
Bob Proctor

----- Original Message -----
From: "Ann Parsons" <akp@sero.email>
To: <main@techtalk.groups.io>
Sent: Tuesday, July 20, 2021 8:15 AM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Turning a xlf or spread sheet in to text


Hi all,

The correct file extension is .xls, or in later versions of Office
.xlsx. It's S not F.

Ann P.

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JAWS July Update, Build 2107.12 Download Link + What's New

Mike B.
 

Hi All,
 
Okay, the July update is now available: JAWS 2021.2107.12, the download link plus what's new is below.
 
32 & 64 bit systems:
 
 
What's new:
 
Enhancements in JAWS 2021.2107.12 (July 2021)
The following is a list of improvements made between the May 2021 release and the July 2021 update.


list of 19 items
• Changed the keystroke to access the Quick Keys layer in Google Docs to INSERT+SPACEBAR  followed by G . Once this layer is active, you can use keystrokes
to quickly move to specific elements in a document such as H  for headings, T  for tables, C  for comments, and more. To see a full list of available commands,
press INSERT+SPACEBAR  followed by G  while focused in Google Docs, and then press QUESTION MARK .
• Addressed issues with JAWS not reading as expected when navigating a table of contents in Google Docs using CTRL+UP ARROW  and CTRL+DOWN ARROW  to read
by paragraph.
• Added support for horizontal lines inserted into Google documents as separators.
• When navigating by word in a cell in Google Sheets, resolved an issue where JAWS would repeat the last word.
• Resolved an issue in Google Sheets where JAWS was not properly announcing links that directly followed each other on separate lines.
• Resolved an issue with JAWS not reading search results on the Windows 11 Start Screen.
• Resolved reported problems where some users were finding Navigation Quick Keys turned on when trying to reply to Outlook email messages.
• Resolved an issue where selecting text in Outlook using the keyboard was not scrolling the screen as expected, making it difficult for Fusion users or
anyone sighted using JAWS to determine what was selected.
• Addressed an issue where it was no longer possible to use JAWS to create or edit posts in WordPress 5.60 or later.
• Improved announcements of regions on web pages that include an aria-roledescription attribute.
• When navigating tables on web pages, resolved an issue where JAWS would not always announce row and column headers when headers were not defined by the
table author.
• Pressing the layered command INSERT+SPACEBAR  followed by N  now speaks the most recent Windows notification even when Speech On Demand is active.
• In Outlook, the JAWS keystroke for moving to the body of a message or the notes area of a Calendar appointment is now INSERT+ALT+GRAVE ACCENT . This
has also been updated in the JAWS Commands Search ( INSERT+SPACEBAR, J ). The previous keystroke, ALT+GRAVE ACCENT , is now used by Microsoft to activate
their email dictation feature.
• Made changes necessary for JAWS to properly support Mozilla Thunderbird 87 and later.
• Added JAWS support for the NLSeReader Zoomax braille display available from the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped in
the United States. Note that a system driver, available from the manufacturer, must be installed first before this display can be used with JAWS.
• Resolved an issue with Kofax Power PDF where JAWS would only read the first line of a PDF document.
• After modifying a Speech and Sounds scheme and choosing to make it the default, addressed an issue where it was not being saved as the default scheme
as expected.
• Medical Device Regulation numbers have been added for JAWS, ZoomText, and Fusion releases as of the July 2021 updates. These numbers are displayed in
the About dialog boxes for each software product.
• Removed the Convert Currency Research It lookup source due to changes with the xe.com website which no longer allows us to retrieve information.
list end
 
 
Enhancements in JAWS 2021.2107.12 (July 2021)
The following is a list of improvements made between the May 2021 release and the July 2021 update.
To download the latest release, visit the
Downloads web page.
You must be logged on as an administrator to install this software.
list of 19 items
• Changed the keystroke to access the Quick Keys layer in Google Docs to INSERT+SPACEBAR  followed by G . Once this layer is active, you can use keystrokes
to quickly move to specific elements in a document such as H  for headings, T  for tables, C  for comments, and more. To see a full list of available commands,
press INSERT+SPACEBAR  followed by G  while focused in Google Docs, and then press QUESTION MARK .
• Addressed issues with JAWS not reading as expected when navigating a table of contents in Google Docs using CTRL+UP ARROW  and CTRL+DOWN ARROW  to read
by paragraph.
• Added support for horizontal lines inserted into Google documents as separators.
• When navigating by word in a cell in Google Sheets, resolved an issue where JAWS would repeat the last word.
• Resolved an issue in Google Sheets where JAWS was not properly announcing links that directly followed each other on separate lines.
• Resolved an issue with JAWS not reading search results on the Windows 11 Start Screen.
• Resolved reported problems where some users were finding Navigation Quick Keys turned on when trying to reply to Outlook email messages.
• Resolved an issue where selecting text in Outlook using the keyboard was not scrolling the screen as expected, making it difficult for Fusion users or
anyone sighted using JAWS to determine what was selected.
• Addressed an issue where it was no longer possible to use JAWS to create or edit posts in WordPress 5.60 or later.
• Improved announcements of regions on web pages that include an aria-roledescription attribute.
• When navigating tables on web pages, resolved an issue where JAWS would not always announce row and column headers when headers were not defined by the
table author.
• Pressing the layered command INSERT+SPACEBAR  followed by N  now speaks the most recent Windows notification even when Speech On Demand is active.
• In Outlook, the JAWS keystroke for moving to the body of a message or the notes area of a Calendar appointment is now INSERT+ALT+GRAVE ACCENT . This
has also been updated in the JAWS Commands Search ( INSERT+SPACEBAR, J ). The previous keystroke, ALT+GRAVE ACCENT , is now used by Microsoft to activate
their email dictation feature.
• Made changes necessary for JAWS to properly support Mozilla Thunderbird 87 and later.
• Added JAWS support for the NLSeReader Zoomax braille display available from the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped in
the United States. Note that a system driver, available from the manufacturer, must be installed first before this display can be used with JAWS.
• Resolved an issue with Kofax Power PDF where JAWS would only read the first line of a PDF document.
• After modifying a Speech and Sounds scheme and choosing to make it the default, addressed an issue where it was not being saved as the default scheme
as expected.
• Medical Device Regulation numbers have been added for JAWS, ZoomText, and Fusion releases as of the July 2021 updates. These numbers are displayed in
the About dialog boxes for each software product.
• Removed the Convert Currency Research It lookup source due to changes with the xe.com website which no longer allows us to retrieve information.
list end
 
 
Stay safe & take care.  Mike.
Just once, I want a username and password prompt to say:  "Close Enough!"
 


Re: donating a laptop

Michael Hunt
 

Hi Madison,
my name is Michael, I would be able to help you with that. I help people
get computers all of the time.
I do know some people in Canada that can use one.
If you would like to contact me off line that would be great.
Michael

-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On Behalf Of Madison
Martin
Sent: Monday, July 19, 2021 3:52 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: [TechTalk] donating a laptop

Hi all,
Don't know if anyone can help me, but I'm going to ask anyway. My old laptop
is just collecting dust on my desk, but it's still a perfectly good machine
for someone who doesn't care about having the latest and gratest in terms of
computers. Now I know there's Computers for the Blind in Texas, but as I
live in Canada I worry about what it would cost to ship it to them. Does
anyone know of anywhere closer where I could donate my laptop too? I'm not
interested in selling it because I don't know how much I'd get for it, plus
I know that there are many people especially visually impaired people who
can't afford a brand-new computer so if I could donate it to somewhere so
that it could go to someone who really needs/wants a good machine then I'd
love to do that. Hope someone can help me!!! Thanks
Madison


Re: Turning a xlf or spread sheet in to text

Ann Parsons
 

Hi all,

The correct file extension is .xls, or in later versions of Office .xlsx. It's S not F.

Ann P.

--
Ann K. Parsons
Portal Tutoring
EMAIL: akp@sero.email
Author of The Demmies: http://www.dldbooks.com/annparsons/
Portal Tutoring web site: http://www.portaltutoring.info
Skype: Putertutor

"All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost."


Re: Turning a xlf or spread sheet in to text

Kay Malmquist
 

Thanks for that. I will definitely look that over. Appreciate the help.

Kay Malmquist
kay.malmquist@...

On Jul 20, 2021, at 3:31 AM, Teri McElroy <shimzin.lists@...> wrote:

Hi Kay

If you go to the file menu and select save as, you can tab past the filename to a list of possible formats you can save as. One option in that list is a csv file, but there is also a text option. You can arrow up and down the list to select the option you want to save then tab to the save button and press enter.

On 20/07/2021 7:58 pm, Kay Malmquist wrote:
Hi all,
The subject pretty much says it.  I have a couple of very basic spreadsheets that are just schedules and my Braille display won't read them of course.  So, what is the quickest and easiest way to convert or just copy them as a text file.  I'm sure there is a way and I'd appreciate any help,As I need this to happen before Friday.  Thanks in anticipation.

Kay Malmquist
kay.malmquist@...
 
"Where focus goes, energy flows."
Bob Proctor


Re: Turning a xlf or spread sheet in to text

Teri McElroy
 

Hi Kay

If you go to the file menu and select save as, you can tab past the filename to a list of possible formats you can save as. One option in that list is a csv file, but there is also a text option. You can arrow up and down the list to select the option you want to save then tab to the save button and press enter.

On 20/07/2021 7:58 pm, Kay Malmquist wrote:
Hi all,
The subject pretty much says it.  I have a couple of very basic spreadsheets that are just schedules and my Braille display won't read them of course.  So, what is the quickest and easiest way to convert or just copy them as a text file.  I'm sure there is a way and I'd appreciate any help,As I need this to happen before Friday.  Thanks in anticipation.

Kay Malmquist
kay.malmquist@...
 
"Where focus goes, energy flows."
Bob Proctor


Turning a xlf or spread sheet in to text

Kay Malmquist
 

Hi all,
The subject pretty much says it.  I have a couple of very basic spreadsheets that are just schedules and my Braille display won't read them of course.  So, what is the quickest and easiest way to convert or just copy them as a text file.  I'm sure there is a way and I'd appreciate any help,As I need this to happen before Friday.  Thanks in anticipation.

Kay Malmquist
kay.malmquist@...
 
"Where focus goes, energy flows."
Bob Proctor


Apps that do not request access to location services and are not listed?

Sharon Hooley
 

Hi,

What do you do when an app does not request access to location services and is not listed in location settings, even after redownloading it and resetting location and privacy?

Thanks,


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donating a laptop

Madison Martin
 

Hi all,
Don't know if anyone can help me, but I'm going to ask anyway. My old laptop is
just collecting dust on my desk, but it's still a perfectly good machine for
someone who doesn't care about having the latest and gratest in terms of
computers. Now I know there's Computers for the Blind in Texas, but as I live in
Canada I worry about what it would cost to ship it to them. Does anyone know of
anywhere closer where I could donate my laptop too? I'm not interested in
selling it because I don't know how much I'd get for it, plus I know that there
are many people especially visually impaired people who can't afford a brand-new
computer so if I could donate it to somewhere so that it could go to someone who
really needs/wants a good machine then I'd love to do that. Hope someone can
help me!!! Thanks
Madison


Re: Message Supposedly from Fastmail

Pamela Dominguez
 

Yeah, that one made me wonder, too.  I wondered if there was something I didn’t know about.  Pam.
 

From: Norman
Sent: Friday, July 16, 2021 10:03 AM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Message Supposedly from Fastmail
 

hi.

 

This is a pretty obvious fishing attempt.

A few hints for the future to help you with things like this.

1. A well run company wouldn't implement something like this and only give it's users a weeks notice.

2. the email address, this is something most users miss, but it's a dead giveaway. If this was real i'd expect the sender to have some sort of @fastmail.com address

3, the following statement in the email.

> Please note: Failure to comply with our account verification process may lead to temporary suspension of access to our online and telephone banking service.

 

Excuse me, what? i thought you run an email service, not a banking service?

 

HTH.

 

 

On 7/16/2021 7:39 AM, Mike B. wrote:
Hi All and mainly Fastmail subscribers,
 
I received a message supposedly from Fastmail stating the following:
 
Subject line: Fastmail: Your messages are on hold status
 
Message :
Important Notice
 
Please Note: Starting from July 21 2021, we will be implementing new login authentication procedures in order to safeguard your account information. Part
of these procedures will be the introduction of our two step authentication system which will prevent access to your account by a third party, this system
will work by comparing information from the device being used to access our sites against data we previously hold regarding the devices you most frequently
use.
 
In order for us to launch these new login authentication procedures we require you to complete our account verification process this should only take you
a few minutes to complete and will help us in safeguarding your account information.
 
Get Started
 
Please note: Failure to comply with our account verification process may lead to temporary suspension of access to our online and telephone banking service.
 
Best regards,
Fastmail's support team
End of message:
 
Has any other Fastmail subscribers received this message?  I've written Fastmail and I'm waiting for a reply from them.  The email address this message above looks suspicious to me and this is why I'm asking list members that are Fastmail subscribers.
The suspicious email address is: The Fastmail Team <schoen.eric@...>
 
All input is greatly appreciated, thanks much.

 
 
Stay safe & take care.  Mike.
Just once, I want a username and password prompt to say:  "Close Enough!"
 

Virus-free. www.avg.com


Re: android external keyboard question

George McCoy
 

You can also pair a blue tooth keyboard with your Android device, just like any other blue tooth perrifferal. I do so with my Samsung galaxy J7 all the time.


welcome to episode 32 of Blind Android Users Podcast.

 

welcome to episode 32 of Blind android Users Podcast.
this and all previous episodes can be found at.
www.blindandroidusers.com
for short segments of this episode.
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5iI0uwraRqpntWdOJmkRCLdubPOTc-fR
this is a very long episode, so grab some popcorn, some drinks, sit
back and enjoy.
in this episode we talk about, audio book apps including Listen Audio
Book Player, Smart Audio Book Player, Librevox Audio Books, Plaidy,
Audible and Scribd.
then for our in-focus section, we have the developer of BRLTTY, Dave Mielke
we have the next segment in Commentary screen reader in which Mariamm
shows us how to create functions to auto play messages in whatsapp
App of the week
This week, Karene Kiwan demonstrates the popular ACR Phone Dialler.
My Android Journey
Finally, our Android Journey story this week comes from Roselina Squeo.


Re: About a Chrome Book Computer

chris judge
 

Hi.

Chrome books run the google chrome operating system. They do have processors, ports, storage etc, although they are primary a cloud based device. They are accessible. Mystic access did an excellent tutorial on using the chrome book, I believe it is called A journey in productivity, and can be purchased from their site:
www.mysticaccess.com.



Chris Judge

-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On Behalf Of Howard Traxler
Sent: July 17, 2021 1:17 PM
To: TechTalk <main@TechTalk.groups.io>
Subject: [TechTalk] About a Chrome Book Computer

What is meant by a Chrome Book Computer? Does it--or can it--run under Windows or other operating systems or only a Google Chrome priority system? What makes it different from other Windows-based laptops? Does it have CPU, storage, ports, etc. similar to other laptops? Can it run NVDA, JAWS, Window-eyes, and other such screen readers? I found a Lenovo laptop that perports to be a Chrome Book at a very good price. I'm wondering if it would be as usable as something like a Toshiba, Dell, or others.

Opinions and facts, please.

Thanks.
Howard


Re: using firefox

heather albright
 

Oh, I just stopped using it as it seemed to load much slower than brave. I was just wondering if the new version loaded better and if they got rid of that page lag. I do use brave and some times edge as sometimes brave blocks downloads and I just pop over to edge. I have not figured out why my brave shield blocks certain things like my books off bookshare, no spam. Just wanting to know if anyone is using the latest firefox, 9 is it not? If I try it, do I just go to www.ninite.com or to the firefox download page? Does firefox have a shield blocker like brave? Thanks Heather

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

From: Gene
Sent: Saturday, July 17, 2021 4:07 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] using firefox

 

I don’t use it often but it appears to me to be slower than Chrome-based browsers but I’m not sure if it is slower enough to matter much.  If you are comparing it to how it was in the first few months after I believe it is called Quantum came out, the state of the browser at that time can’t be used to determine what you think of it now.

 

Whether you use it much or not it’s a good idea to have it on a machine.  Most of the browsers blind people use now are Chrome or Chrome-based browsers.  Firefox isn’t chrome-based.  Therefore, if a site doesn’t work well on a Chrome-based browser, if that’s what you usually use, it may work better or perhaps significantly better in Firefox.

 

Gene

-----Original Message-----

Sent: Saturday, July 17, 2021 4:00 PM

Subject: [TechTalk] using firefox

 

Hello, I have not used firefox for over a year or so. I have been using brave instead. I missed the meeting concerning the new   firefox at the nfb convention. The reason I stopped was that it was slow and kind of laggy and sometimes when it updated, it stopped working.  So can someone tell me if they have fixed these issues? Thanks Heather

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

 


Re: android external keyboard question

Angelo Sonnesso
 

You need to get an OTG adapter, and you are good to go.

 

 

73 N2DYN Angelo

 

From: main@TechTalk.groups.io [mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On Behalf Of Keith S
Sent: Saturday, July 17, 2021 9:59 PM
To: tech talk for the blind
Subject: [TechTalk] android external keyboard question

 

Is it possible to  attach an external USB keyboard to a samsung anroid phone?

 

I have horrible neuropathy in my fingers and cannot use touch pads with much ease like other blind and sighted users.

 

I wasked at my local walmart and they said that they had never heard of a dongle or converter like the one I am asking about.

 

Thanks for any info.

 

Keith


Re: android external keyboard question

 

hi Keith.
yes it is totally possible.
if your phone has a USB C port and if you search amazon for USB C to
USB A converter you will get lots of converters, pick any 1 and you
are good to go.
oneside of the converter will be a USB C which will connect to your
phone, other side will be a USB A which you can connect any low power
thing you want such as keyboards, mouse, storage media, excluding 3.5
inch desktop hard drives.

On 7/18/21, Keith S <ks.steinbach03@gmail.com> wrote:
Is it possible to attach an external USB keyboard to a samsung anroid
phone?

I have horrible neuropathy in my fingers and cannot use touch pads with much
ease like other blind and sighted users.

I wasked at my local walmart and they said that they had never heard of a
dongle or converter like the one I am asking about.

Thanks for any info.

Keith





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android external keyboard question

Keith S
 

Is it possible to  attach an external USB keyboard to a samsung anroid phone?
 
I have horrible neuropathy in my fingers and cannot use touch pads with much ease like other blind and sighted users.
 
I wasked at my local walmart and they said that they had never heard of a dongle or converter like the one I am asking about.
 
Thanks for any info.
 
Keith


Re: using firefox

Gene
 

I don’t use it often but it appears to me to be slower than Chrome-based browsers but I’m not sure if it is slower enough to matter much.  If you are comparing it to how it was in the first few months after I believe it is called Quantum came out, the state of the browser at that time can’t be used to determine what you think of it now.
 
Whether you use it much or not it’s a good idea to have it on a machine.  Most of the browsers blind people use now are Chrome or Chrome-based browsers.  Firefox isn’t chrome-based.  Therefore, if a site doesn’t work well on a Chrome-based browser, if that’s what you usually use, it may work better or perhaps significantly better in Firefox.
 
Gene

-----Original Message-----
Sent: Saturday, July 17, 2021 4:00 PM
Subject: [TechTalk] using firefox
 

Hello, I have not used firefox for over a year or so. I have been using brave instead. I missed the meeting concerning the new   firefox at the nfb convention. The reason I stopped was that it was slow and kind of laggy and sometimes when it updated, it stopped working.  So can someone tell me if they have fixed these issues? Thanks Heather

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

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