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Re: Laptops, who is king of the hill?

Matt
 

Yes that is supposed to be a good computer. If you buy one from the Microsoft store you can get it without all the un necessary software you don't need.


Matt.from.florida@...

-----Original Message-----
From: Lenron [mailto:lenron93@...]
Sent: Sunday, December 13, 2015 2:53 PM
To: TechTalk@groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Laptops, who is king of the hill?

I love asus.

On 12/13/15, Carlos <carlos1106@...> wrote:
Actually, I would go as far as saying that for $600 to $800 you can
purchase a reasonably powerful machine if you shop around.
----- Original Message -----
From: Matt
To: TechTalk@groups.io
Sent: Sunday, December 13, 2015 2:40 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Laptops, who is king of the hill?


Well, I agree computer in general is down in prices. Can you spend a
lot of money on one yes. But you can buy a very good laptop and
desktop for around 1000 bucks or less. I would say you can get a
fairly good windows machine to do most of what most people would want
to do with one for around
600 to the 800 buck mark.





Matt.from.florida@...



From: Carlos [mailto:carlos1106@...]
Sent: Sunday, December 13, 2015 2:09 PM
To: TechTalk@groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Laptops, who is king of the hill?



I don't have any specific recommendations at the moment, but I have
to disagree about the prices. If anything, laptop prices are lower than ever.

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

From: Walter Ramage

To: TechTalk@groups.io

Sent: Sunday, December 13, 2015 1:59 PM

Subject: [TechTalk] Laptops, who is king of the hill?



Hi all. In the new year I'm contemplating getting a laptop. It
has been a few years since I had one and things have moved on a fair
bit since then. However I would like to know which manufacturer is
considered to have the best quality products. A few years ago I saw a
lot of posts on lists like this moaning and complaining about HP but
have they improved? are they considered a good bet for quality and
reliability now? There is a lot of differing brands on offer but I'd
like to consider your opinions on the various brands and their pros and cons before seeking out a suitable model.
I've just looked at one web site and noticed that laptops are still
rather expensive. I actually want a laptop rather than a tablet
because the hard drives are larger and there is an integral keyboard and more than one USB.
I've discounted apple as Apple are too controlling, restrictive and it
is a completely new learning curve which I'm not inclined to embark
on. I would much prefer win7 as the OS, definitely not Win8. The
site I looked at has no Win10 which surprises me so I'll need to go
with Win7, stick with what I know I guess.



If you have an opinion on the various brands then will you please
let me know your thoughts and why you have come to the conclusions you
have. With thanks. Walter.




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Re: Laptops, who is king of the hill?

Matt
 

Yes I totally agree.

 

 

 

From: Carlos [mailto:carlos1106@...]
Sent: Sunday, December 13, 2015 2:48 PM
To: TechTalk@groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Laptops, who is king of the hill?

 

Actually, I would go as far as saying that for $600 to $800 you can purchase a reasonably powerful machine if you shop around.

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

From: Matt

Sent: Sunday, December 13, 2015 2:40 PM

Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Laptops, who is king of the hill?

 

Well, I agree computer in general is down in prices. Can you spend a lot of money on one yes. But you can buy a very good laptop and desktop for around 1000 bucks or less. I would say you can get a fairly good windows machine to do most of what most people would want to do with one for around 600 to the 800 buck mark.

 

 

 

From: Carlos [mailto:carlos1106@...]
Sent: Sunday, December 13, 2015 2:09 PM
To: TechTalk@groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Laptops, who is king of the hill?

 

I don't have any specific recommendations at the moment, but I have to disagree about the prices.  If anything, laptop prices are lower than ever.

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

Sent: Sunday, December 13, 2015 1:59 PM

Subject: [TechTalk] Laptops, who is king of the hill?

 

Hi all.  In the new year I'm contemplating getting a laptop.  It has been a few years since I had one and things have moved on a fair bit since then.  However I would like to know which manufacturer is considered to have the best quality products.  A few years ago I saw a lot of posts on lists like this moaning and complaining about HP but have they improved?  are they considered a good bet for quality and reliability now?  There is a lot of differing brands on offer but I'd like to consider your opinions on the various brands and their pros and cons before seeking out a suitable model.  I've just looked at one web site and noticed that laptops are still rather expensive.  I actually want a laptop rather than a tablet because the hard drives are larger and there is an integral keyboard and more than one USB.  I've discounted apple as Apple are too controlling, restrictive and it is a completely new learning curve which I'm not inclined to embark on.  I would much prefer win7 as the OS, definitely not Win8.  The site I looked at has no Win10 which surprises me so I'll need to go with Win7, stick with what I know I guess.

 

If you have an opinion on the various brands then will you please let me know your thoughts and why you have come to the conclusions you have.  With thanks.  Walter.

 


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Re: looking for a labeler that works with the Perkins brailler and dymo tape

Troy Burnham
 

I'll call Maxiaids again tomorrow since I now know what it's called, but when I called them Friday and just tried to explain what I wanted the lady said that the only thing they had that was close to what I was describing was a dymo tape holder.

Troy

----- Original Message -----
From: "Ron Canazzi" <aa2vm@...>
To: <TechTalk@groups.io>
Sent: Saturday, December 12, 2015 11:30 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] looking for a labeler that works with the Perkins brailler and dymo tape


Hi Group,

I got my Perkins labeler from the NFB. I think after I purchased it, heard you could get it for half the price at Humanware of Maxi Aids or some such place; I don' remember just where.


On 12/12/2015 11:04 PM, Troy Burnham wrote:
Hello Pat,

Do you remember where you bought yours, and/or do you know who sells them in the United States? I just googled Perkins dymo adapter and I found it at a company called Worldwide Vision, but I couldn't tell if they are in the US or not and I'd rather purchase it from within the US so the shipping cost won't be so much.

Thanks.

Troy


----- Original Message -----
From: Pat Seed
To: TechTalk@groups.io
Sent: Friday, December 11, 2015 9:41 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] looking for a labeler that works with the Perkins brailler and dymo tape


Hi Troy and Everyone,
Yes, there, indeed, is a device for labelling that can be used with the Perkins Brailler. I know, because I have one. The one I have is metal, and it sits under the carriage of the Braille writer. It is as long as the Braille writer line, and the one part that holds the tape lays on the Braille writer, with the tape ending up underneath the Brailing head as it moves from left to right. The other edge of the device hangs down, making sure that it is positioned properly for the Braille to be written.

It is called the Perkins Dymo Adaptor.

Blessings and All the Very Best,
Pat




----- Original Message -----
From: Troy Burnham
To: TechTalk@groups.io
Sent: Friday, December 11, 2015 9:38 PM
Subject: [TechTalk] looking for a labeler that works with the Perkins brailler and dymo tape


Hi All,

I thought there used to be something that you could use with the Perkins brailler to make braille labels on dymo tape, but I called Perkins this week and although the guy knew what I was describing he said they didn't have it and he sent me to Maxiaids, but I called Maxiaids today and the lady I talked to had no idea what I was talking about and said that the only thing they have that sounds close to what I described is a dymo tape holder.

Does such an item still exist, if it ever did, and if so where might I find it and what is it called if anybody knows? I was talking with some friends a couple of months ago and they seemed to know what I wanted and they said they do exist, and they gave me a place to try if I wanted a plastic one and another place if I wanted a metal one, but I can't remember now where they said to go.

I have one of the metal braille labelers that has the braille dial that you turn to select what letter you want, but of course that dial doesn't have nearly all of the braille contractions so that's why I want this other item is so I can use more contractions and thus make shorter labels since I'd be using the Perkins brailler.

Thanks in advance for any help.

Troy


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Re: Pizzara Audio Extractor

Carlos
 

I understand.  For casual listening it probably isn't a big deal.  I was just providing clarification.  Just some thoughts to keep in mind for more important material.

----- Original Message -----
From: Merv Keck
Sent: Sunday, December 13, 2015 6:24 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Pizzara Audio Extractor

This was just a quick fix for a very casual and immediate need. The file was already toast when I got it. I usually don’t work with ccompressed audio when altering files for long term results.

 

From: Carlos [mailto:carlos1106@...]
Sent: Sunday, December 13, 2015 6:19 PM
To: TechTalk@groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Pizzara Audio Extractor

 

Hi Merv,

Just be aware that increasing the level of a file with Pazera Audio Extractor involves transcoding which means loss of audio quality if the target format is not lossless like wav or flac.  If the source file is an MP3 and you want to modify the gain without quality loss, you are better off using a program like MP3Gain.

Also, increasing the bitrate of a lossy format like MP3 does not improve the audio quality.  It actually reduces the quality because once again you are transcoding to a lossy format which means the encoder is throwing away even more data.

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

From: Merv Keck

Sent: Sunday, December 13, 2015 5:58 PM

Subject: [TechTalk] Pizzara Audio Extractor

 

Hi,

I apologize if I am not spelling that correctly but I’m currently typing with a blinding headache right now. I wanted to thank Carlos again for the above stated audio utility. I have been meaning to try some of the other utilities on the list above what I am already using but I have had this one for a while thanks to his recommendation. Today I had a file that did not need converted but it did need the volume boosted quite a bit. It really didn’t need normalized or a bunch of fancy audio work in goldwave or any other application I might have. So I just very quickly brought it up and boosted the volume and while I was at it boosted the bit rate and it now sounds much better for the casual listening in which it was intended. So I wanted to thank Carlos again and throw that out there if anyone thinks that utility is just for converting from one file to another.

Merv

 


Re: Pizzara Audio Extractor

Merv Keck <blind5sparrow@...>
 

This was just a quick fix for a very casual and immediate need. The file was already toast when I got it. I usually don’t work with ccompressed audio when altering files for long term results.

 

From: Carlos [mailto:carlos1106@...]
Sent: Sunday, December 13, 2015 6:19 PM
To: TechTalk@groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Pizzara Audio Extractor

 

Hi Merv,

Just be aware that increasing the level of a file with Pazera Audio Extractor involves transcoding which means loss of audio quality if the target format is not lossless like wav or flac.  If the source file is an MP3 and you want to modify the gain without quality loss, you are better off using a program like MP3Gain.

Also, increasing the bitrate of a lossy format like MP3 does not improve the audio quality.  It actually reduces the quality because once again you are transcoding to a lossy format which means the encoder is throwing away even more data.

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

From: Merv Keck

Sent: Sunday, December 13, 2015 5:58 PM

Subject: [TechTalk] Pizzara Audio Extractor

 

Hi,

I apologize if I am not spelling that correctly but I’m currently typing with a blinding headache right now. I wanted to thank Carlos again for the above stated audio utility. I have been meaning to try some of the other utilities on the list above what I am already using but I have had this one for a while thanks to his recommendation. Today I had a file that did not need converted but it did need the volume boosted quite a bit. It really didn’t need normalized or a bunch of fancy audio work in goldwave or any other application I might have. So I just very quickly brought it up and boosted the volume and while I was at it boosted the bit rate and it now sounds much better for the casual listening in which it was intended. So I wanted to thank Carlos again and throw that out there if anyone thinks that utility is just for converting from one file to another.

Merv

 


Re: Pizzara Audio Extractor

Carlos
 

Hi Merv,
Just be aware that increasing the level of a file with Pazera Audio Extractor involves transcoding which means loss of audio quality if the target format is not lossless like wav or flac.  If the source file is an MP3 and you want to modify the gain without quality loss, you are better off using a program like MP3Gain.
Also, increasing the bitrate of a lossy format like MP3 does not improve the audio quality.  It actually reduces the quality because once again you are transcoding to a lossy format which means the encoder is throwing away even more data.

----- Original Message -----
From: Merv Keck
Sent: Sunday, December 13, 2015 5:58 PM
Subject: [TechTalk] Pizzara Audio Extractor

Hi,

I apologize if I am not spelling that correctly but I’m currently typing with a blinding headache right now. I wanted to thank Carlos again for the above stated audio utility. I have been meaning to try some of the other utilities on the list above what I am already using but I have had this one for a while thanks to his recommendation. Today I had a file that did not need converted but it did need the volume boosted quite a bit. It really didn’t need normalized or a bunch of fancy audio work in goldwave or any other application I might have. So I just very quickly brought it up and boosted the volume and while I was at it boosted the bit rate and it now sounds much better for the casual listening in which it was intended. So I wanted to thank Carlos again and throw that out there if anyone thinks that utility is just for converting from one file to another.

Merv

 


Re: Laptops, who is king of the hill?

Robin Frost
 

Hi,
I just bought one of the Toshiba Satellite series.  It’s my second one from them. The machine is reliable, powerful and its onboard sound isn’t tinny as some laptops can be. I mention this because while there are plenty of output options to address this if one has to use it on the road for instance listening to speech through bad speakers can wear on one. I’m very happy with it and it was easy to reconfigure the function keys so they’d operate as normal. Many laptops today configure them to do special things and one must go into bios to address this but not with this model I’m glad to report.
I hope that helps.
Robin
 
 

Sent: Sunday, December 13, 2015 1:59 PM
Subject: [TechTalk] Laptops, who is king of the hill?
 

Hi all.  In the new year I'm contemplating getting a laptop.  It has been a few years since I had one and things have moved on a fair bit since then.  However I would like to know which manufacturer is considered to have the best quality products.  A few years ago I saw a lot of posts on lists like this moaning and complaining about HP but have they improved?  are they considered a good bet for quality and reliability now?  There is a lot of differing brands on offer but I'd like to consider your opinions on the various brands and their pros and cons before seeking out a suitable model.  I've just looked at one web site and noticed that laptops are still rather expensive.  I actually want a laptop rather than a tablet because the hard drives are larger and there is an integral keyboard and more than one USB.  I've discounted apple as Apple are too controlling, restrictive and it is a completely new learning curve which I'm not inclined to embark on.  I would much prefer win7 as the OS, definitely not Win8.  The site I looked at has no Win10 which surprises me so I'll need to go with Win7, stick with what I know I guess.

 

If you have an opinion on the various brands then will you please let me know your thoughts and why you have come to the conclusions you have.  With thanks.  Walter.




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Re: NFL on the iPhone?

Robin Frost
 

Hi,
the NFL has their own app but it's horrid in my humble view and their new game pass isn't worth the money if you just want audio. I can vouch for the tune In option. it is in real-time I.E. no 5 minute delay as some other services such as sirius xm have in place. I'd read they plan to add other major sporting leagues in the future as well.
Some of the free apps from individual teams also often feature radio broadcast options therein as well but their accessibility I.E. labeling of buttons is hit or miss.
So Tune In might be your best bet.
I hope that helps.
Robin

-----Original Message-----
From: Rich De Steno
Sent: Sunday, December 13, 2015 5:49 PM
To: TechTalk@groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] NFL on the iPhone?

There are a few options. You can buy Pro Football Radio for 99 cents,
but it is a hit and miss proposition. I Have it and it works well
enough for me. They give you a list of possible stations for every team
and you usully get the game after you try a few, but no guarantees. If
you want an official "sure thing", Tune-in Radio advertises a premium
version for $8.99 per month, which gets you all NFL games plus many
recorded books and commercial-free stations, but I do not use that myself.

Rich De Steno

On 12/13/2015 5:41 PM, Curtis Delzer wrote:
Like at bat, for MLB, is there an ap for the IiPhone which does the same? pick local broadcasts for games, or any broadcast for a fee?
At bat is $2.99 per month without the TV option, just "game day audio," which is all I would want.



Curtis Delzer
H.S.
K6VFO
San Bernardino, CA






Pizzara Audio Extractor

Merv Keck <blind5sparrow@...>
 

Hi,

I apologize if I am not spelling that correctly but I’m currently typing with a blinding headache right now. I wanted to thank Carlos again for the above stated audio utility. I have been meaning to try some of the other utilities on the list above what I am already using but I have had this one for a while thanks to his recommendation. Today I had a file that did not need converted but it did need the volume boosted quite a bit. It really didn’t need normalized or a bunch of fancy audio work in goldwave or any other application I might have. So I just very quickly brought it up and boosted the volume and while I was at it boosted the bit rate and it now sounds much better for the casual listening in which it was intended. So I wanted to thank Carlos again and throw that out there if anyone thinks that utility is just for converting from one file to another.

Merv

 


Re: NFL on the iPhone?

Rich De Steno <ironrock@...>
 

There are a few options. You can buy Pro Football Radio for 99 cents, but it is a hit and miss proposition. I Have it and it works well enough for me. They give you a list of possible stations for every team and you usully get the game after you try a few, but no guarantees. If you want an official "sure thing", Tune-in Radio advertises a premium version for $8.99 per month, which gets you all NFL games plus many recorded books and commercial-free stations, but I do not use that myself.

Rich De Steno

On 12/13/2015 5:41 PM, Curtis Delzer wrote:
Like at bat, for MLB, is there an ap for the IiPhone which does the same? pick local broadcasts for games, or any broadcast for a fee?
At bat is $2.99 per month without the TV option, just "game day audio," which is all I would want.



Curtis Delzer
H.S.
K6VFO
San Bernardino, CA





NFL on the iPhone?

Curtis Delzer
 

Like at bat, for MLB, is there an ap for the IiPhone which does the same? pick local broadcasts for games, or any broadcast for a fee?
At bat is $2.99 per month without the TV option, just "game day audio," which is all I would want.



Curtis Delzer
H.S.
K6VFO
San Bernardino, CA


using NVDA to upgrade to Win10

Jim Wohlgamuth
 

Hi there GROUP!
Just got an update to for my NVDA and was wondering when I upgrade to Win10 at what point do I start NVDA and what is the procedure in doing so? Any advice is greatly appreciated! P.S. someone can reply offlist to wohlggie@....  THANKS&73 de
<KF8LT><Jim>


Re: Laptops, who is king of the hill?

Michael Amaro
 

amen on that.  I just got my self a dell Inspiron laptop 3 core processer 6 gigs of ram 1 tb h for 700 dollars.

From: Joe
Sent: Sunday, December 13, 2015 12:05 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Laptops, who is king of the hill?

I’d get the latest model of the Dell XPS 13. Great specs and reliability, but of course, this is personal preference, though several tech publications back up my choice. I’ve had great experience with Dell over the past ten years, hard-pressed to switch to another brand.

 

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From: Carlos [mailto:carlos1106@...]
Sent: Sunday, December 13, 2015 2:09 PM
To: TechTalk@groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Laptops, who is king of the hill?

 

I don't have any specific recommendations at the moment, but I have to disagree about the prices.  If anything, laptop prices are lower than ever.

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

Sent: Sunday, December 13, 2015 1:59 PM

Subject: [TechTalk] Laptops, who is king of the hill?

 

Hi all.  In the new year I'm contemplating getting a laptop.  It has been a few years since I had one and things have moved on a fair bit since then.  However I would like to know which manufacturer is considered to have the best quality products.  A few years ago I saw a lot of posts on lists like this moaning and complaining about HP but have they improved?  are they considered a good bet for quality and reliability now?  There is a lot of differing brands on offer but I'd like to consider your opinions on the various brands and their pros and cons before seeking out a suitable model.  I've just looked at one web site and noticed that laptops are still rather expensive.  I actually want a laptop rather than a tablet because the hard drives are larger and there is an integral keyboard and more than one USB.  I've discounted apple as Apple are too controlling, restrictive and it is a completely new learning curve which I'm not inclined to embark on.  I would much prefer win7 as the OS, definitely not Win8.  The site I looked at has no Win10 which surprises me so I'll need to go with Win7, stick with what I know I guess.

 

If you have an opinion on the various brands then will you please let me know your thoughts and why you have come to the conclusions you have.  With thanks.  Walter.

 


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Re: Laptops, who is king of the hill?

Cristóbal
 

You start looking above $800 and you’re getting into specs that won’t really add to the blind user experience per say. Nicer screen resolution, higher end video cards and processing for gaming, etc.

Nothing wrong with acquiring a high powered machine, but for us, why pay for a premium feature that we can’t really take full advantage of.

 

 

 

From: Carlos [mailto:carlos1106@...]
Sent: Sunday, December 13, 2015 11:48 AM
To: TechTalk@groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Laptops, who is king of the hill?

 

Actually, I would go as far as saying that for $600 to $800 you can purchase a reasonably powerful machine if you shop around.

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

From: Matt

Sent: Sunday, December 13, 2015 2:40 PM

Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Laptops, who is king of the hill?

 

Well, I agree computer in general is down in prices. Can you spend a lot of money on one yes. But you can buy a very good laptop and desktop for around 1000 bucks or less. I would say you can get a fairly good windows machine to do most of what most people would want to do with one for around 600 to the 800 buck mark.

 

 

 

From: Carlos [mailto:carlos1106@...]
Sent: Sunday, December 13, 2015 2:09 PM
To: TechTalk@groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Laptops, who is king of the hill?

 

I don't have any specific recommendations at the moment, but I have to disagree about the prices.  If anything, laptop prices are lower than ever.

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

Sent: Sunday, December 13, 2015 1:59 PM

Subject: [TechTalk] Laptops, who is king of the hill?

 

Hi all.  In the new year I'm contemplating getting a laptop.  It has been a few years since I had one and things have moved on a fair bit since then.  However I would like to know which manufacturer is considered to have the best quality products.  A few years ago I saw a lot of posts on lists like this moaning and complaining about HP but have they improved?  are they considered a good bet for quality and reliability now?  There is a lot of differing brands on offer but I'd like to consider your opinions on the various brands and their pros and cons before seeking out a suitable model.  I've just looked at one web site and noticed that laptops are still rather expensive.  I actually want a laptop rather than a tablet because the hard drives are larger and there is an integral keyboard and more than one USB.  I've discounted apple as Apple are too controlling, restrictive and it is a completely new learning curve which I'm not inclined to embark on.  I would much prefer win7 as the OS, definitely not Win8.  The site I looked at has no Win10 which surprises me so I'll need to go with Win7, stick with what I know I guess.

 

If you have an opinion on the various brands then will you please let me know your thoughts and why you have come to the conclusions you have.  With thanks.  Walter.

 


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Re: OT Gene

Carolyn Arnold
 

I will keep Gene in my prayers and trust that whenever you know anything
to tell us, you'll tell us and hope that he can return to the list soon.
Thanks

Bye for now,

Carolyn

-----Original Message-----
From: Carlos [mailto:carlos1106@...]
Sent: Sunday, December 13, 2015 8:04 AM
To: TechTalk@groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] OT Gene

Aside from his Email address, I don't have any contact information, but I
will pass on all the good wishes and let everyone know if I receive any
news.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Ann Parsons" <akp@...>
To: <TechTalk@groups.io>
Sent: Sunday, December 13, 2015 7:52 AM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] OT Gene


Hi all,

Well, we wish him the very best. God bless him. Do you have a
contact number for his family? Do let us know if you get any updates.

Ann P.

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Not all those who wander are lost."



Re: Laptops, who is king of the hill?

Carlos
 

Well, my brother recently purchased a laptop from Dell with a 1 TB
mechanical drive and 8 GB of RAM for a little over $600. Not quite sure
what processor is in the machine, but probably at least an i5.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Walter Ramage" <wpr@...>
To: <TechTalk@groups.io>
Sent: Sunday, December 13, 2015 3:16 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Laptops, who is king of the hill?


The prices do vary but I notice that there is a lot of "cheap laptops and a
lot of expensive laptops but the mid range prices are still a bit high
compared to when I first got my laptop. The site I looked it is
www.ebuyer.co.uk and if you multiply the prices you see there by 1.52 then
you will get an approximation of what that model would cost in Dollars as £1
is equal to $1.52 but of course, this will fluctuate from day to day. but
it seems to be sitting around that point steadily for now. Walter.
-----Original Message-----
From: Carlos [mailto:carlos1106@...]
Sent: 13 December 2015 19:09
To: TechTalk@groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Laptops, who is king of the hill?

I don't have any specific recommendations at the moment, but I have to
disagree about the prices. If anything, laptop prices are lower than ever.

----- Original Message -----
From: Walter Ramage <mailto:wpr@...>
To: TechTalk@groups.io
Sent: Sunday, December 13, 2015 1:59 PM
Subject: [TechTalk] Laptops, who is king of the hill?


Hi all. In the new year I'm contemplating getting a laptop. It has
been a few years since I had one and things have moved on a fair bit since
then. However I would like to know which manufacturer is considered to have
the best quality products. A few years ago I saw a lot of posts on lists
like this moaning and complaining about HP but have they improved? are they
considered a good bet for quality and reliability now? There is a lot of
differing brands on offer but I'd like to consider your opinions on the
various brands and their pros and cons before seeking out a suitable model.
I've just looked at one web site and noticed that laptops are still rather
expensive. I actually want a laptop rather than a tablet because the hard
drives are larger and there is an integral keyboard and more than one USB.
I've discounted apple as Apple are too controlling, restrictive and it is a
completely new learning curve which I'm not inclined to embark on. I would
much prefer win7 as the OS, definitely not Win8. The site I looked at has
no Win10 which surprises me so I'll need to go with Win7, stick with what I
know I guess.



If you have an opinion on the various brands then will you please
let me know your thoughts and why you have come to the conclusions you have.
With thanks. Walter.



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Re: Toaster Oven

Carolyn Arnold
 

That is good to hear. Whenever our toaster wears out, I won't settle for anything less. We didn't have room for both. My husband likes toaster toast, so I gave my toaster oven away. That is great news to know that you can have both, and that I will do whenever ours goes out. He paid two dollars for it at a yard sale. I don't know how long he had it, but we've had it and used it daily for over four years, so I commend it for durability. I guess it's tuff and old like we are.

Bye for now,

Carolyn

-----Original Message-----
From: Matt [mailto:matt.from.florida@...]
Sent: Saturday, December 12, 2015 11:22 PM
To: TechTalk@groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Toaster Oven

Yes and they make newer models as I have sent out links to them. Most all the major brands make them like that. Like Hamilton beach and black and decker and weaver and the list goes on. If you read some of my earlier emails you will see links to them. If you think about it really makes a lot of sense instead of having a toaster and then a toaster oven. Just have it all in one and it will not take up any more space if as much.







Matt.from.florida@... <mailto:Matt.from.florida@...>



From: Jim Wohlgamuth [mailto:wohlggie@...]
Sent: Saturday, December 12, 2015 9:56 PM
To: TechTalk@groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Toaster Oven



Pam, we have an older model toaster oven that has a door that opens on the front for things such as sandwiches and other things you would like to warm. There is a large open slot on the top where you place your bread, I think it will hold 4 slices of bread. As I stated, it is an older model and I'm not certain of the brand. There are several adjustable knobs on the front for setting the temperature and time. What I like is the timer actually has a bell that will let you know when your food is done. Just some info for you and the group. Have A Good One! de <KF8LT><Jim>.

On 10-Dec-15 16:42, Pamela Dominguez wrote:

I have never seen toaster ovens, even fancy ones, that have separate slots for toast. The kind I miss is the kind that had a lever you push down to start the toaster oven, like toasters do, so that you can leave your time and temperature controls where they are. Pam.

-----Original Message----- From: Matt
Sent: Tuesday, December 08, 2015 3:02 PM
To: TechTalk@groups.io <mailto:TechTalk@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Toaster Oven

Well, yes they are both toaster oven anything you can make toast in could be called a toaster or toaster overn the latter is infact usually have a elament in the top and some even have one in the top and bottom. And the real fancy ones will have a tray and eleament in the top and one in the bottome and slots on top for toast as well. It all depends on what you want and how much money you want to spend.


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-----Original Message-----
From: Howard Traxler [mailto:howard@...]
Sent: Tuesday, December 08, 2015 2:27 PM
To: TechTalk@groups.io <mailto:TechTalk@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Toaster Oven

I have seen small standalone ovens that have a broiler element in the top and I've seen some with slots in the top for making toast. Are they both called toaster ovens or could one be a broiler oven? Just wondered about the proper names? The one I have does not have bread slots.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Marie" <magpie.mn@...> <mailto:magpie.mn@...>
To: <TechTalk@groups.io> <mailto:TechTalk@groups.io>
Sent: Tuesday, December 08, 2015 10:22 AM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Toaster Oven





Thanks to all the info and I am ordering one today. I hate using the
conventional stove for heating up small items and my regular toaster
is on its last days. Living alone it seems a waste to use the big oven
when a little toaster oven would do the trick.
Marie


-----Original Message-----
From: Gerald Levy
Sent: Tuesday, December 8, 2015 4:12 AM
To: TechTalk@groups.io <mailto:TechTalk@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Toaster Oven


Yeah, there's some unhealthy gooey glop inside a Pop Tart, which is
why I only eat them once in a while. And god only knows what's really
in the topping of those Ellio's frozen pizzas that I love so much
because they fit perfectly on the toaster oven baking pan. But, hey,
I just had my annual physical exam, and the doctor pronounced me in
perfect health, so I must be doing something right. For the record, I
work out religiously at least 2 hours daily, 7 days a week, so an
occasional Pop Tart probably won't kill me.

Gerald



-----Original Message-----
From: Ron Canazzi
Sent: Tuesday, December 08, 2015 7:00 AM
To: TechTalk@groups.io <mailto:TechTalk@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Toaster Oven

...well enough about the toaster ovens, I use them a lot also. But
you actually eat those pop tarts? Do you know what's inside of them?
Don't ask! Just eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow--oh well, cancel
that last part.

Sorry couldn't resist!


On 12/8/2015 6:47 AM, Gerald Levy wrote:



I have a Black & Decker 4 slice toaster oven, model TO-1313, which is
extremely easy to use. It has 3 mechanical knobs. The top knob sets
the temperature, the middle knob sets the cooking mode (warm, broil,
bake or toast, in that order), and the bottom knob sets the timer for
up to 30 minutes. I placed tactile dots at the 5 minute and 15
minute positions on the timer to make it easy to set, and I rarely
adjust the temperature knob, which I leave turned all the way to the
right at the 450 degree setting for toast and baking. This is by far
the most versatile appliance in my kitchen. I use it to make
everything from frozen waffles and Pop Tarts to pizza, chicken
patties, broiled salmon and plain old toast. I never use my
full-size oven anymore except for cooking on the stove top. My
toaster oven is so indespensible that I ordered another one yesterday
as a backup just in case the current one dies. The unit I ordered is
the Proctor Silex 4 slice toaster oven broiler, model 31140A, which
is available on EBay for a limited time while supplies last for only
$15.99 with free Fedex shipping. . My exsperience is that a toaster
oven won’t last very long, especially if you use it daily, because
the heating elements will eventually burn out. These units are all
made in China now, and the product quality is not what it used to be
when they were actually made by Black & Decker and Hamilton Beach, respectively, here in the US. But for only $16, you can’t go wrong.
Based on the product description, the Proctor Silex unit has the same
three mechanical knobs as the Black & Decker model, so it should be
just as easy to use. For anyone who is interested in a great ,
inexpensive Christmas gift for themselves or somebody else, check it out:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/391322090357


Gerald



From: Marie
Sent: Monday, December 07, 2015 6:43 PM
To: TechTalk@groups.io <mailto:TechTalk@groups.io>
Subject: [TechTalk] Toaster Oven

I am thinking of getting a small 4 slice Black and Decker Toaster Oven.
does anyone on the list have any experience with this unit and its it
possible to mark the controls for accessibility?
Thanks, Marie


Re: Laptops, who is king of the hill?

Walter Ramage
 

The prices do vary but I notice that there is a lot of "cheap laptops and a
lot of expensive laptops but the mid range prices are still a bit high
compared to when I first got my laptop. The site I looked it is
www.ebuyer.co.uk and if you multiply the prices you see there by 1.52 then
you will get an approximation of what that model would cost in Dollars as £1
is equal to $1.52 but of course, this will fluctuate from day to day. but
it seems to be sitting around that point steadily for now. Walter.

-----Original Message-----
From: Carlos [mailto:carlos1106@...]
Sent: 13 December 2015 19:09
To: TechTalk@groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Laptops, who is king of the hill?

I don't have any specific recommendations at the moment, but I have to
disagree about the prices. If anything, laptop prices are lower than ever.

----- Original Message -----
From: Walter Ramage <mailto:wpr@...>
To: TechTalk@groups.io
Sent: Sunday, December 13, 2015 1:59 PM
Subject: [TechTalk] Laptops, who is king of the hill?


Hi all. In the new year I'm contemplating getting a laptop. It has
been a few years since I had one and things have moved on a fair bit since
then. However I would like to know which manufacturer is considered to have
the best quality products. A few years ago I saw a lot of posts on lists
like this moaning and complaining about HP but have they improved? are they
considered a good bet for quality and reliability now? There is a lot of
differing brands on offer but I'd like to consider your opinions on the
various brands and their pros and cons before seeking out a suitable model.
I've just looked at one web site and noticed that laptops are still rather
expensive. I actually want a laptop rather than a tablet because the hard
drives are larger and there is an integral keyboard and more than one USB.
I've discounted apple as Apple are too controlling, restrictive and it is a
completely new learning curve which I'm not inclined to embark on. I would
much prefer win7 as the OS, definitely not Win8. The site I looked at has
no Win10 which surprises me so I'll need to go with Win7, stick with what I
know I guess.



If you have an opinion on the various brands then will you please
let me know your thoughts and why you have come to the conclusions you have.
With thanks. Walter.



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Re: Laptops, who is king of the hill?

Joe
 

I’d get the latest model of the Dell XPS 13. Great specs and reliability, but of course, this is personal preference, though several tech publications back up my choice. I’ve had great experience with Dell over the past ten years, hard-pressed to switch to another brand.

 

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From: Carlos [mailto:carlos1106@...]
Sent: Sunday, December 13, 2015 2:09 PM
To: TechTalk@groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Laptops, who is king of the hill?

 

I don't have any specific recommendations at the moment, but I have to disagree about the prices.  If anything, laptop prices are lower than ever.

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

Sent: Sunday, December 13, 2015 1:59 PM

Subject: [TechTalk] Laptops, who is king of the hill?

 

Hi all.  In the new year I'm contemplating getting a laptop.  It has been a few years since I had one and things have moved on a fair bit since then.  However I would like to know which manufacturer is considered to have the best quality products.  A few years ago I saw a lot of posts on lists like this moaning and complaining about HP but have they improved?  are they considered a good bet for quality and reliability now?  There is a lot of differing brands on offer but I'd like to consider your opinions on the various brands and their pros and cons before seeking out a suitable model.  I've just looked at one web site and noticed that laptops are still rather expensive.  I actually want a laptop rather than a tablet because the hard drives are larger and there is an integral keyboard and more than one USB.  I've discounted apple as Apple are too controlling, restrictive and it is a completely new learning curve which I'm not inclined to embark on.  I would much prefer win7 as the OS, definitely not Win8.  The site I looked at has no Win10 which surprises me so I'll need to go with Win7, stick with what I know I guess.

 

If you have an opinion on the various brands then will you please let me know your thoughts and why you have come to the conclusions you have.  With thanks.  Walter.

 


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Re: OT Gene

Michael Amaro
 

we are talking about gene asner right? I think that's how you spell his last name?

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From: "Carlos" <carlos1106@...>
Sent: Sunday, December 13, 2015 5:03 AM
To: <TechTalk@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] OT Gene

Aside from his Email address, I don't have any contact information, but I will pass on all the good wishes and let everyone know if I receive any news.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Ann Parsons" <akp@...>
To: <TechTalk@groups.io>
Sent: Sunday, December 13, 2015 7:52 AM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] OT Gene


Hi all,

Well, we wish him the very best. God bless him. Do you have a contact number for his family? Do let us know if you get any updates.

Ann P.

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Not all those who wander are lost."



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