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Re: BARD Outage

Walt Smith
 

Whether they've had your e-mail address or not isn't the issue: the point is whether or not it's their policy to provide such notifications. Anyone attempting to log into BARD; at least in the past few hours; gets a message from the staff that essentially echoes the message that was forwarded to the list. Another issue is the simple fact that maintaining an e-mail mailing list for several thousand persons is almost a full-time job in itself and personally, I'd much rather have the library staff spending their time on their primary job and not in sending me mail that duplicates what I can find out by trying to log into BARD.



From: Stan Bobbitt [mailto:sbobbitt@...]
Sent: Wednesday, September 02, 2015 6:49 PM
To: TechTalk@groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Fwd: BARD Outage

I’m here in NC and not a word from the state library ... ain’t like they haven’t had my email for years and years
 


Essential iPhone training

Donald L. Roberts
 

I just wanted to say a great big thanks to Carlos for uploading this thing.  The content is excellent.  The following is not a criticism, but I had to smile when I saw that the sampling rate was 320 K which produced a file of greater than 1.2 gigs in size.  So I used Pazera to compress it to a sampling rate of 32 K, producing a file of 124 megs in size.  It reminds me of the time when I went to download some old pre-1925 acoustical recordings which somehad ripped at 320 K.  It always amazes me how many persons erroneously think that regardless of the original content, they can make it sound better by ripping at 320 K.
 
Don Roberts
 


Re: lowest bit rate for audio books?

Walt Smith
 

Agreed -- sometimes, 48 will provide good quality, but 64 is always
satisfactory for spoken material.

-----Original Message-----
From: Carlos [mailto:carlos1106@nyc.rr.com]
Sent: Thursday, September 03, 2015 1:12 PM
To: TechTalk@groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] lowest bit rate for audio books?

This question usually causes a bit of controversy. In my opinion, about 64.

Although many will say that for spoken material it doesn't really matter.


Re: inquiring about another list

Stan Bobbitt
 

Thanks a lot Mike!
 
Stan B

From: Mike B.
Sent: Thursday, September 03, 2015 2:08 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] inquiring about another list
 
Hi Stan,
 
To subscribe click on the email link below, put, subscribe, in the subject field, don't put anything in the message field, & send.
 
 
 
Take care.
Mike
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----- Original Message -----
Sent: Thursday, September 03, 2015 7:45 AM
Subject: [TechTalk] inquiring about another list
 
Hi, has something happened with the jaws users list? I got a message earlier in the week saying that I had been unsubscribed. I’ve sent a msg to resubscribe but nothing ...
Sent from my iHeart
Stan B


Re: inquiring about another list

Mike B. <mb69mach1@...>
 


Hi Stan,
 
To subscribe click on the email link below, put, subscribe, in the subject field, don't put anything in the message field, & send.
 
 
 
Take care.
Mike
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----- Original Message -----
Sent: Thursday, September 03, 2015 7:45 AM
Subject: [TechTalk] inquiring about another list

Hi, has something happened with the jaws users list? I got a message earlier in the week saying that I had been unsubscribed. I’ve sent a msg to resubscribe but nothing ...
Sent from my iHeart
Stan B


Re: Image for Windows & Creating A Backup

Mike B. <mb69mach1@...>
 

Hi Carlos,
 
Cool!  Thank you mooy moocho.
Take care.
Mike
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----- Original Message -----
From: Carlos
Sent: Thursday, September 03, 2015 10:37 AM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Image for Windows & Creating A Backup

Hi Mike,
You can save the image to any folder on the hard drive.  You can continue to use the drive to store other data.
----- Original Message -----
From: Mike B.
Sent: Thursday, September 03, 2015 1:35 PM
Subject: [TechTalk] Image for Windows & Creating A Backup

Howdy Y'all,
 
I would like to create a full backup image to an external drive, but before trying I need a little help.  Can I create this image to a folder on the external drive or, do I have to use an external drive exclusively for this image only?  All help will be greatly appreciated & graciously accepted.  Thanks much.
Take care.
Mike
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Re: lowest bit rate for audio books?

Gene
 

You can use lower bit rates if you are creating a monaural file.  I'm speaking of mp3 files.  I haven't read or tested what I am saying with other files.  By a monaural file, I don't mean recording something that is monaural.  I mean that you can encode the actual file as monaural.  If you want a standard bit rate, I would say not to go below 64 monaural.  If you don't care if a bit rate is standard, I would say not to go below about 48kbps monaural.  However, you can experiment and try 32kbps.  there are some audible artifacts introduced, particularly in the way the letter s may sound but if that doesn't bother you, you may want to use 32kbps monaural.  No one can tell you beyond a certain point, what you will or won't find acceptable.  You have to experiment and see.
 
Also, different people hear compressed audio differently.  I'm giving bit rates based on how I hear them.  You may find that what you find acceptable matches what I say or you may find that your experience differs.  You may want to experiment with other bit rates because you hear compressed audio differently.
 
Also, keep in mind that you may hear artifacts to a considerably more extent if you use headphones.  If 32kbps sounds alright to you when listening with speakers and you intend to listen with headphones, evaluate the audio with headphones. 
 
Gene

----- Original Message -----
Gene

Sent: Thursday, September 03, 2015 11:54 AM
Subject: [TechTalk] lowest bit rate for audio books?

What is the lowest bit rate I can use for audio books without losing
much sound quality?  For example, when I use Baliboka to take text
from an ebook.




Re: any opinions on windows 10

Carlos
 

And yes welcome to the list Bill.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Joseph Lee" <joseph.lee22590@gmail.com>
To: <TechTalk@groups.io>
Sent: Thursday, September 03, 2015 1:53 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] any opinions on windows 10


Hi Bill,
First, welcome to the list.
To select a different player to be your default player, follow these steps:
1. Press Windows+I to open Settings.
2. From Settings, navigate to System/Default apps and press ENTER..
3. Press TAB until you land on music. Press SPACE, then use TAB to select
the player you want and press ENTER. Do this for the video app.
Regarding opinions and other Windows 10 goodies, what would you like to
know? In terms of system security and privacy, it depends (some say it's
good, while others say it's a bad thing). Regarding accessibility, I can
testify that it is a work in progress (nowadays I'm investigating
accessibility of various so-called universal Windows apps with NVDA).
In regards to screen reader, I'm the resident NVDA developer here so I can
tell you how NVDA does things with Windows 10, and we do have expert screen
reader users (like Gene asner and Carlos) who can tell you about how their
screen readers work with Windows 10.
Cheers,
Joseph

-----Original Message-----
From: Bill Koppelmann [mailto:billmeister@samobile.net]
Sent: Thursday, September 3, 2015 10:40 AM
To: TechTalk@groups.io
Subject: [TechTalk] any opinions on windows 10

Hi Everyone,
I'm one of the new guys and am wondering if we have any windows 10 users
here.
what I'm particularly wanting to know is can you choose your player of
choice to be used instead of that groove music thing? If so, please tell me
how I do this.
many thanks,

--
Bill Koppelmann
FACEBOOK: Bill.Koppelmann
skype: billblinkster
have a great day
and keep standing up for
God and our country





Re: any opinions on windows 10

Carlos
 

Ah yes, I forgot that they renamed it to Default Apps. I guess I'm going to have to setup a dual boot with 10 if I want to provide more accurate assistance since I don't currently have it installed.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Joseph Lee" <joseph.lee22590@gmail.com>
To: <TechTalk@groups.io>
Sent: Thursday, September 03, 2015 1:53 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] any opinions on windows 10


Hi Bill,
First, welcome to the list.
To select a different player to be your default player, follow these steps:
1. Press Windows+I to open Settings.
2. From Settings, navigate to System/Default apps and press ENTER..
3. Press TAB until you land on music. Press SPACE, then use TAB to select
the player you want and press ENTER. Do this for the video app.
Regarding opinions and other Windows 10 goodies, what would you like to
know? In terms of system security and privacy, it depends (some say it's
good, while others say it's a bad thing). Regarding accessibility, I can
testify that it is a work in progress (nowadays I'm investigating
accessibility of various so-called universal Windows apps with NVDA).
In regards to screen reader, I'm the resident NVDA developer here so I can
tell you how NVDA does things with Windows 10, and we do have expert screen
reader users (like Gene asner and Carlos) who can tell you about how their
screen readers work with Windows 10.
Cheers,
Joseph

-----Original Message-----
From: Bill Koppelmann [mailto:billmeister@samobile.net]
Sent: Thursday, September 3, 2015 10:40 AM
To: TechTalk@groups.io
Subject: [TechTalk] any opinions on windows 10

Hi Everyone,
I'm one of the new guys and am wondering if we have any windows 10 users
here.
what I'm particularly wanting to know is can you choose your player of
choice to be used instead of that groove music thing? If so, please tell me
how I do this.
many thanks,

--
Bill Koppelmann
FACEBOOK: Bill.Koppelmann
skype: billblinkster
have a great day
and keep standing up for
God and our country





Re: any opinions on windows 10

Joseph Lee <joseph.lee22590@...>
 

Hi Bill,
First, welcome to the list.
To select a different player to be your default player, follow these steps:
1. Press Windows+I to open Settings.
2. From Settings, navigate to System/Default apps and press ENTER..
3. Press TAB until you land on music. Press SPACE, then use TAB to select
the player you want and press ENTER. Do this for the video app.
Regarding opinions and other Windows 10 goodies, what would you like to
know? In terms of system security and privacy, it depends (some say it's
good, while others say it's a bad thing). Regarding accessibility, I can
testify that it is a work in progress (nowadays I'm investigating
accessibility of various so-called universal Windows apps with NVDA).
In regards to screen reader, I'm the resident NVDA developer here so I can
tell you how NVDA does things with Windows 10, and we do have expert screen
reader users (like Gene asner and Carlos) who can tell you about how their
screen readers work with Windows 10.
Cheers,
Joseph

-----Original Message-----
From: Bill Koppelmann [mailto:billmeister@samobile.net]
Sent: Thursday, September 3, 2015 10:40 AM
To: TechTalk@groups.io
Subject: [TechTalk] any opinions on windows 10

Hi Everyone,
I'm one of the new guys and am wondering if we have any windows 10 users
here.
what I'm particularly wanting to know is can you choose your player of
choice to be used instead of that groove music thing? If so, please tell me
how I do this.
many thanks,

--
Bill Koppelmann
FACEBOOK: Bill.Koppelmann
skype: billblinkster
have a great day
and keep standing up for
God and our country


Re: any opinions on windows 10

Carlos
 

You can use any player that you have installed. You have to configure it as the default in
Default Programs
Just type
Default Programs
into the "Start" menu search field.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Bill Koppelmann" <billmeister@samobile.net>
To: <TechTalk@groups.io>
Sent: Thursday, September 03, 2015 1:39 PM
Subject: [TechTalk] any opinions on windows 10


Hi Everyone,
I'm one of the new guys and am wondering if we have any windows 10 users here.
what I'm particularly wanting to know is can you choose your player of choice to be used instead of that groove music thing? If so, please tell me how I do this.
many thanks,

--
Bill Koppelmann
FACEBOOK: Bill.Koppelmann
skype: billblinkster
have a great day
and keep standing up for
God and our country


Re: lowest bit rate for audio books?

Kwork
 

In my opinion, either 64kbps mono or 128 kbps stereo. Any lower than that,
and my ears can't handle it with my tinnitus. If music, then generally
higher than that.
Travis

----- Original Message -----
From: "john schwery" <jschwery@embarqmail.com>
To: <TechTalk@groups.io>
Sent: Thursday, September 03, 2015 9:54 AM
Subject: [TechTalk] lowest bit rate for audio books?


What is the lowest bit rate I can use for audio books without losing
much sound quality? For example, when I use Baliboka to take text
from an ebook.


any opinions on windows 10

Bill K <billmeister@...>
 

Hi Everyone,
I'm one of the new guys and am wondering if we have any windows 10 users here.
what I'm particularly wanting to know is can you choose your player of choice to be used instead of that groove music thing? If so, please tell me how I do this.
many thanks,

--
Bill Koppelmann
FACEBOOK: Bill.Koppelmann
skype: billblinkster
have a great day
and keep standing up for
God and our country


Setting up Cortana, using NVDA?

jldail13@...
 

Hi
I really want to set up Cortana, but I don't know how. Especially, because I'm using NVDA. Does anyone have any tips for doing this? Is there a tutorial on how to do this, that I could access?
Thanks,
Jessica


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Re: Image for Windows & Creating A Backup

Carlos
 

Hi Mike,
You can save the image to any folder on the hard drive.  You can continue to use the drive to store other data.

----- Original Message -----
From: Mike B.
Sent: Thursday, September 03, 2015 1:35 PM
Subject: [TechTalk] Image for Windows & Creating A Backup

Howdy Y'all,
 
I would like to create a full backup image to an external drive, but before trying I need a little help.  Can I create this image to a folder on the external drive or, do I have to use an external drive exclusively for this image only?  All help will be greatly appreciated & graciously accepted.  Thanks much.
Take care.
Mike
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Image for Windows & Creating A Backup

Mike B. <mb69mach1@...>
 

Howdy Y'all,
 
I would like to create a full backup image to an external drive, but before trying I need a little help.  Can I create this image to a folder on the external drive or, do I have to use an external drive exclusively for this image only?  All help will be greatly appreciated & graciously accepted.  Thanks much.
Take care.
Mike
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Backing up mail boxes in WLM

T. Civitello <tcivi31@...>
 

How do I back up my E Mail folders to a flash drive? Windows 7 and Windows Live Mail.  Thanks, Tom



Re: Additional Free Voices for NVDA

Rajmund <brajmund2000@...>
 

Hi,

Actually, I believe e Speak is supposed to be British?

----- Original Message -----
From: Marie <magpie.mn@gmail.com>
To: TechTalk@groups.io
Date: Thursday, 3 September 2015 5:02 am
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Additional Free Voices for NVDA



I don't think there is anything wrong with your hearing when it comes to
ESpeak. It makes me want to grit my teeth trying to understand it and to
tolerate the very sound of it. I love Australian accents but this is
terrible. I will probably spend more time trying to use and learn NVDA now
that the voice is so much more pleasant.
Marie


-----Original Message-----
From: Monica Jones
Sent: Wednesday, September 02, 2015 8:07 PM
To: TechTalk@groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Additional Free Voices for NVDA

Good, I like NVDa; I just can't stand that ESpeak. It's too robotic and the
accent is too sharp. I don't have a problem with real people with Australian
accents; I understand them just fine. Somehow, those voices are just too
something. I've tried running them real slow and still can't get used to
them. Maybe it's my hearing, or, perhaps I just need to try longer.


-----Original Message-----
From: Marie
Sent: Wednesday, September 02, 2015 10:00 PM
To: TechTalk@groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Additional Free Voices for NVDA

Glad I could help. Be sure to run the Microsoft runtime file first and then
the zira-pro. I did this while NVDA was running and then went into the
Preferences setting then synthesizers and found the voice. It is responsive
and understandable.
Marie


original Message-----
From: Monica Jones
Sent: Wednesday, September 02, 2015 7:50 PM
To: TechTalk@groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Additional Free Voices for NVDA

Never mind, I lied, it did download. I just didn't get the noise I usually
get when something finishes. Thanks for sending me the link again, Marie.


-----Original Message-----
From: Marie
Sent: Wednesday, September 02, 2015 9:39 PM
To: TechTalk@groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Additional Free Voices for NVDA

Monica,
If you download the zip file that was posted earlier, the correct files are
included. I just downloaded it and installed the runtime file and the
zira-pro voice on my desktop and I must say it is a vast improvement over
ESpeak. In case you missed the zip file, here is the link:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5Txao1DiiuvSXdoT3k0U0hHaHc/view"usp=sharing
Marie

-----Original Message-----
From: Monica Jones
Sent: Wednesday, September 02, 2015 7:34 PM
To: TechTalk@groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Additional Free Voices for NVDA

Is the 86 version on the page, or do have to find that somewhere else? I'm
asking because you said the info was missing.


-----Original Message-----
From: Laz
Sent: Wednesday, September 02, 2015 2:09 PM
To: TechTalk@groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Additional Free Voices for NVDA

Gerald,

I hope the below helps. I noticed this info was missing on the page
from the link that was provided earlier.

Microsoft Speech Platform - Runtime (Version 11), x86. Note that you
must install the x86 version even if your system is 64 bit.

Laz

On 9/2/15, Gerald Levy <bwaylimited@verizon.net> wrote:

I installed these two apps, but when I accessed the NVDA Synthesizer
dialog

on the Preferences menu and selected Microsoft Speech Platform in the
combo

box and then clicked Okay, I got an error message that the synthesizer
could

not be loaded. Did I screw something up?

Gerald



-----Original Message-----
From: Blaster
Sent: Wednesday, September 02, 2015 10:42 AM
To: TechTalk@groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Additional Free Voices for NVDA

You can get the updated speech runtime update and extra voices from this
link:

http://pamgriffith.net/blog/alternative-voices-for-nvda/


I like the zira pro voice myself,
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Re: considering to start with Apple machines

jeremy <icu8it2@...>
 

Mainly, I think it's probably important to keep in mind the differences in how to navigate the apple interface, compared to how you do it on windows. Being a former owner and user of a Mac book pro, running OSX, having to memorize the keystrokes I needed to accomplish tasks that only required the use of one or two keys on windows, that was pretty hard for me personally.

One interesting approach that apple has taken to VO is the need to interact with something on the screen, to access things like buttons or content inside that area. So, using an app that we used to use quite often, adium, which was an application for msn and alike, it was necessary to interact with the area containing the incoming messages, in order to read them.

Lets say you had typed out a message to a friend and on getting a message back from him/her, wanted to read it. You'd first need to move to the area containing the incoming messages, so VO+left would take you there. The VO keys, or Voiceover keys are a combination of pressing two keys at once, control and option. Using VO plus the arrow keys were normally how you'd move around, so, VO+left, VO+right, etc.
Once you had reached the incoming messages, interacting with it would allow you to read the messages inside. Using VO+shift+down arrow was the command for interacting with an item on the screen and VO+shift+up would take you back out.

We also got the ability to use quicknav, which was an easier way to basically lock the VO keys, so it was just a matter of pressing the arrows to move around. I think that was just after Leopard, but I can't remember. haha
Anyways, take a look at this link for a much larger list of the keys used to move around and hope this helps.
Take care.
https://help.apple.com/voiceover/vo/en/VOKeysColor_1.html

On 9/3/2015 9:05 AM, Moty Azrad wrote:
Matt,
 
I don’t thinnk that the MAC will be my first computer’ probably not in the beginning.
I’ve to learn, to practice and then to choose the better one for me.
I’m sorry that only you had answered my questions.
I wish to get much more info and some tips, which kind of machines of mac, there are and what is the best for totally blind user who needs braile too and more.
I hope that more Mac users here will send their help and knowledge.
 
thanks you any way, Matt.
 
Moti
From: Matt
Sent: Thursday, September 03, 2015 12:50 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] considering to start with Apple machines

Is this Mac going to be your work computer? If so what do you do for a living? I personally don’t have a Mac yet been putting it off for ever. But I think I will be getting my first very soon. As soon as they put out the new ones and I sort of leaning toward a Mac mini possible a Mac Air . It is not going to be a work computer or even my main computer .but something to learn and play around with.

 

 

 

 

From: Moty Azrad [mailto:motiaz@...]
Sent: Thursday, September 03, 2015 4:57 AM
To: TechTalk@groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] considering to start with Apple machines

 

Thanks Matt.

 

I wrote to this list in order to get more explanation about the real difference between the systems of Apple and these of Microsoft.

I do hope to get much more info because as I said, I don’t have any experience with Apple and wish to know whether to start to work with or not.

 

thanks for any output here.

 

Moti

 

From: Matt

Sent: Thursday, September 03, 2015 4:23 AM

Subject: Re: [TechTalk] considering to start with Apple machines

Hi, well, there is several ways you can do this install windows on the Mac. One thru a virtual windows and the other is thru boot camp . Which boot camp is fairly like just installing windows like on any hard driveI think I would prefer boot camp to a virtual windows but it is a choice. Now if you not going to use this thing as your primary machine you might not want to get the latest and greatest . You might want to if thinking of a lap top go with the Mac book air the13 inch or the 11 inch. They also have brought back the mac book as well so that might be worth looking at. But all this being said this late in the year I think I would wait for the new ones to come out. JST !

 

 

 

From: Moty Azrad [mailto:motiaz@...]
Sent: Wednesday, September 02, 2015 8:46 PM
To: TechTalk@groups.io
Subject: [TechTalk] considering to start with Apple machines

 

Dear all,

 

First, greetings to you all here in the new list and a lot of thanks to Carlos, who helps all of us everywhere.

Now my thoughts:

I’m using for fourteen years or so the system operation of Microsoft.

Now, I use Win 7 pro and think to upgrade it – when Jaws 17 is out, soon.

I’ve two laptops, one is 8 years and the other one is five years old.

I think to start now using the laptop of Apple and as I do understand – I’m talking about MACBOOK PRO.

I really wish to get your thoughts, your experience with that machine.

which one do I have to purchase and any other helpful information.

I’ve read about it but really don’t have any experience and the world and the way Apple acts with its systems.

Again, I do understand that it is a very general question but any information, any experience will be greatly appreciated.

I’m totally blind and use Braille Display and it’s a very important point for me.

I also know that I can install the system of Microsoft on these machine of Apple and wish to know how really this works.

 

thanks for any output.

 

Moti

 




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The K480 Keyboard

Lynn White
 

Does anyone have any information about this keyboard? My wife was able to help me pair it with my I Phone 6 plus. However, when I started out this morning, they would not pair.

I had turned the keyboard off and I guess that was a mistake.

Then, is there a list of the navigation keys for this keyboard. I have figured out that the second key on the top left is the home key.

Thanks for any help.

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