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Re: flash drive help

Gene
 

This link takes you to a discussion forum.  It has suggestions that may help you. 
 
Aside from that, do you use safely remove hardware when you remove a thumb drive?  Also, you should always back up anything, literally anything, you don't want to lose, whether you store it on a thumb drive, a hard drive or anywhere else.  Any storage medium may fail.  I'm not saying this thumb drive failed.  I'm saying that any storage medium may fail and you should never assume anything will be safe. 
 
Even if I'm only going to keep something for a day or a few hours, or even a shorter time, I back it up if I have only one copy. 
 
Gene

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Sunday, April 29, 2018 1:50 AM
Subject: [TechTalk] flash drive help

I did not know what to put on the subject line. this is my first message to the list my situation is the following I am using a dell desktop windows 7 64 bit service pack 1 but the computer is not the problem. My problem is the following one day just like any other day I inserted my sand disk flash drive in to my computer and it pops up a message that I must reformat the drive before using it again and it gives me the two options format or cancel but the problem is that I feel I cannot format because my 14 gb flash drive 12 almost 13 out of the 14 gb are used please help me I tried many computers but evidentally the computer where i inserted is not the problem formatting for those who do not know will earase everything on the drive and I just want to recover my stuff can any body help sorry for the long message but I am frustrated I do not know what else to do I tried many computers I do not want to format because I will have no way to recover my deleted items


flash drive help

Vanessa Ochoa
 

I did not know what to put on the subject line. this is my first message to the list my situation is the following I am using a dell desktop windows 7 64 bit service pack 1 but the computer is not the problem. My problem is the following one day just like any other day I inserted my sand disk flash drive in to my computer and it pops up a message that I must reformat the drive before using it again and it gives me the two options format or cancel but the problem is that I feel I cannot format because my 14 gb flash drive 12 almost 13 out of the 14 gb are used please help me I tried many computers but evidentally the computer where i inserted is not the problem formatting for those who do not know will earase everything on the drive and I just want to recover my stuff can any body help sorry for the long message but I am frustrated I do not know what else to do I tried many computers I do not want to format because I will have no way to recover my deleted items


Re: Making Phone Calls With Amazon Echo Devices

Chris Grabowski <skywalker@...>
 

I doubt it as their smartphone number would show up on your outgoing
caller id when placing a call.

If you have a landline you might look at the Echo Connect. This
connects to your landline/VOIP and uses your number for outgoing caller
id. Also it rings the echo for incoming calls.


Chris Grabowski
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On Sat, 28 Apr 2018 17:39:55 -0400
"Tim Grady" <timfgrady758@gmail.com> wrote:

No, you can dial a number just by speaking it. What you seem to need a smart phone for is to register for the service and if you want it to sync your contacts to alexa so you can just say call ron and not call 111-111-1111. What I hope is I can just sign up with some one else's smart phone and just skip the syncing contacts thing.

-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On Behalf Of Ron Canazzi
Sent: Saturday, April 21, 2018 7:29 AM
To: TechTalk Mailing List <TechTalk@groups.io>
Subject: [TechTalk] Making Phone Calls With Amazon Echo Devices

Hi Group,


In the most recent e-mail from Amazon Echo 'What's New With Alexa' dated April 20, 2018, they say you can make directly dialed phone calls to most numbers in the US, Canada and Mexico. Upon further research, you have to enter the numbers into your Alexa App with a smart phone. I am wondering--since you can do most configuration of Amazon Echo devices via the Alexa website: alexa.amazon.com, is there a way to enter the contact via this site? I don't see it as apparent. I do not have a smart phone and would be interested in setting this feature up via the web if possible.


Any help would be greatly appreciated.


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downloading OneDrive files instead of opening?

adam morris
 

Hi all,
Have just started using OneDrive.
If I share a link to a file and then paste it into a browser the file starts downloading and streaming.
Wondering how I can give people a link so they have the option to save or open said file.

tia.


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Re: Rainbow color identifier

Keith S
 

That's the one.
 
Keith

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Saturday, April 28, 2018 5:03 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Rainbow color identifier


Is the Rainbow the color identifier that measures about 1-1/4" X 2" and has the light sensor on one end and a single button on one of the flat sides? It would also have a key ring on it, and is manufactured by Edmundson Engineering?

If so, this is the one that I have. I have had it for years and it works better than any I have ever tried. I paid around $70 for it directly from Edmundson Engineering, which is  in Texas. The only downside to carrying it in your pocket is that the button will be depressed many times causing it to announce the color that it detects. It also works great as a light detector I just cannot remember if what I am describing is the Rainbow or not..

Michael


-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On Behalf Of Pamela Dominguez
Sent: Saturday, April 28, 2018 9:46 AM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Rainbow color identifier

I have the one from Envision America.  I don't remember what it is.  It's bigger than something that would fit on a key ring.  Pam.

-----Original Message-----
From: Carolyn Arnold
Sent: Saturday, April 28, 2018 10:27 AM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Rainbow color identifier

It fits on your key ring? Where are these available?

Best regards,

Carolyn

-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io
[mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On Behalf Of Rick Alfaro
Sent: Saturday, April 28, 2018 8:50 AM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Rainbow color identifier

Personally, it is my favorite color identifier because it is so much smaller than some of the others and does a great job for basic color identification. If you need a wider range of colors then it might not be for you but be prepared to spend a lot more for such a device with a much larger footprint.
It does what I need with basic colors and lighter or darker shades and it fits right on my key ring which is quite convenient.  HTH.



Best,

Rick Alfaro



From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On Behalf Of Keith S
Sent: Saturday, April 28, 2018 8:17 AM
To: TechTalk@groups.io
Subject: [TechTalk] Rainbow color identifier



Has anyone any experience with ethe Rainbow color identifier?



it is carried by most of the blind equipment companies, (maxi-aides, speak to me, Amazon.com, etc)



Wondering if it's worth the $100.00 price tag.



Thanks



Keith




 







Re: 7-zip splitting files

enes sarıbaş
 

hi,

It wasn't mp3, and I managed to do it with the 7-zip file manager.


On 4/28/2018 9:37 PM, Gene wrote:
I don't know if you can with 7zip but you can easily do so with MP3 Direct Cut.
 
Gene
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Saturday, April 28, 2018 1:13 PM
Subject: [TechTalk] 7-zip splitting files

hi,

I just spent about 5.5 hours compressing a 106 gb file  to upload to one
drive. However, the files should be below 15 gb to upload to drive. Is
there any way for me to split the file again with 7-zip, without a
re-compression?





Re: Question about Android phones.

Olusegun -- Victory Associates LTD, Inc.
 

It looks like the Voice Search Option is about to pass through the eye of
another needle. From the look of things, Google will be making greater use
of the Google Assistant for such functionality. As such, on some devices,
just issuing the command "OK Google" may not necessarily work as advertised
like before.


If you want a Samsung phone with a physical home button, your choices will
be the S5 through the S7 series; these are gone in newer incarnations of the
S Series! Also, be ready to tinker with having to use a touchscreen,
although you can always use a Bluetooth keyboard as well if desired.

Sincerely,
Olusegun
Denver, Colorado


Re: Question about Android phones.

Nimer Jaber
 

Hello,

The best phone for each person is going to be different. I am a technology trainer, and find that it is best if an individual makes an informed decision about what works better for their individual needs. For some, that choice is neither an Android phone nor an iPhone. I worked with an individual who struggled to use the iPhone. The reason that he purchased the iPhone is because some individuals told him that it was the best thing ever, that it would allow him to do so much with it, and that everyone was getting one. While the arena of smart phones has allowed many individuals to do more than ever before thanks to apps and cameras and sensors, for some they just add a lot of confusion and unnecessary clutter and a definite unneeded monthly expense. This individual struggled, and was unable to check his voicemail. I then recommended that he check his voicemail using a landline phone that he already was using before. Because, for this individual, this was what worked for him.

Anyway, getting off my tangent, the best Android phone may not be an Android phone at all. Then again, it might be. Android is not a good fit for everyone, neither is iOS. In Android land, a person has to be adventurous. They have to be willing to explore, to discover, to try, and to experience frustration at times. Android is a very open platform, which is great for some, because it means that it is very customizeable and configurable and allows a person to do much more than is even possible on an iPhone. That same level of configurability means that Android phones tend to come in all kinds of flavors. Some are cheap, low-end devices, that may meet the needs of some because of budgetary reasons. Others are high-end, and contain every feature under the sun, but they may be too expensive, or they may be too confusing for an individual who just needs some basic options. Some are rugged and pretty much waterproof, and others are pretty and beautiful. Many are made in an inferior way in China or wherever with substandard parts. Accessibility varies, too. On Samsung devices, you get a different screen reader, with its own gestures, and some find it to be more similar to using an iPhone, because of the available gestures. Most Android devices use Talkback, although some modify parts of the system, like the Text-to-speech, so that only a few speech rate options are available. There is then a diferente between a device that gets updates directly from Google, and a device that gets updates very, very slowly. Some devices have fingerprint readers on the front, others on the back, and some don't have them at all. Some have Wireless charging, some have fast charging, some have both. Some have much faster LTE speeds than others. In Android land, it is really important to do research on points that are important to you. What would you like to do with a phone? How would these tasks be impacted by a different phone? Where do you use your phone? Are stereo speakers important to you? Do you need your device to support device-based encryption in an accessible way? Would you like your phone to get updates quickly?

On the other hand, many of these issues are removed when considering an iPhone. About the biggest thing to consider is whechen you want a physical home button, what features do you want out of your camera, and how much do you have to spend. This is because most iPhones are much more similar than different.

if you have additional questions about Android or anything else, please don't hesitate to ask or to reach out. Just know that there are many, many opinions out there, and none of them are the right one for you. What is right for you will be up to you to figure out, based on priorities that are important to you.

Thanks.

On Sat, Apr 28, 2018 at 8:41 PM Olusegun -- Victory Associates LTD, Inc. <ukekearuaro@...> wrote:
The Blind Computer Users Group wrote:

"Samsung Galaxy phones. The physical home key adds some advantages."

Hmm, please be careful with that statement!  The latest incarnation of the
Samsung S series NO LONGER have physical home keys.  Example:  The S8,
S8Plus, S9 and S9Plus DO NOT have PHYSICAL HOME KEYS! 

Sincerely,
Olusegun
Denver, Colorado





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Re: Question about Android phones.

Olusegun -- Victory Associates LTD, Inc.
 

The Blind Computer Users Group wrote:

"Samsung Galaxy phones. The physical home key adds some advantages."

Hmm, please be careful with that statement! The latest incarnation of the
Samsung S series NO LONGER have physical home keys. Example: The S8,
S8Plus, S9 and S9Plus DO NOT have PHYSICAL HOME KEYS!

Sincerely,
Olusegun
Denver, Colorado


Re: Question about Android phones.

Olusegun -- Victory Associates LTD, Inc.
 

Sis Carolyn wrote in part:

"but I am wondering of all of the Android phones, which is the most blind
friendly?"

Opinions will be subjective! Whether it be Android or the iPhone, if it
fits snugly in your hands, I contend that that's your phone! These devices
ARE NOT DEVELOPED with the blind in mind; nevertheless, we learn to use them
for whatever catches our fancies. Your best bet, in my view, is to visit a
typical phone store and play with as many Android phones as you can lay your
pretty hands on and go home with the one you fall in love with. That's what
I did and that's why I'm making this recommendation.

Sincerely,
Olusegun
Denver, Colorado


Re: which braille dots

Jennifer Jackson <jennsjackson@...>
 

I had this same question a few months ago when I started using braille input on my Iphone. It is a little different than braille I have used before.

It is a dot 4 and then a dot 1. The braille input automatically changes that to an @ sign, but if you wrote it out to read in braille, it would take up two cells.


Jennifer J

On Apr 28, 2018, at 5:17 PM, Jujube <ellaxyu@gmail.com> wrote:

Space+u, dot 4.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Melissa" <angel.melissa0107@gmail.com
To: TechTalk <TechTalk@groups.io
Date sent: Sat, 28 Apr 2018 16:41:33 -0500
Subject: [TechTalk] which braille dots

Hello. can someone please tell me which braille dots make the at
symbol in computer braille. I'm trying to write something in my
braille sense Polaris, and I'm having problems finding the at symbol.
When I used dot 4 it did not work. It says "grave accent" thanks in
advance for any help.






Re: Question about Android phones.

Carolyn Arnold
 

Thanks. I've been talking to a blind friend who has a newer iPhone than I had. She is saying she will help me. I might just spend more money and get one, not the newest. My son and cousin have Galaxies and both like them. They always sound good too.

Best regards,

Carolyn

-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io [mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On Behalf Of Jim Wohlgamuth
Sent: Saturday, April 28, 2018 8:58 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Question about Android phones.

Hi Carolyn!

This is a very subjective question although I certainly would agree the the Galaxy phones are good phones. But, the best phone is still up to the individual phone users. Good Luck & Have A Good 1! de

<KF8LT><Jim>.



On 28-Apr-18 07:38, The Blind Computer Users Group via Groups.Io wrote:


Samsung Galaxy phones. The physical home key adds some advantages.

Thanks

-------- Original message --------
From: Carolyn Arnold <4carolyna@windstream.net> <mailto:4carolyna@windstream.net>
Date: 27/04/2018 10:16 p.m. (GMT+01:00)
To: TechTalk@groups.io <mailto:TechTalk@groups.io>
Subject: [TechTalk] Question about Android phones.


Crazy question, but I am wondering of all of the Android phones, which is the most blind friendly?


Re: Question about Android phones.

Jim Wohlgamuth
 

Hi Carolyn!

This is a very subjective question although I certainly would agree the the Galaxy phones are good phones.  But, the best phone is still up to the individual  phone users.  Good Luck & Have A Good 1! de

<KF8LT><Jim>.


On 28-Apr-18 07:38, The Blind Computer Users Group via Groups.Io wrote:
Samsung Galaxy phones. The physical home key adds some advantages.

Thanks

-------- Original message --------
From: Carolyn Arnold <4carolyna@...>
Date: 27/04/2018 10:16 p.m. (GMT+01:00)
Subject: [TechTalk] Question about Android phones.

Crazy question, but I am wondering of all of the Android phones, which is the most blind friendly?

 

 

 



iPhone information.

Carolyn Arnold
 

Does anyone have address of the iPhone users’ list, please? Thanks.

 

 

 


Re: Rainbow color identifier

Carolyn Arnold
 

I was aware of a lot of colors with vision, fuscia, hot
pink, dusty rose, mauve, to give you ideas in the pink
shades. My husband is good, since he was a graphic artist,
but Mountain Dew and some kind of kiwi - I give up.

Best regards,

Carolyn

-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io
[mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On Behalf Of Michael Boyd
Sent: Saturday, April 28, 2018 6:22 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Rainbow color identifier


Unless you have dealt with many color shades when and if you
were sighted, then it can be argued that one should be
careful not to purchase a color identifier that detects too
many color variations. This can become quite confusing and
end up causing the user problems.

Michael


-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On
Behalf Of Carolyn Arnold
Sent: Saturday, April 28, 2018 3:58 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Rainbow color identifier

I understand that the printing house has one that is quite
expensive that is more detailed and accurate than the
Colorino. I believe that the Colorino gives 100, and the
Rainbow gives 40.

Best regards,

Carolyn


-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io
[mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On Behalf Of Rick Alfaro
Sent: Saturday, April 28, 2018 2:51 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Rainbow color identifier

Hopefully, you'll have better luck than I finding an app
that reliably detects colors. I have yet to find one that I
found to be satisfactory, not even close to any of the
hardware based detectors.



-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On
Behalf Of Carolyn Arnold
Sent: Saturday, April 28, 2018 2:44 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Rainbow color identifier

I did go to Google, not impressed by price, glad I have my
Colorinos, can live without one on my key ring. Who knows
what kind of phone I might end up with that might be able to
tell me colors, if I'm out shopping or something and want to
know a color.

Best regards,

Carolyn


-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io
[mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On Behalf Of Carolyn Arnold
Sent: Saturday, April 28, 2018 1:39 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Rainbow color identifier

Right, good old Google is my buddy - the reason I want it on
a phone.

Best regards,

Carolyn


-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io
[mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On Behalf Of Rick Alfaro
Sent: Saturday, April 28, 2018 12:07 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Rainbow color identifier

I purchased mine directly from the manufacturer but I
believe most of the blindness related online stores offer it
as well. A google search should bring up the manufacturer
link for you. The device is about the size of a pager or
beeper if you remember what those were like.



-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On
Behalf Of Carolyn Arnold
Sent: Saturday, April 28, 2018 10:27 AM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Rainbow color identifier

It fits on your key ring? Where are these available?

Best regards,

Carolyn

-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io
[mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On Behalf Of Rick Alfaro
Sent: Saturday, April 28, 2018 8:50 AM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Rainbow color identifier

Personally, it is my favorite color identifier because it is
so much smaller than some of the others and does a great job
for basic color identification.
If you need a wider range of colors then it might not be for
you but be prepared to spend a lot more for such a device
with a much larger footprint.
It does what I need with basic colors and lighter or darker
shades and it fits right on my key ring which is quite
convenient. HTH.



Best,

Rick Alfaro



From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On
Behalf Of Keith S
Sent: Saturday, April 28, 2018 8:17 AM
To: TechTalk@groups.io
Subject: [TechTalk] Rainbow color identifier



Has anyone any experience with ethe Rainbow color
identifier?



it is carried by most of the blind equipment companies,
(maxi-aides, speak to me, Amazon.com, etc)



Wondering if it's worth the $100.00 price tag.



Thanks



Keith


Re: Rainbow color identifier

Carolyn Arnold
 

Goodness, whoever heard of such colors - maybe nail polish?

Best regards,

Carolyn

-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io
[mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On Behalf Of Michael Boyd
Sent: Saturday, April 28, 2018 6:12 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Rainbow color identifier


The apps are not worth the time spent to install them. I
have yet to find one that was accurate. Many of them
announce color names in some descriptive manner that doesn't
give one a clue as to what the color truey is. What the heck
is Mountain Dew or Passionate Kiwi anyway?

Michael


-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On
Behalf Of Rick Alfaro
Sent: Saturday, April 28, 2018 1:51 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Rainbow color identifier

Hopefully, you'll have better luck than I finding an app
that reliably detects colors. I have yet to find one that I
found to be satisfactory, not even close to any of the
hardware based detectors.



-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On
Behalf Of Carolyn Arnold
Sent: Saturday, April 28, 2018 2:44 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Rainbow color identifier

I did go to Google, not impressed by price, glad I have my
Colorinos, can live without one on my key ring. Who knows
what kind of phone I might end up with that might be able to
tell me colors, if I'm out shopping or something and want to
know a color.

Best regards,

Carolyn


-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io
[mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On Behalf Of Carolyn Arnold
Sent: Saturday, April 28, 2018 1:39 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Rainbow color identifier

Right, good old Google is my buddy - the reason I want it on
a phone.

Best regards,

Carolyn


-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io
[mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On Behalf Of Rick Alfaro
Sent: Saturday, April 28, 2018 12:07 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Rainbow color identifier

I purchased mine directly from the manufacturer but I
believe most of the blindness related online stores offer it
as well. A google search should bring up the manufacturer
link for you. The device is about the size of a pager or
beeper if you remember what those were like.



-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On
Behalf Of Carolyn Arnold
Sent: Saturday, April 28, 2018 10:27 AM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Rainbow color identifier

It fits on your key ring? Where are these available?

Best regards,

Carolyn

-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io
[mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On Behalf Of Rick Alfaro
Sent: Saturday, April 28, 2018 8:50 AM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Rainbow color identifier

Personally, it is my favorite color identifier because it is
so much smaller than some of the others and does a great job
for basic color identification.
If you need a wider range of colors then it might not be for
you but be prepared to spend a lot more for such a device
with a much larger footprint.
It does what I need with basic colors and lighter or darker
shades and it fits right on my key ring which is quite
convenient. HTH.



Best,

Rick Alfaro



From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On
Behalf Of Keith S
Sent: Saturday, April 28, 2018 8:17 AM
To: TechTalk@groups.io
Subject: [TechTalk] Rainbow color identifier



Has anyone any experience with ethe Rainbow color
identifier?



it is carried by most of the blind equipment companies,
(maxi-aides, speak to me, Amazon.com, etc)



Wondering if it's worth the $100.00 price tag.



Thanks



Keith


Re: Rainbow color identifier

Carolyn Arnold
 

It must be, with the key ring, and I have not been familiar
with Edmunton Engineering.

Best regards,

Carolyn

-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io
[mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On Behalf Of Michael Boyd
Sent: Saturday, April 28, 2018 6:04 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Rainbow color identifier


Is the Rainbow the color identifier that measures about
1-1/4" X 2" and has the light sensor on one end and a single
button on one of the flat sides? It would also have a key
ring on it, and is manufactured by Edmundson Engineering?

If so, this is the one that I have. I have had it for years
and it works better than any I have ever tried. I paid
around $70 for it directly from Edmundson Engineering, which
is in Texas. The only downside to carrying it in your
pocket is that the button will be depressed many times
causing it to announce the color that it detects. It also
works great as a light detector I just cannot remember if
what I am describing is the Rainbow or not..

Michael


-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On
Behalf Of Pamela Dominguez
Sent: Saturday, April 28, 2018 9:46 AM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Rainbow color identifier

I have the one from Envision America. I don't remember what
it is. It's bigger than something that would fit on a key
ring. Pam.

-----Original Message-----
From: Carolyn Arnold
Sent: Saturday, April 28, 2018 10:27 AM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Rainbow color identifier

It fits on your key ring? Where are these available?

Best regards,

Carolyn

-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io
[mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On Behalf Of Rick Alfaro
Sent: Saturday, April 28, 2018 8:50 AM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Rainbow color identifier

Personally, it is my favorite color identifier because it is
so much smaller than some of the others and does a great job
for basic color identification. If you need a wider range of
colors then it might not be for you but be prepared to spend
a lot more for such a device with a much larger footprint.
It does what I need with basic colors and lighter or darker
shades and it fits right on my key ring which is quite
convenient. HTH.



Best,

Rick Alfaro



From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On
Behalf Of Keith S
Sent: Saturday, April 28, 2018 8:17 AM
To: TechTalk@groups.io
Subject: [TechTalk] Rainbow color identifier



Has anyone any experience with ethe Rainbow color
identifier?



it is carried by most of the blind equipment companies,
(maxi-aides, speak to me, Amazon.com, etc)



Wondering if it's worth the $100.00 price tag.



Thanks



Keith


Re: laptop keys problem

Gene
 

I don't know if you did.  Laptops usually have a utility that is active by default that automatically updates the computer such as by updating drivers provided by the manufacturer and probably in ways I don't know anything about.  I'm suspicious that the utility may have updated the BIOS and changed the setting that determines how the fn key works.  Those who know more than I do technically can comment on whether that makes sense and on whether the manufacturer's update utility usually updates the BIOS. 
 
Gene

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Sent: Saturday, April 28, 2018 4:43 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] laptop keys problem

Okay; if I got an update from the manufacturer, I didn’t realize it, somehow.  Pam.
 
From: Gene
Sent: Saturday, April 28, 2018 4:55 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] laptop keys problem
 
I don't know what caused the change.  the function key is on when it isn't depressed.  When you depress it, it's now off.  A lot of laptops are that way.  others can suggest how you can change it to the old way.  Do you get updates from the manufacturer of the laptop?  I really don't think it's a good idea to get such updates and I never do.  Windows updates are one thing and they should be gotten.  But manufacturer updates are, in my opinion, better not gotten.  I suspect a manufacturer's update caused the change, though we'll see what you say about whether you get them.
 
Gene
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Sent: Saturday, April 28, 2018 3:28 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] laptop keys problem
 
It works, but it seems to work grudgingly.  I had to do it several times.  Why would I have to do function key alt f4?  It never worked that way before.  And why wouldn’t the function key work for anything else?  Pam.
 
From: Gene
Sent: Saturday, April 28, 2018 3:34 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] laptop keys problem
 
Try holding the function key and using the alt f4 command.  Let us know what happens.
 
Gene
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Sent: Saturday, April 28, 2018 2:23 PM
Subject: [TechTalk] laptop keys problem
 
I hope somebody can help me with this.  At the moment, I am using a wireless keyboard on my Lenovo Thinkpad 550 laptop.  But if I go to use its own keyboard, some of the key commands don’t seem to register.  First of all, the function key is just to the left of the control key.  Any commands that I need to do using the function key don’t register as such.  The only keys that register are the other keys that I press along with it that are not the function key.  For instance, I can’t raise or lower the volume using the function key commands, because the only keys that register are the top keys of the comand.  Also, just recently, I have noticed, I can’t do alt f4 or control f4 and have that work.  If I do alt f4 the only key that will register is the alt, so instead of asking me if I want to shut down, it will put me in the menus, which may or may not have an exit choice.  It doesn’t matter how I press these keys; whether I press them together, or whether I press one and hold it down while I press the other, and how quickly or slowly I do it.  Can anybody tell me what I might be able to do to fix this?  I hope so.  Thanks in advance.  I sent a message to blindtech, and haven’t heard back yet.  Pam.


Has anybody had experience with the 'fre' utility SlimCleaner Plus?

Flor Lynch
 

Hi,
 
A blind friend’s Windows 7 computer has had SlimClear Plus installed on it, and I believe it has caused sev several issues – like not being able to do a System Restore; not possible to Windows Update; Loss of Favorites in Internet Explorer; a different screen on start-up; some strange behaviours with JAWS;  Windows Live Mail not being able to open properly; etc., etc.
 
Has anybody had experience with SlimCleaner Plus? If so, was it possible to remove it accessibly? (In this case it was installed by another guy who thought it might speed up his PC. Huh? Then tried to get rid of it when it wanted payment, but couldn’t. Other guy doesn’t know a whole lot about computers, but was acting in his capacity as a personal assistant to my friend. This is the sort of thing that makes you wonder about any so-called free software....
 
Thanks for any constructive solutions. .
 


Re: laptop keys problem

Michael Boyd <mike122061@...>
 

 

Hi Pam,

 

If you always use the external keyboard and your laptop sits open most of the time, it is possible that dirt and dust have built up underneath the keys. In this case, the first thing that I would try would be a can of compressed air to see if the dust can be blown out of the keyboard enough to fix the problem. If this does not totally fix the issue, then try a can of Electronic Switch Cleaner. Spray it directly into the computer over the entire keyboard area, and then allow between 5 to 10 minutes for the cleaner to evaporate inside the computer. Now turn the laptop on and see if this has remedied  your problem.

 

Be sure to shutdown the computer before trying either of these methods.

 

Michael

 

 

From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On Behalf Of Pamela Dominguez
Sent: Saturday, April 28, 2018 4:44 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] laptop keys problem

 

Okay; if I got an update from the manufacturer, I didn’t realize it, somehow.  Pam.

 

From: Gene

Sent: Saturday, April 28, 2018 4:55 PM

Subject: Re: [TechTalk] laptop keys problem

 

I don't know what caused the change.  the function key is on when it isn't depressed.  When you depress it, it's now off.  A lot of laptops are that way.  others can suggest how you can change it to the old way.  Do you get updates from the manufacturer of the laptop?  I really don't think it's a good idea to get such updates and I never do.  Windows updates are one thing and they should be gotten.  But manufacturer updates are, in my opinion, better not gotten.  I suspect a manufacturer's update caused the change, though we'll see what you say about whether you get them.

 

Gene

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

Sent: Saturday, April 28, 2018 3:28 PM

Subject: Re: [TechTalk] laptop keys problem

 

It works, but it seems to work grudgingly.  I had to do it several times.  Why would I have to do function key alt f4?  It never worked that way before.  And why wouldn’t the function key work for anything else?  Pam.

 

From: Gene

Sent: Saturday, April 28, 2018 3:34 PM

Subject: Re: [TechTalk] laptop keys problem

 

Try holding the function key and using the alt f4 command.  Let us know what happens.

 

Gene

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

Sent: Saturday, April 28, 2018 2:23 PM

Subject: [TechTalk] laptop keys problem

 

I hope somebody can help me with this.  At the moment, I am using a wireless keyboard on my Lenovo Thinkpad 550 laptop.  But if I go to use its own keyboard, some of the key commands don’t seem to register.  First of all, the function key is just to the left of the control key.  Any commands that I need to do using the function key don’t register as such.  The only keys that register are the other keys that I press along with it that are not the function key.  For instance, I can’t raise or lower the volume using the function key commands, because the only keys that register are the top keys of the comand.  Also, just recently, I have noticed, I can’t do alt f4 or control f4 and have that work.  If I do alt f4 the only key that will register is the alt, so instead of asking me if I want to shut down, it will put me in the menus, which may or may not have an exit choice.  It doesn’t matter how I press these keys; whether I press them together, or whether I press one and hold it down while I press the other, and how quickly or slowly I do it.  Can anybody tell me what I might be able to do to fix this?  I hope so.  Thanks in advance.  I sent a message to blindtech, and haven’t heard back yet.  Pam.

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