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Re: Question about Android phones.

Laz
 

There's also the iPhone SE which is human hand sized. The larger
phones are also common in Android land and are normally referred to as
phablets, a combination of the words phone and tablet as described
here:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phablet

Laz

On 4/29/18, Pamela Dominguez <geodom@optonline.net> wrote:
As far as fitting snugly in your hand, the iphones I've seen, you would have

to have a monster-sized hand. And yes, they were iPhones, not ipads. Pam.

-----Original Message-----
From: Olusegun -- Victory Associates LTD, Inc.
Sent: Saturday, April 28, 2018 10:37 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Question about Android phones.

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














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Re: Rainbow color identifier

Rick Alfaro
 

Michael, yes that is the Rainbow device and I paid the same price you did
directly from Edmundson Engineering.

-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <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: which braille dots

Gene
 

That may be how you do it when writing on a mechanical Braille writer.  When writing using a Braille keyboard on a computer device, the command is upper case dot 4. 
 
Gene

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Sunday, April 29, 2018 8:08 AM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] which braille dots

I always thought it was a dot four and a dot one in the next cell anyway.
That's the way I first learned, then I saw people just saying dot four and I
wondered.  Pam.

-----Original Message-----
From: Jennifer Jackson
Sent: Saturday, April 28, 2018 10:08 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] which braille dots

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@...> wrote:
>
> Space+u, dot 4.
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Melissa" <angel.melissa0107@...
> 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: laptop keys problem

Gene
 

You can raise and lower the volume when the function key isn't pressed.  As I said yesterday, a lot of laptops these days reverse the function of the fn key.  It is on when it is not being pressed and off when you press it.  You have to reverse its setting to get it to work as it did before.  On some computers this can be done with a Windows setting.  In some, it must be done by a sighted person in the BIOS.  There may be another way you can try to change it but I'm not sure. 
 
Gene

Sent: Sunday, April 29, 2018 8:01 AM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] laptop keys problem

I tried the function key escape, and it allowed me to do alt f4 without using the function key.  But I stil can’t raise or lower the volume using the function key.  So the problem seems only to be partially fixed.  Pam.
 
From: Gene
Sent: Saturday, April 28, 2018 7:19 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] laptop keys problem
 
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
----- Original message -----
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
----- 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.


Re: laptop keys problem

Pamela Dominguez
 

Yes.  I did it, and it only seems to work half way.  It allowed me to use the alt key without the function key, so I could do alt f4, but when I go to raise and lower the volume control, the function key won’t work for that.  Pam.
 

Sent: Sunday, April 29, 2018 9:00 AM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] laptop keys problem
 

Did you try holding the FN key and pressing escape to see if it switches the behavior of the function keys back the way they were before?

 

From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On Behalf Of Pamela Dominguez
Sent: April 29, 2018 9:57 AM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] laptop keys problem

 

No.  My laptop only is open when I am using it.  Pam.

 

From: Michael Boyd

Sent: Saturday, April 28, 2018 6:33 PM

Subject: Re: [TechTalk] laptop keys problem

 

 

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.


Re: Question about Android phones.

Pamela Dominguez
 

As far as fitting snugly in your hand, the iphones I've seen, you would have to have a monster-sized hand. And yes, they were iPhones, not ipads. Pam.

-----Original Message-----
From: Olusegun -- Victory Associates LTD, Inc.
Sent: Saturday, April 28, 2018 10:37 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Question about Android phones.

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

Pamela Dominguez
 

I always thought it was a dot four and a dot one in the next cell anyway. That's the way I first learned, then I saw people just saying dot four and I wondered. Pam.

-----Original Message-----
From: Jennifer Jackson
Sent: Saturday, April 28, 2018 10:08 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] which braille dots

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: laptop keys problem

Pamela Dominguez
 

I tried the function key escape, and it allowed me to do alt f4 without using the function key.  But I stil can’t raise or lower the volume using the function key.  So the problem seems only to be partially fixed.  Pam.
 

From: Gene
Sent: Saturday, April 28, 2018 7:19 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] laptop keys problem
 
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
----- Original message -----
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
----- 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.


Re: laptop keys problem

chris judge
 

Did you try holding the FN key and pressing escape to see if it switches the behavior of the function keys back the way they were before?

 

From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On Behalf Of Pamela Dominguez
Sent: April 29, 2018 9:57 AM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] laptop keys problem

 

No.  My laptop only is open when I am using it.  Pam.

 

Sent: Saturday, April 28, 2018 6:33 PM

Subject: Re: [TechTalk] laptop keys problem

 

 

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.


Re: laptop keys problem

Pamela Dominguez
 

No.  My laptop only is open when I am using it.  Pam.
 

Sent: Saturday, April 28, 2018 6:33 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] laptop keys problem
 

 

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.


Re: laptop keys problem

Pamela Dominguez
 

I said in both messages that my computer is a Lenovo Thinkpad 550.  Pam.
 

From: david
Sent: Saturday, April 28, 2018 5:55 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] laptop keys problem
 

Again, not knowing which model, it’s hard to give a good answer.

If, the computer is a dell, or, Lenovo

The keystroke, FNKey+escape will allow the function keys to work normally.

I’m sure this keystroke will work on other makes and models.

 

       Statistics are like a bikini.  What they reveal is suggestive, but what they conceal is vital.

 

From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On Behalf Of Pamela Dominguez
Sent: Saturday, April 28, 2018 3:24 PM
To: TechTalk@groups.io
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.


OE classic settings needed on windows 10

Keith S
 

Hi, I downloaded the free verison of the OE classic program to use on my windows 10 computer, and when I tried to set OE classic as my default program/app for email it said that the parameters were not set.
 
When I first ran OE, I set up my account (iexmple, I entered my email, my passowrd, etc and then allowed OE classic to set the rest of the settings, an option in OE classic.
 
But, I cannot get email from gmail and am wondering waht settings are needed by OE classic to use it as an email client.
 
Thanks
 
Keith


Re: flash drive help

Ann Parsons
 

Hi all,

Thanks, Gene, I wondered about that after I'd sent the msg. One does not know everything!

Ann P.

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Re: flash drive help

Gene
 

Also, there are times when you connect a flash drive that it will give you the format message and you can solve the problem in a very simple way, but not this time.  At times, when the format message comes up, you can just cancel it, remove the drive, reinsert it, and it will work properly.  This isn't the case in this instance.  The person said that he/she had tried many computers.  None of the computers was able to see the contents of the drive.  This wasn't stated but it's clear, since if other computers had seen the contents, the question wouldn't have been asked.
 
Gene

----- Original Message -----
From: Gene
Sent: Sunday, April 29, 2018 6:03 AM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] flash drive help

You can't copy material to the hard drive if you cancel the offer to format.  If you cancel, which you should, the drive doesn't open.  If you cancel, you are back on the drive letter and the drive is closed.  See my previous message for a site giving possible solutions.
 
Gene
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Sunday, April 29, 2018 5:47 AM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] flash drive help

Morning all,

First, you might try dictating with a little punctuation, it makes it a
lot easier to read.

Second, copy the stuff from the thumb drive back to a folder on your
'puter and then reformat the drive, making sure that it is fat32.  Your
drive is probably a 16GB drive.  As I say, copy the stuff to your
computer and then reformat.  Say cancel to the question about
formatting, before copying, of course.  If they're BARD books you can
always get them back because your history is there.  You could run a
checkdisk on the thing and see what errors you get, and it will
probably fix them.

Ann P.

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Portal Tutoring
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Not all those who wander are lost."



Re: flash drive help

Gene
 

You can't copy material to the hard drive if you cancel the offer to format.  If you cancel, which you should, the drive doesn't open.  If you cancel, you are back on the drive letter and the drive is closed.  See my previous message for a site giving possible solutions.
 
Gene

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Sunday, April 29, 2018 5:47 AM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] flash drive help

Morning all,

First, you might try dictating with a little punctuation, it makes it a
lot easier to read.

Second, copy the stuff from the thumb drive back to a folder on your
'puter and then reformat the drive, making sure that it is fat32.  Your
drive is probably a 16GB drive.  As I say, copy the stuff to your
computer and then reformat.  Say cancel to the question about
formatting, before copying, of course.  If they're BARD books you can
always get them back because your history is there.  You could run a
checkdisk on the thing and see what errors you get, and it will
probably fix them.

Ann P.

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

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



Re: flash drive help

Ann Parsons
 

Morning all,

First, you might try dictating with a little punctuation, it makes it a lot easier to read.

Second, copy the stuff from the thumb drive back to a folder on your 'puter and then reformat the drive, making sure that it is fat32. Your drive is probably a 16GB drive. As I say, copy the stuff to your computer and then reformat. Say cancel to the question about formatting, before copying, of course. If they're BARD books you can always get them back because your history is there. You could run a checkdisk on the thing and see what errors you get, and it will probably fix them.

Ann P.

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

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


Re: is skype accessible with Jaws

Smiling?
 

The default keystroke is Alt+Pageup if you do not go in and change it to whatever it is that you desire it to be within tools options.

 

From: main@TechTalk.groups.io [mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On Behalf Of Dennis L
Sent: Saturday, April 28, 2018 1:02 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] is skype accessible with Jaws

 

Where do I find this version and the scripts?  How do you answer a call now?

 

From: main@TechTalk.groups.io [mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On Behalf Of Ted Galanos
Sent: Saturday, April 28, 2018 1:44 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] is skype accessible with Jaws

 

I have messed around with the Skype UWP a little bit with the JFW Scripts. There are many buttons and a few combo-boxes. They aread well, but get used to using hotkeys and tabbing. The one huge problem though, is how to answer a call. Alt+Page Up no longer works.

 

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Donations for Blind Audio Projects & Technical Assistance are welcomed.

Phone: 832-632-7779

Mobile: 832-706-7102

Skype: tedster1

 

Email: Teddy@...

 

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” - Hebrews 11:1

 

From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On Behalf Of Smiling?
Sent: Saturday, April 28, 2018 6:04 AM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] is skype accessible with Jaws

 

JAWS Scripts:

http://dlee.org/skype/

 

 

From: main@TechTalk.groups.io [mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On Behalf Of Dennis L
Sent: Friday, April 27, 2018 11:59 PM
To:
techtalk@groups.io
Subject: [TechTalk] is skype accessible with Jaws

 

Hi, is skype accessible with Jaws?  Are there scripts if so where do you find these things?


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.


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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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Chris Grabowski
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https://www.MysticAccess.com
Ready to begin using your assistive technology with confidence while actually having fun? Visit us to learn about our comprehensive audio tutorials, one-on-one support and ongoing teleclasses. We also offer eclectic and timely assistive technology podcasts, a newsletter containing exclusive news and discounts, regularly updated free downloads, and so much more.
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