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Re: do any of you know of any stores that carry any of the plustek scanners?

Carlos
 


Hi Robin,
If it's not alright to post such links here, I'm in big trouble!

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Saturday, November 21, 2015 12:53 AM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] do any of you know of any stores that carry any of the plustek scanners?

Hi,
I’ve never seen it in a local store myself but it can be found at
and its older predecessor the 3800 the earliest model with windows 10 driver support is at
I hope it’s alright to post such links here if not my apologies in advance.
I hope that helps.
Robin
 
From: Jim Rawls
Sent: Friday, November 20, 2015 11:53 PM
Subject: [TechTalk] do any of you know of any stores that carry any of the plustek scanners?
 

If  possible, ii would like to have hands on one before I buy it. If that isn’t possible, where is the best place to purchase it? Jim


Re: do any of you know of any stores that carry any of the plustek scanners?

Robin Frost
 

Hi,
I’ve never seen it in a local store myself but it can be found at
and its older predecessor the 3800 the earliest model with windows 10 driver support is at
I hope it’s alright to post such links here if not my apologies in advance.
I hope that helps.
Robin
 

From: Jim Rawls
Sent: Friday, November 20, 2015 11:53 PM
Subject: [TechTalk] do any of you know of any stores that carry any of the plustek scanners?
 

If  possible, ii would like to have hands on one before I buy it. If that isn’t possible, where is the best place to purchase it? Jim


do any of you know of any stores that carry any of the plustek scanners?

Jim Rawls
 

If  possible, ii would like to have hands on one before I buy it. If that isn’t possible, where is the best place to purchase it? Jim


accessible app for resizing photos for iphone lock screen?

Jessica Dail <jldail13@...>
 

Hi,
I have a bunch of photos I'd like to resize to fit my iphone's lock screen. I'm using an iphone 6s+.
Can anyone recommend any apps that are accessible with voiceover that'll help me accomplish this task in an efficiant manner?
Thanks,
Jessica


Sent from my iPhone


Re: Audible Battery Tester

Joe Giovanelli
 

Hello,
I thought I should weigh in on this. I have been in the electronics field for a ton of years. I have been a licensed amateur radio operator since 1946.

It is true that a voltmeter can tell you the voltage across a battery's terminals. Knowing this is not a reliable indication of battery condition. A proper test of battery condition can only be made when the battery is under load. In other words, a device should be connected to the battery to present operating conditions. (That wasn't the best sentence but you get the idea.)

When operated in this way, the voltage will change very little from what it would be when it is not loaded. When the battery is bad or getting that way, the voltage will drop quite a bit.

A battery tester does just that. It contains a resistor which simulates the kind of load that the battery should be expected handle.

Joe Giovanelli

----- Original Message -----
From: Mike Thomas <wheeltime@centurylink.net>
To: TechTalk@groups.io
Date: Friday, November 20, 2015 16:14
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Audible Battery Tester



Hi Gerald,

About 4 years ago I came across a talking volt ohm meter. I realize this is
far more equipment than you are looking for, but I know it came from a
surplus electronics supplier in the Orlando Florida area. I simply don't
remember who or the name of the product. It speaks the voltage of the
batteries or electrical circuits I'm dealing with. It sold for about $50,
and is a professional model well made, and very clear speach. Being an
electronic enthusiast and even being blind, I still check voltages and
resistance of heating elements when necessary it has been an invaluable
tool. I just want you to know to be on the lookout for a talking volt-ohm
meter might find you an alternative route.

Mike
----- Original Message -----
From: "Gerald Levy" <bwaylimited@verizon.net>
To: <TechTalk@groups.io>
Sent: Friday, November 20, 2015 11:28 AM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Audible Battery Tester



That's what I figured. Once again, a useful product has been discontinued
with no suitable replacement available. At least there is still one talking
microwave oven on the market, albeit a very expensive one. But blind
consumers now have no way of testing general purpose batteries anymore
without sighted help. And with all the talking clocks, scales and other
electronic gadgets most of us use, this is a serious inconvenience. A few
Radio Shack stores that were left after they filed for bankruptcy may still
have the audible battery tester in stock that I bought from ILA, but
unfortunately, there are no longer any stores near where I live, and this
item cannot be purchased from their web site, which means that it has
probably been discontinued and available stock is thus limited to what these
stores still have on hand. Which means that once they're gone, they're gone
forever.

Gerald



-----Original Message-----
From: Blaster Nil8
Sent: Friday, November 20, 2015 11:02 AM
To: TechTalk@groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Audible Battery Tester

Hi Gerald,

Thank you for pointing out that misinformation. I called APH and
Independent Living and confirmed what you have described. The
companies both stated the manufacturer has discontinued the production
of that tester and no adiquit replacement has been found.

I'll keep digging around to see what I can find.

Blaster



On 11/20/15, Gerald Levy <bwaylimited@verizon.net> wrote:

If you had checked the APH web site more carefully, you would have noticed
that this audible battery tester is not actually sold directly by APH.
Instead, you are directed to Independent Living Aids, which, of course, no
longer sells it or any other battery testers, for that matterit, except
for

a small hearing aid battery tester that has a digirtal display with no
audible output that would be useless to somebody who is totally blind.
Shame on APH for misleading blind consumers. And the battery tester sold
by

Amazon is actually a used unit, which may or may not work. I have
purchased

used products on two occasions from Amazon, and in each case, the product
did not work and had to be returned for a refund, so I will never buy used
products from them again.

Gerald



-----Original Message-----
From: Blaster Nil8
Sent: Thursday, November 19, 2015 6:41 PM
To: TechTalk@groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Audible Battery Tester

I did a little digging and found a battery tester & charger for about
$28.00 each.
I don't own either of these items, just wanted to pitch in.

Here's the tester:
https://www.afb.org/prodProfile.asp?ProdID=866&SourceID=3

This battery charger says it has audio confirmation beeps for charging
batteries.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00PCK4RI4?*Version*=1&*entries*=0

HTH,
Blaster


On 11/19/15, Gerald Levy <bwaylimited@verizon.net> wrote:

Sorry about going off-topic in my last message, so let's get back to
technology. Does anyone know where I can purchase an inexpensive,
audible
battery tester? I purchased one from Independent Living Aids years ago
that
was actually made by Radio Shack, but it no longer beeps to indicate
relative battery strength, and so I need a new one. I checked the ILA,
Maxi-Aids and Radio Shack web sites, but none of them seem to offer
battery
testers of any kind anymore, audible or otherwise. I suspect that Radio
Shack discontinued the manufacture of battery testers and other
electronic
accessories after it filed for bankruptcy earlier this year which may
explain why they are no longer available from the blind-products
merchants.
Thanks for any suggestions.

Gerald














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Battery Tester

Richard <thegothot@...>
 

I have a talking digital multi-meter, which I have had for about 8 years
I haven't tried making contact with the company, but here is the info:

Digital Multimeter With Voice Readout 2218202.

Orbyx Electronics, LLC
501 South Cheryl Lane
Walnut, CA 91789

Imported in Canada for/tmporte au Canada pour Orbyx Electronics, Concord,
Canada, L4K 4M3

Manufactured in China

For product support please contact
www.orbyxelectronics.com
1-866-363-3059

HTH,
Richard


Re: buying music from apple thru iTunes

 

If you have Siri you can tell it "search the iTunes Store for hello"

Sent from my iPhone

On Nov 20, 2015, at 4:21 PM, Jeremy <icu8it2@gmail.com> wrote:

I'm not sure if it's still the case in the latest versions of IOS, but minus the previous limit on the length of the tone used with what I'm familiar with, that's correct. As soon as you convert your section of the song you want down to the length of the tone, you can simply change the extension from m4a to m4r and it works. You can actually change a tones m4r to m4a and play it with a media player that's got the codecs to play those types of files just fine.
Tc.
On 11/20/2015 3:24 PM, Monica Jones wrote:
I’m not sure that’s right but perhaps it is.


From: William Vandervest
Sent: Thursday, November 19, 2015 3:40 PM
To: TechTalk@groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] buying music from apple thru iTunes

I was told thet ringtones for the i-phone have a m4r file extention, but that it is actually just a m4a file renamed to m4r


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Re: Need scanner recommendations

Monte Single
 

Hi Aman,
I am using an Epson v37 in win 7 with the twain driver. Scan time is about 8 or 9 seconds.. I have had this scanner for 2 to 2 and a half years; it is probably the one made before the v39.
Later,
Monte

-----Original Message-----
From: Aman Singer [mailto:aman.singer@gmail.com]
Sent: November-20-15 3:39 PM
To: TechTalk@groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Need scanner recommendations

Hi Mike,

Thanks very much, this is appreciated. If and when you have a minute,
I'd love to make sure the settings controlling resolution and colour
status (b&w, greyscale, or colour) are the same for each scanner you
have. I know you can have different such settings in Kurzweil for each
scanner, but am not sure about OB. Again, thanks for the response.
Aman

I haven't timed any scans but, for a single page scan it seems like the
Epson is a couple of seconds faster.

I've experimented with various settings but, being these 2 Windows 7
computers are 120 miles apart, I would venture to say that the settings
would be similar but, not exact. Also, 1 computer is running Windows 7 &
Openbook 8 and the other is running Openbook 9. On the computer that runs
Openbook 9, I've used both the Epson & CanoScan scanners & this is the
computer I'm basing my opinions from, since I've used both scanners with the

same OCR software & settings.

On this Windows 7 computer with OB9 it uses a WIA driver. I don't know if
twain drivers are available.

Take care.
Mike

----- Original Message -----
From: Aman Singer
To: TechTalk@groups.io
Sent: Thursday, November 19, 2015 6:40 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Need scanner recommendations


Hi Mike,

You write:
The Epson gives a more accurate &

quicker scan than the CanoScan scanners from my experience.
If I may ask, have you timed the scans, on both scanners with the same
machine, with a stopwatch? I ask because I have heard the opposite
view from others, but they didn't time them, giving approximations
instead. Obviously, if you're going to scan two sheets, 3 more seconds
is neither here nor there, but if you're going to scan a book, it
makes a difference.
As for accuracy, are you using the same resolution and software on
both machines?
Finally, and this is a question that nobody seems to have an answer
to, does the Epson V39 come with TWAIN drivers? Have you tried it with
the specialized apps, OB/Kurzweil?
Thanks,
Aman


On 11/19/15, Mike B. <mb69mach1@charter.net> wrote:
Hi Taylor,

I'm currently using the, Epson Perfection V39 scanner, on this computer,
&
it's USB powered. I still have & use the CanoScan LIDE scanners on a
couple

of other computers but, I prefer the Epson over the CanoScan. I believe
I
paid around $100.00 for the Epson at Staples but, I believe they can be
gotten at a better price through Amazon. The Epson gives a more accurate

&

quicker scan than the CanoScan scanners from my experience.
Take care.
Mike

----- Original Message -----
From: Taylor Arndt
To: TechTalk@groups.io
Sent: Thursday, November 19, 2015 2:55 PM
Subject: [TechTalk] Need scanner recommendations


Hi,

So this week my Epson DS 40 scanner decided to fail me. I am looking for
a
reliable, affordable, and easy to use scanner so that I can scan my
schoolwork while I'm at school so that I can do it. Does anybody know of
a
good scanner that is accessible? I would like this to be a portable
scanner

that you can connect to your computer via USB.
Thanks

Taylor

Sent from my iPhone



Re: Windows Ten Confusion

Monica Jones
 

Well, yes, of course. I thought I was agreeing with you, lol.
 
 

From: Carlos
Sent: Thursday, November 19, 2015 11:12 AM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Windows Ten Confusion
 
True enough, but those breaks should occur at a time of your own choosing.  They shouldn't be imposed by an avoidable restriction.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Thursday, November 19, 2015 12:02 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Windows Ten Confusion
 
You are right about 40 minutes not being long. Sometimes you just get started and the time has gone. But, yes, one does need breaks at least 90 minutes apart. Because of my back, hips, and other problems, I have to break hourly, many times more often. I have many chronic pain issues, but even if you don’t things can develop if one doesn’t break.
 
 
From: Carlos
Sent: Wednesday, November 18, 2015 5:52 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Windows Ten Confusion
 
40 minutes is not very long at all, especially when you are just learning how to use a new version of Windows and new software.  And to me it is common sense that you should learn to work with what you have instead of using something else which will only delay having to learn how to use it eventually anyway.
----- Original Message -----
From: Matt
Sent: Wednesday, November 18, 2015 6:42 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Windows Ten Confusion
 

Don’t think so 40 minutes is a long time. If you are trying to learn you need to take a break once a hour and stretch and so on any how . Get your mind relaxed and come back fresh! But like I say if she cannot get help for some reason with We and she is not going to use NVDA then all she has is a screen reader and computer that has become a brick! Use what works till you can do better! Not saying using jaws forever like this just saying do it till you can do better! To me this just makes common sense!

 

 

 

From: Carlos [mailto:carlos1106@...]
Sent: Wednesday, November 18, 2015 4:43 PM
To: TechTalk@groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Windows Ten Confusion

 

I agree.  And having to reboot every 40 minutes is not only inconvenient, but it might also discourage someone who is just beginning to learn how to use a new version of Windows.

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

From: Gene

Sent: Wednesday, November 18, 2015 4:38 PM

Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Windows Ten Confusion

 

It isn't reinventing the wheel.  You have to learn something about the new screen-reader but, until you get to advanced computer work, much of what you need to learn is Windows.  You need to learn something about the screen-reader but if you know Windows, you can do a lot without knowing a lot about whatever screen-reader you use.  Using a demo just to avoid learning something about a different screen-reader makes no sense.  Paying hundreds of dollars to upgrade JAWS just to avoid learning something about a new screen-reader makes no sense. 

 

Gene

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

From: Matt

Sent: Wednesday, November 18, 2015 2:37 PM

Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Windows Ten Confusion

 

well, she is use to jaws that is what she used before I don't understand re-inventing the wheel. I was her I would go back to jaws even if it was the demo of it.


Matt.from.florida@...


-----Original Message-----
From: Quentin Christensen [mailto:quentin.christensen@...]
Sent: Wednesday, November 18, 2015 2:46 PM
To: TechTalk@groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Windows Ten Confusion

My book works with Window Eyes.  It includes the Windows keystrokes for everything it covers.  It doesn't include Window Eyes specific instruction so would work best if she is a little familiar with Window eyes previously but it would certainly help and is only $20 AUD (which works out to about $14 US I think currently).

http://www.22point.com.au/publications.html

Kind regards

Quentin.

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On 18/11/2015 10:50 PM, Amy Gordon wrote:
> I have a friend who boughy a desktop computer with windows 10 and she
> uses window eyes the free version with outlook express but she knows
> nothing about windows 10 and hasn't ever used window eyes. Is there
> any books on recording or someone that could help her learn this?
> Thanks
>
> On 11/18/15, Matt <matt.from.florida@...> wrote:
>> You can do this if you are not doing a dual boot but if doing dual
>> boot you will need sited help. You can use Carlos talking OS
>> installer but just in case there you might still want to have sited help just in case.
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>   <mailto:Matt.from.florida@...> Matt.from.florida@...
>>
>>
>>
>> From: Monica Jones [mailto:coffeegal57@...]
>> Sent: Tuesday, November 17, 2015 8:40 PM
>> To: TechTalk@groups.io
>> Subject: [TechTalk] Windows Ten Confusion
>>
>>
>>
>> Since everyone seems to be upgrading to Windows Ten without sighted
>> assistance, I thought I might bite the bullet and try it too. I see
>> an option in my sys tray that says upgrade, but I’ve had some say to
>> get some kind of tool from Microsoft in order to do it. Thanks for
>> advice and/or instructions.
>>
>> Monni, the coffee gal
>> Twitter, @Monni52
>>
>> Facebook, Monica Rose Jones
>>
>>
>>
>>
>
>
> .
>







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Re: buying music from apple thru iTunes

Jeremy <icu8it2@...>
 

I'm not sure if it's still the case in the latest versions of IOS, but minus the previous limit on the length of the tone used with what I'm familiar with, that's correct. As soon as you convert your section of the song you want down to the length of the tone, you can simply change the extension from m4a to m4r and it works. You can actually change a tones m4r to m4a and play it with a media player that's got the codecs to play those types of files just fine.
Tc.

On 11/20/2015 3:24 PM, Monica Jones wrote:
I’m not sure that’s right but perhaps it is.


From: William Vandervest
Sent: Thursday, November 19, 2015 3:40 PM
To: TechTalk@groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] buying music from apple thru iTunes

I was told thet ringtones for the i-phone have a m4r file extention, but that it is actually just a m4a file renamed to m4r


There Are None So Blind As Those Who Will Not See
William and LD Lynerd
timelord09@comcast.net

Monni, the coffee gal
Twitter, @Monni52

Facebook, Monica Rose Jones


Re: Need scanner recommendations

Mike B <mb69mach1@...>
 


Hi Monica,
 
They both are good scanners but, after using the CanoScan line for several years, & now having the Epson, I prefer the Epson.
Take care.
Mike

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Friday, November 20, 2015 1:32 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Need scanner recommendations

Mike, I’ve heard from others that Epson is a fantastic scanner. I’ve also heard Cannon is good, but I’ve heard more about Epson.
 
From: Mike B.
Sent: Thursday, November 19, 2015 6:40 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Need scanner recommendations
 
Hi Taylor,
 
I'm currently using the, Epson Perfection V39 scanner, on this computer, & it's USB powered.  I still have & use the CanoScan LIDE scanners on a couple of other computers but, I prefer the Epson over the CanoScan.  I believe I paid around $100.00 for the Epson at Staples but, I believe they can be gotten at a better price through Amazon.  The Epson gives a more accurate & quicker scan than the CanoScan scanners from my experience.
Take care.
Mike
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Thursday, November 19, 2015 2:55 PM
Subject: [TechTalk] Need scanner recommendations
 
Hi,

So this week my Epson DS 40 scanner decided to fail me. I am looking for a reliable, affordable, and easy to use scanner so that I can scan my schoolwork while I'm at school so that I can do it. Does anybody know of a good scanner that is accessible? I would like this to be a portable scanner that you can connect to your computer via USB.
Thanks

Taylor

Sent from my iPhone

Monni, the coffee gal
Twitter, @Monni52

Facebook, Monica Rose Jones


Re: Need scanner recommendations

Aman Singer
 

Hi Robin,

Both the 38/900 and 4800 are available. To the best of my
understanding, and I would be grateful for correction, the 4800 is
much faster than anything in the 3xxx series. I haven't used the 4800
myself, though. My understanding is that the 3900 is the cheaper and
slower model, while the 4800 is a faster model. I have not been able
to get any better understanding of the differences between the units,
it would be nice to see them put head to head and to see whether the
price premium on the 4800 is worth it. The 3xxx and 4xxx, though by
the same company, aren't quite the same thing.
Aman

On 11/20/15, Robin Frost <robini71@gmail.com> wrote:
Hi,
Actually model numbers are up to 4800. I just got one and it's super fast I

have no complaints at all; and when I've needed to contact the manufacturer

they've been very kind every time out.
My 3600 served me well for years but sadly it isn't supported with windows
10 drivers so that's why my upgrade was necessitated.
I recommend this line highly as well.
Robin


-----Original Message-----
From: Ann Parsons
Sent: Friday, November 20, 2015 7:34 AM
To: TechTalk@groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Need scanner recommendations

Hi Aman et al,

If you're interested in scanning books, you don't want one of those
cheap scanners. They're too thin to make scanning a book at all
comfortable. If you want to scan books, you want to pay the extra
money for the Plustek. It has a thick body, and the glass goes all the
way to the edge of the scanner so you can put books on it and be sure
of scanning all the way to the binding of the book. The thinner
scanners don't do that, and you can miss words or even phrases that are
close to the binding of a book. No, if you want to scan books, my
money is on the Plustek. BTW, all the best scanners for Bookshare use
the Plustek.

I think the model number is up to 3900, but I can tell you that my
3800 is super! Only thing I don't like about it is that it takes a
while to warm up. You have to wait two to three minutes for the first
scan to run. After that, it runs just fine. No, I haven't timed it.
Works well with both Kurzie and DocuScan Plus.

Ann P.

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Re: Audible Battery Tester

Jeremy <icu8it2@...>
 

Unfortunately, I'd herd that it was getting really difficult to get these and similar meters that are still accessible. I'd asked a ways back about where I could purchase a talking meter for measuring amps/volts and was told and through reading, figured out that the company that had sold them, no longer did so. I'd herd that there was an issue with them finding out that the primary reason these talking meters were being purchased was for those of us with messed up peepers. I'd herd that they didn't want to be responsible, if someone happened to get electrocuted or whatever. As I understand it, it's also getting harder to find a lot of the talking equipment for hams too, stuff for measuring wattage and alike. I've seen it mentioned that you can still get meters from different places, but that they can be pretty expensive, especially for those that have the ability to speak. I've also considered if it'd be easier to purchase a meter that sends its information back to a connected computer, but I honestly don't know much about how that would work or the price.
May be worth hitting up the accessible hams list for more info too. I can dig up the info, if needed.
Tc.

On 11/20/2015 3:14 PM, Mike Thomas wrote:
Hi Gerald,

About 4 years ago I came across a talking volt ohm meter. I realize this is
far more equipment than you are looking for, but I know it came from a
surplus electronics supplier in the Orlando Florida area. I simply don't
remember who or the name of the product. It speaks the voltage of the
batteries or electrical circuits I'm dealing with. It sold for about $50,
and is a professional model well made, and very clear speach. Being an
electronic enthusiast and even being blind, I still check voltages and
resistance of heating elements when necessary it has been an invaluable
tool. I just want you to know to be on the lookout for a talking volt-ohm
meter might find you an alternative route.

Mike
----- Original Message -----
From: "Gerald Levy" <bwaylimited@verizon.net>
To: <TechTalk@groups.io>
Sent: Friday, November 20, 2015 11:28 AM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Audible Battery Tester



That's what I figured. Once again, a useful product has been discontinued
with no suitable replacement available. At least there is still one talking
microwave oven on the market, albeit a very expensive one. But blind
consumers now have no way of testing general purpose batteries anymore
without sighted help. And with all the talking clocks, scales and other
electronic gadgets most of us use, this is a serious inconvenience. A few
Radio Shack stores that were left after they filed for bankruptcy may still
have the audible battery tester in stock that I bought from ILA, but
unfortunately, there are no longer any stores near where I live, and this
item cannot be purchased from their web site, which means that it has
probably been discontinued and available stock is thus limited to what these
stores still have on hand. Which means that once they're gone, they're gone
forever.

Gerald



-----Original Message-----
From: Blaster Nil8
Sent: Friday, November 20, 2015 11:02 AM
To: TechTalk@groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Audible Battery Tester

Hi Gerald,

Thank you for pointing out that misinformation. I called APH and
Independent Living and confirmed what you have described. The
companies both stated the manufacturer has discontinued the production
of that tester and no adiquit replacement has been found.

I'll keep digging around to see what I can find.

Blaster



On 11/20/15, Gerald Levy <bwaylimited@verizon.net> wrote:

If you had checked the APH web site more carefully, you would have noticed
that this audible battery tester is not actually sold directly by APH.
Instead, you are directed to Independent Living Aids, which, of course, no
longer sells it or any other battery testers, for that matterit, except
for

a small hearing aid battery tester that has a digirtal display with no
audible output that would be useless to somebody who is totally blind.
Shame on APH for misleading blind consumers. And the battery tester sold
by

Amazon is actually a used unit, which may or may not work. I have
purchased

used products on two occasions from Amazon, and in each case, the product
did not work and had to be returned for a refund, so I will never buy used
products from them again.

Gerald



-----Original Message-----
From: Blaster Nil8
Sent: Thursday, November 19, 2015 6:41 PM
To: TechTalk@groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Audible Battery Tester

I did a little digging and found a battery tester & charger for about
$28.00 each.
I don't own either of these items, just wanted to pitch in.

Here's the tester:
https://www.afb.org/prodProfile.asp?ProdID=866&SourceID=3

This battery charger says it has audio confirmation beeps for charging
batteries.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00PCK4RI4?*Version*=1&*entries*=0

HTH,
Blaster


On 11/19/15, Gerald Levy <bwaylimited@verizon.net> wrote:

Sorry about going off-topic in my last message, so let’s get back to
technology. Does anyone know where I can purchase an inexpensive,
audible
battery tester? I purchased one from Independent Living Aids years ago
that
was actually made by Radio Shack, but it no longer beeps to indicate
relative battery strength, and so I need a new one. I checked the ILA,
Maxi-Aids and Radio Shack web sites, but none of them seem to offer
battery
testers of any kind anymore, audible or otherwise. I suspect that Radio
Shack discontinued the manufacture of battery testers and other
electronic
accessories after it filed for bankruptcy earlier this year which may
explain why they are no longer available from the blind-products
merchants.
Thanks for any suggestions.

Gerald















Re: Need scanner recommendations

Aman Singer
 

Hi Mike,

Thanks very much, this is appreciated. If and when you have a minute,
I'd love to make sure the settings controlling resolution and colour
status (b&w, greyscale, or colour) are the same for each scanner you
have. I know you can have different such settings in Kurzweil for each
scanner, but am not sure about OB. Again, thanks for the response.
Aman


I haven't timed any scans but, for a single page scan it seems like the
Epson is a couple of seconds faster.

I've experimented with various settings but, being these 2 Windows 7
computers are 120 miles apart, I would venture to say that the settings
would be similar but, not exact. Also, 1 computer is running Windows 7 &
Openbook 8 and the other is running Openbook 9. On the computer that runs
Openbook 9, I've used both the Epson & CanoScan scanners & this is the
computer I'm basing my opinions from, since I've used both scanners with the

same OCR software & settings.

On this Windows 7 computer with OB9 it uses a WIA driver. I don't know if
twain drivers are available.

Take care.
Mike

----- Original Message -----
From: Aman Singer
To: TechTalk@groups.io
Sent: Thursday, November 19, 2015 6:40 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Need scanner recommendations


Hi Mike,

You write:
The Epson gives a more accurate &

quicker scan than the CanoScan scanners from my experience.
If I may ask, have you timed the scans, on both scanners with the same
machine, with a stopwatch? I ask because I have heard the opposite
view from others, but they didn't time them, giving approximations
instead. Obviously, if you're going to scan two sheets, 3 more seconds
is neither here nor there, but if you're going to scan a book, it
makes a difference.
As for accuracy, are you using the same resolution and software on
both machines?
Finally, and this is a question that nobody seems to have an answer
to, does the Epson V39 come with TWAIN drivers? Have you tried it with
the specialized apps, OB/Kurzweil?
Thanks,
Aman


On 11/19/15, Mike B. <mb69mach1@charter.net> wrote:
Hi Taylor,

I'm currently using the, Epson Perfection V39 scanner, on this computer,
&
it's USB powered. I still have & use the CanoScan LIDE scanners on a
couple

of other computers but, I prefer the Epson over the CanoScan. I believe
I
paid around $100.00 for the Epson at Staples but, I believe they can be
gotten at a better price through Amazon. The Epson gives a more accurate

&

quicker scan than the CanoScan scanners from my experience.
Take care.
Mike

----- Original Message -----
From: Taylor Arndt
To: TechTalk@groups.io
Sent: Thursday, November 19, 2015 2:55 PM
Subject: [TechTalk] Need scanner recommendations


Hi,

So this week my Epson DS 40 scanner decided to fail me. I am looking for
a
reliable, affordable, and easy to use scanner so that I can scan my
schoolwork while I'm at school so that I can do it. Does anybody know of
a
good scanner that is accessible? I would like this to be a portable
scanner

that you can connect to your computer via USB.
Thanks

Taylor

Sent from my iPhone



Re: Need scanner recommendations

Aman Singer
 

Hi ann and all,

I was surprised to find, some years ago now, that with the falling
price of scanners, there is really no need to stick with one. I have
three, one Opticbook 3600 (purchased many years ago but still
working), one Lide210, and one no-name single-sheet scanner. The last
two cost $100 together, and that was some time ago, the V39 Mike
mentioned costs $70. The point is that you can now have multiple
scanners without spending significant amounts, each for a different
function. The sheet-fed scanner, for example, fits into all bags and
most jacket pockets.
As for scanning books, I agree that the Opticbook line is excellent
for book scanning generally and for large books in particular. Keep in
mind, though, that these scanners are built like tanks. They are
durable but hardly portable. I speak from experience, you haven't
lived until you've carried an Opticbook into a reference library with
a cane in your other hand and a computer in a tiny shoulder bag... The
scanner was about ten times the size of the computer I wanted to scan
with. With the Lide and Perfection v series, there is no need to carry
the scanner separately, they will usually fit into a bag. If one
presses the book down on the scanner glass, one can usually get a more
or less legible two-page spread, at least with speech. Braille is
another thing, of course, and sometimes you will get complete garbage,
but the lack of quality is sometimes worth the decrease in size and
the increase in speed in scanning two pages rather than one at a time.
Obviously, this is rapidly becoming moot, but until the day when
camera scanning with a phone is as good as a scanner, these things,
portability, quality, and cost, will still matter, and will sometimes
weigh on either side of the scale.
Aman

On 11/20/15, Ann Parsons <akp@samobile.net> wrote:
Hi Aman et al,

If you're interested in scanning books, you don't want one of those
cheap scanners. They're too thin to make scanning a book at all
comfortable. If you want to scan books, you want to pay the extra
money for the Plustek. It has a thick body, and the glass goes all the
way to the edge of the scanner so you can put books on it and be sure
of scanning all the way to the binding of the book. The thinner
scanners don't do that, and you can miss words or even phrases that are
close to the binding of a book. No, if you want to scan books, my
money is on the Plustek. BTW, all the best scanners for Bookshare use
the Plustek.

I think the model number is up to 3900, but I can tell you that my
3800 is super! Only thing I don't like about it is that it takes a
while to warm up. You have to wait two to three minutes for the first
scan to run. After that, it runs just fine. No, I haven't timed it.
Works well with both Kurzie and DocuScan Plus.

Ann P.

--
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Portal Tutoring
EMAIL: akp@samobile.net
web site: http://www.portaltutoring.info
Skype: Putertutor

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Not all those who wander are lost."




Re: Need scanner recommendations

Monica Jones
 

Thanks, Ann, I haven't heard of the Plustech brand before, but I figure if it's recommend by you, it's got to be good. I will check them out with the Epson.

-----Original Message-----
From: Ann Parsons
Sent: Friday, November 20, 2015 6:34 AM
To: TechTalk@groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Need scanner recommendations

Hi Aman et al,

If you're interested in scanning books, you don't want one of those
cheap scanners. They're too thin to make scanning a book at all
comfortable. If you want to scan books, you want to pay the extra
money for the Plustek. It has a thick body, and the glass goes all the
way to the edge of the scanner so you can put books on it and be sure
of scanning all the way to the binding of the book. The thinner
scanners don't do that, and you can miss words or even phrases that are
close to the binding of a book. No, if you want to scan books, my
money is on the Plustek. BTW, all the best scanners for Bookshare use
the Plustek.

I think the model number is up to 3900, but I can tell you that my
3800 is super! Only thing I don't like about it is that it takes a
while to warm up. You have to wait two to three minutes for the first
scan to run. After that, it runs just fine. No, I haven't timed it.
Works well with both Kurzie and DocuScan Plus.

Ann P.

--
Ann K. Parsons
Portal Tutoring
EMAIL: akp@samobile.net
web site: http://www.portaltutoring.info
Skype: Putertutor

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



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Facebook, Monica Rose Jones


Re: Need scanner recommendations

Monica Jones
 

Mike, I’ve heard from others that Epson is a fantastic scanner. I’ve also heard Cannon is good, but I’ve heard more about Epson.
 

From: Mike B.
Sent: Thursday, November 19, 2015 6:40 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Need scanner recommendations
 
Hi Taylor,
 
I'm currently using the, Epson Perfection V39 scanner, on this computer, & it's USB powered.  I still have & use the CanoScan LIDE scanners on a couple of other computers but, I prefer the Epson over the CanoScan.  I believe I paid around $100.00 for the Epson at Staples but, I believe they can be gotten at a better price through Amazon.  The Epson gives a more accurate & quicker scan than the CanoScan scanners from my experience.
Take care.
Mike
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Thursday, November 19, 2015 2:55 PM
Subject: [TechTalk] Need scanner recommendations
 
Hi,

So this week my Epson DS 40 scanner decided to fail me. I am looking for a reliable, affordable, and easy to use scanner so that I can scan my schoolwork while I'm at school so that I can do it. Does anybody know of a good scanner that is accessible? I would like this to be a portable scanner that you can connect to your computer via USB.
Thanks

Taylor

Sent from my iPhone

Monni, the coffee gal
Twitter, @Monni52

Facebook, Monica Rose Jones


Re: buying music from apple thru iTunes

Monica Jones
 

Hey, you guys and gals teach me something every day. This is good to know.

-----Original Message-----
From: Carlos
Sent: Friday, November 20, 2015 3:25 PM
To: TechTalk@groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] buying music from apple thru iTunes

In this case Rajmund is correct. M4R ringtone files are simply AAC/M4A
files with a different extension so no conversion is required.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Monica Jones" <coffeegal57@att.net>
To: <TechTalk@groups.io>
Sent: Friday, November 20, 2015 4:18 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] buying music from apple thru iTunes


Think so? I thought that would be an actual conversion process. I'll try that with one. Sometimes changing an extension will make it so, but sometimes not.


-----Original Message-----
From: rajmund
Sent: Thursday, November 19, 2015 11:19 AM
To: TechTalk@groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] buying music from apple thru iTunes

Hi,
Renaming to m4A will have the same effect as converting, though.

Sent from a BrailleNote

----- Original Message -----
From: "Monica Jones" <coffeegal57@att.net
To: TechTalk@groups.io
Date sent: Thu, 19 Nov 2015 09:56:52 -0600
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] buying music from apple thru iTunes

You can buy your music as .mp3 and they should play just fine in
other players. If you get them as .m4R, you might have to
convert.I think I gave that format right. By sinking, you can
put them from your phone or computer or back and forth.


From: Matt
Sent: Thursday, November 19, 2015 4:52 AM
To: TechTalk@groups.io
Subject: [TechTalk] buying music from apple thru iTunes

Well, never have bought music before thru iTunes on the computer
or my phone. So the question is if I buy it on the iPhone and
transfer it to the computer I assume I can do that since it is
something I bought? The other question is when I buy something on
the phone like music I assume it will go into the music player on
my phone? I also assume my music will be backed up to the cloud I
assume ? I also assume you only can play this on IOS or Mac or
whatever that has iTunes on it only? Another words you say could
not put it on some other MP3 player or computer ? I assume you
could burn a disk as well that would play in any CD player?

I am new at buying this music stuff I usually just stream my
music. Thanks for any input.





Matt.from.florida@gmail.com






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Re: FreedomScientific Vs. NvAccess

Monica Jones
 

You do it from the Microsoft web site to get it. It's a subscription. You can pay for it by the month or the year. I did it monthly because it's what I could afford.

-----Original Message-----
From: Pamela Dominguez
Sent: Thursday, November 19, 2015 11:26 AM
To: TechTalk@groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] FreedomScientific Vs. NvAccess

How do you get office for that low price? Pam.

-----Original Message-----
From: Monica Jones
Sent: Thursday, November 19, 2015 10:54 AM
To: TechTalk@groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] FreedomScientific Vs. NvAccess

Jaws will never be free, but I wish they had an option to purchase it like
AISquared has for WindowEyes. If you get Microsoft Office, you can get
WindowEyes free that way. You can get Office for as little as nine dollars.
I like all the screen readers. They all bring something to the table.


-----Original Message-----
From: Armando Vias
Sent: Wednesday, November 18, 2015 8:36 PM
To: TechTalk@groups.io
Subject: [TechTalk] FreedomScientific Vs. NvAccess

Hi. I really like NvAccess. They have a fre screen reader. You
can update the screen reader to the latest version for free. On
the other hand, why does FreedomScientific make blind people to
pay thousands of dollars on JAWS? It is so high and so expensive.
I still like Freedom Scientific, but I wish JAWS was free.

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Re: buying music from apple thru iTunes

Carlos
 

In this case Rajmund is correct. M4R ringtone files are simply AAC/M4A files with a different extension so no conversion is required.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Monica Jones" <coffeegal57@att.net>
To: <TechTalk@groups.io>
Sent: Friday, November 20, 2015 4:18 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] buying music from apple thru iTunes


Think so? I thought that would be an actual conversion process. I'll try that with one. Sometimes changing an extension will make it so, but sometimes not.


-----Original Message-----
From: rajmund
Sent: Thursday, November 19, 2015 11:19 AM
To: TechTalk@groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] buying music from apple thru iTunes

Hi,
Renaming to m4A will have the same effect as converting, though.

Sent from a BrailleNote

----- Original Message -----
From: "Monica Jones" <coffeegal57@att.net
To: TechTalk@groups.io
Date sent: Thu, 19 Nov 2015 09:56:52 -0600
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] buying music from apple thru iTunes

You can buy your music as .mp3 and they should play just fine in
other players. If you get them as .m4R, you might have to
convert.I think I gave that format right. By sinking, you can
put them from your phone or computer or back and forth.


From: Matt
Sent: Thursday, November 19, 2015 4:52 AM
To: TechTalk@groups.io
Subject: [TechTalk] buying music from apple thru iTunes

Well, never have bought music before thru iTunes on the computer
or my phone. So the question is if I buy it on the iPhone and
transfer it to the computer I assume I can do that since it is
something I bought? The other question is when I buy something on
the phone like music I assume it will go into the music player on
my phone? I also assume my music will be backed up to the cloud I
assume ? I also assume you only can play this on IOS or Mac or
whatever that has iTunes on it only? Another words you say could
not put it on some other MP3 player or computer ? I assume you
could burn a disk as well that would play in any CD player?

I am new at buying this music stuff I usually just stream my
music. Thanks for any input.





Matt.from.florida@gmail.com






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Twitter, @Monni52

Facebook, Monica Rose Jones




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