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Re: firefox dialogue questions

Gene
 

What version? Do alt h, then a to find out. If you let the remember password dialog read when it begins the announcement, you should hear, at the end, something like, remember and then a command like alt r, do not remember, and alt d. Those are examples. I'm not saying those are the actual commands. If you don't want to be asked at all, I can check how but to do so, I want to know the verwsion in case things have changed. Some settings dialogs are different in newer versions. I have some older versions here and I' have the newest version as well.

gene

-----Original Message-----
From: Kay Malmquist
Sent: Sunday, May 03, 2020 12:17 AM
To: TechTalk
Subject: [TechTalk] firefox dialogue questions


Hi
How do I get firefox to quit asking me if I want it to remember passwords? Better yet, how can I tell it no? I close the dialogue and it just stays there with the open password save button. It is an older version and if anyone has any ideas that would be great.


Kay Malmquist
kay.malmquist@...

"Where focus goes, energy flows."
Bob Proctor


Re: Strange Kindle book problem

Fanus
 

Hello Dave
Thank you so much for offering to phone them on my behalf. It is very kind of you.

The problem is that I can read the table of contents but the moment I get to the Introduction there is only scrambled contents with here and there a recognizable word.

The particulars, including the purchase info, are below. I tried to copy a short piece for you but the Kindle app would not allow me.

Stewart, Alex. Amazon Echo Dot 3rd & 4th Generation: 2019 Essential User Guide to Master Your Echo Dot Like a Pro .
Kindle eBooks | Your Account | Amazon.com
Order Details
Order #D01-6926980-6761835
Placed on Friday, May 1, 2020

• Amazon Echo Dot 3rd & 4th Generation: 2019 Essential User Guide to Master Your Echo Dot Like a Pro . 40 Tips and Tricks Included
Kindle Edition
Sold by Amazon.com Services LLC


Kind regards
Fanus

-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io [mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On Behalf Of Dave
Sent: Saturday, May 2, 2020 9:32 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Strange Kindle book problem

Hello Fanus,


Something else you could try, is to unload that Book from your Kindle,
and from the System.


You can do this from within the Kindle for PC program. Think it is
under FILE.


Then re-download it again.


And if that doesn't work, then I hate to even suggest this, but you
could try sending an Email to Amazon's Kindle Support Staff and see what
happens. A try is better than not trying.


Hey, here's an idea, send me the description of what is wrong again, and
the title of the book, and I'll call them for you and then post what
they tell me.


Grumpy Dave


firefox refresh issue

Keith S
 

Hi, my firefox web page viewing is getting frustrating as when I arrow down a page to find something or  to read line by line, firefox will refresh or simply send my cursor back to the top of the page.
 
no matter how long I leave the computer alone and allow the page to fully load, firefox does  this.
 
I was told on this list to go into options from the top menu tab and make the change.
 
what exactly am  I looking for under the options page?
 
Not everything in computer land is labeled in an obvious fashion.
 
Thanks
 
Keith


Re: firefox dialogue questions

Kay Malmquist
 

Thanks for this.  I'm on the way to fix it now.

Kay Malmquist
kay.malmquist@...
 
"Where focus goes, energy flows."
Bob Proctor

----- Original Message -----
From: Sam Taylor
Sent: Sunday, May 03, 2020 12:15 AM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] firefox dialogue questions

These steps apply to the current Firefox version, there could be some slight differences if you've not upgraded.

Go to tools, (alt t), options, (o), type password in the search box. Press enter.

Move to the logins and passwords heading.

Uncheck the box that says Ask to save logins and passwords for websites. The hotkey is alt, shift, r.



On 3/05/2020 3:17 pm, Kay Malmquist wrote:
Hi
How do I get firefox to quit asking me if I want it to remember passwords?  Better yet, how can I tell it no?  I close the dialogue and it just stays there with the open password save button.  It is an older version and if anyone has any ideas that would be great.

Kay Malmquist
kay.malmquist@...
 
"Where focus goes, energy flows."
Bob Proctor


Re: firefox dialogue questions

Sam Taylor
 

These steps apply to the current Firefox version, there could be some slight differences if you've not upgraded.

Go to tools, (alt t), options, (o), type password in the search box. Press enter.

Move to the logins and passwords heading.

Uncheck the box that says Ask to save logins and passwords for websites. The hotkey is alt, shift, r.



On 3/05/2020 3:17 pm, Kay Malmquist wrote:
Hi
How do I get firefox to quit asking me if I want it to remember passwords?  Better yet, how can I tell it no?  I close the dialogue and it just stays there with the open password save button.  It is an older version and if anyone has any ideas that would be great.

Kay Malmquist
kay.malmquist@...
 
"Where focus goes, energy flows."
Bob Proctor


firefox dialogue questions

Kay Malmquist
 

Hi
How do I get firefox to quit asking me if I want it to remember passwords?  Better yet, how can I tell it no?  I close the dialogue and it just stays there with the open password save button.  It is an older version and if anyone has any ideas that would be great.

Kay Malmquist
kay.malmquist@...
 
"Where focus goes, energy flows."
Bob Proctor


Re: zoom and screen readers

Kimsan
 

This has been mentioned before numerous times but I wish you would have it
set to which email you're replying too.
Anyways, zoom meeting is Monday and I will do the alt s for sharing and go
from there.
Thanks to all for the responses...

Best regards,

Kimsan Song

kimsansong@...

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From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On Behalf Of Ann
Parsons
Sent: Saturday, May 2, 2020 5:21 AM
To: main@techtalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] zoom and screen readers

Hi all,

Do you mean screen share?

Ann P.

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Re: Strange Kindle book problem

Dave
 

Hello Fanus,


Something else you could try, is to unload that Book from your Kindle,
and from the System.


You can do this from within the Kindle for PC  program.   Think it is
under FILE.


Then re-download it again.


And if that doesn't work, then I hate to even suggest this, but you
could try sending an Email to Amazon's Kindle Support Staff and see what
happens.  A try is better than not trying.


Hey, here's an idea, send me the description of what is wrong again, and
the title of the book, and I'll call them for you and then post what
they tell me.


Grumpy Dave


Re: keeping my external drive from going to sleep

Steve Matzura
 

Nnote the current value, and by note, I really do mean write it down, make the change, test it, and if it doesn't work, refer to the note you made so you can change it back. This is best practice in all things computer.

On 5/2/2020 1:58 PM, Troy Burnham wrote:
Steve,

So I assume this is safe to do? I would guess it is or there wouldn't be instructions for it but I don't want to mess anything up.

Troy



On 5/2/2020 9:31 AM, Steve Matzura wrote:
Do this:


1. Open Control Panel.
2. Click on Hardware and Sound.
3. Click on Power Options.
4. Under "Preferred plan," click the Change plan settings link for the plan you're currently using. ...
5. Click the Change advanced power settings link.
6. Expand USB settings.
7. Expand USB selective suspend setting.


For detail, plus a way to do it via the CLI, read https://www.minitool.com/news/turn-off-hard-disk-after.html It covers USB devices under a separate heading.


On 5/1/2020 2:32 PM, Gene wrote:
There is a utility you can run that keeps the drive from going to sleep but I don't know if constantly having it running puts wear on the drive that may shorten its life.  There may be discussion from others on that subject.  Do you use the drive often?  The best solution if you don't may be to disconnect it when you aren't using it.

Gene
-----Original Message----- From: Troy Burnham
Sent: Friday, May 01, 2020 1:17 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: [TechTalk] keeping my external drive from going to sleep

Hi all,

I have a 4-tb my book external drive plugged into a hub going to my
laptop. Does anybody know if there's a setting to keep the drive from
going to sleep when not in use or if that's even safe to do?

The reason I'm asking is, I understand if the external drive is asleep
and I try to access it it might take a few seconds for it to open which
is what does happen, but for some reason even when I try to open my
favorites folder it'll often take a few seconds for that to open and
that has nothing to do with the external drive. I believe this also
happens with the checkbook program I use, which btw is money talks from APH.

It may not be the external drive that causes the delay but when it
happens even when I'm not doing anything with the external drive I hear
the same spin-up noise from the external drive that I hear when I try to
open that drive. This is more of a nuissance than a problem, but if it
won't hurt anything for the external drive to not go to sleep unless the
laptop is turned off and if somebody knows how to tell me how to set
that I'd appreciate it.

Thanks.

Troy


Re: What function keys besides f 8 start a computer

Juan Gonzalez
 

Every computer is different, if you sent your model number of the computer it might help finding out what your function keys do. But if you’re getting a blue screen or the famous blue screen of death there might be something more problematic with your computer.


Juan Gonzalez
jgonzalezh614@...
(224) 730-4896

On May 2, 2020, at 10:41 AM, joanne <grandma1323@...> wrote:

my Windows 7 computer is trying to go into safe mode, and showing blue screen, upon bootup. wondered if there are other keys besides the f8 key that would make it go directly to Windows startup? Other people talk of other function keys, so I wondered what each one did. Thank you.



Re: the original pen friend, how to use?

Vicky Vaughan
 

Hi Troy, If your Pen Friend is in a different mode, I cannot help you, but try the following to see if it works as normal.

Hold the pen large end up.
Press and hold the top button until you hear a tone.
Now, place the pen on the recording sticker and keeping it there, press and hold the bottom button while making your recording.

When you want to hear the recording, just turn it on with the top button and then just touch the pen tip to the sticker, no button needs to be pressed to hear it.

Hope this helps.

Sincerely, Vicky V

-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On Behalf Of Troy Burnham
Sent: Saturday, April 18, 2020 1:02 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] the original pen friend, how to use?

Thanks I'll take a look.

Troy



On 4/18/2020 11:47 AM, Monte Single wrote:
Here is the video link I got from Holly.

-----------------

Monte:

Here is a video about using the pen friend.

Click this link.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRrjYaczaOE


-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io [mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On Behalf Of Troy Burnham
Sent: April-18-20 10:35 AM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: [TechTalk] the original pen friend, how to use?

Hi all,

I have the original pen friend labeler but I don't remember how to use it, meaning once it's on what button do I press to record and do I need to keep the button pressed while recording? Also, when trying to figure it out a few minutes ago I may've gotten it into another mode because I pressed I think the second button from the top and it beeped twice.

Any help anybody can provide will be appreciated, especially how to get it back into record mode if the 2 beeps means it's in a different mode now, because I don't think I have any of the instruction materials that came with it.

Troy












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Re: keeping my external drive from going to sleep

Troy Burnham
 

Steve,

So I assume this is safe to do? I would guess it is or there wouldn't be instructions for it but I don't want to mess anything up.

Troy

On 5/2/2020 9:31 AM, Steve Matzura wrote:
Do this:


1. Open Control Panel.
2. Click on Hardware and Sound.
3. Click on Power Options.
4. Under "Preferred plan," click the Change plan settings link for the plan you're currently using. ...
5. Click the Change advanced power settings link.
6. Expand USB settings.
7. Expand USB selective suspend setting.


For detail, plus a way to do it via the CLI, read https://www.minitool.com/news/turn-off-hard-disk-after.html It covers USB devices under a separate heading.


On 5/1/2020 2:32 PM, Gene wrote:
There is a utility you can run that keeps the drive from going to sleep but I don't know if constantly having it running puts wear on the drive that may shorten its life.  There may be discussion from others on that subject.  Do you use the drive often?  The best solution if you don't may be to disconnect it when you aren't using it.

Gene
-----Original Message----- From: Troy Burnham
Sent: Friday, May 01, 2020 1:17 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: [TechTalk] keeping my external drive from going to sleep

Hi all,

I have a 4-tb my book external drive plugged into a hub going to my
laptop. Does anybody know if there's a setting to keep the drive from
going to sleep when not in use or if that's even safe to do?

The reason I'm asking is, I understand if the external drive is asleep
and I try to access it it might take a few seconds for it to open which
is what does happen, but for some reason even when I try to open my
favorites folder it'll often take a few seconds for that to open and
that has nothing to do with the external drive. I believe this also
happens with the checkbook program I use, which btw is money talks from APH.

It may not be the external drive that causes the delay but when it
happens even when I'm not doing anything with the external drive I hear
the same spin-up noise from the external drive that I hear when I try to
open that drive. This is more of a nuissance than a problem, but if it
won't hurt anything for the external drive to not go to sleep unless the
laptop is turned off and if somebody knows how to tell me how to set
that I'd appreciate it.

Thanks.

Troy


Re: zoom and screen readers

chris judge
 

Alt S is the keystroke to bring up screen sharing. You can then tab to a check box that asks if you want to share computer sound.

-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On Behalf Of Gene
Sent: May 2, 2020 12:21 AM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] zoom and screen readers

Tab around and see what you find. Try pressing the space bar on the full screen button if you don't find what you want. You will see a small number of more options if you are in full screen mode. Evidently what is being discussed is the share screen option. It is visible without being in full screen and it is a button. Use the space bar on buttons.

I don't know what it does. From its name, it sounds as though it allows you to share your screen with others. Maybe it shares more.

Gene
-----Original Message-----
From: Kimsan via groups.io
Sent: Friday, May 01, 2020 10:12 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] zoom and screen readers



Still trying to learn my way around but where is the share option.

Do I just tab around until I hear share?





Best regards,



Kimsan Song



kimsansong@...







From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On Behalf Of Sugar
Lopez
Sent: Friday, May 1, 2020 3:39 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] zoom and screen readers





Hi

For me, I have it set up where the only one that can hear my jaws is me.

It’s under the option of share.

sugar





"Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever
state I am, therewith to be content."

-Philippians 4:11

🙏

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https://www.gofundme.com/sugars-transplant-journey

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From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On Behalf Of Kimsan
via groups.io
Sent: Friday, May 1, 2020 2:46 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: [TechTalk] zoom and screen readers





If I am working with someone on zoom and they have a screen reader, will I
be able to hear it?

I’m assuming, if they are not wearing headphones, I can right? I wonder how
clear it would be when trying to hear it.





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Re: zoom and screen readers

chris judge
 

If they do screen sharing and choose to share computer sound you will hear their screen reader quite clearly.

-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On Behalf Of Gene
Sent: May 1, 2020 6:52 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] zoom and screen readers

It depends on how loud they have it set and where their microphone is and how good their microphone is. I would suppose it would usually be understandable but how good it might sound is something that may vary greatly.

Also, if their sound card supports what you hear and that setting is being used by them, you would hear it well but few people would probably be using that setting and a lot of sound cards don't support it.

Gene
----- Original Message -----
-----Original Message-----
From: Kimsan via groups.io
Sent: Friday, May 01, 2020 4:45 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: [TechTalk] zoom and screen readers



If I am working with someone on zoom and they have a screen reader, will I
be able to hear it?

I’m assuming, if they are not wearing headphones, I can right? I wonder how
clear it would be when trying to hear it.





If you enjoy listening to HipHop and R&B, I invite you to follow me on sound
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ISO feedback on an accessible iPhone sanitizer device (phone soap)

Cristóbal
 

Hello list,

So, was thinking of getting a phone sanitizer (phone soap) for me and the wife.

It looks like they’re all more or less the same. Put the phone in the device, and let the UV light do its thing for 5 or so minutes.

It seems that they’re all light indicator driven. That’s fine and all. The wife’s sighted and I can always just set a 5 minute timer on the phone before placing it in the device, but in case there’s something out there that either has some sort of sound or vibration mechanism to let you know that the process is done, it would be good to know as well. As a bonus, if there’s a phone soap thingy that can also do tablets (iPads)…

It looks like PhoneSoap.com is a pretty popular site for these things.

Thanks,

Cristóbal


Re: zoom and screen readers

Sugar Lopez
 

Hi

The following are a list of hot keys than can be used once in a Zoom meeting. Pressing the following combination of keys will allow you to do the following actions.

Windows

•F6: Navigate among popped up panels
•Ctrl+Alt+Shift: Move focus to Zoom's meeting controls
•ESC: Exit full-screen whenever available
•PageUP/PageDown: View next or previous 25 video stream in gallery view
•Alt: Turn on/off the option 'Always show meeting control toolbar' in "Settings">>"Accessibility"
•Alt+F1: Switch to active speaker view in video meeting
•Alt+F2: Switch to gallery video view in video meeting
•Alt+V: Turn on/off Video
•Alt+A: Mute/unmute audio
•Alt+M: Mute/unmute audio for everyone except host Note: For the meeting host only
•Alt+S: Launch share screen window and stop screen share Note: Will only work when meeting control toolbar has focus
•Alt+Shift+S: Start/stop new screen share Note: Will only work when meeting control toolbar has focus
•Alt+T: Pause or resume screen share Note: Will only work when meeting control toolbar has focus
•Alt+R: Start local recording
•Alt+C: Start cloud recording
•Alt+P: Pause or resume recording
•Alt+N: Switch camera
•Alt+F: Enter or exit full screen
•Alt+H: Toggle In-Meeting Chat panel
•Alt+U: Toggle Participants panel
•Alt+I: Open Invite window


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-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On Behalf Of Gene
Sent: Saturday, May 2, 2020 3:07 AM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] zoom and screen readers

You probably won't have to do anything much. You can look around and see if there are any settings you want to change but there should be little or nothing in general. You may well be able to enter a little early but you may not because you don't know if the host will run the server early. If you can't enter early, you can still look around without disturbing people.
Mute yourself if the host hasn't muted everyone when you enter, then look around. When you are muted or mute yourself, no one will be able to hear anything you do. By default, no one is muted and everyone can hear everyone. There is a shortcut command to mute and unmute yourself. I'm not sure what it is. Someone will probably tell you. I myself, tab around until I find the mute item, then either mute myself or leave myself muted, depending on what the host has done if I don't want to disturb people if I'm looking around. and if you use headphones, you can tab around and not disturb people until you find the mute item. People might hear you tap the keyboard when you tab, but that shouldn't be disturbing.

Gene
-----Original Message-----
From: Kimsan via groups.io
Sent: Friday, May 01, 2020 11:45 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] zoom and screen readers

I guess the only solution to that is to enter the meeting before it begins to make the preferred configurations..

Best regards,

Kimsan Song

kimsansong@...

-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On Behalf Of Gene
Sent: Friday, May 1, 2020 9:32 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] zoom and screen readers

You don't have access to the interface until you are in a meeting. if turning on screen sharing as described in the article I sent allows others to hear your screen-reader, turn it on last after you become familiar with the interface.

Its really bad design and stupid not to have a way that people can see and work with the interface before being in a meeting.

Gene

-----Original Message-----
From: Kimsan via groups.io
Sent: Friday, May 01, 2020 11:15 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] zoom and screen readers

Thanks Gene,
I'm thinking then one must make all these changes while in the meeting then.

I thought you could do all that before entering the meeting.
Best regards,

Kimsan Song

kimsansong@...

-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On Behalf Of Gene
Sent: Friday, May 1, 2020 8:24 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] zoom and screen readers

If you do a Google search for the feature you want to know about, hyou will likely find good discussions and explanations. This is the first result I found when I did a Google search for screen share zoom.
https://it.umn.edu/services-technologies/how-tos/zoom-share-computer-sound-during-screen

Gene
-----Original Message-----
From: Gene
Sent: Friday, May 01, 2020 10:20 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] zoom and screen readers

Tab around and see what you find. Try pressing the space bar on the full screen button if you don't find what you want. You will see a small number of more options if you are in full screen mode. Evidently what is being discussed is the share screen option. It is visible without being in full screen and it is a button. Use the space bar on buttons.

I don't know what it does. From its name, it sounds as though it allows you to share your screen with others. Maybe it shares more.

Gene
-----Original Message-----
From: Kimsan via groups.io
Sent: Friday, May 01, 2020 10:12 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] zoom and screen readers



Still trying to learn my way around but where is the share option.

Do I just tab around until I hear share?





Best regards,



Kimsan Song



kimsansong@...







From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On Behalf Of Sugar Lopez
Sent: Friday, May 1, 2020 3:39 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] zoom and screen readers





Hi

For me, I have it set up where the only one that can hear my jaws is me.

It’s under the option of share.

sugar





"Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever
state I am, therewith to be content."

-Philippians 4:11

🙏

I appreciate your friendship/support at:

https://www.gofundme.com/sugars-transplant-journey

-Sugar 😘











From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On Behalf Of Kimsan
via groups.io
Sent: Friday, May 1, 2020 2:46 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: [TechTalk] zoom and screen readers





If I am working with someone on zoom and they have a screen reader, will I
be able to hear it?

I’m assuming, if they are not wearing headphones, I can right? I wonder how
clear it would be when trying to hear it.





If you enjoy listening to HipHop and R&B, I invite you to follow me on sound
cloud at https://soundcloud.com/user-756551454


iPhone home app and sonos one speaker

Fanus
 

Hello list
I was curious if the Sonos one would work with the Home app on my iPhone.
When I try to add it the app asked for an 8 digit code but it also gave the
name "office" which is the room where the speaker is available in the sonos
app, so I double tapped on the name and it added the sonos one. It shows the
name and serial number but the Home app says "no controls available for this
device", although it shows buttons for play and volume but these are dimmed.
Should I have entered that 8 digit code or is there just no use for the
Sonos One in the Home app? I am able to stream music from the music app on
the iPhone to the Sonos One but as I said I was just curious if the Home app
has any functions for the Sonos One.
Regards
Fanus


What function keys besides f 8 start a computer

joanne
 

my Windows 7 computer is trying to go into safe mode, and showing blue screen, upon bootup. wondered if there are other keys besides the f8 key that would make it go directly to Windows startup? Other people talk of other function keys, so I wondered what each one did. Thank you.


Re: Most accessible PDF reader?

Kerryn Gunness
 

u can probably use
zamzar.com
to convert your pdf file to an accessible file

----- Original Message -----
From: "Gary Greico" <pianotuner3@...>
To: <main@TechTalk.groups.io>
Sent: Saturday, May 2, 2020 10:06 AM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Most accessible PDF reader?



I just used edge and it worked pretty well.

On 01-May-20 5:08 PM, Sharon Hooley wrote:
Hi,

What is the most accessible PDF reader for Windows these days? Is it still some form of Adobe Acrobat?

Thanks,


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Re: Making sure software downloads are safe, and old-tech question

Steve Matzura
 

If you're on a contemporary Windows computer, Windows Defender is your first line of defense. Unless you're using any third-party anti-bad-stuff  software, WD is your only defense against infection. What a silly way to describe this stuff,by using a non-inanimate analog! LOL. Some online resources advocate running multiple antivirus programs, some say it's totally unnecessary to do that, so in my unhumble opinion, the jury is still out on that question.


Windows Defender, or any other program calling itself an antivirus program, does not take care of other problems,such as malware or spyware. In short, malware is the word used to describe software that does bad things to a computer system, such as, but not necessarily limited to, randomly deleting files, placing unwanted meaningless files on a computer to give the illusion a system has been badly compromised, etc.


Spyware is just what it says--software that "watches" and reports on what you do with your computer, whether it's an online activity or not. Key loggers are in this category. They literally record everything you type, then send it off somewhere for someone (or some program) to pick apart in the hope of finding something meaningful, like account numbers and passwords. That data is then used against you.


Then there's the baddest of them all, ransomware. If you download and execute ransomware, it immediately begins encrypting all your files on every storage device it can find, and displays a message telling you that you can have the unlock (decryption)key for a mere, oh, thousand dollars, or something equally as impossible. Unfortunately, without a good computer forensics person, you cannot stop this program from running, even if you pull the plug on the system and restart it. The program embeds itself into your ystem's startup sequence to the point where, while you're spending time trying to find it and turn it off, it's busily encrypting your files at a great rate, far faster than you can ever catch up with and stop it. That's why image backup programs exist, and if you don't own and know how to operate one, you should. Today.


So, is it safe to accept software from an external source? I suppose that depends on your level of trust of that external source. Jut like Ronald Reagan always said, trust, but verify. My slightly modified version of that is, trust, verify, and keep recent backups close by!

On 5/1/2020 1:43 PM, Sharon Hooley wrote:
Hi,


If someone we don't know offers a piece of software on an accessibility-related email list like this one, such as a game made for blind players, is there a way to check it for safety, or do we just take a chance at it.?


Thanks,