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Re: Thunderbird help needed

Jaffar Sidek
 

Hi.  Sometimes Thunderbird misbehaves after an update due to your Mail database being corrupted through some process or other.  There are two Profile folders in your  your Thunderbird installation, one in your User\[Name]\AppData\Local, and the other in your User\[Name]\AppData\Roaming.  Short of a repair or a reinstallation, Delete these folders, then restart your pc.  Start your Thunderbird and reset your accounts.  Thunderbird will redownload all your emails on whatever email server you are subscribed to, plus it will recreate your profile, reset all your mail settings to the default.  Then just tweak thunderbird the way you like it to work, and if your installation is not too damaged, Thunderbird will work as it should.  Cheers!

On 1/11/2020 1:07 am, Brian Vogel wrote:

By the way, this same issue has been raised on the NVDA group, and there are now a number of replies saying, "I'm not having that issue."  So, I'll say here what I said there . . .

As a general approach, when I hear people saying, "I'm not having a problem," while I am:

1. I do a repair install, if such is available, or download the latest installer and do an install-over install.  This will often correct a problem induced by a "burp" during a software update.

2. If Step 1 does not work, then an uninstall of the offending software, a system restart, then a reinstall using the latest installer, which I download before starting the process.  In many cases, and Thunderbird is one of those, uninstalling does not remove user settings unless you specify it do so.  So after a reinstall your accounts, etc., are still there.
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Re: A couple of questions about apple devices

g melconian <gmelconian619@...>
 

Honestly with anything new a days and with apps getting bigger I would go at least 64 or even better 128 if you can afford it.

-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On Behalf Of Mary Smith via groups.io
Sent: Saturday, October 31, 2020 11:17 AM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: [TechTalk] A couple of questions about apple devices

Hello listers, I have a couple of questions regarding apple devices, iPads in particular.



First, what is the most recent version of the regular iPad.


Second, I realize that people will have different opinions on this one
but how much space do you really need. Is 32 gigs enough.'


Thanks,

Mary.


Re: Looking for a laptop replacement

g melconian <gmelconian619@...>
 

That’s true. I am still using a 4gen I 7 with 16gb.i may eventually upgrade to an 9 or 10 gen I 7 or I 9 device with 16 gb and 512 ssd.

-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On Behalf Of Lenron
Sent: Saturday, October 31, 2020 10:50 AM
To: main@techtalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Looking for a laptop replacement

nothing less than an I5 if I have anything to say about it. I tried using a friends i3 machine when I didn't have a laptop for a bit and it was so painful. 8 gb is fine on a basic machine but 16 or more is what I want on a daily driver. Also ssd m.2 I wouldn't want to ever go back to using an hd paying that extra cost is more than worth it.

On 10/31/20, Brian Vogel <britechguy@gmail.com> wrote:
On Sat, Oct 31, 2020 at 01:11 PM, Gene wrote:


I may comment further [re: SSDs vs. HDDs] but I'll wait to see what
others say.
-
Gene, I'll simply say that there is no question about the speed
improvement, as in that the end user experiences, when using an SSD
versus an HDD, and the bigger the HDD you're used to, the slower it
will be simply because there is "more territory" for seeking that the
read-write heads have to do on a larger capacity drive, and that is,
by far, the slowest part of the processing of a HDD.

SSDs, having no moving parts, are orders of magnitude faster in data
access, and since reading and writing files (even if they're temp
files, browser cache, etc.) is a huge part of what any computer
program is doing, at least at intervals (e.g., MS-Word doing auto save
behind the scenes), an SSD really does give a huge boost to speed both
at the hardware level and at the end-user experience of "zippiness" level.

It simply cannot be argued, as anyone who's dealt with both
technologies repeatedly will attest.

--

Brian - Windows 10 Pro, 64-Bit, Version 2004, Build 19041

*Always remember that computers are just glorified light bulbs - they
rarely fail in continuous use and usually go pop when turned off and
on.*

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Re: A couple of questions about apple devices

Greg Wocher
 

Hello,
I believe the newest version is the eighth generation. When it comes to the size of the hard drive, it really depends on what you are doing. 32 gigs is relatively small these days and apps are getting bigger and bigger. So if you are planning to download a lot of apps and keep a lot of books then no 32 is really not enough. If you are using it more to just surf the web or check email than 32 is probably enough.

Greg Wocher

On Oct 31, 2020, at 2:17 PM, Mary Smith via groups.io <ms0120=mailbox.org@groups.io> wrote:

Hello listers, I have a couple of questions regarding apple devices, iPads in particular.



First, what is the most recent version of the regular iPad.


Second, I realize that people will have different opinions on this one but how much space do you really need. Is 32 gigs enough.'


Thanks,

Mary.








Twitter

Madison Martin
 

Hi all,
I'm thinking about getting Twitter, is there anyone on hear who uses it with
Jaws? If so, how easy and accessible is it to use? How well does it work with
Edge? Any shortcuts or tips/tricks that any of you have? And finally, is there a
basic site similar to the ones Facebook has? I know it's not like Facebook, but
still. Look forward to any help/suggestions that anyone can provide, as I don't
really know anything about Twitter!!! Thanks Madison


Re: Chromium Context Menue Accessing Problems

Brian Vogel <britechguy@...>
 

I only wish we actually knew the exact genesis of the problem and its exact solution.  Alas, that's often not to be . . .

But you can bet your bottom dollar someday, at some unspecified point in the future, someone else is going to have this same issue!
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Always remember that computers are just glorified light bulbs - they rarely fail in continuous use and usually go pop when turned off and on.

        ~ Technician with the username Computer Bloke, on Technibble.com


Re: Chromium Context Menue Accessing Problems

Mike B
 


I did try toggling the Full Screen key, F11, but that didn't help on either computer and tablet mode was not activated on the Windows 10 computer.  As I said in another message playing with the mouse did something that fixed the issue on both computers.  I guess somehow the mouse got bumped or jostled about and that triggered something and moving it / clicking the buttons stopped whatever had happened.  After feeling around my desk it feels like my speaker bar had slipped and bumped into the mouse which must been the cause of the problem.  Thank you very much for your input.

Take care and stay safe.  Mike.  Sent from my iBarstool.  Go dodgers & Rams!
Main's Law:  For every action there is an equal and opposite government program.

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Saturday, October 31, 2020 11:53 AM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Chromium Context Menue Accessing Problems

I am not sure if either one of these may be the case, but both are worth checking (particularly with the Sync feature among browsers on multiple machines):

1. Have you accidentally activated full screen mode?  F11 toggles full screen on/off.  Edge should still show its full context menu even when full screen is on, but the other Chromium-based browsers do not.

2. Could you possibly have toggled Windows 10 into Tablet mode?  Check the Action Center, as the Tablet Mode button acts as a toggle.  If it's on/active/pressed then hit it again.

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Always remember that computers are just glorified light bulbs - they rarely fail in continuous use and usually go pop when turned off and on.

        ~ Technician with the username Computer Bloke, on Technibble.com


Re: Looking for a laptop replacement

enes sarıbaş
 

Hi Brian,

The majority of laptops 15 inch now have done away with number pads or alot of keys in it to  add more touch eye candy, or bigger, shinier trackpads. Even my 17 had a paculiar layout with the arrows smashed in with everything else and a large insert sized windows key and a tiny insert key. I realized how much using a laptop keyboard was slowing my typing and got a mechanical external keyboard.

On 10/31/2020 1:38 PM, Brian Vogel wrote:
On Sat, Oct 31, 2020 at 02:29 PM, enes sarıbaş wrote:
I hardly if ever move it around, so portability or battery life aren't considerations.
-
Which is fine.  It's pretty clear that Mary is looking for portability from what she said herself, hence my reply included, "Were you not looking for increased portability."

I haven't seen many (any, that I can remember recently) 15-inch laptops that don't sport a number pad as part of their built-in keyboards.  And if I were a screen reader user full time, I wouldn't even consider a laptop without a numeric keypad as part of the built-in keyboard.  The 15-inch models are much easier to lug around.  Others, of course, may differ.
 
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Always remember that computers are just glorified light bulbs - they rarely fail in continuous use and usually go pop when turned off and on.

        ~ Technician with the username Computer Bloke, on Technibble.com


Re: Chromium Context Menue Accessing Problems

Mike B
 

Okay, I did find the problem!  For whatever reason I tried navigating with the mouse to see what would happen and after moving the mouse and clicking the buttons the menues in all 3 browsers began working again.  I don't ever touch the mouse and it's tucked away so I don't touch it by accident, but something happened!  Well it's Halloween, goblins maybe?!  LOL 

Take care and stay safe.  Mike.  Sent from my iBarstool.  Go dodgers & Rams!
Main's Law:  For every action there is an equal and opposite government program.

----- Original Message -----
From: Mike B
Sent: Saturday, October 31, 2020 11:42 AM
Subject: [TechTalk] Chromium Context Menue Accessing Problems

Hi All,
 
I don't know what happened but, I can't access any of the context menues in Edge, Brave & Chrome.  Once I press, Alt + F, I can't navigate except to arrow up to Exit and back down to New Tab Control.  This is happening with all versions of Jaws, NVDA and Narrator on Windows 10 and with all Jaws and NVDA on Windows 7.  I can understand a setting getting changed by accident on 1 computer, but on both?!  I do have a KVM switch connecting my Windows 7 & 10 computers where they both use the same keyboard, monitor and speakers, but I don't know what could've happened!  All advice is greatly appreciated!  Thanks much.

Take care and stay safe.  Mike.  Sent from my iBarstool.  Go dodgers & Rams!
Main's Law:  For every action there is an equal and opposite government program.


Re: Chromium Context Menue Accessing Problems

Brian Vogel <britechguy@...>
 

I am not sure if either one of these may be the case, but both are worth checking (particularly with the Sync feature among browsers on multiple machines):

1. Have you accidentally activated full screen mode?  F11 toggles full screen on/off.  Edge should still show its full context menu even when full screen is on, but the other Chromium-based browsers do not.

2. Could you possibly have toggled Windows 10 into Tablet mode?  Check the Action Center, as the Tablet Mode button acts as a toggle.  If it's on/active/pressed then hit it again.

--

Brian - Windows 10 Pro, 64-Bit, Version 2004, Build 19041  

Always remember that computers are just glorified light bulbs - they rarely fail in continuous use and usually go pop when turned off and on.

        ~ Technician with the username Computer Bloke, on Technibble.com


Re: Looking for a laptop replacement

Pamela Dominguez
 

You could get a solid state drive for your laptop. Sorry if that's been said already, but I haven't been following this thread. Pam.

-----Original Message-----
From: Mary Smith via groups.io
Sent: Saturday, October 31, 2020 1:43 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Looking for a laptop replacement

Brian, this is one of the reasons I'd want to replace my laptop. It has
a mechanical drive and I guess you could say I've been spoiled now that
I have an ssd in my main system. Not only that but the screen is pretty
large. This machine isn't one that is meant for portability.





On 2020-10-31 1:40 p.m., Brian Vogel wrote:
On Sat, Oct 31, 2020 at 01:11 PM, Gene wrote:

I may comment further [re: SSDs vs. HDDs] but I'll wait to see what others
say.
-
Gene, I'll simply say that there is no question about the speed improvement, as in that the end user experiences, when using an SSD versus an HDD, and the bigger the HDD you're used to, the slower it will be simply because there is "more territory" for seeking that the read-write heads have to do on a larger capacity drive, and that is, by far, the slowest part of the processing of a HDD.

SSDs, having no moving parts, are orders of magnitude faster in data access, and since reading and writing files (even if they're temp files, browser cache, etc.) is a huge part of what any computer program is doing, at least at intervals (e.g., MS-Word doing auto save behind the scenes), an SSD really does give a huge boost to speed both at the hardware level and at the end-user experience of "zippiness" level.

It simply cannot be argued, as anyone who's dealt with both technologies repeatedly will attest.

--

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*Always remember that computers are just glorified light bulbs - they rarely fail in continuous use and usually go pop when turned off and on.*

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Chromium Context Menue Accessing Problems

Mike B
 

Hi All,
 
I don't know what happened but, I can't access any of the context menues in Edge, Brave & Chrome.  Once I press, Alt + F, I can't navigate except to arrow up to Exit and back down to New Tab Control.  This is happening with all versions of Jaws, NVDA and Narrator on Windows 10 and with all Jaws and NVDA on Windows 7.  I can understand a setting getting changed by accident on 1 computer, but on both?!  I do have a KVM switch connecting my Windows 7 & 10 computers where they both use the same keyboard, monitor and speakers, but I don't know what could've happened!  All advice is greatly appreciated!  Thanks much.

Take care and stay safe.  Mike.  Sent from my iBarstool.  Go dodgers & Rams!
Main's Law:  For every action there is an equal and opposite government program.


Re: Looking for a laptop replacement

Brian Vogel <britechguy@...>
 

On Sat, Oct 31, 2020 at 02:29 PM, enes sarıbaş wrote:
I hardly if ever move it around, so portability or battery life aren't considerations.
-
Which is fine.  It's pretty clear that Mary is looking for portability from what she said herself, hence my reply included, "Were you not looking for increased portability."

I haven't seen many (any, that I can remember recently) 15-inch laptops that don't sport a number pad as part of their built-in keyboards.  And if I were a screen reader user full time, I wouldn't even consider a laptop without a numeric keypad as part of the built-in keyboard.  The 15-inch models are much easier to lug around.  Others, of course, may differ.
 
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Brian - Windows 10 Pro, 64-Bit, Version 2004, Build 19041  

Always remember that computers are just glorified light bulbs - they rarely fail in continuous use and usually go pop when turned off and on.

        ~ Technician with the username Computer Bloke, on Technibble.com


Re: Looking for a laptop replacement

Rob Hudson
 

mIRC and irssi.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Steve Matzura" <number6@noisynotes.com>
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Date: Sat, 31 Oct 2020 14:01:41 -0400
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Looking for a laptop replacement

What are you using for an accessible IRC client?


Re: Looking for a laptop replacement

enes sarıbaş
 

Well, I think it is a matter of prospective.My brand new machine had a 15 and 17 version, and I went with 17, because of a larger keyboard, and mainly because of much improved cooling. I hardly if ever move it around, so portability or battery life aren't considerations.

On 10/31/2020 12:51 PM, Brian Vogel wrote:
Mary,

          Were you not looking for increased portability I'd tell you to definitely try a simple drive upgrade first.  But I know what you mean about some of the larger laptops, particularly ones with 17-inch screens, being beasts to carry around.  I don't think they were really ever envisioned as such, either, to be honest.  It was more about creating a laptop with a large display for those who wanted a laptop as their primary computer that probably wasn't going to be moved around much, if at all.

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Brian - Windows 10 Pro, 64-Bit, Version 2004, Build 19041  

Always remember that computers are just glorified light bulbs - they rarely fail in continuous use and usually go pop when turned off and on.

        ~ Technician with the username Computer Bloke, on Technibble.com


Re: Looking for a laptop replacement

Brian Vogel <britechguy@...>
 

On Sat, Oct 31, 2020 at 02:04 PM, Rob Hudson wrote:
A computer is only as fast as the slowest link in the chain.
-
Absolutely.  And keep repeating this as often as necessary.

I have to have this particular discussion, again and again, in regard to WiFi in particular.  People rushing out to by the latest and greatest WiFi card/adapter, when the technology used by their WiFi router is Wireless-N, or vice versa, happens all the time, and it gains them nothing.   As soon as "the smallest bucket in the bucket brigade" comes into play all others have to adjust their fill levels down to match it.
 
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Brian - Windows 10 Pro, 64-Bit, Version 2004, Build 19041  

Always remember that computers are just glorified light bulbs - they rarely fail in continuous use and usually go pop when turned off and on.

        ~ Technician with the username Computer Bloke, on Technibble.com


A couple of questions about apple devices

Mary Smith
 

Hello listers, I have a couple of questions regarding apple devices, iPads in particular.



First, what is the most recent version of the regular iPad.


Second, I realize that people will have different opinions on this one but how much space do you really need. Is 32 gigs enough.'


Thanks,

Mary.


Re: Looking for a laptop replacement

Rob Hudson
 

The only time it is not faster is when you have an SSD and a mechanical drive in the same system, and if you are not running a relatively new SSD on a relatively new SATA interface, like in the past five years. A computer is only as fast as the slowest link in the chain.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Brian Vogel" <britechguy@gmail.com>
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Date: Sat, 31 Oct 2020 10:40:35 -0700
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Looking for a laptop replacement

On Sat, Oct 31, 2020 at 01:11 PM, Gene wrote:


I may comment further [re: SSDs vs. HDDs] but I'll wait to see what others
say.
-
Gene, I'll simply say that there is no question about the speed improvement, as in that the end user experiences, when using an SSD versus an HDD, and the bigger the HDD you're used to, the slower it will be simply because there is "more territory" for seeking that the read-write heads have to do on a larger capacity drive, and that is, by far, the slowest part of the processing of a HDD.

SSDs, having no moving parts, are orders of magnitude faster in data access, and since reading and writing files (even if they're temp files, browser cache, etc.) is a huge part of what any computer program is doing, at least at intervals (e.g., MS-Word doing auto save behind the scenes), an SSD really does give a huge boost to speed both at the hardware level and at the end-user experience of "zippiness" level.

It simply cannot be argued, as anyone who's dealt with both technologies repeatedly will attest.

--

Brian - Windows 10 Pro, 64-Bit, Version 2004, Build 19041

*Always remember that computers are just glorified light bulbs - they rarely fail in continuous use and usually go pop when turned off and on.*

~ Technician with the username Computer Bloke, on Technibble.com







Re: Looking for a laptop replacement

Steve Matzura
 

What are you using for an accessible IRC client?

On 10/31/2020 1:30 PM, Rob Hudson wrote:
Yeah. I'm running here on an I-5 quad core with 8gb. I'd consider this a mid range machine and it's doing ok for normal use. My power machine is currently out of commission until I can fix it.
I've got crhome with 60 odd tabs, ebook reader, irc client, WSL, windows powershell, and a bunch of other stuff going. Aand current ram usage shows about fity-one percent. So, not too bad.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Brian Vogel" <britechguy@gmail.com>
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Date: Sat, 31 Oct 2020 09:35:48 -0700
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Looking for a laptop replacement

Enes,

We agree that not going for "the lowest of the low" or even "the lower end" is generally not a good idea.  My central point is that mid-range processors produced over the past 5 years or so are way more than sufficient for screen reader use with scads of other stuff running.

My machine would not be considered a powerhouse by today's standards, but as my example showed, it's capable of simultaneously handling demands that, based on my experience and observations, exceed what the bulk of users, blind or not, typically put on their machines at any given time, particularly if there is generous RAM involved.  If I happen to be in  lighter than is typical for me mode this machine still flies like a jet.  Right now, under pretty heavy load, it's more like a regular plane.
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*Always remember that computers are just glorified light bulbs - they rarely fail in continuous use and usually go pop when turned off and on.*

~ Technician with the username Computer Bloke, on Technibble.com








Re: Looking for a laptop replacement

Brian Vogel <britechguy@...>
 

On Sat, Oct 31, 2020 at 01:47 PM, Gene wrote:
I'm saying that for many users, they may not particularly care.
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And I don't know how anyone could dispute that, as a general statement.   I've made it many times myself.

Only a given individual can determine what's "zippy enough" for them.

But if I were looking for a new laptop at the present time, I'd definitely want an SSD in it rather than an HDD to start out with.  It's just nice to have the additional speed you get, and to avoid electromechanical when you can stick with electronic, at least in a laptop, where resistance to shock from the occasional drop (and they do often happen) is a big plus.

I still use HDDs as my backup media because in terms of "bang for buck" storage capacity SSDs can't touch them, and my backups are kicked off before retiring for the night, and are always done before the next morning.  And three of the four laptops in my household are using either true HDDs or an SSHD (a mostly HDD with a small SSD component, these were transitional during the ultra-high cost SSD days).  I intend to upgrade my partner's computer from a 2TB HDD to a smaller SSD as his Christmas present since he really hates any lag and is using only about 256GB on that 2TB HDD. 
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Always remember that computers are just glorified light bulbs - they rarely fail in continuous use and usually go pop when turned off and on.

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