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Re: Google device or Alexa device?

Monte Single
 

Hi Gene,

OK, for example, I just asked google to play Puff the Magic Dragon. Google said;

"choosing songs is only available to u-tube premium members."
It continued by saying,

"you may like this song instead."

Then, John Denver started singing Country Roads.

-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On Behalf Of Gene
Sent: January 17, 2021 6:52 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Google device or Alexa device?

I didn't find anything on the subject.

Gene
-----Original Message-----
From: Gene
Sent: Sunday, January 17, 2021 6:37 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Google device or Alexa device?

Perhaps a search on the subject will disclose some interesting information.
You would think that, since Youtube is a free service unless you want more content and subscribe, that it would be free in digital assistants where it is free for browsers. Evidently that isn't necessarily true.

Gene
-----Original Message-----
From: Monte Single
Sent: Sunday, January 17, 2021 6:17 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Google device or Alexa device?

Yes, sometimes, people send me links to u-tube things. Sometimes there are adds before the file plays, but it does play.

-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On Behalf Of Gene
Sent: January 17, 2021 5:28 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Google device or Alexa device?

My e-mail program had a problem and I lost my place in the message list. My first reply was to the wrong thread.

Can you listen to Youtube videos for free on a computer?

Gene
-----Original Message-----
From: Monte Single
Sent: Sunday, January 17, 2021 3:02 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Google device or Alexa device?

Here in Canada, my google home mini tells me that I have to have a paid subscription to play music from u-tube.

-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On Behalf Of Kerryn Gunness via groups.io
Sent: January 17, 2021 1:12 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Google device or Alexa device?

while the info below is true for persons in the US and canada, in the caribbean for example trinidad, where i live, playing music from you tube is not free, you have to pay for a subscription for you tube to use with a google home


----- Original Message -----
From: "Gene" <gsasner@...>
To: <main@TechTalk.groups.io>
Sent: Saturday, January 16, 2021 5:17 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Google device or Alexa device?


You can listen to music free with the Google assistant. It plays
music on Youtube. I don't know if it works with other music services.

I also don't know if The Echo can play music on Youtube.

-----Original Message-----
From: heather albright
Sent: Saturday, January 16, 2021 3:10 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Google device or Alexa device?



Well I will start with google. Pros, she spells slower than alexa with
pauses. She plays podcast better too my opinion. She handles smart
plugs better that are not amazon based like the smart life and wemo.
She has more information on certain subjects. She can have several
voices not just one voice. Her language data base is more extensive.
Cons, it is hard to pare smart items with google and she has to apps
to control the speaker instead of just one like alexa. She does not
have as many apps that work or connect with the speaker. You cant drop
in on other speakers.

Alexa, pros, you have a wide range of connected devices to connect
with on the speaker. She always has more skills to use; you can change
her wake word; you can drop in to different rooms and locations with
your contacts; you can listen to music for free with amazon if you
have prime; you can order using the speaker or put something in the
cart; if you have the show, you can have face to face conversations
across the country. Cons, alexa has not have the spelling feature to
spell slow if you are trying to do dictation; her data base for
information is not as good; amazon has some issues with their smart
plugs that do not always work wich means your plugs do not work
especially with their outages; not all their stuff is fullally
accessible for example, you cant turn on the feature that allows you
to tell the speaker to delete everything that you said as the app does
not allow vo users to access that on the app; you have to have prime
to make the nost out of the speaker.

Both speakers will: tell the time and temp, give directions, tell
jokes; give sports scores; play games; tell stories; give the news.
OH, forgot , it easyer to make routines with alexa as you only have
one app to deal with while google makes you use 2 apps.

This is just off the top of my head.

Cheers Heather





Sent from Mail for Windows 10





From: Carolyn Arnold
Sent: Saturday, January 16, 2021 11:19 AM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Google device or Alexa device?





Heather, what are the pros and cons of Alexa and Google?



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

From: main@TechTalk.groups.io [mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On
Behalf Of heather albright

Sent: Saturday, January 16, 2021 11:22 AM

To: main@TechTalk.groups.io

Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Google device or Alexa device?



I personally have both speakers. I have them in my room and in the
office and my mom has both in her room. They both have qualities to
like and dislike. It is good have both say if you are trying to get
your smart plugs to work, some times google does a better job than
alexa. Sometimes if you want music, alexa is better at that than
google. Find that google does a better job of spelling words than
alexa, she actually pauses between letters alexa does not always do
this. So it is good to have both if you can. Cheers Heather







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From: Ashley Breger via groups.io
<mailto:ashbreger@...>

Sent: Friday, January 15, 2021 11:21 PM

To: main@techtalk.groups.io <mailto:main@techtalk.groups.io>

Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Google device or Alexa device?







All right chat with you then.



Ashley











On Jan 15, 2021, at 10:27 PM, Vicky Vaughan
<vrvaughan63@...> wrote:











Thanks, so much and I will contact you on Saturday!







Sincerely, Vicky V



From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io>
On Behalf Of Ashley Breger via groups.io

Sent: Friday, January 15, 2021 11:25 PM

To: main@techtalk.groups.io

Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Google device or Alexa device?







Hi Vicki,



I would be more than happy to assist you with
connecting your email to either of these devices. I am most familiar
with the Amazon Alexa but I know Google home will also read your
emails. If you want email me back privately and I can give you my
contact information. I mostly assist people over the phone.







Ashley













On Jan 15, 2021, at 10:21 PM, Vicky
Vaughan <vrvaughan63@... <mailto:vrvaughan63@...> > wrote:







Hi List, Is there a way to get either
of these devices to work with email messages? That is to: read them,
respond to them, delete them or store them in a folder?







Many thanks for any help!







Sincerely, Vicky V







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Re: Google device or Alexa device?

Gene
 

I didn't find anything on the subject.

Gene

-----Original Message-----
From: Gene
Sent: Sunday, January 17, 2021 6:37 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Google device or Alexa device?

Perhaps a search on the subject will disclose some interesting information.
You would think that, since Youtube is a free service unless you want more
content and subscribe, that it would be free in digital assistants where it
is free for browsers. Evidently that isn't necessarily true.

Gene
-----Original Message-----
From: Monte Single
Sent: Sunday, January 17, 2021 6:17 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Google device or Alexa device?

Yes, sometimes, people send me links to u-tube things. Sometimes there are
adds before the file plays, but it does play.

-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On Behalf Of Gene
Sent: January 17, 2021 5:28 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Google device or Alexa device?

My e-mail program had a problem and I lost my place in the message list. My
first reply was to the wrong thread.

Can you listen to Youtube videos for free on a computer?

Gene
-----Original Message-----
From: Monte Single
Sent: Sunday, January 17, 2021 3:02 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Google device or Alexa device?

Here in Canada, my google home mini tells me that I have to have a paid
subscription to play music from u-tube.

-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On Behalf Of Kerryn
Gunness via groups.io
Sent: January 17, 2021 1:12 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Google device or Alexa device?

while the info below is true for persons in the US and canada, in the
caribbean for example trinidad, where i live, playing music from you tube is
not free, you have to pay for a subscription for you tube to use with a
google home


----- Original Message -----
From: "Gene" <gsasner@...>
To: <main@TechTalk.groups.io>
Sent: Saturday, January 16, 2021 5:17 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Google device or Alexa device?


You can listen to music free with the Google assistant. It plays
music on Youtube. I don't know if it works with other music services.

I also don't know if The Echo can play music on Youtube.

-----Original Message-----
From: heather albright
Sent: Saturday, January 16, 2021 3:10 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Google device or Alexa device?



Well I will start with google. Pros, she spells slower than alexa with
pauses. She plays podcast better too my opinion. She handles smart
plugs better that are not amazon based like the smart life and wemo.
She has more information on certain subjects. She can have several
voices not just one voice. Her language data base is more extensive.
Cons, it is hard to pare smart items with google and she has to apps
to control the speaker instead of just one like alexa. She does not
have as many apps that work or connect with the speaker. You cant drop in on other speakers.

Alexa, pros, you have a wide range of connected devices to connect
with on the speaker. She always has more skills to use; you can change
her wake word; you can drop in to different rooms and locations with
your contacts; you can listen to music for free with amazon if you
have prime; you can order using the speaker or put something in the
cart; if you have the show, you can have face to face conversations
across the country. Cons, alexa has not have the spelling feature to
spell slow if you are trying to do dictation; her data base for
information is not as good; amazon has some issues with their smart
plugs that do not always work wich means your plugs do not work
especially with their outages; not all their stuff is fullally
accessible for example, you cant turn on the feature that allows you
to tell the speaker to delete everything that you said as the app does
not allow vo users to access that on the app; you have to have prime to make the nost out of the speaker.

Both speakers will: tell the time and temp, give directions, tell
jokes; give sports scores; play games; tell stories; give the news.
OH, forgot , it easyer to make routines with alexa as you only have
one app to deal with while google makes you use 2 apps.

This is just off the top of my head.

Cheers Heather





Sent from Mail for Windows 10





From: Carolyn Arnold
Sent: Saturday, January 16, 2021 11:19 AM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Google device or Alexa device?





Heather, what are the pros and cons of Alexa and Google?



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

From: main@TechTalk.groups.io [mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On
Behalf Of heather albright

Sent: Saturday, January 16, 2021 11:22 AM

To: main@TechTalk.groups.io

Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Google device or Alexa device?



I personally have both speakers. I have them in my room and in the
office and my mom has both in her room. They both have qualities to
like and dislike. It is good have both say if you are trying to get
your smart plugs to work, some times google does a better job than
alexa. Sometimes if you want music, alexa is better at that than
google. Find that google does a better job of spelling words than
alexa, she actually pauses between letters alexa does not always do
this. So it is good to have both if you can. Cheers Heather







Sent from Mail <https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=550986> for
Windows 10







From: Ashley Breger via groups.io
<mailto:ashbreger@...>

Sent: Friday, January 15, 2021 11:21 PM

To: main@techtalk.groups.io <mailto:main@techtalk.groups.io>

Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Google device or Alexa device?







All right chat with you then.



Ashley











On Jan 15, 2021, at 10:27 PM, Vicky Vaughan
<vrvaughan63@...> wrote:











Thanks, so much and I will contact you on Saturday!







Sincerely, Vicky V



From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io>
On Behalf Of Ashley Breger via groups.io

Sent: Friday, January 15, 2021 11:25 PM

To: main@techtalk.groups.io

Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Google device or Alexa device?







Hi Vicki,



I would be more than happy to assist you with
connecting your email to either of these devices. I am most familiar
with the Amazon Alexa but I know Google home will also read your
emails. If you want email me back privately and I can give you my
contact information. I mostly assist people over the phone.







Ashley













On Jan 15, 2021, at 10:21 PM, Vicky
Vaughan <vrvaughan63@... <mailto:vrvaughan63@...> > wrote:







Hi List, Is there a way to get either
of these devices to work with email messages? That is to: read them,
respond to them, delete them or store them in a folder?







Many thanks for any help!







Sincerely, Vicky V







<http://www.avg.com/email-signature?utm_medium=email&utm_source=link&u
tm_campaign=sig-email&utm_content=emailclient>



Virus-free. www.avg.com
<http://www.avg.com/email-signature?utm_medium=email&utm_source=link&u
tm_campaign=sig-email&utm_content=emailclient>






























Re: Google device or Alexa device?

Gene
 

Perhaps a search on the subject will disclose some interesting information. You would think that, since Youtube is a free service unless you want more content and subscribe, that it would be free in digital assistants where it is free for browsers. Evidently that isn't necessarily true.

Gene

-----Original Message-----
From: Monte Single
Sent: Sunday, January 17, 2021 6:17 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Google device or Alexa device?

Yes, sometimes, people send me links to u-tube things. Sometimes there are adds before the file plays, but it does play.

-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On Behalf Of Gene
Sent: January 17, 2021 5:28 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Google device or Alexa device?

My e-mail program had a problem and I lost my place in the message list. My first reply was to the wrong thread.

Can you listen to Youtube videos for free on a computer?

Gene
-----Original Message-----
From: Monte Single
Sent: Sunday, January 17, 2021 3:02 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Google device or Alexa device?

Here in Canada, my google home mini tells me that I have to have a paid subscription to play music from u-tube.

-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On Behalf Of Kerryn Gunness via groups.io
Sent: January 17, 2021 1:12 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Google device or Alexa device?

while the info below is true for persons in the US and canada, in the caribbean for example trinidad, where i live, playing music from you tube is not free, you have to pay for a subscription for you tube to use with a google home


----- Original Message -----
From: "Gene" <gsasner@...>
To: <main@TechTalk.groups.io>
Sent: Saturday, January 16, 2021 5:17 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Google device or Alexa device?


You can listen to music free with the Google assistant. It plays
music on Youtube. I don't know if it works with other music services.

I also don't know if The Echo can play music on Youtube.

-----Original Message-----
From: heather albright
Sent: Saturday, January 16, 2021 3:10 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Google device or Alexa device?



Well I will start with google. Pros, she spells slower than alexa with
pauses. She plays podcast better too my opinion. She handles smart
plugs better that are not amazon based like the smart life and wemo.
She has more information on certain subjects. She can have several
voices not just one voice. Her language data base is more extensive.
Cons, it is hard to pare smart items with google and she has to apps
to control the speaker instead of just one like alexa. She does not
have as many apps that work or connect with the speaker. You cant drop in on other speakers.

Alexa, pros, you have a wide range of connected devices to connect
with on the speaker. She always has more skills to use; you can change
her wake word; you can drop in to different rooms and locations with
your contacts; you can listen to music for free with amazon if you
have prime; you can order using the speaker or put something in the
cart; if you have the show, you can have face to face conversations
across the country. Cons, alexa has not have the spelling feature to
spell slow if you are trying to do dictation; her data base for
information is not as good; amazon has some issues with their smart
plugs that do not always work wich means your plugs do not work
especially with their outages; not all their stuff is fullally
accessible for example, you cant turn on the feature that allows you
to tell the speaker to delete everything that you said as the app does
not allow vo users to access that on the app; you have to have prime to make the nost out of the speaker.

Both speakers will: tell the time and temp, give directions, tell
jokes; give sports scores; play games; tell stories; give the news.
OH, forgot , it easyer to make routines with alexa as you only have
one app to deal with while google makes you use 2 apps.

This is just off the top of my head.

Cheers Heather





Sent from Mail for Windows 10





From: Carolyn Arnold
Sent: Saturday, January 16, 2021 11:19 AM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Google device or Alexa device?





Heather, what are the pros and cons of Alexa and Google?



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

From: main@TechTalk.groups.io [mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On
Behalf Of heather albright

Sent: Saturday, January 16, 2021 11:22 AM

To: main@TechTalk.groups.io

Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Google device or Alexa device?



I personally have both speakers. I have them in my room and in the
office and my mom has both in her room. They both have qualities to
like and dislike. It is good have both say if you are trying to get
your smart plugs to work, some times google does a better job than
alexa. Sometimes if you want music, alexa is better at that than
google. Find that google does a better job of spelling words than
alexa, she actually pauses between letters alexa does not always do
this. So it is good to have both if you can. Cheers Heather







Sent from Mail <https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=550986> for
Windows 10







From: Ashley Breger via groups.io
<mailto:ashbreger@...>

Sent: Friday, January 15, 2021 11:21 PM

To: main@techtalk.groups.io <mailto:main@techtalk.groups.io>

Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Google device or Alexa device?







All right chat with you then.



Ashley











On Jan 15, 2021, at 10:27 PM, Vicky Vaughan
<vrvaughan63@...> wrote:











Thanks, so much and I will contact you on Saturday!







Sincerely, Vicky V



From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io>
On Behalf Of Ashley Breger via groups.io

Sent: Friday, January 15, 2021 11:25 PM

To: main@techtalk.groups.io

Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Google device or Alexa device?







Hi Vicki,



I would be more than happy to assist you with
connecting your email to either of these devices. I am most familiar
with the Amazon Alexa but I know Google home will also read your
emails. If you want email me back privately and I can give you my
contact information. I mostly assist people over the phone.







Ashley













On Jan 15, 2021, at 10:21 PM, Vicky
Vaughan <vrvaughan63@... <mailto:vrvaughan63@...> > wrote:







Hi List, Is there a way to get either
of these devices to work with email messages? That is to: read them,
respond to them, delete them or store them in a folder?







Many thanks for any help!







Sincerely, Vicky V







<http://www.avg.com/email-signature?utm_medium=email&utm_source=link&u
tm_campaign=sig-email&utm_content=emailclient>



Virus-free. www.avg.com
<http://www.avg.com/email-signature?utm_medium=email&utm_source=link&u
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Re: Google device or Alexa device?

Monte Single
 

Yes, sometimes, people send me links to u-tube things. Sometimes there are adds before the file plays, but it does play.

-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On Behalf Of Gene
Sent: January 17, 2021 5:28 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Google device or Alexa device?

My e-mail program had a problem and I lost my place in the message list. My first reply was to the wrong thread.

Can you listen to Youtube videos for free on a computer?

Gene
-----Original Message-----
From: Monte Single
Sent: Sunday, January 17, 2021 3:02 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Google device or Alexa device?

Here in Canada, my google home mini tells me that I have to have a paid subscription to play music from u-tube.

-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On Behalf Of Kerryn Gunness via groups.io
Sent: January 17, 2021 1:12 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Google device or Alexa device?

while the info below is true for persons in the US and canada, in the caribbean for example trinidad, where i live, playing music from you tube is not free, you have to pay for a subscription for you tube to use with a google home


----- Original Message -----
From: "Gene" <gsasner@...>
To: <main@TechTalk.groups.io>
Sent: Saturday, January 16, 2021 5:17 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Google device or Alexa device?


You can listen to music free with the Google assistant. It plays
music on Youtube. I don't know if it works with other music services.

I also don't know if The Echo can play music on Youtube.

-----Original Message-----
From: heather albright
Sent: Saturday, January 16, 2021 3:10 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Google device or Alexa device?



Well I will start with google. Pros, she spells slower than alexa with
pauses. She plays podcast better too my opinion. She handles smart
plugs better that are not amazon based like the smart life and wemo.
She has more information on certain subjects. She can have several
voices not just one voice. Her language data base is more extensive.
Cons, it is hard to pare smart items with google and she has to apps
to control the speaker instead of just one like alexa. She does not
have as many apps that work or connect with the speaker. You cant drop in on other speakers.

Alexa, pros, you have a wide range of connected devices to connect
with on the speaker. She always has more skills to use; you can change
her wake word; you can drop in to different rooms and locations with
your contacts; you can listen to music for free with amazon if you
have prime; you can order using the speaker or put something in the
cart; if you have the show, you can have face to face conversations
across the country. Cons, alexa has not have the spelling feature to
spell slow if you are trying to do dictation; her data base for
information is not as good; amazon has some issues with their smart
plugs that do not always work wich means your plugs do not work
especially with their outages; not all their stuff is fullally
accessible for example, you cant turn on the feature that allows you
to tell the speaker to delete everything that you said as the app does
not allow vo users to access that on the app; you have to have prime to make the nost out of the speaker.

Both speakers will: tell the time and temp, give directions, tell
jokes; give sports scores; play games; tell stories; give the news.
OH, forgot , it easyer to make routines with alexa as you only have
one app to deal with while google makes you use 2 apps.

This is just off the top of my head.

Cheers Heather





Sent from Mail for Windows 10





From: Carolyn Arnold
Sent: Saturday, January 16, 2021 11:19 AM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Google device or Alexa device?





Heather, what are the pros and cons of Alexa and Google?



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

From: main@TechTalk.groups.io [mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On
Behalf Of heather albright

Sent: Saturday, January 16, 2021 11:22 AM

To: main@TechTalk.groups.io

Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Google device or Alexa device?



I personally have both speakers. I have them in my room and in the
office and my mom has both in her room. They both have qualities to
like and dislike. It is good have both say if you are trying to get
your smart plugs to work, some times google does a better job than
alexa. Sometimes if you want music, alexa is better at that than
google. Find that google does a better job of spelling words than
alexa, she actually pauses between letters alexa does not always do
this. So it is good to have both if you can. Cheers Heather







Sent from Mail <https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=550986> for
Windows 10







From: Ashley Breger via groups.io
<mailto:ashbreger@...>

Sent: Friday, January 15, 2021 11:21 PM

To: main@techtalk.groups.io <mailto:main@techtalk.groups.io>

Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Google device or Alexa device?







All right chat with you then.



Ashley











On Jan 15, 2021, at 10:27 PM, Vicky Vaughan
<vrvaughan63@...> wrote:











Thanks, so much and I will contact you on Saturday!







Sincerely, Vicky V



From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io>
On Behalf Of Ashley Breger via groups.io

Sent: Friday, January 15, 2021 11:25 PM

To: main@techtalk.groups.io

Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Google device or Alexa device?







Hi Vicki,



I would be more than happy to assist you with
connecting your email to either of these devices. I am most familiar
with the Amazon Alexa but I know Google home will also read your
emails. If you want email me back privately and I can give you my
contact information. I mostly assist people over the phone.







Ashley













On Jan 15, 2021, at 10:21 PM, Vicky
Vaughan <vrvaughan63@... <mailto:vrvaughan63@...> > wrote:







Hi List, Is there a way to get either
of these devices to work with email messages? That is to: read them,
respond to them, delete them or store them in a folder?







Many thanks for any help!







Sincerely, Vicky V







<http://www.avg.com/email-signature?utm_medium=email&utm_source=link&u
tm_campaign=sig-email&utm_content=emailclient>



Virus-free. www.avg.com
<http://www.avg.com/email-signature?utm_medium=email&utm_source=link&u
tm_campaign=sig-email&utm_content=emailclient>






























Re: Google device or Alexa device?

Gene
 

My e-mail program had a problem and I lost my place in the message list. My first reply was to the wrong thread.

Can you listen to Youtube videos for free on a computer?

Gene

-----Original Message-----
From: Monte Single
Sent: Sunday, January 17, 2021 3:02 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Google device or Alexa device?

Here in Canada, my google home mini tells me that I have to have a paid subscription to play music from u-tube.

-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On Behalf Of Kerryn Gunness via groups.io
Sent: January 17, 2021 1:12 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Google device or Alexa device?

while the info below is true for persons in the US and canada, in the caribbean for example trinidad, where i live, playing music from you tube is not free, you have to pay for a subscription for you tube to use with a google home


----- Original Message -----
From: "Gene" <gsasner@...>
To: <main@TechTalk.groups.io>
Sent: Saturday, January 16, 2021 5:17 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Google device or Alexa device?


You can listen to music free with the Google assistant. It plays music on
Youtube. I don't know if it works with other music services.

I also don't know if The Echo can play music on Youtube.

-----Original Message-----
From: heather albright
Sent: Saturday, January 16, 2021 3:10 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Google device or Alexa device?



Well I will start with google. Pros, she spells slower than alexa with
pauses. She plays podcast better too my opinion. She handles smart plugs
better that are not amazon based like the smart life and wemo. She has
more information on certain subjects. She can have several voices not just
one voice. Her language data base is more extensive. Cons, it is hard to
pare smart items with google and she has to apps to control the speaker
instead of just one like alexa. She does not have as many apps that work
or connect with the speaker. You cant drop in on other speakers.

Alexa, pros, you have a wide range of connected devices to connect with on
the speaker. She always has more skills to use; you can change her wake
word; you can drop in to different rooms and locations with your contacts;
you can listen to music for free with amazon if you have prime; you can
order using the speaker or put something in the cart; if you have the
show, you can have face to face conversations across the country. Cons,
alexa has not have the spelling feature to spell slow if you are trying
to do dictation; her data base for information is not as good; amazon has
some issues with their smart plugs that do not always work wich means your
plugs do not work especially with their outages; not all their stuff is
fullally accessible for example, you cant turn on the feature that allows
you to tell the speaker to delete everything that you said as the app does
not allow vo users to access that on the app; you have to have prime to
make the nost out of the speaker.

Both speakers will: tell the time and temp, give directions, tell jokes;
give sports scores; play games; tell stories; give the news. OH, forgot ,
it easyer to make routines with alexa as you only have one app to deal
with while google makes you use 2 apps.

This is just off the top of my head.

Cheers Heather





Sent from Mail for Windows 10





From: Carolyn Arnold
Sent: Saturday, January 16, 2021 11:19 AM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Google device or Alexa device?





Heather, what are the pros and cons of Alexa and Google?



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

From: main@TechTalk.groups.io [mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On Behalf
Of heather albright

Sent: Saturday, January 16, 2021 11:22 AM

To: main@TechTalk.groups.io

Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Google device or Alexa device?



I personally have both speakers. I have them in my room and in the office
and my mom has both in her room. They both have qualities to like and
dislike. It is good have both say if you are trying to get your smart
plugs to work, some times google does a better job than alexa. Sometimes
if you want music, alexa is better at that than google. Find that google
does a better job of spelling words than alexa, she actually pauses
between letters alexa does not always do this. So it is good to have both
if you can. Cheers Heather







Sent from Mail <https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=550986> for
Windows 10







From: Ashley Breger via groups.io <mailto:ashbreger@...>

Sent: Friday, January 15, 2021 11:21 PM

To: main@techtalk.groups.io <mailto:main@techtalk.groups.io>

Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Google device or Alexa device?







All right chat with you then.



Ashley











On Jan 15, 2021, at 10:27 PM, Vicky Vaughan
<vrvaughan63@...> wrote:











Thanks, so much and I will contact you on Saturday!







Sincerely, Vicky V



From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On
Behalf Of Ashley Breger via groups.io

Sent: Friday, January 15, 2021 11:25 PM

To: main@techtalk.groups.io

Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Google device or Alexa device?







Hi Vicki,



I would be more than happy to assist you with connecting
your email to either of these devices. I am most familiar with the Amazon
Alexa but I know Google home will also read your emails. If you want email
me back privately and I can give you my contact information. I mostly
assist people over the phone.







Ashley













On Jan 15, 2021, at 10:21 PM, Vicky Vaughan
<vrvaughan63@... <mailto:vrvaughan63@...> > wrote:







Hi List, Is there a way to get either of
these devices to work with email messages? That is to: read them, respond
to them, delete them or store them in a folder?







Many thanks for any help!







Sincerely, Vicky V







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Re: longevity of braille printers?

Pat Seed
 


Hi,
Well, Then, you might be able to make your own colouring books.
 
I remember colouring in thermoform colouring books as a kid. Some of them even had numbers in Braille in the empty spaces, where the colouring would go. The numbers in those spaces were matched to colours in a box of crayons.
 
Blessings and All the Very Best,
Pat Seed
 

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Sunday, January 17, 2021 11:04 AM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] longevity of braille printers?

Oh just to let you all know, yesterday I got a clipart image of mickey mouse from google images, opened it in microsoft paint in windows10 which is now very accessible even if you are totally blind and it works with screen readers, printed it to the braille buddy and now I have a tactile graphic of mickey mouse on an 8.5x11 inch thermoform sheet. 


Re: Google device or Alexa device?

Monte Single
 

Here in Canada, my google home mini tells me that I have to have a paid subscription to play music from u-tube.

-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On Behalf Of Kerryn Gunness via groups.io
Sent: January 17, 2021 1:12 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Google device or Alexa device?

while the info below is true for persons in the US and canada, in the caribbean for example trinidad, where i live, playing music from you tube is not free, you have to pay for a subscription for you tube to use with a google home


----- Original Message -----
From: "Gene" <gsasner@...>
To: <main@TechTalk.groups.io>
Sent: Saturday, January 16, 2021 5:17 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Google device or Alexa device?


You can listen to music free with the Google assistant. It plays music on
Youtube. I don't know if it works with other music services.

I also don't know if The Echo can play music on Youtube.

-----Original Message-----
From: heather albright
Sent: Saturday, January 16, 2021 3:10 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Google device or Alexa device?



Well I will start with google. Pros, she spells slower than alexa with
pauses. She plays podcast better too my opinion. She handles smart plugs
better that are not amazon based like the smart life and wemo. She has
more information on certain subjects. She can have several voices not just
one voice. Her language data base is more extensive. Cons, it is hard to
pare smart items with google and she has to apps to control the speaker
instead of just one like alexa. She does not have as many apps that work
or connect with the speaker. You cant drop in on other speakers.

Alexa, pros, you have a wide range of connected devices to connect with on
the speaker. She always has more skills to use; you can change her wake
word; you can drop in to different rooms and locations with your contacts;
you can listen to music for free with amazon if you have prime; you can
order using the speaker or put something in the cart; if you have the
show, you can have face to face conversations across the country. Cons,
alexa has not have the spelling feature to spell slow if you are trying
to do dictation; her data base for information is not as good; amazon has
some issues with their smart plugs that do not always work wich means your
plugs do not work especially with their outages; not all their stuff is
fullally accessible for example, you cant turn on the feature that allows
you to tell the speaker to delete everything that you said as the app does
not allow vo users to access that on the app; you have to have prime to
make the nost out of the speaker.

Both speakers will: tell the time and temp, give directions, tell jokes;
give sports scores; play games; tell stories; give the news. OH, forgot ,
it easyer to make routines with alexa as you only have one app to deal
with while google makes you use 2 apps.

This is just off the top of my head.

Cheers Heather





Sent from Mail for Windows 10





From: Carolyn Arnold
Sent: Saturday, January 16, 2021 11:19 AM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Google device or Alexa device?





Heather, what are the pros and cons of Alexa and Google?



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

From: main@TechTalk.groups.io [mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On Behalf
Of heather albright

Sent: Saturday, January 16, 2021 11:22 AM

To: main@TechTalk.groups.io

Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Google device or Alexa device?



I personally have both speakers. I have them in my room and in the office
and my mom has both in her room. They both have qualities to like and
dislike. It is good have both say if you are trying to get your smart
plugs to work, some times google does a better job than alexa. Sometimes
if you want music, alexa is better at that than google. Find that google
does a better job of spelling words than alexa, she actually pauses
between letters alexa does not always do this. So it is good to have both
if you can. Cheers Heather







Sent from Mail <https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=550986> for
Windows 10







From: Ashley Breger via groups.io <mailto:ashbreger@...>

Sent: Friday, January 15, 2021 11:21 PM

To: main@techtalk.groups.io <mailto:main@techtalk.groups.io>

Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Google device or Alexa device?







All right chat with you then.



Ashley











On Jan 15, 2021, at 10:27 PM, Vicky Vaughan
<vrvaughan63@...> wrote:











Thanks, so much and I will contact you on Saturday!







Sincerely, Vicky V



From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On
Behalf Of Ashley Breger via groups.io

Sent: Friday, January 15, 2021 11:25 PM

To: main@techtalk.groups.io

Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Google device or Alexa device?







Hi Vicki,



I would be more than happy to assist you with connecting
your email to either of these devices. I am most familiar with the Amazon
Alexa but I know Google home will also read your emails. If you want email
me back privately and I can give you my contact information. I mostly
assist people over the phone.







Ashley













On Jan 15, 2021, at 10:21 PM, Vicky Vaughan
<vrvaughan63@... <mailto:vrvaughan63@...> > wrote:







Hi List, Is there a way to get either of
these devices to work with email messages? That is to: read them, respond
to them, delete them or store them in a folder?







Many thanks for any help!







Sincerely, Vicky V







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Re: accessible budget-friendly color laser printers

heather albright
 

I think someone suggested brother but their accessible tec support is not existent. SO you will have to have sighted assistance to set up and everytime it goes off line. They do not have a lazyer print that is truly accessible for someone who is blind or lowvision. I am sure the first question tec support is “I am sorry, do you have someone sighted there to assist you” cheers Heather !

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

From: David Mehler
Sent: Sunday, January 17, 2021 9:55 AM
To: main@techtalk.groups.io
Subject: [TechTalk] accessible budget-friendly color laser printers

 

Hello,

 

Does anyone have a recommendation for an accessible color laserjet

printer that is budget friendly?

 

Thanks.

Dave.

 

 

 

 

 


Re: I am trying NVDA for the first time. Is it hard to learn? and are there tutorials I can get? I am running windows ten. Jim

Jim Rawls
 

Thanks Steve. Jim

 

From: main@TechTalk.groups.io [mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On Behalf Of Steve Matzura
Sent: Saturday, January 16, 2021 4:50 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] I am trying NVDA for the first time. Is it hard to learn? and are there tutorials I can get? I am running windows ten. Jim

 

No, it's not hard to learn. Yes, there are tutorials made by Joseph Lee himself. I highly recommend this course, available for $52 U.S., all of which goes to support the very worthwhile NVDA project and will teach you everything you need to know about using NVDA, and then some.

 


Re: my computer will not update, causing all kinds of problems.

Jim Rawls
 

Sounds like a plan. Jim

 

From: main@TechTalk.groups.io [mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On Behalf Of Steve Matzura
Sent: Saturday, January 16, 2021 4:44 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] my computer will not update, causing all kinds of problems.

 

I think his use of the word abacus was to indicate that he perceives it to be an outdated dinosaur. What I'd recommend is to back up the system drive and try a clean install of 20H2. If that doesn't work, just restore the old one and think of something else to try.

 

On 1/16/2021 3:01 PM, Gerald Levy via groups.io wrote:

 

Jim, can you provide us with more information about your **** computer?  I am not familiar with the Abacus brand.  Is your computer a laptop or desktop?  How much RAM and what kind of processor does it have?  When and where did you buy it, and which version of Windows 10 was originally installed on it when you bought it? Have you been able to install any cumulative or feature updates on it since then? And is Windows Security being updated with the latest database definitions?  Maybe someone on this list can guide you in the right direction if you give us more information.

 

Gerald

 

 

On 1/16/2021 2:29 PM, Jim Rawls wrote:

Hi all,For several months, I have tried to get my computer to update from windows 1909 to the current version. Microsoft has tried several times to update it, but they can’t do it. They put a repair tool in an it did no good. They tried installing the current version but that failed as well. So, I have a computer that will not install any updates, security or otherwise. Jaws will not update as well. I am authorized to version 2020, but I can only go to 2018. I am out of warrantee on this abacus computer. Does anyone have any ideas on how I can fixthuis**** computer? Smile. Jim.


Re: I am trying NVDA for the first time. Is it hard to learn? and are there tutorials I can get? I am running windows ten. Jim

Jim Rawls
 

Thanks Gene.

-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io [mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On Behalf Of
Gene
Sent: Saturday, January 16, 2021 1:30 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] I am trying NVDA for the first time. Is it hard to
learn? and are there tutorials I can get? I am running windows ten. Jim

I don't know how you use your computer. A lot of what you do will be the
same because a lot of what you do is using program and Windows commands.
Some commands, such as read title bar, are the same. Web page navigation
commands are just about identical.

There is a page for those beginning to use NVDA who now use JAWS.
https://github.com/nvaccess/nvda-community/wiki/SwitchingFromJawsToNVDA
There is training material available from NVDA that you can pay for. There
is other material done by users. I don't follow that subject enough to
discuss it much. I suspect, though I don't know this, that some training
material is discussed on the transition page I'm sending the link for.
Whatever the case, if you do a Google search for NVDA training material, you

will find resources.

Gene
-----Original Message-----
From: Jim Rawls
Sent: Saturday, January 16, 2021 1:33 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: [TechTalk] I am trying NVDA for the first time. Is it hard to
learn? and are there tutorials I can get? I am running windows ten. Jim


Re: Google device or Alexa device?

Kerryn Gunness <k_gunness@...>
 

while the info below is true for persons in the US and canada, in the caribbean for example trinidad, where i live, playing music from you tube is not free, you have to pay for a subscription for you tube to use with a google home

----- Original Message -----
From: "Gene" <gsasner@...>
To: <main@TechTalk.groups.io>
Sent: Saturday, January 16, 2021 5:17 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Google device or Alexa device?


You can listen to music free with the Google assistant. It plays music on Youtube. I don't know if it works with other music services.

I also don't know if The Echo can play music on Youtube.

-----Original Message-----
From: heather albright
Sent: Saturday, January 16, 2021 3:10 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Google device or Alexa device?



Well I will start with google. Pros, she spells slower than alexa with pauses. She plays podcast better too my opinion. She handles smart plugs better that are not amazon based like the smart life and wemo. She has more information on certain subjects. She can have several voices not just one voice. Her language data base is more extensive. Cons, it is hard to pare smart items with google and she has to apps to control the speaker instead of just one like alexa. She does not have as many apps that work or connect with the speaker. You cant drop in on other speakers.

Alexa, pros, you have a wide range of connected devices to connect with on the speaker. She always has more skills to use; you can change her wake word; you can drop in to different rooms and locations with your contacts; you can listen to music for free with amazon if you have prime; you can order using the speaker or put something in the cart; if you have the show, you can have face to face conversations across the country. Cons, alexa has not have the spelling feature to spell slow if you are trying to do dictation; her data base for information is not as good; amazon has some issues with their smart plugs that do not always work wich means your plugs do not work especially with their outages; not all their stuff is fullally accessible for example, you cant turn on the feature that allows you to tell the speaker to delete everything that you said as the app does not allow vo users to access that on the app; you have to have prime to make the nost out of the speaker.

Both speakers will: tell the time and temp, give directions, tell jokes; give sports scores; play games; tell stories; give the news. OH, forgot , it easyer to make routines with alexa as you only have one app to deal with while google makes you use 2 apps.

This is just off the top of my head.

Cheers Heather





Sent from Mail for Windows 10





From: Carolyn Arnold
Sent: Saturday, January 16, 2021 11:19 AM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Google device or Alexa device?





Heather, what are the pros and cons of Alexa and Google?



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

From: main@TechTalk.groups.io [mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On Behalf Of heather albright

Sent: Saturday, January 16, 2021 11:22 AM

To: main@TechTalk.groups.io

Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Google device or Alexa device?



I personally have both speakers. I have them in my room and in the office and my mom has both in her room. They both have qualities to like and dislike. It is good have both say if you are trying to get your smart plugs to work, some times google does a better job than alexa. Sometimes if you want music, alexa is better at that than google. Find that google does a better job of spelling words than alexa, she actually pauses between letters alexa does not always do this. So it is good to have both if you can. Cheers Heather







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From: Ashley Breger via groups.io <mailto:ashbreger@...>

Sent: Friday, January 15, 2021 11:21 PM

To: main@techtalk.groups.io <mailto:main@techtalk.groups.io>

Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Google device or Alexa device?







All right chat with you then.



Ashley











On Jan 15, 2021, at 10:27 PM, Vicky Vaughan <vrvaughan63@...> wrote:











Thanks, so much and I will contact you on Saturday!







Sincerely, Vicky V



From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On Behalf Of Ashley Breger via groups.io

Sent: Friday, January 15, 2021 11:25 PM

To: main@techtalk.groups.io

Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Google device or Alexa device?







Hi Vicki,



I would be more than happy to assist you with connecting your email to either of these devices. I am most familiar with the Amazon Alexa but I know Google home will also read your emails. If you want email me back privately and I can give you my contact information. I mostly assist people over the phone.







Ashley













On Jan 15, 2021, at 10:21 PM, Vicky Vaughan <vrvaughan63@... <mailto:vrvaughan63@...> > wrote:







Hi List, Is there a way to get either of these devices to work with email messages? That is to: read them, respond to them, delete them or store them in a folder?







Many thanks for any help!







Sincerely, Vicky V







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Re: longevity of braille printers?

Monte Single
 

Hi,

Glad to hear your new buddy is working well for you.

What is the print speed?

 

Cheers,

 

Monte

 

From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On Behalf Of Josh Kennedy
Sent: January 17, 2021 9:43 AM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] longevity of braille printers?

 

I payed $1495 for my braille buddy embosser from www.irie-at.com 


Re: accessible budget-friendly color laser printers

David Mehler
 

Hello,

Thanks, that works for me. Do you have a URL of the specific one your
refering to?

Thanks.
Dave.

On 1/17/21, Angelo Sonnesso <asonnesso@...> wrote:
You can get a Brothers color printer for under $100.00.
They work very well.



73 N2DYN Angelo

-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io [mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On Behalf Of
David Mehler
Sent: Sunday, January 17, 2021 10:56 AM
To: main@techtalk.groups.io
Subject: [TechTalk] accessible budget-friendly color laser printers

Hello,

Does anyone have a recommendation for an accessible color laserjet
printer that is budget friendly?

Thanks.
Dave.












Re: accessible budget-friendly color laser printers

Angelo Sonnesso
 

You can get a Brothers color printer for under $100.00.
They work very well.



73 N2DYN Angelo

-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io [mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On Behalf Of David Mehler
Sent: Sunday, January 17, 2021 10:56 AM
To: main@techtalk.groups.io
Subject: [TechTalk] accessible budget-friendly color laser printers

Hello,

Does anyone have a recommendation for an accessible color laserjet
printer that is budget friendly?

Thanks.
Dave.


Re: longevity of braille printers?

Josh Kennedy <joshknnd1982@...>
 

Oh just to let you all know, yesterday I got a clipart image of mickey mouse from google images, opened it in microsoft paint in windows10 which is now very accessible even if you are totally blind and it works with screen readers, printed it to the braille buddy and now I have a tactile graphic of mickey mouse on an 8.5x11 inch thermoform sheet. 


Re: longevity of braille printers?

Josh Kennedy <joshknnd1982@...>
 

the braille buddy that I have is about the size of an hp inkjet printer or one of those small cannon inkjet printers. It is sitting on a coffee table beside my laptop, on its own coffee table. I have a small work area. Oh and did I mention this embosser hardly vibrates the table at all even during heavy embossing... It's about 10 to 11 pounds in weight. So if I want to I can easily move it off that table after unplugging it and put something else there such as my electric perkins brailler. Only thing I do not like is the USB connection port is underneath the tractor feed mechanism. Unless I get a bigger work area I think I will always be using cut sheet paper with this braille printer. That is fine though, I printed several pages with it and unlike index embossers, I have had absolutely no paper jams yet! I love this little printer! I think there are ways, though, to reduce its cost such as reduce speed by 25 percent down to 18cps, get rid of tractor feed option, and make TSS rtiger software suite an additional optional purchase rather than including it. After all, people can use braille blaster for basic printing and its a smart printer so you can set legacy printing options for old devices such as brailleNotes and duxbury and braille blaster and print from those devices. It also does microbraille, normal, and jumbo braille with tactile graphics up to 20 dots per inch with higher dots representing darker colors and lighter lower dots representing lighter colors if you wish. You can also print tactile graphics directly from microsoft paint or ms-word. I like how it draws a text box as a tactile graphic and wraps the text that is outside or around the box, left and around the bottom of the box drawn as a tactile graphic. Back to lower cost embossers, I hope someday irie-at or some other company builds and sells viewPlus tiger software suite compatible braillerap embossers from www.braillerap.com   ... 


accessible budget-friendly color laser printers

David Mehler
 

Hello,

Does anyone have a recommendation for an accessible color laserjet
printer that is budget friendly?

Thanks.
Dave.


Re: longevity of braille printers?

Josh Kennedy <joshknnd1982@...>
 

the irie-at and viewPlus embossers such as the braille buddy are a little louder than a perkins brailler, not much, just a little louder. The braille buddy at least has plastic pieces that just snap together. The single sheet or cut sheet feeder tray snaps into place using two pegs on the sides of the printer. There is another small plastic tray that snaps into place below that... and the whole top cover in front of the 4 button control panel also comes off and you can get to the carriage mechanism and solenoids and solenoid housings to make it easier to clean the printer and clear any paper jams. I have not used it with tractor feed paper as I do not have the room. So far I just used it with single sheets of 8.5x11 inch thermoform plastics and braille paper. It will also feed through smaller items like 3x5 index cards. I did ask irie-at to consider making a less expensive embosser. If they make tiger software suite an optional purchase, this would bring the price from $1495 united states dollars down to $1295. And if they reduce the speed by 25 percent, from 25 characters per second down to 18 to 20 characters per second and get rid of the tractor feed option, making it a cut-sheet-only printer, they may be able to get the price down to $1195 or maybe a bit less. 
One more thing. If you guys want to build your own high quality embosser and start selling it, you can do so! Just go to www.braillerap.com ... and follow directions there. Supposedly that braillerap embosser is a cut-sheet printer that will also emboss soft aluminums. It does text and graphics. 

Josh


Re: longevity of braille printers?

Josh Kennedy <joshknnd1982@...>
 

I payed $1495 for my braille buddy embosser from www.irie-at.com 

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