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Re: Very slow linking problem

Nancy Hill
 

No, I have been using it previously with no problem.


nancy 

On 4/9/2021 6:49 AM, Gerald Levy via groups.io wrote:


Have you tried a different browser such as Google Chrome or MS Edge?  I have found that Firefox is generally slower than these Chromium based browsers.


Gerald



On 4/8/2021 11:28 PM, Nancy Hill wrote:
Thanks for the info, John!


As for when the link slows, it could be entering on a link to take me to a web page, or on something like NextDoor when you enter on something like 'see more' or continue' to get you to the rest of the article.


Thanks,

nancy

On 4/8/2021 10:26 PM, John Holcomb II wrote:
To check laptop version:
Hit your  Windows Key
Type winver and press enter.
To check jaws version,
Focus on the jaws window and do ctrl+JawsKey+V
To check your version of Firefox,
Open it and do
Ctrl+JawsKey+V
This keystroke will tell you which version of any application currently  in focus.
Now as to why this could be happening, have you checked for malware and the like?
Is entering links the only time this slowdown happens? In other words does it only happen in the Firefox browser or does it happen  in other browsers or apps?

John


-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On Behalf Of Nancy Hill
Sent: Thursday, April 08, 2021 9:17 PM
To: TechTalk <main@TechTalk.groups.io>
Subject: [TechTalk] Very slow linking problem

My laptop has win10 (will someone please tell me how to check on the
version?) and this week's version of jaws along with the Firefox browser.

Recently when I enter on a link, it seems to take forever to get to that next page.  This seems to delay no matter what type of link I use.

Is there something I can do to find out why there has started being such an dxtended delay on getting to the page I am being linked to?

It has been several weeks since this slow down started and I do not recall  something particular happening that might have caused this change.

Many thanks in advance for your help in solving this mystery.

nancy



















getting description

Howard Traxler
 

Recently I tried out a function that (it seems) was supposed to get descriptions for the graphics on web pages.  I thought the result might make websites more friendly.  But that doesn't seem to be; Now there's just more babble.  now I forgot how I turned that on, so don't know how to turn it off.  Has anyone else tried out this function and then stopped it?

Thanks.
Howard


Re: Very slow linking problem

John Holcomb II
 

Tap your windows key on your keyboard.
Type winver
Press enter.
It should display your Windows 10 version.
John

-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On Behalf Of Nancy Shackelford
Sent: Friday, April 09, 2021 8:18 AM
To: main@techtalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Very slow linking problem

How does one check the version of Windows on a PC? Running Windows 10.
Thanks,
Nance

--
Nancy Shackelford --Walk On Faith And Trust In Love - Michael Reid--


Re: Braille Displays

Pat Seed
 

Hi Pam and All,
I Remember the Versa-Braille run by cassette!

That is what I started with, along with the PMC101 Micromate run on DOS and CP/M!

Of course, (with smiles), we realize, that dates all of us who remember and used this technology.

Blessings and All the Very Best,
Pat Seed
(807) 473-0909

----- Original Message -----
From: "Pamela Dominguez" <pammygirl99@gmail.com>
To: <main@TechTalk.groups.io>
Sent: Friday, April 09, 2021 9:12 AM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Braille Displays


The first refreshable braille I saw was the original versabraille that used cassettes for the data. I remember going to a lecture on it, and wondering: "Braille on a cassette?" They also gave out a thermoformed handout which I had in my junk for quight a while. Pam.

-----Original Message-----
From: chris judge
Sent: Wednesday, April 07, 2021 4:00 AM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Braille Displays

I think the first refreshable Braille display I used was an alva 80. It was the size of a table top and cost around 15 grand.

Chris Judge


-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On Behalf Of Monte Single
Sent: April 7, 2021 1:43 AM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Braille Displays

I started working for the local school board in 89, producing hard copy braille on a perkins brailler.
I recall a student having a versabraille, maybe one of the first ones with a braille display; maybe it was 20 cells.
I do not recall the price, but it was thousands of dollars.


That was over thirty years ago and braille displays are still big ticket items.

-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On Behalf Of Cristóbal
Sent: April 6, 2021 10:00 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Braille Displays

I am reluctant to invest so much money on any Android based display or note taker. When you start talking about five or six thousand dollar devices, I don't think it's unreasonable to expect to be able to use such a device for many many years. Being Android based as some of these newer devices are, that's just simply not going to be the case.
I made a similar argument to Brian Hartgen over Twitter when he was touting the Polaris a a business friendly device. He dismissed me at first saying that he was speaking as a business owner and that the price tag hesitancy thing was lazy thinking or some such thing and when I informed him that I too was a business owner and still wasn't sold on the price tag, he blocked me. Talk about thin skinned.... But hey, at least he had the "manners" to tell me that he was going to block me before he did so... What a swell guy. Some people.
Back in 2011, I was debating whether to get an Apex that was almost $6000 but instead opted for a 40 cell Brailliant BI and iPad and iPhone. That Brailliant lasted me over ten years and hung around outlasting something like 5 iPhone models and three iPads. Granted, the iOS and Braille experience wasn't always the best, but combining the display with various iOS devices over the years at least in my mind, gave me way more productivity and more bang for my buck than a display where the OS traditionally isn't supported for maybe more than three or four years.
Even then, the Apex would've lasted way longer than some of these newer Smart note taker/display hybrids.
I recently scored a Freedom Scientific F80 Braille display on eBay for $305. I first wrote the seller asking if everything worked, and they replied that yes, all cells, connectors and buttons were functional. I had my sighted wife look at the pictures and she was able to read me the serial number off of the display. I called Vispero and asked about its history and if it had ever been serviced and I was informed that it was serviced and cleaned back in 2016. The 80 cell display was from back in 2006. This thing is huge. I'm talking a beast of a display, but so far, so good. I've got it set up at my desktop workstation and now I've got a fully functional 80 cell display that back in the day went for almost $8000. Side note, looks like this seller's got some sort of hookup or something. At the time that I purchased it, they had two devices up for sale. Since then, I believe they've posted four more 80 cell displays. Again for roughly $300. Keep in mind, you're talking about devices that are really long in the tooth, so buyer beware and all that. Their postings are easy enough to find. You just have to search for Braille display or something along those lines. There aren't too many on at any given time.
I still have the Brailliant BI 40, but it's a refurbished model Humanware provided me as a replacement for my old display that I sent in late last year to be fixed, but got lost by UPS. Fine by me. It cost me nothing and now my Brailliant was at least serviced and inspected by Humanware.
I'm thinking of selling my Brailliant and putting that money towards either a Mantis 40 cell display or the Orbit Reader 40. I'm more inclined to opt for a device that's maybe dumber as far as on board connectivity, but that I know I can use for many years to come and not have to worry about it slowing down or not being able to keep up with the demands that innovation sometimes brings and just act as a display with maybe some built in file management features. I mean, if I want Internet connectivity and all those bells and whistles, that's what a smart phone or tablet and Bluetooth connections are for.
Just my two cents.





Cristóbal

-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On Behalf Of Joe Orozco
Sent: Saturday, April 3, 2021 12:44 PM
To: main@techtalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Braille Displays

The great thing about Humanware products is the ability to pay in installments. I don’t think APH offers this flexibility. If I can throw one more product into the mix, it would be the new Braille Sense
6 from HIMS. It’s far and away the most expensive of the displays mentioned here at $5,795, but HIMS now also offers payment plans.

Here’s the link in case it’s of interest:

https://hims-inc.com/bs6

Best,

Joe



On 3/31/21, Abbie Taylor <abbietaylor945@gmail.com> wrote:
The Brailliant BI 20X does open Word files, but if you edit them, it
saves them as text files. I hope that helps.
--

Abbie Johnson Taylor, Author https://abbiescorner.wordpress.com

http://www.abbiejohnsontaylor.com

abbietaylor945@gmail.com




























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This email has been checked for viruses by AVG.
https://www.avg.com





Re: Braille Displays

Pamela Dominguez
 

The first refreshable braille I saw was the original versabraille that used cassettes for the data. I remember going to a lecture on it, and wondering: "Braille on a cassette?" They also gave out a thermoformed handout which I had in my junk for quight a while. Pam.

-----Original Message-----
From: chris judge
Sent: Wednesday, April 07, 2021 4:00 AM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Braille Displays

I think the first refreshable Braille display I used was an alva 80. It was the size of a table top and cost around 15 grand.

Chris Judge


-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On Behalf Of Monte Single
Sent: April 7, 2021 1:43 AM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Braille Displays

I started working for the local school board in 89, producing hard copy braille on a perkins brailler.
I recall a student having a versabraille, maybe one of the first ones with a braille display; maybe it was 20 cells.
I do not recall the price, but it was thousands of dollars.


That was over thirty years ago and braille displays are still big ticket items.

-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On Behalf Of Cristóbal
Sent: April 6, 2021 10:00 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Braille Displays

I am reluctant to invest so much money on any Android based display or note taker. When you start talking about five or six thousand dollar devices, I don't think it's unreasonable to expect to be able to use such a device for many many years. Being Android based as some of these newer devices are, that's just simply not going to be the case.
I made a similar argument to Brian Hartgen over Twitter when he was touting the Polaris a a business friendly device. He dismissed me at first saying that he was speaking as a business owner and that the price tag hesitancy thing was lazy thinking or some such thing and when I informed him that I too was a business owner and still wasn't sold on the price tag, he blocked me. Talk about thin skinned.... But hey, at least he had the "manners" to tell me that he was going to block me before he did so... What a swell guy. Some people.
Back in 2011, I was debating whether to get an Apex that was almost $6000 but instead opted for a 40 cell Brailliant BI and iPad and iPhone. That Brailliant lasted me over ten years and hung around outlasting something like 5 iPhone models and three iPads. Granted, the iOS and Braille experience wasn't always the best, but combining the display with various iOS devices over the years at least in my mind, gave me way more productivity and more bang for my buck than a display where the OS traditionally isn't supported for maybe more than three or four years.
Even then, the Apex would've lasted way longer than some of these newer Smart note taker/display hybrids.
I recently scored a Freedom Scientific F80 Braille display on eBay for $305. I first wrote the seller asking if everything worked, and they replied that yes, all cells, connectors and buttons were functional. I had my sighted wife look at the pictures and she was able to read me the serial number off of the display. I called Vispero and asked about its history and if it had ever been serviced and I was informed that it was serviced and cleaned back in 2016. The 80 cell display was from back in 2006. This thing is huge. I'm talking a beast of a display, but so far, so good. I've got it set up at my desktop workstation and now I've got a fully functional 80 cell display that back in the day went for almost $8000. Side note, looks like this seller's got some sort of hookup or something. At the time that I purchased it, they had two devices up for sale. Since then, I believe they've posted four more 80 cell displays. Again for roughly $300. Keep in mind, you're talking about devices that are really long in the tooth, so buyer beware and all that. Their postings are easy enough to find. You just have to search for Braille display or something along those lines. There aren't too many on at any given time.
I still have the Brailliant BI 40, but it's a refurbished model Humanware provided me as a replacement for my old display that I sent in late last year to be fixed, but got lost by UPS. Fine by me. It cost me nothing and now my Brailliant was at least serviced and inspected by Humanware.
I'm thinking of selling my Brailliant and putting that money towards either a Mantis 40 cell display or the Orbit Reader 40. I'm more inclined to opt for a device that's maybe dumber as far as on board connectivity, but that I know I can use for many years to come and not have to worry about it slowing down or not being able to keep up with the demands that innovation sometimes brings and just act as a display with maybe some built in file management features. I mean, if I want Internet connectivity and all those bells and whistles, that's what a smart phone or tablet and Bluetooth connections are for.
Just my two cents.





Cristóbal

-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On Behalf Of Joe Orozco
Sent: Saturday, April 3, 2021 12:44 PM
To: main@techtalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Braille Displays

The great thing about Humanware products is the ability to pay in installments. I don’t think APH offers this flexibility. If I can throw one more product into the mix, it would be the new Braille Sense
6 from HIMS. It’s far and away the most expensive of the displays mentioned here at $5,795, but HIMS now also offers payment plans.

Here’s the link in case it’s of interest:

https://hims-inc.com/bs6

Best,

Joe



On 3/31/21, Abbie Taylor <abbietaylor945@gmail.com> wrote:
The Brailliant BI 20X does open Word files, but if you edit them, it
saves them as text files. I hope that helps.
--

Abbie Johnson Taylor, Author https://abbiescorner.wordpress.com

http://www.abbiejohnsontaylor.com

abbietaylor945@gmail.com




























--
This email has been checked for viruses by AVG.
https://www.avg.com


Re: Windows 10 feature update question

Thomas N. Chan
 

By right, the media creation tools will download the ISO and help you to create one on your computer. It should be the latest version which you can use. I also remember you can choose whichever version.


On Fri, 9 Apr 2021 at 17:48, Loy <loyrg2845@...> wrote:
According to the quote below, it says that an annual feature update actually is installing a new version of Windows 10. Would this be equivalent to running a repair of Windows using the latest version of the Media creation tool? For example: If I had just did an update of the latest feature update, then running a Windows 10 repair using the Media Creation Tool would not change anything?
 
Quote from Microsoft "Annual "Feature" Updates: Feature updates are technically new versions of Windows 10, which become available twice a year (roughly every six months) during spring and fall."



--

Regards,
Thomas N. Chan


Re: Very slow linking problem

Gerald Levy
 


To verify the version of Windows 10 you are running, type "winver" into the run dialog (Windows key-R) without the quotes.


Gerald



On 4/9/2021 8:18 AM, Nancy Shackelford wrote:
How does one check the version of Windows on a PC?  Running Windows 10.
Thanks,
Nance


Re: Very slow linking problem

Nancy Shackelford
 

How does one check the version of Windows on a PC? Running Windows 10.
Thanks,
Nance

--
Nancy Shackelford --Walk On Faith And Trust In Love - Michael Reid--


Re: Missing Network Name

Mike B
 


Hi Janet,
 
Thank you very much for your input.  I'll send my friend your + other suggestions I've received and hopefully he'll get his Wifi issues sorted out in time for his interview.
 
 
Stay safe and take care.  Mike.

----- Original Message -----
From: Janet
Sent: Thursday, April 08, 2021 9:34 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Missing Network Name

Mike,

Another thing your friend might try is to go to the Airplane mode, and turn it off and turn it back on, and then try to go back to the network, and see if he can see his network then.   

 

Janet

 

From: main@TechTalk.groups.io [mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On Behalf Of Mike B
Sent: Thursday, April 08, 2021 10:24 PM
To: TechTalk
Subject: [TechTalk] Missing Network Name

 

Hi All,

 

A friend asked me the following and I've never had this problem before or have I heard how to fix something like this.  My suggestion was to plug his laptop into the modem / router with an ethernet cable.  Can someone here help him out?

 

Hey Mike,
I tried to call hoping to catch you. I have an interview tomorrow via Zoom and discovered earlier today that my laptop will not connect to the internet. Looking into it a little deeper, I discovered my network user name has disappeared from the list of available WiFi networks.
I have spent quite a bit of time talking with Microsoft, Xfinity’s advanced tech support, and watched a few YouTube videos addressing the problem. None of them have fix the problem. I added a HotSpot package to my cell plan. It will not show up in the list either. It will connect to BlueTooth, but will not permit internet access. Other networks are appearing in the list, just not mine. My son had no problems logging on using the iMac. I am at a loss, have you experienced this before? Do you know how to fix this?
 
All help is greatly appreciated. Thanks much.

   

 

Stay safe and take care.  Mike.


Re: Very slow linking problem

Gene
 

But this is a situation where Firefox is much slower than it used to be. Trying another browser may work around the problem but This kind of slowness is not expected from firefox. A little slower is one thing. Much slower is something else.

Also, this shows an advantage, something I have written about before, perhaps on this list, of using Firefox portable. We don't know if there is something wrong with Firefox or if the problem is caused by something else.

Using Firefox portable, if a problem arises and you want to determine if it is that specific copy of the browser that has been corrupted, or whether there is something affecting the browser or the browser's performance in general, if you use the portable version, all you have to do is run the backup copy and see if the same problem exists. You don't have to trouble shoot the browser, try to repair it one way or another or try other things. All you need do is run the backup copy and see if it works properly. I strongly urge that people use Firefox Portable.

In addition to this advantage, you can copy it onto any computer and have all your book marks, history, and add-ons immediately available. If you want, you can run it from something like a thumb drive on another machine and have your exact browser on any machine you wish.

Gene

-----Original Message-----
From: Gerald Levy via groups.io
Sent: Friday, April 09, 2021 5:49 AM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Very slow linking problem






Have you tried a different browser such as Google Chrome or MS Edge? I have found that Firefox is generally slower than these Chromium based browsers.




Gerald








On 4/8/2021 11:28 PM, Nancy Hill wrote:
Thanks for the info, John!


As for when the link slows, it could be entering on a link to take me to a web page, or on something like NextDoor when you enter on something like 'see more' or continue' to get you to the rest of the article.


Thanks,

nancy

On 4/8/2021 10:26 PM, John Holcomb II wrote:
To check laptop version:
Hit your Windows Key
Type winver and press enter.
To check jaws version,
Focus on the jaws window and do ctrl+JawsKey+V
To check your version of Firefox,
Open it and do
Ctrl+JawsKey+V
This keystroke will tell you which version of any application currently in focus.
Now as to why this could be happening, have you checked for malware and the like?
Is entering links the only time this slowdown happens? In other words does it only happen in the Firefox browser or does it happen in other browsers or apps?

John


-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io On Behalf Of Nancy Hill
Sent: Thursday, April 08, 2021 9:17 PM
To: TechTalk mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: [TechTalk] Very slow linking problem

My laptop has win10 (will someone please tell me how to check on the
version?) and this week's version of jaws along with the Firefox browser.

Recently when I enter on a link, it seems to take forever to get to that next page. This seems to delay no matter what type of link I use.

Is there something I can do to find out why there has started being such an dxtended delay on getting to the page I am being linked to?

It has been several weeks since this slow down started and I do not recall something particular happening that might have caused this change.

Many thanks in advance for your help in solving this mystery.

nancy


Re: Very slow linking problem

Gerald Levy
 


Have you tried a different browser such as Google Chrome or MS Edge?  I have found that Firefox is generally slower than these Chromium based browsers.


Gerald



On 4/8/2021 11:28 PM, Nancy Hill wrote:
Thanks for the info, John!


As for when the link slows, it could be entering on a link to take me to a web page, or on something like NextDoor when you enter on something like 'see more' or continue' to get you to the rest of the article.


Thanks,

nancy

On 4/8/2021 10:26 PM, John Holcomb II wrote:
To check laptop version:
Hit your  Windows Key
Type winver and press enter.
To check jaws version,
Focus on the jaws window and do ctrl+JawsKey+V
To check your version of Firefox,
Open it and do
Ctrl+JawsKey+V
This keystroke will tell you which version of any application currently  in focus.
Now as to why this could be happening, have you checked for malware and the like?
Is entering links the only time this slowdown happens? In other words does it only happen in the Firefox browser or does it happen  in other browsers or apps?

John


-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On Behalf Of Nancy Hill
Sent: Thursday, April 08, 2021 9:17 PM
To: TechTalk <main@TechTalk.groups.io>
Subject: [TechTalk] Very slow linking problem

My laptop has win10 (will someone please tell me how to check on the
version?) and this week's version of jaws along with the Firefox browser.

Recently when I enter on a link, it seems to take forever to get to that next page.  This seems to delay no matter what type of link I use.

Is there something I can do to find out why there has started being such an dxtended delay on getting to the page I am being linked to?

It has been several weeks since this slow down started and I do not recall  something particular happening that might have caused this change.

Many thanks in advance for your help in solving this mystery.

nancy



















Windows 10 feature update question

Loy
 

According to the quote below, it says that an annual feature update actually is installing a new version of Windows 10. Would this be equivalent to running a repair of Windows using the latest version of the Media creation tool? For example: If I had just did an update of the latest feature update, then running a Windows 10 repair using the Media Creation Tool would not change anything?
 
Quote from Microsoft "Annual "Feature" Updates: Feature updates are technically new versions of Windows 10, which become available twice a year (roughly every six months) during spring and fall."


Re: Braille Displays

chris judge
 

Hi. That's why I was so excited when the mantis came out. I've never cared for Braille input. I ordered my Mantis last week and eagerly awaiting it's arrival like a kid at Christmas.

Chris Judge

-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On Behalf Of Cristóbal
Sent: April 9, 2021 1:24 AM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Braille Displays

Hello Joe,
I’m going to have to see how the 80 cell display I bought holds up, if I’m comfortable with it, I might just stick with the beast sitting on my desk and the 40 cell Brailliant to use with my laptop and iPhone.
To answer your question though, the reason I narrowed my choices to the Mantis and Orbit is while I'm a good enough Braille reader and indeed, am literate in both grade 2 English and Spanish is that I never really learned or at least learned young enough to type with the Perkins style keyboard (I'm actually more comfortable with the slate and stylus). Much less all the cords and especially when working on the PC with all the special commands for using control, shift, alt, tab, the F keys and so on.
This is why I was drawn to the Mantis and my guess is why it's become a huge hit for Braille readers who just aren't as proficient with the Perkins typing aspect or just prefer the qwerty keyboard. That and again, when needing to use the keys mentioned above, it's just not as fluid and feels like it takes more steps just to punch in a control+shift+whatever command. Multiply that by God knows how many keystroke commands throughout the day and yeah, no thanks.
The reason I was also considering the Orbit 40 cell display was among other reasons, it seems like it offers over all more than the Mantis and yes, it's cheaper.
That and while I mentioned that I'm not really a Perkins keyboard typist, that's not a make or break issue since I mostly use my displays on my computers and not as much with my iPhone at least for right now.
Also, I like my desktop's cherry brown MX mechanical keyboard. So replacing it with something like the Mantis or even for my laptop seems rather superfluous That and the Mantis doesn't have a numpad. Yes, you can simply buy a wireless numpad, but then that would just be something else to carry around or keep track of and connect.
So there you go, plusses and minuses for both displays and all that.
Again, the other displays really don't call my attention. Either way too expensive, not keen on Android OS longevity or absolutely don't want anything smaller than 40 cells.

Cristóbal

-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On Behalf Of Joe Orozco
Sent: Wednesday, April 7, 2021 6:58 AM
To: main@techtalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Braille Displays

Cristóbal,

What factors are you considering when deciding between the Orbit 40 and the Mantis 40? I mean, other than one is Perkins keyboard and the other QWERTY? I'm sitting on a Braille Sense U2 at the moment. It is a fully functional notetaker but is no longer being supported by HIMS.
I'm actually satisfied with what it does. I'm drawn to the Mantis, because although I don't mind typing in Braille, the Braille translation on iOS, in my personal opinion, leaves something to be desired. The Mantis would eliminate that issue and provide me Braille.
The Orbit, on the other hand, is $1,100 cheaper, and based on my observation of the 20-cell model, has excellent Braille quality. I'm not the biggest fan of the space bar located below the Braille display, which, I know, is probably shallow of me and likely something I could get used to. Anyway, thanks in advance for your response.

Joe


On 4/6/21, Cristóbal <cristobalmuli@gmail.com> wrote:
I am reluctant to invest so much money on any Android based display or
note taker. When you start talking about five or six thousand dollar
devices, I don't think it's unreasonable to expect to be able to use
such a device for many many years. Being Android based as some of
these newer devices are, that's just simply not going to be the case.
I made a similar argument to Brian Hartgen over Twitter when he was
touting the Polaris a a business friendly device. He dismissed me at
first saying that he was speaking as a business owner and that the
price tag hesitancy thing was lazy thinking or some such thing and
when I informed him that I too was a business owner and still wasn't
sold on the price tag, he blocked me. Talk about thin skinned.... But
hey, at least he had the "manners" to tell me that he was going to block me before he did so... What a swell guy.
Some people.
Back in 2011, I was debating whether to get an Apex that was almost
$6000 but instead opted for a 40 cell Brailliant BI and iPad and
iPhone. That Brailliant lasted me over ten years and hung around
outlasting something like 5 iPhone models and three iPads. Granted,
the iOS and Braille experience wasn't always the best, but combining
the display with various iOS devices over the years at least in my
mind, gave me way more productivity and more bang for my buck than a
display where the OS traditionally isn't supported for maybe more than three or four years.
Even then, the Apex would've lasted way longer than some of these
newer Smart note taker/display hybrids.
I recently scored a Freedom Scientific F80 Braille display on eBay for $305.
I first wrote the seller asking if everything worked, and they replied
that yes, all cells, connectors and buttons were functional. I had my
sighted wife look at the pictures and she was able to read me the
serial number off of the display. I called Vispero and asked about its
history and if it had ever been serviced and I was informed that it
was serviced and cleaned back in 2016. The 80 cell display was from
back in 2006. This thing is huge. I'm talking a beast of a display,
but so far, so good. I've got it set up at my desktop workstation and
now I've got a fully functional 80 cell display that back in the day
went for almost $8000. Side note, looks like this seller's got some
sort of hookup or something. At the time that I purchased it, they had
two devices up for sale. Since then, I believe they've posted four
more
80 cell displays. Again for roughly $300. Keep in mind, you're talking
about devices that are really long in the tooth, so buyer beware and all that.
Their postings are easy enough to find. You just have to search for
Braille display or something along those lines. There aren't too many
on at any given time.
I still have the Brailliant BI 40, but it's a refurbished model
Humanware provided me as a replacement for my old display that I sent
in late last year to be fixed, but got lost by UPS. Fine by me. It
cost me nothing and now my Brailliant was at least serviced and inspected by Humanware.
I'm thinking of selling my Brailliant and putting that money towards
either a Mantis 40 cell display or the Orbit Reader 40. I'm more
inclined to opt for a device that's maybe dumber as far as on board
connectivity, but that I know I can use for many years to come and not
have to worry about it slowing down or not being able to keep up with
the demands that innovation sometimes brings and just act as a display
with maybe some built in file management features. I mean, if I want
Internet connectivity and all those bells and whistles, that's what a
smart phone or tablet and Bluetooth connections are for.
Just my two cents.





Cristóbal

-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On Behalf Of
Joe Orozco
Sent: Saturday, April 3, 2021 12:44 PM
To: main@techtalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Braille Displays

The great thing about Humanware products is the ability to pay in
installments. I don’t think APH offers this flexibility. If I can
throw one more product into the mix, it would be the new Braille Sense
6 from HIMS. It’s far and away the most expensive of the displays
mentioned here at $5,795, but HIMS now also offers payment plans.

Here’s the link in case it’s of interest:

https://hims-inc.com/bs6

Best,

Joe



On 3/31/21, Abbie Taylor <abbietaylor945@gmail.com> wrote:
The Brailliant BI 20X does open Word files, but if you edit them, it
saves them as text files. I hope that helps.
--

Abbie Johnson Taylor, Author https://abbiescorner.wordpress.com

http://www.abbiejohnsontaylor.com

abbietaylor945@gmail.com
















Re: more secure e-mail

Thomas N. Chan
 

My point after a brief search about fastmail is, fastmail itself don't even provide end to end encryption. What's security to you then?
They use your data for analytics purposes but people say its breaching  of their data and they are sharing. So long they are not sharing with other people, using your data to see how you use their service and give you suggestion how they can help you is wrong to a lot of people?
Beside the point, Gmail provide you free email service, 15gb. storage. Provider usually don't give that much and you usually pay for higher   tier of storage. If you want security, trust your provider or trust your own. Or just host your own email service.
That's my point and take on security of email.

On Fri, 9 Apr 2021 at 06:32, Hope Williamson <webspinner@...> wrote:

People don't wish to use Google as they're email service, and that's fine. There's no reason to question those decisions.

    I haven't used Fastmail myself, but it's something I've been looking into. I'm pretty sure it's something you could use with a client like Thunderbird, if you wanted to.

On 4/8/2021 12:52 PM, Thomas N. Chan wrote:
Is there any reason why you  don't wish  to use google or microsoft as your email provider?
You can also pay them to get higher storage like google workspace and your own domain like yourdomain.com etc. 
As for Microsoft, its rather tie down to office as well.
Personally, I have been using Google ap, change name to G-suite and now workspace for my own email and work.

Then again, that also depend how much you are willing to pay for your email service.
Did your telco/provider gave you one email?

On Fri, 9 Apr 2021 at 01:51, heather albright <kd5cbl@...> wrote:

Hello, I am thinking about purcheassing an e-mail service instead of using free e-mail from google or outlook. I was looking to fastmail as a possibility. Has anyone used this service before? Thanks Heather

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 



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Regards,
Thomas N. Chan



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Regards,
Thomas N. Chan


Re: Missing Network Name

Janet
 

Mike,

Another thing your friend might try is to go to the Airplane mode, and turn it off and turn it back on, and then try to go back to the network, and see if he can see his network then.   

 

Janet

 

From: main@TechTalk.groups.io [mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On Behalf Of Mike B
Sent: Thursday, April 08, 2021 10:24 PM
To: TechTalk
Subject: [TechTalk] Missing Network Name

 

Hi All,

 

A friend asked me the following and I've never had this problem before or have I heard how to fix something like this.  My suggestion was to plug his laptop into the modem / router with an ethernet cable.  Can someone here help him out?

 

Hey Mike,
I tried to call hoping to catch you. I have an interview tomorrow via Zoom and discovered earlier today that my laptop will not connect to the internet. Looking into it a little deeper, I discovered my network user name has disappeared from the list of available WiFi networks.
I have spent quite a bit of time talking with Microsoft, Xfinity’s advanced tech support, and watched a few YouTube videos addressing the problem. None of them have fix the problem. I added a HotSpot package to my cell plan. It will not show up in the list either. It will connect to BlueTooth, but will not permit internet access. Other networks are appearing in the list, just not mine. My son had no problems logging on using the iMac. I am at a loss, have you experienced this before? Do you know how to fix this?
 
All help is greatly appreciated. Thanks much.

   

 

Stay safe and take care.  Mike.


Re: Braille Displays

Cristóbal
 

Hello Joe,
I’m going to have to see how the 80 cell display I bought holds up, if I’m comfortable with it, I might just stick with the beast sitting on my desk and the 40 cell
Brailliant to use with my laptop and iPhone.
To answer your question though, the reason I narrowed my choices to the Mantis and Orbit is while I'm a good enough Braille reader and indeed, am literate in both grade 2 English and Spanish is that I never really learned or at least learned young enough to type with the Perkins style keyboard (I'm actually more comfortable with the slate and stylus). Much less all the cords and especially when working on the PC with all the special commands for using control, shift, alt, tab, the F keys and so on.
This is why I was drawn to the Mantis and my guess is why it's become a huge hit for Braille readers who just aren't as proficient with the Perkins typing aspect or just prefer the qwerty keyboard. That and again, when needing to use the keys mentioned above, it's just not as fluid and feels like it takes more steps just to punch in a control+shift+whatever command. Multiply that by God knows how many keystroke commands throughout the day and yeah, no thanks.
The reason I was also considering the Orbit 40 cell display was among other reasons, it seems like it offers over all more than the Mantis and yes, it's cheaper.
That and while I mentioned that I'm not really a Perkins keyboard typist, that's not a make or break issue since I mostly use my displays on my computers and not as much with my iPhone at least for right now.
Also, I like my desktop's cherry brown MX mechanical keyboard. So replacing it with something like the Mantis or even for my laptop seems rather superfluous That and the Mantis doesn't have a numpad. Yes, you can simply buy a wireless numpad, but then that would just be something else to carry around or keep track of and connect.
So there you go, plusses and minuses for both displays and all that.
Again, the other displays really don't call my attention. Either way too expensive, not keen on Android OS longevity or absolutely don't want anything smaller than 40 cells.

Cristóbal

-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On Behalf Of Joe Orozco
Sent: Wednesday, April 7, 2021 6:58 AM
To: main@techtalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Braille Displays

Cristóbal,

What factors are you considering when deciding between the Orbit 40 and the Mantis 40? I mean, other than one is Perkins keyboard and the other QWERTY? I'm sitting on a Braille Sense U2 at the moment. It is a fully functional notetaker but is no longer being supported by HIMS.
I'm actually satisfied with what it does. I'm drawn to the Mantis, because although I don't mind typing in Braille, the Braille translation on iOS, in my personal opinion, leaves something to be desired. The Mantis would eliminate that issue and provide me Braille.
The Orbit, on the other hand, is $1,100 cheaper, and based on my observation of the 20-cell model, has excellent Braille quality. I'm not the biggest fan of the space bar located below the Braille display, which, I know, is probably shallow of me and likely something I could get used to. Anyway, thanks in advance for your response.

Joe


On 4/6/21, Cristóbal <cristobalmuli@gmail.com> wrote:
I am reluctant to invest so much money on any Android based display or
note taker. When you start talking about five or six thousand dollar
devices, I don't think it's unreasonable to expect to be able to use
such a device for many many years. Being Android based as some of
these newer devices are, that's just simply not going to be the case.
I made a similar argument to Brian Hartgen over Twitter when he was
touting the Polaris a a business friendly device. He dismissed me at
first saying that he was speaking as a business owner and that the
price tag hesitancy thing was lazy thinking or some such thing and
when I informed him that I too was a business owner and still wasn't
sold on the price tag, he blocked me. Talk about thin skinned.... But
hey, at least he had the "manners" to tell me that he was going to block me before he did so... What a swell guy.
Some people.
Back in 2011, I was debating whether to get an Apex that was almost
$6000 but instead opted for a 40 cell Brailliant BI and iPad and
iPhone. That Brailliant lasted me over ten years and hung around
outlasting something like 5 iPhone models and three iPads. Granted,
the iOS and Braille experience wasn't always the best, but combining
the display with various iOS devices over the years at least in my
mind, gave me way more productivity and more bang for my buck than a
display where the OS traditionally isn't supported for maybe more than three or four years.
Even then, the Apex would've lasted way longer than some of these
newer Smart note taker/display hybrids.
I recently scored a Freedom Scientific F80 Braille display on eBay for $305.
I first wrote the seller asking if everything worked, and they replied
that yes, all cells, connectors and buttons were functional. I had my
sighted wife look at the pictures and she was able to read me the
serial number off of the display. I called Vispero and asked about its
history and if it had ever been serviced and I was informed that it
was serviced and cleaned back in 2016. The 80 cell display was from
back in 2006. This thing is huge. I'm talking a beast of a display,
but so far, so good. I've got it set up at my desktop workstation and
now I've got a fully functional 80 cell display that back in the day
went for almost $8000. Side note, looks like this seller's got some
sort of hookup or something. At the time that I purchased it, they had
two devices up for sale. Since then, I believe they've posted four
more
80 cell displays. Again for roughly $300. Keep in mind, you're talking
about devices that are really long in the tooth, so buyer beware and all that.
Their postings are easy enough to find. You just have to search for
Braille display or something along those lines. There aren't too many
on at any given time.
I still have the Brailliant BI 40, but it's a refurbished model
Humanware provided me as a replacement for my old display that I sent
in late last year to be fixed, but got lost by UPS. Fine by me. It
cost me nothing and now my Brailliant was at least serviced and inspected by Humanware.
I'm thinking of selling my Brailliant and putting that money towards
either a Mantis 40 cell display or the Orbit Reader 40. I'm more
inclined to opt for a device that's maybe dumber as far as on board
connectivity, but that I know I can use for many years to come and not
have to worry about it slowing down or not being able to keep up with
the demands that innovation sometimes brings and just act as a display
with maybe some built in file management features. I mean, if I want
Internet connectivity and all those bells and whistles, that's what a
smart phone or tablet and Bluetooth connections are for.
Just my two cents.





Cristóbal

-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On Behalf Of
Joe Orozco
Sent: Saturday, April 3, 2021 12:44 PM
To: main@techtalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Braille Displays

The great thing about Humanware products is the ability to pay in
installments. I don’t think APH offers this flexibility. If I can
throw one more product into the mix, it would be the new Braille Sense
6 from HIMS. It’s far and away the most expensive of the displays
mentioned here at $5,795, but HIMS now also offers payment plans.

Here’s the link in case it’s of interest:

https://hims-inc.com/bs6

Best,

Joe



On 3/31/21, Abbie Taylor <abbietaylor945@gmail.com> wrote:
The Brailliant BI 20X does open Word files, but if you edit them, it
saves them as text files. I hope that helps.
--

Abbie Johnson Taylor, Author https://abbiescorner.wordpress.com

http://www.abbiejohnsontaylor.com

abbietaylor945@gmail.com
















Re: Missing Network Name

Janet
 

Hi Mike,

I’m not very familiar with Xfinity Wi-Fi, but I wonder if your friend could download the Xfinity WiFi Hotspot app again, and sign in with his password, as this should automatically connect him to the Wi-Fi again. 

 

Janet

 

From: main@TechTalk.groups.io [mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On Behalf Of Mike B
Sent: Thursday, April 08, 2021 10:24 PM
To: TechTalk
Subject: [TechTalk] Missing Network Name

 

Hi All,

 

A friend asked me the following and I've never had this problem before or have I heard how to fix something like this.  My suggestion was to plug his laptop into the modem / router with an ethernet cable.  Can someone here help him out?

 

Hey Mike,
I tried to call hoping to catch you. I have an interview tomorrow via Zoom and discovered earlier today that my laptop will not connect to the internet. Looking into it a little deeper, I discovered my network user name has disappeared from the list of available WiFi networks.
I have spent quite a bit of time talking with Microsoft, Xfinity’s advanced tech support, and watched a few YouTube videos addressing the problem. None of them have fix the problem. I added a HotSpot package to my cell plan. It will not show up in the list either. It will connect to BlueTooth, but will not permit internet access. Other networks are appearing in the list, just not mine. My son had no problems logging on using the iMac. I am at a loss, have you experienced this before? Do you know how to fix this?
 
All help is greatly appreciated. Thanks much.

   

 

Stay safe and take care.  Mike.


Re: Very slow linking problem

Janet
 

Hi Nancy,
What browser are you using?

Janet

-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io [mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On Behalf Of Nancy Hill
Sent: Thursday, April 08, 2021 10:29 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Very slow linking problem

Thanks for the info, John!


As for when the link slows, it could be entering on a link to take me to
a web page, or on something like NextDoor when you enter on something
like 'see more' or continue' to get you to the rest of the article.


Thanks,

nancy

On 4/8/2021 10:26 PM, John Holcomb II wrote:
To check laptop version:
Hit your Windows Key
Type winver and press enter.
To check jaws version,
Focus on the jaws window and do ctrl+JawsKey+V
To check your version of Firefox,
Open it and do
Ctrl+JawsKey+V
This keystroke will tell you which version of any application currently in focus.
Now as to why this could be happening, have you checked for malware and the like?
Is entering links the only time this slowdown happens? In other words does it only happen in the Firefox browser or does it happen in other browsers or apps?

John


-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On Behalf Of Nancy Hill
Sent: Thursday, April 08, 2021 9:17 PM
To: TechTalk <main@TechTalk.groups.io>
Subject: [TechTalk] Very slow linking problem

My laptop has win10 (will someone please tell me how to check on the
version?) and this week's version of jaws along with the Firefox browser.

Recently when I enter on a link, it seems to take forever to get to that next page. This seems to delay no matter what type of link I use.

Is there something I can do to find out why there has started being such an dxtended delay on getting to the page I am being linked to?

It has been several weeks since this slow down started and I do not recall something particular happening that might have caused this change.

Many thanks in advance for your help in solving this mystery.

nancy













Re: Very slow linking problem

John Holcomb II
 

Hey no problem! Glad to help how I can.
Have you checked for malware or anything of the sort?
John

-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On Behalf Of Nancy Hill
Sent: Thursday, April 08, 2021 11:29 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Very slow linking problem

Thanks for the info, John!


As for when the link slows, it could be entering on a link to take me to a web page, or on something like NextDoor when you enter on something like 'see more' or continue' to get you to the rest of the article.


Thanks,

nancy

On 4/8/2021 10:26 PM, John Holcomb II wrote:
To check laptop version:
Hit your Windows Key
Type winver and press enter.
To check jaws version,
Focus on the jaws window and do ctrl+JawsKey+V To check your version
of Firefox, Open it and do
Ctrl+JawsKey+V
This keystroke will tell you which version of any application currently in focus.
Now as to why this could be happening, have you checked for malware and the like?
Is entering links the only time this slowdown happens? In other words does it only happen in the Firefox browser or does it happen in other browsers or apps?

John


-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On Behalf Of
Nancy Hill
Sent: Thursday, April 08, 2021 9:17 PM
To: TechTalk <main@TechTalk.groups.io>
Subject: [TechTalk] Very slow linking problem

My laptop has win10 (will someone please tell me how to check on the
version?) and this week's version of jaws along with the Firefox browser.

Recently when I enter on a link, it seems to take forever to get to that next page. This seems to delay no matter what type of link I use.

Is there something I can do to find out why there has started being such an dxtended delay on getting to the page I am being linked to?

It has been several weeks since this slow down started and I do not recall something particular happening that might have caused this change.

Many thanks in advance for your help in solving this mystery.

nancy













Re: Very slow linking problem

Nancy Hill
 

Thanks for the info, John!


As for when the link slows, it could be entering on a link to take me to a web page, or on something like NextDoor when you enter on something like 'see more' or continue' to get you to the rest of the article.


Thanks,

nancy

On 4/8/2021 10:26 PM, John Holcomb II wrote:
To check laptop version:
Hit your Windows Key
Type winver and press enter.
To check jaws version,
Focus on the jaws window and do ctrl+JawsKey+V
To check your version of Firefox,
Open it and do
Ctrl+JawsKey+V
This keystroke will tell you which version of any application currently in focus.
Now as to why this could be happening, have you checked for malware and the like?
Is entering links the only time this slowdown happens? In other words does it only happen in the Firefox browser or does it happen in other browsers or apps?

John


-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On Behalf Of Nancy Hill
Sent: Thursday, April 08, 2021 9:17 PM
To: TechTalk <main@TechTalk.groups.io>
Subject: [TechTalk] Very slow linking problem

My laptop has win10 (will someone please tell me how to check on the
version?) and this week's version of jaws along with the Firefox browser.

Recently when I enter on a link, it seems to take forever to get to that next page. This seems to delay no matter what type of link I use.

Is there something I can do to find out why there has started being such an dxtended delay on getting to the page I am being linked to?

It has been several weeks since this slow down started and I do not recall something particular happening that might have caused this change.

Many thanks in advance for your help in solving this mystery.

nancy











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