Re: Focus 40 Blue for JAWS

Cy Selfridge

In the Fifties you had a slate, stylus and that was about it. If you were in
a math class you could borrow a Taylor arithmatic slate but don't lose even
one little piece of slugs which fit it. (LOLLOLLOL)
If you had your very own Brailler you must have been rich. Same is true for
the reel to reel recorders. The old Webcor only weighed about fifteen tons
and then the Wallensak came into use but it was also not particularly
portable. (LOLLOLLOL)
A manual typewriter could usually be found somewhere and those old Underwood
units were open cased so if you were trying to read what you wrote better be
careful not to get you nose whacked by the arms. (LOLLOLLOL)
Always nice to get to about page 2 of some paper and suddenly realize that
you had left out a paragraph on page one - redo.

-----Original Message-----
From: Jfw [mailto:jfw-bounces@...] On Behalf Of Angel
Sent: Tuesday, July 16, 2013 2:52 AM
To: The Jaws for Windows support list.
Subject: Re: Focus 40 Blue for JAWS

All this seems daunting to me. When I matriculated all I needed for my
school work was a Braille slate and stylus, reel to reel tape recorder,
Braille writer, and a manual typewriter, abacus, and or a Taylor arithmetic
slate. All of which ran perhaps 250 dollars in cost then. It causes one to
wonder whether the education gotten is worth the high cost of all the modern
technology doesn't it?
----- Original Message -----
From: "Richard Holloway" <rholloway@...>
To: "The Jaws for Windows support list." <jfw@...>
Sent: Monday, July 15, 2013 11:42 PM
Subject: Re: Focus 40 Blue for JAWS

Your advice is sound.

However, my daughter is only 10 (now) and wasn't using her computer
extensively at the time the SMA ran out. We started off with a PAC
Mate with a display and a new computer with JAWS for her when she was
Freedom got us with a couple of sma's and a couple of hma's (or
whatever the hardware agreements are).

Soon after we bought all this (she was age 5) , our daughter started
working with Braille 'n Speak. Then moved to an mPower at 6, and on to
an Apex BrailleNote at age 7, so decided to hold off until she was
ready to start really using the FS items more before that became a
place to spend even more money. Besides, we needed to buy various
iDevices for her as well along the way. And other little items like Victor
Readers and such.
There is always somewhere to spend more money on technology.

Actually, we realize now that we actually could have used the JAWS
license with her PAC mate and had working JAWS 12, 13, and 14, before
we upgraded, but I don't think it has caused her a major setback. It
actually would have been nice if they had told us the PAC Mate
included the JAWS feature up front. That extra $900 was hard to part
with then, and I'd have saved the original SMA money plus the upgrade
money if I had only bought now-- something like $600, and be in the exact
same place now.

We've been using her Apex extremely heavily for several years now. It
is where most everything is done for her schoolwork and personal notes
and a good deal of her online needs are handled between the Apex and
her iDevices.

That said, were heading into 5th grade and we need to get more up to
speed with our jAWS as well as all the rest, so it was time, and the
hassle of using the PacMate as a huge JAWS "DONGLE" was just too much
of a hassle not to move forward with a regular license. I may need to
get her a laptop pretty soon anyhow, so we'll be all set for that when
the time comes. The only problem is she's gonna need a wagon or small
golf cart to haul all her technology around with her pretty soon, LOL.

Good advice though-- I appreciate it!

Sent from my iPhone

On Jul 15, 2013, at 9:57 PM, "Lee Maschmeyer" <leemer1@...> wrote:

For what it's worth (every penny you pay for this advice <grin>)
screenreaders are far too much in flux to skimp on updates. If you
have the money it is close to imperative, imho, to purchase every
single update. And, when you do an automatic upgrade, destroy your
personal settings for that version and use Settings Center to
recreate them from scratch. Personal settings are, for example, the ones

c:\users\lmaschm\appdata\roaming\freedom scientific\jaws\

This is the path on Windows 7. Other versions have slight variations.
And of course replace lmaschm with your (or your daughter's) ID.

Just shooting off my mouth but it really is a good idea to buy new
versions so you're lucky you did so,


Lee Maschmeyer

"Never imagine yourself not to be otherwise than what it might appear
to others that what you were or might have been was not otherwise
than what you had been would have appeared to them to be otherwise."
--Lewis Carroll

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