Hi gang: Recently, I related to you a horror incident where I accepted a password-protected document as a translation assignment and ran into several issues, one being a messed-up [normal] Word template. After many trials and tribulations, I got that straightened out. The same agency just sent me an inquiry about doing a large project. These are, with the exception of system crashes and messed-up templates resulting from encryption, good jobs, nice and text-based.
My thought is to find an affordable send-and-receive device that will let me inoculate my regular desktop machine from the hassles of inadvertent changes caused by these file transfers. I did ask one of the agency directors if anybody else had had difficulty with this encryption issue, and she said, sighing, “yes.”
Advice appreciated regarding:
operating system—assignments tend to be Word documents.
compatibility with JAWS?
Tablet, netbook, or laptop? (slimness and portability preferred).
Keyboard, external or built-in? I do have a cordless Logitech Keyboard that I use on my music computer. It has a little transmitter unit that’s USB connected. Could I use that in case I need an external keyboard? Or would a Bluetooth one be better, or one that’s incorporated on the device? I’m not overly fond of the flat on-screen keyboards, typing on that is slow.
Brands—Dell Inspiron, Lenovo, Acer?
Software--—I have Office already installed by Dell when I bought my desktop. would I have to buy that or do some of these devices have Office installed?
I realize I need to ask questions if I check devices out in a store, but if any of you have some pointers, it would help me head in the right direction.
Listen to samples and read about my services:
translation, interpreting, sound design, and listen to clips from my CD, J-Walking.