Re: [Bulk] buying a laptop: was new on the list


Jean Menzies <jemenzies@...>
 

Hi Dave,

Yes, I know the cost is more. But FS gave me the price for either upgrade
from where I'm at. So, my question. Does it make sense from the operating
system point of view? For personal use, is it better to just stay with the
standard editions of both Jaws and operating system? Or to rephrase, what do
the professional versions of the operating systems provide. Is it just more
for networking and things like that?

Jean

----- Original Message -----
From: "Farfar in the Workshop" <dgcarlson@sbcglobal.net>
To: "The Jaws for Windows support list." <jfw@lists.the-jdh.com>
Sent: Thursday, January 19, 2012 3:43 PM
Subject: Re: [Bulk] Re: buying a laptop: was new on the list


Jean,

If you have the home edition then you need to stick with the Home or (not
Professional) version of Windows. Upgrades to the pro version in both JAWS
and Windows costs more.

Dave Carlson
Sent from my Dell Latitude E6520 using Windows 7, San Francisco Bay Area
----- Original Message -----
From: "Jean Menzies" <jemenzies@shaw.ca>
To: "The Jaws for Windows support list." <jfw@lists.the-jdh.com>
Sent: Thursday, January 19, 2012 14:28
Subject: [Bulk] Re: buying a laptop: was new on the list


Dean, Nickus and Dave,

Thanks for all your advice. I admit the numbers and specs don't mean a lot
to me at this point, but I appreciate having this as a starting point. One
more question. Is it possible to specify the version of Windows, e.g.,
professional or home version, depending on which version of Jaws I go with?
Right now I have the Jaws standard version, and it is cheaper for me to
upgrade and stay with the standard flavour of Jaws. Or is there definite
benefit to going the professional version route? FYI, the costs are mine,
not any funding program.

Jean


----- Original Message -----
From: "Dean Martineau" <dean@topdotenterprises.com>
To: "'The Jaws for Windows support list.'" <jfw@lists.the-jdh.com>
Sent: Thursday, January 19, 2012 2:51 PM
Subject: buying a laptop: was new on the list


I happen to be a big fan of Toshiba laptops, but in fact all laptops are
made by a few manufacturers and then branded, so it may not matter.

Full'size laptops including keypads are quite common nowadays. Simply check
the description if ordering online or specify if dealing with a store.

If buying hands'on, it´s good to see what kinds of extra keys the laptop
has. Some have capacititave buttons, activated by touch, that turn wiFi on
and off, mute, change volume, etc. If yours has them, you can put dots on
them and use them once you learn their order. It is wise to do this because
otherwise you might inadvertently touch the WiFi button deactivating Wifi,
and not be good at touching the right button again to reactivate it.

To keep this on topic, I'm not aware of any problem you'll face when buying
a laptop to use with JAWS 13. I don't think you can go wrong.

Dean
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-----Original Message-----
From: jfw-bounces@lists.the-jdh.com [mailto:jfw-bounces@lists.the-jdh.com]
On Behalf Of Jean Menzies
Sent: Thursday, January 19, 2012 12:55 PM
To: JFW list
Subject: new on the list

Hello all,

I joined this list a few days ago, and am pleased to recognize a few names
from other lists and previous JFW lists.

I will be upgrading my Jaws sometime this year from version 8 to 13. I feel
it will be almost like relearning everything, as so much has been added
since version 8.

As part of my upgrade, I will also be buying a new computer, and would like
anyone's recommendations for the following 2 items.

1. I want to get a laptop preferrably with a keypad if such a thing exists.
Otherwise, well differentiated keys, good battery life, and durable. A
full-sized laptop is fine.

2. I am also looking for a small netbook that will have more limited use. I
want the netbook to be small and durable with a reasonably tactile keyboard.
This device does not need to be as new, as I am willing to shop secondhand
for it.

As I know nothing about laptops and small computers, whether they be
netbooks, notebooks or ultra mini PCs, any experiences are welcome. Are
there things I should be aware of concerning JAWS when looking for laptops
or smaller PCs? E.g., video cards, onboard software that might be a problem,
etc.?

Thanks.

Jean

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