moderated Re: Computers for the Blind

Glenn / Lenny

Well all windows come with a return to factory state, which is what they should be doing.
The product key is on all computers too, so even if they just used a stock windows disk, they could reinstall the version of windows that was on it.
I would not want a computer that just had the previous user account removed.

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Sent: Wednesday, July 07, 2021 4:49 AM
Subject: Re: Computers for the Blind

I believe that Glenn was suggesting that, as part of the package, Computers for the Blind, should install a fresh installation of Windows.
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Sent: Tuesday, July 6, 2021 11:27 PM
Subject: Re: Computers for the Blind

The overwhelming majority of blind computer users are not supertechies, and buying a computer with JAWS and other software already installed is a big plus.  Not everyone can set up a new Windows 10 computer from scratch without tech savvy sighted help, which is well beyond the technical skill of the average blind computer user. My CFB HP desktop has been working flawlessly for two years and I haven't had any technical problems with it. So what if it isn't the latest and greatest?  It does everything I need it to do.  The free one-year license for JAWS by itself is worth the price of the computer.



On 7/6/2021 4:47 PM, David Diamond wrote:

Brian, any refurbished computer I got, did not have much get up and go and using your listed requirements, did not meet them, as for making a request, it is not always that simple.  You get what you get.  I personally like a # pad on my lap top, but, just got a wireless external keyboard or USB connected one to pair or connect to a lap top.  . 


From: <> On Behalf Of Brian Vogel
Sent: July 6, 2021 1:22 PM
Subject: Re: Computers for the Blind


While I have never owned a computer from Computers for the Blind, a friend of mine who I served as tech support for purchased a number of laptops over the years.

They are not "the latest and greatest" and, at least up until very recently (if even now), they routinely came with conventional HDDs not SSDs.  But they were solid machines, many business class laptops off of long term lease that were "too old" to sell as refurbished to the broad general market, but with more than enough get up and go to handle routine web browsing, emailing, and office-suite type programs.

Some did not, however, come with full-sized "desktop layout" keyboards, but I think that's likely different now, too, as it's a small minority of laptops that don't have a number pad on them.

Make sure that the features you want are something you request specifically, e.g., having a number pad (or not having a number pad, as the case may be).

Brian - Windows 10, 64-Bit, Version 21H1, Build 19043  

It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not.

           ~ André Gide

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