Date   

moderated Re: PowerMixer stopped working

David Griffith
 

Dear Mario

I am not personally a fan of audio captures as they normally sound so garbled I cannot hear them either.

I notice that a lot of sites, for example Sendspace and Worl Pay are now using captures which simply require you to locate on the screen a check box which is labelled I am not a robot and you simply have to tab to submit after checking this with the space bar. I have no idea what is going on visually but it works fine with Jaws.

If this is good enough for World Pay – a secure payment service  I don’t see why others cannot follow suit.

Another accessible method I have seen used with some success is to put in a question where you have to answer a simple question like – what is 2 plus 1. I suppose this might challenge some with permanent or temporary cognitive impairment like recovering stroke victims unfairly so on balance    I would still prefer the first method of simply having to check a confirmation.

PayPal and my bank now demand the ability to text my mobile phone so that is yet another option I suppose but I don’t like being forced to give out my phone number.

 

 

David G.

 

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

From: Mario
Sent: 18 August 2020 21:48
To: main@jfw.groups.io
Subject: Re: PowerMixer stopped working

 

David, what would you say about the CAPTCHA? no doubt they most likely

want to keep using it for their contact form. maybe I should explain to

them that they should offer an alternative audio CAPTCHA for us blind users.

 

sure wish Web Visum was still working for Firefox.

 

-------- Original Message --------

From: David Griffith [mailto:daj.griffith@...]

To: main@jfw.groups.io <main@jfw.groups.io>

Date: Tuesday, August 18, 2020, 1:46 PM

Subject: PowerMixer stopped working

How frustrating  especially if there is no sighted help on hand.

 

Do you have  access to a Smart phone to get some sighted help like Be My

Eyes etc. Or even a Skype zoom call where you can show  the problem to

someone sighted who can solve it for you?

 

Personally though what I normally do in your situation is

 

Phone up a friend/relative.

 

Get them to get onto their Windows PC.

 

Both of us run Quick Assist  from the start menu.

 

This windows utility is completely accessible with Jaws.

 

Then we can screen share and actually for example my daughter has

completed the screen capture for me on her laptop without any

intervention from me. She can completely take over my machine.

 

You need to have a Microsoft account login for this to work but oddly

although my daughter does not have a Microsoft account she can still log

into Quick Assist  on her laptop using my Microsoft login, even though I

am also logged in under this account on my Desktop.

 

Make sure you complain about the capture when you eventually get through.

 

Hope that helps.

 

David G.

 

Sent from Mail <https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=550986> for

Windows 10

 

*From: *Mario <mailto:mrb620@...>

*Sent: *18 August 2020 17:10

*To: *main@jfw.groups.io <mailto:main@jfw.groups.io>

*Subject: *Re: PowerMixer stopped working

 

as far as I can find, there is a contact form where I can ask them about

 

this or other issues, but it has a blasted visual CAPTCHA but there's no

 

audio version or an address to directly email them.

 

-------- Original Message --------

 

From: David Griffith [mailto:daj.griffith@...]

 

To: main@jfw.groups.io <main@jfw.groups.io>

 

Date: Tuesday, August 18, 2020, 11:57 AM

 

Subject: PowerMixer stopped working

 

It sounds like an issue for Power Mixer support and possible update of

 

their program.

 

Have you contacted them?

 

David G.

 

Sent from Mail <https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=550986> for

 

Windows 10

 

*From: *Mario <mailto:mrb620@...>

 

*Sent: *18 August 2020 16:02

 

*To: *main@jfw.groups.io <mailto:main@jfw.groups.io>

 

*Subject: *PowerMixer stopped working

 

when my computer was still on Windows 10 version 1909, Power Mixer 3.81

 

worked as usual. but since Windows 10 upgraded to version 2004, Power

 

Mixer stopped working, even if I manually launch it, but is still

 

installed and is still set to start up at boot up. what can I do to get

 

PM working again? advise?

 

.

 

 

.

 

 

 

 


moderated Re: Specs for a new desktop computer

Randy Barnett
 

I have a Dell XPS 8930 it's a little pricey but the performance is excellent 16 GB of RAM into PCI solid-state drive I five processor I seven is only needed if you do video editing or video games.

Randy Barnett

On Aug 18, 2020, at 7:16 AM, Ralph Supernaw via groups.io <rhs@...> wrote:



It’s looking like I will be searching for a new desktop computer.  I have not been able to figure out what makes the most difference in the speed or snappiness of the computer when using Jaws with typical applications.  So, I’d appreciate any information you techy types can pass along.

 

I know Ram makes a big difference.  What I don’t know is how much RAM is helpful and how much is overkill.

 

How much difference does multiple thread processing make?  How many threads are a good number to shoot for?

 

How much difference does an SSD drive make?  If they make a significant difference in speed, what files should be on them?

 

Being totally blind I don’t need a fancy display.  But, does a better video card affect the speed of the computer?

 

Are there other ways to increase the speed of the computer?

 

Thanks.


moderated Re: PowerMixer stopped working

Mario
 

David, what would you say about the CAPTCHA? no doubt they most likely want to keep using it for their contact form. maybe I should explain to them that they should offer an alternative audio CAPTCHA for us blind users.

sure wish Web Visum was still working for Firefox.

-------- Original Message --------
From: David Griffith [mailto:daj.griffith@...]
To: main@jfw.groups.io <main@jfw.groups.io>
Date: Tuesday, August 18, 2020, 1:46 PM
Subject: PowerMixer stopped working
How frustrating  especially if there is no sighted help on hand.

Do you have  access to a Smart phone to get some sighted help like Be My
Eyes etc. Or even a Skype zoom call where you can show  the problem to
someone sighted who can solve it for you?

Personally though what I normally do in your situation is

Phone up a friend/relative.

Get them to get onto their Windows PC.

Both of us run Quick Assist  from the start menu.

This windows utility is completely accessible with Jaws.

Then we can screen share and actually for example my daughter has
completed the screen capture for me on her laptop without any
intervention from me. She can completely take over my machine.

You need to have a Microsoft account login for this to work but oddly
although my daughter does not have a Microsoft account she can still log
into Quick Assist  on her laptop using my Microsoft login, even though I
am also logged in under this account on my Desktop.

Make sure you complain about the capture when you eventually get through.

Hope that helps.

David G.

Sent from Mail <https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=550986> for
Windows 10

*From: *Mario <mailto:mrb620@...>
*Sent: *18 August 2020 17:10
*To: *main@jfw.groups.io <mailto:main@jfw.groups.io>
*Subject: *Re: PowerMixer stopped working

as far as I can find, there is a contact form where I can ask them about

this or other issues, but it has a blasted visual CAPTCHA but there's no

audio version or an address to directly email them.

-------- Original Message --------

From: David Griffith [mailto:daj.griffith@...]

To: main@jfw.groups.io <main@jfw.groups.io>

Date: Tuesday, August 18, 2020, 11:57 AM

Subject: PowerMixer stopped working

It sounds like an issue for Power Mixer support and possible update of

their program.

Have you contacted them?

David G.

Sent from Mail <https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=550986> for

Windows 10

*From: *Mario <mailto:mrb620@...>

*Sent: *18 August 2020 16:02

*To: *main@jfw.groups.io <mailto:main@jfw.groups.io>

*Subject: *PowerMixer stopped working

when my computer was still on Windows 10 version 1909, Power Mixer 3.81

worked as usual. but since Windows 10 upgraded to version 2004, Power

Mixer stopped working, even if I manually launch it, but is still

installed and is still set to start up at boot up. what can I do to get

PM working again? advise?

.


.


moderated Re: Specs for a new desktop computer

Kelly Pierce
 

Choose your computer around the processor. Definitely get an i7 or
similar. I did the same as Abraham in 2013. I bought a dell computer
with the best i7 processor, 24 gigs of Ram, a 256 GB solid state drive
and a one tb rotating hard drive. It came with Windows 8.1 and was
easily upgraded this year to Windows 10. The only repair needed was
the replacement of the CD/DVD drive. It is likely to easily last
another 7 and not become outdated. Yes, it was a little pricy when I
bought it, but the price was significantly less than list because it
was the store display model.

Kelly

On 8/18/20, Abraham Sweiss <abrahamsweiss8@...> wrote:
Here is my

 2 cents.



Du not buy a computer for what your needs are  now but for the possible
needs in 5 years.



My current desktop was purchased in 2013.  I paid for the SSD drive and a 1
tb hard disk.  And the newest motherboard  chip set along with as much ram
as I could get.    And also got Windows 7 pro.  This way I can future proof
my computer and so far it has been working great and have been able to
upgrade to win 10 with no  issues.  And looking at the new low cost lap tops
and desktops, mine seems to perform better then the new ones.  And as long
as there are no catastrophic failures  expect this desktop will last another
7 years.



And lets not forget the desktop I have sitting next to it which  I had build
when Windows XP was released.  Think at least 20 years old and still running
great.  Only reason had to get new desktop was it did not support Windows 7.



In short make the investment now to get best of breed hardware to ensure a
long life for your desktop.  And find a distributor which will build it from
scratch



Thanks, Abraham



From: Chris Hill
Sent: Tuesday, August 18, 2020 1:35 PM
To: main@jfw.groups.io
Subject: Re: Specs for a new desktop computer



From what I've dealt with, I'd say that four cores is a decent way to

go, unless you're doing a ton of multitasking, more than that is likely

overkill.  I've checked my system, and I seldom find it using more than

8 of my 16gb of ram.  I'm seldom using more than a web browser, k1000

and maybe word and an email program at the same time, and that is a

heavy use case for me.  If you're programming or something, you might

use more.  I also have a separate video card, so that may explain the

low ram usage as well.  If money were any kind of issue for a blind

user, I'd suggest forgetting the video card and getting extra ram only

if you tend to keep a lot of stuff open at one time.







CH





On 8/18/2020 10:51, Mario wrote:

I can only make suggestions as 8 GB of RAM is a good amount to start
with unless you intend to do intensive tasks. more RAM increases the
number of programs that can be running simultaneously. and I think
there is a small performance hit the more RAM the computer has. I'm
not clear on the role that the specifications have on the snappiness
like the type, timings and other specs. .
opting for an SSD will make access to storage of files snappy
especially at boot up time. it also has a longer life span since there
aren't any moving parts unlike a traditional spinning platter HD. and
don't forget that an SSD runs cool and produces no vibration.
I'd suggest no less than 240 GB unless you can afford to pay for 500
GB (of course, this depends if you like to try alot of programs,
tinker around with the unknown, or play it safe and stick with a
minimal set of programs that work for you), and that the SSD be
dedicated to run Windows and programs. a seperate HD can be used for
storing documents, video and music; the stuff you can't replace if
something happens to the SSD. it would also be advisable to make a
(preferrably 1to1) backup on an external HD, and you may even consider
to backup online just to be extra safe if restoring from the external
HD should fail for some reason.
having a seperate video card will only relieve the amount of RAM that
is used to display text and pictures written to the monitor. I don't
know if there is any other benefit.
I'd like to hear about the other things you inquired about from those
who know and can "do tell".
-------- Original Message --------
From: Ralph Supernaw via groups.io [mailto:rhs=startmail.com@groups.io]
To: <main@jfw.groups.io>
Date: Tuesday, August 18, 2020, 10:15 AM
Subject: Specs for a new desktop computer
It’s looking like I will be searching for a new desktop computer. I
have not been able to figure out what makes the most difference in the
speed or snappiness of the computer when using Jaws with typical
applications.  So, I’d appreciate any information you techy types can
pass along.
I know Ram makes a big difference.  What I don’t know is how much RAM is
helpful and how much is overkill.
How much difference does multiple thread processing make?  How many
threads are a good number to shoot for?
How much difference does an SSD drive make?  If they make a significant
difference in speed, what files should be on them?
Being totally blind I don’t need a fancy display.  But, does a better
video card affect the speed of the computer?
Are there other ways to increase the speed of the computer?
Thanks.







moderated Re: Specs for a new desktop computer

Abraham Sweiss
 

Here is my 

 2 cents.

 

Du not buy a computer for what your needs are  now but for the possible needs in 5 years.

 

My current desktop was purchased in 2013.  I paid for the SSD drive and a 1 tb hard disk.  And the newest motherboard  chip set along with as much ram as I could get.    And also got Windows 7 pro.  This way I can future proof my computer and so far it has been working great and have been able to upgrade to win 10 with no  issues.  And looking at the new low cost lap tops and desktops, mine seems to perform better then the new ones.  And as long as there are no catastrophic failures  expect this desktop will last another 7 years.

 

And lets not forget the desktop I have sitting next to it which  I had build when Windows XP was released.  Think at least 20 years old and still running great.  Only reason had to get new desktop was it did not support Windows 7.

 

In short make the investment now to get best of breed hardware to ensure a long life for your desktop.  And find a distributor which will build it from scratch

 

Thanks, Abraham            

 

From: Chris Hill
Sent: Tuesday, August 18, 2020 1:35 PM
To: main@jfw.groups.io
Subject: Re: Specs for a new desktop computer

 

From what I've dealt with, I'd say that four cores is a decent way to

go, unless you're doing a ton of multitasking, more than that is likely

overkill.  I've checked my system, and I seldom find it using more than

8 of my 16gb of ram.  I'm seldom using more than a web browser, k1000

and maybe word and an email program at the same time, and that is a

heavy use case for me.  If you're programming or something, you might

use more.  I also have a separate video card, so that may explain the

low ram usage as well.  If money were any kind of issue for a blind

user, I'd suggest forgetting the video card and getting extra ram only

if you tend to keep a lot of stuff open at one time.

 

 

 

CH

 

 

On 8/18/2020 10:51, Mario wrote:

> I can only make suggestions as 8 GB of RAM is a good amount to start

> with unless you intend to do intensive tasks. more RAM increases the

> number of programs that can be running simultaneously. and I think

> there is a small performance hit the more RAM the computer has. I'm

> not clear on the role that the specifications have on the snappiness

> like the type, timings and other specs. .

> opting for an SSD will make access to storage of files snappy

> especially at boot up time. it also has a longer life span since there

> aren't any moving parts unlike a traditional spinning platter HD. and

> don't forget that an SSD runs cool and produces no vibration.

> I'd suggest no less than 240 GB unless you can afford to pay for 500

> GB (of course, this depends if you like to try alot of programs,

> tinker around with the unknown, or play it safe and stick with a

> minimal set of programs that work for you), and that the SSD be

> dedicated to run Windows and programs. a seperate HD can be used for

> storing documents, video and music; the stuff you can't replace if

> something happens to the SSD. it would also be advisable to make a

> (preferrably 1to1) backup on an external HD, and you may even consider

> to backup online just to be extra safe if restoring from the external

> HD should fail for some reason.

> having a seperate video card will only relieve the amount of RAM that

> is used to display text and pictures written to the monitor. I don't

> know if there is any other benefit.

> I'd like to hear about the other things you inquired about from those

> who know and can "do tell".

> -------- Original Message --------

> From: Ralph Supernaw via groups.io [mailto:rhs@...]

> To: <main@jfw.groups.io>

> Date: Tuesday, August 18, 2020, 10:15 AM

> Subject: Specs for a new desktop computer

> It’s looking like I will be searching for a new desktop computer. I

> have not been able to figure out what makes the most difference in the

> speed or snappiness of the computer when using Jaws with typical

> applications.  So, I’d appreciate any information you techy types can

> pass along.

> I know Ram makes a big difference.  What I don’t know is how much RAM is

> helpful and how much is overkill.

> How much difference does multiple thread processing make?  How many

> threads are a good number to shoot for?

> How much difference does an SSD drive make?  If they make a significant

> difference in speed, what files should be on them?

> Being totally blind I don’t need a fancy display.  But, does a better

> video card affect the speed of the computer?

> Are there other ways to increase the speed of the computer?

> Thanks.

>

 

 

 


moderated Web site hosting services

Richard Turner
 

Hello,

I have a client who needs to set up a web site with a store on it for his business.

He uses Jaws latest version and Windows 10.

I use a pretty easy service, IXWebHosting but have never looked at setting up a store.

 

What hosting services are people using that work well with Jaws?

 

Thanks,

 

 

 

Richard

"He that cannot forgive others breaks the bridge over which he must pass himself,” and we forget that only grace can break the cycle of ancient hatreds among peoples. (It is notable that while I have regretted not granting grace to others, I’ve never once regretted extending it.)" - Edward Herbert

 


moderated Re: Specs for a new desktop computer

Tony
 

This might have been useful for someone who can see but, 40 graphs flashing on the screen are a waste of time for many on this list.

Tony

-----Original Message-----
From: main@jfw.groups.io <main@jfw.groups.io> On Behalf Of Glenn / Lenny
Sent: Tuesday, August 18, 2020 11:45 AM
To: main@jfw.groups.io
Subject: Re: Specs for a new desktop computer

I believe that the one thing that will increase computer speed is the hard drive, and you want read/write speeds up around 1 gig per second You will want a PCIE Gen 4 compatible motherboard and a PCIE SSD.
That is really the bottleneck these days, if you want speed.
Here's a video that talks about this:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=URt_5ryS37A
Glenn
----- Original Message -----
From: "Mario" <mrb620@...>
To: <main@jfw.groups.io>
Sent: Tuesday, August 18, 2020 10:51 AM
Subject: Re: Specs for a new desktop computer


I can only make suggestions as 8 GB of RAM is a good amount to start with unless you intend to do intensive tasks. more RAM increases the number of programs that can be running simultaneously. and I think there is a small performance hit the more RAM the computer has. I'm not clear on the role that the specifications have on the snappiness like the type, timings and other specs. .

opting for an SSD will make access to storage of files snappy especially at boot up time. it also has a longer life span since there aren't any moving parts unlike a traditional spinning platter HD. and don't forget that an SSD runs cool and produces no vibration.
I'd suggest no less than 240 GB unless you can afford to pay for 500 GB (of course, this depends if you like to try a lot of programs, tinker around with the unknown, or play it safe and stick with a minimal set of programs that work for you), and that the SSD be dedicated to run Windows and programs. a separate HD can be used for storing documents, video and music; the stuff you can't replace if something happens to the SSD. it would also be advisable to make a (preferrably 1to1) backup on an external HD, and you may even consider to backup online just to be extra safe if restoring from the external HD should fail for some reason.

having a seperate video card will only relieve the amount of RAM that is used to display text and pictures written to the monitor. I don't know if there is any other benefit.

I'd like to hear about the other things you inquired about from those who know and can "do tell".

-------- Original Message --------
From: Ralph Supernaw via groups.io [mailto:rhs=startmail.com@groups.io]
To: <main@jfw.groups.io>
Date: Tuesday, August 18, 2020, 10:15 AM
Subject: Specs for a new desktop computer It’s looking like I will be searching for a new desktop computer. I have not been able to figure out what makes the most difference in the speed or snappiness of the computer when using Jaws with typical applications. So, I’d appreciate any information you techy types can pass along.

I know Ram makes a big difference. What I don’t know is how much RAM is helpful and how much is overkill.

How much difference does multiple thread processing make? How many threads are a good number to shoot for?

How much difference does an SSD drive make? If they make a significant difference in speed, what files should be on them?

Being totally blind I don’t need a fancy display. But, does a better video card affect the speed of the computer?

Are there other ways to increase the speed of the computer?

Thanks.


moderated Re: PowerMixer stopped working

David Griffith
 

How frustrating  especially if there is no sighted help on hand.

 

Do you have  access to a Smart phone to get some sighted help like Be My Eyes etc. Or even a Skype zoom call where you can show  the problem to someone sighted who can solve it for you?

 

Personally though what I normally do in your situation is

Phone up a friend/relative.

Get them to get onto their Windows PC.

Both of us run Quick Assist  from the start menu.

This windows utility is completely accessible with Jaws.

Then we can screen share and actually for example my daughter has completed the screen capture for me on her laptop without any intervention from me. She can completely take over my machine.

 

You need to have a Microsoft account login for this to work but oddly although my daughter does not have a Microsoft account she can still log into Quick Assist  on her laptop using my Microsoft login, even though I am also logged in under this account on my Desktop.

Make sure you complain about the capture when you eventually get through.

Hope that helps.

David G.

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

From: Mario
Sent: 18 August 2020 17:10
To: main@jfw.groups.io
Subject: Re: PowerMixer stopped working

 

as far as I can find, there is a contact form where I can ask them about

this or other issues, but it has a blasted visual CAPTCHA but there's no

audio version or an address to directly email them.

 

-------- Original Message --------

From: David Griffith [mailto:daj.griffith@...]

To: main@jfw.groups.io <main@jfw.groups.io>

Date: Tuesday, August 18, 2020, 11:57 AM

Subject: PowerMixer stopped working

It sounds like an issue for Power Mixer support and possible update of

their program.

 

Have you contacted them?

 

David G.

 

Sent from Mail <https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=550986> for

Windows 10

 

*From: *Mario <mailto:mrb620@...>

*Sent: *18 August 2020 16:02

*To: *main@jfw.groups.io <mailto:main@jfw.groups.io>

*Subject: *PowerMixer stopped working

 

when my computer was still on Windows 10 version 1909, Power Mixer 3.81

 

worked as usual. but since Windows 10 upgraded to version 2004, Power

 

Mixer stopped working, even if I manually launch it, but is still

 

installed and is still set to start up at boot up. what can I do to get

 

PM working again? advise?

 

 

.

 

 

 

 


moderated Re: Specs for a new desktop computer

Chris Hill
 

From what I've dealt with, I'd say that four cores is a decent way to go, unless you're doing a ton of multitasking, more than that is likely overkill.  I've checked my system, and I seldom find it using more than 8 of my 16gb of ram.  I'm seldom using more than a web browser, k1000 and maybe word and an email program at the same time, and that is a heavy use case for me.  If you're programming or something, you might use more.  I also have a separate video card, so that may explain the low ram usage as well.  If money were any kind of issue for a blind user, I'd suggest forgetting the video card and getting extra ram only if you tend to keep a lot of stuff open at one time.



CH

On 8/18/2020 10:51, Mario wrote:
I can only make suggestions as 8 GB of RAM is a good amount to start with unless you intend to do intensive tasks. more RAM increases the number of programs that can be running simultaneously. and I think there is a small performance hit the more RAM the computer has. I'm not clear on the role that the specifications have on the snappiness like the type, timings and other specs. .

opting for an SSD will make access to storage of files snappy especially at boot up time. it also has a longer life span since there aren't any moving parts unlike a traditional spinning platter HD. and don't forget that an SSD runs cool and produces no vibration.
I'd suggest no less than 240 GB unless you can afford to pay for 500 GB (of course, this depends if you like to try alot of programs, tinker around with the unknown, or play it safe and stick with a minimal set of programs that work for you), and that the SSD be dedicated to run Windows and programs. a seperate HD can be used for storing documents, video and music; the stuff you can't replace if something happens to the SSD. it would also be advisable to make a (preferrably 1to1) backup on an external HD, and you may even consider to backup online just to be extra safe if restoring from the external HD should fail for some reason.

having a seperate video card will only relieve the amount of RAM that is used to display text and pictures written to the monitor. I don't know if there is any other benefit.

I'd like to hear about the other things you inquired about from those who know and can "do tell".

-------- Original Message --------
From: Ralph Supernaw via groups.io [mailto:rhs=startmail.com@groups.io]
To: <main@jfw.groups.io>
Date: Tuesday, August 18, 2020, 10:15 AM
Subject: Specs for a new desktop computer
It’s looking like I will be searching for a new desktop computer. I
have not been able to figure out what makes the most difference in the
speed or snappiness of the computer when using Jaws with typical
applications.  So, I’d appreciate any information you techy types can
pass along.

I know Ram makes a big difference.  What I don’t know is how much RAM is
helpful and how much is overkill.

How much difference does multiple thread processing make?  How many
threads are a good number to shoot for?

How much difference does an SSD drive make?  If they make a significant
difference in speed, what files should be on them?

Being totally blind I don’t need a fancy display.  But, does a better
video card affect the speed of the computer?

Are there other ways to increase the speed of the computer?

Thanks.





moderated Re: Specs for a new desktop computer

Glenn / Lenny
 

I believe that the one thing that will increase computer speed is the hard
drive, and you want read/write speeds up around 1 gig per second
You will want a PCIE Gen 4 compatible motherboard and a PCIE SSD.
That is really the bottleneck these days, if you want speed.
Here's a video that talks about this:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=URt_5ryS37A
Glenn

----- Original Message -----
From: "Mario" <mrb620@...>
To: <main@jfw.groups.io>
Sent: Tuesday, August 18, 2020 10:51 AM
Subject: Re: Specs for a new desktop computer


I can only make suggestions as 8 GB of RAM is a good amount to start
with unless you intend to do intensive tasks. more RAM increases the
number of programs that can be running simultaneously. and I think there
is a small performance hit the more RAM the computer has. I'm not clear
on the role that the specifications have on the snappiness like the
type, timings and other specs. .

opting for an SSD will make access to storage of files snappy especially
at boot up time. it also has a longer life span since there aren't any
moving parts unlike a traditional spinning platter HD. and don't forget
that an SSD runs cool and produces no vibration.
I'd suggest no less than 240 GB unless you can afford to pay for 500 GB
(of course, this depends if you like to try alot of programs, tinker
around with the unknown, or play it safe and stick with a minimal set of
programs that work for you), and that the SSD be dedicated to run
Windows and programs. a seperate HD can be used for storing documents,
video and music; the stuff you can't replace if something happens to the
SSD. it would also be advisable to make a (preferrably 1to1) backup on
an external HD, and you may even consider to backup online just to be
extra safe if restoring from the external HD should fail for some reason.

having a seperate video card will only relieve the amount of RAM that is
used to display text and pictures written to the monitor. I don't know
if there is any other benefit.

I'd like to hear about the other things you inquired about from those
who know and can "do tell".

-------- Original Message --------
From: Ralph Supernaw via groups.io [mailto:rhs=startmail.com@groups.io]
To: <main@jfw.groups.io>
Date: Tuesday, August 18, 2020, 10:15 AM
Subject: Specs for a new desktop computer
It’s looking like I will be searching for a new desktop computer. I
have not been able to figure out what makes the most difference in the
speed or snappiness of the computer when using Jaws with typical
applications. So, I’d appreciate any information you techy types can
pass along.

I know Ram makes a big difference. What I don’t know is how much RAM is
helpful and how much is overkill.

How much difference does multiple thread processing make? How many
threads are a good number to shoot for?

How much difference does an SSD drive make? If they make a significant
difference in speed, what files should be on them?

Being totally blind I don’t need a fancy display. But, does a better
video card affect the speed of the computer?

Are there other ways to increase the speed of the computer?

Thanks.


moderated Re: PowerMixer stopped working

Mario
 

as far as I can find, there is a contact form where I can ask them about this or other issues, but it has a blasted visual CAPTCHA but there's no audio version or an address to directly email them.

-------- Original Message --------
From: David Griffith [mailto:daj.griffith@...]
To: main@jfw.groups.io <main@jfw.groups.io>
Date: Tuesday, August 18, 2020, 11:57 AM
Subject: PowerMixer stopped working
It sounds like an issue for Power Mixer support and possible update of
their program.

Have you contacted them?

David G.

Sent from Mail <https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=550986> for
Windows 10

*From: *Mario <mailto:mrb620@...>
*Sent: *18 August 2020 16:02
*To: *main@jfw.groups.io <mailto:main@jfw.groups.io>
*Subject: *PowerMixer stopped working

when my computer was still on Windows 10 version 1909, Power Mixer 3.81

worked as usual. but since Windows 10 upgraded to version 2004, Power

Mixer stopped working, even if I manually launch it, but is still

installed and is still set to start up at boot up. what can I do to get

PM working again? advise?


.


moderated Re: PowerMixer stopped working

David Griffith
 

It sounds like an issue for Power Mixer support and possible update of their program.

Have you contacted them?

David G.

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

From: Mario
Sent: 18 August 2020 16:02
To: main@jfw.groups.io
Subject: PowerMixer stopped working

 

when my computer was still on Windows 10 version 1909, Power Mixer 3.81

worked as usual. but since Windows 10 upgraded to version 2004, Power

Mixer stopped working, even if I manually launch it, but is still

installed and is still set to start up at boot up. what can I do to get

PM working again? advise?

 

 

 


moderated Re: Specs for a new desktop computer

Mario
 

I can only make suggestions as 8 GB of RAM is a good amount to start with unless you intend to do intensive tasks. more RAM increases the number of programs that can be running simultaneously. and I think there is a small performance hit the more RAM the computer has. I'm not clear on the role that the specifications have on the snappiness like the type, timings and other specs. .

opting for an SSD will make access to storage of files snappy especially at boot up time. it also has a longer life span since there aren't any moving parts unlike a traditional spinning platter HD. and don't forget that an SSD runs cool and produces no vibration.
I'd suggest no less than 240 GB unless you can afford to pay for 500 GB (of course, this depends if you like to try alot of programs, tinker around with the unknown, or play it safe and stick with a minimal set of programs that work for you), and that the SSD be dedicated to run Windows and programs. a seperate HD can be used for storing documents, video and music; the stuff you can't replace if something happens to the SSD. it would also be advisable to make a (preferrably 1to1) backup on an external HD, and you may even consider to backup online just to be extra safe if restoring from the external HD should fail for some reason.

having a seperate video card will only relieve the amount of RAM that is used to display text and pictures written to the monitor. I don't know if there is any other benefit.

I'd like to hear about the other things you inquired about from those who know and can "do tell".

-------- Original Message --------
From: Ralph Supernaw via groups.io [mailto:rhs=startmail.com@groups.io]
To: <main@jfw.groups.io>
Date: Tuesday, August 18, 2020, 10:15 AM
Subject: Specs for a new desktop computer
It’s looking like I will be searching for a new desktop computer.  I
have not been able to figure out what makes the most difference in the
speed or snappiness of the computer when using Jaws with typical
applications.  So, I’d appreciate any information you techy types can
pass along.

I know Ram makes a big difference.  What I don’t know is how much RAM is
helpful and how much is overkill.

How much difference does multiple thread processing make?  How many
threads are a good number to shoot for?

How much difference does an SSD drive make?  If they make a significant
difference in speed, what files should be on them?

Being totally blind I don’t need a fancy display.  But, does a better
video card affect the speed of the computer?

Are there other ways to increase the speed of the computer?

Thanks.


moderated Re: Excel Issue

Richard B. McDonald
 

Hi Randy!

 

I started seeing this recently as well.  However, I do not know the solution or the cause.  So, I am interested in the answers to this as well.

 

Bye,

Richard

 

From: main@jfw.groups.io <main@jfw.groups.io> On Behalf Of Randy Meyer
Sent: Monday, August 17, 2020 2:48 PM
To: main@jfw.groups.io
Subject: Excel Issue

 

In the last week, I noticed Excel slowing down when I am entering and editing formulas.  It takes two seconds to say a character when I am arrowing through the formula.  I am using latest Jaws 2020 and latest MS office 365 downloaded to my computer.  Things get so slow that my computer basically freezes and I have to hit enter and give up editing the formula.

 

I have used Excel for a longtime and never had this issue until recently.  Does anyone have any suggestions for any changes I could make to improve the performance back to useable?

 

Randy Meyer


moderated PowerMixer stopped working

Mario
 

when my computer was still on Windows 10 version 1909, Power Mixer 3.81 worked as usual. but since Windows 10 upgraded to version 2004, Power Mixer stopped working, even if I manually launch it, but is still installed and is still set to start up at boot up. what can I do to get PM working again? advise?


moderated Re: Specs for a new desktop computer

Richard B. McDonald
 

Hi Ralph!

 

The most important things for speed are 1) RAM and 2) an SSD.  Of course, a decent microprocessor is important as well; but anything equal to or greater than an Intel P5 are more than adequate - unless you are doing a lot of video editing.  Recently, I got a Lenovo P330 with 16 GB of RAM, a 1 TB SSD and a P5 processor.  The one I got is the “mini tower” form factor.  I like the Lenovo because of its reliability.  Less than 8 GB of RAM is underpowered, more than 16 GB of RAM is overkill.  As for a hard drive, you can probably get away with 500 GB, but 1 TB provides for many years of growth.  An SSD is far better than a HDD both in terms of speed and reliability.  This PC ought to take me many years down the road.

 

Nowadays, I see a lot of people doing things like putting their OS (Windows) on an SSD, and then all their apps and data files on a HDD; both drives being in their PC.  Yes, it does yield an uptick in speed.  However, we are talking about nanoseconds.  And, it is sort of tricky to setup, and may be a little less reliable (or at least not more).  For anyone other than an egghead, all that is overkill

 

HTH,

Richard

 

From: main@jfw.groups.io <main@jfw.groups.io> On Behalf Of Ralph Supernaw via groups.io
Sent: Tuesday, August 18, 2020 7:16 AM
To: main@jfw.groups.io
Subject: Specs for a new desktop computer

 

It’s looking like I will be searching for a new desktop computer.  I have not been able to figure out what makes the most difference in the speed or snappiness of the computer when using Jaws with typical applications.  So, I’d appreciate any information you techy types can pass along.

 

I know Ram makes a big difference.  What I don’t know is how much RAM is helpful and how much is overkill.

 

How much difference does multiple thread processing make?  How many threads are a good number to shoot for?

 

How much difference does an SSD drive make?  If they make a significant difference in speed, what files should be on them?

 

Being totally blind I don’t need a fancy display.  But, does a better video card affect the speed of the computer?

 

Are there other ways to increase the speed of the computer?

 

Thanks.


moderated Re: Specs for a new desktop computer

Chris Hill
 

Solid state drive and a decent processor. 


On Aug 18, 2020, at 09:16, Ralph Supernaw via groups.io <rhs@...> wrote:



It’s looking like I will be searching for a new desktop computer.  I have not been able to figure out what makes the most difference in the speed or snappiness of the computer when using Jaws with typical applications.  So, I’d appreciate any information you techy types can pass along.

 

I know Ram makes a big difference.  What I don’t know is how much RAM is helpful and how much is overkill.

 

How much difference does multiple thread processing make?  How many threads are a good number to shoot for?

 

How much difference does an SSD drive make?  If they make a significant difference in speed, what files should be on them?

 

Being totally blind I don’t need a fancy display.  But, does a better video card affect the speed of the computer?

 

Are there other ways to increase the speed of the computer?

 

Thanks.


moderated Specs for a new desktop computer

Ralph Supernaw
 

It’s looking like I will be searching for a new desktop computer.  I have not been able to figure out what makes the most difference in the speed or snappiness of the computer when using Jaws with typical applications.  So, I’d appreciate any information you techy types can pass along.

 

I know Ram makes a big difference.  What I don’t know is how much RAM is helpful and how much is overkill.

 

How much difference does multiple thread processing make?  How many threads are a good number to shoot for?

 

How much difference does an SSD drive make?  If they make a significant difference in speed, what files should be on them?

 

Being totally blind I don’t need a fancy display.  But, does a better video card affect the speed of the computer?

 

Are there other ways to increase the speed of the computer?

 

Thanks.


moderated Re: [External] Re: jaws and website dialogues

Cook, Steve
 

I have noticed this as well. If I alt tab to another program and come back, JAWS will then read the material.

 

Thank You,

Steve Cook, CPM

Assistive Technology Consultant

SC Commission for the Blind

1430 Confederate avenue

Columbia, SC 29201

Office: (803) 898-8788

Cell: (803) 908-3856

1-888-335-5951                        

www.sccb.state.sc.us

 

 

 

From: main@jfw.groups.io <main@jfw.groups.io> On Behalf Of Chris Hill via groups.io
Sent: Tuesday, August 18, 2020 8:54 AM
To: main@jfw.groups.io
Subject: [External] Re: jaws and website dialogues

 

I've noticed this as well.  I think I can usually get to it by using insert B to read the window, but I don't have one handy to test.

 

There are things about chrome-based browser accessibility that don't impress me, which is one reason I keep Firefox around.

 

 

On 8/18/2020 03:42, Patrick Murphy wrote:

Hi,

 

Just wondering if anyone has seen this.

When a web site produces a dialogue box with an ok button on it, jaws only says “ok”.

Lets say the name of the web site is “john”.

If you go into the virtual viewer, you can see that the window contains “john says” and then the message, followed by the “ok” button.

I hope i am explaining this right. In order to see the full message that the web site has produced, you have to use the virtual viewer.

This is the same for jaws 2018 and 2020.

The same effect is produced using google chrome and ms edge (latest versions of both).

Internet explorer always read out the full dialogue box.

There seems to be a lot of small problems with chrome based browsers.

Is there some global setting i am missing to make the overall chrome experience better?

Any ideas?

 

Regards,

pat

 


moderated Re: jaws and website dialogues

Chris Hill
 

I've noticed this as well.  I think I can usually get to it by using insert B to read the window, but I don't have one handy to test.


There are things about chrome-based browser accessibility that don't impress me, which is one reason I keep Firefox around.



On 8/18/2020 03:42, Patrick Murphy wrote:

Hi,

 

Just wondering if anyone has seen this.

When a web site produces a dialogue box with an ok button on it, jaws only says “ok”.

Lets say the name of the web site is “john”.

If you go into the virtual viewer, you can see that the window contains “john says” and then the message, followed by the “ok” button.

I hope i am explaining this right. In order to see the full message that the web site has produced, you have to use the virtual viewer.

This is the same for jaws 2018 and 2020.

The same effect is produced using google chrome and ms edge (latest versions of both).

Internet explorer always read out the full dialogue box.

There seems to be a lot of small problems with chrome based browsers.

Is there some global setting i am missing to make the overall chrome experience better?

Any ideas?

 

Regards,

pat