Re: Is it worth learning the adaptations for a laptop or instead buy an external keyboard with a numpad?


Glenn / Lenny
 

Hey Judy,
If you use the remote for the box, you don't need a TV at all.
The remote changes the box, and the TV is just a dumb receiver.
Of course there are now smart TVs that will connect to your router and allow you to do netflix and the like, but you can do that without a TV too.
Glenn

From: Judy Jones
Sent: Thursday, August 01, 2019 7:29 PM
Subject: Re: [jaws-users] Is it worth learning the adaptations for a laptop or instead buy an external keyboard with a numpad?

This is very interesting.

 

So, if you had the cable box, for instance, and a speaker hooked into the box, how would you change the channels?  I thought the remote had to interact with the TV, and the box was what brought in the signal.  This is good education for me.

 

Judy

“Embrace the day with its mercies and blessings.”

 

From: jaws-users-list@groups.io [mailto:jaws-users-list@groups.io] On Behalf Of Glenn / Lenny
Sent: Thursday, August 1, 2019 4:16 PM
To: jaws-users-list@groups.io
Subject: Re: [jaws-users] Is it worth learning the adaptations for a laptop or instead buy an external keyboard with a numpad?

 

The screen doesn't even need to work to have Jaws work.

On desktops, you can unplug the video cable to the monitor and Jaws will still work.

It's like a TV, people think that they need a TV to watch TV if they aren't benefiting from a picture.

But with cable/satellite boxes, you can plug in speakers and disconnect the TV, or not have a TV at all.

If you are using HDMI, your audio may be going to a monitor with speakers though, in which case, you would get the audio through the sound output on the computer.

Glenn

 

From: Angel

Sent: Thursday, August 01, 2019 2:11 PM

Subject: Re: [jaws-users] Is it worth learning the adaptations for a laptop or instead buy an external keyboard with a numpad?

 

If you turn off the laptop monitor.  Or have it to turn itself off after a set amount of minutes, will that effect the performance of the screen reader?  Or does the screen readers require the monitor to be on to work satisfactorily.  I would love to be able to turn off my lap top monitor, as I use to turn off my desk top monitor.  But, should my screen reader not work, when I did this, how would any sighted person assist to turn it back on again.  If the Jaws should fail to work. 

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

Sent: Thursday, August 01, 2019 1:10 PM

Subject: Re: [jaws-users] Is it worth learning the adaptations for a laptop or instead buy an external keyboard with a numpad?

 

Well what else can you do? ignore them. (smile) I know how that feels. I used to use a laptop that I’d borrow from the testing center at school. Their keyboard didn’t have a numpad which made using the screen reader rather difficult. Eventually I had to switch to a full pc The only reason I had to use the laptop for a while was because there were issues with getting the screen reader software installed on the pcs, that is, until they had changed their policy. Now all computers have screen readers, in the library, computer labs, Etc and I no longer have to deal with those scronny laptop keyboards. So basically, just do what you feel you have to do and ignore those who poke fun at you about carrying around an external keyboard.

 

From: jaws-users-list@groups.io [mailto:jaws-users-list@groups.io] On Behalf Of Mike Ulrich
Sent: Thursday, August 1, 2019 8:40 AM
To: jaws-users-list@groups.io
Subject: Re: [jaws-users] Is it worth learning the adaptations for a laptop or instead buy an external keyboard with a numpad?

 

I too use an external full size desk top keyboard with my Lenovo laptop.

Back when I originally learned how to use JAWS; they taught me on a full size desktop keyboard. Although today; I wish I’d of learned on a laptop keyboard. I’ve tried learning the laptop keyboard, but I just don’t have the patience.

People probably think I’m nuts; when I’m traveling with my laptop in its laptop bag; with a full sized desktop keyboard sticking out of it! But whatcha gonna do?

 

From: jaws-users-list@groups.io [mailto:jaws-users-list@groups.io] On Behalf Of Debby Hill
Sent: Thursday, August 01, 2019 8:33 AM
To: jaws-users-list@groups.io
Subject: Re: [jaws-users] Is it worth learning the adaptations for a laptop or instead buy an external keyboard with a numpad?

 

Hi Michelle,

This is really one of those personal preference things. However, if you are only going to use your laptop with JAWS and you haven't been using JAWS on a desktop computer, then I think it would be just fine to learn and use the laptop settings.

When I got my laptop, I bought an external keyboard with a numpad because I also use a desktop here at home and a ⠙⠑⠎⠅⠞⠕⠏ when volunteering. I know I'm a wimp, but switching all the time between the two layouts would have made me go silly!

Good Luck!

Debby

On Aug 1, 2019 7:56 AM, Michelle Bernstein <hamletsweetlady@...> wrote:

Hi everyone,

 

I am beginning to learn JAWS, having used Zoomtext as my reader for many years.

 

I use a laptop which does not have a numpad.

 

The JAWS support page offers an audio tutorial on how to modify my keystrokes for a laptop.

 

Would you recommend that I teach myself these modifications or instead purchase an external keyboard with a numpad which plugs into the laptop by a USB port?

 

Thank you in advance for any assistance.

 

Regards, Michelle Bernstein

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