[access-uk] Re: Mac Mini

Actually Eleanor it wasn't expensive according to what Martin said when he
was building his package.  But you are right, it is a cracker! 


Kind Regards,

Jackie Cairns
J&M Work-Ability

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www.work-ability.co.uk
-----Original Message-----
From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of
Eleanor Burke
Sent: 12 January 2011 17:50
To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [access-uk] Re: Mac Mini

That Apple keyboard is a lovely one.  I purchased one and a matching white
mouse to go with it.  The keyboard having those USB ports on either side is
very good too.  Very expensive though.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Jackie Cairns" <jackie.cairnsplace@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Wednesday, January 12, 2011 5:39 PM
Subject: [access-uk] Re: Mac Mini


> Hi Carol
>
> I don't have iTunes on Windows, having thought about it and deciding 
> against it because of a Mac being present in the house.  It's not my 
> favourite program, it never will be, but it's part of the Apple thing, 
> so best to go with it.
>
> Our nearest store is in Belfast, so not exactly down the road from 
> where we live either.  But it is on my list of places to visit when I 
> get an opportunity just to see what they do have and how much they 
> really do know about VoiceOver etc.
>
> I've just ordered a keyboard for my iPod Touch too, so will see how I 
> get on with that.  I'm getting the hang of the gestures, but typing on 
> it in edit fields is a bit of a pain in the bum, so have decided to 
> use a keyboard for when that need arises.
>
> I do have the VoiceOver manuals in BRF format Carol which I downloaded 
> from the Accessibility page of the Apple site if you would like them 
> and can open or load them onto a note-taker.  This might give you a 
> further feel for what VoiceOver can do.
>
>
> Kind Regards,
>
> Jackie Cairns
> J&M Work-Ability
>
> jandm@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> www.work-ability.co.uk
> -----Original Message-----
> From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On 
> Behalf Of Carol Pearson
> Sent: 12 January 2011 16:51
> To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: [access-uk] Re: Mac Mini
>
> Jackie,
>
> Thanks for this additional information which is most helpful.
>
> Like you, I'm becoming very drawn.  This desktop is getting pretty old 
> now so, perhaps when it dies, I'll be treating myself to a Mac and 
> just have that plus my laptop.
>
> The keyboard sounds most interesting.  It's a pity there isn't an 
> Apple store that near to me as I'd be spending time there for sure!
>
> Tell me if you get into surfing yourself and or to the email side of 
> things.
>
> I was interested to see the other day that you no longer have to have 
> Itunes as a default player when using it in Windows.  This means that 
> I may well give it a go and just use when it suits me.
>
> --
> Carol P
> ---- Original Message ----
> From: "Jackie Cairns" <jackie.cairnsplace@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Sent: Wednesday, January 12, 2011 9:39 AM
> Subject: [access-uk] Re: Mac Mini
>
>> Hi Carol
>>
>> Firstly, in relation to the keyboard, you could probably get away 
>> with a Windows effort, but I wouldn't personally do that.  If I might 
>> explain, the bottom row of the Apple keyboard has the control key on 
>> the left, followed by what is termed as the Options key as opposed to 
>> the Windows key.  You use the control and Options  keys to navigate 
>> with VoiceOver, and they are often referred to as the VO keys.  Next 
>> to the Options key is where you would normally find your Alt key in 
>> Windows, but this is known on the Mac as the Command key.  Then you 
>> have your space-bar, and the same keys I've described going from 
>> right to left.  I'm not overly familiar with everything on the 
>> keyboard yet, but it does have two USB ports on it, one at each end, 
>> where you can plug in a pen or attach your iPod or whatever.  It's a 
>> lovely keyboard to type on though, and connects to the Mini via standard
USB.
>>
>> Safari is interesting to browse and is, in my opinion, faster to load 
>> than Internet Explorer and that's doing so wirelessly.
>>
>> Martin has used the Email side of it and finds it works fine.
>>
>> I'm still very much in the early stages of playing with it Carol as I 
>> don't get as much time as I would like with so much other stuff to 
>> do, and being dictated to by my wretched back problems.
>>
>> But it's a world I'm becoming very drawn to.  I couldn't ever see me 
>> trading off what I use already to go Mac full-time, but I like the 
>> alternatives, and the fact you aren't being ripped off with upgrades, 
>> SMA nonsense ...
>> (enough said).
>>
>> Also, Braille display support on the Mac is very good.  I can just 
>> plug in my Alva BC680 and it goes, no faffing around with drivers and 
>> digital signing when Apple brings out an update to the operating 
>> system.
>>
>> Kind Regards,
>>
>> Jackie Cairns
>> J&M Work-Ability
>>
>> jandm@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
>> www.work-ability.co.uk
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
>> [mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Carol Pearson
>> Sent: 11 January 2011 15:09
>> To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
>> Subject: [access-uk] Re: Mac Mini
>>
>> Think I'm beginning to want one quite badly too, Jackie.
>>
>> Does the keyboard have to be Mac, or does any chosen USB keyboard do 
>> the job, or is there a dedicated keyboard socket?
>>
>> How have you found the reading of web pages using Saphari and what's 
>> it like (I mean how slick, say, in comparison with Jaws) when reading 
>> emails?
>>
>> --
>> Carol P
>> ---- Original Message ----
>> From: "Jackie Cairns" <jackie.cairnsplace@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>> To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>> Sent: Tuesday, January 11, 2011 10:15 AM
>> Subject: [access-uk] Re: Mac Mini
>>
>>> Hi Rex
>>>
>>> We have our wireless key in the Mac Mini which is downstairs, and 
>>> the modem is upstairs.  So we get a really good signal and it works 
>>> pretty fast on Safari.
>>> I love the keyboard Martin chose as it isn't only full-size, but has 
>>> a USB port on it to use for a pen or something. The Mini itself is 
>>> just a small square box, and he has attached a pair of small Bose 
>>> speakers to it.
>>>
>>>
>>> Kind Regards,
>>>
>>> Jackie Cairns
>>> J&M Work-Ability
>>>
>>> jandm@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
>>> www.work-ability.co.uk
>>> -----Original Message-----
>>> From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
>>> [mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of rex holmes
>>> Sent: 10 January 2011 18:31
>>> To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
>>> Subject: [access-uk] Re: Mac Mini
>>>
>>> Hi Jackie
>>> Is everything with the macmini wireless?
>>> Rex
>>> ----- Original Message -----
>>> From: "Jackie Cairns" <jackie.cairnsplace@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>>> To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>>> Sent: Monday, January 10, 2011 5:47 PM
>>> Subject: [access-uk] Mac Mini
>>>
>>>
>>>> Hi John
>>>>
>>>> My partner, Martin, has a Mac Mini.  It is quite small, and the 
>>>> keyboard he uses is full size.  He chose the spec, which is a 500GB 
>>>> hard drive, 4GB of RAM, dual core processor and CD/DVD drive.  Of 
>>>> course he has the Alex voice running on VoiceOver.  He has bought a 
>>>> full copy of Windows 7 to eventually put on there using Fusion or 
>>>> something so he can swap, but just hasn't got round to setting it 
>>>> up. I'm beginning to learn a few keystrokes, and attach both my 
>>>> Nano and iPod Touch to it for transferring music to and from iTunes.
>>>>
>>>> I'd like a Mac of my own so I can play about with it and set it up 
>>>> with my own preferences, but I wouldn't know what to choose to be 
>>>> honest.  The Mac Mini doesn't have a monitor as this is no good to 
>>>> me, and Martin doesn't have enough sight to see the screen any more.
>>>> So he has bought an adaptor to fool the Mini into believing a 
>>>> monitor is attached, and it works brilliantly.
>>>>
>>>> But as for what Mac to go for, I can't help.  I need to do a bit of 
>>>> homework myself if I were deadly serious about buying my own 
>>>> machine. For now, I just borrow Martin's to play about with.
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> Kind Regards,
>>>>
>>>> Jackie Cairns
>>>> J&M Work-Ability
>>>>
>>>> jandm@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
>>>> www.work-ability.co.uk
>>>> -----Original Message-----
>>>> From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
>>>> [mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of John G
>>>> Sent: 10 January 2011 11:55
>>>> To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
>>>> Subject: [access-uk] Mac mini
>>>>
>>>> Hi guys
>>>> What's the general verdict on the Mac Mini?
>>>> I've been thinking about buying a Mac with a view to running both 
>>>> mac OS and MS Windows on the same machine.
>>>> Moreover, as a programmer, I understand programming GUI 
>>>> applications on the Mac is a less cumbersome experience, compared to MS
Windows.
>>>>
>>>> Many thanks in advance for your input.
>>>>
>>>> Regards
>>>> John
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