[audio-pals] Re: Top of the line MAC (Desk Top)

  • From: Thomas McMahan <shadowmonstrosity@xxxxxxx>
  • To: audio-pals@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sun, 29 Jun 2014 16:35:43 -0500

With standard mouse you won’t have to go into system preferences and change 
defaults, but you probably will with the magic mouse or your voice over is 
likely to act up.  Well especially if you actually try to use the mouse.  Not 
sure if they’ve solved all of that mix up yet.  Maybe by now they have, but, 
system preferences isn’t do difficult to access and change values.  Also in 
there set it to be able to use mouse keys, that will make it easier again 
dealing with voice over and navigating around with the keyboard.  So in other 
words, turn mouse keys on if they aren’t already when you get the machine.  
Amanda can do her own settings in her profile.  Yes it’s probably best to have 
multiple profiles set up.  One each that are administrative, and at least one 
which doesn’t have administrative privileges.  Then if you want to try 
something that you feel might be chancy, you can do it in the profile that 
doesn’t have those privileges.  Thus if the profile is ruined or crashes, just 
log into the administrative one, and delete the other, well save what you can 
from the one that is broken first then delete it out.  

Profiles themselves don’t take up a lot of room, a lot of the stuff can be 
commonly accessed from any of the profiles such as the list of apps and so 
forth, but agreeing to major updates etc have to be done using an 
administrative password.  It’s probably not that different than having multi 
accounts in a windows machine I would think.  
When you get the machine though it will be one of the fastest ones you’ve ever 
bought and set up though.  Most things are fairly obvious.  However, your mouse 
if it uses a cord can be hooked into the keyboard, there are two usb ports on 
keyboard, one on each side.  There is often a ridge running across the bottom 
of keyboard near the side where it’s cord is, and the usb ports are one each 
end of that ridge.  So if you prefer mouse on left side you’re covered, 
although we’ve always put it on the right side.  If it is a wireless mouse that 
will be different.  

Once you have it hooked up and going it  and find the power button, it should 
sound with a G major cord a few seconds after starting, but you aren’t ready to 
go, unlike with windows the Mac finds it’s hardware first which is why you hear 
the sound, you will have a bit of time before it goes through it’s boot up 
still, but it will start talking to you when it’s gone into it’s log in.  It 
will give you instructions going one way will give you a tutorial for Voice 
Over, and the rest of us who know it are given a key command to press and then 
it will continue the set up process.  That being giving the machine your Apple 
ID etc, and setting up i-cloud etc.  

None of this stuff is difficult, but it will be different than what you are 
used to from coming from a windows environment and it’s set up procedures.  But 
in reality it won’t take long actually.  A little longer of course if you want 
to go through the tutorial.  

Apple keyboard for example has no insert key.  The general pattern though is 
the same as your IBM keyboard on the surface, but there are some with different 
names.  The control key is the same.  But instead of your window, or supper, 
key, it is an option key.  Then instead of alt, it is command.  

You will have a learning curve, but if you have learned Jaws, it actually won’t 
be as steep of a curve, it’s more a factor of learning Mac’s terms, and 
realizing that it is just done differently over here.  Jaws has a lot of stuff 
that works behind the scenes that sighted people looking at a screen won’t see. 
 Voice Over tracks and moves for the most part as what a sighted person will 
also see.  There are some situations where an element may be missed by voice 
over that is visible to a sighted person, usually happens on some web pages, 
and also when it just isn’t very handy to happen either.  

The first few days will be annoying, but once you start getting comfortable and 
getting around inside the machine, I think you will like it.  Since you have 
experience with an i-phone, you already know about Apple’s intuitiveness.  What 
it does, it does and it works right out of the box.  Can’t say that about a lot 
of systems in the phone and computer world.  

On Jun 29, 2014, at 3:22 PM, Josh <lawdog911@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> I may purchase the standard Apple mouse at a later date, but I do not recall 
> if you said why the standard mouse over the magic mouse.
> From: audio-pals-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
> [mailto:audio-pals-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Thomas McMahan
> Sent: Thursday, June 26, 2014 5:17 PM
> To: audio-pals@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: [audio-pals] Re: Top of the line MAC (Desk Top)
> Not bad, but I think I would get the standard Apple mouse.  It’s good that 
> you get the Apple Care that can be very handy, you would just give them your 
> number and they can help you and you aren’t charged technical support fees 
> then.  You may not need it, but it’s handy to have if there’s a problem.  
> There is also a number strictly for accessibility problems too over there, 
> they’ve had that for a year or so.  
> You may wish to explore increasing your ram though.  That is usually what 
> catches up with age, as they develop it requires more ram and of course if 
> you have minimum amount when building your machine you will notice the 
> machine slowing down as they keep updating the OS.  
> On Jun 26, 2014, at 5:39 PM, Josh <lawdog911@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Well, it will be impossible to spend that portion since the attorney kept the 
> portion that is potentially owed to Medicare. I am glad he did though as it 
> prevents us from accidentally getting into it. The portion that he released 
> to us is strictly the portion that is ours after everyone is paid.
> The Mac that we are looking at getting once we are able to get a hold of the 
> money is, get a hold of the money as in cash form rather than check form is 
> the following:
> - 21.5 “iMac
> - 2.7 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5, turbo boost up to 3.2 GHz
> - 16 GB 1600 MHz DDR 3 SD RAM 2X 8GB
> - 1 TB serial ATA Drive @ 5400 rpm
> - Apple Magic Mouse
> - Apple wireless keyboard
> - Accessory Kit ( What is this if you know?)
> Software:
> -          Pages, Numbers, Keynote
> -           iPhoto, iMovie, Garage Band (I guess our nephew will like this 
> one)
> -           OS X
> -          Apple Care Protection Plan
> -          1-to-1 Membership for 1 year
> Taxes and all: 1930.45
> How does this sound? Is there something that you would change and if so why?

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