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

  • From: "Josh" <lawdog911@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <audio-pals@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 29 Jun 2014 16:10:10 -0700

I have been listening to a few of the podcast on www.applevis.com

. I stumbled upon some Mac tutorials in fact there are 35 tutorials on there
for the Mac. The unfortunate thing is the tutorials are for I believe
Mountain Lion or Snow Leopard. I believe our computer will be coming with
Mavericks. One thing I forgot to ask the guy at the Apple store was how are
the parental controls. With the profiles can Isee all of the profiles from
the administrative account? Will use of the mouse on one profile mess up
Voiceover on my profile? I imagine with the different profiles they will be
independently controlled. I take it nothing chancy should ever be tried
using the administrative account. I used account because it seems as though
account and profile  are synonymous account in the PC world and profile in
the Apple world. Have they ever corrected the fact that Microsoft Suite for
Apple is not accessible or does that still remain inaccessible? They were
telling me that Fusionware cost about $40 in stores, but they do not carry
it in the Apple store. Amanda looked at the retina display and was amazed at
the quality it adds for a sighted person. She said the picture of the
Cheetah that the guy in the store showed her zoomed in to where she could
see the person taking the picture through the Cheetah's eyes. I guess my
real concern right now is the parental controls and the different profiles
effecting other profiles. We did purchase the 1-to-1 for 1 year which should
be helpful. Someone was talking on the Blind Apple group about a Square
Trade Insurance. Have you ever heard of that? They said that Square Trade is
better than Apple Care.      


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


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.


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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 < <mailto:lawdog911@xxxxxxxxxxx>
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?)


-          Pages, Numbers, Keynote

-           iPhoto, iMovie, Garage Band (I guess our nephew will like this

-           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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