[realmusicians] Re: welcoming Indigo

  • From: "Meagan" <meagan@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <realmusicians@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 18 Nov 2011 17:28:48 -0800

Welcome Indigo.  I'm one of Chris' students and I use Window Eyes.

----- Original Message ----- From: "Chris Belle" <cb1963@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: "realmusicians-freelists.org" <realmusicians@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Monday, November 14, 2011 3:58 AM
Subject: [realmusicians] welcoming Indigo

Welcoming Indigo to our little assorted motley crew 'grin'.

It's a very friendly and highly motivated and productive group over here.

You'll have plenty of window-eyes company too, since Ross, tom, and myself
Roy, Eddy, and Megan all use window-eys.

Definitely not a jaws dominated list.

We've been
discussing operating systems, reason, omnisphere, and everything else.

I hope you stick around because your in to about everything,
maybe you could give my wife some pointers on flute since you play some.

She's getting the hang of it,
and perhaps I can help you out with some stuf too.

I just want to do it all in one place.

I'll address some of your issues here about your networking concerns
so everyone can benefit, and there is a systems builder here, DJX is
quite knowledgeable about these things, and we haven't found a good
tool to measure Tom's iq yet 'grin'.

But even though it's sort of the cardinal rule not to put your music
machine on line, you can disable your network at any time, in xp

go to control pannel, and network connections, and local area
connections, hit the file menu and it's a togggle in there.

with w7, I forget the exact procedure right now, but if you type
network in the search box, you'll probably find it.

Everyone here is running w7 now, I'm the old die hard
who's still holding out, but the old saying, if it ain't broke, don't fix

Let's see if the next incarnation of window-eyes is more stable with w7.

but if you don't go browsing and doing unnecessary email
and other junk on your music machine, it's not the worst thing in the
world to have it on-line.

YOu need to get a router, so you can have multiple machine on line,
and that will help you be more protected too.

Just using nat itself offers a little protection, and many routers
have firewalls and dmz and also, I don't know if this works for w7,
but I use something called drop my rights, written by microsoft or an
ex employee or something, and wha that does is that anything you run
through it makes you not an administrator, that's how lots of these
grubbies get in, because with xp,
people went surfing as an administrator, i run ie and firefox and
whatever with diminished rights and we have not had any trouble since
I did that.

w7 of course has beefed up security, but whatever you do, don't run
ie 9 it's not ready yet.

Also as you know, imaging your system is very important,
so you can return to a good known state.

so before you do anything really important, I'd highly recommend that.

Image for windows dos and linux from terrabyte is the best and most
accessible with the most options for us, and is recommended by the
cavvy school I forget who sponsors i, Stephie could tell you, but
it's yeh sisco, that the one, but they use that and I can tell you it
has saved my but more times than I could remember.

If you spring for a speech synth, tom and I both like to run one,
granted, it's an investment, but if you do, you will have
independance with doing your own back-ups interactively.

It's the only way to fly when your blind 'grin'.

for those machines that don't have a com pot, you can use the linux
versiion to ssh in via a network cable and control things that way, i
haven't done this yet, but i know it can be done.

Other blind folks are doing it.

But as long as they've got serial port headers on motherboards, and
we don't have talking installs like they do on the mac, you won't
catch me buying a machine without one.

There's also something called the weasel, which I'm poanning on
getting, which gives us access to the bios.

YOu don't have any pci slots though, and I don't think there's a pci
express version yet.

It's about 3 bills, I saw it demonstrated in one of the cavvy classes
I audited, and it's great.

I don't build systems as often as djx does, but I do just enough of
it that at some point, it might warrant me getting something like this.

It'll certainly help with configuring machines, and the most
important stuff happens in the bios, like turning off that pesky
real-tech card, or turning off real time event monitoring, or putting
your machine in ahci mode turned off.

or changing your boot record, or adjusting video memory if you have
to share, and adjusting cpu throtling, that's important when configuring a

YOu ant to turn off all these power savin things that might cripple
your machine and raise your dpc latency.

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