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126  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Suggestions for low vision problems while working on a computer on: February 04, 2013, 08:50:58 PM
nope its VGA on an older laptop.  Of which she can hook her laptop up to her big 60" or so LCD TV. But i don't think she does that much.  Heck, maybe I just need to see if her internet could hook up to her tv and just let her use that?  Grin

She wants to replace a different laptop back in her office with a desktop computer.  So now, I have been trying to decide what kind of monitor to get her.  So that is the why I am asking all the questions.  I have even wondered about the all in one computers but i think the optical drive would be too difficult for her to use.  I have also wondered about the mini pcs with the Atom processor.  But havent been around one of them.
127  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Suggestions for low vision problems while working on a computer on: February 03, 2013, 04:55:21 AM
now maybe this website has it right, dunno.  site  If you look across the top of the page you will see where you can change the font size and the contrast.  I am not sure what this program would be called that could do this especially if it could do it for any window no matter the program.   smiley
128  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Suggestions for low vision problems while working on a computer on: February 03, 2013, 04:49:56 AM
so now for another question:  Is there a difference between flat screen computer monitors and flat screen televisions?  other than the connectors on the back maybe?
129  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Suggestions for low vision problems while working on a computer on: February 03, 2013, 04:37:11 AM
Ok JoTo.  I didn't think my post out to well.  To be honest, I am now not sure what color her cursor is.   embarassed  I know it has black on her big 17" laptop (XP) but it has white back ground.  On her smaller 10" laptop (Vista) it is black background so it is probably white there.  I believe that she would be interested in your cursor if you don't mind sharing.

I am not sure how she will feel about Windows  but she does have an open mnd about it.

one of the problems with the black background is in her Windows Live Mail desktop program.  If she creates a new mail, then the blackground is black and people cannot read it.  If she forwards or replies, it ignores her background and uses the original senders so its ok.  I have tried changing the settings on live but I only make it worse.
130  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Suggestions for low vision problems while working on a computer on: February 02, 2013, 03:21:10 PM
Looking for suggestion for a new flat screen monitor for a friend with macular degeneration.  She needs the everything to be as big as it can be PLUS a black background with white lettering works the best for her.  She also would like to have a mouse pointer that is BIG and black in color. 

I am thinking that someone here has dealt with this problem before and could give me a few hints.  Maybe a bigger screen isn't better or an LED screen would be the answer.  Or would a better video card help?

I originally posted on the forum here with a similar question

thanks,
dave
131  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Scientists test functional 'tractor beams' on: January 30, 2013, 06:51:25 PM
Come on Guys....how much difference is there in a tractor beam and a tractor pull?

Only the weight Shades, only the weight!  Grin
132  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: 2013 Version: Browser Wars on: January 30, 2013, 06:49:42 PM
While I really like Firefox there are a few sites that work better with IE.  Our Office 365 login and MS Volume Licensing download pages work so much better with IE than anything else.  There are others but I cannot remember them right now.  I never was a Chrome fan and have tried it several times.
133  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Companies Keep Us Buying New Stuff on: December 29, 2012, 03:09:32 AM
planned obsolescence I tell ya.  more info
134  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2013 / Re: NANY 2013: Release - PRNter Widget on: December 27, 2012, 07:07:38 PM
I agree with Mouser.  just a smaller audience.  If I did alot of repairs on printers, I would be interested.  Your other printer utility was great and I still use it.
135  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Merry Xmas to all DonationCoder folks on: December 25, 2012, 08:37:44 PM
Merry Christmas to all and a very prosperous and Happy New Year!

We actually had a white Christmas here in Western Kansas.
136  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Acronis Backup on: December 23, 2012, 01:34:24 PM
Our school has been using Symantec Ghost Corporate Edition for several years now.  it works but is extremely expensive so I am always on the look out for something cheaper.

I tried setting up FOG this past summer but we could never get it to run.  I don't remember details now.

So I am looking for something else too.  Needs to run from a network and also work with PXE boot.
137  Special User Sections / Site/Forum Features / Re: Testing waters for radical dc ideas - feedback wanted on: December 21, 2012, 05:02:49 AM
I am with 40hz on the Ning sites.  Last week, I joined a work related Ning site sponsored by our state board of education.  its horrible to find stuff.

The search part of the forum doesnt work for me most of the time.  So I use Google as well.

I tend to look only at the Living Room and General Software discussion boards the most.  Occasionally the Coding Snacks, I am sure that I miss a few things in the other boards. I always click the show unread posts since last visit.

Speaking as a non coder and as an average to above average user, its sometimes hard to know which board to post to.

I came here for two things.  A google search showed me a discussion on software or hardware help or about some fancy little coding snack.  Probably FARR or Screenshot Captor. 

I tend not to do the chat part here since that would tie up all my time that I could be doing something useful.  cheesy  but maybe that parts also needs updated?  undecided
138  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Why did it never occur to me.. You can wash a keyboard in water. on: December 18, 2012, 04:50:51 AM
I change the hose on my vacum sweeper to the other spot so that it blows instead of sucks.  Even if you put an attachment on it, the pressure won't be all that great since the hose size is large.  Blows dry air too.

I also use it to blow out the inside of the computer.
139  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Why did it never occur to me.. You can wash a keyboard in water. on: December 13, 2012, 04:58:41 AM
Miles, you should go into advertising!   Thmbsup

That would make a great commercial!  smiley
140  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: FLV downloader needed on: December 08, 2012, 05:38:04 AM
I use the KeepVid bookmarklet and it works really well.  Never had an issue with it and it cuts out the ads for me as well.

keepvid and in the upper right corner of the page it will let you drag it to your browser.
141  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: need to create a basic floor plan on: December 02, 2012, 07:07:54 AM
This project is still a work in progress as I have several more buildings to add.
142  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: need to create a basic floor plan on: December 02, 2012, 07:03:49 AM
so this morning I went looking for a drawing tool and after several attempts I found this one.  Here, which wasn't really designed for how I am using it.  But it fits the needs perfectly and was quick and easy!   smiley Thmbsup Cool

and it only took me 10 minutes to do it!  Now that's what I am talking about.  I am attaching my project which is very basic and doesn't need dimensions or doors or anything like that.    cheesy
143  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2013 / N.A.N.Y. 2013 Idea on: December 02, 2012, 05:14:10 AM
nice
144  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: need to create a basic floor plan on: December 01, 2012, 09:32:33 PM
Me neither rgdot.  And I am still looking. I think one of my schools has an old copy of solid works that I may see if I can find.  Figuring an older version might be simpler to use.
145  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: need to create a basic floor plan on: December 01, 2012, 08:39:53 PM
I have also tried using Excel, floorplanner, and am currently on smart draw which isn't free but is about as close to what I want that I have found.  I also looked at tigercad but it had some quirks that I couldn't get past.
146  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: need to create a basic floor plan on: December 01, 2012, 03:28:06 PM
Looking for 2d
147  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: need to create a basic floor plan on: December 01, 2012, 03:24:35 PM
Sketch up 8 is google sketchup which is now called Trimble sketchup.  I will try the suggestions posted so far.
148  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / need to create a basic floor plan on: December 01, 2012, 10:19:16 AM
I am looking to create a very basic floor plan of our school to use as a "map" of the rooms.  All I think that I need is something that will allow me to create a square, rectangle, and lines.  Also an eraser and to put in text.  I have tried Dia, Sketchup 8, but they are too complicated or too quirky for me, Sad  Draft IT won't run on my W7 box.  an online solution would also work.  Something free would be nice.

any suggestions?

Dave
149  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Exchange E-Mail hosting recommendation needed on: November 29, 2012, 09:19:08 PM
Our school switched this past summer to Office 365 for Education, which the basic Exchange Online is free for them.  25 gb storage for each mailbox.  it was a pain to get the mailboxes copied over but we have been satisfied since then.  I didn't do the setup on it but was there watching the other guy do it.

We had a 12 year old Dell server that had one bad hard drive and one bad power supply in it.  Glad it waited until we were done with the switch before they went. 

It has good junk mail detection, webmail is good and we can also use Outlook with it. 
150  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What about Skrommel? on: November 27, 2012, 09:03:14 PM
seems like I inquired about him way back when.  Was told more or less if memory serves me correctly that he didn't have time anymore.  I don't remember if there was a job change or what.

I am sure Mouser could enlighten us... inquiring minds want to know!
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