[blindkid] apple netbooks
david.w.thomas at me.com
Mon May 21 22:18:17 UTC 2012
the mac book air is grate but there is one problem with it. If you want it to run well with voice over you have to get the one with 4 Gigabytes of ram and Apple makes you go to the 13 inch screen. This adds weight and cost. If you get the mac book air with 4 gigabytes of ram you might as well go to the mac book pro 13 inch. With the mac book pro you get much more hard drive space and 4 gigabytes of ram out of the gate. Yes it is a little heavier but still nice and light.
Ask the school if they can put a mac on the network. If they can't a mac would be a non starter. Yes I am careful with my tech but still me being a kid and going on buses with it you will at some point run into trouble. What ever the way it goes I am happy giving tips on how to use jaws or voice over.
On May 22, 2012, at 6:10 AM, Sally Thomas wrote:
> As a parent, my favorite things about the MacBook Air (the smaller
> lightweight notebook made by Apple) are the fact that Apple customer
> service is so easy to deal with and the products are ready to use out of
> the box. I highly recommend that you consider getting the additional
> warranty called AppleCare if you decide on an Apple product. Even though
> my son is careful with his technology, carrying things back and forth to
> school can cause problems. With AppleCare there is no question about
> getting you up and running right away.
> Like Richard said, there are programs available for the Mac that are
> similar to the Microsoft Office programs like PowerPoint and are
> One question you might want to ask is if the school will be okay with a
> MacBook. When my son tried to use a MacBook at his former school, the
> technology department for the district would not support it even though
> they agreed to its use. They either didn't know how or couldn't be
> bothered to figure out how to connect the Mac to the school network so the
> Mac couldn't be used to get on the internet. If the computer is going to be
> used at school as the only computer your son can access, it will be
> important to have some agreement from the school that this will work.
> Unfortunately there isn't a simple answer to what is best. There are just
> too many variables.
> On Tue, May 22, 2012 at 4:49 AM, Rosina Solano <colemangirly at yahoo.com>wrote:
>> Okay, I stated that I am looking for a netbook for my son for high
>> school. I have also been advised to not jump into the ipad arena just yet,
>> that he needs to learn the computer skills first. I am okay with that.
>> Now I am wondering about apple versus other netbooks. I know that there is
>> a big price difference. My idea is that is comes installed with Voice
>> Over. If I get a netbook then I also have to get JAWS for a screen
>> reader. So I am just wondering if using the apple netbook will do the same
>> as any other computer. I see that it is compatable with his braille sense
>> plus. So I am just looking for which way to go and why. He needs to be
>> able to email his homework directly to his teachers and get it back. To do
>> powerpoint presentations, etc. He already has good braille skills and uses
>> an abacus extremely well. He does well in school, but we are WAY behind in
>> the tech dept. We live rural and so do not have it at home either, so
>> this is all new for all of us. No cell phones, no ipods, nothing tech
>> other than his braille sense. I use internet several times a week at the
>> local library, but if we get him going we plan on getting internet at
>> home. This is very overwhelming for us so please talk plainly.
>> Rosina Foster
>> MOPBC Missouri Parents of Blind Children
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