[SATLUG] Visual probs and screen resolution
hc at lookcee.com
Tue Mar 16 17:20:18 CDT 2010
Herb Cee wrote:
> 03/16/2010 Since the list is quiet right now I would like to ask for
> help with visual problems and screen resolution.
> To explain most of u will recognize Cheryl Holmes on the list. Well I
> have been trying to give Cheryl some help over past 2+yrs and sadly
> her eyes have severely deteriorated from 20/2500 to even worse. To
> give an example of how small things can be a problem for limited sight
> is many default settings of the desktop has the damn pointer so small
> that I cannot find it either I only have one bad eye, very dim bout
> like twilight in day near useless at night and the good one is like
> looking tru wavy glass. I worked out a step by step for her to change
> the screen settings so that the pointer stays the large red one and
> her desktop set to Hi B&W resolution.
> I am not sure what exactly to ask since it is important to get a step
> by step exact and as simple as possible because keep in mind that
> Cheryl has to read object by object she can no longer scan but has to
> focus separately. I just asked her if she wanted to try setting up
> text to voice ability and she thinks that would be great.
> I will spend the personal time with her online in getting her set up
> with this so if anybody out there with any experience wishes to help
> Cheryl fire away, I am starting from scratch. Maybe if her eyes are
> gonna totally fail then we can have her at least still able to
> communicate. In the meantime we can start improving her screen display
> and using voice to help her out. Just imagine for yourself having to
> wait for someone to visit and ask them to read for u and dictate your
> typing replies.
> She has an Acer 21" LCD She is gonna ask her sister next visit to get
> the exact mod # but it was set for 1600/11xx but we reduced this down
> to 1200xx range. The puter is P-IV with good mem and HD and She is
> running Ubuntu 8.04 fully updated. She can use the command line but
> because of the sight prob and often having to be in sudo/root she has
> to be really careful. However using me as a filter I think we can keep
> her out of trouble making changes. I run the same distro 8.04 so I can
> test it out first.
> I am gonna start in on getting her going on text to voice and VS so
> hope for some help guys. I dunno even where to start other than start
> reading on all that is available on Linux and trying them out.
Correction Cheryl has no problem typing she is touch typist, just the
reading prob when some days she cannot focus enough to make a word out
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