Here is some info on the things I talked about today.
$0.01 per minute Tmobile conference calls
As of October 6, 2016 Tmobile is charging their customers $0.01 per minute for calling a conference line. This affects Tmobile customers, not those who have other carriers such as Sprint, AT&T, or Verizon.
One possible way around this would be to use the Google Hangouts Dialer and place the call over WiFi, or some other way than making a phone call via Tmobile such as the OBi I mentioned or another VOIP solution such as Magic Jack.
update on OBi device
Ruthie and I have had our OBi device for a couple of months now and love it. No phone bill but there is a charge if you want to add 911 service. This is usually paid in your taxes if you have a land line and since this is just using an internet connection and Google Voice there is not a tax collected.
It does require a little bit of configuration to get things working with Google Voice but it didn’t take more than a few minutes to complete. OBi does work with other services, so if the Google Voice service was ever ended one day, there are other options available.
OBi makes the configuration pretty easy with shortcuts to add a service as part of the configuration web site.
There is a one time charge to purchase the OBi device, Amazon has it for $49 with free prime shipping. Its just a bit smaller than a hockey puck and it plugs directly into your router. If you have a cordless phone system at home like we do with four cordless phones and its base, you plug the base unit into the OBi device. Here is a link to Amazon, where we purchased ours.
OBi200 VoIP Phone Adapter,
adding narration to kindle books
You can add a narrated copy of a book from Audible to a Kindle book from within the Kindle app for your phone or tablet. For many older books like Life On The Mississippi or The Time Machine, the Kindle book is free but you can add the narration for $0.49
Its a bit more for current and popular books but their recordings are very high quality. Some of the Audible books I’ve listened to are more of a production of the book instead of just one person with either a monotone or person trying to do voices for different people in the book.
Its very easy to add the narration and you can switch back and forth between your phone reading the text or listening to the narration.
There are tons of great books available via Kindle. Its very easy for an author to publish their book via Kindle instead of having to go through a publishing company, having books printed, and trying to get what few book stores are still around to offer their book and then after all of that, trying to get people to buy them.
lastpass free on mobile
LastPass is now free to use on a computer and your mobile devices such as a phone or tablet. Its a great way to keep track of your passwords and these days we all have many to keep track of. I’ve got the mobile LastPass app on my phone setup so that I use my fingerprint to unlock LastPass. As I showed in the meeting, I went to KCPL in the browser on my phone and had LastPass enter my username and password. I clicked on the Login button and I was interacting with the web site.
You can get LastPass for your computer from http://www.lastpass.com and you can find the app in your app store.
folder in root drive Windows 10
When you reinstall Windows 10 using the Media Creation Tool from Microsoft you have the option of keeping your files and programs or keeping nothing.
If you choose keep nothing, it actually just gets rid of the Windows and other associated folders and files. It does not remove everything on the drive.
So I have a folder that I keep my install files in along with portable copies of Firefox, ThunderBird, Chicken Nugget etc.. that have all of the settings from the full version of those programs.
By doing this, after Windows 10 is reinstalled using the Media Creation Tool, I can get back up and going quickly since all of the files I need to install are right there in one folder on the drive. Since I have portable copies of Thunderbird, Firefox, Chicken Nugget etc.. I can just take care of things right away before I have the time to install the full versions of programs. This also allows me to use my portable programs on a USB drive on any computer and don’t have to install anything.
Please tell your friends, people you are in a share-a-fare vehicle with and people from other groups about our monthly NUT meetings.
While we have people from various blind groups, NUT is not affiliated with any of them. Its just people getting together to talk about technology.
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Please feel free to share this with anyone who might be interested. Steve