Re: new to windows, need help with software selections

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----- Original Message -----
From: <coffeekingms@...>
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Sent: Wednesday, February 15, 2017 10:51 AM
Subject: Re: [nvda] new to windows, need help with software selections


My resignation from sonar was mostly due to one of our developers, kyle
brouhard, not the sonar community or the linux blind community itself.
He's one of those free software phanatics, although he does have an
android phone. Basically to shorten his opinion if it's not linux, it
sucks. No exceptions, whatsoever. And I was getting more and more
impressed with windows 10. I made the mistake of telling him and the
fights never stopped after that. I was not allowed to like windows,
microsoft is evil and people will realize that eventually and so on and
so on. I just couldn't take it anymore. I might come back to linux at
some point, but I need a nice long breather. I really like what
microsoft has done with windows 10, in particular the weather app, which
actually shows the weather for the very small town I live in, a small
town in east texas called grand saline, which the weather app in linux
couldn't find. The closest it got was 30 miles away. Also, there were
some problematic bits of hardware that did work in linux but needed some
packages which weren't part of most linux distros,and worked in windows.
I just got used to things working, and eventually said life's too short,
I want what works. This is *not* a linux bash fest, just one developer
trying to tell me what I was and was not allowed to like. I'll probably
get back into linux eventually, but in the meantime I want to sharpen my
open source skills and improve NVDA, if I ever get that far.


Kendell Clark

On 2/15/2017 4:34 AM, Sukil Etxenike via Groups.Io wrote:
Hi Kendell,

Sorry to hear about your resignation from Sonar. Hope the situation
improves over time.

For ripping CDs, you can also use Foobar 2000, which is a music player
(though it extracts audio from videos, too).

There is a CLI version of youtube-dl that works on Windows too
(standalone .exe file).

For installing software with no other stuff, I suggest you take a look
at , which will install the software you choose from their
selection of <100 programs. To update it, you just rerun the
installer. They even offer a section for accessible software, and
offer to install NVDA.

Also, you may like . Chocolatey is a open source
(though it also offers pro versions)command-line package manager for
Windows. Be aware though: like in Linux, sometimes the software you
install with it may not be up to date (the NVDA there is from 2014 for
example). But it does an excellent job of not installing additional

For Portable Applications, the most popular one is Portable Apps. You
can either download the platform and "install" the portable software
you want from there, or download the standalone portable apps.



El 15/02/2017 a las 4:04, coffeekingms@... escribió:
hi all

I'm a bit ashamed to say this, but I've just switched from linux,
specifically sonar gnu linux, to windows 10 full time. There are many
reasons why and I won't go into them hear since this is the wrong list,
but the windows blind community is just friendlier and much much less
prone to judge people based on what software they want to use, what
speech voice they want to use and so on. I was hoping you guys could
point me to some free as in price, and open source if possible, software
to do the things I've gotten used to doing in linux. I'll provide a

A cd ripper, preferably one that can look up info on cd databases, and
if such a thing exists, one that can look up data on audiobook cd's,
since the ones available for linux can't. It would be nice if it could
rip to opus or ogg vorbis files, preferably both, since I don't care for
mp3 and use free to use media formats like ogg or opus for everything.
Something that can download videos from youtube, entire playlists if
possible. I've found youtube dl gui for this, but it leaves the video
and audio tracks separate, instead of combining them so I have to
manuallt delete them. An audio converter, so I can convert mp3, m4b, etc
files into the formats I prefer to use. I've come across format factory
and already wrote about it hear, but it doesn't seem to handle opus so I
may need to use something else. I've just discovered kodi, the htpc
software. Can it handle using services such as spotify, pandora and I don't use any of these yet, but I'd like to start, assuming
spotify and pandora are still free to use. Accessible torrent software.
I've been usint q bittorrent, and it is usable but not very accessible.
I want torrent software for legal things, not the pirate bay and such.
Even though I'm no longer using sonar I still want to support it's
torrent seeds, as well as other linux distro torrents such as vinux and
fedora. Is there a good free program to keep drivers up to date? If
these are still needed. My computer is experiencing frequent bugcheck
screens from something called amdkfb.sys, and I thought maybe a free
driver updater would download an updated driver that would fix it.
Something that doesn't nag you to upgrade to a pro version would be
nice, and that can be run portable would be even better, but I don't
want to be picky. I'm only asking for all of these instead of doing my
own research because I'm frequently lead around in circles. Sites that
say a piece of software is free, when what they mean is free but comes
with extra stuff, free trial, or not free at all and they want you to
pay for it. Driver updaters that aren't accessible and often install
extras, such as pc care, pc cleaners, and the chrome browser. Are there
good ways of avoiding these kinds of things? I'm new to windows after
being in linux for five years so I might as well be a first time windows
user. Thanks for any help, I'll try not to ask for this much help again.


Kendell Clark

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