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Description: A tour of a few members requested topics.

Senior Techies SIG
Virtual Meeting

Wednesday, Mar 10, 2021, 2:30 pm

Note that we now recommend using the FCC app to access the meetings instead of using the link to the web browser if you can.

Joe Callison convenes the Senior Techies SIG
(913) 229-4684

Revised Virtual Meeting Procedure:
We miss seeing our members. If you have been having problems joining our virtual meetings using Free Conference Call, please contact a Board Member and one of us will work with you prior to the meeting you are interested in joining. Board Members’ email addresses and phone numbers are under the “About Us” tab of SenCom’s website.


If you have the FreeConferenceCall (FCC) app, please start the app to join our meeting with audio and video. If you do not have the FCC app and do not want to install the FCC app, please click on this link below to enter the virtual meeting and participate with audio only (your picture will not be available to anyone):

You will still need to tell Free Conference Call to use the audio either of your computer or through a separate phone call. If you are using the FCC app on a computer, smartphone, or tablet, turn on your video by clicking on the icon of a video camera so that we can see you. On a phone or tablet, you may need to tap your screen to see the icon.

Here are the complete instructions for our virtual meeting procedure:

We are using a service called Free Conference Call that allows all of us to be on at one time through video/audio conferencing or just audio conferencing. If you have a camera and speakers on your desktop computer or a laptop computer with a camera and speakers, you will find that using your PC or Mac computer along with the FCC app will probably give you the best experience. To use your computer to conference into the meeting, follow the instructions that I have assembled in this PDF:

Using your computer to access the Free Conference Call (PDF)→ (Revised)

Also available on our Free Conference Call page→ (Revised)

When using the Chrome browser to access a video conference, you may see a message that your browser has blocked access to your camera or audio. Look at the icons at the top right area of your browser for an icon with a red X like the following:

Click on the icon and then click on the button to allow access and then click the Done button. If the red X does not disappear after a few seconds you may need to refresh your browser by clicking on the icon near the top left of your browser that looks like the following:

The settings for the site will be saved in your Chrome browser Privacy and security settings so you will not need to do this the next time you access the site.

Although Chrome is the preferred browser, others have used Firefox without any problems.

For those who wish to use their Android devices (either tablet or phone), we are using an app called FreeConferenceCall that you can download from the Google Play Store (note that there are no spaces in the app name). Bob Bowser has assembled a set of instructions that you can print and follow to join the meeting:
Using your Android device to access the FreeConferenceCall (PDF)→

Apple iPad/iPhone users can find the same app (Free Conference Call) on the Apple App Store. Installing and using it should be very similar to the Android instructions above.

All Jo Co Library Branches Have Reopened

Notice from the Johnson County Library:
Johnson County Library meeting, conference, and study rooms are unavailable through August 31, 2021.
Please continue to check our website and social media for the latest updates on Library services.

On Monday, June 15, Johnson County Library reopened all 14 of its branches with limited services and temporarily modified hours of operation, listed below. As we work to rebuild staffing capacity, modified hours allow our branch staff time to safely process materials and sanitize staff and patron spaces.  

Returns are accepted 24/7 in any of our branch book drops, and our eLibrary is always open!  Please see our Reopening FAQ  for additional details about Library services, placing and picking up holds, due dates and fines, safety protocols, and more.

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By Joe Callison
26 January 2021

Technology and Covid-19 Vaccination

Kansas City area county health departments are all employing technology to help roll out the Covid-19 vaccinations. Below are links to websites and images of the areas for signing up to be notified when it is your turn to be vaccinated and the vaccine is available. Using your computer, tablet, or smartphone to sign up for notification is the most efficient method. Telephone numbers may be available also but may involve long wait times. These surveys are for notification only, not appointments for getting the vaccine.  

Johnson County, Kansas

Jackson County, Missouri

Wyandotte County, Kansas

(For Geeks Only)
by Joe Callison
23 January 2021

Fixing Windows Password Problem

I ran across a pretty useful trick for unlocking a Windows computer with a forgotten password for the only local account with administrator access, assuming file encryption had not been enabled. For a locked Microsoft account, see the instructions in  

There is no need for any free or purchased utility designed for this purpose. Unlocking a local account simply requires any bootable media that has the command prompt option, such as Windows installation media or Windows recovery/repair media created for any Windows version from XP to Windows 10. It does not matter that it is different from the version on the computer as long as it will boot and you can run the command prompt ( Just booting into the recovery options for the installed system will not allow access to the command prompt without entering the correct password. The trick is to somehow gain access to the command prompt of the already installed and running system.

The ease of access icon on the Windows sign-in page has a few functions that can be selected to run after booting but before even entering a password. By renaming one of those functions to be the command prompt function instead, you can run it without entering a password. This is done by using the command prompt of the bootable media to access the Windows\system32 directory of the installed operating system (the drive letter may be different than normal after booting from the media, such as D: or F: instead of C:) and renaming one of the executable files for the functions appearing in the ease of access, such as magnify.exe for the magnifier function, to magnify1.exe and then renaming the cmd.exe file to magnify.exe.

For example: Suppose entering dir c: in the command prompt and pressing enter shows the files and folders for the installed version of Windows. Change to drive c if not already shown by the prompt by entering c: and pressing enter. Then change the current directory of the command prompt c: drive by entering cd \windows\system32 and pressing enter. Now the magnify.exe file can be renamed by entering rename magnify.exe magnify1.exe and pressing enter. Rename the cmd.exe file by entering rename cmd.exe magnify.exe and pressing enter. Now when you boot the installed operating system to the sign-in page, select the ease of access icon located between the network and power icons, and then select Magnifier, the command prompt will open instead. In the command prompt of the installed and running system, you can use the net user commands to add or change passwords, add or remove users, change account types, or whatever you want to do.

The user account with the forgotten password can be changed with the following command:
     net user USERNAME *

Leave a space between the username and the asterisk. This will prompt for a password to be entered. It will not display or move the cursor as you enter the new password, so enter it carefully. You will be prompted to confirm the password in the same manner. If you enter both the same, it will succeed in changing to the new password. The usernames can be found by just entering net user in the command prompt and pressing enter.

In each of the following examples, leave a space before the /.

The built-in hidden Administrator account could be made active with the following command:
     net user administrator /active:yes

The built-in hidden Guest account could be made active with the following command:
     net user guest /active:yes

A new user with an administrator account can be added by doing both of the following two commands:
     net user USERNAME PASSWORD /add
     net localgroup Administrators USERNAME /add

After making the desired changes using the command prompt, locking or restarting will show any new or unhidden users at the new sign-in screen.

You will probably want to rename the magnify.exe file to cmd.exe and magnify1.exe to magnify.exe as the original names were, which can be done using File Explorer now that you can sign in. Be sure “File name extensions” and “Hidden items” are checked in the View tab of File Explorer to find the correct files.

For more information, see:

Volunteers Needed

We still need volunteers to help our board members and to fill two positions: Hospitality General Meeting (Nadyne resigned due to health reasons), and Programs need help now and take over later this year (Mary Ann has been doing two jobs). Please email me or another Board Member. Our email addresses are on the “Board of Directors” page under the “About Us” menu. Remember this is your organization, please help us keep it healthy and growing. LITTLE OR NO COMPUTER SKILLS REQUIRED.
Lou Risley, (913) 298-0575,

SenCom gratefully acknowledges the
following organizations for their support:

Google Fiber

City of Shawnee:
Parks & Recreation Department

Johnson County Library:
Central Resource, Oak Park


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