iPad/iPhone SIG
Olathe Indian Creek Library
16100 West 135th St.
Olathe, KS 66062
Study Room A

Google Map →

Friday, June 18, 2021, 2:00pm→3:30pm

The main goal of our special interest group (SIG) is to share our knowledge of all things iPad and iPhone. The group is open to all. We encourage your questions on general and specific Apple-related topics/issues. Bring your questions to the meeting, or send Ray a text or email before the meeting and he’ll add it to the agenda.

Ray Martinez convenes the iPad/iPhone SIG
(913) 991-0155,  rpmartinez@ymail.com

Android SIG
Virtual Meeting
Wednesday, June 23, 2021, 2:30 pm

Bring your Android questions and we will try to get you answers to your issues. We will continue to review the settings on our devices if we run out of questions. If you would like to help me have extra time to prepare to answer any questions, please send them to me by email.

Looking forward to seeing you on Wednesday,
Bob Bowser

Bob Bowser convenes the Android SIG
(785) 608-4904, bobbowser.rdb@gmail.com

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.

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By Joe Callison
10 June 2021

Linux as an Alternative Operating System

For decades computer hobbyists looking for a free or low-cost alternative to Microsoft Windows or Apple macOS operating systems have turned to Linux. Because of its reliability, modest hardware resource requirements, and low cost, it is now widely used for embedded operating systems for smart devices and a large percentage of computer servers powering companies and the internet. In recent years, improvements in the distribution process by organizations such as Ubuntu have made it more accessible to even those with modest computer skills by using bootable “live” CD or USB downloads that let you try it out without installing on the computer unless you choose to do so. Of course, the performance will be much faster when installed rather than running from the CD or USB files.

CAUTION: Choosing to install Linux on a computer will reformat and overwrite your existing files and operating system unless you do it properly to allow for dual-booting Linux with your existing operating system! If you are unsure about the process, get help!

Great improvements in the available graphical user interfaces have made Linux very user-friendly for existing Windows and macOS users, with some user interfaces even mimicking much of the look and feel of those operating systems.

What is Linux?

History of Linux

Linux Distributions

Some of the Best Distributions for Windows (or macOS) Users in 2021

Some of the Best Distributions for Beginners, Mainstream and Advanced Users in 2021

Linux is a great choice for those wanting to continue using an older desktop or laptop computer that does not have the resources to run the latest operating system version from Microsoft or do so satisfactorily, or to just use it as a Linux computer to explore its capabilities.

One of the benefits of Linux is the huge availability of free quality software to try out. You may be familiar with some of the most popular ones that have also been available for Windows users such as LibreOffice (Microsoft Office alternative), GIMP (photo editor), Audacity (music editor), VLC (media player), and many others.

SenCom’s membership in APCUG (https://apcug2.org/) gives you free access to workshops on Linux topics and the Penguin Platform blog for more resources for Linux users.

(For Geeks Only)

By Joe Callison
21 April 2021

Building Your Own Computer

Many of us like the idea of putting together our own computer. Not only is their satisfaction in building something yourself, but you can choose to put more or less money in the parts that you choose for your build depending on their importance to you. Even kids have been able to assemble their own desktop computers from parts these days.

There are many YouTube videos and step-by-step guides on the subject, and articles on choosing the best parts depending on whether you are building a budget or high-performance home/office or gaming computer. Some popular links include:





Building your own computer has been almost entirely limited to desktop computers because of the lack of standardization in motherboard designs for laptops, which are designed to fit each unique model’s dimensions and arrangement of parts required by the enclosure design. The few options for laptops in the past have been bulky, heavy, and expensive, but this is beginning to change. From a snap-together modular toy-like laptop for school kids or Raspberry Pi kits for hobbyists to a promising new state-of-the-art system to be released this summer, there are more options for laptops than ever. 

Kano PC (ideal for young school-age kids)

Clevo Barebones Series (home/office to high performance)

Eluktronics Build Your Own Laptops (home/office to high performance)

Framework Laptop (designed to be easily upgradeable/repairable by the user)

I am looking forward to seeing what Framework will have to offer and at what prices, and hope they succeed with this new venture.

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,  sencomprez@gmail.com

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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