Saturday, August 15
12:00 – 3:00 CT

APCUG’s Virtual Technology Conferences are FREE!

Registration closes @ 10:30 PM CT on August 14

  • Attend using your computer, tablet or phone with the app.
  • Download the app for the device you will be using at:
  • Test your mic and speakers at:
  • Sessions are 50 minutes with time for Q&A
  • Register once via Eventbrite
  • You do not need an Eventbrite account or eTicket to attend the conference
  • You do not need a Zoom account to attend the VTC
  • Before the event, you will receive an email with directions and links for attending Tracks 1 and 2. The links are encrypted, please do not share them with anyone.
  • Day of conference, after connecting via Zoom, it is very helpful if you sign into each presentation you attend via the Chat Box; first and last name you used to register at Eventbrite.
  • Why? If all of the questions aren’t answered during the session, the rest of the answers will be sent to you. Or, there might be a handout.

Register at Eventbrite

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12:00 – 1:00 pm CT

Saving Your Life with Technology, Part 2
Ron Brown, Program Chair, Silvercom Computer & Technology Club

This is a continuation of Mary’s story, who is a fictitious senior, widowed and lives in a resort in Mesa, Arizona. She has a fall at night that results in a broken hip from an undiagnosed heart problem. In Part 1 covered the importance of knowing what your heart rate is and the many devices that can monitor and record it. Part 2 focuses on fall detection, emergency notification, and home automation to ensure safety for a senior living alone. Ron will discuss how to set up a home network, the Echo Show, Google Nest, and the new Zoom all-in one home appliance.

1:00 – 2:00 pm CT

“FreeNAS – A Great Choice For A Home Server”
Don Arrowsmith, President, Philadelphia Area Computer Society

This presentation details how Don replaced his aging Windows Home Server 2011 system.

2:00 – 3:00 pm CT

Chromebooks for Geeks
Bill James, Vice President, Computer Club of Oklahoma City

A Chromebook does the things that many people want a computer to do, better and faster than any other laptop, regardless of price. It is the most secure portal to the web that has ever been built because of super-fast updates and sandboxing. A Chromebook can pair with your Android phone and be used for messaging and video calling. It is perfect for anyone who wants to grab a laptop, sign in, and spend an afternoon watching Netflix or shopping online. You can also use it as a terminal to connect to your Windows PC or Mac. Chromebooks are Fun! Learn more from this informative presentation.


12:00 -1:00 pm CT

Fundamentals of Microsoft 365,
Rob Truman, Webmaster, Computer Booters of Sun Lakes

An overview of the many useful apps included in the Microsoft 365 subscription. Rob will also review the various subscription packages available along with what discounts are available. He will also provide a feature comparison of Microsoft 365 to Office 2019 and provide some tips on choosing which one is right for you.

 1:00 – 2:00 pm CT

Solve Your Password Management Problems
Kenneth Tubaugh, Educational Services Director & Program Coordinator, Columbus Computer Society

“Password theft is a serious problem. The websites and apps that you use are under attack every day. Security breaches occur, and your passwords are stolen. When you reuse the same passwords everywhere, hackers can easily access your email, bank, and other important accounts.”
Stay Safe with a Simple Password Manager. “Security experts recommend that you use a different, randomly generated password for every online account that you create. But how are you supposed to remember and keep up with that many passwords? Bitwarden Password Manager helps you create and manage secure passwords so that you can get back to enjoying your life online.”

2:00 – 3:00 pm CT

A PC User’s Guide for Avoiding the Grief of Losing Your Information
Avram Grossman, CTO E-Novativ
Author, Keep Your PC Running Like New

Many of us in the IT profession seem to have very few problems with our own personal computers and laptops. Yet our clients seem to get a dizzying assortment of computer errors and issues. What is the difference between our computers and the computers our clients use?
 As a colleague once said, “Computers don’t break themselves, People do it.”
 •    Are you treating your computer with the respect it deserves?
•    Do you fear your computer because you don’t understand how it works and what it is doing?
•    Are you not sure what is the best way to use your computer and do you know how to avoid losing your information?
 This presentation will help you understand what the technology is that goes into making your personal computer work. You’ll learn some simple steps to improve the way you use your PC. Knowledge is power, and you are the master of your PC.

iPad/iPhone SIG
Virtual Meeting

Friday, August 21, 2020, 2:00 pm

The main goal of our special interest group (SIG) is to share our knowledge of all things iPhone and iPad

Ray Martinez convenes the iPad/iPhone SIG
(913) 991-0155

Use the virtual meeting procedure outlined below:
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 will probably give you the best experience. To use your computer to conference into the meeting, follow the instructions that Joe Callison assembled. I will be happy to try to answer any questions you may have about these instructions. Although it mentions that Chrome is the preferred browser, we know that others have used Firefox without any problems.
Using your computer to access the Free Conference Call (PDF)→

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.

If using a tablet (or phone), the “Free Conference Call” app can be downloaded from the Apple App Store or the “FreeConferenceCall” app from the Google Play Store. I will set up my device at 1:45 pm so that you may begin to join at that time. This app allows me to see you, talk to you, show you the screen of my iPad or iPhone, and try to answer your questions. 

Installing and using it on an iPad or iPhone should be very similar to the Android instructions below. If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know.
Using your Android device to access the Free Conference Call (PDF)→

Since it may be the first time you have tried using video conferencing, it may take a while to figure it out, and that is okay. You can call or text me if you are having trouble. We will spend some time just getting used to the new way of meeting and as always entertain questions.

Shawnee classes and meetings have resumed

Plan for Reopening SenCom Classroom
by Joe Callison

Classroom occupancy will be limited to allow maintenance of at least six feet of separation between occupants not of the same household.

If the room has not been used for the last 7 days, surfaces do not need disinfecting (per CDC guidelines).

Face masks should be on before entering the building and remain on until leaving the building. Instructors may wear a face shield instead of a mask during teaching.

Only members of the same household should share the elevator. Others should wait in line, practicing social distancing.

After signing in at the classroom door, use hand sanitizer and take one of the designated available seats. Use hand sanitizer before leaving the classroom and upon returning from a break.

Water bottles will be at the sign-in table. Students taking a bottle should either discard it when done, even if unopened, or take it with them.

At the end of the class, the instructor shall place a dated tag at each student station that has been used. Tagged stations will be disinfected before the next use if the class is within 7 days and tagged as available for use. Cleaning and disinfection of computer equipment when required will be performed by or under the direction of the Technical Director.

All Jo Co Library Branches Have Reopened

With safety at the forefront of our concerns, we have decided to extend the cancellation of meeting and study room bookings through January 1, 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. Please note the hours vary… Continue »

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By Joe Callison
8 August, 2020

Mac Computers: a Love-Hate Relationship

Full disclosure: I do not own or regularly use a Mac computer. I have provided technical support and upgrade services for several clients with Macbook Pro, iMac or iPad devices over the years and have virtual MacOS systems running on my Windows computers to help increase my knowledge and skills to support them.  

As a long-time Windows PC user, my first exposure to macOS was a little intimidating. I can appreciate the similar challenges going from Mac to PC. Soon I began to realize that the differences were mostly in semantics. For most familiar Windows functions or apps there was an equivalent macOS one with a different name. There are many helpful articles on the internet explaining this:

There are also some differences in navigating the user interface on a Mac vs. a PC, but it can be learned with practice. My overall impression of the macOS after experiencing several of the yearly updates of Mac OS X is that the look and feel of the user interface changes much less than Windows does, which may be appealing to some users.

The Apple hardware is the most distinguishing difference between a Mac and a PC in my opinion. Each new model usually introduces some new advancement in lighter and thinner design, display technology, port capability or other feature. That coupled with the fact that Apple only competes with itself (through the Apple certified refurbished market) means that Apple can and does demand a premium price compared to mainstream Windows PCs.

The biggest distinguishing difference between a Mac and a PC that I find particularly frustrating, along with many other independent repair companies, is that Apple likes to control the aftermarket repair business. Official Apple parts are only available through the Apple supply chain to Apple Certified repair facilities and only for as long as they want to produce the parts. Attempts to sell the same part produced independently by the same factories have been limited by Apple sometimes coding official parts such that the device will either not function or not update with non-Apple supplied parts that do not have the code. Other industries have tried taking similar actions and have eventually been stopped by right-to-repair legislation to protect the independent repair shops and consumers. I can sort of understand the desire to control repairs while a product is under warranty, but after that the consumer should have the right to obtain parts and repair the device in any manner they choose. I follow a website called that likes to dismantle new products to see what has changed and how difficult it might be to repair. Eventually they produce repair videos and sell parts and supplies for do-it-yourself repairs. They also have information on the right-to-repair issue. Another good resource for information on repair or upgrade of Apple products is Other World Computing (OWC).

In general, Apple products have a good track record for quality and reliability. There have been a few notable instances of miscues, such as a problem with Nvidia graphics processors popping loose, or problems with new keyboard designs. How a company responds to such problems is important, and I feel Apple could do a better job of that. Typically they wait until customers start threatening class action lawsuits before extending the warranty on defective products, but the repair or replacement is typically the same design as the original, so there is a good probability that the problem could reoccur. This does not seem to bother a lot of Apple customers who normally replace their devices frequently, but for those who want to hang on to a device for more than a few years, it could be an issue.

(For Geeks Only)
By Joe Callison
5 August 2020

Using Command Prompt: Network Commands Exercise 2

This exercise will use the network commands “ping”, “pathping”, “tracert”, and “netstat” in the Command Prompt. The commands will also work in PowerShell. Running in administrator mode is not required, but can be invoked by a right-click on the app, select More and then Run as administrator. Help for using commands and all of their options can be viewed by typing the command followed by a space and then /? and then press enter.  

Using Ping:
Open the Command Prompt and type ping followed by either an IP address or a domain name and then press enter. For example, ping or ping will send packets of data to the SenCom web site a few times and report the results. It is a useful command to determine if the computer is sending data and if the recipient is receiving and responding to  the data.

Using PathPing:
Similar to Ping except it displays the route and time that the data takes and provides performance over a 75 second period of pings.
Example, pathping

Using TraceRt (Trace Route):
Similar to PathPing except it displays the detailed route and time that the data takes for one ping.
Example, tracert

Using NetStat (Network Statistics):
This command provides network statistics useful for troubleshooting network problems.
Example, netstat -e

For much more detailed statistics, add the -s option, leaving a blank space between the two options as follows: netstat -e -s
(partial results shown)

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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