iPad/iPhone SIG
Virtual Meeting

Friday, July 17, 2020, 2:00 pm

Use this virtual meeting procedure:
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.

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

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
1 July, 2020

Don’t Waste Your Money

We all like bargains, but sometimes they may not be the good deal they appear to be. Some to watch out for are below.  

Chromebooks are beginning to increase in popularity as they become more usable even when offline. They can be a more reliable and equal or better performing option for a lower cost than a cheap Windows based one. They do have one drawback that is worse than experienced with most Windows based ones, and that is lack of support for older hardware as the operating system is updated. It is similar to the problem with most Android and Apple smartphones and tablets. If you buy a bargain model that has been out for just a few years, you may find that it no longer receives operating system updates and may not even receive security updates after a short time. The lifecycle of some of these products can be as short as 3 to 5 years from when they were first introduced before they are abandoned from support. To make matters worse, Amazon has been allowing merchants to list old models of Chromebooks as “new” or “2020” which is incredibly misleading as they are actually just new listings of old models. Of course these are the bargains you first see when you search for Chromebooks. Only a detailed inspection and research of the hardware in the specifications can reveal what you are really looking at. Don’t waste your money buying old hardware that has little or no future support.

Apple Macbooks
As Apple moves away from using Intel processors to ARM processors in their products as announced this year, there will be bargains for the last remaining Intel ones produced and prior year models, both new and refurbished. If you remember the transition from PowerPC to Intel processors announced in 2005 and effective in 2006, you know how quickly people with PowerPC models were abandoned from support (last MacOS version 2009, end of parts support 2011). It is not unreasonable to expect the same bump in the road this time. It is unlikely that Apple will maintain MacOS updates and security patches for both Intel and ARM processor based models for very long. Don’t waste your money buying hardware that may have little future support or value.

The pandemic has caused scarcity of products that suddenly became in high demand worldwide, such as webcams needed for video conferencing. If you try to find any highly ranked model of any well known brand of webcams, you will find them all out of supply. What you will find on Amazon are hundreds of brands and models you have never heard of. Some do not even indicate a brand or model but show up in the results when you search for a specific brand and model as if to mislead you. If they have enough reviews by users to be meaningful, most of them have a significant number of one star reviews mentioning poor video or audio or other performance issues. Don’t waste your money buying inferior hardware from unknown sources.

(For Geeks Only)
By Joe Callison
27 June 2020

Using Command Prompt: Network Commands Exercise 1

This exercise will use the network commands “ipconfig” and “arp” 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 Internet Protocol Configuration:
Open the Command Prompt and type ipconfig, then press enter. This shows just the basic network information instead of the complete list shown by appending the /all option.

Note the line under the type of Ethernet connection you are currently using, Ethernet adapter or Wireless LAN adapter, showing the IPv4 Address currently assigned to your computer. For example:
IPv4 Address . . . . . . . (Note that your address is likely different)

Using Address Resolution Protocol:
At the prompt, type arp -a and press enter. (Note there is a space between the p and the -a) Look for the section for Interface: (Note- look for your address from above) This section will show all of the other Ethernet devices connected to your network and their assigned internet addresses.

Open a browser and enter one of the listed addresses found to see what it connects to. If you have any wired or wi-fi Ethernet devices connected and powered up on your network (printer, camera, thermostat, doorbell, etc.) and they have a built in web interface, you will see it when you get to the right address. Usually they will be one of the dynamic addresses as that is the typical default for a device unless you configured it to be static.

Example after entering on my computer:

Note that I could also just go to File Explorer, expand the Network to show the installed devices, select the printer, and then click “View device webpage” in the File Explorer menu to get the same result.

Microsoft has a nifty, more modern terminal interface available for download from the Store called Microsoft Terminal that includes PowerShell, Command Prompt and Azure in one app. It supports multiple tabbed pages and multiple horizontal or vertical panes among other features. Other shells can be added for Linux, macOS or whatever and would then be available from the drop down menu next to the New Tab. Microsoft and others have some YouTube videos that describe and demonstrate the new terminal app features that are interesting to watch even if you are not into the code development and testing aspects.
See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2dsnwlnNBzs for example.
Even if you only use basic command prompt commands, it is a nice customizable open-source interface to use.


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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