SenCom Annual Meeting of May 14, 2020, Video→

Our new President, Lou Risley, and our new Acting Vice President, Joe Callison

 

 

 


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Senior Techies SIG
Virtual Meeting

Wednesday, June 10, 2020, 2:30 pm
Use the virtual meeting procedure outlined below:

As you are aware, we cannot have our SIG meeting this month at the regular location. But that doesn’t mean that we cannot have a virtual meeting.

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 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)→

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.

QUICK ACCESS:

Click this link after 2:15 pm on June 10th to take you directly to the video conference: https://www.freeconferencecall.com/wall/sencomuser00

If you do not have a computer or device that you wish to use to video conference, you may use any phone to participate in the teleconference. Dial (425) 436-6335, Access Code 188916*, long distance charges may apply.

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.

Joe Callison, sencommember00@gmail.com
(913) 229-4684



APCUG is pleased to announce that we will be having online workshops during the summer and fall on the second Wednesday of the month at 11:00 am CT.  Continue.reading→

Week 2 – June 10, 2020
Settings
We’ll explore the many options you can change to make your computer more secure. Do you know how much Ram you have? What version of Windows? What about the Security & Update area, do you take a look at every once in a while? Do you check your custom settings after the spring and fall Feature update?



All Shawnee classes and meetings have been canceled until after July 1, 2020.  (5/31/2020)

Shawnee Parks & Recreation is committed to the health and safety of our community, including our participants and staff. Please be aware of some additional procedures we are taking to keep everyone safe while participating in our in-person programs.
  • Participants shall remain in their vehicle until their class time.
  • All participants and staff can anticipate a quick health check prior to entering the building. Please stay home if you are feeling ill, we will gladly issue you a program credit. 
  • Hand sanitizer is available in the building and in each classroom. We recommend frequent hand washing and/or use of hand sanitizer. Please sanitize hands as you enter the building. 
  • Participants and staff are encouraged to wear masks. 
  • Class sizes will be limited to allow for social distancing.
  • Only the enrolled participant will enter the building. Youth program participants will be checked in and walked to their class by a staff member. Instructors will release children to a parent or guardian at the front door following class. 
  • Increased sanitation is being conducted throughout the building, including frequent touch points such as door knobs and railings. 
  • Hand sanitizer and disinfecting supplies are available in each room for any additional cleaning. 
  • Instructors and staff are verifying the sanitation of equipment prior to and following each use. 
  • Please keep six feet between yourself and any others who do not reside in your household.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Civic Center at (913) 631-5200.



Johnson County Library Services Update (5/15/2020)

Dear Library Patrons,

We will work in conjunction with Johnson County government and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment to determine the timing and process for full resumption of Library services. While we are moving many events and programming online, all in-person events are cancelled through August 31. Please continue to check our social media sites and subscribe to our eNewsletter, The Open Book, for the latest event updates.

Due dates will be extended as long as necessary on materials checked out prior to our March 15 building closures, including items on Inter-Library Loan. You will be notified of any changes to due dates on materials checked out before March 15 once book drops are reopened at all 14 Johnson County Library branches, and fines will not accrue during our closure.
We have created a Frequently Asked Questions section on our website to address feedback we’ve received, and questions may also be submitted at jocolibrary.org/contact. Librarians are responding 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays.

Please continue to check our website and social media for the latest updates on Library services. Over the coming weeks we will highlight eLibrary resources for a variety of interests, as well as other resources to support our community during this uncertain time. 



•  CDC is Closely Monitoring the Coronavirus Outbreak →

  Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by Johns Hopkins CSSE

  Google Launches its Coronavirus Website →



GEEK FREE
By Joe Callison
27 May, 2020

TV-Internet-Phone Service Providers

Some members have been wanting us to talk about television/internet/phone service providers in the area. It is a very complex subject because they all have advertised promotional prices for bundled packages that do not include a lot of other fees, taxes and other extras that apply, nor do they advertise what the normal price will be after the introductory rate for the first year or two that it typically lasts.  

I recently discovered the website cabletv.com that has already done the research to provide this type of information and a whole lot more related topics, including alternative streaming services. Note that promotional offers and prices, fees and taxes are always changing and will vary by location.

The Blogs section under Resources in the menu for the cabletv.com website is particularly helpful on many aspects. For convenience, I have listed some of the more pertinent blog articles for a few of the providers in our area below.

How to find providers in your area:
https://www.cabletv.com/cable

Hidden costs of Spectrum service:
https://www.cabletv.com/blog/hidden-costs-of-spectrum

Hidden costs of AT&T service:
https://www.cabletv.com/blog/hidden-costs-of-att

Hidden costs of Xfinity service
https://www.cabletv.com/blog/hidden-costs-of-xfinity

Comparison of Spectrum and AT&T:
https://www.cabletv.com/blog/spectrum-vs-att-uverse

Comparison of Xfinity and AT&T:
https://www.cabletv.com/blog/xfinity-vs-att-tv

Streaming service providers:
https://www.cabletv.com/streaming

I encourage you to explore these and other blogs for a lot more information you might find interesting.



FOR~GO
(For Geeks Only)
By Joe Callison
23 May 2020

Router Admin Basics

What we refer to as a router is typically a multi-function device that performs more tasks than just routing communications among multiple Ethernet connected devices on your home network and to your internet service provider’s network. It is also a gateway to remote networks through the internet, and usually includes a wireless access point and a firewall. It is sometimes incorporated into a cable, fiber or DSL modem rather than being a separate unit.

A separate modem is a device that converts signals from the internet service provider to a Wide Area Network (WAN) or Internet port for connection with an Ethernet cable to a WAN or Internet port on a separate router for routing to your devices connected to your home Local Area Network (LAN). Routers typically have 3 or 4 ports marked as LAN for Ethernet wired devices. If you need more, you can add a simple “unmanaged” Ethernet switch with the number of additional ports needed. It will use one of the router LAN ports for its input and provide multiple LAN ports for connection to devices.

The typical stand-alone consumer purchased router network address and default user name/password is:

  • URL: 192.168.0.1 or 192.168.1.1
  • User name: admin or [none]
  • Password: password or admin or [none]

Recent routers often also have a program or app for easy configuration or a simple web name for access instead of numbers. The defaults for access are typically printed somewhere on the router. If not, it can be found by an internet search for the user manual for the specific brand and model. If the router is provided and managed by the internet service provider, then you may not have access to it and must go through their technical support for changes, that they can usually do remotely. If there is an administrator name and password printed on the provided router then you should be able to access either all or some of the settings. If there is an SSID and password printed on the router, that is for the wi-fi access only, not the router administrator settings. The SSID and password for wi-fi can also be changed in the router settings if you have access. There is often also a Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) button on the router to automatically transmit the connection credentials for a brief period to devices equipped to receive it. 

Lists of defaults for some popular brands/models:

For a router that you purchased or can manage, you should always change the admin password from the manufacturer’s default for security of your network and to avoid becoming a participant in an internet bot that can take over your router to attack others. If you lose the password, you can press a reset button on the router while it is powered, usually for several seconds, which will change it back to the default settings. You can then access the administrator settings and change the password, reconfigure the wi-fi SSID and password, etc.

Recent routers often have multiple wi-fi radios, with both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz frequencies. The SSID is usually made unique to identify which frequency you are connecting to but the password can be the same or different for each frequency. Often a separate network with Guest SSID and password can also be created to prevent access to your private home network by guests. The SSIDs can be set to broadcast so that anyone within range can see them, or not broadcast so you would have to know what they are to connect for an extra layer of security.

Routers have a lot of other features. One very useful example is the ability to set static IP assignments, meaning that instead of the router automatically assigning a dynamic IP address from a range of numbers to a device each time it powers up and is connected to the router. A static or reserved IP address outside of that range of dynamic numbers can be set in the router for a device such as a printer so that it never changes and can be found more reliably from other devices by referencing a static IP address in the printer network settings configuration.

Other features available in the more expensive routers are for better performance for serious gamers or managing lots of simultaneous streaming of video data for large families or other groups of people. They can cost over $300 and are overkill if you do not need it. On the other hand, the really cheap ones under $100 are not as likely to be well supported with available firmware updates as new vulnerabilities in routers are discovered. They are more of a throw away design good for maybe 4 or 5 years of use before becoming obsolete or unreliable, in my opinion.

There are many more technically complicated features of routers that most people never use, but are available to lockdown the router for even more security. Disabling unused ports, MAC address filtering, website blocking, scheduling access, etc. can often be configured.

For some basic and useful router features, the best source is the user manual for your router. For general information you can also find many internet articles such as the following:



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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