NUT Meeting Saturday February 13, 2016, 10:00am – 11:30am

NUT Meeting Saturday February 13, 2016, 10:00am – 11:30am
You are invited to the next meeting of Northland Users of Technology. Saturday February 13, 2016, 10:00am – 11:30am
Hy-Vee Club Room
5330 NW 64th Street
Kansas City, MO 64151
Store: 816-505-1311
Please join us for friendly conversation about technology and how it helps those who are blind and visually impaired. We are an unstructured group with no membership fees, officers, or bylaws. We are about getting together to talk with each other in person and enjoying yummy food.
Bring yourself and bring a friend. There is no requirement that people have a visual impairment or any level of knowledge about technology. We are here to help and not judge. There are no stupid questions. Everyone has a different level of knowledge about things, and asking questions is how we learn from each other.
Starting with the February meeting we will be meeting in the Club Room at Hy-Vee rather than the kitchen area. We will have a larger meeting place away from the noise and distractions of other people gathering for breakfast. If you need assistance getting to the Club Room, just stop at the Customer Service desk and they will be happy to help you get there.
Northland Users of Technology has an email list where we discuss all things tech. The email list is the same format as our meetings, friendly and helpful. None of us woke up one day knowing everything about technology. It’s a learning process that is ongoing. So remember, the only stupid question is the one not asked. You can join the NUTKC email list by sending a new message to: nutkc-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
You will get a message from Yahoo Groups confirming that you want to join the list. Reply to that message, leaving the message blank. Just press reply and then send.
Once you are a member of the list you can post a new message by sending an email to: nutkc@yahoogroups.com
Please join us at our monthly meetings and on our discussion list. Everyone has something to add that can help others.
Nut also has a blog where we share information from our discussion list and other items of interest. You can visit the blog by going to: https://nutkc.wordpress.com/. There will be more information on the blog as time goes by. You can help add to this resource by joining our discussion list and attending the meetings.
If you have any questions about the meetings, discussion list, or our blog, send an e-mail to: steve@blindbites.com

A Call For Help Weight Loss Surgery

I’m asking all of us out there that have had Weight Loss Surgery or anyone else who can help this blind guy in Georgia pay the 20% of Gastric Sleeve Surgery that his Medicare doesn’t cover.

Here is the link to a video that he made, please watch this so you can know the person behind the request for help.

I’m lucky that my Medicare and state insurance paid the total cost of my Gastric Bypass Surgery 5 years ago and it has made a big change in my health and my life.

I am going to donate money and ask that you do too. Every $5 $10 or more will make a
difference.

Lets help make a difference in the life of Scott Rumery not only for him, but also for his family.

Here is the link to Scott Rumery’s go fund me page

https://www.gofundme.com/7wmrgjyk

HAPPY 5 YEAR ANNIVERSARY!!!!!

HAPPY 5 YEAR ANNIVERSARY!!!!!

Five years ago today I had Gastric Bypass Surgery and along with finding and marrying the love of my life its one of the best things I’ve done in my 43 years on this big spinning ball we call Earth.

I weighed 316 pounds on this day in 2011. I lost 20 pounds during the education process I went through before surgery. Before starting the program at Saint Luke’s in Kansas City, the only other time I was able to lose any amount of weight is when I was dealing with cancer in 1994. That is a weight loss method you won’t hear any celebrity pushing this Winter.

I weigh 170 pounds as of today. I know it isn’t just all about the number, but its a good way to measure how I’m doing in my fight against obesity.
I am no longer diabetic, no longer have sleep apnea, and none of the other weight related problems I had before surgery. I mentioned to my surgeon today that I haven’t even had a cold in the last year. I love my health, love my body and most important of all, I love me.

Something I’ve learned over my five years since surgery reminds me of something my Dad told me. If it is to be, its up to me. There is no going back to the things and ways I ate in my life before Gastric Bypass Surgery. You can’t decide after six months that it is okay to have just a bite of chocolate cake or just a taste of that hot fudge sundae. This starts a downhill roller coaster effect. Well one bite didn’t kill me last time, so I’ll try two bites this time. After all, I’ve worked hard to lose weight after surgery, I deserve a break, I have earned it.
If one thinks and chooses to do that after surgery, you will end up back where you were before except with a much more painful and horrible ride getting there.
Nobody is going to show up at your door when you make bad choices after having weight loss surgery to tell you to stop. At that point it is up to you to make choices.
I’m not talking about people who have had surgery and there was a complication but instead the people where everything was successful, they just made bad choices.

I love the journey of learning that this life saving, life changing tool has brought me. It is a never ending learning experience.One learns about their body and how it reacts to certain foods. You might do fine with a food item you love and then one day your body decides it doesn’t like that anymore. When that happens and you start to gain weight, its a sign to find something new. If you try and nothing changes, don’t be afraid to seek help from the place you had surgery. Their help doesn’t stop the day you go home from the hospital.
None of us are machines running a program that has been perfected over the years. We are all different and our bodies are different machines, sometimes the program needs to be modified to run in your system.

So thanks to all of the support I’ve had from friends, both in person and online. I learn so much from talking with others who have had surgery. Sometimes I learn things that I was never told about during my education process before surgery. Sometimes you do need to have ridden the roller coaster to experience the ride.

If I can be of any help to others, contact me. If you are also blind or low vision and are interested in talking with other people who have had weight loss surgery, join the blind-wls email list by sending an email to: “blind-wls-subscribe@yahoogroups.com”

Twitter @blindbites
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email steve@blindbites.com
22 year cancer survivor & 5 year obesity survivor

Instructions on Share-A-Fare Alert for Friends

The two links below will give you information on signing up for either or both of the options to receive a call or text message when the status of the Kansas City Share-A-Fare program changes due to weather or other service delays.

The first link explains how this free service works and the second link clears up some common misunderstandings about this great service. I suggest you read the information from each of the two links before signing up.
The second link will have the information for both the phone call and the text message options.

Please feel free to share this information with others who ride with Share-A-Fare. You also might want to share this info with your place of business or Doctor’s office if either place has several employees or patients who ride Share-A-Fare. Those places would also benefit from these services.

There is no requirement that one is a participant of Share-A-Fare in order to use these free services.

This link provides background information about how all of this works. http://goo.gl/e6VdDJ

This page clears up some common misunderstandings about these two services and provides links to both the phone call and the text message options. http://goo.gl/r6V910

Please note that while the service to receive a notification is based on the @KcATAMetro account sending a tweet about Share-A-Fare, neither the KCATA or Share-A-Fare are affiliated with these services. This is something I created to help others. These services are free and I do not receive any form of compensation as a result of configuring or the use of these services. If you have any questions or comments please contact me at
“steve@blindbites.com”

NUT Meeting Saturday February 13, 2016, 10:00am – 11:30am

You are invited to the next meeting of Northland Users of Technology.

Saturday February 13, 2016, 10:00am – 11:30am

Hy-Vee Club Room
5330 NW 64th Street
Kansas City, MO 64151
Store: 816-505-1311

Please join us for friendly conversation about technology and how it helps those who are blind and visually impaired. We are an unstructured group with no membership fees, officers, or bylaws. We are about getting together to talk with each other in person and enjoying yummy food.

Bring yourself and bring a friend. There is no requirement that people have a visual impairment or any level of knowledge about technology. We are here to help and not judge. There are no stupid questions. Everyone has a different level of knowledge about things, and asking questions is how we learn from each other.

Starting with the February meeting we will be meeting in the Club Room at Hy-Vee rather than the kitchen area. We will have a larger meeting place away from the noise and distractions of other people gathering for breakfast. If you need assistance getting to the Club Room, just stop at the Customer Service desk and they will be happy to help you get there.

Northland Users of Technology has an email list where we discuss all things tech. The email list is the same format as our meetings, friendly and helpful. None of us woke up one day knowing everything about technology. It’s a learning process that is ongoing. So remember, the only stupid question is the one not asked.

You can join the NUTKC email list by sending a new message to:
“nutkc-subscribe@yahoogroups.com”
You will get a message from Yahoo Groups confirming that you want to join the list. Reply to that message, leaving the message blank. Just press reply and then send.

Once you are a member of the list you can post a new message by sending an email to:
nutkc@yahoogroups.com

Please join us at our monthly meetings and on our discussion list. Everyone has something to add that can help others.

Nut also has a blog where we share information from our discussion list and other items of interest. You can visit the blog by going to:
“nutkc.wordpress.com”
There will be more information on the blog as time goes by. You can help add to this resource by joining our discussion list and attending the meetings.

If you have any questions about the meetings, discussion list, or our blog, send an e-mail to:
“steve@blindbites.com”

Clearing Up Confusion With Share-A-Fare notifications

This is in reference to the services I have created with IFTTT that will either call you or text you when the status of the KC Share-A-Fare program has changed.

For those who may not know, Share-A-Fare only changes their operational status when there is weather that delays or impacts their service. They don’t make these changes on a daily basis and the KCATA only sends a tweet when there is a status change. They don’t tweet that everything is a normal status. So you would only be getting a phone call or text message when the status is changed to one of the 4 levels.

I created these recipes as a way to help others to be more informed about any delays in Share-A-Fare related to weather or other issues that are causing a delay in service.
I have called several times in past years to ask if there was a delay related to weather and the travel coordinators had no idea of what I was asking about. This was after being on hold for ten or more minutes as many others were calling.

Just to avoid any confusion…

For the phone call recipe go to
https://goo.gl/e0txtq

For the text message recipe go to
https://goo.gl/3QKyTM

They are different recipes. If you want both you have to go to each of the two links to add the recipe. Signing up for one doesn’t sign you up for the other.

You can confirm which of the recipe pages you are on by reading the title bar in your browser. In NVDA press insert t.

You can check or delete any recipe that you have added by going to https://ifttt.com/myrecipes/personal

Signing up for either recipe for the first time is a multi-step process.
First you have to create a free account with IFTTT, otherwise they wouldn’t be able to create the services for you.

Each part of a recipe uses a channel. Once you tell IFTTT that you want to add a recipe, it will check to see if you have the necessary channels enabled. If not, it will walk you through enabling only the channels needed for the recipe. Think of this like enabling permissions for a smart phone app.

After you have enabled the channels, there will be an add button on the page.
Press space or enter on the add button and the recipe will be added to your personal recipes and will be activated.

If you need any assistance in signing up for either of these recipes, please contact me at:

steve@blindbites.com

Twitter: @blindbites
email: steve@blindbites.com
22 year cancer survivor & 5 year obesity survivor

Creating A Macro With Macro Droid

The intent of this is to give you an understanding of how to create a macro using Macro Droid.
After you get the basics you should explore the app and try things on your own. I cannot provide directions for every trigger and every action and constraint that this app offers. I am still learning how to do things and am not the one to go to for technical support, that is the job of the developer and I’m just a user.

In this document I refer to tapping on an item but those of us who use TalkBack know its a double tap to actually tap on an item, assuming that is how you have your device set.

Macro Droid
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.arlosoft.macrodroid

This app will allow you to have 5 macros for free, if you want more, you should upgrade to the pro version. Even if you don’t need more than five and like the app, consider upgrading to pro, just to say thanks to the developer.

Open the app and you’ll find a few buttons on the screen. There is a Macros button that will take you into the list of macros you have created. The add a macro button does just that and there is a templates button which is a list of macros from other users that have submitted their creations to the Macro Droid community.
There is also a settings button. One of the options I set is to not show options that require root access. I don’t have my phone rooted and browsing things that require root won’t do anything for me other than get in the way.
Don’t mess with the settings for wizard mode as the wizard makes creating a macro very easy.

Creating a macro

Tap the add macro button and you will be presented with a list of triggers.
A trigger is what initiates a macro. There are many options and due to the variations in hardware there may be a few that don’t work with your device.

One example of a trigger in a macro I created is flipping the phone from the face up position to face down. Macro droid waits for a trigger to be activated so it can carry out its instructions that you set.
Other triggers can be things like pressing the power button a defined number of times or even something like the phone is plugged into a charger.

For this example lets create a macro that when we shake the phone it clears the notifications.

Scroll through the list of triggers until you get to shake device. They are alphabetical in the list so it may take a few screens to get to shake.

Tap on shake device and now that you have selected a trigger the next step is to decide what happens when that trigger is activated.

You now have a list of actions to browse through.

Scroll through the list and tap on clear notifications.

You will now be in the options for the action you just selected. I use the default option of clear all.

When you are done tap the ok button near the right side of the screen.

Next you are presented with the list of actions again. Here you can add a second action to the macro. If we wanted to, we could have something else happen after the notifications are cleared.

Maybe you would want your device to play a sound or speak the time or turn the screen off.

For this example, lets just have one action.

Near the right side and usually near the bottom is the accept button. This tells the macro creation wizard that you are done adding actions and want to move on to the next step. Sometimes I’ve had to scroll down the list a bit to find the accept button, but it is there. Tap on the accept button to continue.

Next we are on the section to add a constraint. These settings control when your macro can or cannot run. For example you could add a constraint that your macro will only work when it is plugged in or maybe even only run on Monday or only when you are at a certain location.
The configuring of a constraint works just the same as selecting an action, tap on the constraint and you’ll find its options.

Lets add a constraint of Device Orientation.
Scroll through the list of constraints and tap on Device Orientation. In the options select landscape.

Tap the ok button that is on the right side of the screen.

Just like after selecting an action and tapping ok, you are back in the list of constraints. If you wanted you could add another constraint. For example if you only wanted this macro to run if the device is in landscape orientation and it is Wednesday, you could add a day of the week constraint or any other other possible constraints to your macro.

We are done adding constraints so move around again to the bottom right and find the accept button. Again, sometimes I’ve had to scroll a time or two to get to the accept button, but it is always there.

Now the wizard wants you to name your macro. You can also assign a category which I don’t mess with. I know what my macro does by the name I give it and that is good enough for me.

So tap in the edit box and name your macro. I’ll call mine shake.

Tap on the ok button and your macro is saved.

You are now back on the first screen with buttons to create a macro, a button that takes you into your list of macros etc…

In the list of macros you can tap on one and you have options such as changing the name, modifying the macro or to delete the macro.

In the settings there are options to enter your twitter or email information if your macro involves tweeting or sending an email.

Some other ideas for macros that my Wife and I have created…

When her battery gets to 15% the macro sends a text message to my phone with a message to remind her to charge the battery.

If the battery reaches 100% play a sound

If I am disconnected from my home wifi network turn off bluetooth and set the ring volume to 100%.

You can browse through the templates to get other ideas of macros other people have created. You can add any of the templates to your phone by tapping on one and making any needed changes to the macro.

That should give you some guidance in creating a macro. This app allows you to make a simple macro like this one or you can get very advanced with variables which is more than I want to get into.