Your smartphone will start replacing your debit card at ATMs this year

Your smartphone will start replacing your debit card at ATMs this year

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Instructions on SAF 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.

This page clears up some common misunderstandings about these two services and provides links to both the phone call and the text message options.

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

share-a-fare notifications

Just to avoid any confusion…

For the phone call recipe go to

For the text message recipe go to

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


Ideas For Monthly Meetings

I’m thinking about live demonstrations of software and devices in our monthly meetings at Hy-Vee. Now that we will be in the club room, that will be much easier to do.

It doesn’t have to be just me, if you have something to show and tell, please do so.

I’ve got some things in mind for our February meeting but don’t want to give any spoilers just yet.

If you have a question about how to do something, this could also be demonstrated during the meetings.

If you want something demonstrated or have a question, send it to the list as some things may take a bit of research to find a solution.
You can still ask during a meeting, but it might have to wait until the next meeting to be demonstrated.

To send a message to the NUT list, send it to:

You can join the NUT list by sending an email to:

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:
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:

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: 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:

Adding Phone Menu Options To Contacts

At the NUT meeting today I was talking about how I have phone menu options as part of the phone number in my contacts.

A comma will create a pause before it dials the next number. This is something you might have to experiment with to find out the exact number of commas for each place you call.

Here is how the numbers are in my contacts for Share-A-Fare. Since there are two options that I frequently use, I have two contacts for share-a-fare.

One is the main number which when dialed will wait a few seconds and will then dial 1.

The other is to check on a trip, which will wait a few seconds dial 2, then wait a few seconds and dial 1.


Check Trip

I can tell my phone to call check trip, it calls the main number for Share-A-Fare, waits a few seconds and enters my selection in the phone menu.

If Share-A-Fare changes their menu options so that I have to enter a different number for the option I want, I just have to edit the number for that contact.