Reminder: no nut meeting March 5

Just a note to remind everyone that we are now meeting on the second Saturday of the month, so no meeting on Saturday March 5, 2016. The next Nut meeting will be on Saturday March 12, 2016 from 10:00 to 11:30 AM.

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

If you need help getting to the Club Room, just stop at customer service. You won’t find us in the kitchen area at Hy-Vee.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at:


NVDA 2016.1 now Available

NV Access

NV Access is pleased to announce the availability of NVDA 2016.1, the latest release of its award winning screen reading software.


of this release include the ability to optionally lower the volume of other sounds; improvements to braille output and braille display support; several significant fixes to Microsoft Office support; and fixes to browse mode in iTunes.

With this release, NV Access continues to ensure that blind and vision impaired people, regardless of their location, language or economic situation, can gain access to computers, thus widening the possibilities for education, employment and socialisation.

NV Access relies on financial support from organisations and users. Please consider helping the Australian-based charity to continue lowering the barriers to technology for blind and vision impaired people by becoming a monthly donor.

To download a copy, please visit our Download page.
to find out what’s changed in this release, please read What’s new in NVDA 2016.1.

As of Feb. 19, 2016, Text to 9-1-1 service is now available in the nine-county Kansas City metro area.

The following is from:

Emergency Services/9-1-1 > Regional 9-1-1 System > Regional 9-1-1 System > Text to 9-1-1 Text to 9-1-1

As of Feb. 19, 2016, Text to 9-1-1 service is now available in the nine-county Kansas City metro area.

Download a brochure to print or share on your website»

When to use text to 9-1-1
• Call if you can, text if you can’t! Calling 9-1-1 is still the best way to report an emergency. Calltakers can get vital information more quickly through a voice call. It can also take more time for calltakers to respond to a text.
• Text to 9-1-1 is designed for situations where you cannot speak safely, such as a home invasion, active shooter or domestic violence incident.
• It is also an ideal option for people who are deaf, hard of hearing or have difficulty speaking.
• Just like 9-1-1 calls, texts to 9-1-1 should only be sent during actual emergencies. Who can use text to 9-1-1
• All 42 public safety answering points in the nine counties served by the Mid-America Regional Council can now accept texts. This includes Cass, Clay, Jackson, Platte and Ray counties in Missouri and Johnson, Leavenworth, Miami and Wyandotte counties in Kansas
• Four major phone carriers — AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon — offer text to 9-1-1 service to their wireless customers in the Kansas City metro. Depending on the technology and the device used, customers of other carriers may be able to send a text to 9-1-1.
• A text or data plan with a participating carrier is necessary to text to 9-1-1. The type of cell phone you have may also impact your ability to text to 9-1-1. • Text to 9-1-1 is not available when roaming.
• The service is not yet available in other parts of Kansas. In Missouri, the only other areas currently offering text to 9-1-1 service are Hannibal and Bolivar. What to expect when you send a text to 9-1-1
• A dispatcher will reply to you by text. Be sure to silence your ringtone if staying quiet is important to your safety.
• If your text to 9-1-1 fails to go through, you will receive a bounce-back message saying the service is not available and instructing you to make a voice call to 9-1-1.
• 9-1-1 call centers cannot identify your exact location when you send a text to 9-1-1.
• Carriers treat texts to 9-1-1 like any other text message. Until the Federal Communications Commission sets specific guidelines, texts to 9-1-1 will not receive priority on wireless networks. Emergency texts will also experience the same service speeds and delays as other text messages. How to send texts to 9-1-1
• Give an accurate address or location as quickly as possible. • Identify the type of help you need — police, fire or ambulance. • Be brief, but don’t use abbreviations or slang.
• Text in English. Translation services are not yet available for texts to 911.
• Do not copy other people on texts to 9-1-1. Group messages will not go through.
• Do not use emoticons or attach photos or videos. Texts with any images or multimedia will not go through. Texts sent to 9-1-1 have the same 160-character limit as other text messages.

Today’s NUT Meeting

Thanks to all who attended the meeting today!!
Please help spread the word to others who might be interested. We had a great group today but we have room in the Club Room at Hy-Vee for many more to attend and participate.

We will work on scheduling a meeting where we will focus on using twitter. This will take some planning and will need to have those who want to learn about twitter download a twitter client to their phone before the meeting. It is something we will do though.

I’ll send out meeting reminders as we get closer to March, but the meetings are on the second Saturday of the month from 10 to 11:30 am in the club room at Hy-Vee on NW 64th street.

There are wonderful Hy-Vee employees who will go to the kitchen and get food for you. The buffet is usually the cheaper option, but there are many options available.

Everyone is welcome to the NUT meetings, there is no memberships, no secret handshakes, or tests to take. We are just people helping people. Steve

Ultimate Accessories For My Kangaroo PC

This is my list of accessories for my Kangaroo PC. These items were not made for the Kangaroo PC and they are not required to use a Kangaroo PC, but add to the wonderful experience this very affordable computer provides.
I’m using NVDA on this computer and it works great. Setup of the Kangaroo was easy, plug in your USB headphone adapter and a keyboard, turn it on and you are at the first screen for installing Windows 10.
Just press windows key and enter to start Narrator. I was able to setup everything without any help. You can exit Narrator by pressing CapsLock and Escape.

For a blind person on a budget, all you would need to use the $100 Kangaroo PC is a USB or bluetooth keyboard, a USB headphone adapter or set of USB headphones, and a USB extension cable if your USB headphone adapter is too wide to plug another USB device into the other USB port on the Kangaroo PC. The basics should cost about $30. You could also plug a monitor or television that has speakers into the HDMI port on the Kangaroo PC as an option.

The info below is my ultimate collection of accessories to use this great PC in style.

All of the shortened links go to the page for that device on Amazon. If you don’t want to buy from Amazon, you’ll at least have the information to do your own shopping.

Sabrent USB External Stereo Adapter

AmazonBasics USB 3.0 Extension Cable

A note on the above two items. There is not an audio jack on the Kangaroo PC, so you can’t just plug your headphones or external speaker into the computer. The USB adapter has a headphone or speaker jack and a microphone jack. I’ve had other adapters in the past and they felt like a small circuit board with a cheap piece of plastic wrapped around it. This one feels solid and good quality. Because of its width, you cannot plug another USB device into the Kangaroo. So the extension cable fixes that issue. While one could just plug the USB headphone adapter into an USB hub, I prefer not to do that when the audio is such an important part of using the computer as a person who is blind.

PNY 128GB High Speed MicroSDXC Memory Card (P-SDUX128U160G-GE)

Kensington KP400 Switchable Multi-Device Bluetooth Keyboard for Windows, iOS, and Android Devices

AmazonBasics 3.5mm Male to Male Stereo Audio Cable – 4 Feet

DKnight MagicBox II Bluetooth 4.0 Portable Wireless speaker,

Anker USB 3.0 7-Port Hub

If you want to buy a Kangaroo PC or just want to learn more go to:

NUT Meeting Saturday February 13

Our next meeting is Saturday February 13 from 10:00 to 11:30 AM. You are welcome to show up early for friendly conversation and great food.

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

I will be demonstrating the $100 Kangaroo PC. I also plan to talk about an easy way to recover some drive space after an update of Windows 10, and demonstrate making portable copies of Firefox and Thunderbird using the settings from those installed programs on your computer.

Please join us for good food, technology, and great people. Bring your questions, bring a friend, and don’t forget to bring yourself.

Please note that we are now meeting in the Club Room at Hy-Vee. If you need assistance in getting to the Club Room, just stop by Customer Service on your way into the store.

If you have any questions, send an email to:

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:
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: