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Re: Google Meet iOS #meet #Google #ios

Alan Katsura, Moderator, CA Diablo Valley Chapter
 

Steve is referring to a message I posted earlier that I was asked to modify the contents. The issue I encountered was an older iPad (iOS 10.3.4 Gen 4) accessing Google Meet. I tried accessing Meet through the browser and was blocked from accessing Meet with a message directing me to download the app. When I tried to download the app, I received another message stating that the app only works for mobile devices iOS 12 or newer. Research indicates that Apple does not allow one to update from iOS10 to 12.

For those who are unfamiliar with Google Meet, shortly after the pandemic gathered momentum, Google separated Meet from its business suite and made it available for free. It may be a coincident, but its release corressponded with an online petition created by Shari Eberts urging video conference platforms for the inclusion of captioning. Within a few days, the petition gathered over 40,000 signatures, and within weeks Google release Meet to everyone.

You do have to have a Google account to create a meeting. The nice thing about Meet is its simplicity compared to the feature-ladden Zoom and the inclusion of automatic speech recognition (ASR) captioning. You can receive captioning within the program without having to resort to additional software or devices. 

Take care, everyone, and stay safe
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Alan Katsura
Moderator HLAA Tech Group


Re: Google Meet iOS #meet #Google #ios

Steve S.
 

Hi Alan 
I agree that Google Meet is wonderful and free with ASR captioning. It does lac a bit with functionality or perhaps we all need more training, I’m not sure. For example I don’t believe it is easy , or possible, to have cohosts for virtual meetings, although I haven’t researched it.
As far as Apple goes and Google Meet, I believe if you have a Gmail email address it works for all Apple devices no matter the age. So perhaps that’s the workaround and also Google wanting a little influence! 
Be well 
Steve

On Sun, Sep 20, 2020 at 12:28 AM Alan Katsura, Moderator, CA Diablo Valley Chapter <akatsura@...> wrote:
If you are an Apple mobile device user (iPhone, iPad), you may have encountered problems accessing Google Meet if you have an older device. 

Google is nice enough to release Meet for all of us to use for free. Why is this important? Now there is access to a video conferencing platform that uses automatic speech recognition (ASR) technology for captioning without relying on add-ons. While not as full-featured as Zoom, it is simple to use. Yea, to Google for their efforts in making the world a little more accessible for people with hearing loss. Boo to Apple for limiting access to this technology to mobile devices with iOS 12.0 and newer. 

My neighbor was having problems connecting her iPad to a Meet invitation sent to her by her daughter-in-law. I figured I might be able to duplicate her issue and solve her problem. I have an iPad (Gen 4) with an iOS of 10.3.4. I created a Meet on my PC laptop and found out that:





  1. I knew there was a reason I was not too fond of Apple products


  2. the iPad will not connect to Meet through the browser - it referred me to the App Store to download the Google Meet app


  3. the Google Meet app requires iOS 12 or newer


  4. you cannot update 4th generation iPads to iOS 12 or newer






I guess I shouldn't have been surprised. After spending hundreds of dollars on the project, I found out at the completion that access is limited to - guess what - mobile devices with iOS 12 or newer. Everything worked fine throughout the development process until it went live on the server.  While testing locally, access wasn't an issue, only when the software was uploaded to its server. It was something I had never thought of doing, never done anything like it, thought it would be useful when completed, and learned a lot of lessons from that project. 




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Take care and stay safe
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Moderator HLAA Tech Group









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Re: Techsoup #poll-notice

David A Bitters Sr
 

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Have a nice day,  David A Bitters


On Sep 14, 2020, at 6:11 PM, Alan Katsura, CA Diablo Valley Chapter <akatsura@...> wrote:



A new poll has been created:

My original plan is to include a couple of polls a month, and I released one on social media several days ago. I think this poll needs to take place at this time because so much of what nonprofits can have access to depends on organizations like this. If you are aware of other like organizations, please share here. Techsoup is an organization that allows nonprofits to access technology that they may otherwise not be able to afford or even know. They administer a wide variety of technology products and services, including Google for Nonprofits, Microsoft, Adobe, Zoom, and many more. It is not limited to software as services and hardware are also available. Your chapter will go through a vetting process during registration. https://www.techsoup.org/
I will close this poll at the end of September.

Are you aware of Techsoup?

1. No
2. Yes, but our chapter does NOT use Techsoup
3. Yes, our chapter takes advantage of Techsoup's resources

Vote Now

Do not reply to this message to vote in the poll. You can vote in polls only through the group's website.


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Alan Katsura
Moderator HLAA Tech Group


Re: Techsoup #poll-notice

Rick Shinners
 

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On Mon, Sep 14, 2020 at 6:11 PM Alan Katsura, CA Diablo Valley Chapter <akatsura@...> wrote:


A new poll has been created:





My original plan is to include a couple of polls a month, and I released one on social media several days ago. I think this poll needs to take place at this time because so much of what nonprofits can have access to depends on organizations like this. If you are aware of other like organizations, please share here. Techsoup is an organization that allows nonprofits to access technology that they may otherwise not be able to afford or even know. They administer a wide variety of technology products and services, including Google for Nonprofits, Microsoft, Adobe, Zoom, and many more. It is not limited to software as services and hardware are also available. Your chapter will go through a vetting process during registration. https://www.techsoup.org/
I will close this poll at the end of September.

Are you aware of Techsoup?









1. No




2. Yes, but our chapter does NOT use Techsoup




3. Yes, our chapter takes advantage of Techsoup's resources






Vote Now





Do not reply to this message to vote in the poll. You can vote in polls only through the group's website.




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Moderator HLAA Tech Group








Grammarly for Nonprofits #software #Grammarly

Alan Katsura, Moderator, CA Diablo Valley Chapter
 
Edited

In a previous post, I (I know, sometimes this message board seems to be about me) expressed my anxiety about posting messages composed with incorrect spelling and grammar. Think of the time spent on that important document, maybe asking for a grant, and having misspelled or incorrectly use words. How embarrassing. I have a deal for you. 

Grammarly for Nonprofits and NGOs

Once again, I have Ann Thomas to thank for this discovery. It is a group plan, so key members of your chapter can have access to it. The best feature is that it works within many web applications such as Group.io. I forgot to mention that Grammarly is providing free access to qualifying organizations. It checks for correctness, clarity, engagement, delivery, and style. 

For a little fun, the Grammarly Tone Detector displays an emoji   that lets you know how Grammarly perceives the content of your message .
Stay safe everyone

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Alan Katsura
Moderator HLAA Tech Group


Features of Group.io #group.io #help #FAQ

Alan Katsura, Moderator, CA Diablo Valley Chapter
 

I decided to create this discussion, so we have an area to share information and questions about using Group.io.

Today, I found out I can edit my messages or posts by accessing the "More" link located below the message area. You are also able to delete your message from the same location. 
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Alan Katsura
Moderator HLAA Tech Group


locked Re: Favicon - That Little Image That Sits in Your Web Browser Tab #website #wordpress

 


Re: Favicon -

Alan Katsura, Moderator, CA Diablo Valley Chapter
 

The image available for download is in the png format. Unfortunately, it is a few pixels from being perfectly square but seems to display okay. 
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Alan Katsura
Moderator HLAA Tech Group


locked Re: Favicon - That Little Image That Sits in Your Web Browser Tab #website #wordpress

Alan Katsura, Moderator, CA Diablo Valley Chapter
 

I'm still learning the quirks of this groups.io message board.

I just realized that we are unable to download the image from the attachment. Here is a link to the image in my OneDrive account that should allow you to download it. 
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Alan Katsura
Moderator HLAA Tech Group


locked Re: Favicon - That Little Image That Sits in Your Web Browser Tab #website #wordpress

Julie Olson HLAA in Wisconsin/Appleton
 

Would like to see the ‘favacon’. Nothing there.

 

Julie Olson

 

From: HLAATech@groups.io [mailto:HLAATech@groups.io] On Behalf Of Alan Katsura, CA Diablo Valley Chapter
Sent: Tuesday, September 15, 2020 11:20 PM
To: HLAATech@groups.io
Subject: [HLAATech] Favicon - That Little Image That Sits in Your Web Browser Tab #website #wordpress

 

There is a push from HLAA for brand consistency. My reasoning is a uniformed and professional appearance from chapters and state associations gains instant recognition and from that, credibility.  We all know what The Coca-Cola Company represents. A section of the HLAA Logo Use Guide, which I have linked below, covers how Walk4Hearing is branded. Those of you who have Walks coming up should review the Guide so your promotiion material follows HLAA guidelines.

You can view Ann Thomas's PowerPoint "Getting the Word Out: Promoting Chapter Identity & Creating Advertising Collateral".

There also is the HLAA Logo Use Guide which all webmasters should become familiar. Besides the proper use of logos, the guide produces information on font and  color recommendations.

This image  is an example of a favicon. I have attached the image file to this post if anyone wants to use it. It is a transparent png file. The size is larger than what is typically recommended but should resize itself. How you get it to appear depends on what you are using for your website builder. WordPress has multiple ways of adding a favicon. New sites can use the WordPress Customizer. Most themes allow you to add a favicon, and there always is a plugin in the WordPress Plugin Repository that will accomplish the task.

I apologized for the way this post is assembled - no flow at all, but the content is there.

Stay safe everyone
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Alan Katsura
Moderator HLAA Tech Group


Re: Favicon -

Michelle Gross, HLAA Rochester
 

Alan has done a great job of explaining the favicon. I will just put in my 2¢ to say favicons are unique in that they have various layers so they can display properly in a browser "address bar") on desktops, and bookmarks etc.

Many Website's builders provide a way to insert your image and they will automatically generate the favicon. Our Webhost "Homestead" has that service, WIX also provides favicon creating, Square Space I believe uses their own favicon but provides directions as to how to replace it with one particuliar to your website (HLAA's). If at all possible use the .png format.

Michelle


Re: Social Media Usage #poll-notice

Alan Katsura, Moderator, CA Diablo Valley Chapter
 

I was creating a post earlier this evening. I kept proofing it - Grammarly said it was okay, but she doesn't catch everything, and I remembered one reason why I didn't care for social media. You push that button, and everybody knows. They know you can't spell, put coherent thoughts together, get your facts correct - though that doesn't seem to faze some people. I entered a comment in a Zoom chat today, with its 5pt font, and I must have dragged my thumb across the touchpad. When the comment appeared in the Chat with my name at the top and not making any sense - well, it was too late to change my name. 

Stay safe everyone
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Alan Katsura
Moderator HLAA Tech Group


locked Favicon - That Little Image That Sits in Your Web Browser Tab #website #wordpress

Alan Katsura, Moderator, CA Diablo Valley Chapter
 
Edited

There is a push from HLAA for brand consistency. My reasoning is a uniformed and professional appearance from chapters and state associations gains instant recognition and, from that, credibility.  We all know what The Coca-Cola Company represents. A section of the HLAA Logo Use Guide, which I have linked below, covers how Walk4Hearing is branded. Those of you who have Walks coming up should review the Guide, so your promotional material follows HLAA guidelines.

You can view Ann Thomas's PowerPoint "Getting the Word Out: Promoting Chapter Identity & Creating Advertising Collateral."

There also is the HLAA Logo Use Guide, which all webmasters should become familiar with. Besides the proper use of logos, the Guide produces information on font and brand color requirements. 

This image  is an example of a favicon. I have attached the image file to this post if anyone wants to use it. It is a transparent png file. The size is larger than what is typically recommended but should resize itself. How you get it to appear depends on what you are using for your website builder. WordPress has multiple ways of adding a favicon. New sites can use the WordPress Customizer. Most themes allow you to add a favicon, and there always is a plugin in the WordPress Plugin Repository that will accomplish the task.

I apologized for how this post is assembled - no flow at all, but the content is there.

Stay safe everyone
--
Alan Katsura
Moderator HLAA Tech Group


Techsoup #poll-notice

Alan Katsura, Moderator, CA Diablo Valley Chapter
 
Edited

My original plan is to include a couple of polls a month, and I released one on social media several days ago. I think this poll needs to take place at this time because so much of what nonprofits can have access to depends on organizations like this. If you are aware of other like organizations, please share here. Techsoup is an organization that allows nonprofits to access technology that they may otherwise not be able to afford or even know. They administer a wide variety of technology products and services, including Google for Nonprofits, Microsoft, Adobe, Zoom, and many more. It is not limited to software as services and hardware are also available. Your chapter will go through a vetting process during registration. https://www.techsoup.org/
I will close this poll at the end of September.

To answer the poll, select the circle in front of your selection. It will change to a dark gray color. Then submit the poll. Please do not create a "reply" message with a numbered choice.

Are you aware of Techsoup?

Thank you for voting. Results will be available when the poll is closed.



Re: My chapter is considering a website - where do we start? #website

Alan Katsura, Moderator, CA Diablo Valley Chapter
 

Hi Wynne

Ann mentioned that Mailchimp has added a website builder to their free package. 

Alan Katsura
Moderator HLAA Tech Group


Re: My chapter is considering a website - where do we start? #website

Wynne Whyman
 

Two website builders that are easy to use (minimal technical knowledge), with templates, tools (like visitor visits), and hosting all in one:
https://www.wix.com
$168/year

and
https://www.weebly.com
$72-$144/year

Domain name registration is extra (or you can connect to a separate registration company)


Re: Social Media Usage #poll-notice

Judy G. Martin, FL <judygmartin@...>
 

Well said, Michelle.  I agree with all of your thoughts whole-heartedly.  I want to say, though, that “old” when I joined in 2006 is not really “old” any longer in that many more seniors are up to date with the use of social media.  

Judy G. Martin
Founder and Past President, 
HLAA, Jacksonville Chapter  


On Sep 12, 2020, at 10:34 AM, Michelle Gross, HLAA Rochester via groups.io <hlaa.rochester@...> wrote:

Although we as the "older set" may not be as big on the use of social media, those younger who are coming up usually are, as we all know. The issue to me, becomes more one of how much technology has played a part in improving our communication issues.  Like Deaf people those of us with significant hearing loss enjoy personal interaction with each other. We have a mutual understanding of hearing loss and therefore enjoy the natural flow of our communication, without the additional stressors communicating with hearing people can inflict.
We probably agree that the good part of social media is the ease of using written/visual communication (text, captions, streaming) for "us", but of course the other side of the coin is the lack of intimacy that leaves a void that may not be appreciated by those who use social media almost exclusively. We all have read about that and it holds true for hearing people as well.

In my opinion, being that HL occurs at any age but predominates in older age groups, our Organizational Marketing  to an older group of people makes sense. As younger people with hearing loss become the "older group" and as technolgy/medical advancements occur, HLAA as an entity will either continue to fill a void or will fade as no longer being necessary. Of course that's a statement of the obvious but for now, like it or not, our focus remains on our largest demographic, "older people" who currently aren't the biggest group of social media users.

The situation (continuation of HLAA) will take care of itself as it become more apparent if progress lessons the need for our Organization. We can move with the times but all our eggs don't need to be in the social media basket. It's important to offer what we can to the upcoming group of potential members but to me we need not be so consumed with drawing in younger people that we play short shrift to the needs of the majority of members/potential older members currently in our society. I see it as Room to live now and room to grow...Michelle


Re: My chapter is considering a website - where do we start? #website

Alan Katsura, Moderator, CA Diablo Valley Chapter
 

There are WordPress hosts that donate services to non-profits. Although they are shared hosting plans, they are adequate for low traffic sites. Our chapter currently uses Bluehost. Bluehost's services include email - where you can set up personalized email addresses such as yourname@.... I understand the Mailchimp recently added basic website creation to its package of free services.
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Alan Katsura
Moderator HLAA Tech Group


Re: My chapter is considering a website - where do we start? #website

Sara Oser, President, HLAA North Bay of California
 

As Rich Osborne explains in his post, we use Squarespace.  My son set it up for us with our input.  We all got together one day and he asked how we wanted it organized, From that he created the site. Then we found images and paid for them.  We pay $200-$250 per year for the site.  It has a button where people can sign up for the newsletter.  That information automatically goes into Mailchimp.  I edit the website, but I haven't made any structural changes.  I feel that this is an easy way to get started if you have someone who knows Squarespace to set it up. Mailchimp works pretty well for sending newsletters and emails and connects to social media. I learned how to use it during a winter break. I just do what I can with what I can figure out.  
Sara


Re: My chapter is considering a website - where do we start? #website

Michelle Gross, HLAA Rochester
 

When it came time to re-do our Website https://www.hearinglossrochester.org I  continued with the choice of our former Webmaster (Homestead Websites https://www.homestead.com). It uses a wysiwyg is rather expensive, but provides full support, "community" and phone and a lot of flexibility. It uses "Websitebuilder" (a program that allows you to create your website without knowing code) and is responsive (has the ability to adapt to different devices computer to phone), although the mobile version can be awkward when editing.

I looked into CMS like Word Press ( the builder not the Webhost), for me it wasn't a good fit. I wasn't confident about my ability to select "safe", reliable plugins and maintain their updates and compatibility. 

A lot of plug in use also can slow down page loading and we elected to have a multipage website.  There may be some other downsides and certainly it's widely used and can be very flexible and ideal for some Webmasters. WP was originally devised for Blogs so it's ideal for one page Websites but for me, it isn't the best fit. Of course lots of developers competeing for plugins can be a good thing as well, so I don't knock it. Also there are multiple Webhosts that provide a variety of services; just wasn't the way I chose to go.
Michelle Rochester ny


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