June – Black Hills and Rallies
We started off June at the Fulltimers rally in Sturgis, SD, then continued on to the Elks rally. We took one afternoon to join the group in a train ride thru the Black Hills. See thevideo we made, using Movie Maker.
You gotta take a look at the pictures on our monthly photo Album. It’s been quite a month. Seeing Mt. Rushmore at night with the lights was a real treat.
Family Motor Coach Association
FMCA is the Family MotorCoach Association. We’ve been giving seminars at their rallies since 2005. We plan our travels around the national rallies, which is why we’re in Wyoming this summer. That means next year, we’ll be in Georgia in March, and Redmond, OR in August.
Attending a big RV rally is a unique experience. Don’t expect wilderness camping!
Calendar: Coming up in July/August
- June 30-July 5: Escapade Gillette, WY
- August 8-11: FMCA Northwest Area Rally, Albany, Oregon
- August 21-25: Country Coach Friendship Rally, Albany Oregon
For more details, see our website Calendar.
Some Geeks on Tour members tell us that the Q&A forum is worth the entire cost of membership! Here are some of the topics that have been discussed this month:
- Uploading pictures to Google+, then changing them
- Picasa on a Chromebook? or in the cloud?
- How do I get my smartphone to Translate?
- Blog emails without the entire blog post
- Windows 8 tutorial videos
- When is 4G not 4G
To use Blogger, you must be online. Every time we teach this class, someone asks, "Can I create the blog post when I’m offline?" No. Blogger is a web-based system. However, there is this nifty little free program called Microsoft Live Writer that works with Blogger. It allows you to create posts offline and simply upload them the next time you have a connection. Even when you are online, you may find you prefer to use Live Writer because of it’s many features.
There’s more to technology than computers and smartphones! All the rage in lighting these days is LED lighting. Brighter, less heat, more efficient, these lights are perfect for RVs. But, they’re also a bit pricey, the more you understand about them, the better choices you will make. Our friends at TechnoRV have written a Buyer’s Guide to RV LED Lighting. Check it out by following this link: TechnoRV Buyer’s Guide.
It’s one of my guilty pleasures to be a passenger in our RV and simply enjoy the ride while my husband does the driving. This is a time when I have permission to *not* work. I enjoy watching the scenery and daydreaming about oh so many things. When we’re driving down the road in our self-contained cocoon-home, the outside world disappears. No stress. No worries. Just us and the rhythm of the road.
then comes incessant march of technology …
Do you and your RV make magic together? Chuck Woodbury writes about the magic he feels with his RV in this weeks’ issue. There’s always something of interest in the RVtravel Newsletter. Read about that and more RV news in the current issue of RVTravel.
If you’re like us, you find yourself taking more and more pictures with your smartphone instead of your normal camera. That really messes up our procedures of getting the pictures from the camera to the computer and organizing them there. How do we get the pictures from the smartphone to the computer?
We think DropBox offers the best way. "Best" to us means easiest. It’s almost magic!
For Members: New Tutorial Videos
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- Picasa Effects #25-30
- Picasa Effects #31-36
- The Geotag setting on Android and iPhone
- Uploading Video to Youtube
- Insert Video in blog
- Picasa: Making a Gift CD
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