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Geeks in August
August started in West Springfield, MA at the FMCA Convention. We presented 7 regular seminars and one “learn-by-doing” class on smartphone photography. It was hot, and we were tired – but we didn’t leave Springfield until we visited the Dr. Seuss Sculpture garden! See ourAugust Photos for lots of pics.
After the FMCA, we had a week to play before the next gig. We visited Chris’ great-grandmother’s ancestral home in Billerica, MA; Visited family in Boston; accepted an invitation to camp at Cape Cod; and stopped in Newport, RI to hear a friend play music. All that before going to New York City and presenting seminars at Senior Planet. The photo above is the view from the ferry between the RV park on the New Jersey side and the World Trade Center.
Where we’re going: For September we start at the Jersey Shore and drive into New York City for more seminars at Senior Planet, then we’ll be headed back home to Fort Lauderdale, FL. At the end of September we’ll be flying to California to attend the Top Contributors conference at Google headquarters. While we’re there, we’ll present a seminar at the Golden Gate Computer Society.
By the way, our pictures, Blogs, Web Albums, maps, and videos are all examples of what we teach. You can learn how to plan, preserve, and share your travels (or your life.) It makes the experience that much more enjoyable to get creative and share pictures, maps, stories, and movies with friends and family. Check out our Learning Library of Tutorial Videos, just go to GeeksOnTour.com and click the menu for Tutorial Videos. There are plenty of free videos in addition to our members only content to whet your appetite for learning.
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Coming up in September and October
We’re winding down our Summer Tour!
- Every Sunday 2pm ET “What Does This Button Do?”
- No Show on 9/11 – Here’s a rerun for ya: Email setup
- 9/12: Remote presentation on Google Photos to the Quad Cities Computer Society.
- 9/26: Golden Gate Computer Society, San Rafael, CA
- 9/29: Google Top Contributor Meetup, Mountain View, CA
- October 11 – 16: Living the RV Dream Rally, Bradenton, FL
Test Your Smartphone Smarts #9
Each week on our What Does This Button Do show, we cover a Beginner’s Lesson on a particular topic.
At the end of the show we ask and answer Review Questions. This article has sample questions on:
- Transferring Photos
- Google Now
- Apps and Mobile Websites
‘Ask the Geeks’ Q&A Forum
Here are some of the topics that have been discussed recently. Anyone can read the forum, only members can ask questions. This is a valuable benefit of membership!
- Text on Pictures with Google Photos and Snapseed
- Google Photos and Picasa Folders
- S7 Smartphone Photo Backup
- Google My Maps
Google Photos Book: Member Preview
Chris has been busy! She’s writing a book on learning Google Photos. It’s still a work in progress, but she has completed the first printable draft and we want our members to have it! Once you are logged in, you will be able to read the whole book online, or you can download a .pdf document and print it out. You will also get notices whenever we update it.
Here’s the current Table of Contents:
Chapter 1: Quick Start
Chapter 2: Gather Pictures from Old Prints and Slides
Chapter 3: Uploading Pictures from Computer Manually
Chapter 4: Selecting Pictures
Chapter 5: Explore your Photo Library!
Chapter 6: Albums
Chapter 7: Deleting Pictures and Synchronizing
Chapter 8: Editing Photos
Chapter 9: Sharing Photos
Chapter 10: Creations
Adding Maps to your Blog Posts, using Screenshots
I really like the daily maps that Google makes of my whereabouts. It’s called my Timeline and it’s all done automatically as long as I have location services turned on. A few days ago, we took a cruise around Manhattan, and I think the timeline map will add a lot to my story. Don’t you agree?
Any map (or anything at all!) that you can see on your phone, or on your computer, can be captured as an image. Then it can be used in your Blog
Your own Map of Visited States
Would you like to have your very own map of visited states? Many travelers include this as part of their email signature, or in their blog posts or on Facebook. It’s easy and free by going tohttp://epgsoft.com/. Just choose ‘Visited States Map’ and ‘Create Map.’ You should now see the choice of Visited States, Visited Provinces, or Visited Mexican States. Just click the one you want.
Text on Photos!
I LOVE it! Up until now, if I wanted text on a picture that is in my Google Photos, I either needed to go thru Google Drive or download the pictures to my computer and use Picasa, then re-upload the picture.
Now, I can just use Google Photos on my phone – meaning I have access to any of my 50,000 pictures over my lifetime – then use the 3-dot menu to “Edit in Snapseed.”
Come to our Florida Rally in October
Well, it feels like “our” rally! Actually it’s Living The RV Dream Gathering, hosted by John and Kathy Huggins. We’ll be there giving several of our seminars PLUS a private workshop after the main rally.
Our friends from TechnoRV will be there giving seminars, Al Hesselbart – the RV Historian and, of course John and Kathy telling you all about the RVing lifestyle.
October 11-18 Bradenton, Florida
GeeksOnTour.com Website Tips
We’re updating the website all the time. There are nearly 1,000 articles, 450 videos, and 93 What Does this Button Do Episodes. How do you find what you want? Here are some tips on how to get to the best stuff!
- Finding Articles
- Finding Videos
- Finding What Does This Button Do Episodes
- Surprise Me!
What Does This Button Do?
Almost every Sunday, we teach a Free Web Class on a topic related to smartphones and tablets. You are invited to join us live, or you can watch the recorded show on Youtube at any time afterwards.
Links to the Latest Shows
There are show notes which document what was covered in each show and include timeline links, so you can watch just the part of the video that you want. If you are not a Geeks on Tour member, you can watch the episodes for free on Youtube.
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