Geeks on Tour Newsletter May 2011

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imageMay was an exciting month for us as we left Fort Lauderdale in our new RV and headed back on the road.  We had two passengers with us for the first few days – Chris’ Mom and a friend.  Our new RV was perfectly comfortable even with 4 passengers! 

They left us in Atlanta and we went on to an RV conference in Bowling Green, Ohio where we presented 3 seminars.  This was strictly an educational gathering rather than a typical RV rally, the RV Lifestyle Education & Safety Conference featured a multitude of training classes consisting of lifestyle, technical, driving and safety related topics, taught by the RV Industry’s leading instructors.

gabbingFor the middle two weeks of May we driveway camped at Roxie and Charles’ house in Tennessee.  They are fellow RVers who we’ve met on our travels and become good friends.  They live just south of Nashville and we hung around until time to see the Paul Simon concert at the Ryman theatre

During our time there, we presented seminars remotely for Lazydays Friends and Family rally in Sefner, Florida. This was a first, and it went quite well. We used Skype to establish a video connection between us and one computer at Lazydays. The Lazydays coordinator projected that computer onto a big screen so everyone could see and hear. We taught one seminar on Facebook and another on Picasa.  Roxie also helped us film a new episode of Gabbing with the Geeks where we show off our new motorhome and talk about our seminars.

Now we’re just outside of Cincinnati, Ohio where we presented a Picasa seminar for a Good Sam group in Massachusetts!  We are just so excited to be able to present our seminars anytime, anywhere!  Thanks to Bob Brown of Massachusetts Good Sam for giving us the idea.  We never thought it would be so easy. 

Tour Dates

We still prefer to give our seminars live of course, there’s no substitute for real face-to-face time.  We have had to adjust our summer tour a bit.  We won’t be traveling out to Oregon and back, so we’ve had to drop The Rally in July and added some more eastern events.  Here’s our schedule as it stands right now.

Jun 15-19: Heartland Rally, Goshen, Indiana
July 21-24: FMCA NE Area Rally (NEAR) Essex Junction, Vermont (unconfirmed)
Aug 10-13: FMCA Convention Madison, Wisconsin
Aug 28 – Sept 2: Escapade, Gillette, Wyoming
Sep 23-24 Gypsy Journal pre-Rally Computer Bootcamp, Celina, Ohio
Sep 26-30 Gypsy Journal Gathering, Celina, Ohio

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Active Forum Topics

More and more members are getting used to the fact that our Q&A Forums are a good place to ask questions (anyone can read the topics, you must be a paid member to ask a question.)  We promise to respond to any questions posted here, and we have several active members who also respond with valuable information as well.  Here are a few topics from the past month.


Picasa Definitions: Upload, Download, Import

imageIf you’ve ever been confused by the terms ‘Upload’ and ‘Download’, this tip is for you.  Even if you believe you understand them, you should still read this tip just to be sure – or even to help you explain it to others!  This is probably the most important tip we’ve ever written because it goes to the heart of Picasa and Picasa Web Albums.  It also addresses the Import command and a common misconception that leads people to have duplicate pictures on their computer.

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My On the Road Data Diet

verizonHow I Exceed My 5 Gigabyte Limit with Verizon

This is not a good thing!  The point is to stay within your contract limits.  When you go over, there are extra charges.

Our contract allows 5 Gigabytes of data usage per month.  Check the image at right and you’ll see that we’ve used over 4 Gigabytes and we’re only on day 8 of 31!  Looks like I’ll have to go on a data diet for the rest of the month.

What’s a Gigabyte?


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3G vs 4G: The Tortoise and the Hare


We recently purchased a 4G mobile hotspot from Verizon.  It’s a tiny thing with magical powers.  With just one press of a button, it turns the immediate area around it into a Wi-Fi hotspot.  You can plug it into a power source, or it will run on batteries for about 4 hours.

A similar device, called the Mi-Fi, has been around for a couple of years, but those are 3G only.  The 4G Mi-Fi is coming soon. What does 4G Mean?

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Picasa Tip: Saving Pictures from an Email


Q: I received an email with pictures in it.  I want to save them on my computer and view them using Picasa but can’t seem to do it.  I am a Geeks on Tour Member and have watched the Tutorial Video on saving emailed pictures, but it assumes the picture is an attachment, the email I received doesn’t have attachments, I just see the pictures.  Can you help?

Ahhh … that means that the sender ‘embedded’ the picture in the email rather than attaching it. Most email programs can’t do this – pictures are always an attachment – but some, like Outlook, or AOL mail can use the embed method. 

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