November 2012 Newsletter: Which Tablet to Buy?, RV Trip Wizard, MovieMaker

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Vacation November

November started off with one of our big rallies – the Good Sam Rally in Daytona.  Welcome to over 75 new members that signed up in Daytona!  We taught 2 hands-on classes and 8 different seminars.  Then we were off for a much anticipated vacation to the scuba diving dream island of Cozumel, Mexico.  We had a wonderful time and came back rested, refreshed and ready to take the grandkids to Disney World in the motorhome.  Fort Wilderness makes that a delight!  Park the RV and and take Disney transportation from there.  We highly recommend it!

Calendar: Coming up in December/January

For more details, see our website Calendar.


New Picasa Tutorial Videos

Have you looked at our Learning Library in the Picasa section lately?  Wow! There are so many tutorial videos, it would take you nearly 10 hours to watch them all.  Most of them are listed individually, but the list has gotten so long that I’ve decided in my latest videos to group them. 

The first group was for learning how to make Collages.  It’s called ‘Picasa Short Course: Collages and Banners.  In addition to 9 videos, there is written instructions and a printable cheat sheet.  The latest short course is Picasa Short Course on Organizing your Pictures.  It’s not quite finished yet, you’ll find 5 new videos right now, 3 more to come. Check it out and let us know what you think.

Forum Topics

The Q&A Forums on the Geeks on Tour website are a great place to discuss the topics we cover.  This is where we answer our members’ questions.  Anyone can read the forums, you need to be a member to post.   Here are some topics of interest:

  1. Changing the Name of a Blog
  2. Picasa Panorama
  3. Viewing photos from external hard drive
  4. How to locate duplicate photos easily?
  5. Saving an Edited Picasa Picture

RV LED Lighting

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

News for RVers

Read about what town is issuing citations to oust RVs from their city, and what other town is inviting RVers to brand new city RV Park.  Also read about what companies are coming out with hot new products for RVers as well as what RV part Police say is a hot target for thieves.

Read these news items and more at the current issue of RVTravel’s Newsletter.

Tablet Computers … Which One to Buy?

tablet-shoppingA Tablet computer seems to be on everyone’s gift list this Christmas and the choices are overwhelming.  From generic, discount house Android tablets for $73 (not recommended) to fully loaded iPad with Retina display for $829.  If someone in your life has asked for a tablet, what do you do?  If they tell you exactly the type of Tablet they want, then you can just use the web and Google to shop.  Click on the image at right and it will take you to a Google search for shopping for tablets.  There’s no way we can compare them all, we can only tell you what we have and why.  But first, let’s talk about Tablets in general.

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RV Trip Wizard for Planning your RV Travels

rvtripwizardWe spend a fair amount of time using our computers for planning our travels and are always on the lookout for tools that will help the process.  The latest one that has caught our attention is  It is completely web-based.  There is nothing to download to your computer.  You must have an Internet connection, and then you can use any device with a web-browser.  I’ve tried it on our Nexus 7 tablet and on our iPad.  It works, but it’s a lot easier on the computer, just like most websites.

Notice, in the image below, that the maps come from Google Maps, so we already know how to navigate around that part of the screen.  It even includes the Street View ‘Peg Man.’  Also notice the yellow highlighting I added to the left side of the screenshot.

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Using MovieMaker for your Slideshows and Videos

How many of you have a camera that takes video.  A bunch, right?  Now, how many of you ever put that video together with pictures and music and made a movie that you can enjoy showing to others?  Not so many, huh?

Let’s give it another shot OK?  Windows MovieMaker 2012 is really quite simple if you take it slow.  Don’t try to import 2 hours of video and edit it down to a 5 minute movie right away.  Start by learning how to do slide shows with your pictures.  Windows MovieMaker is a free program from Microsoft, it is part of what was called Windows Live Essentials,

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