July 2013 Newsletter: Time Zones and Calendars, iPad as Computer?, Smartphone Cameras

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Monthly Issue # 69 July 31, 2013                                                    www.geeksontour.com
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July – Escapade to Oregon


July was beautiful. We started in Gillette, Wyoming at the Escapade RV Rally, then traveled west thru Wyoming, Idaho, and Oregon.  See our monthly photo album for lots more pictures. 

We felt especially fortunate to spend July 4 at the Fountain of Youth RV park and hot springs in Thermopolis, WY (pictured at left.)  We love hot springs and July 4 is Jim’s and my wedding anniversary.  We spent our first anniversary on the road at this special place and have been talking about it ever since!  That was 10 years ago and we’re still living our dream.




Escapade: the Rally for Escapees RV Club

Escapees RV Club

Escapade is the rally for the Escapees RV Club.  We’ve been giving seminars at their rallies since 2008. The Windows 8 seminar was a first for us, and the Movie Maker seminar is one we’ve only given once and the computer didn’t work so well.  This time we used a different computer for the Movie Maker and we made sure to practice the Windows 8 seminar – so they both went well.  If you attended a seminar when we ran out of handouts, or you weren’t able to attend, all of our seminar handouts can be downloaded from our website.

Next year the Escapade will be May 12-17, 2014 in Goshen, Indiana.

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Calendar: Coming up in August

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Q&A Forum

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:

  1. Picasa: Where are my edited photos?
  2. Tethering software on phone or computer?
  3. Picasa photo viewer and emailed pictures
  4. Blogger and Dropdown menu
  5. Making a movie for DVD
  6. Picasa Quiz #1
  7. Picture Hosting for Forums

Using an iPad as a Work Computer

Use Live Writer to Create your Blogger Blog PostsMost people who love their iPads use them for consuming information. They read their email, browse the web, read books, watch movies and listen to music. Occasionally, they’ll write an email or post to Facebook. If that’s what you want to do with a computer, you’ll love the iPad too – or any good tablet. But what if you need to create stuff? I want to write, calculate, work with pictures, make content for websites, and manage lots of files. I don’t think I can use an iPad for all that.

Or can I?

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Time Zones and Google Calendar

Time Zones and Google CalendarHave you ever entered an appointment into your calendar, then missed the appointment because you traveled into a different time zone than where you started?  This is an issue with every calendar, but this article will deal specifically with Google Calendar. 

First we’ll explain the concept and why the times may change on your calendar, then we’ll give you specific tips on what to do so you never miss an appointment because of changing time zones.

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Don’t Settle for the Camera that Came with your Smartphone

Smartphone CamerasYour smartphone has a camera lens, a sensor, and a shutter, but it’s the software, the Camera App that makes it a camera.  All smartphones come with a stock Camera app, but there is so much more! I just want to tell you about the one extra camera app that I use – it’s called Pro HDR.  No, HDR doesn’t stand for High Definition something … it stands for High Dynamic Range.  It is a special photographic technique intended for scenes that have a wide range of exposure needs.  A lot of light, and a lot of dark.

The HDR technique takes 3 separate photos of these scenes at 3 different exposures.

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