January 2014 Newsletter: Google Maps to Share Travel Directions, Adding Pictures with Blogger, Play Videos with VLC

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Monthly Issue # 75 January 1, 2014                                                    www.geeksontour.com
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January: Staying Warm


It’s now the end of January and our motorhome is still in the shop.  Fortunately, we have a nice place to stay in Fort Lauderdale.  I don’t expect anyone to feel sorry for us when you look at this collage of beach photos!  Especially when most of the country is in a deep freeze. We’ve even enjoyed a couple days of our favorite activity … Kayak Diving!

If you want to read more about people RVing, you might want to check out the Top 50 RV Blogs.  They name us as well as 49 other blogs by RVers, many of whom we know.

We did do a few seminars at Computer Clubs around Florida, as well as two online Hangouts.  In one hangout we interviewed our friend Phil May of TechnoRV who joined us from England and spoke about traveling in Europe and getting connected to the Internet.  In another, we joined with Robin Seaver and Honey Burt of Sun City Hilton Head Computer Club and we offered some tips and tricks with smartphones. Click on the links to watch these hangouts now.

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Calendar: Coming up in February/March

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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. Blogger as Website
  2. Picasa and Win8.1 (and McAfee)
  3. Updated Google Maps and Blogger
  4. Update for Macintosh OS 10.5.8 Corrupted Picasa
  5. Multiple Facebook Accounts
  6. Uploading from Picasa to Facebook
  7. Confirmation for Deleting Photos using Picasa

Saving Google Maps Directions

Google Maps directions

Let’s say you were planning on doing an RV trip in the same area that we traveled thru last year.  I might want to send you a detailed list of directions of where we went, and where we parked the RV.

You can easily create multiple destination directions using Google Maps, In the previous version of Google Maps, at the very bottom of the detailed directions, there was an option to “but how do we keep these directions?  How can I share them with you?.

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Trouble Viewing Videos?  Try VLC

VLC plays all videos

I’m not just talking about Geeks On Tour Videos, I’m talkingabout ANY video or audio format you want to play on your computer. I use VLC all the time on my computer.

If you are having problems playing multimedia files, install VLC. I bet it will work for you.

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RV Travel Newsletter by Chuck Woodbury

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Blogger and Pictures

Blogger Pictures

Blogger makes it very easy to add pictures to your blog or web page.  All you need to know is where the picture is that you want to add.  Is it on your computer?  Or is it on the web?  Keep reading and we’ll tell you how to do it.  If you prefer that we “Show You How,” we have a couple of tutorial videos you can watch that show exactly what we mean.

This article explains the 6 options offered by Blogger to Insert Images into your blog posts:

  1. Upload
  2. From this Blog
  3. From Picasa Web albums
  4. From your phone
  5. From your webcam
  6. From a URL

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