October 2014 Newsletter: Scuba Video, Links on Facebook, Google My Maps App, Boldly Go …?

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Monthly Issue # 84 October 31, 2014                                                    www.geeksontour.com
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October on Vacation

On Vacation

Where we’ve been: Our main October activity was a vacation! I know … from our pictures it looks like we’re always on vacation, but when you make your living from a website – you’re working anytime you have an Internet connection! So, for vacation we go … underwater! This time we went to the Bahamas, a small island called San Salvador. It claims to be the location where Christopher Columbus first set foot in the New World. And we happened to be there on Columbus Day! The diving was simply wonderful, clear warm water, dropoff walls, and lots of sharks! See ourOctober photo album for lots of pictures. Better yet, check out Jim’s underwater/shark/octopus video, he edited it down to 3.5 minutes just for you!

Where we’re going:  For November we’ll be back in Arizona. We’re staying at the Verde Valley Thousand Trails park in Cottonwood, and we’ll be offering a few seminars while we’re there.See our Calendar/Map page for more details.

By the way, our pictures, Blogs, Web Albums, maps, and videos are all examples of what we teach.  If you’re a traveler, we teach you how to plan, preserve, and share your travels.  It makes the experience that much more enjoyable to get creative on the computer and share your travels with friends and family.

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Calendar: Coming up in November/December

For more details, see our website Calendar.

Q&A Forum

Here are some of the topics that have been discussed this month. Anyone can read the forum, only members can ask questions. This is a valuable benefit of membership!

  1. Moving a complete photo library to a new computer
  2. Dropbox folder vs Camera Upload
  3. Stop Navigation when using Google app
  4. Reinstalling Picasa on a scrubbed hard drive
  5. Where to store all my pix
  6. Is my Flashlight app spying on me?

Make your own Google Maps with My Maps App

Google My Maps App

We’ve been living in our RV on the road for 11 years now. Over that time, I’ve had lots of ideas of places I want to go as well as invitations both for work and for fun! I’ve also had lots of methods of remembering them. I’ve had written lists in a notebook, I’ve used Evernote to keep travel ideas, I’ve entered posts just for myself in Facebook, I’ve sent emails to Jim hoping he’d remember these places, I’ve created a Streets and Trips file called Ideas, and I’ve used Google Custom maps on the computer.

My Maps is now available as an Android App! Yay! I’m so excited.

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Sharing Links on Facebook


If you can see it on the web, you can share it with your Facebook friends. If you want to share a Youtube video with your Facebook friends it’s easy, when you’re viewing a Youtube video you have a link for “Share” and then you have an icon for sharing to Facebook.

But, what if you want to share an interesting article you see while browsing the web? What about a blog post of interest, or a video that is not on Youtube? Below is an image of the screen while I’m viewing a video we posted on our Google+ Photos page. There is no icon to share this with Facebook, so how do I do it? Anything you can see on the Web has a Web address, aka a URL (Uniform Resource Locator.) In this example, the URL is the long string of text at the top.

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To Boldly Go Where Technology Takes US

Jim and Chris play with technology

Have you ever watched a Technology demo that goes terribly wrong? Like when a computer projector doesn’t work. We’ve been known to tell our audience,  “imagine you’re seeing my computer screen, in the upper right corner there’s an icon for  … “ Or, when the projection is working but the software is being uncooperative, we’ve had to say, “Well, the way it’s supposed to work …” Or when the projector works, the software cooperates, but there is no microphone and the room is noisy.

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