November 2015 Newsletter: Apple ID, Blogger and WordPress, Facebook Groups

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Monthly Issue # 96 November 5, 2015                                       
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November: Scuba, High School, RV Rally

Scuba Diving in the Bahamas

Where we’ve been: In October we had a very full month. A little bit of everything that we love to do! The first week we went scuba diving in the Bahamas. Check out this great little video that Google Photos put together for us of our week. The second week we attended an informal reunion of high school friends and listened to music by some very talented friends. The third week we presented seminars at an RV Rally, and the fourth week we were in Fort Lauderdale, Florida getting settled in a ‘stick and brick’ home. 

See our 2015 October Photo Album for more pictures. And theOctober blog for stories, and of course, our 2015 map for everything.

Where we’re going:  We start out November at home in Fort Lauderdale, then we’re off to Orlando to do some seminars, then back home for Thanksgiving. In December we have a special educational trip to Cuba! 

By the way, our pictures, Blogs, Web Albums, maps, and videos are all examples of what we teach.  You can learn how to plan, preserve, and share your travels (or your life.)  It makes the experience that much more enjoyable to get creative on the computer and share pictures, maps, stories, and movies with friends and family. Check out ourLearning Library of Tutorial Videos. There are plenty of free videos in addition to our members only content to whet your appetite for learning.

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Coming up in November/December


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Attend a Geeks on Tour Seminar!

Episode #58 - Live

On Sunday, November 8 at 2pm, we will be presenting a Smartphone seminar to the members of the Central Florida Computer Society and you are invited!

Don’t worry, even if you are 3,000 miles away, you can still attend, because we will be live streaming our weekly What Does This Button Do show from the seminar! Just click on this link when it is time. 

If you would like a reminder before the show, you can RSVP and tell us you’ll be there.

We’re calling the topic “What is a Smartphone Good For?” You can even download theseminar handout and follow along.  We’ll be getting back to basics and exploring just what’s so smart about these smartphones. We’ll be taking comments and questions from the audience, both live and online.

To see a complete listing of all our shows, visit

See you there!

Watch a 1.5 minute sampler

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. Picasa Folder Dates and Sort Order
  2. Alphabetize Folder Contents – Android phone
  3. Journaling with Pictures and Maps
  4. Windows 10 constantly resizing
  5. People recognition on Google Photos
  6. Dropbox

Your Apple ID – Sync’ing Your Identity

Apple ID

For Apple devices like iPhones, iPads, and Mac computers, your Apple ID (an email address) provides your identity.

Synchronizing means using your Apple ID to identify your iCloud account, send data such as pictures and contacts from your phone to your iCloud account, then copy that data to any other devices identified by the same Apple ID. This makes your personal data show up on multiple devices. If it’s set up properly, it means you can add a contact using your phone – and that contact will be there when you look on your computer. Take a picture with your phone, and you can see it on your iPad in just a minute.
But, if you don’t use it right, watch out! Let me give you a few examples:.

Read the Article

Can I use my Google Photos Pictures in my Blog?

Blogger and WordPress

If you’re like me, you are using the amazing capabilities of Google Photos as a home to your lifetime of photos. Also, if you’re like me, you have a blog and you want to add photos to your blog posts. I’ve been getting a lot of people lately asking the question, Can I use my Google Photos pictures in my Blog?
The answer is Yes! But, the process differs depending on what you’re using for your Blog. The most common blogging platforms are and I’ll cover each of them separately.

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Facebook Groups – Large and Small

Facebook Groups

As a Facebook member, you can take advantage of the Group feature. You can join an existing group, or make your own. I belong to a few RV-related groups. One is Roadtreking, a Public group where I can keep up with our friend Mike Wendland and his community.

Another group is Living the RV Dream – a very active group with 28,000+ members. We even have a “Secret” family group for just 2 of us!

This article will explain the different types, and how to set them up.

Read the Article

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September episodes of What Does This Button Do? Smartphone Educational Show

We are Geeks Who Teach

It’s an educational show about smartphones and tablets. We deliver it streaming live over the web on Sunday afternoons. Every show is about 45 minutes and it is automatically recorded as a Youtube video – so if you miss it live, no problem.  All the ‘reruns’ are listed on our Weekly Show Page. Here’s a listing of our episodes this past month. The Youtube links are free for anyone to watch. If you are a Geeks on Tour member, you can use the Links that include our Show Notes and Links to specific topics in the show.

Episode and Date Topics Show Video with Notes for Members Free on Youtube
#57: 11/1/15 Text Messaging Tip: Do Not Disturb, App: Facebook Messenger/WhatsApp etc. #57 w/Notes and Links

Youtube #57

#56: 10/18/15 Open Forum Q&A: App O Week – Duo Lingo #56 w/Notes and Links Youtube #56
#55: 10/11/15 Managing (backup) Pictures: Roaming, Hoo Too Travel Router #55 w/Notes and Links Youtube #55

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