January 2016 Newsletter: Blogger and Live Writer, Google Maps, Smartphone Basics, more…

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Monthly Issue # 98 January 13, 2016                                                 www.geeksontour.com
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December: Cuba!


2015! What a Year: We capped off the year by splurging on an educational tour of Cuba. An epic end to an exciting year. During the year we traveled coast to coast and Florida to Wisconsin. We presented 68 learning sessions on 17 different titled topics to audiences totaling 7,880 people. We welcomed nearly 600 new members and recorded 40 Episodes of “What Does This Button Do?” We traveled 9,500 miles by RV, plus 3 out-of-country trips to UK, Bahamas, and Cuba.  

See our 2015 Photo Album for more pictures. Here is our Blog starting with the beginning of 2015 – then you can click on newer post to keep reading thru the year. Our 2015 map gives you the big picture on one page, then you can click on any marker for pictures and more detail.

Where we’re going:  We need some rest, relaxation and catch up time, so we’re staying in Florida all winter. We will be presenting seminars at computer clubs and RV parks around the state!

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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Some Things Never Change

Writing about Technology since 1983

Technology is constantly changing. We spend most of our time trying to keep up!

We’ve been supporting technology for a long time. We ran across this newsletter by Chris from 1987 and just had to share!

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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. Google Router
  2. Picasa Photo Quality and Google Photos Storage
  3. Never editing the original in Picasa
  4. Program for Mac Picasa

Measuring Distance with Google Maps


I’m always planning my travels and asking, I wonder how far it is from ___ to ___? Or, if we want to drive about 200 miles today, where does that get us? Google Maps is my tool of choice for anything map related and it can answer both of these questions.

This article gives you details on how to accomplish this on either a computer, or a smartphone/tablet.

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Blogger and Open Live Writer

Blogger and Open Live Writer

Geeks on Tour teaches that Every Traveler Needs a Blog! We teach how to use Google’s Blogger program to write your blog because we think it is by far the easiest, and most reliable system out there. Many people have been using a popular, free editor for writing their Blogger blogs called Live Writer and have been very upset to hear that Live Writer no longer works with Blogger. But, rejoice! It has been reincarnated at Open Live Writer.

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How do you Learn Smartphone Basics


I know that some people got a brand new shiny smartphone over the holidays. If it is your very first smartphone, where do you start? With everyone around you using their phones constantly you figure you can just ask for help, right? But they grab your phone, tap here, drag there and give it back to you. You still don’t know what to do, but you don’t want to look too stupid, and you don’t want to bother them anymore – they have texting and posting to do! Read on, this article is for you..

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Internet in Cuba


We took and educational tour of Cuba in December, 2015. We knew that Internet may not be available much in Cuba, but what we learned is a defining characteristic of Cuban life, the US embargo, and a communist government. Cuba has one of the lowest rates of Internet access in the world. The photo above is in the town center of Cienfuegos, Cuba. It is a Wi-Fi hotspot, which is obvious from all the phones, tablets, and laptops! There are 35 hotspots like this in a country of 11 million people! There is no Internet in their homes.

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What Does This Button Do? Recent Shows.

What Does This Button Do?

#62 Google Photos Shared Albums

#63 Connecting to Internet: Cellular or WiFi

#64 Make your phone a WiFi Hotspot

#65 Google Photos: How to Make a Movie

There are show notes which document what was covered in each show and include timeline links, so you can watch just the part of the video that you want. If you are not a Geeks on Tour member, you can watch the episodes for free on Youtube.

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