August 2017 Newsletter: Rvillage Maps, Google Maps and Boondockers welcome, Solar Eclipse viewing, Data Roaming, Vignettes

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Geeks in July

Little RV

In July we were back on the road and teaching our seminars at the FMCA rally in Indianapolis. We’re traveling in our new little Roadtrek camper van and we’re loving it. There are so many places we can go and stay that weren’t feasible with the big rig, it makes us very excited. Yes, it’s a lot smaller than we were used to, but it has everything in it and we are figuring it out. The photo above is from a winery in Ontario, Canada. We knew of this overnight parking spot because of our membership in

We also continue to learn about technology! And, we share it with you on our live weekly class, What Does This Button Do? We did 2 live shows from the front seats of our camper van!

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 and share pictures, maps, stories, and movies with friends and family. Check out our Learning Library of Tutorial Videos, just go to and click the menu for 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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July-August Calendar

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8/3 – 8/6 FMCA Northeast Area Rally

  • In Syracuse, NY
  • We’ll be presenting 5 topics and providing smartphone help-desk services.

9/25 -9/30 Carriage Travel Club Rally in New Orleans, LA

  • Several seminars and smartphone help desk

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The RV Safety and Education Foundation will hold its annual educational conference Oct. 1–5 in Elizabethtown, Kentucky. The event provides a positive networking opportunity for both new and veteran RVers with industry experts in classroom, roundtable and individual settings. Endorsed by Learn more or watch a two-minute video about the event.


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

  1. Text (SMS) Apps
  2. Backing up Google Photos to External Drive
  3. Where are my Pictures?
  4. Blogger Using iPhone
  5. Snapseed

Data Roaming in Canada


We just spend a week in Canada, traveling from Detroit thru Toronto and Kingston, then back across the border to Syracuse New York. We’re here in Syracuse for the FMCA NE Area Rally. While in Canada, we were able to get enough Internet access with our mobile devices (on TMobile and Project Fi) to do our normal email, uploading photos, Facebook and blog posts, but we didn’t have enough to do do our weekly webcast of What Does This Button Do.

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Google Maps, Want-to-Go, Boondockers Welcome


Where to go?  What to do?  Where to stay? Those are the questions we ask ourselves in between rallies. We arrange our RV travel according to the rallies where we need to be to teach our seminars. Sometimes we have 2 days between rallies, sometimes we have 2 months. They’re always in the same quadrant of the country because we refuse to book rallies that make us drive back and forth across the country.

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Your Travel Map with RVillage


If you’re a traveler, you probably love maps. I love to have maps of where I’ve been and we teach how to make these maps using Google My Maps. But, if you are an RVer, and you use, it’s a lot easier. RVillage automatically creates a map of everywhere you check in. Here are the Geeks on Tour maps from RVillage for the last 4 years. Notice the date selection boxes at the top left of each map.

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Find the Perfect Viewing Spot for the Total Solar Eclipse


Those of us who travel by RV have the enviable opportunity to be in the perfect spot for the historic total solar eclipse that crosses the United States onAugust 21, 2017. But how do you find that perfect spot? With an app on your smartphone of course!

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Google Photos Quick Tip: Vignette to Frame your Photos


What’s a vignette, you ask? It’s where you just darken the outside edge of a picture so that it stands out. It’s a very soft frame. Here is a recent flower photo I took:

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