December 2017 Newsletter: Chromebooks, Allstays, Preparing your phone for a trip

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Geeks in November

Home studio

We started November in Moline, Illinois at the Quad-Cities Computer Society. We did a new seminar for them titled, “Travel the Globe with a Smartphone and Google Photos.” We wanted a reason to show off some of our Europe photos and to teach how we used Google Photos to create that photo album as we went.

When we left Illinois, we had just a couple days to get back to Florida. In Gainesville, Jim put Chris on a plane to Mountain View California for the Google Top Contributors Summit, then he attended a Roadtrek rally at Payne’s Prairie State park. When the Summit was over, Jim was waiting at the Gainesville airport at midnight to collect me. We decided to just stay in the airport parking lot for the night. We so enjoy the greater flexibility that traveling in the Roadtrek gives us! No way we could have parked the big RV there.

From there it was on to home, getting settled in for the winter, and upgrading our webcasting studio to use green-screen effects.

See our November photo album for more pictures, and our Blog for the rest of the story.

We always continue to learn about technology! And, we share it with you on our weekly class, What Does This Button Do?

  • Episode 128 Keep your Google Account Safe
  • Episode 129: Behind the scenes: Lights, Camera, Sound in our webcasting studio

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.


December-January Calendar


Every Wednesday “What Does This Button Do?” ​​​​​​​

  • We record them in a live stream, normally on Sundays at 2pm ET.
  • When we’re not doing our live show, we’ll post an encore episode.​​​​​​​
  • Thursdays we go “Live at Five” on Facebook Live to discuss the week’s class and answer questions from viewers. 5pm ET.

December – we’re in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Home for the holidays! We are available for speaking engagements in the local area. Here’s our speaking request form.

January 2018 – Happy New Year!

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‘Ask the Geeks’ Q&A Forum

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. Google Drive and Google Photos
  2. What is blocking access to WiFi?
  3. Backup and Sync question
  4. Lost Picasa with new computer
  5. Reading App for Smartphone

Every RVer needs Allstays Camp & RV

How to use Allstays on Android

It was very distressing to learn that the essential Allstays Camp and RV app had been removed from the Google Play store.

With a few extra dollars and a little bit of know-how, it now works better than ever on my Android devices.

This article includes a video to show you how …

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The best travel laptop? A Chromebook


When we traveled for a month thru Italy and Croatia this summer, the only computer I took with me was a Chromebook. I’ve been asked for a report on how it worked out.
The first week of our trip I was in a writer’s workshop, and there was little to no Wi-Fi available. I used my Chromebook, offline, to do all my writing. I used Google Docs that is built in to the Chromebook to do the writing.

Read the article and watch the video about my Chromebook.

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Taking a trip? Prepare your phone for photo-taking before you go.


“I’m going on a 3 week cruise starting tomorrowand I’m afraid my phone will run out of space for taking photos.”

This article explains exactly what to do before you leave so that your phone is ready to take all the photos you want.

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