Jan 2018 Newsletter: What to learn in 2018, Make your Map, Picasa to Google Photos

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Monthly Issue #124 January, 2018
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Geeks in December

Florida Keys

Home for the holidays.

​​​​​​​We’ve done so much in 2017 that it felt weird to stop. But stop we did. Except for a 3 day trip to the Keys, we stayed at our townhouse in Fort Lauderdale for the whole month of December. We visited friends and family, we slept a lot, we soaked in our hot tub, we redecorated a bit, and we used our high-speed Internet and dedicated webcasting studio to do our teaching from home. Ahhhh … we could get used to this.

See our December 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 130 Allo messaging app with guest: Michael Daniels
  • Episode 131: Mobile Internet Resources with Experts: Chris and Cherie of MobileInternetInfo.com
  • Episode 132: Google Photos for Picasa Users

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 GeeksOnTour.com and click the menu for Tutorials. There are plenty of free videos in addition to our members-only content to whet your appetite for learning.


January-February 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.

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

January 2018 – Happy New Year!

Computer clubs at retirement communities dominate January.

February 2018

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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. Edit text onto old photos
  2. Choosing a new phone
  3. Sort Google Photo albums
  4. What’s with Google Backup?
  5. Collages for scrapbook

What do you want to learn in 2018?


Take just a couple of minutes to fill out our survey about what you want to learn this year. It will help us focus on the right topics for our articles, videos, and classes.

We will also discuss it on a Facebook Live session:

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Where did you go this year? How to make a map.

Geek's 2017 Travel Map

This is our map for 2017. Our home base is in South Florida. The yellow markers show our route out west, the blue is how we traveled back east, then you can see our flights to Europe and lots of stops over there, the green is our summer travels and the orange are how we ended the year. Click thru to the interactive map and you can see photos and other information for each marker.

I made this map using the free Google My Maps, and you can too! This article will tell you how.

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Picasa or Google Photos?

Google Photos <-> Picasa

We’ve been using and teaching Picasa since 2004. See our website, PicasaGeeks.com for hundreds of articles about Picasa.

We loved Picasa when all our pictures were on our computer, but now we use our smartphone for most of our picture-taking and it’s a pain to transfer them to the computer. Everything is going to the cloud, and we like it that way.

Google Photos is the tool that works with your pictures in the cloud, but I still like using Picasa on the computer for things like collages and movies.

Once you understand it, you can use both. This article tells you how.

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Have you watched an episode of What Does this Button Do?


  • Do you think your smartphone is smarter than you?
  • Do you have questions about your iPhone or Android phone or tablet?
  • How do you learn about these amazing devices?

Comment from Gail West, a GeeksOnTour member since 2008.

I really love your “What does this button do” shows. I especially like that they are on YouTube. I sit in my LazyBoy, turn on my 60″ SmartTV, and watch. Also have played some more than once. Just watched the one re: blue tooth and the one on Data usage. Nice to be able to get notes to go along with shows. Thanks for all that you do!!

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Happy Computing!

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