August 2018 Newsletter: Google Photos, Battery LIfe, Tioga George

Monthly Issue #131 August, 2018 | Newsletter Archives | Become a Member

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Geeks in July

To say that we had a full July is an understatement. It started on a liveaboard dive trip in the Cayman Islands, then continued back to the RV driving from Michigan to Wyoming for the FMCA rally in Gillette, then we did some sightseeing in Devils Tower, Yellowstone, and Tetons. On the last day of July, we were at our favorite hot springs, the Fountain of Youth RV park in Thermopolis, Wyoming. Our photo album for July is impressive, if I do say so myself!
Also see our Map 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?  We recorded two new episodes in July:
  • Episode 147: Video Editing and Making Movies with Free Quik
  • Episode 148: Geeks on Tour Seminars, how to learn on our website (a short, pre-recorded episode with photos from Wyoming)
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 Tutorials. There are plenty of free videos in addition to our members-only content to whet your appetite for learning. ​​​​​​​

Watch our next Button show!

We are currently in the Denver area and staying at Elks Lodge #2227 in Westminster. The last time we were here was 4 years ago when we webcastEpisode #1 of What Does This Button Do? How exciting, we will do Episode #149tomorrow from this same spot!  Sunday, August 5, at 2pm Mountain time, (that’s 1pm Pacific, 3 Central and 4 Eastern time.) Episode 149 will be about things we’ve learned about being in the wilds of Wyoming. How we coped with little or no Internet, and often no electricity either.

August-September Calendar

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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. Downloading from Google Photos to Computer
  2. Cellphone repeater?
  3. Text on Photos
  4. Missing pictures in Blog
  5. Usernames and Password storage on iPad
If you are a member, ask a question! Go to then click the Q&A menu. Make sure you are logged in (there’s a form on the Q&A page), select a category (Photos, Maps, Blogs, Other) then click Add Topic. When finished scroll down to Submit Topic.

How to use Google Photos Editing Tools: Crop

Do you think you can’t get a good picture of that bald eagle with your smartphone? Take it anyway! You may be surprised at how good you can make it look with just a couple of tweaks from Google Photos editing tools.
Most every photo can be improved with a simple crop. It can cut out extraneous items in the photo and get closer to your subject. It can also change the aspect ratio of the photo.
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Mrs. Geek’s Guide to Google Photos now available on Amazon.

Read More and Buy Now

Maximizing Battery Life when you are Off-Grid

Maximize Battery LifeWe just spent the last week in some beautiful national parks – Yellowstone and Grand Tetons – there was very little cell service in those parks! We could live with that, we wanted to spend most of our time out doors taking pictures. The distressing thing was how fast my phone’s battery ran down. Guess what?!

Those 2 things are related:

  1. Limited cell service
  2. Short battery life
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The Legend of Tioga George

ImageDo you know about Tioga George? If you’ve been RVing for any length of time, and following other RVers blogs, odds are that you do know George. If not, we want to introduce him to you!
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Happy Computing!

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