May 2020 News: Blogger Basics, Blogger and PDF files, Scan photos, 10 uses for Albums in Google Photos


  May 2020 | Issue 153  | Archives

What’s Up with Jim and Chris – the Geeks?
April was a full month of quarantine. We didn’t leave the house except to walk around the block, and we obviously did not get haircuts! All is well with us, we get food delivered from Publix and Jim had lots of opportunity to hone his cooking skills. We did our YouTube shows on scanning photos, and on the weeks that we didn’t do a live show, we held class on Zoom
for our members only. See our April Google Photos album for some more pictures, and our blog for #stayhome daily diary.
If you need to learn how to participate in Zoom meetings, check out our course.

GeeksOnTour premium members get the course for free with a coupon code found at
Everyone else – the course cost is $20
What Does This Button Do?
We added two new episodes to our YouTube “Button” shows in April:
  • 189. Digitizing your old photo albums and showing them on TV with Chromecast and Google Photos
  • 190. What is a blog, and how does Blogger work?
Members Only Zoom meeting / classes
We held 2 classes for our premium members using a Zoom meeting. We had a class on Scanning photo albums and a class on Blogger. See the replays here.
Tutorial Videos
We also added a few of our short show-me videos. See the complete list here.

What’s coming up – Our Calendar
Not much.
We’re still under stay home orders.
All public appearances are canceled for the foreseeable future.
Live YouTube Shows Sunday at 2pm Eastern time. Most weeks.
If we don’t do a live Button Show, we’ll do a Member Zoom at 2pm Eastern.
Live Zoom meetings for Premium Members after the live shows.
Stay safe. Wash your hands.

 Anyone can read the forum, only members can ask questions. This is a valuable benefit of membership. Join Today! Here are some recent discussions:

  1. Album Photo Sequence
  2. Albums in Google Photos
  3. Android Screen Lock
  4. Blogs Pictures Disappear
  5. Zoom Sound

How to write that book of yours, one blog post at a time.
You know that book you have in you? The one you keep telling yourself you’re going to write someday, when you have time? It might be a travelog about your RV travels. It might be a novel based on your family’s experience. It might be your life story. Whatever the nature of your book, the way to get started is to … get started.

How to display a .pdf file in your blog or other website
Do you, or a club you belong to, create newsletters and distribute them in .pdf format? Have you ever wished you could just put the .pdf document in a blog post?
You’re in luck, it’s really quite easy if you use Google Drive to store your .pdf files.
This article gives you step by step instructions on how to do it.

How to get your old photo albums into Google Photos and display on TV
How do I get my old photo albums into Google Photos? While we #stayhome, we are pulling out our
old photos. In our recent YouTube show, Episode 189, we show you how we get them into Google Photos, make albums and then add the albums to our Google Home “ambient” mode which acts like a screensaver for the TV.

Ten ways of using albums in Google Photos
If you’re not making albums, you’re not using the capabilities of Google Photos. It’s by adding photos to albums that you can make your own groupings. Realize that Albums are NOT like folders, they do not store your photos. Photos are stored in one bucket, just called Google Photos. Any given photo can show up in one or more albums, they’re just marked to display in that album. If you delete a photo from Google Photos – it’s gone from the album. If you remove a photo from an album, it’s
still in Google Photos. To make an album:
  • Select the photos you want in the album
  • Click/tap the + in the upper right corner
  • Choose Album
  • Give the album a name and click/tap the checkmark at top left

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