October 2021 News: Google Drive, Smartphone Keyboards, Google Maps Share Location


  October 2021 | Issue 170  | Archives
What’s up with Jim and Chris – the Geeks
Just a few miles traveled in September
After our 3,000+ miles in August, from the time we got home on September 3, to the end of the month, we just stayed home and chilled. At the end of the month, we just had to go somewhere, so we took the motorhome for a few days in the keys. People come from all over the world to see this beauty and it’s right in our backyard.
In this newsletter:
If you missed our Episode 219 Hodgepodge of Tech Tips, check it out now (see below) – we got a lot of interest in these tips, especially the one about making a website for Photo Albums. Then came #220 about Google Drive for Desktop. This topic was so complex, I wrote a follow up article in hopes of clearing up some of the confusion. For something fun this month, check out the article on Google Maps – navigating to a person’s location. And, everyone should go over the list of smartphone keyboard tips to be sure you’re not doing things the hard way!

What’s coming up – Our Calendar October 2021

Our calendar on our website is the best way to see what we’re doing.
We have one in-person Roadtrek Rally planned starting on the 26th in Sarasota, Fl.
  • Oct 10, 2pm ET- Episode 221 of What Does This Button Do?
  • Oct 10, 3pm ET Backstage Pass for Members Only Zoom meeting
  • Oct 18, 7pm ET- Google Photos: Ask Chris Anything Live
  • Oct 24, 2pm ET- Episode 222 of What Does This Button Do?
  • Oct 24, 3pm ET Backstage Pass for Members Only Zoom meeting
  • Oct 26-28, Roadtrek Rally in Sarasota, Fl.
  • Oct 29, 7pm ET- Members Only Orientation and Q&A Live
Live YouTube Shows Sundays at 2pm Eastern time “The Button Show”
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October 10th and 24th
November 7th and 21st
  • Nov 7, 2pm ET- Episode 223 of What Does This Button Do?
  • Nov 7, 3pm ET Backstage Pass for Members Only Zoom meeting
  • Nov 15, 7pm ET- Google Photos: Ask Chris Anything Live
  • Nov 21, 2pm ET- Episode 224 of What Does This Button Do?
  • Nov 21, 3pm ET Backstage Pass for Members Only Zoom meeting
  • Nov 22, 10am Hilton Head Island Computer Club Google Photos
  • Nov 26, 7pm ET- Members Only Orientation and Q&A Live

Ask the Geeks Q&A forum. 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. Google Photos Sync to Desktop
  2. Backup Google Photos from 2 Accounts
  3. Upload Photos to Facebook
  4. Google Drive Transfer
  5. Export Picasa Captions

Google Drive for Desktop: Confusion is strong with this one.

On Oct 1, Google retired the product called “Backup and Sync.” In its place is a product called Drive for Desktop. People are asking,

“What was Backup and Sync, and how do I know if I have it?”

“What is Drive for Desktop and why would I need it?”

“What happened on October 1 and do I need to do anything?”

Episode 220 of our YouTube show was all about Google Drive and the New Google Drive for Desktop. We showed in detail how to use it
and how to migrate from Backup and Sync, but I don’t think we sufficiently answered the questions above, so I’ll try in this article.

Find your spouse with Google Maps

No, I’m not talking about finding your future spouse. The name is Google Maps, not Google Matchmaker  I’m talking about knowing the whereabouts of your current spouse.

And Google Maps makes it so easy. My husband and I both share our Google Maps location with the other, so if one or the other needs a ride, there is no hassle to get directions to exactly where they are. This 1 minute video will show you how.

Google Maps – Navigate to a Person’s Location Tutorial Video 707

Back to Basics: Your smartphone’s keyboard

This article documents 14 tips for iPhone and Android phone keyboards. All practical skills for working better and faster with your phone’s keyboard.

I know you use the keyboard on your smartphone all the time, but it never hurts to take a minute to “sharpen the saw” and see if there are any bits of knowledge that can make your life easier! So, I’ve made a little checklist here of basic features of the keyboards on smartphones. Since smartphones fall into two categories, I’ll make the
checklist twice, first for iOS: iPhones and iPads, then for Android phones.

Google Photos update – for members only

On Sep 13 we hosted a members-only Zoom meeting for an update on Google Photos.
If you missed it, we saved all the goodies on our Classes page.
You can access the recording of the Zoom meeting, all the links that were mentioned, and the slide show.

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