March 2023 News: Sharing Apple Photos, Smartphone Typing Shortcuts, Blog posts without Internet and more …

  March 2023 / Issue 187  / Archives
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A month in Indonesia …

The photo above comes from a liveaboard dive boat named the Mermaid 1. We were on board, doing 2,3, or 4 dives a day for 12 days in the Togian Islands area of Indonesia. We saw everything from whale sharks to nudibrancs (a beautiful type of sea snail) and a true explosion of beautiful corals and sponges.

See our Photo Album here. There are still more photos to come. I’m writing this on board the Mermaid 1 on our last day, then it’s off to Bali for one more week.

March – We will be home March 10.


You can see all classes from past months on our Classes page. We presented 1 classes during February:

We did 1 of our Sunday Live “What Does This Button Do?” shows:

In this newsletter:

As usual, we have an eclectic mix of smartphone and technology tips for you.
  • How to share Apple Photo album to non-Apple users
  • Smartphone typing tips
  • Write your blog post even without an Internet connection, via email
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What’s coming up – Our Calendar March and April

The Geeks are on tour most of February thru mid March.

We’ll try to go live from Indonesia but expect Internet connectivity to be sparse.


  • “What Does This Button Do?”
  • Mar 12: Episode 252
  • Welcome back from Indonesia
  • Mar 20 Valencia Reserve Photo Club Google Photos Presentation
  • Mar 26 : Episode 253


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  1. Accessory Gadgets
  2. Transfer Photos to iCloud
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Download Your Google Photos the Right Way

If You Can Send an Email, You Can Write a Blog Post

We’ve been keeping a personal, travel blog, using the free website for many years – you can learn how by watching Episode 190 of our What Does This Button Do? Youtube show.

While we’ve been on our dive trip, we’ve been without an Internet connection much of the time. Using the “Post by email” method, I can still write my blog posts
when the days are fresh in my mind. Since I can compose an email with no Internet connection, I can write whenever the inspiration suits me. When I click “Send”, it will go to Blogger whenever I do have a connection. This article teaches how to set it up.

Smartphone Typing Tips

Although I did bring a Chromebook laptop with me on this dive vacation, I’ve been using my phone for all basic tasks (including writing Blog Posts) and I’ve been reminded of a couple of nice shortcuts that I thought I’d pass along.

How to share an iPhone’s photo album with a non-iOS user

If you take pictures with your iPhone, you may use the Apple Photos app for making and sharing albums. The problem with this is that you can only share that
album with other iPhone users, (or iPad or Mac.) This is why I like Google Photos so much – it plays nice with both Apple iOS and Android. Albums are not transferrable between Apple Photos and Google Photos – you’re stuck with the tools in the app that you used to make the album.

This article will teach you the sharing technique that will work for anyone, whether they use an Apple device or not.

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