June 2023 News: Hawaii Cruise, Trim Videos, Group Chats, Chatting with AI,1984 Time Capsule, and more…

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What’s up with Jim and Chris – the Geeks
May
In May we took a quick RV trip to the Tampa area to present a seminar at Sun City Center Computer Club, see links to the class materials below. Then we were home in Fort Lauderdale for the rest of the month.
We’re excited to have orchids blooming in our back yard and the photo above is
an example of editing the photo. See the video of how it was done, using Google Photos.
Here is my original photo:

We did 2 of our Sunday Live “What Does This Button Do?” shows:

Update on our Hawaiian Cruise!

In case you missed it in the last newsletter – You are invited to join us in January 2024 – as we cruise the Hawaiian Islands on NCL’s Pride of America. You can find all the details at GeeksOnTour.com/Hawaii Reserve and make $125 per person deposit by June 10 to lock in the current group pricing. That deposit is refundable up until September when the full amount is due. The trip will include a whale watching excursion in Maui.

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In this newsletter:

As usual, we have an eclectic mix of smartphone and technology tips for you.
  • Group Chat Apps
  • Chatting with Artificial Intelligence: ChatGPT, Bard, Bing Chat
  • Trimming Video on your phone
  • Time capsule moment: 1984

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What’s coming up – Our Calendar June and July

The Geeks are staying pretty close to home for a while.

Jim is recovering from hip replacement surgery.

We have online classes, though

Let us know if you would like a Zoom presentation for your group.

June

July

  • “What Does This Button Do?” 2pm ET Sunday Live on YouTube
    • July 9 Episode
      260
    • July 23 Episode 261
    • Members Only Backstage Zoom after the shows
  • July 18 7pm ET Ask Chris Anything Google Photos Live on YouTube

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How to trim videos on your phone

You don’t want to miss a second of your granddaughter’s graduation ceremony, so you start the video camera rolling as she’s walking up to the stage. Now you wish you hadn’t done that! Nobody wants to watch the 3 minutes
of her walking, they just want to see her step onto the stage and get her diploma. And, you should probably cut out that part where she tripped.

No problem, if you took the video with your phone, you can use Google Photos, or even the Photo Gallery app that came with your phone, to easily trim the beginning or end of your video. It’s a little more complicated to
cut out a piece in the middle, but this article will show you how.


What is a group chat app? And, which one is best?

Today we have apps that allow groups of people to communicate with each other – instantly – like you are all in the same room at the same time. Group chat apps are oh-so-useful for communicating with multiple people at
the same time. You can plan events, brainstorm ideas, or just keep up with what everyone is up to. You can also share photos, videos, and files with everyone in the group chat.

The problem is, we have so many apps to choose from. In this article we’ll list several of the contenders, then we want to hear from you. Do you use a group chat app? If so, which one and how do you like it. Take just a minute to respond to our survey.


Chatting with AI a tutorial video:

Artificial Intelligence apps are all over the news. Many of you have taken ChatGPT for a spin, but how about Google’s Bard? or Microsoft’s Bing Chat. This video shows you how to get to each of them
and ask your questions. Best part, it’s all free.

Online in 1984? A time capsule moment.

I (Chris), along with my mother, Marilyn, opened a computer training center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 1983. I wrote a quarterly newsletter for 14 years to keep in touch with the students who attended our classes. This was back when we had to get a newsletter typeset, printed, addressed, stamped and mailed! I kept a copy of
each one and it’s fun to thumb through them. The following article is from one of those newsletters in the Fall of 1984. It’s about my first use of online services. I used a personal computer and a modem to connect to a service called CompuServe so I could participate in an electronic bulletin board called Whole Earth Software Catalog. It’s really a blast from the past for me. I hope you enjoy it as you open this time capsule to 1984 …

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