Author Archives: MrsGeek

Traveling the country in an RV with her husband, Jim. We present seminars at RV rallies and computer clubs all over the country and run this website.

Members Only meeting on May 24 with Guest Teachers on Google Photos

On Sunday, 5/24/20 we heard from several members who teach Google Photos.

  1. Ron Brown – Using Google Photos but not for pictures!
  2. Honey Burt – Using Google Lens
  3. Warren Wilson – Free up Space
  4. Catherine Tracy – Transferring photos from Facebook to Google
  5. Robin Seaver – Canvas Prints
  6. Jack Wilfore – Sharing our memories with family and friends
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May 2020 News: Blogger Basics, Blogger and PDF files, Scan photos, 10 uses for Albums in Google Photos

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  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 GeeksOnTour.com/School.
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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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.

Here are the steps from the beginning.

  1. With a .pdf file on your computer
  2. Open a web browser, go to Drive.Google.com and sign in with your Google Account.
  3. Click the New+ button in the upper left and choose Upload File
  4. Locate the desired .pdf file on your computer and click Open
  5. Now that file is in your Google Drive, open it there. (see Private or Public? below)
  6. You should now be seeing the whole .pdf file, you can scroll thru as many pages as it has. Click the 3-dot menu in the upper right and choose “Open in new window”
  7. Click the 3-dot menu from here and you should see an option for “Embed item” and copy the code from the box
  8. Go to your blog or website and be sure you’re in edit mode and HTML view then paste the code and save your post.
  9. When you view your blog, you should see the .pdf document in its own scrollable section called a frame. Here is a sample I did in blogger.

Private or Public?

Google Drive is a place to store your files. Anything you place there will be viewable only by you. Even after following all the instructions to embed the file in a web page, it will only be viewable by you. This can be handy if you want it to be private.

If you want it to be viewable by the public, there’s another step between steps 5 and 6 above. Select the file, click the link button at top right and turn link sharing on.

If you’ve been reluctant to keep a blog for disseminating news because you prefer creating documents and sharing pdf files, now you can have the best of both worlds.

How to get your old photo albums into Google Photos and display on TV

Showing old photo albums on TV fills your house with memories

How do I get my old photo albums into Google Photos? While we #stayhome, we are pulling out our
old photos. In this week’s 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.

First step: Digitize

Scan the photos from albums with your phone so they go to Google Photos.
  1. If there is no problem with glare or reflection, you can just use the camera on your phone
  2. The Free Google PhotoScan will remove glare, and generally do a better job
  3. See Episode 134 for more detail on PhotoScan.

Then Display

If you have a Chromecast enabled TV, you can use the Google Home app, or the Google Photos Android App, to specify albums to be displayed like a screensaver. See Episode 108 for further detail on Chromecast.
Premium Members Only: Go to Episode 189 with notes and links and you can log in and see 7 pages of show notes documenting everything we covered in the show. You can also click “download the .pdf” to get a printable copy.

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.

Starting a blog is an easy way to start your book

During this pandemic with orders to #StayHome, you might just have the time to do it. Writing a whole book is daunting, and it’s a problem that you don’t get any feedback until it’s done. If you use a blog to do your writing, you don’t have to worry about the whole book, you can get started one blog post at a time. If you make the blog public, you can get other people to read it and leave you comments. If you don’t want anyone to read it until you’re ready, just make the blog private to you.

3 Steps to create a blog – for free

I hear you saying, “That sounds great, but I have no clue how to make a blog.” There are many ways, but I believe in easy and free, at least to start. Blogger.com is my goto website for making a blog, easy and free. All you need is a Google account.

  1. Go to Blogger.com and sign in with your Google account. If this is the first time you’ve ever done this, you will be asked what name you want to be shown as the author of your blog.
  2. Click “New Blog” button at the upper right. Note: if you have already created other blogs, you’ll need to click the down arrow next an existing blog name.
  3. Fill out the form for your blog. You’ll need a Title for your blog/book, a web address (if you accept the .blogspot.com ending, it is free), and a theme – I recommend the Simple theme. You can always change it later.

Once you’ve done those 3 things, just click the orange button, “Create blog!” And, you’re done, that’s all there is to making the blog. Now you have to start writing. At this point you should see an orange button at the top that reads, “New Post.” If you don’t see that, look for an orange + button at the bottom. One of those buttons is how you start writing.

Next your will see the post editor. Think of it like a blank piece of paper in a typewriter. You need to give the post a title, then you can just write to your heart’s content. When you’re done, click the orange button called “Publish” and you now have a blog with one post.

That’s all you need to get started writing. For lots more about how to use Blogger, see Episode 123 How do I make a Blog?

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