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.

Google Photos: Ask Chris Anything 9/26/2022

  1. 0:00 Begin
  2. 6:09 How to view a slideshow of Google Photos on a mobile device
  3. 10:00 Once a photo is backed up to Google Photos, can I delete it from the phone?
  4. 12:14 Can you make subfolders of photos on Google Photos?
  5. 18:46 Editing photos vs Snapchat
  6. 19:37 Adding photos to an album
  7. 20:52 How to gather all photos in your life to one place
  8. 22:07 Can I download photos from Google Photos to Samsung Gallery
  9. 23:32 Can you download a slideshow?
  10. 24:07 How to attach photo to email?
  11. 25:52 What is the secret album called? Locked Folder
  12. 29:50 How to get slides into Google Photos
  13. 31:33 How to upload to Google Photos AND OneDrive
  14. 32:41 More on adding photos to album
  15. 35:13 Sending photos with a link
  16. 37:12 Face groupings are losing the name I give them
  17. 38:45 How to copy a Facebook image to Google Photos
  18. 40:54 How to see onedrive folders of photos on a Chromebook
  19. 42:43 How to get a photo received via email into Google Photos
  20. 45:21 Should I get a thumb drive that works on my phone to backup photos?
  21. 47:42 How to share photos with someone else and allow them to search
  22. 49:42 Naming faces is not working
  23. 50:38 Explain Gallery copy of photo vs Google Photos
  24. 51:26 How to sort the list of albums
  25. 54:00 How to post photos to Facebook from Google Photos
  26. 56:23 How to get OneDrive photos to Google Photos
  27. 57:13 Sorting photos in an album
  28. 59:47 Using Google Photos movie-maker takes a long time to finish on Android
  29. 1:00:15 How to download photos from Google Photos to File Explorer
  30. 1:04:15 When will the newest feature (editing collages) of Google Photos arrive on my Pixel?
  31. 1:06:20 Apple Photos to Google Photos
  32. 1:09:24 Snapseed for computers?
  33. 1:09:58 Are albums tags?

Chris Guld is currently a Platinum Level Google Photos Product Expert. She literally wrote the book on Google Photos! Grab a copy from Amazon here. Or, if you are a GeeksOnTour.com premium member, all our eBooks are included with membership.

Turn photos into artwork with Prisma

Prisma is a free app for both iOS and Android and it is just so much fun. Simply open the app, open a photo from the camera roll and then tap on one of the artwork styles.

You can do that over and over. Want to see what your photo looks like in “Tokyo” style? Just tap it and wait a minute.

How about “Daryl Ferril” – just tap and wait. When you see one you like, tap the Save button. The finished product will be saved in your phone’s camera roll and may be in a folder called Prisma.

Want more styles? Just scroll, that bottom row has lots of them. These are called your Favorites. The box at the far left or right lets’ you see 700 more styles and add any of them to your favorites. If you see a lock in the corner, that means you must pay for a subscription in order to use that style. There are plenty that don’t require a subscription.

Just tap on the “Surf” style to create the artwork on the right

I almost always like what the “Surf” style does to my pictures.

Just tap on the “Rainy Day” style to create this one.

This one is different, isn’t it?

I first wrote about Prisma in Aug of 2017. 5 years later I’m still using the free version and having lots of fun. It can provide hours and hours of entertainment! Warning – don’t open Prisma if you have work to do!

In case you’re wondering … yes, I made this collage using good ole Picasa

Oct 11, 2022 Laguna Woods Computer Club: Hodgepodge of Tech tips

We’ll get thru as many of these tips as we can in an hour.

  1. DIY Emergency info on Home screen – iPhone or Android
  2. Find a lost iphone
  3. Find a lost Android phone
  4. Using the Map view in Google Photos
  5. Sharing your Google Storage
  6. Google Voice, same number w/2 phones
  7. Samsung camera options
  8. Add website icon to phone’s home screen
  9. HEIC files

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Oct 4, 2022 Kentucky-Indiana PC User Group: Don’t backup, use Sync instead.

Smartphones, and the cloud, have changed our processes for “backing up” our data, Once you establish accounts in the cloud – Google, OneDrive, Dropbox etc. – then you can set all your data to “sync” and never have to worry about backing up again. In this seminar we focus on the Google apps because they work the same on Apple and Android, Mac and PC. The goal is device independence. In this presentation, we’ll show you how.

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Whatever happened to Word Processing?

One of the very first software programs I used on a personal computer was WordStar. I used it to write letters, articles, outlines, newsletters, class materials, and more. Before computers, I had a typewriter. With WordStar, I could toss my old typewriter in favor of this new “Word Processor.” After WordStar came WordPerfect. I liked WordPerfect so much that I became a WordPerfect Certified Trainer. WordPerfect was my specialty from 1986 to about 1992 when I started teaching MS Word on Windows. See this 22 minute video of my 1988 “audition” to be an advanced WordPerfect Instructor.

Then came Desktop Publishing

In 1988, in the newsletter for my Computer Savvy training center, I wrote an article about desktop publishing. Where word processing allowed you write and rewrite a document, Desktop Publishing allowed you to design and re-design a document.

1988 Computer Savvy Newsletter article about Desktop Publishing (click to enlarge)

In 2022, I don’t use either Word Processing, or Desktop Publishing

Today, I was summoned for jury duty. That’s fine, but I will be out of the country on the date they want me, so I requested a postponement. The notice said that such a request must be done in writing and sent by mail. hmm, it’s been a long time since I had to print a letter. I opened Microsoft Word for the task and it felt strange. I haven’t used Word in a long time, yet I write most every day. What has changed?

I’m still sending a monthly newsletter, but now I use a website called AWeber. It gives me the tools to design, write, and send the newsletter to thousands of people via email. I’m still writing articles – like this one – but they are done on the web using the WordPress post editor. I’m still writing class materials, but they are mostly done using Google Slides combined with WordPress posts. For quick written notes, I use Google Keep.

The last time I used MS Word was for writing my book, Learn Google Photos. I still like using Word for this long document project because of its features specifically for long documents. Features like collapsible outlines, automatic table of contents, indexing and the navigation panel.

What about letters? … what’s a letter? All of my communications is now done with email or text messages. Sometimes I let my posts on Facebook serve to communicate with all my friends at once. Do I need a word processing app for any of this? Nope. Using my phone, I don’t even need to type. I can “swipe” or even dictate and let the phone transcribe what I say. For lessons on how to use these techniques on both Android and Apple devices, see “What Does This Button Do?” Episode 222 How to Type Faster and Easier on your Smartphone.

What about you? Do you still use a Word Processing program? Leave a comment below.

242. Keeping your devices charged while traveling

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0:00 Beginning
2:32 Wireless Power Sharing with the Samsung S21
8:21 Hello and introduction
14:45 Extending your battery’s charge
18:12 Traveling in an RV, how to get more outlets and USB ports
23:30 Find links to products in our Amazon store https://www.amazon.com/shop/geeksontour
25:04 Charging batteries when you have no electricity
29:10 Our #1 recommendation
31:29 Being prepared for airports and airplanes and trains
37:04 Converting electric outlets in foreign countries
40:19 Charging devices while walking around and on buses
46:05 The 3d leg of our trip – review our top 2 recommendations for charging devices
48:31 Battery fan – so cool!
52:13 our MyMap from the trip https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/edi…
54:04 Review Questions

September 2022 News: Google photos tip, Tech for Travelers, Drones, and Bitcoin


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  September 2022 | Issue 181  | Archives
This Geeks on Tour monthly newsletter will always be free, but we also have a premium membership with perks like private Zoom meetings, eBooks, tutorial videos, and complete classes. Our premium members support us, making everything else possible. It’s $58 yearly or $68 for one year only.

What’s up with Jim and Chris – the Geeks

August was a vacation month
The photo above shows us in our camper van at the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. When you put your camper on a ferry, you have a houseboat! We love ferries. We took 3 of them on our way up the east coast to New Jersey. Then we left the camper with a friend and flew to England
to visit friends and celebrate a 60th birthday. We partied hearty, then we played tourist for a few days in Southampton, Stonehenge, and Isle of Wight. Now we’re back to our camper in New Jersey and will head south via the Blue Ridge Parkway.
We are loving life! We wish all our US friends a fun and happy Labor Day holiday.
 

Classes

Just because we’re on vacation, it doesn’t mean we don’t give some classes! As long as we have good internet, we can deliver them from anywhere, even from our camper van in a national park! We gave 2 such classes in August. You can see all classes from past months on our Classes page. We call it a “Class” when we deliver a 1-2 hour seminar to a group on a desired topic such as Using Google Photos, Editing Photos with Snapseed, and Map-making with Google My Maps. The web page for each class includes a slide show, several videos and sometimes a written handout. If the class was delivered over Zoom, we may
also have the recording of the whole class. These classes are for our premium members, although we leave them open to the public for the first couple of weeks.

We also did 3 of our Sunday YouTube shows:

In this newsletter:

As usual, we have an eclectic mix of smartphone and technology tips for you.
  1. Google Photos Tip: How to capture a still shot from a video
  2. Technology for Travelers – when it works
  3. Jim is done with drones
  4. Chris thinks Bitcoin is fascinating, what do you think?
 
 


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What’s coming up – Our Calendar September and October
Back from our UK trip and headed home in the RV
Regular schedule of shows and some presentations


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September

  • September 11 2pm ET Episode 242 “What Does This Button Do?”
  • September 11 3pm ET Backstage Pass Zoom Meeting for Members Only
  • September 19 3pm ET Google Photos
    Live “Ask Chris Anything”
  • September 25 2pm ET Episode 243 “What Does This Button Do?”
  • September 25 3pm ET Backstage Pass Zoom Meeting for Members Only

October

  • October 4 7:15pm ET Kentucky Indiana PC User Group Presentation
  • October 9 2pm ET
    Episode 244 “What Does This Button Do?”
  • October 9 3pm ET Backstage Pass Zoom Meeting for Members Only
  • October 11 10pm ET Laguna Woods Presentation
  • October 19 3pm ET Google Photos Live “Ask Chris Anything”
  • October 21 2pm ET Episode 245 “What Does This Button Do?”
  • October 21 3pm ET Backstage Pass Zoom Meeting for Members Only

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Ask the Geeks

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 vs. Gallery on Android
  2. Facebook app or browser
  3. Google Photos Face Recognition wrong
  4. Picasa Photo Format
  5. iPhone Storage

Google Photos Tip: How to capture a still shot from a video

 


Technology for Travelers – when it works


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Technology allows us to travel our way. It gives us complete freedom, but when it doesn’t work, it can be agonizing.

This article tells you about our recent experiences traveling in the UK. spoiler – we love trains travel.


Jim is done with Drones


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He got his first drone in 2014, and he crashed his last drone just this year while we were in Italy. He’s decided he’s too old for the stress of flying drones. “I think I’ll stick to flight simulators in virtual reality. When you crash them, no one’s heart or wallet gets hurt!”

Read the article to see why he thinks this way and be sure to click the link to his playlist of drone videos he’s done over the years. From a hot-air baloon
festival, to an RV park in Malibu, to a dive boat in the Indian ocean, there’s some pretty cool videos here.


Chris thinks Bitcoin is fascinating, what do you think?


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The world of technology changes fast. Chris is passionate about learning and teaching technology and she sees Blockchain and Web3 as the next big technology.
Bitcoin is just the tip of the iceberg.


Blast from past: Going way back this time


1993 New about Computer Savvy

Click the picture to enlarge and read the article about the Computer Training business that Chris owned from 1983-1996. Jim was the network administrator for Computer Savvy.

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What do you think about Bitcoin?

by Chris Guld

There’s news every day about the related topics of Bitcoin, Cryptocurrency, Blockchain and Web3. We think it is a technology worth following. We’ve even presented a few short zoom-based classes on it.

What do you think? People generally fall into one of 3 groups:

  1. I think it’s a scam, a ponzi scheme. It’s magic internet money only used by criminals.
  2. I don’t know what to think. How do I get educated?
  3. I think it is the future of money and the beginning of a new era in human history.

I’ve been fascinated with Bitcoin for a year or so now. There is a lot to learn. Here are the high points of what I’ve learned so far and why I think it is important.

What is Bitcoin?

Bitcoin is digital money. But, why do we need it? Don’t we already have digital money? I never get cash out of my wallet anymore. I just get a credit card and tap it to the store’s terminal. Isn’t that digital money? Yes, but you can only use that digital money if you have a credit card, backed by a bank account with a country’s currency – like US Dollars. There are lots of middle-men involved.

Bitcoin is not controlled by any company or country, it is simply software that lives on the Internet. To use Bitcoin, all you need is a smartphone and an internet connection and the money can move directly from sender to receiver with no entity in between. It’s like cash. As long as you have it, you can give it to someone else in exchange for something without involving a bank, or exchanging any personal information. This allows the millions of “unbanked” people in the world to participate in the global economy. No monetary system in history has been open to everyone … until Bitcoin.

Imagine Maria in Peru who wants to sell her embroidered blouses to tourists. All she has to do is install a bitcoin wallet on her phone. (yes, she has a smartphone and Internet access – more people have that than bank accounts!) When a tourist with some bitcoin in a wallet on their phone, wants to buy a blouse, Maria taps a button on her wallet app that displays a QR code with the cost of the blouse embedded. The tourist opens their bitcoin wallet, scans the QR code, and the money (Bitcoin) is transferred from their wallet to Maria’s. No banks involved. Now imagine that the tourist is in Denmark. No problem, the same transaction can be accomplished remotely. Maria can participate in global commerce without a bank account. Of course, she will still need to mail the blouse! By using something called a “smart contract” it could even be specified that the money doesn’t transfer until the blouse is received.

How did Bitcoin get started?

Digital cash was tried before Bitcoin, but they couldn’t make it work. If you sent digital cash to someone over the internet, there was no way to prevent you from sending the same cash to another person. This is known as the “double-spend” problem. Think about it, the Internet and the web was designed to make it easy to send information all over the world. It didn’t matter how many copies were sent, in fact, that was often the point – send the same email to hundreds of people – great! But that’s not so great when it comes to money. Someone named Satoshi Nakamoto came up with a methodology that tracked every transaction of digital cash and could therefore prevent double-spend. It used an Internet based system called blockchain. Blockchain is a ledger overlayed on the World-Wide-Web that will track every time digital currency changes hands. Each transaction, when completed, is written to the blockchain ledger and, once written, it cannot be changed. This way it keeps track of all the bitcoin and who owns it at any given point in time. It’s an accounting system. There’s a lot more to it, but right now just think of a “Ledger Layer” to the World Wide Web. The Internet has revolutionized the sharing of data around the world, with the addition of a “Ledger Layer” it can revolutionize accounting for things of value.

Blockchain was invented to enable Bitcoin, a global, peer to peer digital cash system. This happened in 2009. Does that date ring a bell? Our financial system in the US and around the world came close to collapse with the irresponsible behavior of the big banks. Our financial system, our global well-being is controlled by the profit motive of big banks and governments. If there was a de-centralized, self-validating system for managing money that existed outside of any bank or government we could avoid the disasters like 2008-9. That’s where Satoshi Nakamoto came in. He developed this system in 2009 and it has proven itself over the last 13 years. It works. The value of bitcoin goes up and down – wildly – and that can be a problem, but the process of the blockchain works.

The blockchain technology is about a lot more than Bitcoin

I became aware of Blockchain a year or so ago by following Peter Diamandis. He is a technology optimist. He’s authored several books and he runs the X-Prize that awards millions of dollars to technology teams that solve the worlds most important issues. He says the time is now to learn about this new technology. I took that to heart and signed up for an account with Coinbase, a cryptocurrency exchange, where I could buy a minimal amount of Bitcoin just to learn how it works. 

Since then I’ve been studying and I’m fascinated with the possibilities that this new technology offers. Blockchain is more than money. It is accounting for any item of value and tracking it thru various transactions. Think of property deeds. They can be recorded on a blockchain and be immutable, anywhere in the world. Think of people’s identification and health histories – blockchain could give every individual an unhackable record of their identity. With the Ethereum blockchain, and the smart contracts that it creates, a musician can put their music on the blockchain and programmatically require anyone listening to it to pay a certain amount. Payment is guaranteed because, in order to use the music system, a listener had to link to their wallet, so the smart contract automatically executes the transaction. Each time the song is played a small amount of money is transferred. The smart contract can autonomously charge a different amount if you want to use the music as a soundtrack, and yet another amount to license it for your brand advertising. With blockchain the musician is guaranteed fair payment for their work.

Learn more

Regardless of what you think about Bitcoin, it’s time to learn more about it.

  • If you ticked #1 above – Bitcoin is only used by criminals, I urge you to watch this TED talk by Katie Haun. She was a federal prosecutor who was involved in taking down the dark web operation called “The Silk Road.” She explains how this drug-trafficking website was financed by Bitcoin and how the blockchain that drives Bitcoin made it possible to track them down. For the entertaining movie of the whole story, see The Silk Road.
  • If you ticked #2 – learn more, I encourage you to find more on GeeksOnTour – just use the search box at the top of our website and search for Bitcoin.
    Other sources that I have learned from include Coinbase Learning, the YouTube channel for 99Bitcoins, the books Blockchain Revolution and Bitcoin Evangelist, and, probably my number one recommendation, is the excellent documentary called Cryptopia.
  • If you ticked #3 – it is the future, I’m with you! No one has a crystal ball. Bitcoin and blockchain could take us to a utopian future, or it could crash and burn. Personally, I like to dream about how Blockchain could level the financial playing field and help create global prosperity.

What have you learned about Bitcoin and Blockchain? Leave us a comment below.


About the author: Chris Guld has been teaching technology since 1983. She owned and operated a computer training center, Computer Savvy, from 1983-1996. She started with Visicalc and AppleWriter on the Apple IIe computer which was even before mice and the graphical user interface! With the advent of the Web, she recognized the world (literally) of opportunities that had opened up. She sold the computer training business and, along with her husband Jim (who was the network administrator for Computer Savvy) started living in an RV with a Datastorm Internet Satellite dish on the roof! Then came smartphones in 2007. Now, in 2022, 83% of the world use smartphones. The world of technology changes fast. Chris is passionate about learning and teaching technology and she sees Blockchain and Web3 as the next big technology. Bitcoin is just the tip of the iceberg.