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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.

154. Cellular Boosters, do they work?

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  1. Tip of the Day: How to know if your photos are backed up
  2. Beginner’s Lesson: Cellular Boosters: do they work?
  3. App: Speed Test by Ookla

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Oct 2018 Newsletter: Facebook safety, Google Photos 4 business cards, Magnetic Mounts

Geeks on Tour

Monthly Issue #133 October, 2018
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Geeks in September

Museum of Appalachia, Rocky Top, Tennessee

September started in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where we were surprised to discover a wonderful aquarium.  We were headed to Goshen, Indiana for the Discovery Owners rally. We stopped along the way in Springfield, Illinois – staying in the exact same site we had a couple months ago at the fairgrounds. Weird.

After that rally, we headed south to the next rally – The RV Travel Club – in Sevierville, TN. Along the way we stayed at a very nice park in Rocky Top, Tennessee – really! And, we visited the museum of Appalachia – that is pictured above. See our photo album for September for the results. That’s it for September – still at the RV Travel Club rally.

​​Also see our Map and our Blog for the rest of the story.

We always continue to learn about technology! And, we share it with you on our weekly class, What Does This Button Do?

  • Episode 152: International Trip Planning
  • Episode 153: Our favorite smartphone apps with guests Eric and Tami of TechnoRV.com

​​​​​​​By the way, our pictures, Blogs, Web Albums, maps, and videos are all examples of what we teach.  You can learn how to plan, preserve, and share your travels (or your life.)  It makes the experience that much more enjoyable to get creative and share pictures, maps, stories, and movies with friends and family. Check out our Learning Library of Tutorial Videos, just go toGeeksOnTour.com and click the menu for Tutorials. There are plenty of free videos in addition to our members-only content to whet your appetite for learning. ​​​​​​​


October – November Calendar

Every Wednesday “What Does This Button Do?”

We record them in a live stream, normally on Sundays at 2pm at our local time.

When we’re not doing our live show, we’ll post an encore episode.

Thursday is “Gabbing With the Geeks” on Facebook Live to answer questions from viewers and discuss anything. 5pm our local time.

We’re in Sevierville, TN. We presented three seminars last week for The RV Travel Club Rally. Plus Chris did several one-on-ones.

Here’s our speaking request form if you’d like to have us speak to your group.

​​​Upcoming Appearances

October 2018

November 2018

  • 11/1 – 11-7 Chris will be at Google in California for a conference
  • 11/8 7pm Valencia Falls Business Panel. Delray Beach, FL
  • 11/19 7pm Bellagio  Boynton Beach, FL
  • 11/26 Valencia Reserve Presentation (not confirmed)

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“Ask the Geeks” Q&A Forum

Here are some of the topics that have been discussed recently. Anyone can read the forum, only members can ask questions. This is a valuable benefit of membership. Join Today!

  1. Google Photos Not Converting to High Quality
  2. Backup and Sync Not Working Fully
  3. Google Photos filling Google Drive
  4. Putting Google Photos in a Facebook Group
  5. Pinning Comments in YouTube

If you are a member, ask a question! Go to GeeksOnTour.com then click the Q&A menu. Make sure you are logged in (there’s a form on the Q&A page), select a category (Photos, Maps, Blogs, Other) then click Add Topic. When finished scroll down to Submit Topic.


How to keep your Facebook account safe

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I wrote this article over four years ago, but with Facebook, everything old is new again. I have reviewed and updated all the information. The scam that is going around today is that you’ve been “hacked” because your friends are getting new friend requests from you. They aren’t. Don’t copy and paste that rumor, it’s just meaningless graffiti that someone else copied and pasted.

However, we think this should prompt you into checking your privacy settings. It is quite easy to prevent the “friend request hack” from ever happening just by making your friend list private. This article tells you how. Plus more general privacy and security settings.

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Google Photos can make a phone call from a photo of a business card

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For years, I’ve wanted a simple system for storing business cards people give me along my travels. The operative word is simple! Sometimes they’re important, like my insurance agent’s card, and sometimes it’s just friendly, like the camper next door who tells us to stop by if we ever pass near their home. Sometimes it’s just a scrap of paper with a name and phone number written on it!

I think the answer is a Google Photos album for business card photos.

Read the article and let me know if you agree.

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Mounting phones and tablets to your dashboard

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This is how we mount our devices on the dash as we travel. One phone and one tablet are always navigating.

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Smartphone Help Desk – One on One Teaching

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If you’ve attended a rally where Geeks on Tour were presenting, you may have seen Chris (aka Mrs. Geek) sitting with someone and teaching them about their smartphone.

Sometimes the questions are easy like: how to use their fingerprint reader, how to adjust their screen timeout setting, how to install my favorite app: Google Photos, or how to use the keyboard to type word by word – called swiping or gliding.

Sometimes the questions are hard, like: why does my iPad not automatically connect to the data on my iPhone like it’s supposed to? or How do I get back in to my original Facebook account when I forgot the password and mistakenly created another account?

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Mrs. Geek’s Guide to Google Photos now available on Amazon.

Mrs. Geek's Guide to Google Photos

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Smartphone Help Desk – One on One Teaching

by Chris Guld, aka Mrs. Geek

As Geeks on Tour, my husband Jim and I travel around the country and present seminars on personal technology like how to use smartphones, how to manage all those pictures you take with your phone, and how to use Google Maps, among other things.

This is usually done at RV Rallies. When we’re at a rally for 3, 4 or 5 days and we’re only busy in seminars one or two hours each day, I spend the rest of my time giving free, one-on-one half hour sessions to answer people’s questions about their devices.

Why do we do this for free? Because I get as much out of it as the people I teach. How else would I get to learn about LG phones, iPhone Xs, Moto phones, and Samsung tablets? We buy a lot of devices to play with but we can’t own them all!

I love hearing people’s questions. It helps me know what to teach in our seminars. For example, it is second nature to me to keep my appointments on a calendar on my phone. Only when I get so many questions about how to do that do I realize it is something we need to teach.

Easy Questions Sometimes their questions are easy, like: how to use their fingerprint reader, how to adjust their screen timeout setting, how to install my favorite app: Google Photos, or how to use the keyboard to type word by word – called swiping or gliding.

Hard Questions Sometimes their questions are harder, like: why does my iPad not automatically connect to the data on my iPhone like it’s supposed to? or How do I get back in to my original Facebook account when I forgot the password and mistakenly created another account?

One Person Teaches, Two People Learn Every time I teach a one-on-one I get a little smarter! Here are some more of the questions I get to help people with:

  1. Installing/uninstalling apps
  2. Rearranging app icons on the home screens
  3. Setting up widgets
  4. Recovering passwords
  5. Setting up email to sync to computer
  6. Taking screenshots
  7. Solving problems by rebooting phone
  8. Backing up contacts
  9. Backing up photos
  10. How to navigate with Google Maps
  11. How to make a blog with Blogger
  12. How to copy/paste with phone
  13. How to save photo received in a text
  14. How to send text to multiple recipients
  15. How to make a video call when you can’t use Facetime (because one person is on Android not iOS)
  16. How to record your location and send it to someone you want to meet you
  17. How to get photos from their Mac to show up on their Android device (Google Photos)
  18. and lots, lots more!

If you are a Geeks on Tour member, you can ask your specific questions on our Ask the Geeks: Q&A page. It’s not as good as sitting side-by-side, but it is specific to your question. And, if it really can’t be handled in writing, I’ve been known to arrange a phone call or a video call.

Keep on Learning!

 

Google Photos can make a phone call from a photo of a business card

Screenshot of my Business Card album in Google Photos (blurring added)

For years, I’ve wanted a simple system for storing business cards people give me along my travels. The operative word is simple! Sometimes they’re important, like my insurance agent’s card, and sometimes it’s just friendly, like the camper next door who tells us to stop by if we ever pass near their home. Sometimes it’s just a scrap of paper with a name and phone number written on it!

I like being able to see the actual card rather than the scanned information. I might remember the look of the card before the person’s name. So, I take a picture of the card – nothing special, just a picture taken with my smartphone. That puts it into Google Photos, then I have an album called business cards and make sure all those business card photos get put into that album so I can find them easily.

Google Photos can Read Business Cards

Here’s the magic part. If you open the card’s photo using Google Photos, you can tap the button called Lens, it’s the 3d button at the bottom and it looks like a square with a dot in the middle. Google then unleashes it’s artificial intelligence to read that card and shows you the name, address, phone number and email that it finds on the card. You then have the choice to add this information to your Contacts, or to use it right from Google Photos to make a phone call or send an email to this person.

In episode 153 of our YouTube show: What Does This Button Do? our guests were Eric and Tami Johnson of TechnoRV. We demonstrated the Google Lens technique on their business card. You can see that portion of the show here. Also, if you have Mrs. Geek’s Guide to Google Photos, you can read about the Lens feature on page 78.

153. Our Favorite Smartphone Apps with guests, Eric and Tami of TechnoRV

Show Notes for Members below

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A great benefit of membership is access to the extensive show-notes Chris writes up every week. This week, you’ll find the names of all the apps we discuss as well as links to their websites. Read them online and follow links directly to the parts you’re interested in. We recommend you print them out and keep them in a notebook. It’s a great way to learn.

Not a member? Join here. This episode covers:

  1. Tip of the Day: Phone storage sizes
  2. Our favorite apps: we are joined today by Eric and Tami of TechnoRV.com – they are Full-Time RVers and they sell RV products like Cellular Boosters, WiFi Boosters, RV GPS systems Tire Pressure Monitors, and Electrical Protection Systems.
  3. App: lots of them!

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RVTC

We’re here at the Grand National Rally of the RV Travel Club in Sevierville, Tennessee and we made a Google Photos shared album where anyone attending can add their photos. We’re hoping to get quite a collection by the end of the rally. Just click the picture below to see the whole album. In order to add photos to the album, you need to use Google Photos. See more detailed instructions below.

Click here to view the Shared Photo Album and add your pictures and videos

How to use Group Photo Albums

Mounting phones and tablets to your dashboard

I like to use my phone and/or my iPad for navigating. We’ve used many different methods over the years for mounting our devices on our dash. In the past, we’ve used vertical surface area to attach Velcro, stick a bit of the other side of the Velcro to the back of your device and you have an easy dashboard mount, but the Velcro on the back of the device gets messy after a while. When we had a Rand McNally dashboard GPS, we used a beanbag type of mount up on top of the dash.

Currently we are quite happy with these magnetic mounts by Wizgear. The mount is a magnet on a swivel base with adhesive so you can just stick it to a flat part of your dash. Your phone or tablet must have a metal plate so it can connect to the magnet. Several stick-on metal plates come with the magnetic mount. These are so convenient! Just touch your device to the magnet and it’s mounted. Want to hold your device? Just grab it and pull it loose.

In addition to the mounts that stick to the dash with adhesives, you can also get ones that clip  on to the the air conditioning vents. We find these to be a bit more problematic, but we love to position our devices in front of the cold air to keep them from overheating when they’re navigating.

You might notice that the iPad mounted to the dash is in a case. We just stuck the metal plate to the back of the case. The mounts are inexpensive enough ($2-10) that you can keep a few extra around just to use as a hand-holder for the iPad as well.

Don’t magnets damage electronic devices like phones? Back in the day of computers and magnetic disks, this was a real problem, but not now. The data storage technology in phones is not magnetic and is not affected by magnets. A powerful magnet may possibly affect the compass in your device, but the small magnets used in these mounts, or other cases, are nothing to worry about.

152. Trip Planning Apps – International

Show Notes for Members below

Everyone can view all the episodes for free. Just click on the play button above.

A great benefit of membership is access to the extensive show-notes Chris writes up every week. Read them online and follow links directly to the parts you’re interested in. We recommend you print them out and keep them in a notebook. It’s a great way to learn.

Not a member? Join here. This episode covers:

  1. Tip of the Day: Time Zones and your Phone
  2. Beginner’s Lesson: Trip Planning Apps – International

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September 2018 Newsletter: Trip Planning, Group Photo Albums, Google Photos Sort Order

Monthly Issue #132 September, 2018
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Geeks in August

August was different for us, we had several weeks of wandering and discovery with nothing on our schedule. And, it just so happened that we were in one of the most beautiful areas of the country – Colorado. We took advantage of the Roadtrippers app to find cool things to do. See ourphoto album for August for the results. We ended the month at the Safari 30th Anniversary RV Rally in Shawnee, OK and really enjoyed being back at work!
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Also see our Map and our Blog for the rest of the story.
We always continue to learn about technology! And, we share it with you on our weekly class, What Does This Button Do?  
  • Episode 149: Internet and Battery when you’re off-grid
  • Episode 150: Google Photos for Video Editing
  • Episode 151: Trip Planning with Roadtrippers, RVParky, Google My Maps and more
By the way, our pictures, Blogs, Web Albums, maps, and videos are all examples of what we teach.  You can learn how to plan, preserve, and share your travels (or your life.)  It makes the experience that much more enjoyable to get creative and share pictures, maps, stories, and movies with friends and family. Check out our Learning Library of Tutorial Videos, just go to GeeksOnTour.com and click the menu for Tutorials. There are plenty of free videos in addition to our members-only content to whet your appetite for learning. ​​​​​​​

Sept-Oct Calendar

Every Wednesday  “What Does This Button Do?” 
We record them in a live stream, normally on Sundays at 2pm at our local time.
When we’re not doing our live show, we’ll post an encore episode.
Thursday is “Gabbing With the Geeks” on Facebook Live to answer questions from viewers and discuss anything. 5pm our local time.
We’re in Tulsa as I write this on Labor Day. We had a good time with the Safari Owner’s group last week.
Here’s our speaking request form if you’d like to have us speak to your group.
​​​Upcoming Rallies
September 2018
October 2018
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See our Calendar

Here are some of the topics that have been discussed recently. Anyone can read the forum, only members can ask questions. This is a valuable benefit of membership. Join Today!

  1. Quik and Google Photos
  2. Snapseed Change or Bug?
  3. How to Backup Google Photos to an External Hard Drive
  4. Share a Smartphone or Tablet
  5. Loss of WORKGROUPS in Windows 10
If you are a member, ask a question! Go to GeeksOnTour.com then click the Q&A menu. Make sure you are logged in (there’s a form on the Q&A page), select a category (Photos, Maps, Blogs, Other) then click Add Topic. When finished scroll down to Submit Topic.

Do you plan road trips? I think you’ll like Roadtrippers and RVParky.

We’ve been doing a lot of trip planning this summer! Be sure to check out Episode 151: Trip Planning  in addition to this article.

The way I see it, trip planning has 5 parts, and I’ve listed my favorite tool for each part.

  1. Research: looking for things you want to see, places you want to go. Roadtrippers.com
  2. Plan: this involves maps, routes, and calendars. RVParky.com
  3. Navigate: which way to turn? what road to take to get where you want to go?  Google Maps.
  4. Sleep: finding a place to park the RV for the night. Allstays.com
  5. Remember: keep a map of where you’ve been. Google My Maps
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Google Photos: How to view your photos in order by date-uploaded rather than date-taken

Photos in date orderWhen you use Google Photos to store your pictures, they are organized in one great big stream, by date the photo was taken. The most recent photo is on the top, as you scroll down you’re going back in time. On a mobile device you can pinch the screen until you see your photos grouped by year and month.

Old Photos get lost

A friend of mine just uploaded a group of old photos from her computer to Google Photos.  When she opened Google Photos, she expected to see those photos at the top. When they weren’t there, she assumed she had done something wrong …
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How to use Group Photo Albums

We go to a lot of RV Rallies. At some of them, we helped coordinate a shared photo album so that anyone in the group could post their photos to the album and all could see the combined group of photos. We do it with a Google Photos shared album.
The webmaster for the last rally where we did this told us that it made his job so much easier. The pictures just appeared – people didn’t need to send them to him for uploading to the website.
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Mrs. Geek’s Guide to Google Photos now available on Amazon.

Read More and Buy Now

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Places we would have missed without Roadtrippers

The Roadtrippers website and mobile app is our favorite way to find places to see and things to do. You just tell it where you’re going in general and it will show you all the attractions, outdoor recreation, and other interesting places nearby. Could we have found these with other types of research? Sure. But nothing makes them as accessible as Roadtrippers. For example, Palo Duro Canyon and the outdoor musical theatre have been on our mental list for years, but it was the fact that Roadtrippers made it so easily visible along our route that brought it to our attention. We click it for more detail and find out the phone number to call for tickets.

Here are just a few of the places we visited because we saw them on Roadtrippers

What Roatrippers pointed out What we saw because of Roadtrippers

We discovered Stafford because of Roadtrippers, but we got to stay the night because of HarvestHosts.com