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January 2022 News: Streamyard, Bitcoin, Travel maps, and Google Photos book

  January 2022 | Issue 173  | Archives
What’s up with Jim and Chris – the Geeks

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We hope you all had happy holidays.
We were home for the whole month of December. We celebrated the holidays with lots of friends and family. For Christmas, Jim and I gave each other the gift of travel! On January1 we will be going on a 3-week trip called “Route of the Maya” with Overseas Adventure Travel. All the planning is done for us. I still laid it out in Google My Maps. Click the link and you can see the map. We will add notes and
photos to the map when we’re there. If you are a Geeks on Tour member, you will get a link to our photo album so you can follow along with us day by day.
Classes in December
During the past month we presented a class over Zoom on using LastPass.  You can review the whole class at the link below. It will be public until February when it changes to members only.
In this newsletter:
As usual, we have an eclectic mix of smartphone and technology tips for you.
  1. Live streaming with Streamyard, it’s easier than you think.
  2. Our Travel map for 2021
  3. Video: Overview of Bitcoin and Blockchain
  4. Praise for our Google Photos book
  5. Sample videos: Long exposure photos on iPhone, Time Zones on Google Calendar

  • Thank you to our premium members for supporting us and making this newsletter possible! If you learn something from us, and you’re not a member, consider joining us now.

What’s coming up – Our Calendar January 2022

We’re Presenting Online
Things are all online-only on our calendar this month.
January We’ll be out of the country most of January but we plan on going live on YouTube and Facebook during our travels.
Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel, click on the bell for notifications, and Like us on Facebook.
We expect to do a Button Show January 30th with a recap of our trip.
  • Jan 30, 2pm ET- Episode 227 of What Does This Button Do?
  • Jan 30, 3pm ET Backstage Pass for Members Only Zoom meeting
Live YouTube Shows Sundays at 2pm Eastern time “The Button Show”
Also on our Facebook page
Be sure to subscribe and like the page
February
  • Feb 13, 2pm ET- Episode 228 of What Does This Button Do?
  • Feb 13, 3pm ET Backstage Pass for Members Only Zoom meeting
  • February 21 – 24 Riverside RV Resort 3 sessions
  • Feb 27, 2pm ET- Episode 229 of What Does This Button Do?
  • Feb 27, 3pm ET Backstage Pass for Members Only Zoom meeting
Stay safe. Wash your hands. Get vaccinated.


Ask the GeeksAsk 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. Dictating a message then have it typed out
  2. Cloud Storage and backup options
  3. HDMI wired and wireless
  4. Adding text to a photo
  5. Scanner no longer links to Google Photos

Live streaming with Streamyard, it’s easier than you think.

Have you ever taught a class or spoken up at a meeting about a topic of interest? Might you want to reach a bigger audience on that topic? How would you like to have an informal group of people who talk about that topic and broadcast their discussions to anyone else who is interested – anywhere in the world. And, you can do it for free!

Our Travel map for 2021

I add markers to this map all year long. Now that the year is over, I can consider our travel map complete. The red line is going out, westbound. The green line is coming home. Clicking on the map will take you to the original, interactive, MyMap. Then you can click on the markers to see more information and some
photos.

If you’re interested in making these maps for yourself, check out this article. It includes links to all our teaching material on Google MyMaps.


Praise for our Google Photos Book

We were so excited to get this email from Sue Hepler today. So I don’t have to tell you about how good my book is! You can listen to Sue!
 “I just received my new Google Photos book from you.  Came home, heated up a cup of soup, plopped down at the table and opened your book for the first time.  I just grabbed a chunk of pages at random and came to Chapter 5.  I read page 73 about archiving.  I’ve never used archive before because I didn’t really understand it and didn’t think I’d ever need it.  Now I think it is a MIRACLE!!!!
My biggest problem of scrolling through all our photos by date is the issue of seeing all the housewatch photos we take on a daily basis.  NOW (thanks to you) I know I just have to select them and hit archive.  I still have the photos if I should need them for future reference but I don’t have to scroll through them all to get to the one or two photos I took that I want for my blog or for personal use.
THANK YOU!!!!  If I hadn’t ordered your book, I would never have realized a simple solution to my ongoing problem (annoyance).
You remain WONDER WOMAN in my world.  I am a HUGE fan.
Sue Hepler”

Learn about Bitcoin and Blockchain

One of our motivations for visiting El Salvador specifically, is that they are using Bitcoin as legal currency and we’d like to see how it works. Here is a 20 minute excerpt from Episode 206 of our YouTube show.

Have you seen these tutorial videos?

Here is a sample of our tutorial videos.Apple Photos, soft waterfall effect

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December 2021 News: Samsung S21 Ultra – surprise, Google Photos, Smartphone Settings

  December 2021 | Issue 172  | Archives
What’s up with Jim and Chris – the Geeks

Keys

Home again

We were home for the whole month of November. It looks like December will be the same. In January, we’ve booked a tour of Central America. Something different. All the planning is done for us. I still laid it out in Google My Maps so we could grasp the concept of where we’re going. We will add notes and photos to the map when we’re there.
During the past month we presented a few classes over Zoom and YouTube. Here are links so you can review them:

In this newsletter:

As usual, we have an eclectic mix of smartphone and technology tips for you.
  1. Chris’ new Galaxy S21 Ultra phone: an unexpected surprise feature!
  2. As we’re ending the first year of paying for Google Photos storage, people are asking “What happens if I stop paying?
  3. A Smartphone Tip about using Search to find those settings on your iPhone or Android device…

  • Thank you to our premium members for supporting us and making this newsletter possible! If you learn something from us, and you’re not a member, consider joining us now.
What’s coming up – Our Calendar December 2021
We’re Presenting Online
Things are all online-only on our calendar this month.
Live YouTube Shows Sundays at 2pm Eastern time “The Button Show”
Also on our Facebook page
Be sure to subscribe and like the page
December
  • Dec 12, 2pm ET- Episode 225 of What Does This Button Do?
  • Dec 12, 3pm ET Backstage Pass for Members Only Zoom meeting
  • Dec 8, 7pm ET- Sun City Center Computer Club  Zoom meeting: How do I use LastPass?
  • Dec 26, 2pm ET- Episode 226 of What Does This Button Do?
  • Dec 26, 3pm ET Backstage Pass for Members Only Zoom meeting
January We’ll be out of the country most of January but we plan on going live on YouTube and Facebook during our travels. Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel and Like us on Facebook.
Stay safe. Wash your hands. Get vaccinated.

Q&A
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. Gmail using groups on labels
  2. Uploading from Picasa to GP – photo edits
  3. Follow the blog gadget
  4. Free Up Space on Android
  5. Google Drive Checking Sync and Photos

Taking photos with Chris’ new Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra phone – A Surprise Feature

I bought this phone because of the lenses. I knew that taking telephoto shots was going to be awesome. What I did not know is that the Samsung Gallery app has a feature called Object Eraser. I strongly considered getting the Google Pixel 6 instead of the Samsung, and one of the reasons is the Google Photos
feature called “Magic Eraser” which is only available on the Pixel 6.

I usually do not use the Gallery app that comes with Samsung phones because I use Google Photos instead. Read More


What happens to my Google Photos if I don’t pay for storage?

If you think of your Google Account Storage like a real world storage unit, these concepts will be easier. Let’s say you had a small storage unit that would hold 15 boxes of stuff. Once it gets full, what happens? You can’t store any more stuff! If you take out some of the old boxes, you can put in new ones, but
you’re limited to 15 boxes total.

3 Choices when your storage is full

It’s the same with your Google Account Storage. Google gives everyone 15GB of storage for free. Once you fill that up, you have 3 choices:

  1. Do nothing
  2. Get rid of some stuff
  3. Pay for a bigger storage amount

If you choose #1, you won’t be able to add any more photos to your Google Photos but you will be able to access what is already there. That may be acceptable but there’s a catch. Read More …


How to use Search to find those pesky Smartphone Settings
All smartphones have dozens, maybe hundreds, of settings that customize the way your phone works. For example, does your phone’s screen go black when you don’t want it to? If you’re writing an email and you take a minute to think about what you want to say, your phone thinks it’s time to go to sleep and your screen goes dark just as you’re about to type the next word. That’s aggravating, right? Well, there’s a setting for that. On Android phones it’s called Screen
Timeout. On iPhones it’s called Auto-Lock. Yours may be set to 30 seconds, which means you don’t get much time to think before the screen goes black! You can change it to something more reasonable, like 1 or 2 minutes – IF you can find it. Read the Article and watch the short videos to learn how.

Have you seen these tutorial videos?
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October 2021 News: Google Drive, Smartphone Keyboards, Google Maps Share Location

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  October 2021 | Issue 170  | Archives
What’s up with Jim and Chris – the Geeks
Just a few miles traveled in September
After our 3,000+ miles in August, from the time we got home on September 3, to the end of the month, we just stayed home and chilled. At the end of the month, we just had to go somewhere, so we took the motorhome for a few days in the keys. People come from all over the world to see this beauty and it’s right in our backyard.
In this newsletter:
If you missed our Episode 219 Hodgepodge of Tech Tips, check it out now (see below) – we got a lot of interest in these tips, especially the one about making a website for Photo Albums. Then came #220 about Google Drive for Desktop. This topic was so complex, I wrote a follow up article in hopes of clearing up some of the confusion. For something fun this month, check out the article on Google Maps – navigating to a person’s location. And, everyone should go over the list of smartphone keyboard tips to be sure you’re not doing things the hard way!

What’s coming up – Our Calendar October 2021

Our calendar on our website is the best way to see what we’re doing.
October 
We have one in-person Roadtrek Rally planned starting on the 26th in Sarasota, Fl.
  • Oct 10, 2pm ET- Episode 221 of What Does This Button Do?
  • Oct 10, 3pm ET Backstage Pass for Members Only Zoom meeting
  • Oct 18, 7pm ET- Google Photos: Ask Chris Anything Live
  • Oct 24, 2pm ET- Episode 222 of What Does This Button Do?
  • Oct 24, 3pm ET Backstage Pass for Members Only Zoom meeting
  • Oct 26-28, Roadtrek Rally in Sarasota, Fl.
  • Oct 29, 7pm ET- Members Only Orientation and Q&A Live
Live YouTube Shows Sundays at 2pm Eastern time “The Button Show”
Also on our Facebook page
Be sure to subscribe and like the page
October 10th and 24th
November 7th and 21st
November
  • Nov 7, 2pm ET- Episode 223 of What Does This Button Do?
  • Nov 7, 3pm ET Backstage Pass for Members Only Zoom meeting
  • Nov 15, 7pm ET- Google Photos: Ask Chris Anything Live
  • Nov 21, 2pm ET- Episode 224 of What Does This Button Do?
  • Nov 21, 3pm ET Backstage Pass for Members Only Zoom meeting
  • Nov 22, 10am Hilton Head Island Computer Club Google Photos
  • Nov 26, 7pm ET- Members Only Orientation and Q&A Live

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 Sync to Desktop
  2. Backup Google Photos from 2 Accounts
  3. Upload Photos to Facebook
  4. Google Drive Transfer
  5. Export Picasa Captions

Google Drive for Desktop: Confusion is strong with this one.

On Oct 1, Google retired the product called “Backup and Sync.” In its place is a product called Drive for Desktop. People are asking,

“What was Backup and Sync, and how do I know if I have it?”

“What is Drive for Desktop and why would I need it?”

“What happened on October 1 and do I need to do anything?”

Episode 220 of our YouTube show was all about Google Drive and the New Google Drive for Desktop. We showed in detail how to use it
and how to migrate from Backup and Sync, but I don’t think we sufficiently answered the questions above, so I’ll try in this article.


Find your spouse with Google Maps

No, I’m not talking about finding your future spouse. The name is Google Maps, not Google Matchmaker  I’m talking about knowing the whereabouts of your current spouse.

And Google Maps makes it so easy. My husband and I both share our Google Maps location with the other, so if one or the other needs a ride, there is no hassle to get directions to exactly where they are. This 1 minute video will show you how.

Google Maps – Navigate to a Person’s Location Tutorial Video 707


Back to Basics: Your smartphone’s keyboard

This article documents 14 tips for iPhone and Android phone keyboards. All practical skills for working better and faster with your phone’s keyboard.

I know you use the keyboard on your smartphone all the time, but it never hurts to take a minute to “sharpen the saw” and see if there are any bits of knowledge that can make your life easier! So, I’ve made a little checklist here of basic features of the keyboards on smartphones. Since smartphones fall into two categories, I’ll make the
checklist twice, first for iOS: iPhones and iPads, then for Android phones.


Google Photos update – for members only

On Sep 13 we hosted a members-only Zoom meeting for an update on Google Photos.
If you missed it, we saved all the goodies on our Classes page.
You can access the recording of the Zoom meeting, all the links that were mentioned, and the slide show.

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September 2021 News: Google Photos issue

  September 2021 | Issue 169  | Archives
What’s up with Jim and Chris – the Geeks
3,021 Miles traveled in August
August was a play month! We visited a national park, drove over a 12,000 foot pass in the Rockies, visited lots of friends, showed off our Star Trek geekiness by stopping at the Future Birthplace of Captain James T. Kirk (photo above), slept at a winery, and hung out at the shore. Fun, fun, fun.
We’re home now. Here’s the complete summer tour map:
There were no work stops on our schedule this month, but that didn’t prevent us from doing some online work. Three online events happened to be all about Google Photos – so we decided to dedicate this issue of the newsletter to that topic. See articles below about Editing with Google Photos, Making movies with Google Photos, and 30 questions answered
about Google Photos.
  • Thank you to our premium members for supporting us and making this newsletter possible! If you learn something from us, and you’re not a member, consider joining us now.

What’s coming up – Our Calendar September 2021
We’re Presenting Online
Things are all online-only on our calendar this month.
  • Sept 12, 2pm ET- Episode 219 of “What Does This Button Do?
  • Sep 12, 3pm ET Backstage Pass for Members Only Zoom meeting
  • Sep 13, 3pm ET Members Only Zoom – Google Photos update
  • Sep 20, 7pm ET- Google Photos: Ask Chris Anything Live
  • Sep 24, 7pm ET- Members Only Orientation and Q&A Live
  • Sep 19, 2pm ET- Episode 220 of What Does This Button Do?
  • Sep 19, 3pm ET Backstage Pass for Members Only Zoom meeting
October
We have one in-person Roadtrek Rally planned starting on the 26th in Sarasota, Fl.
  • Oct 10, 2pm ET- Episode 220 of What Does This Button Do?
  • Oct 10, 3pm ET Backstage Pass for Members Only Zoom meeting
  • Oct 18, 7pm ET- Google Photos: Ask Chris Anything Live
  • Oct 24, 2pm ET- Episode 220 of What Does This Button Do?
  • Oct 24, 3pm ET Backstage Pass for Members Only Zoom meeting
  • Oct 26-28, Roadtrek Rally in Sarasota, Fl.
  • Oct 29, 7pm ET- Members Only Orientation and Q&A Live
Live YouTube Shows Sundays at 2pm Eastern time “The Button Show”
September 12th and 26th
October 10th and 24th

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. Data usage on the Canadian border
  2. Changes in editing Google Photos
  3. Does it work with Kindle Books?
  4. Canceling Google One
  5. iCloud storage

All about Google Photos
Jim and I are evangelists for Google Photos, so it surprises us when we meet someone who doesn’t know what it is. We recently asked someone if they used Google Photos, and they said “Sure, I Google for images all the time.”  No, no, no, we’re not talking about public photos, we’re talking about your private library of photos and videos. I have 84,000 photos and videos stored in my Google Photos account. From scanned photos of me as a baby, to high school
graduation and world travels, to to selfies from last week at the beach. I can simply search for any photo I want to see.
We pay $20/year for storage space in the cloud. With that we get all the features that are part of Google Photos. In this newsletter issue, we’ll tell you about 2 of these features:
  1. Improving your photos with Editing,
  2. Making movies from your photos and videos.
  • The 3d article is about our open Q&A session where you’ll be able to see our answer to 30 different questions about Google Photos.
  • Lastly, we’re announcing a members-only Zoom meeting to discuss recent updates to Google Photos

Editing can take your photos from trash to treasure
Built right in to Google Photos are tools for improving your photos. Tools like Crop, straighten, Adjust exposure, Adjust color. You can use these tools on the computer/web version of Google Photos as well on the iOS and Android app. Whenever you’re looking at your photos, take a minute to make them look better.
This article gives you the exact process to make the changes in the photos above, and it includes a YouTube show where we demonstrate that and more.

Using Google Photos to make instant movies from your photos
If you use Google Photos to store your photos and videos, you need to try making movies! It is drop-dead easy to make short movies complete with music that you can then share with your friends.
This article outlines the 3 basic steps to create a movie and also tells you about some of the options. If you use motion photos (Live photos on iPhone) be prepared for a treat when your movies come to life!
At the end of the article is a 50 minute video with lots of demonstration and discussion about the easiest and best ways to make movies.

30 Questions answered about Google Photos
Most every month, we host a Youtube and Facebook live stream for open Q&A about Google Photos. During our August session, we had 30 questions.
You can watch the full 1 hour show, or you can read thru the list of questions and click on the timeline link for just those that pique your interest.

Google Photos update – for members only
If you are a premium member of GeeksOnTour.com, please join us on Monday, Sep 13 at 3pm Eastern time for an update on Google Photos. There’s nothing major, but a lot of minor changes since the book was published in June. Some of these changes could be important for you!
We’ll be using the Zoom links for the Backstage Pass. You can find that link on the Member Login page.

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August 2021 News: Photo Editing issue – Google Photos, Snapseed, Samsung Gallery, Apple Photos

  August 2021 | Issue 168  | Archives
What’s up with Jim and Chris – the Geeks
Out West
July was a busy month! We presented seminars at 2 rallies in Wyoming, then we played! We visited hot springs, and took a covered wagon ride, then met up with friends parked in the wilderness and took a hike. We visited National Parks, and drove over a 12,000 foot mountain pass. If you like the photo above, be sure to read the complete article on using Snapseed to “beautify” your photos and you’ll learn exactly how it was done.
Where travel meets business
As we write this newsletter, we are parked at a unique location in Montrose, Colorado where some RVers you may have heard of – HeathAndAlyssa.com – have decided to settle down and build their own RV Park! They are focused on providing a place where mobile entrepreneurs can have not only an RV Park, but co-working facilities complete with high-speed Internet, conference facilities, and more.
They haven’t even broken ground yet, but the schoolhouse on the property has fibre Internet, plenty of air-conditioned working space, showers, and a kitchen. We ended up staying 3 days, got a lot of work done, and had fun getting to know the other RV Entrepreneurs who were parked there. It’s not really an RV park yet, but you can reserve boondocking sites here. Thanks Heath and Alyssa – and good luck in your endeavors, we love the concept.
Beauty of the West!
Our travels in Wyoming, Utah, and Colorado this month were filled with so much beauty that I’ve decided to dedicate this newsletter issue to photo editing. We took lots of photos with our phones, then used Google Photos for basic editing, Snapseed for “beautifying” and some special features of Apple Photos as well as Samsung Gallery that we had fun with. I hope you’ll read thru these tips and follow along to learn just how easy it is to have people go “WoW!” when they see your photos.
If you have the book, Learn Google Photos, editing is covered in Chapter 7. And here’s the YouTube playlist of videos that goes along with Chapter 7.
Materials from the RV Rallies
We presented several seminars at 2 RV rallies in July. Whether you joined us in person or not, you can access the class materials for all of these seminars on the web pages we’ve made.
Right now, these pages are open for anyone to view. We leave them open for about a month then change their status to members only.
See you Sunday!
It’s been a while since we’ve done our Sunday Live YouTube show – did ya miss us? We will do our best to be somewhere with Internet and electricity this Sunday so we can stream episode 217 of What Does This Button Do? We’ll tell you all about our travels for the past month and give lots of tips about living off-grid and off-line as well as a few of our favorite travel apps.
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What’s coming up – Our Calendar August 2021

We’re Presenting Online
Plenty of content on our calendar this month!
August is a travel month. Pay close attention to time zones.
  • Aug 8, 2pm CDT- Episode 217 of What Does This Button Do?
  • Aug 8, 3pm CDT Backstage Pass for Members Only Zoom meeting
  • Aug 16, 7pm ET- Google Photos: Ask Chris Anything Live
  • Aug 22 2pm ET Episode 218 of What Does This Button Do?
  • Aug 22, 3pm ET Backstage Pass for Members Only Zoom meeting
  • Aug 27, 7pm ET- Members Only Orientation and Q&A Live
We’re not sure what September’s calendar will look like. If we’re back home, we’ll have the regular line-up of shows and specials.
  • Sep 5, 2pm ET- Episode 219 of What Does This Button Do?
  • Sep 5, 3pm ET Backstage Pass for Members Only Zoom meeting
  • Sep 13, 3pm ET Members Only Zoom – Google Photos update
  • Sep 19, 2pm ET- Episode 220 of What Does This Button Do?
  • Sep 19, 3pm ET Backstage Pass for Members Only Zoom meeting
  • Sep 20, 7pm ET- Google Photos: Ask Chris Anything Live
  • Sep 24, 7pm ET- Members Only Orientation and Q&A Live
Live YouTube Shows Sundays at 2pm OUR LOCAL time “The Button Show”
We are traveling. Our local time may be MDT, CDT, or EDT. Make a note.
August 8th and 22nd
September 5th and 19th
Stay safe. Wash your hands. Get vaccinated.

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. WiFi on the road
  2. Printing from cell phone
  3. Does it work with Kindle Books?
  4. Windows Snip and Sketch
  5. Browser History

Basic Photo Editing using Google Photos

If you’ve never used Google Photos to enhance your photos, then you need to learn how to get in to edit mode and to navigate amongst the different tools (see this video). If you already know that, then there are just two features that made the difference in the photo above:
  1. Adjustments: Shadows – slide to increase light in the shadows
  2. Pop: Scroll to the right until you find More…, choose Pop and slide to increase
  3. Done and Save

Beautifying your photos using special editing features of the free Snapseed app.


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Once you start playing with Snapseed, you won’t be able to stop. The option called Ambiance takes any scenic shot and makes it look like a painting. It’s just one slider and it makes such a difference.

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Some special editing features of the Samsung Gallery app


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I felt this picture needed a better sun, a happier sun, a fun sun! So, I used Samsung Gallery and added a sticker.

Read the article to see how this is done.


A special editing feature of the iPhone Photos app


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As long as you know how to take a “Live” photo with your iphone, you won’t believe just how easy it is to get the effect above. The article includes a video that shows you exactly how to do it.

Read the Article


Learn Google Photos 2021 available at Amazon

Google Photos is changing all the time, and we have several ways of alerting you to the changes, but sometimes the changes are significant enough that we need to reprint the book. The Learn Google Photos book has been updated to reflect the changes that took place on and before June 1, 2021. If you click the
image at right, you will go to the Amazon page to look inside the book at the first several pages of the Kindle edition of the book.

Buy from Amazon: Kindle version 7.95 | Paperback 24.95

Leave us a Review

Have you learned something from Geeks on Tour?

If so, we’d love to get a review from you. Click the link below and you should see a right sidebar with all Geeks on Tour stuff, scroll down a bit and you should see Reviews and Write a Review.

 If you like this newsletter, please forward it on to your friends! If you received this issue forwarded by a friend you can subscribe to get your own copy delivered to your in box – it’s free. You can also visit the archives of past newsletters. If you’ve learned something from us along the way, we’d love a Google Review from you!

June 2021 News: Travel Planning, Harvest Hosts, Google Photos 2021

  June 2021 | Issue 166  | Archives
What’s up with Jim and Chris – the Geeks
Get ready to travel
The big RV Rallies were all cancelled in 2020, but they’re ON this year. Both the FMCA Int’l Convention, and the Escapees Club Escapade are being held during the month of July in Wyoming. We’ll be there, and we hope to see many of you there too. The Escapade is already sold out, but
if you’re registered, there is still room in our pre-rally Smartphone Photography workshop.
Since we’re getting ready to hit the road ourselves, the theme for this newsletter is Travel Planning. We use lots of different maps and apps to plan our travels – we’ll be teaching a seminar at both rallies called, “Maps and Apps for RV Trip Planning”. If you can’t attend, you can still view all of the class materials here.
Check out the articles this month about calculating dates in your travel plans, staying at Harvest Hosts, and finding those scenic gems with the Roadtrippers website.
We’re also happy to announce that our Learn Google Photos book has now been updated to reflect the changes in the product before and thru June 1. We’ll be showing the Kindle version of it as we teach how to control the Kindle app in Episode 214 of our YouTube show on June 6.

What Does This Button Do? (YouTube shows)
May 23 #213 How to play your music in the car
May 17 Learn Google Photos open Q&A (make sure to use the chapter links in the description – they link to 27 separate questions!)
New Tutorial Videos
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What’s coming up – Our Calendar June/July 2021
We’re Presenting LIVE – online and in person!
Lots of stuff on our calendar this month!
  • June 1, 3pm ET Venice Technology User Group Travel apps
  • June 6, 2pm ET Episode 214 of What Does This Button Do?
  • June 6, 3pm ET – Backstage Pass for Members Only Zoom meeting
  • June 20 2pm ET Episode 215 of What Does This Button Do?
  • June 20, 3pm ET – Backstage Pass for Members Only Zoom meeting
  • June 21, 3pm ET –  Google Photos Live Q&A streaming to Facebook and YouTube. Chris will demo and take questions
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  • July 7-10 FMCA 103rd International Convention in Gillette, WY.
    • Wed at 2:30 MDT – Smartphone Photography
    • Thur at 1 MDT – Remember & Share your Travels: Photos, Maps, Blogs
    • Fri at 9am MDT – Google Photos
    • Sat  2:30 MDT – Maps & Apps
We’ll have a table in the FMCA Information Center for Books and Memberships
  • July 11, 2pm MDT Episode 214 of What Does This Button Do?
  • July 11, 3pm MDT Backstage Pass for Members Only Zoom meeting
  • July 16-17 Camp Reboot – Smartphone Photography & Google Photos
  • July 18-23 60th Escapade  in Rock Springs, WY
    • Mon at 3pm MDT Smartphone Photography
    • Tue at 8:30am MDT Maps and Blogs
    • Wed at 10:30am MDT RV Trip Planning
We’ll have a booth in the Escapade vendor area for Books and Memberships
Live YouTube Shows Sundays at 2pm Eastern time “The Button Show”
June 6th and 20th
July 11th
Stay safe. Wash your hands. Get vaccinated.

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  1. Document Camera Woes
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  4. Wireless Casting to TV
  5. Upload Quality

Travel Planning: Calculating Dates
If you use a trip-planning app, here’s how it usually goes … you enter your starting location and your starting date, then you enter every night stop along the way and the app will calculate the dates of arrival. But what if you don’t want to plan every night? We’ve come up with an easy trick to make it all work.

Travel Planning: Staying at Harvest Hosts
When you travel by RV, you don’t really need a place to stay, you just need a place to park. RV parks with full hookups are nice but not always necessary. If you’re willing to park somewhere without hookups, you have many more options. One of our favorites is called Harvest Hosts.

Places we would have missed without Roadtrippers


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If you want ideas of sights to see and places to stay, you can’t do better than the Roadtrippers website and app.

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Maps and Apps for RV Trip Planning
All of the tips above are part of our seminar called Maps and Apps for RV Trip Planning. We will be presenting that seminar at both the FMCA and the Escapade RV rallies in July. We presented the same seminar at the Tampa RV Supershow in January, and also to several clubs over Zoom.
We’ve collected all the class materials and put them on one page for you to peruse whenever you want! Just visit the page Maps and Apps for RV Trip Planning and you’ll be able to download the seminar handout and view the slides we use to present the class.
You’ll also find links to all the apps and websites that we mention. Last but not least there is a playlist of over a dozen of our tutorial videos on subjects related to travel planning.

Learn Google Photos 2021 now available at Amazon

Google Photos is changing all the time, and we have several ways of alerting you to the changes, but sometimes the changes are significant enough that we need to reprint the book. The Learn Google Photos book has been updated to reflect the changes that took place on and before June 1, 2021. If you click the image at right, you will go
to the Amazon page to look inside the book at the first several pages of the Kindle edition of the book.

Buy from Amazon: Kindle version 7.95 | Paperback 24.95

Make sure to tune in to Episode 214 of our YouTube show. We will be using the Learn Google Photos 2021 book to demonstrate how to use the Kindle app.


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May 2021 News: Last chance for Google Photos free storage, QR codes, Google Lens

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  May 2021 | Issue 165  | Archives
April with Jim and Chris – the Geeks


Spring in Florida and Georgia

Becoming Home-bodies

Chris is not known for having a green thumb! But, with all this time at home, she just had to do a little digging and planting. Her favorite thing in the garden though, is this little froggie statue. It’s been there as long as she can remember and it had lost its eyes. She asked Jim to use the 3D printer to make him some new ones and they turned out great! Now, if only he could 3D print some flowering bushes.
 

Club Presentations

We presented six seminars over zoom during April. The topics included Google Photos, Blogger, Snapseed, and a Hodgepodge of Tech Tips. If you belong to one of the organizations that invited us, you already know about it. For the rest of you, we are listing the classes along with a link to all class materials on our website. And, if you are a teacher, you are welcome to use our materials for your own class. Just go to GeeksOnTour.com and click where you see the word “Classes” – it will
take you to this page. It’s quite a resource – check it out!
 
 

What Does This Button Do? (YouTube shows)
Apr 25 #211 

Hodgepodge of Tech Tips including Google Lens

 
Apr 19 Learn Google Photos open Q&A (make sure to use the chapter links in the description – they link to 32 separate questions!)
 

New Tutorial Videos

 

What’s coming up – Our Calendar May/June 2021

We’re Presenting LIVE – online and in person!


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Lots of stuff on our calendar this month!
  • May 4, 1:30pm ET – Senior Planet Colorado Hodgepodge of Smartphone Tips (Zoom)
  • May 6 7:30 pm ET – Cajun Clickers Computer Club – upcoming changes in Google Photos (Zoom)June
  • May 9, 2pm ET – Episode 212 of What Does This Button Do?
  • May 9, 3pm ET – Backstage Pass for Members Only Zoom meeting
  • May 17, 3pm ET – Google Photos Live Q&A streaming to Facebook and YouTube. Chris will demo and take questions.
  • May 23, 2pm ET – Episode 213 of What Does This Button Do?
  • May 23, 3pm ET – Backstage Pass for Members Only Zoom meeting
  • May 28, 3pm ET – GOT Member Orientation Zoom Meeting for all Premium Members   
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  • June 1, 3pm ET Venice Technology User Group Travel apps?
  • June 6, 2pm ET Episode 212 of What Does This Button Do?
  • June 6, 3pm ET – Backstage Pass for Members Only Zoom meeting
  • June 20 2pm ET Episode 213 of What Does This Button Do?
  • June 20, 3pm ET – Backstage Pass for Members Only Zoom meeting
  • June 21, 3pm ET –  Google Photos Live Q&A streaming to Facebook and YouTube. Chris will demo and take questions
Live YouTube Shows Sundays at 2pm Eastern time “The Button Show” 
May 9th and 23rd
June 6th and 20th
 
Stay safe. Wash your hands. Get vaccinated.


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Last chance to take advantage of Google Photos’ Free unlimited storage before June 1.

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If you use Google Photos, I want you to do something right now. Go to One.Google.com/storage and check your account’s usage. It will look something like the screenshot above. If you see that Google Photos is using up any storage, there is an easy way to reduce that number to 0 by retroactively compressing all photos and videos to the size called “High Quality.”
Recover Storage
The command is called Recover Storage and you will find it on the web version of Google Photos, under the settings button – the gear. Just click Recover Storage, then click Compress. That’s it!
If you don’t see a Recover Storage button, that means that you are already paying for storage, but you can still compress all past photos and videos by clicking back and forth from the Original Quality setting to the High Quality setting. You will be prompted if you want to compress past files, check the box to recover storage then click confirm.
Do this before June 1. Watch the video below if needed.

QR Codes are everywhere


scan qr code

You’re seeing them in restaurants these days. Scan the code to read the menu on your phone. They’re also on business cards, brochures and correspondence. To scan them, all you need to do is point your phone’s camera at the code, then tap the message that pops up.
 
 
 

Google Lens will tell you about the things around you, including translating. 


Google Lens identifies a plant and "googles" it

I bought this plant to put in my back yard garden, but I don’t know if it needs sun or shade. If I knew the name of the plant, I would just google how to care for it, but I have no idea what it is called. This is where Google Lens comes in. You just focus on things in the real world and it will “google it for you.” Imagine being able to “Google it” for anything in the real world as well as online. Are you wondering where your friend bought that cool kitchen
appliance? Just get out your phone with Google Lens, point it at the appliance and you’ll find out. You’ll even get a link for where to buy it. What is this menu item that’s written in Italian? Google Lens can tell you.
 
 
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April 2021 News: Computer to Google Photos, Smart Watch heart monitoring, Four Seminars for you

  April 2021 | Issue 164  | Archives
March with Jim and Chris – the Geeks
Springtime travel
Since we’re both vaccinated now we feel good to travel. March was the FMCA RV convention in Perry, GA. We traveled there in our little RV, had gorgeous weather, and presented 4 seminars. Read more and see how you can access all four seminars in the article below: Presenting 4 seminars at an RV Rally.
On the way home we stopped at a friend’s near Gainesville, Florida and were in awe of the stunning Azaleas – thus the photos above.
Club Presentations
We presented several seminars over zoom for computer clubs – and you can benefit by visiting GeeksOnTour.com/clubs – you will see what topics we presented for which clubs AND you’ll be able to access all the class materials we used. It’s quite a resource – check it out!
What Does This Button Do? (YouTube shows)
Mar 21 #209 How wearable technology can improve your health in 2021 with Dr. Ron Brown
On our Learn Google Photos YouTube channel we offer a monthly live “Ask Chris Anything” on the 3d Monday at 3pm Eastern.
Mar 15 Learn Google Photos open Q&A (make sure to use the chapter links in the description.)
New Tutorial Videos

What’s coming up – Our Calendar March/April 2021
We’re Presenting LIVE – online and in person!
Lots of stuff on our calendar this month!
  • April 11, 2pm ET – Episode 210 of What Does This Button Do?
  • April 11, 3pm ET – Backstage Pass for Members Only Zoom meeting
  • April 12, 1:30pm ET – Senior Planet Colorado How to make a blog with Blogger (Zoom)
  • April 19, 3pm ET – Google Photos Live Q&A streaming to Facebook and YouTube. Chris will demo and take questions.
  • April 23, 10am ET – Deerfield Beach Computer Club Topic TBD (Zoom)
  • April 25, 2pm ET – Episode 211 of What Does This Button Do?
  • April 25, 3pm ET – Backstage Pass for Members Only Zoom meeting
  • April 30, 3pm ET – GOT Member Orientation Zoom Meeting for all Premium Members
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  • May 4, 1:30pm ET – Senior Planet Colorado Hodgepodge of Smartphone Tips (Zoom)
  • May 6 7:30 pm ET – Cajun Clickers Computer Club – upcoming changes in Google Photos (Zoom)
  • May 9, 2pm ET – Episode 212 of What Does This Button Do?
  • May 9, 3pm ET – Backstage Pass for Members Only Zoom meeting
  • May 17, 3pm ET – Google Photos Live Q&A streaming to Facebook and YouTube. Chris will demo and take questions.
  • May 23, 2pm ET – Episode 213 of What Does This Button Do?
  • May 23, 3pm ET – Backstage Pass for Members Only Zoom meeting
  • May 28, 3pm ET – GOT Member Orientation Zoom Meeting for all Premium Members
Live YouTube Shows Sundays at 2pm Eastern time “The Button Show”
April 11th and 25th
May 9th and 23rd
Stay safe. Wash your hands. Wear a mask.


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It’s time to upload all those photos from your computer to Google Photos.
In Chris’ book: Learn Google Photos, Chapters 1, 2, and 3 are all about gathering your lifetime of photos into one place, your Google Photos account. Chapter 1 teaches you about your Google Account. Chapter 2 is about how to automatically gather all the photos taken with your phone – it’s easy – just install the Google Photos app and
turn it on!
Upload all photos from your computer now
If all the photos you’ve ever taken are on your phone, then you’re done. But, most of us have many years worth of digital photos stored on our computers also. The goal is to have your entire life’s collection of photos in your Google Photos. So, how do you get those photos from the computer to your Google account? Read this article to find out. We’ve taken an excerpt from Chapter 3 to tell you how to set up some automatic software that will gather all the photos found on your computer and
copy them to the cloud in your Google Photos account.
Now is the time to do this! If you use the “High Quality” size setting, then all the photos and videos that you upload now will be stored forever free! That changes on June 1, so, read the article and do it now!

How will wearable technology improve your health in 2021?
We wear a watch to tell the time, right? You can also wear a watch today to tell you your heart rate, your blood oxygen level, and whether you have Atrial Fibrillation. You can also see your patterns of heart rate, blood oxygen, and level of sleep all night long, possibly alerting you to future problems.
Learn all about it from our friend, Ron Brown MD, in episode 209 of our “What Does This Button Do?” show.
He even expects the Apple Watch to be able to do bloodless blood sugar monitoring later this year. This will be a game-changer for people with diabetes, saving billions of dollars and oh-so-many headaches with blood-sugar testing.

A quick video about the Apple Watch and heart monitoring

Presenting four seminars at an RV Rally
We actually taught seminars live and face to face this last month, but just because you weren’t there doesn’t mean you can’t benefit also. Read this article and you’ll discover how you can get free access to all the class materials for the four seminars we presented:
  1. Smartphone Photography: take a good shot and make it better
  2. How to remember and share your travels with photos, maps, and a Blog
  3. How to Organize your Photos using Google Photos
  4. How do I make my own custom Google Map

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March 2021 News: Club presentations, YouTube chapters, Bitcoin, Data Privacy

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  March 2021 | Issue 163  | Archives
What’s Up in February with Jim and Chris – the Geeks?
We got shot!
Shot with our 2 Pfizer Covid-19 vaccinations that is. It took some perseverance to get the appointments, then several hours in a long line of cars to get to the vaccination site at Hard Rock Stadium, but we’re done! We feel like we have a new lease on life.
That was the extent of our excitement this month. We were home all month. We did a couple “Button” Shows on YouTube (see below) and some members-only meetings on Zoom. Our articles are a bit different this month, opinion pieces about Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, and Data Privacy. We still have one ‘how-to’ article about chapters on YouTube videos.
Club Presentations
We presented several seminars over zoom for computer clubs – and you can benefit by visiting GeeksOnTour.com/clubs – you will see what topics we presented for which clubs AND you’ll be able to access all the class materials we used. It’s quite a resource – check it out!
What Does This Button Do? (YouTube shows)
Feb 21 #207 Data Privacy with Phil May
On our Learn Google Photos YouTube channel we offer a monthly live “Ask Chris Anything” on the 3d Monday at 3pm Eastern.
New Tutorial Videos
What’s coming up – Our Calendar March/April 2021
We’re Presenting LIVE – online and in person!
Lots of stuff on our calendar this month!
  • March 7, 2pm ET – Episode 208 of What Does This Button Do?
  • March 7, 3pm ET – Backstage Pass for Members Only Zoom meeting
  • March 10-13, FMCA International Convention in Perry, GA. We’ll be presenting 4 live seminars and signing books.
  • March 15, 3pm ET – Google Photos Live Q&A streaming to Facebook and YouTube. Chris will demo and take questions.
  • March 21, 2pm ET – Episode 209 of What Does This Button Do?
  • March 21, 3pm ET – Backstage Pass for Members Only Zoom meeting
  • March 26, 3pm ET – GOT Member Orientation Zoom Meeting for all Premium Members
  • April 4, 2pm ET – Episode 210 of What Does This Button Do?
  • April 4, 3pm ET – Backstage Pass for Members Only Zoom meeting
  • April 18, 2pm ET – Episode 211 of What Does This Button Do?
  • April 18, 3pm ET – Backstage Pass for Members Only Zoom meeting
  • April 19, 3pm ET – Google Photos Live Q&A streaming to Facebook and YouTube. Chris will demo and take questions.
  • April 30, 3pm ET – GOT Member Orientation Zoom Meeting for all Premium Members
Live YouTube Shows Sundays at 2pm Eastern time “The Button Show”
March 7th and 21st
April 4th and 18th
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YouTube Chapters

This article will show you how to use YouTube chapters to jump to just the parts of a video you want to watch.
If you are a YouTube creator, you’ll learn how easy it is to create these chapters.

Geeks on Tour Accepts Bitcoin

What actually IS Bitcoin, you ask? Well, that’s what we want to know as well. We’ve been studying, learning, and experimenting. We think that Bitcoin, or some cryptocurrency, is here to stay. We think that the technology behind cryptocurrency – the Blockchain – will change our world every bit as much as the Internet and smartphones have done.

Who owns your personal data? Hint: it’s not you.

On 2/21 we did our YouTube show #207 on Data Privacy with a guest, Phil May who is a data privacy professional. I’ve thought of little else ever
since!

If you use a smartphone, or any online services, you are probably aware that some of your personal data is being collected. But when all the data about you is out there and gets aggregated, it amounts to a loss of privacy.


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February 2021 News: LastPass, Phone to TV with HDMI, Learning from our friends, 2021 Survey results

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  February 2021 | Issue 162  | Archives
What’s Up with Jim and Chris – the Geeks?
We got out of the house!
The Florida RV SuperShow asked us to present seminars in January. They requested, and we agreed, several months ago. We thought for sure the pandemic would be under control by January. As Covid started spiking, we expected them to cancel the show but they didn’t. We thought long and hard. We were only obligated for one hour each day, we could spend the rest of our time in our RV. We would wear masks at all times except when we were actually speaking. The show limited attendance at the
seminars and spaced the seating accordingly. We decided it would be safe enough, and we were feeling cooped up enough, that we went. It was FUN! How we’ve missed live audiences.
Other than Tampa, we were home. We did a couple “Button” Shows on YouTube (see below) and some members-only meetings on Zoom. We started a new tradition this month of holding a member orientation meeting over zoom. We will continue to do this on the last Friday of every month at 3pm Eastern time. We give a short tour of everything on our website, then open it up to questions. It was fun.

What’s coming up – Our Calendar Feb/Mar 2021

We’re Presenting LIVE – online and in person!
Lots of stuff on our calendar this month!
  • February 4, 9pm ET – Wisconsin All Computer Users Club Presentation
  • February 7, 2pm ET – Episode 206 of What Does This Button Do?
  • February 7, 3pm ET – Backstage Pass for Members Only Zoom meeting
  • February 15, 3pm ET – Google Photos Live Q&A streaming to Facebook and YouTube. Chris will demo and take questions.
  • February 15, 8pm ET – Tucson Computer Society presentation via Zoom
  • February 21, 2pm ET – Episode 207 of What Does This Button Do?
  • February 21, 3pm ET – Backstage Pass for Members Only Zoom meeting
  • February 26, 3pm ET – Member orientation via Zoom
  • February 27, 3pm ET – Google Photos Workshop 1 $49. Must pre-register.
  • March 7, 2pm ET – Episode 208 of What Does This Button Do?
  • March 7, 3pm ET – Backstage Pass for Members Only Zoom meeting
  • March 15, 3pm ET – Google Photos Live Q&A streaming to Facebook and YouTube. Chris will demo and take questions.
  • March 10-13, FMCA International Convention in Perry, GA. We’ll be presenting 4 live seminars and signing books.
  • March 21, 2pm ET – Episode 209 of What Does This Button Do?
  • March 21, 3pm ET – Backstage Pass for Members Only Zoom meeting
Live YouTube Shows Sundays at 2pm Eastern time “The Button Show”
February 7th and 21st
March 7th and 21st
Stay safe. Wash your hands. Wear a mask.

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Managing your passwords: Getting started with LastPass on computer and mobile

In last week’s episode of our “What Does This Button Do?” show, we covered LastPass. See Episode 205: Password Managers – how to use LastPass. Please watch that show to learn more details about LastPass. This article will tell you how to get started on computers and mobile devices.

How to use your phone to watch movies on your TV – and stay under your data limits.

Many of us have data plans on our phones that have Unlimited on-device data. What that means is that, as long as you are viewing online media on your phone, you can view as many hours as you want. But, if you turn on the hotspot feature for your other devices to share that data, there are definite limits and associated charges.
Let’s say you want to watch a Netflix movie. Just pull it up on your phone and watch right? Oh, but it looks SO much better to watch and listen on your TV’s big screen. And, for more than one person to watch, the TV is necessary. If you use your Smart TV’s Netflix, it will need to connect to Wi-Fi and that will cost you. Or, if you cast your phone’s screen to the TV using something like Chromecast, that is still using WiFi. The answer is to connect your phone directly to the TV. This
article will tell you how.

2021 Learning Survey Results

We may be old dogs, but we learn new tricks every day. And we’re going to keep learning in the year to come.
Last month we sent out a survey. This month we have the top ten topics identified. Read the article to see what they are and leave us a comment about your learning priorities.

Learn more with help from our friends

We figure that we’ve been stingy long enough!
In this article we tell you about how we learn more about technology with a little help from our friends … and so can you.
These are people we have met over the years who share our passion for learning (and teaching) technology. We’ll start this month by telling you about 2 of them.

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