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January 2023 News: Vignette, YouTube 'chapters', Calendar reminders, Still shot from video and more…

  January 2023 / Issue 185  / Archives
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What’s up with Jim and Chris – the Geeks

Sun sets on 2022

As the sun sets on 2022 – we wish everyone a healthy, happy
2023

December
The photo above comes from our last scuba trip of the year. (Do you like the way the edges are darkened? That’s called “Vignette” and you can do it easily with the Google Photos – see the how-to below.)
Friends from the UK joined us and we visited Bimini in the Bahamas and went
diving with Neil Watson Scuba Center . They are known for their special excursion, diving with Hammerhead Sharks. The Hammerheads did not disappoint. Check out those teeth!

Sharks are magnificent animals who deserve protection. Also in this picture is “Joker,” a tiger shark and a nurse shark. Yes, they were close enough to touch!

Classes 

You can see all
classes from past months on our Classes page. We presented 2 classes during December:

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

In this newsletter:

As usual, we have an eclectic mix of smartphone and technology tips for you.
  • How to add a vignette to a photo
  • How to capture a still shot from a video
  • How to set multiple reminders for an event on your calendar
  • How to watch just the parts you want with YouTube chapters
  • Blast from the past 2005: WiFi and Frequency Interference
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What’s coming up – Our Calendar January and February

January is Mr. Geek’s birthday month. Celebrate with us!

January

  • Jan 8 2pm Eastern: Google Photos Live Q&A
  • “What Does This
    Button Do?”Jan 15 2pm Eastern: Episode 249  How to transfer photos from your phone to a computer
  • Backstage Pass after every live Button Show for Premium Members only
  • Jan 16 7pm ET Valencia Reserve Photo/Computer Club Presentation Rescheduled to March 20

February

  • “What Does This Button Do?”
  • Feb 5: Episode 250
  • Rest of February and part of March we will be in Indonesia

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How to set multiple reminders for a calendar event
Have you ever created an event on your calendar then missed it anyway? I have several online events
that are on my calendar, they even give me a one hour reminder notification, and I still miss it because I started doing something else and completely forgot at the one hour mark.
This article shows you how you can set multiple reminders using Google Calendar (or Apple’s iCalendar.
We think you should do this for our next Live Show Episode 249, because it’s about transferring photos from your phone to your computer and we don’t want you to miss it on Jan 15 at 2pm
Eastern.
You can have your calendar remind you of this by email or notifications, one day before, one hour
before, and even 5 minutes before. Read the article to find out how.
Happy New Year! May you never miss an appointment in
2023.

How to watch just the parts you want with YouTube “Chapters”

Have you noticed the chapters in YouTube videos? They allow the viewer to know what topics are included in a given video and to jump straight to the parts
they’re interested in. This article shows you how to use the Chapters to watch just the parts you want. It also shows you how to create those chapters for your own videos on YouTube.


Blast from past 2005: The early days of Wi-Fi

When we were brand new fulltime RVers, we worked for a company called Coach Connect who installed Wi-Fi in RV parks. We work-camped at a park in Arizona called Palm Creek and helped the RVers use the Wi-Fi system. We actually made house-calls! err RV-calls. Here’s an article from our personal blog about when Chris filled in doing Jim’s rounds: “Chris the Magic Techie

And, here’s an article from 2010 about how hotspots’ radio frequency interference prevented Steve Jobs from doing his demo when the iPhone 4 was announced. In 2005 while managing a busy hotspot at an RV rally, we learned firsthand about that interference. Maybe we could have helped Steve Jobs?!

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November 2022 News: Collages, Zoom Basics, Panorama photos and more …

  November 2022 | Issue 183  | Archives
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October was half travel, half home
The photo above was from a Roadtrek Rally in St. Augustine where Geeks on Tour presented a seminar on smartphone photography to a LIVE, IN-PERSON audience! So much fun.  Do you know how we got Jim in the picture twice?? hint: read the article in this issue about
Panorama photos.
By the time you read this, we’ll be winging our way to a scuba diving resort in Cozumel, Mexico. Chris will be diving on her 70th birthday, at the same place we dove on her 60th birthday. Life is good!
As usual, we have an eclectic mix of smartphone and technology tips for you.
  1. Add a website icon to your phone’s home screen
  2. How to take Panorama photos
  3. Google Photos collages
  4. Zoom meeting basics
  5. Blast from the past – a 2005
    video about Copy/Paste
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What’s coming up – Our Calendar November and December

November

It’s Chris’ birthday month and we are celebrating by diving in Cozumel and cruising in
the Caribean over Thanksgiving.

December

  • What Does This Button Do? Episodes on chosen Sundays at 2pm Eastern
  • Backstage Pass after every live Button Show Sundays at 3pm Eastern
  • Dec 5, Noon ET –Tech for Seniors – Chris will be a guest on the show
  • Dec 21, 7pm ET – Snapseed Presentation on Zoom for PC-Tech Users Group @ CPHL

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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. Touch issues on phone
  2. Uploading Duplicates
  3. Picasa Photo Format
  4. Hotmail Question
Zoom Basics

Zoom meetings leapt into the spotlight in 2020 during the global pandemic when everything shut down and millions of people used it to meet with others when
meetings could not be held in person. They found it fast and easy and oh-so-useful. 2 1/2 years later, it is assumed that you know how to participate in a Zoom meeting, but we know there are people who are still ‘newbies’ so here are some of the very basics.

How to take Panorama pictures with your smartphone

When you travel, you get so many opportunities for beautiful photos, and, if you have a smartphone you have one of the best cameras ever made. Taking panoramas, like the photos above is just a simple setting. You don’t need to take multiple photos and “stitch” them like with older cameras.

Read this article to find out how we got Jim in the photo twice! (see the photo at the top of this newsletter.)


Making Collages with Google Photos and Picasa



Making a collage using Google Photos is SO easy. You just select the photos, tap the + and choose Collage. It’s done. If you’ve done this in the past however, you’ve been frustrated that you had no control over which photo was placed in which position, or how a photo was cropped to fit the collage.
Those days are over. There is an upgraded collage tool in Google Photos now. It’s only available on the mobile app though – either iPhone or Android, but not computer.

Read the article

Blast from past 2005 video: Cut, Copy, Paste

An oldie but a goodie. Even though this video was made 17 years ago and it was on Windows XP – I think it still teaches good stuff! Sure looks funny though.

Copy Paste

One thing I notice is that I don’t make tutorial videos this long anymore. It really is good stuff though 🙂

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October 2022 News: Prisma, Word Processing, Backup or Sync, and more…

  October 2022 | Issue 182  | Archives
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What’s up with Jim and Chris – the Geeks
September was half travel, half home
The artwork above comes from a photo of the Blue Ridge mountains, then I used the Prisma app to create the artwork with one click. See the article about Prisma in this newsletter (just click the image above.)

Classes 

We didn’t give any classes over Zoom during September, but 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.

As usual, we have an eclectic mix of smartphone and technology tips for you.
  1. Embed YouTube video into Powerpoint
  2. What happened to Word Processing?
  3. Turn photos into artwork with Prisma
  4. Backup or Sync, what’s the difference?
  5. Google Photos Q&A: Ask Chris anything
  6. Blast from the past – a 2007 article about traveling with computers
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What’s coming up – Our Calendar October and November

October

November

  • What Does This Button Do? Episodes on chosen Sundays at 2pm Eastern
  • Google Photos Q&A on a chosen Monday

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  1. Same Google Photo on Multiple Devices
  2. Reverse Chronological Order Posts in Blog
  3. Backing Up Quicken Each Month
  4. Picasa Photo Format
  5. Hotmail Question


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.

Backup or Sync, what’s the difference?

If you learned technology when the #1 lesson was Backup, Backup, Backup, it’s time to take another look at your
processes. Things have changed. Sync is the new backup, but the devil’s in the details. Be sure you will have what you need if disaster strikes.


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
at my computer training center, Computer Savvy.

Google Photos: Live Q&A 9/26/22

32 Questions asked and answered. See the chapter links to see each question.


Blast from past 2007 article: Traveling with Computers
2007 article living in an RV

An old article from our early years as fulltime RVers. We learned how to keep our computers comfortable on the road.

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


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  September 2022 | Issue 181  | Archives
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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


View the Geeks' online Calendar

 
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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

 Stay safe. Wash your hands. Get boosted.


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  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.

Read More

 
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July 2022 News: Google Photos storage, Fireworks photos, Google Photos Q&A, Blast from past

  July 2022 | Issue 179  | Archives
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What’s up with Jim and Chris – the Geeks
Chris has been a Product Expert for Google Photos since 2016. Each year, Google has a conference for all the product experts around the world. This year it was in New York City. Learn all about it by going to Twitter and searching for the hastag: #PES22. But, the most important thing to
know is that Chris received the Video Creator Award! They used a Superhero theme at the award ceremony, and she loves her blue cape!
For the month of June we were mostly home

Our neighborhood in South Florida is great for walking, especially when the Royal Poinciana are in bloom.
Classes
We did not deliver any classes in June, but 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 also have the recording of the whole class. These classes are for our premium members.

In this newsletter:

As usual, we have an eclectic mix of smartphone and technology tips for you.
  1. Cloud storage for Google Photos costs less than you think
  2. Fun with fireworks photos
  3. Google Photos Q&A
  4. Blast from the past – tutorial video from 2007
We did 2 new episodes of our “What Does This Button Do?” YouTube show, in June:
Show Notes
If you’ve been missing our show notes, we have good news! Chris finally got caught up and the show notes are now ready for Episodes 233, 234, 235, and 236. Whew! If you don’t know about our show notes, here’s your article: If you like our YouTube show, you’ll love our show notes
Recent Tutorial Videos
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What’s coming up – Our Calendar June and July 2022
We’re back home for a while! It sure is nice to be back in our studio.
Regular schedule of shows and some presentations
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July
  • July 6 6:30pm ET Snapseed presentation via Zoom to STUG
  • July 10 2pm ET Episode 237 “What Does This Button Do?”
  • July 10 3pm ET Backstage Pass Zoom Meeting for Members Only
  • July 11 12noon ET Chris is a guest on TechForSenior
  • July 13 noon-2 Bitcoin and Blockchain for APCUG Webinar Wed
  • July 18 time tbd Google Photos Live “Ask Chris Anything”
  • July 24 2pm ET Episode 238 “What Does This Button Do?”
  • July 24 3pm ET Backstage Pass Zoom Meeting for Members Only
August
  • August 7 2pm ET Episode 237 “What Does This Button Do?”
  • August 7 3pm ET Backstage Pass Zoom Meeting for Members Only
  • August 15 time tbd Google Photos Live “Ask Chris Anything”
  • August 18 PCBUG Presentation on Google Photos over Zoom
  • August 21 2pm ET Episode 237 “What Does This Button Do?”
  • August 21 3pm ET Backstage Pass Zoom Meeting for Members Only
Stay safe. Wash your hands. Get boosted.

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. Photo Scanning
  2. Google Photos on Computer
  3. Uploading from an SD Card
  4. Freeing up Space on Google
  5. Google Photos too Small

Fun with Fireworks Photos

Fireworks animation
If you’re like me, you can’t resist taking photos of fireworks, even though my only camera is my phone. Here’s a couple ideas on fun ways to use those photos. In this article, we show you how to make an animation like that above, also how to turn your photo into artwork. Happy 4th of July!


Cloud storage for Google Photos costs less than you think


Our route in Sicily
Do both you and your spouse use Google Photos? Are you reaching your 15GB limit on storage? Did you know you could purchase just one plan upgrade – minimum $20/year – and share it? It’s called the Family Plan.

It’s easy, but it’s kind of hidden. This article and video will show you how.

Read the article


Google Photos Q&A, June 20
Chris answers 20+ questions in this YouTube Live-Stream, complete with demonstrations on computer, iPhone and Samsung, Android phones.

Blast from the Past: Tutorials from 15 years ago

We’re celebrating GeeksOnTour.com’s 15 year anniversary all year. And, here’s a tutorial video about Internet Explorer 7 from 2007. It’s fun to see these old screens and feel nostalgic! Many of the current browser tools started with IE7, so much of the teaching is still valid. Check it out.

First look at Internet Explorer 7 – tutorial video 050

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April 2022 News:, Time Zones, Free up space on your phone, Blast from the past, Google Photos QA

  April 2022 | Issue 176  | Archives
What’s up with Jim and Chris – the Geeks

Keys

During March we traveled a bit
As you can see from the photo above, that’s not Florida! Chris traveled to Nevada to visit her friend, Melinda, who lives on the edge of Washoe Valley which is home to herds of wild horses. From one extreme to the other – we also went kayak diving here in Fort Lauderdale, see Jim’s video here.
Classes in March
In this newsletter:
As usual, we have an eclectic mix of smartphone and technology tips for you.
  1. Google Calendar makes time zones easy
  2. Google Photos will free up space on your phone with one click
  3. Blast from the Past: Live Streaming beginnings.
  4. Google Photos Live Q&A
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What’s coming up – Our Calendar April 2022

We’re Presenting Online and Live
Things are all online on our calendar this month.
April
  • Apr 3, 2pm ET- Episode 232 of What Does This Button Do?
  • Apr 3, 3pm ET Backstage Pass for Members Only Zoom meeting
  • Apr 4, 12 Noon ET- Tech for Senior Chris is their guest on Zoom this week presenting How to take better smartphone photos. Visit their YouTube Channel
  • Apr 24, 2pm ET- Episode 233 of What Does This Button Do?
  • Apr 24, 3pm ET Backstage Pass for Members Only Zoom meeting
  • Apr 27, 4pm ET Glendora Seniors Computer Club “Introduction to Google Photos” on Zoom
May
  • We’re in Italy for the month of May. Anytime we have the bandwidth and ambition, we will go live on short notice.
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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. Storage Question
  2. Sending Google Photos Albums via Email
  3. Getting Old Photos in Chronological Order
  4. Add Calendar Subscription to Google Calendar
  5. Convert from Original Quality to Storage Saver

Google Calendar gives us the easiest way to tell time across multiple time zones.

We schedule our live streaming YouTube show at 2pm Eastern time. We have people who join us from all over North America, some in Europe and some in Australia. What time is it for them?
Google Calendar can tell me at a glance as long as I set it up right.

Google Photos: How to free up space on your phone with a single click.

If you take a lot of photos and your phone is getting full, you may one day see a message that there is not enough free storage to take any more photos.

Google Photos has a one-click “Free Up Space” command that will delete all photos and videos from your device if they have been backed up to Google Photos in the cloud.

Learn the right way to free up space on your phone, without losing any photos.

Read the article and watch video


Blast from the Past: We started live-streaming in 2014. We were crazy.

In 2014, when we started live-streaming, we used Google Plus and Hangouts on Air. We had a lot of trials and tribulations, but we loved the challenge.
We now have 231 “What Does This Button Do?” Live-Streaming episodes under our belt. They’re all listed on this page.
Google Hangouts on Air no longer exists. We now use Streamyard. See Episode 225 to learn about Streamyard.
You have to be a little crazy to jump in at the bleeding edge.

Chris answers over 30 questions in this one hour, Live, Q&A. In Youtube, below the video you will see direct links to each question.Google Photos – Ask Chris Anything


Recent Rave Reviews

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Sending a link as you suggested worked like a charm! Thank you!

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Jim & Chris,

I can’t tell you how MUCH I appreciate the tip about removing backgrounds. I have been an active photographer all my life and have always wanted a way to easily remove the background from a photo without removing it pixel by pixel.

This is probably the best photography tip I have ever gotten and I have taken many photography classes.

Cheers,

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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

Keys

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

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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…

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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

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  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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