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Dec 2018 Newsletter: Trimming Video, Traffic on Maps, Color Pop in Google Photos, Sharing your Location

Geeks on Tour

Monthly Issue #135 December, 2018
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Geeks in November

Morro Rock at sunset

On November 1, we were home, but then Chris flew to California for the Google Product Experts Summit. She took advantage of the free flight from Google to take a few extra days and visit Morro Bay, and her old friend, Liz. Chris lived in Morro Bay and practiced law with Liz in 1981-83.

Check out our photo album photo album for November for more pics.

If you want to hear more about the Google Product Expert Summit, check out Michael Daniel’s YouTube video. I joined Michael, who is also a Google Product Expert, and we spent about an hour chatting and sharing photos about the event. ​​​

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

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

  • Episode 156: How to use a smartphone to scan documents and create .pdf files

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


Happy Holidays Everybody

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December Calendar

Every Wednesday “What Does This Button Do?”

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

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

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

We’re Still in South Florida. We are working on the website and videos.

We have a couple of online seminars on the calendar but only one live appearance. Holidays are upon us.

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

​​​Upcoming Appearances

December 2018

  • 12/13 Platina Computer Club in Boynton Beach, FL

We’re clearing our calendar to take a trip to
Australia and New Zealand for part of January and
all of February. Stay tuned for photos!

Subscribe to our YouTube Channel for notifications of Live Streams from Geeks On Tour! Be sure to click the little bell to confirm delivery of notifications.

Like our Facebook Page for notifications to see us Live whenever we like.

See our Calendar


“Ask the Geeks” Q&A Forum

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

  1. Picasa Albums and Google Photos Albums
  2. Google Drive Data Connection
  3. Lost Windows Password
  4. Facebook Messenger
  5. Deleting Files on Phone

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


Traffic on Google Maps or Waze

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Both Waze and Google maps can give you turn-by-turn voice directed navigation.

Waze also adds real-time crowdsourced road information including traffic, road hazards and police locations.

I’ve had people tell me that they prefer Waze to Google Maps because Waze gives information about traffic.

Hey! So does Google Maps.

Read the article here

Read More

 


How to use Depth Editor and Color Pop in Google Photos

Color Pop

Have you ever wished you could make a photo of a flower, or a person, really stand out – with the main subject in color and the rest in black and white?

Now you can!

It’s called Color Pop, and it is a new feature from our friends at Google Photos. It was announced along with Live Albums on Google’s product blog on October 9, 2018. At the time it was only available on the Pixel phone, but it has arrived on the iPhone now as well.

Read More


How to trim your videos on your phone

Trimming videos

You don’t want to miss a second of your granddaughter’s graduation ceremony, so you start the video camera rolling as she’s walking up to the stage. Now you wish you hadn’t done that! Nobody wants to watch the 3 minutes of her walking, they just want to see her step onto the stage and get her diploma.

Learn how you can accomplish this, right on your phone, by reading this short article.

Read More


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How to share your location with Google Maps

Sharing location with Google Maps

With these smartphone/GPS devices in our pockets all the time, there are now many different ways to share your location. Apple has the “Find my friends” app, Facebook messenger (and many other texting apps) have a button to “Send Location.” If you’re like me and my husband, we like to make it easy and just let each other know where we are at all times. It’s easy with Google Maps.

Maybe you’re a fulltime RVer with kids who worry about you a lot. Rather than calling them every day, you could let them see your position on a map that they could look at as often as they like.

You should still call once in a while, OK?

It’s easy to set this up …

Read More

Click here for more Articles by Geeks on Tour

Join Geeks on Tour!

That’s all for now. We hope you learned something. Your next issue will be next month. Any questions, please visit our forum. 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,

Happy Computing!

Geeks on Tour

Sincerely,

Geeks on Tour

jimandchris@geeksontour.com

Dec 2018 Newsletter: Trimming Video, Traffic on Maps, Color Pop in Google Photos, Sharing your Location

Geeks on Tour

Monthly Issue #135 December, 2018                                                
GeeksOnTour.com | Newsletter Archives | Become a Member

See our Google Reviews here — Geeks on Tour is member supported. This FREE newsletter is made possible by our paid (Premium) members.  Member benefits include access to over 500 tutorial videos, asking questions on ‘Ask the Geeks’ forum, Show Notes for our weekly show, “What Does This Button Do?” and all our eBooks including Mrs Geek’s Guide to Google Photos.
Join today
Already a member? THANK YOU! 

Members: Click Here for all Premium Content


Geeks in November

Morro Rock at sunset

On November 1, we were home, but then Chris flew to California for the Google Product Experts Summit. She took advantage of the free flight from Google to take a few extra days and visit Morro Bay, and her old friend, Liz. Chris lived in Morro Bay and practiced law with Liz in 1981-83.

Check out our photo album photo album for November for more pics.

If you want to hear more about the Google Product Expert Summit, check out Michael Daniel’s YouTube video. I joined Michael, who is also a Google Product Expert, and we spent about an hour chatting and sharing photos about the event. ​​​

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

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

  • Episode 156: How to use a smartphone to scan documents and create .pdf files

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


Happy Holidays Everybody

Image

Click for video with sound


December Calendar

Every Wednesday “What Does This Button Do?”

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

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

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

We’re Still in South Florida. We are working on the website and videos.

We have a couple of online seminars on the calendar but only one live appearance. Holidays are upon us.

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

    ​​​Upcoming Appearances

    December 2018

    • 12/13 Platina Computer Club in Boynton Beach, FL

    We’re clearing our calendar to take a trip to
    Australia and New Zealand for part of January and
    all of February. Stay tuned for photos!

    Subscribe to our YouTube Channel for notifications of Live Streams from Geeks On Tour! Be sure to click the little bell to confirm delivery of notifications.

    Like our Facebook Page for notifications to see us Live whenever we like.

    See our Calendar


    “Ask the Geeks” Q&A Forum

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

    1. Picasa Albums and Google Photos Albums
    2. Google Drive Data Connection
    3. Lost Windows Password
    4. Facebook Messenger
    5. Deleting Files on Phone

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


    Traffic on Google Maps or Waze

    Image

    Both Waze and Google maps can give you turn-by-turn voice directed navigation.

    Waze also adds real-time crowdsourced road information including traffic, road hazards and police locations.

    I’ve had people tell me that they prefer Waze to Google Maps because Waze gives information about traffic.

    Hey! So does Google Maps.

    Read the article here

    Read More


    How to use Depth Editor and Color Pop in Google Photos

    Color Pop

    Have you ever wished you could make a photo of a flower, or a person, really stand out – with the main subject in color and the rest in black and white?

    Now you can!

    It’s called Color Pop, and it is a new feature from our friends at Google Photos. It was announced along with Live Albums on Google’s product blog on October 9, 2018. At the time it was only available on the Pixel phone, but it has arrived on the iPhone now as well.

    Read More


    How to trim your videos on your phone

    Trimming videos

    You don’t want to miss a second of your granddaughter’s graduation ceremony, so you start the video camera rolling as she’s walking up to the stage. Now you wish you hadn’t done that! Nobody wants to watch the 3 minutes of her walking, they just want to see her step onto the stage and get her diploma.

    Learn how you can accomplish this, right on your phone, by reading this short article.

    Read More


    Leave us a Review

    Leave a review for Geeks on Tour

    Have you learned something from Geeks on Tour?

    If so, we’d love to get a review from you. Click on this link


    How to share your location with Google Maps

    Sharing location with Google Maps

    With these smartphone/GPS devices in our pockets all the time, there are now many different ways to share your location. Apple has the “Find my friends” app, Facebook messenger (and many other texting apps) have a button to “Send Location.” If you’re like me and my husband, we like to make it easy and just let each other know where we are at all times. It’s easy with Google Maps.

    Maybe you’re a fulltime RVer with kids who worry about you a lot. Rather than calling them every day, you could let them see your position on a map that they could look at as often as they like.

    You should still call once in a while, OK?

    It’s easy to set this up …

    Read More

    Click here for more Articles by Geeks on Tour

    Join Geeks on Tour!

    That’s all for now. We hope you learned something. Your next issue will be next month. Any questions, please visit our forum. 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,

    Happy Computing!

    Geeks on Tour

    Sincerely,

    Geeks on Tour

    jimandchris@geeksontour.com

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

    Geeks on Tour

    Monthly Issue #133 October, 2018
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    — Geeks on Tour is member supported. This FREE newsletter is made possible by our paid (Premium) members.  Member benefits include access to over 500 tutorial videos, asking questions on ‘Ask the Geeks’ forum, Show Notes for our weekly show, “What Does This Button Do?” and all our eBooks including Mrs Geek’s Guide to Google Photos.

    Geeks in September

    Museum of Appalachia, Rocky Top, Tennessee

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

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

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

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

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

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


    October – November Calendar

    Every Wednesday “What Does This Button Do?”

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

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

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

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

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

    ​​​Upcoming Appearances

    October 2018

    November 2018

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

    ​​​​​​​Subscribe to our YouTube Channel for notifications of Live Streams from Geeks On Tour! Be sure to click the little bell to confirm delivery of notifications.

    Like our Facebook Page for notifications to see us Live whenever we like.

    See our Calendar


    “Ask the Geeks” Q&A Forum

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

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

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


    How to keep your Facebook account safe

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

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

    Read More


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

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

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

    Read the article and let me know if you agree.

    Read More


    Mounting phones and tablets to your dashboard

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

    Read More


    Smartphone Help Desk – One on One Teaching

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

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

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

    Read More


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

    Mrs. Geek's Guide to Google Photos

    Read More and Buy Now


    Leave us a Review

    Leave a review for Geeks on Tour

    Have you learned something from Geeks on Tour?

    If so, we’d love to get a review from you. Click onthis link (then scroll down to reviews if needed) First you’ll be asked for a rating by stars – 5 is appreciated! Then, please write some comments. Did you learn from us in person? or from videos on our website? Do you watch our weekly What Does This Button Do show? Do you learn from our newsletters? How has your use of technology improved?

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    That’s all for now. We hope you learned something. Your next issue will be next month. Any questions, please visit our forum. 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,

    Happy Computing!

    The Geeks on Tour website is an online learning library for Travelers who want to learn to use their computers and mobile devices for managing digital photos, making blogs, using maps and other online resources. Anyone can get our free weekly tech lesson, read articles on our Computer Tips for Travelers Blog, sign up for our free newsletter. A small fee makes you a ‘member‘ and you can then ask us anything on our Q&A page, view any of our 500+ video tutorials on these subjects in our Learning LIbrary, and get written notes and eBooks of our lessons.

    Geeks on Tour

    Sincerely,

    Geeks on Tour

    jimandchris@geeksontour.com

     

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

    Monthly Issue #132 September, 2018
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      — Geeks on Tour is member supported. This FREE newsletter is made possible by our paid (Premium) members.  Member benefits include access to over 500 tutorial videos, asking questions on ‘Ask the Geeks’ forum, Show Notes for our weekly show, “What Does This Button Do?” and all our eBooks including Mrs Geek’s Guide to Google Photos.
    ​​​​​​​Join today
    Already a member? THANK YOU!

    Geeks in August

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

    Sept-Oct Calendar

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

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

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

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

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

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

    1. Research: looking for things you want to see, places you want to go. Roadtrippers.com
    2. Plan: this involves maps, routes, and calendars. RVParky.com
    3. Navigate: which way to turn? what road to take to get where you want to go?  Google Maps.
    4. Sleep: finding a place to park the RV for the night. Allstays.com
    5. Remember: keep a map of where you’ve been. Google My Maps
    Read More

    Google Photos: How to view your photos in order by date-uploaded rather than date-taken

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

    Old Photos get lost

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

    How to use Group Photo Albums

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

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

    Read More and Buy Now

    Leave us a Review

    Have you learned something from Geeks on Tour?
    If so, we’d love to get a review from you. Click onthis link  (then scroll down to reviews if needed) First you’ll be asked for a rating by stars – 5 is appreciated! Then, please write some comments. Did you learn from us in person? or from videos on our website? Do you watch our weekly What Does This Button Do show? Do you learn from our newsletters? How has your use of technology improved?
    THANKS​​​​​​​

    That’s all for now. We hope you learned something. Your next issue will be next month. Any questions, please visit our forum. 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,

    Happy Computing!

    August 2018 Newsletter: Google Photos, Battery LIfe, Tioga George

    Monthly Issue #131 August, 2018
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      — Geeks on Tour is member supported. This FREE newsletter is made possible by our paid (Premium) members.  Member benefits include access to over 500 tutorial videos, asking questions on ‘Ask the Geeks’ forum, Show Notes for our weekly show, “What Does This Button Do?” and all our eBooks including Mrs Geek’s Guide to Google Photos.
    ​​​​​​​Join today
    Already a member? THANK YOU!

    Geeks in July

    To say that we had a full July is an understatement. It started on a liveaboard dive trip in the Cayman Islands, then continued back to the RV driving from Michigan to Wyoming for the FMCA rally in Gillette, then we did some sightseeing in Devils Tower, Yellowstone, and Tetons. On the last day of July, we were at our favorite hot springs, the Fountain of Youth RV park in Thermopolis, Wyoming. Our photo album for July is impressive, if I do say so myself!
     ​​​​​​​
    Also see our Map and our Blog for the rest of the story.
    We always continue to learn about technology! And, we share it with you on our weekly class, What Does This Button Do?  We recorded two new episodes in July:
    • Episode 147: Video Editing and Making Movies with Free Quik
    • Episode 148: Geeks on Tour Seminars, how to learn on our website (a short, pre-recorded episode with photos from Wyoming)
    By the way, our pictures, Blogs, Web Albums, maps, and videos are all examples of what we teach.  You can learn how to plan, preserve, and share your travels (or your life.)  It makes the experience that much more enjoyable to get creative and share pictures, maps, stories, and movies with friends and family. Check out our Learning Library of Tutorial Videos, just go to GeeksOnTour.com and click the menu for Tutorials. There are plenty of free videos in addition to our members-only content to whet your appetite for learning. ​​​​​​​

    Watch our next Button show!

    We are currently in the Denver area and staying at Elks Lodge #2227 in Westminster. The last time we were here was 4 years ago when we webcastEpisode #1 of What Does This Button Do? How exciting, we will do Episode #149tomorrow from this same spot!  Sunday, August 5, at 2pm Mountain time, (that’s 1pm Pacific, 3 Central and 4 Eastern time.) Episode 149 will be about things we’ve learned about being in the wilds of Wyoming. How we coped with little or no Internet, and often no electricity either.

    August-September Calendar

    Every Wednesday  “What Does This Button Do?” 
    We record them in a live stream, normally on Sundays at 2pm at our local time.
    When we’re not doing our live show, we’ll post an encore episode.
    Thursday is “Gabbing With the Geeks” on Facebook Live to answer questions from viewers and discuss anything. 5pm our local time.
    Here’s our speaking request form if you’d like to have us speak to your group.
    ​​​
    August 2018
    September 2018
    Subscribe to our YouTube Channel for notifications of Live Streams from Geeks On Tour! Be sure to click the little bell to confirm delivery of notifications.
    ​​​​​​​Like our Facebook Page for notifications to see us Live whenever we like.
    See our Calendar

    “Ask the Geeks” Q&A Forum

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

    1. Downloading from Google Photos to Computer
    2. Cellphone repeater?
    3. Text on Photos
    4. Missing pictures in Blog
    5. Usernames and Password storage on iPad
    If you are a member, ask a question! Go to GeeksOnTour.com then click the Q&A menu. Make sure you are logged in (there’s a form on the Q&A page), select a category (Photos, Maps, Blogs, Other) then click Add Topic. When finished scroll down to Submit Topic.

    How to use Google Photos Editing Tools: Crop

    Do you think you can’t get a good picture of that bald eagle with your smartphone? Take it anyway! You may be surprised at how good you can make it look with just a couple of tweaks from Google Photos editing tools.
    Most every photo can be improved with a simple crop. It can cut out extraneous items in the photo and get closer to your subject. It can also change the aspect ratio of the photo.
    Read More

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

    Read More and Buy Now

    Maximizing Battery Life when you are Off-Grid

    Maximize Battery LifeWe just spent the last week in some beautiful national parks – Yellowstone and Grand Tetons – there was very little cell service in those parks! We could live with that, we wanted to spend most of our time out doors taking pictures. The distressing thing was how fast my phone’s battery ran down. Guess what?!

    Those 2 things are related:

    1. Limited cell service
    2. Short battery life
    Read More

    The Legend of Tioga George

    ImageDo you know about Tioga George? If you’ve been RVing for any length of time, and following other RVers blogs, odds are that you do know George. If not, we want to introduce him to you!
    Read More

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    Leave a review for Geeks on TourHave you learned something from Geeks on Tour?
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    July 2018 Newsletter: Google Photos eBook, Timezones, Chromebooks

    Monthly Issue #130 July, 2018
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    Geeks in June

    In the beginning of June we were in between rallies. We took advantage of a week’s free time to do some sightseeing – the Lincoln Presidential museum in Springfield, Illinois; a horse show at the fairgrounds where we were staying, and a bike ride from our campground in Indiana Dunes National seashore. Then it was on to the next rally, Glamarama in Allegan, Michican. Then came the weird part … we left our Roadtrek in Michigan and flew home to go on vacation!
    Right now we are in the Cayman Islands getting ready to board theCayman Aggressor dive boat for a week of scuba diving to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary. So, don’t expect to hear from us until July 8!

    We will be out of touch this week.

     ​​​​​​​
    See our June photo album for more pictures, and our Blog for the rest of the story.
    We always continue to learn about technology! And, we share it with you on our weekly class, What Does This Button Do?  We recorded three new episodes in June:
    By the way, our pictures, Blogs, Web Albums, maps, and videos are all examples of what we teach.  You can learn how to plan, preserve, and share your travels (or your life.)  It makes the experience that much more enjoyable to get creative and share pictures, maps, stories, and movies with friends and family. Check out our Learning Library of Tutorial Videos, just go to GeeksOnTour.com and click the menu for Tutorials. There are plenty of free videos in addition to our members-only content to whet your appetite for learning. ​​​​​​​

    June-July Calendar

    Every Wednesday  “What Does This Button Do?” 
    We record them in a live stream, normally on Sundays at 2pm at our local time.
    When we’re not doing our live show, we’ll post an encore episode.
    Thursday is “Gabbing With the Geeks” on Facebook Live to answer questions from viewers and discuss anything. 5pm our local time.
    We’re in the Cayman Islands for a diving trip and anniversary celebration. We’ll be back in the RV heading to Gillette soon. Hope to see you!
    Here’s our speaking request form if you’d like to have us speak to your group.
    ​​​
    July 2018
    August 2018
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    Read a QR code and get the new, 2nd Edition to Mrs. Geek’s Guide to Google Photos

    ImageGoogle Photos keeps changing, so we’ve updated our book! All our eBooks are always available to our premium members on the member eBook page of our website.
    For a limited time, we’re also making it FREE for everyone. But, the teacher in me still needs you to work for it! So, we’ve made a QR code that will take you to the right page.
    If you know how to scan that QR code, you can get the book. If you don’t know how to scan a QR code, we provide the instruction. Lifelong Learning – that’s what we’re all about.
    Read the Article and Scan the code here

    My smartphone helps me with time zone confusion.

    Traveling across time zones can be so confusing when you need to call someone, or get to an online meeting at the right time. After 14 years of RVing, you’d think I’d have it figured out. That’s where the real problems start … when I think I have it figured out! Invariably, I adjust my time in the wrong direction. Now I let my smartphone tell me what to do!
    Read More

    Chromebooks

    Our ChromeImagebooks are the only computers we take on vacation. Here you see Jim using his Chromebook for our Facebook Live session from our hotel in Grand Cayman.
    Why take computers at all? Well, our business is our website. We are able to take more vacations because we can operate our business from anywhere. Don’t worry, they don’t go underwater with us. We are truly on vacation when we’re scuba diving.
    This article discusses the 2 Chromebooks we brought and how we’ve probably bought our last Windows computers ever.
    Read the article

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    June 2018 Newsletter: Roadtrippers, Get away Stay connected, Techno-Geeks GPS

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    Monthly Issue #129 June, 2018                                                
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    Geeks in May

    Geeks on Tour by state

    In the beginning of May we joined a group of scuba divers from USA Dive Club and went to Bimini, Bahamas for a long weekend of diving. Then it was time to pack the camper and start our summer tour of RV rallies. Driving 1,400 miles in 3 days took us from home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida to the Escapade rally in Sedalia, MO. There we taught a 2-day hands-on smartphone photography class where one of our students, Mike McIlraith, made the license plate collage you see above. Isn’t that cool?! Thanks Mike!

    See our May photo album for more pictures, and our Blog for the rest of the story.

    We always continue to learn about technology! And, we share it with you on our weekly class, What Does This Button Do? We recorded three new episodes in May:

    • Episode 141: Music on Smartphones
    • Episode 142: Snapseed on Chromebook, the best photo editor on the best laptop! with guest Ron Brown
    • Episode 143: Scuba diving videos and shared albums

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


    June-July Calendar

    Every Wednesday “What Does This Button Do?”

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

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

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

    We’re on our way to Michigan for the FMCA GLAMA Rally. We just left Sedalia, MO and a wonderful Escapade.

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

      ​​​​​​​June 2018

      July 2018

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      ‘Ask the Geeks’ Q&A Forum

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

      1. Adding Text to existing Google Photos Albums
      2. ID and Find a photo in Google Photos
      3. Link to map not working on Android Tablet
      4. Picasa shopping online is no more
      5. Streets & Trips or other mapping software and Excel

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


      Add fun to your road trips

      Roadtrippers

      We just finished the Escapade rally in Sedalia, MO, and our next stop is in Michigan for the FMCA Great Lakes area rally called Glamarama. We have a week to get there so I wanted to find one or two fun things to do along the way. That is exactly where Roadtrippers excels.

      Read the Article …


      Get away, stay connected: Our life on tour

      Image

      We can have our wilderness and do our work too. We spend months at a time in our Roadtrek camper van. Most of the time we park at places with hookups. That means we plug the RV in to a power source, and now we have air conditioning, TV, and power plugs for all our computers, coffee makers and anything else we need.

      We also like to park where there are no hookups. In this article, we share a bit about what our life is like as we travel, and work on the road in our completely self-contained camper van.

      Read the article …


      Techno-Geeks and GPS Systems

      Eric and Tami of TechnoRV.com

      You may remember, back in 2012, we put on our own rally called the Techno-Geek Learning Rally.  That was when TechnoRV was owned by the founders, Phil and Tracey May. Phil and Tracey became very good friends of ours and we were distressed when they sold the business (we now visit them in England). How they found the perfect new owners is a miracle – but they did!

      One of their specialties is RV GPS systems …

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      May 2018 Newsletter: Backup and Sync, Lost Phone, Boarding Passes

      Geeks on Tour

      Monthly Issue #128 May, 2018
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      Geeks in April

      Florida Keys

      Mid April we went to the Roadtrek rally in Silver Springs, Florida. Then we flew to Las Vegas for the WARE rally – Western Area Rally for Escapees. We extended our stay and hoped to do some sightseeing in Las Vegas, but we both caught colds and just stayed in bed in the hotel for 3 days.

      See our April photo album for more pictures, and our Blog for the rest of the story.

      We always continue to learn about technology! And, we share it with you on our weekly class, What Does This Button Do? We recorded two new episodes in February:

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


      April-May Calendar

      Every Wednesday “What Does This Button Do?”

      We record them in a live stream, normally on Sundays at 2pm ET.

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

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

      We’re in Las Vegas for the WARE rally which just finished. We flew out here from Fort Lauderdale. We have a dive trip to Bimini in May and another dive trip at the end of June.

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

      May 2018

      ​​​​​​​June 2018

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

      1. Picasa Screensaver
      2. Sync Large Google Photos Library with External Hard Drive
      3. Editing Photos in the Screensaver
      4. Backing up Blogger
      5. Google MyMaps

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


      When you lose your phone, you’ll wish you had done this!

      Image

      On both Android and iOS devices there is a website to find a lost phone. For Apple iOS, it is iCloud.com and for Android it’s Google.com/android/find (or I just do a Google search for “Find my android”) We teach this in many of our seminars, mainly as a way to point out the importance of knowing the account and password associated with your phone. See Episode 137 for more on finding your username and password and a demonstration of find my phone.

      If you know the username and password for your phone, you can go to the website above, using any computer, and find your phone. You will see a map, with the location pinpointed, and you will have 3 choices,
      1. Play a sound: to locate your phone if it is nearby
      2. Lost mode: to lock the screen and display a message with a phone number where the owner can be reached
      3. Erase phone: if you think it has been stolen

      But, none of the above will work if you have not turned on the setting for your phone first. So, how about taking out your phone right now and making sure your “find my phone” setting is on.

      Read More


      Google Photos Backup is gone, now it’s Google Backup and Sync

      Image

      The transition from Google Photos Backup to Google Backup and Sync has been going on for a while. We first covered it in Episode 125 of our “Button” show, Google Photos, what’s new?And, again in Episode 138: Google Photos: How to include pictures from your computer. And, here is the official help page on Backup and Sync.

      What you need to know

      1. This only affects your computer, not your mobile devices. Backup and Sync is the desktop software that will automatically upload photos from your computer’s drives to your Google account in the cloud.
      2. You only need this if you have a lot of photos on your computer. If you just have a few, it is easy to manually upload them to your Google Photos account, don’t bother with Backup and Sync.
      3. If you do have thousands of pictures on your computer that you want uploaded to your Google Photos account, then you want the free …

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      Using your smartphone for airplane boarding passes is not always ideal, here’s a tip!

      Boarding Pass Screenshot

      I may love technology, but I hate fumbling with my phone when I’m holding up a line of people. This is one area I prefer the old fashioned method. I want a printed boarding pass.

      There’s just no doubt that I can carry that in my pocket and get it out at the appropriate time for the attendant to scan, without holding anybody up. If I’m depending on my phone to display this code, odds are it will display perfectly until I’m the next person to reach the attendant, then my screen will blank out.This is default placeholder text. Edit and replace with whatever you want.

      The e-ticket is great it you can’t get a printed copy though … so I have a tip for you …

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