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#97 Living the RV Dream

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  1. Tip o Week: Setting an Alarm
  2. Beginner’s Lesson: About RVing!
    Interview John & Kathy Huggins, LivingTheRVDream.com
    Interview Eric and Tami Johnson, TechnoRV.com
  3. App o week: Ookla Speedtest, OpenSignal, Google Maps

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Beginning Where are we?
Living The RV Dream Rally
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1:11 Tip of the Day – Set an alarm with OK Google (or Siri)
Simply talk to your phone: Android = OK Google, Set a timer for 15 minutes.
Apple: Siri = hold down on home button until she’s listening, then “Set a timer for 15 minutes”
1:34 Interview John and Kathy Huggins of LivingTheRVDream.com
John and Kathy have been fulltime RVers for about 10 years. They are best known for their weekly podcast, “Living the RV Dream” and for their extremely popular Facebook Group: Living the RV Dream.  Over 34,000 members and growing daily!
imageThey’ve also written a couple of RVing books. So You Want To Be An RVer? will tell you everything you might every want to know about RVing!
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John and Kathy discuss how RVing has allowed them to see so many things in the United States. Especially Mr. Rushmore!

Note: we had a little technical difficulty with the video for a while, but we covered with photos – and the live video does pick up here.

10:16 We talk with John and Kathy about Internet Technology on the Road.
15:28 Interview Eric and Tami Johnson of TechnoRV.com

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Eric and Tami bought TechnoRV from our friends Phil and Tracey May. Years ago, we put together our own RV rallies called Techno-Geek Learning Rally. Phil and Tracey have since moved back to their home in the UK. We are enjoying getting to know Eric and Tami.

They talk about how they made the decision to go RVing. With 3 kids in college, they have a few more considerations than many of us!

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Eric and Tami are continuing the TechnoRV process of evaluating, using, and supporting products that are useful to RVers. They’ve done a great job of vetting their products, teaching how to use them, and supporting their customers.

Some of the products they sell at TechnoRV.com
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25:16 Eric does a little bit of Show and Tell and teaching about  his Wi-Fi booster equipment. Indoor antennas, outdoor antennas, and repeaters. Wi-Fi vs. Cellular.
He shows the Alfa Desktop WiFi Booster. The Alfa WiFi Repeater, and and Outdoor WiFi Booster TubeThere’s lots more on their website, and if you fill out the form on this page, you can get their
“Guide to Boosting your RV’s WiFi”http://www.technorv.com/RV_WiFi_Boosters_s/85.htm
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33:05 App of the Week
In addition to our App, both of our guests had some suggestions!
Ookla Speedtest, OpenSignal, Google Mapsimage

Printicular is the only app we’ve found that can access your Google Photos. Choose the ones you want to print, send to the Walgreen’s nearest you and you can pick up your prints in an hour!

36:11 Tami gets excited about Google Photos!! She learned this week how easy it is to import her lifetime of photos from many different sources.

Ends at 37:55 Complete Playlist of What Does This Button Do shows.

Print Photos, Pick up in an Hour

imageIf you want to get prints of your photos, and you don’t want them mailed home when you’re on the road, Walgreens has your answer.  It’s an App called Printicular and it allows you to select photos from your phone, OR from Google+, Instagram,  Facebook, Dropbox, Google Photos, or Flickr. It’s the only app I’ve found that allows you to select from Google Photos. To me that means I can select any picture from my entire lifetime, because they are all in my Google Photos account!

You can order different sizes at very reasonable prices:

  • 4X6 Prints – 0.29
  • 5x& Prints – 2.49
  • 8×10 Prints – 3.99

20161026_152435Before you select the pictures, you can choose to pick them up at the nearest Walgreen’s. A map with all the nearby Walgreens will display, allowing you to pick the one you want. You will get an email notice when they are ready – usually about an hour. I ordered on a Friday night and didn’t get an email till Saturday morning, but that seemed appropriate. I ordered 7 prints, picked them up the next day for $2.03.

One thing you can’t do, directly from the app, is to order gifts like mousepads or coffee mugs. I noticed that Walgreens advertises the ability to make these, but I’m sure they can’t be done in an hour!

  • App: Printicular, by MEA Mobile for Walgreen’s
  • Platforms: Android, iOS, Windows Phone
  • Cost: Free

Chris Guld is President and Teacher-in-Chief at GeeksOnTour.com. She has been in computer training and support since 1983 and owned a Computer Training Center called Computer Savvy from 1983-1996. She has been a Fulltime RVer, popular seminar presenter at RV Rallies, and regular contributor to RVTravel, for many years.

Technology for Travelers: Geeks Teach at an RV Rally

Getting ready to teach our first seminar, "Technology for Travelers", at the Living The RV Dream Gathering

Getting ready to teach our first seminar, “Technology for Travelers”, at the Living The RV Dream Gathering

We just spent last week at an RV rally called “Living the RV Dream Gathering.” People from all over the country who travel by RV gathered here to learn, make friends, and have fun. We presented 4 seminars and one day-long smartphone photography workshop. For RVers, we almost always start with the seminar we call “Technology for Travelers.”

What IS Technology for Travelers?

We have a very specific meaning of Technology for Travelers. We aren’t talking about the satellite dishes, tire pressure monitors, or GPS devices. Although that could also be called Technology for Travelers, we like to teach what can be done with computer technology to Plan, Preserve, and Share your travels.

We have been traveling by RV since 2003 and our most prized possessions of those years are our pictures, maps, and blogs. If you enjoy your memories as much as we do, we think you need to learn how to use your smartphone and/or your computer to do the same!

Photos

We take hundreds of photos every month while we’re traveling. We use our iPhone and Android phone most of the time, but also some ‘real’ cameras. We gather our best pictures, using Google Photos,  and put them into albums for each month. Then we make a page on our blog to show off those albums. You can learn how to use the free Google Photos from our Book, Tutorial videos, and more on our website.

photo albums

Maps

We use Google’s free My Maps to make our own maps for each year. We start planning for the next year by creating a map like “2017 Geek Travels.” Then as the year progresses, we keep modifying that map. We change destinations, add destinations, and populate each stop with photos and descriptions. At the end of each year, we add the map to a Maps page on our Blog. You can learn how to make these maps with the tutorial videos on our website.

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Blogs

Pictures and maps tell most of the story, but I also like to write out my memories journal-style. Facebook is great for sharing small moments, but to have a complete journal I like using Google’s free Blogger.com. As noted above, you can also use your blog to create pages for other things, like pictures, maps, and videos. The blog is where I put it all together!  I created our blog when we were first just thinking about RVing. That was in early 2003 when Blogger.com was the only option available for a free journal/website. I still think it is the best option, and it is free and easy. Since our beginning in 2003, we have written nearly 2,000 posts. We are now ordering hard-bound, 4-color, coffee table books for each year on the road. Thumbing thru those books is one of my favorite things to do!

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Even if you don’t travel by RV, if you have memories you want to keep, check out our Tutorial videos on Photos, Maps, and Blogs. If you do travel by RV, we hope to see you at a Rally sometime down the road! There are hundreds of possible RV rallies to choose from. Most of them are organized by RV Clubs. Living the RV Dream’s website lists all the major clubs here. You can see where we’ll be on our calendar.

Embedding Slideshows in Websites

RIP – Picasa Web Albums! A very popular feature of the now retired website called Picasa Web Albums was a super simple way to make a slideshow of your pictures and embed that on a Blog post or any web page. You could let people see all 35 of your best pictures without taking up all that screen space. Just one box for a slideshow and they click the arrows to move to the next or previous photo! See this article I wrote a few months ago about the slideshow’s demise.

Unfortunately, Google Photos has no replacement for the embedded slideshow. But, where there’s a will there’s a way! Using the online “Slides” app from Google Drive, you can add photos directly from Google Photos and create a slideshow that can be embedded. It’s nowhere near as easy as the Picasa Web Albums method though. You need to build the show, slide by slide, just like if you were using PowerPoint. But, when you’re done, it can be published to the web and then embedded in any blog post or web page you like!  Here is the Google Docs Help Center including instructions on using Slides.

Here is a photo slideshow I made using Google Slides. When it was done, I clicked File, Publish to the web, Embed, and chose the small size. Then I copied the iFrame code and pasted that into the code view on this page. Here is the Google help page for publishing and embedding.

Created with Google Slides:

Created with PowerPoint and Shared from OneDrive

Very similar to the Google Slides example above, I used PowerPoint on my computer and then the Insert Photo Album command to get selected photos from my computer and add to the slideshow. After saving it to OneDrive, I went to OneDrive.com, clicked the 3-dot menu and then Embed, and Generate. It creates iFrame code, just like the Google Slides example above. I copy it and paste it here. Here is the OneDrive support page on how to embed files.

 

If you’re interested in more detail of how to do this, please leave a comment below.

Test your Smartphone Smarts #10

Here is the tenth in our series of Review Questions from our “What Does This Button Do?” show. These can’t be graded, but if you want to see the discussion of our answers to these questions, you can click the link provided. The link will take you to the time in the specific episode where we start the discussion of review questions. Since we have produced 97 episodes so far, this “Test Your Smartphone Smarts” will be an ongoing series of posts here.

Click here to watch our answers
Episode #38: Mobile Device Choices #38 Show Notes

  • Your choice in operating systems is:
    1. _____________ 2. _____________?
  • T/F: All mobile devices include GPS capability
  • T/F: To receive phone calls from anyone, you must have a smartphone, not a tablet.
37:19
Episode #39: Sharing Pictures with Facebook #39 Show Notes

  • Once you pick a picture and share it, you have options to make it visible to Public, or Friends, or ____________, or ____________.
  • To share a picture on a business’ Facebook page, you need to start where?
39:55
Episode #41: Google Hangouts  #41 Show Notes

  • Hangouts is an App that will do 3 types of communication: 1 ________ 2 _______ 3 _____
  • T/F: An old smartphone (without cell service) or a tablet can use Wi-Fi and Google Hangouts Dialer to call any phone.
37:35
Episode #42: Getting Started with Google Photos
#42 Show Notes

  • Google Photos ______________ will put together automatic movies, animations and more fun creations!
  • T/F: If you previously uploaded pictures to Picasa Web Albums, or Google Plus photos, you will see those using Google Photos.
48:46

If you click the time link, you will be viewing the Youtube video for that episode. The link takes you directly to the end of the show where we discuss the review questions. You can always drag the video playhead to the beginning to watch more of that episode. And, if you are a premium member of Geeks On Tour, you have access to the show notes for each episode. You will find all show notes on the Weekly Show page. So, how did you do on the questions? Leave any comments below! See previous “Smartphone Smarts”