This month we’re celebrating our 100th Newsletter by going back to our very first issues and revisiting the articles.
In the second issue of our newsletter, back in August of 2007, a main article was about Cut, Copy, Paste. That article was talking about computers:
Cut – select the text or object you want to remove and use Ctrl-X (or right-click and select ‘Cut’)
Copy – select the text you want to duplicate and use Ctrl-C (or right-click and select ‘Copy’)
Paste – position your cursor where you want the cut or copied text to appear and use Ctrl-V (or right-click and select ‘Paste’)
Copy and Paste with Smartphones
Now people want to know how to copy and paste with their smartphones! There is no way to hold down a ctrl (or cmd) key, and you can’t right-click, so what do you do? The key is to long-press. If you touch the screen somewhere on the text you want to copy and keep holding down, you will see some type of markers pop up. Those markers can be dragged into place so that they highlight from beginning to end of the text you want to copy. Now take a look around, either directly above the selected text (iOS) or at the top of the screen (Android) you should see options to Cut or Copy. Tap on Copy. Then move to whatever the location where you want to paste and, once again, Long-Press at the spot where you want to paste. An option for Paste should pop up.
We also have tutorial videos that go into a bit more detail and show you exactly how to do this.
We’re writing this article to commemorate the 100th issue of our Geeks on Tour Newsletter! The first issue, back in July of 2007 included an article on Adding Video to your Blog. This article today is an updated version of that same topic.
Blogger and Google Photos
We use Blogger to make our Blog, and adding video is quite easy. If you took the video with your smartphone or tablet, and you use Google Photos to upload that video to your Google account, it’s as simple as 1-2-3:
clicking the Insert Video button on the toolbar:
Choose “From Your Phone” (this doesn’t mean directly from your phone! It assumes you have your phone’s photos and videos backed up to your Google Photos)
Click the video you want and click Select
Blogger and Youtube
Every method of displaying video is subject to some quirks and problems. Since Youtube is the biggest provider of video worldwide, we find it has the least problems. Therefore we recommend uploading your videos to your Youtube account and using that for your blog. What’s that? You say you don’t have a Youtube account? If you have a Google account (a email@example.com address), then you have a Youtube account! If you really don’t, then it’s easy and free to get a Google account. Just go to Accounts.Google.com and click “Create Account.”
Upload to Youtube: go to YouTube.com and make sure you are logged in with the account you want to use for your videos (it should be the same as you use for your photos.) Click the Upload button in the upper right corner of the screen. Now you’ll have two choices
Upload from your Computer
Import from Google Photos
Insert into Blog: Here also you have two choices, the super simple way is to use the Import from “My Youtube Videos.” The other way is to view the video in Youtube, click the Share button and then Embed – here you have some options if you click on “Show More” right below the video preview.
This shows you some HTML code, copy that code and paste it into the HTML view of your Blog. That’s it! When you publish your Blog, you will see your video.
Here are some tutorial videos that go into more detail. You must be a Geeks on Tour premium member to view them.
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August – Oregon to California
August started in Oregon and ended in California. With 2 RV rallies, one presentation at a campground, a Computer Club meeting seminar and a hands-on class for Golden Gate Computer Society, we kept pretty busy.
We still took time to enjoy the sights!
Geeks on Tour Member Interest Survey
Thank you to all the members who completed our survey this month. We hope you liked your free bonus gift too. Of the 220 members who responded, we learned that the majority of you are still interested in learning to manage your digital photos with Picasa, a strong second is learning to use smartphones and tablets. We were a bit surprised by the high level of interest in Google Maps and Google Earth, but we’re listening. See this newsletter’s article on using Google Maps on your smartphone or tablet!
iCloud/Photo Stream from your iPhone/iPad to your Computer
It took a generation or two for film cameras to give way to digital. It’s only taking a year or two for cameras to give way to cellphones and tablets as our primary way of taking pictures! We just recorded a video for our members on how to use Dropbox to get pictures from any phone or tablet to your computer. And then, we get emails asking specifically about how to use iCloud to get photos from phones and tablets to your computer.
Since I have been taking pictures with my iPad, I have actually figured out how it works, so here goes!
For quite a while now, we’ve had navigation devices that will talk to us. Did you know that now you can talk to them? I’ve heard a lot of people complaining with the latest version of Google Maps that there are too many steps to get it to start navigating. If you simply talk to your phone or tablet and tell it to “Navigate to _____________” That’s all you have to do!
There are many strategies and tools to help you, many are fairly easy. Some are not. The backup tool from Microsoft was not very easy, until now. Most users simply didn’t back up.
Windows 8 has a goal of effortless backups. To do this, they created File History. It is a fully automated, set and forget archiving tool. The idea is to make it so easy that users would actually do it.
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