If you have a house that will be empty when you’re traveling, you’ll like Alfred!
Alfred is a free app and the only hardware it needs is an old smartphone or tablet that you’re not using anymore. Your house will also need a good, always on, Internet connection with WiFi. It started as an Android only App but recently released an iOS version. The Android version has a few more features, but both work.
Using an old phone or tablet, connect to WiFi and download the Alfred App from the play store. Install Alfred and log in using your Google account.
Set that phone in a location where it has a good view of what you want to watch, plug it into power and turn on the Alfred app. This is your Camera – just leave it on, using Alfred, all the time.
With your current Android phone, install Alfred and log in to your google account so you can view what the camera(s) are seeing – this phone is your Viewer.
That’s it! And it’s Free! Alfred also handles sound, it could be a baby monitor where you hear the baby crying, or you could shout at burglars! Note: the iPhone camera does not support 2-way talk. It also has motion detection and can send a notification to your phone when something is happening. When the motion detector triggers a notification, it will also automatically record the camera stream for 5 seconds. You can manually record the view anytime.
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July: A Busy Month with Rallies
Where we’ve been: In July we started out at our home base of Fort Lauderdale, Florida and traveled to West Virginia for the Newmar Kountry Klub rally. We presented several popular seminars, offered half-hour one-on-one smartphone training sessions, and enjoyed the final evening fireworks. Jim even got some aerial video of that, using his Quadcopter and GoPro camera.
We left West Virginia with just a few days to get to Madison, Wisconsin for the Family Motor Coach convention. There we taught 6 seminars and one hands-on class for smartphone photography. The day after that ended, we drove to the Quad Cities for our Geek Week there.
Where we’re going: For August and September we’ll be winding our way back south to Florida. We’ll stop to visit with friends in LBI, on the Jersey shore, and to give a seminar or two in D.C. and Hilton Head.
Living the RV Dream Gathering: In October we are looking forward to a special rally. October 21-25, in Bradenton, FL. It is put on by John and Kathy Huggins of the popular RVing podcast: Living the RV Dream. We will give a couple of seminars during the rally, plus we will have 2 days of hands-on smartphone and photo classes afterward. For more details, see the Facebook page for the gathering.
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 on the computer and share pictures, maps, stories, and movies with friends and family. Check out ourLearning Library of Tutorial Videos. There are plenty of free videos in addition to our members only content to whet your appetite for learning.
Sue and her daughter, Shari, both have the latest and greatest smartphones – the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge – and they love learning about them! They are members of the Quad Cities Computer Society in the Quad Cities area of Illinois/Iowa, and they took advantage of the Geeks on Tour presentations we gave there this past week. They attended 2 seminars and 2 hands-on classes.
The club took us out to dinner at the beginning of the week, I sat next to Sue and she told me, “I want to show you this great picture of my cat, but I can’t find it.” I told her to open Google Photos, tap the blue magnifying glass in the lower right corner and type Cat in the search bar at top.
Voila! There were all the pictures of her cat and she could easily find the one she was looking for! That IS a great picture of her cat, don’t you think? The cat is curled up safe at home, you did know I was talking about a picture right?
Windows has released their latest OS to the public. It started rolling out to computers via Windows Update on July 29. I don’t necessarily recommend everyone upgrade their computers right away. There is no hurry, especially if you are doing ok now. If you do decide to upgrade I recommend having a current backup of your important data and performing a disk cleanup to get rid of junk on the drive. A high capacity and stable Internet connection really makes a difference. I can only be responsible for the safety and security of my own computers, not yours.
Just like the owner of the “Hair Club for Men”, we think it shows value of our show notes when we use them ourselves! We knew there was a way, on the smartphone, to search within a web page, but we couldn’t remember how. Just a couple of minutes looking thru the Show Notes for our “What Does This Button Do?” show, and we had our answer.
Using Allstays Camp and RV to find Membership Parks
We are members of Thousand Trails and like to stay in their parks whenever possible. Thousand Trails parks show up on Allstays along with Independent Campgrounds – they don’t have their own icon, or a separate category on the Filtering screen.
July/August episodes of What Does This Button Do? Smartphone Educational Show
It’s an educational show about smartphones and tablets. We deliver it live over the web on Sunday afternoons. Every show is about 40 minutes and it is automatically recorded as a Youtube video – so if you miss it live, no problem. All the ‘reruns’ are listed on our Weekly Show Page. Here’s a listing of our episodes this past month. The Youtube links are free for anyone to watch. If you are a Geeks on Tour member, you can use the Links that include our Show Notes and Links to specific topics in the show.
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