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Test Your Smartphone Smarts #8

Here is the eighth 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 86 episodes so far, this “Test Your Smartphone Smarts” will be an ongoing series of posts here.

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Episode #30: Email Setup Show Notes

  • How do you check multiple email addresses on your phone or tablet?
  • T/F To use a Gmail account, you must use the Gmail App
  • Does Sync always delete from the server?
Episode #31: Widgets Show Notes

  • iPad/iPhone: Where do you see Widgets??
  • How do you get the widgets?
  • Android: Where do you see Widgets?
Episode #32: Dropbox Part 1 Show Notes

  • To get Dropbox to backup certain files, simply place those files in what folder?
  • To use Dropbox on a mobile device, you must install ____________.
  • Can you view a Dropbox file on a mobile device even when offline?
Episode #33: Dropbox Part 2 Show Notes

  • To use Dropbox to send someone a BIG file …
  • T/F: If you send someone a link to a folder of files, they can edit those files
  • T/F: If you’re collaborating with someone on a folder of files, each collaborator must have a Dropbox account

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”

These Geeks are On Tour!

In case you’ve wondered what’s the deal with Geeks on Tour. What do they do? Why do they say they’re ‘On Tour?’ Let me give you an example of a week in our life …

We get booked to present seminars at RV Rallies, RV Parks, Computer Clubs, Senior Centers, and even people’s homes as we travel around the country in our Motorhome.

We were scheduled for one such seminar at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute in Fairfax, Virginia on Saturday, September 12. This is in the Washington D.C. area so we arrived a couple of days early and parked our RV at Cherry Hill RV park, taking advantage of several buses that stop right at the RV park and take you in for sightseeing in D.C.

On Saturday morning, we left the RV park in order to get to Fairfax and do our Google Photos seminar for a joint computer club meeting at 1pm. They did a nice job of promoting us:

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They had a large parking area marked off for us to use:


It was a good group – we thought the seminar went quite well. It was also live streamed over the Internet using something called Zoom. If we get a link to a recording, we’ll post it here. And here’s some comments we got afterward:


We really got a lot out of your presentation.  I intend to use Picasa and Google Photos.  The others, iPhotos, Aperture and Apple Photos didn’t stir up my interest enough to really put the time into learning them.

 Today’s presenters were terrific!  Both my wife and I found their presentation to be extremely helpful and very current.  Jim and Chris could not have been any better!


We left Fairfax about 4:30 headed to our next stop in Raleigh, N.C. to do our weekly streaming show, “What Does This Button Do?” We were scheduled to do this week’s show at the home studio of Martin Brossman about 270 miles away. We just needed to get on down the road, so we stayed in a Walmart parking lot that night, got our grocery shopping done, and made it to Martin’s by 11am on Sunday. He has a nice big driveway!
This is a live show … aka STRESSFUL! You have to wait until showtime to click the button that reads “go live” and, guess what! The button simply wasn’t there! This was our 52d show and we’d never had this problem before. Jim had to quick set up an entirely new show stream. But, he did it! And Martin was great for rolling with the punches. We got started about 12 minutes late, but continued on with a successful show. The topic was the Amazon Echo and Martin runs a community on Google Plus about it.

Click the picture above to watch the whole whole show (we cut out the first 10 minutes!) You can see all of our shows by viewing the Youtube Playlist for What Does This Button Do?

After the show, we went out for dinner and had a GREAT time with Martin. We are definitely “Geeks-of-a-Feather.” He shared with us his expertise on Social Media for Business – and gave us a copy of his book. We shared with him our expertise on Google Photos and gave him our library-on-a-drive of all our videos and eBooks.

Then we got back on the road again sometime after 5. We really don’t like to drive at night, and had no place we needed to be for a couple of days, so after a couple hours, we just found a rest area and pulled off. We cranked up the generator for power, threw something in the microwave for dinner, read emails for a while, and went to bed.

Home for the night – 9/13/15

Next stop, Hilton Head, where we are booked for several events. First off, a sold out hands-on class teaching people about using their smartphone cameras.

Then, a presentation for the Hilton Head Island Computer Club (click the image to view their website):

And, then 2 more presentations for the Sun City Hilton Head Computer Club.

We taught 2 1.5 hour seminars, one that is an overview of Google Photos, and another that was an open Q&A about all things smartphone and tablets. We were told that they wanted us to come back any time it was possible – they would arrange their schedule for us!

Over this one week period we gained 31 new premium members and several dozen newsletter subscribers. Thus is the life of the Geeks on Tour!

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351.SM-Google Calendar synchronizing on iPad, Android phone, and Windows

July 2016 Update: there is now an App for Google Calendar on iOS. Everything else in this video is still valid.

This tutorial video has two purposes: 1-to introduce new users to the concept of using a smartphone and/or tablet to keep your calendar and 2-to demonstrate to existing calendar users how they should be able to view the same appointments on any device and it be synchronized to all other devices, be it Apple iPhones, Android tablets, or Windows computers. We demonstrate by using Google Calendar.


#10 Google Calendar and How to take Screenshots. What Does This Button Do?

Here is Episode 10. There are show notes below the video which document what was covered and include timeline links, so you can watch just what you want. If you are not a Geeks on Tour member, you can watch Episode 10 video on YouTube, but you won’t get the documentation.Become a member here.

  1. Google Calendar
  2. App of the Week: Flixster
  3. How to take a screenshot
  4.  Review Questions

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July 2013 Newsletter: Time Zones and Calendars, iPad as Computer?, Smartphone Cameras

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July – Escapade to Oregon


July was beautiful. We started in Gillette, Wyoming at the Escapade RV Rally, then traveled west thru Wyoming, Idaho, and Oregon.  See our monthly photo album for lots more pictures. 

We felt especially fortunate to spend July 4 at the Fountain of Youth RV park and hot springs in Thermopolis, WY (pictured at left.)  We love hot springs and July 4 is Jim’s and my wedding anniversary.  We spent our first anniversary on the road at this special place and have been talking about it ever since!  That was 10 years ago and we’re still living our dream.




Escapade: the Rally for Escapees RV Club

Escapees RV Club

Escapade is the rally for the Escapees RV Club.  We’ve been giving seminars at their rallies since 2008. The Windows 8 seminar was a first for us, and the Movie Maker seminar is one we’ve only given once and the computer didn’t work so well.  This time we used a different computer for the Movie Maker and we made sure to practice the Windows 8 seminar – so they both went well.  If you attended a seminar when we ran out of handouts, or you weren’t able to attend, all of our seminar handouts can be downloaded from our website.

Next year the Escapade will be May 12-17, 2014 in Goshen, Indiana.

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Calendar: Coming up in August

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Q&A Forum

Some Geeks on Tour members tell us that the Q&A forum is worth the entire cost of membership!  Here are some of the topics that have been discussed this month:

  1. Picasa: Where are my edited photos?
  2. Tethering software on phone or computer?
  3. Picasa photo viewer and emailed pictures
  4. Blogger and Dropdown menu
  5. Making a movie for DVD
  6. Picasa Quiz #1
  7. Picture Hosting for Forums

Using an iPad as a Work Computer

Use Live Writer to Create your Blogger Blog PostsMost people who love their iPads use them for consuming information. They read their email, browse the web, read books, watch movies and listen to music. Occasionally, they’ll write an email or post to Facebook. If that’s what you want to do with a computer, you’ll love the iPad too – or any good tablet. But what if you need to create stuff? I want to write, calculate, work with pictures, make content for websites, and manage lots of files. I don’t think I can use an iPad for all that.

Or can I?

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Time Zones and Google Calendar

Time Zones and Google CalendarHave you ever entered an appointment into your calendar, then missed the appointment because you traveled into a different time zone than where you started?  This is an issue with every calendar, but this article will deal specifically with Google Calendar. 

First we’ll explain the concept and why the times may change on your calendar, then we’ll give you specific tips on what to do so you never miss an appointment because of changing time zones.

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Don’t Settle for the Camera that Came with your Smartphone

Smartphone CamerasYour smartphone has a camera lens, a sensor, and a shutter, but it’s the software, the Camera App that makes it a camera.  All smartphones come with a stock Camera app, but there is so much more! I just want to tell you about the one extra camera app that I use – it’s called Pro HDR.  No, HDR doesn’t stand for High Definition something … it stands for High Dynamic Range.  It is a special photographic technique intended for scenes that have a wide range of exposure needs.  A lot of light, and a lot of dark.

The HDR technique takes 3 separate photos of these scenes at 3 different exposures.

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Geeks on Tour Newsletter, December 2010

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2010 in Review

Other than a brief flight to Las Vegas for a software conference, we’ve had a quiet December in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with friends and family.  At this time of year – we like to reflect on the last 12 months.  The easiest way for us is through pictures.  Here is just a small sample of photos showing you our life this year.  Mouse over the slideshow and you will see controls to manually go thru the pictures.  You can click anywhere on the pictures to go to the full-size Picasa Web Album.  And, if you want even more details, you can go to our personal blog and click on the monthly archives.

Wow!  What a year.  We sure hope you had a good one too. 

If you’re interested in learning how to create a slideshow like the one above and embed it in your blog or website, here’s the free video on Embed a Picasa Slideshow in your Blog.  Note: it’s one of our older videos – one thing that has changed is the link on Picasa Web albums is now on the right of the screen rather than the left; click ‘Link to this Album’, then ‘Embed Slideshow.’

2011 is shaping up.  You can see our complete schedule on our website.  Here are our first scheduled appearances for the year:

  • Jan  23-30: Holiday Travel Resort, Leesburg, FL
  • Feb 2-6: FMCA SEA rally, Brooksville, FL
  • Feb 8-10: Florida Grande RV Resort Webster, FL
  • Feb 12: Brevard Geneaological Society, The Great Outdoors, Titusville, FL

Other Articles this past month
So you don’t miss out on anything, here’s a list of other articles we wrote this past month.

Our Technology of the Year for 2010

In looking back over the year, certain computer gadgets and applications stand out.  We don’t pretend to watch the entire industry (and anyone who does must have a team of 100s to help them!) – these are the products that have affected our lives and amazed us this year.

We use our new Droid phones for connecting computers to the InternetDroid

There is no question but that our new cell phones are the most life-changing device to enter our world this year.  We have the original Motorola Droid from Verizon.  They are SOO obsolete now with the Droid X, Droid 2, Droid Incredible, Droid Pro and more all coming out after we got ours. 

You really shouldn’t even call this a cell phone, many call it a ‘Smart Phone.’  I like the term coined by David Pogue – ‘App Phone.’  You see, this is a computer with thousands of applications available.  The fact that it also makes phone calls is truly secondary.  Because the Droid plays music, it replaces our satellite radio; because the Droid has built-in GPS, it replaces our Garmin, because the Droid has a camera and it is always with us, it often replaces our other cameras; because the Droid is a book reader, it replaces our Kindle; because the Droid has unlimited Internet, it replaces a data card for our computers.  The list is seemingly endless.  Our Droids have become so valuable to us that, if we had to choose between our Spouse and our Droid … it might be a close call!

We’ve written several articles on the Droid throughout the year, and we set up a special forum on our website just for Droid.

Gmail and Google Calendar

gmail-cloudsOne of the reasons that our Droids are so valuable to us is that we can read our email and watch our calendars with them.  Because we use Google’s tools, all our email and calendar items are ‘in the clouds.’  Nothing resides solely on any one device.  Gmail collects all our email from a variety of addresses, and Google calendar tracks Jim’s schedule, my schedule, and our business schedule.  This information is synchronized automatically with our laptops, and our Droid phones. 

If I want to add an item to our business calendar, I will see any appointments on Jim’s and my personal calendar.  Once I add that item, if Jim picks up his phone – or computer – or even someone else’s computer, and looks at his calendar, he will see the appointment I just made for us.

As for email, there is no way I can keep up – period!  But, the combination of Gmail and my Droid at least gives me a fighting chance.  While I’m sitting in the Dentist waiting room, or while I’m a passenger and Jim is driving, I can be browsing my inbox on my phone, and deleting any garbage I see.  When I get back to my computer and open my Gmail inbox, I am seeing the exact same inbox as on my phone – the deleted messages are in the trash.  If I need to, I can respond to email on my Droid, but I prefer the computer for that.

Here are some of our articles on Gmail.


wp-logoWordPress is a free website-maker, but it is so much more than that.  You can create anything from a simple blog type of website, to a full-featured business ecommerce site.  WordPress is the Legos of the Website builder world.  You can put together anything you want if you understand how the pieces fit together. 

I started building websites somewhere around 1999, I used Dreamweaver.  I thought maybe I would become a website designer for hire, and I did work with a few clients.  What I didn’t like was the fact that, if the client wanted anything changed, they had to get me to do it.  I believed that clients should be able to make their own changes, but teaching them how was just TOO much.  I’ve tried various techniques, but none were easy.  Until WordPress.  All new websites we’ve made this year have been using the WordPress platform.  Even our Membership Website: www.GeeksOnTour.com, we have re-created at www.GeeksOnTour.com using WordPress.  Right now both sites are active and it is probably a bit confusing, but we are committed to the path of WordPress and eventually the .com site will just forward over to the WordPress-only .TV site.

We *LOVE* WordPress!  And, we’re not alone.  According to Trends, there are approximately 640,000 websites that are built with WordPress.  If you want a website, look no further than WordPress.  We have offered one seminar on WordPress, you can download the WordPress Seminar Handout here.  We are not offering that anymore for two reasons, 1) there is already a LOT of help available for WordPress on the Web and 2) It is still too complex for most travelers’ needs.  We want to keep our focus on the simpler stuff.  The easy and fun software that help travelers plan, preserve and share their travels.  We think Blogger fits that bill much more than WordPress.

Unfortunately (or fortunately) our own websites keep us much too busy to do client work, but the fact that we are now using WordPress means that we can do so much more with our own sites.  Rather than managing our self-programmed membership system, we are now using a WordPress plugin called WishList Member.  There is a large community of businesses that use this plugin, and we can get lots of support and ideas from them.  Expect big things from our website this coming year … thanks to WordPress!

Streets and Trips Megafile

streets-megafileThis item is included in order to show that it’s not always brand-new or grand inventions that make a difference in our lives.  Sometimes it’s an old one that has just improved in a small but oh-so-useful way.  We’ve been using Microsoft’s Streets and Trips software to plan our routes ever since we started living in our RV in 2003.  And, we’ve known for many years about special data files for places like hot springs, wineries, or membership campgrounds.   Until now, finding and loading the information from those data files has just been too cumbersome to make it worthwhile. 

The folks at Microsoft took the time to compile all those data files into one ‘MegaFile’ and added some software features for displaying just the data you want.  Now, rather than taking 10 minutes to find, load, and use a particular data file, the data we want is always available and it just takes one click to show or hide it as we’re traveling down the road.  I credit this megafile with allowing us to find one of the best stops of our entire summer – Saratoga Hot Springs in Wyoming.

Discuss this in our forum.

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