Create calendar events using the time AND the time zone.
Scenario: you are planning a visit to Buenos Aires and you’ve arranged to meet your friend Lisa for dinner at 6pm. You’re still in Denver when you make this date and you want to enter it in your calendar.
So, what’s the problem?
As you can see with the instructions above, it’s very clear how to enter an appointment in a different time zone. The problem is that, when you look at the calendar right after you create the entry, it won’t say 6pm because I’m not in Buenos Aires yet. On my calendar it says I’m having dinner with Lisa at 3pm! Don’t be confused. The calendar is displaying time according to where I am, the current time for my calendar is Mountain Time Zone. How do you see, and/or change, the calendar’s time zone? In the settings:
This is working exactly as intended. Think about it – if you weren’t physically traveling to Buenos Aires, but Lisa asked if you could join her on a Zoom call at 6p her time, you would want your calendar to alert you at 3 because there is 3 hours difference between your locations.
For even more about managing time zones, see Episode 215 of What Does This Button Do?
Chris Guld is President and Teacher-in-Chief at GeeksOnTour.com. She and her husband, Jim, produce a free YouTube show called What Does This Button Do? They have been in the technology training industry since the 80s. Now, as semi-retired travelers, they specialize in teaching technology of interest to other travelers.
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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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:
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 GooglePhotos. 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.
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!
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.
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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
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.
Most 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.
Have 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.
Don’t Settle for the Camera that Came with your Smartphone
Your 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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