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If you use Picasa as I do, you may get aggravated by the roundabout way you need to upload pictures to facebook. (Use Picasa to Export, then use Facebook to Import) The Picasa Uploader is an app that you download from Facebook. It installs a button directly into Picasa for uploading to Facebook. Once installed, it is one-click easy to upload directly from Picasa to your Facebook albums. This video shows you how.
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Geeks on Tour Newsletter Nov 2010: Picasa to Facebook, Macintosh Tips

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IMG_9922November was a quiet, family, month.  We were settled in at Paradise Island RV Park in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  We did do one seminar series at the Lazy Days Rally in Tampa – but the rest of the month was UN-Geeky! The beautiful sunset at the right was from a weekend in the Florida Keys where Chris and her Mom, Marilyn, spent a weekend on a friend’s boat (Thanks Debbie!).


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.


Facebook Pictures from Picasa

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More and more people are using Facebook as a way to share pictures with their friends.  If you use Picasa on your computer to manage your pictures, you may find the process of uploading to Facebook a little cumbersome.  There is a long way, and a short way.

The long way is to prepare your photos in Picasa and Export them to a separate folder.  Then, using Facebook’s upload utility, you can select all the photos in that folder.

see Video: #33 Export (Members only)

Facebook Add-in ‘Picasa Uploader

The short way is to download a third party tool called Picasa Uploader.  The purpose of this program is to add a button to the bottom row of buttons in Picasa.  It is a Facebook button and it will work like all the others.  Simply select the photos you want to upload to Facebook, click the facebook button, and follow the prompts.

Here’s the step-by-step: Go to the  Picasa Uploader page, and click on the big button to Install Now.’  Follow the prompts and click ‘Allow’ or ‘Yes’ or ‘Ok’ for any messages that come up.  Shortly you should see the ‘Configure Buttons’ screen.  Click on the Facebook Button and click ‘Add>>

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When you click OK, you should see the Facebook button at the bottom of your screen with all the other Picasa buttons.  To get back to that ‘Configure Buttons’ screen in order to add, remove, or rearrange your buttons, click on the Tools menu and ‘Configure buttons.’

So, for example, if you don’t have enough screen room for all of them, you might want to remove the BlogThis! button (I never use that one because it limits me to 4 pictures). To change the order of the buttons, click on a button to move, then click on the Move Up or Move Down button.  To clean up the buttons and return to basic Picasa, click on ‘Reset to Defaults.’

Now you should have a Facebook button at the bottom of your Picasa screen.  To upload photos to Facebook, simply select them and click that button!

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The first time you do this, you will need to log in with your Facebook username and password.  Then you should see a screen where you can specify an existing Facebook album, or make a new one.  You can also specify whether the album should be private or public.

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The final step is to ‘Approve’ all your photos.  Be sure they are all selected, then click ‘Approve Selected Photos.’

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With this great plug-in tool, at least the photo album part of Facebook has become *very* easy.  The Picasa Facebook button takes care of resizing your photos appropriately, it also keeps your Picasa caption and displays it on the Facebook album.  This button works on both Windows and Macintosh versions of Picasa.


New! Macintosh Tips

picture-finderThanks to our friend Ken Wiseman from RVNavigator, the Geeks on Tour Computer Education website now includes some tips for Macintosh Users.  Currently we have:

  1. Viewing Pictures in the Finder
  2. Making .pdf Files

Macintosh Forum

Each tip also has a corresponding post in our Members’ Macintosh Forum.  Anyone can read the posts in these forums but only members can ask a question.  If you want to ask questions and you’re not a member, you can join here.


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Geeks on Tour Newsletter Oct 2010: Unlimited Internet!

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Alaska CruiseOctober started with a family cruise on the Alaska Inside Passage.  See all our pictures on our Picasa Web Album – it was a beautiful trip.  We even survived a whole week of being offline with our computers.  Although we did get enough Verizon connection in Juneau and Skagway that we could check email on our Droid cellphones.  Hey!  You never know when a million dollar offer will come thru and require an immediate response!

On our return from Alaska, we settled down in Fort Lauderdale, Florida where we will be spending the winter.  Upcoming appearances include:

  • Nov 3-6: Lazy Days Friends and Family Rally, Tampa
  • Nov 23: Willowood Senior Community, Fort Lauderdale
  • 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.


Unlimited Internet Connections

imageOne of our most popular topics in Computer Education for Travelers is how to connect to the Internet on the road.  If you’re an Internet user at a stick and brick type of home you probably have DSL or Cable for an always-on, dependable, and fast connection that you take for granted. What’s the difference between wired Internet connections at home like DSL and  Cable …  and wireless Internet connections as you travel like Wi-Fi, Cellular, and Satellite?

  1. 1. Dependable speed
  2. 2. Usage limits

Speed

Although DSL and Cable can come with different speed options, they are usually quite fast.  And, whatever speed you get is dependable – it doesn’t change from day to day.

Some wireless connections are also very fast.  A 4G cellular connection can even be faster than DSL or Cable.  We’ve also experienced some Wi-Fi hotspots that were lightning fast when nobody else was using it.

But you can’t count on it.

The same Wi-Fi hotspot that was lightning fast on Thursday may slow to a crawl over the weekend when the park is full.  Your speedy Verizon connection in Cincinnati may be barely usable in Lubbock.

Usage Limits

Wired Internet services like DSL and Cable usually do not specify any limits.  You can be streaming many gigabytes of data across the wire all day every day and there is no extra charge.  Wireless is a different story.  There’s not enough of it to go around in an unlimited manner, so the providers either charge extra for overages, or they ‘throttle’ your connection after a certain point.

Satellite providers use the throttling method – if you go over your allotment (usually about 350 MB per day) your connection will slow down to less than dial-up speed.  You will still be able to get your text email, but that’s about it.

Most cellular plans limit usage to 5GB/mo.  AT&T’s standard plan now only allows for 2GB/mo.  If you go over there are charges per every Megabyte that you use – it adds up!

Wi-Fi is usually unlimited, but many hotspots are learning how to limit the amount of usage per user.  In some locations, you will find it just doesn’t work once you go over a certain allotment – you are summarily shut off.  Many hotspots are admonishing people that it is not acceptable to use the Wi-Fi hotspot for Internet Telephone, watching streaming videos or other high-bandwidth applications.  See this typical notice about a Wi-Fi hotspot at an RV park:

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Unlimited Wireless plans

As noted above, most cellular data plans have usage limits, but there are a few notable exceptions.

  1. Tethered Droid cellphone with PDANet.  See this video for a detailed explanation of how we use our Droid cellphone tethered to our computer for an unlimited data connection.  The drawbacks to this method are 1)you can’t talk on the phone and browse the web at the same time, 2) it’s cumbersome to have to cable your phone to your computer, 3)this is not supported by Verizon and 4)it can’t be shared – not easily anyway.
  2. Virgin Mobile’s Broadband2Go MiFi device.We will probably get one of these when we hit the road again next summer.  For $40/mo you get unlimited data with no contract and a MiFi device which provides a wireless connection for up to 5 computers.  What’s the catch?  It uses the Sprint network – coverage is an issue.  Verizon has much better coverage.  But, we figure between the Virgin Mi-Fi and our tethered Droids, we’ll be well covered.
  3. Old cellular data plans that you are ‘grandfathered’ to.  If you have an unlimited data plan as part of your cellular contract – don’t give it up!  It’s worth gold!

What’s the Point?

Most people are fine with 5GB per month.  You can read all the emails you want, surft the web and even make a few Skype calls and stay well within that limit.  According to Wired – AT&T says that 98 percent of its smartphone customers average less than 2 GB per month.

I do video production and I need to upload those videos to the Web.  One video can be 100 MB.  I also use Carbonite for online backup of all my files, including videos, so one video can represent 200 MB of data usage before I even watch it online! We also prefer the Internet to TV.

We are parked for the winter in a park that has a phone cable to each site, so we signed up for $19.95/mo DSL service, and we are getting SOO spoiled.  No need for TIVO, I can watch every episode of The Daily Show, or House, or Lie to Me by visiting Hulu.com .  I can even watch entire seasons of 24 or Stargate SG-1.  And, now that Netflix offers Instant Viewing movies – over our Wii console which is connected to the big screen TV …. well, I think you see the point.  With unlimited, fast Internet connection – the TV is quickly becoming obsolete.  If we had a limit on our Internet usage, it would really cramp our style!

Discuss this in our forum.

We’ve added a topic to our Forums specifically to discuss unlimited Data connections.  If you’re a Geeks on Tour paid member, please visit and leave your comments.  Even non-members can view the forum to see what’s going on.


Hot Topics in the Forum

imageThe new Geeks on Tour Website includes Forums that anyone can view.  Only paid members can ask a question, but you can read the questions and answers whether you are a member or not, so check out some of the hot topics listed below.  If you want to ask questions and you’re not a member, you can join here.

Droid Forums

The Droid cellphone is still our favorite gadget.  We absolutely do not go anywhere without it.  Many of our Geeks on Tour members also have the Droid, so we have a forum specifically for the Android phones.  Hot topics include: Internet connection by Tethering the Droid, and Must Have Apps.

Picasa Forums

Picasa is still our most popular topic, and you can tell that from the forums.  Browse the Picasa forum to read about Using Picasa Web Album photos for your Gmail contacts, or making a DVD of pictures and movies, or the difference between renaming and captions.


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