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Hodgepodge of tech for travelers

Show265: HodgePodge of Tech Tips for Travelers

  • 1:22 Walking directions with Live View
  • 6:20 Intro and Hello
  • 8:06 Google Product Expert Summit and our time in London
  • 18:27 Big Mill B&B with RV hookups where we stayed in N Carolina w Starlink fast Wi-Fi
  • 19:10 Neck pillow / puffer jacket
  • 21:11 Google Maps for Public Transit
  • 24:39 Google Pay and Apple Pay
  • 30:27 Photo Books from Google Photos Albums
  • 36:32 If you use Chase credit card, you can book travel thru Chase Travel
  • 38:52 QR Codes – 3 ways to scan
  • 45:17 Android camera shortcut
  • 46:56 Google Maps Timeline to see where you’ve been
  • 51:54 Review

Below are detailed show notes for members only

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How to add video to a printed gift card using QR codes

If you have a video that you’d like to include with a card, I have good news. It is SO easy to create a QR code of the video, print it and put it inside the card!

In this example, I’m using a Christmas card and, if you scan the QR code you can watch a cute little JibJab video of Chris and Jim singing a Merry Christmas song.

You could use this same technique to include a home video of your family in a birthday card, or a favorite YouTube music video to add to a Graduation card, or an Introduction to Our Business to print on a business card. The only limit is your imagination.

Try it now

On a computer, using the Chrome browser, find a favorite YouTube video.

  • Open the video to play it, then pause the playback
  • Click the Share button in the address bar
  • in the menu that appears, click the “Create QR code” button
  • That’s it! you have a QR code for that video. Scan the code with your phone to be sure it works as expected.
  • Note: if you’re sharing a video from your Google Photos, you must share with a link first, then follow that link to see the video. Create the QR code from there.

Now you need to print that code on a piece of paper you can insert in the card

  • Click the Download button below the QR code to put it on your computer’s hard drive. it will be a .png image file. Hopefully, you have your browser settings so that you can specify what folder to put it in. If not, it probably will be found in your Downloads folder.
  • Now you can open the file and print it, but it’s better to create a document and insert the QR code file. Then you can control the size and add some other text

Learn more

If you need to review how to scan a QR code, this video should help

Episode 248 of our What Does This Button Do? YouTube show is all about creating QR codes. They can do much more than you think. A QR code can add items to your calendar, give you a map, or a person’s contact info. It’s all quite easy.

248. How to make QR Codes

  • 0:00 Begin
  • 2:30 How to scan QR codes
  • 7:33 Hello and introduction
  • 14:15 Our year in favorite Tech: Google Fi, Pixel 7 Pro, Google Photos shared Albums
  • 23:49 How to make QR codes on a mobile device
  • 26:53 How to make QR code on computer
  • 30:03 QR codes are for more than just websites: contacts, maps, Wi-Fi, Calendar entries and more
  • 42:05 Sharing a recipe with a QR code!
  • 43:25 Share photo from Android to iPhone via QR code
  • 46:19 Review Questions

Show Notes for members only below.

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Test Your Smartphone Smarts #5

Here is the fifth 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 79 episodes so far, this “Test Your Smartphone Smarts” will be an ongoing series of posts here.

Click here to watch our answers
Episode #17: Editing Photos Show Notes

  • True or False: you must transfer pictures from your phone or tablet to a computer before you can perform edits.
  • What does Saturation mean?
  • True or False: once you crop something out of your picture, you can never get it back.
Episode #18: Swype Keyboard Show Notes

  • True or False, Swype is built in to every smartphone, you just need to select it in your settings
  • How many fingers does it take to do Swype Typing?
  • How do you enter double letters?
Episode #19: Google+ Photos Show Notes
**Google+ Photos is history, but it was replaced with Google Photos (no +) which is very similar.

  • If a picture is in a Google+ album, is it also in the area called ‘Photos’?
  • If you delete a picture from an album, do you delete the same photo in All Photos?
Episode #20: Scanning Barcodes Show Notes

  • If your phone or tablet does not have a way to scan a barcode, how do you get that?
  • True/False: A QR code can play a video

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”

#20 QR Codes and Barcodes, plus Google Goggles. What Does this Button Do?

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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 20 video on YouTube, but you won’t get the show notes. Become a member here. This episode covers:

  1. Overview of QR Codes, what are they? what are they for? how do you read them? how do you make them?
  2. Also a demonstration of comparison shopping by scanning UPC barcodes
  3. App of the week: Google Goggles to translate your world

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How to Play a Video from a Printed Page

imageWhen we present our seminars to live audiences, we cover a lot of information. We want people to be paying attention and not taking notes, but we know they’ll forget most of it unless they have a takeaway – something written, so we offer detailed handouts for everyone in the audience. We also play some of our tutorial videos during the presentation.

How can we give our audience one of our videos as a takeaway?

QR codes is the answer! A QR code is one of those funny looking square barcodes. When you scan them with your smartphone or tablet, they act like a Link on paper. Whatever is programmed into that QR code will be accessed by your smartphone.  Here is a piece of our Picasa handout that includes 4 different QR codes. If you scan them, they will play different tutorial videos about using Picasa. We think this makes our handouts even more valuable than they already were. A seminar on a piece of paper!


If you don’t know how to scan a QR code with your smartphone or tablet, here’s a past article for you to read: What are QR Codes and how do I use my Smartphone to Read Them?

Make your Own QR Codes

Many people are now putting QR codes on their business cards and brochures. They can be as simple as a link to your website or email address. They can also be a geo location that can help people navigate to a given location. Or, they can be a video about you or your products, or whatever you want! There are several websites that will create QR codes for you. Our current favorite is QR Droid Zapper. This website can create a QR code for:

  1. A website URL – that can be a simple page, or a link to a video or other content
  2. Text
  3. Phone #
  4. SMS – a text message. The person scanning the code will instantly be sending the specified text message to the specified number
  5. E-mail – an email message. The person scanning the code will be sending the specified email message to the specified address
  6. Contact – a way to give the person scanning the code your complete contact information
  7. Calendar Event
  8. Geo Location – a Latitude/Longitude which opens the specified place in Google Maps
  9. Android App – will point to App’s details in the Google Play store

Add a Video to a Greeting Card

So, let’s say you made a video of your family vacation and you want everyone on your Christmas Card list to watch it. You just need to put a QR code on the Christmas Card! 

First, you need to make the video and upload it to Youtube  (Geeks on Tour Videos can teach you how to do that!) It doesn’t have to be a public video if you don’t want, just make it Unlisted and only people with the direct link will be able to see it.


We have a video of last year’s family vacation already uploaded to Youtube. I just visited it, clicked the Share button and copied the link provided. I pasted that link into the URL box as shown in the screenshot above, then clicked on “Generate QR Code.” Here’s what I get:


To get that image to your computer, simply right-click on the image and find “Save Picture as …” or “Save Image” or something like that depending on what browser you’re using. Then you can save it to a specified folder. It is a .png picture and can be used just like a .jpg picture. There are a lot of ways to make greeting cards and add your own pictures. One that we can recommend is SentOutCards with our friend Laura Baker. In fact, we have an hour-long webinar/video all about it: Send Out Cards Webinar.

Can you scan that code above? It’s intended for paper, but you can point your phone at the screen and scan it just as well. Watch the video and tell us if you’ve ever had a family vacation like ours.

June 2012 Newsletter: Smartphones and QR Codes, Picasa Collages, Internet from your Smartphone

Geeks on Tour

June was primarily spent preparing and attending the Good Sam RV Rally in Louisville, KY.  We presented 7 different seminars.   The large seminar room ‘C109’ at the Kentucky Expo hall was basically all ours for the week of the rally! 

We also offered 2 hands-on sessions on the Early Bird day. We had a full house (20 people) for our hands-on Photo Editing with Picasa class, and just a few less than that for our Smart Phone Boot Camp.  We loved every minute of it, and were thoroughly exhausted by week’s end.

A Sad Note About our Friends at TechnoRV

Life is not always fun and computers.  On June 25, we attended the memorial of Josh May. Josh was the 14 year old son of our friends Phil and Tracey, and brother of Ally, from TechnoRV.  It tore our hearts to see friends in such pain.  It also warmed our hearts to see the outpouring of love for them and the memory of Josh.  Many family members were there, having flown over from England.  Friends were in attendance from as far away as California.  Their extended RVing family also showed up by the score as well as people from the campground and the local community.  Nearly 100 people attended.  Goodbye Josh.  You were loved.

July Schedule

In July we have a few appearances scheduled thru the APCUG, the Association of Personal Computer User Groups.  On July 10 we will be in West Nyack, New York and we’ll present back to back seminars on Picasa and Smart Phones for the joint meeting of the Rockland PC Users’ Group and the Westchester PC Users Group.   Next comes the Mid-Hudson Computer User group in Poughkeepsie, NY, then the FMCA NE Area Rally in Essex Junction, Vermont.  At the end of July we’ll come back south to Connecticut for the The PC Users Group of Connecticut. To see everything on our schedule, check out our monthly calendar. You can also click on the map at right, then any placemark to see the details.


Forum Topics

The Q&A Forums on the Geeks on Tour website are a great place to discuss the topics we cover.  This is where we answer our members’ questions.  Anyone can read the forums, you need to be a member to post.   Here are some topics of interest:

  1. Unwanted Messages on Facebook 
  2. DVD Maker
  3. Comments on a Blog
  4. Streets & Trips: Adding POI Megafile to current map
  5. Droid 4G LTE connections
  6. Scanning and Saving
  7. Streets and Trips on sale at Staples $20

What are QR Codes and How do I use my Smartphone to Read Them?

I’m sure you’ve seen them, those black and white, square codes.  Like a computer’s digital attempt at finger painting, these are called QR Codes for Quick Response.  They started with Toyota as a way to track cars thru the manufacturing process.  Because they can hold a lot of data and be read very quickly with a smartphone, they have taken over printed promotional media.  With one square inch (or even less) of space on a printed flyer, business card, or brochure, a business can disseminate an entire website of information.  A QR code can even be programmed to play an online video, show a map location, or download a file.

It’s called a QR code – but it’s just a special type of Bar Code so all you need on your smartphone to read it is a Bar Code scanner app.

Here’s the video that shows you how to do it:


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New ‘Short Course’ of Videos on Picasa Collages

I love Picasa’s Collage feature and use it almost daily.  Up until recently our Geeks on Tour Learning Library for Picasa only had one, older video about creating a collage.  There’s so much to the collage feature that it was impossible to make one of our short tutorials that would do it justice, so we made a series of them and put them together with some written instructions as well.  We call this a ‘Short Course’ and we expect to have more of them on other topics. 

Here is one of the videos from the short course.  It’s about using Picasa’s collage feature to create a banner collage for your Facebook Timeline.

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Internet from your Smartphone with PDANet or FoxFi

You may remember this video we did a couple of years ago when we first got our Droid smartphones.  It shows how we use some software called PDANet to tether our phone to our computer, giving the computer an Internet connection.

New Smartphones with New PDANet = WiFi Hotspot on your Phone

Both Jim and I now have Droid RAZR smartphones and they have the ability to be a WiFi hotspot.  If you go thru Verizon and turn on that feature, it will cost you an extra fee.  However, if you use the PDANet/FoxFi software, you just pay once for the software and the hotspot gets its data from your phone’s data plan.  It’s really amazing. 

After you’ve downloaded the necessary

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