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Technology for Travelers: Geeks Teach at an RV Rally

Getting ready to teach our first seminar, "Technology for Travelers", at the Living The RV Dream Gathering

Getting ready to teach our first seminar, “Technology for Travelers”, at the Living The RV Dream Gathering

We just spent last week at an RV rally called “Living the RV Dream Gathering.” People from all over the country who travel by RV gathered here to learn, make friends, and have fun. We presented 4 seminars and one day-long smartphone photography workshop. For RVers, we almost always start with the seminar we call “Technology for Travelers.”

What IS Technology for Travelers?

We have a very specific meaning of Technology for Travelers. We aren’t talking about the satellite dishes, tire pressure monitors, or GPS devices. Although that could also be called Technology for Travelers, we like to teach what can be done with computer technology to Plan, Preserve, and Share your travels.

We have been traveling by RV since 2003 and our most prized possessions of those years are our pictures, maps, and blogs. If you enjoy your memories as much as we do, we think you need to learn how to use your smartphone and/or your computer to do the same!

Photos

We take hundreds of photos every month while we’re traveling. We use our iPhone and Android phone most of the time, but also some ‘real’ cameras. We gather our best pictures, using Google Photos,  and put them into albums for each month. Then we make a page on our blog to show off those albums. You can learn how to use the free Google Photos from our Book, Tutorial videos, and more on our website.

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Maps

We use Google’s free My Maps to make our own maps for each year. We start planning for the next year by creating a map like “2017 Geek Travels.” Then as the year progresses, we keep modifying that map. We change destinations, add destinations, and populate each stop with photos and descriptions. At the end of each year, we add the map to a Maps page on our Blog. You can learn how to make these maps with the tutorial videos on our website.

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Blogs

Pictures and maps tell most of the story, but I also like to write out my memories journal-style. Facebook is great for sharing small moments, but to have a complete journal I like using Google’s free Blogger.com. As noted above, you can also use your blog to create pages for other things, like pictures, maps, and videos. The blog is where I put it all together!  I created our blog when we were first just thinking about RVing. That was in early 2003 when Blogger.com was the only option available for a free journal/website. I still think it is the best option, and it is free and easy. Since our beginning in 2003, we have written nearly 2,000 posts. We are now ordering hard-bound, 4-color, coffee table books for each year on the road. Thumbing thru those books is one of my favorite things to do!

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Even if you don’t travel by RV, if you have memories you want to keep, check out our Tutorial videos on Photos, Maps, and Blogs. If you do travel by RV, we hope to see you at a Rally sometime down the road! There are hundreds of possible RV rallies to choose from. Most of them are organized by RV Clubs. Living the RV Dream’s website lists all the major clubs here. You can see where we’ll be on our calendar.

Test your Smartphone Smarts #10

Here is the tenth 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 97 episodes so far, this “Test Your Smartphone Smarts” will be an ongoing series of posts here.

Click here to watch our answers
Episode #38: Mobile Device Choices #38 Show Notes

  • Your choice in operating systems is:
    1. _____________ 2. _____________?
  • T/F: All mobile devices include GPS capability
  • T/F: To receive phone calls from anyone, you must have a smartphone, not a tablet.
37:19
Episode #39: Sharing Pictures with Facebook #39 Show Notes

  • Once you pick a picture and share it, you have options to make it visible to Public, or Friends, or ____________, or ____________.
  • To share a picture on a business’ Facebook page, you need to start where?
39:55
Episode #41: Google Hangouts  #41 Show Notes

  • Hangouts is an App that will do 3 types of communication: 1 ________ 2 _______ 3 _____
  • T/F: An old smartphone (without cell service) or a tablet can use Wi-Fi and Google Hangouts Dialer to call any phone.
37:35
Episode #42: Getting Started with Google Photos
#42 Show Notes

  • Google Photos ______________ will put together automatic movies, animations and more fun creations!
  • T/F: If you previously uploaded pictures to Picasa Web Albums, or Google Plus photos, you will see those using Google Photos.
48:46

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”

GeeksOnTour.com Website Tips

We’re updating the website all the time, here are some tips on how to get to the best stuff!

Find an Article

GoTArticlesAll the articles you see in this newsletter, and more, are individual posts on the website. There are nearly 1,000 of these articles! Want to see them all? Just click the menu item for Blogs/News and choose All Articles. You will see all the titles in reverse date order – the most recent articles will be first.

  • Menu: Blogs/News
  • Option: All Articles

Want to see if we have an article on “XYZ”? Use Search. There are 2 kinds of search:

  1. Search the page: if you are looking at the page of All Articles, you can search the titles by using the Ctrl-F shortcut. Ctrl-F (or Cmd-F on Mac) will Find search terms on the currently viewed page. Notice the search box that pops up in the upper right corner, just type what you’re looking for, e.g. Evernote, or Gmail, or CoPilot. Then press Enter, and every occurrence of that word on that page will be highlighted. See this piece from our weekly show that demonstrates search on page. Search on Page using iPad, Search on Page using Android
  2. Search the Site: Right on the home page, you should see “Search this Site” Simply type your search term or terms in the box and click the magnifying glass. Note: Normally you just type a word or two in here, but you can even type in something like “How to manage my mobile data usage”

Find a Tutorial Video

We have nearly 600 Tutorial videos divided into 12 categories. We encourage members to watch all the tutorial videos in the categories that interest you.

  • Menu: Tutorial Videos
  • Option: All videos and Categories

You will see links to each of 12 categories here, but, if you scroll down, you will see one complete list of all the tutorial videos in numeric order. Every video is assigned a sequential ID number. If you know that number, it’s easy to find the video – either by scrolling thru or use Ctrl-F to search.

What if you’re looking for that one particular video about Google Maps on an iPad and you’re not sure if it’s in the Google Maps category or the Smartphone category? Use Ctrl-F to search the page for a word or words you believe to be in the title. For example, if you’re looking for a video that taught something about Facebook Friends, you could search for “friend.” Note that this is an exact search, each character you type will instantly be highlighted in the body of the page. Searching for “friends” will not find you titles where Friend is singular.

Find a “Button” Show Episode

We’ve recorded 167 episodes of our Live Weekly Show: What Does This Button Do? We keep track of them all on the Weekly Class page. All you have to do is select it from the menu and scroll down to see the listing of every show. The listing includes a few words about the topics covered in that show, so you can use the Ctrl-F “Search This Page” technique discussed above to find any one show.

  • Menu: Weekly Class

Quick Tip Videos

These short, eclectic, tutorial videos can be found on a YouTube playlist.

Ask a Question

Can’t find an article or video for what you want to learn? Use the Q&A forum and ask the Geeks anything. We especially like questions like, “I want to learn xyz, what videos should I watch?” We will guide you in the right direction. Asking questions is available for members only, but anyone can view the answers. Perusing the Q&A forum will teach you lots!

If you have a technology question, please ask in the forum.  First you must be logged in.  Click on Forum in the menu, and make sure you see “Logged in As you in the upper right.  If not, then fill in the login form in the middle. Now find the topic appropriate for your question.  Click on that topic, then you should see a link to “Add a New Topic.”  Give your question a Topic Name – Subject.  Then type your question in the body and scroll to the bottom where you will see a button to ‘Submit Topic.’
Quick Video: How to Post to the Forum

  • Menu: Q&A Forum
  • Option: to ask a question, select a category, then “Add Topic”

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.

Click here to watch our answers
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?
39:37
Episode #31: Widgets Show Notes

  • iPad/iPhone: Where do you see Widgets??
  • How do you get the widgets?
  • Android: Where do you see Widgets?
34:08
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?
43:38
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
39:33

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”

Test Your Smartphone Smarts #6

Here is the sixth 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 83 episodes so far, this “Test Your Smartphone Smarts” will be an ongoing series of posts here.

Click here to watch our answers
Episode #21: Notifications Show Notes

  • To see details of notifications you drag what?
  • What are the two places you find settings to control notifications?
37:00
Episode #22: Contact’s Photos Show Notes

  • What are first 2 steps to get picture attached to a contact?
  • To get a photo you can take a picture of a person in front of you, you can select a picture from your gallery, or …. What is Chris’s special trick?
  • What if the only photo you have of the person also has 2 other people in the picture?
38:07
Episode #23: Ringtones Show Notes

  • What is the name of the System Setting that controls Alerts and Ringtones?
  • T/F: Each contact can have a unique ringtone for phone calls AND a unique tone for Text Messages.
37:55
Episode #24: Bluetooth Show Notes

  • Bluetooth is a wireless connection meant to go very short distances, for example to a keyboard, or what other devices?
  • When you first make the connection between your device and an accessory, the process is called what?
32:44

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”

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.
35:35
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?
39:58
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?
49:48
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
36:11

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”