May 2013 Newsletter: Offline Google Maps, Blogs and Photos, Windows 8, Gabbing with Geeks

Published: Sat, 06/01/13

Monthly Issue # 67 May 31, 2013                                          
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May - On The Road
We left Fort Lauderdale on May 4.  2,580 miles later, on May 31 we are parked at an Elks Lodge in Lusk, Wyoming.
We stopped at a couple of sights along the way that have been on our list for a long time: Florida Caverns, and Bellingrath Gardens.  We recorded our first 'Gabbing with the Geeks' in a long time while at Florida Caverns.  You can see lots of pictures on our monthly photo Album.
RVSEF Lifestyle, Education and Safety Conference
RVSEF Conference

Our first rally of the season was this RVSEF Lifestyle, Education, and Safety conference.  It's the same conference that we've done a couple times before in Bowling Green, Kentucky.  We're teaching a few classes, but it's a very small conference so there's no stress at all. People come here to learn everything they want to know about RVing.   Some have been RVing for a while, some haven't even bought their RV yet.  They come here to learn what they need to know - driving classes, electrical system classes, water system classes, lifestyle classes, and technology classes-that's us! 

Calendar: Coming up in June/July

For more details, see our website Calendar.  

Q&A Forum

There's always something of interest in the RVtravel Newsletter.  This week you can find out if you are a "Glamper."  Read about that and more RV news in the current issue of RVTravel.
Preserving Your Travels with Blogs and Photo Albums in the Cloud

If you love traveling like we do, you want some easy way to hold on to the memories.  Years ago I kept large binders of photo albums and other books of journals.  They can get lost or destroyed, and they take up too much space.

Even before we bought an RV and adopted the vagabond lifestyle, we started a Blog.  I've always been a journal writer, but maybe you don't like to write?  That's OK, just keeping a Web-Based Photo album with captions on your pictures will be great.  This article tells you how we do it.  And, you can still get a book made of your photos and stories too!

Preserving your Travels with Blogs and Photo Albums in the Cloud
Using Google Maps Offline

We love Google Maps on our Android smartphones.  The only problem is that the maps come from the Internet.  So, if our phones are out of range of Verizon Internet Access, then we don't have a map!  It happens to us very seldom, but for the last couple of weeks we've been in Colorado - driving into the Rocky Mountains.  There comes a point where your phone reports that it has NO data access, and you will not be able to see a map using Google maps.

This article tells you what to do ...

Using Google Maps Offline
Windows 8 - 5 Tips to End Frustration

There is a lot to learn with the new operating system, Windows 8.  In this article we're giving you 5 tips that we think will go a long way to ease your frustration.  We are not dealing with touchscreens in this article, we are writing for mouse and keyboard users.  When you buy a new PC laptop these days, it will come with Windows 8 whether you want it or not!  Small, touchscreens may have driven the changes, but Microsoft wants their operating system to work the same on all devices, large and small.

It's time to learn a few things in order to use Windows 8
For Members: New Tutorial Videos
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Geeks on Tour Tutorial Videos

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