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What is a Chromebook? Why is it the Perfect Computer for Parents & Grandparents?

Simple and secure, the Chromebook makes getting things done in and out of the classroom, at work, or at home quick, easy, and affordable. Chromebooks were introduced in June 2011. In just a short time they now comprise 58% of the computers used in K-12 school classrooms. For the parent or grandparent, this relatively inexpensive computer is far easier to use than a full-featured Windows or Mac computer would be.

They’re effectively impervious to viruses. They can use Voice commands: You can say “OK, Google” from the launcher to invoke Google’s voice-powered assistant. There is tight integration with everything Google: Gmail, Drive, Calendar and so on. That means any document created in, say, Google Docs is automatically archived to Drive. It’s like full-time, automatic backup for nearly everything the user does. The most recent Chromebooks can use Google Play to install almost all Android Apps that are available for phones and tablets.

The Virtual Chromebook Meetup

elder chromebookThis website is the home of the Virtual Chromebook Meetup. The Meetup is open to any computer or technology user group or anyone interested in learning about Chromebooks.

The meetings will be announced soon and will be available live on line. The meetings will be recorded and those recordings will be available on this website.

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Updated to Version 64

My Chromebook Was Upgraded to Version 64

This morning I checked for a Chromebook version update. See http://cb4s.net/finding-the-current-chrome-os-version/ . It began downloading an update. In the update installation dialog box, there was a checkbox next to “Update firmware for added security,” which I checked. By doing so, any chips in the Chromebook that need it, will get also get updated. See https://www.chromium.org/chromium-os/tpm_firmware_update for more information.
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The List Grows

Google continues to add Chromebook models that have access to the Google Play Store. Some are considered Stable and some are still in Beta, but these can now access Play Store, install & use Android Apps. The list is updated as additional models are added. You can always check it here. The models currently able to utilize Android Apps (as of January 6, 2018) are:

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6 Chromebook Annoyances You Should Fix Right Now

6 Chromebook Annoyances You Should Fix Right Now

Chromebooks are fun, lightweight, and convenient. But in many ways they can also be terribly annoying at times. Over time, those annoyances crop up to bug you so often that before long, you’ll end up feeling like throwing the thing through the nearest window. Have no fear. While a Chromebook has a few limitations compared to a regular laptop, there are ways you can either work around these issues, or fix them entirely.
Best Chromebooks 2018 the 8 top Chromebooks ranked

Best Chromebooks 2018: the 8 top Chromebooks ranked

Similar to Windows laptops, Chromebooks are available in a wide assortment of sizes, shapes, price tags, and manufacturers. The market is pretty diverse. What unifies the world of Chromebooks is an attention to details like long battery life, and speedy performance without the price premiums that high end CPUs carry with them. However, that does mean that they don’t have the greatest graphics capability, but they don’t need it – they make the most out of what they have to offer.
Chromebook Keyboard Shortcuts Getting A New Look

Chromebook Keyboard Shortcuts Getting A New Look

For many users, keyboard shortcuts are the bread and butter of a proficient workflow. If you’re a Chrome OS fan, you’re probably familiar with your Chromebook’s popup keyboard that lists all the available shortcuts at your disposal. If, by chance, you aren’t privy to this little feature, go ahead and check it out for yourself and see what you’ve been missing.
Acer Chromebook R11 Not Charging Here’s The Fix

Acer Chromebook R11 Not Charging? Here’s The Fix

If your Chromebook hasn’t been taking a full charge as of late, you’re not alone. It appears that a bug has found its way into the popular C738T model of the Acer Chromebook R11 and users are reporting as little as 40% battery level after a full day on the charger.

Tutorials and Help for Chromebooks. Some are Original by Hewie Poplock. Some are from Google & other sources. To view all of the Tutorials Click Here

Using the Chromebook Launcher Start Button

Using the Chromebook Launcher Start Button

How to use the Chromebook Launcher or Start Button.  …
Finding the Current Chrome OS Version

Finding the Current Chrome OS Version

This a tutorial to show how to determine the current version of the Chrome OS that your Chromebook is running.
Using Evernote on My Chromebook

Using Evernote on My Chromebook

Using Evernote on My Chromebook  
Using ROK Radio for Old Time Radio Listening on Your Chromebook

Using ROK Radio for Old Time Radio Listening on Your Chromebook

Old time radio. Comedy, Crime, Drama, Westerns, Sy-Fi and mo…