The Remedy for the Aches & Pains of Computing

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.

These are the latest Blog posts. Click on a blog excerpt, or to see all of the blogs, click on the menu item or click here.

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.
Google Play Store image

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:

These are the latest articles posted. Click on an article excerpt or to see all of the articles, click on the menu item or click here.

Is a Chromebook a good business laptop?

Is a Chromebook a good business laptop?

The big controversy with Chromebooks in the early days was that they couldn't be used to run "real" programs that Windows and macOS machines can run. But it's been 7 years, and the web has grown a lot. Chromebooks have grown a lot, too. They've gotten more robust extensions. They've gotten support for millions of Android apps through Google Play. And even if you lose internet, Google's Drive suite — and many productivity services and apps — will let you keep working offline on your Chromebook, then sync your data back to the cloud once it finds Wi-Fi again.
How to get battery full alerts in Chrome

How to get battery full alerts in Chrome

Battery charge alerts are pretty useful for monitoring the health of your battery. In cases where you’re dealing with an if-fy battery, or you need to check if your battery is charging too quickly, it helps to know when the battery has reached a full charge. You can use various apps and scripts to get battery full alerts but if you use Chrome, an extension called Battreminder can send those alerts as well.
How to Delete Apps from Your Chromebook

How to Delete Apps from Your Chromebook

For most users, Android apps from the Google Play Store are likely to be the main reason they need to clear up space, so we’ll start there. If you’re using the Chromebook with a trackpad or mouse, two-finger click (trackpad) or right-click (mouse) while the mouse pointer is hovering over an app’s icon and then click “Uninstall.” If you’re using a Chrome OS tablet—or just like using your Chromebook’s touchscreen—tap and hold on the app’s icon and then tap “Uninstall.”
More LTE-Enabled Chromebooks On The Way

More LTE-Enabled Chromebooks On The Way

The Samsung Chromebook Plus V2 with LTE is by no means the first cellular-enabled Chrome device to come to market. There was Google’s Chromebook Pixel (2013), the HP Chromebook 14 (w/4G, not LTE. Also, my first Chromebook. Loved it.) and an obscure ASUS 300 model that I’ve never actually seen in the flesh. Out of the three, the HP was probably the most popular due to its low cost and free 200MB of free monthly data compliments of T-Mobile.

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…