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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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Google to Ask You To Login Again To View Saved Passwords on Chrome OS Too

Google to Ask You To Login Again To View Saved Passwords on Chrome OS Too

Here is the most exciting Chrome OS news that you will read today (unless there is a confirmation on a new Chromebook purchase in your email that is!). Chrome OS will soon ask you to enter your login password or lock screen password to view saved passwords.
The 15-minute Chromebook tune-up

The 15-minute Chromebook tune-up

As far as computers go, Chromebooks are almost shockingly low-maintenance. Google's Chrome OS operating system updates itself silently and automatically — as do most of the core apps associated with the platform — and it doesn't get gunked up and slowed down over time, as traditional operating systems tend to do. There's no antivirus software to fret over, either, and little in the way of complicated settings or compatibility concerns. By and large, things "just work" — like, for real. But hey, you're a proactive person. You like knowing your tech is always in tip-top shape. Plus, you have impeccable tastes in tech-related reading material (clearly). So let me share a little secret with you: Despite Chrome OS's minimal-upkeep nature, there are some things you can do to clean up your Chromebook, clear out its clutter, and keep it primed for optimal productivity (and/or procrastination — equally important, as far as I'm concerned). And they don't take long at all to power through.
15 Chrome Settings You Should Change (2019)

15 Chrome Settings You Should Change (2019)

Google Chrome is by far the most popular browser on the planet. I mean the browser has captured more than 65% of the market share which is something quite phenomenal. While the browser works like a charm right out of the box, there are certain hidden settings and features that can make your experience even better. In this article, we are going to take a look at all those hidden settings that you should change to make Chrome better for you. So, here are the 15 Chrome settings that you should change:
How to Share Links to Your Google Doc as a PDF

How to Share Links to Your Google Doc as a PDF

Using Google Docs is a great way to collaborate on and share documents. Sometimes, though, you want to provide somebody with a PDF instead of an editable document. Google Docs now lets you edit your sharing link to provide a PDF. Best of all, if you edit the original document, the PDF link automatically includes any changes you made. Here’s how it works.

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…