Chromebooks aren’t just for kids anymore How my mom made the switch from Windows

Chromebooks Aren’t Just For Kids Anymore: How My Mom Made The Switch From Windows

Like many GeekWire readers, I’m the de-facto IT support guy in our family. So when my mother’s laptop began to fail a few months ago, I was ready with advice: buy a Chromebook.

We already have one Chromebook in the family. Last year I bought an Acer C720 for my daughter, partly as an experiment to see how it would work out for a college student. You can hear details in this GeekWire podcast, but in short she’s quite happy with the choice.

So I figured a Chromebook is even better suited for my mother who is somewhere north of 70 years old:

Chromebooks aren’t just for kids anymore How my mom made the switch from Windows

Article Originally appeared on 9/14/2014, but is still relevant.

Chromebook Crazy

Chromebook Crazy

I think I have finally gone Chromebook crazy! I have always loved Chromebooks for their ease when accessing G Suite and living in a Google Ecosystem, but lately, they have become even more!

I had no idea all of the awesomeness that lay just beyond the settings icon! Nor did I really know just how incredible the apps and extensions could be. These things are life changing! Ok, maybe not life changing but they are certainly a reason to take another look at Chromebooks.

Chromebook Crazy

Article Originally appeared on 9/8/2017.

How much RAM do you need in a Chromebook

How Much Ram Do You Need In A Chromebook

When you’re looking to purchase a new (or used, but new to you) laptop, one major consideration is how much RAM you need. Chromebooks are no exception.

The general rule of “as much as you can afford” will always ring true, but that’s hardly a good answer and we can do better. Let’s talk a little about how a Chromebook uses and manages memory and how you use one affects how much of it you need.

How much RAM do you need in a Chromebook

Article Originally appeared 5/2/2019.

Google Chrome App and Extension Database

Google Chrome App and Extension Database

I have put together a Google Chrome App and Extension Database for Teachers and Students that is loaded with apps and extensions for productivity and classroom integration. The database includes 100+ Apps and Extensions and is searchable and filterable. I do not recommend every app and extension for every teacher. Rather, use this as a guide to find what works for you, your classroom and your students. There is something in here for everyone.

Google Chrome App and Extension Database

Article Orginally appeared on 9/19/2017.

The 7 best Chromebooks of 2017 the top Chromebooks ranked

The 7 Best Chromebooks Of 2017: The Top Chromebooks Ranked

All set at frugal prices, the top Chromebooks on the market won’t give you much to complain about in terms of sheer value. Better yet, every one of them is equipped with specs that can handle a heavy workload. Leaving little to the imagination, here they are:

  • Asus Chromebook Flip
  • Samsung Chromebook Pro
  • Dell Chromebook 11
  • Acer Chromebook 15
  • Acer Chromebook R11
  • HP Chromebook 14
  • Hp Chromebook 13

The 7 best Chromebooks of 2017 the top Chromebooks ranked

The Article Originally appeared on 9/19/2017

Google Launches A Fresh New Chromebook Landing Page

Google Launches A Fresh New Chromebook Landing Page

The official Chromebook page from Google has gone through many changes over the years. As the platform has evolved, so too has Google’s landing pages.

This latest incarnation is by far the most beautiful and interesting Chromebook landing page yet.

From this one page, all users can see not only the beauty of the newer generation of Chromebooks, but also all the things that can be done using a Chromebook. The site is full of information, images, and very interesting design tweaks.

Google Launches A Fresh New Chromebook Landing Page

Article Appeared on 9/4/2017

 

Data Science on a Chromebook

Data Science on a Chromebook

About nine months ago I announced that I was attempting a Chromebook experiment for the 2nd time. At first I thought it was going to be a short term experiment just to see if it was possible to function with only a Chromebook. But in an interesting twist I got used to it and have been working exclusively on a Chromebook for the last few months since the experiment started.

I set myself the following requirements:

  1. I could only use Chrome OS – no installing/booting to Linux
  2. I couldn’t use another computer for any task
  3. I had to be “fully cloudy” in the sense that I didn’t run any additional hardware

Data Science on a Chromebook

Original Article appeared on 8/29/2017.

How to Close Unresponsive Chromebook Apps

How to Close Unresponsive Chromebook Apps

Have a frozen app that’s locking up your Chromebook? Thankfully, it’s not difficult to close it and move on. This is one of the basic skills that every Chromebook owner should know.

Thanks to Chrome’s built-in task manager, it’s easy to force close any misbehaving processes:

How to Close Unresponsive Chromebook Apps

Chromebook specs-performance comparison chart 2017

Chromebook specs & performance comparison chart (2017)

Thinking of buying a new Chromebook but not sure which one to choose?

Use our comprehensive specs comparison table and buying guide to quickly see the differences between each model, and find the best Chromebook for your needs.

When Chromebooks first appeared in the summer of 2011, it looked like Google had created a computing system without being entirely sure who it was aimed at. However since then, while not yet having quite taken over the world, Chromebooks have steadily increased in popularity and matured from something which was experimental into a mainstream device.

Why choose Chromebook?

Chromebook specs-performance comparison chart 2017

The Article Originally appeared 5/27/2017

Acer reveals new metal Chromebook 15 with support for Android apps

Acer reveals new metal Chromebook 15 with support for Android apps

Acer reveals new metal Chromebook 15 with support for Android apps

Editor’s Summary

  •  15.6-inch comprehensive Hd IPS show lets media fanatics, households with college-age youngsters, and any person who wishes immersive amusement see and do a great deal more vast viewing angles make it excellent for sharing
  • Added-prolonged battery everyday living of up to 12 hours provides day-till-evening ability for applications, amusement, media streaming, social media, college get the job done and more
  • Aluminum major protect and palm relaxation deliver a quality touch and really feel
  • Fanless design supplies for tranquil procedure
  • Upward-going through speakers surrounding the keyboard provide quality audio to enhance the spacious show for a excellent multimedia experience

Acer reveals new metal Chromebook 15 with support for Android apps

Article Originally appeared on 8/31/2017