The 7 Most Common Chromebook Errors and How to Fix Them

The 7 Most Common Chromebook Errors and How to Fix Them

Chromebooks are delightfully robust machines. Things rarely go wrong, and they can take a real hammering before they eventually give up the ghost. It puts them in stark contrast to most Windows laptops and Macs.

And because Chromebooks are so cheap, it’s not the end of the world if your laptop does go to the graveyard in the sky — you can get a new one for little more than $200.

However, don’t throw away your device just yet. It might still be salvageable. You just need to identify your problem and follow a few basic troubleshooting steps.

The 7 Most Common Chromebook Errors and How to Fix Them

Article Appeared 9/21/2017.

Reviewed Samsung Chromebook Plus

Reviewed: Samsung Chromebook Plus

THE LIGHTWEIGHT LAPTOP REPLACEMENT YOU NEED TO OWN

I have been using the Samsung Chromebook Plus exclusively now for a few months to really get to grips with it as it is different to a Windows-based laptop and some things which I will go into taking a little bit of getting used to.

Firstly let me just say that it has completely replaced the need for me to carry around a Windows Laptop. If you had a fear previously that Chromebooks needed internet all the time then fear not as that need is now gone.

Reviewed Samsung Chromebook Plus

Original Article appeared 9/20/2017.

New Chromebooks With Cellular Options May Be On The Horizon

New Chromebooks With Cellular Options May Be On The Horizon

It’s 2017 and things are changing exponentially in the world of Chrome OS. Convertibles are king and tablets and detachable will soon be a reality. Mobile carriers are continuing to battle and drive down the price of unlimited plans and add-ons. It is now plausible to have a second cellular device with enough data to actually do something with and still cost less than what many of us paid for one line just five years ago.

At least once a week I search the Chromium repository for any signs of new cellular support or a device that might be housing a cellular modem. Aside from the occasional update to existing devices, I have continually come up empty-handed.

New Chromebooks With Cellular Options May Be On The Horizon

Original Article appeared 9/16/2017.

Chromebooks can zip files

Chromebooks Can Zip Files, Too, And Here’s How To Do It

Want to compress some files on your Chromebook, or maybe open a compressed file you recently downloaded? Not every Chromebook user realizes this, but support for zipping and unzipping both .ZIP and .RAR files is built into ChromeOS, meaning your Chromebook can already do it — assuming you know how. There’s also a free application designed to add support for even more filetypes, whether you need to handle .7Z files or tarballs. Let’s dive right in, and show you how to manage archived files on your Chromebook.

Chromebooks can zip files

Article Originally appeared on 4/28/2017.

6 Reasons Why a Chromebook Should Be Your Next Computer

6 Reasons Why a Chromebook Should Be Your Next Computer

Then, tragedy struck. My laptop computer broke and I was forced to buy a new computer just as I was starting college.

The following week I purchased a Chromebook, what I thought would be an interim computer, but I was very wrong. I’ve been using that same Chromebook for four years, and it’s only now just showing signs of being that old. I use it every single day, and I love every minute of it.

6 Reasons Why a Chromebook Should Be Your Next Computer

Article Originally appeared 9/11/2017.

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