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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.

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.

MagicJack

My Chromebook is a Phone

Today, I made my Chromebook a phone. I can dial out to any phone and receive calls just using my Chromebook and an Android App from MagicJack . Not only can I use it as a phone, I can also message with the app as well.
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Being Stylus

Touchscreens are everywhere. I no longer have any of my “toys” without one. My desktop computer has a 23? Hannspree touch monitor. My Dell 15? laptop, Microsoft Surface 3 and the 11? Chromebook have touchscreens. Of course, the iPad, the 2 Android smartphones, and our old iPhones are touch. Like many of my friends & neighbors, my fingers are not as easy to control and precision is not always the norm. I attend a lot of trade shows and local events where businesses have booths where they give away advertising “stuff.” Many of them now give away a stylus or a pen with a stylus. I always pick some up, to use or to share with friends.

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.

What to Do if an App is Incompatible with Your Chromebook

What to Do if an App is Incompatible with Your Chromebook

Most Chromebooks have Android app support now, but not all your favorite apps are along for the ride. Here’s what to do if an app you want show up as “not compatible” with your Chromebook.
Reset your Chromebook (When and How!)

Reset your Chromebook (When and How!)

Chrome OS resets come in different shapes and colors. Or so it looks. This article will help you understand different types of resets, why and why to do them and of course, how to do them.
Acer Chromebook 15 Review Greater Than The Sum Of Its Parts

Acer Chromebook 15 Review: Greater Than The Sum Of Its Parts

The title up there was written on purpose. The Acer Chromebook 15 is nothing if not underwhelming on the spec sheet. As we go through the specifics of this device, it would be easy to consider writing off this machine based individual stats. Other than one area, this Chromebook isn’t the best at anything.
Use Google Lens On Your Chromebook To Grab Text From Images

Use Google Lens On Your Chromebook To Grab Text From Images

Google has, in various ways through the years, attempted to allow users to pull text from images. Be it Google Drive, Google Docs, Translate or some other service, there have been some pretty solid tries to convert images to text by Google. To this point, none of them have been viable, useful tools for actually doing this on a regular basis. Why would you want this, anyway?

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

Sharing Your Chromebook

Sharing Your Chromebook

Watch this video to learn how you can share your Chromebook with…
Chromebook Keyboard Tips and Tricks

Chromebook Keyboard Tips and Tricks

Watch this video to learn how to use your Chromebook keyboard…
How to use your Chromebook Touchpad

How to use your Chromebook Touchpad

Watch this video to learn how to right click, scroll and use…
Chromebook Myths

Chromebook Myths

Watch this video to debunk the top Chromebook myths.