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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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How To Recover A Chromebook Over USB

How To Recover A Chromebook Over USB

Chromebooks are generally easy, but sometimes you need to bring out the big guns to fix a problem. This is how to recovery a broken Chromebook. Chromebooks are the easiest-to-use laptops out there, but even the best designed system can be susceptible to failure. In this case, it may be necessary to recover your Chromebook. Fortunately, it's an easy process. To get started, you'll need the Chrome browser — or another Chrome OS device — and the Chromebook Recovery Utility extension installed. You'll also need a spare USB drive that you've already backed up, since using that drive for the recovery media will wipe and files that are already there. If you have a newer Chromebook that only has USB-C ports, make sure to have a USB-C flash drive or the appropriate adapters.
The Beginner’s Guide to Gmail

The Beginner’s Guide to Gmail

Are you looking for help with your new Gmail account? Or, are you still trying to figure out what all your Gmail email settings mean? You’ve come to the right place. In this guide, I’m going to Show you how to create a new Gmail account, Understand the Inbox and how to organize your email, Look at advanced Gmail features, Talk about the Gmail mobile app, and Point out how third-party cloud services work with your Gmail account online (or even offline).
The Power User Guide to Gmail

The Power User Guide to Gmail

This Gmail guide is not for new users, but for those of you who already use Gmail and want to take advantage of its many features. Those of you who are new should probably read The Beginner’s Guide to Gmail first, which will give you an introduction to the service and how to use its most basic and important features.
Want To Make ChromeOS Feel More Like A Full OS?

Want To Make ChromeOS Feel More Like A Full OS?

ChromeOS is essentially the Chrome browser with a bit of window-dressing. There's a desktop space that lets you choose your own wallpaper. There's a start button in the lower-left corner for launching apps. There's an app launcher shelf where you can pin your favorite apps. There's a tray in the lower-right corner that provides quick access to Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, volume and settings. Despite these various accoutrements, nearly everything you do in ChromeOS is done inside the Chrome browser. When you launch an app, the default action is for it to open as a new tab in Chrome. If you are like me, then you have enough tabs open in Chrome at any given moment without your apps adding to that figure. Thankfully, ChromeOS has an easy setting to change this behavior.