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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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What is a Chromebook?

What Is a Chromebook?

A little over five years ago, Sundar Pichai, then Google's vice president of Chrome, took the stage at the company's 2011 developer conference and revealed a surprising new product from the search giant. It wasn't a new advertising program, search algorithm, or app. Instead, it was an entirely new personal computing operating system, Chrome OS.
Google Play Store on Chromebooks

The Google Play store, coming to a Chromebook near you

We launched Chromebooks for people who wanted a fast, simple and secure computing experience. Chromebooks just work -- open the lid, and within seconds, you’re on your favorite sites and apps, getting stuff done. Virus protection and automatic updates are built-in, so you don't have to manage your computer. And that’s worked great for our users. Schools in the US are now buying more Chromebooks than all other devices combined — and in Q1 of this year, Chromebooks topped Macs in overall shipments to become the #2 most popular PC operating system in the US.
5 Fantastic Word Cloud Tools for Chromebooks

5 Fantastic Word Cloud Tools for Chromebooks

Word Clouds are a favorite tech tool. You input a large passage of text, and then a shape is created from the words, with the more frequent words displayed in a bigger font size, and the less frequent words shown smaller. Thankfully there are now several excellent options that use newer technology and will run properly on a Chromebook. Here are five examples of Chromebook-friendly word cloud tools that you can use.
Turn an old laptop into a Chromebook

Turn an old laptop into a Chromebook

Turn an old laptop into a Chromebook! Well, sort of: Neverware's CloudReady lets you install Chromium on nearly any machine, and now supports dual-boot. Here's how to get started. For as long as I can remember, the go-to option for resurrecting an old PC was to install Linux. The open-source operating system has lower system requirements than Windows, so it's better suited to older hardware. However, could it also be overkill? If you're not looking to run sophisticated software, or you just don't want to deal with the complexities of choosing a Linux distribution (there are dozens), maybe you should consider another option: Chromium, the Chrome browser-based OS similar to what powers Chromebooks.

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