I love my Chromebook… As a matter of fact, I drafted this article using my Chromebook. If you are unfamiliar with Chromebooks, let me explain in simple terms. The Chromebook is not a Microsoft Windows OS-based laptop; instead, it is a Google Chrome OS-based laptop (or notebook). DO NOT let that scare you. If you have ever used the Google Chrome web browser, then using a Chrome OS-based laptop is super easy. As a matter of fact, I highly recommend Chromebooks for our Mom’s and Pop’s out there because of their ease of use, portability, low maintenance, built-in security, and affordability. Many of the schools have gone to these for the same reasons. Not only that; Google is on a mission to make Chromebooks a mainstay and work hard to upgrading and improving the operating system (to include Android apps and the ability to run Linux). Interested? Check out some of the Chromebooks at Amazon (CLICK HERE)
If you are considering purchasing a Chromebook and want to learn more, take a look at this recent article about “Chromebook Specs & Performance Comparison Chart (2019)” that provides a specs comparison table and buying guide to quickly see the differences between each model, and find the best Chromebook for your needs.
Android Central provides the steps necessary to get your Chromebook prepped to work with your printer, by using Google’s Cloud Print. I have been using Google’s Cloud Print since its’ inception and can vouch for its’ reliability. The good about this is you can be around the other side of the globe and send a print job to your printer. Now how cool is that…
Chromebooks can’t download and install the tens of thousands of printer drivers in existence, but that’s why Google Cloud Print exists. Google Cloud Print is a internet-enabled printing standard that allows users to print on any of their devices — Chromebooks, Macs, PCs, Android phones, iPhones and iPads — whether they’re trying to print from the next room or the next state over. Google Cloud Print has been around for the better part of a decade, now, and the majority of printers on the market today are “Cloud-ready printers” that just need to be registered with your account before you start printing. That said, not all printers have it yet, so check and see if your existing printer is Cloud-ready or if you’ll need to grab a printer that is.
I have to admit, I love my Chromebook… The Chrome OS keeps getting better and offers options that make good sense. One such option now baked into the Chrome OS is the “Night Light” feature. The goal of the “Night Light” feature is to help reduce your exposure to blue light for good eye health and to help you sleep better.
So, how do you get to this feature? Below is a brief summarization on how to activate this feature; however, to get the full blown tutorial on this I encourage you to visit TechRepublic (see source link below).
To enable Night Light in Chrome OS, open Settings, and look for the Displays section, where Night Light can be enabled. Adjust the slider to turn Night Light on, and then you’ll also be able to adjust two other features: Color temperature of the display and the schedule.
Reduce exposure to blue light from your Chrome OS device screen at night by changing these settings.
- To capture your entire screen, hit Ctrl + window switch key.
- To capture only part of the screen, hit Ctrl + Shift + window switch key, then click and drag your cursor to select the area you’d like to capture.
I love my Chromebook and always on the hunt for good Android apps that will run on it. Here is a good “recent” listing that I can vouch for being good apps that will run perfectly on your Chromebook (that supports the Android platform.
Chrome OS now comes with support for Android apps, but which Android apps for Chromebook should you use? Here are some of the best apps you should use.
If you have a Chromebook that has the ability to run Android Apps, I highly recommend “Solid File Manager” as a substitute for the default file manager that is built into the Chrome OS. This app, when installed, will give you 14 days to play around with it then you will have to buy it. It was well worth the $1.99 that I paid (at a discounted price from $2.99). This “dual panel” Android file manager is the first one I have come across that can actually access the SD card (drive) on my Chromebook; plus, the network shares on my main computer. I also like that Solid File Manager allows me to encrypt files and the ability to easily access my online files from Google Drive, Box, OneDrive, etc… This Android file manager is the first file manager that I installed on my Chromebook that works seamlessly with the Chrome OS.
Below is the features of this file manager.
Features: – Material Design! – Two independent panels serving as file browsers – Rich customization options: icons sets, color schemes, themes – Drag and Drop inside and between panels – FTP, SFTP, WebDav, SMB/CIFS clients – Ability to read and extract ZIP, 7ZIP, RAR and TAR archives, even encrypted – Ability to create password protected ZIP and 7ZIP archives – Cloud file manager: Dropbox, Box, OneDrive, Google Drive, Sugarsync, Copy, Mediafire, Owncloud, Yandex – Root access makes Solid Explorer a fully functional root explorer – Extensibility: more features in separate plugins available in Google Play – Indexed search finds your files in a couple of seconds – Detailed file information with storage usage statistics – Batch rename: change names of multiple files at once using regular expressions and variables – Useful tools: hiding unwanted folders, FTP Server (plugin), bookmarks, Chromecast support, media browser
A Chrome Browser extension to reduce eye strain…
Screen Shader is a chrome extension for anyone that automagically changes the color of your screen to match up with daylight cycles in your timezone.
A FREE online image editor that you may want to take a look at (especially, if you are a Chromebook user)…
Open and edit PSD, XCF, Sketch (Photoshop, Gimp and Sketch) or any other image files. Inspect PSD and Sketch files. Convert Sketch to PSD. Apply photo effects and filters. A perfect alternative to Photoshop or Gimp.
Source: Photopea | Online Image Editor
Here is a recent review and listing of the best Chrome apps that is especially essential to Chromebook users.
From image editors, note-taking software and music tools, to some of the latest games, these are the 30 best Chrome apps.
Here is a handy tip if you are using a Chromebook and need to perform a screen capture.
To do this, you have two options:
Hold down Ctrl + “Switch window” key to capture a full screenshot
Hold down Ctrl + Shift + “Switch window” key to capture a partial screenshot.
Speech recognition on Chromebook enables you to use ‘speech-to-text’ dictation in programs where you would normally type, such as Google Docs and Gmail as well as allowing you to carry out web searches by asking questions straight into the browser.
If you have not used a Chromebook, you don’t know what you are missing. It is about the easiest form of a computer you will find that is based on the Chrome operating system. The schools are big fans of Chromebooks and I highly recommend them for home use (and for our Mom’s and Pop’s). I am big on computers and technology, worked in the field for years, worked with (still do) the Windows platform for years; BUT, now I am finding the Chromebook the computer I go to at home. NOW, there is something new in the Chromebook world that be of interest to you (see below) that has really caught my attention.
It’s a Chromebook. It’s a tablet. It’s both. Acer just unveiled the world’s first Chromebook tablet: the Chromebook Tab 10. And yes, you can play Fortnite and PUBG on it. But outside of fighting tooth and nail for that illustrious chicken dinner, Acer is targeting educators and students with this handsome new slate. The company has yet to share pricing or launch dates. Instead, here are my first impressions.
If you are a Chromebook user, you are probably looking for apps to install; especially, if your Chromebook can handle Android Apps. After some research, I found the following article at Computerworld (from 2017) that is still very relevant and current in the recommendations. Many of these apps I have installed on my Chromebook and I am very satisfied.
Turn your Chromebook into a uniquely versatile modern computing machine with these Chrome-OS-enhancing apps.
I love my Chromebook and this news that Chromebooks will soon be able to run “native” Linux apps is a bonus; in addition to the Chrome web apps and the Android apps that are already supported. Nice work Google…
Let’s face it, our notebook and desktop computers get old. Some die and some just keep chugging along; but, get very slow. If you are in this dilemma, don’t throw it away. You can take that old computer and turn it into something useful. A firm called Neverware has created a variant of the Chrome Operating System called CloudReady that can be installed to repurpose that old computer.
So, how do you go about this?
I found a great step-by-step article, “How to install Chromium OS and revive your old Windows PC” that will help walk you through the steps (see source link below)…
My Chromebook has become my primary “go to” computer in the house. I like the concept of simplicity. Open it up, it turns on and I am on the internet doing what I need or want to do.
Today, I decided to post some popular Chromebook Keyboard Shortcuts that you may be interested in (if you own a Chromebook). If you don’t own one, check out the one that I own by clicking here… I love it…
Popular Chromebook Keyboard Shortcuts
- Take a screenshot: Press Ctrl + (or Ctrl + F5)
- Take a partial screenshot: Press Ctrl + Shift + (or Ctrl + Shift + F5), then click and drag
- Take a screenshot (if your Chromebook converts into a tablet): Press Power button + Volume down button
- Turn Caps Lock on or off: Press Alt + Search
- Lock your screen: Press Search + L
- Sign out of your Google Account: Press Ctrl + Shift + q (twice)
- See all keyboard shortcuts: Press Ctrl + Alt + ?
The touchpad on your Chromebook is more versatile than you realize. Below is a list of maneuvers you can perform for specific tasks. I especially like the one that simulates a “right mouse click” by tapping with two fingers.
|Move the pointer||Move your finger across the touchpad.|
Press or tap the lower half of the touchpad.
Press or tap the touchpad with two fingers. You can also press Alt, then click with one finger.
Place two fingers on the touchpad and move them up and down to scroll vertically, or left and right to scroll horizontally.
Move between pages
To go back to a page you were just on, swipe left with two fingers. To go forward to a page you were just on, swipe right with two fingers.
See all open windows
Swipe up or down with three fingers. If you have Australian scrolling turned on, swipe up. If you have traditional scrolling turned on, swipe down.
Close a tab
|Point to the tab, then tap or click the touchpad with three fingers.|
Open a link in a new tab
|Point to the link, then tap or click the touchpad with three fingers.|
Switch between tabs
|If you have multiple browser tabs open, swipe left and right with three fingers.|
Drag and drop
Using one finger, click and hold the item you want to move. Drag the item to its new spot, then release your finger.
Since owning my Chromebook I have been experimenting with just about anything and everything I can get my hands on. My most recent discovery is a Google Chrome browser extension called iChrome. I currently have iChrome set to load when I open a new tab; however, it can also be configured to be used as your home page.
Why iChrome? Well, first off, it ties in nicely with my other Google apps by displaying (for example) my email, calendar, notes, drive, etc… in a nicely layed out customizable panel with the options to customize the background, as well. Displaying of these items is done through a widgets selection page. I especially like the widget for Facebook where I can browse Facebook and at the same time have view of my other widget panels such as my email, calendar, notes, drive, weather, stock market; PLUS, the widget panel I have setup to launch the Google apps I have installed. You can even set up additional tabbed pages.
iChrome is the best of the best, in my opinion, for creating that new tab page or home page. Kudos to the developer on making a very fine product that serves a very useful and productive purpose. The FREE version does contain an advertising bar that can be moved around and is not obtrusive at all.
iChrome includes nearly 50 widgets, thousands of stunning backgrounds, and powerful features including:
Dozens of widgets including: Weather, Sports, News, Stocks, RSS, Bookmarks, Gmail, Recently Closed Tabs, and more! Drag and drop customization on 1-5 columns or a grid! Fully featured voice search and “OK Google” hotword detection Buy Pro and get dark and transparent themes, live backgrounds, maximizable widgets, hourly weather forecasts, and more Navigate between an unlimited number of customizable tabs, each with their own widgets Work completely offline anytime, everything (even the backgrounds) is ready whenever you are! And hundreds more features! Install iChrome now and check them out!
iChrome is an open source project, check it out on Github…
I currently own this Chromebook and I will tell you that I now very seldom use my Windows-based computer anymore at home. This has been a personal test of mine to determine if I could do the same work on the Chromebook as I do my desktop; AND, the answer is YES. This particular Chromebook is mid-range in performance and specs. I highly recommend it for home-based computing and for those Mom’s and Pop’s out there, due to its’ ease of use. This particular model by ACER is at a good price point now…
The “Acer Chromebook 15 is the biggest thing to happen to the Chromebook”, is a line I have taken from Amazon where this Chromebook is now under $300. I purchased this Chromebook prior to Christmas last year and I have not put it down since. I have always been a Windows user, worked in the IT field with only Windows-based systems, and can tell you this. If you want a computer for home-based use to get on the internet, I highly recommend one of these Chromebooks. I hardly ever visit my desktop computer anymore because I can carry the Acer Chromebook 15 around the house where all I have to do is open it up and I am on the Internet. This particular model has the 15 inch screen with a LED backlight display (which is very bright and very clear); is a solid build; smooth keyboard with lighted keys; smooth touchpad; no moving parts (very quiet); powered by an Intel Celeron Dual-Core Processor 3205U (1.5GHz, 2MB L3 Cache) with 4GB DDR3L SDRAM Memory. The hard drive is a SSD drive with a 32GB capacity. That may not seem like much; but, you have to remember the Chromebook is designed with cloud computing in mind where most of your work is done on the internet with web-based applications where your files are stored in the cloud. You can also store files on the SSD drive or on external drive devices that you can connect to the computer. This model is one of the newer models that is set up to run Android apps; the same Android apps you have on your smartphone. This is an early development and I have found some Android apps run better than others on the Chromebook. This will only get better as Google moves forward with the Chrome OS.
In the end, after approximately 4 months of use with this Chromebook, I am sold on the Chromebooks. My advice is to get a good one, like this particular model. I have been recommending the Chromebooks to people for at home use and for our Mom’s and Pop’s out there who do not need the constant hassles that are associated with Windows based computers.
SOURCE: Amazon – Acer Chromebook 15
If you have a Chromebook, with Android support, where you can install Android Apps, I highly recommend that you install the Android version of WPS Office. I currently have this office suite on my Windows based computers, Android devices (smartphone) and now found a home for it on my Acer Chromebook.
This office suite is probably the most compatible that I have found to the Microsoft Office products. As a matter of fact I use WPS and do not have Microsoft Office installed. The reason for this is that WPS Office is FREE (with ads).
All-in-one Free Office Suite App
- Integrate with Memo, Document, Spreadsheet and Presentation, lets you make quick office documents editing, creating and reading on-the-go
- Fully compatibility with Microsoft Office( Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Txt), Google Docs, Sheets, Slide and PDF, Adobe PDF
Free PDF Converter and PDF Reader
- Support PDF files reading and viewing
- Convert all office documents ( word, text, excel, powerpoint,doc ) to PDF files
For Christmas, I landed a deal on a Google Chromebook by Acer at Bestbuy that included a $100 off, plus a Google Home Speaker thrown in (for free) to sweeten the deal. I don’t think that deal will resurface; however, I am seeing the same Chromebook at Amazon for $50 off the retail price (see below). If you want to explore the world of Chromebooks, I highly recommend this one (see below). I have always worked with the Windows operating system (since its’ inception) and I must say, “I am hooked on this Chromebook and the Google Chrome OS”. If you are someone looking for a computer solely for internet-based activity, get a Chromebook. If you have a mom or pop, with little or no computer expertise, get a Chromebook. It does not get any easier than this (very little setup and maintenance).
This particular Chromebook is setup to run Android Apps, as well as apps from the Google Chrome store.
- 15.6-in Full HD (1920×1080) IPS multitouch screen for hands-on control. LED backlight.
- Intel Quad Core N4200 up to 2.5 GHz. 4 GB DDR3L SDRAM. The Chromebook will then download any available system updates, so you automatically get the latest Chrome OS features.
- 32 GB Solid-State Drive (SSD); No CD or DVD drive. Cloud based device with free Google Drive storage.
- Intel HD Graphics. Up to 12-hour battery life. Weighs 3.97 lbs. and measures 0.7″ thin.
- Can open/edit MS Office files using free embedded QuickOffice editor or Google Docs, and can download Microsoft Office Online (an online version of Microsoft Office) for free. Cannot install standard MS Office software.
I am exploring the Google Chromebooks and in the process, I am collecting various tips (and tricks) on how to use it. My goal is to learn this thing, “in and out”, with the intent of recommending the Chromebook to people at home. From what I am seeing, the Chromebook, just works, easy to use, updates are transparent, is inexpensive and there are a ton of Chrome apps and Android apps that can be run on the Chrome OS platform.
To get started with any device it is nice to have a “how to” list available and the best list I could find on the Chromebook was from c|net (see below)…
A dozen keyboard shortcuts to make Chrome OS even easier to use.
Google Cloud Print for the win.
What’s the Chromebook equivalent of Ctrl-Alt-Delete?
Help the app shelf help you.
Open as window, says me.
Not all of your files are stored in the cloud. Learn how to move files between your Chromebook and an external hard drive, thumb drive or SD card.
Accessing Dropbox from Chrome OS’s file manager is preferable to accessing it through the Chrome browser.
Can’t live without a particular Windows program? Here’s the trick for running it on your Chromebook.
Screenshots are a quick and easy way to save information or troubleshoot an issue.
They may look the same, but a cheap laptop and a Chromebook are more different than you might expect.
I ordered an Acer Chromebox 15 for Christmas and prior to ordering I did some research and watched the following video. I have always been a Windows user; however, as we continue to tread down that path of computer technology, I am finding that most of what I do on the computer these days is strictly internet based. I have found that nearly all people that I know who use a computer at home are using it to strictly browse the web and really for nothing else. If you fall into that category, then what you may not know is that you can save a lot of money and tech headaches by going with a Chromebook.
By definition, a Chromebook is a “laptop that runs Google’s Chrome operating system and Chrome Web browser. Providing a total Web-based operating environment, all applications are downloaded from the Web, and although an Internet connection is mandatory, some apps may run offline as well“.
If interested in exploring a Chromebook, [ CLICK HERE ] to see the various Chromebook options at Amazon. If you get really serious, go to a local Walmart or Best Buy and play around with one. Very inexpensive and simple to use (and maintain) compared to the typical Windows based computer.
Acer Chromebook 15 Unboxing & Hands On
SOURCE: Amazon – Acer Chromebook 15
Chromebooks are often described as a “browser in a box” due that they run the Google Chrome operating system and browser where the apps are internet dependent. Chromebooks are often seen in the schools these days due to their low cost and ease to maintain (and use). The Chromebooks I have tested boot fast, have long battery life, brighter screens and built in protection against malware and viruses. I have always loved the Windows operating system, but Chromebook computers makes great computers for grandparents due to their simplicity.
The two reason I am looking at the ASUS Chromebook Flip C302CA-DHM4 is that it is one of the first Chromebooks that comes with native Android app support and the fact that ASUS builds great computers. This particular brand of Chromebook is an Amazon Choice and was most recently featured at ZDNet. Also, this Chromebook is, so far, carrying great customer reviews at Amazon.
- Flexible 360 degree hinge and 12.5” Full-HD touchscreen lets you use the C302 in tablet or laptop mode.
- Extremely lightweight at 2.65 pounds with the protection of a sleek aluminum metal body.
- Unlock the power of Chromebooks with access to your favorite Chrome Web Store apps like Google Docs and it is Google Play Store/Android app ready.
- Starts up in seconds and lasts all day, thanks to a long battery life rated up to 10 hours*.
- Work anywhere online or offline regardless of your internet connection. Enjoy your favorite games, entertainment, and keep up with work, wherever you go.
- Intel Core Processor with 64GB storage and 4GB RAM for fast and efficient performance.
A forgotten feature (or app) in Windows 7, 8.1 and 10 is the Windows screen capture utility, called the “Snipping Tool”. Personally, I use a third party screen capture utility called FSCapture; but, there are more times than I can remember where I was away from my computer (such as at work) and needed to quickly capture something on the screen and did not have FSCapture available.
If you are not familiar with the “Snipping Tool”; it is a built-in Windows Accessory (software app), once launched, that gives you the ability to take a snapshot of anything you see on your screen, whether it be full screen or just a specific region of the screen. After you take the screenshot, you can then save it to various graphic file formats (such as PNG, JPG GIF), that can be inserted in a document, sent via email, archived, etc… As a blogger, I would be lost without a screen capture utility and my productivity (and presentation) would diminish.
Typically, on Windows 10, the tool can be found under the Windows Accessories folder on the Start Menu; however, here is several ways to get to it, using the search box, on Windows 10, 8.1 and 7:
For Windows 10 – Select the Start button, type snipping tool in the search box on the taskbar, and then select Snipping Tool from the list of results.
For Windows 8.1 / Windows RT 8.1 – Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, tap Search (or if you’re using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, and then click Search), type snipping tool in the search box, and then select Snipping Tool from the list of results.
For Windows 7 – Select the Start button, then type snipping tool in the search box, and then select Snipping Tool from the list of results.
In Snipping Tool, select Mode (in older versions, select the arrow next to the New button), choose the kind of snip you want, and then select the area of your screen that you want to capture. After you are satisfied with the result, simply save it to the file format you desire.
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Ran into an issue when I went to upgrade my Minix NEO Z83-4 mini PC to the Windows 10 Creators Edition. The update would not install and I kept getting Windows error code (0xc1900200) when using the Windows Update Assistant. I ended up researching the issue and found that the “System Reserve Partition” (64MB) was too small. I decided at this point to wait until the update made its’ rollout to my computer (to see what would happen) and when that day did come, the update started to install but soon failed. After concluding I needed to find a way to expand the system reserve partition, I went to the MiniTools Partition Wizard (free edition). What I ended up doing with this partition tool, to make the System Reserve Partition larger in size, had me sweating bullets. I backed up my computer, just in case this did not work out as intended.
In a nutshell, I used the Minitool Partition Wizard to delete an unidentified 16MB partition on the drive (which I had to do in order for this to work), then took 250 MB from drive C:. I then took the 64MB System partition and added the 16MB space from the partition I had deleted and added the 250MB that I removed from Drive C:, giving me a total of approximately 330MB for the System Reserve Partition. At this point, I crossed my fingers (and toes) and rebooted. The PC rebooted with no errors or problems detected.
Since the Creators Update had attempted to install previously I went into the Windows Update Settings, clicked on “Check For Updates” and the Windows 10 Creator’s Update started the installation process (which is a time consuming process with numerous reboots). I probably could have used the Windows Update Assistant tool to download and install the update, as well… In the end, I was able sucessfully to install the Windows 10 Creators Update.
Hopefully, as a result of expanding the System Reserve Partition, using MiniTools Partition Wizard, I will not have to worry about doing this again when future major updates occur.
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The flaws could allow attackers to:
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- Create a hidden “backdoor” account with root privileges and the ability to run commands.
Source: Naked Security
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You are going to hear more and more about Microsoft’s Cloudbook as a competitor to Google’s Chromebook (especially for targeted use in schools)…
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[FILE ENCRYPTION] A Small, Easy-To-Use Encryption Program – Drag’n’Crypt ULTRA is a small, easy-to-use encryption program using which you can protect confidential data from unauthorized access. You move the file to encrypt (s) simply on the program window (the drop zone ) and DCU encrypt the file (s) with the very safe Twofish encryption algorithm… @Drag’n’Crypt ULTRA
[COMPUTER SECURITY] Run software in an isolated environment to prevent it from making changes to your system – Sandboxie is an innovative program that makes it possible to run applications in complete isolation from the rest of your system – in a sandbox. This means that any problems that may crop up in an isolated piece of software do not spread to other areas of your system; this help to protect against full system crashes, and also the spread of malware. Sandboxie can also be used to run web browser sessions in isolation so that any malicious web sites that may be encountered are not able to cause any damage outside the sandbox… @DownloadCrew
[DROWNING SIMULATOR] After Watching This You Will Think Twice About Not Wearing Your Life Jacket – @Sortieenmer.com
[WALLPAPERS] Take Your Desktop to New Heights with These Mountainous Wallpapers – @lifehacker
[MUSIC PLAYER] 3 Ways To Use Google Chrome As A Music Player For Local Files – What if you wanted to ditch your music player and use Chrome instead? With no additional apps or extensions installed, you can open an MP3 file in Chrome by dragging & dropping it on to a tab, or by using the Ctrl+O function and selecting it from your library and the file will play… @Addictive Tips
[RINGTONE MAKER] Free Ringtone Maker (Free Download) – an extremely simple and handy Windows software for making your own free ringtones… @musetips
[HOT TECH NEWS] Important Information If You Use TrueCrypt – At present, the reasons for the abrupt ending of TrueCrypt development are not known. Various rumours persist, including NSA involvement, the web site being hacked, a spat among the developers, and more besides… @gizmo’s
Unprecedented 11-Hours Battery Life. 802.11 A/C Wireless for incredible speed. 16 GB solid state storage. 11.6″ HD LED display. Intel Bay Trail N2830 2.16 GHz (turbo 2.41GHz). 2GB DDR3. 1.2MP camera. 1x USB 3.0, 1x USB 2.0, 1x HDMI, SD card slot, Bluetooth 4.0… @Amazon
The hardest part about using a computer is learning the language or jargon that is used. Learn the language and the rest comes easy!
Windows 8.1 is no exception. For example, did you know if you are having problems with your Windows 8 computer you can perform either a refresh, a reset or a restore? You can, but what does each of those terms mean in helping you resolve a specific problem?
Each term has a specific purpose that if not selected properly for the nature of your problem, could result in you losing personal files (such as your pictures, documents, movies, music, etc…). All the more reason that you backup those personal files.
So what does Refresh, Reset and Restore mean in Windows 8.1?
Refreshing your PC reinstalls Windows and keeps your personal files and settings. It also keeps the apps that came with your PC and the apps you installed from the Windows Store.
Resetting your PC reinstalls Windows but deletes your files, settings, and apps—except for the apps that came with your PC.
Restoring your PC is a way to undo recent system changes you’ve made.
To learn more about and how to get to these settings (of Refresh, Reset and Restore) in Windows 8.1, go right straight to the Microsoft Repair & Recovery site [HERE] .
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[CHROMEBOOK] Toshiba CB35-A3120 13.3-Inch Chromebook – Meet the new Toshiba Chromebook—the first device of its kind to feature a 13.3-inch diagonal HD display. Powered by Chrome OS™, this Chromebook has everything you need, already built in. It boots in seconds. Has no annoying updates. Browses faster. Sleek, lightweight and always up to date, the Toshiba Chromebook is an ideal choice for everyone. It is easy to use, easy to manage and convenient for everyday use… @Amazon
[ANDROID] Free Prints – Print photos quickly, easily and for FREE! Free Prints lets you order FREE 4×6 photos – right from your Android device! Printed on your choice of deluxe glossy or premium matte photo paper, you’ll have your FREE professional-quality pictures, delivered to your door within days, for JUST the price of shipping and handling… @Google Play
[VIDEO] The 10 Best Moments From Jimmy Fallon’s First Week on The Tonight Show – For fans of Late Night, the first week of Tonight Shows was a relief: It’s the same guy after all! The Roots are still around! Viewers used to Jay Leno, though, they likely wondered exactly what it was they were watching, and why it was so much funnier. If you stayed away for fear of Fallon playing it a little too straight, don’t worry. We’ve got the best bits from his surprisingly polished first week right here… @Wired
[NEWS] SanDisk unleashes world’s first 128GB microSD card – The card, which is just .59-in x .43-in x .03-in, is also available in 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, 64GB capacities. The microSD card has a maximum data write speed of 30MBps, according to SanDisk. Pricing will range from $29.99 to $199.99 @ComputerWorld
[HOW TO] The art of finding your Windows 8/8.1 product key – Beginning with Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, you may have noticed that there is no longer a sticker on computers or laptops that tells the Windows product key. Microsoft hopes to have fewer compromised keys by making them less obvious even though manufacturers were getting pretty good at hiding them under batteries or other removable slots on laptops… @404 Tech Support
[WALLPAPER] Fantasy Bottle @WallpaperAbyss
Learn a byte at a time with Geek Squeaks’ — featuring a round-up of tech products, news, software, apps, wallpapers, articles, you name it… I just plain love tech!
A FREE COMMAND-LINE TOOL to recover the product/serial Keys of Windows and other popular software…
THE $200 CHROMEBOOK C720 BY ACER may be the way to go to meet your computer and internet needs…
DECIDING BETWEEN A LAPTOP OR TABLET requires some real forethought. Let Dom’s Computer Tech Blog get you on the right track with, “Should You Choose A Laptop or Tablet?”…
ANDROID SCREEN OFF AND LOCK is an android app designed to quickly shut off your android devices…
Geek Squeaks’ features a round-up of tech products, news, software, apps, wallpapers, articles, you name it; from my favorite tech web sites… I just plain love tech!
Windows License Key Dump
If you lost a software license key for a software product you purchased, you may want to give this command line utility a try, called Windows License Key Dump, to recover the key. Thanks to Bill Mullin’s over at Tech Thoughts for this one…
It automatically detects and decrypts the license/serial keys of over 200+ popular softwares including Office, SQL Server, Adobe, Nero and many more. The complete list is given below.
Windows License Key Dump’ works on both 32-bit & 64-bit platforms starting from Windows XP to Windows 8… GET IT HERE
Acer C720 Chromebook
(11.6-Inch, Haswell micro-architecture, 2GB)
For $200 bucks, this Chromebook (by Acer) is something to really take a look at, especially if you only need something to get on the internet. Let’s face it, most of our computer time is on the internet.
Chromebooks are designed to be connected to the Internet. You can create documents and spreadsheets or edit photos on a Chromebook using Google apps designed for these purposes. The Chrome operating system will not load and run traditional PC software like Microsoft Office and Adobe Photoshop. However, files created in these applications can be viewed and edited using Google apps on your Chromebook or cloud-based applications like Microsoft’s Office web apps… CHECK IT OUT HERE
Should you Choose a Laptop or a Tablet?
Choosing between a laptop and a tablet can be quite a tricky situation. As such, you can’t just pick one based on the mere fact that one is better than the other. There are some reasons and factors that come into play when talking about the two… READ MORE
Screen Off and Lock
I was recently looking for a software (or app) option to turning off my Android phone by tapping on an app shortcut on the screen (instead of using the hardware button). What I found was a very nice app called Screen Off and Lock that works very nicely and has several options such as screen off animations (that are very cool).
Screen Off and Lock allows you to switch off your devices from:
1. Launcher shortcut
2. Launcher widget 1×1 – 4×4, resizable in Android 4.0+ (Also available in lock screen for Android 4.2+) (Donate version)
4. Floating button over all apps! (Double tap to use it) (Donate version)
5. Search button (if your device has it)
1. Screen off animation (including the most famous Old TV style)
2. Screen lock/unlock sound effect
3. Screen off vibration
A summary of Today’s Geek Squeaks‘:
- I use Google Drive extensively and one of the features that people do not realize is that the search function in Google Drive is very powerful;
- Want a full featured photo editing (and painting) program for FREE that requires no installation? Then check out Sumo Paint, that runs directly from your web browser;
- I call Google Search my second brain? Read the Cnet article below to find out why; AND,
- I am really leaning toward getting a Google Chromebook and the Samsung model has caught my eye…
Plan on seeing a lot more of Geek Squeaks’, featuring a round-up of tech products, news, software, apps, wallpapers, articles, you name it; from my favorite tech web sites… I just plain love tech!
Use the search box at the top of Google Drive on the web to find your files and folders.
Type a word or phrase into the search box in your Google Drive to find a specific file, folder, or Google document, spreadsheet, or presentation. If your search locates something that’s in your Trash, a notification will appear at the top of your search results with a link you can click to view the items found in your Trash… READ MORE
Sumo Paint is a full featured photo editing / painting application, which works right in your favorite web browser! The application can be used in Windows, Macintosh or Linux operating systems. The only requirement is the Flash Player (which usually comes preinstalled in any OS)… GET IT HERE
…if you type in the proper search phrases or words, it can show detailed information right there, without needing to click a link or go to a separate site… READ MORE
The Samsung Chromebook is a new computer that helps you get everyday things done faster and easier. It starts in seconds, has virus protection built-in, and runs your favorite Google apps plus thousands more. The Chromebook comes with leading Google products, like Search, Gmail, YouTube and Hangouts, so you can work, play, and do whatever you want, right out of the box… READ MORE
A summary of Today’s Geek Squeaks‘:
- A very cool and easy way to keep your data secure and safe on your USB Flash Drive (or computer);
- I love weather apps and I truly think I found the mother of all weather apps that is not only beautiful, but very practical;
- Curiosity the Mars Rover has been on Mars for a year. I encourage you to watch this video, 12 Months In Twelve Minutes; Curiosity’s First Year On Mars; AND,
- The Google Chromebook has caught my eye and is a good example of what direction computing is heading !
Plan on seeing a lot more of Geek Squeaks’, featuring a round-up of tech products, news, software, apps, wallpapers, articles, you name it; from my favorite tech web sites… I just plain love tech!
It is very easy to encrypt your files and folders using a free program and to keep your data secure and safe on USB Pen Drive. You can also open this on any computer running Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7 and you don’t even have to install anything on the computer… READ MORE
- A rich, interactive map with the current conditions from thousands of locations worldwide.
- Incredibly smooth radar playback for the last two hours – or any period in the last five years. US only, extended playback is subscription only
- Pan and zoom through a graphical forecast, seamlessly transitioning to averages and historical data.
- Compare the weather across locations for any time period.
- Multiple forecasts shown in seventeen graphs – get precisely the data you want.
Here is a rover’s eye view of driving, scooping and drilling during Curiosity’s first year on Mars, August 2012 through July 2013.
The Chromebook is a new computer from Google that’s simple, lightweight and easy to use. Starts in seconds, backs-up your stuff in the cloud and keeps it safe with built-in virus protection. It’s the ideal device for getting stuff done everywhere you go… READ MORE
A summary of today’s Geek Squeaks:
Today is all about Google and their NEW Nexus 7 tablet, the Chromecast HDMI Streaming Media Player (which I guarantee will sell like hotcakes) and the Google Chromebook. I encourage you to explore all three…
Now thinner, lighter, and faster – Nexus 7 brings you the perfect mix of power and portability and features the world’s sharpest 7” tablet screen – putting over 2.3 million pixels in the palm of your hand… READ MORE
Chromecast is the easy way to enjoy online video and anything from the web on your TV. Plug it into any HDTV and control it with your existing smartphone, tablet, or laptop. Send your favorites from Google Play, YouTube, Netflix, and Chrome to your TV with the press of a button. No more huddling around small screens and tiny speakers. Chromecast automatically updates to work with a growing number of apps… GET IT HERE
No annoying updates. Nothing complicated to learn. Boots in seconds. Comes with your favorite Google apps. The Chromebook makes a great additional computer for getting things done, for sharing around the home, for everyone… READ MORE