iChrome – Customizable New Tab Page or Home Page Extension For Google Chrome

March 12, 2018

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

Source: iChrome

Close This Tab – Chrome Web Store

March 7, 2018

Today I would like to share with you a Google Chrome browser extension, called “Close This Tab”, that I highly recommend that serves a very useful purpose and will increase your productivity. What this extension does is allow you close a tab by going to a side of the screen and mouse clicking on a closer bar that will appear. When you go to the side of the screen you will see a colored bar appear which is a cue that you can mouse click to close the tab. “Close This Tab” is configurable in that you can designate which side of the screen you want to use as the hotspot (where the colored closer bar will appear). By default, the colored closer bar is on the left side of the screen; which, for me, is ideal. You can also adjust the width of the colored closer bar.

Where this extension comes in handy is when you have the browser set to full screen (which is my preference).  I no longer have to go to the top of the screen, to search for and close the active tab. If you are a Chromebook user, this is a must-have extension that will also work when you need to close any Google Chrome Apps that you have open.

Source:  Close This Tab – Chrome Web Store

Boxcryptor – Chrome Web Store (for your Chromebook)

March 1, 2018

Boxcryptor for Chrome is currently in beta; however, if you are looking for a way to encrypt files on your Chromebook and store them on the cloud (such as Google Drive and others), this a great option to consider. By encrypting your files, you are in essence making the impossible to be opened or seen. The Chrome version of Boxcrypt, as featured in this article, is currently in Beta Testing…

Boxcryptor is the encryption solution optimized for the cloud which allows you to use all popular cloud storage providers such as Dropbox, Google Drive, Microsoft SkyDrive and Box without sacrificing safety, privacy, or comfort.  With Boxcryptor you can easily encrypt files locally in your browser before uploading them to your cloud. Your cloud provider only receives encrypted files and you keep complete control of your data!

Source: Boxcryptor – Chrome Web Store

One of the most overlooked Google Doc Apps is Google Drawings

February 15, 2018

One of the most overlooked Google Doc applications is Google Drawings. The main reason for this is that Google Drawings is not readily available in the listing of the other Google Docs  (like Docs, Sheets and Slides). What I am finding is that Google Drawings is a powerful (easy to use) graphic designer that can be used for multi-purposes (i.e. blog postings, signs, cards, facebook posts, flowcharts, organizational charts, website wireframes, mind maps, etc…).

As I mentioned, it is not easy to find or get to. Below is step-by-step on how to get to Google Drawings. Once you are there, bookmark it in your web browser.  You can also get to it, if you are a Google Chrome browser user, by going to the Google Chrome Store and downloading the Google Drawings app [here].

AND, if you want the real easy way of getting to Google Drawings, just [CLICK HERE]

Source: Create & edit drawings – Computer – Docs editors Help


“ClickandClean” Chrome Browser Utility | Privacy and Security News, Updates and Releases

February 11, 2018

New update to Click&Clean. If you are using this application, which is a browser extension for the Google Chrome web browser, it will auto update on its’ own. I have been using his cleaning utility on my desktop computers, as well as my Chromebook. Click the source link below to learn more or click here for the quick start guide to get a good feel about how Click&Clean works.

Privacy and security news, important security vulnerabilities and how to fix them. Latest Click&Clean and another software releases and updates.

Source: Click&Clean | Privacy and Security News, Updates and Releases

This Google Chromebook Is Beyond Awesome

February 10, 2018

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…

2017 Newest Acer 15.6″ FHD (1920×1080) IPS Chromebook – Intel Celeron-3205U, 4GB RAM, 32GB SSD, Intel HD Graphics, HDMI, WIFI, Bluetooth, Chrome OS-White (32GB)

Acer Chromebook 15 Is The Biggest Thing To Happen To The Chromebook

February 2, 2018

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.

Acer Chromebook 15

SOURCE: Amazon – Acer Chromebook 15