December 15, 2017
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.
SOURCE: c|net – How to use a Chromebook: Tips, tricks and shortcuts
October 17, 2017
Did you know that an easy way to determine if your internet speed is up to par is to perform an internet speed test by simply going to Google and typing, “Internet Speed Test”? Not only does this work on your computer, it will also work on your smartphone and tablet. The test and the results are provided by a company called M-Lab (for which Google has a partnership).
The graphics below and information is courtesy of Google to help you understand how this works and what the results mean. This is a good way to determine if you are getting the bandwidth speed you are paying for.
How the test works:
The test takes about 30 seconds. It figures out your Internet speed by measuring how much data can move through your connection in that time.
Understand the results:
The Internet speed test measures your connection’s download speed, upload speed, and latency. The best Internet connections have high download and upload speeds but low latency.
- Download speed is how fast information can be transferred to you. It affects things like how long it takes to download large files or display webpages with lots of images. Download speed is measured in megabits per second (Mbps).
- Upload speed is how fast information can be transferred from you. It affects things like how long it takes to post pictures to social media. Upload speed is measured in megabits per second (Mbps).
- Latency measures how quickly you get a response from the server. Low response times are important for real-time apps, like video calls and online gaming. Latency is measured in milliseconds (ms).
SOURCE: Google – Internet Speed Test
July 28, 2017
One of my favorite educational sites is “Ask A Tech Teacher“. If you have kids, I strongly recommend that you and your kids visit this site on a regular basis; and, if you are a kid like me (who is 60 years old), this site is a “must visit” site. You will learn something new every day…
For example, today I learned about “What is Microsoft Sway?”.
Sway is part of Office 365 Education and is the newest alternative to its popular PowerPoint slideshow program. Using the Sway canvas, students select a theme and then add their notes and research. Sway organizes the content, suggests images and even data, and then helps students to quickly arrange everything into a comprehensive and fully-fleshed project. If the selected theme doesn’t work, students simply click “remix” and get a different look. More advanced users can edit the pieces to fit particular colors and interests. When everything’s perfect, it can be shared, embedded, and published… READ MORE
SOURCE: Ask A Tech Teacher – What is Microsoft Sway?
July 13, 2017
Check out this free Microsoft Developer Network giveaway that has become an annual event…
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SOURCE: Microsoft Developer Network
December 20, 2016
SD Memory cards are used in many different devices these days from smartphones to cameras to video recording devices… There are so many cards to choose from. For example, check out [click here] to see an example of what I am talking about.
So, how do you determine what “class” card to purchase? Like everything else when it comes to storage; speed and capacity are two of the main factors that most people look at. A general rule of thumb when it comes to the SD Card (for file and data storage) is that the higher the class number, with Class 10 being the highest, the faster the read/write speeds. To learn more follow the source link below to get insight on SD Memory Cards…
The SD Association defines Speed Class standards indicated by speed symbols to help consumers decide what card will provide the required minimum performance for reliability.
Source: Speed Class – SD Association