Nice review on the Acer Chromebook 14 @ PCMag…
If you use Google Chrome, I encourage you to take a look at the highly rated browser extension called YoWindow Free Weather, at the Google Chrome Web Store. This extension features a living picture of the weather that can be configured to download your local weather (and forecasts) from the National Weather Service. You can also configure this extension to grab the weather for multiple locations. I especially like, that once you open the extension, you can go full screen and leave it running to see the weather at any moment when you are not using your PC.
- Living weather picture – real cloud coverage, rain/snow, fog, grass swings to the wind, Sun, Moon, mist, thunderstorms…
- Full featured weather station – lots of information
- Time-scroll – see weather at any moment
- Animated landscapes – Village, Seaside, Airport plus 1400+ picture based landscapes
- Turn any picture into landscape with living sky
Google recently came out with a Google Chrome Extension called Google Save that gives you another way to bookmark webpages and images (similar to Pocket). I have been playing around with Google Save for approximately a month now and I am already seeing some improvements. After you install the extension you will see a star type icon. If you want to save a webpage for later viewing simply click the star. You can also use tags to categorize and organize the pages you save. To get to your saved pages, simply go to google.com/save …
A GREAT Site For Parents Of Teenagers – I am going to start this off by saying, teenagers are masters of deception. With each generation of teenagers, comes with it a whole new set of complexities. This is nothing new; however, with the advent of the internet where there are numerous avenues of instant communication (through social media and texting), a “good teen” can end up being enticed to make bad choices that can ultimately impact their future. As a parent, when we discover there is something wrong (and we are deceived) we start reaching out for information and solutions; often going to the internet as a resource. This in itself ends up being quite stressful and confusing.
If you are a parent of a teen (or a soon to be teen), I found a great resource called P.U.R.E (Parents Universal Resource Experts), that you definitely need to visit; AND, if you are not a parent of a teen I encourage you to visit the site to get a feel for the complexities that our young people are being exposed to. For example, I started looking for resources at P.U.R.E that were related to the internet and computers and here is a “small” sampling of what I found:
- Catfishing: Teens Falling for Fake Online Identities
- Teens, Cyberbullying, Sexual Harassment & Social Media: The New Normal?
- Fake Friends, Fake Boys, Fake Love: “Identity Crisis” of Online Fakers
- Must Read for Parents of Daughters on YouTube
- Do Parents Have a Right to Post Their Kids Photo’s Online?
- Keep Your Child and Teen Cyber-Safe
To be honest, I am glad I am not a parent of a teenager in today’s world. If I were, I would be checking this site out to educate myself in an effort to help prevent my “good teen” from making bad decisions. Part of it is learning just exactly what is going on in their world.
Parent’s Universal Resource Experts, Inc. (P.U.R.E.™) was founded in 2001 by author and parent advocate, Sue Scheff. Since that time, P.U.R.E.™ has provided over 50,000 families with valuable information and resources for their at risk children and teens. These are teens who are struggling with peer pressure, experimenting with drugs and alcohol, and are simply good kids starting to make bad choices.
NEW Outline Tool In Google Docs – This past week Google Apps announced the launch of an “Outline Tool” that will be very helpful when navigating complex documents with many pages. The tool is displayed in a pane on the left side of the page, which will allow you to quickly jump to a page, via headers. I have tried this with a lengthy training manual I had put together and it is awesome.
Hmmm… With this added feature and Google’s strong search capabilities, I can see me possibly setting up a notebook (like Evernote and OneNote). Will have to play around with this more. To read more about this NEW feature — CLICK HERE …
Difference Between Portable And Installer Software – You will often see here on the blog where I write about various software programs or apps. As a matter of fact, if you go to the Downloads page you will find a good sampling of FREE software that includes Portable Apps and Installer Software. If you often wondered what difference is between portable software and installer software, I encourage you to visit the The Windows Club to read their recent posting “Difference between Portable and Installer edition software“.
Turn Any HDMI Supported Device Into A Computer – Take the ASUS CHROMEBIT CS10 Stick-Desktop PC, plug it into a HDMI device (i.e. TV), and you have a Chrome OS based computer. With the built-in bluetooth, you can pair a bluetooth keyboard and mouse. Powered by the latest Chrome OS, Chromebit CS10 boots up in seconds and delivers Full HD graphics performance. Together with 2GB of memory, 16GB of eMMC storage, dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and both USB and HDMI ports…
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Don’t Throw Away That Old Computer. Turn It Into A Chromebook (sort of) — and MORE GREAT GEEK SQUEAK STUFF (#2016-08)February 22, 2016
Don’t Throw Away That Old Computer. Turn It Into A Chromebook (sort of) – Neverware, a New York City startup, is in the business of taking old computers and refurbishing them into “Chromebooks” (sort of). Actually you could call them Chromiumbooks, due they use a modified version of Chromium (instead of Google Chrome) that will work on most hardware. The difference between Chromium and Chrome are undistinguishable. The good about this is that the software to convert that old computer to a Chromebook or to create a dual-boot system, is free to individual users. If you are interested in giving this a try, the download and instructions can be found by HERE.
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Sandbox Your Web Browser (or any application) With SHADE Sandbox – Most everyone that is into computers is familiar with Sandboxie and its’ isolation technology. Well, there is another competitive option out there called “SHADE Sandbox“. SHADE Sandbox is an alternative for antivirus and a tool for virtualization. It locally virtualizes applications (i.e. internet browsers) and locks all incoming internet files and possible viruses in its safe virtual environment – a “sandbox”, keeping them isolated from the Operating System to maintain it clean from malware.
An Ultimate Tool For Customizing Windows (including Windows 10) – If you are into customizing the look of Windows to meet your personal taste, then take a look at CustomizerGod.
An Android App To Listen To Your News Websites, Online Magazines, RSS Feeds and Blogs – The Android app, called Play News is a nice app that allows you to listen to (read aloud) news, magazines and your selected web content on your phone (or tablet). You can also add to a playlist inbox articles, news, etc… of your choice. A nice addition to this app is the Google Chrome extension, called Play News: Listen Later, that gives you the ability to add items to your playlist that can be listened to later (for example in your car using full bluetooth support).
Speaking Of Chromebooks – Checkout the Newest Samsung 11.6-Inch Chromebook 2, featuring: the Intel Dual-Core Celeron N2840 2.16GHz, 2GB RAM, 16GB SSD, 11.6″ HD Display 1366 x 768, Intel® HD Graphics, HD Webcam, Bluetooth, HDMI, 802.11ac, Chrome OS…
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