The sub $500 article and discussion made me start thinking about what would be considered the minimal acceptable specs for a Chromebook? Keyboard and screen quality are important too but a little harder to quantify but I thought I put this out there and see what others think.
Intel Core i3, 4 GB of RAM, 64 GB SSD storage? I think 1080P touchscreen should be minimums too. I tend to use touch more often when using Chromebook than Windows PC but that might be more of a personal preference.
I've had some rather poor experiences with the Chromebooks that schools provide but that might have as much to do with the poor construction, keyboards, screens and trackpads that those had more than the lack of CPU/RAM.
Inspiron 14 5000 Laptop
- Intel i5-8265U 1.6 GHz Quad-Core Processor
- 14" 1920x1080 Full HD Narrow Border IPS Display
- 8GB (1x 8GB) 2666MHz DDR4 RAM (2 DIMM slots, max 32GB supported)
- 256GB M.2 PCIe NVMe Solid State Drive
- 2.5" SATA III hard drive bay (empty)
- Intel UHD Graphics 620
- 2x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type A
- 1x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type C (DisplayPort/PowerDelivery)
- 1x USB 2.0
- 1x HDMI 1.4b
- 1x Ethernet (10/100 Mbps)
- SD card reader
- Backlit Keyboard
- Dual band 802.11ac WiFi (1x1) + Bluetooth 4.2
- 3-Cell 42 WHr Battery
- Weight: 3.26 lbs
- Windows 10 Home 64-B
It is $399 right now after coupon code DBLTINSP14
Not real up on most Dell models and thought the price was little to good to be true. Thanks
I have Office 365 home and wanted to see if there was any way to check when calendar items were added/modified/deleted? My wife says she added things to the calendar and they disappeared a few days later. I'm guessing she deleted them on accident potentially and was looking for a way to check. Thanks
I read the book a few years ago but I minor part of it was basically that Bill Gates was an alien put on earth to stifle innovation and slow down the earths technological progress. I thought some of what Paul was saying was similar (not the alien part) about where could we potentially be now if Microsoft didn't kill off someone smaller companies during that point in time. Anyway, not a bad book if you are looking for a light read and enjoy off beat humor.
My original Pixel has been acting up and I may need to replace it. The best I have found for around $300 right now is LG - G7 ThinQ for $240 from Best Buy or Google Pixel 3a for $350 when activated on Verizon. Like to see what other phones people recommend or what they think of the 2 I mentioned.
Also, my parents have Google Fi. If my OG Pixel is not dead, could I get a data only SIM from Google Fi to use in my old Pixel that would let me kid play Pokemon Go? Would the data only SIM work for other phones as well or would there be any advantage in using the Pixel in this way? Thanks
I have 3 kids and we got an xbox. They were used to playing several local coop games on wii and LAN games on PC. I'm having a hard time finding games they can play together. I have 2 gaming PCs too so a game that they can use play accross platforms might work also. They play Rocket League, Minecraft, and Cooking Fever so far. Any other games that would work? or can someone point me to a list of games that meets these requirements? I should have researched this out more at the start. Thanks
I was listening to Windows Weekly and Paul mentioned that the Admin, Teachers, and students all loved chromebooks. My sample size may not be huge, but from my experience Admin loves them, teachers love/like them and students are indifferent at best or dislike them often. The reasons that the students have for being indifferent or disliking them are not really the chromebooks fault, but they seem to blame them anyway.
Recently the district I'm in was doing school wide testing and a lot of the students were getting frustrated that their chromebook kept "crashing". The chromebook didn't crash, the wifi at the school couldn't handle the load and the test was online. Each time it happened a teacher had to come log them back into the test. This was not the chromebooks fault, but perception was that it was the reason.
The chromebooks the district buy are cheap for good reason, but the quality and lack of a touchscreen puts students off also. Some of the software that is used shows multiple choice options to be selected. Students often select the wrong answer on accident trying to scroll down but the slider on the side is hard to select. I try to get them to use the arrow keys but they don't always work and trying to get them to change is hard. Again, not the chromebooks fault but has an effect on the perception of the students.
A parent asked their kids if they'd like a chromebook for Christmas and they laughed and said no because they can't do anything fun on them and that chromebooks were only for school. They can't play Minecraft or Fortnite and this seems to be consistent feeling among most of the students . The perception is that the chromebook is locked down and used to do schoolwork and not much else. They ended up with iPads instead and fully expect that they'll end up with a Macbook when they go to college.
As I said, small sample size and would say that most of the students appreciate that they have the chromebook for school work but have no desire to own one themselves. I would say that most do like Google services though and Google Docs which is probably more important to Google in the long run but they'd rather access Google docs from a PC laptop or a Macbook.
Paul has recently been talking about looking for new email clients and issues he has had losing emails when they are redirected. He mention it being related to going through multiple spam filters but I believe it may have more to do with DMARC policy settings that certain email providers have set. I had some issues with this a few years ago and could no longer redirect emails I received from people using Yahoo, AOL, and a few other email services. I was able to figure out a work around but that was specific to the email provider I was redirecting from. This was a few years ago so maybe something has happened in the mean time so this is no longer a problem but thought it was worth mentioning.
After helping my daughter with her homework tonight, I have a short rant that has more to do with her schools curriculum probably than Google and chromebooks, but I was dumbfounded by the amount of advertisments she was forced to watch to complete an assigment. The teacher has included several links to videos that the students were to watch and then answer questions based on what they saw. Most of the ads were for Nintendo Switch or games but few were not really even approprate for the age group. I'm not sure what the time frame was between ads but there would be 2 thirty second ads that couldn't be skipped what felt like every 10-15 mins? We needed to pause the videos and skip back at times so I don't know for sure but it was getting very annoying by the end when we just wanted to finish. My daughter said this is not uncommon just first time she had asked for help for me to notice. We have conferances coming up and may ask about it. Sorry for the rant. Maybe this is common now and I'm just behind.
I need to add my daughter to my Verizon account. Verizon has the LG G7 ThinQ on sale 50% off in addition to buy one get one free when adding a new line. Basically can get both phones for$188 each. Another option is getting one phone for free when adding a line and trading in my Pixel.
I'll be coming from the original Pixel and have never had an LG phone. I'm guessing that the camera will not be as good but was worried about what other differences I might run into? The Verizon store near me dosne't have any of the LG's instock so I can't check it out much either. It seems like to good of a deal to pass up but I don't want to be stuck with a phone I hate for 2 years either. Thanks for any help or insights.
The schools in the district have always offered tax preparation help for low income families. People volunteer to prepare the taxes and then they print them off and mail it for the families. During the last hardware refresh, a few of the elementary schools got rid of the Windows computer labs. The teachers and staff all have Windows laptops still though. They canceled it this year with the reason that they can’t print off the returns since they can’t print off the Chromebooks.
I understand that the printers they have maybe older, but I thought there was a way to print from a Chromebook that was on the same network as a printer attached to a Windows computer? I’ve done this with a Chromebook before, but I think I had to be signed into Chrome on both devices for it to work? I can see why that would be a problem here but still seems like there should be a way for this to work.
My daughter got a Google mini for Christmas and we have a Spotify premium account. When she says, "ok google, play spotify playlist X, it responds saying "Ok, playing spotify playlist X" but then nothing happens. I tried unlinking the spotify account from her Google Home app, rebooting the mini, but was not sure what to try next. Anyone have any ideas on what is wrong? Thanks
My kids have been playing Minecraft on a PC but I'm getting them a Xbox for Christmas. Will a Xbox Live Gold subscription be needed for them to play together if one is on the xbox while the other plays on the PC? They will both be on the same LAN.
My mother in law purchased a lot of music off of iTunes over the years when she had an ipod but has an Pixel as her phone. She wants to stream the music from her phone to a bluetooth speaker from her phone. I know very little about Apple and even less about iTunes. I do know what should be easy Apple can make difficult when it comes to moving between platforms. Can this be done? What is the best way to go about it? Thanks
I was thinking with Paul talking about how the battery life advantages of Edge over Chrome where getting smaller overtime, was this do to Google improving Chrome in response? Would they have done it if it was not for Microsoft pointing out the difference? Or was it a case of Edge getting less efficient as they added functionality? Or does the efficiency of both browsers have little to do with the engine it uses and more to do with everything else?
Saw this on twitter and an article on WindowCentral. If true, I'm not real sure how I feel about it. Edge had some nice aspects if they could fix most of the bugs. I also think that the battle was lost when Edge was released in an almost unusable state. The people that I know that tried it, still think of it being like it was when first released and have no reason to give it another try. I don't think that will change now even if they switch to Chromium. I guess what they were doing was not working so they might as well give this a try.
I watched FRD and Paul and Brad were discussing Windows Lite and upcoming Centaurus and if it would make sense. I know nothing of Centaurus other than what Brad described during the podcast but I was thinking if it could launch with some type of Xbox streaming service it could make sense. Now I know this would be very different than you'd expect from a ChromeOS competitor, but it could be that too with Xbox streaming being able to differentiate it and build some excitement. Also, the way Centaurus was described as having a screen with a mechanism that could attached to other things like a keyboard or a 2nd screen could have some interesting potential for games as well. Probably way off base but thought I'd through it out there as a way it wouldn't just be chasing what ChromeOS already is.
I'm the account owner of the Verzion account. If I port my number over what happens to the Verizon account? I have 2 family members that would stay on Verizon. Would one of them seamlessly be able to take over the account? Would we have to go into Verizon to have one of them become the account owner?
Google Fi has a deal today that you can get a $200 account credit if you port in a number. I'd bring my original Pixel that I got from Verizon with me. Thanks for any help.
I moved from Windows Server 2012R2E to using Windows 10 Pro a few years ago. We had a power outage that corrupted the boot drive and had to reinstall. I used stablebit for file redundancy and everything really important goes up to Onedrive also. I was always mostly concerned about keeping my files safe and backed up but forgot what a pain it was to reinstall everything that was running on the server. I had Plex and a few other programs that require some set up after being installed and would like to avoid having to do this again in the future. I was thinking of just saving a disk image or cloning a 2nd hard drive and putting it away until needed but thought I might as well see what ideas or methods that others use. Thanks
Thought this was a pretty good deal since it comes with the keyboard and wanted to share.
With the Playstore now available on Chromebooks does anyone know if you can play Minecraft PE on a Chromebook and how well it works?
I have done this in the past, but wanted to make sure this still worked. My Office 365 subscription expired today and I have a code for a Office 365 Personal account for 1 year. I should be able to use the code to get Office 365 Personal then convert it to a Office 365 Home account for an additional fee? Thanks
For those that missed the sale at Best Buy, the Invoke is down to $50 online at the Microsoft store. The black is sold out but the silver is still available.
I can't remember for sure, but I thought this was working before the last update. Maybe not since I don't get a lot of group texts or pictures sent to me. Either way, when I get a MMS now, I get a notification that is not from the person that sent it. When I click on it though, I go into the Your Phone app and the correct group or user is listed but the message is blank. Your Phone has been working for for SMS though. Anyone else having this problem?
I work at a university and only noticed 1 Surface laptop last year on campus. Classes have started up again and have already seen 6 different students using a Surface laptop this semester. This is nothing compared to the number of MacBooks I typically see but was still more than I expected.
I asked one of them why they choose the Surface laptop and she told me "I like the tall screen and thought it was pretty" . I know, not much of a story but thought I'd share. Also thought I might as well add that I still haven't seen a Chromebook.
I back everything to OneDrive but also wanted to back my pictures up to Google Photos. I was using Google Photo back up to move the photos I moved from my camera to Google Photos but noticed some were missing. I also found out that Google changed to Google Backup and Sync now and was afraid I’d end up with a lot of duplicate photos if I back up the same folder again even though some were missing.
The biggest problem I ran into is that when I sign into Google Backup and Sync, I get a page not found error and get stuck. Anyone else have problem with this or no what might be causing it? As long as the pictures have the same name do I need to worry about getting duplicates being uploaded and displayed?
After listening to FRD, I believe Paul said something along the lines of if it wasn't for business PC and Chromebook sales, this market would be in the toilet. I went to look at Gartner's number though and it states that neither Chromebooks or iPads are included. Did I miss something or did sales increase in spite of Chromebooks and not because of them?
I configured an email address to be managed through outlook.com. I did this a year or more ago and it worked fine. On Sunday, I noticed I wasn't receiving email on the account anymore. When I went to settings, had no additional accounts listed. Basically, the setup for the other email address was completely gone like it was never there. I'll set it back up but was courious if this happened to anyone else or why it might have happened?
I was wanting to create a PIN for my kids to log into a chromebook. The info I can find says that it can be done but I have to switch into Dev mode to do it. Seems like there should be an easier way to do it and wanted to double check before going down that path. Thanks
Manage your download devices
Apps and games
Remove a device if you’re trying to install an app or a game on a Windows 10 device and you’ve reached your device limit.
Device limit 10/0 (Because you were granted special access, you can go over the limit.)
I recently replaced a computer and went to my Microsoft account, manage device limits, to remove the old system. I have had to do this in the past or I would not be able to log into the Microsoft store on the new computer to download apps. In the past I normally get a message saying Device limit 10/10 please remove a device or something to that effect.
I got the message above this time and wondered if it was related to the device limit being lifted that was talked about around 6 months or so ago. The limit was supposed to go to 2,000 I believe from the reports back then.
Paul mentioned in a podcast the other day that he had switched to FIrefox but switched back to Chrome because he still used Chrome some and didn't like using 2 browsers.
I then realized that I probably use at least 3 different browsers everyday and some times even 4. I use Edge and Opera everyday at home and use either Edge, Chrome, or Firefox at work depending on where I'm at and what I'm doing.
Part of the reason I do this is because some of the computers I'm using have some pretty specialized configurations that Chrome has problems working on and the same can be said for Firefox to a lesser degree as well. Maybe I'm unique in that and wanted to see if others use multiple browsers on a daily basis also.
Our schoold district has been using something called Google Expeditions in the class room as an educational tool. It is basically a midrange phone and vr googles. They are purchased in kits that have an avg price between of $350-$400 depending on the number of units bought. They don't work great, they have to be put together, and the battery life is not great. https://www.bestbuy.com/site/bestbuy-education/googleexpeditions/pcmcat748302046351.c?id=pcmcat748302046351
The Lenovo Daydream VR should be around the same price point, seems like they should be easier to use, and have better battery life if the 7 hours is accurate. I can see these being big in education even if they don't have huge success with everyday people at the begining.
I saw another story a while back about how family members were able to unlock each others iPhone X also. Seems like they should have found a way to keep the figure print reader in the phone while they tried to transition to Face ID.
This story reminded me of problems with the xbox kinect when it was first released not being able to see people who had a darker skin color. Obviously a tech issue but does make you wonder how these things are tested before being released.
I have a Netgear Nighthawk X4 AC2350 in my basement but the wifi signal is not great on the 2nd floor. The whole house is wired but I want to add something to the 2nd floor to boost the signal. I have set up an access point in the past but then I had to switch back and forth between depending where I was at and is not user friendly for my wife and kids.
I could use an extender but it seems like there should be a better way since I have a wired connection available. I was thinking about getting a Netgear Nighthawk Mesh X6S but a UniFi AC In-Wall AP was recommended to me. Its cheaper and would fit my needs but I'm not sure how difficult it would be to set up. From reading up on it a little, it seems to be more than a standard consumer device. Anyone use something similar to this? How difficult was it to set up? Thanks
I'm helping my mom set up her first smart phone. All of her contacts were in Outlook. I was able to get them to sync to the default contact app on her Moto E4. I was able to set her default for new contacts to Outlook. The problem I'm running into is that when she adds a contact on her phone, they are not showing up when she goes to Outlook.com?
Another minor problem is that when she edits a contact to add a photo, the photo will disappear after a few secs. Could this have something to do with it sycing down from outlook? Thanks
I asked as part of We help Wed pod cast but did't explain the aspect of Sweep I was looking for and sounded like neither Paul or Brad use it so I was hoping someone on here might have some suggestions.
Sweep can delete all emails from someone, keep the newest and delete all others, delete all emails older than 10 days. It can also automatically delete all future emails from someone but I don't really care about that.
I found a way to bulk delete email from a specific email address but going to More, Filter messages like these. This will list all the emails from that email address and then you can select all and delete. Cumbersome but works.
I'd really like something that can delete all emails from that are 10 days or older or just keep the last email from someone and delete anything older. Anyone know of a work around or set up that can do this? Thanks
When Chrome updated to 60, it broke an app my daughter needs for school. She has dyslexia and uses Learning Ally to read books to her to keep up with her class. I contacted Learning Ally and they said it will not work with Chrome 60 but they are working on it. I tried to switch the default browser to Firefox but it seems to still default to Chrome. My question is if I reset her phone will I be able to block an update to the new version of Chrome? If I go buy a cheap phone can I block updates for Chrome before putting it on wifi? Thanks for any help
Consumer Report surveyed 90,000 customers. If we assume that this 90,000 is representative of the actual laptop and tablet market, that would be around 2,000 people maybe less? I’m not sure what percentage of the market Microsoft has but all the information I could find had them lumped into the “other” category with the largest broken out by itself was around 5% so It obviously has to be lower than that.
Given that fact that Consumer Report does nothing to verify if the people actually own the device, their user base probably skews older and more than likely is not representative of the actual market , I really question how accurate their results could be with this type of product. Just curious what others think or if I missed somethng?
I believe Andrew Zarian mentioned on a podcast with Paul that he was having trouble with his USB-C connection as well. He mentioned that it loosened over time. I'm having the same problem with my Pixel phone and wanted to see if anyone else is having problems with it?
I thought it was the cable at first and have gone though several and each have the same problem. To charge my phone now it takes about 5 mins of putting the cord in and out and trying to prop it up and then hope it doesn't stop charging in the middle of the night.
My daughter has dyslexia and the school told us that Learning Ally is a great source for audio books. The problem I'm running into is that Learning Ally will not work with any of our devices. I don't want to spend a lot so an iPad is not an option. Learning Ally will not work with Fire tablets , Nook e-readers or my Windows RT tablets either. She'll wear headphones so sound quality is not real important but she'll need to follow along on the device while it reads to her so the screen quality would matter some.
Learning Ally will work with Full windows, Android 4.1 or higher. It will work on Chromebooks also but think those would be to expensive. Does anyone have any experience with the NuVision tablets that go on sale on Microsoft? I really wish it would work with the Fire tablets since something similar to it would probably work the best. Thanks
Should, in theory at least, Centennial store apps work on Windows on ARM devices as well as any other Win32 app?
I missed most of the announcements this morning and only saw the info on the laptop. Did they give any new info on Intune or how Microsoft is addressing ease of management at schools?
While listening to WIndows Weekly, Paul mentioned that the minimum hard drive space in a leaked document for WIndows 10 Cloud was 32/64gb for 32/64 bit installs and how that was larger than the 16/20gb for 32/64 bit installs required for Windows 10 currently.
I’m not 100% sure how updating and restoring works on Chromebooks, but I believe I read that they basically have another instance of the OS on a different partion or at least something local that greatly speeds up the time needed to restore or install updates.
I guess we’ll find out soon, but I was curious if this increase in specs could potentially be a related to something similar for a cloudbook?
I installed Creators update yesterday. Since then when I wake my computer the screen is a bunch of different colored lines. I can vaguely make out a rectangle that is the cursor. I have to reboot to fix it and it happens again as soon as I need to to wake from sleep again.
Computer is one that I built and motherboard is Asus Z170 and CPU is i3 6100. I'm using the intel 530 graphics. Anyone else have something like this happen?
Paul has talked about the potential of VR headsets in the classroom and cost was one of the potential sticking points. I wanted to mention that the district that my kids go to has purchased several Google Expeditions kits that come in groups of 10, 20, or 30 and the cost avg out to be between $333 and $399 each depending on the package. The package is basically a Viewmaster VR headset, Android phone, router and an Android tablet for the teacher.
At this price point I think there is the potential and the money there for one of Microsoft’s partners VR headsets if they’d be able to run at some level on a “Cloud Book”(just need to compete with the experience that classrooms currently get from a midrange phone). I think this could ultimately give a better experience than the google offering.
I’m not sure if it would be possible, but if Microsoft gave Windows Cloud OS to schools for free, could some Chromebooks possible be upgraded to it? Chromebooks have a large share of education right now and it might be difficult to make much headway with all of the hardware that schools have already purchased. My district at least buys new Chromebooks every few year for high school and then pushs the older ones down to Junior High, and then elementary. They probably don’t want to end up in a place where the high schools have Cloudbooks, and the Junior High and elementary have something different.
I signed up for a premium outlook pilot account about a year ago and I didn't renew it on time. I decided that I wanted to renew and when I try to log in now it will just hang after logging in. If I log in with a different account that was not previously signed up as part of the pilot program, I can go though the sign up process and seems to work fine. Anyone else run into this and figure out how to get around it? Or who I should contact? Thanks
Not a big deal, but I have noticed that when I grant additional screen time to one of my kids, the message I get is that I've added X minutes of screen time and normal setting will resume at X time. The strange thing is that the time it says it will resume is 2 hours before the time it should be. I assumed it was that I had my time zone set wrong some where but it appears to be correct on the computers and on my Microsoft Account info. Would there be a setting some where else that I'm missing that it could be getting the time zone from? Thanks
A large number of different makes and models of cars are having problems making or keeping a connection to the new Pixel phones. The problem seems to be with Android 7.1. Here is a support thread if anyone is interested
When asking Verizon, I was basically told that the phone is not guaranteed to work with any car and that I should have tested it with my car before buying. Seems kind of hard to do when ordering online but wanted to see what other people think about this. Shouldn't it be reasonable to expect that a new phone would work with the bluetooth in newer cars?
I can still return the phone since I'm inside of 14 days but will have to pay a restocking fee.
Thought this was funny due to the timing of the interview with Belichick and his probelms with the Surface.
The school system where my kids go are talking about adding a large number of Chromebooks to replace older Windows computers. The expectation is that it will be cheaper in the long run but some questions have been raised due to large investment that is going to be needed to the network infrastructure to support so many Chromebooks vs Windows laptops. Some other have argued that the actual cost of the Chromebooks is not significantly less that similar Windows laptops. It sounds like the management of Chromebooks would be easy and cost-effective vs Windows computers though.
I spent a good chunk of the night searching the internet for answers but was having a hard time coming up with what I was looking for. Can anyone here shed some light on this or point me to some links where the cost differences have been explained?
Paul's article "The Failure of Windows Phone and the Next Big Thing" made me start thinking of the potential of a Microsoft fork of Android again. Not that he mentioned it, but the line "because Google made Android an open(ish) platform, it faces the possibility that others (cough, Microsoft) could undercut them on their own platform, much as rival browsers did to Windows and IE a decade and a half ago." reminded me it was a possibility.
Then I started to wonder what the real gains would be if they did? They would be able to bundle their services in by default but all of the services are already available to those that want them on any Android phone. They would have to create/support another store. It would be much easier for developers to bring over their apps but would still require some work to tie into Microsoft services. It would complicate UWP. I'd think that canceled Project Astoria could be used in reverse to allow the mobile apps to run on Windows 10 maybe.
I guess as a user of and fan of Microsoft services, I'd love it if they would but I'm having a hard time thinking of reasons it would make sense and wanted to see what everyone else thought.
I was looking for info on Andromeda and found this article over on XDA. I thought it was well done and pointed out a few challenges that Google may have that I hadn't thought of.