HARDWARE: In praise of Chromebooks and Chromeboxes

Wednesday, September 16, 2015


{Privacy Invoked} #1 · Seaside Heights, NJ · 

Ok Facebook world. My laptop died but it is IMPERATIVE that I have a computer, I’m in Grad school. Is a Chromebook good enough for writing papers, printing out papers coupons and the like and surging the web? I’ll b using a flash drive or google docs too. Help!?!

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FJohn Reinke

I have several. I use them for most computing chores. Bought one for {Privacy Invoked} as a gift to replace her old windoze box. She loves it.

  • As long as you use the cloud and the inet, it’s perfect for light weight computing use.
  • Cheap. I’ve seen them as low as 199. 
  • By using the cloud, you’re forced to keep your data backed up.
  • Should you lose it, destroy it, or have it stolen, it’s trivial to get a new one and not miss a beat.
  • Also no malware can infect you.

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{Privacy Invoked} #2

We have chrome books, Windows desktop and MacBooks. All are good. But, you can only save to the cloud on a chromebook. So, if internet access is interrupted, you can’t get to your files. Also, it’s difficult to print from the chromebooks. I would suggest a Windows or Apple machine.

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FJohn Reinke

You can add local storage via usbdrive or and sd card.

Also, many of the “apps” have an offline capability. 

I use google cloud printing capability even on my mac and windoze machines for universal printing (i.e., from anywhere to Virginia, Kendall Park, or Staples). 

Should not be a problem. Sign up for my “platinum support” plan and I can help you. The “gold” plan you get {Privacy Invoked}; “silver” {Privacy Invoked}; “bronze” {Privacy Invoked}; or “lead” {Privacy Invoked}. Laugh! 

Seriously, chromebooks are the way to go for lightweight computing. And, most smartphones allow you to tether them for universal inet access. 

I have Optimum at 51F and that gives me access to Optimum wifi. Most inet service providers have that capability. McDonalds, Starbucks, and Panera have free wifi too. 

I like chromebooks for their utility and no required complete refreshes / reinstalls every so often as windoze and mac get “crud build up”.

Lot positive to be said for the Chromebook / Chromebox. I usually leave one in 51F for {Privacy Invoked} to use when we’re there.

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So let’s sum it up: cheap; simple; and worry free.

I laughed when some clowns hijacked a truck of about 1,200 MacBook Airs destined for a school worth more than a million bucks. 


This revealed the waste at Gooferment Skrules that the taxpayers are paying for.


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HARDWARE: Use Google Voice instead of your cell phone number

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Found another useful reason to use Google Voice instead of your cell phone number.

(Remember, the last tip was for young ladies to give men their GV# so that they can automagically delete them if they turn out to be a loser.)

This tip is as a result of my Gal Pal’s blackberry going crazy. It’s essentially useless and she has no way to let folks know it. So she’s using my phone to alert folks.

IF she had used a Google Voice number and tied that to her cell phone, she could respond on the GV website and even send out an alert that she had a harder problem.


I think it’s very useful.

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HARWARE: IPHONE5 IOS8.1.2 active “screwy”

Friday, January 16, 2015



Magically “Do not disturb” was set.

Also, Message Version 8.0 (4725) on Mac OS X 10.1.1 (14B25) stopped echo text messaged received on my IPHONE.

It’s like everything in Apple land has “lost their minds”.


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HARDWARE: LIVESCRIBE still not recommended

Monday, January 12, 2015


I’ve been using it primarily for work to move meeting notes from paper to email.

  • the capacitive top’s rubber falls off; sometimes the whole top is lost
  • the quality of the writing that comes from the pen is poor at best
  • the recognition of handwriting to text has never materialized
  • the integration with EVERNOTE is worse with the new pens versus the old versions
  • the opening of a new volume is cumbersome at best
  • the iPhone client is annoyingly slow
  • iPhone client forwards the notes as a jpg 

As soon as I can cost effectively move to either the Samsung Note or the iPhone6+ with the handwriting recognition, I will.

This then goes in the technology dust bin of mistakes.

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HARDWARE: Used the “lost phone” mode on Apple with iCloud — flawlessly

Saturday, January 10, 2015

RE: Lost Mode enabled on 571-xxx-xxxx


Lost Mode enabled on 571-xxx-xxxx.

This device was put into Lost Mode at 5:14 PM on January 5, 2015.


Use Find My iPhone on an iOS device or visit icloud.com/find on a Mac or PC to take additional action.

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571-xxx-xxxx was found near 3124 Route #27 Kendall Park, NJ 08824 at 5:14 PM.
Your iPhone’s last reported location will be available for 24 hours.

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HARDWARE: Keurig machines have security and a design flaw

Thursday, December 18, 2014


by: Rick Osgood
December 10, 2014  

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Unfortunately newer versions of these machines have a sort of DRM, or lockout chip. In order to prevent unofficial k-cups from being manufactured and sold, the Keurig machines have a way to detect which cups are legitimate and which are counterfeit. It appears as though the machine identifies the lid specifically as being genuine.

It turns out this “lockout” technology is very simple to defeat. All one needs to do is cut the lid off of a legitimate Keurig k-cup and place it on top of your counterfeit cup. The system will read the real lid and allow you to brew to your heart’s content. A more convenient solution involves cutting off just the small portion of the lid that contains the Keurig logo. This then gets taped directly to the Keurig machine itself. This way you can still easily replace the cups without having to fuss with the extra lid every time.

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BUT, (and there is always a BIG butt), after the big “bio film” revelation that Keurigs are “un clean able”, why would anyone buy one?

Ewww, yucky!

And, who know what breeds in that bio film contaminated water reserve — the green meanies?

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HARDWARE: FIOS router required a reboot this morning

Sunday, December 7, 2014


Last used around 5PM on Saturday 2014-Dec-06

Found unresponsive around 1AM on Sunday 2014-Dec-07

Went to backup to do my chore.

Rebooted at 2014-Dec-07 0824

Return to normal.

Strange. Usually rock solid.

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