Chromebooks. They're not PCs running Windows, they're not Macs, they're not Linux (sorta), they're not Android (except, maybe) ... so what are they?
Well, as it turns out they're ideal for a more-and-more common class of computer user; like my wife, and a close family friend.
I purchased two of them, recently, and Why a Chromebook? (And Why I Purchased Two for the Important People in My Life) has my reasoning and all the details.
Other articles this week
Web pages can be slow for a variety of reasons. Diagnosing a Slow-loading Webpage with Firefox - Introducing the Network Performance Display in Web Developer Tools demonstrates using a tool built into most modern browsers that can help point fingers at possible culprits.
Don't delete an email account until you're positive you won't need it ever again. Will My Email Be There If I Reactivate a Deleted Account? Don't Count On It covers one of many reasons why.
You've probably heard the term "zero day" when it comes to computer vulnerabilities and whatnot. What's a "Zero-Day" Attack? A Diagram of the Vulnerability Timeline explains this confusing bit of "geek speak".
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Ask Leo! Live
The most recent Ask Leo! Live last Saturday was fun! I talked about the result of this year's reader survey -- some surprises, some expected, always interesting. Survey Results & More ' Ask Leo! Live has the edited video, as well as the full recordings. You'll find notes, a transcript, related links, and of course moderated comments.
The TEH Podcast
Speaking of podcasts, the TEH Podcast has moved on to episode 101!
We discuss some of the slow changes happening in society enabled by technology, due to the pandemic. Gary described a different kind of "dinner out" experience. I discuss my uninterruptible power supply not living up to its name. Virtual graduations are cool, "Nordic Noir", "Mythic Quest", and of course much more.
Stay safe. Be well. Be kind.
I recently purchased a new computer for my wife.
You may recall that several years ago, I got her a MacBook Air. After over seven years of service, it was time to replace it. This time, I opted to get her a Chromebook.
After a month or so, when a friend found themselves in a similar position with another aging laptop — this time a six-year-old Dell — I got them a Chromebook as well. In fact, I got them the exact same model as my wife's.
Continue Reading: Why a Chromebook? (And Why I Purchased Two for the Important People in My Life)
This Week's Articles
Diagnosing a Slow-loading Webpage with Firefox - Introducing the Network Performance Display in Web Developer Tools
It really depends on which pages are causing slow-loading and why. There are, as you might expect, many possibilities.
I'm going to use this as an opportunity to introduce a diagnostic tool available in most modern browsers. While it's generally packaged in something called “developer tools”, you don't have to be a developer to use it or benefit from it.
Since you're using Firefox, I'll show you there.
Continue Reading: Diagnosing a Slow-loading Webpage with Firefox - Introducing the Network Performance Display in Web Developer Tools
There's a very simple answer to this one: no.
Even if the answer is yes, the answer is no.
Let me explain.
Continue Reading: Will My Email Be There If I Reactivate a Deleted Account? Don't Count On It
The very nature of “zero day” exploits is that your virus scanner would show that you were clean both before and after being infected.
It's not until your anti-virus software provider updates their virus databases and you take that update that your scanner knows what to look for.
Yes, that means you may still be infected.
Let's go through the timeline that got you here.
Continue Reading: What's a "Zero-Day" Attack? A Diagram of the Vulnerability Timeline
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Demonstrate? In a podcast?
Aye, that exposes the underlying reason.
Continue Reading: Changes to the Ask Leo! Podcast
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