Chromebooks: What Is It & Should You Get One?

What is a Chromebook? I’ve known about Chromebooks but other than the brand name and that they are running on Chrome OS (I happen to also work on a system that runs a special type of customized Chrome OS created for my client company). Chromebooks are a new type of computer designed to help you get things done faster and easier. They run¬†Chrome OS, an operating system that has cloud storage, the best of Google built-in, and multiple layers of security.

Google works with manufacturers to keep Chromebooks affordable, and you don’t need to worry about the prices of most software. Instead, you can choose from the thousands of free apps from the Chrome Web Store for work and play.

You can use offline-ready apps to keep using a Chromebook when it’s not connected to the Internet. Below are some examples:

  • Read and write emails with¬†Offline Gmail
  • Write a note or make a list with¬†Google Keep
  • Create and edit documents, slides, or spreadsheets with¬†Google Drive¬†apps (Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides)
  • View and RSVP to events with¬†Google Calendar
  • View and edit photos saved with the¬†built-in photo editor
  • Enjoy music or movies with the¬†built-in media player

On all Chromebooks, you can open, edit, download, and convert many Microsoft Office files. On Chromebooks that support Android apps, Microsoft Office is currently available as an Android app. To see which Microsoft apps are available for your device, go to the Google Play Store.

You can save your photos with Google Photos, where they’ll be quickly and safely stored and organized for you. You can stream music and organize your personal music collection with YouTube Music. Learn how to get started with YouTube Music. For other info, like how to play saved music, check the play music on your Chromebook article. You can choose to store your files on your Chromebook or online with a cloud-based file storage service like Google Drive.

With Google Drive, your data is stored in Google’s highly secure¬†data centers. Chromebooks don‚Äôt have a CD or DVD drive, but you can play saved music and movie files in any of the¬†compatible file types with the media player. You can also play files from a USB drive or SD card. As for accessories, Mac or Windows USB drives, computer mice, keyboards, and external storage devices work well with Chromebooks.

Best Chromebooks for 2021

  • Acer Chromebook Spin 713 (Best Chromebook of 2021)
  • Lenovo Chromebook Duet (Best Chromebook on a budget)
  • HP Chromebook x360 14 (Powerful Chromebook with a sleek design)
  • Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2 (Best midrange Chromebook)
  • Google Pixelbook Go. (Best Google Chromebook)

Ofcourse there are some cons as well. Specifically, the disadvantages of Chromebooks¬†are: Weak processing power. Most of them are running extremely low-power and old CPUs, such as Intel Celeron, Pentium, or Core m3. Of course, running Chrome OS doesn’t require much processing power in the first place,¬†so¬†it might not feel as slow as you’d expect.

¬†If you already spend most of your time in the Chrome browser you will take to the notebook naturally. Chromebooks are especially good for younger students, as they are ease to use and are fairly secure.¬†It’s also quite easy to¬†update your Chromebook, and even better, these laptops often do that themselves. Children who are still learning how to use computers may be more receptive to learning how a new operating system works.

Treats We Enjoyed As Kids

Share your kid’s favourite summer treats.

Since I don’t have any kids of my own, I’m gonna share the summer treats that I enjoyed as a kid along with my sister and our cousins and what I am sure my cousins’ kids also do. One that is a rarity and I think is only really available in parts of India is the ice cream soda. Not the one that you are thinking of, but this is actually vanilla ice cream flavoured soda that you get in bottles. After a day of playing football or cricket with my cousins and sweating up a storm, going and get a few cold ice cream sodas to quench our thirsts was great.

We had these things called sip-ups – semi-frozen flavoured drink or cola in these plastic tubes that you buy from a street vendor or store and then proceed to suck up the juicy cold deliciousness. It was so popular at one time that they even sold it at my school’s cafeteria. Oh man, it’s so funny but I haven’t though about them in ages and this prompt suddenly brought back memories.

Ice cream floats. There was this one cafe at a hotel in Chullikal (near Mattancherry) that served them and I can’t think of any other place that’ve had it. It was basically a large scoop of vanilla ice cream placed inside a glass of Pepsi or Coca-Cola. I think mostly Pepsi as we had a problem with Coke until the late 90s. Those were the bomb and it was a huge treat for us.

Also near my grandmother’s house we had this small little joint called Cool Of Cools. It was an ice cream shop that specialized in these awesome sundaes and faloodas. Faloodas are basically a South Asian ice cream sundae or dish a South Asian with vermicelli noodles at the bottom along with rose syrup and sweet basil seeds with milk. When served cold ofcourse it is amazingly delicious, if you don’t mind the chewing of the basil seeds and vermicelli. Sure to cool you down.

Blog prompt from 30 Blog Post Ideas for June at The Frangipani Creative

Caramel Popcorn Recipe

Ingredient Checklist
1 cup butter
2 cups brown sugar
¬Ĺ cup corn syrup
1 teaspoon salt
¬Ĺ teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
5 quarts popped popcorn

Directions

Step 1
Preheat oven to 250 degrees F (95 degrees C). Place popcorn in a very large bowl.

Step 2
In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Stir in brown sugar, corn syrup and salt. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Boil without stirring 4 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in soda and vanilla. Pour in a thin stream over popcorn, stirring to coat.

Step 3
Place in two large shallow baking dishes and bake in preheated oven, stirring every 15 minutes, for 1 hour. Remove from oven and let cool completely before breaking into pieces.

Golden Shepherd – A Gorgeous Mix

The beautiful Golden Shepherd is what happens when you cross two of the most popular dogs in the world. The intelligent and working German Shepherd is mated with the loyal and loving Golden Retriever to make a loveable mix. I mean, just look at this cutie?

As this breed is a hybrid dog, it is not recognized by any major Kennel Club. However, they have been registered by the International Designer Canine Registry since 2009. The German Shepherd can be either the dam or sire for a Golden Shepherd puppy. Suited to very active homes, the Golden Shepherd is happiest with upwards of 60 minutes exercise per day.

With both parents being historic workers, this mix loves being busy. If it’s not physical exercise they thrive with mental stimulation. Brain games are a must! Their high intelligence means they pick up tricks super-fast and will love playing treasure hunts or hide and seek with the kids. Your mixed breed dog may be more German Shepherd than Golden, or vice versa, when it comes to their temperament.

Generally, the Golden Shepherd is affectionate, playful, smart and sociable. Yet, it is possible that they could inherit the¬†more protective nature from their Shepherd parent ‚Äď so they might be a perfect watchdog. Early socialization is essential in warding off particularly wary behavior from an overly protective dog. Being super-athletic and trainable, this dog thrives in sports like chase, agility and flyball. On the whole, the Golden Shepherd is a people-pleaser who learns new tricks incredibly quickly. Like¬†their Golden Retriever cousin, the Golden Shepherd is generally suited to most families, providing they have experience of large breeds.

Like its parents, the Golden Shepherd will have a double coat; a coarse outer guard layer and a downy undercoat to keep them warm. They will have two major blow outs per year, but, realistically your home will always be full of dog hair. You may want to rethink having any black clothing in your closet. Golden Shepherds don’t tolerate being left alone for long periods. Being a super-loyal companion, they don’t understand why you would want to leave them. They can become anxious and destructive; they may bark and howl.

Redmi Prime 9

Xiaomi has brought back their Prime branding in August of 2020 with the Redmi 9 Prime. Xiaomi explains that this model has been launched because its Redmi Note 9 series has become more expensive due to the GST hike and Rupee-Dollar fluctuations. The Redmi 9 Prime is priced below the Redmi Note 9 series and starts just below the Rs. 10,000 price point.

The Redmi 9 Prime looks a lot like the Redmi 9, which Xiaomi has launched internationally. The phone sports a 6.53-inch display with a dewdrop notch at the top. The phone is thick since it packs a big 5,020mAh battery, and also tips the scales at 198g. Xiaomi has curved the frame on the sides which makes this phone comfortable to hold, but you will notice the weight after using it for a while. At the top, Xiaomi has placed an IR emitter which can be used to control appliances. There is a 3.5mm audio jack, primary microphone, speaker, and USB Type-C port at the bottom. Xiaomi has positioned the power and volume buttons on the right, and they are easy to reach. The tray on the left has three slots; two for Nano-SIMs and one for a microSD card. The Redmi 9 Prime has a textured back with a circular patch around the camera module that is smooth.

The camera module is pill-shaped and is slightly raised from the body. It also houses the fingerprint scanner, which is easy to reach while holding the device. Apart from the fingerprint scanner, the module houses three camera sensors. The fourth sensor is outside the module, positioned along with the LED flash. Xiaomi includes a case in the box, along with a 10W charger which takes a long time to charge the 5,020mAh battery ‚Äď more on this in a bit. The Redmi 9 Prime is offered in four colours: Matte Black, Mint Green, Space Blue, and Sunrise Flare. Xiaomi offers a full-HD+ display on the Redmi 9 Prime, which isn’t very common at this price point. The display also has Corning Gorilla Glass 3 for protection which should help it withstand daily use.

Powering the Redmi 9 Prime is the MediaTek Helio G80 SoC, an octa-core processor with two Cortex-A75 cores clocked at 2GHz and six Cortex-A55 cores clocked at 1.8GHz. This is paired with 4GB of RAM, and you can choose between 64GB and 128GB storage options. The Redmi 9 Prime runs MIUI 11 on top of Android, and was running the July Android Security patch at the time of this review. The user experience is very similar to what is available on other Xiaomi smartphones. It comes with a fair amount of bloatware preinstalled, such as GetApps, Zili, Rummy King, ShareMe, Mi Credit, and Mi Pay, plus a few games.

A Closer Look At Pluto

Five years ago today, we started to appreciate just how remarkable¬†Pluto¬†really is. The distant dwarf planet had been a frigid enigma since its 1930 discovery, remaining a fuzzy blob even in photos captured by the powerful Hubble Space Telescope. But everything changed on July 14, 2015, when NASA’s¬†New Horizons spacecraft¬†zoomed within 7,800 miles (12,550 kilometers) of Pluto’s icy surface.

New Horizons observed a large, young, heart-shaped region of ice on Pluto and found mountains made of water ice that may float on top of nitrogen ice. It discovered large chasms on Charon and found that its north pole was covered with reddish material that had escaped from Pluto’s atmosphere. The historic flyby completed the initial reconnaissance of the solar system’s nine traditionally recognized planets¬†and revealed a stunning complexity and diversity of terrain, from nitrogen glaciers to towering mountains of rock-hard water ice.

The $720 million New Horizons mission launched in January 2006, speeding away from Earth at a record-breaking 36,400 mph (58,580 km/h). Even at that blistering pace, it still took the probe 9.5 years to reach Pluto, which was about 3 billion miles (5 billion km) from Earth on the day of the flyby. And in the home stretch of that deep-space trek, New Horizons¬†suffered a glitch¬†that threatened to scuttle the epic encounter entirely. A mere three days after the glitch, New Horizons photographed a stunning sight: a huge, heart-shaped feature on Pluto’s reddish surface.¬†Pluto’s now-iconic heart¬†came into sharper and sharper focus over the ensuing days, as did the rest of the dwarf planet’s “encounter hemisphere” (the side that New Horizons flew over).