Want more than a Chromebook with a turnkey installation?

If you have tried CloudReady, the excellent software only clone of a Chromebook and it either won’t install or you need the flexibility of a user-friendly Linux as well as features of the Chromebook, I would like to suggest CUB – Linux.  CUB – Linux was previously known as Chromixium but Google asked them to change the name.

The goal is the same.  To provide a near Chromebook look alike, with easy access to Linux features.  If you have used the Chrome browser in Windows but mostly not anything else in Windows, you will get the same general feeling except that CUB – Linux will run on older intel hardware that won’t run Windows 10 or CloudReady.

CUB – Linux will co-exist with Windows as well as another Linux installation.  If you have XP/Pro and want to upgrade but Windows 7/10 etc are not usable choices you should try CUB – Linux.

If you have very old intel hardware that won’t run CUB – Linux fast enough, then you may find that Puppy Linux will run on it.



I will convert your old/slow Laptop/Netbook into a faster Chromebook-look-alike

Have an old Laptop/Netbook that you aren’t using because it would be too small/slow to upgrade to Windows 7?

I am offering a “Turn on your Netbook/Laptop into a Chromebook-look-alike” service. The results will boot significantly faster than XP or Windows 7. Be more responsive than XP/Windows 7 and be more secure than XP/Windows 7. And be menu driven for ease of access.

You need a functioning/bootable machine (doesn’t need an operating system though) with a battery that provides you with at least some un-plug time and a charger. Generally any 1 Megabyte memory machine with some kind of hard disk (can be VERY small) or even a really small/slow SSD (like the original Netbooks had) will work. Ask me before you send it.

You pay the shipping and handling and a $50 upgrade charge.

What you will be getting is an open source Linux distribution that a) Runs on the Chromebook (Chromium OS), b) an open source Linux distribution with a Chromebook look-alike desktop or c) an open source Linux distribution that looks like Windows 7 that will start up the Chrome browser (or possibly the Fire Fox browser if there are issues) as soon as you logon.

The reason for the 3 pronged approach is Chromium OS will not run or even startup on all hardware.  And Chromixium in conjunction even with the commercial Chrome browser has shown one decided specific machine hickup.  The result will be a faster, secure user-friendly netbook/laptop with a menu driven interface. [contact-form][contact-field label=’Name’ type=’name’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’Email’ type=’email’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’Website’ type=’url’/][contact-field label=’Comment’ type=’textarea’ required=’1’/][/contact-form]


The Chromebook as a thin client

A thin client refers to a client/server system where almost all of the processing is being performed by the Server and the client simply enters the data and displays the data.  The most common example of this is the Web browser. Adobe is now offering services where they are running the high-end graphics programs on their servers and the Chromebook is running the display/keyboard/mouse pad.

Until Html5 came in and has been fully supported, while you some local processing via Javascript and Java they were still limited in what they could without plugins.  Html5 gets rid of most of the plugins (like Flash) and can still display videos and play audio files.  Html5 also supports more local processing and keeping data on the local machine.

Asus c300M

I got this one used (after a month) on e-bay for about $174.  It is basically new.  It has a 14″ screen compared to the Samsung 3’s 11″ screen.  It is running an Intel cpu and chip set.  And it has a typical run time of 10+ hours before you have to charge it up.

So this Asus c300m is probably what I will stay with.  Its funny though, Intel has gotten busy and designed cpus/motherboard chip sets with excellent low power usage.  So for the moment Intel is handily beating the ARM folks at the low power usage game.

Introduction to Personal Computer Troubleshooting (continued)

I am going to talk about “general things you should do” to keep your computer healthy.

1) Always have a “firewall” running on the computer even when your inside a “firewalled” network.  The only exception to this rule is when network-based applications are failing for un-known reasons.  Then after consulting with your Techy you might try turning the workstation/server firewall off will keeping the Internet interface firewall turned on.

2) Always have an Anti-Virus program installed and up to date.  There are a lot of very good free Anti-Virus programs out there including one from Microsoft.  Use something!

3) Always have a program like the free version “Search and Destroy – Spybot” installed and available to run.  Browsers keep getting infested with assorted items that steal information and report on your internet activity.  S & D – Spybot will not only clean out those problems but for Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox it also offers “immunization” that protects the browser from many common exploits.  Another commonly used one is the free version of “Adware”.

As time goes on the commercial and free Anti-virus programs are providing more protection to browsers.  But as of this writing they still don’t replace S & D Spybot and/or Adware.

4) Don’t download and install software that you didn’t specifically go looking for on the Internet.  A lot of “Ads” that offer downloadable software over the Internet turn out to be variations on Spyware and also produce un-wanted “popups”.  You need to either only install reputable software you are familiar with or to find reviews of software someone is offering you to see if that are any “gotchas”.

I have relative who regularly downloads programs off the internet that “looked” interesting.  He keeps getting un-wanted popups and allegedly free programs that cost to actually be useful.  About every quarter I have to go over and clean off their PC.

5) Un-install any program you have on your PC that you are not using regularly.  This will help delay the time where your PC starts slowing down.  A large number of programs will startup “helpers” when you turn on your PC.  This ties up resources and (eventually) will slow your PC down.

6) Operating System Updates – For windows you should always have these turned on to run automagically and in the background.  I suspect the Mac/Android OS’s are updated less frequently but if an automated way to keep them updated is available it should probably be implemented.  Deciding when to update Linux is more complicated because depending on exactly which “brand” of it you are running you want to keep it completely current (maybe even beta-release) or you want to wait for the “long release”. [contact-form][contact-field label=’Name’ type=’name’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’Email’ type=’email’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’Website’ type=’url’/][contact-field label=’Comment’ type=’textarea’ required=’1’/][/contact-form]