Greg wants to know if he can use a Chromebook to record and edit audio recordings. Leo says that newer ChromeBooks support the use of Android apps from the Play Store and that would give you access to audio recording apps. There's also multiple cloud-based audio editors where you save in the cloud and edit through the Chrome browser. Here's good list here. Soundcloud. Twisted Wave.
Lee wants to know if Acer's Chromebook is a good buy and if he should get one. Leo says that Chromebooks are great. Of course, the more he spends, the faster it'll be. He can get them from just about any company now including Dell, Samsung, Acer, and HP. The top of the line Asus Flip is considered one of the best out there and it supports the Google Play store for running Android apps, making Chromebooks even more usable.
Alan wants a Chromebook, but he doesn't want to save his banking data in the web. What can he do? Alan can store locally if he has network attached storage, but then he'll have to make sure he can sync properly. The Cloud is safe, especially with the Chromebook. Google does a very good job with security. It's a lot safer than a Windows machine. And Alan should remember, his ISP sees everything and saves everything anyway.
Joe wants to know why he can't modify a Chromebook to download other software to it. Leo says he can modify a Chromebook and put Linux or Windows on it, but he'll lose a ton of security.
Joe will have to disable the Secure Boot feature. Then he can put a Linux shell called Crouton on it. Leo's done it before. He may also have to modify the firmware by putting it in Developer Mode. But he may not be able to boot it up. If that happens, he can always Powerwash it to get back to where he started.
Greg wants to read PDFs with his Chromebook, but he can't. Leo says that everyone assumes that everyone either owns Acrobat or Microsoft Office, but he'll have LibreOffice on that Chromebook and it should read it.
If not, Leo says there's a good PDF Reader as a Chrome extension called Kami. Doctor Mom also says he can install Office 365 on his Chromebook.
Al has an old HP laptop that he got from a friend. It's a little old for what he wants to do with it, so what computer can he replace it with? Leo says to download Ubuntu and install it on that old computer. It's Linux, which means it's free and secure. It's designed to run on older systems as well. It'll breathe new life into that old laptop.
Roger says that the Acer R13 Chromebook can do double duty as a tablet much like the Lenovo Yoga. It not only bends over, but it swivels to protect the keyboard. He just heard that Acer has discontinued it, though, and he's sad because he found it to be the most usable. Are there any alternatives and why did it fail?
Shirley is retired and is looking for a computer. Leo says that a Chromebook is probably the best option for Shirley, and she'll need an internet connection. Shirley could also get a Chromebook with LTE.
Another option is a tablet like an iPad or Samsung Galaxy Tab. She shouldn't get a cheap one, though. Leo advises getting one with LTE so that she doesn't have to rely on Wi-Fi. T-Mobile is a good option. Leo also advises a deal of $25 with unlimited data from them when she buys the tablet up front. That's a good deal.
Ann got an email notification from Yahoo in her inbox. She had a hunch it was bogus but didn't do anything with it. Can she still get hacked if she opens it but doesn't click on any links? Leo says that a bad guy has to get her to run a program. Leo says that opening the email is relatively harmless, so long as she doesn't click on any links.
Artie is getting his son a Chromebook for Christmas. How can he keep it safe from computer viruses? Leo says that Chromebooks are relatively virus free, so he won't have to worry about that. To keep his kids safe online, Leo advises OpenDNS and their parental filters.