ChromeOS

How can I use Windows on a Chromebook?

Episode 1671

Tom from Yorba Linda, CA

Tom grows salt water coral, and you use an LED light to simulate reef light from morning to evening. But it's very smart and you need to connect it to an app. It requires Windows, but he's a Chromebook guy. Is there an emulator that can work with Chromebook? Leo says that he thinks the hardware has a generic interface and a BIN file. There are linux apps that can do that. Google is starting to support using Linux on a Chromebook, so that's one way to go.

Is ChromeOS the most secure laptop operating system?

Episode 1670

Jose from Modesto, CA

Jose wants to know if he should get a Chromebook. Leo says that a Chromebook is great for those looking to get stuff done, but most of the things they do are online and in the cloud. Can he get the same by putting Linux on an older laptop and still be secure? Leo says that you can, but you have to update it regularly to keep it healthy. Leo recommends PopOS. But there's also an obscure OS called Qubes because it's very locked down. But it's very hard to use as well. 

Will My Chromebook Be Safe After End of Support by Google?

Chromebooks

Episode 1659

Lex from Richmond, VA

Lex hears that "end of life" support is coming for some Chromebooks. How safe will a Chromebook be after those dates? Leo says that new devices will have six and a half years of auto-updates, while much older generation Chromebooks have already been phased out of support. But Chromebooks are still incredibly secure. It'll be fine to continue to use.  Will a VPN help? Leo says not really. 

What can I do with an old laptop?

Asus ZenBook UX305

Episode 1653

David from Redondo Beach, CA

David collects old laptops, refreshes them with Q4OS Linux, and donates them to teachers. Leo says that Linux is very robust and secure, and what David is essentially doing is turning those old laptops into Chromebooks, which is something most teachers want because it's all they need. Leo thinks that's awesome and a great way to repurpose computers that are still good, but are just old.

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Why Does My Keyboard Switch Languages?

Chromebook

Episode 1650

George from Webster, NY

George uses a Chromebook, but lately, his Keyboard has been switching to another language. Leo says that if he uses another language with an Android device at times, Google may remember that and switch it suddenly. That's where the powerwash option comes in handy. It'll reset everything. He can also go into advance settings under language and input methods, and disable any additional languages for Chrome to support. Also, check the spellchecker. Maybe it has an Arabic set. But PowerWash is a good alternative to start over.

Is a Chromebox a good computer for my mother?

Chromebox

Episode 1649

Grant from St. Paul, MN

Grant wants to get his mom a computer and is thinking of getting here a Chromebox. Leo says that's a good option for most people because most just surf. The average price of a Chromebox is $250-350 without a monitor, which is another $100. Add a keyboard and a mouse, and you're still under $500. If you already have the monitor, keyboard, and mouse, then you're still under $300. You can even buy a used one from Acer for under $150. An iPad is another option; you can get one on black Friday now for around $229 from Apple.

Will a Chromebook make a good Christmas gift?

ASUS Chromebook C423NA

Episode 1643

Andy from Richmond, VA

Andy wants to get his granddaughter a Chromebook for Christmas. But he doesn't understand what EMMC storage is. It has 128 GB worth. Rich says that EMMC is basically the same kind of memory that's on your mobile phone. So, it's flash memory. RIch likes the HP i3. It's a pretty good model, great for someone who spends most of their time in the Cloud. In fact, most people are better off with a Chromebook. 

Should I get a Chromebook?

Chromebook

Episode 1632

Mark from Pasadena, CA

Mark wants to get a Chromebook or a small, cheap laptop. Leo says that he's a big fan of Chromebooks, and for most users, it's a very good choice. Most people buy a computer that is too much for their needs. The beauty of ChromeOS is that it's very secure and inexpensive. But it always has to be connected to really do what users need to do. HP makes a really good Chromebook. Leo recommends only using Google Chrome on a computer for a week, and see if it is tolerable.

Can I turn an old laptop into a Chromebook?

Chromium

Episode 1615

Dean from Hannibal, Missouri

Dean has an old XP laptop that he wants to put ChromeOS on. Can he do that? Leo says that Chromium is the version of ChromeOS that does that, and NeverWare is the company. but it doesn't work with every laptop or computer. What you can do is download it to a thumb drive and then try and install it, but Leo also recommends looking at Linux. Xubuntu is designed for the low end, older computers. So it's perfect for what Dean needs. 

Is a Chromebook secure?

HP Chromebook x2 - 12-f015nr

Episode 1596

Veronica from Irvine, CA

Veronica wants to know if her Chromebook works on a home network. Leo says if you have internet access, you will. Are they secure? Leo says absolutely. The thing is, a Chromebook uses ChromeOS, which uses a browser-based interface. This makes it far more secure. And if it does get infected you can simply use the "power wash" feature to start over. But it stores all your data in the cloud, which is far more secure than a hard drive on your laptop.