Bluetooth 5.0 is Coming . . . So ???

Yes, the latest and greatest Bluetooth standard is completed and devices are slowly becoming available this year.   What’s the big deal?   Should we run out and get BTv5 devices??  Chris Hoffman at HTG provides the details in his tech blog.

Pro’s

  • Much better power mgmt
  • Much better distance (800 feet versus 200 for BTv4.2)
  • It’s backwards compatible
  • Dual-Audio (get sound to two different outputs simultaneously)

Con’s ($$$)

But . . . the pros only apply if both devices are BTv5 compatible (so, new headphones, speakers, audio/video systems, yada,yada,yada).

More details here:   HTG Bluetooth 5 Article Link

 

How to Get the Most Out of Your Chromebook

Now you can get the best of all major computing platforms on a 3rd generation Chromebook.   You can run:

  • ChromeOS (an enhanced flavor of the Chrome Browser),
  • LinuxOS’s (Xubuntu, Ubuntu, Solus and others – by just switching tabs in the Chrome Browser) (uses the “Crouton” environment)
  • Android Apps (will run on ANY 3rd gen Chromebook, e.g., Intel or ARM),
  • MS-Windows Apps (several methods including VM’s (requires min of 4 GiB of ram).   This works but is more challenging than just running Android Apps or Linux . . .

For those adventurous enough to give it a try . . here’s more info from Cameron Summerson at HTG:

HTG on Chromebook Versatility

PS:   one of the “really” nice features of ChromeOS (unlike any other OS that I’m aware of) . . . is the ability to EASILY restore a pristine factory setup INCLUDING automagically restoring your personal files (photos, media etc.)!!

App restorations are also simple via the official online repos.  (Google or Samsung Store, . . etc.).

 

 

OTC Mar 10th 2018 Meeting Agenda

UPDATE . . . Feb 10, 2018 meeting is cancelled.   This will now be our March Meeting Agenda.

VLC Article & New Features.  Here is the agenda for the meeting at Sump Library in Papillion  Saturday February 10, 2018.    Upon setup completion, we will start about 0915-0920.

Monthly Tech Update:     [Greg]

How to post a graphic image on the OTC website [Greg]

Comfort Zone Break (10 minutes)

How to capture a section or your whole PC screen in MS-Windows [Trudy]

How to research where to find a specific grave [Trudy]

Using the “Ultimate Windows Tweak” tool in MS-Windows [Dennis F]

Intro to the MS-Azure Cloud [Dennis F]

Club Prize Drawing [Trudy & Dennis F]