DoSpace – Free Rooms Going Bye-Bye

FYI

Dear Do Space member,

Do Space is changing our Meeting Room policy and procedures to better support the sustainability of our organization. As a valued member who regularly uses our meeting rooms, we wanted to notify you of this change before it takes effect.

Starting April 1, 2018 use of Do Space meeting spaces on the first floor will be subject to a fee based on the following rates:

  • Commercial/Individual use: $100/hour

  • Non-profit/Education Organization: $30/hour

 

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.).