Facebook Drops the Ball . . .

Just another “word to the wise” . . . be very cautious about unsolicited “surveys, questionnaires” etc. via web, email or even phone.

ZDnet recap of Facebook Failure . .

Furthermore, don’t allow site access via 3rd party sites . . (note the very last sentence of the article on how to access the Facebook page with your settings for 3rd party app access . . )


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.


  • 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.).