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My Google Chromebook shows you how to use a Chromebook, which is a new breed of ultra portable netbook computer. Chromebooks run the Google Chrome OS operating system, a new type web-based OS, and can run any web-based application. It’s all a form of cloud computing, which uses applications and data files stored in the “cloud” of the Internet, not on any individual personal computer. Because of its web-based nature, using a Chromebook and the Chrome OS is quite a bit different from using a traditional notebook PC and Microsoft Windows. To get the most use out of your new Chromebook, then, you need to become familiar with how cloud computing works[md]as well as all the ins and outs of your new Chromebook and Chrome OS.
What is cloud computing? With cloud computing, instead of hosting applications and data on an individual desktop computer, everything is hosted in the "cloud"[md]a nebulous assemblage of computers and servers accessed via the Internet. Cloud computing lets you access your applications and documents from anywhere in the world, freeing you from the confines of the desktop and facilitating wholesale group collaboration.
What is Chrome OS? The Google Chrome Operating system, also known as Chrome OS, is the world’s first operating system for the cloud computing era. The Chrome OS is a web-based operating system, in that it relies on a variety of web-based services and applications to work; it doesn’t run traditional desktop applications. It’s designed to be used on smallish portable computers (sometimes known as netbooks) that are wirelessly connected to the Internet. As such, Chrome OS is a “lightweight” operating system, in that it doesn’t have a large footprint in terms of file size or memory or processing requirements. It can fit quite easily within the limited internal storage space of a typical netbook computer, and is automatically updated whenever the computer is connected to the Internet. It’s also relatively fast and efficient, which results in short startup times and sprightly operation.
What is a Chromebook? Put simply, a Chromebook is a netbook computer that runs Google Chrome OS. Where a traditional netbook runs a version of Microsoft Windows and contains a fair amount of internal hard disk storage, a Chromebook runs Chrome OS and contains almost no internal storage. Instead, it runs a variety of web-based applications that do not require local installation or data storage.
In essence, a Chromebook is a computer that is built and optimized for the web, using Chrome OS. This provides a faster, simplified, and more secure computing environment than with traditional Windows or Mac computers.
To begin with, a Chromebook is, like its netbook cousins, smaller and lighter than a traditional notebook PC. Because a Chromebook doesn’t contain a hard disk or CD/DVD drive, that space and weight is removed from the equation. Most Chromebooks have 12” diagonal screens, are very thin, and weigh around three pounds.
Chromebooks use solid state storage instead of traditional hard drives. Current Chromebooks come with 16GB of internal solid state storage[md]considerably less than what you find with a traditional notebook, but all that Chrome OS needs to run. (And remember, all your applications and documents are stored on the web, so you don’t need any local storage for them.)
In terms of processing power, the initial batch of Chromebooks use a 1.66 GHz Intel Atom dual-core processor. That’s not the most powerful processor available today, but again, it’s all that’s needed to run the small-footprint Chrome OS.
This combination of small screen, minimal solid state storage, and efficient processor means that a Chromebook has an impressive battery life[md]anywhere from 6 to 8 hours on a charge. Chromebooks are also virtually instant on, booting up in less than 10 seconds, and resuming instantly from sleep mode. It’s a much different[md]and much more efficient[md]computing experience than what you’re used to.
"Using Google Chrome OS" is a customized, media-rich learning experience designed to help readers master Google Chrome OS quickly. This exceptional book is fully integrated with an unprecedented collection of online learning resources.
My Google Chromebook brings together all the expert advice and easy, step-by-step know-how you’ll need to make the most of your new Google Chromebook —in no time! Chromebooks are laptop computers that are entirely based on Google Chrome OS, cloud-based OS that is a radical departure from traditional Windows and Mac OSes. Because of its web-based nature, using a Chromebook and the Chrome OS is quite a bit different from using a traditional notebook PC and Microsoft Windows. To get the most use out of your new Chromebook, you need to become familiar with how cloud computing works - as well as all the ins and outs of your new Chromebook. You’ll find all that and more here!
This full-color, fully-illustrated book simplifies even the trickiest of tasks. You’ll find step-by-step instructions with callouts to photos that show you exactly what to do. Coverage includes quickly setting up your Chromebook, logging in, and getting productive. You’ll master Google’s web-centric Chrome OS and you’ll learn to reliably connect to the Internet via Wi-Fi, 3G, or even Ethernet.
You’ll also learn how to:
· Monitor 3G usage to avoid costly overages
· Manage files stored on the web or your own flash drives
· Play and edit online media
· Browse and search the Web
· Discover great new Chrome extensions and Apps for fun, family, and social networking
· Safely share your Chromebook with other users
· Work with free or low-cost web-based productivity tools
· Configure Chromebook for more security, privacy, performance, and battery life
· Save time with built-in shortcuts
· Troubleshoot and recover from problems
instructions with callouts to Google Chromebook
photos that show you exactly what to do
when you run into Chromebook problems
Tips and Notes
to help you get the most from your Chromebook
Full-Color, Step-by-Step Tasks Walk You Through Getting and Keeping Your Chromebook Working Just the Way You Want
Learn how to:
• Quickly set up your Chromebook, log in, and get productive
• Get comfortable with Google’s web-centric Chrome OS
• Reliably connect to Wi-Fi, Ethernet, or 3G networks
• Monitor your 3G usage to avoid costly overages
• Manage files, use Google’s cloud storage, and add your own flash drives
• View and play photos, music, and videos online
• Browse and search the Web with Google Chrome
• Use Chrome extensions to block web ads, manage Twitter feeds, and more
• Safely share your Chromebook with other users
• Get started with free or low-cost web-based office productivity software
• Discover great new Chrome apps for fun, family, and shopping
• Print to your printer across the Internet with Google Cloud Print
• Configure your Chromebook for maximum security and privacy
• Optimize your Chromebook’s performance and battery life
• Save time with Chromebook’s built-in keyboard shortcuts
• Troubleshoot and recover from frozen apps and other problems
About the Author
Michael Miller has written more than 100 non-fiction how-to books over the past twenty years, including Que's Googlepedia: The Ultimate Google Resource, Using Google AdSense and AdWords, Using Blogger, YouTube for Business, and The Absolute Beginner's Guide to Computer Basics. He also authored Sams Teach Yourself YouTube in 10 Minutes and Sams Teach Yourself Google Analytics in 10 Minutes. Mr. Miller has established a reputation for clearly explaining technical topics to non-technical readers, and for offering useful real-world advice about complicated topics.
Table of Contents
Prologue: Understanding Chrome, Chromebooks, and Cloud Computing
1. Unboxing and Setting Up Your New Chromebook
2. Getting to Know Your Chromebook
3. Using Chrome OS
4. Managing Multiple Users
5. Working Wirelessly
6. Configuring and Personalizing Chrome OS
7. Managing Files and Using External Storage
8. Viewing and Listening to Photos, Music, and Videos
9. Browsing and Searching the Web
10. Installing Chrome Extensions
11. Using Chrome Apps and Google’s Web Store
12. Working in the Cloud
13. Printing from Google Chrome
14. Using Google Chrome Safely and Securely
15. Optimizing Your Chromebook’s Performance
16. Troubleshooting and Recovering from Problems
Appendix A. Google Chrome Keyboard Shortcuts
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