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5 useful features for Chrome OS

An Operating system manages your device’s memory and processes along with both software and hardware. It’s the most important software of your device. In other words, without an OS your device is useless.  

For the past several months Chrome OS managed to make a thorough progress. It comes with better tablet functionality,  Android app support, and more improvements. Therefore, making the experience safe and easy for users.

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Why pick Chrome OS…

Chrome OS is a rather new and popular Operating System launched by Google. The initial release date of it was June 15, 2011. Chrome operating system is based on Linux kernel. Google Chrome web browser is its primary user interface.

Chrome OS is upgrading its features with time. However, the main strength of it lies in its simplicity. You don’t need to understand rocket science in order to handle it. You can easily use it even if you are not tech-savvy enough. If your query is why you should go for Chrome OS and what the useful features are then this article is your answer.

1. Dictation

Chrome OS launched dictation. You can surf the internet without the hectic of typing. On the left side of your Keyboard, you will find a microphone icon. Tap and hold the icon for giving dictation and surf without typing. This feature is now available in Canary Channel of Chrome OS.

2. Android keyboard support

Google Chrome operating system launched support for Android keyboard since May. Now you can find king size emojis, GIFs, and some pre-installed greetings. Also, Google keyboard is now available in more than 100 languages. This includes some regional languages like Gujarati, Bengali, Kannada, etc as well as National languages like Philippines, Japanese, Korean, etc. So, you can enjoy browsing and texting in your own language with Chrome OS now.

3. New and developed file manager

Now you can run Chrome OS alongside with your Android apps. This increased the utility and flexibility of the Chromebook. Also, finding the files became hasslefree with the improved File Manager. Previously files of Android apps were not visible in the File Manager. However, in the improved version, you can meddle with all the files. This made the handling of files easier for the users.

4. Linux support

Chrome OS is introducing Linux support. Now you can run your Linux apps and Android apps together in the Google’s operating system. Pixelbook is a demonstration of this. This could be a little hectic at first but after the complete integration, it will be helpful. Further, Chrome OS comes with Windows 10 support.

5. Lightning fast boot up

Inside the device, Chrome OS doesn’t store applications. It uses the applications that run from the cloud in a browser. It has zero local applications and limited hardware. Therefore, there is no need to look for devices and drivers and going through the long checklist. It doesn’t load programs in residential memory either.  Eventually, this cut down the boot time. The browser becomes available within the span of three seconds. You no longer have to wait long with Google Chrome OS.

Bonus…

Apart from these 5 important features, Chrome OS offers some more desirable features as well.

  • You can find a shortcut for your emojis. So, if you use emojis a lot while chatting then you can use the shortcut.
  • Navigating in the large web pages is easier with it’s ‘two-finger’ scroll. You no longer have to deal with annoying scroll bars.
  • There is no need to worry about space anymore. You can store your page for offline mode. Also, you can check the status of your storage in File manger easily.
  • You can view multiple pages at once with new Chrome OS. You don’t have to close the previous tab in order to open a new one anymore.
  • Do you want to use the full screen while using a web app or playing game?  You can do this with new and updated Chrome OS now.
  • Good news for those who love editing pictures. Chrome OS has made this easier and quicker now. You can edit your pictures without photoshop.
  • Customise keyboards are also available in Google Chrome OS. You can customize your keyboard like setting a background picture, using a different font and even multiple languages now.

Google is constantly trying to update and provide a better experience for the users. You can praise Chrome OS for its combinations of simplicity and advanced technology without a doubt.

Is LINUX Really Virus-Free : When 17.3 Cinnamon Tasted Bad

It is not at all funny when the security of LINUX is questioned. After all, most of the world’s interface is based on LINUX kernel. Although the percentage of its populous on home PCs is way too less!

But we can always ask the million dollar question- is it really safe? If I take the quote from Ubuntu, which has the taste of LINUX- You do not need to use it.

LINUX has no antivirus for it. The reason is due to the fact that the code is itself highly secure.

Most of the antivirus software I know do not support LINUX. There is no need for it in particular as well.

For example, infected drivers and external devices are not even accepted. Unlike Windows, there is no room for external malware attack.

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Can the Possibility Be Rejected?

Of course not!

The last 17.3 version of LINUX mint got a hit- officially. The developers confirmed an internal attack due to file infection.

Cinnamon tasted bad!

And suddenly, the world of web developers was in turmoil. The safest known Operating System has been compromised.

The thing happened because a certain PHP developer tweaked a code on WordPress. Loads of WordPress was at stake.

Although, everything was restored quickly. Usernames, passwords, plugins, website data, etc. was put back in its place.

Unquestionably, the internet requires caution and LINUX seemed to be no different than that. We have seen before antivirus programs failing to safeguard files.

Another key point is the Operating System. Windows is vulnerable and everyone knows that. Ubuntu guarantees a certain kind of protection and its good.

As far as Mac is concerned, security has been the most reliable one. Macbooks have been known to block some of the most advanced viruses and trojans.

But, Is There Any Antivirus?

The thing about LINUX operating system is coding. If you see yourself as a master coder, LINUX is just the thing for you.

Th reason is simple too. Most of the mainframe kernels are designed on LINUX. So you cannot take any chances of an attack.

By the same token, nothing is safe on the internet. The last file infection in LINUX came online through WordPress.

Having an antivirus just in case of fail-safe is reasonable enough.

Surely, there are a few antivirus programs which love to support LINUX. In fact, there are 3 namely- Comodo, ClamAV, and Sophos.

All these antivirus software are free and have no premium version for the LINUX operating system. Keeping in mind the gravity of protection, Sophos is something I would personally prefer.

Preventing an Attack on LINUX

Preventing a malware attack is better than using antivirus programs later.

There are, however, a few things you can keep in mind while working on LINUX.

  • Do not go for unknown attachments. Emails are the haunting house of spams. Make sure your spam filter is on before you proceed. Also, do not forget to do an initial virus scan.
  • Be extra careful while coding on the LINUX operating system. A slight error can invite certain threats and potential firewall breaches.
  • Always be updated with the reliability of the source of a file download.
  • Have a Windows OS on your system as well. In that way, you can check for file infection through Windows and then proceed to work on LINUX.

Do you have anything else to say? The comments are open for you. Let me know what you think about it.

Proven Ways to Resolve Printer Printing Only Two Copies on Windows 10

What if your printer is not listening to you? Printing is a necessity indeed. But it may happen at times that the printing functions works otherwise.

That is to say, your device is not following all the printing specifications you entered. Let us narrow it down further.

Most of the time, our printing requirements exceed one copy. It happens to be that everytime your printer is only printing exactly two copies.

Guess the operating system? Windows 10.

Now, we have seen before things get a bit interesting with Windows operating systems. After all, the most widely used operating system might not be the safest one!

Yet, I would not care much except for the fact that my printer works just fine. If it doesn’t, we need solutions accordingly.

So these are the proven ways to fix this issue. You can try any one of the following- the one that suits you the best!

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Try Reinstalling Your Printer

I started with the easiest solution. Firstly, navigate to Device Manager from your Control Panel. Your printer name should be listed in the menu. You have to delete it.

In the Hardware and Sound section, you will find Devices and Printers. Check all the options available and open Printer Server Properties.

Further, a new pop-up window appears where you need to go to the Drivers Section. Delete all overall printer driver list given.

Finally, in the Run box, hit for %temp% which contains all temporary files and cache. Clean up everything that is available and restart your system.

You can easily all the most important printer drivers from the PC brand website. Download the latest version and you are good to go.

Resetting Settings Helps Too!

If your printer is not printing more than two pages, you can also reset all printing preferences.

This is a useful solution in particular. Resetting printing settings in a way factory restore your entire printer settings.

So, whatever faulty settings caused the issue, it gets eliminated. The primary task is to gain administrative rights over the process.

Therefore, go to Administrative Tools in the Control Panel in order to Add/Remove Servers.

This option is available in the Print Management section. Do you see the option which says ‘Remove All’?

Hit the button because this will change all your printing preferences and choices. The printer settings will be restored to its original and default. And I hope the two copy printing issue will be resolved too.

Did You Check The Number of Pages Set?

During the whole two copy printing issue on Windows 10, we major the major cause- page settings.

Honestly, it is the basic one. However, I must say that the process is very much different for word, PDF, and web pages.

Let me list down the flowchart for you-

For a ‘.doc’ file:

As said earlier- starting with the easiest one.

In the File section, you can find the Print option, right? Now, move on to the Copies section where you can easily adjust the number of copies.

Take care specifically the number you are entering and check the page number of the document to be printed.

The ‘.pdf’ is a bit different:

In the Copies option under the Printer icon, you can easily get the number of copies required for printing. At this point, change the number of copies to be printed and get rid of the printing issue.

The same process follows during web pages as well. There is no need to manually copy the entire content or save. Web pages printing goes straightway to your printer.

Hope your printer is working just fine. Then again, I would love to hear out from you. Reach me out through the comments section and we surely will work out a way for your problems.

Until then, Happy Printing!