Chromebooks – Greguti http://greguti.com/ Mon, 21 Nov 2022 18:30:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://greguti.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/cropped-icon-32x32.png Chromebooks – Greguti http://greguti.com/ 32 32 GitHub Codespaces on a Chromebook is fantastic! https://greguti.com/github-codespaces-on-a-chromebook-is-fantastic/ Mon, 21 Nov 2022 18:30:09 +0000 https://greguti.com/github-codespaces-on-a-chromebook-is-fantastic/

As a JavaScript student, I have to say that GitHub Codespaces on a Chromebook is fantastic. I use my Chromebooks for almost all of my coding studies, taking advantage of native Linux support. This approach allowed me to take 8 JavaScript courses at my local community college. I wish I had GitHub Codespaces back then!

What is GitHub Codespaces?

Ever since Microsoft purchased GitHub, it has continuously improved its functionality. GitHub Codespaces is the latest update and provides remote coding sessions with VS Code in the browser.

Normally, I wouldn’t use an online code editor for my programming studies. I have tried many in the past and they are all good. However, I like to use the full VS Code desktop. I tend to buy high-end Chromebooks mainly to ensure good performance of the VS Code app on Linux.

GitHub Codespaces opens up the use of VS Code and GitHub even on an entry-level Chromebook. Similar to how GeForce now streams games to your laptop, Codespaces creates a coding environment for your browser. All the “heavy lifting” is done in a virtual machine on a remote server.

GitHub codespaces on a Chromebook

I won’t go through the whole process of setting up using GitHub Codespaces here. It’s best to leave the folks at GitHub.

What I’m going to share is how I use it on my Chromebook and what the benefits are. Note that GitHub provides a set number of hours to use Codespaces for free. So everyone can try it out for free. The price varies according to the number of hours used on the free level and is determined by the “base hours”. This means that if you use a 4-core virtual machine, the time usage is doubled compared to a 2-core virtual machine.

Right off the bat, there are a number of environment templates available for a Codespace. They are all Docker containers and come preconfigured with the software tools you might want or need for your project.

Of course, these are just to get you started by saving setup time. You can always add the packages or dependencies you need, directly through your browser’s VS Code terminal. All this saves a lot of time when setting up the coding environment.

Once the container is spinning, you’re ready to start coding on your Chromebook. And you get all the bells and whistles found in the VS Code desktop app.

Benefits of GitHub Codespaces on a Chromebook

As I mentioned, you don’t need an expensive 12th Gen Intel Chromebook to use GitHub Codespaces. Thanks to the virtual machine you are logged into, any ChromeOS device should work fine.

Besides this advantage, there is the integration between your code and your code repository. All your changes are saved to your GitHub account and the repository looks like any other. This means that if you have VS Code installed on another desktop, laptop, or Chromebook, you have access to work locally on the same code.

You cannot, for example, see that I created the above repository and its code via GitHub Codespaces. It looks like a normal code repository and it’s available on any device. I can pull the code down to keep moving forward in the VS Code desktop app. Or I can spin up my Codespace from the browser and keep working. Everything is completely transparent.

Speaking of transparency, all of my VS Code desktop configuration settings sync with this cloud client. Even my VS Code extensions are there.

Best of all is that I don’t need to include environment variables in my code. Developers typically store API private keys as environment variables. This allows their app to talk to other apps, get data, and write data, for example. This is what I tested during the weekend: an application to receive publications from Mastodon. However, I don’t want anyone to see my Mastodon access tokens.

Secrets of GitHub codespaces

Instead of putting them in VS Code, there’s a place in GitHub Codespaces itself to store them. So there is no chance that anyone else will see and use them.

Is there a downside?

Of course, no solution is perfect. Your Chromebook must be connected to the internet to use GitHub Codespaces. So I wouldn’t rely on this as a primary solution unless you’re working from home or somewhere where there’s still connectivity. I’m not going to ditch my recent Chromebook purchase as a result; I want the ability to use VS Code offline on my Chromebook.

Still, this GitHub Codespaces is another tool in the Chromebook arsenal if you do coding and love VS Code. For now, I will continue to use it, mainly for the quick setup and other features it offers.

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MediaTek reiterates plans to develop high-performance Kompanio SoCs for Windows on Arm laptops https://greguti.com/mediatek-reiterates-plans-to-develop-high-performance-kompanio-socs-for-windows-on-arm-laptops/ Wed, 16 Nov 2022 19:35:19 +0000 https://greguti.com/mediatek-reiterates-plans-to-develop-high-performance-kompanio-socs-for-windows-on-arm-laptops/
MediaTek plans to enter the Windows on Arm market with upgraded Kompanio SoCs. (Image source: MediaTek)

Power-efficient Kompanio SoCs designed for Chromebooks and tablets have proven to be cost-effective, and MediaTek is now looking to scale them for high-powered Windows on Arm applications. From what company executives suggest, MediaTek could choose to design the processing and graphics cores in-house, similar to how Apple does with the M processors.

Just a few years ago, MediaTek surprised everyone when it managed to dethrone industry giants like Qualcomm and Samsung, becoming the world’s largest supplier of mobile SoCs. Since then, the company has been creating new products at breakneck speed to prove that its recent achievements weren’t just a fluke coinciding with the pandemic. MediaTek’s latest Dimensity 9200 flagship SoC continues to challenge Qualcomm’s offerings, including the freshly released Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 model, but the Taiwanese chipmaker also plans to try its hand at Windows on Arm laptops, seeing that the range Kompanio is designed for inexpensive Chromebooks and tablets. is profitable enough.

PCWorld reports that MediaTek reaffirmed its intentions to enter the Windows on Arm market at a recent executive summit where company executives talked about a $40 billion opportunity. Besides the more powerful Kompanio SoCs that should provide a viable alternative to Qualcopmm’s Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3, MediaTek plans to manufacture other laptop components including 5G modems, Wi-Fi + Bluetooth cards, and ICs. display.

Additionally, MediaTek VP Vince Hu described the steps taken to enter the PC market, saying the company needs to move from “low-power space to high-power space” and that “greater investments as a fundamental capability” must be made in CPU and GPU technology. PCWorld suggests those plans could mean MediaTek is looking to design processing and graphics cores in-house, similar to how Apple is developing its M processors based on ARM’s IPs.

To ensure its Windows on Arm plans have legs, MediaTek has recruited Adam King as the company’s general manager of client computing. King previously worked at Intel, building the client platform business for six years and overseeing sales of Gen 4 through Gen 6 laptop processors for four years. No teaser as to what we might expect from upcoming Kompanio SoCs, but King opined that “the market will shift to Arm-based processors in the long term.[…] due to the power and efficiency of the area”, but it “requires a lot of work and many obstacles to overcome”.

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Hands-on review: Asus CM3 Chromebook https://greguti.com/hands-on-review-asus-cm3-chromebook/ Sun, 13 Nov 2022 19:18:00 +0000 https://greguti.com/hands-on-review-asus-cm3-chromebook/

Does the 10.5-inch Asus Chromebook CM3 offer a viable alternative to a Windows laptop? Techday’s Darren Price finds out.

For unknown reasons, although I’ve reviewed more than my fair share of laptops and notebooks, I’ve never used a Chromebook. So when Asus asked me to take a look at its CM3000DV Chromebook, I jumped at the chance.

Just before Android smartphones took off in a big way, I had a 10-inch Samsung Android tablet. I could write emails with a half-decent keyboard, watch movies on a decent screen, and even sketch using the stylus. It was great. But as phones became more versatile, carrying around a tablet became a bit of a pain. Still, I missed the big screen and could type properly instead of using my thumbs on a small phone keypad.

The Asus CM3 Chromebook has bought back all sorts of happy memories.

The Asus CM3 Chromebook is powered by a MediaTek Kompanio 500 (MT8183) processor. This octa-core processor combines four Arm Cortex-A73 cores with four Arm Cortex-A53 cores, all running at up to 2.0 GHz. Graphics are provided by an Arm Mali-G72 MP3 GPU, integrated with the MediaTek processor, powering the 10.5-inch 1920 x 1200 touchscreen display. The review sample had 4GB of LPDDR4X memory and 64GB of eMMC SSD storage .

The device has a fabric front and back that already looks like it’s in a protective case. The fabric cover is actually the back of the detachable keyboard on one side, and the magnetic landscape/portrait stand that wraps around the tablet/screen portion of the device, on the other.

Opening the Chromebook alerted me that the keyboard was held in place with magnets identical to those on the back case/stand. I easily pushed the keyboard away from the screen, almost knocking the device to the floor. Although it looks rough, when dropped I can see the keyboard and back cover fly off, leaving the actual LCD tablet panel exposed to damage.

At around 26cm x 17cm and 8mm thick, the Chromebook is quite small. It weighs only 0.5 kg as well, which makes it very portable.

The biggest advantage of the device is also its biggest disadvantage. Chrome OS is a Linux-based operating system that can also run Android apps from the Google Play Store. You might already have a bunch of apps and games ready to run on your new Chromebook. But that also means you won’t get quite the same amount of harmony as you would with a Windows laptop if you’re otherwise entrenched with Microsoft.

The device fully integrates into the Google ecosystem, giving you free access to the Google office suite and your Google Drive. Additional free apps like the wonderful Chrome Canvas sketch app (using the device’s cleverly hidden stylus) make things even better.

With the help of the stand built into the case, the device is ideal for enjoying your favorite shows via streaming. The screen is vivid and the sound is more than capable.

The Chromebook can also play some weird games natively from the Google Play Store. But, with a Microsoft Gamepass Ultimate subscription and an Xbox gamepad, you can also stream multiple games through the Xbox app. After logging into the Xbox app and plugging in a gamepad via USB, I was back, soaring among the clouds in Microsoft Flight Simulator.

The Asus CM3000DV Chromebook is a handy device that lets you work without the hassle associated with Windows laptops. What it lacks in Windows integration and features it makes up for in simplicity. The device’s ChromeOS will be very familiar to Android phone users. As a very portable desktop machine, it really shines, but it’s also versatile enough to keep you entertained in your downtime too.

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MediaTek announces Kompanio chipsets for Chromebook https://greguti.com/mediatek-announces-kompanio-chipsets-for-chromebook/ Fri, 11 Nov 2022 07:35:44 +0000 https://greguti.com/mediatek-announces-kompanio-chipsets-for-chromebook/

San Francisco, November 11 (SocialNews.XYZ) Chipmaker MediaTek on Friday announced its new Kompanio chipsets for entry-level Chromebooks that will deliver a faster and more reliable computing experience so consumers can browse, cloud game, stream and use Google Play apps while enjoying one-day autonomy.

Chromebooks powered by Kompanio 520 and Kompanio 528 chipsets will hit the market by the first half of 2023, according to an official report.


“Improved power efficiency, fast performance, and reliable connectivity are at the heart of a great user experience, and that’s exactly what MediaTek’s new Kompanio chipsets deliver,” said Adam King, vice president and general manager. , Client Computing Business Unit at MediaTek.

Both Kompanio chipsets support a Full HD+ display and allow users to add an external Full HD display, offering more than twice the resolution of previous generation chipsets.

Users can also take advantage of dual monitors to do more at work, connect to a smart TV to play movies, or even use a projector in education settings, the report adds.

Additionally, each chipset integrates an AI processing unit (APU) to provide accelerated AI enhancements to applications, as well as AI camera functionality.

New Kompanio chipsets allow device makers to build Chromebooks with large 32MP cameras for high-detail image capture.

The chipsets also support Full HD video recording at 60 fps for seamless video conferencing, the report said.

Source: IANS

MediaTek announces Kompanio chipsets for Chromebook

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]]> 15 Affordable Laptops We Recommend https://greguti.com/15-affordable-laptops-we-recommend/ Thu, 03 Nov 2022 17:09:00 +0000 https://greguti.com/15-affordable-laptops-we-recommend/

Finding a working laptop under $100 can be a challenge. Your options are usually quite limited, from used markets to shady imports that sound too good to be true. Well, we have good news. We managed to find a Dell Chromebook for $69, and it comes with a warranty!

Although sold as a renewed product, these laptops are sold on Amazon and marketed as “professionally inspected, tested, and cleaned by Amazon-qualified vendors.” They are in excellent condition with no signs of cosmetic damage.

But what can a $69 laptop actually do? Surprisingly a lot, and there’s a lot of value for money here. The Dell Chromebook 11 3120 features an 11.6-inch HD display, 4GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, Wi-Fi connectivity and a webcam. If you’re looking for a laptop that can handle simple tasks like browsing the web, sending emails, or writing documents, then this little guy might just be what you’re looking for.

That said, the Chromebook runs on an older Intel Celeron N2840 processor, so we wouldn’t consider it very responsive. Once you open a few tabs, things will start to slow down. On the plus side, the Dell 11 3120 has an incredible battery life of up to 10 hours. Your experience may vary, however, as more resource-intensive tasks can reduce those numbers to around three to five hours. Finally, if you want to increase the storage space, you can do so via the SD card reader.

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Samsung Chromebooks get “Save Desktop for Later” and more with Chrome OS 107 update https://greguti.com/samsung-chromebooks-get-save-desktop-for-later-and-more-with-chrome-os-107-update/ Mon, 31 Oct 2022 06:00:00 +0000 https://greguti.com/samsung-chromebooks-get-save-desktop-for-later-and-more-with-chrome-os-107-update/

Last updated: October 31, 2022 at 07:00 UTC+01:00

If you have a Samsung Chromebook or any other Chrome OS device, there’s good news. After months of silent releases, Google is finally rolling out Chrome OS 107. It comes with a handful of new features, including the “Save desktop for later” feature.

One of the two “Desktop” features in Chrome OS 107 is “Save desktop for later”, which allows you to quickly save the desktop from the presentation screen using the buttons available on the side left of the window. Once saved, the user can access them later from the “Saved for Later” screen, available to the right of the “New Desktop” screen. Users can give this saved desktop a name, check the creation date, and also see a row of open favicons. Tap on any of the saved desktops to launch it immediately.

Chrome OS 107 update brings long press to access accented letters on physical keyboards

Additionally, when hovering over open desktops, a top strip now includes a desktop close button. When you press it, it will close that desktop, but for a brief moment a “Cancel” button will appear at the bottom to cancel the action.

There are reports of Google working on a desktop merge capability. The File app’s “Recent” view has been revamped with a new “Documents” filter. The list will appear based on the time period rather than a random list. In addition, on a virtual keyboard, you will now be able to long press to access accented letters. You can also get the same with physical keys.

If the long press to access accented letters feature is not available to you on Chrome OS 107, you can enable it from Chrome Flags by going to chrome://flags/#enable-cros-diacritics-on-physical-keyboard-longpress.

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Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro drops to $200, and more https://greguti.com/samsung-galaxy-buds-2-pro-drops-to-200-and-more/ Fri, 28 Oct 2022 16:11:00 +0000 https://greguti.com/samsung-galaxy-buds-2-pro-drops-to-200-and-more/

All of this weekend’s best deals are now live with a rare chance to save on Samsung’s new Galaxy Buds 2 Pro at $200. That’s on top of a discount on Lenovo’s new IdeaPad Duet 3 Chromebook, which comes with a detachable keyboard for $299. So check out the new SanDisk Extreme microSD cards that are on sale at $15. Hit the jump for all that and more in the latest 9to5Toys Lunch break.

Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro hits $200 in all three styles

Amazon is now offering the new Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro for $200 in all three styles. Down from the usual price of $230, today’s deal equates to $30 in savings while also scoring you one of the first overall price reductions. This is the first time all colors have gone on sale and saves you $30 while getting the best price in months.

Samsung’s newly released Galaxy Buds 2 Pro hit the scene last month and have become the second generation flagship listening experience for the Galaxy stable. Packed in the updated design, the new versions arrive with Hi-Res audio support in the form of 24-bit playback to complement the revised active noise cancellation performance. Battery life is five hours from the buds themselves, with the charging case providing up to 30 hours of extra listening time in a build that’s 15 per cent smaller than the previous generation pair. You can also learn all about the new experience in our hands-on review.

Lenovo’s new IdeaPad Duet 3 Chromebook with detachable keyboard hits $299

Best Buy now offers the Lenovo IdeaPad Duet 3 Chromebook for $299. Normally recovering $379, you are looking at a new all-time low of $80 in savings. This is still one of the first discounts to date.

Launched earlier this year, the new IdeaPad Duet 3 offers a Chrome OS experience powered by a Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 processor. The form factor features an 11-inch touchscreen that enables 2-in-1 functionality with a removable keyboard for easy use as a laptop or tablet. From there, you can take advantage of its 128GB of storage and 4GB of RAM, along with up to 10 hours of battery life for all-day use. You can also get a better idea of ​​what to expect from our launch coverage.

SanDisk’s new Extreme microSD cards on sale starting at $15

Amazon is now offering some of the first price cuts on SanDisk’s recently refreshed Extreme microSD cards, headlined by the 128GB capacity model on $20. Shipping is free to all areas for Prime members or for orders over $25. Normally at $26, today’s offer equates to a new all-time low at 23% off. This also reduces our previous mention of $2.

Providing one of SanDisk’s latest microSD cards, its new Extreme series boosts transfer speeds up to 190MB/s from the 160MB/s speeds offered last time. This makes them more than capable of handling 4K and even 5K footage, as well as serving as extra storage for your Android smartphone, Nintendo Switch, and more.

Save $199 on OnePlus 9 Pro and its Hasselblad-backed camera

Amazon is now offering the previous generation OnePlus 9 Pro 5G 256GB smartphone for $500. Starting at a normal price of $699, today’s deal offers the second-best price cut yet. The $199 in savings is also within $50 of the all-time low from early fall.

Sure, it might not be the new OnePlus 10 Pro, but the more affordable OnePlus 9 Pro still arrives with notable specs that may be worth spending a whole lot less. There’s a Snapdragon 888 SoC at the center of the experience to drive the 120Hz 1080p display, along with a Hasselblad-backed 5-sensor camera array and 65W warp charging for fast refueling. Get all the details in our hands-on review.

Govee’s Latest Glide Tri Smart Light Panel Kit Hits $160

The official Govee Amazon storefront is currently offering its Glide Tri smart light panels for $160 after cutting the coupon on the page. Normally at $200, this solid $40 price drop marks a return to the second-lowest price we’ve tracked and it’s within $10 of the all-time low.

Similar to Nanoleaf panels, this option from Govee uses its RGBIC technology to create multi-color effects with smart home integration with Alexa and Assistant through Wi-Fi connectivity. Here you get 10 panels and can customize them from the way you want. Like some of Govee’s other offerings, these panels can react to your music for dynamic lighting.

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Work has begun on mysterious new AMD SoCs for Chromebooks https://greguti.com/work-has-begun-on-mysterious-new-amd-socs-for-chromebooks/ Tue, 25 Oct 2022 20:27:26 +0000 https://greguti.com/work-has-begun-on-mysterious-new-amd-socs-for-chromebooks/

While this time of year is usually a little slow when it comes to new Chromebook development, we’re seeing a new SoC from AMD hitting the repositories. Typically in Q4 it’s new hardware releases and deals on existing Chromebooks, but there are years when this time of year also sees new processors being included in the development cycle. from the ChromeOS team. It looks like 2022 is one of those years.

According to some work in progress in chrome repositories, it looks like a few new AMD chipsets are in the works for upcoming Chromebooks. We recently discovered work in progress on Ryzen 6000 chips for Chromebooks likely to come in 2023, but that’s something different. The Ryzen 6000 chip coming to ChromeOS is codenamed “Yellow Carp”, so those “Morgana” and “Glinda” SoCs are different animals.

Little is known about these brand new SoCs

As it turns out, there’s very little on the internet about either of these brand new AMD SoCs. Browsing through Google for more information, I only found a reference to adding these SoC codenames in Linux Coreboot via Phoronix. And there’s little information to be found on Coreboot’s SoCs, other than the fact that these chips are likely intended for Chromebooks. Being in the chrome deposits affirms that, obviously, and there isn’t much else to be gleaned from ‘Morgana’ or ‘Glinda’ at this point.

With Ryzen 5000 Chromebooks currently in the market and Ryzen 6000 devices already on the way, we have no idea what these new SoCs might be. There is no indication that “Morgana” or “Glinda” has anything to do with the Ryzen 7000 processors announced by AMD in late August, as these chips were developed under the codenames “Raphael”, “Dragon Range” and “Phoenix”.

For now, all we can do is wait for more commits to be added around these new AMD processors to try to find more details. These could be Chrombook-specific chips or something midrange that AMD has yet to announce that will come to both Chromebooks and Windows devices. Details are so sparse at this point that we would only be guessing. So for now we wait and dig and report back when we have more to talk about.

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Hempfield’s book dispute policy may mirror that used for websites https://greguti.com/hempfields-book-dispute-policy-may-mirror-that-used-for-websites/ Sat, 22 Oct 2022 18:10:00 +0000 https://greguti.com/hempfields-book-dispute-policy-may-mirror-that-used-for-websites/

Oct. 22—The process for reassessing disputed books and materials at Hempfield-area school district libraries may soon become stricter after board members indicate they would like to model the policy on that used for Chromebooks .

Rather than going through a process of informal and formal challenges, board members hope to make the policy similar to when a student tries to access a website deemed inappropriate. Access is immediately restricted by software that filters according to certain criteria and a review process ensues.

The proposal would only be used for disputed information resources.

A separate policy would be created for disputed study programs.

Monday’s discussion continued a months-long conversation that began after some parents took issue with two books available to high school students.

“I believe…it’s pornography in its own right,” school principal Jennifer Bretz said of one of the disputed books, “and I discussed at our policy meeting that we have our Chromebooks, and the kids don’t have access to them through their Chromebooks.

“Why can they access this material through the library in hard copy form?”

The conversation started after some parents quizzed George M. Johnson’s “Not All Boys Are Blue” this spring, which chronicles Johnson’s journey as a queer black boy.

The parents also interviewed Frederick Joseph’s “The Black Friend: On Being a Better White Person”, which reflects the author’s experiences with racism.

A formal complaint was filed against the books, both of which went through the review process set out in the policy.

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Related:

—The proposed policy outlines the process for book challenge books in the Hempfield area

—Hempfield area’s policy change would expand parents’ role in reviewing disputed books

—Librarians and parents weigh in on Hempfield library book policy as some titles come into question

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This means that a committee – consisting of the school librarian, the head of the library department, a teacher selected based on the content of the book, a parent, a student, the complainant, the assistant superintendent and the superintendent – reads the books, then encounters and examines each text using a series of questions drawn from the policy.

It was ultimately determined that the books could remain available to students.

Despite this determination, some parents have continued to push for change while suggesting that these books are not suitable for students.

Given these concerns, the Board’s Policy Committee worked for months to fine-tune the review process.

The proposed changes presented at this week’s meeting have been tabled. These included adjusting the composition of committees reviewing disputed material and adding an appeals process, meaning there would be three stages in which a parent could challenge the material.

Instead, board members suggested using the proposed changes as policy for disputed programs while asking the committee to align the process for disputed hardware resources with that used for Chromebooks.

According to Chromebook policy, the district may restrict access to websites deemed inappropriate if their content is deemed defamatory; obscene, vulgar or profane; threatening; harassing or discriminatory; intimidation; or terrorist.

“I don’t understand why we have a double standard here,” said school principal Scott Learn. “If they can’t get it on their Chromebooks… then why are we doing this? I understand the sanctity of the library and everyone is worried about doing some sort of ban and they’re worried about taking their rights, but we need to educate the students.”

School principal Jeanne Smith countered, suggesting that the current books and materials challenge system is already similar to the Chromebook policy.

“We have a system in place where if someone feels a book is objectionable and needs to be re-reviewed, they can raise a red flag. And that’s exactly what’s happening with our Chromebook. … We We have a system that if a parent or a student or a staff member objects to a book, they can raise a red flag and they can start the process to ask for it to be reassessed,” Smith said. it’s the same thing, it’s just not done technologically.”

Future Conversations

In addition to looking at how materials are challenged, board members also suggested reviewing library book procurement policies.

As it stands, librarians make selections of books and materials that match the reading interests of the community and support the topics of the curriculum.

The eBooks are part of the Connected Library Consortium, a statewide shared digital collection of eBooks and audiobooks. Each library in Hempfield has its own collection depending on whether it is an elementary, middle or high school. Titles in this category are selected by a committee of school librarians, which does not include district librarians.

Board members Jerry Radebaugh and Tony Bompiani also offered suggestions on how to improve parental and community input.

Radebaugh suggested creating a system that shows what pupils are borrowing from the library while Bompiani said he would like to see a “committee of parents from both sides involved in reviewing certain books and bringing back a list”.

These discussions will take place at the next orientation meeting. A date has not yet been set.

“I really don’t know why we keep putting ourselves in this position. … I’m not anti-book,” said school principal Mike Alfery. “I understand all the literary benefits of these things. But if your child comes to Hempfield Area High School to learn about their sexuality, this district, the parents and the community have let them down.”

Megan Tomasic is editor of Tribune-Review. You can contact Megan by email at mtomasic@triblive.com or via Twitter.

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The Chromebook calendar widget gets an update https://greguti.com/the-chromebook-calendar-widget-gets-an-update/ Wed, 19 Oct 2022 22:26:40 +0000 https://greguti.com/the-chromebook-calendar-widget-gets-an-update/

Google is working on an update to the Chromebook calendar widget in ChromeOS. Besides the possible visible changes, it looks like the calendar widget will display web links to online meetings. Work on the Chromebook calendar widget was reported earlier today by Chrome Unboxed.

This update, currently called CalendarV2, is light on the details of visual changes.

Multiple calendar events?

However, this code suggests that events from different calendars can be supported in the Chromebook calendar widget. There are several different color options for events and a mention of the Calendar API. This suggests an upgrade from the current implementation, which only shows events from a single Google calendar.

Online Meeting URL for Events in Chromebook Calendar Widget

Further analysis of the code shows that additional event information can arrive in the Chromebook calendar widget. Specifically, the lines below mention “the meeting event URL”.

Chromebook Calendar Widget Meeting Event URL

Currently, the Chromebook calendar widget displays an event name and time, as well as the color of the calendar icon. To see additional details, such as a clickable URL for a virtual meeting, you need to click on the event in the widget. This opens the Google Calendar Progressive Web App (PWA) for all additional details and meeting URLs.

Bring them and more, please!

Personally, I would love to see both of these features come to the Chromebook calendar widget. Ever since Google added the widget to ChromeOS 97 as an experimental feature, I’ve used it multiple times a day. And it’s not like that extra click to see a virtual meeting URL bothers me. But if this information can be displayed directly in the widget, it’s a faster process to make the call.

Google Calendar PWA

Even more useful would be the ability to see multiple calendar events for a given day.

Each of my family members has their own Google calendar and we share it. I often check everyone’s calendar before booking an event to make sure there are no conflicts or family events planned. And I also use calendars for specific efforts. I have one for my work in the Internet of Things, for example, and another for JavaScript study groups and online programming events.

Considering all these different calendars makes the Chromebook calendar widget less useful for my particular use case. While you might not have a calendar for “IoT” or “JavaScript”, I wouldn’t be surprised if you had shared calendars with family members. If so, and Google supports multiple calendars in the widget, you’ll be happy when this feature arrives.

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