Review of the Jackery PowerBar 77Wh/20800mAh 85W

I sort of have an obsession with USB Battery Packs, I just can’t seem to get enough. Today I will be reviewing the Jackery PowerBar which has quickly proven to be a very capable battery pack that seems to handle everything I have thrown at it without issue thanks to its high capacity USB Ports and built in AC Inverter. Yes, this thing will even power a full laptop when needed – Of course you need to ask yourself if this monster of a battery pack is worth the $149.99 asking price? Continue reading

Getting A LAMP Stack Running on ChromeOS Containers via Project Crostini

I posted a tutorial yesterday on how to get Android Studio running on ChromeOS via Project Crostini Containers but I realize that not everyone is a Android Developer. Today’s tutorial will appeal to PHP Developers who would like to do some local development and testing on their Pixelbook via Project Crostini. Of course this is not designed to allow you to host production websites but it will work for those who wish to build and test PHP based web applications.

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Mounting Project Crostini Filesystems on ChromeOS

I have been on a roll with posting several guides over the past 24 hours with how to make use of Project Crostini. One problem I have noticed with Project Crostini filesystems is that there is that they are not shared with ChromeOS, to make matters worse, your ChromeOS Filesystem is also not shared with the Project Crostini VM. Fortunately there is a simple workaround.

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Getting Android Studio Running on ChromeOS Containers via Project Crostini

A few hours ago, I made a blog post on how to get Firefox running on ChromeOS via a Project Crostini Container. I started getting questions asking if Android Studio works. Today I will be taking this one step further by providing instructions to get Android Studio Running on the Google Pixelbook via a ChromeOS container. Continue reading

Getting Started with ChromeOS Containers via Project Crostini

ChromeOS has been criticized as a limited operating system in the past by many tech reviewers however things are about to change with the introduction of ChromeOS Containers. This is due to something known as “Project Crostini”. If you are a Pixelbook owner who does not mind getting their hands a bit dirty in the command line, you can try this now and unlock the full potential of your Pixelbook. Continue reading

Six Changes I Would Make To Improve the Pixelbook

Since its launch in late 2017, the Google Pixelbook has been a smash hit with owners (including myself) regardless of the early criticisms of some tech reviewers. I have owned by Pixelbook for several months and it has quickly become my daily driver. It is simply great but if Google were to let me loose in their development lab for a day, these are the changes I would make to the Pixelbook. Continue reading

The Ultimate Chromebook/Pixelbook Desk Setup

Some people say that ChromeOS is a limited Operating System but as someone who has been using ChromeOS for a few years now, I have to respectfully disagree. I purchased my Pixelbook to upgrade my previous Chromebook back in February and I have not regretted it yet – the Pixelbook is by far the best laptop I own. It is so good that it has become my primary machine. With that said, I do like to use a multiple display setup when I am at my desk – complete with a full keyboard, mouse, speaker, and 2 additional 23 inch displays. Also, this setup will work with Windows, MacOS, Linux, ChromeOS and even Android! Here is how I did it. Continue reading

A Review of the Florida Brightline Railroad – Amazing Experience with one Fatal Flaw

The Florida Brightline Railroad was a great experience but suffers from one fatal flaw – This blog entry is my review of the Brightline Railroad and why I was livid when I left. Read the entire blog post to see why the trip started out on a high note and ended in a massive disappointment (and one that could carry some legal consequences).

I like to meetup with a few friends every few weekends to unwind over Sushi and a movie. Yesterday (April 07, 2018) we met up in West Palm Beach for Sushi and a showing of Ready Player One. Normally I drive up there but I decided to forgo the long drive from my house to West Palm Beach by taking the new Florida Brightline Railroad.  Continue reading

ChromeOS Is Quickly Becoming My Daily Driver and I Think I am OK with that…

I am a person who normally relies on several computers at a time on a daily basis to get stuff done. I recently decided to try an experiment to see if I can use a Chromebook as my daily driver and I am actually not regretting it. I have been critical of ChromeOS in the past, even to the point that I wrote a scathing blog post a few months ago pointing out that major parts of ChromeOS are simply half-baked and had several short-comings. I still stand by that post however in the months since posting it, ChromeOS has evolved a bit, allow me to explain.

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[TIP] Using a VPN from the Google Play Store on ChromeOS

If you are a Chromebook owner who uses a VPN, you probably noticed that:

  • ChromeOS’s VPN Support Sucks
  • Setting up a OpenVPN Connection on ChromeOS Sucks

There are of course countless VPN Solutions on the Google Play Store however if you ever tried to use one of these, you will notice that the VPN appears to be functioning correctly however only traffic from other play store applications will flow through the VPN while the main ChromeOS traffic bypasses it – Potentially exposing sensitive data. I even wrote a long rant about this a few months ago. Fortunately there is a simple fix. Continue reading