Google is ending 2010 with a BANG!!! This past week Google made several announcements regarding their upcoming Chrome OS, Notebooks, and Android software. The most talked about of these announcements is perhaps the Chrome OS which is an OS that relies heavily on the "cloud" also know as the internet. Utilizing the cloud entails almost being connected all the time to the internet in some form and where information is automatically synced with an online storage space as well as saved locally on your computer. The Chrome OS is meant to be efficient and quick to boot up. In particular, the OS targets consumers who mainly spend the majority of their time online. All certified Chrome OS notebooks come with free 100mb of internet 3g via Verizon wireless each month for the first two years.
The Chrome OS is not necessarily meant to completely replace your current laptop, at the moment, due to it being in development. Currently, they are still BETA testing the OS before a full retail launch in the Spring. Although, you could be part of this Beta testing by applying via Pilot Program in which you will get a FREE notebook with Chrome OS. Apply because you may never know if you wake up the next day with a new notebook.
Ever since I got a tablet PC, Microsoft's OneNote has made it to the top of favorite software. In the latest 2010 Office release, Microsoft included a printer "driver". In other words, a PC recognizes a "virtual" printer even though the device does not physically exist. By default, the "virtual" printer should be installed. I had to do a reinstall of Office recently, but to my dismay, it would not show up! After doing some research, I came to the conclusion that in order for Send to OneNote to work, the XPS driver needs to be installed beforehand. Once you verify that the XPS driver is installed, just do a repair install of OneNote and you should be set!
If for some reason the XPS driver is not installed, go to "Turn Windows features on or off." You should find something similar to the window below.
Being the "tech guy" within my circle of friends, I often find myself fixing common printer problems! Usually a simple power cycle does the trick, but what alarms me instead is how often people don't look at their printer settings. Usually, under Windows and maybe Mac/Linux OSes, printers by default are set to print at normal quality. There are actually more options to print using less ink!
The actual way to do this slightly varies for each OS aforementioned, but to keep it simple, I will cover it for Windows 7.
- Go to Control Panel
- Search for print
- Under Hardware and Sound click on Devices and Printers
- Find your printer and right-click to printer preferences
- Change to desired settings
- Start saving money!
You might be hesitant to lower the quality but the difference is minimal (my college professors can't tell, don't know or actually care about the environment). As a side bonus, using less ink, allows for faster printing (I like being on time to class)! Skipping the complicated math calculation, I do find getting a longer-lasting printer cartridge and saving money (for food) in the long run! Try it for yourself, feel free to post questions and see if you like it!