2/23/19

Three good reasons for not buying a chromebook

I own an Asus C302 Chromebook and love it. Mostly.

Here are three good (and un-solvable) reasons to never buy a Chromebook.

1. Good luck trying to connect to in-flight entertainment systems while flying. There is a lot of chatter on this subject on Reddit and other but at the end of the day watching streaming video while inflight on a Chromebook is impossible. Can't be done. If you travel a lot and were planning on watching in-flight entertainment forget it. You'll be watching downloaded netflix movies instead.

2. Bluetooth headset + video = disappointment. Bluetooth is getting better on Chromebooks (I hear) but you still can't use a BT headset to listen to audio while watching a movie. Audio services are better - but even these are a bit hit or miss.

3. If you are pursuing an online degree through WGU you will not be able to use a Chromebook to take exams. It isn't compatible with their online proctoring system. Bummer.

4. (maybe) As far as I know Skype for business is not compatible with Chromebooks.

I still love my Chromebook and use it often - however you'll need to find a workaround if any of the 4 reasons above apply to you.

Happy travels.

12/4/18

Pandora music keeps pausing while using Bluetooth headset on Android

Frustrating issue while using my Plantronics bluetooth headset connected to my Pixel2 Android phone. The music would pause at what appeared to be random times while listening to Pandora. I tried a variety of things but ended up finding a simple solution.

Go into settings for sounds/notifications and tun off all notification sounds. As soon as I did this, the music no longer paused. The pauses were being triggered by notification sounds.

[update. Turned out to be a conflict with the bluetooth on my chromebook. Turn off bt on the chromebook and problem went away.]


12/1/18

Best cell phone plan for Americans living near Canada

As a Vermont resident who enjoys visiting Montreal and Canada often I've been struggling to find an ideal cell phone provider.

I finally decided to try Google Fi. Fi offered roaming data at the same price as domestic. There is excellent coverage and seamless transition when crossing the border.

Three years in and I'm still sold.

To get a discount use this link:

Here's a referral code to get a $20 credit when you join Google Fi! Redeem it at

https://g.co/fi/r/JP528K