Archive for the ‘Chromebook’ category

Netflix Comes to the Samsung Arm based Chromebook!!

March 12th, 2013

I love my chromebook, on my blog here you can find other posts where I am dual booting it with Ubuntu off of an SD card.  I have since added a 32GB slim jump drive for extra space, its more than I would ever need, but I thought it would be cool to have that kind of storage to move movies around or music or whatever and it was only $20 from amazon.

Anyways, back to my post subject, when I bought the chromebook I knew full well that netflix did not work with it, but at the end of last year you would get a screen like this one below:

chrome-os-error-netflix

Well, I knew from that error that it would come down the road, so I thought it would just be an extra benefit, albeit one that is a very nice feature of the device, especially on trips and such, since the device is so light and for only $249, you can’t beat it.  That day is finally here!!  You may have to grab the latest update for your device by going to settings and then help, just stay on that page, your device will update if it needs it, but if you are like most, you will have all the latest updates and you will be ready to go, enjoy!!

Fix Scrolling and Trackpad issues in Chrubuntu on Samsung ARM Chromebook

February 5th, 2013

I have a couple of lines here you can type into your terminal screen in Chrubuntu that will make the trackpad work as you expect, the first line:

xinput set-prop “Cypress APA Trackpad (cyapa)” “Synaptics Finger” 15 20 256

sets the sensitivity of finger presses for the touchpad to a lower amount so it works like you would expect.

The second line:

-set-prop –type=int –format=8 “Cypress APA Trackpad (cyapa)” “Synaptics Two-Finger Scrolling” 1 1

Will get the two-finger scrolling working much like on the macbook pro or macbook airs trackpad.

Enjoy.

Installing Chrubuntu on SD Card (to avoid messing with your Chomebook factory settings.)

January 17th, 2013

In a previous post, I posted about putting Ubuntu on your ARM based Chromebook, well if that seems too risky for you, Jay Lee, the guy at this blog post, has created a script to put the OS on a SD card and allow you to dual boot it or ChromeOS, which is exactly what I have been looking for. My chromebook just keeps getting more functional!! If you would like a more visual approach, here is a nice blog post with some nice pictures he’s provided to kinda let you see what you are doing, enjoy.

Getting Node Package Manager (npm) to run on Chrubuntu

December 25th, 2012

If you have tried to install the node package manager on your chromebook running Chrubutu, you will have probably notice that most of the instructions out there will not work, here is the curl command that worked for me:

curl https://npmjs.org/install.sh | sudo s

Just simply run that and then check that it installed correctly via:
npm -v
If that returns a version number, you are good to go, ready to install to your hearts content :).

Running Ubuntu on the Samsung ARM Chromebook

December 20th, 2012

If you have been following my posts you would know that around a month ago I purchased one of the $250 Samsung ARM Chromebook that runs the Chrome OS. Well, I like to tinker so I did some research and learned that you can run a version of Ubuntu called “Chrubuntu” which is basically Ubuntu Linux written for the Chromebook ARM processor. Well, here is a link to the group of people maintaining that project: Chrubuntu Install He has the full instructions on there to get you going with Chrubuntu on your chromebook. A word of warning though with doing this with your machine, the trackpad will not work quite like you want it, but thats nothing a USB mouse won’t fix. I am still struggling with getting audio to work exactly as I would like, but that’s not a big deal since I just plan on doing web development with this machine. Even still, its a very nice way to make better use of this little lightweight netbook. I will post as time goes on interesting things I learn, stay tuned….

My new Samsung Chromebook

November 20th, 2012

For Christmas I ordered myself a Samsung Chromebook, which is a cloud-based net book for those that don’t know.  So far I am really impressed with the thing.  I couldn’t really figure out what to get for Christmas this year, I have a Kindle Fire and I really like it, its perfect for reading and occasional web surfing, but I am just not a big fan of soft keyboards, they just aren’t where I would like them yet.  The Samsung Chromebook has a very nice keyboard that I have used and as a developer it is very quick to type out lots of of code or write a document for a blog like this one.  So far it is exactly what I was wanting that wasn’t so large and heavy to lug around and flexible enough to get work done on, with a nice price of $250.

I have already enabled developer mode on it so I can get access to the command shell and execute Linux commands on it, which I know very little about but have plans on learning a lot about down the road.  I will be posting about how to get it to developer mode in the coming days, so stay tuned.  I personally think this is where computing is headed, it makes too much sense, we are pretty much in the day and age of throw-away devices and this device is one.  I have already accidentally factory-reset this device and it didn’t matter because all my data is stored in the cloud, I just logged back in and I was back where I started.  It starts up in around 6 seconds, gets updates every 6 weeks or so and the battery lasts at least 6 hrs.  I will also be posting my favorite apps I have used so far, so stay tuned for that as well, if you are on the fence about one, I highly recommend getting one, you won’t be disappointed.  I think Google has hit a home-run on this device.