Sunday, November 11, 2018

How To Install Windows On Google’s Chrome OS Notebook - Guest Post


This Article is a Guest Post.

There are a whole lot of killer cheap Chromebooks available out there that strip out all the bloat of Windows and provide a smoother, faster overall experience.

Sometimes you may find yourself missing certain Windows programs however, and that’s led more than a few users to wonder if they can put a full version of Windows 10 on their Chromebook.

In most cases, the process is frankly more trouble than it’s worth. Getting Windows up and running on a Chromebook typically involves both hardware and software changes which will absolutely void your warranty, so proceed with caution!

We know there will be some techies who are up to the challenge however. So for all of you power users who need to tweak devices in non-standard ways, we can walk you throw installing Windows on a Chromebook.

Try Alternatives First

Before installing Windows over the Chrome OS, keep in mind there are some much easier alternatives that may solve your problem.

If you just want to use a specific Windows-based program, many of them are available in online versions or have Android app equivalents. Microsoft Word for instance has a free online version you can easily access from a Chromebook, or Google Docs offers a free alternative that works just as well.

If that won’t cut it or you can’t find a specific app to take a Windows program’s place, Google’s Chrome Remote Desktop app lets you access a different Windows desktop from your Chromebook.

You do need to have a secondary computer with Windows 10 installed to utilize Remote Desktop, but this app is otherwise a solid workaround to installing a whole new OS on your Chromebook.

Finally, if you have a Chromebook with an Intel processor, you can also use the beta version of the CrossOver app to get Windows programs running directly in the Chrome OS. This tool is updated frequently, so keep checking back as more programs become supported.

Installing Windows On A Chromebook

 If none of those solutions are going to work for you, then it's time to pull out the big guns and perform a clean install of Windows 10.

The big question here is -- do you have enough storage space to actually install Windows 10? If you have a budget Chromebook model with only 16GB of eMMC storage, you won’t even be able to get Windows up and running.

You need a minimum of 20GB of space just to get the basic Home version of Windows 10 installed.

If you meet the storage requirements, first you’ll need to create a Windows install USB drive using Microsoft’s Windows 10 Media Creation Tool. You will also need a USB keyboard and a USB mouse, as your Chromebook’s keyboard and touchpad won’t work while installing Windows.

With those requirements in mind, here’s how to install Windows on your Chromebook:
  • Turn off your Chromebook
  • Remove the screws on the bottom of your Chromebook and pull off the bottom cover
  • Check to see if your Chromebook has a write protect screw on the motherboard (it will be larger than all the other screws)
  • If the screw is present, remove it so you can access the BIOS
  • Replace the bottom cover and reattach all screws
  • Hold the Escape + Refresh keys while tapping the power button to boot into Chrome’s recovery mode
  • When the “Chrome OS is missing” message displays on the screen, tap the combo CTRL + D and then tap Enter
  • After Chrome reboots, tap the combo CTRL+ALT+T to bring up a terminal tab
  • Type “shell” and tap Enter
  • Type the phrase “sudo crossystem dev_boot_usb=1” into the shell and tap Enter
  • Next, type the phrase “sudo crossystem dev_boot_legacy=1” and then tap Enter
  • Connect the Windows installation USB drive to your Chromebook
  • Plug an external USB keyboard into your Chromebook
  • Plug an external USB mouse into your Chromebook
  • Tap Ctrl+L to boot the Legacy BIOS
  • Tap Escape, then choose to boot from the USB device
  • Follow the on-screen prompts to go through the standard Windows installation steps

This process will wipe all your data on your Chromebook. If you’ve got a Google account most of your files will be backed up on the cloud, however, so that shouldn’t be much of a problem.

Keep in mind that the Chrome OS has drivers built directly into the operating system, while Windows 10 does not.

That means you are going to need to download and install drivers for every single hardware device on the Chromebook (such as the keyboard) -- and you may not be able to get the touchscreen working at all, depending on your specific model.

Getting The Most Functionality Out Of Your Device

Whether you use the Chrome workaround apps or fully install Windows, you should be able to get a whole lot more functionality from your Chromebook after following these steps.

Of course, you could save yourself a significant amount of time and headaches by just buying a cheap secondary Chromebook or Android tablet -- but where would be the fun in that?

Have you found any other apps or workarounds for using Windows programs in Chrome OS without completely installing a new operating system? Sound off in the comments below and let us know what tools we should be trying out!

Author Bio:
After more than a decade of working the tech industry, from building gaming rigs to tracking the latest software trends, Ty Arthur knows a thing or two about staying afloat in an increasingly complicated world. He'd like to share that knowledge with all of you through his work at PortableMonkey.com, where his writing focuses on finding the perfect solutions for any kind of computer user.

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Thursday, November 8, 2018

Updated our Timesheet script as version 4.0 to make it work with latest PHP 7


For many years, we are selling our Timesheet Script which is developed using PHP and MySQL Database.

A lot of our Customers are using this Timesheet script, and we have done various kinds of custom changes for them ranging from simple Date Format change to complete workflow change.

But past few months I was not actively promoting this timesheet as it was using MySQL connection instead of MySQLi.  The latest PHP is not supporting the MySQL connection. So, I wanted to start selling our timesheet script again only after replacing MySQL with MySQLi to avoid any potential issues that can arise when our Script buyers upgrade their PHP version.

Past few days I was spending a significant amount of time and effort to update our script to make it work with the latest PHP.  And, I released this updated script as version 4.0. I tested it with PHP 7.2 and it is working fine, and it is ready for sales.  So, now I am planning to start selling it again.

I have created a page to show the Screenshots of the script and created a video to tell about our Timesheet script, and updated our Timesheet Demo also.

I am working on promoting this script through Google Ads and exploring other options also to promote this script. I welcome any suggestions for promoting this script.  Initially, I started selling this script with an Offer price of just $80. I thought of increasing the price after making some sales.  But still keeping the same price. i-e Planning to continue the price of $80. I will be deciding about increasing the price based on doing ROI analysis after running Google Ads Campaigns for a few weeks.

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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Promoting Motivational Quotes Book


A few days back I have published a new Motivational Quotes Book. Read my previous post for more details.

I believe this Book is having a Good potential for selling Good. Currently I am promoting this Book through Amazon Ads and Google Ads.

I would like to do more promotion for this Book. I came to know about BookBub promotion. It seems they are  providing PPC option also. I am planning to test that too.
 
 And, I would like to explore more Book promotion options. I welcome any suggestions.

My first Book about Software Testing was selling good without doing any paid promotion. But it was more than 8 years ago. Now it seems everything got changed due to heavy competition.  My previous Book about YouTube earning was NOT selling good, though I believe  it will be good for anyone who is willing to earn money from YouTube. I did the mistake of not promoting it well, though I  tried Facebook Ads, Reddit ads, GoodReads Give Away, LinkedIn Ads and Amazon AMS ads. I stopped all my promotions because of negative ROI.  I don't want to repeat the same mistake with my new book. Now I realized the importance of doing paid promotions effectively. I understand that ROI will become positive only if we do the promotion activities continuously irrespective of the initial negative ROI.

And, I welcome any suggestions for tweaking the Google Ads and Amazon Ads to improve their performance.

I believe this Quotes Book will be more appropriate for giving as Gift in the Holiday season. So, I believe this is the right time for promoting this Book. And, therefore, I would like to spend significant amount of Money for promoting this Book.

Apart from spending Money, I am exploring more ways for doing the promotion.

I already started doing cross promoting this Book through our websites and Apps. And, planning to use our YouTube Channel effectively to give more exposure to this Quotes Book.
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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Google’s Ever-Changing Algorithm & Tips to Brands on Ways to Optimize Their SEO - Guest Post


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In the dynamic SEO scenario, technological innovations are consistently spurring ideas onward. There are multiple things that seem to be evolving in the SEO landscape and the first thing that comes to mind in this connection is voice search. Ever since the introduction of Apple’s Siri, Google’s voice assistant, and Amazon’s Alexa, users are always searching for whatever they require by asking their devices for delivering the required information.

Optimization of Voice Search

You may take, for example, people ask questions like ‘local cafes near me’ and they expect to find Google search results of cafes in their area. Content writers, SEO specialists, business owners, and of course, webmasters must ensure that they are generating content that would be answering these sort of queries while still utilizing the most appropriate and suitable schema markup. Your website must fundamentally include the perfect words for helping search engines to deliver more detailed and accurate results. You must keep in mind that everything could be impacting SEO rankings including headlines and even sub-headlines. You may seek professional assistance from reputed sites such as http://www.tayloright.com/, a reliable review company for identifying the best product in the market.

Mobile First Is the Key

Google is responding and even adapting to the constant evolution of SEO via mobile-first indexing. In this context, Google has already announced that it would be examining the mobile version of a specific website before assessing its desktop version to determine the best way of indexing and ranking the site. Some web designers are in the habit of creating a site without even checking how the site would appear on mobile screens. It is mandatory for business owners and webmasters to make sure that their websites are user-friendly, intuitive, and perfectly mobile-ready. Moreover, mobile site speed would be a vital factor, as far as; mobile-first indexing is concerned. Web pages that generally take some time to load on the mobile device would be suffering from poor rankings on the Google search engine due to the slow loading speed. Previously, Google only considered content and backlinks as the core factors in determining search engine rankings. Currently, Google is happy to use its AI or Artificial Intelligence, RankBrain for determining website rankings based on the number of visitors coming to the site, the number of them leaving the site and the amount of time they stay on the website. Google is also, taking into account the frequency at which a brand is actually mentioned without a backlink. As such, it is likely that you would be seeing brand mentions actually becoming a pivotal factor, as far as, SEO algorithms are concerned.

A Shift in Guest Post Intention

Another vital factor would be a certain shift in the focus and concept of guest posting on the third-party sites. For quite some time, we know that guest posting has actually been an effective and popular way of obtaining more backlinks for improving SEO rankings. However, currently, guest posting is being scrutinized by Google and is not regarded as the best way of gaining backlinks anymore. People are advised that they must insert ‘no follow’ on guest post links. This would be telling Google that they must not count the link and due to this, no SEO credit would be received for any guest post backlinks. The main intention is to encourage people to create guest posts just for writing them. They must not entertain the ulterior motive of manipulating or boosting their SEO rankings.

Conclusion


Since Google is continuously making modifications and trying out novel ways how search results would be appearing, it surely would be quite fascinating to see what all they could be doing from an SEO point of view as the year progresses.

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