Monday, November 24, 2014

Chromecast suppresses Amazon movies

Chromecast ripoff -- Amazon is suppressed by design

Come on Google, get over yourself and play nice with Amazon. You're selling your chromecast, right? But some of us don't like the fact that when we try to cast a tab with an amazon movie running, you disallow the pic. The site is on the screen, but there's no movie. It's suppressed by design. Really?

This helpful comparison chart is from CNET.

Sticks app comparison

Google Chromecast Roku Streaming Stick Amazon Fire TV Stick
Netflix Yes Yes Yes
Amazon Instant No Yes Yes
YouTube Yes Yes Yes
Hulu Plus Yes Yes Yes
HBO Go Yes Yes No
Showtime Anytime Yes Yes Yes
Vudu Yes Yes No
Flixster Yes Yes Yes
Crackle Yes Yes Yes
PBS TabCast Yes Yes
PBS Kids Yes Yes Yes
Disney Channels TabCast Yes Yes
Time Warner Cable TV No Yes No
SlingPlayer Yes Yes No
Starz Play Yes No No
Watch ESPN Yes Yes Yes
MLB.TV Yes Yes Yes
NFL Now No Yes Yes
NBA Game Time No Yes Yes
Pandora Yes Yes Yes
Spotify TabCast Yes Yes
Rdio Yes Yes No
Rhapsody Yes No No
Vevo Yes Yes Yes
TuneIn TabCast Yes Yes
iHeartRadio Yes Yes Yes
Amazon Music No Yes Yes
Google Play content Yes No No
Plex Yes Yes Yes

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Before you delete those Google Plus Photos

Before you delete those Google Plus Photos

I recently stumbled across Google Plus Photos, and naively asked, "What are all these photos doing here?"  then even more naively deleted them, and then even more stupidly still, I permanently deleted them.

They were all the pictures for my blogs. That's where blogger stores its pictures that you upload and add to your blog.

That's why my blogs no longer have pictures.

I also learned that Google Plus can serve as a backup for all the pictures on your phone, and all the pictures on your computer. It's free as long as the pics (and vids) are under a certain size.

Google to find out how to do it.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

How does Offline Editing of Docs, Sheets and Slides actually work?

How does Offline Editing of Docs, Sheets and Slides actually work?

When you edit dcos, sheets and slides offline, it doesn't mean those documents are actually in your google driver folder.  Just as when you are editing online, your docs, sheets and slides on your hard drive are only a pointer.
So how does the Google Drive Chrome app edit them when you're disconnected from the internet?

It turns out that when you install the Google Drive Chrome app, and you've changed your Google Drive settings to allow offline editing, the Chrome app quietly places some secret files in a different place on your hard drive, which explains why it takes a few minutes to get it all working.

And you won't recognize them as your folders and files -- only the Chrome app recognizes them. To you, they will look like gibberish. That explains why you must run the Google Drive Chrome app to edit them when you're offline. 

So, for the curious, here is where they actually are, and you can see the gibberish for yourself:

In Windows 7, they are located here:

C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\File System
In Android, they are located here: 

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Chromecast told me run your chromecast app to confirm your password

My Chromecast told me "run your chromecast app to confirm your password"

There I was, minding my own business, and suddenly I couldn't use my chromecast any more. It told me to run the app to confirm password.

I discovered that I didn't have to do any such thing. Instead, all I had to do was unplug the chromecast from its HDMI port, then plug it back in again.

I'm convinced that no matter how deeply we digitize our lives, there's always room for scissors, tape and glue. And other stupid stuff like unplug it and plug it back in again.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Edit your MS Office docs from Chrome using Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides

Edit your MS Office docs from Chrome using Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides

Chrome has an extension called "Application Launcher for Drive." Here are my instructions for a Window computer:
  1. Go into Google Chrome and find the extension
  2. Install and enable it 
  3. Go to any MS office file on your computer (whether in Google Drive or not)
  4. Right click on it, and notice you can "open with"
  5. If there's no option for "open with Google Chrome," add it from Program Files (86)
  6. Now open the file with Google Chrome. You will see you are in "Office Compatibility Mode."
  7. You can edit and leave it as a MS Office document, or you can save it as a Google Doc, Sheet or Slide.