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    Hello Vagabond_1, Welcome to CyberPhoenix I hope you enjoy your stay and come back often Please follow CyberPhoenix Rules and if you don't see something you want then use Search We also have a Request Section if you can't find something you want Become a CyberPhoenix VIP for Premium Accounts and alot more Administrator
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  3. 12 top Photoshop Resources Want to learn Photoshop? Or hone your skills in the photo editing software? Then check out these top online resources. Photoshop – a key part of Adobe's Creative Cloud – is a popular choice among designers, which is is evident from the hundreds of Photoshop tutorials and resources around. But sometimes too much choice can be confusing, so we've picked some top sites that will really help you get to grips with the image editing software. 01. Adobe Adobe.com is the obvious first port of call for information on Photoshop Adobe, the company that makes Photoshop, is the obvious first port of call for information on it, especially for beginners. You'll find some great tutorials for beginners and a ton of excellent videos. https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/user-guide.html?red=av http://tv.adobe.com/product/photoshop/?red=av 02. Pluralsight Learn, master and discover the creative possibilities of Photoshop with Pluralsight Formerly known as Digital Tutors, Pluralsight has an extensive range of tutorials to help you learn, master and discover the creative possibilities of Photoshop. A subscription is required to access the majority of the training, but you can also sign up for a free demo account, where you'll find a number of free Photoshop tutorials at your disposal. https://www.pluralsight.com/digitaltutors 03. Adobe KnowHow Hundreds of Adobe tutorials have been made available for free Adobe KnowHow promises an immersive and personalised learning experience across a range of its tools, including Photoshop. You can mark up or add notes to the videos as you watch them, making it even easier to master that new skill. You can also jump to cue points created by your annotations to review both your notes and the associated video content, so you'll be up to date all of the time. Some course are available for free. https://www.adobeknowhow.com/ 04. Pixel2life Take advantage of the thousands of Photoshop tutorials on Pixel2life Pixel2life is a huge tutorial search engine on the internet, which caters for graphic designers and programmers. It has an extensive section on Photoshop training with literally thousands of tutorials to choose from. The site also features a really useful sidebar of sub-categories to help you find lessons in the effects you want to achieve. http://www.pixel2life.com/tutorials/adobe_photoshop/ 05. Photoshop Essentials If you're a beginner, then Photoshop Essentials is a great place to start learning If you're a newbie to Photoshop, then head over to Photoshop Essentials, which has easy to follow, step-by-step style training. It offers lessons on everything from Photoshop basics to photo editing and retouching, text effects and more – and it's all written with beginners in mind. The site is clean, tidy and easy to navigate. It also has helpful sidebars highlighting the latest and most popular tutorials. http://www.photoshopessentials.com/ 06. Photoshop tutorials on DeviantArt Find a wealth of helpful Photoshop tutorial on online art community Deviant Art There's a brilliant range of Photoshop tutorials on online art community DeviantArt. Divided into seven different categories, including a beginner and web design section, it is easy to find the specific tutorials you're after. This site isn't just for people wanting to learn though – you can submit tutorials too. See the site for terms and conditions. http://photoshop-tutorials.deviantart.com/ 07. Phlearn Phlearn is owned by Aaron Nace, who has a unique and entertaining style of teaching Phlearn is a fantastic, free online resource offering lots of high quality photography and Photoshop instruction. Owner and creative director Aaron Nace also aims to make the training interesting and dynamic, keeping the viewer's attention by throwing in the occasional joke or singing and dancing on screen. Informative and entertaining: what more could you want? http://phlearn.com/ 08. Envatotuts+ Envatotuts+ offers an extensive library of tutorials for users of all skill levels Envatotuts+ is a blog that offers some of the best Photoshop tutorials around. The site has an extensive library of tutorials covering many different areas, including 3D, illustration and text effects to name but a few. https://design.tutsplus.com/tutorials/search/Photoshop 09. Tutorial9 Tutorial9 is a fantastic online resource for free Photoshop training Tutorial9 is a fantastic resource for Photoshop tutorials, all of which are entirely free. There are currently 30 pages of training available so you are sure to find something of interest here. There is also a search option so you can filter your options to find the newest tutorials submitted by either Tutorial9 itself or submitted by other users. http://www.tutorial9.net/category/tutorials/photoshop-tutorials/ 10. PS Hero PS Hero not only offers Photoshop tutorials but an inspiration gallery and free goodies too! PS Hero is a brilliant Photoshop resource run by Hero – a surfer, photographer and graphic designer based in Southern California. With a large selection of free tutorials, this site offers training in the areas of graphic design, photo and text effects. It also features an inspiration gallery and goodies section where you can take advantage of free PSD files, custom shapes and more. http://pshero.com/ http://pshero.com/inspiration-gallery http://pshero.com/goodies 11. Lynda Get access to professional Photoshop tutorials on training site Lynda If you haven't got to know Lynda Weinman and Bruce Heavin's extensive tutorial video library then you should. Lynda doesn't deal exclusively with Photoshop but the site offers a wealth of training in the software for the beginner to intermediate user. Some of the training is free but to access the majority of it you will need to subscribe to the site. https://www.lynda.com/Photoshop-training-tutorials/279-0.html?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=Search-Dsg-Photoshop&utm_content=FyqpI3Wn&utm_term=photoshop%20tutorials&gclid=CODkr_be8bQCFcbLtAodt2oA2g 12. PSD Learning Access brilliant Photoshop training at PSD Learning PSD Learning started back in 2008. It is owned and edited by designer Ross Aitken, who has an avid interest in computer graphics and shares his knowledge through easy to follow tutorials. It has a clean layout and is organised into different categories for easy navigation. Learn everything from Photoshop scripting to creating a dramatic movie poster here. http://psdlearning.com/category/photo-effects/
  4. 60 Photoshop Shortcuts to Speed up your Workflow When working in Photoshop, simple tasks can become a hindrance to your workflow. To help out, we've got a great selection of Photoshop shortcuts right here, all guaranteed to speed up your workflow once you get the hang of them. We've also got free Photoshop actions to create stunning effects and some brilliant Photoshop tutorials to help you put them into practice. Want to change the size of your text? No problem. Deselect a layer or merge a series of layers? We've got you covered. There are also some handy hints for brushes, saving and closing, and viewing options. Whether you're using an old version of CS or the latest Creative Cloud update, these shortcuts are guaranteed to speed up your workflow. Layers: Manipulating and arranging layers is simple with these great Photoshop shortcuts 01. Create New layer MAC: Shift+Cmd+N WINDOWS: Shift+Ctrl+N Get started on your latest project in next to no time with this handy shortcut that instantly whips up a new layer and dialogue box. 02. Create new layer behind selected layer MAC: Ctrl+New Layer icon WINDOWS: Cmd+New Layer Icon Mastering the new layer shortcut is a doddle, so once you're ready to drop in a layer behind it, be sure to use this shortcut. 03. Fill a layer MAC: Alt+Backspace (foreground) or Cmd+Backspace (background) WINDOWS: Alt+Delete (foreground) or Ctrl+Delete (background) This command will fill an empty later with the current foreground or background colour. 04. Flatten layers MAC: Cmd+Alt+Shift+E WINDOWS: Ctrl+Alt+Shift+E Add a new, empty layer to the top of your stack, select it and use the above command to flatten the layers in an image to sharpen the result. This adds a flattened version of the image to the new layer but leaves the stacked layers intact too. 05. Merge visible layers MAC: Cmd+Shift+E WINDOWS: Ctrl+Shift+E This command enables you to merge all your existing layers to create one new layer. Beware! Once merged, they're extremely difficult to separate. 06. Stamp down selected layers MAC: Cmd+Alt+E WINDOWS: Ctrl+Alt+E Once you've selected your layers, use this command to merge them into just one layer. To see them merged as a new layer, simply add in the Shift modifier. This is useful if you need to make adjustments later on. 07. New layer via copy MAC: Cmd+J WINDOWS: Ctrl+J Use this command to create a new layer from an existing one. Sound complicated? Give it a go! 08. New layer via cut MAC: Cmd+Shift+J WINDOWS: Ctrl+Shift+J Like creating a new layer via copy, this command will create a new layer with the selected image area in it. The only difference via cut is that it will remove the selected image portion from the original image. 09. Bring layer to top of stack MAC: Cmd+Shift+] WINDOWS: Ctrl+Shift+] Here, you can move your preferred layer to the top of the stack of images you're working with in Photoshop. 10. Send layer to bottom of stack MAC: Cmd+Shift+[ WINDOWS: Ctrl+Shift+[ Yep, this is pretty self-explanatory. It does exactly the same as the command above, but in the opposite direction. 11. Bring layer forward MAC: Cmd+] WINDOWS: Ctrl+] This Photoshop shortcut enables you to bring any selected image to the front. 12. Send layer back MAC: Cmd+[ WINDOWS: Ctrl+[ If you decide to change your mind, you can always select the image and send it to the back of the pile. 13. Copy multiple layers MAC: Shift+Cmd+C WINDOWS: Shift+Ctrl+C Draw a selection, then use this command to take every layer into the clipboard, rather than just the current layer selection. Selections Adding, subtracting, inverting. Getting selections right has never been easier 14. Reselect MAC: Cmd+Shift+D WINDOWS: Ctrl+Shift+D This is a great command for when you accidentally click away from a section. Pressing these keys will have that section reselected in no time. 15. Invert selection MAC: Cmd+Shift+I WINDOWS: Ctrl+Shift+I Select objects around a pre-selected image. This way, you can work around your main focus without losing it. 16. Select all layers MAC: Cmd+Opt+A WINDOWS: Ctrl+Alt+A A perfect command for those times when you need to get everything in sync. 17. Select bottom layer MAC: Opt+, WINDOWS: Alt+, This will select the bottom layer in the Layers panel. 18. Select top layer MAC: Opt+. WINDOWS: Alt+. This will select the top layer in the Layers panel. 19. Deselect from the selection area MAC: Opt+drag WINDOWS: Alt+drag If you need to deselect a certain area sharpish, then hit these keys and drag your mouse. 20. Deselect all but the intersected area MAC: Shift+Opt+drag WINDOWS: Shift+Alt+drag If you don't want to deselect an area, you can use this shortcut to ensure you're clicking on what you want. 21. Deselect the entire image MAC: Cmd+D WINDOWS: Ctrl+D If you need to get away from the image, use this Photoshop shortcut to deselect anything that you've clicked on. 22. Find the sizing handles MAC: Cmd+T, then Cmd+0 WINDOWS: Ctrl+T, then Ctrl+0 When pasting a layer or selection into a Photoshop image and it's bigger than the current image, it can be difficult to find the sizing handles. This command selects Transform and sizes the image inside the window so you can see the sizing handles. 23. Move a selection MAC: Spacebar+Marquee tool WINDOWS: Spacebar+Marquee tool Want to move a selection easily? Simply choose the Marquee tool, and press and hold the Spacebar. Continue to do so until the selection is in the correct place. 24. Select individual channels MAC: Cmd+3 (red), 4 (green), 5 (blue) WINDOWS: Ctrl+3 (red), 4 (green), 5 (blue) Selecting with Photoshop Channels makes removing a complex object from the background much easier than using other tools. And using this Photoshop shortcut makes the process even simpler. 25. Select a colour from an image MAC: Opt+Brush tool WINDOWS: Alt+Brush tool When working with a Photoshop brush, if you want to sample a colour from an image, instead of clicking the Eyedropper tool, simply hold the Alt or Option key to switch temporarily. Then let go to return to the Brush tool. Brushes and Filling Play with brush sizes and more with these great Photoshop shortcuts 26. Increase/decrease brush size MAC: ]/[ WINDOWS: ]/[ Getting your brush size just right is one of the most important aspects of Photoshop. Do it with this command. 27. Fill MAC: Shift+F5 WINDOWS: Shift+F5 Whether you want to fill the selection with the foreground colour or with a selected pattern, use this Photoshop shortcut to get the job done quickly. 28. Increase/decrease brush hardness MAC: }/{ WINDOWS: }/{ Brush hardness is just as important, so get it right with this shortcut. 29. Previous/next brush MAC: ,/. WINDOWS: ,/. Save time and distractions by using these simple commands to swiftly move through the various brushes on offer. 30. First/last brush MAC: </> WINDOWS: </> If you don't want to have go through the entire array of Brushes on offer, hit these commands to go back to the start or end. 31. Toggle airbrush option MAC: Shift+Opt+P WINDOWS: Shift+Alt+P Simulate spraying painting with Photoshop's Airbrush tool using this helpful shortcut. Saving and Closing You'll save most things. So these Photoshop shortcuts should come in handy. 32. Save for web & devices MAC: Cmd+Shift+Opt+S WINDOWS: Ctrl+Shift+Alt+S Pretty self-explanatory, but if you prefer not to drag your mouse onto a number of options, use this Photoshop shortcut on your keyboard. 33. Close and go to Bridge MAC: Cmd+Shift+W WINDOWS: Ctrl+Shift+W As the name implies, this will close your document and then open up Adobe Bridge, where you can select the next file you wish to work on. Working with your images We love Clipping Masks. Does that make us weird? DOES IT?! Ok. Fair enough 34. Levels MAC: Cmd+L WINDOWS: Ctrl+L When editing your images, you'll be using the Levels box regularly. Save yourself some time with this Photoshop shortcut. 35. Free Transform MAC: Cmd+T WINDOWS: Ctrl+T This command opens Photoshop's Free Transform tool for resizing, rotating, and skewing an image using a draggable outline. 36. Curves MAC: Cmd+M WINDOWS: Ctrl+M This Photoshop shortcut enables you to quickly edit the Curves on an image. 37. Colour Balance MAC: Cmd+B WINDOWS: Ctrl+B This is the perfect Photoshop shortcut to edit the Colour Balance of your images. 38. Hue/Saturation MAC: Cmd+U WINDOWS: Ctrl+U These two powerful Photoshop tools will aid you in the colour balance battle, and decrease the amount of crossover. 39. Desaturate MAC: Cmd+Shift+U WINDOWS: Ctrl+Shift+U Convert your colour image to grayscale values, leaving the image in the same colour mode. 40. Quick image fixes Auto Tone MAC: Shift+Cmd+L WINDOWS: Shift+Ctrl+L Auto Contrast MAC: Opt+Shift+Cmd+L WINDOWS: Alt+Shift+Ctrl+L Auto Color MAC: Shift+Cmd+B WINDOWS: Shift+Ctrl+B After a quick fix for a photo? While they're not reliable cure-alls, these tools are usually worth a go for automatically improving your images. 41. Lens correction MAC: Shift+Cmd+R WINDOWS: Shift+Ctrl+R The camera always lies, particularly where lens distortion is involved. Use the lens correction filter to reduce the effect of barrel distortion, pincushion distortion and vignetting. 42. Adaptive Wide Angle MAC: Opt+Shift+Cmd+A WINDOWS: Opt+Shift+Ctrl+A Wide-angle lenses can bring their own particular distortions, and Photoshop has a filter for this. The Adaptive Wide Angle filter can quickly straighten lines that appear curved in panoramas, or photos taken with fish-eye and wide-angle lenses. 43. Camera Raw Filter MAC: Shift+Cmd+A WINDOWS: Shift+Ctrl+A With older versions of Photoshop you have to run Adobe Camera Raw as a separate program. But in Photoshop CC it's available as a filter, enabling you to non-destructively apply sophisticated adjustments to any image type. 44. Content Aware Scale MAC: Cmd+Shift+Opt+C WINDOWS: Ctrl+Shift+Alt+C Scale your image to your preferred state with this super-quick Photoshop shortcut. 45. Content-Aware Move MAC AND WINDOWS: Shift+J The latest content-aware tool in Photoshop CC enables you to move objects around in a photograph, and it'll intelligently fill in the gaps where they used to be. 46. Create clipping mask MAC: Cmd+Opt+G WINDOWS: Ctrl+Alt+G A great way to keep shadows and shading where they belong, the clipping mask tool is basic but useful. 47. Blending modes MAC: Shift++ or - WINDOWS: Shift++ or - Photoshop has a variety of blending modes to create cool effects. Use this command to cycle through each. 48. Black and white dialogue box MAC: Shift+Cmd+Opt+B WINDOWS: Shift+Ctrl+Alt+B Speed up the process of converting colour photos to black and white with this Photoshop shortcut, which opens the black and white adjustment dialogue box. 49. Change image size MAC: Cmd+Opt+i WINDOWS: Ctrl+Alt+i Set up your image sizes with ease with this quick and simple shortcut. 3D work Speed up your 3D work with these Photoshop shortcuts 50. Show/Hide polygons Within Selection MAC: Opt+Cmd+X WINDOWS: Alt+Ctrl+X Reveal All MAC: Opt+Shift+Cmd+X WINDOWS: Opt+Shift+Ctrl+X If you're working with 3D assets, use this option to view the polygons that make up your 3D models. 51. Render MAC: Opt+Shift+Cmd+R WINDOWS: Alt+Shift+Ctrl+R Once you're happy with your 3D model, use this Photoshop shortcut to create a final render and create the highest quality version for output to web, print, or animation. Viewing Just how sharp is that pic of a knight? Only one way to tell: CMD+OPT+0, baby! 52. View actual pixels MAC: Cmd+Opt+0 WINDOWS: Ctrl+Alt+0 Viewing an image in Photoshop in actual pixels gives you the chance to see each pixel individually – ensuring your work is perfect. 53. Fit on screen MAC: Cmd+0 WINDOWS: Ctrl+0 This Photoshop shortcut is a great way to view your work in all its glory on screen. 54. Zoom in MAC: Cmd++ WINDOWS: Ctrl++ If you want to get down to the nitty gritty of an image, zoom right in with this Photoshop shortcut command. 55. Zoom out MAC: Cmd+- WINDOWS: Ctrl+- Get an insight into how your work will look from afar with this zoom out command. Text in Photoshop Text options are a pain to find in Photoshop, because everyone uses these 56. Increase/decrease size of selected text by 2pts MAC: Cmd+Shift+>/< WINDOWS: Ctrl+Shift+>/< Experiment with text in Photoshop by using this command to change its size by 2pts. 57. Increase/decrease size of selected text by 10pts MAC: Cmd+Option+Shift->/< WINDOWS: Ctrl+Alt+Shift+>/< This Photoshop shortcut works the same as the command above, but it's by 10pts this time. 58. Increase/decrease kerning or tracking MAC: Opt+right/left arrow WINDOWS: Alt+right/left arrow Adjust the space between your text in Photoshop with this handy keyboard command. 59. Align text left/centre/right MAC: Cmd+Shift+L/C/R WINDOWS: Ctrl+Shift+L/C/R A great way to experiment with the alignment of your text, this Photoshop shortcut will enable you to do it quickly. 60. Show/Hide selection on selected type MAC: Cmd+H WINDOWS: Ctrl+H Speed up the process of selecting elements on type with this easy-to-remember shortcut. http://cdn.mos.cms.futurecdn.net/keZTaRJAVHpkD6CjnwzSg3.jpg
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    Dad on a Road Trip

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  6. What's going on with Microsoft's Surface Andromeda device? Recent Andromeda rumors spanning from delays to hardware overhauls, to outright cancelations have been making the rounds online. Let's try to make sense of it all. The last couple of weeks have been rife with speculation surrounding Microsoft's mythical Andromeda device, with recent rumors suggesting Microsoft is close to pulling the plug on its dual-screen mobile handset — understandably throwing optimists and die-hard fans into a panic. Everything from delays to significant hardware changes, to outright cancelations, have been spotted on the rumor mill as of late. So what's really going on? I've been doing some digging to try and clarify some of the recent rumours reported by several news outlets, to see if we can make better sense of the situation. Tech News Women Mary-Jo Foley recently wrote a bit about Andromeda and revealed that Microsoft has decided to delay its release to next year, and is also seriously considering canceling the device altogether. This news caught many off guard because just a few days beforehand The Verge had written a somewhat positive article that revealed internal emails describing the Andromeda project itself. Unfortunately, it is believed that the leaked emails in question are months old, from back when Terry Myerson was still in charge. Many believe that now Myerson is out, Andromeda won't ever see the light of day, which is entirely possible of course. However, I was able to confirm recently on the Windows Podcast that Andromeda is still alive and kicking internally, with the only bad news being that its planned release date has indeed been pushed back to next year. Why the delay? The question now is why? Well, according to my sources, Microsoft has decided to push back Andromeda's release to give itself more time to improve both the hardware and software. There are a whole lot of moving parts involved when it comes to Andromeda, as it's being built alongside a custom version of Windows 10 specifically for the device and form-factor itself, similar to Surface Hub and HoloLens. The Andromeda device runs an experience tailored for its unique form-factor, which is built on top of Windows Core OS. This tailored experience is known as Andromeda OS and includes no legacy UIs and bloat. Microsoft is doing the exact same thing with Surface Hub 2, which also runs a custom tailored version of Windows Core OS known as Aruba and built specifically for that large collaborative device form factor. Therefore, it's important to stress that Andromeda OS is unlike any version of Windows 10 available on the market today; it's an entirely new Windows OS experience powered by CShell that's built from the ground up for mobile dual-screened multitasking. Because of this, Microsoft needs more time to ensure the OS is well-baked. Microsoft also needs more time to improve the app-gap on Andromeda, which is another cited reason for its delay. If Microsoft were to release Andromeda this year, it would do so with a platform that has more missing apps than Windows 10 Mobile did. One of the things Microsoft is doing to help combat the app problem is embracing PWAs (Progressive Web Apps.) It's even built a bot that will automatically add PWAs to the Microsoft Store without developers having to submit them first. Of course, PWAs won't solve everything, but they should be able to step in for the most popular apps and services like Twitter, Uber, and even Spotify if it chooses. The delay gives Microsoft more time to get PWAs into the Store, and I hear Microsoft is going to use this extra time also to improve the Edge engine so that PWAs perform better and eat less battery life. It probably goes without saying that UWP is also something Microsoft is actively pushing on Andromeda, and apps like WhatsApp are a possible contender for this, but progress on the UWP front is slow, hence the focus on PWAs. Furthermore, I'm told there are other ideas that the company is also considering to help improve the app situation on Andromeda, but I'm still digging for information on that. For now, we know that Microsoft is betting big on PWA, and rightly so. What about the hardware? I've seen a few rumors claim that the delay is related to hardware, with some reports suggesting that Microsoft is planning to rethink the device and even change its form-factor a bit. According to my sources, however, Microsoft is not planning to drastically change its form factor. The delay is primarily software related, as the hardware itself was more or less good to go for an October release. The delay now means Microsoft has more time to "fine-tune" the hardware, and maybe even slip in a newer processor, depending on whether Andromeda's release lines up with Snapdragons processor roadmap of course. I understand that the latest Andromeda prototypes use Snapdragon 845/850 processors, but now Andromeda is coming later, those chips may be old by the time Microsoft is ready to launch the device. It's worth noting that early Andromeda prototypes used a Snapdragon 835 processor, which was later switched out for the 845. So, Andromeda has already gone through one processor switch internally before, meaning it's not hard to imagine the device going through another one if needs be. A more powerful, optimized ARM chip is never a bad thing. It's also not uncommon for a device to go through several iterations throughout development. Putting in a newer processor may require the company to rework some of the internals, but outside of that, I have not heard of any plans to dramatically change up the form-factor itself. It should still be a pocketable, pen-orientated foldable device with telephony when it ships. So when is it coming? The biggest question now is when can we expect it to show up? The simple, unexciting answer is "when it's ready." Windows development has changed quite a bit since the old days, and deadlines aren't as strict as they used to be. How it works now is engineers working on software features will have a set deadline for a future release of Windows 10, let's say RS5 for example. This usually happens several months to a year or so before that release is expected to ship. This gives engineers time to build out a feature, but if the engineers find that they are unable to complete the feature in time, they can just push it back to the release coming afterward. So in our example, said feature is pushed back to RS6, and the team working on it now have an extra six months to complete it. This cycle repeats until the feature is good enough to ship. This is exactly what's happening with Windows Sets, in fact. This is partly why Microsoft is committed to two updates a year as it allows Microsoft to get features out sooner after they get pushed back. The software delay for Andromeda is with Andromeda OS, which simply won't be ready in time for RS5 now. So, that means Microsoft's next port of call for Andromeda is RS6 (known as 19H1) in the Spring of next year. Even then, Microsoft may decide to hold on releasing it until the fall of 2019, alongside RS7 (known as 19H2) giving the company even longer to make sure everything is good to go and maybe even slip in that newer processor. It's not plain sailing Of course, if you've been following along with our Andromeda coverage since last year, you'll know that the possibility of Microsoft killing Andromeda is never far away. As of today, work continues on Andromeda as normal, but that doesn't mean it's plain sailing from here until it ships. Microsoft may pull the plug at any time, as is the nature of internal development. We also still don't really know who this device is going to be for, and that's because we don't know its full feature-set yet. Who Andromeda is for is going to depend heavily on what it can do. If Microsoft can improve the app-gap, then buying Andromeda is going to evolve primarily around its capabilities, on both the software and hardware front. Hopefully we'll learn more about what it can do in the near future, but for now who Andromeda is aimed at remains a big mystery. In short, Microsoft has delayed its Andromeda device to ensure a better product when it ships. All of the people I've spoken to on the subject agree that delaying Andromeda is nothing but a good thing. It just sucks that we're going to have to wait even longer before we get to see it for real. In the meantime, what are your thoughts on Microsoft's Andromeda project? Let us know in the comments!
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    Snuffy the Seal

    Ok Shark Week is coming back to Discovery Channel, So I'm moving this to the top of the Fun & Laugh Section
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    Can You Solve These Four Riddles?

    Well I tell you this: I'm Not a Complete Idiot
  10. How to convert a Windows laptop to a Chromebook Chromebooks are wonderful for schools and businesses, provided you primarily use Google services. But a brand new Chromebook doesn't make an existing machine any better, and new hardware is a quick way to blow throw an IT budget. Here's how to convert a Windows laptop to a Chromebook! Why do this? Yes, I hear you in the comments section and on Twitter. "Why would I want to make my computer LESS useful?!" That's a fair question, but the answer depends on what "less useful" means to you. If you're a school or corporate IT administrator starting to transition your enterprise to Chromebooks, being able to convert your existing hardware will save you thousands of dollars on replacement machines. Especially considering the converted Chromebooks will work perfectly with Google's administrator console. If you're a home user, you may just want something more secure for a relative. If your relative only uses their computer for basic email and social media, this is a great way to make their computer more secure. They won't be susceptible to malware and other attacks that target Windows or macOS, since they won't be using either of those operating systems. And speaking from experience with some of my coworkers and relatives, Chrome OS is much easier to navigate and use than other versions of Linux. Finally, you may just be a tinkerer like me. I'm trying this on a 17-inch Windows laptop since there aren't any 17-inch Chromebooks. You can't just download Chrome OS and install it on any laptop like you can Windows and Linux. Chrome OS is closed source and only available on proper Chromebooks. But Chromium OS is 90% the same as Chrome OS. More importantly, it's open source: you can download Chromium OS and build on top of it if you so choose. One company that has built on top of Chromium is Neverware. Neverware builds CloudReady, a very-slightly tweaked version of Chromium OS that turns any computer with an x86 processor into something that's nearly identical to a Chromebook. End users don't need to do anything except create the installation USB, then boot that onto their old computer. You'll need a spare USB thumb drive for this. All files will be erased from the thumb drive, so back those up if you need to. Go to Neverware's website Scroll down, then select Download USB Maker. https://www.neverware.com/freedownload Once the USB maker has finished downloading, open and run the .exe file. Insert the USB drive into your computer. The installer will walk you through the steps of creating the installation USB. Install CloudReady With the USB install drive created, it's time to actually install it on your old laptop. Make a recovery drive on a second USB stick. Enterprise users will likely have their own installation methods, but home users will want to have a backup in case things go wrong. Backup any local files to Google Drive. Turn off your laptop. Plug the USB drive into your laptop. Turn your laptop on so that it brings up the boot menu. The exact key combination varies from manufacturer to manufacturer; on the Lenovo laptop I am using, I press F9 to open the boot menu when the PC is starting up. Select your thumb drive from the list of boot devices. If all goes well, you'll see the CloudReady logo on screen. If you don't see that logo, search for how to boot from a USB drive for your computer model and make sure you have the right BIOS settings. Leave the USB drive in for now. From here, setting up the laptop is the same as setting up a new Chromebook. What to do next From here, you can choose if CloudReady gets fully installed, and install some proprietary components. Before fully installing CloudReady, plug in any docks or accessories you want to use and make sure they work properly. Click on your profile picture in the lower right corner. Click Install CloudReady. Click Erase hard drive & install CloudReady. The installation will take about twenty minutes. Plug in the power supply to keep the laptop from going to sleep during installation. Once the installation is done, the computer will shut down. Remove the USB, power the computer on and start using it. What's different from Chrome OS When you start using the laptop, you'll notice it looks an awful lot like a standard Chromebook. But there are some subtle differences: There's no Google Play Store or support for Android applications CloudReady is about one full Chrome version behind standard Chromebooks You'll need to go into Settings to install some proprietary media components. The logo in the lower right corner will be the blue Chromium logo instead of the full-color Chrome logo. None of these — except maybe the lack of Google Play Store — will really change how you use the machine. It'll just look slightly different compared to a standard Chromebook. But your Chrome extensions and apps will all just work, websites will load the way they should, and your computer will be more secure than it was before. What say you? https://www.neverware.com/freedownload Would you turn your old computer into a Chromebook? Let us know down below!
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    Is Your VPN Leaking?

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