Category Archives: Google Chrome

IMAP Email

A while ago I said I was using Gmail (and Inbox) for emails since I couldn’t find a reliable IMAP email client that I could use on my chromebook as well as my android phone. I had tried Aqua mail on my Android phone and found it excellent, but it misbehaved on my Chromebook.

This seems to have been overcome now and I have returned to using Aqua Mail on my Chromebook and Android phone. It’s nice to have IMAP push for instant emails again.

For those that are not aware of Aqua Mail, it has free and paid for versions on Android, the free one only allowing two email accounts. I paid for the upgrade to have more accounts as it was so cheap and the product is really good.

On Chromebooks it is the full version and it’s also free which is great.

One thing that might confuse is when you want to download an attachment. The only way I have found that works is to click on the three dots by the attachment (in the middle of the screen) choose share then save as and then carry on as normal.

I thoroughly recommend it now – at least give it a try.

Google Chromebooks

It’s been a long time since my last post. No excuses really, just busy with my new life in Scotland. So today I thought I’d spend a few words on how I find my Chromebook after more than a year in operation.

As each month has gone by, I have found that I’m using my Chromebook more and more and I would estimate that around 90% of my work now uses it rather than my Windows Laptop. But why would I choose to use a small, relatively underpowered computer when I have a fully fledged laptop at my disposal? I will list some of the reasons here:

  • When I turn on my Chromebook, it takes around 10 seconds before I can use it, compared to several minutes for my PC.
  • Apps start almost instantly and run quickly.
  • Battery life is up to about 8 hours, more if I can reduce the brightness of the screen.
  • I can add a second monitor as I can on a PC.
  • I now use Google Drive to store most of my information with it synced to my pc and my Chromebook so it’s easily accessible.
What apps/software do I use?
  • Word Processing
    • Google Docs
    • MS Word Online
    • True Novelist (useful for writing fiction)
  • Spreadsheets
    • Google Sheets
    • MS Excel Online
  • Website Development
    • Caret – Online editor
    • sFTP – FTP upload software
  • Email
    • Gmail
      • I have five email addresses that I use and Gmail can cope with that, sending emails as if they were from my domains and allowing me to receive emails to each of the addresses.
      • The only real downside of Gmail is that it can take up to 30 minutes to retrieve emails from the server.
      • There are a couple of IMAP email clients but I found that neither are very good if you have more than one email address.
  • To Do Lists
    • Asana – works with Chromebook as well as Laptop
  • Music
    • Spotify – Similar to PC version but more like the Android version.
  • Calendar
    • Google Calendar – syncs with Sunrise on my PC and Android phone.

Downsides? There aren’t many but I think perhaps the most notable one is that to print I have to use Google Cloud Print which can mean that I need my PC on. With many new printers though, they can become cloud printers which can be printed to directly with no PC needed.

There are other reasons I like it, but I think these are probably more subjective than the ones shown above.


Google Chrome Slowing Down after Windows 10 Upgrade

I had begun to think that I was imagining things with Chrome but it definitely seemed to be slowing down. When I upgraded to Windows 10 it seemed to become even slower. On searching the web, I found this possible solution – it seems to have made life better on my PC so I would love to hear if it works for you.

  1. Open Chrome and click on the menu button (top right of screen)
  2. Click on settings and then scroll down to  Show Advanced Settings and click on it.
  3. Scroll down to the System section and then turn off the Use hardware acceleration where available (so there is no tick).
  4. Close Chrome and restart it.

It made a difference for me, do let me know if makes a difference for you.

Another fix suggested is to check that the extension to phone via skype is either disabled or deleted – unless you wish to use this feature of course.