October 2022

As the next Made by Google event will be held on 6th October. We can look forward to a number of new products. While we will probably only get the obligatory revised smartphones, ear-buds and smart watches. We are hopeful that we will finally see the launch of the next iteration of Google Nest WiFi router.

As we liked the 2019 model of Google Nest WiFi router, enough to give it is own “How to” series, we are really interested to see what features this new model of router will have. While we fully expect this router to use the new 6GHz WiFi band (WiFi 6E), we really hope that Google also includes the ability to create multiple separate wifi networks.

However on a more disappointing note, it’s sad to hear that Google has decided to stop producing Pixelbooks. This means that going forward we will no longer have a reference Chromebook, that Google think’s third party manufactures should be aspiring too.

So just as ChromeOS starts to be come interesting, in that it now offers a low cost computer system, that can also run Linux applications. It’s worrying to see Google slow its efforts with Chromebooks, particularly as Google does have a history of abandoning products.

Look no further than Google Stadia which will stop on 18th January 2023. For anyone not familiar with Stadia, it is a cloud gaming service launched in 2019. The idea being that as long as you had a web browser and a fast enough internet connection, you could play the latest games without needing expensive hardware or a game console. However Google were never able to make Stadia compelling enough to compete with Xbox Game Pass, PlayStation Now or GeForce NOW.

Web postings

This month on the website, we are planning to post more content than usual. So not only will we be posting two timed exclusive videos for our subscribers. We will also be posting five videos for everyone to enjoy.

If you are a user of macOS, you may have noticed that there is no obvious way that icons in the menu bar can be re-arranged. So in the first video for October, we will be posting a short video on how you can move or re-move icons from the macOS menu bar.

As we don’t always get things right in our videos. We have a correction to make relating to our video on installing LibreOffice in ChromeOS. While the video is correct in that it will install LibreOffice onto a Chromebook. We should have divided the process into two separate parts. So this month we will be releasing a video on installing something called Flatpak, which is a software management utility. Then we will post a second video which demonstrates how you use Flatpak commands to install LibreOffice.

We then want to release a third video relating to Linux Development Environment, were we demonstrate how you create a shared folder on a Google Chromebook. This will then allow us to share files between the two separate operating systems we have running on our computer.

While we will in the coming months be focusing more on Synology, we also want to create secondary content relating to other devices that are used in conjunction with Synology’s products. So we will be continuing to post videos for our series on using an iPad with a Synology NAS. This means that later in the month we will be posting a video on how we can use the macOS terminal command on an iPad, to test the DNS server of our NAS.

Finally we will be releasing two timed limited exclusive videos for our subscribers. The first video will look at how you test the RAM in a Synology NAS. Which can be useful if you have upgraded your RAM, or if you are having to perform basic troubleshooting.

Now that we have assigned our NAS with a static IP address. We can start to prepare to create network shares for our network users. So for the second timed limited exclusive video, will be continuing our beginners guide on how you setup a Synology NAS, by looking at something called File Services.

YouTube postings

For the YouTube Channel, we will start the month by posting a video on how you hide multiple home screens in iOS. While you may think that it is a little irrelevant having only one Home Screen. Using a single Home Screen in iOS does make it a lot simpler to use. The only caveat being you also have to be happy using the App Library and Search Screen.

We will also be posting a video for macOS. This video will look at something called Low Power Mode, which is a feature initially introduced to iOS to help conserve battery life. While Low Power Mode can be enabled on both Intel and Apple Silicon laptops, we find that it works best if you have an M1 or M2 MacBook or MacBook Pro.

As we want to continue our series on using Linux Development Environment. We have decided to release our video on how you install Flatpak on a Chromebook, at the same time that we release the video on our website. While ultimately YouTube will get future videos later than the website, just for this month we will have a bit of parity.

Then at the end of the month we will be posting our second beginners guide on setting up a Synology NAS. For this episode we will be looking at the topic of RAID and which types of hard drives we should be using. So while this video will be mostly theory, it is an important topic to have a basic understanding of.

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