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How to Access Secret Chrome Menus and Commands

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If you're a Google Chrome user like me, you know that to control Chrome, it isn't done through an option panel, but rather a chrome:// URL. So, if you've ever wanted to know every single chrome:// page, here's where you can access it.

Open up Chrome, and type in chrome://chrome-urls. On the page, you'll notice it just looks like a '90s web site, but it's not meant to look cool, it's meant to be functional. On the page, you'll probably see familiar places like chrome://apps, and chrome://settings, but you'll also see a lot of different functions used like chrome://print, which is the print dialogue that shows up when you go into the menu to print. It doesn't do anything because there's nothing underneath to print, but it's cool to see how Chrome works by using the different chrome:// pages. Going to chrome://dino lets you open the page when your network gets disconnected to play the dinosaur game. You'll also notice some commands…

Android Auto Review

When Android Auto was first announced way back in 2015, along side Apple CarPlay, I didn't fully understand why anyone would want this as a feature. If your car's infotainment system works well, it should do everything fine without needing your phone's interface. However, that's the huge issue with infotainment systems: a lot of them suck. So Google, and Apple, decided to save automakers the trouble, and design a system that works every time your phone is plugged in to your car, giving you complete control over your phone through your radio, without distractions, giving you access to your music, maps, and the controlled text messaging complete with voice commands. The question becomes, is Google better than my automaker's infotainment system?

Comparing Apple CarPlay and Android Auto isn't like choosing between which trim level to get when buying a car, you either have one or the other. Yes, phones can be switched easily, but for most people, they use the same p…

Sling TV Review

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I am an incredibly indecisive person. I have a very difficult time just picking one thing because I'll almost immediately have buyer's remorse, even if I'm just trying to pick a show to watch on Hulu, which makes it even harder as a cord cutter. It's where cable TV shines to allow you to, if you wanted to, watch a show on-demand, or a live channel that picks the show for you. I wish Hulu and Netflix had that feature, to allow you to pick if you want to marathon a show, or arrange a schedule of shows to just auto-play for you. Until then, regular cable channels will do. But what if you're a cord cutter who misses your favorite channel, or maybe you don't want to cut the cord, but the cable bill is simply too high? That's where Sling TV and other competitors come in.

Before I decided to go with Sling, I wanted to see what the other services had to offer. The first place I looked was, believe it or not, the cable company. I wanted to see if the services onlin…

Misleading Website Builder Prices

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Over the past week, I've been trying to revive GeekOnIn by finding a home for it. When the site first started in 2012, I was using Blogger at the time, and it worked just fine, but I wanted to find a different home where I could add more features to the site. I got a good deal on a web host, and used WordPress, which I love. Over time, the host I was using went out of business, so I moved to Tumblr, which just didn't work well. The idea of using Tumblr was to have an easier system for guest posts, but Tumblr is just not designed for blogs, the way I was looking to set one up anyway. This last happened in 2014, and since then, a lot has changed for web makers.

Initially, I was searching for a web host, and just found that for what I wanted to do, they were just too expensive for a monthly plan, and every time I thought I found a decent price, it was the discounted price they advertised if you were to prepay for 4 years in advance. After I found that out, I was less than enthus…

Does Anyone Really Need Unlimited Data?

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The answer to that question is yes, there are people in the world who do need more data than your average bear. Some people are on the go all day, some people work in places with no WiFi, or maybe they don't have internet at home. Whatever the case, there is a need for it, but for everyone else who has access to Wifi most of the time, is there a need for unlimited data?

I've been a mobile user for a very long time. When I first got my iPhone 3G way back in 2009, unlimited data from AT&T was just $30 a month. Think about that for a second. AT&T certainly thought about that price, and as more people got data plans, the mobile industry raised prices for data plans quickly. When I switched to Cricket, I had a 5 GB plan, which I even tried to use as often as I could, but I was always afraid of running out of data, so I never tried too hard to use up my data. Then when I switched to T-Mobile in August, the skies brightened, because I had a 6 GB plan with Binge-On, which all…

How to add a Windows 10 app shortcut to your desktop

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With Windows 10, Microsoft is in an ongoing battle with developers to try to get more companies to develop Windows 10 apps, you know, the kind you get from the Windows App Store. The Windows 10 apps are designed so that no matter what device you're on, whether it's a traditional PC, tablet, phone, Xbox, or Hololens, it's the same app everywhere. One thing traditional computer users might want to do is add a Windows 10 app to the desktop, or place it in a folder, so they have easy access to it. Although there isn't a way to do this by right-clicking in the start menu, there is one work-around that will create a shortcut of the app you want.

First, pin the app to the taskbar. You can do this by right-clicking on the app in the Start menu. Once the app in pinned to the taskbar, right-click on the app in the taskbar while holding down the shift key. Select "Create Shortcut." A window will pop-up asking if you want to add it to the desktop, click yes, and there i…

Coming Soon...

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It's been a while, but we're finally starting to dust off all the cobwebs. GeekOnIn started out life in May of 2012 as a new community to find fellow Geeks. Initially we started using Blogger for the articles, and Google+ for the community site. We eventually brought that all in to WordPress, until March of 2014, when the host we were using shutdown. We then switched to Tumblr, and then went on a hiatus in September of 2014. It's been almost three years since the last post was made, but now we're starting over, and hopefully we'll be getting ready to relaunch soon! Stay tuned, and if you're interested in writing for the blog, let us know at anthony@geekonin.com! We hope to see you here soon!