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  • Even Chromebooks get the offline blues

    Posted on December 6th, 2017 at 10:05 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Looks like many – most? – Chromebooks veered offline yesterday, after an update broke existing WiFi connections. You could still log on to a network manually, but if your setup (or company or school) relies on an existing internet connection, your machine turned belly-up.

    Frank Catalano has the story on GeekWire.

    Microsoft-itis. It hit Apple last week. Now ChromeOS.

  • Is there a Chromebook in your future?

    Posted on November 16th, 2017 at 11:41 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    No, you don’t need to spend $1 K on a Google Pixelbook, or $500 on a Samsung Chromebook Pro. There are good, cheaper Chromebooks that still pack all the oomph most people need, such as the smaller $311 Lenovo Flex 11 and the older – but still good – $290 Acer Chromebook 14. (All of those are affiliate links – click on them and AskWoody gets a tiny percentage, with no increase in price to you.)

    Whatever your poison, check out JR Raphael’s 40 Chromebook tips for maximum productivity for some “hey, I didn’t know that” advice. Good stuff.

  • An uber-review of the Google Pixelbook

    Posted on October 26th, 2017 at 12:31 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Excellent article by JR Raphael in Computerworld:

    The common conclusion with Google’s Pixelbook is that you’d have to be crazy to buy it, but that assessment is based on a flawed and myopic premise.

    I’m thinking my next laptop will be a Pixelbook. In fact, I’m crazy enough to wonder out loud if it’s “good enough” to function as a desktop replacement – just plug it into my big monitor, attach the mechanical keyboard and mighty mouse, plug in the Ethernet cable and maybe bring in the external hard drive.

    My 7-year-old’s school is adding Chromebooks, not iPads and certainly not Windows PCs. Good move, IMHO.

  • ChromeOS as up-and-coming underdog

    Posted on October 10th, 2017 at 07:45 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Y’all know how much I prefer Chromebooks to Windows computers. Far as I’m concerned, for folks who don’t absolutely require Windows programs, the Chromebook’s the way to go.

    It’s a bit tougher sell in companies, though. Lots of inertia. Security concerns. And, admittedly, lots of apps that require Windows.

    That’s why I really enjoyed James A. Martin’s article in Computerworld: 7 reasons Chrome OS computers are ideal for enterprises.

    I would add three more:

    1. They’re cheap to buy
    2. They’re cheap to run
    3. So far, they have very few security holes

    And there’s one big downside: Google snoops mercilessly. There’s not much you can do about that. It’s what they do.

    Keep what little hair you have left. Consider Chromebook.

  • Want to switch to a Chromebook? Have $450?

    Posted on October 7th, 2017 at 11:36 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Many of you are asking me what kind of Chromebook I would buy, right now. If I could, I would wait a couple more months because the holidays are coming. But in the sea of $200 to $300 Chromebooks, there’s one that stands out – and, no, it isn’t the new Google Pixelbook. In fact, you could buy two and a half of these little babies for the price of a Pixel.

    Look on the right for an affiliate link to buy the Asus Chromebook Flip C302CA.

    Intel Core-M3, 64GB storage, 4GB RAM. 12.5-inch flip-over touchscreen at 1920 x 1280. 10 hours. Pen. Runs apps from the Google Store — a bit rocky right now, but the Android-apps-on-Chromebook scene will settle down a whole lot faster than the Microsoft Store will beef up.

  • Chromebook is making big inroads

    Posted on August 24th, 2017 at 07:46 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Those of you who follow along here know that I’ve been recommending Chromebooks for a long time. In my opinion, people who don’t have a need for a specific Windows program should seriously consider using a Chromebook. I use mine all the time.

    Paul Thurrott has been going through a gradual transformation, and his post this morning is encouraging.

    Android on Chromebook Edges From Fantasy Into Reality

    It’s time to switch from the current “nothing to see here” mode and accept that the Chromebook threat to Windows is real. It’s also time to wake up and acknowledge that Windows 10 S, as currently designed, represents the weakest possible response that Microsoft could have offered.

    Check it out.

  • Microsoft’s new anti-Chromebook ads show that you really need to consider buying a Chromebook

    Posted on June 14th, 2017 at 19:06 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    I’ve been saying it for years now. Unless you have an overarching need for a specific Windows application, you should consider getting a Chromebook. True, Google will snoop on your activities. But Microsoft does, too.

    The latest ads from Microsoft — detailed by Paul Thurrott today — prove the point. Even Microsoft can’t come up with convincing arguments for sticking with Windows.

    Windows is an old gray mare who ain’t what she used to be. At least Chromebooks work well, easily, securely and reliably.

  • Easy access to your Windows network files – from a Chromebook

    Posted on June 3rd, 2016 at 08:57 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    I tried it, and it works. An official Google app, too.

    Chris Hoffman, PCWorld

    Now if Google can bring the whole Play Store to Chromebooks… we have a new contendah.