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Chromebook Pixel: My First Week Living In Cloud
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kmarko
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kmarko,
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3/11/2013 | 10:56:02 PM
re: Chromebook Pixel: My First Week Living In Cloud
Re: Chrome vs. notebook. The big difference is convenience, maintenance and security. Chrome kills a thick OS on all three fronts (I assume you saw the recent Pwnium challenge: http://techcrunch.com/2013/03/... ). Regarding sites not playing nice with Chrome, that's often due to sloppy coding and can be fixed by faking the User Agent string. There are several extensions that do this and make things like Skydrive work better. To really appreciate Chrome, you need to shed some old, PC-bred habits and think about doing things in new ways. In that sense, it's very similar to adopting a tablet (as per Laurie's comment). I didn't really appreciate the 'app lifestyle' until I lived off an iPad at Interop for a week a couple years ago. Sometimes, different is really just different, not inferior.

Regarding the Pixel: I initially bought into the tech conventional wisdom that this was a crazy move by Google, but now I don't agree. It's clearly targeted at the developer and evangelist community and as such, will serve as a catalyst for an onslaught of new apps and services. Google I/O should be _very_ interesting (too bad it's the week after Interop since I wouldn't mind seeing what they roll out).
kmarko
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kmarko,
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3/11/2013 | 10:55:34 PM
re: Chromebook Pixel: My First Week Living In Cloud
Re: Chrome vs. notebook. The big difference is convenience, maintenance and security. Chrome kills a thick OS on all three fronts (I assume you saw the recent Pwnium challenge: http://techcrunch.com/2013/03/... ). Regarding sites not playing nice with Chrome, that's often due to sloppy coding and can be fixed by faking the User Agent string. There are several extensions that do this and make things like Skydrive work better. To really appreciate Chrome, you need to shed some old, PC-bred habits and think about doing things in new ways. In that sense, it's very similar to adopting a tablet (as per Laurie's comment). I didn't really appreciate the 'app lifestyle' until I lived off an iPad at Interop for a week a couple years ago. Sometimes, different is really just different, not inferior.

Regarding the Pixel: I initially bought into the tech conventional wisdom that this was a crazy move by Google, but now I don't agree. It's clearly targeted at the developer and evangelist community and as such, will serve as a catalyst for an onslaught of new apps and services. Google I/O should be _very_ interesting (too bad it's the week after Interop since I wouldn't mind seeing what they roll out).
kmarko
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kmarko,
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3/11/2013 | 10:46:26 PM
re: Chromebook Pixel: My First Week Living In Cloud
Although I still use tablets for email, status updates and news feed checks (primarily while on an exercise bike :), I see the Chromebook replacing more of my tablet use. While I have forced tablets into being a work machine by using BT keyboards and various writing/content creation apps, this type of work is a much better fit on Chrome.
David Berlind
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David Berlind,
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3/11/2013 | 8:46:01 PM
re: Chromebook Pixel: My First Week Living In Cloud
Larry, totally agree when you're talking about the Pixel. This is the part that I think Google got wrong was building a super expensive Chromebook. The question is whether you'd reconsider if the reverse were true... the Chromebook being significantly less expensive than a Windows notebook. I have a Chromebook here. I also have a Chromebox. I could definitely envision a company committing itself to an all-Google infrastructure (mail, apps, etc.) and equipping its employees thusly (even on the smartphone front). But I agree that you're going to run into problems when this isn't the case. As journalists (for example), we must investigate other content that's on the Web. Whether it's with my Chromebook, my Chromebox, or Chrome running on my Android phone, a site with Flash based content (and no Flash alternative) will stop you dead in your tracks.. forcing you to crack open something a little more robust.
Laurianne
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3/11/2013 | 7:58:15 PM
re: Chromebook Pixel: My First Week Living In Cloud
What will you do with the old Mac, now, I wonder? My personal Macbook is about to hit its freshness date and I have come to the conclusion there is nothing I need it for anymore, compared to my tablet.

Follow up question: Did this experiment make you more or less fond of iPad, by comparison?

Laurianne McLaughlin
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Paul Gorski
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Paul Gorski,
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3/11/2013 | 7:35:33 PM
re: Chromebook Pixel: My First Week Living In Cloud
I suppose if you don't mind Gmail and Google docs, you could be OK with a Chromebook, but I'm not a big fan of Gmail nor Google docs. I too work with sites that don't play well with Chrome, and Chrome doesn't play well with single-sign on. If I wanted a full-featured lightweight OS, I'd simply go with Lubuntu, and you can pretty much run that on anything these days.
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