HARDWARE: In praise of Chromebooks and Chromeboxes

Wednesday, September 16, 2015


{Privacy Invoked} #1 · Seaside Heights, NJ · 

Ok Facebook world. My laptop died but it is IMPERATIVE that I have a computer, I’m in Grad school. Is a Chromebook good enough for writing papers, printing out papers coupons and the like and surging the web? I’ll b using a flash drive or google docs too. Help!?!

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FJohn Reinke

I have several. I use them for most computing chores. Bought one for {Privacy Invoked} as a gift to replace her old windoze box. She loves it.

  • As long as you use the cloud and the inet, it’s perfect for light weight computing use.
  • Cheap. I’ve seen them as low as 199. 
  • By using the cloud, you’re forced to keep your data backed up.
  • Should you lose it, destroy it, or have it stolen, it’s trivial to get a new one and not miss a beat.
  • Also no malware can infect you.

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{Privacy Invoked} #2

We have chrome books, Windows desktop and MacBooks. All are good. But, you can only save to the cloud on a chromebook. So, if internet access is interrupted, you can’t get to your files. Also, it’s difficult to print from the chromebooks. I would suggest a Windows or Apple machine.

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FJohn Reinke

You can add local storage via usbdrive or and sd card.

Also, many of the “apps” have an offline capability. 

I use google cloud printing capability even on my mac and windoze machines for universal printing (i.e., from anywhere to Virginia, Kendall Park, or Staples). 

Should not be a problem. Sign up for my “platinum support” plan and I can help you. The “gold” plan you get {Privacy Invoked}; “silver” {Privacy Invoked}; “bronze” {Privacy Invoked}; or “lead” {Privacy Invoked}. Laugh! 

Seriously, chromebooks are the way to go for lightweight computing. And, most smartphones allow you to tether them for universal inet access. 

I have Optimum at 51F and that gives me access to Optimum wifi. Most inet service providers have that capability. McDonalds, Starbucks, and Panera have free wifi too. 

I like chromebooks for their utility and no required complete refreshes / reinstalls every so often as windoze and mac get “crud build up”.

Lot positive to be said for the Chromebook / Chromebox. I usually leave one in 51F for {Privacy Invoked} to use when we’re there.

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So let’s sum it up: cheap; simple; and worry free.

I laughed when some clowns hijacked a truck of about 1,200 MacBook Airs destined for a school worth more than a million bucks. 


This revealed the waste at Gooferment Skrules that the taxpayers are paying for.


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HARDWARE: CHROMEBOX; my experience

Tuesday, August 28, 2012


Samsung Chromebox Series 3 review

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The Chromebox does support dual-display output, but right now it will only mirror the desktop image to both displays, rather than extending a single operating environment across multiple screens. Again, the system chooses the output resolution automatically, in this case opting for the highest common resolution between both monitors.

Along with connecting a monitor to the Chromebox, you must also provide your own mouse and keyboard. That opens up a larger discussion about device compatibility, which is less of an issue for the Chromebook considering its built-in Webcam and input devices.

Six USB 2.0 ports on the system (two in front, four in back) imply broad support for the vast ecosystem of USB devices. I did not expect the Chromebox to support every esoteric peripheral, but I was also surprised by how quickly I found devices that didn’t work.

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MY experience mirrors the review with one big positive and one surprising negative.

Positive: This puppy doing gmail is FAST. Like an idiot savant, it renders web pages quick like a bunny.

Negative: I never realized how much I depend upon text expansion utilities. 

I’d buy a CHROMEBOOK to replace my obsoleted MACBOOKAIR. (That alone makes me a NEGATIVE Apple Fan Boy. What is the opposite of a FAN boy?)

So, I’m stuck. I am getting off the Apple “upgrade” treadmill. I’m burnt out on Microsoft problems. Not sure if Ubuntu will give me text expansion. 

Welcome to the “glue trap” or worse whatever.

Sorry, but CHROMEBOOK isn’t ready for me. BUT, if you have kids or old folks, it’s perfect and cheap!

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CHROMEBOX: The first start of CHROMEBOX

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

The first start of CHROMEBOX. Not very auspicious!

2012 07 20 CHROMEBOX


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