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Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by tbplayer59, Mar 26, 2013.

  1. tbplayer59


    Jan 20, 2013
    Any one out there using a chromebook? Looking for opinions on what they're good for and what they're not good for. Not really understanding this whole "cloud" thing. Thanks.
  2. fdeck

    fdeck Supporting Member Commercial User

    Mar 20, 2004
    Madison WI
    HPF Technology LLC
    AFAIK it's the hardware of a notebook computer with limited functionality beyond the ability to run a web browser. As a consequence it doesn't need as much computing horsepower, memory, or disk space as a full fledged notebook, and could potentially be lighter, cheaper, and run longer on batteries. A quick search shows that there are some chromebooks in the $200 range.

    The "cloud" thing is where you do all your computing within a web browser, and all of your files are stored at Web sites such as Google Docs. If this is the case, then your computer really doesn't need to be all that smart any more.

    Being that there is no Windows OS, you're not paying for a Windows license, and not in danger of picking up Windows viruses. What I don't know is if you can run some of the more heavy duty security tools such as Tor.

    A drawback is that you're hosed if you take the thing somewhere that doesn't have Web access.

    An idea is that if you want to give the "cloud" thing a try for a while, just get an account for Google Docs on your regular computer.
  3. tbplayer59


    Jan 20, 2013
    What about 3rd party software? Are things run only in a browser? Does it use "apps" like a pad or phone?
  4. hover


    Oct 4, 2008

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