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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 2013-12-30, 06:11 PM Thread Starter
 
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Chromebooks?!

Probably the most ridiculed new "computing device" relying on persistent internet connection...
http://www.engadget.com/2013/12/30/c...s-in-business/

Now at least it is clear what Microsoft is trying to avoid with their latest ad campaign...
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post #2 of 23 (permalink) Old 2013-12-30, 11:00 PM
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I think the main problem I have with Chromebooks is that they're either cheap pieces of junk that I'd never buy or it's the Chromebook pixel which is a nice piece of kit. The issue with the Chromebook Pixel is that it's begging for a better OS.
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post #3 of 23 (permalink) Old 2013-12-31, 02:37 PM Thread Starter
 
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It looks like Samsung has success not only selling Chromebooks to the enterprise market (and improving it),
http://www.electronista.com/articles...ase.next.year/
but also Android tablets to the general populace...
http://www.phonearena.com/news/Samsu...w-data_id50829

They must be having a really nice holiday quarter...
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post #4 of 23 (permalink) Old 2014-01-06, 01:26 PM Thread Starter
 
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Toshiba trying to capitalize on Chromebooks popularity?
http://www.engadget.com/2014/01/06/t...book-hands-on/
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post #5 of 23 (permalink) Old 2014-01-07, 12:03 AM Thread Starter
 
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A new flavor of a Chrome OS running computer - Chromebase AIO.
http://www.engadget.com/2014/01/06/l...base-hands-on/

If it has a decent network stack and video, it can be a perfect replacement
for the new "terminals" running VDI or used to RDP/VNC...

Will VMware offer a Horizon View client for Chrome OS?

Very promising, I'd say...

EDIT:
There is a Horizon View HTML5 client that can be used on Chrome OS devices
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MtwBLNVBL4I
But hopefully VMware and/or Google add a native client...
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I wouldn't be surprised if my company replaced our Lenovo Thinkpads with Chromebooks, for those who travel a lot. We use Google Apps for business, our software product is SaaS, there really is little need to lug around a heavy laptop.

I'm tempted to get one for home use too.
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I'm typing on a $199 Acer laptop right now. This thing is fast at loading web pages as my other PC's. I've been really impressed with this unit.
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post #8 of 23 (permalink) Old 2014-01-11, 04:07 PM Thread Starter
 
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Chromebook as an only gadget journalist tool
http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2014/...-was-possible/

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Did I prefer using a Chromebook to using my regular tools? No, not really. Is it possible to do and come back home with your sanity intact? Sure! That's probably something we couldn't have said 12 or 18 months ago, and it's why Chrome OS is so interesting—it doesn't do everything a PC can do, but Chromebooks do enough of what a PC does that they can pose a credible threat to low-end laptops. And in case you hadn't noticed, that's where a lot of the volume of the PC market comes from these days.
Netbook, v.2.0, anybody?
The Netbook v.1 was dead the moment MS made manufacturers install Win7 Starter (no-go on an Atom CPU, 1GB RAM).
There is no such threat this can happen with Chomebooks...

Google learned quite a bit about MS' "good enough" philosophy...
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In 2013 2.5 million chromebooks were shipped world wide and it is predicted that that number will double this year. They will never replace a windows or mac pc how ever if your computer is used for mostly internet and skydrive or google docs than they become a very credible computer. Low power consumption,fast bootup and shut down, auto backup to the cloud, a simple O/S, compact size and weight, low price are just some of the reasons that this will appeal to many of us that are not as computer literate as you computer geeks out there
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It looks like Canadians are getting ripped off on Chromebooks. The Samsung Chromebook XE303C12 is $225.00-$249.00 on Amazon.com. It's $330-$597 on Amazon.ca. The Acer C720 Chromebook is $199-$260 vs $299-$399. The HP Chromebook 11 is $339-$399 vs $399. The HP Chromebook 14 is $299-$368 vs $320-$539. (The HP models seem to be the only ones where prices are close to comparable.) They are out of stock on Google Play (Canada) so there is probably some profiteering going on. My take is to wait a few months and prices will drop when supplies increase.
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Hey, this might help Chromebooks adoption...
http://www.theverge.com/2014/1/14/53...e-os-interface

Really nifty!
Chrome-the-browser turns into CromeOS virtual machine!!
And all this inside Windows 8!

Update to v.32 is required...
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I'm hesitant to purchase a Chromebook online (via Google Play, or otherwise) until I can verify that the keyboard layout is not the bilingual one up here. I just picked up the Samsung Series 3 Chromebook, and I can't stand the shortened left SHIFT key. Keep hitting the accented characters key just to the right of it.
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There is just one on sale at the Canadian PlayStore and it looks as standard as it gets...

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On Best Buy Canada's site, they show the standard US keyboard layout as well, yet here's what I got:
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post #15 of 23 (permalink) Old 2014-01-17, 04:46 PM
 
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We cracked the screen on our 303 Samsung. How? Closing the screen onto the keyboard. The keyboard actually cracked the screen. That's how cheaply they're made.
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