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  • 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.

  • Touching base

    Posted on December 27th, 2014 at 05:28 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    It isn’t like I’m on vacation or anything, but…

    There’s been precious little news in the past week or so – little tidbits here and there, but nothing meaty, except the NSA revelation that dropped on Christmas eve. 

    The NSA, responding to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit from the American Civil Liberties Union, released a series of required quarterly and annual reports to the President’s Intelligence Oversight Board that cover the period from the fourth quarter of 2001 to the second quarter of 2013.

    The heavily-redacted reports include examples of data on Americans being e-mailed to unauthorized recipients, stored in unsecured computers and retained after it was supposed to be destroyed, according to the documents. They were posted on the NSA’s website at around 1:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve.

    Our tax dollars at work, eh?

    Anyway, I’m just biding my time, waiting for another shoe to drop. In the next few days I’ll look at the MS-DEFCON rating, but I don’t have much hope. December’s Black Tuesday may well be the worst BT in history, and there are dozens (if not hundreds) of conflicting problems.

    So please enjoy the break! Don’t patch anything — we’re at MS-DEFCON 2 for a reason.

    My usual advice applies, though: If you have a new Windows computer, install all of the outstanding patches — even the bad ones. Go through Windows Update, repeatedly, until there are no new updates to install. Your exposure from waiting is greater than the potential for bricking your machine.

    And if you got a Chromebook, you can smile and whistle a happy tune. I’m still playing with a half-dozen of them (from the big InfoWorld review), wondering whether the people I know can get by with a Chromebook most of the time. 

  • Chromebooks take on cheap Windows laptops

    Posted on December 5th, 2014 at 15:08 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Not sure if you want a cheap Windows laptop, a cheap Windows tablet, or a Chromebook for Christmas?

    Here’s an overview from the Windows side of things.

    Windows Secrets Newsletter

    I’ll have more details from the Chromebook side posted shortly.