Taking this Chromebook (CB) home for the long weekend and hosting family I wasn’t sure how much time I was going to spend on the computer. I last posted early Saturday morning and it is now late Sunday night. This is the first I’ve had any computer open. I’ve had my iPhone on me and all access has been done on it. I have not even debated opening my MBP and each time I think of reaching for the iPad I am actually wanting to reach for this CB.
I’m actually wanting to spend time on the CB rather than on my iPad…
Yes, the iPad is great – fun to use, great screen and battery life, awesome UI…but really – how much of what I do on the iPad is app-based and how much is just surfing Safari? Yup, I can do that all with this CB and my iPhone. And for me, typing on the iPad just isn’t great. [Yet, it does help keep my email replies short…]
So, I’ve opened this machine after having it sleep for 36 hours. Battery life has drained from 100% to 70%. Not bad because I know this machine isn’t known for having a great battery.
Also, one of my questions last post was to see if I could tether with my iPhone. I’ve quickly accomplished this no problem. A few quick clicks later and I’m up and running on wifi through my cell. This is must for this machine because being online is vital. Like many of us, when are we ever without our phones? And, when are we ever without a strong cellular signal? For me, the answer to both these questions is ‘very rarely’. With the ease of this tethering, the scale continues to drop in favour of this CB.
Okay, fine…I’m still having trouble typing…but that’s my own fault…
One software issue I’ve run up against is for my personal budgeting program. I have used You Need A Budget (YNAB) for almost three years now. I is awesome and I highly recommend it. They have a great blog, weekly podcasts, and a great forum and support. The software runs on your Mac or PC and has mobile apps for all makes. The apps are for entering receipts on-the-go and do not give access to editing budget lines etc. This must be done in the full program. So, for now, this cannot be done on this CB.
Shorter post this time. You’re all welcome. So, here are a few sites I’ve enjoyed the past few days that I’ve stumbled upon:
- Totally Digital, Dude – From Steve Cox who commented on one of my previous posts. I left a comment there tonight.
- Thinking about Chromebooks? Here’s everything you need to know first – by David Weldon from The Journal I left a comment there tonight.
- 3 ideas that will not transform schools – via George Couros. I left a comment there tonight.