Chromebooks - latest news and discussion

Discussion in 'computers, web and general tech' started by editor, Dec 30, 2013.

  1. chilango

    chilango *shrugs*

    Just picked up a direct replacement for the work Chromebook I had to give back (a basic HP machine) for the princely sum of £130 from Argos. Well, I also had a £100 credit/voucher thing, so I actually only shelled out £30.

    It's not a cutting edge Chromebook by any means. You can get better. But it does me for 90% of what I need. For £30. :thumbs:
     
  2. UnderAnOpenSky

    UnderAnOpenSky baseline neural therapy

    They are super good value!

    How you getting on with yours campanula?
     
  3. campanula

    campanula plant a seed

    A bit slowly cos sweetheart is learning to use it too (he is currently writing a wedding speech on google docs). We didn't get a manual either so floundering a bit with touchpads (like sweeping doghairs off it and doing something annoying to the screen). I have downloaded a simplified manual on my old PC (marginally useful) but getting there, more or less. What are apps...and how might I use one? I am really interested in downloading books and music - something I used to do on Pirate Bay and such. I seem to have lost touch with torrents (or whatever is being used now)when I got my crappy ancient Dell, cos I sort of stopped bothering...but I would like to get maximum use out of my CB.

    However, both the dog and grand-daughter have trodden on it and it remains unscathed.
     
  4. UnderAnOpenSky

    UnderAnOpenSky baseline neural therapy

    Google docs has some amazing speech recognition built in so worth having a go with that.

    Also worth googling about using the track pad (doghair with standing) as it has more features then your average windows one.

    Apps are typically ones written for a phone that run on the laptop. I tend not to use many as mine is just a portable machine, but I'm sure others can advise, but for me almost everything I need can be done on what it comes with.

    Torrents you can do, although I don't do it on the Chromebook, you can get a torrent client. There's a great private site for books and as you mentioned Pirate Bay gets all sorts. Urban has a few threads on torrents.
     
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  5. iona

    iona toxic clown

    I posted a separate thread to ask about internet too, but might as well cross post this since I'm getting directed here anyway..

     
  6. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

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  7. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Not the greatest ad but it gets the point across



    And this extension may be of interest to those who like bells'n'whistles

    Apple TV Aerial
     
  8. cybershot

    cybershot Well-Known Member

    Being nit picky. Browser hijacks that announce your system has a virus and the only way to get rid of the annoying announcement is to force close the browser. (Or click the link if you’re dumb) Chromebooks don’t get those? The advert suggests so. As you certainly still do in the chrome itself on other systems.
     
  9. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Thing is, with a Chromebook you can fix anything with a quick powerwash reboot and everything is back when it boots back up again. Easy peasy.
     
  10. cybershot

    cybershot Well-Known Member

    But it still does happen then! ;) Which makes the advert a tincy wincy bit misleading. In my opinion anyway.
     
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  11. alcopop

    alcopop Well-Known Member

    You also get dodgy extensions with chrome don’t you.
     
  12. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    I've never come across one but I dare say if you get in the habit of installing any old crap, you may come across some dodgy ones. But that has little to do with the fact that Chromebooks are easier to maintain and generally safer than any other OS to the average user.

     
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  13. BoxRoom

    BoxRoom Flip.

  14. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Errr... look six posts up!
     
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  15. BoxRoom

    BoxRoom Flip.

    Oh balls! Sorry :D
    Not on form today!
     
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  16. Throbbing Angel

    Throbbing Angel it's a very pretty colour this ambulance, isn't it

    Never come across one myself.

    this
     
  17. alcopop

    alcopop Well-Known Member

  18. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Do you own a Chromebook or are you just going to post up random scare stories?

    From your own link:
    So don't install dodgy extensions from dodgy sources. Simples. And it's still the safest platform.
     
  19. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Me neither and I've been using Chromebooks for years.
     
  20. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Good piece here:
    Google Chromebooks are a hit with security experts, and it's not by accident
     
  21. UnderAnOpenSky

    UnderAnOpenSky baseline neural therapy

    I guess you wouldn't notice a good one.
     
  22. Throbbing Angel

    Throbbing Angel it's a very pretty colour this ambulance, isn't it

    Possibly not - all funds are still in bank account, though.
     
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  23. Chz

    Chz Stark Raving Sane

    Eldest's Toshi CB2 (2014 edition) is dead. I can't tell if it's the screen itself, or the connector to the screen that's toast. I'm not really willing to spend the £50 and effort to get a new screen and find out the connector's toast. To be honest, both ends of it look fried.

    Been looking at a Costco deal where you get the Acer CB14 (4GB/1080p version) in a bundle with a carry case and a wireless mouse. £299, and Costco ups the warranty to 2 years. I'm hesitant because it's not a touchscreen, but the Boy (ok, young man) says he doesn't care about that. He definitely wants something in the 12-14" range, watches a lot of media so Full HD. Would like it to not perform worse than the old CB2. (Which sounds obvious, but even that Acer is only 5-10% faster per core. It just has 4 cores instead of 2.) It sort of grates that it's much the same as the old one but now with a metal frame and costing more. But then I don't really see any better deals out there.

    Opinions?
     
  24. UnderAnOpenSky

    UnderAnOpenSky baseline neural therapy

    It's a lovely machine, although the price does seem to have risen on them this year, rather then dropping. The metal chassis certainly gives it a premium feel.
     
  25. Chz

    Chz Stark Raving Sane

    CPU-wise, it does seem like you need to spend £400 for a Goldmont powered one, while the old Airmont cores are at £300. I don't think they're that much faster to justify it. Chromebooks don't seem to go on sale as regularly as other laptops, so I can't just predict when the old ones are getting dumped for cheap. The Acer does seem the best all-rounder at £300 if you want a 1080 screen on it.

    The way the pound's been lately is certainly to blame for the price not dropping.
     
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  26. cybershot

    cybershot Well-Known Member

    Not sure if Chromebooks ever get thrown into these things, and I'm certainly not sure what CostCo do, probably nothing, but with August bank holiday upcoming, no doubt electrical stores will be pulling the 'back to school, new term, new laptop etc offers. No doubt Currys/Argos at the very least will have offers, money off codes doing the rounds. Maybe worth waiting? If he of course, can wait that long?
     
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  27. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

  28. cybershot

    cybershot Well-Known Member

    An update on my Mum's converted HP Stream.

    She's using it without issue so far, come across nothing she did before that she can't do now. Which in all fairness I'm pretty sure was just use Chrome anyway....

    First real test this week was that she purchased a dash cam. The cam saves files in mov format, and I was expecting some problems, but no, insert the SD, double click file and it played it. Showed her to drag and drop the file to get google drive to save it, I doubt she'll remember that bit if we ever do have to get footage off, but she's only a mile away so not the end of the world.

    I probably should have looked into if there's a way to remote desktop, pretty sure there's a chrome extension for that anyway.
     
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  29. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Yes, there is!
     
  30. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

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