Posts Tagged ‘Chromebook’

TL;DR Anybody wanting a high spec laptop that isn’t from Apple is probably getting a low end model with small RAM and HDD and upgrading themselves to big RAM and SSD. This skews the sales data, so the OEMs see a market where nobody buys big RAM and SSD, from which they incorrectly infer that nobody […]

TL;DR Apple and Google have both launched laptops in the past few days that are both amazing and seriously flawed. If only somebody could make a machine that has the best of both worlds. MacBook The leaks were pretty much spot on, so in the end the new MacBook brought few surprises. I really want […]

I’m a bit behind on writing this up, but just as I sometimes call out bad customer service it’s also worth highlighting good experiences. TL;DR John Lewis gave me a two year warranty on my Chromebook, which meant that when the battery died I was able to get it fixed. Background When I bought my Chromebook back […]

When Paul Simmonds showed up to speak at the privacy and security track I hosted at QCon London last week he brought a Chromebook. After my own experiences using a Chromebook for a presentation my first thought was ‘this isn’t going to end well'[1]. The first issue was connecting to the ubiquitous VGA connector for the […]

Chromebook sales have been a big deal over the past year. This of course leads to the naysayers asking why they aren’t showing up in web logs everywhere? I think the answer is pretty straightforward… Chromebook users are likely much the same as cheap tablet users – so they’ll be mostly using them for gmail, […]

Prices are up – way up. I’d love to get some better metrics, but for now I’ll just go on a few specific data points from observations over the last couple of months. When I was deciding whether or not to get a Chromebook after Christmas I could have picked up a white AMD (E-1200) […]

I’m starting a new job at the end of the week, and I’ve been agonising over whether I should treat myself to a shiny new laptop. I’m *really*tempted by an 11″ MacBook Air[1], but at the same time I’m inclined to hold off until a Haswell-ULT/ULX version comes along (which might then have an all […]

I decided to use my Samsung ARM Chromebook for a presentation at Brighton Pi last night. It did not go well. Creating the presentation Using Google Docs instead of Powerpoint was pretty straightforward. I never do much fancy with my slides – usually just a visual anchor or a few bullet points, so no real […]

I spent the past week as exec in residence for the London Fintech Innovation Lab, working with the 7 winning startups based in the shiny new Level 39 Technology Accelerator at Canary Wharf. It seemed like the perfect chance to try out my Chromebook in a more work oriented setting. Battery life I was brave, […]

One of the things that attracted me to buying a Chromebook was reports I’d read that it would run Ubuntu (and run it fast). Today my 32GB Transcend Class 10 SDHD card arrived, so I set to work installing ChrUbuntu – Ubuntu 12.04 packaged up for the Chromebook[1]. Like some others I hit an issue […]