Four Tools To take a ChromeBook Beyond the Browser

NOTE: I changed the title from “Four Tools to take ChromeOS Beyond the Browser” to “Four Tools to take a Chromebook Beyond the Browser” to reflect that Linux is used rather than native ChromeOS. Thanks to Philotech Mueller from the Chromebooks GooglePlus community for pointing it out!

I’ve already written about why I use Chromebooks. Chromebooks enable me to spend time focusing on what matters rather than administrating and troubleshooting. In that post I said that Chromebooks weren’t designed for high-end computing tasks, however, there are some tools that take Chromebooks beyond the browser. You can do more than check email and post on Facebook. While Chromebooks are great for resource lite tasks, you can push them far beyond simple tasks.

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Why I use a Chromebook

I’m a big fan of Chromebooks. I purchased my first Chomebook, a Toshiba 1st Generation, a few years back. Even though I am comfortable with technology, I love the simplicity, affordability, and how Chromebooks just work allowing me to focus on what matters; my work.

More times than I can share, Windows would “get in the way” of focusing on what matters. I’d be buzzing along and then an error, update, or some odd behavior, would sidetrack me for hours. Sometimes I only wanted to do something simple, like check information on a webpage, but the operating system would get in the way. I have not had this happen with my Chromebooks. Continue reading “Why I use a Chromebook”

Chromebook ChromeOS 53 Android Apps and Crouton Linux conflict

I posted a couple of messages on the Google+ Chromebooks community about an issue I’ve been having with version 53 (dev with Android Apps) and running Linux via Crouton. It took me a while to realize that Linux seemed to be causing my Android Apps to crash. Since I was on DEV I assumed it was just an issue of the ChromeOS developers getting Android Apps integrated into ChromeOS. Continue reading “Chromebook ChromeOS 53 Android Apps and Crouton Linux conflict”

Review – Acer R11 4 Gig Real Life Review

What this Review Is And Is Not

I thought I’d do a review of the Acer R11 Chromebook focusing on how it fits within my daily workflow. This review will not address the technical specifics of the Chromebook, but more day to day usability. If you are interested in specifications, octane speeds, etc., there are great reviews such as:

CNet R11 Review
Laptop Magazine R11 Review
Computer World R11 review
The Verge

Instead of the technical merits, I will focus on my experience with the Acer R11 (4Gig 16meg SD model). I plan on updating this review as I used the machine especially once the Google Play Store is available bring all the Android apps.

My Case Use

I am a pastor so my work varies and includes quite a bit of writing as I prepare sermons, lessons and newsletters, along with talking with people, facilitating training events, leading meetings, creating strategic leadership and organizational plans, and various other activities. Currently I am working on a second book which I plan to self-publish through Amazon’s Createspace service.
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