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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Using a Chromebook

Around March of this past year I was in the market for a new laptop. My laptop had seen better days and I was getting frustrated with the fan continuing to come on for, what seemed to be, no reason at all. I was also frustrated by spending way to long letting the thing update which added to the general slowness of the system.

I had tried cleaning off unneeded programs and also did a clean install. It seemed after adding only a few programs that I needed, the computer would, once again, be too slow to be a non-frustrating experience.

About that time my daughter wanted to get  a new laptop that she would end up taking to college. We had purchased her a Chromebook, but it ended up with a cracked screen and she wanted a windows computer.

She purchased a new laptop and I took over her Chromebook with the cracked screen. The screen took a while to get use to, but I loved the computing experience. Most of what I do can be done online and a Chromebook is perfect for that. I loved the experience so much, I ended up purchasing a new Chromebook (Toshiba) the next moth. I have not looked back since.

I still have my Windows PC and use Chrome Remote Desktop from time to time to do Windows specific computing, such as Logos Bible Software. Most of my time is spent on my Chromebook.

I have been actively using this laptop for seven months and I still love the experience. I am much less frustrated. On the rare occasions when there is a problem or crash, it literally takes 7 seconds to boot back to where I was. The updates take about 10 – 15 seconds. I love how light it is and how easy it is to take just about anywhere. The price wasn’t bad either!

For many people a Chromebook would probably be all the computer they need. If you are doing powerpoint, graphic editing, or have a specialized Windows program, then a Chromebook makes a great second computer. You will probably find you are using it most of the time and only using the Windows machine when you have specific projects.

Transitioning to JoliOS

The Computers / Background

From time to time I become discontented with my computing situation. I’ve moved away from having the latest and greatest PC. Now I would much rather have a cheaper PC and find ways to get it to run well.

My life is surrounded by four different computers. I have a computer at the office, a family computer at home, my main laptop, and an older (perhaps 10 years or so) laptop that is making the rounds in my family.

My computer at the office has always been underpowered. I purchased it used because I wasn’t going to be doing any complex computing on it. While it ran Windows XP well for a while, over time it ran slower and slower and slower. The degradation of Windows based OSes is well known. Wiping the computer and reinstalling is an option, but also a pain, especially if there are a lot of windows programs to reinstall. Continue reading “Transitioning to JoliOS”

Drupal 7, Organic Groups, & Forums

I’ve been trying to incorporate Organic Groups with Forums in Drupal 7. What I’m wanting is a private group where group members can post various types of content and also have a private forum for discussion.

OC has changed a bit from Drupal 6. It is now recommended to use Panels as well. I’ve been trying to sort though the various issues and I found this page that outlines the process. I still have a bit of work to do (Forums), but this page is pretty concise. I’ll update this post as I get further.

Here’s the link: