Chrome for the holidays

During the power outage a few days back, when I fled to a hotel to avoid freezing my keister off, I hauled Toshi the Road Warrior, my ancient (turn of the century) laptop, along with me. It still works, but of necessity it’s slow: it’s a 1.1 GHz Celeron with a system-board maximum 512 MB of RAM. On Windows XP, of course. I mentioned this situation to the sysadmin; he offered to lend me a Chromebook to play with, which I picked up yesterday.

So I plugged in the little metal slab, from Samsung — this is it — and realized that I had no idea what my wireless password was. (Yes, it’s really been that long.) Fortunately, I did know how to get into the router, and I reset all the wireless parameters. (Which meant that I had to bring up the laptop and update it with the new wireless stuff, in case I have any ideas about using it again.) It’s a nice little machine, I suppose, but it’s going to take some getting used to. First order of business is to get a proper mouse. I can work the Chromebook’s touchpad — it’s not so different from the one on the laptop — but I don’t like it either.


  1. McGehee »

    18 December 2015 · 8:23 am

    What OS?

  2. CGHill »

    18 December 2015 · 9:25 am

    I assume whatever version of Chrome OS is current. I have not yet tried to obtain new apps.

  3. McGehee »

    18 December 2015 · 4:37 pm

    I suppose ChromeOS has matured a little since I last tried it years ago, but some months ago zombyboy wasn’t any too thrilled with it.

    I expect an OS to afford access to a file system, and the version I tried didn’t offer it to my satisfaction. I pronounced it a browser masquerading as an OS and said the hell with it.

    Personally I think Google would be wiser to make more of the PC/laptop porting of Android. They’d probably have to fork it to take full advantage of PC/laptop capabilities, but even if not it would be less of a waste of those capabilities than ChromeOS.

  4. CGHill »

    18 December 2015 · 11:27 pm

    “I pronounced it a browser masquerading as an OS.”

    Which it pretty much is, when you get right down to it.

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