In my attempt to simulate a Chromebook experience by doing everything in the Chrome browser I’ve learned a lot already. I’ve found amazing ways to enjoy music anywhere and everywhere and learned about great, high quality documentaries that moved me to my core. It’s a great ride so far, adding to the promise of a Chromebook.
This time we’re going a more practical route and talk about the basic productivity tools I’ve come to use over the past few weeks. There are a lot of tools and productivity sites out there, but only few of ‘m apply to us all on a daily basis. However, with tips and tools from lifehacker book, David Allen’s Getting Things Done methodology and some good use of the Web we can gain some serious ground in personal efficiency and location independent working.
I myself work with, what I jokingly call my holy quartet: Google Docs, Dropbox, Evernote and Gmail. Because these are all web-based services I have these four always close at hand. Google Docs to create and edit documents, Dropbox for safely storing all of my files online, Evernote for making quick notes and Gmail, you guessed it, for email. Read More
Since I started writing the Making the switch to a Chromebook series, only two articles ago, I rolled from one amazing moment into the next. It’s really great to get introduced to this whole world of wonders the internet turns out to be. And yes, that did grow completely separate from the Chromebook and is also there for the avid IE user, for example. But, it does come to it’s complete fruition, it seems, when using a cloud computing device.
In this post I want to share with you what I’ve learned so far. What I’ll be talking about is just a selection of what I ran into, and liked, when testing out the wole watching stuff online thing. I do want to encourage you to go onto the Google and do some searching yourself though, there’s really a lot out there.
Just as in choosing a suitable replacement for my local music player with a cloud version, I drew up a simple wishlist. This time in advance. However, I did chuck that list eventually for the simple reason that my questions brought to light that I was hopelessly outdated and that they didn’t really apply. Read More
In the first post on making the switch to a Chromebook I spoke of my desire to first find out if it’ll all works. It’s not nothing to go from doing everything local on your pc or laptop using our trusted applications to doing everything online using nothing but apps. Is there an app for everything? And does that mean added costs, or are those free? Time to find out.
Today I want to take a look at what the deal is with music, music in the cloud to be exact. If you’re anything like me you’ll probably have an extensive music collection containing hundreds of albums and thousands of songs which you don’t want to give up on. Many of these I bought years ago on CD and imported them later into iTunes. I really don’t want to lose them, and there’s no way I’m gonna pay for ‘m again moving into the cloud.
The search for an online equivalent to my own music collection was worth it however. Not only is it possible to find virtually any song or artist you’ll ever want to listen to, there are good services letting you listen to them for free! Read More
You may have realized by now that you can’t download games onto a Chromebook the way you can on a Windows computer. Why is that? I’ll explain it all, and I’ll show you how to find games for your Chromebook.
What types of games work on Chromebooks?
There are four types of games that work on Chromebooks –
Flash – Google provides a version of Adobe Flash; and
Games that are in the Android Play Store.
Those last ones only work if your Chromebook currently supports the Play Store. Check this list to see if your Chromebook is included. If it says “Stable Channel” next to your model number, then you’re good to go. Otherwise, you’ll have to stick to HTML5 and Flash games for now.
Games that require Java, like Minecraft, will not work in ChromeOS.
How to tell if a game will work on your Chromebook
If you go to a game site, and you can click “Play” and start playing, that should work. If you get to the site and the only option is “Download,” then it won’t work on ChromeOS.
The surest way to find out if a game will work on ChromeOS is to search the name of your game plus system requirements. If you see Windows operating systems listed but not ChromeOS, that’s the definitive answer.
Example of searching for system requirements
Workaround for games that run on Linux
When you look at their system requirements, you’ll see that some games will work on Linux.
Chromebooks have the ChromeOS operating system when you get them. For the technically savvy, it’s possible to install Linux on a Chromebook if it has an Intel processor.
Type chrome://system into your address bar on your Chromebook (needs to be verified) to see what CPU is in there. If you’re feeling up to it, you can install Crouton and use that to switch between ChromeOS and Ubuntu Linux.
Web apps are the future. Web applications accessed over a network such as the Internet or an intranet that bring added capability to your Chromebook or laptop. Thanks to the awesome capabilities of HTML5 it is now possible for web apps to have the same features that you’re only used to getting from heavy desktop applications. Read More
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