My new (used) Chromebook

It’s been two weeks now since I bought a Chromebook on Craigslist. I have thought about it for some time, one I had seen at my PC User group meeting looked like it might be useful. I was waiting to see one for less than $100 and a Samsung showed up and I bought it.

The first thing I noticed was how quickly it started. Flash memory replaces the hard drive, no moving parts!

The second was the keyboard is not a normal PC board. The F keys are not labeled, there are no pgup and pgdn keys, no Home or End keys. It took a a while to discover ctrl-alt-/ would bring up a help screen including key combinations to handle these functions.

Now that two weeks have passed I found I really like this little thing. It does all that a good Android does but it has a keyboard. It runs any app the Play Store has so I can log into my desktop and run Linux or Windows programs with them but most of what I need to do works in a web browser and using Google’s Suite and drive I can handle all I need to do.

Windows Tradeup

Windows Tradeup

Right now Microsoft wants you to upgrade to Windows 10 so much they will buy your old computer (or MAC!) to get you to use 10 in a new computer. Follow the link above to read the details. If one of the reasons you have been delaying your Windows 10 upgrade has been concern your machine may not be new enough to work well with it, here is an opportunity to get a discount on a new machine.