Author Topic: Chromebook Blues  (Read 2256 times)

Re: Chromebook Blues
« Reply #30 on: May 25, 2019, 05:39:59 PM »
Read-only authorisation?

Anyway, that's what user-empowerment looks like. Don't like it, build a better tool with a comparable learning curve and range of abilities.

(The closest we get is "zero-code" stuff which is overwhelming shite and a massive step backwards from Access, FileMaker or HyperCard.)

I do build better tools that's why it pains me to use horrible macros and spreadsheets that people are trying to bend into a database.


Zetetic

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Re: Chromebook Blues
« Reply #31 on: May 25, 2019, 05:41:22 PM »
I don't mean a better tool for that task.

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Re: Chromebook Blues
« Reply #32 on: June 23, 2019, 02:52:36 PM »
I still use LaTex.

Re: Chromebook Blues
« Reply #33 on: July 28, 2019, 03:12:27 PM »
Anyone else got a Chromebook? I've had one for about three months and it's been endless bullshit.

A couple of months on and some of my problems have been soothed, though I still need to do a browser reset more frequently than I'd expect. But hey. First World Problems and all that.

Something I've recently found a bit of a grind is how the Chromebook struggles with anything that isn't online. While it plays streaming video beautifully, it struggles to open any format of video file or even to navigate between video files in the file viewer. This has been alleviated somewhat by only ever using list view (rather than preview/tiles view), but it's still ropey. When opening an image file to do some basic editing or whatever, the OS glitches roughly and sometimes crashes. Not great.

I swear I never expected excellence. I know Chromebooks aren't for serious computing. I just didn't realise that the benchmark for 'serious computing' would be so low.
« Last Edit: July 28, 2019, 04:57:51 PM by Mobbd »

Zetetic

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Re: Chromebook Blues
« Reply #34 on: July 28, 2019, 07:36:47 PM »
What Chromebook?


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Re: Chromebook Blues
« Reply #35 on: July 29, 2019, 01:36:16 AM »
What Chromebook?


Acer Chromebook 14, I think he said? Might not be the same one though.

Re: Chromebook Blues
« Reply #36 on: July 29, 2019, 08:15:47 AM »
Acer Chromebook 14, I think he said? Might not be the same one though.

Same one, yes! Thanks. 14.

Zetetic

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Re: Chromebook Blues
« Reply #37 on: July 29, 2019, 11:28:44 AM »
Ah, remembering the thread properly now - apologies and thanks both.

I'd still suggest giving Linux a try, whether that's a proper install or using crouton. The hardware is alright, while ChromeOS is obviously overwhelmingly targetted at online-use.

Re: Chromebook Blues
« Reply #38 on: July 29, 2019, 04:18:29 PM »
I'd still suggest giving Linux a try, whether that's a proper install or using crouton.

Thank you Zetetic. I've been idly considering that. Do you mean install Linux on the Chromebook itself or getting a laptop specifically recommended for Linux?

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Re: Chromebook Blues
« Reply #39 on: July 29, 2019, 04:25:34 PM »
He means installing it on the Chromebook. Crouton is a package for running linux in parallel with chromeOS.

Re: Chromebook Blues
« Reply #40 on: July 31, 2019, 11:56:47 AM »
He means installing it on the Chromebook. Crouton is a package for running linux in parallel with chromeOS.

Ooh. Now you're talking. Thanks both.