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7 Days With a Google Chromebook 127

jfruhlinger writes "Now that Chromebook laptops are finally here, the question is: can you really do serious work with them? The only way to find out is to dive on in, and so Steven Vaughn-Nichols spent a week using a Chromebook for all his daily computing tasks. In the end, he was mostly positive on the experience — but was frustrated by a number of rough edges, including poor documentation and a failure of some components of the system to work together."
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7 Days With a Google Chromebook

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  • Re:"Documentation"? (Score:5, Informative)

    by Cro Magnon ( 467622 ) on Monday July 18, 2011 @05:19PM (#36804186) Homepage Journal

    The only intuitive interface is the nipple. Everything else should have documentation.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday July 18, 2011 @05:31PM (#36804336)

    You probably wouldn't want to compile things directly on it, but it does have a terminal you can use to SSH into a better dev environment.

  • Cloud Print on linux (Score:5, Informative)

    by Rick Richardson ( 87058 ) on Monday July 18, 2011 @06:24PM (#36804874) Homepage
    FYI, Cloud Print service:

    $ git clone https://github.com/armooo/cloudprint.git
    Cloning into cloudprint...
    remote: Counting objects: 109, done.
    remote: Compressing objects: 100% (107/107), done.
    remote: Total 109 (delta 47), reused 0 (delta 0)
    Receiving objects: 100% (109/109), 31.77 KiB, done.
    Resolving deltas: 100% (47/47), done.

    $ cd cloudprint
    $ root python setup.py install

    $ root pip-python install daemon
    Downloading/unpacking daemon
    Running setup.py egg_info for package daemon

    Installing collected packages: daemon
    Running setup.py install for daemon

    Successfully installed daemon

    $ cloudprint -d
    Skipping test-raw
    Updated Printer test-1020
    Updated Printer test-c310dn
    Updated Printer mc2530
    Updated Printer mc1600Wc
    Updated Printer aaaa
    Updated Printer mc2300c
    Updated Printer test-1500
    Updated Printer test-okiC110
    Updated Printer test-clp315
    Updated Printer cp1025nw
    Updated Printer test-p1505
    Updated Printer xrx6110
    Updated Printer test
    Updated Printer test-Oki-C3100
    Updated Printer p1505n
    Updated Printer test-p1102
    Updated Printer test-cp1025
    Updated Printer test-C3300
    Updated Printer test-1680MF
    Updated Printer clp315
    Updated Printer test-hp2600
    Updated Printer hp1020
    Updated Printer p1102w
    Updated Printer HP-LaserJet-Professional-P1102w
    Updated Printer hp2600
    Updated Printer cp1215
    Updated Printer p1102-hpcups
    Updated Printer Cups-PDF
    Updated Printer test-clp300
    Updated Printer GnomeManualDuplex
    Updated Printer p1005
    Updated Printer test-m1319
    Updated Printer HP-LaserJet-1000
    Updated Printer test-p2035
    Updated Printer mc2530c
    Updated Printer xrx6110c
    Updated Printer test-CLP-610
    Updated Printer test-KM-1635

       $ firefox http://www.google.com/cloudprint/manage.html

    And on your Android tablet:

    Works good here.
  • by TheBrutalTruth ( 890948 ) on Monday July 18, 2011 @09:47PM (#36806872)
    Really? Have had mine for 8 months... And all of you haters - USE ONE. Really. Please try before you comment on it - about it's limitations, it's unsuitability, it's not good for daily tasks, etc... Maybe it's because I don't play WoW or some shit in my parents basement - but for what I do, email, surfing, music - it's perfect. Instant on, and iPad battery life (the cr-48 anyways). And free wireless for 2 years? Even at a paltry 100MB/month - perfect for when the bloodsuckers known as PEPCO or Comcast go down. Just enough web use for emergency usage. And it tethers to my phone just peachy. It DOES have local storage, GPS, Bluetooth, etc. Just get r00t, weenies... Most of all - it's WIP folks. My cr-48 updates constantly (reboots faster than you can blink) and it's been neat to see it evolve - rapidly - over just 8 months.

In seeking the unattainable, simplicity only gets in the way. -- Epigrams in Programming, ACM SIGPLAN Sept. 1982