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"Acer C7 Chromebook" (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) by Ready Set Monday!!!   A few days ago, I reflected on a criticism of Chromebooks in classrooms. In my reflection I unpacked the criticism and weighed in on the issue. Today I share another perspective: Chromebooks are a means to a larger end. For Google, that end is mind share. The […]

In August, Google enabled a PIN option for Chromebook logins in the developer OS. That option is available now in the stable OS for anyone who does not appreciate the first world problem of having to type in a long Google password. If you want this experimental feature, do these to enable the Chromebook PIN: […]

In a previous reflection, I noted how there seemed to be a phantom power draw by my Toshiba 2 Chromebook when I used it in presentation and facilitation mode. The lowered battery life seemed to be due to my use of an HDMI-to-VGA dongle to project my screen during workshops. This was odd given how […]

It might be an understatement to say that I have put my Toshiba Chromebook 2 through the wringer over the last few weeks. I have tested its ability to: Connect automatically to more secure wireless networks [1] [2] Connect to on-demand VPN Connect to peripherals In further testing the Chromebook for facilitating events, I have […]

I brought my new-ish Chromebook with me on consulting and teaching gigs. What both efforts have in common are: Connecting to the Internet for shared resources, e.g., Google Slides, Google Sites, other web resources. Sharing information by projecting it on a large screen. Highlighting or zooming in to specific information. Like any laptop computer, a […]

I have been using my Toshiba Chromebook 2 for almost two months. This model is not available in Singapore and I took it off my Amazon wishlist after a year of waiting and reading reviews. Video source These were my initial reflections on using it in my first week: Chromebook baby: First impressions Setting up […]

This is Part 3 of what I am learning with and from my new Toshiba Chromebook 2. Click these links for Part 1 (first impressions) and Part 2 (setting up a VPN connection). The Chromebook might not be quite the workhorse like my MacBook Pro — it is more like a workpony — but it gets work […]

This is Part 2 of my first impressions of my new Toshiba Chromebook 2. Read Part 1 here. I wondered if I could protect myself while using public networks like Wireless@SG. I was not disappointed. Instructions on how to do this will vary with VPN providers. I use Private Internet Access (PIA) and this is […]

My first major note about Chromebooks was over two years ago. Back when they were new, I wondered if Chromebooks were the new netbooks. While Chromebooks evolved, I waited. And watched. And waited some more. I added the Toshiba Chromebook 2 to my Amazon wishlist last year after reading how it topped many reviews. I […]

  by  louisvolant    Do you remember netbooks? I am referring to those small, underpowered computers that emerged like desert blooms only to disappear almost as quickly as they appeared. I not only remember them, I still have one gathering dust in a drawer. I will probably salvage its hard drive and repurpose it for networked storage. […]

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