I just ordered my first Chromebook and am anticipating it’s arrival TOMORROW! I am a gadget guy and this is going to be my latest gadget. But I see it as much more than that.
If you aren’t familiar with the Chromebook, it is essentially a “web brower” in a notebook package. No operating system (Ok, there is one, but not in the traditional sense). It is basically a Chrome browser in a nice little notebook package. So what can you do with something like that? Well, actually, just about anything.
“The Cloud” is becoming our operating system. Every day, there are more and more applications becoming available. Everything from Accounting Apps to Games. If you have any “tech savy” at all, you are already utilizing “cloud storage” somewhere, either with Drop Box, iCloud … and there are hundreds more. Yes, HUNDREDS.
So, how could you use a Chromebook in daily life? Here is an example.
- Start by checking your email (you probably use gmail or something similar)
- Someone sends you a word document. You open it using Google Apps. Edit it and send it back.
- Create a presentation in Google Apps. Send it on.
- Schedule your travel for next week. Don’t forget to put it on your Google Calendar.
- Chill by listening to your favorite tunes on Last.fm.
- Watch a few videos on NetFlix
- Finish up the report you were working on. Send it on to your boss for review.
The simple fact is, there is probably nothing that you want to do that can’t be done on the web in one way or another. And, there are more web applications appearing every day.
I am not saying that having a stand-alone computer like we have today are going to go away completely. But, more and more, devices like the Chromebook, iPad and other “non-traditional” computing devices will replace non-power users computers for good. And for the good.
Look for my review of my new Chromebook. I’ll let you know if it is everything it is cracked up to be.
The Church Tech