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Old 12-04-2012, 11:59 AM   #16
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Old 12-04-2012, 12:04 PM   #17
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I've been experimenting with Google Docs . . .

And it became obvious early on with this application was that sometimes you need to run a spreadsheet or write a document independent of the internet. So Google has added that feature to the operating system. You still use the internet browser as the base application, but files now exist to allow it to emulate Google Docs and allow local storage along with the Google Drive app. It isn't as powerful or flexible as a modern stand alone office app, but it is reasonably competent. (think of a mid life MS Works with the Works WP).

I imagine a reasonably competent and creative developer could take advantage of this new infrastructure to do all sorts of stuff.
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My envisioned usage would be quite simple I think (pretty much like a tablet, but with a keyboard) - web browsing, email, reading ebooks possibly and writing/editing documents. ...
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Old 12-04-2012, 12:11 PM   #19
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Old 12-04-2012, 12:16 PM   #20
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My envisioned usage would be quite simple I think (pretty much like a tablet, but with a keyboard) - web browsing, email, reading ebooks possibly and writing/editing documents. ...
My use is even simpler - I want an internet device I can hook up to two monitors, a keyboard, and a mouse to consume content. I don't produce content.
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Old 12-04-2012, 12:23 PM   #21
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My use is even simpler - I want an internet device I can hook up to two monitors, a keyboard, and a mouse to consume content. I don't produce content.
That's what I use my tablets for. (including connecting to my 47" HDTV for movie watching)

No keyboard (or not much) needed.

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Old 12-04-2012, 12:25 PM   #22
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No chromebook but I have tried it before from a flash drive just out of curiosity, you can get that version here to be honest I lost interest pretty fast, I found out it wouldn't suit me I need more than a browser.

If you do what I did please check and double check you pick the right flashdrive letter to write the image to, if you picked your main drive instead of the usb it would be pretty bad.

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Old 12-04-2012, 12:46 PM   #23
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Thanks for that input Teknikal!

Hmmm, maybe I could try that out using my netbook....I'm afraid that would give me a true indication though as the netbook (the original Acer) has a mini screen and keyboard and that is pretty much why I don't already use it for these tasks. I'd like something more in size/form like a tablet (my Xoom as an example) but with a usable keyboard.

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Old 12-04-2012, 01:51 PM   #24
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Only the cloud reader is available for Kindle? So you have to have internet access to read? Ugh.
On the PC you can read books offline that have been downloaded through the Kindle Cloud Reader.

It may be the same for the Chromebook. If so, you'd need an internet connection to get to your books in the first place, but not to actually read the ones you've downloaded.

EDIT: whoops, I missed the fact that this was answered up thread, sorry.

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Old 12-04-2012, 01:56 PM   #25
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I think the operating theory is that in urban and suburban areas, one is never that far from an internet connection (even free ones). This is not for third world application, but for most places in North America and east of the Mississippi it should have significant value.
I keep hearing this.

Really? There are cities and towns where you step outside and there is free WIFI?
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My use is even simpler - I want an internet device I can hook up to two monitors, a keyboard, and a mouse to consume content. I don't produce content.
Don't be so hard on yourself.
I read it.
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In threads I follow.
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Old 12-04-2012, 03:02 PM   #27
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You are way too prolific for me to keep up.
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Old 12-04-2012, 03:42 PM   #29
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Hmmm, maybe I could try that out using my netbook....I'm afraid that would give me a true indication though as the netbook (the original Acer) has a mini screen and keyboard and that is pretty much why I don't already use it for these tasks. I'd like something more in size/form like a tablet (my Xoom as an example) but with a usable keyboard.
Not being sarcastic, but why not just get a keyboard for the Xoom?
The Chromebooks seem a lot less capable than tablets.
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I don't want to carry multiple pieces around -- an ultrabook or chromebook are fully integrated.

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