Going All in with Google


I’m writing this on a Dell Chromebox using Google Docs.

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And I can do all my work just fine using cheap computers. (the Dell cost me less than $300). I also have a Dell Chromebook 13 (check the outlet) that is my portable computer when I need to be at my desk.

Chrome OS is Cheap

Both computers cost me less than five hundred dollars.

Chromebooks and Chromeboxes have enough ram and enough storage and the docs I create do not count towards my Google Drive Storage. And with a Chromebook purchase it also includes 100GB of storage as well.

I can use Google docs for letters or papers or resumes or pretty much any other document I can think of. I tend to use it for writing blog posts that I publish here and on other sites and thanks to an the gabriel add-on I can post directly from Google Docs to my Jekyll site on Github pages.

Probably the best thing about writing blog posts in Google Docs is the fact that I quickly add links. I highlight the word or phrase and google searches and suggests and most times it’s spot-on because, well, it’s Google.

It’s Better than an iPad.

I’ve tried writing on an iPad but I could not get used to using the touch and even though my Dell Chromebook is touch as well. Perhaps it’s my age but I just can’t get used to touching the display and I much prefer using the touchpad.

Speaking of the touchpad I think this is where ChromeOS is superior over any other OS. The multi-touch gestures allow me to swipe and scroll to navigate rather than using a traditional mouse to point and click. Once you use this for a while it seems so old school to go back to just using a mouse.

Google Docs Runs Everywhere

I could write this on every device I own. I could start it on the phone, grab an iPad or Chromebook and then finish up the article when I get back home. There’s not much of an excuse not to write when using google docs.

Free Updates Every Six Weeks

One of the best things is how the update system works. About every six weeks there’s a ChromeOS update that downloads in the background. When it’s done downloading the update all you need to do is restart the computer. No pinwheels of death. You get five years of this before your Chromebook is end of life.

Synchronization Across all Devices

Not only does google docs sync your writing across all your devices, the OS will also synchronize across all devices too so all your settings are the same on any chromebook or Chromebox you use.

A Powerwash Fixes All

It’s very rare, but if you do have problems with your Chrome OS device, a quick ‘powerwash’ fixes all issues and resets the device like new. You don’t have to re-install operating systems and update drivers and all that jazz.

There are some Nice ChromeBooks

It seems like Chromeboxes have been forgotten about but new Chromebooks are released regularly and you have choices from about $150.00 to more than $500 for higher end models

Chrome Extensions Increase Your Productivity

You can personalize your ChromeOS experience with extensions. I run a must-have ad blocker and the todoist extension to help keep me organized but there are many others that are available on Google Web Store

We’ve come a long way. The idea that you can buy a computer for less than $200 that for the most of us - myself included - can do all that you need for your everyday computing is really quite amazing.

Starting Over


As you can see from the date of the previous post, it’s been awhile since I have written here, and I hope to start writing more regularly.

But I have been thinking about what I want ramseeker to be for the next 20 years and now that it’s close to 20 years since I launched this site I have been thinking about what’s next for ramseeker.

ramseeker started as a hobby site and it’s come full circle and is indeed a hobby site again and I’ve tried some stuff in recent years and months as I try to figure out what direction I want this site to head.

And that’s the problem: I have no idea.

When I started this site I had no idea I would be tracking prices of memory but I ended up doing that for more than a decade and helped a lot of people - both vendors and users.

But thanks to the iPhone, and the MacBook Air for starting a trend of memory upgrades that are not user-replaceable there’s not a whole lot of demand for ram prices unless you’re looking to buy ram for legacy macs. Any computer you’ve been using lately has probably not needed a ram upgrade or will do with the amount of ram it already has.

Heck, I’m writing this on a Chromebook with 4GB of RAM and that’s more than enough.

So here I am.

One thought would be to write about every mac and it’s specifications but that’s been done and much better than I ever could. I thought about writing about ram upgrades for every PC but I think I would rather shoot me. Besides, computer memory sales I would guess is for the for the hobbyist or somebody trying to squeeze a lot out of their mac.

This is a hobby site now and one thing that a hobby site needs to be is fun . Back in the late 90’s and early 00’s tracking ram prices (and learning html) was fun. It was exciting times to watch technology march on so fast as ram got bigger in capacity and yet cheaper at the same time.

But now a couple hundred bucks will get you a pretty good computer for most everyday users and writing about tech and apple has been done to death and to be honest I am not all that interested in writing about every software release or new Mac or mobile device. I’ve never been a deal site or news site and I have no urgency to start now.

So I have decided I will start to write about what I want. I doubt I will write about what I had for lunch (there’s twitter for that) but this site needs to be fun for me if I need to continue on with it in any shape or form. If I had to guess it will more than likely be tech-related still.

I’m also hoping that by just writing more regularly something will rise up to the top that I will recognize that it’s a topic I want to explore more. It happened before with ram prices. I just stumbled into them over time so perhaps it will happen again.

And if not, then at least I will have fun trying.

If you’re looking for RAM prices you can find them here

Thanks for reading.

How Much does an Apple iMac Cost?


Expect to pay from $1099.00 to $2299.00 for a brand new Apple iMac computer in 2016 (and going into 2017 as it’s unlikely there will be a refresh before that)

If you want to save some money on Apple iMacs you can also choose to buy a refurbished Apple iMac too. At time of writing range in price from just over $900 to just over two thousand dollars

Apple iMac Choices

The Apple iMac comes in 2 different screen sizes and 5 different configurations:

  • 21.5 inch iMac with 1.6GHz Processor, 8GB of memory and 1TB Storage
  • 21.5 inch iMac with 2.8GHz Processor, 8GB of memory and 1TB Storage
  • 21.5 inch iMac with 3.1GHz Processor, 8GB of memory and 1TB Storage and retina 4K display
  • 27 inch iMac with 3.2GHz Processor, 8GB of memory and 1TB Storage and retina 5K display
  • 27 inch iMac with 3.3GHz Processor, 8GB of memory and 2TB Storage and retina 5K display

Actually there are many more iMac configurations than this because you can always add more ram or buy a SSD drive at time of purchase (both recommended) but if you are looking for the stock iMac then you’re looking at these five.

iMac Disadvantages

There can be some disadvantages to using an iMac vs something like a Mac Mini and that’s the fact that these Apple desktops combine processor and display all in one unit. The iMac is a popular seller and closing in on it’s 20th anniversary but that’s something to consider.

Probably the biggest disadvantage is the fact that you have to spend close to $1000 and you’re still stuck with a spinning hard drive in 2016. I know, as desktops these are meant to be used either in the Office or Home and may hold many documents and photos and even the 1TB storage is too small, but if it were me I would not buy any computer that doesn’t have a SSD Drive standard.

There is a Fusion Drive as standard but it’s either extra money for this option or you have spend more and buy the 27 inch model.

iMac Pros

The Pros of the iMacs are the fact that it’s an Apple and offers features that only an Apple computer can offer. If you want what is arguably the best screen on an all in one computer today, you should consider an iMac.

Is an iMac worth it?

Only you can decide, but I can tell you that I don’t need one. I have ditched paying the Apple tax and am fully invested in Chromebooks where a little over $100 will give you a pretty competent machine for everyday computing tasks.

But, if you’re a power user and want a very fast computer from Apple with a very nice display and lots of choice when it comes to both storage and hard drive options then the iMac might be a very good choice.

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How Much Does a Mac Mini Cost?


Mac Mini Prices

Expect to pay from about $499.00 and up for a brand new Mac Mini from Apple in 2016.

The Mac Mini (the current one) comes from Apple in the following configurations:

$499.00

1.4GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 4GB memory 500GB hard drive1 Intel HD Graphics 5000

$699.00

2.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 8GB memory 1TB hard drive Intel Iris Graphics

$999.00

2.8GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 8GB memory 1TB Fusion Drive Intel Iris Graphics

The cheapest Mac Mini you can buy today is $499.00 as a new unit but you may be able to find it cheaper as refurbished model. (as well as the other configurations) Check for refurbished Macs here

The other models offer faster processors, more RAM and in some cases: fusion drives. The last feature is really what you should consider as the most important feature if you want a faster Mac Mini.

The starter model comes from Apple with a spinning 500GB hard drive and it’s a shame because prices on SSD storage has dropped considerably and if Apple had equipped this with even a 128GB ssd (the maximum on most phones) then they would have had a very nice desktop mac with very nice features at a very nice price.

But currently you need to spend another $200 to get the 2.66Ghz Mac Mini and then you are close to spending one thousand dollars on a desktop Mac with a SSD drive which is another $200 upgrade. This begs the question: maybe you should buy a PC instead? Or perhaps just switch to an Apple notebook like the MacBook Air which includes portability and a display keyboard and touchpad too.

Power Users will want the $999.00 model which is a bit faster and inludes the fusion drive as standard but at a thousand dollars is the Mac Mini a deal when you compare it to other small format desktop computers?

I guess that last question is up to you but if you’re looking at the cheapest apple computer you can buy you’re looking at spending **at least ** $$500 for the base configuration

How Much Does an Apple Laptop Cost?


Apple Laptops are Not Cheap.

If you are looking for a cheap laptop, consider a Chromebook or Windows PC. But if you are an Apple faithful for whatever reason expect to pay between $900 for a refurbished MacBook to over four thousand dollars for more expensive configurations

Current Apple Laptop Prices

Apple MacBook

  • Apple MacBook 1.1GHz 8GB of RAM and 256GB SSD storage - $1299.00
  • Apple MacBook 1.2GHz 8GB of RAM and 512GB SSD storage - $1599.00

Apple MacBook Air

  • 13 inch MacBook Air 1.6Ghz 8GB of RAM and 128GB SSD storage - $999.00
  • 13 inch MacBook Air 1.6Ghz 8GB of RAM and 256GB SSD storage - $1199.00

MacBook Pro

  • 13 inch MacBook Pro 2.0Ghz 8GB of RAM and 256GB SSD storage - $1499.00
  • 13 inch MacBook Pro 2.9Ghz 8GB of RAM and 256GB SSD storage - $1799.00
  • 13 inch MacBook Pro 2.9Ghz 8GB of RAM and 512GB SSD storage - $1999.00
  • 15 inch MacBook Pro 2.6Ghz 16GB of RAM and 256GB SSD storage - $2399.00
  • 15 inch MacBook Pro 2.7Ghz 16GB of RAM and 512GB SSD storage - $2799.00

If you start to add more like RAM, or bigger storage or faster processors you’re looking at close to $3000 or more for a maxed out MacBook Pro in 2016.

What Macbook to Buy?

I can’t really say because we each have different needs. My usage is web based so I can even get away with an iPad for writing if I had to or a ChromeBook but if it were me I would probably look at either a refurbished 2015 MacBook or if I wanted to splash all out - the entry level Macbook Pro. I don’t need the touchbar, as neat as it does look to be.

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How Much is 2009 Apple MacBook Pro Memory?


2009 Apple MacBook Pro RAM Prices

Expect to pay about $40.00 for an 8GB RAM upgrade kit for the 2009 MacBook Pro which is the most ram you can add to this particular model.

The 2009 Apple MacBook Pro uses PC3 8500 sodimms and you can replace the 4GB of ram that shipped with this model for 8GB RAM KITS to effectively double your performance for this still very capable notebook from apple

If you need help with the memory install, Apple offers instructions on how to upgrade the ram on your 2009 MacBook Pro.

How Much do Chromebooks Cost?


Chromebook Prices

Expect to pay about $200 for a cheap Chromebook and about 3 to four hundred dollars for more feature rich models that include a touch screen and in some cases a 360 degree hinge that allows the Chromebook to be used in tablet mode.

Here’s a few suggestions:

Acer Chromebook CB3-131-C3SZ

This might just be the best deal on a Chromebook. It’s not the cheapest Chromebook you can buy but it does offer pretty good bang for the buck. MSRP is about $175.00 for this small and rugged 11 inch notebook with a sturdy feel and bright IPS display - something that’s not usually included with a Chromebook of this price. It’s not the fastest Chromebook you can buy but it’s more than usable for everyday tasks.

ASUS C201 C201PA-DS02 11.6 Inch Chromebook

This Chromebook is far from the fastest model you can buy with a rockchip processor you might be better off with the Acer Chromebook listed above. It does comw with 4GB of RAM and 16GB of storage though so you will be able to have enough room for some local files as well as being to keep more than a few tabs open at the same time.

Acer Chromebook 14, Aluminum, 14-inch Full HD

Priced at about $300 this is not the cheapest Chromebook you can buy but it does offer a better build quality than cheaper models and features a full HD IPS display as well as an all-aluminium build. It’s no Apple product, but it’s also only about the third of the cost.

Samsung Chromebook 3

The Samsung Chromebooks have well been known for their affordablity and the version 3 is the latest revision. If offers a Celeron processor, 4GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. The best part is the price at well under $200.00

Acer Chromebook 15

Looking for a chromebook with a big screen? The Acer Chromebook 15 is the one and only Chromebook that offers a 15inch FUll HD dispay. It’s also one of the faster chromebooks you can buy too with a faster Celeron processor than the others listed above. The chromebook 15 is big and heavy though - if you are in the market for a small and lighweight Chromebook, then this is not the Chromebook to buy.

HP Chromebook 13

The HP Chromebook 13 is one of the more expensive Chromebooks you can buy with the higher end models close to $1000 in price. But for about $500 you can buy a Chromebook with a full Quad HD display and much better build quality than the others.

Acer Chromebook R11

What if you took the Acer Chromebook 11 above, and added a touchscreen with a 360 degree hinge for use in tablet mode? You would get the Acer R11. This is one of the best selling chromebooks thanks to the price/performance ratio. Priced at under $300 you get all the features listed above with all day battery life and 4GB of RAM with 32GB of local storage space.

Summary. These are but a few suggestions for Chromebooks and the price you expect to pay. For more Chromebook prices click here.

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How much does a SSD Drive cost?


Expect to pay from under 100 dollars up to well over $1300 depending on the storage space you need.

If you can live with using smaller SSD - I don’t really recommend anything less than 64GB in 2016, then you can buy a 120GB SSD drive for under $50.00 so it really does not make a whole lot of sense to go much lower in storage for SSD drives unless you live entirely in the cloud - and if that’s the case you should probably consider buying a chromebook instead.

But the best value I think in 2016 when it comes to upprading or building your PC with a solid state drive is either 256GB or 500GB in size.

If you’re on a budget and don’t need a lot of space for your files then 256GB of storage is more than enough and in fact some computers still ship with 256GB ssd’s installed so this size is probably considered the sweet spot when it comes to storage space in 2016 for casual computing

The Best SSD Hard Drive Price/GB ratio.

If you’re a power user (whatever that means) then you will want to have more storage than a measly 256gb and 500GB SSD drives have dropped in price considerably and is now considered a very affordable upgrade and if you have a lot of stuff to store that you always need to have with you and can’t deal with cloud storage or external drives then the 500gb SSD is your best value for a ssd drive in 2016

I used to say that a ram upgrade was the best upgrade for your computer but now that SSD’s are priced so cheaply you I think that adding a SSD to replace your traditional spinning hard drive is the best upgrade you can do for your computer today as solid state drive is much faster than the older style drives. a

Big SSD Drives are still Big Money

SSD prices have come down in size, but when you start getting up in size for these they are still very pricey and can be priced well over $1000 for a 4TB size.

The Best SSD Drive Brands

There are more than one brand of solid state drive you can choose from, and here’s a few to consider:

  • Crucial
  • Kingston
  • Samsung
  • OCZ
  • PNY
  • Sandisk

Summary

You really can’t go wrong with a ssd drive upgrade especially at these prices, but the sizes and prices I recomnend are

  • 128GB - about $50.00
  • 256gb - about $100.00
  • 500GB - about $160.00

I would suggest going for the 500gb model unless you’re on a very strict budget. For about $60 you can double the size of the ssd from 256gb to 500GB in storage, and for a lot of us 500gb is more than enough storage for use in everday computing.

Is Evernote Premium Worth It?


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Is it worth paying for a notes app?

I think it is.

I have tried every other notes app and I keep coming back to evernote.

The main benefit (for me) is that any post I write with Marxico automagically gets synced to evernote. This means that I can have all my writing in one spot and not have to worry about it finding that write

I coughed up the dough for the premimum plan

I have paid for evernote premium because due to the fact that a few months ago they changed their policy and would allow 2 devices to use the evernote app. For most of us, that means a mobile device and a computer. For my use that’s not enough. When the switch was made to this new policy they offered a half price offer on the premimum plan and I thought ‘what the heck’ - it’s only $35.00 a year for the first year. I’ll try it and see how I like it.

So far, so good.

I’m not an evernote power user. I just want to be able to quickly add a note, save my writing and add other sundry items I collect like dry cleaning stubs and business cards.

I don’t use most features. I don’t use reminders. I prefer to use todoist for that (another $28.00 a year) or even good old google.

I don’t add handwriting or record audio notes.

I have 2 notebooks: one for this site, and one for everything else. I don’t tag much (every word is a tag) and I don’t share notes or use any of the advanced features.

The gateway drug to getting organized

The main reason I use the premium plan is the fact that it was pretty cheap the first year and it’s a great way to get organized.

My purchase of evernote was definitely in impulse buy and had I researched a bit more it turns out you can use the web app for free:

Many people have asked whether Evernote Web, accessed from a desktop browser, counts as a “device” for Evernote Basic. It does not. You can access Evernote via the web browser from as many computers as you like, even on a Basic account.

perhaps this purchase wasn’t the best idea after all as I do most of my work on a Chromebook, and as there is no native app for evernote anway on either linux or ChromeOS this might have not been my most frugal buy.

I could have used a free notes app

Google Keep

googlekeep

Google Keep is a free app so why would I not use keep vs evernote? I find that google keep is good and offers the ability to add images and notes and with an extension for chrome allows you to add pages from Chrome to keep too but I find the interface not as well designed as I would like. In some views the font size is all over the map and to me it’s hard to use for every day notes. I have tried in the past and yet I find that there’s just too much friction to using this app.

Simplenote

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I really like simplenote as it’s the only way to really write in markdown when it comes to a note taking app. All others are rich text.

The advantages of simplenote are many:

  1. It’s simple. there’s not much to it. You have a list of your notes on the left and you write your notes on the right.
  2. It’s available for almost every OS or device. If you have an electronic device, then chances are very good you can run the simplenote app.
  3. It’s free as in beer.

You can share notes, collaborate on notes and even edit revisions, but you can’t add an image easily.

In some ways simplenote is very similar to my favorite writing app on the Mac: Ulysses. Simplenote is of course, simpler and costs less but you could easily do all your writing with simplenote.

Microsoft OneNote

onenote

I really haven’t tried OneNote by microsoft execpt for a small amount of time, but the vote is still out on this one. I quickly opened the app and could not for the life of me figure out how to add jut plain text so I quit this note app quickly and moved on.

Perhaps I will look at in further in a new post and explore this app in more detail

It’s all about the Web Clipper

One of evernote’s best features is the web clipper. Evernote calls it the save button for the web and I have to agree.

This liitle browser extension allows you to save entire websites, just the article itself, a full page, a screenshot and more.

Once you clip the page you want, you can annotate, highlight, crop and more. I find this app very useful and worth the price of admission alone compared to the others listed above. Google keep comes close with their extension but the web clipper for evernote is better I feel.

Other Features

I will write another article to explore the other features later but I think evernote premium might just be worth it even if I don’t use all the features.

I have used the option to scan a business card and then add it to my contacts, I have added images and then emailed those images as needed

Of course evernote premium offers a few more features like google drive integration (something I like as I rely on google drive for all my offline storage), loads of storage and the ability to search text in images (this is huge)

Mobile apps get a passcode so that if I lose my mobile device my life in evernote isn’t lost for good.

One of my favorite features is the ability to email your evernote account. If I get emails like passwords or purchase receipts then all I have to do is forward the email to my evernote account’s email address so when the time comes I can find the info I am looking for.

Finding your stuff

If you can’t find your stuff a notes app is useless and I think this is where evernote premimum really shines. almost all content is searchable and because I am not the type to be over-organized when it comes to note organization.

I want an app that allows me to quickly enter stuff so I can find it later and evernote’s search function allows me to do that. I don’t bother much with notebooks or tags but because all text is searchable I’ve always been able to find what I am looking for.

Integration with other apps

This is another area where evernote shines. Almost every app that allows bookmarking of some kind will allow me to send to evernote. My favorites are drafts for iOS and feedly that allow me to find or create something and then save it to evernote.

My favorite app for evernote integration has to be Marxico. it cost $15.99 a year, (I just renewed today) but it is the best markdown editor for all devices I have tried, and the evernote integration works for me every time. I write, and when I save the entire note - text and images goes to evernote.

This allows me to later search quikly for articles I have written in the past, and if I need to I can modify my note quickly and then sync it again with evernote.

Evernote and Marxico are at the center of my current workflow and I could not work witout them.

Is evernote worth the price?

We all work hard for our money and our computing need are different but as time goes along using computers have provided us with so much data it’s hard to keep track of it all and this is where evernote comes in.

This app allows you to share, create and organize and find your stuff. I paid $35.00 for the first year thanks to the promo a few months back and at that price it’s a no-brainer.

But at $69.90 it is double the price and I work pretty hard for that money. It’s not much money, but I guess the question is - could you do with a cheaper option like the plus or even the free versions of evernote?

For light users it’s hard to beat free and when you add the other free options I have listed above it might be worth it save the money on evernote and use the free options.

But for yours truly who spends a a lot of time online and likes to find the stuff he has to remember or created I think the $70.00 annual fee is pretty reasonable to stay organized.

They say that time is money and for me the time I save knowing that with a few clicks I can find what I am looking for easily then yes, I feel it’s worth it to be organized when using my computer and mobile device.

Another plus is there are no limits to devices you can use with evernote premium. I can switch between linux, chromeOS, iOS and android and I can access evernote with all of them. Combined with Marxico I can start writing on one device and then finish on another without missing a beat.

When the time comes I will be renewing my evernote premimum subscription. I think it’s worth it.

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On switching from Mac OS to Chrome OS


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Because it just works.

I’ve been an Apple fanboy since 1991 and I saw that smiling Mac on boot on an Apple Macintosh SE at College.

Since then I have gone through my own collection of Macs over the years:

  • SE
  • PowerBook 165c
  • PowerBook Duo
  • IIsi
  • IIci
  • Motorola Starmax 3000 Clone
  • PowerMac G4 (Yikes)
  • iBook G3 clamshell
  • iBook G4
  • PowerBook G4
  • MacBook
  • MacBook Pro
  • Mac Mini
  • PowerMac Quadra 800

and probably a few more that I can’t remember.

Then there’s the monitors, Newtons and more SCSI and appletalk cables than I could ever count.

Let’s just say I liked Apple computers.

This isn’t to say they were perfect. I have probably lost years of my life to watching progress bars dance across the screen or trying to troubleshoot an system extension crash.

But over the years, the Macs (and knowing how to use them) have offered my the opportunities of both employment and self-employment that I would never have been able to have otherwise if Apple did not exist.

Heck for more than a few years tracking prices on Apple memory upgrades was my full time job. That job has come to pass due to technology marching on and as I wrote earlier that this site has come full circle but if it weren’t for Apple and their Macs I am sure my career path to date would be so much different.

The price of Apple products always produced some friction compared to PC’s regardless of year or model, but my argument over the years was that if you needed to buy a hammer, why not get the best hammer you can buy?

And for a very long time, Apple was my hammer of choice.

Then Google Came Along

And then the internet and web browsers and finally - Google came along.

And the products from Google kept on getting better and better. Gmail, and Calendar and probably the biggest change: Chrome.

By the time Steve Jobs died, I realized that an Apple product wasn’t really needed any more as Google did it better (most times) and cheaper too. I realized I spent more and more time in a browser and less and less time in real apps.

It’s been a few years since then and Google’s offerings have only gotten better and better.

Apple? meh.

I never thought I would say this, but time marches on and Apple and their current product line leaves me unimpressed, and that’s something I thought I would never, ever say.

But the Chrome OS is so good for my needs that I don’t need anything else to get work done.

I mostly write these days so I fire up caret and start to write in markdown.

I’ve tried lots of other Markdown apps, but I find that if I just fire up a text editor and start to write that’s distraction-free enough for me. And because it’s plain text I just save the file on my Google Drive and I can access it from any chrome OS device I tend to be working with at the time.

Photo editing on Chromebooks

In a past life I had a job as a photo editor at a daily newspaper where we needed the power of Photoshop versions but for my personal photos I don’t need to shoot in raw, and lately more and more of my photos are being shot with my phone and if I need to I can tweak them a bit in Google Photos and for sharing online with family and friends they’re good enough.

You can’t beat the price of a Chromebook

I have an 11 inch Chromebook that costs me $179.99. You can’t buy any Apple computer for that little. It’s not the prettiest device and looks like something that would come from fisher-price with it’s thick plastic. But you know what? Plastic bounces. Aluminum dents, and it seems to me that the MacBook Air’s are the worst when it comes to getting bumps and dents.

At under $200, if I spill a Coke on it, it’s really not that big of a deal. My little 11 incher has an IPS display and because Chrome OS is so light compared to other more advanced operating sytems you really don’t need much processing poower.

Battery life is amazing with at least six hours which is more than enough for my needs as I use these as coffee shop and couch warriors rather than all day notebooks anyway.

Google all the Way.

My files are in Google Drive. In fact, this entire site is backed up to Google Drive. My email is gmail (or inbox), my calendar is google, my phone is Google’s Android.

My Chomebook and current phone cost me less than $500 for both. I can’t buy an Apple notebook and an iPhone from Apple for that kind of money.

I still own a Mac

I have a 2008 iMac that I installed an SSD drive into and it runs El Capitan, so for those few times I have do need to use a Mac I can, but what I end up doing is deleting all the Apple software and installing the Google stuff anyway.

Apple stuff does offer pretty good value over the years. This iMac was bought used for $100 and the fact that it runs a still current OS is pretty amazing. And with the SSD upgrade this 2008 iMac runs surprisingly well.

There was a time when adding ram was the best upgrade you could do for your Mac, but now your best bet is to add a solid state driv first and then consider a ram upgrade. (another thing I thought I would never say)

Summary

You would be surprised what you can do from Chrome OS. Heck, I can even upload this article to Github via the browser to create the post (or copy/paste) but all this happens in the browser.

There a lot of Apps on google’s web store and you would be surprised what you can do with Chrome OS.

Apple has become a luxury item, and I don’t need to spend so much to jut be able to write, surf the web and tweak the odd photo.

Chrome OS does all that and more.

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