Sunday, December 31, 2017

Okay, I'm calling it. Stay home tonight, kids.

via Instagram

I picked up an Acer Chromebook 15

Little bit of a post-Christmas splurge;
I picked up an Acer Chromebook 15 [CB515-1HT-P39B] on Amazon.

I like it!

So, yes, the obvious larger screen size is nice, as is the keyboard, but really happy to see the blending of the new and old with the ports; 2 USB-A, 2 USB-C, microSD slot, and the courage-port for headphones (or external speakers).

Just paired it with the Logitech M720 mouse via Bluetooth, and we're all set...

Like every other Chromebook I've ever used, Linux via Crouton was installed with 30 minutes of getting the machine home... As the Gods intended.

I should note that I ordered this after buying an HP 17" laptop at work, only to have the wifi connection crapping out on me after 15 minutes of use. No...

[20180410] Update - still loving it!

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Unexpected tools found in ChromeOS

Had to write an ISO to a flash-drive the other day.
Who would have thought of using a Chromebook?
Glad I asked around...

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Dubai Marina

via Instagram

Keeping Journals alive?

The other day, browsing through Instagram, I happened upon an app for Moleskine.
These are the people who make dead-tree journals that are popular with hipsters and emo kids, anyone who thinks their iPhone or Mac is to passe to record their thoughts, I guess.
Just curious, I downloaded it. Nice. It offers you different 'journals' designated by a colored cover and title, and grid or lined 'paper' inside.
There's even a way to import handwritten notes from an actual dead-tree Moleskine journal into the digital format! Brilliant! If I were still writing things out by hand.

Everyday at work, I have to take notes and fill out forms.
Doing it by hand is, and has always been, a pain in the ass!
Necessary and required, but a pain in the ass, nonetheless.
Using my phone, or a keyboard, to get  it into Google Docs (or Keep) is so much easier than doing it the painful, old-fashioned way.
From there, it's just a matter of walking over to the printer to retrieve a page, or more often I just email the text to whomever needs it.

There's obviously a nostalgia play going on here.
I'm just not buying it.