Thursday, 26 December 2013

The Chromebook Test: Living In Google Chrome For A Month (Part 1)


After having to switch back to Windows from Linux I've started to like the idea of getting a Chromebook to take with me when I'm away from home as they're lighter than a regular Laptop and 99.99% of what I do can b by be done on a  Chromebook as I mainly browse the Internet, check my email, social media and Blog. I do tend to use the full Microsoft Office suite a lot, but with the Office 365 Home Premium Subscription I also get access to Office Web Applications, & I've also got Google Drive as a fall back and the full Windows Laptop is always on standby when I need more.

In this series I'll be using the Google Chrome Web Browser in Full screen mode by pressing F11 thus hiding the Windows Taskbar and only going into Windowed mode to switch Tabs and open a New Tab and for doing anything that isn't possible  using the Internet and Google Chrome.

Setup & thoughts

I've got Google Chrome to start on boot meaning that when I login Chrome will open in Windowed Mode from there I can F11 into Full screen mode or open a new Tab. There's probably an easier way to get the Google Chrome OS effect, but as this is a Month long test to see if I can live in Google Chrome it's going to be the easiest way to not get distracted by the Windows Desktop.

If I manage to last the entire Month Living with Chrome & Web services only I'll then follow this Article on trying out Google Chrome OS in the form of Chromium OS. I'll then try that for a Month then see it I've got enough money saved up for the cheapest Chromebook I can pick up.

Living In Chrome Month (Screenshot1)

Article in progress with Google Chrome in Full screen Mode

I'm obviously expecting to have to use Windows only applications like Paint when it comes to working with Screenshots while doing this series due to the fact that I'm actually using a fully fledged Laptop and not actually using Chrome OS.


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