[lug] Jeffrey, please add me to your LinkedIn network

Quentin Hartman qhartman at gmail.com
Tue Dec 16 12:07:15 MST 2014

Nice to hear you've have good luck with the Chromebook. It's another one
that I've considered several times. Your use case sounds very similar to
what mine would be.


On Tue, Dec 16, 2014 at 12:00 PM, Jeffrey S. Haemer <
jeffrey.haemer at gmail.com> wrote:
> As another option, I use an Acer C720 chromebook ($199) for personal
> puttering. I'm content to use Google for things like
> email/calendar/hangouts, and various Amazon cloud services for
> mp3/streaming video/Kindle books/general shopping. A chromebook is
> tailor-made for this use case.
> It's a browser-in-a-box.
> When I need a Linux box, I spin one up in the cloud, from my browser, and
> use my chromebook as a thin client. I get a server, not a desktop, so I
> don't worry about Gnome vs. KDE, and I haven't bothered to figure out how
> to use the X server running on the Acer to display Xeyes running on the
> cloud box. For shell scripts written to run in a terminal, the setup's fine.
> Chromebook shortcomings that annoy me are that neither Audible nor my
> corporate, Cisco VPN has a ChromeOS client. Audible pretends they're
> working on the problem. Cisco doesn't, and probably thinks I should just
> run Windows like everyone else.
> It does mostly require a WiFi connection. So mostly do I.
> Friends have expressed dismay at my willingness to let Google know my
> schedule, Gmail be my mail client, Google Docs be my LibreOffice, etc. Plus
> "What? No Xclock?" I'm okay with it. My life's boring and my needs, simple.
> $199. Buy now and I think Google throws in 1Tb of free cloud storage for a
> couple of years. (I only got 100Gb. Bummer.)
> Plus, actually, they throw in some free, Gogo WiFi passes. Gogo's my
> company, so I was eager to try it out when my girlfriend, Kristina, and I
> flew to Maine to visit her parents. To my relief, it worked. At 40,000
> feet, I exchanged email with my boss, streamed Amazon MP3s and YouTube
> videos without a stutter, and -- because I couldn't help myself -- launched
> a cloud box from the clouds.
> What happens after 2 years? Beats me. I couldn't have predicted I'd be
> doing this two years ago, so I'll wait and see. I'll probably buy something
> else, which'll mean I'll have paid $100/year for a disposable,
> computer-like appliance.
> Anyway, works for me. YMMV.
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