It’s just another Starbucks-Saturday-kind-of day and I am finally getting to do what I’ve always wanted: write a blog post from a coffee shop on a really cute and slim laptop while sipping on a latte and occasionally browsing Instagram 🙂 Yes, quite superficial, I know. I’m not saving the world today, but at least I get to relax and get some writing done.
Fast forward one hour: coffee shop got too crowded and I can’t even hear my own thoughts. And Instagram keeps constantly getting in the way 🙂 Which is perfectly fine for a Saturday afternoon out on the town, but not at all productive for a writing session. So, I pack my stuff and I’ll see you from out here:
Needless to say how amazingly peaceful this place is. Just gazing ahead at this beautiful sea of green, wind slightly blowing and sun setting in about half an hour… it just puts things into perspective and makes everything else seem so small.
By the way, stress is overrated. And I’m so over it.
I see people always in a hurry, trying to get ten things done at the same time, running from one place to the other. Taking care of business, they say. Really busy schedule, they say. Getting a rush from this constant state of agitation as if the level of busyness determines the level of importance. Kudos to those who literally stop to smell the roses!
Managing the online and offline life is the new struggle of the 21st century. I am still somewhere in between… I admit there are times when I forget to put down the phone, but there are also times when I get hooked on “real” activities and forget about the phone all together.
I recently saw this really cool T-shirt print which I love and will definitely buy next time I’m in Timisoara :
< Feel free to check out other fun prints from BlueBird on their FB page. >
CHROMEBOOK: SMART OR NOT?
Hmmm, this post should’ve been about the Chromebook actually 🙂 So let’s get to it!
Why do I think it is a smart choice for me? Well, it pretty much has everything I need 90% of the time from a computer and that other 10% I can live without. And all this at a fraction of the price of a normal laptop. I think it’s rather genius. Of course there isn’t much happening on it when it’s offline, but then again there isn’t much happening on a normal computer offline, right? The 10% that I was mentioning would be the environments for coding which can’t be installed on a Chromebook. So, in case I decide to code from home, I would need to switch back to my old laptop. But I don’t really see that happening any time soon.
I love how portable it is. I bought it a few days ago and I am totally hooked, I take it with me everywhere! That’s how light it is. And I use it for everything that is a little too demanding for my smartphone, like research, checking multiple tabs, a lot of copy-paste from different sources into my notes, etc.
I honestly believe that the Chromebook is a smart choice for anyone who wants to strip the surfing experience down to its core and who appreciates a device that performs just a few functions, but brilliantly.
It literally is all you need from a laptop. If you need it to do something and it doesn’t already have an app installed for that particular task, then there is definitely an app for it in the Web Store. If there isn’t any app, chances are you probably don’t need it that much, you spoiled brat!
- Chrome for browsing: I’m ashamed to say that this is the first time I’m using Chrome, and in this small period of using it, I haven’t found anything to complain about
- Google Docs, Slides and Sheets instead of Microsoft Office: the first “hmmm..” moment when considering buying a Chromebook is that it doesn’t come with all the applications that we are used to from Windows. I had that moment to until I saw these Google apps. Let’s just say they do the work.
- Functional keys: the top row is full of useful keys like Refresh, Back, Forward, “Alt + Tab”, screen light adjustment, sound adjustment
- Small but functional keyboard: although the number of keys is reduced, the layout of the keyboard is a real success
- Apps from third parties or worse, extensions, for social media
- No “Delete” button: you have to go past the character you want to erase and hit Backspace… there is no Delete button on this small keyboard. There’s no Caps Lock either, but that is not an issue for me.
- can’t use OneDrive anymore (although I guess it still works in web mode), but I will have to move all of my notes to Evernote now. I was going to do that eventually, but didn’t have any real reason until now.
Let me know how you feel about Chromebooks in general. I would really like to get your opinion on them. Do you have any tips or tricks? Just leave a comment below.
DISCLOSURE: I have no material relationship to any brand or person mentioned in this blog post.