Surface Pro Update: My First Real Test and Improving “Lappability”

A few updates on the Surface Pro 7 that I purchased in November as a Chromebook replacement: Downtime While Traveling Earlier in March, when travel was still allowed, my family and I were out of town for a wedding. Friday morning, I woke up to a barrage of downtime alerts on my phone. I grabbed my Surface Pro out of my luggage, booted up, and starting digging in. It was perplexing because our server was up and looked fine, but Detailed Image wasn’t loading. I… Continue reading


Why I Replaced My Chromebook with the New Entry-Level Surface Pro 7

A few months ago I read an article about how Chromebooks are only guaranteed to receive updates for five years from the release date (not the date of purchase), a fact that I don’t think I was previously aware of. Since Chromebooks are cloud machines that require those updates to be effective and secure, the device is more or less useless (although there are options). I looked up my Toshiba Chromebook 2 and sure enough the updates will cease in June of 2021. My first… Continue reading


The Perfect Vacation Computer – The Toshiba CB35-B3340 Chromebook 2

Last year I wrote a post about why I loved our company Samsung Chromebook: If I drop it or spill something on it or it gets stolen we’re out $329.99 and I maybe should change my Google password to be safe. That’s nothing compared to the cost of losing the Zenbook – both financially and the data on the computer. Most of my non-programming work is done in the browser, but if I need to do some quick programming or access a file on my… Continue reading


Why I Love Our Samsung Chromebook

I’m sitting at a coffee shop a few blocks from my house typing up this post on our company Samsung Chromebook. I have long been interested in Chrome OS (I installed the first beta of Chromium OS all the way back in 2009 and I received one of the CR-48 prototype computers in 2010). Earlier this year my partners and I were looking for a “car show computer” that could be used both by us to check email and do light work while traveling, and… Continue reading


The Results of My “Bike to Work” Experiment

Ever since I picked up my bike I’ve been looking for an opportunity to attempt to ride in to work. I generally go in every Monday and Wednesday, and then every few Tuesday’s and the occasional Thursday or Friday. Since I head over to my parents after work every Wednesday, Monday was the day I decided to focus on. It’s about a 25 minute drive so I knew the bike ride would be over an hour each way. I needed to find a Monday that… Continue reading


One More Thought on Chromebooks and Single-Purpose Devices

One of my favorite devices is the Sansa Clip. It’s the perfect MP3 player for the gym. It’s cheap, it’s tiny, it’s lightweight, it has a super long battery life. Everything about it just works. Maybe the best thing about it though is that it’s not my phone. While any modern smartphone is more than capable of being a MP3 player, it comes with several disadvantages. If you break it, you break your phone. If you lose it, you lose your phone. It’s most definitely… Continue reading


Where I Think Google Went Wrong With Chromebooks

We’re living in exciting times for computing. There’s this ubiquity that’s forming where the lines are blurred between what’s a web browser, an app, and an operating system, and what’s a computer, a tablet, a phone, an e-reader, a gaming machine, a television, etc. The announcements from Microsoft, Apple, Google, Amazon, and the like seem to be coming at us fast and furious. It’s pretty awesome that we’re right in the middle of it all. While Google has a huge horse in the race with… Continue reading


My Review of the Cr-48 Google Chrome OS Notebook

We were lucky enough to receive a Cr-48 Chrome Notebook from Google as part of their pilot program because of our involvement with LockerPulse in the Chrome Web App Store. I’ve been using it quite a bit for several days now. My overall impression is that I’m pleasantly surprised with where they’re at and I see a lot of potential in Chrome OS as a whole. More specifically… The Hardware So supposedly Google doesn’t want anyone to critique the Cr-48 hardware. It’s simply just a… Continue reading


I Just Tried Google Chrome OS And…

I think people are kind of missing the point. If you haven’t had a chance, watch the short video below and read the live blog of the event from TechCrunch. I installed it as a virtual machine using VirtualBox, as you can see in the picture above. Given that there aren’t any guest additions, it’s somewhat limited – even with a ton of memory allocated, it lags a bit and has a 800×600 resolution. So I’ll withhold my real review until those are released. Some… Continue reading