Tech Instead of Poker

I know, you are probably looking for poker related content. If you don’t want to read about my new Chromebook, just skip this post, there is no poker content whatsoever. I have been looking for some freelance writing gigs, and I need a few online examples of my writing to apply for these jobs, and this is a great place to put a few things on the web to show potential employers what I can do.

Moving to Chrome

I’ve always thought Macs were ridiculously overpriced, though they are often well designed. They lack flexibility, and you have to be happy with what you get, though for people who aren’t really into tech they can be a good option. Until early 2013 I was a Windows user, and I had a reasonably good experience compared to most users because I was careful to keep my machine clean and I knew how to use it. Even so, I ran into a hassle occasionally and I got tired of dealing with the troubles that are inherent with Microsoft products.

While I still own a PC for a few things, I hate using it. My Chromebook Pixel has taken over as my main machine, and I couldn’t be happier with it. I don’t own a printer or a fax machine, I haven’t had a land line phone in almost 15 years, and even though I am a professional writer, I have not owned a copy of Microsoft Word in three years. My transition to Chrome and Google Drive is almost complete. Why have I left all these staples of the tech world behind?

Because I have owned my Chromebook for eight months and I have not had to restart it one time. I have not had to wait more than five seconds, the time it takes to start the machine and have it ready to work, to do anything in that eight months. In most cases my Pixel is ready to go the instant I swipe my finger across the touch pad. Zero problems in eight months. Can you imagine that? And I expect that trend to continue indefinitely.

It all started with Gmail, which I adopted early. It was so much better than Hotmail at the time that I made the transition immediately and never looked back. I am baffled that anyone deals with disorganized and spam-filled email from Hotmail or Yahoo when Gmail is free and so much better. Then Google Docs came along and offered me an alternative to Microsoft Word. No more compatibility issues with older versions, no more losing my work when a computer crashed before I hit the save button, and no more spending hundreds of dollars for an office suite every few years.

Once I was hooked on Gmail and Google Docs, Android came along and my phone became my second computer. With all this experience with Google products, and with my faith in cloud computing, I was immediately intrigued when the first Chromebooks appeared on the scene. After checking out a beta test version that a friend was using, I was sold on a cheap Chromebook as a great laptop for traveling, and picked up a Samsung model for $200 at Best Buy to use while I was in Vegas for a month.

During that month I was overjoyed with how easy it was to write blog posts and work on some other writing projects. Simple web surfing was easy too, though the processing power was lacking in a few spots. When I tried to play an online flash game or I had serious activity in multiple browser windows I ran into some lag, but when I was doing things that were important to me, writing and communicating via email, everything was smooth.

I liked my cheap little Chromebook enough, and I had enough success in Vegas, that I bought the deluxe model when I got home. The Chromebook Pixel, Google’s flagship Chromebook, is basically an ultrabook. An ultra high resolution screen, thin form factor, reasonably fast processor, and a wonderful design, all convinced me to get rid of everything else and work on it exclusively. And I couldn’t be happier.

I may have paid quite a bit for my Pixel, about $1,000 which was a great deal at the time, but the amount of hassle it has saved me and the amount of work I have done on it, make it a steal even at that price. These days you can find them used for $600-$800, and at that price it’s crazy not to get one. You can sell your old computer, that ridiculous monitor that takes up half of your desktop, your printer, cancel your home phone, get rid of that antique fax machine, and end up with enough cash to offset the price significantly. You won’t need any of that stuff anymore, because you will be part of the new way to look at tech. Simple, fast, reliable, and cloud-based. Welcome to the new world of tech.

Oh, and this is a first draft. If I haven’t done some editing on it within a few days, feel free to remind me to get back to it. Thanks.

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  1. #1 by robowolfman on December 19, 2013 - 8:52 pm

    Hey man, Doesn’t look like you have made any changes to this yet. Just sending you a friendly reminder to get it past the first draft

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