living in london pt 14

11 Jun

london wednesday 2014

I finally succumbed and bought a chromebook today. I am typing this on it now.

i had been mulling over that £185 samsung chrome book 11.6″ which i saw on sale , a one off, in john lewis in the westfield stratford. deep down i really want a google chrome operating system.

I just notice something, where is the delete button on this keyboard? I have to shift the tab forwards and then backspace to delete.  

so this morning after the laptop acted up a bit, i decided i shall go to the westfield and buy that £185 chrome book.

i reasoned to myself there is no need to buy another laptop, even though one can be bought for £239 , a hp 500Gb and 4G RAM which is really very good value for money except it got the windows 8 which i dont like.

but guess what, when i went to the john lewis and  saw it is still on sale, the only one at that price and no one has bought it;   i saw a toshiba chrome book 13″ selling for £230, and that make me hesitate.

i would dearly love a 13″ chrome book, and after a chat with the shop assistant to find out what is the difference between them all( some are heavier than others and have more or less battery hours), who told me basically they are just very basic things to surf the net and nothing else, which they are really… it is just that i dont do anything else (he said they are useless if i want to use word processing for eg and that is true). I took the plunge and bought the 13″ toshiba chromebook.

Considering everything it is rather a lot of money for not a lot. unlike a laptop with all that processing power which must cost money for them to provide, this one is just a box to get connected to the net and that is it. haha.

but it is fast and no need to bother with downloading anti virus stuff or keep uploading new add ons like i would have to do if i got a windows. And maybe no need to keep defragment .

I have got so used to using google chrome on my old laptop, that i just cannot bear to go back to using windows. what a strange thing too because in the past i used to be such a fan of windows.

AT first i had trouble getting online when i took it home and unpacked it and tried to get onto my wifi at home. it refused to accept the password. Even when i changed the netgear box and used the new one talktalk gave me… so i left it alone for a bit, and tried again with the old netgear in place.

And tried it again and so glad it took, and it started downloading the upgrades and so here i am all set up.

The only thing is i cannot find the delete button. I am really glad i bought the 13″ is very comfortable to use. the 11.6″ felt restrictive to me. 

Today is my birthday too. i dont celebrate it, but it is a nice coincidence i guess that this becomes a birthday present to myself. haha. I got a nice birthday card from ian , he makes them for me. I just realise there is no right or left click to the mouse … so i cannot copy and paste the image to here. well that is one disadvantage. i wonder how many more i shall find. ah well, nothing is ideal in life.

i found another disadvantage. i cannot download pictures from my camera . well well, it looks like this thing is not allpurpose usage. u still need the laptop for most things. I daresay i shall be finding out more of its limitations as i use it. hope it wont be too irksome.

6 Responses to “living in london pt 14”

  1. ivansblogworld Wednesday June 11, 2014 at 6:26 pm #

    Happy birthday for today. Just looked at the specs of your new chrome-book, looks amazing and the pics make it look like an apple. Enjoy and I am sure you will find more pros as you learn. Ivan

    • alifesgayventure Wednesday June 11, 2014 at 6:58 pm #

      hi ivan, i hope it will find more good things to enjoy though right now i am noticing all the things it is not. haha. i did not see the specs when i first bought it, as none were mentioned in the sales display. i think mine dont have those optical media drives included. that is why it does not allow me to find my camera pictures or download it from my camera, nor allow me to take pictures from the webcam. it is a basic shell really.
      i hope it is ok not to download a virus check program . it did recommend a virus check program, is it different from the antivirus thingy like AVG? are there any that is free to use? i use AVG but it is only for windows. so at the moment i dont have anything. i am relying on the google chrome to block anything bad.

      • ivansblogworld Wednesday June 11, 2014 at 7:09 pm #

        It’s all part of the fun. Enjoy and I am sure you will find a way to do all you need to with it. Pew battled at first with the apple but now it’s second nature. Ivan.

  2. alifesgayventure Wednesday June 11, 2014 at 7:34 pm #

    when i read you saying u saw the specs , i googled it and was surprised to see it is the latest thing. no wonder i did not see it on display when i was there only a few days ago. it must have come on sale very recently. well, i never… i dont think of myself as being in the forefront of technology, but it seems i have propelled myself by accident into it. haha. well i shall enjoy writing about the upside and downside to using it and i wish someone had done it allready it would have allowed me to assess it better.


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