Chromebook diaries: day three

Halfway through the week-long experiment and Nic Healey is finding his groove when it comes to using the Chromebook.

Considering Wednesday can traditionally be a terrible work day, I've actually had a pretty smooth time with the Acer C720 today.

Today's hot-desking arrangement... at least for an hour or two. (Credit: Nic Healey/CNET Australia)

I probably need to qualify that with a bit of a caveat: I've actually been out of the office for a chunk of time for an event that required no computer access.

But I feel like I've found my groove. I've got faster on the CMS, although I'm still missing Firefox, and I'm liking the two-screen set-up on my desk.

I've also had no issues with rebooting since I stopped using the docking station's power cable. Chromebook, consider thyself absolved from any wrongdoing on that front.

The only issue that's arisen today involved an image I needed to access that had been provided in TIFF format. The default image editor in Chrome OS didn't want to open it and neither did Pixlr, the online editor I've been using.

The Chromebook did suggest some Chrome apps that might help, but they weren't actually very helpful. Luckily, searching for a image editor found me one that did let me open the TIFF and re-save as a JPG, which could then be opened and edited. It was perhaps a little complex, but it worked and wasn't actually that time consuming.

What I have found with the Chromebook is my tendency to want to work away from my desk when I need to buckle down and get some solid writing done. I know I could do that with any old laptop, but the Chromebook feels even more portable — and the battery life further enhances that feeling.

In fact, I'm writing this from a deck chair in the relaxation lounge of our office. (It's nothing as fancy as anything Google has, but I like it.)

So I'd rate today a solid B+, although that might be because, once again, I've put off trying to configure VPN access. Tomorrow for sure.

Oh, and I really still have no idea how to adjust the screen. Maybe I can't...

 

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