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Chromebook May Not Meet Your Needs

Written by Gail Bjork

confused-chromebookBefore buying a Chromebook, make sure it meets your specific needs. I assumed the Chromebook would meet mine, but I was wrong.

I purchased my Chromebook primarily to do work helping edit a trade magazine. I often go between two places and figured I’d get lightweight device to leave at one place so I didn’t have to lug my older and somewhat heavy Windows 7 notebook back and forth.

What I discovered is that my Chromebook is very much for a single user for some work. In my case, I use Google Drive to upload images and write articles but I use the Google Drive of the magazine editor rather than my own.

Doing so is quite easy on my notebook. All I have to do is open two browsers. I use Firefox for myself, and Chrome to access the editor’s Google Drive.  I  save work  to my hard drive then  log into the editor’s Google Drive account to upload text documents and images there.

Living in a browser

No so with a Chromebook. I need to log off of one account before logging into another. If I save files to my personal account, they can not be accessed from the editor’s account.

Yes, I can “share” files, but I’ve avoided doing so because it requires that I access the editors personal gmail account, something I prefer not to do.

I realize that my intended use of a Chromebook may be rather unique, however if you have specific needs for a Chromebook, you may want to check one out before buying. For some Windows users looking for a low cost, lightweight second notebook, they should check out other alternatives. As one forum participant put it, “If you can live in browser, more power to you. Personally, I have professional applications I need to use, so a glorified browser operating system does nothing for me.”

About the author

Gail Bjork

Gail Bjork, who is passionate about digital photography, is the owner and editor of Digicamhelp.Gail is the author of three illustrated ebooks about digital photography. A number of her photos and digital photography related articles appear at other websites.In 2006, a series of her photos, People in the Louvre, were exhibited at the Underground Photo Gallery
in Iisalmi Finland. Eight of her photos taken in the Florida scrub are on permanent exhibition at Parrish Medical Center in Titusville, Florida.Gail served twelve years as an elected member of The School Board of Palm Beach County, Florida, one of the largest school districts in the U.S. She has also been the editor of a small town newspaper and a free-lance writer. Gail and her husband owned and ran several small businesses.