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Last week, I wrote a Plus Edition article entitled Hands On with the Google Chromebook (still available at http://eogn.com/wp/?p=16209) which described the new laptop I had just received. Two things have happened since then: (1.) the Google Chromebook laptops are now available to everyone (mine was a "pre-shipment" offered to a few journalists who write about such devices) and (2.) I have now taken not one, but two, trips with the new laptop. I thought I would offer a report on my experiences.
A few hours after last week's article was posted online, I left home and flew 3,000 miles to the Southern California Genealogy Jamboree. I used the Chromebook to take notes while seated in several presentations. I also used it to write articles about the things I saw and heard at the Jamboree. I also uploaded those articles (with some difficulties) to this newsletter, read my email and wrote replies, using the Chromebook every day while at the Jamboree.
I was supposed to return home Monday evening. Actually, thanks to airline delays caused by fog in San Francisco, I didn't arrive home until 3:45 AM Tuesday morning. I grabbed a few hours' sleep and then drove to Maine for a trip that was partly for relaxation and partly to research my own genealogy at the Maine Historical Society in Portland. Again, I took the Chromebook with me.
In short, the Chromebook worked well. In fact, I was amazed at how simply everything worked. However, I did encounter a couple of shortcomings.
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