Update: A $129 Chromebook

Since I published the article of A $129 Chromebook at https://blog.eogn.com/2015/04/03/a-129-chromebook/ yesterday, several newsletter readers have written to ask if their favorite application(s) will run on a Chromebook. I am always willing to look those up for you but there is a faster and probably easier way to do it yourself: go to the Chrome Web Store at https://chrome.google.com/webstore/category/apps and enter the name of your desired application into the box labeled “Search the store” and then press Enter.

If the web site returns information about the application, it is obviously available for use on low-priced Chromebooks. If no listing is found, the app is not available for Chromebooks.

One exception: almost any app that runs in a web browser (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, or Internet Explorer) should run equally well in the Chromebook’s web browser.

To test this, go to the Chrome Web Store at https://chrome.google.com/webstore/category/apps and enter angry birds into the box labeled “Search the store” and then press Enter.

You can also enter types of applications into the search box, such as WORD PROCESSOR or GAMES.

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or if your a bit more tec savy start your own genealogy site using a program called TNG with your choice of ChromeOS. I’ve been full time on a ChromeOS for the last few years and run the mine with no issues.
Using windows for me is a burden, a time waster.

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Hi Dick,
I have been reading about these since they came out. I finally jumped at the chance to buy one. I love it. My only question about it is, with regular laptops you warn us about being on public networks. I find no way to keep files private, and not to share. Are they safe on these networks?

Bobbi

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    —> Are they safe on these networks?

    Nothing is ever 100% safe. However, the files stored on the networks are generally safer than storing them on a laptop’s hard drive. For instance, some years ago I had a Windows laptop stolen from the trunk of my automobile. The thief gained instant access to all my files, including my bank account information, Social Security Number, and more. Chromebooks don’t store data in the computer. Had the thief stolen a Chromebook from my auto he would have received nothing.

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    Thanks. I presume that my email and surfing are safe from prying eyes?

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    Probably safer than they would be if you used Windows.

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Went to Best Buy yesterday, April 6th. Not on sale for $129, back to the regular price of $199.

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