Test It

by Ed Sawicki

Is a Chrome computer for you?

If you'd like to know if a Chrome computer will suit your needs before you purchase one, you can take this simple test. Install the Google Chrome browser on your existing computer running Windows, Apple Mac, or Linux. If you don't have a Google account (you do if you use Gmail), create one for yourself.

Then run the Chrome browser and go to the Chrome Web Store. Download the applications that you think you'll need. Learn enough about them so you can determine if they'll be useable for you. Remember that you also have access to the Google Docs applications so you won't need an office suite.

While you're selecting apps, challenge your assumptions and bias. For example, if you've been using Microsoft Word for many years to write simple documents, such as ToDo lists and notes to yourself, don't look for a Microsoft Word work-alike app. Look for simpler apps that are designed to do the job better.

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At some point, you have to stop shoveling coal and move on to the next better labor-saving technology.

See if you can do enough of your work on the Chrome computer to justify buying one. Remember that many Chrome computer users have another computer they use for things they can't do on the Chrome computer, such as playing games that only run on Windows. Given that Chrome computers are so inexpensive, you can afford to own more than one computer.

Copyright © 2012, 2016 by Ed Sawicki