Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 2nd Feb 2016 22:57 UTC

When we talk about laptops still being popular and important, we tend to talk about things like the precision of the mouse and the power and flexibility of a desktop operating system. We talk about all the things they can do better than a phone or a tablet. We talk about more. But it's worth talking about the power of technology that strives to do less - much less. The thousand dollars I spent on a Pixel didn't buy my mom crazy extensibility, or the ability to run powerful apps like Photoshop or Excel. It didn't even buy her that much storage. But it did buy her a beautiful, well-designed product. And most importantly, it bought her focus, and the ability to spend her time using her computer instead of trying to learn how to use it.

That's a lesson I think Steve Jobs would have liked very much.

There's something happening with Chromebooks that seems to take place much outside of the sphere of the technology press - in schools now, but once kids have them, they'll find their way elsewhere. We may indeed be entering a post-PC world, but it's not based on tablets.

It's Chromebooks.

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RE[5]: totally useless
by dhickman on Thu 4th Feb 2016 04:48 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: totally useless"
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The average user uses their iCrap device to surf the web. A chromebook is a step up from that.

One thing we have to remind ourselves is that even the most average person on this site is not the typical computer user.

Apple can kill the chromebook by simply allowing bluetooth mice. An iPad + keyboard and mouse makes VDI very useful for the advanced or business user. For average users it allows them to use the iPad for word processing, etc.

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