Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 26th Nov 2013 23:03 UTC

Microsoft has enlisted the reality-television series "Pawn Stars" in its ongoing campaign to bash rival Google.

An online video ad released Tuesday mimics the plot set up of "Pawn Stars," which features people toting precious or odd objects for appraisal at a Las Vegas pawn shop. In Microsoft's fictional telling, a woman is trying to trade in a Chromebook, a no-frills laptop powered by Google software.

"The only problem with Microsoft is they just have no taste, they have absolutely no taste."

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RE: True true
by leos on Wed 27th Nov 2013 07:49 UTC in reply to "True true"
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Well, Microsoft's taste notwithstanding, they are unfortunately pretty much dead-on. The Chromebook is essentially useless without an internet connection, and truly pervasive and reliable internet access wherever you go is still a long way off.

And worse, when you have an internet connection they are only marginally useful. I have a samsung chrome book and really tried to use it. The price was right and the battery life is great as well as the boot time. But it just sucks to use. The simplest things I would do on a regular desktop (presentations, spreadsheets, remote desktop, easy access to dropbox, some light image editing, etc) is all just impossible or really poor imitation of the real thing. I basically use it for a netflix box in bed, and even that is marginal because of the budget screen.

It's pretty much gathering dust. I thought I could save some bucks for an auxiliary travel device but the quality just isn't there. When I travel I just take my bluetooth keyboard with me and use the iPhone for everything. It does a better job than the chrome book for most things.

Edited 2013-11-27 07:50 UTC

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RE[2]: True true
by Lennie on Wed 27th Nov 2013 17:41 in reply to "RE: True true"
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I run regular desktop Linux on my Chromebook, pretty good deal if you ask me.

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