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Old 09-05-2014, 08:25 AM   #41
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I started with Dos and Banyon email. Then rolled out Windows 3.1/95/2000 etc... and am a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer. Having and open architecture was a good and bad thing. Now all we want is value, information creation and consumption from our technology purchase.

Seems pretty reasonable to me - who wants to buy headaches and potential crashes/problems! The OS is so complicated and the products are good but their evolution has slowed. Google and others are catching up and leaping past MS.

I think that I can hear an empire starting to crumble!
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Old 09-05-2014, 08:33 AM   #42
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When I need a traditional PC (local storage), I use Linux. Even then, I leverage google apps and Dropbox for many things.

For smaller devices, we use Chromebooks and tablets running Android.

You can't pay me to mess with a Windows operating system.
I use android tablet, maybe 75% of the time. I'm leaning towards a Chrome book addition next.
I am paid to mess with Windows systems, and set a high rate to do it. It pays for all of the extra toys and then some.
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I use android tablet, maybe 75% of the time. I'm leaning towards a Chrome book addition next.
I am paid to mess with Windows systems, and set a high rate to do it. It pays for all of the extra toys and then some.
Thing about the Chromebook is that their really light and having the keyboard and touchpad is just easier for any content creation. Also - they are pretty inexpensive.
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Thing about the Chromebook is that their really light and having the keyboard and touchpad is just easier for any content creation. Also - they are pretty inexpensive.
Three days into my new Chromebook, I also like the battery life...7-8 hours! I used to keep my PC plugged in all the time because half way through something I'd run out of juice.

Fast boot-up, auto sync, auto backup, super fast reaction.....

"everything old is new again"...reminds me of the days of the dumb terminal (which it pretty much is) For the few items I'm limited on (Skype) I'll manage! I love this thing!
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The Chrome book reminds me a bit of the tablet computers in that one doesn't have to worry about things like video and sound drivers, security updates, etc. As long as one trusts Google, one can be a happy user.
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Update,

Ugh the saga continues - the 1TB drive that I gave Staples for file backup was DOA - now I had to buy another. More $ wasted because we were not vigilant is backing up our photo to a on-line solution. Lesson learned.

As far as the Chrome environment - it just works and works fast.
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Quicken, Photoshop Elements and Lightroom - those three keep me stuck to windows.

I know there are alternatives, but I like the way these work & am not ready to give them up.

As far as I know, there are no good RAW converters for Chromebook yet. But if you know of one, I'm eager to learn about it.
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Quicken, Photoshop Elements and Lightroom - those three keep me stuck to windows.

I know there are alternatives, but I like the way these work & am not ready to give them up.

As far as I know, there are no good RAW converters for Chromebook yet. But if you know of one, I'm eager to learn about it.
Hi,

I know what your saying, I am a big Turbotax user and get it free on-line but ave been paying the $10 fee to download it. I will be going to on-line version. Their is a quicken on-line and if you go to the google app store below you may find your app.

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/category/apps



Also - I bank with The Bank of Internet out of San Diego and their online banking page is an Intuit site I believe - they give customers free Finance Works, a Intuit product like Quicken. You register you accounts and credit cards and set you budget alerts etc... Works great and we are following our budget more closely now because their is little manual intervention.
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Guess I'm the luddite in the group, still use a traditional desktop PC with Windows 7 and version 11 IE. I back up my HD every six months (with an external HD) and about once a year wipe and do a re-install of MS-Windows 7. Also run WOT, AVG anti-virus and Malware bytes protection. Still think cloud security is an issue and will be for sometime to come.
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Ugh the saga continues - the 1TB drive that I gave Staples for file backup was DOA - now I had to buy another. More $ wasted because we were not vigilant is backing up our photo to a on-line solution. Lesson learned.

As far as the Chrome environment - it just works and works fast.
May want to consider getting a couple of drives and do frequent backups on both.

One strategy is to have backup drives offsite, like sate deposit box, a relatives house or the office. The idea is in case of fire or burglary.

The data you have -- photos, personal emails, financial data -- is irreplaceable whereas the hardware is not.

I don't keep backups offsite but definitely have more than one backup, done once a week.
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For about $60 a year you can get an automatic backup service in the cloud like Carbonite. Some services like Mozy offer free backup in the cloud but with a small gigabyte limit.

Note: if you use a cloud based service, put all financial and other personal information in an encrypted folder so all 'the cloud' gets is a bunch of nonsense.
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For about $60 a year you can get an automatic backup service in the cloud like Carbonite. Some services like Mozy offer free backup in the cloud but with a small gigabyte limit.

Note: if you use a cloud based service, put all financial and other personal information in an encrypted folder so all 'the cloud' gets is a bunch of nonsense.
Encryption can be a little tricky. If you put your data in an encrypted folder, it's a good idea to run a test from a second PC to make sure you will be able to decrypt it if your main PC dies unexpectedly.
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Guess I'm the luddite in the group, still use a traditional desktop PC with Windows 7 and version 11 IE. I back up my HD every six months (with an external HD) and about once a year wipe and do a re-install of MS-Windows 7. Also run WOT, AVG anti-virus and Malware bytes protection. Still think cloud security is an issue and will be for sometime to come.
Wide open throttle?
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Wide open throttle?
Web of trust and it keeps me the kids off the porn sites too ! Oh, and it's free !

https://www.mywot.com/

This is my wide open throttle machine !

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Web of trust doesn't seem to work on bike porn, though.

Good choice of machine.
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So, it's a fast computer ....well, it's sort of a smart "terminal" with RF link substituting for wire ...connected to a server(s) substituting for a mainframe.

I think I'll store locally on two different drives ...when I get time to research encryption for offsite storage, I'll consider it.
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