Thursday, January 16, 2014


The Lauderdale County Schools system has begun to provide Chromebooks for some of its students. Is this a good thing?

From Technology Today:

The millions of existing iPhone, iPad and iPod owners cannot use the Chromebook with those devices. That is one task the Chromebook can’t perform, and it is unlikely it ever will. Google will be looking at convincing Apple product owners that they need to switch, or forget the Chromebook. That is a huge unreachable market for a brand new product.
At the launch Google showed how a Chromebook can handle files from a digital camera. But without Apple’s iTunes, iPod and iPhones are off the menu.
Will people want to pay as much for such a light client device as they do for a fully loaded notebook running a traditional OS like Microsoft Windows? The Chromebook Series 5 is powered by a 1.66GHz dual-core Intel Atom N570 processor, and has a 16GB mSATA solid-state drive and 2GB of RAM. Those are netbook parts in a machine that’s priced at the level of low-end notebooks.
“As the recent Amazon Web Services outage demonstrated, cloud services can fail and customers can lose data.”
“With Cloud centric OS’es, the race will be towards stealing access credentials, after which, it’s game over. Who needs to steal banking accounts, when you have Google Checkout? Or, who needs to monitor passwords, when they’re all nicely stored into the Google Dashboard?…Earlier today, I got asked by a friend- ‘How is Chrome OS from a security point of view, better or worse?’ I answered, ‘It’s better, but much worse.’”
“Google’s last foray into hardware with its Nexus cell phone was a disaster primarily because it had no customer support in place. I saw some of the messages from customers on Google’s boards howling with frustration because they couldn’t get answers for some of their problems. And that’s Google’s culture: automate every process.”
“Your computer has no hard drive. You can’t download them and move them somewhere else. You can’t change services. You have nowhere to go. That’s a lot of power to give one company, isn’t it?”

Don't Lauderdale students deserve more?


1 comment:

  1. It appears that all of your articles are from 2011, most from before the Chromebook was released.

    * True, you can't plug in an Apple device to a Chromebook. But that's not relevant to the classroom or the purpose of the device.

    * Chromebook prices, that article is outdated. Chromebooks are cheaper than the alternatives, such as the iPads and laptops.

    * Again, from 2011. People are trusting the "cloud" everyday with their information, sometimes without even knowing it. Students will be able to store their files and documents in Google Drive. Which means they can access them from almost any device, such as smartphones, iPads, PCs. If the Chromebook is lost or damaged, their files will be safe in the cloud.

    * Hackers will always be trying to get into online services. As for the students, I doubt a hacker will be interested in their paper on photosynthesis. They'd be much more interested in all the information found on Facebook.

    * Google has been quite successful doing hardware since 2011. Their line of Nexus devices are often top picks. Chromebooks aren't made by Google though. Acer, Samsung, HP and others make and support them.

    * Google's control goes back to what you think of cloud computing. If you're going to do cloud computing, you have to trust someone to host it for you. Google Apps for Education is free for school systems to use, and they have a pretty good reputation for security and uptime. Even you trust Google to host your blog.

    What alternative would you suggest to Chromebooks?