Rich Freeman on 20 Feb 2017 06:29:07 -0800

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Re: [PLUG] Laptop recommendations

On Mon, Feb 20, 2017 at 9:15 AM, Ronald P Guilmet <> wrote:
> I was looking at Chromebooks for their price. You need to have an internet
> connection for them right. I was confused as to wether or not I could write
> scripts, edit docs, etc with no internet. That's how my iPad behaves, I have
> to be connected to a wifi to do anything. Is that how Chromebooks are?

I won't kid you, a Chromebook without internet access is fairly
hobbled.  However, many basic functions can be done offline.

Google docs in particular allows individual documents to be stored
locally so that they can be edited offline, and changes will
automatically sync when the network returns.

There are also video playback applications that work fine offline.
Eventually Google will probably get around to fully supporting Android
on ChromeOS and then all those options will exist as well.  Though,
when they'll finally get around to that is anybody's guess as it has
been just around the corner for years now.

Writing scripts is probably not a big problem offline, though running
them may be.

If you're the sort of person who spends a lot of time on planes/etc I
wouldn't recommend a chromebook as your primary working system, unless
all you do is watch movies on planes or reply to emails.  (And Gmail
offline is fairly lacking compared to the online version.)

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