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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-07-2011, 05:18 AM Thread Starter
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What happens when not online?

I suppose the Chromebooks are optimized for the web and live under the assumption that one is always online.

What then happens if you are not online? Is it somewhat rendered useless?
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-08-2011, 03:08 AM
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Some apps can work offline - such as Write Space which is a basic text editor. This is good enough to make notes with, which personally is all I'd do with an offline windows machine in most situations anyway.

Offline features should be coming to google docs "soon", which will improve the situation.
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Wait for google doc, and gmail offline support.Otherwise, I feel chromebook is a fancy dumb terminal that I was used in early 80s.
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post #4 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-18-2011, 06:37 AM
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Wait for google doc, and gmail offline support.Otherwise, I feel chromebook is a fancy dumb terminal that I was used in early 80s.

You're right - offline capabilities are limited and that will be a deciding factor for some people. The comparison with a dumb terminal is a little harsh though - it's a bit like saying a new windows laptop is just a fancy acorn electron from the early 80s.
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How about a dumb X terminal in old unix world.
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How about a dumb X terminal in old unix world.
..with a dual core CPU, 8 hour battery, WiFi, and smaller+lighter than the keyboard of an x term.

The comparisons have moved the early 90s now, so it is like comparing a modern gaming pc to a 486.
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come on, if you don't have any network connectivity, no matter how powerful the CPU is, not how long the battery last, and how lighter the device is, you won't be able to do any work.
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Disagree, actually. The point I was making is that the CB is more capable than an xterm when online. Besides, when my cb is offline I can still make notes. This means drafting emails, tapping out ideas, and collecting my thoughts in useful ways. I did little else with my old windows laptop when it was offline.

The local storage features of html5 gives the device much more potential in this way, and Google aren't the only company racing to realise this potential in different ways.
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HTML5 Offline potential is the chrome major sale point. I am waiting....
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post #10 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-28-2011, 12:28 AM
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Does this mean i can not have a movie to play without being online? {i can install a movie from itunes and play it off line in my ipad2. i have app's on my ipad2 and can use/play most of them offline.}
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