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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.

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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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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You can save some video files and play them offline. I have only done a very little experimentation in this area, but found that .mp4 files can be played by the ChromeOS Media Player. It recognized .mov files as video files, but would not play them. It would not recognize .wmv or .flv files as video files. I understand it is supposed to play .avi files, but did not test that (may depend on the version of ChromeOS).

Beyond this, I haven't done any other testing.
 

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FFmepg,Handbrake and Freemake are all good selection, completely free and no other cost. Handbrake has both windows and Mac version. all great for converting flv to mp4 and other foramts to play on chrome, and rip dvds for all users. have a try. and some rechargeable software such as iVideotool Video Converter(I Video Tool - Best DVD and Video Tools Provider Over the World) may much better for converting and compress videos
 
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