Monday, November 2, 2015

Amusing Tale of Chrome OS vs. Windows

So by now you have figured out I love Chrome OS & my Chromebox for work. I only have my work laptop out to use as a server when I need to print. So here is a nice little story from this morning I thought I would share.

I needed to print something out for a meeting this morning. It was on my personal drive. I went on my Chromebox, logged in under my personal account, and went to my drive. So I logged into my laptop so it would be awake for printing. As my laptop was logging in I realized that I don't have my work printers on my personal account. So I simply shared it to my work Google account. I figured that I would avoid cloud print and print straight from my laptop.

After I shared it, I went to my work laptop and waited for me to be able to launch Chrome. And I waited & waited some more. Then I decided to just switch users on my Chromebox. In the time it took me to switch users on my Chromebox, log into my work Drive, and print it, my work laptop had just opened up Drive.

I just shook my head and got my copies for the meeting. I am amazed at how fast Chrome OS is compared to a 3 year old laptop. I am still hoping someone at the district office figures out Chrome OS is a better fit for the school than a Windows based machine, but only time will tell on that one.


  1. I work for a small non-profit and I am slowly subverting the workplace culture to embrace ChromeOS; we're not totally there yet, but bit-by-bit, we're getting there.
    Similar to this post, whenever I have to use our shared presentation laptop, I cringe as I know the boot-up process will take forever. As the laptop is only used occasionally, it will inevitably require updates which can literally take anywhere from 20 to 30 minutes!
    Yesterday, we deployed a Chromebook to one of our off site coordinators and she was taken aback at how quickly it would boot-up from a cold start!

    1. I know what you mean. Fortunately I haven't had to use my Windows laptop in about 8 months now.