Not me, not this blog – what’s new is the computing platform I am using to write this blog entry on.

I have a Chromebook – a Toshiba Chromebook 2, with the fancy screen.  Out of the box, it is nothing more than a piece of hardware that enables a web browser.  It is very good at that.  The afore-mentioned screen does its job very well, and the supporting hardware runs a web browser quite nicely.

It is still getting good reviews as “the best Chromebook available“, which doesn’t surprise me, based on the small sample size I have seen.

But I can’t seem to leave well enough alone.  I have switched over to the developer channel (yes, I can say “OK Google” and have the Chromebook answer me), and I have added Ubuntu running in a window (pretty cool technology – not dual boot, but running concurrently, with Linux piping its screen in to a Chrome window).

One of my goals has been to get Laridian PocketBible software running on this thing.  First attempt was to get the Android application running here – which failed.  Second attempt was to get Wine running on the Linux side, with the Windows version running inside the non-emulator.  This also failed, though I am not done with beating on it.  Other people have gotten it to work, and I want to as well.

The one hardware upgrade I have done is to add a trackball.  Never been a trackball kind of guy.  I was using a mouse (I really like alternate mouse buttons, and pasting by clicking in Linux), but the big use case for this cool toy is for me to be sitting on the loveseat as I type.  We have a towel down to protect the cushion, and the mouse was jumping based on the loops in the fabric of the towel.  Trackball removes those randomizations, while providing buttons.

The last thing I wanted to add, but probably won’t, is a sticker.  All the cool kids have stickers on their computers, and I have one in mind that summarizes my priorities:

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The problem is that the surface of the Chromebook is ridged and bumpy, almost pebbly, as opposed to smooth.  So it isn’t the content of the sticker, but the attachment to the hardware.

And maybe the content attaches more easily to people because computers got no soul, regardless of how much fun they are to use.

Finally, a big shout-out to my Mom, who provided partial funding for the new toy, as long as I would supply technical support on her new Chromebook.  Which I have been doing, and will continue to do.  Thanks, Mom!