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How Chromebooks are like iPods - it has nothing to do with Music.
My father and I were talking the other night and Somehow the scene from Men In Black (1997) got brought up where Tommy Lee Jones says something to the effect of Mini Disks taking the place of CDs: I'll have to buy the White Album again.  But this never happened.  Mini disks didn't replace CDs because a little company called Apple released a portable digital media player, the iPod, in 2001.

The iPod was a Paradigm Shift, something that seemed to be a technological leap over what the next obvious progressive step would have been.

#Chromebooks have become a paradigm shift in computing - vastly outperforming devices with much more impressive hardware at a fraction of the cost.  There are, of course, limitations.  One is similar to what Agent K hinted at with his White Album remark.  When there is a change in media, the old versions aren't compatible.  You would never expect to play a vinyl record on an 8Track, Cassette Tape Player, or CD (or MiniDisk) player.  Nor would you expect that because you purchased the original vinyl that you would be exempt from buying any other media format that you happened to want it in.

For Chromebooks, this means many of the executables users are accustomed to cannot be installed on a Chromebook.  In fact, one of the chief security factors of a Chromebook is that no executables can be installed on a standard Chromebook.  This is part of the #ParadigmShift - Rather than relying on software installed on the device, it's run through a Web Browser as a web app.

If you're looking for a popular application (much like the White Album) odds are it will be available in the new format.  But if you're looking for something less popular or common, you will likely be left with 2 options.  Either (1.) convert it yourself (or wait for someone else to do it), or (2.) find an acceptable replacement.

Another thing to note is that just because a Paradigm shift comes around, doesn't always mean that everything will make the jump.  When you go to a Wal-Mart, there are plenty of CDs in their Electronics section (though not as many as there were 15 years ago in the pre-iPod days).  Likewise, it took a long time for CDs to phase out Cassette Tapes.  As the new format becomes accepted and recognized as something that isn't going anywhere, companies stop making their product available in both formats and focus on the format that offers them the most bang for their buck long term - generally the newer format.

The following features were mentioned by as being some of the new, unforseen, ways that a Chromebook differs from a traditonal Computer (PC or Mac):

◦ You don't need to worry about backup
◦ Virus protection which normally cost many dollars/euro and pounds per month is eliminated
◦ Machines suddenly become endpoints and if the user loses one you can simply sort them out then another
◦ They can be remotely managed
◦ Once you've got used to them they will save a lot of money and time in efficiency

All of these are made possible because of how they work relying, not wholly but heavily, on the Cloud.

There seems to be a YouTube outage. Wondering how widespread it is.

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Chromebook put through the ringer at a Voc/Ag School.

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You can now force users to sign in to Chrome Browser to ensure that they are getting all the Settings from the Admin Console applied to their Windows browsing session on Chrome.

About two years ago I made a writeup outlining how to hack this setup. Now Google's made it officially supported (at least for Windows, Mac/Linux users will have to wait).

For added robustness, pair this with the RestrictSigninToPattern Group Policy to keep users from logging into their non-managed accounts.

On another note, the Admin Console policy to prevent users from logging into non-managed accounts (AllowedDomainsForApps) will be removing the sign-in elements, announced Nov 30. You can follow the progress on that feature here:
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Does the description (and the name) remind anyone of the experimental Google OS from last year?

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I must say that the new "Apps Launcher" (in Beta channel right now) seems to waste a LOT of space. An overview taking up the entire screen that is 5 apps wide... For some reason I feel that the number of columns should be more flexible.

That said, I didn't care for the Aria Ash Launcher either, and I liked the menu version when it first came out, but it grew on me.
#Pixel #Launcher
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The ChromeOS Security team has decided to implement a long standing request to automatically pass user credentials (username and password) to internal servers used in 802.1X Authentication. This will allow Administrators the ability to authenticate individual users on their wireless solutions, filtering environments, and other internally managed systems using 802.1X.

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CR-48 no longer has a Beta or Dev build on omahaproxy...

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An overview of what makes ChromeOS the most secure Operating System in production.
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Cool announcements made in this blogpost concerning #chromebooks that will be released moving forward 2017.

All Chromebooks from now on will use USB-C charging. This is huge if you have ever wired up a Cart for Chromebooks.
Something that others have mentioned, also brought up here is that all Devices released 2017 or later will be Android Compatible.

There's also some stuff about a "world facing camera" for convertable devices and Adobe Creative Suite optimized for ChromeOS (as an Android App - got my hopes up). Definitely worth reading.
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