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Haven't been here in a while but still a Chromie. Anyway, since it looks like the Pixel was a one off and no other vendor is stepping forward with a premium Chromebook a thought crossed my mind. Would it be possible to turn something like the Surface Pro into a Chromebook by booting into Chromium? A better option would be a Google supported solution of a USB stick that would actually nuke the boot loader, install Chrome OS and turn Surface into an actual Chromebook. Just thinking out loud. 
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+Kurt Marko Ah - OK.
I think it's unlikely though.  As I understand it, Chromebooks are Chromebooks because they are certified as such, meaning that Google has all the drivers, and that the BIOS is locked down, and therefore secure.
With any other hardware, you'd by definition have an "unlocked" BIOS, and no support from Google.  Hence, not really a Chromebook?
One can always try Chromium, of course?
One thing does cheer me however.  Any manufacturer, with any laptop or small desktop, can fairly easily produce a similar Chromebook/Chromebox.  I doubt you'll see that happen with the MS Surface though:-)
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My IW Report on cloud convergence and multi-cloud. Heterogeneous hybrid clouds are the future and these cloud standards are paving the way.
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Box IPO illustrates the unsustainability of standalone cloud file sharing services. Will any survive? Doubtful. My analysis.
Box and Dropbox have been accumulating vast sums of venture capital money as tech investors look for the next big cloud software play, but Box's IPO filing illustrates how difficult, if not impossible it will be to turn cloud content sharing into a viable standalone business. Between competition from both [...]
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Good article!
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So far Google ignores buyer's cries for a fix. "Nexus 5 Users Scream For Audio Problem Fix" http://feedly.com/k/1aNZPOl
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Indeed!
 
Have to agree with this. Gave my mom my Series 5 550 and she has yet to even logon to her Windows laptop in weeks.

H/t to +Rohan Blake 
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so true
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Had a funny Chromebook incident while waiting for my plane in Boise this week. Just as I'm about to get in line to board, I notice the guy sitting across from me is using a graphite colored laptop with very sharp features. "No, it can't be," I think, but I do a double-take and indeed it's a Pixel. I get up, approach the guy (pretty young 20-something) and say "Hey buddy, you're cool." He looks up perplexed and mutters, "well, you're cool too." By now, I realize he thinks I'm a nut so I quickly say, "I love your Pixel." Then I whip out the S550 in my bag, complete with big Chrome sticker on the lid, and tell him I'm a Chromie too and that I've got a Pixel at home, but am travelling with my backup since I'll be at a conference where the risk of 'loss' is higher. Anyway, we both smile, say our goodbyes and I go off to my plane as he returns to his work.

Sadly, I didn't see another Chromebook among the 200 or so IT and finance people at my conference, but be assured, we're spreading.

Just had to share.
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As a Chrome and cloud user, I guess I can;t relate to the attachment to local apps and storage. It really seems an outmoded concept, like generating your own electricity with a water wheel, to me. Particularly now that I have 4 links to the Internet (two broadband, two wireless) at most times.
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It's been a while since I've posted here, but after not using my Chromebook heavily for a while, I recently took it on a short trip and realized one of my recurring frustrations with Chrome OS: the keyboard shortcuts. I am an old emacs user and my muscle memory is trained to navigate text and the cursor with emacs keybindings. Which is one of the things I love about OS X, it uses the same ones. I want the same thing in Chrome.

I've tried a few of the emacs extensions in the store, but they don't seem to work. Does anyone know how to get emacs bindings like ctl-n, ctl-b, etc. to work in Chrome wherever there's a text box; e.g. Address bar, text apps like Evernote, Google Docs, etc. Text entry drove me crazy on this trip, especially note taking during lectures and presentations where I needed to be fast and efficient. Thanks for any tips!
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Thanks for the info +Ian Ray. I've tried a couple of the extensions and can't get them to work at all on Chrome OS.

It's very frustrating that Android (and soon iOS) have much better keyboard customization support than Chrome. :(
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My latest IW Report on Govt. Clouds: Advice for CIOs and other IT execs drawn from enterprise experience. Hybrid is the core strategy, but plenty of data-driven recommendations.
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You can have your crystal balls. Out here we drop lighted agricultural commodities to ring in the new year. May it be full of delicious spuds of all kinds: baked, mashed and fried. Happy New Year,
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Still waiting for the latest beta Chrome OS update on my Pixel. WTF?
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according to the official reports, latest update to chrome os stable is here since oct. 15th. so why i dont haveany notifications about updates on my chromebook c710?
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My VMworld preview has all the information to get you ready and spot the major trends. 
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Miss Intel's big server and datacenter event this week? We've complete coverage you won't find anywhere on the Web.
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  • Stanford University
    MSEE, BSEE, 1980 - 1983
  • Boise State University
    Math, 1978 - 1980
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  • InformationWeek
    Contributing Writer, 2010 - present
  • kmarko.com
    freelance tech journalist and writer, 2006 - present
  • Hewlett-Packard
    various, 1988 - 2005
  • AT&T Bell Labs
    Member Technical Staff, 1985 - 1988
  • Micron Technology
    R and D Engineer, 1984 - 1985
    Semiconductor process and device development.
  • Mostek
    R and D Engineer, 1983 - 1984
    Semiconductor process and device development.
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