My computer died yesterday for the last time. A 2011 MacBook Pro, the machine has been put through its paces for quite some time.
Still, shouldn’t a computer that cost nearly $2,000 survive for longer than 3 1/2 years? Especially in light of the fact that the logic board has been replaced twice already?
So I was left with a decision – spend another $2,000 for a similarly-upgraded MacBook or go with a Windows 8 machine.
The latter gave me chills, and the former made my wallet weep.
So I’m opting for a third choice. I’m going Chrome OS.
Chrome OS is the operating system put out by Google, and used in a variety of small laptops and desktop machines.
The machines are designed to run web-based applications, but are exceptionally inexpensive relative to Windows and Mac OS machines.
No I-Got-Notices, no BestCase, no Microsoft Word. If you ask whether a particular program can be installed, the answer is always negative.
In these days of shrinking bankruptcy work, the cost savings associated with going Chrome OS is tempting.
One interesting note: I’m going to a brand new system less than 24 hours before I’m scheduled to leave for Fresno, where I’m speaking about violation of the automatic stay and discharge injunction for the Central California Bankruptcy Association.
This means I’ve got to figure out a way to get a PowerPoint presentation onto a laptop that cannot run PowerPoint.
This is going to be fun. Watch me succeed or go up in flames.
The boxes arrive today. Check back and I’ll give you an update.