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Acer C720 I3 at 12 hours in

My first 12 hours with the Acer C720 I3 with 4 gigs of RAM have been . . . Great Fun!  Coming from a Series 3 Samsung Chromebook, this thing feels like a Ferrari!  And just for kicks, I opened up 30 tabs to see if I could get the system to lag. NOPE!  12 would have brought the Samsung to a crawl.  The machine was less than 10 minutes old when I installed Crouton LInux. Screen Shot below. I've spent the majority of my time tweaking here. Although I can run a hangout, I am having some soundcard issues on the Crouton side of life. +Bruce Turner has provided a few tutorials to address. I've tried some of suggested fixes, but still a no go. 
Acer C720 Desktop

The Acer looks better in real life than it does in pictures. But it still doesn't look as sleek or nice as the Samsung.  One other disappointment. . . . It's a little too snug to fit into my Solo Storm Bag. I can make it go, but  I have to work at it.  This was my perfect solution for the Samsung.  If you have any bag solutions for this Chromebook, please share them. Fit and finish are fine. The speakers are quite a bit louder than the Samsung and are more than adequate. I'll still continue to use my Bluetooth headsets when using in public places, but for home, I'm very pleased so far with the speakers. 

Last night, I caught myself smiling when I noticed that my battery life was 60% and it said that meant that I had 5 hours and 43 minutes left. I haven't owned this long enough to get a feel for the battery but it's looking promising. 

This display leaves a little to be desired. Compared to the Samsung, it is better!  But I'm still looking for an affordable Chromebook with a high quality, high resolution display. I've found the keyboard to be very adequate and easy to type on. And the track pad rocks! At least as good as the Samsung and it is one of the best track pads I have owned on any computer. 

So is this machine worth almost double that of the C720 with the Celeron? I'm not ready to say that . . . .   But one thing my Jury has already determined is that the I3, and extra RAM do make a real world difference. If you aren't going to do much on the Crouton side of life, the Celeron version will probably be just fine . . . But if you can afford it, you can never go wrong with bigger/more, right??


Hanging with family.

Orlando Photos

Here are some photos from our trip to Orlando Florida.

How much does it cost to vape?

In this video, I offer my opinions as to how much a new person to vaping should be willing to spend to get started vaping. I also touch on the costs of vaping for a year, vs the cost of smoking for a year.
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    Ben Lloyd 01.01.2014 20:50
    Some good points here Duke that reveal a major flaw with the Scroogled campaign - people really don't ...
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    Mark 01.01.2014 16:51
    I have recommended Chromebooks to others depending on the type of use they typically need. For many ...
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    Tom Webster 21.12.2013 13:33
    I agree 100% Duke.. I read a very lengthy article yesterday that explained why,what the Bible said ...
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    Scott 30.09.2013 13:41
    Great ride report, really liked the comparison with the Blue Ridge Parkway.
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    Mark 18.08.2013 16:03
    Duke, you are absolutely right. As an elementary school teacher, I see many kids starting in around grade ...

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By day I try to keep a Chemical Company safe. But on my time, I seem to have an obsession with Technology. I've been following mobile advancements in Technology since the mid-90s. I've used Palm OS, Windows Mobile, iOS and Android devices. With this experience comes a lot of opinion. I offer those opinions here. 

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