Chromebook Text EditorsIf you have a GoogleΒ Chromebook and you are looking for a simple text editor, here’s a bit of a user-experience/warning after using one of the more popular text editors for a few years. I’ll be talking about Gmail, Text, Caret and your own Chrome web browser as a writing utilities.

A little while ago I picked up a couple of Chromebooks and one of the first things I noticed was that you CAN NOT use any kind of developed or over-the-counter app that is not part of the online Google apps world. It’s a bit of a bummer, so you need to have a Google account like Gmail to use these simple laptops and have them be of of any use. And to be honest, if all you want to do is surf the web, use web portals or social networks like Facebook, and do some light work via Google Apps, you should be fine.

Find a cheap Chromebook computer on Amazon.

But if you want to go beyond the basics of Google Docs and other online apps, you’re out of luck. Apps like their Google Docs is fine, but mildly limiting. For one, considering how slow they can act when you load files, even simple ones, could be a frustration point. The other aspect I am not fond of is that in their Google Sheets app, you can’t password protect those files like you can MS Excel. That for me is a bit of a showstopper because I have a few Excel files that I save as password protected files. And I won’t use third party online password file generators and databases because too many times hackers have their way with online based services we trust.

Laptops for under $500 on Amazon.

Then there’s the thing about if you run blogs and type up rough drafts in something other than your blogging platform.

When I write posts for my blog, I tend to do it off-platform or offline of my blog’s application. This way I am not dependent on any kind of internet connection during my brainstorming time of writing. When I’m mostly done with my draft, then I will log on to my blog and copy my content to it, in plain text mode. If you aren’t using Gmail’s draft mode, this is a great way to write without needing an internet connection. And trust me, if you ride Caltrain in the Bay Area region and use Verizon Wireless, you will definitely need to work offline because Verizon’s coverage is spotty in the most surprising of ways. So offline rough draft use it is! (OH, and if you do use Gmail, don’t forget to choose ‘paste as text’ when copying into your blog! Gmail puts a lot of div html flags in their content.)

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WAZE: Why I Am No Longer Playing Their Dangerous Road Games

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This is a short disposition on why I am no longer playing the dangerous road condition points games with my Waze app.  And thank you Waze, AKA Google, for enticing me away from these dangerous driving habits. – The other day my wife needed a new battery for her cell phone and it was not […]

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Google Destroying Small Sites?

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The world of the web is getting more brutal for the small guy every day.  A few years ago Google started instituting new web practices that gave more weight to large corporate entities and heavily established brands/sites. This effectively is destroying the little guy and upstart websites who might have had big hopes and dreams. […]

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“Please Enable Google Apps Location Access” on Droid

April 25, 2013

Do you need to turn on your Google apps location access setting on your Droid?  Read on, I’ll show you how in a bit. The other day, my Google Android phone updated itself to Android version 4.1.2.  And along with this update, is the subtle message that your choices, settings and preferences don’t really matter.  […]

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Google Reader Is Going Away; What Reader Alternatives Are There?

March 14, 2013

When I heard that Google Reader was going away, I was a bit stunned.  Reader is THE most efficient way of keeping up with news sources without having to put up with the BS banter we can sometimes get from other kinds of “social” feeds. Google says it’s part of their digital house cleaning.  I […]

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Gmail Text Size, and Some Keyboard Shortcuts for Gmail

October 14, 2012

The other day I was plodding around in Gmail… wait, other day?  I’m in my Gmail accounts almost every hour!  But back on point, I was tooling around and I was not sure what I did, but suddenly all the text on only my Gmail page was fairly tiny.  All my other browser tabs were […]

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Google BLOGGER Platform Sitemap Defaults To Only Your 25 Latest Posts!

August 27, 2012

I was tooling around with some website toys and they wanted to be pointed to my sitemaps.  I have other blogs aside from this blog.  My other properties are quick-post kind of blogs that I run over under Google’s Blogger platform. (Even if they don’t look like the classic appearance of such, because I’ve customized […]

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Growing A Website Is An Uphill Battle, If You Survive The Skirmishes

July 4, 2012

Over the last few years, I’ve been a lone man who has stepped into the digital trenches to try and create a viable website.  I’ve tried to run an honorable website, but it’s hard to keep up with everything I love following.  It’s a full-time job, at its easiest day. The ensuing piece is an […]

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Some Website Facebook Apps are Pretty Annoying [An Observation]

June 8, 2012

When I first heard about how the Hollywood Reporter was integrating their site with Facebook and how it will all be very cool, it seemed interesting.  But these days, if you have any concerns about your Facebook privacy, it’s rather disconcerting to click on anything from the site.  (Remember, this is about the app, I’m […]

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You, My Readers, Are The True SEO Machines of the Web

April 11, 2012

Are Website SEO Practices Really Having That Much Impact??? The other day I was wondering about web SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and all the time spent by website admins into applying these practices.  I ask that because I’ve been seeing some interesting trends in my websites that seem to completely buck the system. – For […]

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Internet Code of Conduct And The Sourcing Issues

March 19, 2012

When you visit a website do you even care where they got their article from or if they even properly credited their source? For web surfers, I bet most…

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Beware of SOPA, Despite Its Intent

January 11, 2012

It seems that of all the “social” circles I travel, I seem to be seeing nothing but bad news or poor opinions of this SOPA act. SOPA stands for Stop Online Piracy Act…

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Twitter, Facebook or RSS Feed? Which Is Best for You? [Consumer]

December 28, 2011

After a bit of frustration with how some run their ancillary feeds, I find myself dropping all but their RSS feeds. It’s more about the lack of professionalism in the…

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Is SOPA Really That Good For Everyone? It Doesn’t Seem So, Despite The Intent

December 20, 2011

Once again the many can thank the few for having potential freedoms taken away and/or restricted. (This is a quickie article, shot from the hip, talking about…

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My “250×250 Geo Key” Title Problem with Google+ Fixed!

November 14, 2011

I finally figured out why all my titles on GOOGLE+ were getting appended with “250×250 GEO KEY!”

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Curious SEO Traffic Stats And Chasing Google Traffic, Despite Attracta

September 27, 2011

Curious SEO Traffic Stats And Chasing Google Traffic, Despite Attracta

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