I’ve been simplifying my office area rather aggressively lately. When I say simplifying, I mean simplifying. What was once an entire room furnished wall to wall with tables, a desk, file cabinets, printers and copiers to monitors, is now one table, half way covered alone in a corner. The room even echoes when I talk in it. I’ve gone as far as trying to minimize the wired devices I use, such as my computer mouse and internet connection. It’s working out pretty well too. I can now pack up everything I use for business in about 10 minutes in one box, as opposed to an all day endeavor that requires a truck and trailer. Reminds me of my glory days.
As I go through the technological side of what I own, I’m impressed by how little it really takes to operate things these days. I rely on my smart phone more than ever and am even moving some files into the “cloud.” As long as it’s not on my desk. I also recently went “paperless,” but that’s a story for another time.
What I want to introduce today (for those who may not have seen it yet) is the new Google Chromebook Pixel. This is definitely a next generation Chromebook that promises to push the market into areas not seen before. The reason I’m interested in something like this is because the Chromebook doesn’t have a hard drive. That’s even more minimal than minimal. It goes hand in hand with tablets, smart phones and laptops.
Although I’m not ready to take the plunge into a completely internet driven computer, I am going to keep my eye on where things are going. I’m also going to watch how much I actually use my own hard drive in the upcoming year. If I can find a place to safely store all my sensitive data as well as replacement, online applications for areas such as web design and photo editing, I may be in a better position to make a decision. But until then, I’ll merely sit back and watch the industry.
The Chromebook Pixel: Explained!