Chromebook vs. Mac?

I happened upon this article on G+ today:

7 Reasons Your Church Should Stop Buying Apple Computers and Move to Chromebooks | unseminary.

While I’m reluctant as to Rich Birch’s reasoning being appliccable to creative people and content producers other than writers, I do think that he has a good point or two as far as the expense-productivity-ratio is concerned, particularly in regards to field staff, who live in the browser and on email most of the time. And ironically, it was the very company he pitches Chromebooks against that introduced the digital hub strategy as the precursor to the cloud strategy more than a decade ago. Ten years later it turns out that the late Steve Job lived up to his enigma of a visionary once again as the industry at large and Apple in particular continue to shift more and more of their data, apps and overall processing power previously residing on standalone computers to the cloud.

I think it naturally follows from above linked sources that you don’t require a Mac or other standalone PC-like device any longer to harness the power that resides in the cloud. If Rich Birch is happy using a Chromebook, fair enough. An iPad or other tablet might do just as well.

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2 thoughts on “Chromebook vs. Mac?

    • Thanks for stoppin’ by, Rich. I use a – rather dated (2009) – 15″ Mac Book Pro at the moment. I hope I get to replace it by one of the newer models in a not too distant future, but think about scaling down as well. I’m looking at one of the 13″ MBPs, but with a SSD and maximum RAM.
      Truth be told: If some of my work didn’t require a powerful processor and – maybe – also specific graphics card, I’d love to go with one of those Chromebooks. (the work being music recording, minor video recording and editing using preinstalled software). While something can be said about a company having all control over your private data, the practical benefits are huge indeed. However, for now, I haven’t found a good open source DAW or other even cloud-based app that comes anywhere near the functionality of a full fledged DAW like e.g. Logic Studio, ProTools and the likes.

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