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Old 04-14-2014, 03:04 PM   #1
dhally OP
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Asus Chromebox

I finally got my new Chromebox from Amazon which was on back order. $179 and has everything I need. I was trying to stay cheap, but I had to buy an HDMI cable and HDMI to DVI converter for my monitor, which sorta screwed that up.

My old Vista machine had died. I plugged the external backup drive into the chromebox and could immediately access my files. The chromebox boots up in about 27 seconds, and wakes up in about 17 seconds. It reportedly draws 11 watts. (solid state hard drive)

My wife has a Windows 7 computer - it is easy to share files and printer with the chromebox using Google Drive and Google Cloud Print. In fact it is easier than trying to set up a Windows home network.

Here is the software I used on the Vista machine and the new versions

MS Word and Excel --> Google Docs
MS Money --> now using check.me free app
Turbo Tax --> TaxAct free online version
Autocad viewer --> now using free Autocad app which allows editing
Photoshop --> got a free app but haven't tried it yet

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