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We're digressing slightly, but yes a "smart cable". If you wanted to spy on someone you'd probably swap their charger/cable for a facsimile that hoovered up data, people would never think to check their charging peripherals - just the device itself.

I consider Google to be an ethically repellent company, I know someone who worked for them a while and their character - plus the fact that Google saw them as a good executive type - merely fleshed out my opinion. If I put what I see as the "nut" of Jim's daughter's situation into a simple question, it would be:

Do you consider Google or Apple to be more likely to "ransom" your need for continuing access to cloud-based computing?

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addo wrote: Do you consider Google or Apple to be more likely to "ransom" your need for continuing access to cloud-based computing?
Both equally and add Microsoft into that equation too...

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Robyn chose this one after much deliberation...

Tohsiba CB-30 Chromebook

Looks a nice machine and gets some good press...

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I hope that it is a good choice (being Toshiba it should be). If you are getting it through John Lewis then you know that they will look after you. They value their reputation very highly and defend it much as a mother crocodile will defend her young.

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Hell Razor5543 wrote: If you are getting it through John Lewis then you know that they will look after you. They value their reputation very highly and defend it much as a mother crocodile will defend her young.
Indeed, they chuck in a second year warranty and I can collect it tomorrow from my local Waitrose... Just the job :-D

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Christmas isn't for 2 months though, so either Robyn will have to wait, or you give it to her a bit early.

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It's Robyn's birthday in a couple of weeks James and this is a combined Christmas and Birthday present so she'll have it on her birthday!

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my daughter has one at school (she's 9), we tell her to leave it at school as we have enough at home, there's no need for children her age to Have to be so entwined with A computer,
now hers is a Samsung one, seems a decent bit of kit if your after a machine to go on the internet, but if you switch the wifi off at home its not a great deal of use!! Its speed is down to no effective OS like apple or microsft, but it does mean that everything is stored on the google drive cloud, so no internet kind means minimal use!
i am sure there are work arounds but we have never looked into it, we dont need it here as either the wifes or my tablet will do the same job, the girls 30quid android tablet has stopped working now but it did the same! the main computer and net book do it all and more, we were against them in school - they pushed them in at year 3 (6-7 year olds),
the school have Loads of them for the pupils, but the teachers still use Laptops! ;-)

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Timmo, that's interesting. I know nothing of Chromebooks and what you've said there make their utility seem rather limited. Does the Google cloud not work as the Microsoft OneDrive does and stores a local copy on each PC you log into so that you can work on stuff off-line?

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That would suggest we are going down the route Larry Ellison had planned, in that we would have dumb terminals and everything was held off line at Oracle's locations. Seemed like we would be taking a massive step backwards; weren't PCs developed to limit the impact when a mainframe went down and all the users were unable to work?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Network_Computer

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Hell Razor5543 wrote:weren't PCs developed to limit the impact when a mainframe went down and all the users were unable to work?
Yep :D That was one reason James...

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Back to OP's question. I had an Asus Chromebook and loved it. Cheaop and very nity. Could take it anywhere and as long as there was wifi just open it up and get going. Perfect for a kid I think. What do they need all the bells and whistles of a mac for?

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paauul wrote:Back to OP's question. I had an Asus Chromebook and loved it. Cheaop and very nity. Could take it anywhere and as long as there was wifi just open it up and get going. Perfect for a kid I think. What do they need all the bells and whistles of a mac for?
Indeed, my daughter is loving hers :-D

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Brilliant, I'd meant to ask. Tempted by one myself when the macbook gives up this year.