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David Hurley Internet Business Diary

“David’s Diary” is where I talk mainly about what I’ve been up to in my online business…

A couple of years ago I bought a Samsung Chromebook to take to the UK for the summer. I wanted a cheap and light laptop that I could carry around in my rucksack and live the Internet marketing dream of running my business from my hotel room, or any pub or cafe that offers Wi-Fi, and the Chromebook fitted the bill.

I wrote a review of the Samsung Chromebook on this blog about a year ago.

The only problem with the Sasmsung Chromebook was that it was not very strong or durable. It broke down after a few months under the daily pounding it received both from myself and my daughter (and my rucksack)…

For the last year or so I have made do with my nine year old Mac desktop, but it got to the point where the computer was overheating and suddenly shutting down after about half an hour, and then every few minutes after that.

Dell Chromebook 11

Dell Chromebook 11

Dell Chromebook 11 – a Chromebook build to last!

I had got used to the foibles of my old Mac, and when blogging or creating content, I would save my work every few seconds.

However, earlier this month, after experiencing repeated shutdowns, I couldn’t stand it any longer and suddenly grabbed my mobile phone and ordered a Dell Chromebook 11Dell Chromebook 11 from Amazon and received it two days later. Problem solved!

At least, it solved my online access problems, but there were a couple of pressing questions that I needed to find answers to…

  1. Is there a way for me to use Open Office to edit my ebook products on a Chromebook?
  2. How do you do stuff on a Chromebook such as grab screen shots and upload them to WordPress?

I Didn’t Know You Could Do That On A Chromebook!

Open Office Unbound!

I use Open Office to create and edit my ebooks and convert them into PDF files, but Open office is desktop-based. Now I have a Chromebook I really don’t want to have to keep logging in to the old computer (or buy a new desktop) simply to do my editing work…

A quick google search led me to – a cloud service that enables users of smart phones, tablets and Chromebook, to work with Open Office (and other platforms and apps) on their devices free of charge at the basic level! Hurrah!

Here’s RollApp’s introductory video:

How To Take Screenshots On A Chromebook

It turns out that it is just as easy to take any size of screenshot on a Chromebook as it is on a Mac or Windows computer:



The screenshots are saved to Chromebook’s drive. All the images in this report are screenshots that I took on Chromebook, compressed on and then renamed and uploaded to WordPress.

There are a whole other bunch of keyboard shortcuts for Chromebook listed on Google’s support site for Chromebooks.

This is a game-changer for me. I am cutting free of desktop computers along with desktops and making my online business 100% mobile and will run it entirely from my Chromebook and smart phone from now on. 🙂

David Hurley

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2 Responses to David’s Diary: Cutting Loose From The Desktop…

  • Perry Rosenfeld says:


    I might have chosen a new Mac… you yourself said that your old mac was 9+ years old, and the first Chrombook was defunct in the first year.

    At the same time, I enjoyed the article and really appreciated the RollApp news. Many people I know will like to hear about that!


    • David Hurley says:

      Hi Perry,

      Thank you for the feedback.

      The Dell Chromebook 11 has been designed with durability in mind!

      I am still experimenting with RollApp, but if it is as good as it seems, I don’t think I will need a Mac or PC to run my business.


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