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Answers to Your 2011 Gear Post Questions

I was going to post something new today, but there are so many questions on the 2011 Gear Post that I figured it's better to answer them in a separate post rather than the comments, since blog commenting systems suck.

What happened to the Vibrams / huaraches?

Vibrams are gone. They just smell too bad too quickly. That includes the Smartwool ones, which I was very hopeful about. They seemed to take longer, but still not long enough. I still have the huaraches, and love them. I roll them up and stuff them at the bottom of my bag and always wear the Terra Planas when traveling (in general, always wear your bulkiest items and pack the other ones).

Samsung Chromebook (Review)

On Huan M. Nguyen

I bought the Chromebook a couple weeks ago, not totally sure what to expect.

Chrome OS was a mystery, and it was a split between searching for a cheap Android tablet and buying this. Then, after doing some "research", which consisted of looking at reviews on Amazon and reading opinions about the Chromebook on reddit, it seemed an oft-repeated opinion was that the Chromebook made a great companion laptop, not a primary one, and especially so for students.

I'd also heard about its ability to enable speedy productivity and mobility, with blazing fast boot and shutdown times, as well as a great battery life. Swayed by that, I ordered it.

Hands down, the Chromebook has been the best tangible productivity booster for me.

Upon opening it, the first thing that caught my eye was how great the resolution is. It works extremely well for me. The battery life is enough I can charge it the night before, while I do work or hang out, and work a lot without needing an outlet the next day. The processing power is just enough to play Pandora (which I use to stream instrumental music to help studying) and do my online math without trouble, but it's too slow to handle Youtube and other things in parallel. This is great for keeping me from becoming distracted.

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