Chromebooks are fun up until a point

Chromebooks are fun up until a point. For me that point was when it started rebooting at random. You can start removing extensions and format the device. Naturally, my thoughts turned to buying the new ASUS Flip 2 model C302CA. It looks like a solid replacement plan. That strategy does not really solve the core problem that my Chromebook software failed. Maybe something has been added that will always produce that result after login. It could be the type of error that will just follow you from device to device.

This current run is the longest my Chromebook has gone without rebooting. I switched to using the standalone Docs application. It seems to have helped bolster device stability.

Chromebook troubleshooting steps taken to recovery from a fault condition where a restart loop was occurring during Chrome tab/internet usage.

1. All Google Chrome extensions were deleted from the browser. This step did not yield any positive results. The Chromebook would boot, but during any web browsing the device would reset.

2. Settings → Show advanced → Reset Settings. This step was easy to accomplish. It did not help the rebooting condition.

3. Settings → Show advanced → Powerwash. The last of the basic troubleshooting steps for a Chromebook involved a powerwash. It was easy to delete the extensions, reset all the settings, and to power wash the device. None of those steps help stop the Chromebook from randomly rebooting after any web browsing.

4. Chromebook Recovery Utility (from a Windows box) media. This step required the use of my Windows 10 computer. I loaded the Chromebook Recovery Utility from my Chrome browser. It was easy to install the recovery files on a 4GB USB stick. That seems to have done the trick.

Dear Blog Reader

After opening Google docs today it seemed like a good idea to use the Spearmint letter template to write todays post. Even now it still appears to be a good idea. Over the years, this forum for stream of consciousness writing has produced a mix of insightful or banal commentary. Bimodal as that might be it does appear to be true. Creative forces may produce novel results, but that does not guarantee them to be interesting.

Academically my mind has been wandering to the ultimate question of what is my next line of inquiry. Figuring out what is next defines entire industries. For me it remains a simple framework of time chasing a problem. Armed with a true belief in the power of potential time chasing a problem of sufficient magnitude can be daunting. Many academic questions seem trivial in the context of evaluating life, the universe, and well everything. Picking the right problem to go after therefore is highly important.

Currently, the trajectory I have been on is leading me down a road that involves understanding the intersection of big data and artificial intelligence. It may not be as elegant as breaking down the intersection of technology and modernity, but it may end up being comparable.

Thinking about the longevity of content

Maybe Mark Cuban is right about online content having a shelf life. Content could have a set expiration and disappear. Obviously, that is not something that I have ascribed to over the years. My digital footprint has always been a little out of control. Digital content sometimes takes off on social media. Some content has a much longer shelf-life. Thinking about the longevity of content is an important consideration. Huge streams of content exist. Even by conservation standards the stream of content has grown exponentially. The number of books that could be stored in a library has gone up dramatically. That number has grown faster than the number of library shelves.

A new year a new weblog theme

2017 snuck up on us pretty quickly. I realized something important today. I need to get back into the habit of daily writing. It has been a few days. Naturally, I elected to write about a weblog update. Consider for a moment that the act of switching weblog themes was pretty easy. The change pretty much involved a few clicks. I have used the Magazine Premium theme for the last few years. It worked well. The new 2017 theme looked pretty interesting. Configuring it took a bit of effort. The layout was pretty different.

On music streaming in 2017

It should have been harder to give up using my Pandora streaming music service. Years had been spent clicking up and down training stations to play a perfected collection of sonic awesomeness. Seamlessly the Amazon Music Unlimited service has replaced my usage of Pandora music streaming. It happened without any real fanfare or celebration. Access to unlimited music seems to be my prefered listening experience.

Surfing the web for guitars

I have been eyeing an Ibanez JS140 guitar online. It seems the advertising tracking algorithms have noticed my interest and are splashing up guitar sales on every website. That is not something that I mind to see from website to website, but it is rather interesting. This is probably the most focused advertising campaign I have seen since watching a few videos on the Casper mattress.

Watching some college football bowl games

College football bowl matchups should be catching my attention. For some reason they are not really catching my attention this year. John Paul has been talking about wanting to go to a Nuggets basketball game. That sounds like an exciting adventure. Weather in Colorado has turned bitterly cold. Walking into the game would be a bit of a challenge. Games at the Pepsi center are usually pretty warm.

A day of algorithms and vortexes

People keep talking about the polar vortex. It is very cold in Colorado. Even my morning cup of coffee is not enough to start the day. Amazon has started sending me emails about Chromebooks. The most recent one had a 50 dollar off deal. It appears that the algorithms being used for marketing have identified my interest in Chromebooks. I’m not sure owning more than one Chromebook at a time is something that needs to happen. It is probably not something that is going to happen anytime soon. Maybe I will end up trying out one of the laptop shells that are powered by your smartphone.

My thoughts on social networking live video services

Online video streaming seems to a ubiquitous application feature. Bandwidth limitations used to slow down video usage on mobile devices. That barrier seems to have disappeared. Today it seemed like a good idea to give the new Twitter Go Live feature a try. It seems like pretty much every service has a go live feature these days. Over one hundred folks viewed a video of Peppercorn the dog sitting on the floor. I’m sure it was a true highlight.