It came to me this morning while I was playing with my Chromebook and iPad and Windows 7 office PC and HTC EVO 4G Android smartphone and Google Cloud Printing and Bluetooth devices, etc. that instead of posing the question as “iPad or Chromebook”, the better phrase would be “why not, iPad AND Chromebook?” … and Windows PC and Android phone, etc.
I’m pretty sure that neither Apple nor Google would agree, or even Microsoft, but the really big frustration over the last several years, for me, has been how many things don’t work on the Internet, not because they couldn’t, but because of human intention that they don’t work easily together. Now that I said that out loud to myself, I also think of how the US Legislative & Executive Branches have also been working against themselves to the detriment of all.
This morning, I was watching the latest episode of “Justified” and heard one of the best quotes that I’ve heard in recent years, spoken by the character, Boyd Crowder, “That’s what assholes do, Raylan, they get old and die from being assholes.”
So, I was pretty happy to print this morning from my Chromebook to the Network printer via my Windows 7 office PC. I haven’t figured out if I can run the Cloud Printing from any PC that I plug my USB stick into and have Chrome run from the USB drive, but I am going to test that out.
Maybe it was because I was in the Chrome “Settings” section that I was reminded of the Bluetooth capabilities, and then I thought, “I wonder if you can connect to the iPad from your Chromebook and use the actual, full-sized keyboard to type to the iPad.” *Hey, they don’t even recognize that each other exist. But, what if they did?
Well, you would have a pretty powerful combination of features. See this article, which I came across a short time later, while looking to see if anyone had actually thought of putting a different conjunction between “iPad” [ ] “Chromebook”. Oddly enough, this article shows a mashup of an iPhone and a Chromebook’s keyboard.
“iPad or Chromebook: 4 Questions To Ask Before Choosing” an article by Beth Holland on “edudemic”
Think of it, you could use all those wonderful tools from the PC world, like Prezi and VoiceThread, and Flash apps. You would have a full-sized keyboard to take notes, blog, wordprocess or power email. You would have a dual monitor setup with you, that you could easily carry in a single carrying case, and it wouldn’t be too heavy or cumbersome.
I could run a YouTube video, or some other form of recorded class lecture on the iPad and take notes on the Chromebook while it is playing.
Heck, I want my Android phone to Bluetooth connect “successfully” with my Apple Wireless Keyboard so that I can productively blog and email. The iPad could eventually shrink in size, until it was say, “the size of an iPhone. IT departments in education could then provide wireless keyboards, wireless monitors and “cloud” printers. Everyone would BYOD and they would all connect flawlessly –SLAP!!!– and that’s when I woke up listening to the TV, “That’s what assholes do, Raylan, they get old and die from being assholes.”
Oh, yeah. It would be a much better world if everyone tried to work together, and make the things they make, work well with others, instead of intentionally trying to make things “not work together.”