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Showing posts from April, 2020

It's been awhile

Hello all, It's been a little while since I made a post on here. I just wanted to touch upon a few things: 1) HP is holding a virtual Chromebook event! I will be viewing that presentation myself and will be writing a post about what they have to say and how the products they are going to unveil will help real estate professionals. If you want to see it as well, it's a public event, and you should go to  Chrome Unboxed  for more information. The event is May 5th at 1 PM Eastern Time. 2) Office 365 is now Microsoft 365. Other than a name change, I am wondering how that is going to go into effect on Chrome OS devices. Once I know, you will know. 3) Google's Hangout branding is dead as they are going to take the old Hangouts products such as Meet and roll them into G-Suite. I think this is a great idea and can really help us real estate professionals who already use G-Suite! That's all I got for now. Stay safe and more importantly, if you can, stay home! Until n

Hardware Requirements

Hello All! Let's talk about some basic hardware requirements needed to successfully run your real estate business on Chrome OS. Minimum Requirements: Intel Celeron/AMD A4 Processor, 4GB RAM, 64 GB Hard Drive (I say 64 GB because we take our fair share of pictures, though with using SD/Micro SD Cards, 32 GB is doable), USB Port(s), SD/MicroSD Card Reader, HD Screen Resolution. I think these requirements would work for the vast majority of people in real estate who use Chrome OS. Since most of our contract work is all online in web applications and use e-signatures, they don't really require any hard drive space. If you need file storage, you can always use an external hard drive or a flash drive. The reason why these specs may seem low to some is because they do not realize how lightweight of an operating system Chrome OS is. My Chromebook has similar specs to this (though the processor is made by Mediatek, but it's similar to an Intel Celeron or AMD A4 processor) an

Using Chromebooks for Training

Hello All, One thing Realtors and Brokers have to consistently do is train and earn CEUs (Continuing Education Units). The cool thing is that this can all be done completely online and since every online learning platform for Real Estate that I have encountered is completely web-based, that means you can do it on Chrome OS! A couple great places to get real estate training done online are: The CE Shop NAR Online Learning Center I am aware that there are other sites out there; I just personally have not used them yet so I am not going to recommend a site that I have not personally used yet. Another thing I might add is that we should not just be focused on what is just required in terms of CEUs, we should also be constantly learning about different types of technology and how they may help (or in some cases not help) how we conduct business in the Real Estate industry. Usually I have a little more to say than this, but with the current pandemic situation things have been a

New and Upcoming Devices!

Hello All, Let's talk about some new and upcoming Chrome OS devices! The future is bright for Chrome OS hardware. Asus Chromebook Flip C436: This is the new flagship 2-in-1 Chromebook Model from Asus. Starting at $799, this Chromebook offers all the necessities and then some for a Real Estate Professional (or well anyone for that matter). It has a 10th Gen Core i3 processor, 8 GB of RAM, and 128 GB hard drive to start (more expensive price points have different specs, this is the $799 model). It has USB ports, a Micro SD card reader (which is huge for those of us who do BPOs and other photo related activities), and a 14" Full HD display, which is more than enough to get work done. Price point might be a little high for many real estate professionals and the tech specs are definitely overkill for the vast majority of real estate professionals in terms of Chrome OS (these would be mandatory on certain operating systems), but on paper this delivers all the goods. Samsung Ga