Mr Konc, I presume?


Since I installed Sublime Text on my Chromebook yesterday, I might as well give it a trial run.

Package Control

On Windows, I’m used to package control being installed and ready for action by default. On the Chromebook, I had to install package control through the console, similar to how it used to be on both Windows and Mac OS. It’s not a big deal. Been there, done that.

Installing a package: MarkdownLivePreview

After getting package control installed, I installed the MarkdownLivePreview package. I want to write more on the platform, and it’s powered by Markdown. The package lets me see a live preview (oh, as if you couldn’t figure it out from the package name) of what I’m writing.

Running the package

MarkdownLivePreview works against a saved file, and you enable it with the alt+M shortcut. The shortcut worked just fine on my Chromebook.

The package uses Sublime Text’s multiple panes feature; it splits the main window into multiple sections that can contain different tabs. It’s good for when you’re comparing text or working in multiple files at the same time. Or, in this case, where it shows the editor and preview side by side. Even on this small screen that’s what, 11-12 inches, it doesn’t feel too cramped.

There is some flickering on the preview side as I type, it looks like the preview shows twice before only showing the one preview. My guess is that it’s got something to do with rendering the preview. I don’t know if it’ll also happen on other platforms, I’ll try running the package on my home PC. That should tell me if the flickering is a platform issue or just how the package works. Either way, it’s not a big deal as my focus is on the editor side of the window as I type.

Verdict: Not bad at all

After using Sublime Text to write this entry, it doesn’t feel bad. A few times there’s been a short delay in relation to the package control, but that could have to do with running the program for the first time. Sublime Text feels as responsive as I remember it being on Windows and feel I’ll use it a lot more on the Chromebook in the future.

#Chromebook #Linux #SublimeText

I love my Chromebook. It’s light, I love its screen, I can use it as a (somewhat thick) tablet, and whenever I believe it can’t become any better, I keep being surprised. At first, it got support for Android apps. And lately I’ve wanted to get a new laptop so I can do coding away from my PC, but I just found out that Linux app support is being added to Chrome OS. The feature is in beta right now.

Enabling Linux support was wonky, but I got it done in the end. And now I’ve installed Visual Studio Code and one of my favorite applications, Sublime Text. I don’t know how much I’ll end up using either of them on the Chromebook, but the potential exists!

#Android #Chromebook #Linux 

Earlier this month I wrote about my Acer R11 Chromebook. In the entry I mention a bug that causes a crash when I alt-tabbing while in an Android app.

After weeks of making myself click outside the app window instead of alt-tabbing, I just messed up. I accidentally alt-tabbed while in the Steam app, and... NO CRASH! If they fixed this it's huge (that's what she said?), so I had to try it from another app. STILL NO CRASH!

I did update the Chromebook yesterday, after getting an update notification for Chrome OS. I guess already knew about that bug, after all. ;)

As I said, this is huge for me. This is seriously the only negative thing I've found about the Chromebook after almost a month of daily usage. Heck, I've hardly even had the MacBook Pro running.

The Acer R11 is one of three Chromebooks with Android app support right now. Here's the kicker. As I've understood it, there's two different types or models of the Acer R11. I only found this out after I'd already placed my order. Naturally I got the “wrong” one – it's just a fluke that I can use the Android apps on mine!

I know, I know. Don't look a gift horse in the mouth, and all that stuff. Just smile and wave, boys! Smile and wave.

#Android #Chromebook

I got myself a Chromebook, an Acer R11, on Black Friday. It may have been an impulsive “Oooh, shiny! I don't have one of those!” kind of purchase. Don't judge. I still like my trusty old MacBook Pro, but it's six years old. It's hardly going to get any youn...err... faster. Besides, the MacBook weighs a ton, at least compared to the Chromebook.

I want to see if the Chromebook's limitations can work to my advantage, to help me focus better. There's a ton of potential distractions whenever I use the PC or MacBook, and hey, so far it seems to be working. I'm writing! Now let's see if I can keep at it.

After some research, I decided on the Acer R11, it's a white one. Don't know how to feel about owning a white laptop. I didn't exactly have a choice, this R11 model (yes, there's more than one R11 model) only seems to come in white. It's got a touchscreen, which is nifty. And 360-degree hinges, but don't quote me on the name, that let me flip the screen all the way around so it can double as a tablet. A pretty thick tablet. With a keyboard on the bottom. I know, it's weird for me also.

The Chromebook boots in like 3 seconds, which is AMAZING. That means I can shut it off each time I'm on the move, I figure shutting it off will save more battery power than putting it in sleep mode does. Right? Right. OH, and it's QUIET! Not that I've noticed much at home. But that's a story for another day.

Acer R11 is one of the first Chromebooks that can install Android apps at the moment, so that's a plus. The first app I installed was Instagram, and I don't have to type messages on the phone anymore. BWAHAHAHA! Ahem. I couldn't figure out how to get SwiftKey working, though.

I have noticed something that may be a bug. Whenever I'm in an Android app and alt-tab, the whole Chromebook restarts. Hey, there's another perk to the machine being super fast at starting up! Even alt-tabbing from the Google Play Store (it'll always be the “Android Market” to me!) causes a crash. I should see if there's a bug report about it, and if not, maybe file one.

#Android #Chromebook