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Google Chromebooks: What are they? (part 1)

Posted by Pierre Khawand on Mon, Oct 17, 2011 @ 04:00 AM

Guest blog article by Steve Loosley, Tech Blogger

It’s Monday morning, and you’re in a hurry for work. As you back out of the garage, you feel a sudden bump. Startled, you jerk to a stop, jump out, and discover that your car just flattened your computer.

Face it. You just ruined your day.

If you use a conventional laptop running Windows, Mac OS X, or some flavor of Linux, it will take all day to setup a new computer, assuming, of course, that you have a backup.

But, if you’re on a Google Chromebook, no worries! You can setup a new Chromebook in less time than it takes to grab a Frappuccino on your way to work. You’ll be working full speed before you finish your morning fix.

Chromebook 1

What is a Google Chromebook?

A Google Chromebook is a laptop computer that runs the Chrome Operating System, an open source operating system based on Linux that Google began developing in 2009.

A Google Chromebook

  • runs one program, a Chrome web browser; 
  • boots in 8 seconds and resumes instantly;
  • lasts up to 10 hours on a single charge; 
  • updates itself automatically; 
  • continuously improves itself; 
  • sets up in less than 10 minutes;
  • is always backed up;
  • is completely secure;
  • is immune to malware and viruses; 
  • weighs just over 3 lbs; and
  • accesses the web on WiFi or 3G.

Try the following experiment to see if your ready for a Chromebook. On your computer

  • download and install Chrome, Google’s web browser; 
  • close all applications; 
  • start only the Chrome browser; and 
  • do all of your work in your browser.

“All of my work?” you ask. “How can I possibly do all of my work in only a browser?”

If you’re a Google Apps user, you know the answer: You use Gmail for email; Google Calendar for your appointments; Google Docs for word processing, spreadsheets, and presentations; Picasa to view and edit photos; and Google Music Beta to stream your tunes.

What do you think? Can you do all of your work in a web browser? Please share your thoughts in the comments below. 

Additional Resources

Google Chromebooks - Google Chromebook Website

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The Nine Essentials to a More Vital business, by guest blogger Anat Baniel

Posted by Pierre Khawand on Thu, Jun 02, 2011 @ 04:00 AM

Article by Anat Baniel, author of Move Into Life 

Anat Baniel Move Into LifeNormally, when we think about vitality, we think about people, about our own vitality and how we can augment it. However, when looking at our business, we can also gauge it in terms of its vitality. The Nine Essentials for Vitality are what the human brain requires to keep us energized, creative, healthy and full of life. Since people create business, the same principals apply the ‘brain’  of your business and can help your business move from surviving to thriving. 

  1. Movement with Attention: Our brains are organized through movement.  As we introduce new patterns of movement, combined with attention, our brains begin making thousands, millions and even billions of new connections.  Not only is this true physically of our brains and bodies, it is also true of the movement you generate in your business.  Encouraging movement in your business, and paying closer attention to the various elements of your business can bring the vitality of your business to a higher level.   
  2. The Learning Switch: Learning occurs in the brain.  However, for the brain to do its job, the “learning switch” needs to be turned on.  It is important to cultivate a culture of learning within your business. By doing that you will get more vibrant, intelligent, and creative employees that can become a tremendous source for the success of your business.
  3. Subtlety: Your brain thrives on subtlety, on gentler, less-forceful, more-refined input.  What we discover with this Essential is that subtlety generates new possibilities that can open up remarkable new possibilities. Learning how to listen for the subtleties in interactions with employees and business partners, learning to reduce the force in communications, can open up worlds of possibilities that weren’t there before.
  4. Variation: By introducing variation into the way you think, you will discover new ideas and solutions that wouldn’t otherwise have been possible.  Even if everything in your business is “good enough,” or is going along “pretty well,” or maybe even “couldn’t be better,’ we encourage you to be on the lookout for opportunities to introduce variation to energize your business and to usher in ever greater creativity. 
  5. Slow: Slow gets the brain’s attention and gives it time to distinguish and perceive small changes and form new connections.  It is true that we live at the speed of light in this present age—there’s fast food, the fast track, fast turn-around, accelerated processing, instant printing, instant messaging, and the quick fix.  When you intentionally create time for Slow for yourself and your employees, you change the culture of your business and allow for greater intelligence to come forth on the part of everyone.
  6. Enthusiasm: Enthusiasm is the amplifier by which you can turn up the volume, boosting the energy of everything you do, think, or feel.  Enthusiasm can take the seemingly small and turn it into something new and magnificent.  It is of utter importance for everyone in the business to develop their ‘enthusiasm muscle’. You’ll be amazed how becoming enthusiastic about ‘small’ stuff allows for the miraculous to occur.
  7. Flexible Goals: Goal setting is important for getting what we want from life.  However, how we go about achieving our goals can become a real impediment by creating resistance to change.  Rigid and forceful approach to goals limits our vision and creativity and gets us to miss opportunities and solutions.  Holding your goals loosely gives you permission to adjust, invent and even exceed the initial goals.
  8. Imagination and Dreams: Imagining and dreaming can change your life as well as your experience in your business.  You can invite your employees to write down their ideas, and dreams for the business. What they imagine for the business. Have them share it with each other and see the impossible becoming possible.
  9. Awareness: Awareness is different than attention, which was part of Essential #1.  Attention is when we focus on something; it is possible to pay attention without being aware.  Awareness is the highest level of human functioning. Instill a culture in your business that values awareness of self, others, and that which is occurring in the business. You will help develop a culture that values the greater good. 

Your physical, mental, and emotional vitality is essential for your business vitality and success!

Thank you Anat!

Additional Resources

  • Move Into Life, by Anat Baniel! The Nine Essential for Lifelong Vitality, you can learn more about the essentials and how to apply them in your life and to your business. 
  • For more information on how to vitalize your self and your career log onto www.anatbanielmethod.com

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