Yesterday, I shared my frustration with an upgrade on my Macintosh computer. It was self-inflicted; I could have elected not to install it but I did anyway. Sadly, I had another similar experience.
No, I don’t own two MacBook Pro computers. This time it was with my Chromebook. The update process is different. For security, updates come through in the background and a restart will put the new version in place.
Now, a bit of a confession here. I run the Chromebook on the Beta channel. Why? When I first got the computer, that was the only way that you could run Android applications on it. I’ve just never changed to Stable. I’m also not gutsy enough to move to the Canary channel.
A while back there was an issue where putting the Chromebook to sleep would cause either Chrome OS to crash or the laptop to decide to just turn itself off. There were lots of people in a similar boat when I went looking to the help boards. So, I just put up with things and eventually an update came that fixed it. Life on that computer went along smoothly.
The symptoms have returned; this time with the worst possible description – intermittently! Now, if I had really fast internet access, it probably wouldn’t be an issue but I keeps a few tabs permanently pinned for time saving purposes (My Blog, Email, Twitter, Flipboard, News 360) and they take a couple of minutes to reload upon things shutting down. For the other tabs, I’m pretty good about using One Tab which tucks them away saving memory and room in the tab bar.
I was excited about Chrome OS 78 – there promises to be some pretty helpful features.
- Click to call feature in Chrome OS 78: Tapping phone number links on Chromebook completes call on connected Android phone
- (and actually a whole bunch of new features)
Right now, working my way through things is taking a while with the intermittent crashes. You know the worst part? I can actually force a crash by launching the option to report a problem. How’s that for irony.
So, I’ll wait for a fix on this computer too!