Experiment – Can I work in the ‘cloud’ for a week?

The talk about Chomebooks (and even the Chromebox) has got me thinking. It’s a nice theory, but is it really possible to work entirely in the cloud? What apps would I really miss?

Day Zero

I’ve installed Ubuntu 10.12 on an old Toshiba Satellite. I know Ubuntu isn’t ChromeOS but it’s the closest thing I can get easily, and not being a Linux guru by any stretch I don’t have a list of apps to install on it. I know it ships with LibreOffice, but I’m going to try and restrict myself to the browser only.

Okay, I did cheat a bit and download 1 app: Google Chrome.

My working week entails project management, sales, client meetings, and general running-a-business tasks. I know first up that MYOB (our accounting software) is going to be a problem, but there’s a high likelihood we’ll be using Xero from July 1 so for the sake of the exercise we’ll assume that firing up Windows somewhere to open MYOB doesn’t count.

That’s the main thing I can think of at the moment. We use Google Apps for email etc and I usually use the browser for that; no problem.

Asana for tasks. Check. Toggl for time tracking. Check. I think I’ll be okay. We shall see…