End of Support Chromebook

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Re: End of Support Chromebook

Post by cheese_breath » Sun Mar 17, 2019 7:53 pm

quantAndHold wrote:
Sun Mar 17, 2019 7:44 pm
If it were me, I would just go ahead and use it at the nursing home. Don’t use it for financial websites or email, but as long as it’s not on your home network, it should be fine for bogleheads, or watching videos or reading the news.
I use the other one at the nursing home. It has a 10 hour battery vs. 3 hours for the old one. I always kept the old one plugged in when using it at home. That's not so convenient at the nursing home.
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Re: End of Support Chromebook

Post by cheese_breath » Thu Mar 21, 2019 11:53 am

Guess what. I just checked the Google Update Policy, and according to the chart my other Chromebook (Acer CB3-111) auto update expiration date is this August. Makes one wonder if I should just get another Windows machine and keep it for 10 years.

https://support.google.com/chrome/a/ans ... 0366?hl=en
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Re: End of Support Chromebook

Post by SeekingAPlan » Thu Mar 21, 2019 12:53 pm

cheese_breath wrote:
Thu Mar 21, 2019 11:53 am
Guess what. I just checked the Google Update Policy, and according to the chart my other Chromebook (Acer CB3-111) auto update expiration date is this August. Makes one wonder if I should just get another Windows machine and keep it for 10 years.

https://support.google.com/chrome/a/ans ... 0366?hl=en
I also have this Acer model and it is still like new with 8 hour battery life. It seems like such a waste to discard and yet I bought it for ease of use not to be loading Linux etc. It has been my go to device except when I needed my Windows laptop for a specific purpose. Windows laptop is about a year or two older, going strong, but larger, heavier and my much shorter battery life.

Neither device is lacking any functionality that I need. I do not like to be forced to replace a device strictly due to passing time when I do not need any upgrade of any kind. I checked some Chromebooks at Best Buy. They come with less than a five year life as they are not just introduced models. Same with my Acer. I will only get 4 plus years, not even close to the expected 5.
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Re: End of Support Chromebook

Post by ohai » Thu Mar 21, 2019 12:55 pm

It's probably be ok. However, if I had a 5y Chromebook, I'd probably be thinking of upgrading anyway. They are pretty cheap machines.

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Re: End of Support Chromebook

Post by cheese_breath » Thu Mar 21, 2019 4:19 pm

ohai wrote:
Thu Mar 21, 2019 12:55 pm
It's probably be ok. However, if I had a 5y Chromebook, I'd probably be thinking of upgrading anyway. They are pretty cheap machines.
Why upgrade when it already does everything I bought it for? In fact it does more.

I'll need to either upgrade my Windows machine to W10 or buy a new one soon, but I didn't expect to trash two good Chromebooks this year too.
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Re: End of Support Chromebook

Post by Electron » Wed Jul 10, 2019 2:52 pm

I recently bought an Acer CB3-532 and just discovered that support will end in two years.

https://support.google.com/chrome/a/ans ... 0366?hl=en

Support appears to be linked to the hardware chipset that is used. It looks like anyone buying a Chromebook should check the list before purchase.

Each Chromebook will have a cost per year based on purchase price and length of support. A lower cost unit with shorter life may not be a problem other than the need to upgrade sooner.
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Re: End of Support Chromebook

Post by elcadarj » Wed Jul 10, 2019 3:12 pm

cheese_breath wrote:
Sat Mar 16, 2019 8:14 am
smarcus3 wrote:
Fri Mar 15, 2019 10:16 pm
cheese_breath wrote:
Fri Mar 15, 2019 10:13 pm
I use it to watch Australian Rules Football, but cat videos should be good too. :wink:
For that why not. :mrgreen:

I'd recommend connecting to the guest side of your router so the Chromebook is isolated from the rest of your local networked devices. Otherwise the Chromebook could give access to your other devices to a hacker.
I'm with AT&T Internet now, and I don't think their gateway (combined modem and router) has a guest side.
Are you U-verse Fiber? The Pace gateway does allow for a guest Wi-Fi network.

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Re: End of Support Chromebook

Post by NewbieBogle007 » Wed Jul 10, 2019 6:58 pm

Scrapr wrote:
Fri Mar 15, 2019 10:45 pm
smarcus3 wrote:
Fri Mar 15, 2019 10:24 pm
The manufacturer won't push security updates to the device per their policy. If Google wanted to they could support the hardware for any length of time. For example windows does this. Windows doesn't care of your hardware is 20 years old or new.
MS ends support all the time. I just checked Windows Vista. That support ended in 2017

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/hel ... of-support

Win 7 mainstream support ended in 2015. Extended support until 2020. I imagine you can pay for updates. Typically business I would think
Mmmm that's not entirely true. MS offered a cheap upgrade option for Vista to Win7 (I paid $10) and free upgrade from Win7 to Win10. That means If you had purchased a PC in 2006, it would still be updating to this day and beyond (for little money). I have 2 Windows PCs that I bought in 2008 and they run great presently. The topic of this thread is one of the many reasons I'll never buy a Chromebook.

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Re: End of Support Chromebook

Post by Electron » Thu Jul 11, 2019 1:00 pm

This article from 2016 indicates that Chromebooks may have an "official" end-of-life date that is different from the posted date.

https://www.pcworld.com/article/3109868 ... years.html

"Google says it’s working with our partners to update our policies so that we’re able to extend security patches and updates beyond a device’s EOL date. Google isn’t making any guarantees at this point, but it sounds like the company wants to extend updates, at least on the security side, beyond five years. It also sounds like device makers such as Acer and Samsung would be partially responsible for making that happen."

I'd be interested if this has occurred with any specific Chromebooks.

Here is an excellent article on what to do when a Chromebook reaches end of life.

https://www.howtogeek.com/403164/what-t ... -its-life/
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Re: End of Support Chromebook

Post by Grasshopper » Thu Jul 11, 2019 3:21 pm

I just replaced an Acer 15 end of support 6/20 with a refurbished 15 from Acer Refurbished EOS 11/23 for $210. Looks brand new, showed it being power washed once. Ms G will keep her Acer going as she doesn't use except for mail and surfing.

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