Working on a Qwiklabs quest

It turned out that I had 100 expiring credits from Qwiklabs. At that point, I just started searching the catalog to find something to tackle this afternoon. It seemed like a good idea to take on one of the more advanced quests. Today I had the day off and the afternoon free. That combination is epic. The quest I took on was called. “Data Science on the Google Cloud Platform.” It was a 60 credit quest and it was labeled as advanced. The quest involves 10 steps. During the first hour of my quest here I have finished the first step and am working on knocking out step number two. 

  1. Introduction to SQL for BigQuery and Cloud SQL
  2. Ingesting Data Into The Cloud

Wondering about the next Pixelbook release

My ASUS Chromebook Flip C101P

Today was one of those days where I started to ponder my next Chromebook. At Costco, I looked at a 14 inch HP Chromebook for a few minutes. All of my other Chromebooks have been built by ASUS and they have been aluminum body models. They have also been touchscreen devices. I’m hoping that the rumors about the Pixelbook 2 being a nice midrange device are true. At this point, I’m waiting for the release of the next Pixelbook version. The Pixelbook 2 is going to be my next Chromebook. It needs to show up here sooner than later. This ASUS Chromebook Flip C101P has several broken keys on the number row.

Deciding where to store a backup phone case

Today I started wondering if my backup phone case should be kept in my travel bag. Yesterday a new phone case arrived. It is a silicone jacket for my Pixel 3 XL. You might be wondering what color the case happens to be. The answer to that question would be pineapple. That is the color designation of the new phone case that arrived. My curiosity is if it should just be stored in my travel bag. Chances are that if a phone case was destroyed it would be on a trip and therefore having my backup phone case with me would be prudent.

Ugh… when is the next Google hardware event?

Today in the middle of watching This Week in Tech (TWIT) episode 723, I started wondering when the next major Google hardware event is going to be held. Right now, I just spent some time learning about the new HP Chromebook 15 that seems to be a very compelling sub $500 dollar mobile computing option. My next piece of mobile hardware is probably going to be the Google Pixelbook 2 (or whatever they end up calling it).

I’m in the market for a new Chromebook

Here we go again with some technology related challenges. My ASUS Chromebook flip C302 now has had two separate keys fail on it. The number 5 and 6 keys are not working at all. Both keys have been taken apart and I messed with them several times. None of that worked out. Right now I am working on a Google Docs file on my Pixel 3 XL smartphone typing on a Bluetooth keyboard. That could be the new normal for some time. This is one way to go about writing and it could be the path forward. It is for sure the lowest cost path forward given that I already have the phone and the Logitech Bluetooth keyboard. Maybe that is enough to seal the deal and drive me to writing on my phone. I had tried this before for a few days and it did not work out very well.

This time around might be different. I just went into the keyboard settings and turned off the onscreen keyboard when the physical keyboard is connected via Bluetooth. Just making that one change increases the amount of screen open to viewing words by about double. Maybe that will help make this more interesting this time around. My plan is to go back to writing for over and hour a day. Most of that writing time will happen at night right before bed. For better or worse that writing window has always been the best way to go about producing a large amount of words. This is one of those times where thinking out loud is probably the right way to go about things.