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Jeanne Boyarsky
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I'm looking for ideas for saving bandwidth on a Chromebook. I wrote up the two I thought of. Any other ideas?
 
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I don't use a Chromebook so just guessing here, but does it do automatic OS updates (cf. Windows Update Hell every month)? If so, maybe you can tweak some setting to only do this when she has WiFi available. ALso, I'm guessing a lot of those web clients for online docs etc are going to be JS-heavy, so that might involve heavier downloads the first time you access them?
 
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Chris,
I didn't expect many people here would have a Chromebook. Answers about bandwidth in general are good.

The Chromebook does do automatic updates, but it is smart enough to only do them over wifi. Or at least it claims to be. I think it is because here old 3g Chromebook didn't do any updates unless she took it to someplace that had wifi. Google even added enough smarts to not download the updates when on a wifi hotspot. Also, the usage pattern/bandwidth per day I was able to get out of Verizon don't support a giant download in one day.

Good point about initial loads. I did some of those on my home wifi connection when I was setting it up. Gmail in particular. But I'm sure she visits many other sites. I am having her track usage this month so we will know more.
 
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chris webster wrote: ALso, I'm guessing a lot of those web clients for online docs etc are going to be JS-heavy, so that might involve heavier downloads the first time you access them?

I asked my mom if she was doing anything special high bandwidth days. "Nope." I then mentioned this idea - that JavaScript (and images) are downloaded on first use so if she went to a lot of websites for the first time since they have to cache them. Turned out that was the key phrase. She went to EVERY single major site she uses - every hotel, airline, newspaper, etc. She did this both to have them remember her passwords and to make sure they worked. I made a note to do this on wifi the next time she gets a new Chromebook.

I gave you a cow for figuring this out.
 
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