The crux of the Chrome OS\u00a0operating system is that you live your life in the cloud through a browser. There is no desktop, no installing software and no local storage or applications.If it sounds visionary, that\u2019s because it is, but can it be your only computer? Could you run a business on it? I decided to see for myself, opting to use the Chromebook\u00a0and nothing else for 7 days. Did I do it? Read on to find out.\u00a0MondayIf you think that I\u2019m just going to jump right in, give up my laptop and go cold turkey you\u2019ve got another thing coming. I need a day to move to the cloud so the rest of the week isn\u2019t just a complete waste of time with me whinging that I couldn\u2019t do this or I couldn\u2019t do that. So I've decided that it\u2019s only fair that I have 1 day to move myself into a position that makes the week more bearable. For the purpose of the test I am going to be using the Google cr-48. It\u2019s the Chromebook Google has been dishing out for the last 6 months to developers and journalists. The cr-48 isn\u2019t going on sale, and is not part of the opening line-up of hardware from other manufacturers (that\u2019s Acer and Samsung). I therefore won\u2019t be commenting on the device's performance, how the trackpad is awful, or how I still can\u2019t fathom how to change the auto brightness settings.As with previous 7 days features it\u2019s also worth pointing out this isn\u2019t a review, this is going to be my experience warts and all about living in the cloud with the Chromebook. The end result will hopefully give you an insight into what it\u2019s like working on a device that insists you must be in the cloud to use it.That covered, on to my move into the cloud.As I see it, there are a number of areas to move myself over into the cloud and ditch local storage. Music, pictures, video, emails, contacts, appointments, and documents are the main ones to tackle.Emails -\u00a0Pocket-lint uses Google Apps for email, so the move to cloud email has already been in effect for some time. With so many devices coming in and out of the Pocket-lint office for testing, I use IMAP for my emails rather than POP3. This has the added advantage of when I read a email on my phone or Gmail on the web it is marked as read by static inbox on my Mac and vice versa. To make sure I don\u2019t run out of space with no local copy, I boost the Pocket-lint Google App accounts giving me and the team 25GB of storage each.Contacts -\u00a0It turns out I\u2019ve got contacts everywhere. In local form on my laptop, in Gmail, on my phone, and on my desk (a shoebox of business cards). That\u2019s not going to work for a seamless cloud experience, so I\u2019ve got to come up with a plan. Deciding that Google contacts will be the mother ship, I find the quickest way is to delete everyone and start again. It\u2019s drastic, I know, but on close inspection a lot of my local contacts on my computer are out of date. I also realise that if I\u2019ve lost a really important contact they\u2019ll contact me or I\u2019ll have a way of getting in touch with them somehow.Appointments -\u00a0Pocket-lint has been running a centralised calendar on Google for sometime. The move to Chrome OS won\u2019t affect this and I don\u2019t need to do anything here.Pictures -\u00a0With no storage on the Chromebook, the idea of storing pictures locally is going to be a no no. It\u2019s not essential that I have pictures of me at University for the sake of this article, but I\u2019m in the cloud mood so what the hell. I sign up to Flickr, grab a premium account ($25 a year) and start uploading. It soon dawns on me that to upload 10,000 pictures is going to take longer than an afternoon, but considering I won\u2019t be using my Mac for another week, I figure it\u2019s a good use of its time.\u00a0Music -\u00a0I don\u2019t know about you but I like listening to music when I work. I\u2019ve got 20GB of music, but my Chromebook doesn\u2019t have 20GB of storage, nor a local music app to play it. For the UK there is currently no option to listen to your own music on the Chromebook. Amazon Music and Google Music aren\u2019t available outside the US. That leaves Spotify in the UK, but that doesn\u2019t work because you can\u2019t install an app. That leaves Last.fm.\u00a0Luckily I\u2019ve got a Sonos music system house, so I\u2019ve grabbed one of my S5 Zone Players and plugged it in the office. My Galaxy S II will double as the remote. Out of the office it\u2019s going to be quiet though.Documents -\u00a0Because I'm determined not to have to turn on my Mac, I also \u201ccloud\u201d all my documents to give me access to them on the go on the Chromebook. I\u2019ve used Dropbox. It\u2019s a fantastic service. You get 2GB of storage for free that you can then share with other people. \u00a0To make things easier I turn my Mac\u2019s documents folder into the Dropbox folder. Everything is now online and accessible via the web.Final bits and bobs -\u00a0My Mac has no physical media on it at all now. The music\u2019s gone. The photos are gone. The documents are there, but backed up into the cloud. Likewise emails, contacts, and appointments are on my computer for offline use, but also backed up into the cloud so I can see them when on the Chromebook. Regardless of whether or not I enjoy the Chromebook experience, moving to the cloud has been good on a personal admin front. My computer\u2019s hard drive now has stacks of storage space on it, and there is a sense that I\u2019m a lot more portable. I like this feeling. This is liberating.\u00a0TuesdayI get into the office, sit down at my desk and realise that most of it isn\u2019t needed. I run a three screen set up and all of that is redundant today. I don\u2019t really even need an office, Google will have me believe - everything I need is in my computer. We shall see.Powering on the system - which takes around 3 seconds - and logging in and I\u2019m ready to go. The Chrome OS browser (that\u2019s really all it is) stares out at me saying \u201cwhere shall we go\u201d but it dawns on me that I actually run a lot of apps on a daily basis in the background to do my job. The place I normally go is usually already here.3 minutes later and I\u2019ve got my Gmail tab running, I\u2019ve got a Twitter tab and Google Docs so I can start this diary, of course.\u00a0One of the main ways we communicate at Pocket-lint is through Skype.\u00a0A quick search of the Chrome store brings up a selection of apps none of which are made by Skype. I opt for IM+ - an in-browsing messaging \u201csolution\u201d that lets me connect all manner of Instant Messaging services in one window. It does Skype. I am happy.\u00a0A new account later and I\u2019m up and running, although there is no voice or video support. So, not quite Skype then. In fact, just IM.Realising that I don\u2019t need to be in the office, and I\u2019ve got a launch event to go to in London, I grab my Chromebook and head for the train.\u00a0Once on board, I open up the laptop and get ready to do some writing. It\u2019s a good time to get some words out without distraction. Unfortunately,\u00a0Google Docs isn\u2019t having any of it insisting that I must be \u201cconnected\u201d for it to work. Thankfully, I\u2019ve got a Vodafone Mi-Fi dongle in the bag, but I don\u2019t really want to be online just so I can write up a feature. If I didn\u2019t have the dongle, I would have had a dead paperweight on my lap, and a wasted hour.I get to London and go to my event. No Wi-Fi, so I\u2019m on the dongle again. The dongle is great, but signal is poor so Google Doc\u2019s performance is sketchy. At one point the window freezes. The only way out is to refresh the page. I lose 5 minutes of work and a good quote I jotted down. I am annoyed so give up and switch to paper. Not good. My hand feels like it's forgotten how to write.The rest of the event goes smoothly and I head home. On the train back it dawns on me that battery life is still a healthy couple of hours in the tank. It seems running only a browser does have its benefits after all.\u00a0WednesdayA full day in the office today. I would sit outside in the sun, but it\u2019s actually rather windy. I\u2019ve got used to this working from a browser business now.On the Twitter front I notice that the microblog's webpage in Chrome automatically tallies up the number of unread tweets for you. I\u2019ve got hundreds which is never a good way to keep calm. Wondering whether I can induce the same stress levels for my email, I head over to Gmail Labs to see if there is a bolt-on that will tell me how many unread emails I have. There is. I install it and then don\u2019t have to keep wondering whether or not I\u2019ve got mail.Skype (IM-only, of course) in a browser is going well although the concept of "quick calls" to the Pocket-lint team have dried up. It\u2019s too much effort and seems too formal to make a phone call each time - you mean you have to use your hands? They're probably enjoying the peace and quiet too. [note from team: we are]I\u2019ve got some \u201coffice paperwork to do\u201d and that presents the first challenge. I can\u2019t print. Google has got a print offering for Chrome OS but you need a PC to set it up. Yep, another computer, and seeing as I can\u2019t do that it\u2019s a no-go. Bugger.On top of that, saving invoices to my invoices folder on Dropbox proves impossible. I can download attachments but then can\u2019t seem to find them on the hard drive to then upload them to my Dropbox folder. Where on earth are they going to?\u00a0It\u2019s an annoying setback but nowhere near as annoying as what happens next.I visit the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 product page while doing a story which promptly crashes Chrome OS. Getting no response, I turn off the Chromebook and turn it back on again.\u00a0However rather than the quick boot up I\u2019ve been promised, I get an error message telling me that the OS has been corrupted and that I have to completely reinstall it. What?To do this I need to make a boot disk from a 4GB or larger USB stick and a Mac or PC to download the file. Now the idea of using no other computer this week has really been dashed unless I'm willing to take the next few days off work. There's no other way around it, so I boot up my Mac, download the file, and get to re-installing the Chromebook.An hour later I\u2019m back online, the process has, as far as recovery is concerned, been a simple one. My apps associated with my account are there, as too are my bookmarks and, on reflection, that's actually very handy indeed.It serves to highlight two things. Firstly that the Chromebook and Chrome OS are reliant on you having a PC or Mac to help you out in the first place, and that switching computers to other Chromebooks in the future is going to be a doddle as there's nothing physical on the device at all.I'm not going to blame Chrome OS for the crash. After all, I am still on the developer build, so it\u2019s to be expected from time to time.\u00a0\u00a0Thursday5am start. I\u2019ve got to do an interview on BBC Radio 5 Live. Thankfully they\u2019ve said that I don\u2019t have to go into the studio in London. What they have said though is that I\u2019ve got to do the interview over Skype; better quality than over a landline they say.That leaves me with the predicament that I either say no, or I cheat and use my Mac. If you were up and you heard me, you\u2019ll know the answer.Guilty that I\u2019ve had to use my regular computer again, I feel even worse when I find, 10 minutes after the interview is over, that I'm still on my computer enjoying the desktop. Twitter is easier, Skype is easier, reading email is easier. Oh dear.\u00a0Realising it's the equivalent of having a Mars bar when you\u2019re on a diet, I slam the lid shut and take the dog for a walk for my sins.10am and I\u2019m back on the train into London for more meetings, and once again have to make sure that my Mi-Fi is on so I can write up this entry. Why there isn\u2019t an offline mode baffles me.10:43am and the train slowly arrives into Richmond, a notoriously bad area for reception. My Chromebook grinds to a halt.I\u2019ve got meetings for the rest of the day so the Chromebook doesn\u2019t come out again until I get back on the train a couple of hours later to go back home. It\u2019s worth mentioning that the battery hasn\u2019t drained a bit - well not noticeably. Compared to my MacBook Pro, where I am always on the look out for a charge, it\u2019s been the complete opposite for the Chromebook.I jump on the train, pull out the Chromebook and the Vodafone Mi-Fi to do some work on the way home. The Chromebook\u2019s battery might be fine, but I realise I\u2019ve left the Mi-Fi on and the battery on that has run out. So no USB cable to hand and with no power for the Mi-Fi, means the Chromebook has effectively become useless. It means I\u2019ve got to work later tonight. I read the Evening Standard instead and begin to grind the tops off my molars.\u00a0 FridayI\u2019m hoping today is going to be better. I\u2019ve got a briefing in the morning so the Chromebook doesn\u2019t get used much until it comes to writing up the story. Meanwhile the briefing from Thursday involved a gallery of photos that need to be edited, cropped and uploaded onto the site. A wave of nausea washes through me as\u00a0I realise that this isn't going to be as simple as doing it on a PC or my Mac.While there is some local file support in Chrome, there isn\u2019t a local image editor. Everything is about the cloud of course and that means all my images have to be uploaded to the web first before being edited, then downloaded back on to the Chromebook before re-uploading them on to Pocket-lint. That's a faff even if you're on Wi-Fi.On recommendation, I try out Picnik. Without signing up, you can upload one image at a time but if you're happy to register, you get to upload five images in one go and, for $24.99 a year, you can upload 100 at a time. Picnik allows\u00a0you to crop, adjust exposure and do basic editing tasks as well as fix red-eye on your friends and pets. It\u2019s no Photoshop, but then it\u2019s free rather than \u00a3200+.What\u2019s frustrating is that if you\u2019ve just taken 20 photos with your digital camera you\u2019ve got to spend quite some time uploading those to the Picnik site before you can start doing anything to them at all. On my Mac, with my normal offline image editor, this process takes seconds. I\u2019m not happy. Exactly how far has my productivity dropped this week?4pm. It\u2019s coming up to home time and I\u2019ve got to make some changes to the site\u2019s code. It\u2019s a quick job on the Mac and I\u2019m hoping it will be on the Chromebook.I find ShiftEdit, a coding site that has FTP support within the browser built in. It\u2019s quick, it\u2019s perfect, and it works. Pleased that I can go home for the weekend I shut the Chromebook.\u00a0SaturdayIt\u2019s the weekend, so I don\u2019t really use my laptop in my normal life that much, preferring instead to use an iPad, or whatever tablet I am testing, on the sofa.The Chromebook comes out once to use Google Maps. Not because I haven\u2019t got it on the iPad - it\u2019s a better experience - but I feel guilty that I said that I would use this for 7 days and that really I\u2019m not entirely living up to my side of the deal.\u00a0SundayThe battery is still going strong even though I\u2019ve not plugged it in since leaving the office on Friday night.\u00a0Not much is happening on the work front, so I fire up the BBC iPlayer to catch up on this week\u2019s Apprentice.The show watched and another sucker fired, and I start to reflect back on the week that\u2019s been.The biggest thing to note is that without a back up PC (in my case a Mac) the task wouldn\u2019t have been possible. There are just too many times for me where I needed the power of an operating system with a desktop.\u00a0And once you start thinking like that, then you start thinking why do you want a Chromebook that needs a PC when you could get a PC with Chrome the browser and not have any of the problems we experienced over the week?\u00a0I missed Skype, I missed Twitter as an app, and I missed local image editing - badly.I also missed any form of offline use. Don\u2019t get me wrong, I\u2019ve enjoyed moving my digital life to the cloud, and the preparations I made at the beginning of the week with my email, my contacts, my music, et al, but the reliance on being online has been hard even though I\u2019ve been set up to be online for most of the time. All those promises of offline compatibility thanks to HTML5 coding haven't come true. Whether Google will have sorted that out come the arrival of the Chromebooks proper is another thing, but somehow I doubt it.Ultimately, after my 7 days, I\u2019m struggling to see where the Chromebook will fit into my life and my business. It may work for you. If you work from Wi-Fi at all times, if you don't do much image editing and if battery life is what you crave, then it could be just what you're looking for.\u00a0But, when it comes to running Pocket-lint, the Chromebook has proved to be too much of a headache. I go to bed and look forward to the luxury of computing from my desktop in the morning.Will a Chromebook work in your life? Tell us how in the comments below.