Huzzah! I’ve finally found a suitable alternative to editing the hosts file on my Chromebook.
Go to the Chrome Web Store, and get this extension: Hosts Switch Plus
Once you’ve added the extension, you can edit as you see fit… the one gotchya here, is there is an empty select box next to your newly created entries… if it’s not green the link isn’t enabled… which isn’t made immediately clear by the UI. Heres a quick screenshot of what I’m talking about.
Finally an app that lets me keep automatic updates rolling into my Chromebook, while making it sooo much more useful for development.