After two weeks living in the cloud as part of the Google’s Pilot Program for its Chrome operating system and the Cr-48 laptop, I find the whole thing dull; that’s a good thing though.
So here’s the thing. I’m on my second week using Chrome OS. Bug reports get filed as I find things that don’t seem right to me. Largely my experience is unchanged. Oh there are inconveniences and things I’d like, but short of gaming I’m reasonably happy with my head in The Cloud. I’m not a normal user though. I can’t drive. I have a hard time seeing print unless it’s blown up fairly large (or ‘smelling’ the text by having to get so close my nose is touching what I’m reading.) This is, I think, why Google accepted me into their pilot program.
A couple of weeks ago Google launched a new initiative to try and educate all ‘tech dumb’ parents how to use computers (properly). They launched a new website called ‘Teach Parents Tech which they hope will spare you the time and effort of explaining to your grandmother how to turn on a computer (for the hundredth time).
“Will it blend?” – Well, this is the question the guys at Blendtec will try to answer in the above video. It seems like they have finally chosen to feature the Google CR-48 Chrome Notebook in their ever-so bizarre initiation. Why do I say it’s an initiation? Well, all the major consumer electronics from the Ipad to Guitar Hero (yes you read that correctly) have gone through this right of passage!
Since the arrival of my CR-46 “Chromebook” my laptop has been suffering from abandonment issues.
On my laptop I am running a dual boot Windows 7/Linux Mint. I also have Jolicloud installed within Windows. I would like to explain a few things to my laptop (Lilith) and have chosen to do so in a letter:
Inside I saw the Cr-48 box I had seen in a YouTube unboxing video and you guessed it, a Google ChromeOS Cr-48. Oh the magic of Christmas, long gone since my childhood, had returned to my warm my heart once more.
With almost 14,000 of these Chrome OS powered Notebooks out there, Google’s CR-48 pilot scheme is proving to be a massive success. Even so, there have been questions asked as to what Google plans to do with the other 46,000 of these devices that it hasn’t yet shipped. It’s either, they are planning on slowly releasing them (as they have been doing) or they may have even bigger plans in store.
Due to popular demand we have opened a Google CR-48 dedicated forum at our sister site; Chrome OS Lounge. This will allow all the people who are just joining the Chrome OS Beta program to talk specifically about their issues and views about the CR-48 Chrome Notebook and also to get help with any technical issues you may be facing.
No doubt a lot of you have read negative reviews on the Cr-48 running the Chrome beta. it’s odd that tech sites would write things like…
The last few weeks have seen the fan-fair of the final unveiling of the long awaited Chrome OS beta program. Over 14,000 CR-48 Chrome Notebooks have been shipped thus far and an estimated 46,000 are still to come. Even-so, amid all this excitement independent developers are working hard to keep the Chromium OS project going. One such developer who we’ve come to know as ‘Hexxeh’ isn’t sitting on his laurels; he’s hard at work on what will be Chromium OS Lime, the successor to Chromium OS Flow.
Some of you may remember that a month or so ago we had the chance to interview ‘Hexxeh’ (Liam McLoughlin) who is by far the most recognizable Chromium OS developer thus far. He has compiled such great Chromium OS distributions as Chromium OS Cherry, Flow, and Vanilla. I took the opportunity to ask him a few questions about his thoughts regarding the recent release of the Chrome OS Beta and the unveiling of Google’s CR-48 Chrome Notebook.
“Along with thousands of random and unaffiliated pilot beta testers, the following corporate workers will be helping Google get a shine on the Chrome: reservation agents at American Airlines; the engineering, sales and marketing teams of Logitech; the sales team and store employees of Jason’s Deli; the hotel suites and call centers of Intercontinental Hotel Group; the production line employees at Kraft Foods; and every single employee of Virgin America — including the pilots.” Yes, I too hope that it is not while flying!