Been a month since UPS dropped off Santa Google’s gift to me. How is now different from my early impressions posting? Mostly more of the same on a daily use level, but the ‘scene’ surrounding Chrome OS has gotten more interesting.
Maybe I’m blowing things out of proportion. However it seems that Hexxeh’s Luigi Utility and the events surrounding it have sparked a bit of controversy in the Chrome OS communities. On the face of it there’s little argument. Google sent out a bunch of Cr-48′s to test out Chrome OS in a real world environment while they do fine tuning. There’s even a user agreement in the pilot program signup that states anyone who gets one has to use that as their primary box for the duration. Case closed right? Can of worms time!
So you’ve got this whole ‘cloud’ thing going for productivity, maybe even a little social networking, and if you’ve been really adventurous you’ve managed to get your feet wet with hulu.
“What about gaming?” is the cry I hear from my inner(and outer)-nerd. “All this is great, but I wanna pop some heads!”
We have made strides in the past two years in connectivity. Granted as I’m aware of from personal experience it isn’t quite ‘go absolutely anywhere and have a pain free connection’ but we’re getting far closer to that. With the Pilot Program in full swing friends have made associations between the Cr-48 and ye olde Dumb Terminals from the old ARPAnet days.
For us technically interested and inclined people Chrome OS might seem a little confining, but generally non-threatening. To family, and I’m sure I’m stretching things just a tad here, The Computer is a little understood box that I often need to be around for if things don’t work smoothly. Either they don’t care so long as things Just Work, or they freak out if they see something new on system and promptly uninstall it.
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.