Last evening I read an article at eWeek written by Don Reisinger and his opinion as to why Google Chrome is in serious trouble of failing. This was one of those 10 reason articles that is taught at journalism and blogging seminars on how to attract an audience. I am not going to comment on the article, but instead will let one of the people who commented do this for me.
The person [Danny] who commented stated:
I feel like it is pretty ignorant to judge this right now. Google does not want you to review it and I do not think its ready to be reviewed. Give it a chance to develop and let programmers jump on board to create apps and what not. I did not own an Android when it first came out but I am sure people said the same thing about that then too.
“Let every man judge according to his own standards, by what he has himself read, not by what others tell him.”
Thus far I have been enjoying my experience using the Google Chrome CR-48 notebook computer. Some of you may recall that I have previously written about the blur between a netbook and notebook computer, so I am going with the flow calling the CR-48 a notebook.
The Google Chrome CR-48 notebook is a specialty computer that is meant to attack the mighty kingdom in Redmond in which Windows is king. Rather I look at this pint-sized laptop as a computer that will attract a loyal crowd similar to what Apple does with their band of loyalists. Once one can accept this fact, it makes it easier to move on and talk about the specifics of why the computer will succeed.
Next we all need to remember that this is a test computer with beta software. The folks at Google are looking for real world experiences from users so they can fine tune and tweak their software and maybe the hardware as well. I do have one question? When have we seen any company in the technology industry send out 60,000 free computers to be tested? This tells me that the people at Google who designed this have a heck of a lot of confidence that this baby is going to fly.
Some are saying that Google Chrome OS is nothing but Linux in sheep clothing. I have used Linux distros and I am familiar what Linux is. Though the unseen engine may in fact be based on Linux, the OS itself is basically a Chrome browser. This is what makes the system so simple. Everyone has used a browser of some sort and using the Chrome OS is like using a browser.
Others complain that in order for the Chrome OS to function you need an Internet connection. True. Currently the Chrome OS requires an Internet connection to do everything. Whether this will change in the future is still unknown. But if you are reading this it is obvious you have an Internet connection. With thousands of hot spots located almost everywhere, I do not see the problem. Also for a fee you can connect to the Verizon network and be connected wherever you go.
Here is one I really like. You can not do video editing on Google Chrome OS. True. You can’t do video editing on an Apple iPhone, iPad, Blackberry, Kindle and many other devices as well. Get over it and move on.
Some are saying that the keyboard is hard to use or that the trackball is unstable. No kidding Sherlock. This is a test computer. If you want perfection by an Apple.
Another stroke of brilliance is those who say that would not store their precious documents with Google using one of their online apps such as Google Doc’s. There is no requirement to use any Google app. That choice is yours and yours alone. For those of you who have your secret formula for making soap, keep these classified documents on your Windows and Apple machine. No one will ever be able to access your stuff because you are protected by a firewall. LOL
What I am finding for my own personal computing needs is that I originally thought I spent about 90% of my computing time using the Internet. I have now come to the realization that number is more like 99% of my time is spent using the computer on the Internet. For me the CR-48 is basically all I would need.
But that is me. Your needs may not be met by a Google Chrome OS powered machine. This is what is going to separate a Google Chrome OS computer from other boxes on the market.