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Google Chrome OS?

Both posts are from a single source, but here they are to bring you up to speed if you don’t know what it all is.

http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/168036/google_set_to_take_on_microsoft_with_desktop_os.html

5 hours later…

http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/168058/five_reasons_google_chrome_os_will_fail.html

Really? Nope. Nope. Possibly. Nope.  And, Nope.  Just as David Coursey is allowed an opinion, here goes an attempt at mine.

1. Netbooks will be the world quicker then we will think.  As mobile data increases in demand, so will the devices that deliver it.  Though, it may not be in the tradition that we see today, but we will see either a more powerful cell phone or ‘netbook’ in the near future that will blow our minds in what we can do from our finger tips.  Mainly the idea hit the shelf provided by Intel(for the most part) based on existing tech.  Nvidia and other companies haven’t even had time to plan into this at all.  Once they inject their hardware into the mix, we will see some serious power from these devices.  Accountability won’t be measured from behind a desk but from whether you’re actually out there effecting your business and the data will be available at the finger-tips. All of it. I’m getting a bit evangelical here and conclude my rebuttal on your first item here.

2. Whether the OS is free or not doesn’t seem to be a valid point then, if both can offer for free, then how is it even a failing point on Google’s part?  Brand recognition is mainly their fuel and they weigh in MUCH heavier then Linux would by itself, IF they go that route.  Notice this isn’t gOS, this is ChromeOS.

3. Eh, true Google Docs would take some serious overhauling, but with integration into say OpenOffice.  This could create a bridge between hardcore documentation and lightweight playtime with them.  Hell, they could come up with something new?  Wouldn’t be the first time.

4. What? Just as the Palm Pre is built on the idea of real time feeds, I don’t see where Google Chrome would not be able to function in this lightweight environment from a netbook side.

5. Ok, now I know you are a pretend techie nerd guy.  WTF???  There is a means to an end to get anything working for cross platform support, whether is be creating a virtual environment within VMWare on Windows to host a MAC OS X box, or VMWare Fusion for Apple.  Linux does not fall short in the ability to create these same environments, Wine, VirtualBox, etc.  Hell, stop the war, include MS Office in it!

I think that the simple idea of “Googling” could be enough brand recognition and allow folks another solid option other then Ubuntu as a platform to conduct day to day business.  The average user doesn’t care what powers the device, it could be a fucking squirrel on a wheel inside the iPhone, they don’t care.  Ah, a fruitless conversation I think.  Too much is what if at this point and no one can draw a solid conclusion anyway.  I will not rule anyone out at this point because it is a cut throat market and new players coming in do have a chance to take out anyone else in this radical environment.  Which that being said, sadly this nimrod, could be right.

Peace.

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Technology

Google Chrome

There has been some buzz about the new browser released by Google, Chrome.  We’ve seen a lot in the browser community in regards to updates and actions to make the experience bigger, better and faster from the 2 majors companies, Microsoft and Mozilla.  This is even true with the introduction of Apple’s Safari to the PC.  I hope that this insurgency of the ‘newer’ and better browsers does not stop considering there are quite a few changes that still need to be made to improve the overall performance usability of the internet.  So, Chrome seems to be a step in that direction.

Being previously unaware that they were even working on the browser in the first place, this came as a shock to me and at initial glance at this software, I was attested to it.  I found that it literally made me feel like a child playing with internet Play-Doh.  As I dug deeper into it, general browsing of sites and hitting links from friends over chat, I found myself doing a lot less work to view what I wanted to view.  I also found tab dragging very friendly, fast which made me want to see what was happening to my system while I did this.  Come to find out, I noticed quite a few chrome.exe processes running which made me laugh and almost uninstall the software.  I say this, based on that as browsers stand now, you make a new window, you get a new process and tabs are loaded within that.  But in looking further in how you can pretty close to almost dynamically create new windows from them, rearrange things like a Lego fortress.  Furthermore, Shift-Esc allows to show what each of these is doing memory and CPU wise.  From a geek perspective, I am happy to see this.

So, this brings me to the usage of about.  You’ve got everything from funny to useful for the about section of the browser.  I am not here to really describe these, so enjoy them for yourself:

about:memory
about:stats
about:network
about:internets
about:histograms
about:dns
about:cache
about:plugins
about:version
about:objects
about:chrome-nativeui
view-cache:{URL}
view-source:{URL}

All in all, I’m glad they’ve released this.  I hope it helps in pushing the internet browsing idea to another level.  I guess time will tell, but so far, so good!