Obligatory cloud reference: CR-48 and Google’s Chrome OS

By , December 21, 2010 7:19 pm

This post was begun in my kitchen, something not too impressive in today’s connected and wireless world. In fact, my laptop since college – a long-in-the-tooth Dell Inspiron – has let me type posts in kitchens, at friends houses, on interstate busses, and on airplanes. (With varying levels of connectivity, admittedly, but I could at leas type the post at those places.) What makes this post unique is it’s the first I’m typing on my tester hardware of Google’s CR-48 netbook, complete with Google’s Chrome OS operating system.

What does that mean? First and foremost, it means I’m working in the ‘cloud,’ without any local file storage. If the computer isn’t online, either via WiFi or the included Verizon Wireless connection (which I have yet to get working) I’m SOL. For working at my apartment or a coffee shop, that isn’t an issue. If I’d had this netbook on my trip to Minneapolis, would the Verizon connection have worked on the bus? I don’t know.

BetaNews has a pretty good 7-day breakdown of one reviewer’s experiences with Chrome OS, and is worth reading if you want a really in depth look at what this machine could mean. After the break, I’ll go into some of my impressions after 36 hours.

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