Monday, 27 December 2010

Some Pictures of The Cr-48

Finally a chance to post some pictures of the Cr-48, as you can see these are a few shots of the outside but  there is also a less then great picture of the browser itself, will get better ones up in the future. You can get more views over on my Flickr page.

Cr-48 - Open
The Cr-48 notebook

Cr-48 - Right Side View
The Right Side: From left to right you can see a cooling vent, covered SD card slot (springs open), earphone port, USB port and power cable port

Cr-48 - Left Side View
The Left Side: Here you can see some cooling vents and a serial port

Cr-48 - Chrome OS
Google Chrome OS

Cr-48 - Keyboard
The keyboard of the Cr-48, note the tweaks to complement Google Chrome OS

Since the USB and SD card slots are not yet enabled as standard, they can be turned on, but functionality is limited thus far, I do need to upload the images via a non-Chrome OS machine. This is still beta software so this is to be expected. It makes sense for Google to be concentrating on getting the OS working perfect before dealing with peripherals. Chrome OS has been working very well, no crashes to report but start up can be a little slow depending on if you have 'pinned tabs' or what apps/extensions are trying to load.

What is impressing me is how quick the notebook turns on and wakes up from sleep, you really are straight onto the web quicker then anything else out there, as noted this may be more sluggish depending on the apps/exts installed. I am sure that Google are far from rolling out all the features of Chrome OS and with a very healthy developer community via the Chrome Web Store there will be little this will not be able to do.

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Thursday, 23 December 2010

Cr-48 My First Impressions

So on the 10th December a big brown box is sitting on the doorstep out on the porch, having no idea what was in it since I was expecting nothing, the box is slowly opened up and soon it dawns on me what I have before me, one of Google's Cr-48 notebooks which they have sent out to various 'test-pilots' to give the new Google Chrome OS a test drive.

What is Google Chrome OS?

Since the notebook arrived during my last two weeks of semester I had to tell myself not to get too distracted, hence my lack of posting, though I have been trying out the Alpha 1 of Natty Narwhal, it is time to dig into Chrome OS in a significant way. The laptop itself is unbranded, but well made and feels high quality. Opening up the lid gives you the Chrome OS splash screen and before you know it you are logging on. The whole process is fast and slick.

Next you log yourself in, initially I did have some problems connecting to the home wifi network but that has since sorted itself out. You also have the option of taking a picture via the integrated webcam (but you can skip), then there you are logged into your Chrome OS. Even though I use Ubuntu on my other systems Chromium is my primary browser and Chrome OS immdiately syncs all my applications and extensions so that it feels just like home.

What you now have is what looks like Google's Chrome browser in full screen and this is your Operating System. The only real difference is that in the top right you have a battery monitor, WiFi status, selected language and the time. That's it. You really can not get anymore stripped down then this. Remember there is nothing stored on the notebook, your storage is entirely online and this is what takes getting used to and I will talk about more of this in future posts.

Right now all my initial reactions are positive, I have been hitting a few wrong keys as I use the keyboard as there are a few new additions to the keyboard, the coolest and most useful is a dedicated search button. I am guessing that will have a Google symbol on it in the official releases as this machine is completely unbranded. Also there is no need to be holding a Fn button to alter the sound or screen brightness as there are dedicated buttons. From what I understand Chrome OS will be available pre-installed on notebooks and not available as an installable OS to existing systems so getting the whole package right is important.

How to remain calm, despite what's about to happen to your Chrome notebook

And I have to say, so far they have. A few settings could be a bit more intuitive, but these are minor niggles and so far this is exactly what it is supposed to be, an extremely easy and efficient to access your on-line world. Personally this laptop would be an excellent second laptop, or for a student it would make huge sense to have a laptop like this...or for anybody's first real computer for that matter. I do not have the time, patience or want to spend the money transferring almost a TB of personal data to on-line services. BUT you have to see the sense in having all your data kept in the cloud, or on-line, the idea that you may never lose any data again is a huge plus. There will always be the argument of what if you can not access the internet? Google has offered local off-line storage with their 'gears' software, while the new internet standard of html5 should allow every modern browser to provide limited local storage.

Is the future here? I do not know that, but I am very impressed with the technology sitting in my lap right now which I am typing up this blog on. Thanks to Google for giving me the opportunity to help develop this next step.

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Monday, 20 December 2010

Why do YOU believe...?

A great seasonal piece by the comedian Ricky Gervais on why he does not believe in a god and how it all began. He throws in some interesting little nuggets and well worth reading in full!


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Why don’t I believe in God? No, no no, why do YOU believe in God? Surely the burden of proof is on the believer. You started all this. If I came up to you and said, “Why don’t you believe I can fly?” You’d say, “Why would I?” I’d reply, “Because it’s a matter of faith”. If I then said, “Prove I can’t fly. Prove I can’t fly see, see, you can’t prove it can you?” You’d probably either walk away, call security or throw me out of the window and shout, ‘’F—ing fly then you lunatic.”

So next time someone tells me they believe in God, I’ll say “Oh which one? Zeus? Hades? Jupiter? Mars? Odin? Thor? Krishna? Vishnu? Ra?…” If they say “Just God. I only believe in the one God”, I’ll point out that they are nearly as atheistic as me. I don’t believe in 2,870 gods, and they don’t believe in 2,869.

So bring them up believing in God and they’ll be good and law abiding. It’s a perfect system. Well, nearly. 75 percent of Americans are God-­‐fearing Christians; 75 percent of prisoners are God-­‐fearing Christians. 10 percent of Americans are atheists; 0.2 percent of prisoners are atheists.

But living an honest life – for that you need the truth. That’s the other thing I learned that day, that the truth, however shocking or uncomfortable, in the end leads to liberation and dignity.

“Do unto others…” is a good rule of thumb. I live by that. Forgiveness is probably the greatest virtue there is. Buts that’s exactly what it is -­‐ a virtue. Not just a Christian virtue. No one owns being good. I’m good. I just don’t believe I’ll be rewarded for it in heaven. My reward is here and now. It’s knowing that I try to do the right thing. That I lived a good life. And that’s where spirituality really lost its way. When it became a stick to beat people with. “Do this or you’ll burn in hell.”

You won’t burn in hell. But be nice anyway.


Monday, 6 December 2010

Pick The Motorcycle That Fits You

Below are some clips from a fantastic website,, that lets you set you height, inseam length and even 'preferred arm straightness'. After that you just choose your preferred make and model of motorcycle which then overlays a model of you on the chosen motorcycle. I am loving this, all those motorcycles you have wondered about or are considering this site offers a great starting point to see just how well of a fit the motorcycle could be.

Of course the list is not exhaustive with brands and models missing but they do have an impressive amount up already and hopefully it will be further expanded on in the future. Yes, for some you can also get lower seats, change out the suspension, maybe try different tyre sizes and so on to get that perfect height and fit. For those of us who would rather those things be luxuries then necessities, this is certainly a must visit site to go through your motorcycle wishlist.

So what are you waiting for? Head over and start trying out motorcycles for size!

Peace and keep the rubber side down.

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To adjust measurements, click the + and - buttons next to the field.

To compare motorcycles, first click "Compare with a 2nd Motorcycle"
to add a second motorcycle. Move the mouse over the image on the right and
use the scroll wheel to scroll between the two motorcycles, or alternatively
you can just click the Motorcycle #1 or Motorcycle #2 headers.

You can compare any number of motorcycles simultaneously.