Cr-48

Discussion in 'The Refreshment Lounge' started by JTM, May 2, 2011.

  1. JTM

    JTM "Just in case" Premium Member

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    BOOYA.

    Got one.

    http://www.google.com/chromeos/pilot-program-cr48.html

    ohhhhh yeaaaa.

    Essentially it's an "internet machine." The computer boots up in about 10 seconds and you are online with a chrome browser. You do anything you want to from there.

    Docs, image editing, surfing the internet, etc.
     
  2. Blake Bowden

    Blake Bowden Administrator Staff Member

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    Oh sweet! Looks like a black macbook pro...lol
     
  3. Brent Heilman

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    I have one also (actually 2) through the pilot program. I love that little machine. It is a great little netbook. I like it even more now that they implemented the cloud printing function. The keyboard has been the hardest thing to get used to.
     
  4. JTM

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    The keyboard is better than a netbook keyboard that I've gotten used to... so it wasn't too bad.

    Getting used to the "Mac" style mouse though is danged annoying though.

    How dare you.
     
  5. Brent Heilman

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    Yeah that was hard to get used to also, but the keyboard was the hardest for me. I love the layout of it though and getting rid of useless keys was great. There is so much to love about it. I love the speed of it too. The boot time is great and also the updates are great too. When I received the second one I logged in to my gmail account and everything that I had done on the first one was right there and ready to go which was great.
     
  6. Blake Bowden

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    How's the chrome os? Haven't heard much about it.
     
  7. JTM

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    It's a Chrome Browser. Literally... just the browser.
     
  8. Brent Heilman

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    The netbook has a 16GB SSD drive in it but it is not accessible like a Windows hard drive would be (no C:\ folder). Images and such can be stored on it and accessed through a panel. The Chrome browser runs on top of a Linux kernel. Not sure which one though. I was thinking that they would be released this year at some point, not the CR-48, by Samsung and a couple of other companies.
     
  9. Stephen

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    Man I applied but never heard back. Bummer but glad you guys got em!
     
  10. JTM

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    I heard of someone that got 4. I was amazed. I finally got one after learning that I would get one 3 MONTHS LATER. It was the worst waiting period I've ever gone through.
     
  11. Stephen

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    Are they still being mailed out?
     
  12. JTM

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    If you got added to this google group (you didn't sign up for it):

    https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/chrome-notebook-pilot

    Then you'll get one. If you didn't get signed up for it automatically (you'd know), then you won't be getting one apparently.

    Of course, they're about as clutzy as they possibly could with getting these out, and people are just now receiving them (I got mine last week), so you never know. I signed up for it about a year ago as well.
     
  13. Brent Heilman

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    Really? I got my first one 2 weeks after I signed up. The 2nd one I received about 2 months ago. I never received anything telling me I would receive one.

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  14. JTM

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    You should sell the second one (if you want to) in our selling forum. I'm sure I could find someone to buy it.
     
  15. Christopher Parker

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    Like me?

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  16. Michaelstedman81

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    Just curious, but what exactly is the "Pilot Program"? I saw online that it was available only to those that are in that program. Never heard of it till now.
     
  17. kwilbourn

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    Google had a few rounds of open registration a while back. Anyone could register, and they selected some of those people to receive a CR-48. I registered every time it was open, never had any luck personally. From what I've heard, Google is only building the CR-48 as a test; once they conclude the test, other manufacturers will build and sell inexpensive laptops using Google's ChromeOS (that's what they are really testing, not the hardware).
     
  18. JTM

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    in generally, most of the fixes needed are for the hardware as well.

    having a plug like this is silly. why is there no generic USB charger?
     
  19. kwilbourn

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    I tend to agree. I think using a MacBook has spoiled me on power connections. I can't stand the "old" style ring and pin connectors anymore. That's usually the first part I break on a laptop. At the very least, the magnetic charging connectors like Apple uses would be an improvement.

    I hate to see USB used as a charging port on a host device, but could see it if you could plug it in to a desktop for file access and sync a la many smartphones and tablets. But is the minimal 5V, 500mA of USB connections enough to charge it?
     
  20. JTM

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    dunno, really. the thing hardly uses any power.
     

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