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Old 2011-05-23, 05:38 AM   #1
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Chromebooks are Unicycle Friendly


The Google Chromebook. You can use it on a unicycle!
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Old 2011-05-23, 03:39 PM   #2
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YouTube - ‪Introducing the Chromebook‬‏

The Google Chromebook. You can use it on a unicycle!
huh... VERY interesting.

Just one more step in Google's World Domination plan, I guess. I'll admit, I'm excited to see it happen. As long as they beat Apple to it.


I bet Google is going to monitor and record for "research" everything that you type into that thing though.

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Old 2011-05-23, 10:34 PM   #3
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First off -- cool mention of unicycling!

As far as the devices themselves, my first thought was that they would have to be dirt-cheap to make sense. Why are they better than a netbook? A netbook is small, too, but is quite useful beyond (and without) the Internet. The Chromebook is a stripped-down netbook without a stripped-down price tag. (and you can be cloud-centric without a Chromebook AND DAMN IT, WHERE IS JOHN CHILDS???!!!)

Then I started to think, why would I ever want an iPad? A small, thin netbook closes up so that the screen is protected... AND runs just about any Windows software. I'm sure I can get a fart app that runs under Windows. And do I really need a touchscreen?

Years ago, we talked about the imminent convergence of PDAs and cell phones. That happened and we've moved beyond (and sadly lost the stylus in the process). I think now we have a confusion of devices. Laptop, netbook, tablet, Chromebook, ebook reader. Eventually it will get sorted out. Miniaturization, ever-faster components, better display technology, and battery technology will drive all those devices in a similar direction. Today I want a Kindle as a book reader, not a too-heavy iPad that has to be charged every few hours (as opposed to every few weeks). But what about tomorrow's tablet that is as light as a Kindle and runs just as long?

Today's product differentiators are simply today's necessary trade-offs and compromises. (yes, I made that up myself)
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Old 2011-05-24, 10:41 PM   #4
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I don't want the chromebook yet, but maybe in a couple years when it has taken over.
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Old 2011-05-24, 11:03 PM   #5
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Old 2011-05-24, 11:09 PM   #6
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Hehe

+1 for the spoof!
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Old 2011-05-24, 11:09 PM   #7
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LOL, "less for more".
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Old 2011-05-25, 01:27 AM   #8
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It might be simply because I've spent all evening (and apparently the first two hours of the morning too now, hello tomorrow, when did you arrive?) revising, so my entertainment threshold is greatly lowered, but I found both of those hilarious!

That is all.
I like my netbook.
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Old 2011-05-25, 03:29 AM   #9
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Why are they better than a netbook?
That depends on who you are. As someone who "supports" computer users, this device might make them very happy. And me too.

Some people love old MGs and Triumphs. Other people like cars they don't have to work on every other weekend. For the average user, having something that "just works" is worth many other drawbacks.
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Then I started to think, why would I ever want an iPad?
I'm with you there. So far they're not for me either. Just a ton of other people.
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And do I really need a touchscreen?
You will keep asking that until you've used one on a large screen (they're seductive).
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That happened and we've moved beyond (and sadly lost the stylus in the process).
Oh, you lost yours too? Hint.
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Today I want a Kindle as a book reader, not a too-heavy iPad that has to be charged every few hours (as opposed to every few weeks).
In other words, you want an iPad that's lighter, has more than the typical 10-hour battery life, and has a low-res display in black & white!

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I don't want the chromebook yet, but maybe in a couple years when it has taken over.
Me too. Today, I want to run local software on a local machine with a keyboard. Because that's the kind of user I am. But as cloud computing gets more robust, safe and available, a device like that Chromebook becomes more and more useful to nerds like us too. And as this happens, storage capacity will continue to double according to Moore's Law, battery life will continue to improve, and the price will probably continue to go down.

And if we're really lucky, cellular Internet (or some form of Wi-Max or similar) will actually get more affordable while it also continues to get faster! I'm more skeptical about the cellular providers...
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And if we're really lucky, cellular Internet (or some form of Wi-Max or similar) will actually get more affordable while it also continues to get faster! I'm more skeptical about the cellular providers...
This is slowly becoming true, I hope it will really boom though, it will be nice when I can get unlimited 4g service for 20-30 dollars a month. Or when a 5g service is available.... oh the life.
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Old 2011-05-25, 07:10 AM   #11
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In other words, you want an iPad that's lighter, has more than the typical 10-hour battery life, and has a low-res display in black & white!
Hey, now! Don't diss E-Ink! It's not so lo-res. And you can read it in direct sunlight! Didn't you see the ads with the babe sitting on the beach reading a book in bright sunlight? That hooked me. And I've NEVER read my Kindle in direct sunlight yet. Except for five minutes sitting in a Chinese restaurant with the sun glaring through the window. I was sweating, but reading. Then the waitress came over and drew the blinds. But for those miserable five minutes, E-Ink lived up to its promise. (I also only have to charge my Kindle once a month)
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Old 2011-05-26, 09:51 AM   #12
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Today's product differentiators are simply today's necessary trade-offs and compromises. (yes, I made that up myself)
Shouldn't that be:


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Today's product differentiators are simply yesterday's necessary trade-offs and compromises.
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Tomorrow's product differentiators are simply today's necessary trade-offs and compromises.
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Old 2011-05-26, 04:26 PM   #13
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I thought the whole point of the thread was "Hehe. Unicycle. Hehe."
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Old 2011-05-26, 05:38 PM   #14
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Old 2011-05-27, 02:17 AM   #15
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I thought the whole point of the thread was "Hehe. Unicycle. Hehe."
LOL, yes, but I covered that and moved on...

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