When I applied for Google’s Cr-48 netbook pilot program I did not expect I would ever be a beta tester.
Under the pilot program, Google sends each of its beta testers a Cr-48 netbook, which runs on the new Chrome OS (distinct from Windows and Mac, but runs on Linux).
I am excited to report that Google sent me one of its Chrome OS netbooks. (See the unboxing video below)
It’s an interesting device. The OS is unique. It functions like some sort of deeply immersed internet browser and is built exclusively for web applications. If you’ve used the Google Chrome browser before, imagine that but applied to a desktop variation.
For word processing I can use Google Docs, an open source program.
Chrome OS operates under a relatively new commercially applied concept of cloud storage and servers. Instead of storing your data and files locally, you store them on remote servers. If your local machine or device is destroyed, your files are not since they are stored remotely.
Cloud computing has already transformed the way I manage, store and use my files. From DropBox and now to Chrome OS.
At 3.8 pounds, here are the Cr-48 Specs:
Processor: Intel Atom Processor N455 1.66GHz 512K Cache
Chipset: Intel CG82NM10 PCH
Motherboard: Tripod Motherboard MARIO – 6050A240910 – MB – A03
Ram: Hynix 2GB DDR3 1Rx8 PC3 – 10600S Ram
Read Only Memory: ITE IT8500E Flash ROM
SSD Drive: SanDisk sdsa4dh-016G 16GB SATA SSD
Wireless Wan: Qualcomm Gobi2000 PCI Express Mini Card
3g Adapter: AzureWave 802.11 a/b/g/n PCI-E Half MiniCard
Bluetooth: Atheros AR5BBU12 Bluetooth V2.1 EDR