Christmas is a wonderful time of year to connect with family and friends, and of course one of the ways we celebrate the season is by exchanging gifts. This year, I received an unexpected gift from Google that will have a positive effect on this blog. Several weeks ago, I applied to the pilot program for Google’s new chrome OS. Google is giving out a select number of netbooks pre-loaded with Chrome OS, and letting people try it out. I applied for the program, but didn’t give it much thought. I wanted to use the netbook for this blog, but I never thought I really had a chance of receiving one.
A few weeks later, I came home to see an unexpected package on my door step. I detail my initial reaction on this video:
You may not be able to tell from the video, but I was really excited. Google gave me a very nice early Christmas present, and I intend to use it to make this blog even better. The CR-48, as it is code-named, will let me blog as I play games, instead of having to get up and go to my desktop. I can take it with me as I attend events like PAX, and hopefully other events as I am able. I am very grateful to Google, and I wanted to publicly thank them.
I am having fun learning Chrome. It is strange not having a “desktop” and a million menus to go through. Using Chrome is like a combination of web-browsing and using simple apps similar to what you’d find on the android or apple marketplace. I am using a lot of web-based services to create this blog including flickr, youtube, and wordpress, and so I haven’t loaded up very many apps. I find Tweetdeck for Chrome very useful, but if anyone has any experience with any other Chrome apps, I would love to hear your experience or recommendations in the comments.