Google Chromebook in the Cloud

chromebookGoogle announced Chromebooks  and they became available on June 15 in the U.S., U.K., France, Germany,  Netherlands, Italy and Spain.  Chromebooks which come in Acer and Samsung models,   are  a barebones computer that runs Google Chrome OS.  Chromebooks are built and optimized for the web, so you get a faster, simpler and more secure experience without all the headaches of ordinary computers.  Chromebooks boot in 8 seconds and with long battery life, they can work an entire day on a single charge.

Chromebooks allow users access to documents, movies, photos,  music, and apps stored in secure Google servers accessible vis Google’s Cloud technology from any place in the world, provided you have Chrome OS and an internet connection.

The main mission for Chromebook is to offer an alternative to businesses and schools that might otherwise purchase PCs. The main issue for many is the price: $499 for the 3G Series 5 is frequently cited as too high.  Chromebooks are more expensive than Windows-based netbooks, and in a market dominated by $500 iPads, it remains to be seen what consumer demand for the comparably priced but lesser-equipped Chromebook will be.

Chromebook – Business and Education Overview

Introducing the Chromebook

I defintely interested in Chromebook development.  Are you?

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9 thoughts on “Google Chromebook in the Cloud

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  2. Interesting option, Timethief. I’m not sure that I’m ready to throw out my PC for Chromebook though. I do like the idea of having everything at my fingertips and not worrying about viruses. I think I’ll wait to see how it all turns out in maybe a year or so.

    Allyson

  3. I am taking the wait and see approach. Regardless of good intentions security is going to be an issue with the cloud. And real world issues- limits to capcity-power outages-equipment failures, etc. Equipment price needs to be reduced so people who can not afford internet access get a shot at opportunitys. In summary it comes down to entrusting all your data with the clould providers. What happens with it from there is unknown territory and you have no control over who ultimately has access to it. There would be other issues with original material-content also as to just who has what rights to do what with your creations. Hopefully this thing doesn’t turn into a competitive bubble- greed feast frenzy as this is the cause of most of problems with tech which have accumulated to the point of almost being unmanageable the past 15 years.

  4. Hey, tt, as a tech teacher, I’m very intrigued by Chromebooks. I spend a lot of time teaching traditional software, which takes away from using computers to support curriculum. If Chromebooks could solve that, I’d be one happy tech teacher.

    I’m going to connect your two videos to my blog (with credit to you, of course). Thanks for finding them!

    • Hi Jaqui,
      Chromebooks are not available in Canada yet so I haven’t had an opportunity to use one. I appreciate your comment. Bare bones Chromebooks don’t support the kind of programming we need to operate PCs or the storage requirements we have. Having ones documents, images, media files etc. stored in the cloud is a huge shift. Thanks in advance for the link. Ther’rs another video that you may be interested in as well.

      The Cloud Computing in Plain English Video
      Using a simple story of a growing florist business, this video explains the basics of cloud computing: how it works and why it makes sense for businesses and individuals.The difference between on-site computing and cloud computingThe financial benefits of cloud computingWhat makes cloud computing secure and efficientHow cloud computing impacts consumers.View the video introduction 3 minutes.

  5. Not entirely convinced by the whole cloud business, to be honest. Store music and other entertainment stuiff in the cloud, fair enough, but bank statements and invoices? I’ll stick with keeping them to myself for the moment, I think.

    • I’ll have to agree on that as well. Don’t want any personal information to be stored on the web such as financial information. I do however like cloud computing. I’ll just have to and try a Chromebook out for myself to see if I like it or not. The only thing that kills it for me is the pricing, they should drop it down.

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