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Google Cr-48 day 3

Day 3 was pretty productive as far as pushing this thing to its limits.  The first thing I did was come down stairs, unplug the machine, then open up pandora.  After a little over three hours of playing music the battery had drained nearly 75%.  I was disappointed, but to be honest with you, I don’t know a computer of comparable status that could perform this well for this long.

Today I also operated the 3g using up a solid quarter of my monthly allowance… Oops! Looks like I may need to upgrade the plan.  I decided to hook up the Cr-48 to my new Dell monitor.  The picture is phenomenal, I just would love to have the ability to adjust the display properties.  I took a picture on the webcam today… It was horrible and very pixilated.  Don’t believe me, check out my dailybooth from today. http://dailybooth.com/TravisKroger/11251382 NOT IMPRESSED!!!!  I also made it crash, but I think it was a fluke, if it happens again you’ll hear first thing on my twitter or facebook accounts.

After three days I’m already becoming a cloud citizen.  I love google docs, I can see myself purchasing their 20 gb plan for 5 bucks/year.  Please comment if you would like to have me explain something more in depth.

Thanks!!

Tomorrow I’m planning on a very busy day with the family, but I’ll try to get another update in.

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Google Cr-48 Day 2

Today I tried spending the entire day in the clouds. I failed, but not until about fifteen minutes ago when I realized that there was no way to get the pictures off of my SD card that I put into the SD card reader on the side of the machine.  I then went running to my mac to upload the pictures to Picasa.

Other than the SD fiasco, I feel that I did well living in the clouds today.  I did find some more pro’s though. I’m beginning to love the super fast startup and shut down.  This feature is what will come to set the google laptops apart from others. My apple takes much less time than my sister’s dell to startup and shut down, but the Cr-48 takes the gold medal in the race from startup to browsing the internet to shutting down.

I have a new album started on Picasa full of all of the pics if you want to look at all of my pictures.  I uploaded a lot of them, but not all.

I’m now in possession of a 3g device. My Cr-48 has 2 years of free Verizon 3g service. Thanks Google and Verizon!  You’ll see the 3g feature in the pictures below.  I’m going to say sorry in advance for my poor picture quality. It was dark and I didn’t set up the images very well.

Enjoy!

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Google Laptop CR-48 Beta Tester: AKA Me

So, today my Christmas break started out right… When I arrived at my house in Canton, there was a large unmarked package waiting for me in the garage.  I had no idea who the person on the package was, and why he was sending me a package.  I knew I hadn’t purchased anything on ebay in the last month or so, and that I didn’t have anything that heavy coming for me from @iwearyourshirt.  When I opened it up, there was a box with a mouse’s instructions on how to build a “rocket wheel.” I was clueless…  I opened it up and HOLY CRAP!!! Inside was the Google CR-48 laptop that I signed up to test for the company.  I had no idea that they would choose me to be one of the beta testers.  I’ll post pictures of the computer tomorrow.  Tonight I’m in the process of charging and orienting myself to the functionality of the machine.

Day 1 Pro’s:
-Great Keyboard Layout

The keyboard is unlike any other computer keyboard I’ve used before.  There is no CAPS LOCK key, there are no F1, F2, F3… and so on, there is no start button or apple button.  There is a magnifying glass key where the caps lock key is on traditional keyboards. if you hit this it pops open a new tab showing all of your apps (I’ll discuss these tomorrow.)

-Super Fast Startup/Shutdown

In a matter of less than ten seconds I can turn the computer on and be browsing the internet. I can hold the power down and and it’ll shut off in about two or three seconds.  It also has a sleep function very similar to Apple’s Macbook pro. I shut the lid, it goes to sleep, instantly, if I open the lid, it wakes up, instantly. Super Fast!
-Very lightweight

The CR-48 is very light. It weighs in at under four pounds (3.8 lbs) and is extremely portable. I feel like I could carry this anywhere and do anything with it. Oh and did I mention it has free 3G Verizon service (tomorrow).

Day 1 Con’s:
-The trackpad

The trackpad is very jumpy and not very consistent.  While I was typing this, my palms attempted to get out of the tab twice and messed up my spelling by jumping lines nearly a dozen times.  This sounds terrible, but it’s simply a minor inconvenience that’ll take some getting used to.

-Lack of “Amenities”

This gem comes with everything you absolutely need with no extras. It comes with a webcam, mic, trackpad, single USB drive, VGA out, 3.5 mm headphone jack, SD memory card reader, and oh wait, that’s it…

-NO NETFLIX

I’m not sure why, but I’m not able to watch movies on Netflix… FAIL

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