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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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Impulse Buying Sucks, Black Ops Review

Last night I went to WalMart with my roommate and my friends on my floor to get the new Call of Duty game for the Xbox 360.  While there waiting in line, I decided that I’ll need something to do in my spare time over the month of January when I’m taking 3 credits versus the 19 I am right now.  Being the businessman that I am, I talked to all of my friends and raised a fund that equaled about a quarter of the game’s price.  In the end I only spent 3/4 of the price of the game, which is how much I can instantly get out of it at Last Stop CD Shop, or GameStop.  I figure that I may be $40 into a video game, but If I can get $45 out of it, I’m still money ahead.

I’m sure I’ll regret this decision over the next month as I cut $10 out of my spending for each of the next four weeks.  But until that regret sets in I figure i’ll be on cloud 9 playing the epic campaign that starts during the Bay of Pigs and continues through the Vietnam War and the Cold War.  It offers a very interesting take on history along with epic online play.

I hope this game gets better as I play it, the major complaint I have is that the graphics are not as detailed or perfect as they were claiming to be.  I hope I get used to playing the 64 bit graphics again (that may be an exaggeration), I did it with Goldeneye 007 in middle school, I should be able to do it in college with a game I plan on spending less time on.

Overall I give Call of Duty: Black Ops a 3 out of 5  due to the graphics!