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Test Drive Chrome OS Features without a Chromebook!

With a USB stick or VirtualBox, you can test drive many Chrome OS features. If our coverage of Chromebook Pixel and upcoming Chrome OS features gave you an itch that needs to be scratched, here's your chance.

Finally!!!!! I got an invitation

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the final countdown

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great ;D

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Android 4.0 on your laptop
What does one do with some spare hours and an old laptop/netbook? Bring that laptop/netbook back to life and install +Android on it of course! Why? Because you like to fiddle around with Android, because you want to repurpose that old laptop, because you don’t own a tablet….

The good thing is, it’s all accomplished with open source software. And with Android being a pretty lightweight operating system, it will work on most older hardware (where “older” is pretty relative of course). In theory, the whole installation would only cost you maybe 15 minutes. In practice, it might take a bit longer, depending on the number of “hick-ups” you encounter. 

My conclusion this far: it works pretty good with a keyboard and mouse/trackpad input, maybe even better for writing messages etc. than on a tablet. The +Google Play Store works, and I am able to download and install apps on my Android netbook. The built in camera works in conjunction with the camera-app, and wifi is working. Video streaming from the web ( +YouTube , +Vimeo etc.) seems to be a problem, even though I installed the +Adobe Flash Platform app, but local video files are playing fine.   

The necessities:

1. the Android for PC installation file: . I have installed the RC2-asus_laptop.iso . The eeePC version I tried at first did not work for me. Just try another version if the first one doesn’t work.
2. software to create a bootable USB-stick. I used Unetbootin ( ), take note that the bootable stick will only work on a Windows capable PC (I have not looked into methods for Mac, so I don’t know if there are ways to accomplish that).  
3. a netbook/mini-laptop of some sort. Mine is a +TOSHIBA NB305-N410BL, with an +Intel Atom N450 and 1GB of Ram. 
4. a USB-stick (1 GB minimum)
5. internet access
6. a good installation guide/how to, which you will find here   

Some notes:
I tried to install Android on an SD-card, but this failed, for whatever reason (even though I read somewhere it should be possible). So instead, I decided to just install it on the netbooks hard drive, which I wiped and reformatted (to NTFS) prior to the installation (using Parted Magic ). Take note: it seems Android can not be installed to a FAT32 formatted partition. Another issue I ran into was that, before completely reformatting the hard drive, I succeeded at first to install Android, but it wouldn’t keep the Android settings after power off (resulting in having to install it over again).    
Once you have Android installed, I would advice you tick uncheck the “screen auto rotate” box in the Android settings menu, because some apps will switch to portrait mode and this does not really work on a laptop/netbook.

Remaining question for now:
is it in any way possible to increase the hard disk space that is allocated to Android? The netbook has a 250GB harddrive and it would be great if Android could use all that space for downloaded files etc. I haven’t found an answer to that yet.

  #mvanb_misc   #android  
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Google's data centers are guarded by Stormtroopers!
Google's letting us virtually tour one of its data centers using Street View now. Naturally, this means that we'll see all sorts of weird things — like this odd security detail, which +Nicolai Imset noticed.

You can take a virtual walk around the spot guarded by this Stormtrooper — who appears to be standing around Google's data center in Lenoir, NC — here:

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I just saw this ad on and LOL'd long and hard :))) Enjoy!

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Samsung Pays Apple $1 Billion Sending 30 Trucks Full of 5 Cents Coins

This morning more than 30 trucks filled with 5-cent coins arrived at Apple’s headquarters in California. Initially,  the security company that protects the facility said the trucks were in the wrong place, but minutes later, Tim Cook (Apple CEO) received a call from Samsung CEO explaining that  they will pay $1 billion dollars for the fine recently ruled against the South Korean company in this way.

the funny part is that the signed document does not specify a single payment method, so Samsung is entitled to send the creators of the iPhone their billion dollars in the way they deem best. 

This dirty but genius geek troll play is a new headache to Apple executives as they will need to put in long hours counting all that money, to check if it is all there and to try to deposit it crossing fingers to hope a bank will accept all the coins.

Lee Kun-hee, Chairman of Samsung Electronics, told the media that his company is not going to be intimidated by a group of “geeks with style” and that if they want to play dirty, they also know how to do it.

You can use your coins to buy refreshments at the little machine for life or melt the coins to make computers, that’s not my problem, I already paid them and fulfilled the law.

A total of 20 billion coins, delivery hope to finish this week.

Let’s see how Apple will respond to this.
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