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Chipp Walters
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Mind blowing, as expected. I think I caught about 40% of the method. Incredibly complex design, achieved with an economy that surpasses my comprehension. Amazing. You ought to get into 3D,

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Why the Chromebook is like a Garage Door opener

Early on in life, I stumbled upon the concept of threshold devices. This is a device or product which makes a task so much easier it actually changes your behavior. For instance, my first house had a garage with a door which I had to manually open and close. Because of this, I soon learned it was easier most times to park my car outside than 1. get out; 2. open the garage door; 3. get back in; 4. drive the car into the garage and; 5. get out and close the door.

Then I installed a garage door opener and everything changed– I started parking my car inside. The simple process of pressing a button and watching the door open and closed, crossed the threshold of inconvenience for me and changed my behavior.

In some ways, my Google Chromebook does the same. For instance it takes my Macbook Air over a minute to boot up from a cold start, connect to the internet, launch a browser to Gmail and start to read. My Sony Vaio laptop is over 4 minutes to do the same. My Chromebook does it all in under 20 seconds. This, for me, crosses a threshold making it possible to actually check my email more often. Is this good?

For me, YES. It allows me to check on things first thing in the morning, often during the day, and last thing at night, which is important because SWG is a virtual company, and we have responsibility over a number of our customers outward facing server technologies.

I’ve noticed small things about the Chromebook, often go overlooked when it’s being reviewed. The above mentioned startup speed is one of them, another is the built-in 3G networking which alllows me free 100Mb of Internet Access per month, and a tremendous sales model which let’s me pay on demand for more bandwidth. Say I’m sitting somewhere without WiFi access, I can use 3G to access my emails, GDocs, calendar and other apps. If I run out of bandwidth, I can instantly purchase more, for a single day or a month.

Another attribute often missed by reviewers is the simple fact the Chromebook is not a laptop. Some reviewers complain there is not enough disk storage, or there are no other browsers, or it doesn’t run Photoshop, and my favorite, it doesn’t work unless you are connected to the Internet. Well, as my daughter would say with her eyes rolled to the ceiling, “Shocking!”

Just like the iPad is not a full tablet computer (aka MS tablet), neither is Chromebook a full notebook computer. It doesn’t have a Desktop– and that’s the whole point! I’ve compared it to the Nissan Leaf electric car.. it’s not for everyone– which is different from saying it’s not for anyone– a point missed by many reviewers.

More, including a decent in-depth review on the Chromebook is at
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Seriously clear thinking on an interesting addition to the tech-lineup. Can't say that I'm ready for Chromebook, but I now understand more specifically, how and why I would use one.
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I'm disgusted.

Today, I'm disgusted and ashamed of our country's legal system, and more so disappointed in the collective intelligence of particular jurors in Florida.

Any grade school student could've easily decided the guilt of that despicable mother. That whole family is a sick, dysfunctional and sad representation of American values.

And I'm disgusted in Geraldo Rivera, as he, in taking the rotten-to-the-core families side for Fox News, presents as his his number one piece of 'evidence' the simple fact Casey Anthony was never shown to be an abusive mother. As a father of a 15 year old daughter, I know when she is missing for 30 minutes, not to mention 30 days. How can anyone reasonably say Casey Anthony was not an abusive mother when she doesn't report her baby daughter missing-- then lies about it later? It seems when one is as desperate as Geraldo to give murderers a pass, they will grasp at actually ANYTHING to justify pure evil behavior.

And others seemed to think it wasn't Casey's fault because she grew up in such a dysfunctional family. I suppose it really wasn't Hitler's fault either, or Osama's either, as they, TOO, were products of their upbringing.

And shame, SHAME on those jurors, who were not smart enough, or brave enough to connect the huge dots between the obvious. How cowardly to run away from those asking for accountability not to even explain themselves. And shame on her attorneys, who in broad daylight popped the many corks of a victory champagne celebration within public view, while a baby lay murdered and our justice system has failed in convicting her murderer.

In my opinion, this is an even worse injustice than the OJ trial, as there was evidence tampering in that trial, and after all, OJ's actions, while magnificently wrong, represented a cultural retribution based on jealousy. In this case, a young child is brutally slain, her mouth and nose sealed with duct tape, in all probability while she was alive, and her body discarded in a swamp, as one would worthless trash -- by her mother.

It's a sad day.
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I couldn't agree more. I didn't even have to reflect on my own connection with my kids to shudder in disbelief. What a precedence this establishes moving forward. Sick. In every way.
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PS, I set up a "hangout" I think. I appreciate the push to get into G+. Just what I need, more Google in my life.
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