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Offline Justin Kissel

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Will Google's Online Operating System Revolutionize the Computer?

That big old hard drive in your computer? Google says you don’t need it anymore. The company is also betting you won't need that Windows, Macintosh or Linux stuff either. No, Google wants you to access, operate, and edit all your files on the Internet.

To help with that, the company has developed a lightweight operating system of its own, the first new competition for Windows and Macs in years. It's called Chrome OS. And it could have a profound effect on the way we work with computers...

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Re: Will Google's Online Operating System Revolutionize the Computer?
« Reply #1 on: October 28, 2010, 03:54:45 PM »
Will Google's Online Operating System Revolutionize the Computer?

That big old hard drive in your computer? Google says you don’t need it anymore. The company is also betting you won't need that Windows, Macintosh or Linux stuff either. No, Google wants you to access, operate, and edit all your files on the Internet.

To help with that, the company has developed a lightweight operating system of its own, the first new competition for Windows and Macs in years. It's called Chrome OS. And it could have a profound effect on the way we work with computers...


This is relatively old news. It is not going to revolutionize the "computer". The "computer" is just going to disappear for most folks as a personal device.

Secure and serious operating systems will still be needed for stuff that matters. Unix will outlast them all.
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Re: Will Google's Online Operating System Revolutionize the Computer?
« Reply #2 on: October 28, 2010, 03:58:41 PM »
I did hear Leo LaPorte (the "Tech Guy" - KFI radio) say he recently bought s new desktop, but thinks it will be hus last, because in the future desktop PC's as we know them will be obsolete.
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Re: Will Google's Online Operating System Revolutionize the Computer?
« Reply #3 on: October 28, 2010, 04:05:46 PM »
This is relatively old news.

Some of us are catching up I guess :)


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Re: Will Google's Online Operating System Revolutionize the Computer?
« Reply #4 on: October 28, 2010, 04:09:28 PM »
Ah, but obsolescence ain't what it used to be.  I use a double-edged safety razor because I'm a cheapskate.  I use a fountain pen because I like the way it writes.  In a world of six billion people (is it still only six?), I'd bet we'd actually find very few things that were truly obsolete and simply never seen anymore.

I think the reports of the death of desktops (and "standard" OSes) are greatly exaggerated.  I've no doubt they'll outlive me.   

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Re: Will Google's Online Operating System Revolutionize the Computer?
« Reply #5 on: October 28, 2010, 04:28:49 PM »
Ah, but obsolescence ain't what it used to be.  I use a double-edged safety razor because I'm a cheapskate.  I use a fountain pen because I like the way it writes.  In a world of six billion people (is it still only six?), I'd bet we'd actually find very few things that were truly obsolete and simply never seen anymore.

I think the reports of the death of desktops (and "standard" OSes) are greatly exaggerated.  I've no doubt they'll outlive me.   

I would be hard pressed to name one person I know who has a personal desktop. They all use laptops. Soon, information will be delivered over a variety of devices as we are beginning to see.

I work for a Fortune 5. No one uses a desktop in my department. Laptops. Some folks are primarily using their Blackberries and iPhones for everything except presentations, which they have others develop for them.

I also use a safety razor, because it is just better.

And desktops and real OSs will be around as I mentioned before, because there more important things in the world to manage than which Facebook friend is within a five minute walking distance from you.
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Re: Will Google's Online Operating System Revolutionize the Computer?
« Reply #6 on: October 28, 2010, 04:33:04 PM »
This is relatively old news.

Some of us are catching up I guess :)



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Re: Will Google's Online Operating System Revolutionize the Computer?
« Reply #7 on: October 28, 2010, 05:34:10 PM »
Ah, but obsolescence ain't what it used to be.  I use a double-edged safety razor because I'm a cheapskate.  I use a fountain pen because I like the way it writes.  In a world of six billion people (is it still only six?), I'd bet we'd actually find very few things that were truly obsolete and simply never seen anymore.

I think the reports of the death of desktops (and "standard" OSes) are greatly exaggerated.  I've no doubt they'll outlive me.   

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Re: Will Google's Online Operating System Revolutionize the Computer?
« Reply #8 on: October 28, 2010, 05:43:22 PM »
No pocket protect on my shirt, I carry my stash of pens on the leg of my carpenter pants, thank you very much. And no taped eyeglasses, but I do have my Blackberry taped together currently.

Just so there's no misunderstanding, I consider myself a geek (albeit a cultural rather than technological one), and didn't mean anything serious by the picture. :)

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Re: Will Google's Online Operating System Revolutionize the Computer?
« Reply #9 on: October 28, 2010, 06:03:24 PM »
I wouldn't store my files on the internet, especially if google has any control over them.  :o

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Re: Will Google's Online Operating System Revolutionize the Computer?
« Reply #10 on: October 28, 2010, 11:55:00 PM »
the human is the OS, if Google has their way.   :-\

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Re: Will Google's Online Operating System Revolutionize the Computer?
« Reply #11 on: October 29, 2010, 08:09:47 PM »
Perhaps I am too old-fashioned, but I don't like the idea of all of my files being far off on Google's servers. Even if this does get popular I will likely still use strictly Windows PCs.

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Re: Will Google's Online Operating System Revolutionize the Computer?
« Reply #12 on: October 29, 2010, 08:15:32 PM »
I just switched from PC to Mac because the TV ads told me to if I wanted to be cool.

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Re: Will Google's Online Operating System Revolutionize the Computer?
« Reply #13 on: October 29, 2010, 09:35:05 PM »
I wouldn't store my files on the internet, especially if google has any control over them.  :o
Indeed, would people have any privacy with these google servers?

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Re: Will Google's Online Operating System Revolutionize the Computer?
« Reply #14 on: October 29, 2010, 10:31:52 PM »
I wouldn't store my files on the internet, especially if google has any control over them.  :o
Indeed, would people have any privacy with these google servers?

Ah yes, privacy! This is a very important topic for people who use any OS; I don't care how advanced it is supposed to be, I will stick with my Linux for the security and privacy that it affords me, and that I know I can keep getting the same protection years down the line.

Plus, I like to be able to tinker with the programs I have (God bless open source).
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