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Not much else it can be. Its just an terminal emulator with a GUI. MS has been selling desktops like this for years, Starbucks still uses them in their call center downtown.
"storage" refers to long-term, stable, slow-access data stores in a computer, generally a hard disk or flash memory.
When you confuse the two, you stop sounding like a tech writer, and start sounding like a books writer.
Paul, hows the battery life?
How is the performance/duration for offline writing? Like if you wanted to plop somewhere and just churn out words offline?
I have to ask- why didn't you just make the leap to Linux? There are several distributions that work beautifully on netbooks and you can make your setup as complex or simple as you like. If you didn't want to do the install yourself, there have always been netbooks you can order with Ubuntu pre-installed.
I agree that their is definitely a place for the Chrome OS computer in the marketplace. Would I spend money on one? No, but that is hardly the way to measure the market's viability :).
Interesting seeing how sex segregation exists in the consumer bases for different platforms. The internal chipsets don't care, of course.
Because this review claims that it was impossible to get the Cr-48 to load photos from their cameras, or to read them off the SD card.
My take is that while my MacBook from 5 years ago did cost too much of my salary to afford to carry it around, the one I use now cost less than $1000, is more powerful and roomy, and it's trivial to keep the drive backed up all the time. So a cheap portable replacement for my "real" portable has come too little too late.
@Pairs I have used Linux sometimes, and the one problem I have with it is that it doesn't play very well with other systems. When I was using my Asus Eee, I was doing a lot of freelancing, and I needed to use a bunch of different formatting for a bunch of different clients. Linux wasn't super-easy.
@2: I freely admit I'm not a tech writer, but I thank you for pointing that out. I'll tie memory to RAM from now on.
@Fox in Socks: As I said in my first post on the Cr-48,, I haven't been able to get a shot directly from my camera to my SD card. Putting in a different SD card with an image I wanted didn't work either. The computer just won't recognize my camera or an alien SD card. It's part of the memory accessibility problem I was writing about today. For blogging purposes, I just right-click the image, save it to memory, then The Stranger's blogging software searches the computer and finds the image.
@1: That's kind of the point; that's all I want it to be.
@Joe: The battery life seems to be about eight hours of continuous online usage. I haven't tried the offline writing yet, but I'll let you know soon how that goes.
When you say "I just right-click the image, save it to memory" you mean you right click on an image which is already located on some other web site? Meaning that you had to first use some other device besides the Cr-48 to upload your photos? I just want to clarify that because if what you're saying is that photos can't get from your phone/camera to the web without carrying around two fucking laptops, then well, that's fucked up right? And it's not really a bloggers tool at all, is it?
Because, you know, it basically can't do pictures or video. It's a text-only blogging tool, like some sort of Lynx text browser from 1992. It's not a trivial issue.
Re: photos. I'm confused too -- are you saying that the computer can't recognize the SD card that came out of your camera, and your camera can't shoot to the SD card that came with your computer? Is there some kind of funky formatting on it? An SD card should be like any other SD card, for easy swippety-swap. And, as Fox says, it's not clear what you're right-clicking on, or what "memory" you're saving the file to -- do you mean the flash disk in the device? Is there no file browser?