Google Chrome OS / Android… Nobody is Asking the Right Questions

Posted by Kevin Hanson | Posted in Finance, Technology | Posted on 14-07-2009-05-2008

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On July 8, 2009, Google announced that they would be entering the Operating System space with their own product, Chrome OS. This will be designed primarily for netbooks. Unfortunately for Google, this is a fairly crowded space. They have Windows XP, Windows 7, Ubuntu Netbook Remix, Intel Moblin, and a whole bunch of other operating systems to compete with. So they’re jumping into a crowded market. Let’s just say they succeed. Let’s say they grab 50% of all netbook marketshare. Great! Now… they make money off this how?? Am I missing something here? Same with Android! When Android was first released, I thought locally targeted advertising would be forced down the user’s throat. Instead, there’s no locally targeted advertising – just a mediocre UI. We have to imagine that a significant amount of developers are working on both Chrome OS and Android. Both operating systems have a long battle to fight. If either of them prevail, how does Google win? I am VERY surprised Google shareholders aren’t pissed off about this lack of direction. SHOW ME THE MONEY!

FINALLY! A dual core Atom Netbook?

Posted by Kevin Hanson | Posted in Misc, Technology | Posted on 15-06-2009-05-2008

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Well lookie lookie here. That’s the first dual core Atom 330 based netbook I’ve seen yet. Thanks to Overclockers.com for the heads up. Netbooks have become quite popular, and my personal favorite is the Asus Eee PC 1000HE. Ubuntu Netbook Remix makes a great fit for it, but if I had one complaint about the netbook, it would be that it bogs down during multitasking. It’s a great music player, video viewer, web browser, word processor, etc. Try to do three of those at once and you have a problem. That’s where the Atom 330 should help out. Packing twice as many cores as the N270 / N280, these should really help to blur the line between netbook and notebook. Initial thoughts are that this thing is speedy! Judging from the language on the link, I doubt this netbook will come stateside any time soon, but keep your eyes open for a mainstream computer maker to produce one of these in the near future.

Intel Moblin Beta 2.0 First Impressions

Posted by Kevin Hanson | Posted in Linux, Technology | Posted on 21-05-2009-05-2008

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Netbooks are all the rage these days, but there is a constant debate around which OS to run. Microsoft has made a hard push to make Windows XP the OS of choice, Canonical has their Netbook Remix of Ubuntu out the door, and now Intel wants to try their hand with the Moblin OS. Read on to find my opinions / impressions of the newly released OS.

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Thoughts on Ubuntu Netbook Remix

Posted by Kevin Hanson | Posted in Linux | Posted on 16-05-2009-05-2008

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This past Mothers Day, we all pitched in and got Mom a netbook, specifically the Asus Eee PC 1000HE. I chose this model because it used the slightly faster Atom 280 processor and had a great battery, which they claim can last up to 9.5 hours. If it can get 2/3 of that, I’ll be satisfied. It came with Windows XP preinstalled, but my mom’s a mac user – she wouldn’t dare play with something as dirty as Windows XP. So I decided to give Ubuntu Netbook Remix a go! Read below for my thoughts.

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