So Google, along with Samsung, has released new Chromebooks and Chrome boxes with the new Chrome OS. I definitely see the potential of this new technology and I like the idea of using the Cloud for everything; however, I find it a too pricy for what you’re getting.
Unlike Apple computers that are pricier than your average PC , the Chrome devices are far below Windows machines on the hardware spectrum. They’re trying to sell the experience but at least with Apple, along with the experience, you’re also getting a very capable machine that is just as good as any other PC in the market.
I guess one of the reasons that this appeals to me is that I’ve steadily been using more and more Google products over the years. The idea of having everything all integrated in a Google atmosphere is somewhat compelling (I do realize how ironic this sounds as I always lament the Apple closed ecosystem). But again, the fact remains, I can access all Google products on any computer browser and then, when I’m done with Google, I’m able to do more. Because of this, I don’t think I’ll ever jump at a chance to buy a Chromebook/Chrombox. Then again if they actually make them affordable (i.e., cheaper than any computer/netbook on the market that is obviously more capable than a Chrome device), who knows.
I just set up my Google Drive account. It’s another cloud storage service similar to Drop Box, only it also integrates with all the other Google services you’ve grown to love like Google Docs. Has anyone else set up their Google Drive?
You would think based on the past couple of blog posts that I was a flake. I think I’m going to switch my cell phone and then I’m not going to switch my iPhone. Before that I wrote about how I got rid of my Twitter and Google+ accounts. Well just a few days ago I went and reactivated my Twitter user-name and made a brand new Google+ account (I even added the Twitter feed widget back to the sidebar). What the hell, right? I really am a metropolitan man.
All of a sudden I felt that I had a lack of stimuli. My Facebook feed wasn’t giving me enough data (for lack of a better word) to satisfy my need to feel connected with the world outside my work day. Sure I read blogs in the morning and at night but whenever I have a few minutes to kill, my games on Words/Hanging with Friends just weren’t enough. That and I saw some re-posts on Facebook that originally came from Twitter and one thing led to the next and I reactivated my account.
As for creating a new Google+ account, I consolidated all my email to one main account and decided why not make a Google+ account with that one. One of the reasons that I had stopped going was that I found it a hassle to constantly switch between accounts to access my Google+. So there you have it. I am once again on 3 social networks and who knows what my status will be in the future. I just can’t seem to make up my mind and/or stick to a decision.