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Nautica Malibu Triathlon training #throughglass

I’ve worn my Google Glass(es) while training for the Nautica Malibu Triathlon the last few weekends and wanted to share some of the pictures of the area around Zuma Beach that I’ve taken with Glass… enjoy! If you’d like to donate to my fundraising in support of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, then please graciously do so here: http://nauticamalibutri2013.kintera.org/faf/r.asp?t=4&i=1059352&u=1059352-322595231&e=7084305771.

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Google Chrome Cr-48 Notebook Unboxing

The following are my first impressions and a short gallery showing the Chrome Cr-48 notebook being unboxed after receiving it earlier this year as an early birthday gift from Google. Honestly, it arrived the week before my birthday. However, I doubt Google understood the significance when sending me the pilot notebook to test out and give consumer feedback.

Chrome OS
Overall the OS is pretty barebones as it’s essentially a browser to connect to the web and not much else. The notebook boots quickly (~10 seconds on average) and wakes up almost instantaneously from sleep. I found myself early on looking to minimize the browser to get access to the desktop and other apps only to realize you cannot do that; it’s a browser, no more no less. There is a decent selection of apps in the Chrome Web Store, but until there are better high-quality apps “in the cloud” the power of the Chrome OS won’t be realized.

Cr-48 Hardware
I’ve learned the multi-finger touchpad for the various gestures, but would benefit from dedicated left & right-click mouse buttons; especially the right-click button as the double finger press oftentimes doesn’t work well for my fat fingers. The finish of the hardware is rather sleek for a beta/pilot product, but does end up being a bit heavier that I would have expected. Given that there’s no hard drive or optical drive, I was expected it to be around (or under) two pounds, but it clocks in just under 4 pounds. There does seem to be an SD card slot, but I haven’t been able to get access to the test card I put in. While testing the hardware I decided to test the ability to display the screen via an attached projector. I found there was no setting to display on both the monitor and the projector which makes presentations difficult if you can’t see the projected image clearly. Also, when I detached the projector I found that I was unable to get the display to reappear on the monitor; I only succeeded when I took out the battery and replaced it — certainly not something a “normal” user might be able to figure out.

Chrome OS vs. Android OS
I also wonder how Chrome OS will do compared to the Android mobile OS. The Android 3.0 release (aka Honeycomb) that’s built for tablets appears to be rather light-weight and benefits from the Android app marketplace. Wouldn’t a consumer rather have the fuller OS features of Android than Chrome? Why not focus more on the Android OS as a mobile phone, tablet & notebook option for hardware makers?

I’ll continue to test the Cr-48 (it is my main machine these days) and will post more updates as my experience continues. Now, on to the unboxing photos…