Is the Decline of Windows XP the Rise of Google Chrome?

Published on Author Eli Fennell

Microsoft doesn’t want users on Windows XP.  Official support for the platform ends next year, with the option for some enterprise customers to pay a price for ongoing critical support.  Microsoft wants users to upgrade to a newer version of the OS, preferably Windows 8 but Windows 7 if not, heck they would settle for… Continue reading Is the Decline of Windows XP the Rise of Google Chrome?

Living with the Acer C7 Chromebook: Week Three

Published on Author Eli Fennell

On April 2nd, 2013, I ordered an Acer C7 Chromebook from the Google Play Store, and it arrived promptly two days later. The plan was to replace my father’s busted Windows Vista laptop (a Toshiba Satellite) with a Chromebook.   I did this only after asking him if he did anything that wasn’t “online”.  I… Continue reading Living with the Acer C7 Chromebook: Week Three

Why the Chromebook Pixel is a Mistake

Published on Author Eli Fennell

  Ever since Google launched their $1300 Pixel Chromebook, I’ve gone back and forth on whether I think it was just a bad idea, or a really bad idea. Yes, some people will want a Pixel: power Chrome developers, a lot of Google employees, and some organizations that have their workflow and storage in the… Continue reading Why the Chromebook Pixel is a Mistake

Why Would Google Build a Touchscreen Chromebook?

Published on Author Eli Fennell

  Discuss on Google+ The rumor mill is buzzing with claims that Google is going to release its own branded Chromebook (e.g. TechCrunch : http://techcrunch.com/2012/11/26/google-reportedly-preparing-to-sell-self-branded-chromebooks/).  Unlike its more traditional Notebook counterparts, however, this one is expected to include a touchscreen. Even if it comes in at a temptingly-low price, what value would this have?  Do… Continue reading Why Would Google Build a Touchscreen Chromebook?

Google’s Keyboard Patent & the Chrome OS

Published on Author Eli Fennell

  Google has recently published a patent application for a slider keyboard design for smartphones, which would be designed to optimize keyboard space and layout, and even allow for the inclusion of a pointing device (mouse or trackpad, etc…). With slider keyboards having become less popular in the touchscreen era, this patent filing seems a… Continue reading Google’s Keyboard Patent & the Chrome OS

Chrome OS is the Future… and Could Be the Now

Published on Author Eli Fennell

Google thinks that the future of operating systems is based around the web browser.  I think they’re right, and I think it could also become the dominant operating system, if they play their hand right.  In case you’ve never heard of it, Chrome OS is an operating system whose only native software is an enhanced… Continue reading Chrome OS is the Future… and Could Be the Now