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ChromeOS: All Your Base Are Belong To Us

So, I was clicking around CNN’s TECH Section this evening and I came across a WIRED article that was talking about Google’s ChromeOS. I will be honest by saying that this is the first time I’ve actually taken this seriously. I mean, I haven’t been following it that closely because… well… I have other things to do. However, I found the wired article very interesting.

The concept of a netbook as a “TV to the internet” of sorts is kind of a cool concept and it makes sense for a certain section of the market, for example: individuals who have a desktop computer as their main machine and just want a portable device to get online in coffee shops and such or individuals that have no need for actual computational power (like my mom).

Naturally there were a few things that caught my attention. Specifically, the following paragraph:

All the applications will be web-based, meaning users won’t have to install apps, manage updates or even backup their data. All data will be stored in the cloud, and users won’t even have to bother with anti-virus software: Google claims it will monitor code to prevent malicious activity in Chrome OS web apps. (WIRED)

I will be the first to admit that I’m a control freak, and on the other hand I’ll also admit that I really like the idea of everything being on the cloud. As sad as it is when I loose data, I would much rather loose data than not have control over that data. Am I alone in that?

I don’t know, I guess I could see myself getting one in the near future when I switch to a desktop platform as my primary computer and then purchase a computer like this. I’m not incredibly eager to be one of the early adopters for this, but I will be watching it closely.

I’ve included a video explaining the significance of WHAT Google ChromeOS actually is after the jump. I found that it was a very well stated explanation, so I recommend it for anyone who is curious about what the difference is between ChromeOS and a standard computer.