Google Chrome

What is the Google Chrome OS?

I saw this video on YouTube and I thought I would share it with everyone. Pretty simple explanation and the hand-drawn graphics make it nice to look at. I will defer my commentary of Google Chrome until later. 😉

Here is a link to a post I wrote in July when Google first announce Google Chrome OS.

Google Chrome OS

Interesting news last week coming out of Google about their new operating system-Google Chrome OS. I have been involved with operating systems since the good ole days of DOS. Obviously Microsoft is the big boy on the block. While I think Microsoft’s recent operating systems (Vista) have had some problems they are still the de facto operating system in the world. Followed closely by my favorite Mac OSX. There are other like Linux, Unix, etc which all have their place in the world of operating systems.

So where will Google Chrome OS fit in? And can it squeeze in to get market share? Only time will tell.

I have not seen Chrome in action yet. Only a few PR videos and some articles.

Here is my wish list if Google is listening:

  1. Small footprint-I hate an OS that takes up gigs of space
  2. Uses less processor power and memory
  3. Frees up memory when not in use
  4. Stability (the unicorn of the operating system world)
  5. Compatibility – I want the same apps I use for Vista to run on OSX and Chrome.
  6. Secure out of the box-I don’t want to worry about nefarious hackers peeking into my computer
  7. Patches – I could do without. Does anyone like patching?
  8. Pretty UI- I like my desktop to be user friendly as much as possible. Who doesn’t?

Here are some links I found useful:

Introducing the Google Chrome OS

Will Google’s Chrome OS look rusty by late 2010?

Google ChromeOS: Have people taken leave of their senses?

Any thoughts on Google Chrome OS or your wish list please send them to me?

Bing Is Coming. Are You Excited?

When I first heard the name I thought it was referring to Stanley Bing in Fortune magazine. I like his writings and want more. But no….

It is Microsoft’s new search tool ( This new service will be rolled out worldwide by June 3, 2009. This is Microsoft’s challenge to Google’s dominance.

According to Microsoft Bing is a new search experience and consumer brand, outlining a new approach to helping customers use search to make better decisions.

This “Decision Engine” approach focuses initially on four key user tasks and related areas: making a purchase, planning a trip, researching a health condition or finding a local business. How about finding a job? I am all in for that. Maybe a developer could sneak that in for the unemployed. That function might be a big hit.

Like all things Microsoft, the surface is shiny and full of eye candy to suck us in. Microsoft is great at appealing to our basic human senses but fails to engage us long-term. I will leave what is behind the curtain for others to judge.

I will try Bing when it is released next week to see if it really is the Google Killer or will it be the next Vista destined to be a monumental failure. Only time will tell. 

Good luck Microsoft. We will be watching