Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Google Chrome OS: A look into Cloud computing and it's current problems

Many have heard about Google Chrome OS by now, since it's such a crazy idea. I personally love the idea of my computer essentially being mainly just a web browser, that's all I need, and more.

Here's what you can currently do with a web browser:
  • Browse the web.
  • Edit files, Documents, Images, Presentations, and spreadsheets.
  • store your files remotely(I don't use much space on my desktop computer's hard drive, because most of my computer is geared toward speed and the browser) all my files are backed up to the internet, and are able to be edited online.
  • listen to music, discover music.
  • Shop
  • IM, Email, Wave, voice and video chat.
  • Crunch Numbers(Wolfram Alpha)
  • Transfer Money
  • Read Books, magazines.
  • Watch Movies
  • Play games(mostly flash games, but there are some java, javascript, and other types of games)
  • Make Phone calls
  • Blog
  • read blogs
  • Use Social Networks
  • Instantly learn how to do new things, with online tutorials and classes
  • try beta products
  • Sell your possessions
  • watch videos(meaning other than movies, things like YouTube)
  • Advertise
  • Share files
But there are some drawbacks to your operating system being mainly a browser.
  • Storage - You don't have complete control over where your files are stored, yes you may upload videos and files to online sites that you trust, but you rely on their security precautions for your data.
  • No internet - NO INTERNET, kinda a simple flat out problem, many sites are offering things like Offline modes for example Google Apps has offline features that download files to your computer so you can use them when you don't have an internet connection but the functionality is limited.
  • Using wi-fi on a plane costs money.
  • if a website goes down for maintenance, your files on it may be inaccessible.
  • video games are currently limited
  • you are limited to what the browser can support/handle.
  • There are more issues but these are the biggest I would say.

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