Charging Light CR48

I noticed that some people are having problems with the CR48 charging light. As I mentioned in my unboxing post, we had a similar issue while charging my wife’s Chrome netbook. After charging it for 6+ hours there was still no promised white glowing light, indicating a full charge.

The solution: we found some advice online that recommended we remove the battery completely and then re-attach it. After doing that, and plugging the charger back in, the white indicator light showed up immediately. We booted up her notebook and the Chrome OS started up right away showing a full charge in the notification bar on the top right.

Google Chrome CR-48 Netbook (Notebook) – Opening the Box

Ok, so my wife got a Google Chrome Notebook (also known as the CR-48). But that counts as me getting one, because according to God and the government, we are one entity. Right?  Plus she lets me log on to it every now and then and agreed to let me blog about it…

That’s how the beginning of this post was supposed to go, when I started working on it 6 weeks ago and never finished. The funny thing is, I put off writing the post long enough to get my own Google Chrome OS Notebook! That’s right, I’m not kidding.  We are now a 2 Google Notebook family. I’m not sure what went wrong in the science behind Google’s distribution algorithm but that means 2 were shipped to the same address. And that means I’m a lucky buzzard. So I figured I better get on it with the whole “sharing this info with the world” thing. And by world, I mean the 3 readers that accidentally end up on my blog (hi guys!) Watch for future posts on usability, bugs, etc.

This post is the un-boxing of the Google Chrome Notebook CR-48.

Picture of the Google Notebook BoxLet’s start with the packaging: Continue reading “Google Chrome CR-48 Netbook (Notebook) – Opening the Box”

Quick Godin / iPhone4 Update –

Just wanted to make 2 quick comments… inspired by Seth Godin and the iPhone4…

  1. I love the way Seth Godin thinks. “What have you shipped today?” Just the right amount of kick-in-the-butt to make you go do something… or ship something…
  2. The iPhone4 has me drooling. But is it just shiney-new effect? Or is it actually impressive. The more time that goes by after seeing those first couple videos on it, the more I lean towards believing it is the latter. Don’t get me wrong, there are some cool new features. But it’s definitely not gonna change the mobile world quite as drastically as Apple claims it will.

Thanks to the 2-4 people that keep randomly landing on my blog. I haven’t really found my voice yet. But I’m working on it. Maybe someday, this will contain some useful and or entertaining content about SEO.

Twitter Followers and Following Count Showing 0 Zero Because of a Bug

twitter birds

When I noticed my twitter account has 0 (zero) followers, I didn’t worry quite as quickly as most people would. But that’s because I’ve only ever had a handful of followers anyways. But then I noticed that the number of people I was following had dropped to zero also! Checking around I found that everyone’s counts were set at 0 zero. Very weird. After some searching I found that, according to an article just posted from USA today, twitter reset the counts to zero on purpose until they get a fix installed for a bug some hacker was abusing. The bug allowed the hacker to “force” people to follow them. What happens if the next twitter bug someone finds allows some scum bag to hack into our personal info? Scary. Or even to post tweets as other people? The more our world becomes web-based, the more we depend on others to not fail at protecting us.

Finally Google Chrome Will be Fast AND Functional

I’ve been cheating on Google Chrome for a while now… But only because I have to. Whenever I’m doing just about any work online I always have Chrome open for my major browsing and Firefox open for any toolbars, bookmarking, SEO analysis, Delicious Browsing, etc.

Picture of Chrome Logo

But according to sources close to the situation, in the middle of next week we might see some much needed extensions released for the gloriously fast Chrome.

I’ve loved using Chrome up to this point for the simple fact that I can click it’s icon and my homepage opens as fast as the browser does. No load time. I love the blazing speed. Continue reading “Finally Google Chrome Will be Fast AND Functional”

Bing Theme Song Video: Hires Children and Looses Some Cool Points

I have to say, I have had a growing appreciation for Microsoft’s new “decision engine” – Bing, since it came out in May. Although the straight forward results it gives after aren’t quite as relevant or impressive, it’s search suggestions and filters help you find exactly what you’re looking for quickly and easily.

So here’s I draw the line on the Bing Evangelism: when Microsoft starts enslaving and indoctrinating small, impressionable children. See video below: Continue reading “Bing Theme Song Video: Hires Children and Looses Some Cool Points”

Palm’s Hopes of an iPhone Killer: Killed.

A moment of silence.

R.I.P. all of Palm’s dreams of stepping up their game in the Smart-Touch-Media-Web-App phone competition. Sources say that Verizon has officially passed on the new supposed iPhone Killer – the Palm Pre – much to the surprise of a large number of people. Various reasons have been theorized by TC’s Devin Coldewey including: Continue reading “Palm’s Hopes of an iPhone Killer: Killed.”

Apple’s 3 Muskateers Soon to be 2?

What’s the difference between 626%, 130%, and 7%?  For Apple, it means the traditional iPod line isn’t quite measuring up. MG Siegler writes on TechCrunch that he believes “the iPod, as we know it, is dying.” In my opinion, even though sales growth hasn’t increased by as much, iPods are still selling.  Maybe, instead of planning their end, Apple should find a way to make it their “economy car” model. Putting a cool gadget within reach of millions around the world who would love to own a fancy Apple product but can’t afford something running several hundred dollars. Even with Apple’s huge focus on $$$, this would still nab a chunk of the gadget market. Continue reading “Apple’s 3 Muskateers Soon to be 2?”

Steve Ballmer: A Man of Great Vision…?

I was browsing TechCrunch.com today when I realized – it’s funny to watch people scramble.

Especially when they are important, rich, well-known people like Steve Ballmer, Microsoft CEO.  Why is Mr. Ballmer scrambling? Because he doesn’t quite know what to make of Google’s recent announcement to launch it’s own operating system – Google Chrome OS, preliminarily focused on netbooks. As pointed out several times in the TechCrunch blog post – How We Know Chrome OS Will Be A Hit: Steve Ballmer Doesn’t Think So – Steve hasn’t been the most accurate in his vision for the future. He’s known for unsuccesfully predicting the demise of such currently popular items as the iPhone and Facebook. Continue reading “Steve Ballmer: A Man of Great Vision…?”