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”

Fix the Instant Search Error “We’re sorry… but it appears your computer is sending automated requests.”

If you’ve gotten this error since Google Instant launched:

“We’re sorry… but it appears your computer is sending automated requests.”

…you’re not alone. It seems, (thanks to Google Instant Search) that the increased searches per user per minute trigger a red flag in Google’s Automated Requests department.

Screenshot of Google Automated Request

The problem is, the Google Automated Requests (GAR) team and the Google Instant team work on opposite sides of the building and are on rival softball teams in the company’s intra-google softball league. Ok I made that last part up, but it definitely seems like there was some lack of communication going on at Goog headquarters – but just because it seems to be Google’s fault doesn’t mean it is (this time). Evidenced by the fact that Instant Search as a whole is working for most users.

So who’s fault is it? The answer is found in the following question… (mischievous laugh)

How do I fix whatever glitch or bug or setting is triggering the Instant Search Error “We’re sorry… but it appears your computer is sending automated requests” ?

Here’s how: Continue reading “Fix the Instant Search Error “We’re sorry… but it appears your computer is sending automated requests.””

Sending Automated Requests? Thanks Google Instant Search

So if every time I type a letter into the Google search box it brings up a search. And each additional letter brings up a new search… what’s telling Google the difference between my normal search behavior and automated search result requests coming from a program or computer?

Apparently nothing…

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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”

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…?”