Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 28th Jan 2013 22:38 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems "Acer, the Taiwanese computer maker that's suffered two consecutive annual losses, posted strong sales of notebooks using Google's Chrome platform after the release of Microsoft's Windows 8 failed to ignite the market. Chrome-based models accounted for 5 percent to 10 percent of Acer's U.S. shipments since being released there in November, President Jim Wong said in an interview at the Taipei-based company's headquarters. That ratio is expected to be sustainable in the long term and the company is considering offering Chrome models in other developed markets, he said." HP is also planning a Chrome OS laptop, and it's been at the top of Amazon's charts (whatever that means) for a while now. In case you haven't noticed - the desktop world, too, is changing. Nobody wants Windows 8 (touch or no), so OEMs are finally looking elsewhere. We're finally getting what we wanted 13 years ago.
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RE: Comment by Laurence
by pgeorgi on Tue 29th Jan 2013 08:38 UTC in reply to "Comment by Laurence"
pgeorgi
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2010-02-18

13 years ago I was dead against the emerging trend of running thin clients and storing our data in the cloud. Now that it's here, I'm still dead against it.

"The cloud" is fine once it's yours: owncloud, SoGo, roundcube, ...
It helps you getting your data from everywhere, and to everyone _you_ want to give it.

The missing link is something like the Freedom Box (just without the zeal) that provides a plug&play experience of obtaining some space of your own on the net.

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RE[2]: Comment by Laurence
by Laurence on Tue 29th Jan 2013 09:27 in reply to "RE: Comment by Laurence"
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

"The cloud" is fine once it's yours: owncloud, SoGo, roundcube, ...
It helps you getting your data from everywhere, and to everyone _you_ want to give it.

True. I do run some services myself (eg Subsonic, my own hosting photo gallery, etc).

Even then though, I still dislike OSs that push processing away from native binary clients. eg webmail is great - possibly the best example of the 'cloud' in fact - but I still want a binary client that I can run locally. If just in case of emergencies (loss of internet, backing up stuff from the cloud, etc)

Edited 2013-01-29 09:32 UTC

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RE[3]: Comment by Laurence
by pgeorgi on Tue 29th Jan 2013 09:38 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Laurence"
pgeorgi Member since:
2010-02-18

If just in case of emergencies (loss of internet, backing up stuff from the cloud, etc)

loss of internet is mostly worked around by html5 local storage - which will take another 2 years or so for widespread use.

But I actually expect chromeos, firefox, etc to push this forward.
For backup, downloading a zip with all data is probably the way to go.

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