Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 26th Nov 2013 23:03 UTC
Microsoft

Microsoft has enlisted the reality-television series "Pawn Stars" in its ongoing campaign to bash rival Google.

An online video ad released Tuesday mimics the plot set up of "Pawn Stars," which features people toting precious or odd objects for appraisal at a Las Vegas pawn shop. In Microsoft's fictional telling, a woman is trying to trade in a Chromebook, a no-frills laptop powered by Google software.

"The only problem with Microsoft is they just have no taste, they have absolutely no taste."

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RE[9]: This reeks of desperation
by zsekeres on Sat 30th Nov 2013 16:38 UTC in reply to "RE[8]: This reeks of desperation"
zsekeres
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2011-02-11

As the nature of a Chromebook is to be online all the time, and it doesn't work at its full potential when it's without wifi,...

But isn't this a contradiction? If it only works while online how can it run at all (albeit without full potential) when offline?

If a Chromebook would simply display an error message when offline I would agree but it doesn't. Chrome apps -or HTML5 apps generally- have the capability to work offline if they use local storage. Google actually provides apps which are dedicated for offline use. ChromeOS can save files locally and you can work on them offline, e.g. editing a spreadsheet with QuickOffice.

Once more, you seem to think I hate or have something against Chromebooks. I don't; I think they are amazing little devices. But they simply aren't for everyone, and trying to argue that they are is a pointless waste of time.

We are on the same page here ;-) But I think the reasoning leading to this conclusion is different.

And: no offence taken. I hope the same goes for you and you enjoy this discussion.

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Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

But isn't this a contradiction? If it only works while online how can it run at all (albeit without full potential) when offline?


You seem to be deliberately oversimplifying what I said. I never said it wouldn't power on or display anything without wifi, and I seriously doubt you innocently inferred that. As I've said above, I have not only used official Chromebooks, I've also installed Chromium OS onto commodity hardware. I know intimately how the OS works.

While there is some very limited functionality sans wifi (and with every update this situation improves), the fact remains that it simply is not a general purpose OS -- yet. That's point I've made over and over, yet you do end runs around that point.

And: no offence taken. I hope the same goes for you and you enjoy this discussion.


None taken here either, I'm just at a loss to try to understand your line of reasoning. A Chromebook is a Chromebook, and computer with a standard (non-Google) OS is simply a different kind of device with a different user base. Maybe one day Chrome OS will become a general purpose OS...but then, what would be the point? It's great at what it was designed for.

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