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chromed 05-11-2011 09:30 PM

Understanding Chrome better
 
So I'm trying to understand the concept of Chrome better and get away from the idea of everything being like Windows, or like Android.

So ... in Chrome... .would something like Netflix have an app? Or will they just be an in-browser thing? Is everything just going to run from the browser via a website?

I'm a bit confused on how to think of this.

modder 05-12-2011 06:07 PM

I think the best way of thinking about it would be that the Netflix app is really just a prettied up version of accessing the web page.

Netflix might be a bad example though since you HAVE to be online to stream movies (kind of the concept). But for example the Angry Birds app allows you to play the game online and offline.




geekyass 05-13-2011 12:20 PM

I still don't think I entirely understand?

C.os 05-13-2011 04:42 PM

Netfilx is a web based thing, were you can only use it through their web page, ie its something like facebook. It inst really an application. It only really becomes an applications on the Iphone of Whatnot is because it flash heavy requirement and i assume the browser built in cannot fully support it. Meanwhile an application like Microsoft Office cannot be installed or let say photo shop since those are 3rd party applications.

As far as the chrome goes all software and everything else is backed up online and all applications are used online through the browser like netflix.

Chrome-Guy 05-13-2011 06:46 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by geekyass (Post 261)
I still don't think I entirely understand?

from my understanding......

All the programs and app's you use are stored on the internet (server maybe?) So really, no programs are running off of the Samsung/Acer unit instead it's running from a online server.

i may not have the best understanding of it, but anyone who fully does, please correct me if im wrong

techno_geek 05-13-2011 07:23 PM

This is all based on "Cloud computing". Which is essentially you are accessing everything remotely with almost nothing stored locally. That way the chrome book loads up much much faster since it will only needs to run the browser which is the chrome book's replacement to the GUI you normally find on other OS'. Also you don't need to download any updates because everything is done automatically. Finally in case anything happens to your chrome book all you have to do is log on another chrome book and everything is still exactly the same.

geekyass 05-16-2011 02:26 PM

Thanks folks, I think I got it now!

Judyta 05-20-2011 09:04 PM

techno_geek is correct.

Having all your data/photo/videos/etc on Cloud Computing will save much more energy and is safe.

No need to worry anymore about burning DVDs to secure your photos/videos/etc, no data redundancy, no lost information (as google can search it for us without our pile of files)

I love Google changing how whole society lives!

Kamekai 05-20-2011 09:16 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by techno_geek (Post 305)
Finally in case anything happens to your chrome book all you have to do is log on another chrome book and everything is still exactly the same.

And I think this is the strongest selling point for me. In remote areas without access to the cloud this could obviously be a bad thing, but a) in another half decade or so this kind of scenario may not even exist and b) I don't imagine too many people, given the choice, to solely use the Chromebook for all of their computing needs.

zora 05-21-2011 07:14 PM

So tell me if I get this straight. With a regular computer, if you get a virus or have to format it, you could lose everything. But since you store nothing on your computer you do not have to worry about losing everything if you need to format, or even switch Chrome Books?

fred 05-21-2011 09:18 PM

Man, I remember months and months ago how everyone was talking about living in the cloud and how cloud computing was the future. I feel bad now that I thought it was just another passing trend.

AgentPrice 05-25-2011 05:16 PM

Is It Safe to Have Everything All in One Place?
 
Oops, didn't mean to reply to a thread. :)

chromeguy 05-26-2011 01:32 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by chromed (Post 105)
So I'm trying to understand the concept of Chrome better and get away from the idea of everything being like Windows, or like Android.

So ... in Chrome... .would something like Netflix have an app? Or will they just be an in-browser thing? Is everything just going to run from the browser via a website?

I'm a bit confused on how to think of this.

Chrome OS is just a web browser. Instead of downloading things onto your computer you work on your documents, save your photos, play games, all on the web, using services such as google docs, picassa, addictinggames.com, and netflix.

bells-n-whistles 05-26-2011 01:37 AM

I would like to just be able to log onto another computer and have everything the same as on another. That is a great feature!

Bling-Bling 05-26-2011 09:24 AM

I've really got to start using more of the apps that are available in the Google App Store, just to get myself ready for the Chromebook!

6sigma 05-26-2011 08:39 PM

I've been using the Cr-48. By not having Windows and a registry, the computer doesn't slow down over time. By not having applications checking for updates (Windows, Office, iTunes, etc.) the computer doesn't slow down. With no antivirus software, the computer is not bogged down while doing other things.

With advanced HTML5, CSS3 and (ultrafast) javascript, the web apps just work and work fast. Having started in December with a very early revision of ChromeOS, Google has continued to update the operating system repeatedly. Understand that these updates are nothing like what you have to do to update a Windows or Linux computer. Turn the Cr-48 back on and the update is there. The same is true with web apps.

I've been dealing with this type of technology for more than 30 years and this is the best concept I've seen for the "typical" user. If you're accustomed to having multiple photoshop images open with 12 layers in each while playing a video, listening to iTunes and doing Microsoft Office updates...well this product might not be for you. However, if you can visualize an analog in the web app world for nearly everything you do, then you'll love the whole concept of cloud computing.

No more backups!

str8up 05-28-2011 03:05 PM

Yes this all makes perfect sense to me. The cloud is the next big thing for many reasons. No longer will we have to install programs, keep them updated and ponder if we need to buy the latest version or not. Plus the cloud is accessible from any computer, anywhere, anytime. As an added bonus you can also access this same cloud from many other devices including smart phones and book readers. How cool is that?

donhuttod 05-28-2011 10:21 PM

Redundancy
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Chrome-Guy (Post 302)
from my understanding......

All the programs and app's you use are stored on the internet (server maybe?) So really, no programs are running off of the Samsung/Acer unit instead it's running from a online server.

i may not have the best understanding of it, but anyone who fully does, please correct me if im wrong

If a million of us installed "Chrome for Dummies" (a fictional title, I hope) would there be a million copies in the cloud?

6sigma 05-29-2011 01:57 AM

Think of most apps as web pages. If a million of us visit Google's search page, it doesn't mean that a million copies must be on Google's servers.


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