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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 05-11-2011, 08:30 PM Thread Starter
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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.
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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.



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I still don't think I entirely understand?
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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.
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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
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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.
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Thanks folks, I think I got it now!
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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!
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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.
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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?
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