Anyone that knows me personally or has read this site must realize that I like technology and think that the cloud is the future for a great many things. While I don’t necessarily think the cloud is ready for primetime for everyone, I believe that we have yet to realize the full power of moving away from the desktop storage model.
Google recently unveiled the availability of its Chromebook, a laptop “optimized for the web”. I haven’t had an opportunity to see one in person, but I have every intention to purchase one of these machines and give the concept a shot. Based on internet chatter it may be easier said than done as I believe the Chromebook will be a hot commodity when it becomes available.
With that said there are already haters popping up all over over the internet. One in particular, a editorial by Tom Simonite at technology review, caught my attention. In the article Simonite summarizes some of the reasons that “the tech press came up with that Chromebooks are a bad idea”.
- It won’t work with your iPod, points out this ZDNet blogger – I declare shenanigans! You want everyone to believe that an entire platform will fail because it won’t sync with an Apple product. I’m not buying it. Allow me to share a quick story with you. The battery on my trusty iPod finally gave out. I went to an Apple store to ask what I could do about it. The sales person told me that I’d have to make a Genius Bar appointment if I wanted more information. Really? Anyway, I “Googled” it on my Droid and found that I could buy a battery kit for about $20 and change it myself. But instead of doing that I decided that my experience at the Apple store was a sign that it was time for me to make a change. I promptly went home, signed up for a paid Amazon Cloud Drive account and began moving my music to the cloud. I couldn’t be happier with the result.
- They’re too expensive, says PCMag, at a minimum cost of $429 or $349– This is so ridiculous that I can’t even begin to argue against it. People drop more for netbooks, smartphones and less functional tablets all day long. Tech enthusiasts won’t care.
- People aren’t ready to trust the cloud, claims InformationWeek – This argument holds some validity. Many people don’t understand the idea of the cloud. The only thing I would ask someone making this argument is if they use any type of “cloud based” email like Google, Yahoo, Hotmail, etc. Or if they’ve every used a credit card to make an online purchase, or utilized online banking, or even have an active iTunes account. If so, then they’re trusting “the cloud” with their information. Hypocrites.
- It’s a goldmine for hackers, says an expert at software security firm Kaspersky – Whatever, dude. See argument above.
- Google can’t do hardware and support, claims veteran Silicon Valley journalist Tom Foremski – We’ll have to wait and see. I think it’s a little premature to make a statement like that. But I will point out that Chromebooks are being made by Samsung and Acer. Maybe it’s just me, but I think these companies will have some sort of support infrastructure in place.
- Google gets too much control, according to SearchEngineWatch – Are you #$!&%ing kidding me? I wonder if the person saying this has ever owned an iPod, iPhone or iPad. Who do you think has complete control over the content on those devices? And we all know how big a failure those were. Why would you put something like that in print? Do people actually listen to the crap that comes out of their mouth?
- When I read articles like this it brings images of someone sitting on a MacBook Pro in front of a shrine dedicated to Steve Jobs. I remember similar articles and statements when Android hit the smartphone industry. I was an early adopter and purchased a Droid the second day it was available. Sure it had its quirks, but each upgrade brought with it new features and an improved experience. Throw in the integration with all the Google stuff I use and it’s a winner. I also owned an iPod, iPhone and an iPad for a while. I liked all of them, but decided they weren’t for me.
- I think the Google Chromebook will make a lot of sense to a lot of people. Will it be for everyone? Of course not, but don’t rubber stamp it DOA because you don’t like the idea.