Sunday, February 20, 2011

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

New YouTube Videos Coming Soon!

Soon I'll be editing my Google Chrome Cr-48 Review. I'm going over my thoughts and impressions and what I think of it so far. Also, I rediscovered some video footage that I took from when I was in France back in March 2010 and decided to do a little video montage. It might be kinda boring, but I figured I do it anyways!

Also, I just added a YouTube widget on the side, so you can check that out if you want to see any of my newest videos. You can also subscribe!

I updated my Twitter feed too! Follow me!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Chrome OS: The Future of Computing?

On January 27th I received a Chrome Cr-48 running the newest operating system out there, Chrome OS. Chrome OS is an operating system that runs off the cloud. No data is stored on the computer, everything you do will be done on the web. The greatest feature about this is that if you have your browser synced with your Google account, you can log onto any computer running Google Chrome or Chrome OS and have all of your bookmarks, preferences, and themes loaded onto that computer. If your Chrome OS computer is ever lost, stolen, or damaged, you can simply get a new computer, log in with your Google account, and everything will be there from where you left off.

The appeal of Chrome OS seems to be limited for most people though. While I can still listen to music through Pandora, upload my pictures to Picasa, I can't have a safe place to keep my own things. I can't open up iTunes or any other music player to play my own music. I can't grab my own photos to keep on my computer. A lot of things people will want to do on a Chrome OS computer will cost them more time and money than it did if they had a regular Netbook or Notebook. You may have to start paying to upload your photos to Picasa, you may want to buy a yearly subscription to Pandora, Rhapsody, or another online radio website, and you may have to pay for a data plan through a wireless provider just for that computer if you want to be on the web anywhere.

Google is trying to fix these problems though. Their Chrome Web Store offers a lot of "Apps" that can do many of the things that you would usually do on a computer running Windows or Mac OS X. There is one application that allows you to remotely access many of the Microsoft Office programs, and you could even use a website like GoToMyPC to remotely access your own computer while on the road. The problems with these solutions though are performance. Your network connection may be slow, it may take a lot of time to upload things, and cost comes into play again. These things aren't free. You'll have to pay more money to access things you've already paid for since a lot of the apps cost money to use.

At this time, Chrome OS is a fun little thing to play with, and I'm sure there could be a huge shift in the future, but right now it isn't going to be the right thing for most consumers. One place I could see Chrome OS succeeding is in the business area. I know of many companies that only use a web browser to get all of their work done. They may use Microsoft's Office application, but they could start using Google Docs or even the version of Office that Microsoft offers online. It would save companies a lot of money when trying to save on computers and upgrades.

Chrome OS is still in the testing phase and isn't ready for general consumers, but soon we will see how it does when it goes public.

Learn more about Chrome OS by clicking here.


Monday, February 7, 2011

The Photoshop Experience

A couple of weeks ago I started taking a Photoshop class. I took it since I needed to do something with my time while I'm still not feeling perfect, but I'm doing a lot better than I was a couple of months ago. I wasn't totally sure if I'd even like Photoshop. I had taken a Web Design class that used Adobe software and I didn't like it, mainly because the teacher didn't really care for what she was teaching, and it was easy to get away playing Helicopter on iGoogle while we were having work time in class and I was finished with my assignment.
I think I may have found what I'm supposed to do, though. I always figured Computer Science was going to be the route I was destined for. I love computers and using them, but I've never been that interested in getting into programming and figuring out how I can make something work. I just like using stuff that works and occasionally will figure out a problem.

Photoshop has been what I'm looking for, and most likely Graphic Design is the route I'm headed for. I love using the program so far and just tweaking little stuff. I can instantly see the results too, so I don't have to wonder if that line of code I just wrote actually worked or if it just kinda looks like what they wrote in the book. There's way too much math in Computer Science and I'm not a math person.

So here we go, starting something new. Let's see what happens next!

Oh yeah, and the final reason I like Photoshop: Mac's are the computers of choice! Hehe!

Also, the picture I posted is my first picture I did by myself with Photoshop. It was just some stock photos, and it isn't the best thing out there, but it was me using all of the tools that we have used so far. I'm sure I'll get better!