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Showing posts from May, 2015

The Year of the Chromebook?

According to Gartner, world sales of Chromebooks has grown by 27% in 2015. That's 7.3 million! I was there when they were still known as the CR-48. I documented a lot of my experience both here , here , and here . It is semi-amazing to me that here we are nearly five years later and the Chrome OS is not just a ubiquitous browser, but the "system" is running a wide variety of laptops, desktops, and netbooks. According to StatCounter, as of March 2015 ,  Chrome  is not only the most popular mobile browser without tablets but also with them counted in.  And I am here to tell you, my family STILL uses that little demo model of the Chromebook. Nearly five years later, we are now finally contemplating getting a newer version just because the old one was probably never designed to last this long. According to Joe Wilcox, this is the year of the Chromebook .  Read his article and it is not hard to see why. Schools and businesses are pushing them big because it remov

Here Lies Google Plus?

Four years, I wrote a series of blog posts about the advent of the "Google Plus Project." We are now seeing the pre-written eulogies for G+. The most recent that got me off my duff to write this is here: I really can't fault  @stevedenning  in his logic as to why Google Plus "died." But he assumes that it was built to take on Facebook where it lives, and if you look back, my contention was that it was NEVER designed to take on social. He also assumes (like everyone, you would think) that it was built to "succeed." My newest contention: it wasn't built to last. It was built to get more people on the "Google platform." I said that all it would take is "nibbles" at the other "social" tools. Is it just coincidence that Facebook is rolling out a SEPARATE messenger web app along with its reg