Webmail are not exactly the same thing. I never use/used some things like Amazon file storage, neither Picasa or other... No it's not "FUD", just common sense, wisdom, intelligence... Cloud is one piece of sh** for decerebrate and unconscious people.
(sorry if I am a little harsh
Far be it for me to say the the U.S. government is not
decerebrate or unconscious, but:
The 2011 Defense Authorization Act, sent to President Obama for his signature on Wednesday, calls on the Pentagon to evaluate the capabilities of commercial vendors to provide secure cloud computing services to the federal government.
Here are some impressions after a week with a Cr-48.
At this point in its development, the Cr-48 is like an FM radio with 1 channel -- some NPR stations actually used to offer these during pledge drives. Even though I listen mostly to NPR, it's nice to have a choice. Same with the Cr-48.
Given that the code name for this computer is an unstable isotope of Chromium, it's been remarkably stable. Not a single crash, and only one hiccup, when the screen froze for 30 seconds or so. Similarly, although first impressions suggest that you can't do anything but run a browser, there are actually a lot of ways to get closer to the operating system, such as "chrome://system", which reveals a lot about Chrome OS's Linux foundation, and Ctrl-Alt-T brings up a CLI. One of the big surprises is that Google and has actually published instructions for jailbreaking the Cr-48, and even for installing Ubuntu. https://sites.google.com/a/chromium.org ... -os-device
Can you imagine Apple doing that?
At this point in Chrome OS development, a lot of functionality is missing (e.g., cloud printing to anything but a printer attached to a Microsoft computer), but what has been delivered is very stable. Performance should be better; Chrome browser on my Acer netbook, which has roughly the same specs., is 1.5-3x faster on page loads -- especially if there is a lot of Flash. Even Adobe and Google acknowledge that Flash performance sucks, and engineers from both companies are reportedly working on improving Flash performance. But, even Flash-free pages take longer to load than they should. I don't know where the performance has gone -- considering how minimal the OS is, one would think that a Cr-48 would be faster than an 18-month old AA1, but it's not -- by a long shot.
The hardware should be playing second-fiddle to the Chrome OS, but most reviewers have focused on the hard bits. The screen is great, matte finish, plenty bright enough, decent color and viewing angles. The slightly rubbery case is wonderful -- no more fingerprints, and it has a unique tactile quality. I like the stealth design with absolutely no branding. I miss a dedicated Delete key, and PgUp and PgDn keys, and I would have preferred "normal" function keys across the top row, but I realize that for people who have not memorized various keyboard shortcuts, dedicating these keys to browser functions makes sense; other than that, the keyboard provides good tactile feedback, and is big enough. Only one USB port is the sort of design decision that Apple used to make; really inexcusable, even on a development platform. A big battery (nominally 58 Wh, although system stats suggest closer to 63Wh), combined with efficient chips (Atom N455 + integrated controller) give great battery life -- supposedly up to 8 days in standby mode, and a genuine 8 hours of actual operation. Since a full Linux install is only about 4gb of disk, and runs comfortably with 1gb of RAM, providing a 16gb SSD and 2gb of RAM seems quite generous. Providing a 3G radio and 2 years of free Verizon (up to 100mb/month) service is brilliant -- and necessary for a device that has almost no utility without a network connection.
Despite being made by a major manufacturer (Synaptics) the trackpad sucks. One reviewer called it a turd; another said "turd" was being too generous. After turning sensitivity down to minimum, and sticking a strip of 14-mil vinyl film to the bottom half inch of the trackpad, it's merely annoying, rather than useless. A wireless mouse works fine, and one of the things that I have noticed about many Google products is that there are a wide variety of keyboard shortcuts that minimize the need for trackpad and/or mouse, so I can live with trackpad until Google supplies a better driver, and more configuration options.
On a scale from full function laptop to tablet device, a Chrome OS netbook is likely to be closer in functionality to an iPad, and closer in weight to a netbook (with the Cr-48 being a big netbook). Apple has shown that there are a lot of people out there who really don't want to be bothered with a "computer" and its attendant software upgrades, security, etc. -- they just want something that works without a lot of thinking. Chrome OS is nowhere nearly as transparent iOS at this point, but it's only just been released to the masses for testing. I'm willing to wait and see what how it develops, and about 90% of my face time is now with the Cr-48 rather than my trusty old AA1 running Ubuntu or LMDE.