Goodbye, Gears!

December 2, 2009

So much for Gears support in Chrome OS! And I was wondering why Gears was missing from Chrome OS and Android 2.0… Now I know! Google announced yesterday that they are closing down the Gears project. It’s is kind of sad to see it come to and end because I did a lot of work with Google Gears this work term. Actually, I’m glad that I did because it taught me a lot about HTML 5 and its new features! I guess that this announcement was expected with the shift towards the new HTML 5 standard. There was no point in putting so much engineering effort into Gears when HTML 5 will include all its features and more. Oh, well… it’s kind of ironic since I’m using Gears with WordPress to write this post. I wonder how long it’ll take them to phase it out completely?

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Chromium OS

November 29, 2009

Wow, it’s been way too long. Over a month? I think that’s the longest gap ever… It seems like I’m busier when I’m working than when I’m studying =S, go figure.

What’s the hottest thing in technology right now? Google’s Chrome OS, that’s what. And I got a chance to test it out for the first time last week. I’m actually doing some work with Google Gears now, so I wanted to test it out on Chrome OS. Well, guess what… It doesn’t have support for Gears yet!! Why!?! Beats me. I’m going to assume that they’ve just left it out for development and will incorporate it in the final build.

In any case, my overall impression of Chrome OS can be summed up in one word, “depends”. Your experience of Chrome OS really does depend on how you plan on using your computer. If all you plan on doing is surfing the internet and primarily using it for web applications, then sure it may be a great solution. But what about people who need CPU intensive applications like video editing and gaming? I don’t know how they plan on targeting that market, but right now it seems to only consider those heavy web application users. It’s still a fresh concept and is definitely still being changed, but I just don’t see myself buying into this “Everything in the cloud” phenom. Only time will tell though. They’d need a pretty convincing argument to make me switch.

(I really hope to update soon.)

Check it out! Street view is now in Canada. I was having so much fun with this the other day.

Find your home:
http://maps.google.ca/
Drag the orange man down to your street. Hope they blurred out your license plate.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/technology/google-gives-canadians-bra-street-view/article1315242/

Youtube is down!

May 13, 2009

youtubedownI’ll give it a couple more minutes =P