Friday, December 10, 2010

Chrome Notebook: Initial Boot and Reaction

Eight seconds. That's how long this little beauty takes to power up (to fully functional computer). A little over a second to resume from standby.

My initial reaction is that the Chrome notebook does not disappoint.

Chrome Notebook: At First Glance

Now that we've taken our friend out of the box, let's take a closer look! This is all about the physical layout.

Chrome Notebook: Included Literature

Some of the included literature with the Chrome notebook is very fun to read, and not just for hardcore geeks.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Chrome Notebook: The Unboxing

I've been getting various packages (Christmas gifts, 'tis the season) delivered the last few days, from eBay and Amazon and such, so I wasn't surprised to see an unfamiliar name and address on the return label of this box. I opened it and then paused, thinking that perhaps my wife had bought me something special and I was seeing it prematurely. But no, she had no idea where it had come from. Then I remembered... I had signed up for the Chrome OS beta testing program, some time ago.

Holy cow. I was one of the 64,000 lucky recipients of the brand spanking new Chrome OS Notebook!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Taking time to breathe...

I have long neglected our family project here. We all have. In the frenzy of daily life, of work and school and graduating seniors and adventure trips, lacrosse game replay chats, blogging our steps at sustainability seems low on the totem pole.

Dan took me to an event called Ignite Ft.Collins. I learned a lot. The theme is "Enlighten me, but make it quick". Presentations on everything from playing the harmonica to eating for enlightenment. Science and entertainment, bits of this and that. Never enough to be bored with a topic, but enough for me to feel my neural synapses working a little. Great time.

More than one person talked about their online presence. Super blogging mom, the online cartoonist. It make me long to make this back in to what we pictured at first. Even if it is just my therapy, I am worth writing for!

Watch this space, for life and philosophy. Mistakes and messes come as an extra bonus!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

What's white and gray and pedaled all over?

We had a new light snowfall last night, just a light dusting. When I saw this, I was discontented. "Great," I grumbled, "just enough snow to cover the ice sheets that're still lingering on the streets." This morning when I pulled my bike out of the garage and prepared to ride, I resigned myself to a cold, slippery, dark, miserable ride, not looking forward to it.

Yet once I actually started pedaling, I found myself quite enjoying the morning. I left just at dawn, to get into work early. This time of day is magical, especially with a gray overcast sky and that light sheet of white on the ground, muting what few noises occur this early. It was a peaceful, smooth ride, and since I've been riding the same route, I knew where the ice would be so I wasn't surprised. I saw more people out riding bikes or walking their dogs than I did drivers.

I admit, I haven't been riding my bike to work quite as much as usual during these winter months. More frequently than usual, work obligations have meant I need to drive to work. Also, my daughter has finally obtained her driver's license and is eager to drive -- and to give me a ride to work. I've succumbed to the lure of the warm chauffeured ride many days! But those other days, I'm still pedaling away, along with the other hardy winter commuters.

It has been a bit of a dreary winter season for me (us) and that's why I (we) haven't been keeping this blog up as much. I'm going to work on fixing that. More later.