Saturday, February 23, 2013

No, Brooke, My MacBook is NOT Obsolete

Brooke Crothers certainly has the gift of leading sentences with punch in his latest article about Chromebook technology for CNET News:
Thank you, Google. For obsoleting my MacBook. 
Question: What two killer hardware features are missing on MacBooks? My answer: a touch screen and 4G. 
What a coincidence. Just what Google is offering on the Chromebook Pixel. And in a package that comes close to matching the MacBook's aesthetics. (I'm focusing strictly on the hardware for the moment.) 
Google is saying, at least in the case of touch, hey Apple, you don't get it.
Well, Brooke, I think you have been drinking so much cloud Kool-Aid that you are the one who does not get it. If your work depends on a powerful suite of software tools, you are unlikely to be happy with Google's my-way-or-the-highway (or should we say "the cloud way or the highway") approach. If you need to use software that is not available as a cloud-based service, then it does not matter how much network bandwidth you have. If you cannot load and run the software you need, you are just plain SOL. Assuming that choosing and loading the software you need is obsolete amounts to painting yourself into a corner.

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