By Harry McCracken | Thursday, December 23, 2010 at 9:30 am
Here’s this week’s Technologizer column on TIME.com. It was inspired by spending time with Google’s Cr-48 Chrome notebook:
Even if I have a tough time imagining myself recommending Chrome computers to typical consumers as soon as the first half of 2011, I’m glad that they exist. The very existence of Chrome OS should encourage the development of sophisticated next-generation Web services that are better able to replace traditional software. By 2012 or 2013, pure cloud computing could feel far more tenable than it does right now — and if it does, the experiment known as Cr-48 will deserve some of the credit.
Here’s another update on my attitude towards the Cr-48. I’m out of town for the holidays, and while I took the Cr-48 with me as my only computer on my last trip, I decided to tote my MacBook Air this time. If the Cr-48 could be made to run Photoshop, I might have taken it instead…