It looks like Chrome OS will be launching within the week!
Google’s Chrome OS project, first announced in July, will become available for download within a week, we’ve heard from a reliable source. Google previously said to expect an early version of the OS in the fall.
Hardware support is a problem with all operating systems upon launch. I hope the Mini 9 is supported soon…
What can we expect? Driver support will likely be a weak point. We’ve heard at various times that Google has a legion of engineers working on the not so glamorous task of building hardware drivers. And we’ve also heard conflicting rumors that Google is mostly relying on hardware manufacturers to create those drivers. Whatever the truth, and it’s likely in between, having a robust set of functioning drivers is extremely important to Chrome OS’s success. People will want to download this to whatever computer they use and have it just work.
We expect Google will be careful with messaging around the launch, and endorse a small set of devices for installation. EEE PC netbooks, for example, may be one set of devices that Google will say are ready to use Chrome OS. There will likely be others as well, but don’t expect to be able to install it on whatever laptop or desktop machine you have from day one. Google has previously said they are working with Acer, Adobe, ASUS, Freescale, Hewlett-Packard, Lenovo, Qualcomm, Texas Instruments, and Toshiba on the project.
I remember setting up my first Geocities webpage back when I was in college. In 1995 anyone who could make their own webpage was some kind of technical wizard. I spent a lot of time hand coding html files with a text editor. Creating a website is a completely different process now.
This is the week that Geocities went dark forever. There is no backup or spare copy. It’s simply gone. With it goes a big portion of the history of the internet. That is a true shame. Lucky for us some people saved at least some of it for historical purposes.
When Yahoo! switched off the servers for GeoCities, the Web posting service, on Oct. 27, some 7 million of the Internet’s first websites went dark forever. The bulk of these were people’s personal home pages, which were pulled offline with no backup and no permanent record of those users’ frenetic early forays online.
Now a ragtag effort by several groups of budding computer historians is feverishly — and angrily — trying to bring as much as they can back online.
ArchiveTeam is still sorting through the data, but Scott estimates that he was able to save more than a million accounts, which translates to more than 2 terabytes of data (about 20 average computer hard drives). And he wasn’t alone — Scott says that four or five others were working to save GeoCities. One of these people, Jacques Mattheij, managed to get nearly 2 million accounts, operating just eight machines out of the Netherlands.
I’m surprised there wasn’t some deal struck with Archive.org or some other institution. At least someone is doing something. Kudos to the Archive Team!
Have you ever wondered how much data Google stores in your account? Check out the Google Dashboard, a new tool that shows you a list of every service that you use and provides links for managing your preferences. This tool will be tremendously helpful in figuring out exactly where your data is. Check it out!