Many years ago, I played around with an “online desktop” site called eyeOS. After playing around with the CR-48, it got me thinking that a virtual, online desktop just might be useful on the CR-48. Remember, the CR-48 is a completely Web-centric device. It is truly a “cloud computer” because almost anything you do with it requires an Internet connection. When it boots, it boots directly into the Chrome browser fullscreen. In fact, there is no “desktop” as found on other OS’s because everything is done within the browser. Settings screens are displayed in the browser. System logs display in the browser. Everything. I logged into eyeOS and it turns out that it works like a charm on my CR-48! I installed eyeOS on one of my domains so now I have personal access to an online desktop, accessible from pretty much anywhere, including my CR-48. Yes, I still have […]
I love the CR-48’s fast bootup, and I absolutely love its instant-on feature: Leave it powered on, close the lid, and when you re-open it, it’s instantly on where you left off. This standby mode is easy on batteries, and it is extremely useful to me. BUT… I just realized that anyone who gets a hold of my CR-48 will have complete and full access to whatever is open, and worse, they will have complete access to all of my Google applications because I’m already logged in. At home, this is not a problem because I trust my wife implicitly and I can control access when people are visiting. But when my CR-48 leaves my house, it’s a very different story. This is a HUGE security issue for me, but there is a simple solution: Click the Wrench icon at the top right of your screen and click “Settings”. In […]
I was searching for some specific information about how the Verizon 3G data plan works for the CR-48. I found very helpful information at Google’s Chrome OS support pages. By all means, go through those help pages. There is much useful information to be found there. Here are some tips and general information that I found in various places throughout those pages that are specific to CR-48 3G usage: 1. How much data do I have left? “Click the Network icon in the top-right corner of your screen. When 3G is enabled, the amount of data remaining should be listed under “Verizon Wireless” in the menu that appears.” 2. The CR-48 will favor Wi-Fi over 3g “Chrome OS transmits data over the Verizon Wireless Network only when no other networks are available. So if you’re connected to both Verizon and another Wi-Fi network, the Wi-Fi network will be used to […]
In addition to Wi-Fi access, the CR-48 has 3G access capability through Verizon. Once activated, you get 100MB of free data per month for two years. You can also optionally purchase several plans: $9.99 day pass with unlimited data $19.99 1 GB (valid for 30 days) $34.99 3 GB (valid for 30 days) $49.99 5 GB (valid for 30 days) The day pass provides unlimited access, and the session lasts for 24 hours. It is probably most useful for those rare times when you have no Wi-Fi access but require Internet connectivity. The other plans provide the specified amount of data and the session lasts for 30 days from activation. The other plans give you the flexibility to choose how much data you want. So how much data do I need? The size of plan you purchase really depends upon your data usage. Based upon Verizon’s Data Calculator, here are […]
The trackpad on the CR-48 is quite useful with its (somewhat limited and quirky) multitouch capabilities, and a USB mouse can be a God-send for long sessions, but there are many keyboard shortcuts that can simplify or speed up your interaction with Chrome OS. Here is a pretty much exhaustive keyboard shortcut list: Tab and window navigation Ctrl+N Open a new window Ctrl+Shift+N Open a new window in incognito mode Ctrl+T Open a new tab Ctrl+O Open a file in the browser Ctrl+Shift+Q Sign out of your Google Account on Chrome OS Ctrl+W Close the current tab Ctrl+Shift+W Close the current window Ctrl+Shift+T Reopen the last tab you’ve closed. Google Chrome remembers the last 10 tabs you’ve closed. Ctrl+1 through Ctrl+8 Go to the tab at the specified position in the window Ctrl+9 Go to the last tab in the window Alt+1 through Alt+9 Go to the window at the […]
One point that may not be obvious to both new and seasoned CR-48 users is the distinction between “Channels” and “Modes”. You may hear of people running in Developer mode, or you may hear of OS upgrades coming over the Beta or Developer channels. What are the differences, and why should I care as a user? Here is a brief description of the differences between modes and channels, and the distinctions of each. Channels Channels determine what version of the OS is loaded onto your CR-48. There are currently two OS channels: Beta and Developer. The Beta channel makes available the latest Chrome OS release intended for normal users. This channel provides a more stable and reliable OS version. The Developer channel makes available the latest developer build of the Chrome OS. It is intended for developers and more advanced users to get a glimpse of what is coming next […]
Initially, I set up GoogleChromeTips.com to be a repository of general tips and tricks for Google’s Chrome Web browser application. Recently, however, Google has released working versions of its new Chrome OS, and operating system designed to be centered around the Chrome Browser, providing a complete “Cloud Computing” experience. Currently, the Chrome OS has been loaded on the CR-48 notebook computer that Google has been giving out through its pilot program. The current tips that I will be adding will be more focused on the operation, use, and understanding of the Chrome OS as found on the CR-48 notebook.
Google has really gone to great lengths to try to increase the viewing space in its Google Chrome browser such as moving the tabs into the window’s Title bar, etc. One thing that appears to be missing, though, is the Status bar at the bottom. So how do you see what URL you are hovering over? How do you know what URL is loading? The status bar is there on the lower right of the page, however it’s just not always there. Hover over any link, or load a page, and you will see the Status bar slid in. When you move off of a link or when the page finished loading, the Status bar slides away when not needed. Slick!
Unlike in Firefox and Internet Explorer, Google Chrome has no dropdown integrated in the back and forward buttons, so how do you view your recent browsing history? Simple! Just click and hold either button, and if there is history, a dropdown menu will appear. You can alternately right-click on either arrow with the same effect. To view your full browsing history, select the “Show full history” selection from the same menu, select “History” from the “Customize and control Google Chrome” button (the “wrench” icon), or simply press and a full browsing history page will open in a new tab.
Enter about:memory into the Omni bar (the address bar) and Google Chrome will display a nice summary of your memory useage and all Google Chrome-related processes. As a bonus, the summary section also displays the memory usage information for all other open browsers giving you a nice comparison! Here is a list of other “about:” commands that provide interesting information and do some interesting things: about:cache about:crash about:dns about:hang about:histograms about:internets about:memory about:network about:plugins about:stats about:version Most of these can also be easily bookmarked by clicking the Star in the Omni bar.