cloud what now?

It has been icy here in DFW, where I live, and yesterday afternoon I received a knock at the door.  I figured it was one of our friends who had gotten cabin fever and wanted to get out.  As it turns out, it was UPS dropping off a surprise box.

Here's what I found when I opened it...

The laptop came with a sticker sheet to add to the lid...  

The laptop box had this little quick start guide and the Intel card inside..

The laptop was packed in a pretty basic box...

The charger is actually really small compared to some of the bricks I have used in the past...

The laptop has a rubbery coating and a different style keyboard.  The bar over the screen includes a webcam and a microphone. 

The right side of the laptop has the power port, a USB port, a single speaker/microphone port, and an SD card reader.

The left side has a video port and the exhaust fan.

I decided to create this blog as a way to show my transition from using mostly Windows 7 as a desktop at home to the CR-48 laptop.

I originally requested a Google Chromium laptop because of my background in IT.  I have 10 years of professional experience with Windows workstations and sever platforms, Fedora and Red Hat Linux, Cisco networks, as well as a number of applications for everything from scanning barcodes, to programing a weather station as well as the standard office products.  Outside of my work experience, I have been taking computers apart and learning how the Internet connects our world together since the early nineties.  I have seen the internet and personal computers shape the world in business, education, and everyday life.

Cloud computing has always been my dream, even before it was a catch phrase used by consultants and marketing analyst.  The funny thing about living in the cloud is we already do a lot of it.  Facebook, email, google searches for recipes, and online banking are all "cloud" or internet based services that we connect to with an internet browser.

As I write my journey to using a cloud based operating system I will hopefully help define the cloud and show examples of how our lives have and will continue to be shaped by this new generation of computers.

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