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DylanK
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4/11/2012 | 3:23:13 PM
re: 4 Fixes Google Chrome OS Still Needs
Support local storage? Really? I am getting sick of this silly statement. Chrome OS has supported local storage (especially media!) since it's first release on the CR-48. How do you "tech" writers get away with the continued spread of misinformation?
YMOM100
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YMOM100,
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4/12/2012 | 11:27:04 PM
re: 4 Fixes Google Chrome OS Still Needs
Maybe they mean sth like SD cards? Hard drives? The Cr-48 has a USB port than can be used to attach storage.
Tom Claburn
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4/11/2012 | 10:34:41 PM
re: 4 Fixes Google Chrome OS Still Needs
"But Chrome OS does support the storage of some user files, such as media downloads, and Google might make these more accessible by allowing them to be manipulated outside of Chrome OS's browser-based file list."

I'm aware that Chrome OS allows you to store files, but Google clearly doesn't emphasize that aspect of using Chrome OS. It wants you to operate in the cloud. Accessing and manipulating locally stored files should be built into the UI as if that's a major use case, not an edge use case. It also needs to be more a part of the apps running on Chrome OS.
DylanK
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DylanK,
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4/12/2012 | 12:47:06 PM
re: 4 Fixes Google Chrome OS Still Needs
But you say nothing of that in your list of "4 Fixes" Support Local Storage is your bullet point and then go on to imply that local storage is not supported and discuss file liberation cloud sync arguments. Those have very little to do with local storage.

As for "Accessing and manipulating locally stored files should be built into the UI as if that's a major use case, not an edge use case. It also needs to be more a part of the apps running on Chrome OS." The files can be "accessed" from the"File Manager" that is right there on the first page you see. From there you can view, edit(simple) and upload photos, play music and video, view and print pdfs, etc. The one thing you can't do from the file manager is open "docs" files (you can open local from the docs app) and I agree that Google needs to work on making and storing docs not created in the cloud.
Besides this what exactly are you wanting to "manipulate" on these local files?
Tom Claburn
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4/12/2012 | 6:27:53 PM
re: 4 Fixes Google Chrome OS Still Needs
Opening local copies of Docs files for editing (they can be stored and read presently, just not edited) would be what I'd use most as a writer. (I've wanted to try covering events with a Chromebook but have been unable to because WiFi is unpredictable at tech conferences and I can't afford to be unable to access Docs when something is happening live.) Locally stored music would be better -- wireless streaming isn't that good in my experience. Local github repositories would be useful. Local storage is also better for editing hi-res photos and videos. While some of this may be possible using the limited file interface on Chromebooks, it's not the priority it should be.
DylanK
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DylanK,
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4/13/2012 | 3:02:26 PM
re: 4 Fixes Google Chrome OS Still Needs
As I said earlier, locally stored music is possible today. There is even a built in local media player. In your defense, this functionality is only available from the file manager and is not a stand alone "app" so you may not have seen/found it. Programing (github) and professional photo/video editing is not a proper use case for a Chromebook IMO.
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4/17/2012 | 9:32:21 PM
re: 4 Fixes Google Chrome OS Still Needs
An experiment with Chromebook: http://blog.controlgroup.com/2...


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