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  • Jason Calacanis 15:00:44 on 2019-01-02 Permalink
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    Chrome OS is the ultimate productivity hack & will exceed Mac OS marketshare — but can it challenge Windows? 


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    The Acer Chromebox CXI3

    I recently replaced all but three of the Macs in our office (the ones used for video editing), with ~$800 ACER Chromeboxes and the stunning, ~$900, USB-C powered Dell 38″ monitors (model: U3818DW).

    Google’s Chrome OS is an absurdly fast, stable and distraction-free operating system. Over the past seven years of its short existence, it has become world-class.

    Here’s why Google has nailed it:

    1. As the world has moved to cloud-based software, running inside of browsers, the need to download client software has disappeared for almost every task. This means software startups don’t have to build clients for every desktop operating system anymore (some do, most don’t).
    2. The Chrome Browser has become the standard for cloud-based apps to be built on — because it has massive market share.
    3. Chrome Extensions are available for everything you need to do, from password management, Grammarly and advanced email with Superhuman (email jason@calacanis.com with “superhuman” in the subject line and I will help you jump the line).
    4. ChromeOS doesn’t have all the Mac and Microsoft cruft like iMessage, Apple Photos, iTunes and all the rest. It’s basically just a browser with a desktop.
    5. Chrome OS is an open source project, which is allowing folks to do insane things like making a version of ChromeOS you can install on your old iMac and MacBook Air, and because the OS is so light it makes those computers seem new again.
    6. Chrome OS now supports Google Play, so if you insist on using an App like Spotify, Instagram or Slack, you have the option of doing it in the browser AND in the app. It’s kind of mind-blowing to Instagram on your huge desktop.
    7. Hardware vendors are loving and investing in Chrome OS. The fact that Acer is making a machine that is, literally, the size of a ham sandwich with 16 Gigs of ram, 64 GIG SSD, Bluetooth, six USB ports, an Intel Core i7 processor, USB-C, ethernet, HDMI and an SD reader is bonkers.
    8. For bonus points, you can power the ChromeBox from the USB-C port on your Dell Monitor — which then acts as a USB hub, giving you another four USB ports. This means the whole setup requires one power plug (to the monitor, NOT the computer), which is really strange.
    9. The chrome box powers 3840 x 1600 resolution on the Dell Monitor — which is nuts. You can put three giant chrome browser windows side by side, which will make you and your team 10-20% more efficient.
    10. ChromeBooks are all over schools today.
    11. Google’s login system and browser sync let you log in to ANY ChromeOS device — so sharing a ChromeBook or ChromeBox is as simple as logging on and off.
    12. ChromeOS is so light that it updates and boots blazingly fast — like seconds.
    The back of acer chromebox

    For $1,700 you can give everyone in your startup a machine that is absurdly fast and a monitor that is just amazing.

    The Chromeboxes actually start at around $200, and you can get a decent widescreen for $400… so in truth you can test this setup out at like $600 total and have your mind blown.

    Prediction: Chrome OS, which had < 1% market share at the start of 2015 and is currently at 4.35% marketing share of all operating systems (desktops, tablets, and mobile phones) will catch up and surpass Mac OS in the next five years. [ Source: StatCounter, slicker chart by Statista. ]

    Comparing just MacOSX and Chrome OS

    Big Question: Will Chrome OS eventually dominate the Windows operating system juggernaut, at 60%+? Google did with browsers, which take minutes to switch, but can they do it with computers which commonly get switched every three to five years?

    The Chrome browser has taken over the world.

    Finally, the Google Pixelbook is a fantastic machine to pair with the Dell 38 monitor. You simply plug in the USB port and, again, the monitor will charge your laptop and sync up in seconds. The Pixelbook, and Chromebox setup above, are half the price of an equivalent mac.

    Bottom Line: Google’s brilliant long game: Chrome, Android and ChromeOS (aka the Chromium Project) are all open source and free, driving consumers to give their data to precious data for Google to — essentially — resell to advertisers. This builds a massive moat around Google’s ad business while putting massive pressure on Apple and Microsoft’s franchises.

     
  • Jason Calacanis 15:00:44 on 2019-01-02 Permalink
    Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , Technology   

    Chrome OS is the ultimate productivity hack & will exceed Mac OS marketshare — but can it challenge Windows? 


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    The Acer Chromebox CXI3

    I recently replaced all but three of the Macs in our office (the ones used for video editing), with ~$800 ACER Chromeboxes and the stunning, ~$900, USB-C powered Dell 38″ monitors (model: U3818DW).

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    Google’s Chrome OS is an absurdly fast, stable and distraction-free operating system. Over the past seven years of its short existence, it has become world-class.

    Here’s why Google has nailed it:

    1. As the world has moved to cloud-based software, running inside of browsers, the need to download client software has disappeared for almost every task. This means software startups don’t have to build clients for every desktop operating system anymore (some do, most don’t).
    2. The Chrome Browser has become the standard for cloud-based apps to be built on — because it has massive market share.
    3. Chrome Extensions are available for everything you need to do, from password management, Grammarly and advanced email with Superhuman (email jason@18.234.176.227 with “superhuman” in the subject line and I will help you jump the line).
    4. ChromeOS doesn’t have all the Mac and Microsoft cruft like iMessage, Apple Photos, iTunes and all the rest. It’s basically just a browser with a desktop.
    5. Chrome OS is an open source project, which is allowing folks to do insane things like making a version of ChromeOS you can install on your old iMac and MacBook Air, and because the OS is so light it makes those computers seem new again.
    6. Chrome OS now supports Google Play, so if you insist on using an App like Spotify, Instagram or Slack, you have the option of doing it in the browser AND in the app. It’s kind of mind-blowing to Instagram on your huge desktop.
    7. Hardware vendors are loving and investing in Chrome OS. The fact that Acer is making a machine that is, literally, the size of a ham sandwich with 16 Gigs of ram, 64 GIG SSD, Bluetooth, six USB ports, an Intel Core i7 processor, USB-C, ethernet, HDMI and an SD reader is bonkers.
    8. For bonus points, you can power the ChromeBox from the USB-C port on your Dell Monitor — which then acts as a USB hub, giving you another four USB ports. This means the whole setup requires one power plug (to the monitor, NOT the computer), which is really strange.
    9. The chrome box powers 3840 x 1600 resolution on the Dell Monitor — which is nuts. You can put three giant chrome browser windows side by side, which will make you and your team 10-20% more efficient.
    10. ChromeBooks are all over schools today.
    11. Google’s login system and browser sync let you log in to ANY ChromeOS device — so sharing a ChromeBook or ChromeBox is as simple as logging on and off.
    12. ChromeOS is so light that it updates and boots blazingly fast — like seconds.
    The back of acer chromebox

    For $1,700 you can give everyone in your startup a machine that is absurdly fast and a monitor that is just amazing.

    The Chromeboxes actually start at around $200, and you can get a decent widescreen for $400… so in truth you can test this setup out at like $600 total and have your mind blown.

    Prediction: Chrome OS, which had < 1% market share at the start of 2015 and is currently at 4.35% marketing share of all operating systems (desktops, tablets, and mobile phones) will catch up and surpass Mac OS in the next five years. [ Source: StatCounter, slicker chart by Statista. ]

    Comparing just MacOSX and Chrome OS

    Big Question: Will Chrome OS eventually dominate the Windows operating system juggernaut, at 60%+? Google did with browsers, which take minutes to switch, but can they do it with computers which commonly get switched every three to five years?

    The Chrome browser has taken over the world.

    Finally, the Google Pixelbook is a fantastic machine to pair with the Dell 38 monitor. You simply plug in the USB port and, again, the monitor will charge your laptop and sync up in seconds. The Pixelbook, and Chromebox setup above, are half the price of an equivalent mac.

    Bottom Line: Google’s brilliant long game: Chrome, Android and ChromeOS (aka the Chromium Project) are all open source and free, driving consumers to give their data to precious data for Google to — essentially — resell to advertisers. This builds a massive moat around Google’s ad business while putting massive pressure on Apple and Microsoft’s franchises.

    The post Chrome OS is the ultimate productivity hack & will exceed Mac OS marketshare — but can it challenge Windows? appeared first on Calacanis.com.

     
  • nmw 16:01:49 on 2015-09-25 Permalink
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    This Time, It’s Not about Microsoft 


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    Don’t read my lips, but do read the comments!

    Blocking ads on your mobile phone is like moving from a crowded apartment complex in a polluted, violent city to a peaceful lake house.

     
  • Jason Calacanis 17:08:13 on 2015-06-01 Permalink
    Tags: drone, Drones, , insidedrones.com, Technology, vhs   

    Drones in 2015 are like VHS recorders in 1985 


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    vhs dork

    A year ago I thought drones were stupid and overhyped. They crashed, they were expensive, and there wasn’t much use for them.

    This year I got to spend time flying drones with Chris Anderson at 3DR’s HQ in Berkeley. They’re located in the middle of an industrial park reminiscent of the original Terminator set — it’s awesome.

    After seeing his latest product I’m 100% convinced that drones are nearly ready for prime time.

    Using a drone in 2015 is like using a VHS recorder in 1985: you look like a huge attention-seeking dork, but everyone wants to talk to you about the technology. My Great Uncle Joe DeFalco used to be the family “VHS recording dork” at the drunken McCabe/Kennedy holiday parties in Brooklyn and Jersey, walking up to everyone yelling “Identify yourself!”

    It was like being interrogated by the Stasi, but despite how annoying he was, those tapes are invaluable today.

    30 years later we all have an HD camera in our pockets and are creating walls of video recordings at amusement parks. In fact, you could fit about 50 mobile phones in amount of space that an old VHS tape took up.

    There are three reasons I think drones are no longer toys:

    1. They are dead simple to fly
    2. They don’t require massive maintenance & assembly
    3. The “prosumer grade” ones are now $1,000
    4. Commercial applications are everywhere
    5. Regulation is reaching reasonable

    In fact, it’s getting hard to crash a drone. If you hit the down control it slows down no matter how fast you try to crash it. If you try to fly the new ones into the White House they stop at the gate, which has been geofenced as a no-fly zone.

    A year or two from now, when you try to run one into a tree or wall, it will sense it and stop six inches away. Drones will also be able sense each other, avoiding any chance of a mid-air collision.

    Right now when you look up in the sky you see nothing except the occasional jet. Once an a while we see a helicopter. In another 20 years you will look up and be able to count a couple of dozen drones at any given point in time.

    When we die, we will be talking about the time when the skies were open and clear. The time when you didn’t hear the buzzing of drones doing their work. Just like our (great) grandparents remember the time when we didn’t have highways or a driveway with a car in our front yards.

    Any time I’m obsessed with something to this degree I basically start a media product around it. So, if you want to see this trend emerge every day I’ve created a very simple solution:

    InsideDrones.com: the top 25 stories about drones today — ranked by you. 

    It’s like the LAUNCH Ticker, except it’s about just drones (and it’s free, not $100 like the Ticker).

    We have a dedicated iOS app called Inside Drones (Android next!) and an @insidedrones twitter handle you can follow to.

    I’m thinking of doing an Inside Drones event this fall. Just need an underwriting sponsor (hint hint).

    Do let me know what you think.

    best @jason

    Those Links One more Time:

    Web: http://www.insidedrones.com/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/insidedrones
    iPhone App:
    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/inside-drones/id977357311?mt=8

     
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