Download, Try out Chrome OS, Free!

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Chrome OS, here at last.

Everyone’s heard tons and tons of hype about the new Chrome OS, and I’m no exception. Recently, the device-site “GDGT” announced that they had a working version of the OS on their site, for free (Chrome is said to retail at roughly $40). They are offering Chrome’s “developer preview 0.4.22.8” for download on their site.

Before you ask, yes, this is 100% legal. Why, you may ask? The OS itself requires very, very specific hardware (for example, you need a solid state drive, not a hard drive, if you want to run the Chrome OS), and is said to be a “proprietary” operating system, meaning that, as of right now, not all computers can run it.

Wait, can I run it or not?

“Wait!” you may ask. “Why should I download it if I can’t run it?” There are two ways to try out the Chrome OS. The OS download comes in the form of a VMWare Image. There are two way to run the image; One way is to download VMWare Player (PC) or VMWare Fusion(Mac). These allow you to run alternate operating systems in virtualized windows on your computer. In other words, you can run the Chrome OS in a window on your computer, just like any other application. Alternatively, you can try Virtualbox, which can read VMWare images, although not 100% perfectly.

If you’d like to try booting into Chrome from a USB drive, GDGT does offer a bootable version on their download page as well. You need to be running a distribution of Linux to run it, though.

Where can I get it?

To download the VMWare Image or the flash drive distribution, you’ll need to create a GDGT account by clicking here. Then, follow the links below.

Download Google’s Chrome OS

Read up on Chrome OS here.

Retweeting on Twitter; Now Easier than Ever

Recently, I received a message on my Twitter page saying I was enrolled in a beta to test Twitter’s new Re-Tweeting feature. Huh, you say?

Wait, what is this again?

I believe the Twitter developers were so fed up with page after page of different people tweeting the same person’s tweet that they just added a new feature to make it a lot easier. Now, when you want to retweet someone’s post, you can just click the “Retweet” button (next to the reply button).  All of your followers see the tweet, as-is, with a little tag at the bottom saying “Retweeted by [you]”. Check out the picture below, to see what I mean.


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There’s also a few other things; ReTweets do appear on your profile, sans the user’s profile image. Additionally, if someone retweets a lot of content, and you find it annoying, you can turn off retweet notifications by going to their profile page and clicking the green “Retweet” icon below their name.

Um… So?

It becomes really helpful when you just get tired of copying and pasting, and keeps Twitter neat and tidy, which is probably a huge issue, seeing as Twitter sees ridiculous amounts of data every day. Additionally, it helps promote little tweets without making them massive trending topics, etc.

While the pros are nice, there are a few cons, too. Firs of all, this makes twitter a bit more like digg; retweeting has now become akin to “digging” a popular topic. Granted, Twitter, of all sites, is the last to be accused of copying other site’s ideas (don’t even get me started on Facebook), so its not such a huge deal. One thing that did get to me after a while was the fact that you can’t add your own little comments to retweets anymore. I’d usually add a jab or a thought to the end of retweets, so people knew that when I retweet “Go Hitler!” they know I mean “what was this person thinking?” and not “lulz good one bro.”

When will I see it?

As of right now, only a chunk of Twitter users get to see it, for testing purposes. If you are in the beta, and you retweet something, people outside the beta will see it as a standard retweet. I still wonder what happens if you retweet something over 160 characters; does it truncate the message for non-twitter users? Eh… not a huge deal.

RT-infoHere’s Twitter’s instructional message, with arrows and everything! (click to zoom)

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battlefield heroes… less private!

Ever since Battlefield: Bad Company was released on PS3, and not on pc (thanks a lot, EA), I’ve been waiting for EA to give us computer users a decent game. I’ve had Battlefield 2142, and I’ve played that for a while (I’m ‘Pulse120,’ if you’re interested in watching me suck). But, regardles, I’m bored. Yes, thats right; bored. A lot. I got an email from them a while ago saying that they had made new maps for Battlefield 2142 AND that they had announced the production of a new game, namely Battlefield Heroes. Continue reading

Webnotes.net beta invite keys!

I’ve been ok’d to give out 25 Webnotes.net beta keys! If anyone wants a webnotes.net beta key, please just leave a comment here, and I’ll email you a link. Just make sure the email you post your comment with actually exists, or I can’t send you the key (obviously). 

What is webnotes.net? Check out my quick review article here, or check their website out at webnotes.net. You won’t be disappointed. Unless you’re expecting to be disappointed, in which case… eh, forget it.

ALERT! Cloudo.com Beta Accepting Invites!

I just got an email from Cloudo.com saying they’re accepting invites for their beta for a short period of time.

Cloudo.com is like an operating system in your browser, where you can log on to your personal account from anywhere in the world.
Take advantage of this! Get an account!

I’ll be reviewing it soon.
Cheers,
Salem