I submitted the application to test drive a Chrome Notebook a couple days ago.
The laptop came this morning. The packaging was very simple: One laptop, one battery, one cord, one large single piece of paper with instructions, and one business card from Intel letting me know that if I cracked the computer open that is what I would find.
I will make a large post tonight after work (5pm EST) detailing my experiences with it and taking lots of photos.
Mine just showed up while reading this post! I didn't get any confirmation email. I applied using the prompt on the "new page" tab (running dev channel build) during the live OS launch. It came in a UPS truck 9:40am CST. Sweet!
I assume Google didn't ask for an NDA with this (did they ?) so I'm looking forward to the future un-boxing videos, screenshots and blogposts about this little device one can't buy (until it hits eBay ;) ).
I couldn't use it fulltime though until I'm able to code in and run Java code on that thing.
UPS arrived about an hour ago. I had the "apply" tab in Chrome.
It runs Wave without much issue, and that crawls on a lot of non-traditional PC devices. They dropped the function keys but the keyboard does have a row of accessorie keys at the top, just without the F numbering.
Wow. I'm sorry if my tone was off-putting, but what I said is true. End users won't get their devices for free and won't be forgiving. Sugar coating doesn't help the product succeed, which is what I want.
Flash performance matters. Right now it's not possible to watch web video (save for sparse HTML5 video content which works), or video chat in Gmail. I want to get a ChromeOS device for my grandparents, for video chat, and if it ships like this I can't.
Fonts might just be my personal weirdness, but I notice them and care a lot about them. I even installed Calibri on my Nexus One, and have replaced most of the fonts on my Ubuntu Maverick installation too. Linux font rendering has never been fantastic, but it's OK now. My issue is that no open source fonts I've seen shipped with any Linux distribution can compete with OS X's or Windows 7's shipping fonts.
I've been using the device and I like it a lot. I've even filed a few bugs to try and help out. I won't pretend their aren't problems, and I won't be useful to Google as a tester unless I'm honest with myself, them and others.
I agree that it shouldn't, which is why I described it as "murder", but police in most countries enjoy a strong public-opinion presumption in their favor, since they most often fight against criminals, not innocent people. This means that they almost always get away with murder when they commit it, which attracts thugs to the police force and stabilizes police corruption.
Keeping the police accountable is a very difficult task. I don't know whether the Netherlands is succeeding in doing that, or whether you're just unaware of their failure due to never having been treated as a bad guy.
Yes people do die in jail here. The causes are, in descending order of frequency: suicide (hangings), natural causes, inattention (probably some of the suicides fall in to this category as well and it is very bad for your career as an officer here to have that happen on your watch) and finally police brutality.
The latter is but a very small fraction of the total.
Not yet (I applied as an individual developer) but I'm also trying to convince my wife's nonprofit (about 12-15 users) to apply...just need to convince them running their business as a beta test is a good idea...
They already live off gmail, google sites, google calendar, etc. so it would be a bit of a slam-dunk for them.
I decided to ask for one today after seeing this. I said that I want to bring the dynamic environment of Emacs to "normal people", and Chrome OS is the first compelling technology that could make that a reality.
I'm not sure if it does or not. I did the same thing. Since the applications were so different, I figured I would fill out the general one on their website in addition to the one linked to from within the chrome dev build (I used the same Google account for both applications). I got my Cr-48 this morning, so it must not have counted against me too much.
I did the same thing, but first from the browser on Tuesday. Instant regret for filling out both, but the longer form has a lot more info that I thought they'd like. Either way, something worked. It showed up today.
I applied using that prompt (it showed up in the new tab window), and I haven't received one yet. UPS, and any other shipping company would have already stopped (I am on the east coast), so I am hoping I might get one tomorrow.
I applied yesterday (the day after the live launch event) from the Chrome OS page, and by that point they had a whole questionnaire to fill out about your internet habits and what software you typically use and stuff like that. Maybe the QR code mentioned earlier really was a shortcut of some sort.
To answer your questions, yes it has an SD slot on the right-hand side. I've been looking around but can't determine the exact size of the SSD. No idea on the specifics but I am aware that the CPU is an Intel Atom chip.
That's a lot faster than I thought they were going to get them out (I was figuring they'd be arriving around the beginning of the year). Well, here's to hoping that I get one. Definitely anticipating posts with user experiences.