People who have multiple profiles using Chrome OS can attest to the inconvenience that comes up when you are logged-in as one profile and need to switch over to another one just for a moment; and then switch back. It required logging out of one profile, logging in to another; emailing the info that you need; sharing a file via Google Drive or placing the item into a flash drive; then logging out of that profile and logging back into the first profile where you need the info. Even if you have a NEW lighting fast Chromebook, the process can still be tedious. With a NEW flag that was introduced into the Chrome OS Dev channel, it is now possible to log into multiple profiles as needed without logging out.
* At the time of the writing this article, I was not able to see how to ‘sign out’ of one of the profiles once you are logged into two or more. The only option that I could find was ‘Sign Out all’.
To login to another account, click on your profile shown in the menu. You will then see a drop-down that says ‘Sign in another account’. When you choose that option, you are presented with a small banner advising you of the risks of being logged in and no longer needing a password to access your accounts while in that open session. When you click-through that message, you then are given a screen with the accounts currently available to you on your Chrome OS device that you can login to. Once you successfully login into another profile, in the bottom right corner you will see the icons of the profiles that you are currently logged in as. You change between the two different profiles by clicking on the icons. You can also switch between them in the menu.
What a great news! Google Drive file/folder creation is now possible in the Files App even when we’re offline in the last Dev update,
François Beaufort said on his Google Plus post today. Here is the official crbug.
So next time you are offline, go ahead and create files or folders on your Google Drive and it will automatically be synced to your cloud storage on Google Drive next time you connect to the internet.
That’s one more item off the offline feature wishlist for Chrome OS. What is next in your list? ( Story via Chrome Story )
We take a sneak peek at the new Google+ Photos app now shipping with the Chromebook Pixel and soon to be available for the rest of the Chromebook family. The main reason people should buy a Chromebook? Google+ integration. And as time goes on, we’ll be seeing more and more of packaged apps such as Google+ Photos which will make Chromebooks a Plusser’s dream.
Somewhere between Chrome 25 (beta) and Chrome 26 (dev), the browser’s menu got bigger. It’s now optimized for touch interfaces even if you’re using a non-touch computer. I’ve checked the height of the menu and it’s now 580 pixels, instead of 420 pixels. That’s a 38% increase and it makes the interface more difficult to use for mouse users.
A few days ago I wrote that someone from the Chrome Team posted a message at the official Cr-48 users forum that there was an Easter Egg hidden inside of the Cr-48 and after six months it had yet to be cracked. It didn’t take too long before it was discovered, as Brad Wells has found that the BIOS has a hidden blue screen of death.
So how did he find it? As outlined in his own blog, checked out the LinkedIn profile of the Googler, Bill Richardson, and found that he was a former Sun Microsystems employee, and that he worked on something called Integrated Lights Out Management (ILOM) while there. Wells did a search for “ILOM easter eggs” and found a command “xxzzy” that caught his attention.
Switching the Cr-48 into developer mode, Wells used the command at the terminal and got a BSOD along with hexidecimal numbers. Converting those numbers into ASCII form resulted in this message.
Greetings from the Chrome OS x86 firmware team. This message is brought to you by Randall, Bill, Vadim, Gaurav, and Kelly. Also by the letter G and the number 42. If you’ve enjoyed this gadget, please join us at http://www.chromium.org to help make it even better. We now return you to your regularly scheduled program, already in progress. No animals were harmed in the production of this message. Apply only to affected area. Cape does not enable wearer to fly. Contents may have settled during shipment. Use no hooks.
Perhaps an effort to send out what might have been a hidden cache of Chrome OS Pilot notebooks is why people are still getting them. It would be nice if some of our international readers would be the beneficiaries of these notebooks, but I’ve yet to find a substantial report that this is the case.
Looking at the Chromium code reports, one can now see some new imagery that is going to be used for Chrome OS’s profile manager. This is likely a whole new set of graphics design that is being implemented for the impending launch where we’ll see some exciting new developments. Because not everyone wants to have their photo as their profile, there are going to be some colorful options available otherwise, a stark change from Google’s minimal aesthetics.
Some recent updates within Chrome/Chromium OS have made improvements to the system’s file manager. Specifically, it’s starting to look much more like a file manager than before, which graphical icons and much more granular detail. And while Chrome VP Sundar Pichai doesn’t have a lot of faith in the idea of a file system while we begin to move our PC environment to the cloud, it’s clear that there are some things we’ll be able to do with files in a commercial release of Chrome OS.
When Google announced the Chrome OS Pilot with the Cr-48 notebook at the centerpiece, it was a great strategy to try and gain momentum for the platform. It’s also a really great way to get something that Google as an organization covets: lots of valuable data about how these devices can be used.
Remember, this is the company whose goal is to “organize the world’s information“. Surely they are doing the same thing specifically with Chrome OS hardware having these devices out in the wild.
There are plenty of reviews of the new Cr-48 Chrome notebook running Chrome OS. I’m not going to duplicate that. I’ve found that some of the major tips on how things work are a bit scattered, so I thought it would be good to compile them into one place. This guide is designed to get you productive on the Cr-48 quickly.
Today at this morning’s major Chrome event, Google has just announced that Chrome OS… isn’t done. It still has work to do with camera drivers (for notebook USB ports), finishing Google Cloud Print, and more. But it wants to get the notebook into early adopters’ hands, so it’s announcing a new Pilot Program. Google will be distributing a notebook called Cr-48. These are not for sale, they are designed as a test unit.