Without the ability to scroll through the list in the alerts frame, finding out whether any of my buses are delayed is a bit of a problem. ChromeOS to the rescue.
Thanks to my Cr-48, I was able to find out where my buses were detoured, and what time I should be expecting them, saving me from being stranded far from home in the cold. Sure, any old laptop could do this, but the convenience of using my ChromeOS notebook - as my keyboard collected a fine layer of snow - was a welcome help.
An update on the 3g usage - I'm down to about 10mb now, after roughly 8 days of usage. I'll probably be buying into the $20 for 1gb pay as you go plan from Verizon, at least for the next month or two. I'm still getting a good deal of usefulness out of the unit, even playing some really intense games on the go.
All right, so its not Call Of Duty or anything fancy like that. Still, catching up on my favorite MUD (and earning my in-game rent) during my commute has been fun, and kept my bandwidth down. While connected to an SSH session, I use about 2mb/hr, which isn't quite as terrible as the normal forum browsing that has occupied my days up until this point.