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Something that's been bugging me a little: when I first tried Elementary (Luna) I really enjoyed the wallpaper in the screenshot (not mine) below, but it seems to have vanished from all Luna wallpaper packs.

Is there any reason it has been stricken from the record? Something to do with ownership, objection from the image maker?
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Does anyone use Chrome OS to code? It's a little difficult to find plain answers and I'd appreciate some personal views. I'm getting more committed to learning HTML and CSS and working on front end web development, and Chrome has won me back from Safari. I use a Macbook Pro 15" but I have a spot for something far more portable (and less precious).

I'm uninitiated on this strange, wonderful world of 'development environments'. I have seen lots of text editors in the web store which seem similar to TextEdit. The most advanced thing I've tried is the Chrome Dev Editor and I like it a lot, does anybody use it full time?

How does storage work on a Chromebook for these purposes? On my Mac it's fairly simple to work with different documents, images etc., locally in a traditional file system, but I can't imagine what equivalent there is in Chrome. Is it necessary to use an app that sorts all the relevant things in the cloud?
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I cannot advise anyone about programming on a Chromebook, my programming days involved Windows and seriously big development environments, but +Kevin Burns +Justin Heavenridge the local storage or downloads folder on ChromeOS is temporary.

It is quite reliable until you powerwash or change channels, but I have a folder in the downloads folder called !save-this.

I copy or save anything vital to !save-this and then, every few days I copy anything in !save-this to a USB stick or a folder in Google Drive.

This gives me a reliable backup. The USB stick is preferable as a backup in my opinion because it is accessible in Windows, ChromeOS, Linux and (I presume) on Apple devices.
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Saying as streaming is clearly part of Google's grand plan for Chrome, is it an inevitability that AAA gaming is surely a part of that roadmap? The most obvious, and personally speaking the preferred, route for this is Steam. It works pretty well in my own use between a gaming PC and a Mac, but I've seen it work just as well on lower powered laptops too.

Nvidia's new Grid streaming is another option, but personally I don't want to see gaming services come from hardware makers. Nvidia is powerful enough in the industry.

I know that some enthusiasts have achieved Steam streaming with Crouton, but if Google could make this happen natively I think it would be huge.
PLAY YOUR GAMES ANYWHERE IN YOUR HOME WITH STEAM IN-HOME STREAMING. When you log into Steam on two computers on the same network, they automatically connect, allowing you to remotely install, launch, and play games as though you were sitting at the remote PC. When you play a game using In-Home ...
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+Justin Heavenridge​ My boring answer is that I think subscription and in-home streaming can sit side by side.

TLDR

You're probably right that subscription is the future. I think it's a part of the future. I think subscription makes sense for a certain kind of gamer, but I go through spells of gaming and then not, subscription doesn't seem economical to me. It's a very formal kind of commitment.

Part of the future of the connected home probably involves personal home server machines that stream over the network and animate the things in it. Music, television, home data, communications, and games. In-home streaming is part of that future.

I think for as long as Chromebooks aren't some peoples only computers using them for in-home streaming makes sense, especially as the notion of the desktop computer changes: I use the Alienware Alpha, it's a living room machine that doesn't sit at a desk with a mouse and keyboard. Some games work great with a gamepad on a big screen (the Alpha is a beast at this) but there are lots of occasions when I want to use a keyboard, maybe play somewhere else.

My Macbook Pro is too expensive to toss around the house, I could do with a good thin client.
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The following is a TL:DR account of a problem I'm having with my Chromecast, for anybody charitable to advise on.

Recently our home router was moved, unnecessarilly and against my advice, to another room in the house away from the main entry point of the phone-line into the property. Ever since, my Chromecast has been totally useless, it continually loses and regains connection to the network, or sometimes appears to be on the network but with no internet access.

Ordinarilly it would be a pretty easy diagnosis to make, but the odd thing is the other devices I use in the same room don't seem affected, a Macbook and a console-PC.

I have two wildly speculative theories: (1) the console and Chromecast use the same television and are in close proximity to eachother, could the wi-fi from one be interfering with the other? (2) The new position of the router is at a window near the front of the house, this might be a 'high traffic' area of telecoms and other wireless signals for ours to get lost in.

Neither would explain why the Chromecast worked fine before the router was moved, because both conditions applied then too, but maybe before the Chromecast had a strong enough connection to my home network to 'cut through' any sort of interference.

I've done the normal things of resetting the Chromecast, trying it on different televisions elsewhere, and it works fine. Just not in this room, yet the other devices in here are okay. I can't figure out what else it could be, does anybody have any ideas of diagnostics I could try?
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Now that Core i3 Chrome computers are more of a thing, why not any Pentium options? Maybe I'm misunderstanding things, but in terms of power isn't Pentium the next step after Celeron? I suppose Intel's Core chips carry more prestige, and I'm happy to see the sorely underrated Core i3 be recognised as the premium it is.

Still, why no Pentium?

Been thinking about this recently, and thought I'd open it up to the floor.
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AMD is crap at power management, so an AMD chromebook would probably last only 3-4h as well as being relatively slow.  Adding to this they'd have to add AMD graphics support either via the radeon OSS driver or crapalyst(yes their software sucks too, especially for linux -- I lived in crapalyst hell for ~4y recently... the windows drivers weren't much better either... and the new ones are worse in I had all sorts of random(e.g. display driver wouldn't install or control center wouldn't install or some other critical piece of the driver wouldn't install or all at once or 2 of them, etc. loads of fun at least in the hell days it would install but never reenable the display after installing the display drivern until rebooted) and FUN install borkages with rcent catalyst and r9 280x).
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Read up on contemporary art with +COLLECTED.
 
Review: Sarah Kelleher on Roseanne Lynch at the Sternview Gallery, Cork.

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Have a look at my recently updated site, now with pastel colours.
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Just wanna say thanks to everyone supporting us on +Patreon! We've passed our first goal of $500 a month. So now it's onward to the next goal!

$1,500 a month is about minimum wage around here. I hope you'll consider pitching in a dollar or two. I have over 5,000 followers so I think we could smash this goal pretty quickly :)

We currently have two full-time employees and we're fairly active on +Bountysource. We also have some infrastructure like servers as well as regular old office supplies and we'd like to be able to attend more conferences. You guys make that possible :D
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Does anybody any tips on using Chromecast with xyz -> hdmi adapters? Will it even work?

I have a pretty old set with which I'm wondering whether I can use with a spare Chromecast, maybe with a scart -> hdmi adapter?
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+Sam Rothermel Funny you should say that, one such adapter arrived just today. Going to play with it tomorrow.
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Does anybody own a Samsung 550 Chromebook?

I've found one available like-new for a good price, and I'm tempted. I understand the screen is a cut above most new Chromebooks even today, but how does that Celeron 867 handle current builds of Chrome OS?
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Just keep an eye on battery life.  Those older models perform just fine by today's standards unless compared to Haswell, i3, Pixel, unless compared side by side.  But given that battery life to begin with was less than current or recent models and battery life decreases with age/use, depending on what you need for endurance without packing a charger, it might be something to think about, especially given the prices on more recent refurb models with 7+hour battery life.
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My review of Ryan Gander at the CCA Derry~Londonderry.
 
REVIEW: Kevin Burns on Ryan Gander's 'Make every show like it's your last' , CCA Derry~Londonderry

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The end of Samsung Chromebooks in Europe.

Surprising.
The move, made because of market demand, "isn't necessarily reflective of conditions in other markets," Samsung said.
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+Hugo R. Martin I admire your optimism, but I don't share it!
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