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Wishing you a very Happy & Prosperous New Year 2016!

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The BBC's Gideon Long visits Alma, the world's most powerful radio telescope, and the engineers working in the inhospitable climate surrounding it.
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Well written story
The enigmatic Google co-founder turned CEO of Alphabet is on a mission to solve the world's biggest problems, including mortality itself.
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Ars takes a closer look at SpaceX's innovative and essential engine.
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The greatest geek who ever lived was born 160 years ago today.
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Good site to check every now and then to see if any of your accounts have fallen victim to hacks.

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“Throw in any other constant in there and the equations don’t balance, and you gain-or-lose energy each time you absorb-or-emit a photon. Once we finally discovered antimatter in the 1930s, we saw firsthand the verification that you can turn energy into mass and back into energy with the results matching E = mc^2 exactly, but it was thought experiments like this one that allowed us to know the results decades before we ever observed it. Only by identifying a photon with an effective mass equivalent of m = E/c^2 can we conserve both energy and momentum.”

Over 100 years ago, Einstein shook up the physics world with a number of groundbreaking discoveries: special relativity, brownian motion, the photoelectric effect, and his most famous equation, E = mc^2. This mass-energy equivalence underlies everything from antimatter to atomic bombs to the process that powers the Sun. Yet our Universe didn’t have to have this relation; energy could have been equal to any constant times mass times the speed of light squared. Yet if you demand that both energy and momentum are conserved in any interactions, that freedom goes away, and E = mc^2 becomes, once again, your only option.

If you’ve ever wondered why E = mc^2 and not anything else, read this!
Einstein's most famous equation could have turned out very differently. But our Universe has a compelling reason that E = mc^2 is the only option.
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"The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong." - Mahatma Gandhi
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My first year with Chrome OS
There’s a significant personal milestone I forgot and let slip. A year -- and two month, and 2 days -- ago I got my first Chrome OS device. On February 25, 2015, I unboxed an Acer C720 Chromebook:

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https://plus.google.com/+PaoloAmoroso/posts/ZFK3u4Yfuv7

Back then I was using a Linux PC as my only desktop system. But I got curious about Chrome OS and decided to try it with minimal investment. I wanted both a testbed and a secondary computer, and the C720 was the cheapest new unit I could get my hands on.

Fast forward to 6 months later, on September 14, 2015, when I retired the Linux PC and replaced it with an ASUS Chromebox. I wanted to go full Chrome OS and hopefully never use a traditional operating system again:

My fully Chrome OS desktop computing environment
https://plus.google.com/+PaoloAmoroso/posts/VTYeLYwj39T

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What did this first year teach me so far?

Get the best display you can afford. A legible screen can make the difference between working comfortably and a miserable experience. Don’t settle for anything less than an IPS panel, especially on a Chromebook.

Text on my 11.6” C720 is large enough even for my non eagle-eyed sight but its panel, as reviews warned, has poor quality and reading angles.

Bandwidth is as important as RAM. Adequate bandwidth is an often overlooked component of the performance of a Chrome OS system. Upgrading from a slow ADSL to a good fiber connection made a noticeable difference for me.

2 GB of RAM may still be acceptable in 2016 for web surfing and basic usage of a Chrome OS device. See also:

How much RAM do Chrome OS devices have?
https://plus.google.com/+PaoloAmoroso/posts/NYoYsbjUmVG

Get the largest SSD you can afford. Even without saving too many files the local SSD disk tends to fill relatively fast. A few apps can take up some significant local storage, and the upcoming Chrome OS support for the Play Store and Android apps is likely to fill the SSD unit more.

After about 7 months of use, the 16 GB SSD unit in my Chromebox has around 5.4 GB of free space. Besides the usual Google apps I installed a dozen Chrome apps and about as many extensions.

Why did I let the milestone slip?
The C720 served me well, see it in my photo. It let me learn about and get hooked on Chrome OS.

Maybe I let such a milestone slip because things have been going smoothly and the full switch to Chrome OS was uneventful. Fully living in the Google ecosystem made things much easier.

#ChromeOS #Google
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