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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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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
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Lessons learned
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?
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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.

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Thanks for sharing your move to the ChromeOS. I've been using an Acer 720  and it is a great device. Your story has encouraged me to do likewise but the only issue stopping me is the lack of a proficient video editing app. 
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Get launch alerts with Space Launch Now for Android
Space Launch Now is an Android app that notifies of upcoming space launches:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=me.calebjones.spacelaunchnow

The app focuses on a single useful task, does it well, and comes with a great Material Design user interface. The latter can’t unfortunately be said of the Android apps by major space agencies, which should consider contracting their app development to Space Launch Now’s author Caleb Jones.

Thanks +Veronica Remondini for bringing the app to my attention.

Features
The app provides a lot of information on rocket launch schedules, sites, and vehicles by the major space agencies and launch providers, as well as historical launches. In addition you get Android notifications of launches.

There’s also an Android Wear watch face with a countdown to the next launch.

Usage
The main screen lists the upcoming launches. Each launch card has details such as a map of the launch site, status information, a countdown, and payload information. Tap the the map to view it, WATCH LIVE to watch live video of the launch (very handy), and EXPLORE to get more information.

To filter by launch provider or site tap the downward-pointing triangular icon next to the overflow menu.

The hamburger menu options group information by launches, missions, and vehicles. You change the app’s behavior in a number of ways through the Settings option such as which launch notifications to get, customizing the theme and colors, trying the experimental calendar sync, and more.

In-app purchases
Space Launch Now is free to use but provides in-app purchase buttons (main menu > Supporters) for donating to the developer. The users who donate will get premium features In future releases.

The Supporters screen displays ads even to the users who donate. Although it’s the only place with ads in the app, and you have to deliberately open it, I’m still uncomfortable with this as ads are a security and data usage concern. I suggested the developer to remove the ads for supporters and he’s considering it for a future release.

Tips
If you plan to watch the livestream of a launch be sure to enable the Settings > Notifications > Ten Minutes Notification option to let the app warn you when the launch is within 10 minutes away, so that you don’t miss it.

The custom donation button relies on PayPal, which may not work as on my Nexus 6P phone. Instead use the preset donation buttons that use your Google Play payment methods.

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The main screen of Space Launch Now on my nexus 6P phone.

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+Heiko Mahr tells how to make new homes for wild bees.

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Earth Day 2016 - My planet. My part.

I love my home - and I guess if wild bees could speak to us they would tell us that they love their homes as well.

In parts of our world their homes are endangered - as we chop down old wood trees which the need to build a home or seal down ground due our spreading cities and ground.

Even if they are wild bees they have a important role in our environment. They are pollinators for trees and fruits and thus needed by us humans to harvest fruits and vegetables.

So you might think you can’t do nothing..
But that’s not true..
You can help the wild bees into a new home - just by building them a new condo.



The easiest designs can be build by a 4 to 5 year kid alone, we build our design in just one day..
The house for the wild bees was build by a group of people some years ago, and you see it is densely populated. As you can see it was built mostly from natural materials,
Artificial materials like bricks or a tar board for the roof.

Our design is
Two egg boxes - painted with red color for and with some holes are a condo for Green lacewings. Green lacewings are controlling populations of other insects like aphids and are a gardener's friend.
The tin can are filled with elder twigs which are a perfect condo for wildbees
The wood box is filled with straw for Earwigs which also live from aphids or other insects which you not want in a garden
The bricks are filled with cast and provide a condo for some sorts of bumblebees which need a harder ground to make their home.



Here are some building instructions from various organisations ranging from very easy to more advanced
https://www.growwilduk.com/content/how-build-your-own-solitary-bee-house
https://resonatingbodies.wordpress.com/resources/building-houses-for-native-bees/
https://www.foe.co.uk/sites/default/files/downloads/bee_hotel.pdf
http://www.foxleas.com/make-a-bee-hotel.asp

So why don’t you go out and collect some raw materials and start building some condos for wild bees...
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+Roy Hembree shares a 360° video of endangered species.

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Today is Earth Day. In recognition of the day I am sharing this 360° video of endangered species. I don't know if augmented, virtual, or mixed realities can do anything to save the planet on which we live, but they can certainly remind us of what's at stake and of what we've lost.

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+Pamela Abi Najem reminds everyone of the importance of water conservation.

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Happy Earth Day!

A big thank you to the wonderful Google+ Create members who participated in the Earth Day initiative-- your messages, photos and videos are all so inspiring. They also serve as important reminders that everyday should be Earth Day!

On Earth Day, I would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone of the importance of water conservation and its relation to leaky faucets. According to the EPA, leaky faucets in the U.S. are responsible for wasting an estimated 1 trillion gallons of water every year. If your faucet leaks, fix it-- your pocketbook (hit them at the wallet, right +nomad dimitri ;) ), mankind and the environment will thank you.

A big thank you to +Mari Luukkonen for capturing the beautiful image below.

Happy Earth Day everyone! :)

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+Leanne Osborne brings attention to animal conservation around the world.

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My Planet. My Part: Exotic Birds, the Black Market/Pet Mills, & Forsaken Pets

Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve always adored birds -- especially parrots. When I was little I chose a green and yellow parakeet from the local mall’s pet shop to be my best friend, and named her Cynthia. I taught that little bird everything! I taught her to step up on my finger, and even how to fly back and forth between my younger brother and myself. She loved preening me, and I loved giving her skritches in return. However, I did not know any better at the time that Cynthia would not live the life expectancy of a normal parakeet. This was due to the fact of her origins -- a pet mill. She lived a short, but happy three years with us.

The black market and pet mills are especially dangerous for exotic birds due to their methods in capturing birds, and smuggling them to various parts of the world. One recent example of this was an article that came out last year of a hawker bust attempting to sell cockatoos transported in soda bottles (http://goo.gl/x4jd67). Other ways that exotic birds are taken for granted are by simply abandoning them in a house, or putting them in cages/containers that are not big enough for them. This NY Times article goes into the details of PTSD in exotic birds, and how war veterans and these birds go through their healing process together: http://goo.gl/VGyGB8.

This Earth Day, I would like to bring attention to animal conservation around the world. Our animal friends are very much an important part of the earth, and we should do our part to make sure we don’t take advantage of them. I actively do my part by volunteering for a non-profit organization called Nubs. Their mission is to promote resiliency in children through the inspirational stories of rescued animals who have bravely given life a second chance. We believe that every child should know they are deserving of a happy life, and that they are strong enough to keep moving forward -- just like Nubs! (http://www.houseofnubs.org/)

I’d like to end this post on a more colorful note by sharing +Chwee Hock Low’s Collection entitled My Feathered Friends (https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/sil1RB). It’s a beautiful display of just how diverse our “modern dinosaur” friends can look, and their unique moments in the wilderness.

Every animal friend deserves a chance at a wholesome, fulfilling life. We should do our best to reduce the endangerment risk of exotic birds. Adopt birds who are looking for a second chance at living in a “forever home”. If you have a feathered friend, give them a little skritch on my behalf!
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Is Android Wear stagnating?
There have been few new significant system features and third-party apps.

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Thanks for asking +Paolo Amoroso I'm addicted, I guess;) Have a great week!
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A Beautiful Planet premiere
The premiere of A Beautiful Planet, an IMAX movie shot on the International Space Station, took place on April 16, 2016 in New York. Along with actress Jennifer Lawrence, who narrates the movie, among the guests were the astronauts who shot the images in space, including +Samantha Cristoforetti.

I posted about the movie and its trailer here:

First trailer of A Beautiful Planet
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Via +Robert Pearlman

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The astronauts and cosmonauts who filmed and are seen in the new IMAX 3D movie "A Beautiful Planet" were joined by actress Jennifer Lawrence at the film's New York premiere Saturday (April 16). The International Space Station crewmates celebrated the Toni Myers-directed film, which pairs their vantage point with Lawrence's narration to paint a breathtaking portrait of the Earth and the changes it is undergoing.
Astronauts and cosmonauts joined a star on the blue carpet at the April 16 premiere of "A Beautiful Planet," IMAX's latest movie filmed in space. Jennifer Lawrence, who lends her voice to the 3D film, joined the space station crewmates in New York City.
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+teresa pilcher invites to reduce, reuse, and recycle, especially electronic devices.

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Reduce. Reuse. and Recycle. Please be thoughtful about recycle possessions, especially these electronic devices. 
Our planet is struggling with enormous waste produced by our consumer driven society.. 
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If you have read this far thank you for any positive steps you take to reduce, reuse or recycle for our Planet and our future.
Some helpful links... 
Garment Recycling
http://about.hm.com/en/About/sustainability/commitments/reduce-waste/garment-collecting.html
Global Electronic Recycling
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+Liz C invites not to forget the sea and help it.

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I have been near the ocean my entire life, but Gplus and photography helped me truly see the sea, truly appreciate the wonder of it. In reviewing my archives, I saw a phenomenal number of captures have the "Sea" tag; I realized I am not a landscape photographer at all, but a seascape photographer :-)

The sea is essential to our lives. Let us not forget it. There are so many organizations to help the oceans, you can be a part of it.

~Ocean Conservancy: http://www.oceanconservancy.org/
~Waves for Water: www.wavesforwater.org
~And an extensive list of marine conservation organizations: http://marinebio.org/oceans/conservation/organizations/

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Carolina Liu tells about her work on a documentary film project on the preservation of botanical knowledge among traditional Brazilian societies.

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Earth Day 2016 - My planet. My part.

Over the years I have connected with local Brazilian communities that are struggling to preserve the botanical ecosystems of their ancestral lands, along with their way of life.

According to Brazilian Institute of Space Research (INPE), five to six thousand square miles of forest are lost every year in the Amazon rainforest alone.

The large-scale destruction of forest ecosystems not only threatens native communities, but also results in the extinction of hundreds of thousands of rainforest species.

Numerous devastating projects are underway in the Amazon, including the construction of the Belo Monte Dam, displacing 18 ethnic groups living near the Xingu River; and the dam at the Tapajós River, displacing 10 ethnic groups.

For the last few years I have been working on a independent documentary film project (http://documentario.com/uprooted/) about the preservation of botanical knowledge among traditional Brazilian societies. I hope to raise awareness about the problems local communities face because of deforestation and the construction of mega structures.

On the occasion of Earth Day 2016, I ask you to join me and sign the petition to stop the construction of the Tapajós Dam. http://goo.gl/EO5ciC

Image: Valdermir Cunha, +Greenpeace Brasil 

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I work in astronomy/space outreach and education

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I curate the hidden content gems, not the usual mainstream and viral stuff

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Used Giovanni Virginio Schiaparelli's Merz refracting telescope. Viewed STS-120 Shuttle launch at KSC VIP site. SpaceTweetup alumnus.
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