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Paolo Amoroso
Works at Planetarium of Milan, Italy (contractor: AstrOfficina)
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My space and Google collections on Google+ / July 2015
I organized some of my Google+ content in collections about space and Google products, here’s the list updated to July 2015: https://plus.google.com/+PaoloAmoroso/collections

Space Apps for Android - Mobile space and astronomy
https://plus.google.com/collection/ANebI
Astronomy and space apps for Android

Samantha Cristoforetti
https://plus.google.com/collection/0iewT
Highlights and personal recollections about the activities, training, and journey to space of ESA astronaut +Samantha Cristoforetti  

G+host Stories - Google+ myths and urban legends
https://plus.google.com/collection/oixEX
How the tech press has been bashing Google+ since its early days, often without bothering to learn about and use it

Chrome OS Life - Journey to an all Chrome OS desktop environment
https://plus.google.com/collection/saQiP
My experiences as a new Chrome OS user

Google Play Newsstand - Google’s news and magazine reading app
https://plus.google.com/collection/M5LiP
The Google Play Newsstand news and magazine reading app and its Producer publishing environment

Image: my Google+ collections

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Looks like you got the all-you-can-eat option :)
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How to research a Cloud Print Ready printer for Chrome OS
Printing from a Chrome OS device to a Google Cloud Print Ready (CPR) printer is easy. The problem is getting a printer that can be configured using only Chrome OS devices.

Registering a printer with Google Cloud Print (GCP) may require software or drivers that run only on traditional desktop operating systems such as Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. Or it may not, but there’s no easy way of telling. Checking the CPR badge at vendor sites, when it’s available at all, isn’t enough. You have to study the specs and manuals of each printer.

That’s what I did to research a laser printer for my current Chromebook and upcoming Chromebox, which will be my only desktop computers.

At first I was puzzled and confused, so I posted some questions to the Chromebooks Google+ community to learn more about GCP configuration and ask for recommended models. I finally selected this Brother printer:

HL-L2340DW
http://www.brother-usa.com/Printer/ModelDetail/1/HLL2340DW/overview

Read my post and especially the comments, which tell all the gory details of registering printers with GCP, how it works, and what to look for:

https://plus.google.com/+PaoloAmoroso/posts/PUKVi9mRUXZ

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Understanding Chrome OS printer configuration with Google Cloud Print
I’ve been using a Chromebook for about 5 months and reading all sorts of help pages, documentation, tutorials, and howtos. Yet I still don’t understand how to configure a printer.

I’m researching a printer with native Google Cloud Print (GCP) support (i.e. a Cloud Print Ready printer - CPR) and I’d appreciate your help.

Requirements
I’m going to switch to an all Chrome OS computing environment, i.e. I’ll use only Chrome OS devices without any computers with traditional operating systems such as Windows or Linux.

I’m looking for a CPR Wi-Fi laser printer for around $100. I plan to use it for occasional light printing. The HP LaserJet Pro P1102w would be ideal, but it's apparently not CPR.

I need to be able to configure the printer, i.e. registering it with GCP so that it’s available in the printer list, using only Chrome OS devices, that is, without requiring any Windows/Mac software or drivers.

Questions
So here are some questions and things I don’t understand.

How are CPR printers typically configured? By visiting the unit’s IP address and accessing an HTML-based configuration interface? I guess some models have control panels and displays, but probably not the cheap ones I’m looking for.

Another source of confusion is the information at vendor sites, where the printer specs often don’t explicitly mention whether a model is CPR.

Some vendors have additional proprietary cloud interfaces, like HP ePrint which apparently uses the ePrint logo as a GCP compatibility logo. Are ePrint printers CPR? Do they need additional software for use with GCP?

I don’t understand whether configuring ePrint and other such interfaces with GCP can be done using only Chrome OS. The ePrint documentation mentions the printer’s email address which, again, may be set or retrieved via a control panels with displays typically not available on cheap models, or requiring configuration software for Windows or Mac.

Can you recommend any printers meeting my needs?
Google Cloud Print is a technology that allows you to print over the web from anywhere, including your phone, to any printer.
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Thunderstorms over the East Coast
An orbital night pass over the US East Coast with thunderstorms. Timelapse made from photos taken by the ISS Expedition 44 crew.

#ISS   #Space  
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Holy smoke, that is frakking gorgeous.
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The making of a Samantha Cristoforetti portrait
An Italian games and art enthusiast, Antonella aka CassiopeaInGame, did a speed drawing portrait of +Samantha Cristoforetti based on a photo. The video shows how she did it using pencils.

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Sono fuori casa attualmente. Controllo dal pc quando rientro. Grazie mille! 
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Understanding Chrome OS printer configuration with Google Cloud Print
I’ve been using a Chromebook for about 5 months and reading all sorts of help pages, documentation, tutorials, and howtos. Yet I still don’t understand how to configure a printer.

I’m researching a printer with native Google Cloud Print (GCP) support (i.e. a Cloud Print Ready printer - CPR) and I’d appreciate your help.

Requirements
I’m going to switch to an all Chrome OS computing environment, i.e. I’ll use only Chrome OS devices without any computers with traditional operating systems such as Windows or Linux.

I’m looking for a CPR Wi-Fi laser printer for around $100. I plan to use it for occasional light printing. The HP LaserJet Pro P1102w would be ideal, but it's apparently not CPR.

I need to be able to configure the printer, i.e. registering it with GCP so that it’s available in the printer list, using only Chrome OS devices, that is, without requiring any Windows/Mac software or drivers.

Questions
So here are some questions and things I don’t understand.

How are CPR printers typically configured? By visiting the unit’s IP address and accessing an HTML-based configuration interface? I guess some models have control panels and displays, but probably not the cheap ones I’m looking for.

Another source of confusion is the information at vendor sites, where the printer specs often don’t explicitly mention whether a model is CPR.

Some vendors have additional proprietary cloud interfaces, like HP ePrint which apparently uses the ePrint logo as a GCP compatibility logo. Are ePrint printers CPR? Do they need additional software for use with GCP?

I don’t understand whether configuring ePrint and other such interfaces with GCP can be done using only Chrome OS. The ePrint documentation mentions the printer’s email address which, again, may be set or retrieved via a control panels with displays typically not available on cheap models, or requiring configuration software for Windows or Mac.

Can you recommend any printers meeting my needs?
Google Cloud Print is a technology that allows you to print over the web from anywhere, including your phone, to any printer.
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The only downside of the Brother HL-L2340DW is that updating the firmware requires a Windows computer:

http://support.brother.com/g/b/downloadend.aspx?c=us&lang=en&prod=hll2340dw_us_eu_as&os=120&dlid=dlf004715_000&flang=8&type3=375
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ASUS Chromebox display resolution
What's the maximum display resolution supported by the ASUS Chromebox? Model M014U with the i3 processor and 4GB of RAM, if it makes any difference.
Device details for the ASUS Chromebox. Features a general overview, detailed specifications, availability, reviews, unboxings, and more.
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3840x2160 at 60Hz, but only via DisplayPort using a display and OS with MST support; otherwise limited to 30Hz.  This is a limitation of the Haswell platform, and applies to all Haswell ChromeBoxes (Celeron/i3/i7).
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Posting images: portrait vs landscape
When creating a post with an image is it better to orient it in portrait or landscape mode?

Use the canonical orientation of the image, if any. A panorama is naturally oriented as landscape, a photo of a tall building as portrait.

If you have a choice consider portrait. It matches the way phones are usually held and spares the user the few seconds required to rotate the device. That’s why portrait, even vertical video, is getting increasingly popular on mobile.

Add some variation to break the monotony, especially in collection pages. If you post images oriented mostly a certain way, every now and then use the opposite orientation.
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Thanks +Sophie Bonnet.
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Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti
A scrapbook of photos, news, personal recollections, video, and other information on the activities of Italian astronaut +Samantha Cristoforetti of the European Space Agency.
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Don’t abandon your collections
Pick a posting frequency, any frequency, and stick with it. It doesn’t matter whether a few times per day or once per week or so, just get to a sustainable rhythm. Train your followers to look forward to more of your content.
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Strike the balance between informative and annoying - very well said +Paolo Amoroso 
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Uncluttering LunarMap for Android
LunarMap is a great lunar atlas app for Android, see my review here https://goo.gl/q5eQUM

The app displays so many lunar feature labels, however, that the map often looks cluttered, especially when zoomed out. Although it’s possible to control the label size and color (settings > Minimum label size, settings > Label color), there are still a lot of overlapping labels.

To reduce the visual clutter I turned labels off altogether (settings > Draw feature labels) and the map looks much cleaner. See the screenshot of LunarMap HD on my Nexus 6 phone. When I need to identify a feature I tap it to bring up a list of nearby landforms, or use the search tool.

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Increasing Google+ mobile usage with usability testing
Testing usability is an ordinary activity for improving actively maintained products, like Google+. This article summarizes the results of a testing campaign for evaluating the effectiveness of an ad that prompted users to download the Google+ Android app. The resulting redesign increased mobile usage of Google+.

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Chrome OS Life - Journey to an all Chrome OS desktop environment
A few months ago I decided to try a Chromebook. I liked it so much I later planned to switch to a full Chrome OS desktop computing environment by reaplacing my Linux PC with a Chromebox.

This is my journey to Chrome OS. What I learn, the apps I use, useful tips, and more.
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Thanks +Paolo Amoroso for these great informations.
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Non-viral space, science & tech
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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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Science education and outreach activities for Civico Planetario "Ulrico Hoepli"
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Google products, Android, Writing
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  • Planetarium of Milan, Italy (contractor: AstrOfficina)
    Astronomy and space educator, present
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Nella mia recensione originale con voto 5 stelle avevo scritto: "Il bar offre croissant di pasticceria originali, gustosi e di qualità a prezzi in linea con quelli di un buon bar. Una varietà di scelta rara anche per i bar eleganti. I panini sono buoni ma piccoli in relazione al prezzo." Ora la direzione, nonostante il gradimento dei clienti e la perplessità dei baristi del locale, ha limitato la varietà di croissant eliminando quelli più originali e gustosi. Ho quindi diminuito il mio voto a 3 stelle perché il bar ha perso la sua unicità ed è in linea con la media degli altri.
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Il locale non è mai troppo affollato e si trova facilmente posto anche il sabato sera.
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Pizza buona e servizio ragionevolmente veloce anche il sabato sera con il locale pieno.
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Un viaggio nel tempo fra luoghi, arredi e accessori originali della prima metà del '900.
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