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Paolo Amoroso
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Non-viral space & Google gems
Non-viral space & Google gems

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I'm moving to Twitter
Given the upcoming shutdown of consumer Google+ I'm going to move to Twitter, here's my profile. You're welcome to follow me there.

I'm going to turn off comments to all my posts in a few days.

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I'm moving to Twitter
Given the upcoming shutdown of Google+ I'm moving to Twitter as @amoroso Follow me there for more Samantha Cristoforetti content.

#ns

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I'm moving to Twitter
Given the upcoming shutdown of Google+ I'm moving to Twitter as @amoroso Follow me there for more Chrome OS content.

#ns

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I'm moving to Twitter
Given the upcoming shutdown of Google+ I'm moving to Twitter as @amoroso Follow me there for more space apps for Android content.

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Consumer Google+ to shut down for good
It can't be more official than this.

Apologies to the naysayers, who were right from the start on both the low adoption of Google+ and its eventual fate. I deluded myself for years, and I was dead wrong.

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Samantha Cristoforetti’s autobiography now available
As announced some time ago +Samantha Cristoforetti wrote her autobiography. The book, Diario di un’apprendista astronauta (diary of an astronaut apprentice), is in Italian and has just been published by La Nave di Teseo. An English edition is coming sometime in 2019:

https://twitter.com/AstroSamantha/status/1044612701534720001

The book is an extensive account of Samantha’s personal and professional life with over 540 pages. She tells about her education, the Air Force experience, the ESA selection, astronaut training, and her first space flight.

I had the opportunity of making a small contribution to the book, I wrote the glossary of technical terms and expressions.

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Linux apps on the ASUS Chromebox 3
Do Linux apps via Crostini work on the i7 ASUS Chromebox 3? Its codename is Teemo and the board name is fizz, so according to this list Linux apps should be supported on the device:

https://www.reddit.com/r/Crostini/wiki/getstarted/crostini-enabled-devices

Can anyone confirm? Is the feature already in Chrome OS Stable? Any direct experience with Linux apps on the ASUS Chromebox 3?

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Learn about satellite positioning systems with GNSS Compare for Android
GNSS Compare is an Android app for getting and visualizing the data from satellite positioning systems:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.galfins.gnss_compare

The app was the winner of an ESA software development competition:

http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Navigation/Android_smartphone_app_connects_you_to_Galileo

Price
Free

Features
GNSS Compare lets you check the performance from the raw signals of the positioning satellites of the Galileo and GPS systems. It displays and visualizes the raw data.

Usage
The main screen lists the positioning satellites visible at the user’s observing site and shows their data. Swipe to the left for switching to the other screens of the app with plots of the satellite signal strengths, the positioning errors, and a map of the positions calculated from the data for the various satellites.

Tapping the menu icon provides options for adding and editing satellite constellations or starting a log file.

Tips
When in map view swipe by touching the bottom part of the screen, otherwise you’ll end up swiping the map without switching to the previous screen.

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The main screen of GNSS Compare on my Pixel 2 XL phone. It’s all I get at startup as version 0.42 the app, the latest ones, crashes on my device just after the fix.
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Surfing the web at close to peak Gigabit fiber
I recently got this impressive network performance peak of 883.37 Mbps/down and 204.08 Mbps/up with a Vodafone fiber Internet connection at my home in Milan, Italy. It’s rated at 1 Gbps/down and 200 Mbps/up, so that’s not bad.

http://www.speedtest.net/result/7640790514

I’m using the connection with an i3 ASUS Chromebox but surfing the web with such a setup feels less snappy than you’d think:

What it’s like to surf the web at 1 Gbps with a Chromebox
https://plus.google.com/+PaoloAmoroso/posts/QcyhMCZ6jXh

Here’s the network setup I use with Chrome OS and how I got there:

Wiring a Chromebox to a Gigabit fiber connection
https://plus.google.com/+PaoloAmoroso/posts/dNhXriMDYYw

I look forward to enjoying all that bandwidth with a new Chromebox, here’s why I want a faster device:

Why I want a fast Chromebox
https://plus.google.com/+PaoloAmoroso/posts/VCkRuW7aLi6
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#HurricaneFlorence senn from space on the International Space Station #ISS
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