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Joseph Cappellino
Software Developer and F/OSS Enthusiast
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Looking for a USB-C Hub

Can anyone fine a USB-C Hub that has more than one USB-C output? Ideally, I want a string of them, just like a USB-2/3 hubs you can buy today. Ultimately, I'm looking to connect my Pixelbook to multiple displays, and have additional ports. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to exist, so I'm reaching out to some people that might be in the know (before this place closes down).

cc: +JR Raphael, +Kevin Tofel, +Derek Ross: Got any ideas?

PS - Ultimately, I'm looking for 2 external monitors (currently DVI, which, of course, USB-C to HDMI to DVI does not work), plus power. My current setup can either have power or a second monitor, not both.
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I really think Google is leading in the battle for PC-Mobile convergence. As of now, you can get Chrome OS devices that work well as everything from Clamshell, non-Touchscreen laptops with basic hardware profiles (cheap Intel processors and let's say 4gb RAM for a minimum, though a 'pure' Chrome OS for light use could get by with 2gb RAM; it is not uncommon anymore, either, to find 8gb or 16gb RAM devices with much better processors these days), to pure Tablets (e.g. the Chrome Tab 10, and which can still become quasi laptops with the addition of a keyboard and mouse), to detachable Tablet-Laptop hybrids (the Chromebook x2), to non-detachable convertibles (various Flips, Spins, etc...), and you can even get them as Desktop systems (Chromeboxes), All-In-Ones (Chromebases), and Dongles (Chromebits). In addition, they support everything from Atom Intel Processors, to ARM Processors, to high end Intel processors, and likely we'll see AMD added to the mix at some point.

And in each of these modes, it has a viable ecosystem: Chrome and Web apps for the most basic Chrome devices, Android apps for those with touchscreens and especially those which are convertible between modes (Tablet-Tent-Laptop/Desktop), and Linux apps (and some larger-form-factor-optimized Android apps) for productivity across a range of productivity-focused Chrome devices from basic Clamshells up to Convertibles and Detachables. After a fashion, they can even support some Windows apps (i.e. through Wine or CrossOver).

Also, as far as input methods, they work well with keyboard-and-mouse, touchscreen-only, and with a variety of powered and unpowered styli.

And they can do all this with generally good performance and battery life, tight security, and 6.5-years of background updates.

Compare this with Windows 10, which is basically good for Laptop/Desktop-style productivity with generally limited touchscreen support; shines on most Intel processors but not so much on ARM; and is in no way suited as-yet to a pure Tablet device, nor for the very lightweight uses like Chromebits.

Or compare with the continued bifurcation of Mac OS and iOS by Apple. Given the large number of larger-form-factor-optimized iPad apps, Apple could surely jump into this market with a strong entry, but their failure to do so increasingly resembles their feet-dragging on the old Netbook form factors that, whatever we may say about them in retrospect, seriously dented Mac sales once upon a time.

The key to winning the convergence battle will be marrying a competent Laptop/Desktop ecosystem with a competent Mobile ecosystem and bridging the gap between them with a system adaptable to many categories of computing devices on many different hardware profiles. Google and Apple have both, but only Google is marrying them. Microsoft has the Laptop/Desktop category and higher end hardware profiles down, but failed abysmally in mobile at all stages and cannot seem to get their ecosystem whittled down for more lightweight hardware profiles.
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This is so amazing! And beautiful.
Do you like blowing bubbles? So does our Milky Way galaxy—although these bubbles might be a little bigger than what you’re used to. Two bubbles, each 25,000 light-years tall, are extending above and below the disk of the galaxy like the two halves of an hourglass. Discover possible explanations for these bubbles: https://nasa.tumblr.com/post/179690202529/blowing-bubbles-in-the-gamma-ray-sky
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Vampirina Cake - Take 2

Hopefully this one is not so pixelated.
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Vampirina Cake

Last night we celebrated my daughter's birthday, and I made this cake. Her bat wings were a little floppy, but came it good overall.
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The End of an Era

While it's sad to see +Google+ get sunsetted, I can understand why. Over the past several years, I haven't had the time to invest in the platform, or any platform, really. It is because of this, that the service is being shut down. If there was higher engagement, they would proceed in fixing the issue. Unfortunately, that's not the case.

I'll still be checking regularly, but know that it will just get worse and worse over the next 10 months, until August 2019.

It's been great. I've met many amazing and smart people here, and heard many stories, both good and bad.

Peace out, Google+! I hardly knew used posted to ye.
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Chrome OS Dev Issue

+François Beaufort - Have you seen this issue in the latest Chrome OS Dev Channel? This happens on +Inbox by Gmail and +Google Photos. When I scroll, that black section shows what was last scrolled. It almost reminds me of back in the day when a Windows app would hang, and if you dragged a window across it, it would repeat.

I think this may/may not be due to PWAs. I know Google Photos is a PWA, but not sure about Inbox.

Any thoughts?

cc: +Kevin Tofel, +Keith I Myers

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Mister Rogers Google Doodle

This is a great shout out to Mister Rogers, and all that he had done to further child development.

#GoogleDoodle
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Restore Coastline in the Peconic Estuary

This one is close to home. It's about 20 miles from my house. I remember canoeing down the Peconic when I was a Scout.

Let's do this together. Give $1 and I will match it for 'Restore Coastline in Peconic Estuary'.

https://onetoday.google.com/m/3gnum0k7
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