The Linux operating system represented a $25 billion ecosystem in 2008. Since its inception in 1991, Linux has grown to become a force in computing, powering everything from the New York Stock Exchange to mobile phones to supercomputers to consumer devices.This article will explore the various components of the Linux operating system, how they are created and work together, the communities of Linux, and Linux’s incredible impact on the IT ecosystem.

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 Switch to Linux If you need commercial-quality software to work with business documents, Internet/networking, or multimedia and graphics, it’s in Linux right out of the box. Want more than that? Linux can do it; there are hundreds of free, high-quality applications you can find and install easily. You shouldn’t assume however, that Linux is a clone of Windows. To know what to expect when stepping into it, this article will help you with the basics of switching to Linux.

The Linux opera…

Moonbuggies…

Approximately 100 returning and rookie teams from around the world will compete for a top-three finish at the 19th-annual NASA Great Moonbuggy Race, April 13-14, at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville. More than 500 high school, college and university students from 20 states, as well as Puerto Rico, Canada, Germany, Russia, United Arab Emirates, Italy and India, are expected to race their specially crafted lunar rovers or “moonbuggies.” Students begin preparing for the event each year during the fall semester. They must design, build and test a sturdy, collapsible, lightweight vApproximately 100 returning and rookie teams from around the world will compete for a top-three finish at the 19th-annual NASA Great Moonbuggy Race, April 13-14, at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville. More than 500 high school, college and university students from 20 states, as well as Puerto Rico, Canada, Germany, Russia, United Arab Emirates, Italy and India, are expected to race their specially crafted lunar rovers or “moonbuggies.”

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Students begin preparing for the event each year during the fall semester. They must design, build and test a sturdy, collapsible, lightweight vehicle that addresses engineering challenges similar to those resolved and overcome by the original Apollo-era lunar rover development team in the late 1960s at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville. “The annual NASA Great Moonbuggy Race is a unique and exciting way to get high school and college students involved in hands-on robotic design and operation,” said Leland Melvin, NASA associate administrator for education. “They are working on a solution to a real exploration challenge faced by Apollo mission engineers in the 1960s. Today’s student designers could be the engineers and robotics experts who will design a rover for future human exploration of Mars.” ehicle that addresses engineering challenges similar to those resolved and overcome by the original Apollo-era lunar rover development team in the late 1960s at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville. “The annual NASA Great Moonbuggy Race is a unique and exciting way to get high school and college students involved in hands-on robotic design and operation,” said Leland Melvin, NASA associate administrator for education. “They are working on a solution to a real exploration challenge faced by Apollo mission engineers in the 1960s. Today’s student designers could be the engineers and robotics experts who will design a rover for future human exploration of Mars.”

The C language…what it is?

C (pronounced as “see“, like the letter C is a general-purpose computer programming language developed between 1969 and 1973 by Dennis Ritchie at the Bell Telephone Laboratories for use with the Unix operating system

Although C was designed for implementing system software it is also widely used for developing portable application software.

C is one of the most widely used programming languages of all time  and there are very few computer architectures for which a C compiler does not exist. C has greatly influenced many other popular programming languages, most notably C++, which began as an extension to C.

 

ZOOM IT AND ENJOY……………..

Zoom web pages in Google Chrome
Do you want to expand and zoom webpages in Google Chrome browser for finer view? There are number of ways to zoom in or out webpages in Chrome browser. You can expand all or specific elements on a webpage including text and images. Besides the mouse wheel or keyboard shortcut to zoom, you may use Google Chrome extensions for using zoom funtionality in different ways like magnify glass, DPI settings zoom, percentage level zoom of whole webpage and so on.

 

1. Default Chrome Keyboard Shortcut to Zoom
Google Chrome support default keyboard shortcut hotkeys to zoom contents displayed on website (or webpage). You need to press ctrl and + to zoom in or ctrl and – to zoom out using  keyboard. Similarly, you can zoom webpages in Internet Explorer, Firefox browser using in-built webpage zoom feature
 
2. Use Mouse Wheel for quick Zooming
If you use mouse with middle wheel, then you can zoom even more quickly using it. You just need to press Ctrl and rotate the mouse wheel to zoom in or out web page. For sure, a more faster and easier way to zoom webpages.
 
3. Use Magnify glass with SimpleLoupe
If you only want to zoom specific area on webpage, then use magnify glass with the help of SimpleLoupe Chrome extension. After install, press Ctrl + Alt + L keys to activate magnifying glass. You can press same keys again to turn off the magnify glass.
 
Also, you may change glass size and zoom levels by going to settings of this extension. Click Wrench icon > options, then click Extensions option on left side. Further click Options button next to extension listing.
 
4. Zoom by percentage level with Auto Zoom
For whole webpage zoom by certain percentage level, you can use Auto Zoom Chrome extension. You can explicitly define zoom level for different website and webpages.
This extension also support Keyboard control like Ctrl + [, Ctrl + ] and Ctrl + shortcuts. Best part, this extension saves the zoom level for every page and offers optional text zoom.
 
5. Automatic zoom to fit Chrome window width
If you dont like wasting time in changing zoom levels and settings, then checkout iZoom Chrome extension. It automatically changes zoom level to fit window width with 3 different zooming modes.
 
These modes include: shrink only, grow only, shrink and grow only. Say if Grow only is selected, website display will be expanded to fill complete width of Chrome window.
 
6. Optimal zoom settings based on screen DPI
By default, Chrome always take into account 96 DPI (dots per inch) figure while rendering webpages. While this estimate is true for majority of users. However, users with display screen of higher DPI may see webpages in little unformatable manner.
Using OptiZoom Chrome extension you can set zoom level of webpages based on your monitor DPI settings. Once you install this extension, goto options page and then manually enter DPI value for your monitor for perfect display. You may experiment with different DPI values and see the varrying results.
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Most Expensive Laptop In The World – 1 Million Dollars

This is so far the most expensive laptop I’ve ever heard. It cost you 1 Million and its only by appointment.

This million-dollar laptop is produced by Luvaglio but the official website has not revealed anything about the million dollar laptop but thanks to Gizmodo we are able to see more photos and also a video on this expensive piece of gadget. More photos and video after jump.

Robotics…An interesting tehnological application

Robotics is the branch of technology that deals with the design, construction, operation, structural disposition, manufacture and application of robots and computer systems for their control, sensory feedback, and information processing.

The concept and creation of machines that could operate autonomously dates back to classical times, but research into the functionality and potential uses of robots did not grow substantially until the 20th century. Today, robotics is a rapidly growing field, as we continue to research, design, and build new robots that serve various practical purposes, whether demostically,commercially, or militarily. Many robots do jobs that are hazardous to people such as defusing bombs, exploring shipwrecks, and mines.