Finds of the Week: Free eBooks from NASA / Access Windows Tools Quickly / Access Your BIOS / Emoji Cheat Sheet


Finds of the WeekFinds of the Week is a list of web sites I've come across lately that are interesting, fun, or useful (or all three). I hope you enjoy them. -Rhiannon

Free ebooks from NASA
NASA has been putting out ebooks for quite a while. As you might guess, they are related to aeronautics, science and the history of NASA. They can be download in the format of your choice: Epub, Mobi (Kindle), PDF and iBook formats are available and can only be downloaded from NASA. In addition to the books at the link above, you can also find ebooks in the NASA History Series publications and the ISS (International Space Station) Researcher’s Guide Series. The history series are older books and some of the formatting and reading is a little off but other than that are fine to read. There are also free ebooks about the Hubble telescope and the James Webb telescope. It's a few years old but the NASA Earth As Art has images of various sites on Earth from space with accompanying descriptions and is available in PDF format. There's also a 300 page volume titled Archaeology, Anthropology, and Interstellar Communication that takes a look at the SETI program. It's available in Mobi, Epub and PDF formats.

Handy List of Shortcuts to Windows Tools
Windows has many built in tools. Here's a list of shortcuts to most of those built in tools. Most of the shortcuts work in most versions of Windows, but some may be restricted to certain types, such as the Pro version. Shortcuts can be run from either Start or the command prompt. Some of the shortcuts are for the calculator, character map, control panel, defrag, fonts, magnifier, paint, notepad, performance monitor, system restore, and many more.

How To Access BIOS On Your PC
Sometimes you need to access the BIOS on your computer, for example to change the boot order on your computer. Not all manufacturers use the same key to get in to the BIOS, so here's a useful list of what key to tap while your computer is booting according to the manufacturer. There's also a tip for Windows 10 to reboot into the BIOS. If you provide tech support for friends and family this is a terrific resource. :)

Emoji Cheat Sheet
Love them or dislike them, emojis have grown and are showing up everywhere. If you find yourself needing to track a certain emoji down, here's a quick sheet to help you find it fast. Click on the category to narrow down your search. Categories are smileys and people, animals and nature, food and drink, activity, travel and places, objects, symbols, flags, skin tones, and developer. There's also a proposed category if you want to have a look at what might be showing up in the future. You can also check the meaning of an emoji at the site, view the history of emojis, check popular emojis, and leanr how to unlock the emoji keyboard on your Android or Apple device.If you're looking for the full emoji list adn what they look like on every platform, you can find at the Unicode site.

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Any mention of NASA should probably include something related to the total eclipse happening in August as that is the highlight of the year. Their main website page related to that can be found here

Thanks for the link. I'm looking forward to the eclipse, it will be pretty visible from where I am. :)