Finds of the Week is a list of websites I've come across lately that are interesting, fun, or useful (or all three). I hope you enjoy them. -Rhiannon
Space out with planets in Google Maps
Google Maps has added planets and moons to its repertoire. Using images from Cassini and other resources, there are now 17 planetary maps available for viewing. Earth, Mars, Pluto, and Venus are on view, as well as the International Space Station (ISS), the Earth's moon, and the moons Enceladus, Mimas, Titan, Europa, Ganymede, Rhea, and others. Astronomical artist Björn Jónsson assembled the planetary maps of Europa, Ganymede, Rhea, and Mimas by working with imagery from NASA and the European Space Agency. A few hours after Google announced the new additions, planetary scientist Emily Lakdawalla noted that several of the icy moon maps, including Enceladus and Europa, had their names and images off by 180 degrees. Hopefully that's been corrected by now.
(h/t Google Blog, The Verge)
Free Halloween Clip Art Images
I was looking for some Halloween clip art to use on a project and I found this site that has a list of sites with free Halloween clip art. There are black and white line drawings, illustrations, animated GIFs', party invitations, and more. At the time of this writing, one of the sites on the list, Spooky Site Halloween Clip Art Collection, wasn't available.
Ubuntu: A Beginner’s Guide
If you've wanted to get started with Linux operating systems and didn't know how, this guide will walk you through just about everything you need to know to get started using Linux Ubuntu. Want to know how to browse the internet, manage email, create documents, organize photos, listen to music, or watch videos? This guide shows you how. Ubuntu is free (most Linux distributions are free), as is the software that comes with them. You can also run most Linux versions live from a CD/DVD - that let's you use Linux before deciding whether to install it permanently or not. Once you're familiar with Ubuntu you can try out other Linux distros. You can download Linux distributions (distros), or if you don't have the bandwidth, there are a handful of places you can buy Linux CD/DVD's inexpensively.
Distrowatch is a good source of news and information on Linux distros, and two articles at Linux.com can be helpful in choosing which flavor of Linux suits you: Best Linux Distributions for New Users and The Best Linux Distros for 2017 are both current and worth a look.
How To Add Apps To Startup In Windows 10
Do you have a favorite program that you'd like to start automatically when Windows 10 boots up? Here are directions on how to get programs and apps to be ready to use when you turn on your computer. Would you rather prevent programs from starting up? Here are 3 methods to remove programs from the Startup menu in Windows 10.
(Note: site contains animated ads, and some inline ads that may be confusing)
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