In 1977 humanity took a giant leap in space exploration and launched the two Voyager space probes. Think about that.
What was happening in the 70′s?
The Cold War was still raging.
The Vietnam War was a big, controversial issue.
The Moon landing happened not even a decade ago.
During this tumultuous time, NASA developed two probes designed to go where no probe had gone before. The Voyager probes were designed to scan the farthest reaches of our solar system. They performed admirably, gathering these spooky pictures of the outer planets, and taking the world-famous “Pale Blue Dot” image of our own home. Click to enlarge:
Jupiter’s Moon Io
The Pale Blue Dot (The small speck in the brown stripe)
Thirty-six years ago these two probes were launched, and just a few days ago JPL, or the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, confirmed that Voyager 1 had crossed into interstellar space. This is a momentous occasion for humanity. This probe has travelled farther than any manmade object ever has. Am I the only one absolutely astounded by this?
The processors on that probe have less power than my iPhone!
According to NASA, the probes will continue operating until 2020, when NASA will start shutting down instruments. By 2025 the probes will continue on as silent explorers. Although around 2036, NASA will recieve one last engineering report from the probes that basically says ”Yep, I’m still floating around, but the battery is getting low. Lots of love, Voyager.” After about 40,000s years, Voyager 1 will be closer to another star rather than our own Sun. There’s something eery and haunting about that.
I recently got an Apple Bluetooth Keyboard for my new computer setup. (See my last post) This is my amateur review.
The design is in line with Apple’s computers. Aluminum casing with simple, crisp buttons. The keyboard is pretty small compared to most keyboards used for desktops. The buttons are very similar to a MBP in size and function, however, they seem to be more clicky and crisp. The keyboard sits at a slight angle on a table or desk, making it very comfortable to type on. An important note: no backlighting.
Using a Macbook Pro keyboard for two years, I assumed it would only take a little bit of use to get used to it. Out of the box, my first impression was “It’s small!” The pairing process was nice and simple through the Bluetooth panel under System Preferences. After an hour of use, I began to grow accustomed to the keyboard. The buttons felt nice and responsive.
Every function a Macbook has, this keyboard has. Except the F5 and F6 keys, which control backlighting. Everything else is present.
A few days later…
After two days of use, there is no dip in the three (included) batteries. They’re all still at 100%. I’ve gotten accustomed to the keyboard now. My small hands have no issue journeying across the keyboard. People with larger hands may have an issue hitting the right buttons, but I have no such issue.
If you have the money (or a gift card like I did), go for it! There are other keyboards on the market, but sometimes it’s nice to stay in the company. Nothing beats Apple in simplicity and design.
Alright, so here I am with a Macbook Pro. Awesome computer. Yup. But I needed more screen real-estate. I didn’t foresee that issue when I bought my MBP, but after two years of high school, writing anything became an issue. I mean, 7 tabs online, an email to sift through, and two word documents all of which I need to reference at the same time?! I needed more space. So, as an early birthday present, my dad used some Best Buy credit to get me the Dell S2440L computer monitor (24″). The monitor is so great, and for the price, well worth it. The colors are sharp and clear. It’s very similar to my Macbook screen. I already had a Magic Mouse from an Apple gift card my awesome cousin got me. And from another gift card from the same awesome cousin, I got the Apple Bluetooth Keyboard. Awesome. So now, I use my laptop in “clamshell” mode, with the huge monitor dominating my desk. Whenever I’d need more screen, I can always open my laptop. This setup is seriously the most useful thing ever. I love it. Here’s a picture of my upgraded workspace.