Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Clearing Space on your Gmail acct

Google limits the space you have on Gmail and Google drive (or Gdrive) to 15 GB.  If you are bumping up against that limit, here are some tricks to use:

My favorite is clearing out large files (which are often digital photos you already have somewhere else if you want them).

Search by size

Once upon a time you couldn't search for emails by size in Gmail, but now you most certainly can. Enter larger:5m to find messages of 5MB or above, or open up the search drop-down dialog and use the size option there.
In my own creaking Gmail account I found 356 emails that were 5MB or bigger, which works out at at least 1.78GB of room that can be cleared. If you regularly use your Gmail account to handle high-resolution photos or PDFs then you might come across more matching messages than you expect.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Asteroid Passes Near Earth -- with it's own Moon!

On Monday, January 26th, an asteroid passed by the earth at about 3x the distance between the moon and the earth.  The asteroid is about a third of a mile in size.

Interestingly, the asteroid had its own moon (about 240 feet in diameter) circling it.

The asteroid was named 2004 BL86, because it was first spotted back in 2004 (by an observatory in New Mexico).

CNN Reports:

It was far enough that it didn't pose a threat to Earth, but close enough to give scientists and amateurs a chance to observe a large asteroid up close.NASA asteroid 2004 BL86 was revealed to have its own small moon.NASA asteroid 2004 BL86 was revealed to have its own small moon.
It was the closest known asteroid this large to pass near Earth until 2027, when an asteroid called 1999 AN10 flies by.

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