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Chromebooks are low-cost, ultra-portable, secure, fast, "web-based" computing devices running ChromeOS, a complete operating system based on the Google Chrome web browser. They are optimized for Google Apps and off-line saving and editing of your Google Docs.

Samsung Chromebooks are now available for 7-day loan at the Terman Engineering Library!

Leonar3do

Interested in 3D computer-aided design?  Come learn how to use Leonar3do to design 3D objects in a virtual 3D space.  


Friday, May 10th at 4:30pm
Terman Engineering Library
Huang Engineering Center, Room 201

world wide web

Twenty years ago, 30 April 1993,  Tim Berners-Lee went live with the first web site at CERN. At the same time, he released the code that defined the Web, the first version of HTML, free for the world to use to create a new communications medium.

Two decades on, the world is a different place because of his foresight and generosity. Now, without the Web, huge multi-national companies simply wouldn’t exist. When Web access is lost, through error or malfeasance, companies that have transitioned most or all of their activities to the Web stand to lose millions of dollars during the interruption.

See the original web site and consider how far the Web has come. While simple and plain, it points out the underlying truth that the Web is about information, not glitz.

Question: I'm doing research for a professor, but am having some trouble finding the information and data that he needs.  I'm supposed to make a time trend of U.S. land area in square miles -- one with states plus territory and one with just states.  However, I can't find any sources that track the total U.S. land area over time.  Can you help?

Answer: Here's some information for you on square miles of land area broken down by state. The best part about that table is the citation. It cites the Statistical Abstract of the United States. So I went to the StatAb (one of the most amazing series in our collection IMHO ;-)) and found the data going back in time. The StatAb pulls together statistics from across govt into one handy finding aid -- this particular data e.g. is from the decennial census and so we'll be able to find land area at least every 10 years.Searchworks record for the Statistical Abstract of the US. We have holdings in paper going back to 1878 as well as links to several different digital versions. Here for example is page 5 of 1950 StatAb which lists land area broken down into states and regions. 

There's also the US Census quick facts on land area and the US Gazetteer for further reference.

Harmony house is hosting an exhbit of 26 original poster prints of campus social protest movements during the 1960s and 1970s. At tonight's opening reception (at 7:00 PM),  art archivist Lincoln Cushing will be the featured speaker. There will also be a music performance by Stanford student Lizzie Quinlan. Refreshments will be served. One of the sponsors of this event is Stanford Says No to War. Stanford's Special Collections Department has several archival collections of protest movements in the United States.

New Space journal cover

We are pleased to announce the May 2013 digital issue of the Terman Engineering Library News.   In the news this month:

  • Online Journal Added – New Space offers leading-edge research in all engineering and technology disciplines supporting private/public space endeavors
  • Leonar3do Desktop 3D Design Training – May 10 at 4:30 PM
  • The New 2013 IEEE-Wiley eBooks are becoming available
  • Three New IEEE Journals are available and more are coming - including Cloud Computing!

Download and read the full issue in digital format.

Piano performances are in abundance on Medici.tv.

Medici.tv. provides high-definition webcasts of live classical music performances and an extensive video-on-demand catalog. Access is available to all current Stanford students, faculty, and staff.

Watch live-streamed concerts in real time or on delayed streaming. Concerts remain accessible generally for several weeks.

Building 4 Amphitheater

The artificial hill platform has been in place for some time, but last week we saw boxed trees arriving on the site.  Heavy equipment also began shaping what appears to be a twin to the quad's informal oak shaded amphitheater in front of the Spilker building. 

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