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How do I open a .gdoc file?
If you want to open a Google Document just double click the document in your Google Drive folder. To view on a desktop follow these steps Open the Google Document you need to download Hover over Download as and click on the document you need such as .docx .odt or .pdf. Open with appropriate application such as Microsoft Office Libre Office or a PDF viewer. ordered-list Hope that helps!
How do I transfer files (photos, music, videos, etc.) from Macbook to iPhone and vice versa?
I use abination of iCloud Drive between my Macs and iPhone and iPad and GoodReader. You can set up iCloud Drive on Windows machines too. Copy the files to iCloud Drive and they'll automatically sync to your iPhone iPad. GoodReader is like a Swiss Army knife. I use it to transfer and organize files that I want on my phone or iPad. GoodReader can transfer via wifi server shares (SMB AFS others). It is a PDF viewer and can annotate PDFs too. It can play music and videos too. Photos Microsoft Word files etc. For photos probably the best way is to use iCloud Photo Library on your Mac or PC. Since I back up important files to email that's another way I sometimes transfer files. But really iCloud Drive is super easy.
How do you remotely access an iPad from a PC?
Probably the simplest method would be to use iCloud Drive ( Set up and use iCloud for Windows s ). With iCloud Drive you can access anything on iCloud Drive and anything stored on iCloud. The next method I'm thinking of is to use an excellent app called GoodReader to set up a wifi server on the iPad. Then you can use your browser to connect to the iPad. This allows you to upload or download from GoodReader. GOODREADER IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED as a file manager PDF viewer and annotations document viewer music player video player SMB AFS etc. client. Love this app. It's also frequently updated. horizontal-rule GoodReader can also connect TO SMB (AKA Samba AKA CIFS - Microsoft Windows and Mac network file sharing protocol) shares though that's not going in the direction you asked. However I took one for the team (dumb humor on my part) and ordered the FSharing app from the U.S. App Store. It can actually work as a SMB file *server* on your iPad or iPhone. Caution FSharing crashed on me as I was fiddling with it. I did successfully transfer ten photos from the app to my Mac with no problem as long as I turned the server on and left it alone. It even apparently works in the background. Maybe. I just got it so I need to keep testing it. FSHARING RECOMMENDED WITH RESERVATIONS IF YOU WANT YOUR IPAD OR IPHONE TO BE A SAMBA SERVER. Start the server and leave the app alone and it seems to work fine. It has crashed on my iPhone 7 Plus when I used it while it was serving files.
Which Operating System is the best for a physicist?
That depends on what of physics you intend to do. If you are interested in experimental physics and intend to one day work in a lab then there is a very high chance that you will be using LabVIEW s which is native to Windows. This doesn mean that Windows has to be your primary operating system but you will want to at least have a Windows partition on your hard drive. In addition to LabVIEW you will occasionallye across pieces of software that you will need to use for whatever research you are doing that are Windows exclusive e.g. Origin s(software) especially if you use expensive esoteric devices (such as a mass spectrometer) thate with their own software. Now if you happen to be interested inputational physics expect to run into a similar conundrum but this time all of the software that you need is going to be Linux exclusive. As before your main operating system doesn have to be Linux based but you will need to at least have a Linux partition on your hard drive. That being said for much of your day to dayputer using you can get by with any operating system of your choosing. Mathematica s and MATLAB s two of the most ubiquitous programs for physicists are available on Windows MacOS and Linux (and also have some opensource alternatives such as Octave s and Maxima s(software) ); Python s(programming_language) and C s(programming_language) programs can be written and executed on any operating system of your choosing; and whichever system you choose to use you should be able to find a LaTeX s editor that suits you. As for myself I am primarily interested in theory but I have spent some doing experimental physics in multiple labs (both of which used LabVIEW) as well as some numericalputational physics and I currently run Arch Linux s on both my laptop and desktop with Windows partitions. I love the customizablity (amongst other things see for instance Drew Henry's answer to Which OS is better Windows macOS or Linux? answer aid 18789438 ) of Arch Linux and now that I am used to it (which took some time) and have no need for LabVIEW I rarely ever boot into Windows. I have Mathematica installed as my go to fancy calculator (I also have Maxima installed but haven learned how to use it yet) and Octave (as well as NumPy and mpmath ) for numerical stuff. For typing up homework and writing papers I use the LaTeX editor Gummi s(software) . Running Python from the terminal is a breeze. I haven used a word processor in years but for simple spreadsheet tasks and presentations LibreOffice s works fine (or Google Docs s if I need to ensure Windowspatibility). Unfortunately Windows is far superior when ites to music players. Though I miss MusicBee s Rhythmbox s isn terrible and Ive gotten used to it. The same goes for PDF viewers Evince s isn terrible but I would rather be using PDF-XChange Viewer s . I use VLC for my video player and Chromium for my web browser which is pretty much identical to Chrome (note however that I do have to use Firefox if I want to stream videos from Hulu or Amazon). Dropbox works fine in Linux. A nice perk of Linux is that it very easy to create symbolic s e.g. to program data for programs such as Gnote s . I recently started using Quantum ESPRESSO which requires that I use a Linux operating system. As I mentioned Linux (Arch Linux in particular) is much more customizable than Windows. I have keyboard shortcuts to open every program that I use regularly to move programs between my two monitors and to change workspaces. Conky s(software) tells me the weather the current price of Bitcoin and how much of my CPU hard drive space and RAM are currently in use (and which programs are using them). I am not a PC gamer. Linux has a nice suite of puzzle games that keeps me entertained from time to time. All of the issues that havee up due to using Linux over Windows are fairly minor LibreOffice Impress files don always open nicely in PowerPoint; the music player and PDF viewers could be better; video streaming services don like it when you use open source web browsers; LabVIEW requires a Windows partition; some things that are plug and play in Windows can cause some grief in Linux (Wifi webcams printers etc.). Overall I would say the pros far outway the cons. So to summarize use whichever operating system you like but be wary of your potential needs as an aspiring physicist. In particular you will (or may) need Mathematica and Matlab various programming languagespilers a LaTeX editorpiler various numericalputing programs and experimental hardware interfacing programs and many of these programs will only be available on select operating systems. I don have much experience with Macs but I strongly prefer Linux to Windows and have been successfully and happily using Arch Linux full time for as long as I have been a graduate student.
What is the safest way to deal with loads of incoming PDF files, some of which could potentially be malicious?
If you are getting lots of .pdf files in your personal email they are probably mostly malicious! Not many legitimate businesses will send you .pdf so most messages with .pdf attachments can likely simply be deleted without opening. If you run a business that gets lots of iing .pdf files and can change that there are security products that open executables and other potentially dangerous files in protected environments called sandboxes - Fireeye is the primary example but there are many out there. If you don have the money to buy one of the products you can do things like store the files in Google Drive (you will have to establish a Google account) and use the preview features to safely open the .pdf files there. Look here s for info. There are some tools out there that will check a .pdf file for you - Malware Tracker has a free web use version one file at a time. As a minimum if you can do any of the above at least run anti-malware with updated signatures on your PC and turn on Protected View s#enable_or_disable_protected_view in the Adobe Acrobat viewer (or the equivalent if you are using some other of .pdf viewer). The above is all Windows-centric as that is where the biggest risk is. If you run Linux you can generally open .pdf files in poppler or xpdf to safely view them.
What is the advantage of Chromebook other than the lower price?
Support - If the people you know really just use online services then you can make their life (and yours if you're theirputer guy) easy by suggesting a chromebook if they're in the market. Not only is everything synced but if the OS gets hosed there's an option to reset itpletely. So ChromeOS can reset itself and restricts functionality to prevent major problems (viruses system file snafus...). Linux - the chromebook is the best linux machine I've used . Using crouton linux can run as a chroot - it's using the same kernel (and all drivers are accessed from chromeOS so everything works italic ). You switch between Linux and ChromeOS with a keybination. You can backup update or restore your Linux install with a singlemand while using ChromeOS - that's amazing! italic Running ubuntu gives the full ubuntu repo for apps and package management for other stuff - like .deb packages - so install Gimp Octave games Steam Virtual box. Skype apt-get? uaf_(u3c4)_ Of course - the Linux route is much more advanced... but the capability is there ) Ryan Cipriani's answer to Is Chromebook a good choice for a programming student? answer aid 1512412 I think the App model is a blessing and a curse. While apps auto sync you are restricted to the limited number of chrome apps and thus functionality. For most apps you can access them on any chrome browser in another OS as well. However if you limit yourself to these and they fulfill your needs then you have all your apps synced and updated all the time.
What processes can I disable to make Windows 10 run faster?
I manage to use my Windows desktop machine very efficiently but there is a To Do italic list that must bepleted to achieve that. Once yourputer is on for the first time after a fresh installation CCleaner and uninstall useless small apps. Then clean the drive and clear the registry. You definitely need CCleaner for these purposes because add programs interface of Windows do not list some of the applications. 2. Disable System Restorepletely! Right click on this PC System Settings Protection (tab) and disable all system protection entries for all drives. You will save some disk space andputer resources along the way. 3. Divide your hard drive into two to keep system files and personal files separately. (You can do it with Disk Management in Windows. You can Google to learn about the details.) italic Do not keep any personal files on the C drive! Keep the Downloads and Desktoppletely empty! Keep all your personal files on drive D (E F) but not on C! How much space you need on the system (C) drive is up to you. I have 8 GB used space on my C drive and its total size is 16GB. I keep half of it empty for updates and temporary downloads. NOTE Perform step 2 before step 3. Windows has a lousy way of managing data on the disk. Personal files and system files get mixed up and some space at the center of the hard drive may be reserved for system restore data. If you try to divide your hard drive before performing step 2 you may not be able to shrink it by a large amount. If you install Piriform Deffragler and analyze your C drive you will see the footprint of the reserved areas on a color map. Analyze your drive and see the color maps before and after disabling System Restore and see what I mean! That reserved space is what prevents you from shrinking your drive. italic 4. Disable Virtual Memory! Virtual Memory is a paging file Windows uses as RAM when the physical RAM is out of capacity. Normally it is not a good idea to disable the Virtual Memory as it prevents yourputer from crashing once your RAM fillspletely. Therefore I disable Virtual Memory only forputers with 8GB+ RAM. But Windows 1 has memorypression feature. Therefore it should not be an issue. (It has never been an issue for me.) italic Right click on This PC System Settings (tab). Under Performance click Settings. Go to the Advanced tab. Click Change under Virtual Memory select no paging file. 5. Disk cleanup! Open This PC click on C drive Disk cleanup. Once it evaluates the files to be deleted a new window will appear. Do NOT italic just click on OK! Click on Clean up system files. It will do a reevaluation and bring up a new tab More Options under which you will see System restore and shadow copies. Click on Clean up! Do that first thene back to the first tab Disk cleanup. Put a tick on all boxes and click OK. 6. While installing freeware applications such as games PDF viewers whatever do not just click next next next... Such freeware will subtly ask your permission to install a bunch of crab software alongside the main application you intend to install. Refuse to install these small applications that will run in the background and slow down yourputer. If you by mistake install them repeat Step 1. Find those applications from CCleaner uninstall programs list and remove them. Then run the cleaner and clear the registry. 7. In CCleaner check the Startup programs list under Tools. If there are things that you do not need running at the background you can disable them. 8. Install Piriform Deffragler if you have not done so yet and run it a few times on the C Drive. First defrag the C drive; next defrag freespace on C drive but do not italic allow defragmentation. 9. Frequently back up Drive D! If you perform step 3 there will be no important file or data on the C Drive. If you encounter a problem you can easily restore the system on C drive without losing any personal files. Repeat step 1 5 7 8 and 9 every once in a while. Always remember step 6 while installing freeware. Lack of Restore points might be a problem if you encounter an issue. I have to admit system restore might be useful sometimes. So do it at your own risk. italic This is how I keep my Windows running machines very fast. It has been almost two years since I started using my Windows 1 Desktop PC (that came with an HDD). It has not slowed down a bit. Windows requires some user attention to stay healthy. I have proven to myself over the years that the above list is able to do so. Hope you find it useful!