Research and education quanta of an experimental physicist

OWN A CAR IN US

Nov 20, 2014 living US car

I worked in Japan for 5 years right before I moved to US. I was amazed to see that cars older than 10 years with mileages above 100 kilo miles were commonly used in US. Japanese tend to get rid of this kind of cars. This is probably due to the following facts:

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GET A CREDIT CARD WITHOUT CREDIT HISTORY

Nov 20, 2014 living US credit card

Don’t waste time trying to get a credit card from big companies if you don’t have a credit history in US. Ask people around you who has a discover card for help. He can recommend you to the card company. It is super easy to get a discover card as long as you have a stable monthly income. If you successfully applied for a discover credit card by following the link in your friend’s recommendation email, both of you will get some cash back from the company.

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RIGOL DS6104 OSCILLOSCOPE ARRIVED

Nov 10, 2014 learning electronics oscilloscope

The Rigol DS6104 oscilloscope I purchased with my start-up arrived today. It has no touch screen, but the price is 1/3 of those from big companies. The CD attached contains the software and drivers to operate the oscilloscope through USB or LAN. The readme file tells you to download USB driver from NI first.
But it is misleading. One just need to extract files from \SOFTWARE\Ultra Sigma(PC)Installer.rar using 7z, run setup.exe and all drivers from NI will be installed automatically.

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USB OSCILLOSCOPES VERSUS BENCH ONES

Nov 07, 2014 learning electronics oscilloscope

The stand-alone bench oscilloscope in practice is better than cheap USB ones.
The later normally has very poor front-end electronics, low sampling rate and narrow bandwidth. Picotech provides high-end USB oscilloscopes. Given the same price, USB ones provides higher precision, more memory, more functions and better data logging, but less bandwidth and sampling rate than bench oscilloscopes.

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GET SSN FIRST WHEN MOVING IN US

Oct 30, 2014 living

SSN is the first thing one has to apply for when he arrives in US. It is needed for driving test, enrollment of health benefits, etc. One can find a nearby agency on http://www.ssa.gov/ssnumber/ to apply for it.

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About

Blogs on physics research and educational activities of Jing LIU, an assistant professor in physics at the University of South Dakota. He is an experimental physicist developing novel particle detectors for astroparticle physics and civil use.

Acknowledgement

Some of the activities mentions in this site are supported by the following grants: