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James Gander
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Attended Bishop Vesey's Grammar School
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In anticipation of my Windows laptop running out of life, I think I have now got to a point where I can safely remove Windows from my life. 

I've now moved to a Chromebook for 99% of things.

I am a consultant so there are certain types of applications that I need.  They have all historically been Microsoft applications, from Word, Excel and Powerpoint to Project and Visio. 

At home there have been other things that we need to be able to do, but where I couldn't do them cloud based or with the Chromebook, I have rebuilt an old desktop with Ubuntu. 

Application wise, Google offers easy replacements for MS Office, with Docs, Sheets and Slides. To replace Project, I have migrated to Gantter and for Visio replacement, I'm using LucidChart.   Don't get me wrong, they are not exact replacements and it is taking me a while to learn how to use the applications, but that is because I have used Microsoft products for so long. 

Printing is easy with a Google cloud compatible printer.  

Minor other things, like KeePass have been sorted out by migrating the database to the cloud and using KeePassDroid on my phone.

The laptop is now going away to give me the opportunity to find other things I can't do, and then work out how to do them again with Microsoft.
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Great to read your experiences with the Chromebook. My sister in law swears by them. She has been using one for a couple of years and is over Microsoft and Apple.  I am a wee bit of a geek = likes playing with the technology, so have not taken your step yet; but I see it coming.
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Wonderful blog post questioning why people feel they can say nasty stuff to people online, by +Forever Amber​​
 
Let's Stop Pretending the Internet Isn't "Real" Life > http://buff.ly/1OBeCx7
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Some very clever ideas. Some daft, but some are good.
 
Some useful (and entertaining!) ideas for managing #clutter and #storage. Enjoy!
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http://features.faithtap.com/3517/useful-storage-solutions/
Over the years of living in a home, it can be difficult to stay organized around the house. All of the “stuff” you own can really begin to add up. Add kids and pets to the equation and storage space can be even more limited.
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Scary if true.
More people were killed by American police in just the last three days than were killed in 2014 in Germany, England, Spain, Switzerland, and Iceland -- combined.
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"Bill Kilgallon, the church official handling sex abuse complaints, has confirmed that details of known abusers were not passed on to police unless victims lodged a complaint." WTF?!?
Decades after they suffered, victims of abusive Catholic priests and brothers are coming forward in record numbers.
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Discount for stupidity! Ouch!
Liquor store robbery was so inept, the judge literally gave offender a discount "for stupidity".
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Brilliant! Thanks +Joel Pomales 
 
If this is what you see after "upgrading" to Windows 10, you've actually downloaded the little-known Windows 9.5 release. 
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A video with a watch. Find an hour and watch it. Bonya and her husband were humanist bloggers in Bangladesh. He was killed and she seriously injured when Muslims hacked at them with machetes because they were humanists.

They were not the first and so far haven't been the last.

Watch it. Please. Then share it.
 
What a Truly Extraordinary Woman
When I can be bothered to say 'Oh, I s'pose I'm a bit of an atheist' the most likely response is indifference.
Maybe, here on G+ or Twitter, I'll be told that I need to experience God's love or some half hearted attempt at convincing me I'm missing out on something.
It's not that likely I'll be leaving a book fair and be hacked to death by a bunch of brain-dead morons who've been told since day one they must obey some bearded old twat in a Madrassa.
That's what happened to a humanist called Avijit Roy and his wife Bonya Ahmed who delivers this lecture.
He was killed, she suffered very severe injuries.
This is really worth watching as a chilling reminder of how bad religion can go.
I'm not saying anyone who believes is likely to do this, obviously the opposite is true, 99.9% of any religion would find an attack like this utterly abhorrent, but....
This brutal murder is to do with the fear some men have that their religious power is waning, which, thank goodness I believe it is.
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I know I buy music if it appeals to me, but I still use Google Play Music All Access to stream stuff. But kids don't consider buying now.

This is an interesting article.
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Job Interview. Boss; When I make hiring decisions, my biggest priority is cultural fit. Man: Your buzzwords are like music to my unemployed ears. And here come some employees who can tell me about your company culture. Boss: Uh-oh. Man: Hey, guys. Can I ask some questions about the culture here? Dilbert: Working here is like a paradise. Wally: Best place ever. Dilbert: Our days are full of laughter, hugging, and camaraderie. Wally: Coffee is free...
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Good morning Thursday. Lots of love, Hamilton
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    Director & Principal Consultant, 2010 - present
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IT Service Management and IT Operations Management specialist. For work stuff, see: https://www.google.com/+GanderCoNz
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Director and principal consultant at Gander Service Management, providing IT Operations and IT Service Management consultancy to organisations across New Zealand 
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Selected, by crowd sourcing, to speak at TFT13 and TFT14, a 24 hour, global, online Service Management conference. See my presentation here: http://tomorrowsfuturetoday.com/tft13/2013/6/14/tft13-james-gander
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