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James Gander
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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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Yeah, I use that too, I'd just forgotten about it (even though I use it almost every day)
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itSMFnz 2016 conference is now asking for you to submit to present!

Polish your best shoes and brush your hair because this year's conference will be part of the ITx event in Wellington from July 11-13th.

ITx brings together 12 separate conferences under one roof over 3 days and offers us a great opportunity to expose the wider IT community to the benefits of Service Management.

You can find out more about ITx at: http://www.itsmf.org.nz/conference.html

If you would like to submit to speak, you can do so at: http://www.itsmf.org.nz/call-for-presentations.html

If you would like to consider being a valued sponsor, you can find out more information at: http://www.itsmf.org.nz/sponsorship.html

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Maurice White has died at his home in Los Angeles.
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Is your organisation ready for this? Are you sharing your findings from fellow ITSM people with your organisation?

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/01/14/long_haul_to_devops/

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ITIL Practitioner is now released. You can find out more below
https://www.axelos.com/…/itil-quali…/itil-practitioner-level

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For you, our members and followers, we scour the world's tech news and collate it into one easy to digest place. That place, created JUST for you, is http://www.itsmf.org.nz/news.html.

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itSMFnz 2016 conference is now asking for you to submit to present!

Polish your best shoes and brush your hair because this year's conference will be part of the ITx event in Wellington from July 11-13th.

ITx brings together 12 separate conferences under one roof over 3 days and offers us a great opportunity to expose the wider IT community to the benefits of Service Management.

You can find out more about ITx at: http://www.itsmf.org.nz/conference.html

If you would like to submit to speak, you can do so at: http://www.itsmf.org.nz/call-for-presentations.html

If you would like to consider being a valued sponsor, you can find out more information at: http://www.itsmf.org.nz/sponsorship.html

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Our friends at AllThingsITSM had a chat with the chair of itSMF International recently. You can see the results below. Well worth it.

https://youtu.be/ixlHz5juHd0

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Welcome to the itSMFnz Google+ community. This is new for 2016 with a wish to drive discussion and engagement from our members and interested parties.

Please act responsibly and share thoughts, blogs or interesting information that you feel others would benefit from. Also, don't be afraid to ask questions. As this community grows, the interactions will get better. 
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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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IT Service Management consultant at Gander Service Management
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    Director & Principal Consultant, 2010 - present
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Great service, great prices. Can't ask for anything better.
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Excellent work, excellent service. Best garage in the Howick area (and I tried a few before getting to these guys). Fully recommended.
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Great beers; great food; lovely friendly staff.
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reviewed a year ago
Hmm. I stayed here thinking that being part of the Millennium group, it would deliver on certain expectations. It didn't. The bar staff were friendly, but that was it. Check-in staff looked fed up, restaurant staff at breakfast were disinterested, and the whole hotel looked and felt old and tired. Stayed one night and went elsewhere the following nights. Very disappointing.
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