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James Gander
Works at Gander Service Management
Attended Bishop Vesey's Grammar School
Lives in Auckland, New Zealand
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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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The importance of punctuation.

I think there should be a question mark after "bankrupt."
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This made me laugh a year ago and it still does.
“@NickMotown: asked Midge Ure if he recognised this bloke's Facebook page & he said it meant nothing to him. pic.twitter.com/QUb9KUBZC6”glorious. John Holt · 19 May 2014. John Holt ‏@johnholtmagic. @NickMotown that is fucking glorious. :-). Marc Crane. 19 May 2014. Marc Crane ‏@BHLC ...
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"I see stupid people"
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Well done Ireland! 
"I think it's won," says Irish Equality Minister Aodhan O'Riordai following same-sex marriage referendum.
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Ireland, I hope you have done the right thing and joined the rest of us. ;-)
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Something all you mums and dads will understand. 
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There's always something new (or exceptionally old) round the corner.
At 3.3 million years old, tools found in Kenya are half-a-million years older than homo sapiens.
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IT Service Management consultant at Gander Service Management
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  • Gander Service Management
    Director & Principal Consultant, 2010 - present
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Birmingham, UK - Sutton Coldfield, UK - Burbage, Leicestershire, UK
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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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  • Bishop Vesey's Grammar School
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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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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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