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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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Nearly 70 years later and the same discussion with the same arguments. Get a grip everyone!
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OK, I'm sorry.
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Excellent service. Thanks +Hotel ibis Hamilton Tainui​.
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Well, there's something I didn't know. 
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The man who farms tables and chairs. 
It takes Gavin Munro six years to grow a full crop of willow furniture on his Derbyshire furniture farm.
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Beautifully put by Jon Stewart about the latest attack.
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Stewart is one of the leading journalists in the USA.
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Racist? Nah! Just not English! 
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1977! In conversation she spoke just like a baroness.,..
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Fox "news" must be stopped.....
Ridicule isn't enough. We need to call out the lies and rebut them accurately & loudly. This is more than a "story"
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And m sure that anyone who doesn't agree with your arguement will be labeled racist or a bigot. People have different opinions on every subject , but when people attack those that are different then maybe they are the problem. Everyone doesn't feel the need to be politically correct because we think that somehow makes us smarter or better than the rest. Freedom of speech is a wonderful thing isn't it, just think before you speak.
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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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