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IT Service Management and IT Operations Management specialist. For work stuff, see: https://www.google.com/+GanderCoNz
IT Service Management and IT Operations Management specialist. For work stuff, see: https://www.google.com/+GanderCoNz

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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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Fascinating...especially if you read the first letter of each paragraph in the letter...
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https://twitter.com/kalpenn/status/898547257062174724

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Hey dreamers - post a photo of what #wine you'd love to be drinking right now. Best photo wins.
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Flying home from Christchurch last night. Something good came from the delays then. #AirNZ #Auckland #Christchurch #NZ
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Now that we have #wine screwcaps, are men obsolete?
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Looks interesting!

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