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I work with a company that rolls out Google Apps for Business as a product for VSME’s. We consult with business decision makers and their IT teams and then we help them migrate their email and documents onto the Google platform, and once the data is uploaded we send our team in to migrate the users over to the new way of working.

This is often where the problems begin.
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Last year when I did a week with Win7 and proprietary software, I noted that for the disk size and the cost, you don’t really get much with Windows. If you wanted more functionality, you needed to download Windows Live Essentials – which at the time was only available with certain kinds of Win7, such as Ultimate and Professional – or you would have to buy MS Office, which came in various flavors with differing functionality.

What is the situation like with Win8?

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(DAY TWO IS HERE)

Days Three and Four where on a Saturday and a Sunday, and since I really did not get a lot done on the laptop I decided to make them and today (Monday) to be my Day Three. This means that I would have some extra time on Win8 and provide a more fair assessment of how it is to use it.

Very busy today, so a quick note on a few things before I do a more complete write-up later this evening.

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(Day 1 is here)

Day 2 was Friday 9 March, I am only putting it up this morning because Friday was a nightmare of a day.

Anyhow, I was able to work in Win8 all day without needing to switch over to Ubuntu or Win7. Since I was able to spend a whole day with Win8 I decided to list some stuff I like about it.

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So I installed Win8 last night in a bid to sus out the user experience of the new Metro interface.

Long story short I am back in Ubuntu at the moment, I haven’t given up, mind, but I needed something to work and could not get Windows to co-operate. I will write it off to me not being as familiar with the platform as with Ubuntu and try it again later.

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I haven’t blogged in a very long time, and since I have to evaluate Windows8 for work in order to get the tech team up to speed on it I thought it would be a great opportunity to get back into blogging by doing a 7Day Challenge where Windows8 is my default “office”.

Previously I did a 7Day Challenge with Windows7 and proprietary software, and remember those frustrations well. This will be a good opportunity not only to sus out Win8, but also get a feel for what improvements have been made in the world of Proprietary software.

So far the verdict is not too good, IE is being mean to me. I might have to install Chrome or Firefox before too long because IE does not play well with Wordpress on Win8, I have to write in HTML mode to make sure my changes get recorded.

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I got a laptop from work to use. A very pretty Sony Vaio VGN-FW45GJ, I decided to dual boot. I installed Windows7 and Ubuntu 11.10.

Installing Windows7 was a HUGE mistake, but it did allow me to discover what an absolute scam the Windows ecosystem is. And to make matters worse, I decided to write this post from my Windows7 boot while installing a load of Windows updates. In writing these short sentences, I have been interrupted by FOUR popups, one to reminde me to install IE9, one to inform me that some of the updates did not install and two from the two Driver Downloaders that I tried to get Windows working on this machine.

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Colorful Bash Prompt

Custom Bash Prompt

As a sysadmin I spend a lot of time logged into other servers via SSH session. Often I have to log into systems I am not familiar with, and it is very easy to forget which one of the seven terminals that you are working in is actually logged into a remote machine.

I am certain I am not the only one that have accidentally shutdown a server while logged into it. Newby mistake, and never repeated due to this trick I learned.

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I haven’t blogged in a while, mainly because work has been busy and I have been administering new servers for a project going live soon.

Those servers have led to this quick blog entry, if you enjoy a good rant, read on.

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And here we have yet another reason to stay the heck off the open WiFi at airports and other hotspots.

Being curious I decided to see what gets broadcast over the air when I send WhatsApp messages to my friends. I connected my phone to my WiFi and messaged a friend. What I found was very interesting…

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