Sunday, January 27, 2013

ChromeOS adventures

In my day job, we are testing ChromeOS devices to see if they are relevant to our business. Early in January we received 6 Samsung Chromebooks 550 models and 4 Chromeboxes from Google Australia.

Chrome OS is Google's Linux based, lightweight operating system, it is focused on Cloud applications, the only application in the OS is a special version of the Chrome browser. Users sign on with their Google account.

Chrome OS devices are rather difficult to obtain in Australia at the moment, as a consumer you have to try and import them from overseas, with all the problems that entails.
If you are a Google Apps customer then you can order them in bulk direct from Google. Due to supply problems, the Chromebooks we received all had UK keyboards, this was agreed with Google prior to them arriving, for testing it was something we could live with.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Photowalk with Trey

On Friday 11th Jan 2013 +Trey Ratcliff came to Melbourne and joined the +Melbourne Photowalk for a walk from Federation Square, along Southbank, to the web bridge.
Of course, the regular crowd decided that 7:30 pm was far too late a start, and instead started at 1 pm with Lunch, followed by a photo walk around Richmond in the heat, the day was in the high 30's at that point.

Undeterred by the heat, or maybe refreshed by the pub, we photo-walked Richmond before heading off into Melbourne to meet +Trey Ratcliff in Young and Jacksons for more refreshments and snacks before the main event.

7:30, the main event.

Photographers everywhere, as far as the eye can see. This is very likely the largest number of photographers I have seen all together in one place outside of a trade show. Having someone like Trey come along obviously has a pull, it was great to see so many. There were so many photographers it was difficult to get a shot of anything other than more photographers, but no matter, we headed down the route, slowly, with regular stops for Trey to give advice to those around him.  A great time was had by all, and hopefully some of those new people will become regulars to the other Melbourne Photo Walks.

As usual, my images are shared on Google+, you can see the full album here.

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