Microsoft Office 365

First, I have to apologize for not blogging for a long time.

If you have used Google Apps before, then you are no stranger to office in the cloud. They’re great for personal use, you work on your documents online, you share them with collaborators and there’s no risk of you forgetting to save. Their main disadvantage is their offline support. If you don’t have internet, you will have a hard time editing docs stored in your Google Drive. Offline features are limited and the file fidelity between offline and online versions can be error-prone with Google Apps.

For business use, there is Google Apps which is an affordable plan for businesses depending on the number of users. Google Apps includes Google Calendar, Gmail for emails, Document for word processing, Presentation, Spreadsheet, forms, fusion tables etc.

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Enter Microsoft 365.

One thing you have to give to Microsoft and their Windows platform is Microsoft Office. Now with Office 365, you can have the office experience online.

There is seamless integration between offline and online content. If you are using Office 2013, and you are working on a document, it’s saved online so you’ll never lose your data even if you forget to save the document on your computer. If you don’t have internet, the documents will be synced when you get online.

Office 365 includes hosted e-mail, calendars, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, SharePoint and Lync (for Instant Messaging). For individual users, there is Office Web Apps on Skydrive, which offers free versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote for Windows Live users.

Office 365 is intended for businesses, with flexible pricing plans to choose from. So if Google Apps for business has not been working for you, you should definitely check out the free trial version of Office 365.

Bloggers’ Experience with Office 365

Ever heard about the Microsoft flagship cloud platform Office 365? Want to learn about it and how to effectively use it from Microsoft Experts? If yes, then go to www.office365.com, download a trial version of it and then attend the BAKE experience With Microsoft Office 365 event on 15th September at Nailab from 9am.

Full Details

What: BAKE Experience with Microsoft Office 365

When: 15th September, 9am to 11am.

Where: Nailab, 4th Floor Bishop Magua Centre. Ngong Road, opposite Uchumi hyper.

To get the full experience, remember to download a trial version of office 365 at www.office365.com , get a feel of it before the event and then its the benefits broken down to you at the event.

Nairobi Half Life: My Review

Would I watch it again? Definitely.

A scene in the movie Nairobi half-life

As my friends and I walked out of the theater at Westgate on Saturday night, we felt the movie was worth every shilling of the Ksh 450 ticket that we paid for. The movie is about a young man from the village called Mwas, who comes to Nairobi to try and live his dream of becoming an actor. He ends up in the wrong side of town and has to lead some sort of double life as things go wrong and we are left wondering if there will be a happy ending.

This is a movie that will hold your attention from the beginning to the very end. The script is very well written and the conversations are gripping, hilarious at times and intense in others. Each character is just so real you cannot believe it’s all an act. Everyone in the movie has their own struggles, ambitions of becoming something better while they survive the current times, doing whatever it is they do.

The scenes in the movie are familiar and portray the reality of Nairobi that some of us may have seen, experienced or imagined. Scenes that show you what happens when your car’s side mirrors and headlights are removed and then later re-sold to you along the spare parts shops of Kirinyaga Road, or exactly who lives in those apartments downtown and how gangs pay protection fee to the cops. How easily crime can escalate from small time robberies to carjackings.

Mwas on the day he arrived in Nairobi to pursue his acting dreams

But this is not the story of a gang, this is the story of people and their dreams, and their lives pursuing those dreams in this city. At the end of the movie, is the question of whether you choose to look, or to look away. The characters are memorable, such as Oti played by Wilfred Olwenya and of course the main character Mwas, played by James Wairimu.

So on Saturday night some of the cast of Nairobi half-life were at Westgate to (sign autographs, take pictures) interact with the audience and we got a picture with Oti, who looked smaller and so un-rugged compared to the character on the screen!

A guy in Oti’s gang, me, Oti and a friend of mine posing for photos

Nairobi Half Life is showing at Planet Media Westgate everyday at 3:20 pm and 7:30 pm. Charges: 450/= weekend, 350/= weekdays. It’s also showing at the Junction. See trailer below, watch the movie then come thank me!

Technology advances and becomes even more embedded in the Paralympic Games

London has been at the centre of the world for a while now, as during the 2012 Olympic Games. Once the Olympics finished, the Paralympic athletes stepped up to the limelight to compete for their countries. This year, technology is more advanced than before, showcasing the impressive feats of engineering and imagination that have helped the Paralympic athletes get ready to take part in the competition of a lifetime. The cutting-edge technology of this competition includes the wheelchairs that are used for the basketball competition. Britain’s Paralympic basketball team have wheelchairs that are based on the design of an F1 car. Their seats are made of foam and have been designed by BMW engineers.

One of the most apparent examples of technology being built into the Paralympic Games, is that which is used by ‘blade runners’. These athletes are equipped with carbon fibre running prostheses that enable them to run extremely fast. Seeing these athletes in action is very impressive, for those who follow sports closely and even others who tend to prefer different hobbies like playing cards or learning about poker on sites like poker.dk. This type of technology is now able to provide an elastic energy return of 92 per cent, while natural human strength can deliver a return of 95 per cent.

The technology advances that have been showcased at the Paralympic Games are not likely to stay confined to the Olympic Park. In a very positive statement, the International Paralympic Committee has told how its guidelines stipulated that the equipment manufacturers have to consider the cost of making the products available on a large scale, so that the technological advances are not just there to aid top athletes, but are accessible for the general public as well.

FYI: Kenya at The Paralympics So Far

PHOTO | LEON NEAL Kenya’s Abraham Tarbei celebrates after winning the men’s 1500m T46 during the Paralympic Games at the Olympic Park in east London, on September 4, 2012. Image from nation.co.ke

  • Kenya’s Paralympics team on fire as Korir takes silver in dramatic 1,500m
  • Mary Nakhumicha fails to make the final of the F57 discus throw, finishing 12th with 17.53 metres, but her best event, the javelin, is yet to come
  • Kenya now has two gold medals (Muchai, Tarbei), one silver (Korir) and a bronze (Henry Kirwa)
  • Samwel Mushai becomes the first man in his visually impaired classification to go under the four-minute barrier in a Paralympic competition

Source: Daily Nation

FYI: Kenya finished 28th at the Olympics with 2 gold medals, 4 silver, and 5 bronze (11 medals). You can find more stats on the Kenya Olympics wiki page. And also by doing some Googling 🙂