Another successful GTUG meeting last night – we had about 35 people coming out to play.
There was something for everyone in the session of talks last night. First off, Seamus Rooney of the Clarity Centre in UCD gave a talk on Google Power Meter (GPM), what it is, how it’s used and his experience getting it set up with the CurrentCost meter system. GPM provides a nice set of tools/widgets for users to monitor their energy consumption over time and it seems pretty straightforward to configure. It’s interesting that Google has the potential to build up a huge database of (largely residential) energy consumption patterns from all over the world – some very valuable data there. [Link to Seamus’s slides].
Next up, there were two talks by Camara, an education focused charity which uses Google Apps for Education in its deployments. Eoghan Crosby was first out – he’s the main technical guy in Camara – and he gave a talk on how they have integrated Salesforce and Google Apps to enable the charity itself to run as a very lean operation. Following that, Steven Daly talked about some of the issues they encounter when trying to deploy Google Apps for Education within the Irish school system – a very interesting talk which dealt with many of the softer issues which can hinder technology adoption. Steven and Eoghan are always looking for technically minded volunteers and any GTUGgers that think this might be a good cause can get in touch with them via their website. [Eoghan’s talk] [Steven’s talk].
The final talk of the evening was given by John Dalton on his experience installing Gingerbread with Cyanogenmod on a HTC Desire. John was completely enthused by this release of Android – he talked through his experience installing the distribution on the phone and demonstrated some of the new features that got him excited. John gave a fantastic talk, completely off the cuff and we hope he’ll be taking to the mic again soon! [Notes on installing Cyanogenmod].
Next GTUG on March 29th.