GovHack Rockhampton 2017

Creating something new and exciting using government data sounds like an oxymoron, but believe us, it’s true.

Want to be a part of creating something new and exciting, in one of the biggest competitions of its kind? Then look no further than GovHack this weekend, Friday July 28 to Sunday July 30.

GovHack is a government sponsored event aimed at encouraging the creative use of open data published by all levels of government. And it’s not just the mundane things like population demographics and crime statistics, but everything from coastal wave data, to camping permits, racing thoroughbreds, information about the local koala population and much more.

Despite what the name may imply, and while our resident software development guru and GovHack 2016 participant Ben Wonnocott would argue they can be useful, GovHack isn’t about a bunch of programmers and nerds locking themselves away with their laptops for a weekend.

GovHack draws on the talents of members of the community from all sorts of backgrounds, with those from a non-technical background as valuable as those from a technical field. From storytellers, artists and other creatives, to entrepreneurs and small business owners, to students, academics, developers and designers – anyone and everyone has a part to play.

Teams have 46 hours to brainstorm and develop their ‘hack’, along with an accompanying presentation as part of the submission. Entries can range from apps, to art, 3D models and everything in between. The only limit is your imagination, and that any entry makes use of at least one open government data set.

A time lapse of last year’s Rockhampton event can be seen here:

To register for GovHack 2017 in Rockhampton, visit the following link and be sure to register for the Rockhampton Node.

We hope to see some of you there.

Technology News: MS Paint to be removed from Windows 10

Microsoft Paint has been a friendly face in all Windows operating systems since 1985, but on July 24th Microsoft announced that it will no longer be supported after the release of the Windows 10 Fall Creator’s Update.  This doesn’t mean you have to say good bye to Microsoft Paint just yet, Microsoft has listed the program as “deprecated”, meaning “not in active development and might be removed in future releases”.  No need to be too concerned though, there are plenty of free (and often better) alternatives available should Microsoft deem the application to be near the end of its life.

Paint.Net –
Paint.NET is free image and photo editing software for PCs that run Windows. It features an intuitive and innovative user interface with support for layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and a wide variety of useful and powerful tools.

Microsoft Paint 3D
Microsoft Paint 3D is the replacement offer from Microsoft as part of the Windows 10 Creator Update.  It has a more modern interface than the current Microsoft Paint, with 3D drawing capabilities but lacks the features of a lot of the alternative programs.

Short for GNU Image Manipulation Program, GIMP is free and is ideal for photo retouching, free-form drawing and more specialized tasks.   The application is much more in depth than Microsoft Paint and is suggested as more of an alternative to Adobe Photoshop. For those who want more than what Microsoft Paint has to offer but without spending a lot, GIMP may be what you are after.

The changing face of A&B Mylec Ultimate information Technology Services

We are have had a change of face here at A&B Mylec Ultimate Information Technology Services. We have shortened our name to ABM.IT, we gave up counting how many syllables were in the old name after 15. We are still part of the A&B Mylec Group and still at the same convenient CBD location.

We’d like to take this time to point out some propaganda (we mean flyer) for you to browse. We tried not to use too many big words but sometimes “Computers are Great” doesn’t quite get the message across.

An important part of the message in the flyer is about the ABM.IT’s approach to technology investment. Technology investment needs to drive business improvement and not just be a cost burden. Something which we see as critical in the region’s current economic climate.

Many opportunities are taking place in the region and changes to technology are presenting new hurdles to be overcome. We want to reaffirm ABM.IT’s commitment to being your technology partner in your future endeavors.

If you would like to catch up with us at ABM.IT, orange juice, coffee and conversation can be supplied to discuss your current technology needs.