Writing great software is one of our many passions at PaperCut. We also manage to have a little bit of fun, that seems to center around beer and coffee (and not necessarily in that order)!
Tying in with International Beer Day, our cross continent team reflects on our brews of both kinds. Firstly, Vanessa White our support guru of all things Mac gives us the low down on why the city that’s home to our US office is so endeared to this aeromatic amber liquid.
Here in Portland, Oregon we’ve got a bit of a reputation for being Beervana. To be perfectly honest, it’s a well earned reputation thanks to the craft and homebrew community that’s sprung up since the 1980s. For a great overview of the history of brewing in Oregon I’d highly recommend checking out this Beervana documentary OPB put out in 2007.
While we love our local beers we also appreciate the labor of other regions and countries, so with International Beer Day coinciding with our weekly Beer Thirty here in the Portland office we figured we should take this opportunity to appreciate beers from around the world.
So, behold our glorious spread and some of the Portland beer lovers from our team:
During Beer Thirty we’ll do a beer tasting of some of the pictured beers and take notes on what folks like and dislike. We did a brief pilot test last week with some Japanese craft beers from Nest with interesting results. My prediction: Stiegl Radler will be a team favorite.
Whether it’s seasonally appropriate to be drinking lagers or stouts have a safe and responsible international beer day!
A brew of another kind…
During regular hours, our Melbourne team are fuelled by a darker brew. A humble liquid, brewed from beans rather than grains and hops. You’re always certain to find one of the team huddled around the shrine of all things caffeine, creating the java we like to drink rather than create in our aptly named /dev/coffee cafe.
Just this week, our newest team members (including me, Jacqui from Marketing making coffee above right) headed to Melbourne’s north, taking a break from coding to learn about refractometers, grinders and coffee varietals.
Rolling up their sleeves for hands on training, Grinders Coffee hosted two groups of newbies who learnt about finding balance in a cup of coffee, along with how to make the perfect cup. Whether you’re an espresso or cappuccino aficionado, it’s complex to get all of the elements right. Firstly, you need good beans (warning, keeping them exposed to air or in bean hopper of your grinder longer than 24 hours makes stale coffee). Then it’s down to the right grind, again, making sure you don’t exceed a 15 minute window of freshness between grind and brew.
Next, get the right dose into the group handle, before tamping, pour time and turning milk to silk. Getting 26-30 seconds through the group handle, “pour time” is key as is timing of your milk in the steam nozzle and stretching and rolling in the jug. Phew, now, practice, practice, practice until you’re comfortable making the CEO a cup! (who proudly makes one for anyone in the team).
All in all, we now have another dozen certified, accomplished baristas, who can make you a good cup of joe if you ever drop by.
Oh, and not to be trumped by Portland’s beer fest, the folks in our Melbourne office will also be raising their bottles at our regular Friday beer o’clock today.
Stay coffee-fuelled and print wise!
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Guest contributor: Megan Greenberg, Americas Pre-Sales Specialist
The high cost of maintaining laptops and tablets has been a key driver for Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) adoption in schools. This was certainly evident at the ISTE conference and exhibition in the US earlier this month where educators from all over the globe converged to see the latest technology for schools.
Pictured above left: PaperCut team Joe, Desha and Megan. Right: our busy booth
From day one of the event, the team were immersed in an educational melting pot of ideas and technology. Thousands of brilliant educators and teachers gave rise to an electrifying scholastic atmosphere.
Once the convention was underway, the team were inundated with crowds stopping by our booth. We had a range of educators enthusiastically sharing their print infrastructure, ranging from those who had never heard of PaperCut to those who were installing the 40-day free trial, to customers who have used us at many schools over the years.
Why BYOD is growing in schools
BYOD was the most popular topic for educators who wanted staff and students to print from any platform of mobile devices including any brand of Chromebooks. Along with the initial cost savings when schools do not purchase or lease mobile devices, educators told us that redirecting device purchases to other technology areas benefited the curriculum and students. Another plus was extending learning opportunities for students by using the same device at school and home.
Cutting waste and cost savings
Saving already stretched budgets and resources was the overall theme from the discussions at our booth. Educators were interested in how PaperCut could save money by implementing print policies that would control student printing jobs by setting up restrictions on page quotas, enforcing mandatory black and white and duplex printing, and charging older students.
Along with BYOD teachers were incredibly interested in Find-Me Printing and Release Station Printing. Key takeouts were how they could both drastically reduce paper waste and ensure secure printing, especially when sharing printers with students.
Testing our theory on student printing
During our discussions about print policies and management we discovered a surprising realization. Initially our focus for print policies and management was geared to target unauthorised printing by students, however, nearly everyone we spoke with said that the students were not the real problem, that it was really the educators themselves who needed more controls on their own printing and copying.
My favorite interactions at the show were with educators and teachers that had never heard of PaperCut. Existing customers would jump in and take over the conversation, giving their story on how much they love our software and how we’ve changed their schools for the better. A few even started giving instructions on how they would set up at a new school and manage print policies. What better testimonials could we have, PaperCut customers showing educators how to get on board.
Pictured above left: Megan out and about at ISTE. Right: our koala friends on the booth
At the end of a full week, all of our mini koalas (showing our Australian heritage) had found new homes and the team came back with a wealth of knowledge on printing in schools along with a whole bunch of new PaperCut champions.
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We, the business, industry and sporting leaders of Australia, write to express our support for Marriage Equality.
We support diversity in the workforce and recognise the rights of our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) employees to live and work, free of prejudice and discrimination, with all the essential freedoms enjoyed by other members of our organisations and the broader community.
The rights and liberties of all individuals are sacrosanct. They are essential in the creation of a healthy, harmonious and open society.
An equitable society, free of discrimination, also allows all employees to function at their best. Australia is a robust democracy however, we support seeing it treat all its citizens equally.
Legalised discrimination in one area allows discrimination to flourish in all areas.
Australians are increasingly supportive of marriage equality, with a recent Crosby Textor survey showing seventy-two percent, believe same sex couples should be allowed to marry. We agree. Of the remaining twenty-eight percent only fourteen percent strongly opposed the proposition.
Globally, over twenty countries have passed laws to allow same sex marriage, including countries that are culturally similar to ours like New Zealand, the United States of America, Canada, and Great Britain. These countries did so with lower support for marriage equality than Australia is seeing right now.
On May 22nd, the Republic of Ireland held a referendum to sanction same sex marriage. A Yes vote was supported by the Government, all major political parties and the voters themselves.
On June 26th, the U.S. Supreme court returned a judgement in favour of legalising same sex marriage across all 50 states.
These two events see Australia isolated amongst countries with English as a first language.
Not only is marriage equality the only truly fair option, it is also a sound economic option given, that a happy workforce is a productive one. To remain competitive and to attract top talent globally organisations – and nations – must create a fair and respectful environment for all.
Equality in the workplace works; Discrimination does not.
We support the right for all our employees to have equal opportunities in life. We therefore support marriage equality.
Chris Dance and Matt Doran
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