I had a fun afternoon last Saturday with some Gee Thugs in KL.
Sounds like a triad, looks like a triad, smells like a triad. The only thing is, it’s not a triad.
GTUG (yeah pronounced Gee Thug) is the abbreviation for Google Technology User Group.
The first meetup of GTUG KL was at iTrain, Jalan Tun Razak, Megan Avenue just beside Plaza OSK.
Mike from iTrain was the wonderful and ever smiling host of the day.
GTUG KL was founded by Nazrul who had everything ready to go for the first meetup of Malaysian Google fans.
Nazrul gave an overview of the GTUG and then proceeded to fill the crowd with information of Google Android.
Some photos to share:
He also ran the Android emulator or virtual device with Eclipse IDE.
Following that, we had lightning talks, where those who are interested gave an average 5 minutes talk on their Google Technology of choice.
Colin Charles a.k.a. bytebot shared about the powerful Google Sites that can replace traditional free hosted websites like Geocities, Tripod and the likes in no time. He also feature Google Sites as ‘A poor man’s version of MS Access’.
Then, along came Razlan who showed us his Android G1! 🙂
He got his G1 for free from Wherecamp 09 at Palo Alto.
He has a program in the G1 that could decode the QR code on Nazrul’s t-shirt.
I had a chance to borrow the Android from Razlan later and found out that I like it so much!
Even though it’s the first generation of Android, I can’t help loving it already. 🙂
Subsequently, Haresh demonstrated how Google SketchUp can easily create 3D modelling without the need to have complicated software installed.
At the end of the lightning talk sessions, a voting was held to select the best talk to win a GTUG t-shirt and a cool GTUG USB Hub which transforms more than Optimus Prime. The winner was Tekong. I’m starting to like his talks already since the previous one from BarCamp. 🙂
A group shot of the GTUG KL first meetup before all of us belah.
Oh, just in case you were wondering why I wasn’t in the photos, that’s because I took those photographs. Hehe..
Thanks to Surianee, there are a couple of photos with me in it. 🙂
You can checkout some videos recorded by Mike from his YouTube itrainulearn channel.
If you’re a fan of Google Technologies and located in KL, come join the user group and meet some techies and some not-so-techie a.k.a noob like me. 🙂
If you’re interested to set up a GTUG at another area, contact Nazrul.
Do follow GTUG events/meetups, Facebook group and twitter.
GTUG members are really not thugs. Serious. 🙂