Eventbrite

If you long to become a swingin’ cat who makes the rounds of local cultural events like outdoor concerts, book-club meetups, film festivals, and sake tastings, you should check out Eventbrite. The service boasts a robust event listing and the ability to purchase tickets. You won’t be able to use it to buy tickets for sporting events or high-profile shows, and you can’t create your own events directly from the mobile app. Still, Eventbrite is worth checking out, if you’re looking for cool smaller-scale happenings in your town.

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Welcome to the Party, Pal
The web-based Eventbrite puts the most important thing, search, front and center. Like Songkick, Eventbrite’s homepage automatically detects your location based on your location and pre-fills the location search criteria; you simply key-in an event name or category. You can even filter your searches by date, if you’re specifically looking for a good time this upcoming weekend.
Beneath that search bar lives a large area that’s filled with upcoming events. If you haven’t created an account, you see a simple listing of activities and performances in your area. If you create an account, however, the app shows you events that match the topics of interest you selected when you signed up. For example, I selected the Cultural, Food & Drink, and Festival categories when I signed up, so my Eventbrite homepage is often filled with the likes of A Decadent Evening of Chocolate and Cocktails, Pop Up Dinner NYC, and New York Cocktail Expo. The bottom of the page displays trending topics, such as Networking and Sports & Wellness.

It’s important to understand what kind of bookings you can make with the service—and what kinds you can’t. Eventbrite specializes in smaller, cooler events, such as tastings, indie music performances, conventions, and readings. Ticketmaster, on the other hand, offers tickets for high-profile shows, such as The Book of Mormon and The Lion King. This is not the sort of thing you’ll find on Eventbrite. That said, Tribeca Film Festival uses Eventbrite to handle its ticketing, so I used the service to gain access to a Cobra Kai screening before the television show made its debut on YouTube Premium.
Selecting an event takes you to a page on which you can view the event venue, address, date, start and end times, and location (which you can view using an embedded Google Map, much as you can with Songkick). I also like that each event has tags that lead you to similar events when you click through. Unfortunately, you can’t track recurring events, such as the NYC Craft Beer Festival, to receive alerts for an impending show. This kind of tracking is an area in which Songkick truly excels.

Saving and Purchasing Tickets
You can save events by clicking the bookmark icon located just beneath the listing’s main image. Alternately, you can buy tickets by clicking the large green Tickets icon. Saved events live in the Saved section, while purchased tickets live in the Tickets section. I like that Eventbrite separates those two categories, as it makes identifying which is which much simpler. Ticketmaster does the same, but Songkick, sadly, combines favorites and purchases into one category in its Plans section. You can also add events to your calendar, be it from Apple, Google, Outlook, or Yahoo.
The ticket purchase process requires that you input your name, email address, and credit/debit card information within a 15-minute time frame. If you don’t complete the purchase within the allotted time, you lose the held ticket and have to begin the process anew. In my experience with the service, Eventbrite handles the ticketing; I can’t recall a time when I was shuttled to Ticketmaster or StubHub to complete the transaction. Songkick, on the other hand, sends you to a third party to make a ticket purchase.
Sadly, Eventbrite doesn’t support multiple account logins. This makes things a bit frustrating for people like me who use Eventbrite for both professional (E3 after parties) and personal reasons (ramen festivals). The ability to switch between accounts would be a welcome addition. Instead, you have to create two accounts, with two different email addresses, and then log in and out as needed.
Eventbrite keeps a full record of all your ticket purchases. In fact, I scrolled back to 2009 (nearly a decade ago!) to find an invite for a housewarming party. I didn’t expect Eventbrite to serve up some warm and fuzzy memories when I started testing it for this review.

The Eventbrite Mobile Apps
Eventbrite has apps for the Android and iOS platforms. I mainly tested Eventbrite on my Google Pixel XL, but I spent a bit of time with the iPhone version, too. The apps are very similar to each other in terms of design, and both offer the browser-based version’s many useful features. That said, they differ from the web version in small ways.
For example, you can use your phone as a barcode-based e-ticket instead of physically printing one out a ticket—that’s very convenient. In addition, the mobile apps let you edit your user profile to add or remove event topics. Unfortunately, that option isn’t available in the web version.
Paint the Town Red
Overall, Eventbrite is a useful tool for discovering interesting events in your neck of the woods. Depending on what you’re into, Eventbrite could serve as your main method of discovering local activities, or, if you’re like me, you may find it works best as a companion to the likes of StubHub and Ticketmaster. Eventbrite is excellent at serving up cupcake bake-offs, walking tours, and other relatively small-scale events, but if it’s big-name Broadway shows you’re after, StubHub and Ticketmaster are better choices.

IDC, Cisco survey assesses future IT staffing needs

Network engineers, architects and administrators will be among the most critical job positions to fill if enterprises are to meet their digital transformation goals, according to an IDC survey tracking future IT staffing trends.

 The survey, sponsored by Cisco, zeroed in on the top 10 technology trends shaping IT hiring and 20 specific roles IT professionals should consider in terms of expanding their skills and training. IDC surveyed global IT hiring managers and examined an estimated 2 million IT job postings to assess current and future IT staffing needs.

The survey results showed digital transformation is increasing demand for skills in a number of key technology areas, driven by the growing number of network-connected devices, the adoption of cloud services and the rise in security threats.

Intersections provide hot jobs

IDC classified the intersections of where hot technologies and jobs meet as “significant IT opportunities” for current and future IT staffing, said Mark Leary, directing analyst at Cisco Services.

“From computing and networking resources to systems software resources, lots of the hot jobs function at these intersections and take advantage of automation, AI and machine learning.” Rather than eliminating IT staff jobs, a lot of jobs take advantage of those same technologies, he added.

Organizations are preparing for future IT staffing by filling vacant IT positions from within rather than hiring from outside the company, then sending staff to training, if needed, according to the survey.

But technology workers still should investigate where the biggest challenges exist and determine where they may be most valued, Leary said.

“Quite frankly, IT people have to have greater understanding of the business processes and of the innovation that’s going on within the lines of business and have much more of a customer focus.”

The internet of things illustrates the complexity of emerging digital systems. Any IoT implementation requires from 10 to 12 major technologies to come together successfully, and the IT organization is seen as the place where that expertise lies, Leary said.

IDC’s research found organizations place a high value on training and certifications. IDC found that 70% of IT leaders believe certifications are an indicator of a candidate’s qualifications and 82% of digital transformation executives believe certifications speed innovation and new ways to support the business.

Network influences future IT staffing

IDC’s results also reflect the changes going on within enterprise networking.

Digital transformation is raising the bar on networking staffs, specifically because it requires enterprises to focus on newer technologies, Leary said. The point of developing skills in network programming, for example, is to work with the capabilities of automation tools so they can access analytics and big data.

This isn’t something that’s evolutionary; it’s revolutionary.
Mark Learydirecting analyst, Cisco Services

In 2015, only one in 15 Cisco-certified workers viewed network programming as critical to his or her job. By 2017, the percentage rose to one in four. “This isn’t something that’s evolutionary; it’s revolutionary,” Leary said.

While the traditional measure of success was to make sure the network was up and running with 99.999% availability, that goal is being replaced by network readiness, Leary said. “Now you need to know if your network is ready to absorb new applications or that new video stream or those new customers we just let on the network.”

Leary is involved with making sure Cisco training and certifications are relevant and matched to jobs and organizational needs, he said. “We’ve been through a series of enhancements for the network programmability training we offer, and we continually add things to it,” he added. Cisco also monitors customers to make sure they’re learning about the right technologies and tools rather than just deploying technologies faster.

To meet the new networking demands, Cisco is changing its CCNA, CCNP and CCIE certifications in two different ways, Leary said. “We’ve developed a lot of new content that focuses on cybersecurity, network programming, cloud interactions and such because the person who is working in networking is doing that,” he said. The other emphasis is to make sure networking staff understands language of other groups like software developers.

For Sale – Kingston 16gb DDR4 Fury RAM (2x 8Gb, 2666mhz)

Following a change to a Ryzen system, my mini-itx X99 system is up for sale. All parts were purchased new from OCUK in August 15. The CPU, Motherboard and GFX card came with 3 year warranty, so all are in warranty until August 2019.

All parts are boxed, in good condition and fully working.

23 May – I am now selling 16gb (2x 8Gb sticks) of Kingston Hyper X Fury RAM (p/n HX426C15BK2/16) which is CAS 15 2666mhz RAM.

Looking for £110 delivered.

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Asrock X99e-ITX – the only mini-itx X99 motherboard in the world. The included cooler was never used. The paper manual is missing but can be downloaded from Asrock. Note that this uses the Socket 2011-3 Narrow Mount, not the bigger square mount found on MATX and ATX boards. I know that both Noctua and Asestek provide specific narrow mount brackets for their coolers. SOLD

Asus GTX 970 Mini – Mini-ITX sized GTX970 graphics card. SOLD

Intel i7-5820K (retail boxed ) – ran at stock. SOLD

Noctua NH-D9DX i4 3U – I used this as my cooler for about a year or so. Comes with 2011-3 narrow and square mounts. SOLD

Price and currency: £110
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For Sale – Ddr4 ram, G4400, i3 mobo ram combo, evo 212 and aio cooler

32gb ddr4 3000mhz ram (4 x 8gb) brand new sealed. £260

16gb (16gb X 1) ddr4 2400 £115 brand new sealed

SOLD

G4400 cpu new unused but unboxed. Sold elsewhere

I3 3220 cpu, 6gb ddr3, p8h61m mobo sold

Evo 212 cpu cooler unused but unboxed has upgraded fan sold

Masterliquid 240 aio cooler new and unused but unboxed sold elsewhere

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For Sale – My “No More Purchasing” Sale….

All the items are for sale at prices INC post. Please be aware that I have a LOT to sell and depending on how the sales go (timings) and my work/life balance they may NOT get dispatched the same day or even the next day, so only buy if you can live with a slightly relaxed arrival. Check my feedback, you will see I am 100% reliable though.

1 x 5820k Intel i7 S2011-3 Hexacore (one purchased and never used, other run at 4.5 GHz 1.3v without even trying other speeds or voltages) £145 each

Intel Xeon E5-2683 v3 S2011-3 (14 core, Base 2.0 GHz, Turbo 3.0 GHz, 44 lane) Was run in the X99-SLI board. £400

Gigabyte GA-X99P-SLI ATX motherboard S2011-3 – with all box contents as new. Great board for the CPUs selling above! £100

32GB of Crucial Ballistix Sport 2400MHz DDR4 £200

NESPi Raspberry Pi case (unused) £15

GearVR 2017 model with S9 support (brand new unopened) £70

DC7900 SFF complete PC,Q6600 BSEL-mod to 3GHz default voltage,8gb DDR2,160GB HDD,DVD in a SFF case £57

Atari 520 ST expanded to 1Mb, TOS 1.00, PSU, cable for FDD £80

Atari 520 STE 4Mb upgraded, TOS 1.62 £80

Tom Adapter for Amiga or ST mouse/joystick/USB – http://electronica4u.com/docs/adapter_tom_instruction_en.pdf £20

UBE Adapter for Atari ST video – both Mono & Colour £20

Amiga Pico, ST Pico PSU Bundles £20 & £17

1 x 5820k Intel i7 S2011-3 Hexacore (one purchased and never used, other run at 4.5 GHz 1.3v without even trying other speeds or voltages) £145 each + Asus X99S ATX motherboard S2011-3 – No Q connector (makes zero difference) but I cannot get 1 of the SATA ports to work but you have 11 others to choose from!! £65 *Sold elsewhere pending payment*

Brand new unopened Fractal Define S ATX case (non window model). Bought and didnt use! £50 + Fractal Define R5 ATX case (non window). All screws etc, good condition. Lovely case! £45 *sold pending payment elsewhere*

4 * 5 Tb Toshiba X300 7200rpm disks. Have sat gathering dust since upgrade. All are 100% SMART health but outside of Tosh 2 year warranty now. I had 1 faulty one which had early death but these were fully tested and no issues. £65 each *Sold elsewhere pend Payment*

4 * 5 Tb Toshiba X300 7200rpm disks. Have sat gathering dust since upgrade. All are 100% SMART health but outside of Tosh 2 year warranty now. I had 1 faulty one which had early death but these were fully tested and no issues. £65 each *4 sold GamesAreGood*

1x 5 Tb Toshiba X300 7200rpm disks. Have sat gathering dust since upgrade. All are 100% SMART health but outside of Tosh 2 year warranty now. I had 1 faulty one which had early death but these were fully tested and no issues. £65 each

NZXT Kraken X41 AIO 140mm radiator. Quiet and used in preference to H115i £30 *sold elsewhere*

Corsair HX850 80+ Silver PSU 850w £35 + Coolermaster Silent Pro 800W Gold PSU £35 *sold CanoeHQ*

Corsair H115i AIO 280mm radiator. Fans replaced. £40 *Sold Alxwood*

LSI SAS card SAS2008 chip – flashed M1015 in IT mode (individual disks). Can flash to RAID mode if you want £35 *Sold MrAerosmith*

Ask if more detail needed. All listed elsewhere too.

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For Sale – PC Parts and components for sale *OFFERS**QUICK SALE*

Hello,

Pc was built around 4-5 years ago has been used pretty much daily and never has let me down. Looking for upgrade hence sale.

Hazro 27HZ27WC – £125
Amd FX-8350 With custom fan (will find name) – £85inc
AMD HD7950 (will find brand) – £95 inc
Kingston Hyper X Black DDR3 1600 2X8GB – £65inc
ASUS Sabertooth 990FX With Box – £110inc
Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB – £30inc
Samsung SSD 840 series 250gb – £75inc
PSU Corsair HX850 – £110inc

Open to sensible offers and collection is welcome.

Thanks

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For Sale – Thinkpad X201 – 2.5GHz i5 – 4GB RAM – 160GB HDD

X201 Thinkpad

Machine is in good clean condition, usual marks on the rubberised lid and some shine to the keys/trackpad, but nothing out of the ordinary for a second hand unit. One of the rubber feet things is missing from the HDD dock too, the drive still fits snug though.

Intel M540 i5 2.53GHz
Intel HD 3000
4GB RAM
160GB HDD
Windows 7 Pro
12.1″ Screen

Windows 7 and drivers have been freshly installed, so it’s completely ready to use. Still really solid little laptops these. It was also the last X series with the old style keyboard, they changed it on the X220, then went with the divisive “chiclet” styles keys on the X230 and beyond.

Comes complete with the original charger.

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£80 Delivered.

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For Sale – HP 2740p 12.1″ Touchscreen – i5 – 8GB Ram – SSD

I have my HP 2740p laptop for sale.

It’s in full working order, it does have the odd mark on the casing, it does show signs of use but nothing that you wouldn’t expect.

It’s running Windows 10 pro, this will be reset to factory settings prior to been sent.

It has a 12.1 inch WXGA (1280 x 800) UWVA LED Backlit Touchscreen, this can be turned 180 degrees into tablet form, it includes a Touchscreen pen which is stored in the side of the laptop, you can also use your finger.

The battery was replaced when I got the laptop last year, it still holds a charge for a few hours.

Specs

Intel core i5 M 540 2.53GHz
8GB DDR3 Ram
128GB SSD drive
SD card reader
3 x USB 2.0 ports
Wifi
Pop out keyboard night light

I am also including the docking station which attaches to the bottom of the laptop, it adds the following,

3x USB 2.0
1x eSATA
1x VGA (Dsub 15 pin)
1x Ethernet (RJ-45)
1x Audio Out (Headphone)
1x Audio In (Microphone)
1x Display Port
1 x DVD+/-RW Drive

Charger and laptop bag also included.

I think that covers everything, any questions please ask.

Price and currency: 170
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Location: Pontefract
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For Sale – Kingston 1 x 8GB DDR4 2400MHz SODIMM and Steelseries Stratus XL Joypad….. prices reduced

Bought a new system this week ( MSI Trident 3) so upgraded the ram from the machine, the machine has only been turned on once and run for 30 min so pretty much new.
Had a quick look around online and it seems the going rate is around £80ish
So £55 delivered obviously if it can be found cheaper please link and i will adjust. New price of £35 deliverd new price £30 delivered

Also i have a brand new sealed steelseries joypad again the cheapest i found was £47
So £40 new price £35 delivered

Price and currency: £55 and £40
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Location: Portsmouth
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