For Sale – MSI 970GTX i5 4690K Asus maximus Ranger VII DVDRw

Hi all,
***Edit – now have packaging so can split ***
i am going away in a couple of months and will be unable to use my pc so parts are for sale!

MSI 970GTX
Intel i5 4690K
Asus maximus Ranger VII motherboard
Lite-On iHAS 524 (D revision)
Coolermaster Hyper 212 EVO CPU cooler.

Looking to sell as a bundle as i don’t have any packaging for PC parts at the mo.

collection from London (east) or can deliver if we agree before hand.

I am looking for £460 Collected for a system that has held up really well against VM’s , Gaming the lot. never overclocked too and run 100% stable.

any questions do let me know, not in a hurry to sell just yet but would really prefer a face to face transaction as i have no packaging lol.

Price and currency: 100
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: Bank transfer / paypal (flexible)
Location: Stratford
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Wanted – Looking for AM3+ MOBO,CPU COOLER, DDR3 RAM, DVD WRITER

Hi I am trying to put together a PC for my daughter. I have a amd 9590 cpu and a atx midi tower case, hard drive looking for the following please;

psu 600w plus
am3+ motherboard
amd cpu cooler
DDR3 MEMORY 16GB If possible
dvd writer

I am on a budget spent loads already on kids uniforms etc.Hope you guys can help.

Thank you

Location: Middlesbrough

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Wanted – IPS Monitor 1080p or 1440p 24″-27″

Looking for a Monitor 24″-27″ must be IPS and great if 100hz /144hz (g-sync is prefferred). But will consider 60hz if price fair. Must be fully working and great if has some warranty left.

1080p or 1440p.
Can come collect if local to greater Manchester or within 60miles.

Location: Newton, Hyde, Greater Manchester

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For Sale – 5x ASUS Dual GTX1070 8GB

1: 5x Asus DUAL-GTX1070-O8G – £390/ea shipped (RM Special Delivery Insured) – £380/ea collected
DUAL-GTX1070-O8G | Graphics Cards | ASUS United Kingdom
Comes with box, ~2 months old.

Yes I used it for mining and no there aren’t any issues, was not modified BIOS etc is still original. Selling as I’m moving into a apartment and not ideal space for this.

Will not ship first, collection preferred.

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Will post pics in a hour or so.

Price and currency: £390/ea
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Payment method: Bank Transfer
Location: Leicester
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For Sale – MS Surface RT 32 GB with black keyboard

Surface RT 32gb with black keyboard in excellent condition, comes with charger.

Pics in this thread: For Sale – Surface RT 32 GB with black keyboard, and 1 blue keyboard

Have literally used it a couple of times since I bought it so I think it’s time to let someone else get some use out of it!

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Location: Kent
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For Sale – Macbook Pro 13″ 2015 with Apple Care

Hi,

I’m selling a Macbook Pro 13″. 2015 model. It’s a 8gb RAM, 128GB, i5 version and comes with a 128GB SD card that fits in an adaptor. The adaptor sits in the SD card slot flush with the macbook body.

It has AppleCare until March 2018.

I bought this macbook a couple of months back from these forums: For Sale – MacBook Pro 13” (Late 2015) 8GB, 128GB with Apple Care ,fully boxed with 128GB expandable adapter

Further details and pics can be seen in the original post.

Reason for sale – gadget addiction! I’ve just bought a windows gaming laptop and therefore wish to sell this macbook.

Happy to answer any questions.

Price and currency: £720
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Payment method: BT
Location: Farnham GU10
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New Tools in Windows Device Portal for the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

In the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, Device Portal now offers several new tools from across Windows to help you location test your UWP, explore Mixed Reality, build new hardware peripherals and test your apps new installation pipeline. It’s a little bit of goodness for everyone, and we’re excited to share these with you.
If you’re not familiar with Device Portal, you can check out the blog posts below to see what other tools you can find in Device Portal, or look at the new docs.microsoft.com to learn how to enable it.
And as always, all of these tools are backed by a REST API, so that you can use it from a scripting or client application environment using the Device Portal Wrapper.
Location Based Testing
Most of us don’t have the travel budgets to test our apps across the world – but pretending to travel is almost as good!  The Location tool in Device Portal lets you easily change the location that Windows reports to apps. By tapping the “Override” check box, you can swap out the device location for whatever you set using the map or lat/long text boxes. Be sure to uncheck the box when you’re done so that your location (and timezone) come back to reality – every vacation must end…

Figure 1: The News app keeping me up to date with local headlines!
This also works for web pages in Microsoft Edge, letting you test your webpages in different parts of the world.
Some notes on what this tool can and cannot do:
This doesn’t change the locale of your PC! So the News app above still saw an EN-US user in the middle of Italy.
You may not see all apps using this location. Some programs don’t use the Windows API to determine location or have special logic (e.g. using your IP address) to determine your location.
This tool marks the PositionSource of the location data as “Default.” Some apps may check for the source and alter their behavior based on it.
Happy travels!
USB Diagnostics
This one goes out to all the hardware folks – if “HLK” or “WDK” sound familiar, you might find this handy. The USB team has updated the USBView tool to work inside Device Portal, so developers working on new hardware can have more tooling at their fingertips.
The USB Devices tool can be a bit tricky to find – head to the hamburger menu in the top right, and go to “Add tools to workspace.”  Scroll to the bottom and check the “USB Devices” box, then hit “Add.” And voila – a full view of your systems USB hubs, controllers and peripherals. The hubs and controllers expand to show individual devices using the + (plus) sign, and clicking the gear will expand to show the items properties.

Streaming App Install Debugging
The Windows 10 Creators Update added ““streaming installation” for UWP, which allows a user to launch the app before it finished downloading. In order to make this easy to test, the App Model team has added a Streaming Install Debugger tool to Device Portal. To use it, deploy an app with content groups to the device, then open the Streaming Install Debugger. In it you’ll be able to edit the states of the content groups so you can test your apps behavior as streaming install is being simulated and ensure it behaves correctly when content groups are missing.

For more details, check out Andy Liu’s blog posts about the new App Installer and Streaming Install Debugger tools.
Mixed Reality Tooling
One of the bigger splashes in the Fall Creators Update is the addition of Mixed Reality to Windows Desktop. As part of that release, we’re including a suite of tools to help developers build great Mixed Reality apps. Two of these tools may look familiar to HoloLens developers – 3D View and a Framerate counter. There’s also a new app launch option that appears when you have an immersive headset attached to your PC, which lets you launch your app in Mixed Reality.
Frame rate is an important factor in making mixed reality apps comfortable, and it’s important for developers to optimize performance to hit full frame rate on the systems they support. The Frame Rate tool in the Device Portal helps by showing developers both the frame rate of their app and of the system’s compositor.

The 3D View helps when testing your immersive headset’s interactions with the real world, displaying its position as it moves through space.

Finally, what good is tooling if you can’t actually run your app in your immersive headset? Now, when you have an immersive headset attached, the Installed Apps tool will add a button letting you launch the app in the HMD. While fully immersive apps will always run in Mixed Reality, this new button is particularly useful for 2D UWP apps (or apps that switch between 2D and immersive) when you want to test them in Mixed Reality.

As always, if you have ideas for Device Portal that would help you write or debug apps, please leave us a note on our UserVoice or upvote an existing request. If you run into bugs, please file it with us via the Feedback Hub.
Related Posts:
Using Device Portal to view debug logs for UWP
Using the App File Explorer to see your app data

Office 365 admins can evolve as platform expands

A move to Office 365 can leave administrators feeling nonessential in the cloud productivity platform. But it’s not all bad news: The switch can spur IT teams to develop skills and empower end users to take full advantage of cloud services.

Microsoft has added a number of new services to the Office 365 suite over the years, creating an integrated enterprise collaboration platform. The company recently delivered SaaS offerings for business analytics with Power BI, a phone system through the Cloud PBX service, Skype for Business and the Yammer enterprise social network. With each new service rollout, end users must understand the capabilities of the applications.

This means that, as Microsoft pours development resources into its cloud products, Office 365 admins see their duties shift from system troubleshooters to internal marketers. Rather than wait for employees to file tickets, Office 365 admins must be internal marketers who sell users on the benefits of each app.

Administrators also can take on system integration functions. Microsoft developed a series of APIs to link its services to other products. Office 365 admins can use these tools to improve key areas, such as system security, or to work with business managers to develop procedures, such as an automated document workflow.

Translate high uptime into me time

Microsoft promises 99.9% uptime to Office 365 customers. What’s the perk of this high availability? It frees the support staff to focus on improving company processes, said Tim Clark, president of consulting firm C3 Solutions. IT staff learns about the latest features in the rapidly growing Office 365 collaboration platform and then shares those findings with users to maximize application use.

In-house app stores can ease the IT workload

Microsoft created an application store with its partners to offer a variety of tools and apps, which have a few benefits for admins. An in-house app store gives Office 365 admins a way to deploy and maintain corporate apps more easily. It simplifies the choices for users with a list of approved apps that the IT staff supports. Additionally, administrators can track downloads and employee usage trends.

The app store not only solves issues that have plagued users, but it also enables companies to keep up with trends in social media and remote workforces. Employees often get frustrated when scheduling meetings; the third-party add-in FreeBusy Scheduling Assistant uses automation to make the process less of a chore.

Also, social media has blurred the lines between personal and business offerings. For example, Starbucks developed an Office 365 application for users to schedule meetings at the local store. The Zomato Restaurant Finder helps executives determine where to go for a business lunch.

But enterprise app stores have downsides. They must work with a wide assortment of technologies and vendors. And supporting such heterogeneous environments — without breaking the budget — is difficult. For instance, allowing end users to bring any type of phone into the organization could strain Office 365. Therefore, a company can limit the number of phones it supports. Additionally, companies might need to add applications that Microsoft does not directly endorse.

What is Microsoft’s Office 365 strategy anyway?

Since the emergence of Office 365, there has been some question about what Microsoft’s plan for these services is all about. In this podcast, Scott Robinson, a SharePoint and BI expert, notes, “Microsoft has done a lot of repackaging, and sometimes, that is just to cover the fact that they haven’t finished a product.”

“Enterprises may want to integrate Slack into their collaboration platform,” said Joshua Trupin, research vice president at Directions on Microsoft.

Other integration needs can arise. Typically, consumer mobile device apps act independently of one another, but businesses must integrate them with Office 365. For example, if a company wants to tie its order management app to the logistics product, the customer often has to build and maintain these links.

Regimented approach can tame costs

Most organizations have a mix of apps — some run on premises and others in the cloud. Develop a standardized approach to provision and manage these apps, and keep a close eye on the licensing agreements to avoid any unexpected bills from cloud app vendors.

To track and ensure license compliance, Office 365 admins can use financial management tools from suppliers — such as Cloudability, Cloudyn and VMware with vRealize Business for Cloud — to keep cloud costs in line.

The notion that public cloud is less expensive than other alternatives also has been challenged recently. Some businesses that operated without a strict cloud pricing arrangement discover these offerings cost more than anticipated.

Microsoft wants to make blockchain networks enterprise-ready with its new Coco Framework

Interest in blockchains is at an all-time high, but there are still plenty of technical issues to solve, especially for enterprises that want to adopt this technology for smart contracts and other use cases. For them, issues like throughput, latency, governance and confidentiality are still major stumbling blocks for using blockchains. With its new Coco Framework, Microsoft wants to solve these issues and make blockchains more suitable for the enterprise.

In an interview earlier this week, Microsoft’s CTO for Azure (and occasional novelist) Mark Russinovich told me the company is seeing a lot of interest in blockchain technology among its users. They like the general idea of a distributed ledger, but a system that can only handle a handful of transactions a second doesn’t work for them — what they want is a technology that can handle a thousand or more transactions per second.

The Coco Framework solves these fundamental issues with blockchains by introducing a trusted execution environment (TEE). The basic idea here is that you have a trusted box on which you can trust to put your blockchain code. That trust is established through tools like Intel’s Software Guard Extensions or Windows’ Virtual Secure Mode — and because it’s an open framework, it can also support other TEEs as they become available. With these TEEs you can then build a network of trusted enclaves that all agree on the ledger and Coco code they are running (it’s a concept Intel and others have also experimented with in the past).

Once you have these trusted enclaves, all the other pieces fall into place. Because you can trust the updates to the ledger, you don’t need to perform any proof of work, which greatly increases the transaction speed. In a typical ledger, that would take seconds or even minutes. But with the enclaves, that’s not an issue, and Microsoft says Coco and Ethereum can handle up to 1,600 transactions per second in its prototype setup. Thanks to this, the blockchain network — when combined with a protocol like Paxos for ensuring consistency — becomes a usable database.

Enterprises also want to ensure that one of their suppliers can’t see the orders you placed with another supplier. That’s a hard problem to solve when your ledger is public. Coco, however, adds a confidentiality layer on top of a ledger like Ethereum (or any other ledger, because the framework is ledger-agnostic). Enabling this only took some minor addition to the Ethereum protocol in Microsoft’s prototype.

Another feature Coco enables is governance. To explain this, Russinovich used the example of a bank consortium that wants to use a blockchain network. Who gets to add another bank to this network? The Coco governance system allows the members of the consortium to set up rules for voting on decisions like this.

What’s important here is that the Coco Framework will be compatible with any ledger protocol and can run virtually anywhere — in the cloud or on premises, and on any operating system and hypervisor that supports a compatible trusted environment. R3 Corda, the Intel-incubated Hyperledger Sawtooth and J.P. Morgan Quorum will integrate their distributed ledgers with Coco.

“We are thrilled to work with Microsoft to bring blockchain to the enterprise,” said Rick Echevarria, vice president, Software and Services Group and General Manager, Platforms Security Division at Intel, in today’s announcement. “Our mutual customers are excited by the potential of blockchain. Intel is committed to accelerating the value of blockchains powered by Azure on Intel hardware, by improving the scalability, privacy and security of the solutions based on our technologies.”

Don’t get too excited yet, though. It’ll be early 2018 before Microsoft will open source the code for Coco. Russinovich tells me the team is still hardening the code and getting it ready for open sourcing. The company is making a technical whitepaper and demonstrations available today, though.

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For Sale – Late 2009 21.5 iMac, 2009 Mac mini Server and 2006 Mac mini

Getting rid of a 21.5 iMac and two old mac minis that are sat in the cupboard. The iMac is boxed with wired apple keyboard and wired Mighty Mouse. The Mac mini’s are just the mac and it’s power supply.

iMac:
Late 2009 21.5″.
3.06 Core 2 Duo
6GB RAM
256GB ATI Radeon HD 4670 (the better, dedicated video card)
1TB Hard Drive
Currently running Sierra
Other specs as per: iMac “Core 2 Duo” 3.06 21.5-Inch (Late 2009) Specs (Late 2009, MB950LL/A*, iMac10,1, A1311, 2308) @ EveryMac.com
£190

Mac Mini’s:

Late 2009 server.
Specs at: Mac mini “Core 2 Duo” 2.53 (Server) Specs (Late 2009, MC408LL/A, Macmini3,1, A1283, 2336) @ EveryMac.com
£90

2006 core duo.
Specs at: Mac mini “Core Duo” 1.83 Specs (Late 2006, MA608LL/A, Macmini1,1, A1176, 2108) @ EveryMac.com
£30

Collection only on the Mac mini’s as I have no boxes. The iMac may be posted at cost but this will not be cheap and collection is much preferred.

I will also be listing a wireless Apple keyboard and Magic Trackpad in the Computer classifieds later. Shout if you’d like to make an offer on these with one or more of the Mac’s.

Price and currency: £190/£90/£30
Delivery: Goods must be exchanged in person
Payment method: Cash
Location: Loughborough, East Midlands
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