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Wanted – 2TB external HDD USB 3 or thunderbolt

Looking for a 2TB external HDD to use as a simple back up, for my backup on my Mac.

I can get one for £65 new off Amazon, but wanted to see if anyone has one going spare on here first.

Cash via BT waiting

Thanks

Location: Higher Walton, just outside of Preston

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Job searches reveal top skills for tech positions

Job hunters who know the ins and outs of Amazon Web Services, Amazon’s cloud computing platform, have pretty bright prospects, according to new research by jobs website Indeed.com. So do those with Microsoft Azure skills.

People who can use the JavaScript library React are golden.

The report, published Wednesday, highlighted 15 IT skills that job seekers are betting will land them high-paying tech positions — and that employers want new hires to come equipped with.

The skills were culled from terms typed into the site’s search browser by job hunters and then matched against what terms employers looked for when combing through Indeed’s resume database.

React, a popular collection of JavaScript resources for building web UIs, was by far the most searched-for term, with a 313% increase in job seeker interest from October 2016 to September 2017 when compared with the same period a year earlier. A lot more employers were using the term to find new employees, too, with a 229% increase.

“React is becoming something that’s more crucial to the job search,” said Indeed economist Daniel Culbertson, who spearheaded the research. The JavaScript library is managed primarily by social media site Facebook, which he said bolsters its popularity. “It’s becoming a part of the job for more and more companies.”

A distant No. 2 was the term Amazon Web Services — the top-selling cloud infrastructure service — showing a 98% increase in interest among job seekers and a 40% jump among employers. No. 3 was Microsoft’s cloud service, Azure, with the number of job hunters using the term to search for tech positions rising 51% and employers 62%.

Search terms equal IT skills

Despite the gap between No. 1 React and the runners-up, AWS and Azure still grew by “leaps and bounds,” the report read, and the high rankings show the importance of cloud computing in the job market today.

“Cloud is gaining because businesses of all stripes are boosting their use of off-site computing and storage — and that’s making experienced cloud developers a must-have for many employers,” the report continued.

Other search terms on the list were Angular — or properly AngularJS, a Google-managed open source web application framework — Tableau, data visualization software; Spark, a data analytics engine; and programming language Python.

Culbertson based the report on search terms because the names of the numerous platforms and programming languages in technology can be easily classified as skills since “they’re very integral to jobs.” When users visit Indeed, they type in search terms that describe the skills they want to take with them to a new job.  

For the research, Culbertson looked at the activity of people searching for tech positions, then examined the searches that got them to the search results page. Then he whittled down the list of terms and classified them as skills.

“We wanted to see which of these tech skills are becoming more important to the job search, based on job search activity,” Culbertson said. “We thought this could serve as a barometer for how important these skills are becoming in general in the tech industry.”

Indeed doesn’t give out exact numbers of searches on terms or jobs people subsequently click on, Culbertson said. But with the site bringing in 200 million visitors a month, breaking down to millions of searches each day — and with technology becoming a more important part of the labor market — searches for tech positions is “a rather high volume,” he said.

The new language of tech?

One unexpected item in the list of tech job search terms was Mandarin, as in the primary language spoken in China, Culbertson said. There was a 49% increase in job-hunter interest in the use of the term.

“This isn’t necessarily a tech skill, but you could classify a language as a skill,” Culbertson said. “And I think it speaks to the fact that China is the second-biggest economy in the world.”

And it represents the impact China and its citizens, who are studying at U.S. universities in high numbers, are having on the U.S. technology industry, he said. Popular job postings people clicked on after searching on Mandarin as a keyword were product developers, language analysts and customer support specialists, the report read.

But employer interest in Mandarin as a search term was down 39%. It’s too early to determine a reason for the dip, Culbertson said, but it’s worth keeping an eye on in the future.

“My assumption is that this would be employers who are looking for people with Mandarin skills because of the amount of business that they do with China,” he said. “But it’s tough to say what would be behind the decline from this year to last year.”

AWS graph database Neptune sets sail at re:Invent 2017

Cloud computing leader Amazon Web Services’ re:Invent conference this week in Las Vegas saw a deluge of cloud and database announcements. Among those on the data side was Neptune, the company’s formal entry into the growing field of graph databases.

While this AWS graph database may have less immediate impact than Redshift, the influential cloud data warehouse it rolled out at re:Invent five years ago, it does fill a gap that competitors like IBM, Microsoft and others have included in their cloud data portfolios as they play catch-up with Amazon in the cloud.

AWS CEO Andy Jassy told the re:Invent audience that the Neptune graph database is intended to uncover connections in data points in a way that eludes traditional relational database. With graphs, data is stored in sets of interconnected nodes, unlike relational databases that store data in rows and columns.

Graph databases have found increasing use in online recommendation engines, as well as tasks including uncovering fraud and managing social media connections. Facebook’s Friends and Search graphs may be among the most vivid examples of use of the technology.

Jassy said graph databases, along with NoSQL key-value and document data stores, are part of a trend toward multimodel databases that support a variety of data processing methods, particularly in the cloud.

Picture of AWS CEO Andy Jassy at re:Invent 2017Andy Jassy

He said Amazon Neptune, which for now is available only as a limited preview, supports graphs based on property and semantic models — these being the two main schools of graph database construction. AWS will offer Neptune as a managed cloud service, with automatic backup to S3 over three cloud availability zones.

“People have used relational databases for everything,” he said. But such single-minded reliance on relational databases is breaking down, he contended.

This AWS graph database isn’t the company’s first foray into the technology: AWS already offers the ability to store graphs from the open source Titan graph database and its JanusGraph fork in DynamoDB tables via a back-end storage plug-in. DynamoDB is an Amazon NoSQL database for which the company claims more than 100,000 users.

Graph adept and less Graph adept

The graph data technology that has emerged in recent years comes primarily from smaller players such as Cambridge Semantics, DataStax, Franz and Neo Technologies Inc. By and large, these companies have welcomed the AWS graph database into their market, as they could signify validation of their technology niche.

People have used relational databases for everything.
Andy JassyCEO, AWS

Established relational leaders have come to include some graph support within their flagship SQL databases, and some even have rolled out stand-alone NoSQL graph databases.

AWS’ target with Neptune is the relational leaders’ flagships, which may struggle when processing ever bigger amounts of graph data, according to Doug Henschen, an analyst at Constellation Research.

Picture of Doug Henschen, Constellation ResearchDoug Henschen

“Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server and IBM DB2 have all added features for graph analysis, but SQL and extended SQL functions are not as adept as graph databases and graph query languages at exploring billions of relationships,” he said.

The AWS graph database correctly identifies an opportunity for replacing graph analysis use cases currently running on less-graph-adept commercial relational databases, Henschen said.

To Neptune, and beyond

Neptune was just one of many updates fleet Amazon added to its fast-moving cloud operation. At re:Invent, Jassy described a serverless version of Amazon Aurora database, which is now in controlled preview. It can be quickly spun up and down, and customers can pay by the second for database capacity when the database is in use, he said.

Meanwhile, Amazon’s DynamoDB is adding global table replication that ensures dependable low latency for data access across many cloud regions. Interest in such capabilities has grown along with the expansion of e-commerce across the globe.

Global replication for cloud databases was among traits heralded by Microsoft in its recent debut of Cosmos DB, as well as Oracle, in its fanfare for its upcoming Oracle 18 cloud database services.

AWS SageMaker brings machine learning to developers

LAS VEGAS — Amazon Web Services released a tool this week to empower developers to build smarter, artificial intelligence-driven applications like the AI experts.

Among the deluge of technologies introduced here at AWS re:Invent 2017, the company’s annual customer and partner event, is a tool called SageMaker. Its function is to help developers add machine learning services to applications.

Machine learning is an artificial intelligence technology that enables applications to learn without being explicitly programmed, and become smarter based on the frequency and volume of new data they ingest and analyze. Few developers are experts in machine learning, however.

SageMaker is geared to that audience. It’s a fully managed service for developers and data scientists who wish to build, train and manage their own machine learning models. Developers can choose among ten of the most common deep learning algorithms, specify their data source, and the tool installs and configures the underlying drivers and frameworks. It natively integrates with machine language frameworks such as TensorFlow and Apache MXNet and will support other frameworks as well.

Alternatively, developers can specify their own algorithm and framework.

The National Football League said it will use SageMaker to extend its next-generation stats initiative to add visualizations, stats and experiences for fans, as well as provide up-to-date information about players on the field, said Michelle McKenna-Doyle, the NFL’s senior vice president and CIO, here this week.

To supplement SageMaker, AWS created DeepLens, a wireless, deep-learning-enabled, programmable video camera for developers to hone their skills with machine learning. One example of DeepLens cited by AWS included recognizing the numbers on a license plate to trigger a home automation system and open a garage door.

AWS’ goal is to democratize access to machine learning technology for developers anywhere, so that individual developers could have access to the same technology as large enterprises, said Swami Sivasubramanian, vice president of machine learning at AWS.

SageMaker is one example of this, said Mark Nunnikhoven, vice president of cloud research at Dallas-based Trend Micro.

“I’ve worked with those technology stacks quite a lot over the last decade and there’s so much complexity …, but now any user doesn’t have to care about it,” he said. “They can do really advanced machine learning very, very easily.”

AWS ups the ante for AI

The general pattern in the market for AI application development has been twofold, said Rob Koplowitz, an analyst at Forrester Research in Cambridge, Mass. There are AI frameworks for data scientists that are extremely flexible but require special skills, and higher-level APIs that are accessible to programmers — and in some cases even non-programmers.

“Amazon wants to provide a middle ground with more flexibility,” Koplowitz said. “It’s an interesting approach and we’re looking forward to getting real work feedback from developers.”

AWS has to play catch-up here with other cloud platform companies that wish to bring machine learning to mainstream programmers. IBM provides developers access to its Watson AI services, and Microsoft has its Cognitive Services and Azure Machine Learning Workbench tools. Reducing the complexity of building machine learning models is among the more difficult areas for businesses, so this is a step in the right direction for AWS, said Judith Hurwitz, founder and CEO at Hurwitz & Associates in Needham, Mass.

Computational intelligence in general, and AI and deep learning in particular, is a hot market with a small community of experts among the biggest tech companies from Facebook to IBM.

“They all have a lot of the same core competencies, but they’re distributing them in different ways,” said Trend Micro’s Nunnikhoven.

Google tends to be more technical, while AWS now wants to make AI more accessible. Microsoft targets specific business analytics uses for AI, IBM wants to show more real-world use cases in areas such as healthcare and financial services, and Apple is looking at AI for privacy and devices. But they’re all contributing back to the same projects, such as Apache Mahout and Spark MLlib, Google’s TensorFlow, Microsoft’s Cognitive Toolkit, and others.

SageMaker should help alleviate developers’ fears that data scientists will make them into second-class citizens, but AWS may have aimed too low with SageMaker, said Holger Mueller, principal analyst at Constellation Research in San Francisco. He said he believes it’s more of a kit to empower business users to create machine learning applications.

Other AWS AI-based services

Other AI-enabled AWS services unveiled this week include Amazon Comprehend, a managed natural language processing service for documents or other textual data that integrates with other AWS services to provide analytics, and Amazon Rekognition Video, which can track people and recognize faces and objects in videos stored in Amazon S3.

There are two services now in preview — Amazon Transcribe, which lets developers turn audio files into punctuated text, and Amazon Translate, which uses neural machine translation techniques to translate text from one language to another. Translate currently supports English and six other languages — Arabic, French, German, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese and Spanish — with more languages to come in 2018.

For Trade – Or Sale Acer Chromebook R11

i couldn’t resist the the surface pro deal on amazon so ive got my great little Acer Chromebook surplus to needs .

the chromebook has great battery and can access google play store for running tons of android apps it has 360 screen for laptop,tent,display and tablet modes

will come boxed with bits and pieces it came with

looking for £140 or trade

xbox one s

decent android phone chinese xaiomi etc are fine 5″ screen or bigger

Price and currency: £140
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Payment method: BT
Location: Ilfracombe
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Wanted – 2TB external HDD USB 3 or thunderbolt

Looking for a 2TB external HDD to use as a simple back up, for my backup on my Mac.

I can get one for £65 new off Amazon, but wanted to see if anyone has one going spare on here first.

Cash via BT waiting

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Location: Higher Walton, just outside of Preston

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For Trade – Or Sale Acer Chromebook R11

i couldn’t resist the the surface pro deal on amazon so ive got my great little Acer Chromebook surplus to needs .

the chromebook has great battery and can access google play store for running tons of android apps it has 360 screen for laptop,tent,display and tablet modes

will come boxed with bits and pieces it came with

looking for £140 or trade

xbox one s

decent android phone chinese xaiomi etc are fine 5″ screen or bigger

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Payment method: BT
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For Trade – Or Sale Acer Chromebook R11

i couldn’t resist the the surface pro deal on amazon so ive got my great little Acer Chromebook surplus to needs .

the chromebook has great battery and can access google play store for running tons of android apps it has 360 screen for laptop,tent,display and tablet modes

will come boxed with bits and pieces it came with

looking for £140 or trade

xbox one s

decent android phone chinese xaiomi etc are fine 5″ screen or bigger

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For Trade – Or Sale Acer Chromebook R11

i couldn’t resist the the surface pro deal on amazon so ive got my great little Acer Chromebook surplus to needs .

the chromebook has great battery and can access google play store for running tons of android apps it has 360 screen for laptop,tent,display and tablet modes

will come boxed with bits and pieces it came with

looking for £140 or trade

xbox one s

decent android phone chinese xaiomi etc are fine 5″ screen or bigger

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For Sale – Synology RT2600AC router

Hi,

I am selling a Synology RT2600AC that I purchased from Amazon on the 26th April 2017. It is in great condition and Congress with the original box and power supply.

This really is one of the best routers money can buy, a number 1 rated router on Smallnetbuilder;

Router RT2600ac | Synology Inc.

A quality Synology product.

Price and currency: £155
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Location: Rotherham
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