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For Sale – Open to offers – Lots of parts – i7 860, 8gb ddr3, Gigabyte 7970, XFX 5850, OCZ 600W, + more

EDIT: I’m open to offers

Hi there, I have quite a few items for sale. All the parts are in good working condition, I look after my stuff. Most items will have the original box and all / most additional stuff inside. There is no warranty for left for the items. Photos for all items are included. Please bear in mind that the parts are all used (apart from a few items), and although I have cleaned them as well as I could, there could be still some dust left.

I would like to sell as many parts together as possible, so at the moment I want to see if there any bulk offers.

Delivery is not included in prices. I need to see how big and heavy parcel will be to try to price it. Delivery costs are to be confirmed.

During working hours I might be slow to reply, please bear that in mind. Also dispatching can take a day or two as I need to organise boxes to ship items in.

I’m after a quick and painless sale, please no new members. I would rather deal with regulars here.

Reasonable offers welcome.

Let’s start with the bulk picture.

Items for sale:
3. OCZ DDR3 PC3 10666 1333Mhz Platinum Series RAM (4 x 2GB) – £80
10. LG DVD-RW 22x SATA – £15
11. Soundblaster X-Fi Xtreme Gamer Sound Card – £30
13. Sumvision Modem – £10
16. Logitech Mouse M115 – £10
17. Logitech Ultra-flat Keyboard – £10
18. Cold Cathode PC Interior Light – £10

ITEMS SOLD:
4. Gigabyte HD7970 3GB OC Graphics CardSOLD
6. Thermalright Venomous X CPU Cooler HeatsinkSOLD
7. Akasa Apache Black 120mm FAN (2 items) x 2SOLD
8. OCZ 600W MOD Xstream PRO PSUSOLD
14. HAMA WLAN PCI CardSOLD
5. XFX Radeon HD5850 XXX Edition 1GB Graphics CardSOLD
15. Tech Air Laptop BackpackSOLD

1. Intel i7 860 2.8Ghz Quad Core CPUSOLD
12. ASUS Sica Gaming Mouse White – SOLD

9. Cooler Master HAF 922 PC CaseSOLD
2 Asus P7P55D Motherboard – SOLD

Pictures to follow

1. Intel i7 860 2.8Ghz Quad Core CPU – SOLD
In retail box, original Intel cooler included. Fully working. Great little chip.

2. Asus P7P55D Motherboard – SOLD
Fully working. In retail box with all the accessories.

more to follow in the next posts

Price and currency: 650
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: Bank Transfer
Location: West Lothian
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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Wanted – Apple Magic Mouse 2

Looking for a new or mint condition Magic Mouse 2.

Preferably space grey but open to silver too.

Also may be interested in a mouse/keyboard/trackpad bundle.

Let me know what you have.

Location: Bedfordshire

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For Sale – PRICE INC P&P Bullguard Internet Security / AMD FX 8320 bundle / Watercooling parts

I’m open to offers on all items
PRICES NOW INC P&P

Bullguard Internet Security Activation Code £15 £13 Now £10

AMD FX 8320 with cooler
asus sabertooth 990fx r2.0
8gb Corsair Dominator RAM
£200 £180 £170 £165 £160 £155
NOW inc P&P £155inc open to offers

Watercooling parts
All parts are used, have taken out of a working loop.

Black Ice GT Stealth 360 Radiator
it has some damage, no leaks or anything that should stop it from working

Details:
• High Performance Black Ice GT Stealth 360 Radiator
• Two-pass U-flow tank configuration
• Custom MaxFin™ 25 micron Copper Splitter Fin Configuration utilizing 45% thinner fin material yielding up to 50% less pressure drop even with twice the fin density.
• Yields up to 20% more heat exchange capacity than the Black Ice® Pro in both Stealth or Performance modes.
• Achieves Black Ice® Xtreme level performance in stealth mode (low-noise/low-airflow conditions).
• Full electrostatic polyurethane painting finish for uniform coating with high temperature curing for increased finish durability.
• Dimensions: 397x133x29mm

£26ono £25 £22 £20 £18 16 £15 £14
Now £17 inc P&P

Phobya Balancer 250 silver nickel
£18 £17 £16 £15 £14
Now £17 inc P&P

Toshiba 3TB HDD only used for storage, fully working. £30
Model – toshiba dt01aba300
No longer for sale.
3x noctua nf-p12 fans £6 £5 each sold elsewhere
EK-DCP 4.0 PWM (12V DC PWM Pump)
foam has been glued on to reduce the noise.
£26 £24 £21 Now £16 sold elsewhere

I’m open to offers
Prices are without delivery and must be agreed.

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Price and currency: £
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: BT or Paypal
Location: ROTHERHAM
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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Wanted – 2016/2017 | 13/15 Macbook Pro with min. 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD

I work in central milton keynes so happy to meet there, just up the road from the train station. Prices vary on ebay, I saw one go for £1517 plus postage (I can’t remember condition or warranty status of that one) so I’m sure we could go back and forth on ebay prices. Feel free to make an offer but I’m not in a rush to move it on.

Happy to send first if needs be, although would prefer say 10% of the payment upfront as I do have some trading ratings on here so I’m not starting fresh! I’d obviously pass on my home and work details to you if we go down this route

Wanted – 2016/2017 | 13/15 Macbook Pro with min. 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD

I work in central milton keynes so happy to meet there, just up the road from the train station. Prices vary on ebay, I saw one go for £1517 plus postage (I can’t remember condition or warranty status of that one) so I’m sure we could go back and forth on ebay prices. Feel free to make an offer but I’m not in a rush to move it on.

Happy to send first if needs be, although would prefer say 10% of the payment upfront as I do have some trading ratings on here so I’m not starting fresh! I’d obviously pass on my home and work details to you if we go down this route

For Sale – Bullguard Internet Security / AMD FX 8320 RAM ASUS 990fx / Watercooling parts

I’m open to offers on all items
Prices are without delivery and Delivery must be agreed.

Bullguard Internet Security Activation Code £15 £13 Now £11

AMD FX 8320 with cooler
asus sabertooth 990fx r2.0
8gb Corsair Dominator RAM
£200 £180 £170 £165 £160 £155 NOW £150 open to offers

Watercooling parts
All parts are used, have taken out of a working loop.

Black Ice GT Stealth 360 Radiator
it has some damage, no leaks or anything that should stop it from working

Details:
• High Performance Black Ice GT Stealth 360 Radiator
• Two-pass U-flow tank configuration
• Custom MaxFin™ 25 micron Copper Splitter Fin Configuration utilizing 45% thinner fin material yielding up to 50% less pressure drop even with twice the fin density.
• Yields up to 20% more heat exchange capacity than the Black Ice® Pro in both Stealth or Performance modes.
• Achieves Black Ice® Xtreme level performance in stealth mode (low-noise/low-airflow conditions).
• Full electrostatic polyurethane painting finish for uniform coating with high temperature curing for increased finish durability.
• Dimensions: 397x133x29mm

£26ono £25 £22 £20 £18 16 £15 £14 Now £13

Phobya Balancer 250 silver nickel
£18 £17 £16 £15 £14 Now £13

Toshiba 3TB HDD only used for storage, fully working. £30
Model – toshiba dt01aba300
No longer for sale.
3x noctua nf-p12 fans £6 £5 each sold elsewhere
EK-DCP 4.0 PWM (12V DC PWM Pump)
foam has been glued on to reduce the noise.
£26 £24 £21 Now £16 sold elsewhere

I’m open to offers
Prices are without delivery and must be agreed.

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Price and currency: £
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: BT or Paypal
Location: ROTHERHAM
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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  • Name and address including postcode
  • Valid e-mail address

DO NOT proceed with a deal until you are completely satisfied with all details being correct. It’s in your best interest to check out these details yourself.

How is the future of PowerShell shaping up?

Now that PowerShell is no longer just for Windows — and is an open source project — what are the long-term implications of these changes?

Microsoft technical fellow Jeffrey Snover developed Windows PowerShell based on the parameters in his “Monad Manifesto.” If you compare his document to the various releases of Windows PowerShell, you’ll see Microsoft produced a majority of Snover’s vision. But, now that this systems administration tool is an open source project, what does this mean for the future of PowerShell?

I’ve used PowerShell for more than 12 years and arguably have as good an understanding of PowerShell as anyone. I don’t know, or understand, where PowerShell is going, so I suspect that many of its users are also confused.

When Microsoft announced that PowerShell would expand to the Linux and macOS platforms, the company said it would continue to support Windows PowerShell, but would not develop new features for the product. Let’s look at some of the recent changes to PowerShell and where the challenges lie.

Using different PowerShell versions

While it’s not directly related to PowerShell Core being open source, one benefit is the ability to install different PowerShell versions side by side. I currently have Windows PowerShell v5.1, PowerShell Core v6.0.1 and PowerShell Core v6.1 preview 2 installed on the same machine. I can test code across all three versions using the appropriate console or Visual Studio Code.

PowerShell versions
One benefit of the open source move is Windows PowerShell v5.1, PowerShell Core v6.0.1 and PowerShell Core v6.1 preview 2 can run on the same machine.

How admins benefit from open source PowerShell

The good points of the recent changes to PowerShell include access to the open source project, a faster release cadence and community input.

Another point in favor of PowerShell’s move is that you can see the code. If you can read C#, you can use that skill to track down and report on bugs you encounter. If you have a fix for the problem, then you can submit it.

Studying the code can give you insight into how PowerShell works. What it won’t explain is why PowerShell works the way it does. Previously, Microsoft MVPs and very few other people had access to Windows PowerShell code, but with the PowerShell Core code now available to more people, it can only make it a better product in the long run.

The PowerShell team expects to deliver a new release approximately every six months. The team released PowerShell v6.0 in January 2018. At the time of this article’s publication, version 6.1 is in its third preview release, with the final version expected soon. If the team maintains this release cadence, you can expect v6.2 in late 2018 or early 2019.

A faster release cadence implies quicker resolution of bugs and new features on a more regular basis. The downside to a faster release cadence is that you’ll have to keep upgrading your PowerShell instances to get the bug fixes and new features.

Of the Microsoft product teams, the Windows PowerShell team is one of the most accessible. They’ve been very active in the PowerShell community since the PowerShell v1 beta releases by engaging with users and incorporating their feedback. The scope of that dialog has expanded; anyone can report bug fixes or request new features.

The downside is the expectation that the originator of the request is expected to implement the changes. If you follow the project, you’ll see there are just a handful of community members who are heavily active.

Shortcomings of the PowerShell Core project

This leads us to the disadvantages now that PowerShell is an open-source project. In my view, the problems are:

  • it’s an open source project;
  • there’s no overarching vision for the project;
  • the user community lacks an understanding of what’s happening with PowerShell; and
  • gaps in the functionality.

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PowerShell’s inventor gives a status update on the automation tool

These points aren’t necessarily problems, but they are issues that could impact the PowerShell project in the long term.

Changing this vital automation and change management tool to an open source project has profound implications for the future of PowerShell. The PowerShell Core committee is the primary caretaker of PowerShell. This board has the final say on which proposals for new features will proceed.

At this point in time, the committee members are PowerShell team members. A number of them, including the original language design team, have worked on PowerShell from the start. If that level of knowledge is diluted, it could have an adverse effect on PowerShell.

The PowerShell project page supplies a number of short- to medium-term goals, but I haven’t seen a long-term plan that lays out the future of PowerShell. So far, the effort appears concentrated on porting the PowerShell engine to other platforms. If the only goal is to move PowerShell to a cross-platform administration tool, then more effort should go into bringing the current Windows PowerShell functionality to the other platforms.

Giving the PowerShell community a way to participate in the development of PowerShell is both a strength and a weakness. Some of the proposals show many users don’t understand how PowerShell works.

Giving the PowerShell community a way to participate in the development of PowerShell is both a strength and a weakness. Some of the proposals show many users don’t understand how PowerShell works. There are requests to make PowerShell more like Bash or other shells.

Other proposals seek to change how PowerShell works, which could break existing functionality. The PowerShell committee has done a good job of managing the more controversial proposals, but clearing up long-term goals for the project would reduce requests that don’t fit into the future of PowerShell.

The project is also addressing gaps in functionality. Many of the current Windows PowerShell v5.1 modules will work in PowerShell Core. At the PowerShell + DevOps Global Summit 2018, one demonstration showed how to use implicit remoting to access Windows PowerShell v5.1 modules on the local machine through PowerShell Core v6. While not ideal, this method works until the module authors convert them to run in PowerShell Core.

One gap that needs work is the functionality on Linux and macOS systems. PowerShell Core is missing the cmdlets needed to perform standard administrative tasks, such as working with network adapters, storage, printer management, local accounts and groups.

Availability of the ConvertFrom-String cmdlet would be a huge boost by giving admins the ability to use native Linux commands then turn the output into objects for further processing in PowerShell. Unfortunately, ConvertFrom-String uses code that cannot be open sourced, so it’s not an option currently. Until this functionality gap gets closed, Linux and macOS will be second-class citizens in the PowerShell world.

How to build a Packer image for Azure

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Bring yourself up to speed with our introductory content.

Packer is an open source tool that automates the Windows Server image building process to give administrators a consistent approach to create new VMs.


For admins who prefer to roll their own Windows Server image, despite the best of intentions, issues can arise…

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from these handcrafted builds.

To maintain some consistency — and avoid unnecessary help desk tickets — image management tools such as Packer can help construct golden images tailored for different needs. The Packer image tool automates the building process and helps admins manage Windows Server images. Packer offers a way to script the image construction process to produce builds through automation for multiple platforms at the same time. Admins can use code repositories to store validated Packer image configurations that admins across different locations can share to ensure stability across builds.

Build a Packer image for Azure

To demonstrate how Packer works, we’ll use it to build a Windows Server image. To start, download and install Packer for the operating system of choice. Packer offers an installation guide on its website.

Next, we need to figure out where to create the image. A Packer feature called builders creates images for various services, such as Azure, AWS, Docker, VMware and more. This tutorial will explain how to build a Windows Server image to run in Azure.

To construct an image for Azure, we have to meet a few prerequisites. You need:

  • a service principal for Packer to authenticate to Azure;
  • a storage account to hold the image;
  • the resource group name for the storage account;
  • the Azure subscription ID;
  • the tenant ID for your Azure Active Directory; and
  • a storage container to place the VHD image.

Validate the Windows Server build instructions

A Packer feature called builders creates images for various services, such as Azure, AWS, Docker, VMware and more.

Next, it’s time to set up the image template. Every Packer image requires a JSON file called a template that tells Packer how to build the image and where to put it. An example of a template that builds an Azure image is in the code below. Save it with the filename WindowsServer.Azure.json.

{
  “variables”: {
      “client_id”: “”,
      “client_secret”: “”,
      “object_id”: “”
  },
  “builders”: [{
    “type”: “azure-arm”,

    “client_id”: “{{user `client_id`}}”,
    “object_id”: “{{user `object_id`}}”,
    “client_secret”: “{{user `client_secret`}}”,
    “resource_group_name”: “labtesting”,
    “storage_account”: “adblabtesting”,
    “subscription_id”: “d660a51f-031d-4b8f-827d-3f811feda5fc”,
    “tenant_id”: “bb504844-07db-4019-b1c4-7243dfc97121”,

    “capture_container_name”: “vhds”,
    “capture_name_prefix”: “packer”,

    “os_type”: “Windows”,
    “image_publisher”: “MicrosoftWindowsServer”,
    “image_offer”: “WindowsServer”,
    “image_sku”: “2016-Datacenter”,
    “location”: “East US”,
    “vm_size”: “Standard_D2S_v3”
  }]
}

You should validate the schema before you start with the packer validate command. We don’t want sensitive information in the template, so we create the client_id and client_secret variables and pass those at runtime.

packer validate -var ‘client_id=value’ -var ‘client_secret=value’ WindowsServer.Azure.json

How to correct Packer build issues

After the command confirms the template is good, we build the image with nearly the same syntax as the validation command. For the purposes of this article, we will use placeholders for the client_id, client_secret and object_id references.

> packer build -var ‘client_id=XXXX’ -var ‘client_secret=XXXX’ -var ‘object_id=XXXX’ WindowsServer.Azure.json

When you run the build the first time, you may run into a few errors if the setup is not complete. Here are the errors that came up when I ran my build:

    • “Build ‘azure-arm’ errored: The storage account is located in eastus, but the build will take place in West US. The locations must be identical”
    • Build ‘azure-arm’ errored: storage.AccountsClient#ListKeys: Failure responding to request: StatusCode=404 – Original Error: autorest/azure: Service returned an error. Status=404 Code=”ResourceGroupNotFound” Message=”Resource group ‘adblabtesting’ could not be found.”

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Using Packer to build an image from another VM.

  • “==> azure-arm: ERROR: -> VMSizeDoesntSupportPremiumStorage : Requested operation cannot be performed because storage account type ‘Premium_LRS’ is not supported for VM size ‘Standard_A2’.”

The error messages are straightforward and not difficult to fix.

However, the following error message is more serious:

==> azure-arm: ERROR: -> Forbidden : Access denied
==> azure-arm:
==> azure-arm:  …failed to get certificate URL, retry(0)

This indicates the use of the wrong object_id. Find the correct one in the Azure subscription role.

After adding the right object_id, you will find a VHD image in Azure.

Dig Deeper on Windows Server deployment

For Sale – Open to offers – Lots of parts – i7 860, 8gb ddr3, Gigabyte 7970, XFX 5850, OCZ 600W, + more

EDIT: I’m open to offers

Hi there, I have quite a few items for sale. All the parts are in good working condition, I look after my stuff. Most items will have the original box and all / most additional stuff inside. There is no warranty for left for the items. Photos for all items are included. Please bear in mind that the parts are all used (apart from a few items), and although I have cleaned them as well as I could, there could be still some dust left.

I would like to sell as many parts together as possible, so at the moment I want to see if there any bulk offers.

Delivery is not included in prices. I need to see how big and heavy parcel will be to try to price it. Delivery costs are to be confirmed.

During working hours I might be slow to reply, please bear that in mind. Also dispatching can take a day or two as I need to organise boxes to ship items in.

I’m after a quick and painless sale, please no new members. I would rather deal with regulars here.

Reasonable offers welcome.

Let’s start with the bulk picture.

Items for sale:
3. OCZ DDR3 PC3 10666 1333Mhz Platinum Series RAM (4 x 2GB) – £80
10. LG DVD-RW 22x SATA – £15
11. Soundblaster X-Fi Xtreme Gamer Sound Card – £30
13. Sumvision Modem – £10
16. Logitech Mouse M115 – £10
17. Logitech Ultra-flat Keyboard – £10
18. Cold Cathode PC Interior Light – £10

ITEMS SOLD:
4. Gigabyte HD7970 3GB OC Graphics CardSOLD
6. Thermalright Venomous X CPU Cooler HeatsinkSOLD
7. Akasa Apache Black 120mm FAN (2 items) x 2SOLD
8. OCZ 600W MOD Xstream PRO PSUSOLD
14. HAMA WLAN PCI CardSOLD
5. XFX Radeon HD5850 XXX Edition 1GB Graphics CardSOLD
15. Tech Air Laptop BackpackSOLD

1. Intel i7 860 2.8Ghz Quad Core CPUSOLD
12. ASUS Sica Gaming Mouse White – SOLD

9. Cooler Master HAF 922 PC CaseSOLD
2 Asus P7P55D Motherboard – SOLD

Pictures to follow

1. Intel i7 860 2.8Ghz Quad Core CPU – SOLD
In retail box, original Intel cooler included. Fully working. Great little chip.

2. Asus P7P55D Motherboard – SOLD
Fully working. In retail box with all the accessories.

more to follow in the next posts

Price and currency: 650
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: Bank Transfer
Location: West Lothian
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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By replying to this thread you agree to abide by the trading rules detailed here.
Please be advised, all buyers and sellers should satisfy themselves that the other party is genuine by providing the following via private conversation to each other after negotiations are complete and prior to dispatching goods and making payment:

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  • Landline telephone number. Make a call to check out the area code and number are correct, too
  • Name and address including postcode
  • Valid e-mail address

DO NOT proceed with a deal until you are completely satisfied with all details being correct. It’s in your best interest to check out these details yourself.

New Apple Health Records API may make a PHR app easier

Apple’s decision to open its Health Records API to developers could jump-start the market for truly personalized healthcare applications. But experts warned the announcement is just the first step in a lengthy process of electronic and personal health record integration, and significant challenges — from privacy issues to interoperability — remain.

At a time of rising consumer demand for increased control of and access to personal health records (PHR), Apple is the first major player to offer an open API. And this is just the latest of the company’s moves into the health IT space. For some, this step could be a game changer.

Wolfram Kerl, CTO at Munich-based Smartpatient, was an early user of Apple’s new Health Records API in the company’s MyTherapy medication management PHR app.

“Until today, healthcare IT and health apps have been largely separate worlds, only talking to each other in proprietary environments,” Kerl explained in an email. “With the introduction of Health Records early this year, Apple started connecting iPhones to clinical systems using the FHIR [Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources] industry standard. Now, by opening the API, developers for the first time can implement patient use cases with electronic health records, while getting access to a potentially huge installed base.”

Go custom or go home

This means developers now have the opportunity to easily create a customized PHR app, which is a big departure from the one-size-fits-all strategy in use today, said John Moore, founder and managing partner of Chilmark Research, based in Boston.

With Apple doing all the legwork to connect the different hospitals, we can focus our developers on the patient’s user experience.
Wolfram KerlCTO at Smartpatient

“The open API is going to enable a longitudinal patient record, and that creates an opportunity for precision medicine using digital tools,” Moore said. “When you have an opportunity to look at individual records and know social determinants and a number of other factors, I think the applications can use that record to help guide you to a much richer experience, and one that’s personalized to your individual health situation.”

To look at it from a slightly different perspective, consumers want to interact with their health data as easily as they shop online. The new API could help give a PHR app that retail feel, Kerl said. “With Apple doing all the legwork to connect the different hospitals, we can focus our developers on the patient’s user experience.”

But will a personalized PHR app be sufficiently secure? Apple’s announcement indicated the company won’t access or store personal health data shared with any apps created from the Health Record API. Instead, sensitive information will remain on an individual’s iPhone. That’s no guarantee an application is HIPAA-compliant, however.

An iPhone with an image of a personalized healthcare application.
Apple offers the potential to personalize health apps using the new Health Records API.

“In the wake of Facebook data concerns, consumers and developers alike need to be cautious and put safeguards in place when it comes to consumer data,” warned Arielle Trzcinski, a senior analyst with Forrester Research. “There’s really sensitive information in there. People need to proceed with caution.”

Proceed with caution toward PHR apps and perhaps a good dose of patience, Kerl advised. This is just a small step toward solving the massive interoperability issues in the healthcare world.

“Healthcare IT is full of interoperability problems. And, so far, the Health Records API just gets data from the hospital to the patient,” he said. “The next frontier is the patient using this data with other providers, too. So, while the Health Records API does nothing to directly solve interoperability problems, it does provide a significant incentive for the healthcare industry to commit to FHIR and tackle the obstacles that still remain.”