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Wanted – Nvidia Titan

Too much for me I’m afraid, did see the post but was slightly confused as to exactly what you had for sale for what cost.

GTX1080 for £350-400 gives a baseline for a 11gb card, so wouldn’t be looking to spend more than that on a 12gb unless it was a more recent arch, I think the K6000 is 780/original titan equivalentish?

Wanted – Apple Magic Mouse 2

I’m not sure how much they’re worth in honesty!

I know I had the boxes for the mouse and trackpad until very recently, I’m pretty sure I put them in the garage but I’d need to check.

The MM2 and MT (2?!) was purchased in November 2016, couldn’t confirm when the keyboard was bought as I got it from my parents!

Wanted – Apple Magic Mouse 2

I’m not sure how much they’re worth in honesty!

I know I had the boxes for the mouse and trackpad until very recently, I’m pretty sure I put them in the garage but I’d need to check.

The MM2 and MT (2?!) was purchased in November 2016, couldn’t confirm when the keyboard was bought as I got it from my parents!

Wanted – Apple Magic Mouse 2

I’m not sure how much they’re worth in honesty!

I know I had the boxes for the mouse and trackpad until very recently, I’m pretty sure I put them in the garage but I’d need to check.

The MM2 and MT (2?!) was purchased in November 2016, couldn’t confirm when the keyboard was bought as I got it from my parents!

Wanted – Apple Magic Mouse 2

I’m not sure how much they’re worth in honesty!

I know I had the boxes for the mouse and trackpad until very recently, I’m pretty sure I put them in the garage but I’d need to check.

The MM2 and MT (2?!) was purchased in November 2016, couldn’t confirm when the keyboard was bought as I got it from my parents!

Vodafone puts Facebook Voyager through its paces

Vodafone has completed what it described as a successful trial of a Facebook-designed white box transponder, called Voyager. The announcement is the latest example of the carrier’s effort to develop alternatives to proprietary technology.

The telecommunications company said this week the trial demonstrated the viability of running the optical transponder hardware through a software-based networking system. Vodafone tested Facebook Voyager and the related software on a live network in Spain.

The software used with Voyager included a network operating system developed by Cumulus Networks and network orchestration technology from Zeetta Networks. ADVA Optical Networking, a European telecommunications vendor, was one of the architects of the platform.

Open source technology is playing a more significant role in the networks and data centers of carriers that are trying to decrease their dependence on suppliers for innovation. For example, sales of open hardware from the Facebook-founded Open Compute Project are expected to grow 59% annually to $6 billion in 2021, according to research firm IHS Markit, based in London.

Facebook Voyager’s accomplishments

The Vodafone trial showed the Facebook Voyager platform could achieve optical commissioning and optical real-time monitoring at 200 Gbps. Voyager also was able to deliver capacity of 800 Gbps per rack unit over an existing optical infrastructure.

“We wanted to show how Voyager’s variable-rate transceivers can be used to match speeds and modulation formats with actual line conditions,” Santiago Tenorio Sanz, head of network strategy and architecture at U.K.-based Vodafone, said in a blog post. “Thanks to a streamlined network operating system and SDN [software-defined networking] automation, we showed how our live network can set up optical services and keep them running, reduce unnecessary and lengthy customer service interruptions, and improve network utilization.”

In 2016, Facebook’s introduction of Voyager advanced the company’s move into the telecom industry. The platform works with Open Packet DWDM, or dense wavelength division multiplexing, which is Facebook’s combination of packet and DWDM technology to transmit over optical networks.

Facebook contributed Voyager to the Telecom Infra Project (TIP), an industry group dedicated to developing an open source telecom network architecture. Facebook also added its open source wireless access platform, OpenCellular, to TIP.

In January, the growing demand for better open source products led the Linux Foundation to streamline its networking projects by having them share financial resources and staff under a single governing body, called the LF Networking Fund.

CIO or chief digital officer role? Why not both?

What is the CIO role in digital transformation? For Gail Evans, who, until June 20, was the global CIO at consulting firm Mercer, the role was two-pronged: optimize the consulting firm’s core legacy systems and lead digital transformation efforts. In this video appearance at the 2018 MIT Sloan CIO Symposium in May, it’s clear Evans wouldn’t have had it any other way. Earlier this month, however, the firm saw otherwise, promoting her to the global chief digital officer role.

While she had not yet assumed the chief digital officer role when this video was recorded, Mercer sounded very much like the firm’s digital leader: Here, she talks about building the “Mercer OS,” a new agile operating system where business people are brought in as product managers, working side by side with technologists to deliver results at digital speed. She also stressed that when pursuing a new digital frontier, organizations must find ways to bring the core IT team along for the journey.

Editor’s note: This transcript was edited for clarity and length.

Were you hired at Mercer to lead the digital transformation effort?

Gail Evans: Well, I was brought in as a CIO and then my CEO double-hatted me, and so I am now leading both. I am also optimizing the core. You can imagine over the years, we have many applications, but they are still very valuable. And so, we are thinking about what is digital-ready for our core, what does that mean and how do we go after the most important applications? We’re landing in API management and really trying to figure out how do we connect value differently for our clients, because our clients are customers. At the end of the day, those are the people we need to ensure are getting value, a better experience, a better partnership to go on this [digital transformation] journey because they are going on the journey as well, and who better to take them on it than Mercer?

So, you are CIO and also taking on the chief digital officer role. Is there a clear delineation of duties between the two jobs?

Evans: I think it’s a blurred line. Sometimes, when it comes to transforming a technology, it’s a little blurred. But when you have the additional responsibility for revenue, for digital native businesses, that’s where the separation occurs, right? And so we’re looking at opportunities to figure out how we make that happen, because that puts me at a different place. Managing a P&L (profit and loss) or digital revenue business, digital native business is quite a bit different than a technology transformation.

But bringing them together, I think, in the beginning was the right move for the colleagues, because the colleagues see a journey that’s not separated.

At first you have to build, like the Mercer OS, you have to build a capability that is Agile, that is continuous delivery that now you move from, ‘Hey, I’ll deliver that for you in a year,’ to you can do it in six months. We have a few very large programs that we’ve transformed in that way, where the business becomes product managers and product owners and a scrum team and combine. All of that is very new. It is that operating model that we are replicating across the enterprise.

How do you replicate that new operating model across the enterprise?

Evans: Once you roll out a technology… — a new set of technologies and a new skill — everyone wants to be a part of it. But if you leave the core team behind, you create a separation. So, what they were challenged with is finding ways to apply Agile to their domain. You need to find a way to apply it. Hey, instead of writing a library, write a service and put that service on an API gateway and [embrace] reusability so the entire enterprise can take advantage of it. Everyone gets an opportunity to contribute. And that worked.

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For Sale – 3TB External Hard Drive USB 3.0 – £50 delivered

Samsung (Seagate inside that is what it says on the bottom so assuming it’s seagate) 3TB external USB 3.0 hard drive

I don’t have the original box but will be boxed/packed safely.

It’s externally powered so comes with PSU as well. Collection is also welcome but price includes delivery.

Price and currency: 55.00
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: PPG or Bank Transfer
Location: Haywards Heath
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Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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For Sale – 3TB External Hard Drive USB 3.0 – £50 delivered

Samsung (Seagate inside that is what it says on the bottom so assuming it’s seagate) 3TB external USB 3.0 hard drive

I don’t have the original box but will be boxed/packed safely.

It’s externally powered so comes with PSU as well. Collection is also welcome but price includes delivery.

Price and currency: 55.00
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: PPG or Bank Transfer
Location: Haywards Heath
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Pride at Microsoft: Diversity and Collaboration Lead to Better User Research

What the Microsoft GLEAM Summit taught me about approaching user research with an open mind

Photo by Joshua Stitt on Unsplash

As a user researcher with Microsoft Research + Insight (R+I), I spend a lot of time listening for and addressing people’s articulated and unarticulated needs. I believe it’s important to give time and space to reflecting before acting, and to not look at things through a predetermined filter. Even though I recognize there’s a huge push for being numbers driven, I believe it’s also important to be open to information and stories that can potentially transform you.

Recently, I’ve had the privilege of hearing my fellow queer community’s stories at the second annual Microsoft GLEAM Summit. GLEAM is one part of Microsoft’s commitment to the LGBTQIA+ community. Microsoft also shows up for this community at the Seattle Pride Parade, multiple on-campus events, and advocating for LGBTQIA+ people internally and externally through legal actions, such as partnerships with the United Nations to develop global standards that eliminate LGBTQIA+ discrimination in business.

Although GLEAM is an acronym for “Gay and Lesbian Employees at Microsoft,” its reach spans well beyond that. There is space reserved for all gender and sexual minorities (GSM) and their allies. GLEAM is one of Microsoft’s largest global employee resource groups with more than 1,000 members around the world.

GLEAM and the expansion of diversity

I attended our summit this past April in Toronto. My motivation for going was to understand interpersonal dynamics for different groups — not just employees who identify with the GSM community, but also race and other things not readily classified as “diversity.” In my mind, diversity is much broader — it’s also about working styles, how you identify and solve problems, and how you communicate. It’s richer than what people often describe.

I met Microsoft employees from different countries who work on various products across the company. Part of my role as a quantitative user researcher is curiosity, and I wanted to understand diversity from the perspective of how we all work within the system and how we think about the customer.

The experience served as a humbling reminder that even though we all serve unique roles, understanding how to think and act as an ally is paramount because it fosters the collaboration necessary for us to create innovative solutions together. In the closing of the summit, a colleague said it best: “If we are to empower our customers around the globe to achieve more, we must empower ourselves as employees first.”

How inclusivity and diversity affect user research and help us build better products

So, what does “empowering ourselves first” look like? To me, it means creating and supporting a curious environment where people question not only others’ perspectives, but also their own. Self-reflection is key.

I might not understand each person’s individual responsibilities and educational backgrounds, but I can be mindful that my colleagues are probably not going to do everything in the way I might predict they would. Further, when I’m conducting user research, remembering this helps minimize my expectations and assumptions to allow them to bring their best. If I’m putting them in a box, so to speak, then I’m limiting the success they can achieve.

That means we must be inclusive of so many walks of life, most of which are going to be different from the employees we hire. We must be cognizant of the differences we have internally and in how we work together, but also of the things that are not represented within our colleagues. As diverse as our teams are, our customer base will always be much more diverse. We must be flexible with understanding their needs, which involves having empathy and listening. This is essential for creating products that are relevant, usable, and valuable for people across the world.

How does diversity among research subjects and your colleagues affect your work? Do you have any additional thoughts or tips? Leave a comment below, or tweet us @MicrosoftRI.