Windows 10 Tip: Edit any URL in your Microsoft Edge Favorites 

Did you know, with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, you can now edit the URL of any favorite in the Favorites menu or the Favorites Bar?
Here’s how to get started:

Simply go to Hub, then Favorites; right-click on a favorite and select “Edit a URL.”
Head over here to see how you can now pin your websites in the taskbar in Microsoft Edge, or here to see what else is new in the Fall Creators Update!

Using TV White Space technology in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands – Microsoft on the Issues

More than two months have passed since Puerto Rico and the Caribbean were hit by devastating hurricanes. Like so many people and organizations around the world, Microsoft wanted to help. Following our immediate emergency response, we are continuing to work with government agencies and nonprofit partners to help communities to recover.

Following an initial donation, we are providing cash, technology, services and telecommunications support to people and organizations working to support the recovery process in the region. To date, Microsoft has donated more than $5.1 million to response and recovery efforts including cash grants, employee matching funds, technology and services.

While we all sympathize with the struggle people in the region face as they work to rebuild their lives, it can be difficult to imagine the very real hardships people and organizations face on a daily basis.

In Utuado, Puerto Rico, a mountainous region that was among the hardesthit areas, people and organizations are struggling with their most basic needs. Getting food, water and health care are a challenge, and there are few ways to communicate with people outside the region. Imagine two months after the hurricane, being unable to let your loved ones know you are OK. Or being unable to work or to study.

Microsoft is proud to help address this challenge. In partnership with NetHope, government agencies, local Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and local TV broadcasters, we have deployed TV White Space (TVWS) technology from our Airband initiative to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. TVWS are unused blocks of broadcast spectrum located between the frequencies assigned to television stations. It creates wireless broadband connections over great distances and in rugged terrain, with no line of sight. In Utuado, TVWS has been used to reestablish internet connectivity to a food distribution site, a health clinic and the University of Puerto Rico. These sites also serve as internet hotspots where people in the community can come and connect with their family and friends.

Across Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands there are still widespread power outages, nearly 40 percent of cell sites are still down, most people don’t have internet service and many TV and radio stations aren’t yet operational. TVWS technology is helping people in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands reconnect with people outside their immediate communities. In addition to Utuado, we have TVWS sites up and running in Humacao, Puerto Rico; and in the U.S. Virgin Islands in St. Croix, St. Johnand St. Thomas. And, TVWS will soon be working in Barranquitas and San Lorenzo in Puerto Rico. Our hope is that TVWS broadband connections will hasten the recovery in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, making it a little less difficult for people in the region to communicate and to recover.

While it’s heartening to see some progress, there is still much work to do. We’re committed to continuing to play our part in the months and years ahead.

Tags: TV White Spaces

Infinidat embeds SAN, NAS replication in InfiniBox R4

Infinidat has checked off several roadmap items for its high-end InfiniBox storage system, including “near-zero impact” SAN synchronous replication and the ability to define quality of service for individual applications, tenants and subtenants.

The InfiniBox R4 upgrade also added asynchronous NAS replication and NAS directory quota management to combat file system sprawl. Those features are among more than 150 enhancements to the R4 operating system.

Infinidat claims InfiniBox unified arrays are faster than all-flash, although they store all data on hard disk drives. The modular design includes three controllers in an active-active-active configuration for high availability. InfiniBox is geared to enterprises with petabyte-scale storage, competing with high-end storage arrays from Dell EMC, NetApp, Hitachi Vantara, IBM and Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

InfiniBox serves most I/O traffic from dynamic RAM (DRAM), and includes a small dose of flash as an acceleration tier. Artificial intelligence and machine learning tools orchestrate data tiering. The InfiniFlash system learns over time the best media placement to generate high hit rates out of DRAM.

Adding synchronous replication makes Infinidat a better play with hyper-scale enterprises and managed service providers, IDC storage analyst Eric Burgener said.

“Infinidat targets InfiniBox for dense workload consolidation,” Burgener said. “It was somewhat limited in that it only offered asynchronous replication, which does not give a zero [recovery point objective]. This was a gap in the product line that they needed to fill. Their customers are now going to be more comfortable taking most of their mission-critical applications and putting it on this platform.”

Infinidat custom IP protocol drives synchronous replication

Rather than SCSI-based replication, Infinidat wrote a custom IP-optimized protocol that requires fewer network hops to acknowledge writes. Replication occurs directly on the remote node that manages the data.

Infinidat also reduced metadata processing by carrying only 180 bytes for each 64K of data. The replication occurs close to the silicon using an approach similar to Remote Direct Memory Access.

Infinidat said its asynchronous replication delivers target write latency in the sub-400-millisecond range on nearby systems, and scales linearly to keep performance consistent as replicas are added.

The system is designed to prevent data loss as volumes are synchronized. Users can configure it to transparently fall back to asynchronous replication to handle failure scenarios for mission-critical applications.

Infinidat took its time to develop its own replication technique, rather than rush to add the feature, the company’s CMO Randy Arseneau said.

“This was a very complicated computer science and mathematics problem to solve,” Arseneau said. “It would have been easy for us to implement replication as a ‘me too’ feature using a legacy approach, but that would violate our prime directive. We will not implement features using a traditional bolt-on technique just to get something to market faster. We architect features to embed them in our core OS as a way to mitigate processing and resource consumption.”

Infinidat added NAS support in 2015. New asynchronous NAS replication in R4 enables a recovery point objective of 4 seconds. Infinidat uses a CPU-accelerated process called InfiniSnap that supports billions of snapshots per replicated file system. Replication mostly occurs in DRAM to avoid stalling I/O requests.

Infinidat quality of service takes cues from all-flash arrays

Infinidat also added NAS TreeQ as a tool for managing NAS directory quotas. It allows administrators to apply hard quotas across multiple file systems. Resources can be allocated for a specific application or project with reporting in InfiniMetrics.

Most all-flash arrays offer quality of service (QoS), although the feature usually isn’t a deal-breaker for most customers. All-flash systems typically have sufficient overhead for bursting workloads. QoS becomes critical as array takes on more workloads.

Infinidat QoS allows resources to be partitioned by tenant or volume within an InfiniBox system. Tenants can allocate resources to multiple nested subtenants for more granular control of storage resources. Having it built into InfiniBox is another must-have capability, Burgener said.

“Infinidat’s QoS capability allows them to set the service level at low, medium or high and quantitatively guarantee it can deliver the performance where it’s needed. This is an issue for service providers and for on-premises clouds as well,” Burgener said.

For Sale – Microsoft Surface Pro 3 i5 128gb hard drive with 4GB Ram

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Wanted – WTD half decent gaming laptop

I have half decent one:
Alienware Alienware 15 – in excellent condition, screen was replaced 2 months ago(had few dead pixels) and it just got a brand new battery, both fitted under the Dell warranty that is until January 2018, I wouldn’t class it as mint as I am sure someone can find some signs of use. It comes boxed.

CPU:

Intel Core i7 4710HQ

Display:

4K UHD (3840×2160 pixels) 60 Hz

RAM:
16.0GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 800MHz (11-11-11-28)

GPU:
Intel HD Graphics 4600 (Dell)
GeForce GTX 980M 4GB

Storage:

256 GB SSD
480 GB SSD

Audio:
Sound Blaster Recon3Di

That will be yours for £750 collected from Harrow or Central London

For Sale – Laptops

Okay, I updated the OP and will remove the OS if I sell here.

But an FYI – Windows 10 does not work on the same licensing model as previous versions. The OS fully works if its not activated, the only limitations are purely cosmetic and a watermark.

This is my opinion, but I think some one receiving a laptop which is working and ready for them to test/use (and activate later with their own license key) is a better experience than receiving one with no OS. As long as the seller marks it as not being activated so the buyer is aware.

For Sale – In Win 904 Case, Intel G3258

So sad to let this case go as it’s so beautiful.

I’ve had it for a few years and is in good condition. No external marks. Collection only as I cannot post this. £100

The Intel G3258 was a pair from a previous sale on this forum, so just looking to get back what I paid as I have no use for it. Quite happy to post this. £30

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Price and currency: £100, £30
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: BT only
Location: West Drayton, London
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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For Sale – Seagate Expansion 4 TB USB 3.0 Desktop 3.5 inch External Hard Drive for PC and Xbox One – Black

Seagate Expansion 4 TB USB 3.0 Desktop 3.5 inch External Hard Drive for PC and Xbox One – Black

Boxed like new, cables still wrapped, perfect working order. Slight rip in corner of box, otherwise mint.

£86 delivered (includes special delivery for piece of mind)

Price and currency: 86
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Payment method: PPG
Location: Sandhurst
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