For Sale – Logitech C920 Webcam

Brand new and sealed – price includes delivery

Price and currency: 45
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: Paypal Gift
Location: London
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Wanted – High-spec 13″ – 15” laptop

My five-year old Lenovo is officially knackered (speakers dead, keys missing, HDD dying), so think its time to get a new laptop.

I’m looking for a solid 15″ or smaller laptop with a dedicated graphics card that I can take travelling for work and do some gaming on. Budget is ¬GBP 800.

EDIT: Initially I was looking for a gaming laptop with a 1060 but have revised the post as doesn’t look like there are many out there at my price point.

Location: Oxford but can pick up in London too

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Microsoft expansion is a welcome boost to Puget Sound region

Microsoft’s breathtaking expansion project affirms the Puget Sound region’s capacity for continued growth and reinvention.

The company announced Wednesday a multibillion expansion that includes 18 new buildings, fields and parking on its main Redmond campus east of Highway 520.

This should not be taken for granted.

Cities, states and nations are desperate for this sort of economic development, especially by a leading company in a clean industry. Heads of state plead for Microsoft to open a single office and could not imagine the company building a small city’s worth.

Microsoft will add the capacity for 8,000 additional employees on its campus, although much of the new space may be filled by people now working in offices that Microsoft currently leases in Bellevue.

The next challenge for the Eastside and the rest of the Puget Sound region will be to nurture other companies to grow into the next giants and continue attracting other companies.

Comparisons are inevitable with Amazon’s building spree in Seattle.

One way to look at it is to marvel at how both Microsoft and Amazon continue to innovate and sustain their growth by creating new, multibillion-dollar businesses.

Microsoft’s construction project is a physical manifestation of this process.

As it continues its transition into a provider of online services, Microsoft is building more open and expansive offices. They’ll replace the formerly futuristic, X-shaped buildings where it produced software that dominated the personal-computer era.

It’s also enlightening to look at Amazon’s decision to open a second headquarters elsewhere.

That happened in part because of concerns about the business climate in Seattle proper, including the city’s poor job planning for growth that was clearly coming when Amazon submitted its development proposals.

Microsoft also brought disruption and community transformation, particularly when it surged in the 1990s.

Eastside officials learned from this experience. Microsoft’s more recent expansions, over the last decade, were more easily absorbed because of thoughtful planning and regional coordination. That includes road, highway and transit expansion concurrent with growth and careful placement of new housing density within urban hubs.

Such efforts are now paying off. Redmond has infrastructure and housing capacity in place or in process for all the potential growth Microsoft’s new project will generate. Construction of the 18 new buildings is expected to finish around the same time a light-rail station is scheduled to open at its campus in 2023.

The region is blessed to have such companies. They create opportunity and employment for residents and newcomers attracted by their dynamism and success creating world-changing products.

With good infrastructure and gleaming campuses on both sides of Lake Washington, municipal boundaries become less important and all meld into the Greater Seattle region.

For Sale – Dual 22″ monitor setup: 2xIIYAMA E2200WS monitors and Duronic arm

Forgive the mess, in the process of clearing out the garage.

Monitors also include their original stands. Stand allows rotation and positioning of monitors how you like. I was using one for looking at A4 datasheets and the other for general work.

Monitors are dual DVI/VGA input. I will bundle mains, VGA and DVI-D -> HDMI leads.

Native panel resolution for the IIYAMA monitors is 1680×1050.
Duronic mount retails at £70 currently, so £75 for the lot is a bargain.

Stand is here:https://www.amazon.co.uk/Duronic-DM…&sr=8-8&keywords=duronic+monitor+dual+monitor

All in good working condition, monitors are clean without significant marks.
Won’t ship, too much hassle to pack this all up safely to have to travel uninsured.

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Price and currency: £75
Delivery: Goods must be exchanged in person
Payment method: Cash on collection
Location: Norwich or Ely, UK
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For Sale – Corsair Vengence DDR3 1600 8Gb Kit

Corsair Vengence DDR3 1600 8Gb Kit (2x 4Gb) 9-9-9-24 CMZ8GX3M3A1600C9
Memory is used but is in perfect working order, tested and working great – never overclocked.

More details are available on the Corsair website – http://www.corsair.com/en-gb/vengeance-8gb-dual-channel-ddr3-memory-kit-cmz8gx3m2a1600c9

Price and currency: 50
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: PPG or BT
Location: London
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For Sale – Dell XPS 9365 2 in 1 – i7 – 8GB – 512GB – QHD + Extras

Dell XPS 9365 2 in 1 – i7 (7th Gen) – 8GB – 512GB – QHD + Extras

Received this as a gift – pretty much top of the range spec and in excellent condition – used for approx 1 monthish – comes with the remainder of the 12 month warranty – expires 2nd October 2018.

This is similar model: XPS 13 Inch 2-in-1 Laptop | Dell UK

Black carbon skin applied to the top and bottom of the laptop

Comes with USB-C – converters – the original dell and an additional converter giving you HDMI, Ethernet and USB

Also comes with the Dell Stylus (one of the best features IMO)

For transparency, I believe this is a dell outlet laptop due to the box that it came in (wasn’t the fancy black box that XPS’s come in).

Only selling as, even though the laptop is phenomenal, I find I keep using my desktop more than anything.

Price does not include delivery, and as the current retail price is £1,749 for this laptop, I feel this price is pretty good – but I am open to offers!

Would prefer this to be picked up – if delivery is required, then the delivery will be at the responsibility of the buyer

Price and currency: 1500 NOW £1250
Delivery:
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Payment method: BACS or cash on collection
Location: Preston
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For Sale – Alienware 13 R3 (6700HQ OLED Nvidia 1060 16GB RAM 256GB SSD)

I am selling my Alienware 13 r3 because I just don’t use it as much as I thought I would and I tend to play my games more on my ps4 and occasionally Indie PC games. So a laptop this powerful is wasted on me and I have just recently bought a Macbook which is superlight and easy to carry about.

Laptop is in great condition just a bit of dust on it from lack of use so I’ll give it a clean before passing on to the new owner.

At work right now so images to be added later

Alienware 13 r3 OLED

Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-6700HQ (Quad-Core, 6MB Cache, up to 3.5GHz w/ Turbo Boost)

13.3 inch QHD (2560 x 1440) OLED Anti-Glare 400-nits Display with Touch Technology

16GB DDR4-2400MHz

256GB PCIe Solid State Drive

Lithium Ion (76 Wh) Battery

Power Supply : Alienware 180W AC Adapter

NVIDIA(R) GeForce(R) GTX 1060 with 6GB GDDR5

Killer 1535 802.11ac 2×2 WiFi and Bluetooth 4.1

Internal UK/Irish (QWERTY) Backlit Keyboard

Windows 10 Home 64bit English

Original Box Included

Extra –

I apply all the time a 140mv undervolt

& new thermal paste applied

Works fan less on non-stressful workloads

Reason for sale: Bought to get back into pc gaming but it’s just not my thing anymore, much more of a sofa & console kind of guy

Price and currency: £1350
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Payment method: Bank Transfer or Cash
Location: London, E16
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Will PowerShell Core 6 fill in missing features?

Administrators who have embraced PowerShell to automate tasks and manage systems will need to prepare themselves…

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as Microsoft plans to focus its energies in the open source version called PowerShell Core.

All signs from Microsoft indicate it is heading away from the Windows-only version of PowerShell, which the company said it will continue to support with critical fixes — but no further upgrades. The company plans to release PowerShell Core 6 shortly. Here’s what admins need to know about the transition.

What’s different with PowerShell Core?

PowerShell Core 6 is an open source configuration management and automation tool from Microsoft. As of this article’s publication, Microsoft made a release candidate available in November. PowerShell Core 6 represents a significant change for administrators because it shifts from a Windows-only platform to accommodate heterogeneous IT shops and hybrid cloud networks. Microsoft’s intention is to give administrative teams a single tool to manage Linux, macOS and Windows systems.

What features are not in PowerShell Core?

PowerShell Core runs on .NET Core and uses .NET Standard 2.0, the latter is a common library that helps make some current Windows PowerShell modules work in PowerShell Core.

As a subset of the .NET Framework, PowerShell Core misses out on some useful features in Windows PowerShell. For example, workflow enables admins to execute tasks or retrieve data through a sequence of automated steps. This feature is not in PowerShell Core 6. Similarly, tasks such as sequencing, checkpointing, resumability and persistence are not available in PowerShell Core.

A few other features missing from PowerShell Core 6 are:

  • Windows Presentation Foundation: This is the group of .NET libraries that enable coders to build UIs for scripts. It offers a common platform for developers and designers to work together with standard tools to create Windows and web interfaces.
  • Windows Forms: In PowerShell 5.0 for Windows, the Windows Forms feature provides a robust platform to build rich client apps with the GUI class library on the .NET Framework. To create a form, the admin loads the System.Windows.Forms assembly, creates a new object of type system.windows.forms and calls the ShowDialog method. With PowerShell Core 6, administrators lose this capability.
  • Cmdlets: As of publication, most cmdlets in Windows PowerShell have not been ported to PowerShell Core 6. However, the compatibility with .NET assemblies enables admins to use the existing modules. Users on Linux are limited to modules mostly related to security, management and utility. Admins on that platform can use the PowerShellGet in-box module to install, update and discover PowerShell modules. PowerShell Web Access is not available for non-Windows systems because it requires Internet Information Services, the Windows-based web server functionality.
  • PowerShell remoting: Microsoft ports Secure Socket Shell to Windows, and SSH is already popular in other environments. That means SSH-based remoting for PowerShell is likely the best option for remoting tasks. Modules such as Hyper-V, Storage, NetTCPIP and DnsClient have not been ported to PowerShell Core 6, but Microsoft plans to add them.

Is there a new scripting environment?

For Windows administrators, the PowerShell Integrated Scripting Environment (ISE) is a handy editor that admins use to write, test and debug commands to manage networks. But PowerShell ISE is not included in PowerShell Core 6, so administrators must move to a different integrated development environment.

Microsoft recommends admins use Visual Studio Code (VS Code). VS Code is a cross-platform tool and uses web technologies to provide a rich editing experience across many languages. However, VS Code lacks some of PowerShell ISE’s features, such as PSEdit and remote tabs. PSEdit enables admins to edit files on remote systems without leaving the development environment. Despite VS Code’s limitations, Windows admins should plan to migrate from PowerShell ISE and familiarize themselves with VS Code.

What about Desired State Configuration?

Microsoft offers two versions of Desired State Configuration: Windows PowerShell DSC and DSC for Linux. DSC helps administrators maintain control over software deployments and servers to avoid configuration drift.

Microsoft plans to combine these two options into a single cross-platform version called DSC Core, which will require PowerShell Core and .NET Core. DSC Core is not dependent on Windows Management Framework (WMF) and Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) and is compatible with Windows PowerShell DSC. It supports resources written in Python, C and C++.

Debugging in DSC has always been troublesome, and ISE eased that process. But with Microsoft phasing out ISE, what should admins do now? A Microsoft blog says the company uses VS Code internally for DSC resource development and plans to release instructional videos that explain how to use the PowerShell extension for DSC resource development.

PowerShell Core 6 is still in its infancy, but Microsoft’s moves show the company will forge ahead with its plan to replace Windows PowerShell. This change brings a significant overhaul to the PowerShell landscape, and IT admins who depend on this automation tool should pay close attention to news related to its development.

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For Sale – PC Specialist Defiance 17.3″ laptop (Nvidia 1060, 16GB RAM, 500GB SSD+2TB SATA)

I’m selling a PC Specialist Defiance Series: 17.3″ laptop. It was purchased in December 2016 directly from PC Specialist and runs like a dream. This laptop runs every modern game at ultra settings in 1080p and handles productivity tasks with ease. Here’s the full spec:

Chassis & Display Defiance Series: 17.3″ Matte Full HD IPS LED Widescreen (1920×1080)
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i7 Quad Core Processor 6700HQ (2.6GHz, 3.5GHz Turbo)
Memory (RAM) 16GB HyperX IMPACT 2133MHz SODIMM DDR4 (2 x 8GB)
Graphics Card NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 – 6.0GB GDDR5 Video RAM – DirectX 12.1, G-SYNC
1st Hard Disk 500GB Samsung 850 EVO 2.5″ SSD, SATA 6Gb/s (upto 540MB/sR | 520MB/sW)
2nd Hard Disk 2TB SLIM SERIAL ATA III 2.5″ HARD DRIVE WITH 128MB CACHE (5,400rpm)
Memory Card Reader Integrated 6 in 1 Card Reader (SD /Mini SD/ SDHC / SDXC / MMC / RSMMC)
Power Supply 1 x 200W AC Adaptor
Power Cable 1 x 1 Metre UK Power Cable (Kettle Lead)
Thermal Paste ARCTIC MX-4 EXTREME THERMAL CONDUCTIVITY COMPOUND
Sound Card Intel 2 Channel High Def. Audio + MIC/Headphone + SoundBlaster X-Fi MB3
Wireless/Wired Networking GIGABIT LAN & WIRELESS INTEL AC-8260 M.2 (867Mbps, 802.11AC) + BLUETOOTH
USB Options 3 x USB 3.1 Type A, 2 x USB 3.1 Type C AS STANDARD
Battery Defiance Series 4 Cell Lithium Ion Battery (60WH)
Keyboard Language DEFIANCE SERIES RGB BACKLIT UK KEYBOARD
Operating System Genuine Windows 10 Home 64 Bit – inc DVD & Licence

I should point out that there’s one dead pixel on the screen, only noticeable when the laptop boots up due to the black screen. I’ll take some images later today/tomorrow.

Reason for sale is that I’m going to get a new Surface Pro as I need the portability. If there are any questions, just let me know!

Price and currency: £1075
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: Bank transfer
Location: Glasgow
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