Updated Quantum Development Kit offers new chemistry library and improved developer tools

At Microsoft Ignite, we shared our advancements over the past year and new capabilities within the Quantum Development Kit that will help us tackle real-world challenges. Starting today, you can download the updated Microsoft Quantum Development Kit and start leveraging the latest features. The update includes:

  • New quantum chemistry library. The new quantum chemistry library can be used to develop quantum simulation solutions in the chemistry domain.
  • Improved Q# developer experience. The Quantum Development Kit now delivers deeper integration with Visual Studio and Visual Studio Code. This update includes live feedback as you type, with errors indicated by underlined errors and warnings.
  • New Q# language capabilities. The Q# programming language has been extended in ways that unify how developers code common operations, such as iteration over arrays, making coding in Q# easier and faster.

New quantum chemistry library

Quantum computers have the potential to solve the world’s hardest computational problems and forever alter our economic, industrial, academic, and societal landscape.  One significant area is computational chemistry, where quantum computers will drive advancements in areas such as drug discovery, development of pigments and dyes, and the development of catalysts for industrial processes. These processes could break down pollutants in exhaust streams, extract atmospheric nitrogen to make fertilizer, and enable new methods for carbon capture. For example, a quantum computer may help identify a way to remove carbon from our environment more efficiently, to combat global warming.

To unlock these potential applications, this release of the Quantum Development Kit now includes a state-of-the-art chemistry library that allows users to explore quantum algorithms for real-world applications in the computational chemistry domain. New features include:

  • State-of-the-art Q# implementations of methods for Hamiltonian simulation.
  • Various samples to help the user get started quickly.
  • Integrations with NWChem, an open source high-performance computational chemistry software package.

The chemistry library was developed in collaboration with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), a leader in both chemistry and data analytics. Together, the chemistry library and NWChem enable quantum solutions and allow researchers and developers a higher-level of study and discovery as they tackle today’s computationally complex chemistry problems.

Learn more about the new chemistry library here.

Exploring the quantum chemistry library with Visual Studio Code
Exploring the quantum chemistry library with Visual Studio Code

Enhanced Q# language and developer experience

The updated Quantum Development Kit offers enhanced integration with both Visual Studio and Visual Studio Code. This includes IntelliSense features such as real-time feedback on errors. Additionally, the Q# language continues to improve and now provides more powerful language expressions that simplify the task of quantum programming. For instance, to simplify common code patterns, we added a conditional operator (condition? true | false) and iteration over arrays as well as ranges.

Learn more about the new Q# language changes here.

Valuable Hover information with Visual Studio
Valuable Hover information with Visual Studio

Update to Quantum Development Kit 0.3 Today!

With the updated kit you’ll find a suite of detailed documentation, tutorials, libraries, and sample algorithms and Q# code. You can dive right in with the included quantum codes and find easy-to-follow samples crafted in Q# for highly optimized and intuitively written code. The Quantum Development Kit supports a broad and inclusive range of development platforms, including Windows, Linux, and macOS. It also supports programming languages such as Python on Windows.

The kit also includes simulation tools that can mimic execution on a quantum computer and allows users to optimize their code and estimate the resource cost of running a solution on a real quantum computer with the help of the included Trace Simulator.

To start learning how to program for quantum, try our self-paced tutorials called the Microsoft Quantum Katas. These coding katas are great tools for learning a new programming language and rely on several simple learning principles: active learning, incremental complexity growth, and feedback.

Today, developers around the world are exploring the Microsoft Quantum Development Kit and experiencing the world of quantum computing, from startups to the enterprise and across academia, research, and design. The scalable Microsoft quantum computing solution is already enabling problem-solvers from various disciplines and skill levels to explore the world of quantum development and begin solving some of the planet’s most complex challenges. With our updated Quantum Development Kit, we’re excited to help our growing community take another step toward the new world of quantum computing.

Announcing Windows Community Toolkit v5.0 – Windows Developer Blog

I’m excited to announce the next major update of the Windows Community Toolkit, version 5.0. This update introduces the new WindowsXamlHost control built on top of the new XAML Islands APIs to simplify adding built-in or custom UWP control to a WPF or Windows Forms desktop application. Alongside, this version introduces new WinForms and WPF controls that leverage the WindowsXamlHost interfaces to wrap UWP platform controls such as the InkCanvas and the MapControl.
In addition, version 5.0 also introduces the TabView control for UWP, a new .NET Standard Weibo service, new .NET Framework support for the Twitter and LinkedIn service, and many new bug fixes and feature updates to existing controls and helpers.
Let’s take a look at the highlights in more details.

The latest version of Windows 10 (1809) introduces new pre-release APIs to enable UWP controls in a non-UWP Win32 desktop application to enhance the look, feel, and functionality of the experience with the latest UI features that are only available via UWP controls.
To make it easier for WPF and Windows Forms developers to use any UWP control that derives from the UWP UIElement, the toolkit introduces the WindowsXamlHost control to host built-in or custom UWP control. The control is currently available as a developer preview today and we encourage developers to try it out in their own prototype code.

Make sure to visit the documentation to learn more about how the new control works and how to add UWP UI to your desktop apps.

Built on top of the WindowsXamlHost interfaces, the toolkit also introduces a selection of wrapped UWP controls. These controls wrap the interface and functionality of a specific UWP platform control. These controls can be added directly to the design surface of a WPF or Windows Forms project and can be used like any other control.

With this release, the following controls are available:

WebView – a control that uses the Microsoft Edge rendering engine – supported on Windows 10 April 2018 update and above
WebViewCompatible – a control that provides a version of WebView that is compatible with more OS versions. The control uses the WebView control on OS versions that support it and the Internet Explorer rendering engine otherwise, even on Windows 8 and Windows 7.
InkCanvas and InkToolbar – wrapper around the UWP WinkCanvas and InkToolbar controls to enable Ink based user interaction – supported on Windows 10 October 2018 update and above
MediaPlayerElement – wrapper around the UWP MediaPlayerElement to stream and render media content such as video – supported on Windows 10 October 2018 update and above
MapControl – wrapper around the UWP MapControl control to display and interact with rich Map content – supported on Windows 10 October 2018 update and above

As with the WindowsXamlHost control, these controls are currently available as a developer preview and we encourage developers to try them out in their own prototype code.

After hundreds of comments on GitHub and two years of discussions, the UWP TabView control is now available in the Windows Community Toolkit. The TabView control allows you to provide a rich Tab experience, with support for fully customizing the behavior, built in support for closing tabs, drag and drop and more.

Make sure to visit the documentation and checkout the sample in the sample app.

With only few lines of code, developers can now easily retrieve or publish data to the very popular Weibo social platform. The service is built on .NET Standard and can be used on any platform including UWP, .NET Framework, Xamarin and more.

// Initialize service
WeiboService.Instance.Initialize(AppKey, AppSecret, RedirectUri);

// Login to Weibo
if (await WeiboService.Instance.LoginAsync())
// Post a status with a picture
await WeiboService.Instance.PostStatusAsync(StatusText.Text, stream);

Visit the documentation for more details on how to create your Weibo application.

In version 4.0 of the toolkit, the Twitter and LinkedIn services moved from UWP to .NET Standard. In this new release, the community continued to improve the cross platform experience by building the .NET Framework platform specific implementation required for authentication to enable OAuth on WPF and Windows Forms.

There is a lot more updates than we can cover in this blog post, so make sure to read the release notes.
As a reminder, you can get started by following this tutorial, or preview the latest features by installing the Windows Community Toolkit Sample App from the Microsoft Store. If you would like to contribute, please join us on GitHub! To join the conversation on Twitter, use the #WindowsToolkit hashtag.
Happy coding!
Updated October 31, 2018 10:40 am

Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18272 – Windows Experience Blog

Hello Windows Insiders! Today, we are releasing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18272 (19H1) to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring. To help Insiders get started with the latest 19H1 builds, we’re also making the ISOs for Build 18272 available today by clicking here. (It make take a little bit for the build to show up so please be patient. ISOs should be up now!) This flight will not be available for ARM devices running languages other than English (U.S.).
If you are looking for a complete look at what build is in which Insider ring – head on over to Flight Hub. You can also check out the rest of our documentation here including a complete list of new features and updates that have gone out as part of Insider flights for the current development cycle (which currently is 19H1).
REMINDER: As is normal with builds early in the development cycle, builds may contain bugs that might be painful for some. If this makes you uncomfortable, you may want to consider switching to the Slow ring. Slow ring builds will continue to be higher quality.

Options Redesigned for Windows Hello
Security shouldn’t be intimidating, and we aspire to help you eliminate passwords. That’s why we want to make sure you can easily set up your first line of defense securing your device with Windows Hello. Your feedback that the previous design was cluttered, and confusing is what drove us to simplify the Sign-in options Settings. We believe this update will help you choose the safest and fastest sign-in option for your needs, whether that’s using a PIN or a biometric factor like fingerprint or facial recognition.
Ultimately, we want to help you make the right decision for your situation. By condensing each sign-in option into a list that explains individual properties and next step for setup, we hope you feel more informed the next time you decide how you want to sign in using enhanced security features with Windows Hello.

Input Improvements
Expanding SwiftKey’s Typing Intelligence to More Languages: In RS5 we started working on bringing SwiftKey’s AI technology to Windows, and we’re excited to announce that we’re expanding support to the following languages:

English (Canada) – en-CA
English (India) – en-IN
French (Canada) – fr-CA
French (Belgium) – fr-BE
French (Switzerland) – fr-CH
Portuguese (Portugal) – pt-PT
German (Switzerland) – de-CH
Spanish (United States) – es-US

If you’re a touch keyboard user that writes in any of these languages, please try out the text predictions and shapewriting in this build and let us know how it feels for you. If you’d like to compare how the keyboard feels with and without this change, check the options for supported languages under Settings > Devices > Typing > Suggestions and Autocorrections.
Using a physical keyboard? Hardware keyboard text suggestions are also supported with the above languages now. Text suggestions for the hardware keyboard is a learning tool we originally introduced in RS4, and expanded language support for with RS5. If you’d like to try it out in one of the supported languages, you can do so by enabling the “Show text suggestions as I type” feature under Settings > Devices > Typing.

Indic Phonetic keyboards now available for PC: Do you write in an Indic language? We’ve heard your feedback, and in addition to the Indic Traditional INSCRIPT keyboards already available, with today’s build we’re adding Indic Phonetic keyboards for Hindi, Bangla, Tamil, Marathi, Punjabi, Gujarati, Odia, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam!
How does a phonetic keyboard work? Basically it’s a convenient way of typing that leverages the English QWERTY keyboard – as you type, we use transliteration to suggest possible Indic text candidates. For example, if you typed “namaste” using the Hindi Phonetic keyboard we would suggest नमस्ते, as you can see in the below gif:

If your native language is one of the above languages or you have some knowledge of Indic languages, please try this out with either the hardware or touch keyboard and let us know how it feels.
Here are the steps to get started:

Select Start > Settings > Time & Language-> Language from the navigation menu.
Select the + icon labeled [Add a preferred language] (or skip ahead to step 4 if your preferred Indic language was already added).
Type the name of an Indic language into the search box and select it – for example “Hindi”. Click the Next button and install the Indic language on your device, which will return you to the Language page.
Now back on the Language page, click the one you just added, and then click the Options button. This will take you to that language’s options page.
Select the + icon labeled [Add a keyboard].
Enable the Phonetic keyboard, for example [Hindi Phonetic – Input method editor] – now the languages options page will look something like this:

Click input indicator on the taskbar (or press the Windows key + Space) and select the Indic Phonetic keyboard. Time to type something!

Note: The dictionaries used for the Indic Phonetic keyboards need to be downloaded. Right after adding the keyboard, please connect to Internet – you may need to wait a bit for the dictionary download to finish.
Accessibility Improvements
Narrator Caps Lock ON alert while typing: Narrator will now alert you when you are accidentally typing with Caps Lock turned on. The setting is on by default. To adjust this setting, visit Narrator Settings (Ctrl + Win + N), then navigate to the “Change how much content you hear” heading and review the combo box for “Change when you receive Caps Lock warnings while typing”.
It will work even if you have character echo option (“Hear characters as you type”) disabled, and it will work in edit fields as well as password field. By default, Narrator will always alert you regardless of presses of the Shift key as you type alphabetic characters. But you can choose to only be alerted when you press the Shift key together with an alphabetic character, or you can disable the feature altogether.
In this initial release, the sound effect you hear will sound like the standard Narrator error sound effect which we are working on improving. We look forward to your feedback on this new feature!

Snip & Sketch (Version 10.1809.2964.0): Thank you to everyone who’s shared feedback so far! It’s been great seeing all of your comments, and we’re making progress on addressing them with our latest app update that’s in the process of rolling out to Insiders in the Fast ring. The update brings several improvements, including:

Adding some emphasis. Planning to paste your screenshot somewhere? Does that place have the same color background as the background of your screenshot? When you update to the latest app version you’ll find a new option to add a border to your screenshots – giving them that little bit extra needed to stand out.
Printing! Sometimes you want to keep a physical copy of your screenshots – we hear you that it took too many steps before, and have added a button in the toolbar so you can print directly from the app (you can also print to PDF!)

Refining our save options:

If you have unsaved changes and go to close a window or open a file that will now pop a confirmation.
The default proposed file name will now include a timestamp.
We’ve heard your feedback and saving now also supports jpg and gif file types.

Also, we have a new settings page! We’re replacing our old the old About flyout with a full settings page where you’ll find the aforementioned option to add a border, an option for updates made to your snip to copy automatically to your clipboard, and more!

Have an opinion as to what’s next? We have a few things on our list already and would love to hear your thoughts! Head to the Feedback Hub to see some of the things we’re already tracking and share your voice.
Sticky Notes 3.1 (Version 3.1.32): Thank you for sharing your feedback on 3.0 release with us. We think you are going to love this update!

We tested the waters with the Charcoal Note and you all seemed keen to go even darker! Introducing full-on Dark Mode support in Sticky Notes.  We support Windows Dark Mode as well as the ability to set your color mode in Sticky Notes to suit your mood independent of your system settings.
Everyone seemed excited about Sticky Notes syncing, so we spent some time making it even faster! Check it out and let us know how it feels.

Please give it a shot and let us know on Feedback Hub your thoughts on the new update.

Want to get to your notes from anywhere? How about on the web at http://www.onenote.com/stickynotes! It will be rolling out worldwide soon – take a look and let us know what you think.

We’re rolling out a feature where if you right click on a group name or tile folder in Start, you will now have an option to unpin it. Currently 50% of Insiders will have this option.
We fixed an issue where Task Manager settings wouldn’t persist after closing and reopening Task Manager in recent flights.
We fixed an issue where only users in Vietnam could use the new Vietnamese Telex and Number key-based keyboards. Now anyone can use them – please try it out if you’re familiar with the language!
We fixed an issue where doing an upwards search with wrap enabled in Notepad wouldn’t find the last word in the text.
We fixed an issue that could result in Settings crashing when navigating to Data Usage.
We fixed an issue where starting the PIN removal process in Settings then clicking Cancel when prompted for your password would crash Settings.
We fixed an issue where twinui.dll would crash on some devices in the last few builds after selecting a wireless display to project to from the Connect flyout.
We fixed an issue where enhancements selected under Speaker Properties > Enhancements wouldn’t persist on upgrade.
We fixed an issue resulting in FLAC metadata being cut short in File Explorer and other locations.
The “Forget” option for Wi-Fi profiles is now available for non-admin users.
Ctrl + Mouse Wheel Scroll to zoom in text is now supported in Command Prompt, PowerShell and WSL.
When using dark theme (Settings > Personalization > Colors) your scrollbars in Command Prompt, PowerShell and WSL will now become dark too.
We fixed an issue with the console that could cause graphical glitches in the embedded terminal of VS Code (see Microsoft/vscode#57803).
The options to change your default app mode and enable/disable transparency have moved to the top of Colors Settings so it’s easier for people to find.

Task View fails to show the + button under New Desktop after creating 2 Virtual Desktops.
Some users will notice the update status cycling between Getting Things Ready, Downloading, and Installing. This is often accompanied with error 0x8024200d caused by a failed express package download.
If you have a have a large number of OTF fonts, or OTF fonts that support the extended East Asian character set, you may experience some unexpectedly missing text across the system. We’re working on a fix. If you encounter this issue, navigating to the Fonts folder (c:windowsfonts) may resolve it.
PDFs opened in Microsoft Edge may not display correctly (small, instead of using the entire space).
We’re investigating a race condition resulting in blue screens if your PC is set up to dual boot. If you’re impacted the workaround is to disable dual boot for now, we’ll let you know when the fix flights.
The hyperlink colors need to be refined in Dark Mode in Sticky Notes if the Insights are enabled.
Settings page will crash after changing the account password, we recommend using the CTRL + ALT + DEL method to change the password.
[ADDED] WSL will not work on this build. If you require WSL to work, you can rollback to Build 18267.

If you install any of the recent builds from the Fast ring and switch to the Slow ring – optional content such as enabling developer mode will fail. You will have to remain in the Fast ring to add/install/enable optional content. This is because optional content will only install on builds approved for specific rings.

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Facebook breach raises regulatory questions

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This week’s Risk & Repeat podcast discusses new developments regarding Facebook’s recent data breach, as well as the social networking giant’s response to the incident.

New developments in the recent Facebook breach have raised questions about regulatory requirements for data breach notifications, as well as the motivations of cybercriminals.

Last month, Facebook announced it had been breached by unknown threat actors who used exposed access tokens generated by the site’s View As feature to gain entry to millions of user accounts. Originally, Facebook estimated that 50 million Facebook accounts were affected in the incident, but the company later downgraded that number to approximately 30 million accounts that had their names and contact information — email, phone numbers or both — accessed.

Facebook initially disclosed the breach just three days after the incident was discovered by the company’s engineering team; this led experts to speculate that the General Data Protection Regulation’s (GDPR) 72-hour breach notification deadline compelled Facebook to disclose the information before a full investigation was complete.

In addition, a report from The Wall Street Journal last week claimed the threat actors behind the Facebook hack were spammers who collected the account data for deceptive advertising. While Facebook has been a target of nation-state hacking and election influencing efforts, the report claims the spammers had no affiliation with foreign governments.

Will GDPR and other regulations change how incidents like the Facebook breach are disclosed to the public? How should Facebook’s response to the breach be graded? Is it surprising that the attackers were cybercriminals rather than nation-state threat actors? SearchSecurity editor Rob Wright and senior reporter Michael Heller discuss those questions and more about the Facebook breach in this episode of the Risk & Repeat podcast.

Transforming Higher Education to address the skills gap |

Digital transformation is reshaping every aspect of our lives – how we live, learn, and work. This transformation impacts the skills students need to succeed both in the workplace of today and in the future, when they will be tasked with solving the most complex issues of any generation in history.

As a company, Microsoft has a vested interest in the skills economy that will drive future breakthroughs in innovation. Further, as parents, colleagues and citizens, we feel compelled to help support digital transformation in Higher Education, so that every student has an opportunity to learn what we call future-ready skills.

So, what can we do to help?

To help students acquire future-ready skills, we believe there are three key focus areas we must address in the near term:

  1. Support future-ready skills curricula while ensuring learning tools are accessible to all students
  2. Empower institutions with tools to improve student engagement, experiences, and outcomes
  3. Create safe and secure learning environments in the classroom and online

This week at the EDUCAUSE 2018 Annual Conference, Microsoft Education will share our new future-ready skills offering, new solutions for student success and lifecycle management, and advancements in safety and security. All are aimed at empowering Higher Education institutions to drive future-ready skills in safe and secure learning environments with successful outcomes.

Our Facebook Live stream from EDUCAUSE has wrapped up, but you can catch up on the news here.

Future-ready skills and accessible learning

As cyberthreats increase, so too does the demand for skilled cybersecurity professionals. Businesses need experts that can protect key systems, detect threats early on, and minimize business impact in the event of a security incident.

The new Microsoft Professional Program (MPP) Certificate in Cybersecurity was built to address the evolving landscape of threats businesses face and to enable students to develop the skills needed to start or grow a cybersecurity career. This 10-course MPP Cybersecurity track provides online courses, hands-on labs, and expert instruction to learn how to safeguard key systems, develop a cybersecurity defense plan, detect threats early, and minimize the business impact of information breaches. See the Microsoft Professional Program for CyberSecurity available on Microsoft’s Learning as a Service platform, delivered on OpenEdEx.

On campus, Higher Education Institutions depend on physical computer labs for classroom learning and development and test scenarios. Now, with Azure Lab Services, educators and IT admins can easily create computer labs in the cloud: automatically scale the number of virtual machines to the usage needed at the cost threshold you set, and delete the lab with a single click once you’re done. The service empowers professors, technicians, and students to work with virtual machines in the cloud without having to master the complexities of setting up the cloud infrastructure.  Get an introduction, take a tutorial, or set up a classroom lab visit.

A key benefit to learning through technology, whether in the classroom or online, is that it can make content and engagement accessible to all students. Tools like Immersive Reader, Read Aloud and Dictation within Learning Tools help students of all abilities read, write and communicate. Building on top of these tools, new offerings like auto-generated captions and transcriptions for videos in English and Spanish are available with Microsoft Stream, in all Education plans of Office 365 for people who are deaf or hard of hearing (coming soon for audio and video in OneDrive and SharePoint Online). Capabilities such as Accessibility Checker and Automatic Alt-Text are also available in familiar applications such as Word and PowerPoint, to help content creators make visually compelling and accessible content for all learners.

Student success and lifecycle management

The new Dynamics Higher Education Accelerator, announced at EDUCAUSE today and available open-sourced on GitHub, makes it easier for all partners and developers to create new apps and workflows in Dynamics 365, enabling them to take new products to market faster. It contains industry standard data entities (e.g. student, course, test scores, etc.), pre-built dashboards, workflows, and sample data, as well as other tools to help partners and developers rapidly build business and analytic solutions for Dynamics 365 and the Microsoft Power Platform.

CampusNexus Engage, scheduled to be generally available in December 2018, is the outcome of a collaboration project between Microsoft and Campus Management, built using the Higher Education Accelerator.

In October, Campus Management announced that AccelerEd, a UMUC Ventures portfolio company bringing academic enablement and next-generation technology to educational institutions, has selected the CampusNexus® Suite on behalf of University of Maryland University College (UMUC). UMUC and AccelerEd will use CampusNexus, running on Microsoft’s Azure and Dynamics 365 platform, to increase student engagement, retention, and improve graduation rates through personalized experiences.

“At AccelerEd, our institutional relationships are always focused on improving the customer experience, advancing academic delivery, realizing cost efficiencies and creating a platform for growth and innovation in today’s competitive higher education landscape,” said AccelerEd President Tracy Woods. “Campus Management and Microsoft offer a technology collaboration that delivers on our performance expectations and our customer’s vision.”

Physical safety and online security

Our students live in an age of increased physical threats on campus, including gun violence, natural disasters and other safety risks. At the same time, data breaches, where personal information is stolen, and student cyberbullying are also a real concern. All potential hazards mandate the use of the strongest security technology, monitoring, notification and emergency response systems and technologies on today’s campuses.

Microsoft provides a comprehensive, intelligent, and extensible cloud platform to help keep students safe and secure in the classroom and online. Microsoft Threat Protection, announced last month at Ignite, is a new end-to-end solution that detects cyberthreats, remediates their effects, and protects Institutions from new and changing threats. It is Microsoft’s most comprehensive security solution and combines the intelligence of Microsoft’s security products. Microsoft co-sell ready partners provide solutions for access control, video surveillance and more.

Azure Digital Twins, a new IoT platform available in public preview on Oct. 15, will enable partners to build comprehensive digital models on any physical environment. These virtually represent the physical world and enable custom solutions that address Institutional needs to develop even more safe and secure learning environments on campus. Learn more about Microsoft Threat Protection and get the ebook on Physical Safety and Security.

For more information about Microsoft’s efforts across higher education, visit us at Microsoft’s Higher Education site.


  1. President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology
  2. Fact Sheet: Focusing Higher Education on Student Success, US Dept of Education
  3. Cyberbullying in College

For Sale – Ultra compact gaming HTPC

Ultra compact gaming HTPC

Spec as follows:
Intel i5 6600k Skylake CPU
Cryorig C7 CPU cooler
Asus Z270i Rog Strix itx motherboard
2 x 4GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 2400mhz
240GB Kingston Ultra II SATA SSD
Corsair SF450 450w Gold fully modular PSU
Fractal Design Node 202 case
MSI GTX 1060 6GB Gaming X plus – with upgraded faster GDDR5 memory at 9000mhz
2 x Corsair SP120 case fans

Hopefully the photos speak for themselves, this is a nice little build with plenty of power and it runs cool and quiet. It’s a really compact form factor.

There are boxes for most of the major components, the PSU has additional cables, all accessories for the case are included.

The system consumes about 275w of power which hits the sweet spot for being power efficient.

The 2 120mm Corsair fans provide additional cooling and airflow for the GPU. Nvidia’s auto GPU boost feature pushes the core clock to well over 2000mhz maintains a temp around the mid 60s.

The motherboard is high end with software controlled RGB lighting, WiFi, Bluetooth, USB Type C, 2 x M2 slots etc and great overclocking potential.

As all the original boxes are included, postage cost will be quite high due to size and weight.

Any questions, let me know.

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Use this Microsoft deployment tool for easier setups

An operating system deployment is one of those everyday tasks for many administrators. There are many ways to handle this job, but the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit is the go-to application for many enterprises.

MDT is not new, released in 2008, nor is it a perfect solution. Most DevOps shops wouldn’t consider MDT due to its lack of integration with development pipelines, but this Microsoft deployment tool remains a very useful utility for several reasons.

What are the components of MDT?

When working with this Microsoft deployment tool, the Deployment Workbench is where you will do most of the setup work. The Deployment Workbench lets administrators create multiple deployment shares that can be actual network shares for clients to use via MDT. Inside these deployment shares, you will find the following components:

  • Operating systems. An operating system in MDT is any supported Windows media, such as a Windows installation ISO. We use these images as boot media and upgrade media, but also as an image to execute deployments. Importing operating systems into this Microsoft deployment tool is a simple process. For standard Windows installation media, click a few times and provide the directory path of the files. For importing a reference image — the golden image you created for a reference machine — you can import this automatically with a task sequence.
  • Drivers. One of the great features of MDT is it adds third-party drivers when you deploy Windows to any given hardware. This can be Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Dell, Lenovo or any other supported Windows driver. There are many articles online on the methods to add drivers dynamically during deployments.
MDT deployment share
The MDT deployment share features several components such as out-of-box drivers and applications.
  • Applications. Applications in MDT are the same in Windows; they are used to install applications during an MDT deployment. For instance, you can add an application to your MDT instance with the source files and specify the command to install the application. For organizations, use Chocolatey to deploy software, you can add a command line for the installation without any source file such as choco install firefox –y.
  • Task sequences. Task sequences carry out a series of jobs during a deployment. For example, a task can install third-party drivers, install the operating system on the target and install applications.

Common scenarios for using the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit

The most popular use of this Microsoft deployment tool is to deploy Windows to physical hardware. You can also use it to install Windows on a virtual machine. MDT supports the use of a Preboot Execution Environment boot file via Windows Deployment Services so clients can connect via the network to obtain a boot image to kick off the imaging process.

If you need to upgrade Windows to a newer version, you can use MDT. This Microsoft deployment tool has a built-in task sequence specifically for this purpose, which makes it a great way to push out Windows 10 to existing Windows 7/8 clients in the enterprise. If you have not tried it yet, you should know the Windows 10 in-place upgrade process works very well in most cases. Instead of refreshing Windows 7 clients, it might be a good option to perform an in-place upgrade instead, especially for newer hardware.

Advantages of the Microsoft deployment tool

MDT supports working with Windows 7 all the way up to the latest Windows 10 release, not to mention all supported Windows Server releases.

There are several reasons administrators might want to use MDT in the enterprise:

  • Cost. MDT is free. Anyone can download the installation files and use it. Also, most IT professionals with some experience with Windows deployments will not find the learning curve very steep.
  • Range of operating system support. For Windows desktop systems, MDT supports Windows 7 up to the latest Windows 10 release. MDT also works with all supported Windows Server versions. This means desktop support, help desk and administrators can use the same tool to deploy a Windows operating system.
  • Integration with System Center Configuration Manager. If you use System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) to manage Windows, chances are you already use MDT as a deployment tool. If not, you should know that SCCM and MDT work well together. MDT adds real-time monitoring to SCCM for deployments, provides a deployment wizard, and generates reference images

The cloud is one route for IT infrastructure needs, but it’s likely that many organizations will operate in a hybrid mode for quite some time. For on-premises operating system deployments, MDT is a fantastic option for organizations heavily invested in the Windows platform.

Xbox Game Pass: Sniper Elite 4, Olli Olli 2 XL, Sheltered, and More in November – Xbox Wire

We’re adding five more great games to the Xbox Game Pass catalog in November, in addition to the growing list of over 100 games already included in your membership. Starting November 1, Xbox Game Pass members can jump into Sniper Elite 4, Olli Olli 2 XL, Rise and Shone, Sheltered, and then on November 6 the same day as its debut on Xbox, Grip: Combat Racing.

But, you want more? Tune into Inside Xbox at X018 on November 10 and brace yourself for even more great games coming to Xbox Game Pass — we think you’ll like them.

Let’s dive into the new games, coming to Xbox Game Pass:

Sniper Elite 4 (November 1)

Combining complex ballistics, stealth gameplay, and third-person action, Sniper Elite 4 is the latest entry of this World War 2 combat series. This time featuring some of the largest and most diverse environments to navigate than ever before as you’re tasked to liberate wartime Italy from the iron grip of fascism.

Olli Olli 2 XL Edition (November 1)

Achieve new levels of control and expression as you skate, trick, and grind through 100 different levels with a new expanded combo system including Manuals, Reverts, Revert-Manuals, and Grind-Switching. Take on friends in Combo-Rush, a local-multiplayer mode for 2-4 players or when it’s time to chill, Free-Skate mode offers extended levels to learn the ropes, nail those tricks, or simply cruise and flow..

Sheltered (November 1)

Times are hard after an apocalypse, and your family will need all the comfort they can get to help them survive what’s to come. Sheltered is a post-apocalyptic bunker simulator where you need to keep your family of four alive for as long as possible. You’ll face many obstacles, meet crazy individuals, fight off intruders, scavenge for materials, and explore a randomly generated map on every playthrough.

Rise and Shine (November 1)

Play as the young child Rise as he embarks on an epic action-packed shooting adventure with his sacred gun Shine by his side. Together they’ll fight to take down an invading army of aliens known as Space Grunts in the hopes of saving a world where classic video game characters live. Featuring massive explosions, awesome hand drawn set pieces, and gigantic bosses to do battle with, Rise and Shine has all the ingredients of the next great shooter for you to tackle.

Grip: Combat Racing (November 6)

The return of hardcore combat racing is here and the stakes are higher than ever before. Grip: Combat Racing is packed with content. On top of the single-player campaign and Carkour stunt mode, there’s 22 breathtaking tracks spanning four planets, 15 armored combat vehicles, multiple race formats, and PVP battle arenas all with split-screen for up to four players.

Join Xbox Game Pass Today

With over 100 great games for one low monthly price, including highly-anticipated new Xbox One exclusives the day they’re released, including the highest-rated* Xbox exclusive of this generation Forza Horizon 4, plus more games added all the time, Xbox Game Pass gives you the ultimate freedom to play. If you haven’t tried Xbox Game Pass, start your 14-day free trial now, and discover your next favorite game.

For the latest Xbox Game Pass news, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and stay tuned to Xbox Wire. Until next month, game on!

*Source: Metacritic

Nomad vs. Kubernetes talk prompts HashiCorp managed service plan

SAN FRANCISCO — Nomad vs. Kubernetes is a hot topic, despite the fact that HashiCorp’s founders say the two tools can be used together for IT orchestration.

Nevertheless, HashiCorp plans to emulate Kubernetes-as-a-service platforms from cloud providers, so that IT pros can use Nomad for IT orchestration as easily as Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE) and other turnkey Kubernetes services.

“Nomad is still much easier to use than Kubernetes, but today we ask that customers first deploy Nomad to get that ease of use,” said Armon Dadgar, co-founder and co-CTO of HashiCorp, in an interview at HashiConf here this week. “What really helped Kubernetes get massive adoption was things like GKE. … We think having a Nomad managed offering is a huge piece of [its future adoption].”

Dadgar didn’t offer details about what a Nomad managed service would look like, except that users would “push a button and get a Nomad environment.” He also did not offer details about when the service will be available.

Both Nomad and Kubernetes schedule container workloads, but Nomad can also schedule workloads on bare-metal and virtual machines. Kubernetes provides a storage and network platform for containers, while HashiCorp has shied away from a similarly extensive infrastructure platform. Nomad also does not do service discovery or secrets management — it leaves those capabilities to HashiCorp’s Consul and Vault, respectively. HashiCorp’s founders argue that this makes Nomad a lighter-weight, higher-performance scheduler for workloads that Kubernetes doesn’t address, such as high-performance computing applications.

Still, HashiCorp Nomad must catch up with some of Kubernetes’ container scheduler features, some of which Nomad matched in its 0.9 release this week. Nomad 0.9 adds support for affinity between jobs and certain classes of hardware, such as GPUs. It also can spread workloads across cloud availability zones and allows preemption of low-priority workloads if a higher-priority workload must wait for an available node.

HashiCorp’s Consul service discovery software, often used in conjunction with Nomad, also embraced Kubernetes more fully with its 1.4 release this week. Consul 1.4 added support for the Envoy sidecar proxy favored by Kubernetes users for service mesh networks, and a direct connection between Consul’s service discovery database and its Kubernetes equivalent, etcd.

Nomad vs. Kubernetes debate takes center stage

HashiCorp officials want to dispel the notion of a total Nomad vs. Kubernetes rivalry, but that perception persists among IT shops that use HashiCorp tools. Few of the HashiCorp customers who presented here this week use Nomad and Kubernetes together, and for those that do, it’s not an even mix.

Kubernetes is still in the early adopter phase, and HashiCorp still has a chance to be an early mover and place itself somewhere in that ecosystem.
Rick RackowSRE, eBay Classifieds Group

Minneapolis-based retailer Target, for example, uses Nomad as its main container scheduler in a hybrid cloud environment that supports guest fulfillment on Target.com. This environment spans two Target-owned data centers, two Google Cloud Platform regions and several hundred store locations. The stores use Kubernetes, but Target does not use Consul at those locations, so the bridge between Nomad and Kubernetes is not relevant to the company, said Daniel Parker, principal engineer at Target, in an interview after his HashiConf session.

Target chose Nomad over Kubernetes, except in stores, because the company’s security and compliance policies meant it could not use GKE, and Target engineers didn’t want to manage Kubernetes themselves in the cloud or on premises, Parker said in his presentation. Nomad provided an easier way to schedule hybrid cloud workloads than internally managed Kubernetes.

“We already had a cloud architecture with load-balancer configurations that we didn’t want to have to reintegrate with Kubernetes,” Parker said. “Nomad also offered consistency — we could use the same binaries in different locations without developers having to configure different Docker container images.”

Another HashiConf presenter, global management consulting firm The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), heavily uses Consul with the infrastructure that supports a data science service it launched this week, but its engineers saw no need to combine Nomad with Kubernetes yet, said Allen Chen, principal engineer at BCG.

Target Nomad presentation at HashiConf
Target engineers Suresh Krishnan (L) and Daniel Parker present on their use of Nomad at HashiConf.

Nomad awaits Kubernetes disillusionment

Kubernetes’ market momentum influences the skills of engineers who manage container infrastructures at eBay Classifieds Group’s global motors vertical division in Germany. While eBay as a whole uses Kubernetes widely, this division uses Nomad, “but who knows for how long,” said Rick Rackow, SRE for the DevOps team there.

Despite what look like long odds for Nomad right now, it’s too early to declare total victory for Kubernetes.

“Kubernetes is still in the early adopter phase, and HashiCorp still has a chance to be an early mover and place itself somewhere in that ecosystem,” Rackow said.

At large Global 2000 distributed enterprises that form HashiCorp’s main customer base, containers and Kubernetes will never totally take over, and HashiCorp products could be a good hedge against ever-shifting technical trends.

“Five years ago, OpenStack was going to take over the world — where is it today?” said John Mitchell, chief platform architect at SAP Ariba, a business procurement software company in Sunnyvale, Calif. “Three to four years ago, it was Cloud Foundry. … The reality is that if you have a good architecture and processes, you’ll incorporate all the best tools and continually evolve.”

SAP Ariba will use Kubernetes where it’s appropriate, but it will never put heavy stateful applications such as SAP HANA in containers or even VMs. Because the company’s workloads will remain mixed, “Nomad will remain our default scheduler,” Mitchell said.

For Sale – iMac 21.5” screen. Late 2015 model

Discussion in ‘Desktop Computer Classifieds‘ started by antsims, Oct 13, 2018.

  1. This just sits in our spare room and never gets used. In fantastic condition with keyboard and mouse. Not sure, but I think I have the original box up the attic.

    Hopefully someone else can make use of it. Will upload pics later.

    Would prefer collection as condition and working order can be checked out.

    Price and currency: £800 now £700 lowered to £650
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  2. Photos as promised

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  3. What’s the full spec pls- PM me the serial number? Presume no warranty?

  4. Late 2015
    Processor 1.6 GHz intel core i5
    Memory 8 GB 1867 MHz DDR3
    Startup Disc Macintosh HD
    Graphics Intel HD Graphics 6000 1536 MB

    Will pm serial number but no warranty

  5. I was confused by the Bought Jan 2017, to find its a 2015 model… Shame as was after a 2017. Thanks anyways

  6. I’ve amended title to avoid confusion. Sorry.

  7. Lowered to £700.

  8. Will drop to £650

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