Louisville signs digital alliance with Microsoft – Microsoft Industry Blogs

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At Louisville’s Entrepreneur Center, Mayor Greg Fischer announced a three-year digital alliance with Microsoft to boost the region’s digital transformation and accelerate AI practices. The remarks were part of a kick-off event for a weekend of start-up activities at the center, which supports the growth of local tech companies. The alliance will focus on strengthening the region’s ability to navigate its major industries’ digital transformation by skilling the population in the key digital fronts of the future: artificial intelligence, Internet of Things, and data science.

Upon signing Mayor Fischer said, “Artificial intelligence is the next frontier in technology, and through this collaboration with Microsoft, we will prepare our workforce for the tech revolution and create economic opportunity, while not losing sight of the need for equity within economic growth. We are excited to collaborate with Microsoft to ensure Louisville residents and businesses are ready for the future economy.”

With a physical hub in the Entrepreneur Center in Louisville’s Innovation District, the alliance will encompass public events, technology investment, and skills training for all ages throughout the greater Louisville area, with a population of approximately 620,000 people.

Microsoft will collaborate with the city of Louisville, the Brookings Institute, and the University of Louisville as well as other local partners in this wide-reaching public-private initiative to increase digital skills along the full continuum of the educational pipeline.

Also presenting at the event was Louisville Chief of Civic Innovation and Technology Grace Simrall who said, “In essence, the goal of this collaboration is to create a regional hub, a center of gravity for AI and IoT.”

A changing landscape

In recent years, some 12% of jobs in the Louisville region have been in manufacturing, employing over 250,000 workers. Some 285,000 people in the region are currently working in healthcare and education. As digital transformation brings increased efficiency to these and other industries, there will be a growing demand for workers who command strong digital skills. In addition to manufacturing and healthcare, AI will bring new opportunities in fields ranging from public safety to smart building design and construction. The alliance will help bridge the digital divide to help communities thrive in the coming job market.

Focus on AI

The digital alliance will work to create a comprehensive strategy focusing on the impact of AI, IoT, and data science and on how to help communities adapt to them. All components of the digital alliance will emphasize building people’s agility with these technologies. Four fellows will be sponsored to act as ambassadors for the city’s AI initiatives within industry and non-profit organizations. Public events will include ideation and design-thinking workshops and symposiums to explore what an AI future looks like.

Full lifecycle educational pipeline

The digital alliance will take a multi-pronged approach to reach people at various points along the continuum of job readiness, from familiarizing children with the basic concepts of digital literacy to empowering current or returning members of the workforce to reskill and upskill for the new economy.

Empowering youth

The alliance will provide virtual and in-person programs for youth in the schools and during public events activities for the entire K-12 and P-20 learning spectrum. Programs will include one-time public events such as youth esports and robotics competitions and longer programs including the following.

  • YouthSpark Live events bring young people together to plan their futures. Students identify necessary skills, learn how technology fits in, and get connected to programs that will help them get where they want to go. The events focus on three key areas: employment, careers and entrepreneurship.
  • DigiGirlz teaches middle and high school girls about technology careers, connects them with STEM industry professionals and Microsoft employees, and lets them participate in hands-on computer science workshops.
  • DigiCamps provides the same experience of developing and learning about cutting-edge technologies as DigiGirlz for both girls and boys.

Training the workforce

The digital alliance will coordinate and host digital literacy workshops for parents, transitioning members of the workforce and veterans to expand digital literacy skills in a consistent, predictable manner using Microsoft’s Digital Literacy curriculum. The training, which is available in 30 languages, is online and downloadable. In addition, the three training levels, from basic to advanced, are developed to be self-directed and self-paced.

The digital literacy curriculum starts with the absolute basics of computer and software use and progresses to larger issues of online safety and digital lifestyles. Microsoft will provide resources for Train the Trainer sessions for Microsoft certifications through the Digital Literacy curriculum.

Developing thought leadership

The alliance will host a high-level AI, IoT, and Data Science Summit in Louisville in the coming year, corporate AI briefings, and business roundtables. Executive briefings will be held at the Microsoft Executive Briefing Center in Redmond, WA, to support corporate digital transformation with directors and cabinet officials focused on innovation, AI, cybersecurity, and digital transformation.

To tap into and further grow the capacity of existing tech leaders, the digital alliance will host at least three start-up and tech hackathons focused on civic innovation. Hackathons connect the city with local tech leaders, start-ups, partners, and technology thought leaders to explore solutions to local challenges. The Civic Innovation hackathon will challenge participants to use design thinking and technology to address topics such as public safety, security, smart city, transportation, and education. Microsoft will aid with program development, session facilitators, and speakers.

For more details about the Louisville digital alliance, please see the press release from the Office of Mayor Greg Fischer.

Learn more about how Microsoft is empowering digital transformation and innovation for state and local governments at the Microsoft Smart Cities website.

Learn more about this and other initiatives from the Brookings Institute.

To stay on top of the latest research on the potential for AI in the public sphere, access Microsoft’s resource guide to AI in government.


Learn more about Microsoft’s Airband Initiative to connect rural America.

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Apple’s all-new iCloud for Windows app, now available in the Microsoft Store | Windows Experience Blog

Apple and Microsoft are making it easy for customers to access and enjoy the benefits of their iCloud account across their Windows 10 PC and Apple devices with the all-new iCloud for Windows app available today from the Microsoft Store.
You can easily access your photos, videos, mail, calendar, files and other important information from your iCloud account on the go and on your Windows 10 PC. iCloud is home to iCloud Drive, iCloud Photos, Mail, Contacts, Calendar, Reminders, Safari Bookmarks and more.
The new iCloud for Windows app introduces a new iCloud Drive experience for Windows 10 users powered by the same Windows technology that also powers OneDrive’s Files On-Demand feature, enabling users to be more productive offline on mobile devices and quickly share files on iOS.

With the iCloud for Windows app and iCloud Drive on your Windows 10 PC, you can:

Access your iCloud Drive files right from File Explorer, without using up space on your PC
Choose the files and folders you want to keep on your PC
Safely store all your files in iCloud Drive and access them from your iOS device, Mac and on iCloud.com
Share any file right from File Explorer and easily collaborate with others – edits will be synced across your devices

We’re excited to announce that starting today, iCloud for Windows is now available to download as an app in the Microsoft Store worldwide. For more information about the iCloud for Windows app please visit Apple Support.

Health experts on proposed information blocking, interoperability rules

The comment period is over. ONC and CMS will now have to wade through stakeholder feedback on the proposed information blocking and interoperability rules before they move forward.

Here is a roundup of voices from healthcare leaders on the proposed rules. They include a combination of informal feedback from healthcare leaders and summarized, formal comments from several former national health IT coordinators, as well as the American Medical Informatics Association.

The proposed rules lay the groundwork for interoperability in healthcare, but some experts also provided input on areas that still need to be addressed for improved data sharing between healthcare organizations, providers and patients to become reality.

The importance of addressing data sharing, information blocking

John Halamka, M.D., CIO, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, said:

“You always have to read these regulations in the context of what will be the compromise that comes out of this, either in scope or timing. When I read them, I thought it’s exactly the right tone. What I mean by that is it was not too little, not too much, you know there will be some compromises. It seemed to hit that sweet spot.

A photo of John Halamka, M.D., CIO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical CenterJohn Halamka

“Information blocking, for example, is, at least in my mind, a kind of controversial concept. I have in my various roles rarely seen volitional information blocking. What I’ve seen is people have different priorities, budget constraints; they’ve got a thousand competing initiatives. It’s not so much mean spirited. When you look at the way this is written … this is very real world in the way it’s written.

“What’s going to happen as these become finalized rules, you’re going to see not only Apple, but you have to guess Google and Amazon and all these other organizations putting APIs [application programming interfaces] in products and services. It will have a very, very significant impact, I believe.

“One last thing I would say is you know that HIPAA and the general data protection rules both have fines associated with them for privacy breaches. But if you give the data to the patient and the patient shares it as they will, neither HIPAA nor GDPR apply. That’s why I think these regulations are a great way to get started because, in many ways, it de-risks a lot of data sharing. Giving data to the patients, getting everybody comfortable with more data flows and changing culture is a fine way to change management.”

Laura Esserman, M.D., director of the UCSF Breast Care Center, said:

The importance of these rules is that if you have information that’s related to patient care and a patient wants it or requests it you have to give it to them. If you are making an app to help facilitate getting that information, that can’t be blocked either. I think that is really critical, that’s an incredibly important first step. And if you block it, there’s a penalty. I think the enforcement of these rules is going to matter.

A photo of Laura Esserman, M.D., director of the UCSF Breast Care CenterLaura Esserman

“Everyone wants to delay this. The CIOs want to delay it. But it’s ridiculous. Let’s get over it. Everybody understands this has to be changed. People can’t get the information that they need, but I think the importance of these rules is there is a statement that interoperability is important, that data exchange is important.”

“Through apps, there has to be not only read but write. Physicians and clinicians, providers, will use those apps, but they need to know that can be put back into the EHR and that’s their note. They’re not going to do it twice, and why should they? We have to make sure we don’t crush innovation here, that’s the next step; [it] is to be able to have these layers of quality improvement on top of these systems.”

“These rules are a fantastic start … we have been waiting for these rules, but I don’t think they go far enough. EHRs have not delivered on their promise of improving safety. Asking a patient 20 times what their allergies are, what their name is, and medical record number, they don’t perceive that as quality. What we want to do is build quality systems. In order to have that kind of a system we have to have write-back. They have not specified the write-back rules and what the write-back rules should be if you are a certified, one-source checklist that meets X standard, that data should be allowed to be written back to the EHR and that should be allowed to be exchanged with any other provider because it’s against a national standard.”

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Former national health IT coordinators: David Blumenthal, M.D., David Brailer, M.D., Karen DeSalvo, M.D., Robert Kolodner, M.D., Farzad Mostashari, M.D., Vindell Washington, M.D.

The group of former national health IT coordinators offered their “enthusiastic support” for the proposed rules in a letter submitted to ONC and CMS. They noted that the rules coupled with the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA) Draft 2 offer an opportunity to advance interoperability and empower patients with access to their data.

The letter noted the promise of APIs, describing APIs as transformative in other industries and as a disrupter in the healthcare space, enabling easy data access for patients. The group also offered strong support for requiring the implementation of Health Level Seven Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) as the standard for open APIs.

“We believe the use of FHIR-based APIs to make patient claims and other health information available to patients and payer participation in trusted exchange networks will result in the creation of a more complete and longitudinal picture of a person’s healthcare history and represents a huge step forward,” according to the letter.

The letter states that the group of former national health IT coordinators believes it is of the “utmost importance” to implement the proposed rules as quickly as possible. But it also noted the rules do not adequately address patient and consumer privacy protections. The group recommended that CMS and ONC work with relevant agencies and organizations to develop a privacy framework in parallel with implementation of the proposed interoperability rules to protect consumers.

The group also suggested ONC and CMS invest in efforts to educate a wide range of stakeholders, including payers, patients, providers and health IT firms so that they understand the implications and opportunities of the proposed rules.

American Medical Informatics Association
Douglas Fridsma, president and CEO, AMIA; Peter Embi, AMIA board chair

In its letter to ONC and CMS, the American Medical Informatics Association applauded the proposed information blocking and interoperability rules and ONC and CMS on its translation of the 21st Century Cures Act.

AMIA stated that it supports many of the proposals made in the rules and noted that the reliance on FHIR data standards will help move healthcare away from systems that operate in silos and toward interoperability based on open APIs.

The letter also cautioned ONC against taking an approach that solidifies the need for health data to be standardized before it can be made available for patient care or research. Instead, AMIA recommended that ONC establish a “share now, standardize as needed” policy.

The current Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) “perpetuates an imbalance where patients, clinicians, and researchers are beholden to health IT developers for routine access, exchange, and use of health data,” according to the letter. If finalized as the proposed rules are now, AMIA believes they will create a dynamic where health data must be standardized before it is made available for patient care or research.

“While the informatics community fiercely advocates for the standardization of biomedical, clinical and health data, AMIA flatly rejects a policy that requires data to be standard before it can be used for patient care,” according to the letter.

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For Sale – Ryzen 7 1700 gaming PC / iMac 27″ 2010


i have this pc for sale. very nice rig and suitable for 1440p gaming.

Processor: ryzen 7 1700 8 core processor
Memory: 16 gb of adata premier 2666 mhz ddr4 ram
Motherboard: MSI B450 gaming plus
Hard Drive: 2 x 500 GB
Solid state drive: 240 GB SSD
Power supply: Riotoro enigma g2 650 watt gold fully modular
Dedicated graphics card: Gigabyte GTX 1070 8GB
Case: Aerocool midi tower RGB front lighting
Operating system: Windows 10 pro


i have a repaired imac 27″ for sale, mid 2010. the screen was broken so have replaced it.

Spec is core i7 2nd gen, 8 gb of ram, 2 TB hard drive, osx sierra. good overall condition. no mouse or keyboard, they broke ages back.

£375 inc. prefer collection as not really a suitable box for it.

Price and currency: 750
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: bank t paypal gift
Location: heybridge, cm9
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Microsoft Partners With Startup Truffle On Blockchain Developer Tools For Azure Cloud Service

Microsoft announced today that it is integrating tools built by the blockchain startup Truffle into its Azure cloud computing service to help developers build and manage enterprise blockchain applications.

Truffle tools have been available on Microsoft Azure since May 2, and according to the company have been used by thousands of people on the platform so far.

“We really believe in the power of blockchain. This is not some arbitrary thing that we’re going to do because customers are forcing us,” says Marc Mercuri, principal program manager at Azure Blockchain Engineering.

Truffle, one of the earliest projects at the Brooklyn-based Ethereum incubator ConsenSys, started out making tools for developers to help them build applications on Ethereum at a time when blockchain developer work required an extremely specialized set of skills.

“We wanted to open that up and make access to the blockchain more available to a large swath developers,” says Truffle founder and CEO Tim Coulter. Truffle officially spun off from ConsenSys this year and in May received a $3 million injection of capital from the organization to support enterprise expansion.

Truffle is also integrated with Quorum, the open-source enterprise blockchain used by JPMorgan for its newly launched JPMCoin, and AxCore, a blockchain built by Axoni that is currently being used by the Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation.

Truffle tools have been downloaded more than 2.7 million times, and the new integration with Microsoft means that Azure customers, which include major companies like Adobe, HP, and the International Hotels Group as well as legions of smaller projects, will be able to build on public or private Ethereum blockchains with support from Microsoft.

“What we’re doing with this partnership is extremely exciting, because it it opens up all of those developers to Truffle and it opens Truffle up to all of the services that Microsoft provides,” Coulter says.

One of Azure and Truffle’s newly integrated services, an extension to Microsoft’s Visual Studio Code, helps developers create smart contracts and test them locally before deploying them. Another new service is designed to help teams monitor the performance of blockchain apps in real time.

Of course, Azure is not the only web services platform to embrace blockchain in recent months. Amazon Web Services offers its own blockchain services and has partnered with Kaleido, another ConsenSys project, on a marketplace for blockchain tools for businesses. Oracle also has its own enterprise blockchain platform, and Salesforce introduced its iteration of a blockchain developer tool last month.

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Iland DRaaS goes under automatic control

Iland wants to put disaster recover as a service on autopilot.

Autopilot Managed Recovery, the Iland disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) product that launched this week, integrates Veeam and Zerto software into Iland’s platform. On top of using software to orchestrate failovers, Iland’s service package includes onboarding, detailed reporting and support during DR failover, testing and management tasks.

Despite the software, the Iland DRaaS platform is the key piece of Autopilot Managed Recovery. An IT administrator can use the Autopilot’s interface to failover, failback and run a DR test. Although the actual work is powered by Veeam and Zerto technology, customers are not directly interfacing with those vendors’ products.

Autopilot Managed Recovery is billed based on a monthly storage cost, determined by how much cloud capacity was used and the amount of time the cloud was being consumed.

Although Iland still works with direct customers, most of its sales are exclusively through channel partners. Like many other IT vendors, it is following the trend of tapping into the SMB market through MSPs.

“This Autopilot Managed Recovery service is just in response to what we’re seeing in this market,” said Dante Orsini, senior vice president of business development at Iland. “I think a lot of the SMBs will potentially work with our MSP partners.”

Autopilot isn’t the first Iland DRaaS offering, but DR was a manual process for Iland’s customers before Autopilot. Customers had to submit a ticket to Iland to determine the method of replication, orchestrate failover and failback, and conduct periodic testing.

“In the early days, everything had to be managed by us,” Orsini said. “Now, when you look at the [continuous data protection-based] technology of today, you can really highly automate and orchestrate a failover, so we didn’t want to inject latency into the support process.”

Orsini said Autopilot requires a comprehensive onboarding process to get the customer used to the Iland DRaaS platform, and then the onus is on customers to test or failover. The extra step of sending a ticket to Iland, and therefore delaying the work, is removed, although Iland can still step in with support if the customer has any problems.

Screenshot of Iland's GUI
Iland’s platform is designed with simplicity and transparency in mind.

Avant Communications is a channel sales enablement company and an Iland partner that also works with Iland competitors, including RapidScale, TierPoint and Flexential. Bill Franklin, director of cloud engineering at Avant, said one of Iland’s weaknesses had been its inability to get the customer’s DR product set up at their site. Their customers had to bring their own DR expertise to the table before they could use Iland effectively.

“With legacy Iland, the customer had to have skills and capabilities to actually build an infrastructure and replicate it effectively,” Franklin said. “That’s a challenge, especially with midmarket customers, where they maybe have one or two people on staff.”

This Autopilot Managed Recovery service is just in response to what we’re seeing in this market. I think a lot of the SMBs will potentially work with our MSP partners.
Dante OrsiniSenior vice president of business development, Iland

Franklin said Iland’s biggest differentiator among the other service providers he works with is its simplicity. He described Iland’s interface as an “easy button” that doesn’t require a lot of training to use. He sees Iland potentially performing strongly in the SMB market, where many customers don’t have the skills or resources to learn a complex platform.

Part of that simplicity comes from Iland Catalyst, a free cloud assessment application that pulls an inventory of what the customer has and allows them to build simulated use cases. Customers can use it to properly size their cloud environment and send a report to Iland to begin building a service package.

“They make it easy for the customers to consume, and that’s their biggest differentiator,” Franklin said. “They’re as granular as you want them to be, or as hands-off as you want them to be.”

Iland operates from nine data centers around the world, located in the United States, Europe, Australia and Singapore. Orsini said the company has about 2000 customers globally, most of which are in industries heavily focused on compliance like finance, pharmaceuticals and healthcare.

“Where we play really well is in regulated industries. Where people are really invested in things like security and disaster recovery,” Orsini said.

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For Sale



This set up has served me well over the last 6 years. It has never been used for gaming, only general computing plus photo & video editing.

The only failure it suffered in that time being the CMOS watch battery that controls the date.

The PC, keyboard & mouse cost £1150.00 from PC Specialists, & the monitor £178.00 from Amazon UK, bills available.

I’m almost 80 years of age & my eyes are not what they were so I’ve decided to sell on my existing set up & go for a new PC with Windows 10 & a 31inch monitor. Everything is in good working order & from a child pet & smoke free home.

I want £500 for the complete outfit, collected from me, or if by carrier, plus carrier & special packing costs (to be determined.)

If wanted I can leave my photo editing software & lots of other useful software on the PC, or I can clear everything off apart from the operating system, for which I have the discs. Just let me know. Inspection is no problem, I will leave it in operation until I receive my new set up, which I will order once a sale is agreed. The delivery time of my new set up will be 2 weeks from ordering, then this PC can be collected or carriers arranged. All bills manuals etc available for inspection. Only components mentioned here included in the sale.

PC Specification

Case BitFenix Prodigy Mini-ITX Case (Black)

Processor (CPU) Intel® Core™i5 Quad Core Processor i5-4570 (3.2GHz) 6MB Cache

Motherboard ASUS® MAXIMUS VI IMPACT: Mini-ITX, LG1150, USB 3.0, SATA 6GBs, WIFI

Memory (RAM) 16GB KINGSTON DUAL-DDR3 1600MHz (2 x 8GB)

Graphics Card 2GB NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 760 – 2 DVI, HDMI, DP – 3D Vision Ready

1st Storage Drive 1TB WD CAVIAR BLACK WD1002FAEX, SATA 6 Gb/s, 64MB CACHE (7200rpm)

2nd Storage Drive 1TB 3.5″ SATA-III 6GB/s HDD 7200RPM 32MB CACHE



Power Cable 1 x 2 Metre UK Power Cable.



Wireless/Wired Networking 10/100/1000 GIGABIT LAN PORT

USB/Thunderbolt Options 2 x USB 3.0 & 4 x USB 2.0 PORTS ON BACK PANEL + MIN. 2 FRONT PORTS

Operating System Genuine Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit w/SP1 – inc DVD & Licence

Windows Recovery Media Windows 7 Professional (64-bit) DVD with paper sleeve

Office Software Apache Open Office Org.

Anti-Virus. Microsoft Security Essentials. Malware Bytes.

Keyboard & Mouse LOGITECH® K120 USB KEYBOARD


Spare expansion cages/


BenQ RL2450HT 24 inch Widescreen LED Monitor (1920×1080), 2ms, VGA, DVI-D, HDMI, Headphone Jack, Black eQualizer, Smart Scaling. Height, rotate & tilt adjustable stand.

BenQ RL2450HT Full Specifications

Connectors. DVI-D PORT 1. HDMI PORTS 2. Headphone output 1. VGA (D Sub) 1. Maximum Resolution 1920 x 1080. 16-9 Aspect Ratio. Supported Graphics Resolution. 1920 x 1080. Refresh Rate. 76Hz. Screen Size 24inch. HD TYPE. Full HD. Screen Surface. Matte. Brightness 250 CD/M sq. Display Number Colours 16.78 million. Dynamic Contrast Ratio 12000000:1. Contrast Ratio 1000:1. Display Technology LCD. Backlight W-LED. Panel Type. TN+FILM. Response Time (GtG) 2Ms. Response Time 2Ms. Pixel Size 0.01 inch. Viewing Angle Horizontal 170 degrees. Vertical 160 degrees. Panel Design. Flat. Colour. Black. Height Adjustment. 4.33 inches. Width. 22.8 inches. Weight. 18.41 lbs. Energy Star. TCO Labelling TCO Displays 5.1. Operational Power Consumption. 27w.
Many more pictures, just PM me.

Price and currency: £499.00
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: Cash on Collection or Paypal
Location: Southport Merseyside UK
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