Wanted – MacBook 12inch

Hi all,

I will be in the market for MacBook 12 inch next month.
Cheap as possible please not fuss about condition as long as it works
Anyone thinking about selling soon ?
Happy to collected within reason as well.



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For Sale – 13-inch MacBook Pro 2.5GHz Dual-core Intel i5 (Mid 2012)

Received last week as an insurance replacement for my old MacBook which broke a few weeks ago. My insurance company ordered this direct from the Apple Refurb site (RRP £759) meaning you’ll get 12 months warranty too from Apple. You can find it on their website here. Only opened to take a…

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For Sale – Lenovo Laptops

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For Sale – Toshiba Ultrabook Z40

Hi i have for sale a toshiba z40 that i bought from here a little over a year ago, screen size is 14 inches.
I bought it with the sole purpose to use with a meter to calibrate my tv’s. It’s been sat there since so i might aswell sell it.
There’s a few marks around the vga port mainly, its like the silver coating has rubbed away, it was like this when i bought it, other than that I’d say it’s in pretty decent condition.
Specification of the laptop is as below:

* Intel Core i5-4210 Processor up to 2.7Ghz
* 128GB Original Toshiba SSD Drive
* Windows 7 Professional 64Bit(upgraded to Windows 10 by previous owner)
* Built-In Bluetooth
* HDMI Port
* VGA Port
* 3x USB 3.0 Ports
* 3.5mm Headphone jack
* Ethernet Port
* SD Card Reader
* Original Toshiba Battery and charger

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.

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For Sale – Hp Omen DH0000na Laptop

Hp Omen Dh0000na Laptop

Nice spec laptop with very little use and I have upgraded the memory and added a ssd drive (doesn’t effect warranty).

Laptop is in perfect condition.

Fully boxed and with extended HP warranty until 14.10.2022

Only 3 months old.

Will sort out some photos real soon…

15.6″ FHD 240Hz IPS Anti-Glare, 1920×1080 4ms Response Time
Intel i7 9750h 9th Gen (2.6 GHz base frequency, up to 4.5 GHz with Intel® Turbo Boost, 12 MB cache, 6 cores)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660Ti Graphics (6 GB GDDR6 dedicated)
512gb PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
480gb SSD Drive
32GB DDR4 2666 mhz (2 x Samsung 16GB modules)
Windows 10 (64bit)
Ethernet: Integrated 10/100/1000 GbE LAN
Wireless: Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX 200 (2×2)
Bluetooth: 5.0
1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C with Thunderbolt
3 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A
1x HDMI 2.0
1 x Thunderbolt 3.0
36(W) X 26(D) X 2.04(H) cm

2.5 Kgs

Extra Features:
– Full-size island-style white legend 4-zone lighting RGB backlit keyboard
– Touchpad with multi-touch gesture support
– HP Wide Vision HD Camera with integrated dual array digital microphone
– Omen Audio Control Support DTS:X® Ultra

– Multi-format SD media card reader
Single access panel – Quickly access your PC’s internals with the large, single panel on the bottom of the laptop. Held on by only a few screws, it’s easily removable for upgrading or maintenance.

Will be factory restored.


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For Sale – samsung 8gb ddr4 sodim 2666 ram

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Kioxia expects fab fire will have no flash production impact

Kioxia expects no impact to NAND flash production in the aftermath of a fire this week at its Fab 6 semiconductor manufacturing facility in Yokkaichi, Japan, a company spokesperson confirmed today.

Kioxia — formerly Toshiba Memory Corp. — notified customers that the fire took place on Jan. 7 at about 6:10 a.m. local time. Firefighters contained the blaze to a single piece of machinery at the Fab 6 plant, and all machines other than the damaged one are now operating, according to the company spokesperson.

Western Digital, Kioxia’s joint venture (JV) partner, issued a statement confirming a “small fire” that “local firefighters quickly extinguished.” The company said that no employees sustained injuries.

“We are working closely with our JV partner to promptly bring the fab back to normal operational status. We expect any supply impact to be minimal,” Western Digital stated.

Analysts predict no supply, market impact

Don Jeanette, a vice president at Trendfocus, a data storage market research and consulting firm, met this week with multiple Kioxia employees. He said they told him the impact would be minimal, and the fire affected only a small portion of a clean room at the Fab 6 plant, which produces 3D NAND flash.

Likewise, Greg Wong, founder and principal analyst at Forward Insights, said his checks confirmed the impact was small, and there should be no market impact and no major disruptions in NAND flash supply to customers.

“Most NAND suppliers continue to carry above normal inventory levels,” Wong said.

Unrelated NAND flash prices increase

NAND flash prices have been on the rise. But Joseph Unsworth, a research vice president at Gartner, attributed the price increase to strong demand for solid-state drives (SSDs) from hyperscale and PC markets and lean supply due to fab delays and 3D NAND technology transitions. He said the NAND price increase has no relationship to the Kioxia fire or a recent Samsung power outage.

Samsung’s semiconductor facility in Hwaseong, Korea, experienced a power outage on Dec. 31, 2019. A Samsung spokesperson said power was “immediately restored,” and the facility resumed normal operation.

Jim Handy, general director and semiconductor analyst at Objective Analysis, said he has seen no market impact from the recent Samsung power outage and he expects none from this week’s Kioxia fire. He said a June power outage that interrupted production at Toshiba’s Yokkaichi plant also had “almost no impact.”

“We’re in a big oversupply right now,” Handy said. “The prices have gone up a little bit because there is an inventory build going on. Some Chinese NAND buyers are worried that the trade war is going to cut off their source of supply, so they’ve been building a little bit of a stockpile. And that’s given the illusion of a shortage. But when you compare real demand against real supply, there’s still an oversupply.”

Handy said he views the current NAND price increase as a temporary blip, and he predicts prices will follow costs and remain low this year. Handy expects the price trend will extend through 2021, thanks to new Chinese manufacturer Yangtze Memory Technologies Co. coming online and causing the NAND oversupply to continue.

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Power BI platform remains a vibrant, respected suite

With a rapid release schedule that enables it to keep up with emerging trends, Microsoft’s Power BI platform remains a powerful and respected business intelligence suite.

While many vendors issue quarterly updates, Microsoft rolls out minor updates to Power BI on a weekly basis and more comprehensive updates each month. And that flexibility and attention to detail has helped the Power BI platform stay current while some other longtime BI vendors battle the perception that their platforms have fallen behind the times.

Most recently, in December, Microsoft added to Power BI an updated connector to its Azure data lake, a new connector to the Power Platform application platform and new data visualization formats.

“I think they’re leading the pack, and they’re putting a lot of pressure on Tableau,” said Wayne Eckerson, president of Eckerson Group, referring to the Microsoft Power BI competitor, which was acquired last year by Salesforce. “The philosophy of a new release every week in itself puts a lot of pressure on Tableau.”

In addition, Eckerson noted, the Power BI platform’s built-in ability to integrate with other Microsoft platforms — as evidenced by the new connectors — gives it a significant advantage over BI platforms offered by some independent vendors.

I think they’re leading the pack, and they’re putting a lot of pressure on Tableau. The philosophy of a new release every week in itself puts a lot of pressure on Tableau.
Wayne EckersonPresident, Eckerson Group

“It’s part of the Azure platform and tightly integrated with SQL Server Integration Service, Data Factory, and SQL Server Reporting Services,” Eckerson said. “Most importantly, it has a data model behind it — or semantic layer as we have called it.”

Beyond the updates, a recent focus of the Power BI platform has been data protection.

Arun Ulagaratchagan, general manager of Power BI, said that all vendors have some level of data protection, but as users export data outside of their BI products and across their organizations, the BI system can no longer secure the data.

Microsoft is trying to change that with Power BI, he said.

“We’re adding data protection to Power BI, integrating it with Microsoft Data Protection,” Ulagaratchagan said. “It secures the data when it’s exported out of Power BI so that only people who have been given prior authority can access it.”

Despite Microsoft’s ability to update the Power BI platform on an almost constant basis, its capabilities aren’t viewed as the most innovative on the market.

Those capabilities are in line with the features other vendors are offering, but with Power BI, Microsoft is not necessarily introducing revolutionary technology that the rest of the market needs to react to or get left behind, analysts said.

Instead, Power BI is seen as quickly reactive to trends within the analytics space and to new features first released by other vendors.

“All of their recent updates have been incremental – there hasn’t been anything particularly exciting,” said Donald Farmer, principal at TreeHive Strategy. “It’s good work, but it’s incremental, which is as it should be.”

Similarly, Eckerson noted that while the updates are important, they don’t feature much that will force other vendors to respond.

“There’s all kinds of small stuff, which is important if you’re using the tool,” he said.

Where Microsoft is moving the market forward, and appears to be forcing competitors to respond, is Azure Synapse Analytics, which launched in preview November.

Synapse attempts to joins data warehousing and data analytics in a single cloud service and integrates with both Power BI and Azure Machine Learning. Essentially, Synapse is the next step in the evolution of Azure SQL Data Warehouse.

“Synapse is where Microsoft has been innovative and made a big bet,” Farmer said.

Beyond placing an emphasis — from the perspective of innovation — on Synapse rather than the Power BI platform, Farmer noted that Power BI simply doesn’t need to be the most spectacular BI suite on the market.

Users of the Power BI platform often don’t seek it out the same way as they do other BI tools. Instead, many simply use Power BI because they’re Windows users and Power BI comes with Windows.

“It’s essentially a default option, but it’s a good default option,” Farmer said. “Tableau, for example, is a tool of choice. … [Microsoft] is not setting the world alight with innovation. Instead, their efforts are on integration with other Microsoft applications, and that’s where they’re interesting.”

While Microsoft doesn’t publicly disclose its product roadmap, Ulagaratchagan said BI for mobile devices, the ability to handle larger and larger data sets, and embedded analytics are important trends as BI advances, as is the idea of openness and trust with data.

Also, AI for BI will continue to advance.

“That’s an area where we have an advantage,” Ulagaratchagan asserted. “We can steal from the Azure team and take that and make it easy to use for our end users and citizen data scientists. We want to get data in the hands of everyone.”

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Threat actors scanning for vulnerable Citrix ADC servers

An unpatched vulnerability in Citrix Application Delivery Controller and Citrix Gateway products has become the target of scans by potential threat actors.

Kevin Beaumont, a security researcher based in the U.K., and Johannes Ullrich, fellow at the SANS Internet Storm Center, independently discovered evidence of people scanning for Citrix ADC and Gateways vulnerable to CVE-2019-19781 over the past week.

Citrix disclosed the vulnerability on Dec. 17, which affects all supported versions of Citrix ADC and Citrix Gateway (formerly NetScaler and NetScaler Gateway, respectively.) Citrix warned that successful exploitation could allow an unauthenticated attacker to run arbitrary code and urged customers to apply mitigation techniques because a patch is not yet available.

Beaumont warned this could “become a serious issue” because of the ease of exploitation and how widespread the issue could be.

“In my Citrix ADC honeypot, CVE-2019-19781 is being probed with attackers reading sensitive credential config files remotely using ../ directory traversal (a variant of this issue). So this is in the wild, active exploitation starting up,” Beaumont wrote on Twitter. “There are way more boxes exposed than Pulse Secure, and you can exploit to RCE pre-auth with one POST and one GET request. Almost every box is also still vulnerable.”

Researchers at Positive Technologies have estimated as many as 80,000 businesses in 158 countries could have vulnerable Citrix products.

Neither Beaumont nor Ullrich saw any public exploits of the Citrix ADC vulnerability, and Ullrich wrote in a blog post that he would not describe the scans as “sophisticated.”

However, Craig Young, computer security researcher for Tripwire’s vulnerability and exposure research team, wrote on Twitter he had reproduced a remote code exploit for the vulnerability and he would “be surprised if someone hasn’t already used this in the wild.”

Florian Roth, CTO of Nextron Systems, detailed a Sigma rule to detect exploitation of the Citrix ADC vulnerability, but Young noted that his functional exploit could “absolutely exploit NetScaler CVE-2019-19781 without leaving this in the logs.”

Young described how he developed the exploit but did not release any proof-of-concept code.

“VERT’s research has identified three vulnerable behaviors which combine to enable code execution attacks on the NetScaler/ADC appliance,” Young wrote in a blog post. “These flaws ultimately allow the attacker to bypass an authorization constraint to create a file with user-controlled content which can then be processed through a server-side scripting language. Other paths towards code execution may also exist.”

All researchers involved urged customers to implement configuration changes detailed in Citrix’s mitigation suggestions while waiting for a proper fix.

Citrix did not respond to requests for comment at the time of this writing and it is unclear when a firmware update will be available to fix the issue.

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Microsoft Teams to add smartphone walkie-talkie feature

Workers will soon be able to turn their smartphones into a walkie-talkie using Microsoft Teams. The feature is one of several Microsoft unveiled this week targeting so-called frontline workers, such as retail associates, nurses, housekeepers and plumbers.

The walkie-talkie feature will let groups of employees speak to each other by pressing a button in the Teams mobile app. The audio will travel over Wi-Fi and cellular networks, meaning users will be able to communicate with colleagues anywhere in the world. The feature will be available in private preview in the first half of 2020.

Many retailers, hospitals, airlines and hotels still rely on physical walkie-talkie devices. In recent years, startups like Orion Labs and legacy vendors like Motorola Solutions have begun selling smartphone walkie-talkie apps. Those mobile apps come with benefits like location tracking and integration with other business technologies.

Microsoft’s smartphone walkie-talkie feature is not innovative. But if it works well, the capability could help Microsoft boost adoption of Teams among workers who otherwise wouldn’t use the app. Microsoft has made targeting frontline workers a priority since late 2018.

In addition to the walkie-talkie app, Microsoft said Thursday it would add to Teams a task feature for creating and assigning small projects to employees. The system will give businesses a dashboard to track tasks in real time across multiple departments or store locations. It will launch in the first half of 2020.

Microsoft will also expand the scheduling capabilities of Teams by integrating the app with popular workforce management platforms by Kronos and JDA Software. Those integrations will let businesses keep existing scheduling software in place while giving workers the ability to swap shifts and request time off through Teams.

Microsoft is not the only collaboration vendor targeting frontline workers, said Rob Arnold, analyst at Frost & Sullivan. But Microsoft has a leg up on competitors because it can offer businesses so many complementary cloud services. Those include the customer relationship manager Dynamics 365 as well as e-commerce and Internet of Things (IoT) platforms within Microsoft Azure.

New identity and access features for Microsoft Teams

Additional features targeting frontline workers include SMS sign-in, off-shift access controls and shared-device sign-out. These features will roll out between now and the middle of the year. 

Workers will soon be able to sign into their Azure Active Directory account (which controls access to Teams) using only a mobile phone number. IT admins will decide which groups of employees use the method.

IT admins will also be able to prevent frontline workers from accessing Teams when they are not on the clock. Temporarily blocking access will help businesses comply with labor laws.

Finally, for Android, Microsoft will add an “end shift” button to shared mobile devices and tablets that will clear app logins and browser sessions. Purging that data will prevent employees from accessing information they shouldn’t.  

Collectively, the latest features show that Microsoft wants to take Teams beyond the 30% of corporate employees who work in offices, Irwin Lazar, an analyst at Nemertes Research, said. “I think Microsoft is aggressively trying to expand the reach of Teams.”

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