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For Sale – M-ITX Desktop Computer – Intel Atom – 2GB DDR3 Ram – 500GB Hard Drive – Windows 7 Pro

I have a Mini-ITX build for sale.

The motherboard and case are new, never used before and the ram was taken from another machine, the hard drive has been used before but is in full working order.

Running Windows 7 Professional already activated with a key.

It does have a slot for a slimline DVD drive.

Specs

Mini-ITX case
Jetway Mini-ITX NC9KDL-2550 Motherboard
2GB DDR3 Ram
Seagate 500GB Hard Drive
Intel Atom 1.86Ghz CPU
PS/2 Mouse
PS/2 Keyboard
HDMI
VGA
USB 2.0
2 X Ethernet
SPDIF

Power cable included.

Price and currency: 50
Delivery: Delivery cost is included
Payment method: BT
Location: Leeds
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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Microsoft Azure IoT Device Agent V2 Public Preview now available | Windows Experience Blog

We are excited to announce the availability of the public preview of Microsoft Azure IoT Device Agent V2 for Windows 10 IoT. Customers across industries, whether in an industrial setting or retail environment, are looking for ways to remotely provision and manage their IoT devices. Direct device access may not always be feasible when IoT devices are out in the field or on the factory floor. Microsoft Azure IoT Device Agent enables operators to configure, monitor and manage their devices remotely from their Azure dashboard. Microsoft Azure IoT Device Agent provides an open-source, ready to build package that does the following:

creates and manages the Azure IoT Hub identities on the device
manages the cloud connection and its renewal
provides a plug-in model for platform components, which allows easy onboarding to various Azure services, including discovery, initialization, error reporting and state aggregation
comes with a set of ready-to-ship plug-ins for commonly used platform components
leverages Azure IoT Module twin such that a separate UWP app is no longer required in order to connect to Azure IoT Hub

Microsoft Azure IoT Device Agent V2 is available for both Windows 10 IoT Enterprise- and Windows 10 IoT Core-based devices and includes the following open-source libraries and executables out of the box:

Limpet.exe that allows local processes to use TPM for storing and retrieving Azure connection strings
Azure IoT Hub Device Provisioning Service (DPS) client that enables zero-touch, just-in-time provisioning to the right Azure IoT Hub
Azure IoT Hub Device Management (DM) client that provides remote device management capabilities such as device info, certificate management, factory reset, reboot management, remote wipe, time management, Windows telemetry management and Windows update management

Getting startedHere is a link to the quickstart to get started with the preview.
For quick prototyping and testing we have added one-click install of Azure DPS and DM clients in Windows Device Portal for Windows 10 October 2018 update.

Want to learn more?You can learn more about Azure IoT Device Agent as part of our end-to-end Azure IoT solution at the IoT in Action Virtual Bootcamp. Register at https://lnkd.in/gh3EKGp.
We want to hear from you!As always, your feedback is very important to us! Please share your comments, questions, or concerns on our github page. We’re listening!

How does Azure Update Management handle integration?

Azure Update Management aims to ease the update deployment process, but it requires some setup work to get it to integrate with other administrative tools.

Due to the diverse needs of organizations, Azure Update Management is designed to integrate with other Microsoft offerings. Azure Update Management works in conjunction with these products for automation and reporting functionality.

One of the most noteworthy supplements to Azure Update Management is the ability to run PowerShell runbooks before or after deploying an update. Users can select scripts when creating an update deployment job, configure the script with the required values or parameters, and then attach the script to the update deployment job as either a pre- or post-script.

For example, if a pre-script can turn off a certain service that might prevent the installation of an update, then a post-script can turn the service back on after the update process. As of this publication, that feature is in preview mode.

Although these scripts run in Microsoft’s cloud, Azure Update Management can also use scripts on the local system. This functionality requires some additional components on the local system, such as a Run As account, a hybrid runbook worker installed on the system, and the runbook installed locally. When the runbook executes in Azure as part of the pre-post-script process, it triggers an identical child runbook on the desired local system.

Integrating Azure Update Management with System Center Configuration Manager

Servers managed by SCCM must also report to Azure Update Management and the associated Log Analytics database.

Azure Update Management also offers some support for System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM). Administrators can create and stage update deployments in SCCM and receive detailed reports on the update deployments via Azure Update Management. Similarly, administrators can use SCCM for reporting tasks, such as compliance reporting, while Azure Update Management handles the update process.

To use Azure Update Management with SCCM requires version 1606 or later. Servers managed by SCCM must also report to Azure Update Management and the associated Log Analytics database. Machines managed by Azure Update Management must have Windows agents that connect to a Windows Server Update Services server or Microsoft Update to receive security updates. Administrators must also configure SCCM to the Log Analytics service in Azure for the storage and analysis of update logs.

After this configuration work between SCCM and Azure Update Management, administrators can then manage updates from SCCM to connected systems. Alternately, administrators can manage patching from Azure Update Management using Azure Automation if the SCCM software update management features are disabled.

Adjustments needed for Operations Management Suite deployments

It’s important to note that the deprecation of Microsoft’s Operations Management Suite (OMS) portal means administrators who use OMS and want to adopt Azure Update Management must make the transition to the Azure portal.

As administrators recreate deployments in Azure, they can delete existing OMS deployments. Generally, administrators can recreate OMS deployments in Azure Update Management by accessing the Azure Automation account, selecting Update Management, clicking Schedule update deployment, and then using the details for that OMS deployment when creating a new update deployment in Azure Update Management.

For example, when selecting systems to update, choose the saved search used by the corresponding OMS deployment, and then fill in the remainder of the details to create the new update deployment in Azure Update Management, such as the update classifications to apply only security updates to a system.

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The future of fashion and retail – Microsoft News Centre Europe

people shopping in a department store

Unwrapping retail success with data this holiday season
The global success of European luxury brands is more than a badge of honor. It’s an integral part of the region’s economy. While the success of companies in this segment is often rooted in the rich heritage of their brands – which can go back more than 100 years – they now operate in an age of disruption. Technologies such as cloud computing and artificial intelligence (AI), enable all companies – including those with a long tradition – to create a much more bespoke customer experience by using data. Thus helping them to exceed the expectations of even their most discerning customers.

Read more

Fashion Designer Stylish Showroom Concept

Technology, luxury brands, and retail – a fashionable combination
“Every company is a technology company,” is a phrase that’s growing in relevance as each day passes. Europe’s rich heritage of luxury brands – many which are more than 100 years’ old – are a fitting example of companies steeped in tradition, who have maintained their heritage, while embracing transformation to remain competitive in an ever-evolving landscape. Today, these brands are operating in an environment full of newcomers looking to disrupt the market with new digital experiences, personalisation, on-demand support, and more. In a world where digital natives are an increasing norm, and consumer expectations at an all-time high, technological and cultural transformation are key.

Read more

Zegna suit

Creating a digital difference in retail: Ermenegildo Zegna’s transformation
Edoardo Zegna, Ermenegildo Zegna’s Head of Omnichannel, Content and Innovation: “In today’s market, companies need to accept that the consumer will dictate the way forward, with their digital behaviours. Brands need to evolve their messages in line with the changing consumer. Companies will more and more be marketing-led rather than product-led; a company must be able to explain to the consumer why they should buy a product, otherwise they shouldn’t be making it in the first place. In its understanding of user behaviour, Zegna has put service at the core of its DNA, with the goal of remaining, as it has since 1910, the luxury leader in menswear.”

Read more

Gifts with personalised tags

The secret to brand and retail success? Treat every customer like a VIP
We all like feeling special. When our needs are met, when our voices are heard, and when we’re being paid attention to, we feel positive. These are the feelings retailers and brands must invoke in customers, if they wish to remain competitive.This theme of treating every individual as VIP is a prevalent trend in the retail industry, and applies across all brands, especially in the luxury sector. We’ve worked closely with various partners, brands, and retailers to discuss their most important insights, and have shared them below. Whether you’re a retailer or a brand, we’re all in this together – transformation is an evolving journey, not an end goal.

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Wolford HQ

Digital glamour: Wolford uses Azure and AI to deliver luxury online service
Founded in the Austrian city of Bregenz in 1950, Wolford is the global market leader for luxury legwear and bodywear. Over its 68-year history, the company has established a strong reputation for delivering both high-end products and customer service. To deliver the same high standard of service online as its customers have come to expect in its boutiques, the company used Microsoft Azure Bot Service, Cognitive Services, and Bot Framework to develop an AI-powered chatbot. Wolford online shoppers now get instant answers to questions around the clock and receive personalized “Style Me” product recommendations, while the company lives up to its reputation for exceptional service.

Read more

Natasha Franck, CEO of EON, standing on a street in New York City

Building a sustainable fashion ecosystem: Meet Natasha Franck
Natasha Franck isn’t as interested in fashion as she is in trash. In the early days of her company EON, it was almost an obsession: “I read everything I could about waste and possible solutions to this global epidemic.” After learning that the fashion industry is one of the largest industrial polluters, Natasha became determined to do something about it. “In fashion, where there are 150 billion articles of clothing made every year, and 90% of these textiles are ending up in a landfill—the consumption of resources and production of waste is never-ending.” says Natasha. “And when burning trash is still the main means of disposal, we’re left with some serious air quality concerns worldwide.”

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IBM quantum computing system, apps lab seek commercial users

IBM’s latest quantum computing plan takes a page from the blueprint of Field of Dreams: If you build it, they will come — we hope.

At the recent Consumer Electronics Show (CES), CEO Ginni Rometty discussed IBM quantum computing advances: a more compact, fully integrated system that’s designed for use in research labs and commercial accounts and the creation of a quantum computing center in New York’s Hudson Valley.

The idea is, taken together, these will spur customers to envision and develop commercial applications that tap the power of quantum computing.

The IBM Q System One contains thousands of components housed in a 9-foot airtight glass-paneled cube, designed for use in commercial environments.

IBM executives declined to say when they expected third parties and others to develop commercial applications for the system, but most observers said they believe the vast majority of applications initially created will focus on scientific and research communities.

“What you will see is more apps for things like managing massive sensor environments and data sets where the scope and complexity is huge,” said Judith Hurwitz, president and CEO of Hurwitz & Associates LLC, a research and consulting firm in Needham, Mass.

IBM cryostat wired for a 50 qubit system, circa November 2017.
IBM cryostat wired for a 50 qubit system, circa November 2017.

The new design aside, IBM disappointed at least one expert at CES by the dearth of new and practical hardware and software features, such as an updated software development kit, since the company first showcased its quantum system in March 2017.

The Holy Grail is to get quantum computing out of the realm of quantum physics and to be something more manageable by IT shops.

“When one of the highlights has to do with improved design to accommodate cryogenics, you aren’t going to get many commercial accounts interested in supporting that sort of environment,” said one longtime analyst, who declined to be identified.

IBM quantum computing lab beckons customers, partners

IT shops and developers interested in adopting [IBM’s quantum computer] will need a long lead time … Development for this will not be for the fainthearted.
Judith Hurwitzpresident and CEO of Hurwitz & Associates

IBM further backed up its quantum computing commitment with the proposed IBM Q Quantum Computation Center to open later this year in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. The center will house a range of different cloud-based quantum systems that will be available to users, business partners and academic institutions that are members of the IBM Q Network.

ExxonMobil will join the IBM Q Network and partner with IBM to work on advancing quantum computing to develop new energy and manufacturing technologies, said Vijay Swarup, ExxonMobil’s vice president of research and development, during a CES presentation.

The IBM quantum computing lab should encourage and even accelerate development for the technology.

“Opening up the lab in Poughkeepsie [was] something they had to do to get more collaborative development going,” said Frank Dzubeck, president of Communications Network Architects in Washington, D.C.

IBM 9x9 cube quantum system installation at Goppion in Milan, Italy (July 2018)
IBM 9×9 cube quantum system installation at Goppion in Milan, Italy (July 2018)

Others said it’s way too soon to expect IBM to deliver a quantum computer that even sophisticated IT shops can fully support. A more practical, near-term scenario is quantum computing offered as a cloud-based service, which eliminates the need for expensive investments by IT shops to physically maintain quantum environments.

“Even if [IBM] offered it broadly as a service right now, you wouldn’t exactly have developers lined up with commercial apps today,” Hurwitz said. “IT shops and developers interested in adopting this thing need a long lead time, and they need to start now. Development for this will not be for the fainthearted.”

Another benefit to quantum computing as a service is it sidesteps the cost to find and train IT personnel to implement and maintain the systems on premises, Hurwitz added. Key to trained personnel will be proper education of both existing IT professionals and especially aspiring IT professionals in colleges and high schools. And engineers must be educated about the technology, as well as the right questions to ask.

“No matter how much data you can process, if you are asking the wrong questions, it’s not going to matter,” said Robin Raskin, consultant and founder of Living In Digital Times in Closter, N.J.

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For Sale – HP Proliant Gen8 Microserver (Upgraded)

Hi All

I have for sale my HP ProLiant Gen8 Microserver. Ive owned from new (August 2015) and has been used only as a home media file server for (came one at 7 am, and slept at 11pm)

the specs are as follows:

4 gb ram (2x2gb) upgraded from standard 2gb
CPU 1265l v2 (original 1610t cpu included)
120gb crucial m4 (currently in bay 1 as boot drive in a caddy)
1x2tb Seagate green drive
Full Ilo license
TPlink 5 port gigabit switch
ODD bay sata cable if wanting to run the ssd off the cd bay sata
Extra Akasa cooler (never used) in case a more powerful cpu was needed.

Everything is in great condition, and really hasn’t bee under any stress as a media server.

The updated 1265l v2 still goes for over £100 alone on ebay and is a great little power house with 4 cores/ 8 threads. Its one of the best upgrades you can do for the Gen8 microserver. It has a passmark of 7785 so can easily have 4 plex streams at one time. Even the more recent Gen10 microserver amd x3421 only has a passmark of 4899 which is £500 plus most places.

I had the ssd running from the ODD bay, but as ive re-installed a non activated windows 10 pro ive put the SSD back in bay 1 instead for full achi support.

There is a full ilo license for easy remote access / control of the server.

Im also included the TPlink 5 port gigabyte switch I used with the server for internet and ilo access, along with a couple of ethernet cables

There server is boxed with all original accessories.

At the moment I would prefer a collection rather than posting so there can be no delivery issues. It would be better if collected as I can show everything working, but im happy to meet within a decent radius of Dudley / west midlands.

Im looking at £360 for everything which I think is a good price with all the extras (using ebay as a comparison) Units with just the stock CPU,ram and hdd go around £225 – £275 on ebay.

Any questions please ask, ill upload pictures when I can, only selling as ive downgraded my gaming pc to also be my media server.

Thanks

Tim

Price and currency: 350
Delivery: Goods must be exchanged in person
Payment method: PPG or BT
Location: Stourbridge
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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By replying to this thread you agree to abide by the trading rules detailed here.
Please be advised, all buyers and sellers should satisfy themselves that the other party is genuine by providing the following via private conversation to each other after negotiations are complete and prior to dispatching goods and making payment:

  • Landline telephone number. Make a call to check out the area code and number are correct, too
  • Name and address including postcode
  • Valid e-mail address

DO NOT proceed with a deal until you are completely satisfied with all details being correct. It’s in your best interest to check out these details yourself.

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The future of fashion and retail – Microsoft News Centre Europe

people shopping in a department store

Unwrapping retail success with data this holiday season
The global success of European luxury brands is more than a badge of honor. It’s an integral part of the region’s economy. While the success of companies in this segment is often rooted in the rich heritage of their brands – which can go back more than 100 years – they now operate in an age of disruption. Technologies such as cloud computing and artificial intelligence (AI), enable all companies – including those with a long tradition – to create a much more bespoke customer experience by using data. Thus helping them to exceed the expectations of even their most discerning customers.

Read more

Fashion Designer Stylish Showroom Concept

Technology, luxury brands, and retail – a fashionable combination
“Every company is a technology company,” is a phrase that’s growing in relevance as each day passes. Europe’s rich heritage of luxury brands – many which are more than 100 years’ old – are a fitting example of companies steeped in tradition, who have maintained their heritage, while embracing transformation to remain competitive in an ever-evolving landscape. Today, these brands are operating in an environment full of newcomers looking to disrupt the market with new digital experiences, personalisation, on-demand support, and more. In a world where digital natives are an increasing norm, and consumer expectations at an all-time high, technological and cultural transformation are key.

Read more

Zegna suit

Creating a digital difference in retail: Ermenegildo Zegna’s transformation
Edoardo Zegna, Ermenegildo Zegna’s Head of Omnichannel, Content and Innovation: “In today’s market, companies need to accept that the consumer will dictate the way forward, with their digital behaviours. Brands need to evolve their messages in line with the changing consumer. Companies will more and more be marketing-led rather than product-led; a company must be able to explain to the consumer why they should buy a product, otherwise they shouldn’t be making it in the first place. In its understanding of user behaviour, Zegna has put service at the core of its DNA, with the goal of remaining, as it has since 1910, the luxury leader in menswear.”

Read more

Gifts with personalised tags

The secret to brand and retail success? Treat every customer like a VIP
We all like feeling special. When our needs are met, when our voices are heard, and when we’re being paid attention to, we feel positive. These are the feelings retailers and brands must invoke in customers, if they wish to remain competitive.This theme of treating every individual as VIP is a prevalent trend in the retail industry, and applies across all brands, especially in the luxury sector. We’ve worked closely with various partners, brands, and retailers to discuss their most important insights, and have shared them below. Whether you’re a retailer or a brand, we’re all in this together – transformation is an evolving journey, not an end goal.

Read more

Wolford HQ

Digital glamour: Wolford uses Azure and AI to deliver luxury online service
Founded in the Austrian city of Bregenz in 1950, Wolford is the global market leader for luxury legwear and bodywear. Over its 68-year history, the company has established a strong reputation for delivering both high-end products and customer service. To deliver the same high standard of service online as its customers have come to expect in its boutiques, the company used Microsoft Azure Bot Service, Cognitive Services, and Bot Framework to develop an AI-powered chatbot. Wolford online shoppers now get instant answers to questions around the clock and receive personalized “Style Me” product recommendations, while the company lives up to its reputation for exceptional service.

Read more

Natasha Franck, CEO of EON, standing on a street in New York City

Building a sustainable fashion ecosystem: Meet Natasha Franck
Natasha Franck isn’t as interested in fashion as she is in trash. In the early days of her company EON, it was almost an obsession: “I read everything I could about waste and possible solutions to this global epidemic.” After learning that the fashion industry is one of the largest industrial polluters, Natasha became determined to do something about it. “In fashion, where there are 150 billion articles of clothing made every year, and 90% of these textiles are ending up in a landfill—the consumption of resources and production of waste is never-ending.” says Natasha. “And when burning trash is still the main means of disposal, we’re left with some serious air quality concerns worldwide.”

Read more

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Author: Steve Clarke

What APT10 means for managed service providers

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This week’s Risk & Repeat podcast discusses how a Chinese state-sponsored threat group known as APT10 hacked into managed service providers to gain access to their clients.

Managed service providers have found themselves in a vulnerable position thanks to a nation-state hacking group known as APT10.

When the U.S. Department of Justice announced the indictments of two Chinese nationals accused of being members of APT10, it also released details of the group’s extensive hacking campaign to steal intellectual property and trade secrets from a variety of vertical industries. According to the Department of Justice, APT10 hackers didn’t attack those enterprises directly — they hacked into their managed service providers (MSPs) instead and used the MSPs’ access to reach into enterprise networks and steal data.

While APT10 has been identified as a state-sponsored threat group, the techniques used in the MSP campaign were fairly simple. Instead of using zero-day vulnerabilities and advanced hacking tools, the threat actors used spear phishing emails and customized versions of existing malware to achieve their goals.

How did the MSPs miss the malicious activity in their own networks, as well as in customer environments? What does this campaign mean for the MSP model overall? How serious is the nation-state hacking threat from China? In this episode of the Risk & Repeat podcast, SearchSecurity editors Rob Wright and Peter Loshin discuss those questions and more on APT10.

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Windows 10 Tip: Timeline for phone | Windows Experience Blog

Since April, you’ve had Timeline on your Windows 10 PC. It aims to end the frustration we’ve all encountered digging through emails and file folders for a document we just can’t find. Timeline makes it way easier to find what matters to you across your devices. You can also pick up what you were doing  — even if it was on your iOS or Android device — on your Windows 10 PC when you’re ready to get back to it.
Now with the Windows 10 October 2018 Update, your PC’s timeline is available on your phone, so you can scroll back in time to find the files and websites you were using on your phone, computer and tablet.
Basically, you can pick up where you left off, wherever you left off [1]. Go back and forth in time by easily scrolling back to find things you were working on earlier today or earlier this week [1]. Share or remove activities whenever you want from a specific day or hour.
It’s available in preview on Android phone via the Microsoft Launcher app and will be coming soon to preview for iPhone.
Check it out in action:

If you like this, check out more Windows 10 Tips.
[1] Timeline shows 7 days of past activities, including activities done on a tablet and laptop when users are signed into their Microsoft accounts.

For Sale – iMac Retina 4K, 21.5-inch, Late 2015 Fusion

Discussion in ‘Desktop Computer Classifieds‘ started by smallesttrade, Dec 28, 2018.

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    As per title I have a 3 year old (November 2015) iMac Retina 4K, 21.5-inch, Late 2015 with 1TB fusion drive. In very good condition, boxed with wireless keyboard and mouse.

    Would prefer collection as then can show the iMac working though will post at buyers cost

    Price and currency: 750
    Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
    Payment method: BT or PPG
    Location: Rowlands Castle
    Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
    Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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    Please be advised, all buyers and sellers should satisfy themselves that the other party is genuine by providing the following via private conversation to each other after negotiations are complete and prior to dispatching goods and making payment:

    • Landline telephone number. Make a call to check out the area code and number are correct, too
    • Name and address including postcode
    • Valid e-mail address

    DO NOT proceed with a deal until you are completely satisfied with all details being correct. It’s in your best interest to check out these details yourself.

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