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For Sale – Late 2015 27” iMac

This hasn’t been touched since my twins were born in January and it seems a shame for it to just sit there.

It’s the top off the shelf model from late 2015 and I have added another 8GB of RAM to a total of 16GB (either Crucial or Kingston, can’t remember but I only ever buy RAM from them. Edit: just remembered that this is original Apple RAM, bought from someone upgrading to 32GB).

3.3ghz i5
2TB fusion drive (so has the 128GB SSD)
16GB RAM
Radeon R9 M395 2GB graphics
5k 27” screen

It has spent its life sat on a desk in my man-cave, which is now a baby-junk cave, so is in excellent condition. Box is in the attic.

Will have a fresh install of Mojave for the new owner.

Asking £850 picked up from SO51 area

Price and currency: 850
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Location: Romsey, Hampshire
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For Sale – Apple Mac Mini 2011 8GB RAM, 240GB SSD 1TB

i am selling my 2011 Apple Mac Mini. This has been upgraded to 8GB RAM and has two internal drives. The boot drive is a 240GB SSD and there is also a 1TB spinning drive for data. This makes this computer a lot faster than others this age.

It’s in overall good condition with a few light scratches.

I would prefer collection but can post. If collecting I can drop the price by £10

Price and currency: price dropped from 255 to £245
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Location: High Wycombe
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Closing the rural broadband gap is an urgent national crisis – Microsoft on the Issues

It’s been clear to us for some time that the digital divide in this country is an urgent national crisis that must be solved. Since 2017, we’ve been working with internet service providers to do just that, through our Airband Initiative, and we’re on track to cover 3 million Americans in unserved rural areas by 2022.

It’s encouraging to see this issue rise in national prominence, through funding from the administration, congressional legislation and most recently new proposals introduced by several candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination. While there’s been some progress already, solving the broadband gap will require active engagement as well as effective policy proposals from all parts of the public sector.

It’s time to recognize that inequal access to broadband translates into inequality of opportunity. People in rural areas that lack broadband face higher unemployment rates, see fewer job and economic opportunities and place children from these communities behind their suburban and peers in school. Of course, this is not just a rural issue – broadband deserts exist within very urban areas as well, where costs can be unaffordable and availability non-existent.

To be sure, there are efforts underway to provide the funding and assistance needed to expand broadband coverage for rural areas, by the administration, Congress, governors and the private sector, including Microsoft and our Airband partners. But much more needs to be done to translate proposals into action.

That’s why we’re at the Iowa State Fair this week as well. Microsoft is hosting a booth, where we’ll learn from Iowans about their digital realities, discuss what we can do through the Airband Initiative to help and what other opportunities can be unlocked with reliable, affordable broadband access. We hope to discuss the issue with political leaders attending the fair as well.

Solving the broadband gap should be a national issue because we are leaving millions of Americans behind. We look forward to working with both sides of the aisle to make meaningful progress on this important national issue.

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Amazon buys NVMe startup E8 Storage to boost public cloud

Another NVMe flash startup has been acquired — this time by a public cloud storage giant.

Amazon confirmed it will acquire E8 Storage and deploy its rack-scale flash storage in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) public cloud.

Amazon said the transaction includes “some assets” that include hiring the E8 Storage team. E8 Storage CEO Zivan Ori reportedly will join Amazon in an unspecified executive capacity.

Israeli news outlet Globes first reported the story, citing unnamed sources who estimated Amazon will pay between $50 million and $60 million to acquire E8 Storage. A separate report by Reuters said the purchase price is much less, citing another source with knowledge of the deal. Amazon did not publicly disclose the acquisition price.

Amazon’s move comes two weeks after its public cloud rival Google bought file storage software startup Elastifile and nearly one month after holding company StorCentric acquired NVMe array hopeful Vexata.

The Amazon-E8 Storage marriage signals growing interest in NVMe flash. There is widespread industry belief that the NVMe protocol will eventually replace traditional SCSI-based storage. SCSI traffic makes several network hops along the network. By contrast, NVMe allows applications to talk directly to storage across multilane PCIe devices.

For Amazon, the deal highlights the competition it faces from enterprises seeking an AWS-like alternative that costs less than AWS and is managed on premises. It will be worth watching to see if Amazon integrates E8 Storage gear with AWS Nitro compute instances, which use NVMe as the underlying media with Elastic Block Store.

By acquiring E8 Storage, Amazon gains a storage operating system optimized for NVMe flash, said Eric Burgener, a research vice president of storage at analyst firm IDC.

“E8 has an NVMe-over-TCP implementation integrated in its software. It’s not that Amazon couldn’t have built that, but E8 already built it and it works. TCP is clearly the future of NVMe-over-fabrics-attached storage. That’s where the volume is going to be,” Burgener said.

Ori and Alex Friedman founded E8 Storage in 2014. Both previously had worked in management positions at IBM Storage. Friedman was E8’s vice president of R&D. E8 Storage emerged from stealth in 2016, with a dense block-based array that combines 24 NVMe SSDs in a 2U standard form factor.

The E8 Storage software targets analytics and similarly data-intensive workloads that require extreme performance and ultralow latency. E8 received more than $18 million in total funding, including a $12 million Series B round in 2016.

In addition to E8 arrays, customers have also been able to buy E8 Storage software on reference architecture with servers by Dell, Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Lenovo. The vendor this year added parallel file storage to target high-performance computing.

E8 Storage was an early entrant in end-to-end NVMe flash. The E8 architecture is based on industry-standard TCP over IP. Other NVMe startups include Apeiron Data, Excelero and Pavilion Data Systems.

Burgener said he wouldn’t be surprised to see more consolidation in NVMe storage. After ceding ground early, Burgener said legacy storage vendors have aggressively pushed into NVMe.

“Most of the majors have gotten their marketing acts together around selling NVMe for mixed workload consolidation, but they also want to go after the same kind of dedicated workloads” first targeted by NVMe startups, Burgener said.

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For Sale – Late 2015 27” iMac

This hasn’t been touched since my twins were born in January and it seems a shame for it to just sit there.

It’s the top off the shelf model from late 2015 and I have added another 8GB of RAM to a total of 16GB (either Crucial or Kingston, can’t remember but I only ever buy RAM from them. Edit: just remembered that this is original Apple RAM, bought from someone upgrading to 32GB).

3.3ghz i5
2TB fusion drive (so has the 128GB SSD)
16GB RAM
Radeon R9 M395 2GB graphics
5k 27” screen

It has spent its life sat on a desk in my man-cave, which is now a baby-junk cave, so is in excellent condition. Box is in the attic.

Will have a fresh install of Mojave for the new owner.

Asking £850 picked up from SO51 area

Price and currency: 850
Delivery: Goods must be exchanged in person
Payment method: Cash or BT
Location: Romsey, Hampshire
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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Beyond overhead: What drives donor support in the digital era – Microsoft on the Issues

One of the greatest challenges to running a successful nonprofit organization has always been that donors look at nonprofits’ stewardship of funds as a primary way to assess impact. While there is no doubt that nonprofits must use donor funds responsibly, tracking to see if a nonprofit maintains the highest possible ratio of spending on programs-to spending on overhead is a poor proxy for understanding how effective a nonprofit truly is. In fact, the imperative to limit overhead has forced many organizations to underinvest in efforts to improve efficiency. Ironically, this has long prevented nonprofits from utilizing innovative digital technologies that could help them be more efficient and effective.

Now more than ever, cloud-based technology can have a transformative effect on how nonprofit organizations increase impact and reduce costs. The same technologies that give for-profit businesses insights about customers and markets, create operational efficiencies and speed up innovation can also help nonprofits target donors and raise funds more strategically, design and deliver programming more efficiently, and connect field teams with headquarters more effectively. This means smart investments in digital tools are essential to every nonprofit’s ability to make progress toward its mission.

The good news is that a major shift is underway. As part of our work at Microsoft Tech for Social Impact to understand how nonprofits can use technology to drive progress and demonstrate impact, we recently surveyed 2,200 donors, volunteers and funding decision-makers to learn how they decide which organizations to support, what their expectations are for efficiency and effectiveness, and how they feel about funding technology infrastructure at the nonprofits they support.

The results, which we published recently in the white paper “Beyond overhead: Donor expectations for driving impact with technology,” make clear that people donate to organizations they trust and that donors are increasingly looking at data beyond the ratio of program spending to overhead spending to measure impact. We also found that those who support nonprofits now overwhelmingly recognize the critical role technology plays in driving impact and delivering value. Nearly four out of five supporters (which includes both donors and volunteers) and more than nine out of 10 funding decision-makers told us they support directing donations to improve technology at a nonprofit. An overwhelming majority — 85 percent of supporters and 95 percent of funding decision-makers — are more likely to contribute to organizations that can show that they are using technology to improve how it runs programs.

At the same time, the survey found that most people expect organizations to use donations more efficiently and to advance the causes they work for more effectively than in the past. Among supporters, for example, 79 percent believe nonprofits should be better at maximizing funding than they were 10 years ago. Just over 80 percent of funding decision-makers believe nonprofits should be more effective at achieving their goals and advancing the causes they work for now than in the past.

To give you a better sense of what potential donors are looking for as they consider where to target their nonprofit contributions and how much they weigh technology into their thinking, we have developed a tool using Power BI so you can look at the data in greater detail. Within the tool, you can see how people responded to questions about overall effectiveness and efficiency, the importance of technology as a driver of success, how likely they are to support organizations that use technology to demonstrate impact, and their willingness to fund technology improvements at the nonprofits they support.

To make the tool as useful as possible for your organization, you can sort the data by supporters and funding decision-makers, and you can explore how responses varied by region. As you move through the data, you will see how these critical groups of supporters and funders think about these important questions in the region where your organization operates:

The ultimate goal of this survey was to get a clearer picture of what motivates people to contribute to an organization and how technology can help nonprofits meet supporters’ expectations. Overall, I believe our research provides some important insights that can help any organization be more successful. Fundamentally, we found that people donate to organizations that are perceived to be trustworthy, and that trust is achieved though operational transparency and effective communications. More than ever before, donors recognize that using data to measure and demonstrate impact is the foundation for trust.

I encourage you to read the full report and learn more about Microsoft’s commitment to support nonprofits.

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For Sale – Apple Mac Mini 2011 8GB RAM, 240GB SSD 1TB

i am selling my 2011 Apple Mac Mini. This has been upgraded to 8GB RAM and has two internal drives. The boot drive is a 240GB SSD and there is also a 1TB spinning drive for data. This makes this computer a lot faster than others this age.

It’s in overall good condition with a few light scratches.

I would prefer collection but can post. If collecting I can drop the price by £10

Price and currency: price dropped from 255 to £245
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: Bank Transfer, PayPal Gift, Cash
Location: High Wycombe
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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The stories behind Microsoft’s affordable housing initiative | Microsoft On The Issues

The Puget Sound region has been home to Microsoft for more than 30 years. As the company has grown, the area has changed. New industries have brought more jobs, fresh opportunities and greater prosperity. 

But new housing has not kept up with job growth, and the Greater Seattle area has become the sixth most expensive place to live in the United States.  

That means many of the workers who make a community function – such as nurses, police officers, teachers and firefighters – can no longer afford to live in the cities or suburbs where they work. 

Chart showing Job growth compared to housing growth

The problem is particularly acute in the suburban cities around Seattle. Low- and middle-income workers often face long commutes.

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Microsoft is committed to helping kick-start solutions to this crisis, and is  investing $500 million to advance affordable housing solutions. Microsoft is also advocating for changes in public policy at city and state levels to address the long-term factors affecting housing affordability.

This commitment is about more than housing. It is about the people who make our communities places we all want to live in.

For more on Microsoft’s initiatives in the Puget Sound region follow @MSFTIssues on Twitter.  

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Public cloud storage use still in early days for enterprises

Enterprise use of public cloud storage has been growing at a steady pace for years, yet plenty of IT shops remain in the early stages of the journey.

IT managers are well aware of the potential benefits — including total cost of ownership, agility and unlimited capacity on demand — and many face cloud directives. But companies with significant investments in on-premises infrastructure are still exploring the applications where public cloud storage makes the most sense beyond backup, archive and disaster recovery (DR).

Ken Lamb, who oversees resiliency for cloud at JP Morgan, sees the cloud as a good fit, especially when the financial services company needs to get an application to market quickly. Lamb said JP Morgan uses public cloud storage from multiple providers for development and testing, production applications and DR and runs the workloads internally in “production parallel mode.”

JP Morgan’s cloud data footprint is small compared to its overall storage capacity, but Lamb said the company has a large migration plan for Amazon Web Services (AWS).  

“The biggest problem is the way applications interact,” Lamb said. “When you put something in the cloud, you have to think: Is it going to reach back to anything that you have internally? Does it have high communication with other applications? Is it tightly coupled? Is it latency sensitive? Do you have compliance requirements? Those kind of things are key decision areas to say this makes sense or it doesn’t.”

Public cloud storage trends

Enterprise Strategy Group research shows an increase in the number of organizations running production applications in the public cloud, whereas most used it only for backups or archives a few years ago, according to ESG senior analyst Scott Sinclair.  Sinclair said he’s also seeing more companies identify themselves as “cloud-first” in terms of their overall IT strategy, although many are “still beginning their journeys.”

“When you’re an established company that’s been around for decades, you have a data center. You’ve probably got a multi-petabyte environment. Even if you didn’t have to worry about the pain of moving data, you probably wouldn’t ship petabytes to the cloud overnight,” Sinclair said. “They’re reticent unless there is some compelling need. Analytics would be one.”

Organizations' reasons for using cloud infrastructure services
Market research from Enterprise Strategy Group shows how IT uses cloud infrastructure services.

The Hartford has a small percentage of its data in the public cloud. But the Connecticut-based insurance and financial services company plans to use Amazon’s Simple Storage Service (S3) for hundreds of terabytes, if not petabytes, of data from its Hadoop analytics environment, said Stephen Whitlock, who works in cloud operations for compute and storage at The Hartford.

One challenge The Hartford faces in shifting from on-premises Hortonworks Hadoop to Amazon Elastic MapReduce (EMR) is mapping permissions to its large data set, Whitlock said. The company migrated compute instances to the cloud, but the Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS)-based data remains on premises while the team sorts out the migration to the EMR File System (EMRFS), Amazon’s implementation of HDFS, Whitlock said.

Finishing the Hadoop project is the first priority before The Hartford looks to public cloud storage for other use cases, including “spiky” and “edge” workloads, Whitlock said. He knows costs for network connectivity, bandwidth and data transfers can add up, so the team plans to focus on applications where the cloud can provide the greatest advantage. The Hartford’s on-premises private cloud generally works well for small applications, and the public cloud makes sense for data-driven workloads, such as the analytics engines that “we can’t keep up with,” Whitlock said.

“It was never a use case to say we’re going to take everything and dump it into the cloud,” Whitlock said. “We did the metrics. It just was not cheaper. It’s like a convenience store. You go there when you’re out of something and you don’t want to drive 10 miles to the Costco.”

Moving cloud data back

Capital District Physicians’ Health Plan (CDPHP), a not-for-profit organization based in Albany, NY, learned from experience that the cloud may not be the optimal place for every application. CDPHP launched its cloud initiative in 2014, using AWS for disaster recovery, and soon adopted a cloud-first strategy. However, Howard Fingeroth, director of infrastructure architecture and data engineering at CDPHP, said the organization plans to bring two or three administration and financial applications back to its on-premises data center for cost reasons.

“We did a lot of lift and shift initially, and that didn’t prove to be a real wise choice in some cases,” Fingeroth said. “We’ve now modified our cloud strategy to be what we’re calling ‘smart cloud,’ which is really doing heavy-duty analysis around when it makes sense to move things to the cloud.”

Fingeroth said the cloud helps with what he calls the “ilities”: agility, affordability, flexibility and recoverability. CDPHP primarily uses Amazon’s Elastic Block Storage for production applications that run in the cloud and also has less expensive S3 object storage for backup and DR in conjunction with commercial backup products, he said.  

“As time goes on, people get more sophisticated about the use of the cloud,” said John Webster, a senior partner and analyst at Evaluator Group. “They start with disaster recovery or some easy use case, and once they understand how it works, they start progressing forward.”

Evaluator Group’s most recent hybrid cloud storage survey, conducted in 2018, showed that disaster recovery was the primary use case, followed by data sharing/content repository, test and development, archival storage and data protection, according to Webster. He said about a quarter used the public cloud for analytics and tier 1 applications.

Public cloud expansion

The vice president of strategic technology for a New York-based content creation company said he is considering expanding his use of the public cloud as an alternative to storing data in SAN or NAS systems in photo studios in the U.S and Canada. The VP, who asked that neither he nor his company be named, said his company generates up to a terabyte of data a day. It uses storage from Winchester Systems for primary data and has about 30 TB of “final files” on AWS. He said he is looking into storage gateway options from vendors such as Nasuni and Morro Data to move data more efficiently into a public cloud.

“It’s just a constant headache from an IT perspective,” he said of on-premises storage. “There’s replication. There’s redundancy. There is a lot of cost involved. You need IT people in each location. There is no centralized control over that data. Considering all the labor, ongoing support contacts and the ability to scale without doing capex [with on-premises storage], it’s more cost effective and efficient to be in the cloud.”

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For Sale – Ryzen 2600 gaming pc 32gb Ram Rx 580 nitro+ blu ray 750w psu 120gb ssd + 2TB Coolmaster case

Hi guys
Selling my gaming pc as ive just have never used it really
its probably been powerered on no more than 24hrs the majority of the components that are installed are new and have original packaging
The cpu and Ram were just installed last week and have only been used for 1 hour for testing
i have a xbox one x and ps4 pro The pc just wont see the use it deserves

Cpu Ryzen 2600 six core 12 thead wraith spire cooler
Ram 32gb crucial ballistic sport LT 2400mhz tested at 3000mhz no problem without changing voltage
Motherboard Gigabyte GA AB350 gaming 3
GPU Sapphire Radeon RX580 Nitro+ special edition Best in Rx580 class
Pioneer Bluray/dvd/cd writer
PSU Corsair CXM 750w 80+ bronze
2 Drives Samsung SSD 120gb Toshiba 2Tb P300 3.5
Coolermaster Cm590 case white
Corsair AF120 blue led case fans twin pack
Windows 10 pro activated
Wifi dongle
Happy to answer any questions
Thanks for looking

Price and currency: 580
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: Paypal bank trasfer
Location: Cr7 8hx
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