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For Sale – 1.5TB Ext HDD/Sandisk 64GB Extreme USB stick

Having a bit of a clearout so getting rid of a few surplus bits:
Core by CNM 1.5TB external HDD USB2
I believe the HDD inside is actually a Seagate Barracuda Green drive which is a reliable drive. Had this HDD for a few years now and its just sat, hasnt been used for the past year or so. In perfect working condition, no errors or faults.
The gloss black casing has got few light scratches with age, nothing major. Included is power adapter and USB cable (dont have original box but will find suitable box)
£35 delivered

Also up for sale is one of the fastest USB sticks on the market – Sandisk Extreme 64GB USB3 CZ80
Transfer speeds are reallly quick on this but for me its the consistency, the speed just doesnt fluctuate like most other drives.
Again perfect working order.
£20 delivered

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Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: BT/PPG
Location: Batley
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Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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For Sale – 1.5TB Ext HDD/Sandisk 64GB Extreme USB stick

Having a bit of a clearout so getting rid of a few surplus bits:
Core by CNM 1.5TB external HDD USB2
I believe the HDD inside is actually a Seagate Barracuda Green drive which is a reliable drive. Had this HDD for a few years now and its just sat, hasnt been used for the past year or so. In perfect working condition, no errors or faults.
The gloss black casing has got few light scratches with age, nothing major. Included is power adapter and USB cable (dont have original box but will find suitable box)
£35 delivered

Also up for sale is one of the fastest USB sticks on the market – Sandisk Extreme 64GB USB3 CZ80
Transfer speeds are reallly quick on this but for me its the consistency, the speed just doesnt fluctuate like most other drives.
Again perfect working order.
£20 delivered

Price and currency: See details
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: BT/PPG
Location: Batley
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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For Sale – 1.5TB Ext HDD/Sandisk 64GB Extreme USB stick

Having a bit of a clearout so getting rid of a few surplus bits:
Core by CNM 1.5TB external HDD USB2
I believe the HDD inside is actually a Seagate Barracuda Green drive which is a reliable drive. Had this HDD for a few years now and its just sat, hasnt been used for the past year or so. In perfect working condition, no errors or faults.
The gloss black casing has got few light scratches with age, nothing major. Included is power adapter and USB cable (dont have original box but will find suitable box)
£35 delivered

Also up for sale is one of the fastest USB sticks on the market – Sandisk Extreme 64GB USB3 CZ80
Transfer speeds are reallly quick on this but for me its the consistency, the speed just doesnt fluctuate like most other drives.
Again perfect working order.
£20 delivered

Price and currency: See details
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: BT/PPG
Location: Batley
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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For Sale – Zotac 1060 6GB Amp Edition

For sale is my Zotac 1060 6GB, purchased new from Overclockers on the 9/7/2017, I believe Zotac offer 2 years warranty on all cards so just under a year remaining.

Has had light use in my gaming PC for the last year and selling as now upgraded to a 1080ti.

£170 Including Royal Mail Special Delivery.

Note: I have the original box but seem to have misplaced the original anti-static bag and cardboard inserts so it will come in my new cards anti-static bag and will be securely packed in the box.

Price and currency: £170
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: BT Only NO PAYPAL
Location: West Sussex
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7 Powerful Scripts for Practical Hyper-V Network Configurations

I firmly believe in empowerment. I feel that I should supply you with knowledge, provide you with how-tos, share insights and experiences, and release you into the world to make your own decisions. However, I came to that approach by standing at the front of a classroom. During class, we’d almost invariably walk through exercises. Since this is a blog and not a classroom, I do things differently. We don’t have common hardware in a controlled environment, so I typically forgo the exercises bit. As a result, that leaves a lot of my readers at the edge of a cliff with no bridge to carry them from theory to practice. And, of course, there are those of you that would love to spend time reading about concepts but just really need to get something done right now. If you’re stopped at Hyper-V networking, this is the article for you.

Script Inventory

These scripts are included in this article:

Basic Usage

I’m going to show each item as a stand-alone script. First, you’ll locate the one that best aligns with what you’re trying to accomplish. You’ll copy/paste that into a .ps1 PowerShell script file on your system. You’ll need to edit the script to provide information about your environment so that it will work for you. I’ll have you set each of those items at the beginning of the script. Then, you’ll just need to execute the script on your host.

Most scripts will have its own “basic usage” heading that explains a bit about how you’d use it without modification.

Enhanced Usage

I could easily compile these into standalone executables that you couldn’t tinker with. Even though I want to give you a fully prepared springboard, I also want you to learn how the system works and what you’re doing to it.

Most scripts will have its own “enhanced usage” heading that gives some ideas how you might exploit or extend it yourself.

Configure networking for a single host with a single adapter

Use this script for a standalone system that only has one physical adapter. It will:

  • Disable VMQ for the physical adapter
  • Create a virtual switch on the adapter
  • Create a virtual network adapter for the management operating system to use
  • Optionally place the management adapter into a VLAN
  • Assign an IP, subnet, and gateway to the management adapter
  • Specify one or two DNS servers

Basic Usage for this Script

You just need to enter the necessary information for these items and execute it.

Advanced Usage for this Script

As-is, this script should be complete for most typical single-adapter systems. You might choose to disable some items. For instance, if you are using this on Windows 10, you might not want to provide a fixed IP address. In that case, just put a # sign at the beginning of lines 42 onward. When the virtual network adapter is created, it will remain in DHCP mode.

Configure a standalone host with 2-4 gigabit adapters for converged networking

Use this script for a standalone host that has between two and four gigabit adapters that you want to use in a converged networking configuration. It will:

  • Create a team on the adapters
  • Disable VMQ for the physical adapters and the teamed adapter
  • Create a virtual switch on the team
  • Create a virtual network adapter for the management operating system to use
  • Optionally place the management adapter into a VLAN
  • Assign an IP, subnet, and gateway to the management adapter
  • Specify one or two DNS servers

Basic Usage for this Script

You just need to enter the necessary information for these items and execute it. Be aware that it will have problems if you already have a team.

Advanced Usage for this Script

This script serves as the base for the remaining scripts on this page. Likewise, you could use it as a base for your own. You could also use any of the items as examples for whatever similar actions you wish to accomplish in your own scripts.

Configure a standalone host with 2-4 10 GbE adapters for converged networking

Use this script for a standalone host that has between two and four 10GbE adapters that you want to use in a converged networking configuration. It will:

  • Create a team on the adapters
  • Create a virtual switch on the team
  • Create a virtual network adapter for the management operating system to use
  • Optionally place the management adapter into a VLAN
  • Assign an IP, subnet, and gateway to the management adapter
  • Specify one or two DNS servers

It won’t take a great deal of sleuthing to discover that this script is identical to the preceding one, except that it does not disable VMQ.

Configure a clustered host with 2-4 gigabit adapters for converged networking

Use this script for a host that has between two and four gigabit adapters that will be a member of a cluster. Like the previous scripts, it will employ a converged networking configuration. The script will:

  • Create a team on the adapters
  • Disable VMQ for the physical adapters and the teamed adapter
  • Create a virtual switch on the team
  • Create virtual network adapters for the management operating system to use for management traffic, cluster communications, and Live Migration
  • Optionally place the virtual adapters into VLANs
  • Assign an IP, subnet, and gateway to the management adapter
  • Assign an IP and subnet mask to the cluster and Live Migration adapters
  • Prevent the cluster and Live Migration adapters from registering in DNS
  • Specify one or two DNS servers

Basic Usage for this Script

You just need to enter the necessary information for these items and execute it. It is essentially the same as the stand-alone multi-gigabit adapter script except that it also adds adapters for cluster communications and Live Migration traffic.

It does not arrange the adapters in an optimal order for Live Migration. The cluster will automatically prioritize the cluster and Live Migration adapters over the management adapter, but it might prioritize the cluster adapter over the Live Migration adapter. Practically, that will have no meaningful effect; these designations are mostly cosmetic. If you’d like to force the issue, you’ll need to do so separately. You could, of course, use Failover Cluster Manager for this. I’ve included a script later in this article that makes the setting change for you. You cannot combine these scripts because the cluster must exist before you can specify the Live Migration adapter order. Also, you only need to specify the order one time, not once per node.

Advanced Usage for this Script

You could do a great number of things with this script. One suggestion would be to add cluster creation/join logic. It would be non-trivial, but you’d be able to combine the Live Migration adapter ordering script.

Configure a clustered host with 2-4 10 GbE adapters for converged networking

This script is identical to the preceding except that it leaves VMQ enabled. It does the following:

  • Create a team on the adapters
  • Create a virtual switch on the team
  • Create virtual network adapters for the management operating system to use for management traffic, cluster communications, and Live Migration
  • Optionally place the virtual adapters into VLANs
  • Assign an IP, subnet, and gateway to the management adapter
  • Assign an IP and subnet mask to the cluster and Live Migration adapters
  • Prevent the cluster and Live Migration adapters from registering in DNS
  • Specify one or two DNS servers

Basic Usage for this Script

These notes are identical to those of the preceding script.

You just need to enter the necessary information for these items and execute it. It is essentially the same as the stand-alone multi-gigabit adapter script except that it also adds adapters for cluster communications and Live Migration traffic.

It does not arrange the adapters in an optimal order for Live Migration. The cluster will automatically prioritize the cluster and Live Migration adapters over the management adapter, but it might prioritize the cluster adapter over the Live Migration adapter. Practically, that will have no meaningful effect; these designations are mostly cosmetic. If you’d like to force the issue, you’ll need to do so separately. You could, of course, use Failover Cluster Manager for this. I’ve included a script later in this article that makes the setting change for you. You cannot combine these scripts because the cluster must exist before you can specify the Live Migration adapter order. Also, you only need to specify the order one time, not once per node.

Advanced Usage for this Script

These notes are identical to those of the preceding script.

You could do a great number of things with this script. One suggestion would be to add cluster creation/join logic. It would be non-trivial, but you’d be able to combine the Live Migration adapter ordering script.

Set preferred order for cluster Live Migration networks

This script aligns with the two preceding scripts to ensure that the cluster chooses the named “Live Migration” adapter first when moving virtual machines between nodes. The “Cluster” virtual adapter will be used second. The management adapter will be used as the final fallback.

Basic Usage for this Script

Use this script after you’ve run one of the above two clustered host scripts and joined them into a cluster.

Advanced Usage for this Script

Modify this to change the order of Live Migration adapters. You must specify all adapters recognized by the cluster. Check the “MigrationExcludeNetworks” registry key that’s in the same location as “MigrationNetworkOrder”.

Exclude cluster networks from Live Migration

This script is intended to be used as an optional adjunct to the preceding script. Since my scripts set up all virtual adapters to be used in Live Migration, the network names used here are fabricated.

Basic Usage for this Script

You’ll need to set the network names to match yours, but otherwise, the script does not need to be altered.

Advanced Usage for this Script

This script will need to be modified in order to be used at all.

How Microsoft’s Dona Sarkar Keeps Her Future Self On Track

I believe that your dreams and your day job can coexist. I always have at least four projects going on at the same time, and I switch frequently between them. If I’m struggling to work on a project for Windows Insiders, I’ll write a chapter of a nonfiction book I am writing, or I’ll sketch something from my fashion line, or I’ll watch a short [tutorial] video.

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If I have a pocket of time—seven minutes or 20 minutes—I set my timer and do a work sprint. You can whip off 10 emails or five ideas in five minutes. If I have seven minutes to write a document, I will finish it: It may not be the best document in the world, but all the bones will be down, enough to the point that I can share it with someone and ask them what they think of the overall framework.

I don’t put all my emotional eggs in one basket. I’ve never had a bad day in my life because I can always go and do something that means a lot to me, and that I have invested a lot in, and that is within my control.

Whatever the opposite of FOMO is, I have that. I am too busy living my life to worry about what other people are doing.

Time she wakes up: 4 a.m.

First thing she does: “I write five gratitudes, five worries, and five intentions. It’s a way for me to prioritize what really matters.”

Productivity tools: “I have a shared OneNote with Jeremiah Marble, the founder and director of the Windows Insider Program. If I feel that I could use his help or vice versa, we’ll send each other a quick message. It’s all real time.”

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Email strategy: “I check email three times a day: morning, afternoon, and evening. I have a filter that only lets in emails where my name is on the ‘To’ line. If I’m on a CC or alias, I check those emails only a few times a week.”

Dealing with the news: “I consume news twice a day: in the morning, after I am done writing in my journal, and in the evening. During the day, if something breaks, I will find out about it from 12 different sources.”

Motivational object: “I have a framed needlepoint that says hustle, which one of my coworkers made for me.”

Best habit: “I’m not afraid to start something. I don’t need to be good at something that I have never done before: I assume I am going to be very bad.”

Worst habit: “I am awake at all hours and have a lot of energy, which can be overwhelming to some people.”

Productivity advice: “You should track your time every hour of the day, then consider whether what you are doing leaves you in a positive or negative mood. Then do more of the things that bring you joy.”

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Time she goes to bed: Between midnight and 1 a.m.

Microsoft pledges to cut carbon emissions by 75 percent by 2030 – Microsoft on the Issues

At Microsoft, we believe climate change is an urgent problem that demands a global response from all industries. We are committed to doing our part and have been taking steps to address and reduce our carbon footprint for nearly a decade. In 2009, Microsoft set its first carbon emissions target. In 2012, we became one of the first companies to put an internal global carbon fee in place, which enables us to operate 100 percent carbon neutral. Last year, we put in place targets to get more energy from renewable sources.

Today, we will take the next step in this journey by pledging to reduce our operational carbon emissions 75 percent by 2030, against a 2013 baseline. We’ll do this through continued progress against our carbon neutrality and renewable energy commitments, as well as investments in energy efficiency. This puts Microsoft on a path, as a company, to meet the goals set in the Paris climate agreement, which is a level of decarbonization that many scientists believe is necessary to keep global temperature increase below 2 degrees Celsius. We estimate this will help avoid more than 10 million metric tons of carbon emissions by 2030.

As we expand our global cloud infrastructure, we will increasingly turn to renewable energy because it is a clean power source and gives us better financial predictability. It’s good for the environment, our customers and our business. Our cloud-based programs to reduce resource consumption have already cut energy consumption at our main campus in Redmond, Washington by nearly 20 percent, reducing emissions and our power bill. The data we’ve collected on our energy consumption laid the groundwork for us to now buy our own clean energy at market rates, and we’ll soon be powering our Puget Sound campus with 100 percent carbon-free energy. Put simply, the environment and our business both benefit each time we’ve implemented sustainability targets and goals.

We’ve also seen that the private sector can be a catalyst for exponential change. This is particularly true for companies like ours. Artificial intelligence (AI) and the cloud are enabling companies and governments to make smarter, real-time decisions that lower emissions and reduce resource consumption in areas from buildings to transportation to manufacturing to agriculture to the production and distribution of electricity. We’re working not only to enable these transformations, but also to create and democratize new innovations through programs like AI for Earth that can help our customers adapt and thrive in a changing environment.

But even with our commitments within our operations and work with our customers, there’s still more to do.

As a global company, the changes we make in how we operate our business and the goals we set have a worldwide impact. It’s our hope that this pledge inspires others to join us in setting targets, and provides confidence to governments, companies and individuals that it’s possible for entities to help reach the goals set in the Paris climate agreement. By raising our ambitions and taking these actions, our goal is to help make the future more sustainable and beneficial to everyone.

Tags: Brad Smith, carbon emissions, carbon fee, Paris climate agreement

Microsoft joins the Coalition For Better Ads – Bing Ads

At Microsoft, we believe in supporting and collaborating with the online advertising industry to develop standards that make the digital ecosystem function better for consumers, marketers and publishers.

In this spirit, we are excited to announce that Microsoft has joined the Coalition for Better Ads (CBA). Through our advertising platforms, and our multitude of consumer services, we believe we can make an important contribution to improving and safeguarding advertising standards on the web. 

Microsoft is committed to working with our industry partners and the Coalition for Better Ads to continue the development and implementation of standards that will have a positive impact on consumers and the entire online advertising community.   
 

Recruitment management system + alien life doesn’t equal intelligent hiring

Space, the final frontier — even for an HR recruitment management system?

Well, there may be a connection if you believe the odds of finding that perfect job candidate are about the same as discovering intelligent life on other planets.

Let me step off the warp-drive pedal and tell you a story. Not so long ago, I struck up a conversation with a stranger and asked him what he was up to that day. He said he’s heading to a bar near the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and it wasn’t just to have a drink.

“A bunch of us are getting together to discuss why the Drake Equation didn’t work,” the fella told me. “You know the Drake Equation, right?”

“No,” I replied.

You may wonder what Drake’s equation has to do with hiring practices in HR departments.

For those of you who are at a loss like me, the Drake Equation — contrived by astronomer Frank Drake — attempts to determine how many planets can support intelligent life based on factors such as water, suitable environments and the transmission of radio signals into space. The website of the SETI Institute — a nonprofit organization whose investigators search for life in the universe — provided a quick lesson about the concept.

Here’s the actual Drake Equation, according to SETI:

N = R* • fp • ne • fl • fi • fc • L

N is the number of civilizations in the galaxy whose electromagnetic transmissions can be detected. The other letters represent a variety of factors, including the number of planets on which intelligent life could evolve.

Searching for distant signals

Now, you may wonder what Drake’s equation has to do with hiring practices in human resources departments.

This formulaic exercise might seem light years away from the idea of a recruitment management system, except — in my mind — both the Drake Equation and HR technologies are using data to pinpoint something or someone “out there.” So I floated my idea of a Drake-like approach to HR hiring past SETI’s public relations department to see if any of the institute’s researchers might have any thoughts — and maybe even agree with me. A very pleasant communications person kindly passed along some responses from unnamed scientists who generally scoffed at my idea.

One researcher wrote of my, ahem, theorem that the Drake Equation and HR recruitment software “fall under the very general field of data science. [He’s] trying to make a clever analogy, but it’s a bit of a stretch.”

Another SETI investigator offered me a little more hope: “The Drake Equation analogy is more like finding whether viable job candidates exist anywhere, rather than identifying specific candidates.”

Let’s bring it closer to home

There are plenty of companies not ready to debate the finer points of extraterrestrials or HR data.

I, personally, don’t log into a recruitment management system when I need to hire an editor here at our publisher, TechTarget. I might get my hands on some of HR’s phone-screening notes, check a candidate’s story clips and come armed to the interview with a lot of questions. But in the end, I primarily rely on gut instinct to decide whether to give the interviewee a thumbs-up or thumbs-down.

The idea of employing intuition didn’t sit well with researcher Emilio J. Castilla, Nanyang Technological University professor of management at the MIT Sloan School of Management and head of the Work and Organization Studies Group. “Many business leaders still make key decisions about their workforce based on intuition. … But today’s leaders can strengthen their people decision-making processes using people analytics,” Castilla had said in an interview earlier this year on SearchHRSoftware.com.

He further stated that an important first step in hiring employees is determining what business factors a company hopes to improve — e.g., bring more innovation to the business. From there, companies can use data to assess how well candidates meet those goals.

Based on all this gathered information, perhaps I should propose the “Wallask Equation,” you guessed it, named after me. It would be something like the following:

NE = R x F

Here, hiring the perfect new employee (NE) equals the research (R) data about the candidate times the business factors (F) that need improvement. It’s not quite E = MC2, but then again, it’s all relative.

I suspect that my search to hire the perfect employee using the Wallask formula will produce the same result as the Drake Equation’s near-60-year quest for extraterrestrial life — so far.