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New Dell PowerEdge T130 – Intel Xeon E3-1220 v5 / 4GB DDR4 / 2TB HDD

I have an unused Dell PowerEdge T130 small business server with Intel Xeon E3-1220 v5 (turbo 3.5GHz, 8MB cache) quad core cpu, 1 x 4GB DDR4 memory and 2 x 1TB Toshiba 3.5″ 7200rpm hard drives with PERC H330 RAID controller. There is a licence key for Windows 2012 R2 server. The PC is about 18 months old but has not been used – just sat in storage – I have just turned it on to take a picture of the BIOS screen. Service tag is 3V3ZJD2. Ideal for running a small business – will take up to 4…

New Dell PowerEdge T130 – Intel Xeon E3-1220 v5 / 4GB DDR4 / 2TB HDD

For Sale – New Dell PowerEdge T130 – Intel Xeon E3-1220 v5 / 4GB DDR4 / 1TB HDD

I have an unused Dell PowerEdge T130 small business server with Intel Xeon E3-1220 v5 (turbo 3.5GHz, 8MB cache) quad core cpu, 1 x 4GB DDR4 memory and 2 x 500GB hard drives with PERC H330 RAID controller. There is a licence key for Windows 2012 R2 server. The PC is about 18 months old but has not been used – just sat in storage – I have just turned it on to take a picture of the BIOS screen. Service tag is 3V3ZJD2. Ideal for running a small business – will take up to 4 3.5″ hard drives.

Cash on collection available from Hampstead or will be posted with UPS.

Full specifications:

Support for OEMR T130 | System configuration | Dell UK

Price and currency: 295
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: BT or PPG
Location: London NW3
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How Apple Business Chat could change contact-center market

When Apple Business Chat launches in beta this spring, it could elevate the mobile reach of contact centers — if, as expected, enterprises direct customer service reps to connect to the hundreds of millions of iPhone users.

Industry experts expect Apple Business Chat to draw more enterprise attention than competitors in the business messaging market for two reasons: Apple Pay and download-free access to the service.

Most business messaging platforms require users to install an app and create a profile. In contrast, Apple Business Chat will be instantly accessible to every iPhone user following a software update, and it will allow those users to message companies without having to divulge any personal information.

Through Apple’s platform, iPhone users can converse with businesses through iMessage to ask a question, schedule an appointment or place an order. For participating businesses, their search results in Safari, Maps, Spotlight and Siri will feature an iMessage icon, allowing customers to start a chat with one tap.

“If you’re trying to be customer-centric and you’ve got a lot of customers who are Apple users, if this mode [Business Chat] takes for them, then you’ve got to support it,” said Jon Arnold, principal of Toronto-based research and analysis firm J Arnold & Associates.

Apple has released a developer preview of Business Chat and is accepting online registrations from businesses that want to use it in the future. The company has partnered with four customer service vendors — LivePerson, Genesys, Salesforce and Nuance — to support the platform’s beta release with the iOS 11.3 upgrade this spring. Discover, Hilton Hotels and Resorts, Lowe’s and Wells Fargo will be among the first businesses to deploy it.

Companies using Apple Business Chat will find that unlike competing platforms Facebook Business Messenger, WhatsApp, WeChat, Line and Kakao Talk, the Apple service is “baked into the surrounding operating system,” said Keith Dawson, principal analyst for customer experience and commerce with 451 Research.

“It means that for anyone who’s not an Android user, it’s ever present on their device as a contact mode,” Dawson said. Rivals, on the other hand, will have the additional hurdle of convincing consumers to download their apps.

Apple Business Chat release could accelerate a restructuring of contact centers

In a 2017 survey by Nemertes Research, based in Mokena, Ill., 27% of 225 participating companies said they planned to support social messaging services like WhatsApp, Facebook Business Messenger and Apple Business Chat as customer engagement channels.

“So, I see the Apple announcement as a positive development, as companies look for new ways to engage with customers, especially among a younger demographic that is more reliant on their cellphone than a traditional web browser for shopping,” said Nemertes analyst Irwin Lazar.

Social media and chat apps are contributing to a “fundamental rethinking of how businesses engage with customers,” Dawson said. Contact centers are beginning to work more closely with marketing and sales teams to make sure the company is taking advantage of the customer connections these platforms offer.

The standout connection Apple has with its customers is Apple Pay

“If Apple didn’t have Apple Pay, [Business Chat] wouldn’t be as interesting, because that’s one of the things that the contact-center experience can’t deliver as seamlessly,” Arnold said.

An interaction initiated by a customer asking a question could end with a product sale, facilitated by an Apple Pay thumbprint within the iMessage chat. This should motivate companies to invest more in their contact centers, which have the potential to become revenue-generators.

Nevertheless, Apple and other chat platform providers will have to show a solid return on investment before contact centers deploy the technology broadly.

“The last thing contact centers want to do is have to jump for the next shiny ball and just try the next thing that comes along,” Arnold said. “They can only handle so many platforms in the business, and they can only adapt to so many new things at a time.”

For Sale – New Dell PowerEdge T130 – Intel Xeon E3-1220 v5 / 4GB DDR4 / 1TB HDD

I have an unused Dell PowerEdge T130 small business server with Intel Xeon E3-1220 v5 (turbo 3.5GHz, 8MB cache) quad core cpu, 1 x 4GB DDR4 memory and 2 x 500GB hard drives with PERC H330 RAID controller. There is a licence key for Windows 2012 R2 server. The PC is about 18 months old but has not been used – just sat in storage – I have just turned it on to take a picture of the BIOS screen. Service tag is 3V3ZJD2. Ideal for running a small business – will take up to 4 3.5″ hard drives.

Cash on collection available from Hampstead or will be posted with UPS.

Full specifications:

Support for OEMR T130 | System configuration | Dell UK

Price and currency: 340
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: BT or PPG
Location: London NW3
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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Liberty Tax Online Basic 2018 (Tax Year 2017)

Liberty Tax has been in business since 1997, and currently has 4,000+ locations throughout the U.S. and Canada. Like H&R Block and Jackson Hewitt, it offers DIY online tax preparation with the option to obtain additional support and guidance from its financial professionals. We reviewed Liberty Tax Online Basic, which is designed for individuals with W-2 and interest/ordinary income who want to itemize deductions. You can also enter your health savings account information on the site. Liberty’s midrange offering performed well for us, though its user experience and help tools could be improved. Consider using Editors’ Choice TurboTax Deluxe instead for all your tax filing needs.

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Pricing and Versions

There are four versions of Liberty Tax Online. EZ ($14.95 federal, $29.99 state) supports the 1040EZ and the Schedule B (interest and ordinary income). Basic ($24.95 federal, $35.95 state), the version we reviewed, adds the Schedule A (itemized deductions) and Form 8853 (health savings accounts). Deluxe ($44.95 federal, $35.95 state) also supports the Schedule C (self-employment income) and depreciation. And Premium ($69.95 federal, $35.95 state) covers everything, including rental, real estate, and farm income, as well as capital gains/losses.

Similar Frameworks

Personal tax preparation websites work much like their desktop predecessors, in that they break down the complicated IRS forms and schedules into much smaller chunks. You don’t see those official documents until you finish and print them out, though some sites provide you with sneak previews. Rather, these sites take on the digital persona of an in-office tax preparer and ask you a lengthy series of questions about your tax-related situations.

They do this in one—or both—of two ways. They all display lists of the income, deduction, and credit items that the IRS wants to know about, like your W-2, mortgage interest deduction, and child care credit. You select the topics that apply to you one at a time and work your way through multi-step wizards.

Some sites offer you another option; they provide one giant wizard that visits every possible topic. You provide answers in a variety of ways, such as by entering data in fields, choosing options from drop-down lists, or clicking buttons. The sites do all the necessary calculations and deposit your answers on the correct lines on the correct, official forms. Relevant data is moved over to any state returns you must file.

Along the way, you can access a variety of help tools, including searchable article databases, context-sensitive Q&As, hyperlinked explanations, and chat, phone, and email support. Occasionally they direct you to IRS publications, but these sites’ tax experts have written and rewritten simplified versions of the agency’s complex language to help you make sense of everything. After you finish entering information, they run your answers through a review process, and alert you of any errors or omissions before you e-file and/or print your completed return.

There are tremendous differences among these sites in terms of the user experience they offer, the tax situations they support, and the quality, quantity, and accessibility of help they provide.

A Straightforward Approach

From start to finish, Liberty Tax Online Basic makes it clear what information it requires. It takes care of housekeeping tasks first, helping you create a username and password, setting up security questions, and importing your 2016 return from Liberty or a competitor.

Then, it’s on to personal contact details, standard pre-prep questions, and information about your 2017 income and residences. The final step is to provide your filing status and information about any dependents. In contrast to sites like TurboTax Deluxe that go out of their way to add a little friendliness, Liberty Tax takes a straightforward, facts-only approach.

Entering Data

Once you edit and/or approve your personal information summary, it’s on to the meat of the site: entering your tax-related information. Liberty Tax Online Basic does not offer a comprehensive, all-inclusive wizard like TurboTax Deluxe does; instead, you select the topics that apply to you from lists of options. It displays all possible tax topics no matter what version you use, but it does notify you if you stray into areas that require more premium versions.

In the Income section, for example, it presents you with a variety of income types, divided into categories: Employment, Investments, Retirement, Business and Rental, and Other Income. A column to the right displays the total of any data you entered for that item. To the right, you either see an Add or Edit button, depending on if you entered anything in the section. If you click the Add button next to Wages, salaries, and tips, for example, the next screen provides a list of options for your W-2. You can provide the data manually on a digital W-2, import it from ADP or Equifax, or indicate that you haven’t yet received the form.

When you finish the income section, you move on to deductions and credits, health insurance, and some miscellaneous (but important) tax-related topics. Liberty Tax Online Basic moves relevant information into any state return you must file and completes its review of your return before you pay your fees and get ready to file.

Liberty Tax offers an excellent review process that works better than most competitors. It found four errors on our return. When we clicked to see the first one, it took us directly to the offending page. After we fixed that first omission, we could either return to the full list of errors or proceed to the next one. We chose the latter and it neatly walked us through the rest. The site then displayed a pie chart illustrating our audit risk, with an explanation of the score. Bravo.

A Smart Feature

Liberty Tax Online Basic’s Credits section offers a unique feature that we’ve never seen on a personal tax preparation website. The home page for this section lists all IRS credits that are covered by the site and notably uses the data you already entered to tailor the experience. For example, the column to the right of Earned Income Credit on our return didn’t contain a dollar amount (or, $0), as usual. Instead, it said “Not Qualified,” with a hyperlinked “Why?”

When we clicked on the link, it explained that our investment income was too high to qualify for the EIC. And because we had indicated on an earlier screen that we had college-related expenses, the middle column read “Information Required” next to the Form 1098-T entry. Instead of saying “Add” or “Review,” the column to the right read, “Investigate,” with a big red hand pointing toward it.

Getting Around

There’s nothing difficult about following Liberty Tax Online Basic’s navigation structure. A tabbed toolbar at the top of the screen divides the site into four sections: Personal Information, Federal, State, and Finish. When you click on one, a menu opens below it with the relevant subsections. You can access these areas at will, but it’s safer to just follow the site’s sequential order. As you go through each section, you use the Back and Next buttons to advance or move to the previous screen. Unfortunately, there’s no comprehensive topic-and-form outline like TaxAct Online Plus offers, so you can’t see the site’s topics in their entirety.

TurboTax Deluxe sets the bar high for online tax preparation when it comes to the user experience. Liberty Tax Online Basic’s interface might have been leading edge several years ago, but now it looks a little dated. The site uses the entire screen and then some, yet there’s often a lot of white space, and the text and buttons on the screen are on the small side. There are very few graphics as well and the layout isn’t compelling.

A persistent pane on the right-hand side breaks up the monotony. It’s filled with colorful rectangular buttons that are used for both navigation and support resources. The top right has a Save & Quit button and one that alternates between Home and Uprade. Below that is a real-time total of your refund (or funds due). If you want to find a Liberty Tax Office, you click that button. Everything below that takes you to housekeeping screens or a help section. Links include Support (opens a screen containing options), Chat Live, My Account, Common Questions, My Documents (anything you uploaded), and My Forms (a list of all forms and schedules you visited). Click on any of the forms to see a copy of the official IRS document.

Basic Help Options

Liberty Tax could take a page from when it comes to the on-site help it offers. You can chat with or send email questions to support specialists. The Common Questions button on the right often displays context-sensitive questions and answers (especially on section home pages), but sometimes it’s blank. Click on it, though, and you can enter a search word or phrase to get clearly-written explanations. In fact, it displays a list of possible matches as soon as you start typing.

But the interview pages themselves don’t contain any hyperlinked terms that open guidance windows. There are no deeper explanations within them that might keep someone from needing to visit the help pane. This is an unfortunate shortcoming since Liberty Tax Online Basic certainly has that information available. Enhancing the help section would improve Liberty Tax’s usability and help speed up the process.

Middle of the Road

Liberty Tax Online Basic falls about in the middle of the sites we reviewed. It would rank higher with better-integrated help and a more aesthetically-pleasing user experience. If you’ve used it before and liked it, there’s no reason to change—unless your tax return is going to suddenly get more complex this year. Then, TurboTax Deluxe, with its more engaging user interface and skillfully-employed guidance system, is a better option. You pay more, but it can be risky to pinch pennies when dealing with forms that require the utmost accuracy.

For Sale – New Dell PowerEdge T130 – Intel Xeon E3-1220 v5 / 4GB DDR4 / 1TB HDD

I have an unused Dell PowerEdge T130 small business server with Intel Xeon E3-1220 v5 (turbo 3.5GHz, 8MB cache) quad core cpu, 1 x 4GB DDR4 memory and 2 x 500GB hard drives with PERC H330 RAID controller. There is a licence key for Windows 2012 R2 server. The PC is about 18 months old but has not been used – just sat in storage – I have just turned it on to take a picture of the BIOS screen. Service tag is 3V3ZJD2. Ideal for running a small business – will take up to 4 3.5″ hard drives.

Cash on collection available from Hampstead or will be posted with UPS.

Full specifications:

Support for OEMR T130 | System configuration | Dell UK

Price and currency: 340
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: BT or PPG
Location: London NW3
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Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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For Sale – New Dell PowerEdge T130 – Intel Xeon E3-1220 v5 / 4GB DDR4 / 1TB HDD

I have an unused Dell PowerEdge T130 small business server with Intel Xeon E3-1220 v5 (turbo 3.5GHz, 8MB cache) quad core cpu, 1 x 4GB DDR4 memory and 2 x 500GB hard drives with PERC H330 RAID controller. There is a licence key for Windows 2012 R2 server. The PC is about 18 months old but has not been used – just sat in storage – I have just turned it on to take a picture of the BIOS screen. Service tag is 3V3ZJD2. Ideal for running a small business – will take up to 4 3.5″ hard drives.

Cash on collection available from Hampstead or will be posted with UPS.

Full specifications:

Support for OEMR T130 | System configuration | Dell UK

Price and currency: 370
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: BT or PPG
Location: London NW3
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For Sale – New Dell PowerEdge T130 – Intel Xeon E3-1220 v5 / 4GB DDR4 / 1TB HDD

I have an unused Dell PowerEdge T130 small business server with Intel Xeon E3-1220 v5 (turbo 3.5GHz, 8MB cache) quad core cpu, 1 x 4GB DDR4 memory and 2 x 500GB hard drives with PERC H330 RAID controller. There is a licence key for Windows 2012 R2 server. The PC is about 18 months old but has not been used – just sat in storage – I have just turned it on to take a picture of the BIOS screen. Service tag is 3V3ZJD2. Ideal for running a small business – will take up to 4 3.5″ hard drives.

Cash on collection available from Hampstead or will be posted with UPS.

Full specifications:

Support for OEMR T130 | System configuration | Dell UK

Price and currency: 370
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Payment method: BT or PPG
Location: London NW3
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PCs made everyone more productive at home, school, and at work — and artificial intelligence could change the world just as much

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  • We’re already seeing the impact of AI, argues
    Microsoft’s Harry Shum.
  • To make it truly benefit everyone, it needs to be
    developed responsibly.

When Bill Gates and Paul Allen founded Microsoft more than 40
years ago, their aim was to bring the benefits of computing —
then largely locked up in mainframes — to everyone.

They set out to build software for a “personal” computer that
would help people be more productive at home, at school and at
work.

The personal computer democratized technology that was previously
available only to a few select people. Today, artificial
intelligence has the same potential.

AI offers incredible opportunities to drive global economic and
social progress.

The key to bringing the benefits of AI to everyone — not
just a select few — is to develop AI to be human-centered.

Put simply, AI systems should be created to augment human
abilities. We want AI technology to enable people to achieve
more, and we’re optimistic that this can happen.

Already, we are seeing how AI can have a tangible, useful impact.

For example, with the world’s population expected to grow by
nearly 2.5 billion people over the next quarter century, AI can
help to increase food production. A Microsoft research project
called FarmBeats is providing farmers with insights
that can help them improve agricultural yield, lower overall
costs and reduce their environmental impact.

A collaboration between Microsoft and university researchers,
called Project Premonition , aims to use AI to detect
dangerous pathogens in the environment before a disease such as
Zika becomes a full-fledged public health emergency. The system
uses everything from autonomous drones to robotic mosquito traps
to try to identify pathogens as they are emerging.

Microsoft recently announced a partnership with Seattle-based
Adaptive Biotechnologies. Our shared goal is to create a
universal blood test that reads a person’s immune system to
detect a wide variety of diseases, including infections, cancers
and autoimmune disorders, when they can be most effectively
diagnosed and treated.

Clearly, AI is beginning to augment human understanding and
decision-making. Therefore, it’s imperative for companies to
develop and adopt clear principles that guide the people
building, using and applying AI systems.

Among other things, these principles should ensure that AI
systems are fair, reliable, safe, private, secure, inclusive,
transparent and accountable.  

To help achieve this, the people designing AI systems should be
diverse, reflecting the diversity of the world in which we live.

When AI systems are used to help make life decisions, it is
particularly important that they are transparent, so people
understand how those decisions were made. And those who develop
and deploy AI systems need to be accountable for how their
systems operate.

There’s no single company or organization that can develop these
principles in a vacuum.  

Business leaders, policymakers, researchers, academics and
representatives of non-governmental groups must work together to
ensure that AI-based technologies are designed and deployed in a
responsible manner. Organizations such as the Partnership on
AI , which brings together experts from industry, academia
and civil society, will be important vehicles in advancing this
important dialogue, including by developing best practices.

By encouraging open and honest discussion, we believe that
everyone can help create a culture of cooperation, trust and
openness among AI developers, users, and the public at large.

Harry Shum is Microsoft’s executive vice president for
Artificial Intelligence and Research. Microsoft recently
published the book “
The Future Computed: Artificial intelligence
and its role in society

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