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For Sale – Macbook Pro 2015 I7 2.5 16gb RAM 512gb SSD

Decided to sell my Macbook Pro and Air and have purchased a new Macbook instead!

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I’ve owned since new, purchased from the Apple store. Screen is perfect, body has some marks to it around the palm area and on the bottom so please expect cosmetic wear and tear. All keys operate as they should and are perfect.

Had a new battery last week so battery count is like 15.

Specs are in the pictures attached.

Collection welcome from Sheffield during working hours. Postage okay via 24 hour courier with insurance.

Comes with laptop and original charger. I’d replace the charger but its perfectly useable. Just 5 years old thats all.

Looking for £750 including delivery.

Cash or bank transfer is okay.

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Preferred Mutual relies on VMware virtual desktops during pandemic

On Tuesday, Preferred Mutual Insurance Co. decided to shut down its headquarters and satellite offices, asking its employees to start working from home for the foreseeable future.

The New Berlin, N.Y.-based firm, which provides property and casualty insurance to more than 232,000 customers in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and New Hampshire, was aided in its effort to set up a remote-work infrastructure by its use of virtual desktop products.

Ben Moore, Preferred Mutual’s lead systems engineer, said the company has been a VMware customer for years, using its workspace software VMware Workspace One and its desktop and app virtualization product VMware Horizon (formerly called Horizon View).

Moore recently spoke about his company’s evolving remote-work situation, and how he saw virtual desktop technology assisting in the transition.

How did Preferred Mutual’s relationship with VMware begin? Why did you decide to pursue the products you use?

Ben Moore, lead systems engineer, Preferred MutualBen Moore

Ben Moore: I started at Preferred about nine years ago, and they were already a small VMware customer, mostly for server virtualization. We went fully virtualized, from a server aspect, within a couple of years. It was right around version four of [virtual desktop software] VMware View that we started looking into [desktop virtualization] heavily. [Managing] a few hundred endpoints — imaging Windows on [them], having hard drives fail or things like that — it was a nightmare for a small service desk. We looked at virtualizing it, bringing it back inside the data center and going the thin client route. It made things much easier to manage.

What software do Preferred employees use?

Moore: We use Microsoft Office 365 — Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, all of that. Our call center runs off the VDI environment as well. We run softphones [software used for making telephone calls] when people work from home, and we allow the softphones to run right within the virtual desktop and just pass through the audio and microphone [into the virtual desktop environment].

Right now, all our call center employees are working remotely out of their house. It’s pretty impressive that VMware allows us to do that — to go that far without a VPN client.

[We also use] a number of specialized apps for our claims system — document retention, imaging, [etc.].

Preferred decided to send its employees home this week. Have you seen issues emerge as a result of that decision?

Moore: We really haven’t had any issues crop up. The biggest thing was making sure people took their hardware when they left the building. The majority of our people are running HP thin clients. Everybody was already 100% using Horizon View for their day-to-day work. They just connected to their home Wi-Fi, and [Wednesday] — for that many impacted users — was a quiet day for our service desk.

As the coronavirus pandemic could make provisioning a challenge, companies may be forced to rely on employee devices to enable a remote-work expansion. Your company has a bring-your-own-device policy; what are your thoughts on security?

Moore: We give all our employees the option of either using a work device or utilizing their own home machines. From a zero-trust perspective, we have our policies in place with Horizon View, where you can’t transfer files back and forth between your View client and the local machine, copy and paste is disabled, [etc.]. We’ve got all the security aspects in place from that perspective.

For us, accessing your VDI desktop from either a company-owned laptop that has the View client installed on it versus using it from my personal desktop at home — there’s really no difference. There’s no VPN client, there’s no local network access — all I’m doing is seeing the screen and sending the keyboard and mouse commands through the View client.

We see very little risk and little to no difference, regardless of what device you’re accessing it from.

We have some users who live and die by Apple laptops, or they want to use their Android device. Personally, I use a Chromebook on occasion. Having that flexibility to say, ‘Hey, use what you’re comfortable with, but here’s your VDI client to access corporate stuff,’ works well.

Remote work means employees must have a workable internet connection. Was that a challenge?

Moore: Leading up to this pandemic response, that was a big concern, as far as what people had available. In our area — we’re in the middle of nowhere — there’s a lot of employees who live where all they have is low-speed DSL, if that.

We did send out a survey, last week, asking employees to provide information on their home internet — the type, their provider, a speed test — so we could gather that information and see what we were looking at.

So far, the only providers that we’ve seen issues with are people who have satellite internet. We’ve got a couple of employees on satellite internet, and the latency was 600-plus milliseconds. You’re talking almost half a second to a full second between clicking a mouse and having it take effect; it makes it almost unusable. … For those employees who didn’t have internet, which is rare, or had internet like that, we provided them with LTE hotspots.

This work-from-home situation has been a sudden one for everyone. What are your thoughts on the transition?

Moore: I can’t imagine what companies are going through right now, even just trying to acquire equipment. Everyone’s trying to do it all at the same time. I’m sure distributors are already feeling the pressure and are backed up. It would be a whole different story right now if we weren’t using VDI.

Editor’s note: This interview has been edited for clarity and length.

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For Sale – Macbook Pro 2015 I7 2.5 16gb RAM 512gb SSD

Decided to sell my Macbook Pro and Air and have purchased a new Macbook instead!

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I’ve owned since new, purchased from the Apple store. Screen is perfect, body has some marks to it around the palm area and on the bottom so please expect cosmetic wear and tear. All keys operate as they should and are perfect.

Had a new battery last week so battery count is like 15.

Specs are in the pictures attached.

Collection welcome from Sheffield during working hours. Postage okay via 24 hour courier with insurance.

Comes with laptop and original charger. I’d replace the charger but its perfectly useable. Just 5 years old thats all.

Looking for £750 including delivery.

Cash or bank transfer is okay.

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For Sale – ASUS ROG G752VY-DH72 17-Inch Gaming Laptop

Perfect Condition but out of box (i decided its to big to use day to day)

$980 – More pics on request

Reference 90NB09V1-M00060
Model_Name G752VY-DH72
Additional Warranty 24-7 tech support
Color ROG Copper Silver
Touch No Touch Screen
LCD 17.3″ G-SYNC IPS FHD (1920*1080)
CPU Intel Quad-Core i7-6700HQ 2.6GHz (Turbo up to 3.5GHz)
Memory 32GB DDR4 (2133MHZ)
VGA NVIDIA GTX980M 4GB GDDR5
HDD 1TB (7200 RPM) + 256GB SSD (PCIEG3x4)
ODD Blu-ray Writer
OS Windows 10 (64bit)
WLAN 802.11 ac
Webcam 1.2MP HD Camera
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.0
Keyboard Backlit Chiclet
Card Reader SD, MMC
Battery 88WHrs, 4S2P, 8 cell Li-ion Battery Pack up to 4 hours

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For Sale – Huawei Matebook X Pro – i7, 512GB, MX150 W/Warranty Apr2020

Hi guys

I’ve decided to let this go, I’ve not got much use out of it since purchasing new – I’m also considering embarking on building a gaming desktop PC, so this will help with funding that. I have experienced no issues with the device.

Once received I immediately installed a ‘dbrand’ Matte Black skin to the Top, Bottom and TrackPad
(This can easily be removed should you wish to, but why would you…). This has therefore kept the device immaculate and free from any scratches.

This will also come with a ‘MagSafe’ style USB C Charging cable and Port adapter which is similar to Apple’s innovation; This protects the device from any damage as demonstrated in the video –

Warranty: Valid with Huawei until 05Apr2020

This comes boxed with all accessories:
– USB Type C Port (HDMI, USB A and USB Type C ports)
– USB Type C Charging Cable (3m I believe?!)
– Charging Adapter
Extras:
1x MagSafe style USB Type C Cable and Adapter

This is the top spec model which includes:
CPU: Intel core i7 8550U
GPU: Nvidia MX150 + Intel UHD 620
RAM: 8GB
SSD: 512GB
Screen: 3000 x 2000 touch screen

Postage: This will be shipped by a next day delivery option or please feel free to inspect and collect.

Note: this is already advertised elsewhere

If you require any further pics or anything drop a message

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For Sale – Mac Mini (Late 2012), Magic Keyboard and Trackpad, Monitor

Moving overseas so decided to sell my Mac Mini

Mac Mini (Late 2012)
2.6 GHz Intel Core i7
16 GB 1600 MHz DDR3 RAM
500GB SSD drive

Magic Keyboard
Magic Trackpad 2

Monitor (BenQ GW2270HM 21.5 Inch Full HD LED)

This has been a great machine for me – super reliable, and I used it primarily for learning Xcode to develop and release my first iOS apps, which it does brilliantly (shame the apps weren’t all that great!)

The Keyboard and Trackpad are boxed, but the Mac Mini isn’t.

£495 delivered, or happy for someone to collect if they’re in London (Oval/Stockwell area)

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For Sale – Oculus Rift S

Decided to sell my Rift S, it was a gift so no receipt/warranty.

In excellent condition and fully boxed with both controllers all as new. Only used it a couple of times.

Will post via Parcel Force 24 or collection welcome.

£300 via bank transfer

Location
Rochester, Kent
Price and currency
300.00
Delivery cost included
Delivery Is Included
Prefer goods collected?
I prefer the goods to be collected
Advertised elsewhere?
Not advertised elsewhere
Payment method
BT

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For Sale – Intel i7 8700 – nVidia GTX1070 – Gaming PC

Switched over the Mac and no longer play much PC games. So I have decided to sell my NZXT gaming PC base unit only.
No monitor/keyboard or mouse, just the mid tower.

NZXT 280mm Kraken X62 RGB All In One CPU Water Cooler
Intel Core i7 8700 Socket 1151 Coffee Lake
MSI Z370 TOMAHAWK Motherboard
250GB Samsung 860 Evo SSD (boot drive)
NZXT H500i Mid Tower Case in white
16GB Corsair RGB Pro DDR4 2666Mhz RAM 2x8GB
8GB EVGA nVidia GTX1070SC (Super Clocked) GPU
Corsair RMx 750 PSU White Series
2TB…

Intel i7 8700 – nVidia GTX1070 – Gaming PC

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For Sale – Intel i7 8700 – nVidia GTX1070 – Gaming PC

Switched over the Mac and no longer play much PC games. So I have decided to sell my NZXT gaming PC base unit only.
No monitor/keyboard or mouse, just the mid tower.

NZXT 280mm Kraken X62 RGB All In One CPU Water Cooler
Intel Core i7 8700 Socket 1151 Coffee Lake
MSI Z370 TOMAHAWK Motherboard
250GB Samsung 860 Evo SSD (boot drive)
NZXT H500i Mid Tower Case in white
16GB Corsair RGB Pro DDR4 2666Mhz RAM 2x8GB
8GB EVGA nVidia GTX1070SC (Super Clocked) GPU
Corsair RMx 750 PSU White Series
2TB…

Intel i7 8700 – nVidia GTX1070 – Gaming PC

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For Sale – Custom Gaming PC – Intel i5 3570 – Mini ATX – GTX 770 – 8GB RAM – SSD – Windows 10 Pro

For sale here is a small form factor gaming PC, as I decided to go back to using console. It can handle most latest titles in medium settings and some not-so-demanding ones in high. Will come with power cord and few bits of screws that come with the case. As I don’t have the box anymore, this is only to collect in person from Tooting, South London. Looking for a quick sale as I’m moving in 3 weeks time.

Specifications:
Case

Kolink Satellite Micro ATX Desktop PC Gaming CubeCase Black

Motherboard
MSI H61M-P20-G3 Motherboard (Intel H61 Processor,M-ATX, Gigabit LAN, Socket LGA1155, USB2)

CPU
Intel Core i5-3570 Processor and Intel Cooler

Graphics Card
EVGA GeForce GTX770 SuperClocked with EVGA ACXCooler, 2GB GDDR5 256bit, DL DVI-I, DVI-D, HDMI, DP, SLI Ready

Memory
Ballistix Sport 8GB Kit (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 UDIMM

SSD
Samsung SSD 850 Evo 250GB ATA
Integral V Series 120 GB SATA III Solid StateDrive, 2.5 Inch

PSU
EVGA 500 W1, 80+ WHITE 500W

Misc
USB Bluetooth Adaptor

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