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Wanted – HP Stylus for HP Pavilion x2 ( T5E12AA )

Does anyone have a HP Stylus for the above laptop, specifically HP Pavilion x2 12-b1xx
The website HP Stylus compatibility list states the stylus I need is a HP Active Stylus (Wacom), T5E12AA (CAN/ENG, APJ), SPS: 834590-001

I have hunted through the bay and a’zon, but not found a compatible stylus or similar. This is mainly due to the age of the laptop (2015), so out of production I guess.

Thank you

HP Active Pen Specification Sheet

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For Sale – DELL PowerEdge T110 Server Quad Core Xeon X3440 2.53GHz 8Gb RAM 250Gb HDD No OS

Keen to know the exact specs of this. Does it have a HBA card installed?

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For Sale – DELL PowerEdge T110 Server Quad Core Xeon X3440 2.53GHz 8Gb RAM 250Gb HDD No OS

Keen to know the exact specs of this. Does it have a HBA card installed?

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Windows 10 issues continue with Autopilot update

Although the latest issue with a Windows 10 update does not appear to have caused damage, users spoke of the need for further testing and oversight as Microsoft rolls out new versions of its OS.

Last week, Microsoft issued an update intended solely for Windows Autopilot-configured computers to the general public. Autopilot is a way for enterprises to automatically set up and configure new devices.

In its notes about the release, Microsoft indicated that the update should have no effect on users who don’t use Autopilot. Still, users offered mixed reactions to the news — especially given that past updates have caused Windows 10 issues such as data deletion, device freezing and the re-lettering of a computer’s drives.

William Warren, the owner of Brunswick, Maryland-based IT services company Emmanuel Technology Consulting, said he was concerned about continuing issues with Windows updates.

“They just can’t seem to get it right,” he said. “When you’re talking about an install base as diverse as [the one] Windows has to deal with, I don’t expect things to be totally problem-free but, with something like this, it’s like, ‘C’mon guys, pay attention.'”

William WarrenWilliam Warren

Warren said he had been keeping his clients on an older version of Windows 10 and would likely have them stay there until required to update.

“At least with this one, it didn’t become a huge data destruction debacle,” he said, referring to an October 2018 patch that deleted files of users who work with Known Folder redirection.

How software is currently developed is the real culprit, according to Warren said. He referred to across-the-board issues with software, including the flawed Boeing 737 Max software that led to plane crashes.

“What people need to do is stop fast iteration,” he said. “They need a second, third or fourth pair of eyes looking at code before it’s out the door. The mindset now is to fix bugs after release.”

With such a model, Warren said, companies treat customers as beta testers — or, in some cases, alpha testers.

“The file deletion debacle never should’ve gotten past QA,” he said, adding that he believed Microsoft had curtailed its use of testers in favor of having insiders find problems. “It’s Microsoft being tone-deaf.”

He did note that the latest problem did not seem to cause major issues.

“With this one, I see it as someone who didn’t tick a box they should have, or did tick a box they shouldn’t have,” he said. “It could have been a lot worse.”

Daniel BeatoDaniel Beato

Daniel Beato, director of technology at New Jersey IT consulting firm TNTMAX, said he hadn’t used Windows Autopilot and hadn’t been affected by the recent update. Still, he noted a lack of consistency with Microsoft’s rollouts.

“I think there needs to be more testing,” he said.

Beato said there seemed to be fewer Windows 10 issues with updates over time, although minor snags, like losing Google Chrome extensions after updating, remained.

“There were not a lot of big problems, and not a lot of problems with applications,” he said. “They have done a little better.”

Beato said, although the latest problem seems to be an oversight, it’s important to recognize that everyone can make mistakes.

“There’s a human part of things that, I think, sometimes we forget,” he said.

Automation tech continues to mature

Mark BowkerMark Bowker

Mark Bowker, a senior analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group, said the tension between updating software and maintaining stability was an old one, although one that has heightened in recent years.

“Updates have always been a thorn in the side of IT pros, given their responsibility for deploying and maintaining them,” he said. “Five years ago, the cadence was much further apart. Now, it’s coming at a much faster pace, and it has some IT pros thrown.”

Updates, Bowker said, can bring two things: broken applications or an improved user experience.

Andrew HewittAndrew Hewitt

As far as Autopilot goes, Forrester Research analyst Andrew Hewitt said he believed users would still have confidence in that service.

“There’s widespread belief that these new deployment automation technologies are still fairly new. They are going to have their bugs and issues and still require a fair amount of work to get them up and running,” he said. “I expect this space to mature rapidly over the next one to two years as customers find ways to optimize the service and Microsoft continues to mature [it].”

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For Sale – Mini PC; Gigabyte Brix GB-BKi3A-7100, Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit, 16GB DDR4, 256GB NVMe, USB 3.1

What HDD does it have in it?

Sorry – didn’t read properly!

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For Sale – Asus GTX 980 ti with EK full waterblock and backplate

Does come with original cooler and box but don’t have the screws for it, probably a few £ of ebay.
A couple of screws missing on the block but doesn’t affect the block no leaks etc.
Hard to put a price on it so will be asking £180. £185 delivered.
Was going to sell the block for £50 and card for £150 but would rather sell together.
Upgraded to RTX 2080 and cannot really tell a difference in fps in the games that I play.
Overclocks to above 1500Mhz.

Will update photos using mobile phone later on.
Will be putting it on Ebay and other forums.
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For Sale – Asus GTX 980 ti with EK full waterblock and backplate

Does come with original cooler and box but don’t have the screws for it, probably a few £ of ebay.
A couple of screws missing on the block but doesn’t affect the block no leaks etc.
Hard to put a price on it so will be asking £180. £185 delivered.
Was going to sell the block for £50 and card for £150 but would rather sell together.
Upgraded to RTX 2080 and cannot really tell a difference in fps in the games that I play.
Overclocks to above 1500Mhz.

Will update photos using mobile phone later on.
Will be putting it on Ebay and other forums.
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Consumer goods company Unilever uses Google AI for marketing

Unilever, the multibillion-dollar multinational consumer goods company, does a lot of advertising.

Owning over 400 brands, including Dove, Lipton, Axe, and Ben and Jerry’s, Unilever regularly processes massive amounts of consumer and social media data to help understand their customers and create personalized marketing campaigns.

To power its campaigns, Unilever turned to Google Cloud APIs, using natural language processing tools and AI for marketing.

Vision and Natural Language

“We have a broad repertoire of products that consumers love to eat, to use, and to clean with,” explained Alex Owens, VP and global head of data and analytics at Unilever.

“My job is to get insights on people that use our products, to ensure that we can deliver the products that meet their needs, as well as get us the data that we have on consumers and that we collect with their consent, to power a real-time marketing capability,” Owens said.

Due to its size and reach, Unilever has a special partnership with Google, Owens said. The company gets top-level support and enjoys early access to many Google products.

One that Unilever relies heavily on for its AI for marketing efforts is the Google Cloud Vision API, a product that, according to Google’s webpage for it, provides easily modifiable pre-trained machine learning models that can analyze objects, images and text.

“What that does is it allows you to decode images that you might have on the likes of Instagram,” Owens said. This essentially enables Unilever to gather massive amounts of metadata from social media posts to help power its AI for marketing campaigns.

For example, Owens continued, Unilever ran an advertising campaign on social media for the toothpaste brand Close-Up in Southeast Asia around Valentine’s Day. Unilever wanted to target younger people, so, using the Cloud Vision API, the company analyzed hashtags and social media content from Southeast Asia.

“We realized by looking at the search analytics that the second most popular thing on Google around Valentine’s Day is learning how to kiss. So, thankfully, we developed a campaign around the art of kissing,” Owens said. Unilever released short videos on Instagram, Facebook and YouTube that millions saw.

Analyzing social media

Unilever also uses the Google Cloud Vision API, along with the Cloud Natural Language API, to help ensure that marketing efforts adhere to the cultural norms of the many “culturally diverse” areas Unilever advertises in, Owens said.

The Vision API can decode all the user-generated content across social media, Owens said, while the Natural Language API analyzes user comments.

We support data-driven marketing to extract the insights that we need.
Alex OwensUnilever

According to Google, the Natural Language API can perform analysis and annotation on text, including sentiment analysis, which can help decode emotion; entity analysis, which can help discern what the text refers to; and syntactic analysis, which can help determine the makeup of a sentence.

Combined, the two APIs “allow you to basically summarize the themes as the sentiment of how people are talking about your advertising real time,” Owens said. This enables Unilever to determine a campaign’s effectiveness and make changes quickly.

In another example, Unilever drew on its vast data sources and used the APIs to promptly identify a defective product based on user comments and swiftly made changes to the product, Owens said.

Minor troubles

Owens said while Google’s tools work well for Unilever, and the relationship with the tech giant is important, he had some trouble initially getting the APIs to work as needed.

For example, it took a while to properly train the Vision API machine learning models, Owens explained.

“We played around a lot with the capability with Google to help refine it,”” Owens said. That’s like any AI tool, he said, but still, it took time.

Unilever also faced challenges with the Google’s translation technology. Years ago, the technology wasn’t as accurate as it is now, Owens said. Internal teams had to tweak the translation and adapt the tools to meet their needs.

“It probably didn’t cover the languages that maybe we would want, or at least have the coverage within those languages to translate what we needed,” he explained.

Being such a large organization, Unilever has the financial resources and software talent to test new technologies and features before deploying them. When the technologies are released, they are already workable and scalable because they were tested. Unilever also pairs third-party technologies with Unilever’s own platforms. All this ensures smoother rollouts of new features, Owens said.

Unilever also uses marketing tools from Adobe for Unilever’s AI for marketing efforts, which Owens said pairs well with Google’s tools.

With Google Cloud, “we support data-driven marketing to extract the insights that we need. And [to] ensure Unilever continues to be relevant to people that consumer our brands,” Owens said.

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