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27″ iMac – Late 2009 – £250

Good condition Late 2009 27″ iMac – no scratches to the screen or casing
12GB of RAM
128GB SSD – Easy to upgrade to a bigger drive yourself if this isn’t enough
i5 2.66GHz
ATI Radeon 4850 512mb
Sierra OS
Apple Magic Mouse
Apple Wireless Keyboard

Only issue i’ve had with it is that if I let it sleep of it’s own accord it won’t wake up again. To combat this i’ve turned off auto sleep and when i’m finished using it I just press the power button once and sleep it manually, then it wakes fine….

27″ iMac – Late 2009 – £250

corsair carbide 400c case and dr delid tool for intel

dr delid tool used once to delid my 8600k,very easy to use £20 posted or £15 collected

corsair carbide 400c,its missing the psu plastic shroud cover and the ssd mount for the back(I use double sided tape anyways),apart from that in good condition. £35 collected from wakefield
really nice case.

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corsair carbide 400c case and dr delid tool for intel

Office 365 labels help keep content under control

Office 365 labels make it easy to classify data for compliance purposes through both manual and automatic methods.

Office 365 label policies, included with E3 subscriptions, provide a central location to configure and publish labels to Exchange Online, SharePoint Online and the services that depend on them, such as Office 365 Groups.

For example, administrators can add a label named Financial Data to the Security & Compliance Center and designate it to keep data with that label for six years. An Office 365 label policy pushes that label out to the other Microsoft services on the platform.

Users mark items in their inbox or documents with labels. Office 365 labels have policies that retain or delete data based on the organization’s needs. Personal data might get marked for deletion after a certain amount of time following a review, for example, or other information might get marked as an organizational record, so nobody can change or purge it.

The Advanced Data Governance functionality in an E5 subscription enables the automatic application of data labels based on keywords or sensitive information. Policies could mark all data with Social Security numbers as personal data or mark all data with credit card numbers as financial data.

The Advanced Data Governance functionality in an E5 subscription enables the automatic application of data labels based on keywords or sensitive information.

Label policies require some forethought to cover different types of information. Many organizations might require multiple labels to cover the types of data to retain or delete.

Office 365 labels take approximately 24 hours before they appear. Automatic labeling starts after about seven days.

User or organization-wide retention policies that hold data take precedence over Office 365 labels. A policy that holds data for 10 years across the organization will overrule one that removes certain data after five years.

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Use the Azure Custom Script Extension for your Azure VMs

It’s easy to execute custom scripts — including PowerShell scripts — in a VM running in on-premises Hyper-V hosts….

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* remove unnecessary class from ul
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$(“#inlineregform”).find( “ul” ).removeClass(“default-list”);

/**
* Replace “errorMessageInput” class with “sign-up-error-msg” class
*/
function renameErrorMsgClass() {
$(“.errorMessageInput”).each(function() {
if ($(this).hasClass(“hidden”)) {
$(this).removeClass(“errorMessageInput hidden”).addClass(“sign-up-error-msg hidden”);
} else {
$(this).removeClass(“errorMessageInput”).addClass(“sign-up-error-msg”);
}
});
}

/**
* when validation function is called, replace “errorMessageInput” with “sign-up-error-msg”
* before return
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function validateThis(v, form) {
var validateReturn = urValidation.validate(v, form);
renameErrorMsgClass();
return validateReturn;
}

/**
* DoC pop-up window js – included in moScripts.js which is not included in responsive page
*/
$(“#inlineRegistration”).on(“click”,”a.consentWindow”, function(e) {
window.open(this.href, “Consent”, “width=500,height=600,scrollbars=1”);
e.preventDefault();
});

All you need to do is create a script that the destination VM can support and then run it via PowerShell Direct or copy the script to the VM. Azure also supports executing custom scripts in Azure VMs, but the way you execute them is slightly different.

Azure Custom Script Extension is a plug-in designed to only work with Azure VMs. It can be used to execute scripts stored in an Azure blob container or in a valid URL that’s accessible by Azure Portal and PowerShell command lines. Before you execute scripts inside Azure VMs, you’ll be required to decide the source of the script and resource group name in which the Azure VM is located. If your script is stored in an Azure blob container, you’ll be required to supply the storage account name, storage account key and blob container where the script is located. By executing the command below, you’re executing a script stored in an Azure blob container named VMScripts:

Set-AzureRMVMCustomScriptExtension –ResourceGroupName “RSGroup1” –Location “Central US” –VMName “SQLVM” -StorageAccountName “StorageAccount1” –StorageAccountKey {StorageAccountKeyHere} –FileName “ThisScript.PS1” –ContainerName “VMScripts”

If you have a script available in other locations, such as GitHub, you’ll be required to download the script from GitHub to the Azure VM as it’s shown in the command below:

Set-AzureRMVMCustomScriptExtension –ResourceGroupName “RSGroup1” –VMName “SQLVM” –Name “VMScripts” –FileURI {Complete Script Path here} –Run “ScriptFile.PS1” –Location “Central US”

Azure Custom Script Extension is available for both Azure Windows and Linux VMs. You can execute any PowerShell script in Azure Windows VMs and any Bash scripts in Azure Linux VMs.

Troubleshooting issues

If you face any issues during execution of the scripts, you might want to check execution logs found under C:WindowsAzureLogsPlugins
Microsoft.Compute.CustomScriptExtension in Azure VMs. If the script failed to execute, make sure the script was downloaded to Azure VMs from either a storage blob container or URL. Scripts are downloaded to the C:
PackagesPluginsMicrosoft.Compute.CustomScriptExtension1.*Downloads location in the Azure VM.

You might want to execute custom scripts using Azure Custom Script Extension to support post-deployment configurations, such as configuring OS settings and installing line-of-business applications.

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Experts: Updating customer digital experience is a tall task

BOSTON — Updating and designing a new website is not an easy task in today’s multiscreen, multiplatform world.

Between growing customer expectations, streaming and other live content, and the potential for multiple dynamic translations, a lot more goes into the customer digital experience than even just a few years ago.

“Today, it’s how do we go beyond the broadcast and enhance the linear experience,” said Eric Black, CTO of NBC Sports. Black was onstage at the Intercontinental Hotel with Acquia CEO Tom Erickson, kicking off the second day of the Acquia Engage conference.

Black spoke about propping up reliable customer digital experiences for some of the largest broadcast events in the world, including the Super Bowl and the Olympics, and the challenges that coincide with trying to provide interactive experiences for millions of online viewers.

“We had plenty of video problems during [the 2016 Summer Olympics in] Rio that nobody here would know about,” Black said when asked about what challenges NBC Sports has faced when trying to maintain this digital experience. He added that fail-safes are needed to keep the customer-facing performance on track and to be able to go back and address the problem later.

And while every company may not need to set up a website that includes live streaming for millions of people across the world, almost all successful modern companies do need an engaging, user-friendly customer digital experience — something that Planet Fitness is working to address right now.

Acquia Engage conference
Creating an effective customer digital experience was a focal point at the Acquia Engage conference.

‘I hate this website’

With more than 10 million members and 1,400 locations in five countries, Planet Fitness has had success as a gym for the average person, but it would like to bring that customer-experience success to its online platform.

“I hate this website,” said Chris Lavoie, vice president of information systems for Planet Fitness, based in Hampton, N.H. Lavoie was referencing Planet Fitness’ current site, launched in 2014 — a relatively static site with no engagement or mobile view and with one main objective: Get people to join.

But today’s customers are looking for more than easy access to join a gym or stream a sporting event. They want quality, interaction and personalization.

“We had a very specific focus,” Lavoie said, “and being modern was not one of them.”

You have the technical side of something, but to really make sure it represents your brand, you want someone from marketing offering input, as well.
Kate Kingdigital marketing manager, Planet Fitness

To upgrade that customer digital experience for its 1,400 members and potential new members, Planet Fitness is redesigning and upgrading its website with the help of Acquia and several other vendors to better provide for its now international customer base.

One way Planet Fitness is ensuring its website meets its brand standards is by having IT and marketing collaborate together on the website’s development.

“That was new to me. I’ve been in companies where it’s very siloed, and [the departments] didn’t communicate with each other,” said Kate King, digital marketing manager for Planet Fitness. “It makes a ton of sense. You have the technical side of something, but to really make sure it represents your brand, you want someone from marketing offering input, as well.”

Hitting roadblocks

There are going to be challenges and unforeseen difficulties when designing a site from the bottom up. And while some of them can be masked, like the streaming challenges Black and NBC Sports routinely face, other problems need to be resolved before they can be customer-facing. Planet Fitness had been preparing to show off the newly launched site at Acquia Engage, but some core challenges in standing up the new customer digital experience delayed its launch date — a comforting occurrence for those in attendance who have most likely experienced similar technological snafus.

“One thing we need to do is preserve the functionality that’s critical to our business. If we do nothing else, we need to do those things on the site,” King said. “We were getting some bugs in the development of those pieces, and it was a bit of a roadblock.”

Another obstacle that is common in international organizations — especially one with individual franchises — is making sure the localization is correct and existing and potential customers can read the site. Site translation tools are a necessary plug-in for website development in today’s multicultural environment.

Gone are the days of a quick website launch. Between multimedia requirements, consumer interaction, translation requirements and up-to-date content, redesigning a website is now a companywide project.

Just be sure to anticipate some challenges.

Azure Log Analytics – Container Monitoring Solution general availability, CNCF Landscape

Docker container is an emerging technology to help developers and devops with easy provisioning and continuous delivery in modern infrastructure. As containers can be ubiquitous in an environment, monitoring is essential. We’ve developed a monitoring solution which provides deep insights into containers supporting Kubernetes, Docker Swarm, Mesos DC/OS, and Service Fabric container orchestrators on multiple OS platforms. We are excited to announce the general availability for the Container Monitoring management solution on Azure Log Analytics, available in the Azure Marketplace today. 

“Every community contribution helps DC/OS become a better platform for running modern applications, and the addition of Azure Log Analytics Container Monitoring Solution into DC/OS Universe is a meaningful contribution, indeed,” said Ravi Yadav, Technical Partnership Lead at Mesosphere. “DC/OS users are running a lot of Docker containers, and having the option to manage them with a tool like Azure Log Analytics Container Monitoring Solution will result in a richer user experience.”

Microsoft recently joined the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) and we continue to invest in open source projects. Azure Log Analytics is now part of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) Landscape under Monitoring Category.

Here’s what the Container Monitoring Solution supports:

With this solution, you can:

  • See information about all container hosts in a single location
  • Know which containers are running, what image they’re running, and where they’re running
  • See an audit trail for actions on containers
  • Troubleshoot by viewing and searching centralized logs without remote login to the Docker hosts
  • Find containers that may be “noisy neighbors” and consuming excess resources on a host
  • View centralized CPU, memory, storage, and network usage and performance information for containers

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New features available as part of the general availability include:

We’ve added new features to provide better insights to your Kubernetes cluster. With the new features, you can more easily narrow down container issues within a Kubernetes cluster. Now you can use search filters on you own custom pod labels and Kubernetes cluster hierarchies. With container process information, you can quickly see container process status for deeper health analysis. These features are only for Linux—additional Windows features are coming soon.

  • Kubernetes cluster awareness with at-a-glance hierarchy inventory from Kubernetes cluster to pods
  • New Kubernetes events
  • Capture custom pod labels and provides custom complex search filters
  • Provides container process information
  • Container Node Inventory including storage, network, orchestration type, and Docker version

For more information about how to use Container Monitoring solution, as well as the insights you can gather, see Containers solution in Log Analytics.

Learn more by reading previous blogs on Azure Log Analytics Container Monitoring.

How do I try this?

You can get a free subscription for Microsoft Azure so that you can test the Container Monitoring solution features.

How can I give you guys feedback?

There are a few different routes to give feedback:

We plan on enhancing monitoring capabilities for containers. If you have feedback or questions, please feel free to contact us!

Cross-platform app support settles on web development

SAN DIEGO — Cross-platform apps are the future of enterprise software, but it’s not that easy for many organizations to adopt them.

To create an application that works across different operating systems and form factors, developers must focus on making its internal architecture compatible with multiple platforms, not necessarily focus on its front-end interface. But the options for deploying these types of apps can be expensive, so a compelling alternative for many organizations is to develop web apps.

“Web technologies are more than capable of delivering really high-end user experiences,” said Kirk Knoernschild, research vice president at Gartner. “Web has maximum portability to different form factors.”

Knoernschild and IT professionals discussed the challenges of cross-platform app development and deployment here at this week’s Gartner Catalyst Conference.

Cross-platform apps a hard sell

Whether an organization builds a cross-platform app in-house, hires third-party developers or purchases the app from a software provider, it can be a costly proposition. And it’s difficult to convince the business to spend money on technology that does not directly provide a financial return on investment.

“The savings are hard to quantify,” said Chris Haaker, director of end user computing innovation at Relx Group, a business information and analytics provider in Miamisburg, Ohio. “If this made you 20% more productive, can you show that?”

The last thing you want to do is deliver a compromised user experience.
Kirk Knoernschildresearch vice president, Gartner

Haaker’s branch of the global company has no in-house or third-party developers and instead buys any software it needs directly from vendors. Eighty percent of employees there use smartphones for work, mostly for corporate email access, but the office can’t afford to hire mobile developers, Haaker said. So a few tech-savvy interns are building web apps that can work across different operating systems instead.

“If we could have an app for all endpoints, that’s a place I would love to get to,” Haaker said. “That’s wonderful.”

But for now, unified app development is too new of a concept for the company to invest in, he said.

“There’s got to be somebody at the top that’s going to buy into that,” he added.

Low-code cross-platform app dev

One way organizations can develop cross-platform apps with less cost and effort is through low-code development tools. Rollins Inc., a global pest control services company based in Atlanta, used OutSystems to create a web app that helps employees track service information and communicate with customers.

The responsive web app adjusts the interface to suit the endpoint, whether it’s a desktop in Rollins’ offices or on salespeople’s iPads out in the field. OutSystems, which allows companies to build web, mobile or cloud apps, lets Rollins build dashboards that show customer site maps, the pests prevalent at those sites and other information.

“You can see, does this customer’s contract cover bees?” said David Christian, manager and senior architect at Rollins. “If it does, we can send out a technician to deal with that.”

The web approach is common today because it means developers can use a single code base to write an app that works across multiple endpoints. When organizations don’t have to write multiple versions of the same app, it often results in cost savings.

“It’s something we’re seeing more and more of in development teams, but it has to be for the right use case,” Knoernschild said. “The last thing you want to do is deliver a compromised user experience.”

Native mobile apps often provide more device-specific capabilities, however, so responsive web apps aren’t always the best choice.

“You’ve got more things available when you code for native mobile,” Christian said. “[A web app] won’t be quite as responsive. The phone format is not the best format for some of the larger dashboard views.”

Cross-platform app support

To make it easier to deploy cross-platform apps and ensure their security, IT must limit users’ device and operating system choices, said Andrew Garver, research director at Gartner, in a Catalyst session.

“This is not giving users what they want all the time,” he said. “It’s an art to maximize productivity through the benefits of end user choice while balancing your risk requirements.”

To prepare for a future where apps are independent of operating systems and devices, organizations must also ensure that they don’t rely on a single OS or OS version, plug-in, browser or browser version, Garver said. They should also plan for emerging device types, such as wearables, he said.

For successful cross-platform app support, IT departments should follow these steps, Garver said:

  • Identify gaps in IT skills and start to fill them.
  • Make it clear to business leaders that cross-platform computing is not a single project, but rather a long-term approach that will evolve.
  • Merge disparate IT teams that need to work together, such as desktop and mobile groups.

“It’s just a matter of getting all of us moving in the same direction,” Haaker said.