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3 secret virtues of a great IT practitioner

What makes a great IT practitioner? Danny Brian, a Gartner vice president and fellow, suggested it’s the ability to embrace one’s vices.

At Gartner Catalyst 2018, Brian named laziness, impatience and hubris as the three secret virtues of a great IT practitioner — borrowing them from acclaimed programmer Larry Wall. In Wall’s 1991 book Programming Perl, the virtues were aimed at programmers. But Brian made the case they can help all IT practitioners succeed in today’s digital business age — and contribute to the bottom line.

Laziness

In Wall’s book, laziness is defined as “the quality that makes you go to great effort to reduce overall energy expenditure.” In other words, lazy IT practitioners continually seek out the easiest, most efficient ways to complete a task.

“If necessity is the mother of invention, then maybe laziness is the mother of innovation,” Brian said.

As an example, he pointed to computer programming pioneer Grace Hopper. The inventor of one of the first compiler tools — i.e., software that transforms computer code from one programming language into another — Hopper credited laziness as the impetus for her accomplishment.

Laziness, Brian said, also requires an enormous amount of planning and foresight.

“You don’t want to just be lazy now; you want to be lazy tomorrow and the day after that,” Brian said. “And if you want to enable other people to be lazy, it takes even more thought and preparation.”

He listed specific examples of what true laziness requires of an IT practitioner:

  • not repeating yourself;
  • not reinventing the wheel — utilizing the best frameworks and tools to save time and effort;
  • focusing on the most important problems;
  • knowledge and recognition of design patterns, which avoid solving the same or similar problems multiple times;
  • ensuring test-driven development in order to avoid hours spent later in panic mode trying to figure out what broke;
  • developing processes and procedures that actually help people short cut their tasks, rather than creating standards for standards’ sake; and
  • documenting everything — as close to the activity as possible — in a way that is easy for others and for your future self to understand.

Impatience

If necessity is the mother of invention, then maybe laziness is the mother of innovation.
Danny Brianvice president and fellow, Gartner

Every religious tradition in the world espouses patience as a virtue, Brian said, but the truth is the world is growing more impatient, in part, because of technology.

“If you think you want patient people working for you, I’d ask, ‘What about all that technology influence that’s creating more and more impatience in the world? Don’t you want people who recognize that and are ready and willing to respond to it?'” he said.

Indeed, patience could even pose a threat to organizational efficiency.

“Patience can lead to inaction, if you think about it. Patience can quickly become apathy or complacency — or at least appear to be those things,” he said.

The impatience Brian exalted is the general impatience that drives people to get things done and fix things that are broken or problematic. While laziness is about overall energy expenditure, impatience is all about the emotion — specifically anger at a slow program or process.

“It’s fixing a problem not because practitioners have to, but because it bugs them; not because there’s a ticket open, but because it’s really annoying and they’re impatient users,” Brian said.

This is where practices like continuous integration come in, Brian said. Along with having tests run on a regular basis so they can know as soon as a problem occurs, impatient IT practitioners are also continuously exploring — and integrating — new and better tools.

Impatience is also key to Agile development, Brian said.

“You should never hear the words from an Agile team, ‘We are waiting on X from X,'” Brian said. “They’re not Agile unless they can meet all of their dependencies and never be waiting on another team to get things done. And that’s what real impatience should look like.”

He listed specific examples of what true impatience requires of an IT practitioner:

  • a sense of urgency;
  • automating everything automatable;
  • constantly watching for better workflows, tools and methodologies;
  • continuously integrating so you never feel behind;
  • utilizing wikis, because we need to edit that right here and now;
  • empathizing with impatient end users;
  • having empowered teams with the resources necessary to push projects through to completion;
  • the ability to use cloud services, or any service that is the best tool for the job; and
  • strong communication skills from all contributors and sponsors.

Hubris

Wall defined hubris as “excessive pride — the sort of thing that Zeus zaps you for. [It’s] also the quality that makes you write and maintain programs that other people won’t want to say bad things about.”

In that vein, Brian refers to IT-practitioner hubris as the pride one takes in a well-crafted product and the drive to succeed where others have failed.

“[It’s] that total sense of ownership that doesn’t come without opening things up and allowing themselves to be impatient and lazy in this case,” he said. “It’s also knowing enough to know what you don’t know, which brings confidence with experience.”

This brand of hubris requires not only a conviction that one is right, but an ability to make the case to the CIO and the business, Brian said.

“A big part of this is for the technical folks to learn to not speak like coneheads,” he said.

Brian noted that novice IT practitioners can’t really have true hubris — yet.

“New practitioners can be lazy, and they can be impatient. But they can’t have hubris in the effective way,” Brian said. Hubris takes time, experience and success. “Real hubris is being an expert.”

He listed specific examples of what else true hubris requires of an IT practitioner:

  • pride in yourself and in your work;
  • zero fear of new technologies — the ability to dive in and emerge an expert;
  • attention to details, such as design, documentation and code formatting;
  • flexibility to adjust to changing requirements and user needs — a “we can do that” mentality;
  • owning the results of your work — releasing, maintaining and improving a service;
  • knowing what “good” looks like and how to get it;
  • going above and beyond, even when it is not requested;
  • constantly retraining yourself; staying abreast of new technology developments; reading technology books; attending conventions and workshops; and subscribing to training sites, like Lynda.com, Udemy, Pluralsight or Codecademy; and
  • a craftsmanship mentality — seeing your job as creating solutions for people and the business, rather than racking servers or writing code.

Brian ended with a warning to IT practitioners: Don’t let any one of these three qualities outweigh the others; they must coexist and balance each other out. Practitioners ruled by laziness — efficiency obsessives — will try to suss out and prematurely optimize any problems that might come in the future.

“If they’re too impatient, they’re going to be quick to adopt the wrong solutions … and just incur technical debt over time,” Brian said. “Too much hubris, and they are going to be perfectionists that can’t ever recognize when good is good enough and [the need to] sacrifice the good for the perfect.”

December’s Xbox Game Pass Update Brings Gears of War 4, Darksiders, Mass Effect and $1 Game Pass for Limited Time

Hello, fellow gamers! Welcome to your action-packed December Xbox Game Pass update.

In addition to over 100 great games already included in your Xbox Game Pass membership, we’re excited to share the addition of yet another seven games starting December 1. Titles including Gears of War 4, Darksiders: Warmastered Edition, Sherlock Holmes: The Devil’s Daughter and more! Plus, tune in to Mixer on December 1 and watch our favorite streamers get hands-on with the latest additions to the Xbox Game Pass catalog.

But first, stop the press! For a limited time between November 17 – 27, you can start your Xbox Game Pass membership for $1! That’s right, get instant access to over 100 great games on Xbox One for just $1. We’re so excited to bring this offer to our fans during the Xbox Black Friday sale, and with holidays just around the corner, there has never been a better time to jump into Xbox Game Pass.

Also in time for the holidays, we’ve released a much-requested feature from our fans: the ability to gift Xbox Game Pass. Fans can now give the gift of over 100 games to those that matter most. Just head over to the Xbox Game Pass Store page and select “Buy as Gift.” You just need to know the gamertag or email address of who you’d like to gift to. It’s that simple!

Starting December 1, we also say 안녕하세요 (Hello!) to our fans in Korea, as Korea becomes Xbox Game Pass’ 40th market, and underscores our ongoing commitment to give fans all over the world more options to diversify and expand their library of games.

Now let’s learn more about the new games coming to Xbox Game Pass in December:

Gears of War 4
December brings a big list of holiday gifts for Xbox Game Pass members, and the first out of the box is Gears of War 4, the latest installment in the critically-acclaimed third person shooter franchise from The Coalition.

Now, with the complete set of Gears of War titles included with your Xbox Game Pass membership, there has never been a better time than this holiday to become immersed in the story of the Fenix.

Jump into campaign solo or co-op and take on the role of J.D. Fenix, son to Marcus Fenix and Anya Stroud, as you and your band of Outsiders confront the Coalition of Ordered Governments, battle the impending Swarm, and unravel the mystery of Marcus Fenix’ last 25 years. And that’s just in the single player campaign – there is more excitement to be found in multiplayer or Horde mode. As an added bonus, The Coalition is kicking of December with a double XP incentive.

Darksiders: Warmastered Edition
Also headlining December is Darksiders: Warmastered Edition, THQ Nordic’s third person action adventure journey based on the lore of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. You play the horseman War, and you are tasked with venturing out from The Scalding Gallow to explore and discover new lands, weapons, enemies, and abilities. The Endwar has begun on Earth, inciting a great battle between angels, demons and man. Only War can break the Seventh Seal and finally restore order to the realm.

And don’t forget, Darksiders III is coming to the Xbox One family of devices in 2018, so if you’ve been curious about Darksiders but have never played it before, now is a prime opportunity to use your Xbox Game Pass membership and see what all that buzz is about.

Sherlock Holmes: The Devil’s Daughter
Friends and family unite this December to solve the thrilling mystery of Sherlock Holmes: The Devil’s Daughter, brought to you by BigBen Interactive. The legendary detective is back with five cases to investigate, as well as a host of additional personal, professional, and moral hurdles to overcome along the way. Use your detective powers to collect all the evidence and solve each puzzle as you bring peace and security back to the streets of London.

This War of Mine: The Little Ones
Xbox Game Pass gets another diamond in the rough this month with This War of Mine: The Little Ones, a civilian-based perspective on the Bosnian War, developed by 11-bit studios and published by Deep Silver. This War of Mine is equal parts strategy and survival, requiring you to take on the role of a bystander to war and scavenge for resources, ration supplies, and try (oft unsuccessfully) to avoid the perils of war. This War of Mine is a demanding game covering a very sobering topic, and one you are not likely to forget anytime soon.

Casey Powell Lacrosse 16
If you’re a sports fan, fun times await this month with Casey Powell Lacrosse 16. Lacrosse is a fast-paced, action-packed sport requiring keen strategy and tactical precision and CPL 16 delivers pace and excitement reminiscent of the real thing. If you’re new to Lacrosse, jump into the Lacrosse Academy to develop and polish your skills. From there, play pickup in Quick Match (solo or competitive multiplayer) or start your sure-to-be-illustrious journey in career mode. Are you a fan of customization? With CPL 16, create your own characters, build your own teams and forge your LAX dynasty from the ground up.

Mega Man 10
Did we mention we love Mega Man? The adventure continues in Xbox Game Pass in December with Mega Man 10 joining the catalog. Mega Man 10, the last and final installment in the legendary platforming saga, allows you to assume the role of either Mega Man or Proto Man and take on classic boss battles with Blade Man, Chill Man, Sheep Man, and more! Mega Man may seem fun and simple, but it can be a very challenging test of your skills. Struggling with your stealth? Play through the main story or jump into Challenge Mode, where you can polish your abilities in 88 different mini-games. There’s never been a better time to join the action and defeat the evil Dr. Wiley!

Mass Effect
We are beyond excited to bring Mass Effect to Xbox Game Pass on December 1! One of the greatest single-player action RPGs of all-time, Mass Effect is a true classic that has aged extremely well. In Mass Effect, we follow the story of Commander Shepard, a 22nd century soldier assuming the tiny little mission of… saving the entire universe from a super race of ill-intentioned, mighty mechs. Choose from six different classes and level-up your character as you seek out and complete combat missions, resource gathering expeditions, and other side quests. Winner of multiple awards, Mass Effect is an incredible experience that we highly recommend you make time to check out in your journeys through the Xbox Game Pass catalog!

With over 100 great games, for just $9.99 a month, plus new games added every month, Xbox Game Pass is your ticket to endless play. Thanks for reading December’s Xbox Game Pass update, and don’t forget, you can start your Xbox Game Pass membership for just $1 between November 17 – 27.

For all the latest Xbox news, keep it locked to Xbox Wire. Until next month, game on!

Introducing Xbox Quests for November 2017

Hello, fellow gamers! I know you enjoy being challenged and love winning awesome prizes, so I’m excited to announce Xbox Quests!

Xbox Quests is a fun new way to get rewarded for being an Xbox Live Gold member. Each month three new Quests will be posted in the Gold Membership Area, and Xbox One players in the U.S. who complete all three Quests are guaranteed to win a mystery prize. We’ll even be giving away a 55” Samsung 4K TV every month to one lucky winner.

There’s no need to register or sign-up, just head to the Gold Membership area on your Xbox One console to check out your Quests for the month. Not an Xbox Live Gold member? Subscribe to Xbox Live Gold and start winning today.

The Quests for November are…

  1. Log in to your Mixer app on Xbox One on five different days
  2. Increase your Gamerscore by 400 points
  3. Download two Games with Gold

After you complete your three Quests, you will receive your reward through the Xbox Message Center in the following month. Be sure to check out Quests often, as new ones will be posted each month.

Click here for more information about Xbox Quests: https://www.xbox.com/en-US/promotions/xbox-quests

Opportunities abound in the creative and collaborative culture of STEM

Jennifer Chayes, Distinguished Scientist and Managing Director, Microsoft Research New England & New York City

By Jennifer Chayes, Technical Fellow and Managing Director, Microsoft Research New England & New York City 

The explosion of data available today everywhere from biomedicine to the arts is opening new opportunities for researchers with backgrounds in science, technology, engineering and math to pursue creative and collaborative endeavors that have deep societal impact.

My research has always been interdisciplinary, which by nature is collaborative and creative. You need experts from different fields and you must make scientific leaps to bring the perspectives, results and methodology from one discipline to another. I encourage the scientists who work with me to trust their scientific intuition and make those leaps. Of course, we must also do the hard work to fill in the gaps after we leap. The work is deeply satisfying and delivers genuine societal impact.

The explosion of biomedical data, for example, is generating opportunities for researchers in STEM fields to make tremendous contributions to goals such as increasing the longevity and quality of life.

For example, a researcher in one of my labs worked in collaboration with physicians to develop a reinforcement-learning algorithm for a tool that provides personalized exercise incentives for diabetics. Different patients react differently to specific incentives at specific times. A text message saying that you are exercising less than 90 percent of other patients might cause one patient to exercise more and another to give up exercise altogether. The reinforcement learning algorithm produces the right messages for the right patients at the right time. These personalized messages significantly improve most patients’ exercise regimes and, in some cases, decrease the need for diabetes medication. This reinforcement learning algorithm is now being applied more widely.

My labs are also involved in a project that aims to predict which cancer patients are good candidates for specific cancer immunotherapy drugs. These drugs enhance the ability of our immune systems to go after cancer cells. The approach is more targeted than chemotherapy or radiation, more effective at eliminating cancer cells and less damaging to non-cancerous tissue. Cancer immunotherapy is a new field with more questions than answers. The organization Stand Up to Cancer is sponsoring about ten researchers from my labs to work on a host of projects with biologists and oncologists from many top biomedical institutions to answer these questions.

For example, individuals differ not only in their genomes, but also in the makeup of their immune cells. Two people who are genetically quite similar can develop vastly different repertoires of T-cells, which are white blood cells that scan for abnormalities and infections. An interplay of our genomes, our environments and our T-cell repertoires determines how well we might react to a specific cancer immunotherapy drug. This interplay leads to a high-dimensional sparse-statistics problem that new techniques in machine learning and statistics can help solve.

A new field forming at the boundary of AI and ethics is another area where STEM researchers are working collaboratively and creatively to generate substantial societal impact. Researchers are developing machine-learning models, for example, to de-bias data sets and make decisions that are fairer than those made by humans. Computer scientists, ethicists, lawyers and social scientists are collaborating to formulate notions of fairness, accountability and transparency. This work will improve the fairness of search engine outputs as well as job placement, school admission and legal decisions, for example.

Biomedicine and ethical data-driven decision-making are just two fields where the explosion of data is opening opportunities for STEM researchers to generate impact. Opportunities for impact are everywhere, from the social sciences to the arts. The keys to success are to follow your passion, develop the confidence to let your scientific intuition lead the way and then do the work to realize your vision.

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Microsoft researchers achieve new conversational speech recognition milestone – Microsoft Research

By Xuedong Huang, Technical Fellow, Microsoft

Last year, Microsoft’s speech and dialog research group announced a milestone in reaching human parity on the Switchboard conversational speech recognition task, meaning we had created technology that recognized words in a conversation as well as professional human transcribers.

Cortana Chat

After our transcription system reached the 5.9 percent word error rate that we had measured for humans, other researchers conducted their own study, employing a more involved multi-transcriber process, which yielded a 5.1 human parity word error rate. This was consistent with prior research that showed that humans achieve higher levels of agreement on the precise words spoken as they expend more care and effort. Today, I’m excited to announce that our research team reached that 5.1 percent error rate with our speech recognition system, a new industry milestone, substantially surpassing the accuracy we achieved last year. A technical report published this weekend documents the details of our system.

Switchboard is a corpus of recorded telephone conversations that the speech research community has used for more than 20 years to benchmark speech recognition systems. The task involves transcribing conversations between strangers discussing topics such as sports and politics.

We reduced our error rate by about 12 percent compared to last year’s accuracy level, using a series of improvements to our neural net-based acoustic and language models. We introduced an additional CNN-BLSTM (convolutional neural network combined with bidirectional long-short-term memory) model for improved acoustic modeling. Additionally, our approach to combine predictions from multiple acoustic models now does so at both the frame/senone and word levels.

Moreover, we strengthened the recognizer’s language model by using the entire history of a dialog session to predict what is likely to come next, effectively allowing the model to adapt to the topic and local context of a conversation.

Our team also has benefited greatly from using the most scalable deep learning software available, Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit 2.1 (CNTK), for exploring model architectures and optimizing the hyper-parameters of our models. Additionally, Microsoft’s investment in cloud compute infrastructure, specifically Azure GPUs, helped to improve the effectiveness and speed by which we could train our models and test new ideas.

Reaching human parity with an accuracy on par with humans has been a research goal for the last 25 years. Microsoft’s willingness to invest in long-term research is now paying dividends for our customers in products and services such as Cortana, Presentation Translator, and Microsoft Cognitive Services. It’s deeply gratifying to our research teams to see our work used by millions of people each day.

Presentation Translator

Advances in speech recognition have created services such as Speech Translator, which can translate presentations in real-time for multi-lingual audiences.

Many research groups in industry and academia are doing great work in speech recognition, and our own work has greatly benefitted from the community’s overall progress. While achieving a 5.1 percent word error rate on the Switchboard speech recognition task is a significant achievement, the speech research community still has many challenges to address, such as achieving human levels of recognition in noisy environments with distant microphones, in recognizing accented speech, or speaking styles and languages for which only limited training data is available. Moreover, we have much work to do in teaching computers not just to transcribe the words spoken, but also to understand their meaning and intent. Moving from recognizing to understanding speech is the next major frontier for speech technology.

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For Sale – Synology & OWC Thunderbay Summer Sale…

Hi fellow AVFers,

So my storage needs have changed over the past few years, and so I have recently built a Homemade unRAID NAS, meaning I have all my storage devices available for sale.

All units are boxed with all accessories, they are bare devices only, there are no hard drives included as these are being used in the unRAID server.

Nothing is under warranty unless stated.
Prices do not include delivery.

They are as follows:

Synology DS212+Sold to DracUK
Cracking little 2 bay NAS, I have been using it as a dedicated Cloud Server using Synology Cloud Station.
Great condition.
[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
Full Specs
Review
Asking Price: £80
—————————————————————————————————————–
Synology DS415+Sold to DAG5
This was my main media server, and never missed a beat, a really nice NAS.

This is the more powerful ‘+’ version, and in great condition.

Bought from Scan.co.uk in January 2015, can provide receipt if required.
[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
Full Specs
Review
Asking Price: £250
—————————————————————————————————————–
Synology DS416jSold to muppetman74
This was only bought from Amazon at the end of June 2017, so is still under warranty, I can provide the receipt if required.

It was only used as backup for my DS415+ so very little usage.

A great starter NAS and a nice little saving for a month old device.
[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
Full Specs
Review
Asking price: £200
—————————————————————————————————————–
Synology DX213 Sold to DracUK
This little expansion unit is a great addition to any Synology with an eSATA port, it connects directly to the main NAS unit and is controlled through the DSM.

Bought from Ebuyer in February 2016, can provide receipt if required.

In great condition.
[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
Full Specs
Asking price: £80
—————————————————————————————————————–
OWC Thunderbay 4 mini
This rare beauty is an awesome addition, takes 2.5″ HDD/SSD drives.

I had it plugged into Mac with a couple of SSD’s as a RAID 0 and it flies, it has 2x Thunderbolt 2 ports on the back and supports daisy chaining.

It was bought from One Stop PC Shop in early July 2016, can provide receipt if required.

These are hard to find in the UK, so don’t miss out on this at a cracking price.
[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
Review
Asking price: £225
—————————————————————————————————————–
Any question, please ask away.

Collection welcome and preferred from Milton Keynes, but can ship if required.

Thanks for looking. :)

Price and currency: £80 / £250 / £200 / £80 / £225
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: BT/PPG
Location: Milton Keynes
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For Sale – Synology & OWC Thunderbay Summer Sale…

Hi fellow AVFers,

So my storage needs have changed over the past few years, and so I have recently built a Homemade unRAID NAS, meaning I have all my storage devices available for sale.

All units are boxed with all accessories, they are bare devices only, there are no hard drives included as these are being used in the unRAID server.

Nothing is under warranty unless stated.
Prices do not include delivery.

They are as follows:

Synology DS212+Sold to DracUK
Cracking little 2 bay NAS, I have been using it as a dedicated Cloud Server using Synology Cloud Station.
Great condition.
[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
Full Specs
Review
Asking Price: £80
—————————————————————————————————————–
Synology DS415+ Sold to DAG5
This was my main media server, and never missed a beat, a really nice NAS.

This is the more powerful ‘+’ version, and in great condition.

Bought from Scan.co.uk in January 2015, can provide receipt if required.
[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
Full Specs
Review
Asking Price: £250
—————————————————————————————————————–
Synology DS416j
This was only bought from Amazon at the end of June 2017, so is still under warranty, I can provide the receipt if required.

It was only used as backup for my DS415+ so very little usage.

A great starter NAS and a nice little saving for a month old device.
[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
Full Specs
Review
Asking price: £200
—————————————————————————————————————–
Synology DX213 Sold to DracUK
This little expansion unit is a great addition to any Synology with an eSATA port, it connects directly to the main NAS unit and is controlled through the DSM.

Bought from Ebuyer in February 2016, can provide receipt if required.

In great condition.
[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
Full Specs
Asking price: £80
—————————————————————————————————————–
OWC Thunderbay 4 mini
This rare beauty is an awesome addition, takes 2.5″ HDD/SSD drives.

I had it plugged into Mac with a couple of SSD’s as a RAID 0 and it flies, it has 2x Thunderbolt 2 ports on the back and supports daisy chaining.

It was bought from One Stop PC Shop in early July 2016, can provide receipt if required.

These are hard to find in the UK, so don’t miss out on this at a cracking price.
[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
Review
Asking price: £225
—————————————————————————————————————–
Any question, please ask away.

Collection welcome and preferred from Milton Keynes, but can ship if required.

Thanks for looking. :)

Price and currency: £80 / £250 / £200 / £80 / £225
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: BT/PPG
Location: Milton Keynes
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  • Name and address including postcode
  • Valid e-mail address

DO NOT proceed with a deal until you are completely satisfied with all details being correct. It’s in your best interest to check out these details yourself.

For Sale – Synology & OWC Thunderbay Summer Sale…

Hi fellow AVFers,

So my storage needs have changed over the past few years, and so I have recently built a Homemade unRAID NAS, meaning I have all my storage devices available for sale.

All units are boxed with all accessories, they are bare devices only, there are no hard drives included as these are being used in the unRAID server.

Nothing is under warranty unless stated.
Prices do not include delivery.

They are as follows:

Synology DS212+Sold to DracUK
Cracking little 2 bay NAS, I have been using it as a dedicated Cloud Server using Synology Cloud Station.
Great condition.
[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
Full Specs
Review
Asking Price: £80
—————————————————————————————————————–
Synology DS415+ Sold to DAG5
This was my main media server, and never missed a beat, a really nice NAS.

This is the more powerful ‘+’ version, and in great condition.

Bought from Scan.co.uk in January 2015, can provide receipt if required.
[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
Full Specs
Review
Asking Price: £250
—————————————————————————————————————–
Synology DS416j
This was only bought from Amazon at the end of June 2017, so is still under warranty, I can provide the receipt if required.

It was only used as backup for my DS415+ so very little usage.

A great starter NAS and a nice little saving for a month old device.
[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
Full Specs
Review
Asking price: £200
—————————————————————————————————————–
Synology DX213 Sold to DracUK
This little expansion unit is a great addition to any Synology with an eSATA port, it connects directly to the main NAS unit and is controlled through the DSM.

Bought from Ebuyer in February 2016, can provide receipt if required.

In great condition.
[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
Full Specs
Asking price: £80
—————————————————————————————————————–
OWC Thunderbay 4 mini
This rare beauty is an awesome addition, takes 2.5″ HDD/SSD drives.

I had it plugged into Mac with a couple of SSD’s as a RAID 0 and it flies, it has 2x Thunderbolt 2 ports on the back and supports daisy chaining.

It was bought from One Stop PC Shop in early July 2016, can provide receipt if required.

These are hard to find in the UK, so don’t miss out on this at a cracking price.
[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
Review
Asking price: £225
—————————————————————————————————————–
Any question, please ask away.

Collection welcome and preferred from Milton Keynes, but can ship if required.

Thanks for looking. :)

Price and currency: £80 / £250 / £200 / £80 / £225
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: BT/PPG
Location: Milton Keynes
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

______________________________________________________
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By replying to this thread you agree to abide by the trading rules detailed here.
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  • Landline telephone number. Make a call to check out the area code and number are correct, too
  • Name and address including postcode
  • Valid e-mail address

DO NOT proceed with a deal until you are completely satisfied with all details being correct. It’s in your best interest to check out these details yourself.

For Sale – Synology & OWC Thunderbay Summer Sale…

Hi fellow AVFers,

So my storage needs have changed over the past few years, and so I have recently built a Homemade unRAID NAS, meaning I have all my storage devices available for sale.

All units are boxed with all accessories, they are bare devices only, there are no hard drives included as these are being used in the unRAID server.

Nothing is under warranty unless stated.
Prices do not include delivery.

They are as follows:

Synology DS212+Sold to DracUK
Cracking little 2 bay NAS, I have been using it as a dedicated Cloud Server using Synology Cloud Station.
Great condition.
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Asking Price: £80
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Synology DS415+
This was my main media server, and never missed a beat, a really nice NAS.

This is the more powerful ‘+’ version, and in great condition.

Bought from Scan.co.uk in January 2015, can provide receipt if required.
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Asking Price: £250
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Synology DS416j
This was only bought from Amazon at the end of June 2017, so is still under warranty, I can provide the receipt if required.

It was only used as backup for my DS415+ so very little usage.

A great starter NAS and a nice little saving for a month old device.
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Asking price: £200
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Synology DX213 Sold to DracUK
This little expansion unit is a great addition to any Synology with an eSATA port, it connects directly to the main NAS unit and is controlled through the DSM.

Bought from Ebuyer in February 2016, can provide receipt if required.

In great condition.
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Asking price: £80
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OWC Thunderbay 4 mini
This rare beauty is an awesome addition, takes 2.5″ HDD/SSD drives.

I had it plugged into Mac with a couple of SSD’s as a RAID 0 and it flies, it has 2x Thunderbolt 2 ports on the back and supports daisy chaining.

It was bought from One Stop PC Shop in early July 2016, can provide receipt if required.

These are hard to find in the UK, so don’t miss out on this at a cracking price.
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Asking price: £225
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Any question, please ask away.

Collection welcome and preferred from Milton Keynes, but can ship if required.

Thanks for looking. :)

Price and currency: £80 / £250 / £200 / £80 / £225
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: BT/PPG
Location: Milton Keynes
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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