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For Sale – Apple 12″ MacBook & Sleeve – 4 weeks old

We recently bought my folks a laptop as a present but have since found out they’ve bought one themselves and not mentioned it… Unfortunately we missed the 14 day grace period for Apple returns.

Its been turned on, setup, put away for their visit… before being opened up and the OS reinstalled following their revelation that they didn’t need it after all. #ungrateful

Details are:

  • 12″ Apple MacBook (A1534) in Space Grey
  • Bought September 2017 from Apple Store
  • 8GB RAM
  • 256GB HDD
  • Intel Iris 615 Graphics
  • 11 months of AppleCare Warranty
  • As-new condition
  • Boxed as-new with all cables etc
  • Black InCase Icon Sleeve

Postage is included – will be insured, 48 hour delivery within the UK.

Price and currency: £900
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: Paypal (can send invoice) or Bank Transfer
Location: Edinburgh
Advertised elsewhere?: Yes. I have also listed it on Gumtree
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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For Sale – Apple 12″ MacBook & Sleeve – 4 weeks old

We recently bought my folks a laptop as a present but have since found out they’ve bought one themselves and not mentioned it… Unfortunately we missed the 14 day grace period for Apple returns.

Its been turned on, setup, put away for their visit… before being opened up and the OS reinstalled following their revelation that they didn’t need it after all. #ungrateful

Details are:

  • 12″ Apple MacBook (A1534) in Space Grey
  • Bought September 2017 from Apple Store
  • 8GB RAM
  • 256GB HDD
  • Intel Iris 615 Graphics
  • 11 months of AppleCare Warranty
  • As-new condition
  • Boxed as-new with all cables etc
  • Black InCase Icon Sleeve

Postage is included – will be insured, 48 hour delivery within the UK.

Price and currency: £975
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: Paypal (can send invoice) or Bank Transfer
Location: Edinburgh
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

______________________________________________________
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By replying to this thread you agree to abide by the trading rules detailed here.
Please be advised, all buyers and sellers should satisfy themselves that the other party is genuine by providing the following via private conversation to each other after negotiations are complete and prior to dispatching goods and making payment:

  • 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.

Gartner Catalyst conference keynote shows, tells IT what to build for next

IT folks know the tech-conference drill: They file into a packed auditorium, a blaring pop song filling up the only space left. Lights brighten, speakers stride onstage, and then comes a keynote presentation packed with bold pronouncements about the future and appeals to up their game.

They aren’t typically told that their best-laid plans are built on lies.

Then there was the Gartner Catalyst conference kickoff in San Diego in August.

“Today, we architect for assumption, facades — lies perhaps?” said Gartner analyst Danny Brian to the enterprise architects, systems engineers and software developers gathered for the event. “We say things like, ‘Architect for scalability or stability.’ Or, ‘Architect for agility or cost or security’ — whatever it might be. But the truth is these are not the underlying goals of architecture.”

Brian and fellow Gartner analyst Mindy Cancila traded this “blanket list of nonfunctional requirements” for another, loftier-sounding list of IT architecture goals: precision, disposability and autonomy. In other words, IT should build systems that can deliver solutions to specific business problems, that can be dumped when they no longer meet demand and that put the power of technology in the hands of users.

Now, We need to rethink how we do our jobs is a noteworthy message for IT folks, for sure, but what was arresting about Brian and Cancila’s “three keys” presentation was the personal connection each analyst had to the storytelling — plus an innovative way of using video footage to make their points.

Gartner analyst Danny Brian speaks during the keynote presentation at Gartner Catalyst in San Diego on Aug. 21.
Gartner analyst Danny Brian speaks during the keynote presentation at Gartner Catalyst in San Diego on Aug. 21.

Digital past, digital future

The talk began with two case studies. One was focused on Northwestern National Bank, whose downtown Minneapolis headquarters burned down Thanksgiving Day in 1982. Brian’s father worked there, and his mother had told him and his siblings that they should save their holiday leftovers because they might be out on the street. “She was a bit dramatic like that,” Brian said.

Gartner analyst Mindy Cancila participates in the 2017 Gartner Catalyst kickoff event.
Gartner analyst Mindy Cancila participates in the 2017 Gartner Catalyst kickoff event.

But the bank didn’t go out of business. Old news footage filled a screen behind Brian and Cancila and showed people in parkas queuing at bank branches and a man who had “a pension coming from there” tell a reporter that his information was intact. The bank had a sophisticated disaster recovery plan, and all accounts and mortgages were “duplicated and computerized,” the news report said, in an off-site operations center.

The second case study was a modern one. It was about a dentist Cancila recently visited to replace an old crown. The dentist uses digital technology and data to precisely measure a patient’s mouth and bite and, using a 3D printer in his office, can produce a crown on the spot in just 15 minutes. That’s astonishingly faster than the traditional method, which could take up to three weeks and require a second and perhaps third visit to get the fitting right.

As the analysts moved on from the footage to the thrust of their argument — that IT needs to build systems that will support a fast-approaching digital future — they revisited the case studies already shown, flashing frames across the screen and piecing together a video montage that punctuated their advice.

Notable also was these videos had none of the slick production that has been presented on the Gartner Catalyst conference stage in the past. Most had an amateurish, home-movie look, with washed-out colors and tinny audio — but that didn’t detract from the storytelling. In fact, the DIY aspect seemed to amplify the call on IT to take the initiative and reinvent itself.

Scenes from the screen

Take the first of three concepts, precision — building scalable, on-demand infrastructure systems so “we don’t need to throw overly powerful servers into the rack” and measuring, say, power consumption to improve efficiency over time.

To push the point, video interviews from the Northwestern National Bank case study flashed on the screen. There was Virgil Dissmeyer, the designer of the disaster recovery plan who Gartner recently tracked down and filmed, saying, “They wired it completely for digital,” referring to the bank’s forward-thinking reconstruction of its headquarters in the 1980s. Then, the dentist explains how his data-driven method of producing a crown yields “no inaccuracies,” followed by Dissmeyer again on the rebuilt bank: “PCs, terminals on everybody’s desk.”

The same technique was used to unpack the notion of disposability, which is, according to Brian, central to computing today. “It means scalability, portability, risk mitigation.” The video rolled again. Dissmeyer explains how, pre-fire, he persuaded the bank’s board of directors to build the auxiliary operations center to house systems for backup records.

The dentist reappears onscreen, explaining what would happen in the old days when a patient came to the office for a crown fitting, but the bite wasn’t quite right: more measurements taken and sent to the lab — and three more weeks. Using the new method, it’s just, “Ten more minutes we’ll have another one.”

By the time the concept of architecting for autonomy was detailed — “We have to build systems that empower people, like the dentist,” Cancila said — Gartner had shown that it didn’t need to call onstage an entourage of business executives in natty clothes talking about how technology enabled and empowered the business. And not because testimonials delivered on a big stage aren’t powerful. They can be.

Sometimes, though, so is some video from 1982.

To learn more about the three principles Mindy Cancila and Danny Brian detailed at the Gartner Catalyst conference, read this SearchMobileComputing blog post.

Take a Lap on Some of Your Favorite Tracks, Reimagined in Forza Motorsport 7

Earlier this week, the folks at ComputerBild published a feature on tracks in Forza Motorsport 7. Featuring a discussion with Turn 10 Studios creative director Dan Greenawalt, the article pointed out the many cutting-edge systems that Turn 10 uses to bring the tracks to life with new weather scenarios and alternate times of day that literally cast the tracks of Forza Motorsport 7 in a brand-new light. If you haven’t already done so, check out the article now.

Suzuka Circuit, Completely Rebuilt

It’s one thing to read about the changes coming to tracks in Forza Motorsport 7 but it’s a very different thing to see them for yourself. Suzuka is a prime example; like all of the real-world tracks in Forza Motorsport 7, Suzuka is officially licensed and completely rebuilt with High Res assets designed to look fantastic at native 4K and on the entire family of Xbox consoles. Not only is the track completely rebuilt and updated, Suzuka also features wet weather conditions for the first time in Forza history. Imagine tackling the “S Curves” at full speed, or barreling around the harrowing 130R, only this time battling the dynamic puddles that line the edges of the circuit, and the blinding spray of the cars in front of you. The same challenge that real-world drivers face at Suzuka lap-after-lap, will now be your challenge as well.

Returning Fan-Favorite, Maple Valley

I might be wrong, but I could swear I heard an audible gasp of excitement on the Interwebz back at E3 when we confirmed that Maple Valley would be returning with Forza Motorsport 7. Is there a more lauded, more beloved track in the Forza universe? Whether you’re looking to test your sideways skills on one of Forza’s best drifting tracks, or you want to push the edges of speed on its sweeping corners, Maple Valley is a masterpiece in every respect. Like Suzuka, it will also feature wet weather conditions as well – also a first in Forza history.

I want to make sure that you all understand what I mean when referring to conditions like weather and time of day. In Forza Motorsport 7, we’ve built tracks with a central goal in mind: Making every time you return to a track a unique experience. That goal manifests itself in a variety of ways.

Rapidly Changing Dynamic Weather

There’s no such thing as a simple “rain” setting in Forza Motorsport 7. Not for Sebring or the Nürburgring, or Brands Hatch, or any other track where wet conditions are available. Instead, the team has created a system that can smoothly transition through multiple weather conditions per track, and those conditions can (and often will) change throughout a race. You might start off with gray skies and fog on a track like Sebring, only to find yourself in the middle of a thunderstorm two laps later. The lights might go green at Silverstone during a light rain, only to find drivers in dry conditions by the end of Lap 2. As in the real world, conditions change and sometimes change quickly, and its up to drivers to react to those changes.

Bringing Time of Day to Life

Those dynamic conditions extend to time of day too. Turn 10 is building on the sky technology that was first seen in Forza Horizon 3, capturing real skies that bring life, motion, and color to every track in the game. Check out the screenshot of the observation tower at the Circuit of the Americas against a darkening sky – one glance is all it takes to recognize a Texas sky at dusk. Even Laguna Seca – a track that has been in Forza Motorsport since the very first game; a track that all of us have driven hundreds, if not thousands of laps on – feels completely new in Forza Motorsport 7.

Whether you’re talking time of day or the weather you’re driving in, it all comes back to thatcentral goal: every race should feel unique. When you’re playing through the Forza Driver’s Cup single player campaign, you’ll experience that first-hand. Take a race at a track like Silverstone as an example. Maybe the first time you play it, you’ll battle the elements in a typical British downpour. Go back and revisit that same race in campaign, your conditions may be completely different; in fact, you may not encounter rain at all. The developers at Turn 10 have introduced probability into the various race conditions scenarios; meaning that there is a percentage chance that the weather conditions might (or might not) change. One race, things will go from bad to worse; the next time around, conditions might stay in your favor. It’s that element of chance – and the need to prepare for whatever the race throws at you – that promises to make racing in Forza Motorsport 7 so exciting.

For me, weather and time of day are a game-changer. It will add the kind of variety and challenge that was only hinted at in previous versions of the game. The unpredictable conditions you drive in will affect your race more than ever before, and all of it runs at the rock-solid 60 fps that Forza Motorsport fans expect.

See below for all 32 tracks available to play in Forza Motorsport 7, and as always, stay tuned to ForzaMotorsport.net for more Forza Motorsport 7 goodness as we draw closer to launch, and don’t forget to pre-order Ultimate Edition for early access on Sept. 29.

Brands Hatch

Circuit of the Americas

Daytona International Speedway

Dubai Circuit

Homestead-Miami Speedway

Maple Valley Raceway

Autodromo Internazionale del Mugello

Nürburgring

Rio de Janeiro

Sebring International Raceway

Silverstone Racing Circuit

Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps

Suzuka Circuit

Virginia International Raceway

Yas Marina Circuit

Bernese Alps

Mount Panorama Circuit

Circuit de Catalunya

Hockenheim-Ring

Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Sonoma Raceway

Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

Le Mans Circuit de la Sarthe

Lime Rock

Long Beach

Autodromo Nazionale Monza

Test Track Airfield

Prague

Road America

Road Atlanta

Top Gear

Watkins Glen