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For Sale – Clearout – 15 x 2TB HDDs CAN NOW POST!

Hi all,

I have for sale 15 x 2TB HDDs taken from one of my backup Unraid servers. These are a mixture of Hitachi, WD and Toshiba (Hitachi Rebrand) and have varying hours. NO WARRANTY is left on any of the drives. I have had no issues with the drives, 2 of which are recerts. None of the drives have errors.

I have attached all 15 drive’s preclear logs. Please pay attention to the “199-UDMA_CRC_Error_Count” line. These CRC errors were due to what I thought at the time was a dodgy SAS card when in fact was due to faulty cables. If you look at the logs you will see the initial count and cycle count has not increased and that the status count is zero.

For those not aware of “preclear”, it is essentially a stress test before you commit a drive to an array and compares S.M.A.R.T values to determine its health. You cannot complete a preclear with a duff drive, the preclear will just fail to start after checking values.

Reason for sale..I’ve moved my wedding forward and so am selling off a few bits of hardware to fund it!

I’m looking for £20 + delivery per HDD. If purchasing multiples then I can knock a few quid off. If you want to buy all 15 then i’m sure we can knock some more off, although I would insist they are collected. Delivery method would be either Collect+ or Royalmail.

All the drives are currently resting in new anti static bags awaiting a new owner(s).



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Microsoft’s new approach to hybrid: Azure services when and where customers need them | Innovation Stories

As business computing needs have grown more complex and sophisticated, many enterprises have discovered they need multiple systems to meet various requirements – a mix of technology environments in multiple locations, known as hybrid IT or hybrid cloud.

Technology vendors have responded with an array of services and platforms – public clouds, private clouds and the growing edge computing model – but there hasn’t necessarily been a cohesive strategy to get them to work together.

We got here in an ad hoc fashion,” said Erik Vogel, global vice president for customer experience for HPE GreenLake at Hewlett Packard Enterprise. Customers didn’t have a strategic model to work from.

Instead, he said, various business owners in the same company may have bought different software as a service (SaaS) applications, or developers may have independently started leveraging Amazon Web Services, Azure or Google Cloud Platform to develop a set of applications.

At its Ignite conference this week in Orlando, Florida, Microsoft announced its solution to such cloud sprawl. The company has launched a preview of Azure Arc, which offers Azure services and management to customers on other clouds or infrastructure, including those offered by Amazon and Google.

John JG Chirapurath, general manager for Azure data, blockchain and artificial intelligence at Microsoft, said the new service is both an acknowledgement of, and a response to, the reality that many companies face today. They are running various parts of their businesses on different cloud platforms, and they also have a lot of data stored on their own new or legacy systems.

In all those cases, he said, these customers are telling Microsoft they could use the benefits of Azure cloud innovation whether or not their data is stored in the cloud, and they could benefit from having the same Azure capabilities – including security safeguards – available to them across their entire portfolio.

We are offering our customers the ability to take their services, untethered from Azure, and run them inside their own datacenter or in another cloud,” Chirapurath said.

Microsoft says Azure Arc builds on years of work the company has done to serve hybrid cloud needs. For example, Azure Resource Manager, released in 2014, was created with the vision that it would manage resources outside of Azure, including in companies’ internal servers and on other clouds.

That flexibility can help customers operate their services on a mix of clouds more efficiently, without purchasing new hardware or switching among cloud providers. Companies can use a public cloud to obtain computing power and data storage from an outside vendor, but they can also house critical applications and sensitive data on their own premises in a private cloud or server.

Then there’s edge computing, which stores data where the user is, in between the company and the public cloud for example, on their customers’ mobile devices or on sensors in smart buildings like hospitals and factories.

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That’s compelling for companies that need to run AI models on systems that aren’t reliably connected to the cloud, or to make computations more quickly than if they had to send large amounts of data to and from the cloud. But it also must work with companies’ cloud-based, internet-connected systems.

“A customer at the edge doesn’t want to use different app models for different environments,” said Mark Russinovich, Azure chief technology officer. “They need apps that span cloud and edge, leveraging the same code and same management constructs.”

Streamlining and standardizing a customer’s IT structure gives developers more time to build applications that produce value for the business instead of managing multiple operating models. And enabling Azure to integrate administrative and compliance needs across the enterprise – automating system updates and security enhancements brings additional savings in time and money.

“You begin to free up people to go work on other projects, which means faster development time, faster time to market,” said HPE’s Vogel. HPE is working with Microsoft on offerings that will complement Azure Arc.

Arpan Shah, general manager of Azure infrastructure, said Azure Arc allows companies to use Azure’s governance tools for their virtual machines, Kubernetes clusters and data across different locations, helping ensure companywide compliance on things like regulations, security, spending policies and auditing tools.

Azure Arc is underpinned in part by Microsoft’s commitment to technologies that customers are using today, including virtual machines, containers and Kubernetes, an open source system for organizing and managing containers. That makes clusters of applications easily portable across a hybrid IT environment – to the cloud, the edge or an internal server.

“It’s easy for a customer to put that container anywhere,” Chirapurath said. “Today, you can keep it here. Tomorrow, you can move it somewhere else.”

Microsoft says these latest Azure updates reflect an ongoing effort to better understand the complex needs of customers trying to manage their Linux and Windows servers, Kubernetes clusters and data across environments.

“This is just the latest wave of this sort of innovation,” Chirapurath said. “We’re really thinking much more expansively about customer needs and meeting them according to how they’d like to run their applications and services.”

Top image: Erik Vogel, global vice president for customer experience for HPE GreenLake at Hewlett Packard Enterprise, with a prototype of memory-driven computing. HPE is working with Microsoft on offerings that will complement Azure Arc. Photo by John Brecher for Microsoft.


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Wanted – portable hard drives

I have a Toshiba Canvio 3TB available. It’s opened but unused. Was planning to use for archiving purposes but went cloud-based instead.

Also have a 500GB Seagate drive that’s been swapped into a 2TB Seagate portable enclosure. It was an immediate swap into a new laptop, and has been used only as an iTunes library backup so only written to a couple of times.

Both USB3.

£60 for the 3TB + £10 for the 500GB if bought together.

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For Sale – Massive clearout, monitors, cisco, hdd’s, odds and sods


i decided to clean up the computer room today and am selling off lots of old hdd’s i have lieing around, memory cards, odds and sods from various auctions i won – previous adverts on here. willing to sell as a take all if someone wants it all. in the process of decorating the house so missus wants it all GONE! Prices include shipping unless stated. bank transfer preffered or paypal gift or cash in person.


Intel core i5 7400 retail £120
intel i7 930 £25
intel i7 960 £30
3 x Xeon 5670 £25 each
1 x xeon 5650 £20
4 x xeon 5345 £5 each

CPU bundle sale:
all these cpus for £40
pentium G2030
pent E5500
pent g645
pent g840
3 x G6950
1 x G6960


Palit RTX 2080 jetstream edition refurb sealed in its boxed 6 mth warranty left £575

10 x HD 5450 1GB low profile cards £15 each

HDDs – all have been erased and error tested and bad sector ones have been destroyed:

HGST 4 TB refurb drive sealed anti static bag £75

Seagate ironwolf 8TB drive. this has come as a replacement for a failed 4tb i had which was nice. i don’t need it. warranty till 3/12/21 £180

western digital 2 TB SAS drive WD2001FYYG sealed anti bag £50
as above but 1 tb verion £30
9 x Toshiba 900 GB 2.5″ sas drives in caddies £80 each

1 x WD my book 8TB external drives new £135 each

3.5″ 500 gb seagate, £10

The following are all 2.5″ laptop hard drives:

seagate 1TB mobile hdd ST1000LM035 £25
WD blue 1TB WD10SPCX £25
Toshiba 1 TB MQ01ABD100 £25

Msata SSD drives:

4 x transcend TS128GMA340 128 gb drives £25 each
lite on 128 gb ssd LMT-128M6M £25

Macbook air ssd:

1 x toshiba 64 GB ssd for macbook – not sure what THNSNC064GMDJ £20


ipad pro, 10.5″, first gen i think?? 256 gb unlocked. excellent condition. £550

Server ram brand new:

1 x 8gb HP branded PC3L 10600 £75
2 x 4 GB HP PC3-10600R-9 kit £40 each
1 x 8GB PC4-2133P kingston server ram £60

2 x HP 4GB micro SDHC flash media kits £5 for both

Desktop/laptop Ram:
2gb samsung pc3 12800 sodimm. £4
2gb Elpida pc3 10600s sodimm £4
2 x 2 gb hynix pc3 10600 £4 each
2 x 4gb corsair vengeance 1600 mhz ddr3 sodimm £40
1gb kingston ddr2 667 ram £2
2 x 1gb samsung pc2 5300 £4
2 x 512mg ddr2 667 £2

2 x 8gb (16gb set) corsair vengeance 1866 mhz ram £50
4 x 2gb DDR2 800 low profile ram for AMD based systems only £10

1 x Lenovo thinkpad 65 watt charger tip 7.9 x 5.5mm. new £20
3 x Targus universal monitor stands £15 each

2 x Microsoft surface pro 3 docks new £70 each
4 x new acme microsoft surface pro cases in black £20 each
4 x new acme suface pro covers with red/orange strap £20 each
1 x Wiwu 13.3″ pocket sleeve laptop case grey new £20
4 x Wiwu black 14″ laptop bags black with diamond pattern design £20 each
1 x Wiwu black 15.6″ laptop bag as above £25
2 x Griffin power banks 10000 mah. £20 each

6 x Arctic cooler freezer 33 plus 2 fan models intel/amd inc A4 socket. as new. £30 each
3 x aerocool integrator 500 watt psus new sealed £30 each

Price and currency: 1000
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: bank transfer
Location: heybridge cm9 4ua
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Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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For Sale – HP Proliant Microserver N54L AMD Turion II Dual Core 2.2GHz Barebones

I have swapped out my hard drives and ram into another unit so this system is now surplus to requirements.
Yours for £90 delivered
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Wanted – i5 4th gen/ i7 4th gen gaming pc

I’ve got a Dell XPS i7 4770 with, 16Gb 128Gb SSD, Wi-fi and B/tooth and a choice of GPU. I have a 4Gb RX560, 2Gb GTX 960, 6Gb GTX1060 or a 8Gb GTX 1070. It also has a small HD in for data and games.

It runs great and is driving my 4K TV for some casual gaming. It’s very rarely used as I have another gaming rig.

let me know which GPU you fancy and I’m sure we can do a deal.

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For Sale – MacBook Pro 13” Mid 2010

For sale is the family MacBook Pro as we have upgraded to a 15” and this is now surplus to requirements.

Mid 2010 A1278 MacBook Pro 13” 2.4 GHz core 2 duo.

8GB Ram

500GB Seagate Hybrid Hard Drive.

Correct spec box (not the original), relevant discs and cleaning cloth.

It is in decent well loved condition. A few age related marks on the case which are commensurate with age.

if you are looking for brand new and mint this is not for you. It is in very tidy condition for its age and would be perfect as a first laptop for the kids.

The screen looks unmarked and the backlight functions as it should.

It all works perfectly with no faults that I can find.

The CD/DVD works as it should as does the camera, trackpad and speakers.

The keyboard works perfectly and has no missing keys.

Battery is showing 162 cycles, 85% Good health.

Running OS X Sierra.

Aftermarket charger.

The original Apple charger has the usual worn cable so I will include it for spares and repairs only.

This is the last of the truly upgradeable and repairable MacBooks.

Collection is preferred but I will post if required. Delivery cost is NOT included.

Will consider offers.

Photos to follow.

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For Sale – HTC Vive Headset and 2 controllers

please note that I am not selling the light houses.

I have a vive headset for sale – excellent condition (it has a new face cover which is sealed)

£200 plus postage

photos upon request

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BT or paypal gift

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For Sale – Gaming PC; i7 9700k 8 Cores, RXT2060, 32GB Ram, 1TB M.2 SSD,

Hi all

For sale, I have my newly build, beast of a gaming PC.

Just found that I don’t game on it!


  • Intel Core i7 9700K 3.6GHz Octa Core
  • Corsair Vengeance LPX 32GB (2x 16GB) 2666MHz DDR4
  • MSI GeForce RTX 2060 Ventus 6GB Graphics Card
  • Samsung 970 EVO Plus 1TB M.2-2280 NVMe PCIe SSD
  • Gigabyte Z390 AORUS PRO WIFI Intel Socket 1151
  • Pioneer BDR-211EBK Blu-ray Writer Optical Drive
  • Corsair Obsidian 750D Full Tower Case – Black
  • EVGA 750 GQ 750W Modular 80+ Gold PSU
  • BeQuiet! Pure Rock Slim CPU Cooler
  • Microsoft Windows 10 Home – 64-Bit DVD (OEM)

Beautiful machine, runs like a dream…seriously, everything is instant! Runs Doom on full settings, no problem. In fact, any games I’ve tried runs perfectly on the highest settings.

Also comes with warranty. Build by the good folks at CCL Computers.

Cost me £1800 just a few months ago. Sad to see it go…asking for £1500. Not looking to split, sorry.

Pictures don’t do it justice, I’m happy to provide more.

I think collection is appropriate, could meet half way from Sheffield.

Thanks for looking.

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DevOps security shifts left, but miles to go to pass hackers

DevOps security processes have matured within enterprises over the last year, but IT shops still have far to go to stem the tide of data breaches.

DevOps teams have built good security habits almost by default as they have increased the frequency of application releases and adopted infrastructure and security automation to improve software development. More frequent, smaller, automated app deployments are less risky and less prone to manual error than large and infrequent ones.

Microservices management and release automation demand tools such as infrastructure as code and configuration management software to manage infrastructure, which similarly cut down on human error. Wrapped up into a streamlined GitOps process, Agile and DevOps techniques automate the path to production while locking down access to it — a win for both security and IT efficiency.

However, the first six months of 2019 saw such a flood of high-profile data breaches that at least one security research firm called it the worst year on record. And while cybersecurity experts aren’t certain how trustworthy that measurement is — there could just be more awareness of breaches than there used to be, or more digital services to attack than in past years — they feel strongly that DevOps security teams still aren’t staying ahead of attackers, who have also learned to automate and optimize what they do.

Adrian Sanabria, advocate at Thinkst Applied ResearchAdrian Sanabria

“The attackers have innovated, and that’s one of the problems with our industry — we’re at least five years behind the attackers,” said Adrian Sanabria, advocate at Thinkst Applied Research, a cybersecurity research and software firm based in South Africa. “We’re in a mode where we’re convinced, with all this VC money and money spent on marketing, that we have to wait for a product to be available to solve these problems … and they’re never going to be ready in time.”

DevOps security tools aren’t enough

A cybersecurity tool is only as good as how it’s used, Sanabria said, citing the example of a Target breach in 2013, where security software detected potentially malicious activity, but IT staff didn’t act on its warnings. In part, this was attributed to alert fatigue, as IT teams increasingly deal with a fire hose of alerts from various monitoring systems. But it also has to do with IT training, Sanabria said.

“In the breach research I’ve done, generally everyone owned [the tools] they needed to own,” he said. “They either didn’t know how to use it, hadn’t set it up correctly, or they had some kind of process issue where the [tools] did try to stop the attacks or warn them of it, [but] they either didn’t see the alert or didn’t act on the alert.”

The attackers have innovated, and that’s one of the problems with our industry — we’re at least five years behind the attackers.
Adrian SanabriaAdvocate, Thinkst Applied Research

DevOps security, or DevSecOps, teams have locked down many of the technical weak points within infrastructure and app deployment processes, but all too often, the initial attack takes a very human form, such as a spoofed email that seems to come from a company executive, directing the recipient to transfer funds to what turns out to be an attacker’s account.

“Often, breaches don’t even require hacking,” Sanabria said. “It requires understanding of financial processes, who’s who in the company and the timing of certain transactions.”

Preventing such attacks requires that employees be equally familiar with that information, Sanabria said. That lack of awareness is driving a surge in ransomware attacks, which rely almost entirely on social engineering to hold vital company data hostage.

Collaboration and strategy vital for DevOps security

Thus, in a world of sophisticated technology, the biggest problems remain human, according to experts — and their solutions are also rooted in organizational dynamics and human collaboration, starting with a more strategic, holistic organizational approach to IT security.

Jeremy Pullen, PolodisJeremy Pullen

“Technology people don’t think of leadership skills and collaboration as primary job functions,” said Jeremy Pullen, CEO of Polodis, a digital transformation consulting firm in Atlanta. “They think the job is day-to-day technical threat remediation, but you can’t scale your organization when you have people trying to do it all themselves.”

An overreliance on individual security experts within enterprises leads to a ‘lamppost effect,’ where those individuals overcompensate for risks they’re familiar with, but undercompensate in areas they don’t understand as well, Pullen said. That kind of team structure also results in the time-honored DevOps bugaboo of siloed responsibilities, which increases security fragility in the same way it dampens application performance and infrastructure resilience.

“Developers and operations may be blind to application security issues, while security tends to focus on physical and infrastructure security, which is most clearly defined in their threat models,” Pullen said. “Then it becomes a bit of a game of Whac-a-Mole … where you’re trying to fix one thing and then another thing pops up, and it gets really noisy.”

Instead, DevSecOps teams must begin to think of themselves and their individual job functions as nodes in a network rather than layers of a stack, Pullen said, and work to understand how the entire organization fits together.

“Everyone’s unclear about what enterprise architecture is,” he said. “They stick Jenkins in the middle of a process but might not understand that they need to separate that environment into different domains and understand governance boundaries.”

Effective DevOps security requires more team practice

Strategically hardening applications and IT management processes to prevent attacks is important, but organizations must also strategically plan — and practice — their response to ongoing security incidents that can and will still happen.

“Cybersecurity so far has been focused on solitary study and being the best technical practitioner you can be, and building stand-alone applications and infrastructure to the best technical standard, which reminds me of golf,” said Nick Drage, principal consultant at Path Dependence Ltd., a cybersecurity consulting firm based in the U.K., in a presentation at DevSecCon in Seattle last month. “But in reality, cybersecurity is a fight with an opponent over territory — much more like American football.”

As long as security is practiced by isolated individuals, it will be as effective as taking the football field armed with golf clubs, Drage said. Instead, the approach should be more team-oriented, cooperative, and, especially, emphasize team practice to prepare for ‘game time.’

This is the future of governance — controlling risk on the human side of our systems.
Charles BetzAnalyst, Forrester Research

American football defenses are particularly instructive for DevOps security strategy ideas about defense in depth, Drage said in his presentation. Among other things, they demonstrate that an initial incursion into a team’s territory — yards gained — does not amount to a breach — points scored. IT teams should also apply that thinking as they try to anticipate and respond to threats — how to protect the ‘end zone,’ so to speak, and not just their half of the field.

Thinkst’s Sanabria uses a different analogy — the DevOps security team as firefighters.

“We’re not going to get good at this if we don’t practice it,” he said. “We buy all the tools, but imagine firefighters if they’d never donned the suits, never driven the truck, never used the hose and they’re not expecting the amount of force and it knocks them down. Going out to their first fire would look like a comedy.”

And yet that’s exactly what happens with many enterprise IT security teams when they must respond to incidents, Sanabria said, in part because companies don’t prioritize experiential learning over informational training.

The good news is that IT analysts expect the next wave of DevOps security to look very much like chaos engineering used in many organizations to improve system resiliency, but with a human twist. Organizations have begun to emerge such as OpenSOC, which sets up training workshops, including simulated ransomware attacks, for companies to practice security incident response. Companies can also do this internally by treating penetration tests as real attacks, otherwise known as red teaming. Free and open source tools such as Infection Monkey from Guardicore Labs also simulate attack scenarios.

Charles Betz, Forrester ResearchCharles Betz

Tech companies such as such as Google already practice their own form of human-based chaos testing, where employees are selected at random for a ‘staycation,’ directed to take a minimum of one hour to answer work emails, or to intentionally give wrong answers to questions, to test the resiliency of the rest of the organization.

“Despite the implications of the word ‘chaos,’ some companies are already presenting chaos engineering to their risk management leaders and auditors,” said Charles Betz, analyst at Forrester Research. “This is the future of governance — controlling risk on the human side of our systems.”

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