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For Sale – EVGA RTX 2080 Ti FTW3 Ultra 11GB Graphics Card – As New Condition *Boxed with Warranty*

Purchased previously on the forums as can be seen here. Has been used in my rig exclusively in a smoke free, pet free environment since then.

Comes boxed and complete in the original factory packaging. Cooler hasn’t been removed, so the inspection seals are still in place. There are waterblocks available and the EVGA warranty covers cooler removal.

Goes without saying that you need a decent quality 650W+ PSU with 2 x 8-Pin connectors. Depending on the rest of your setup a higher wattage PSU is advisable, especially if you want to overclock the card. You’ll also need a case that can support this beast of a card.

437 days remaining on warranty.

Looking for £900 inc P&P, open to offers.

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See the Future of Xbox on July 23 on the Xbox Games Showcase – Xbox Wire

The day you’ve been waiting for is nearly here: On Thursday, July 23 at 9 a.m. PT, we’ll be giving you a closer look at the future of gaming with the Xbox Games Showcase, including world premieres and updated looks at some of the games we’ve already revealed. And yes, that includes your first-ever look at campaign gameplay from Halo Infinite.

Xbox Game Studios is pushing the industry forward with a huge variety of games, all of which support services and features that put the player first, including Xbox Game Pass and Smart Delivery.

What’s more, our celebration of all things Xbox games will start with a Summer Game Fest pre-show beginning at 8 a.m. PT. Tune in for reveals, predictions, insights from YouTube creators, and more on some already-announced titles coming to Xbox. Hosted by Geoff Keighley, the Xbox Games Showcase pre-show will air on YouTube Gaming.

You’ll be able to watch the Xbox Games Showcase in a variety of ways. You can tune-in on:

On the Xbox YouTube channel, live language support for the Xbox Games Showcase will include Japanese, Korean, Spanish, Castilian Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, French, German, Italian, Polish, Mandarin Chinese, Russian, and Arabic translations.

If you’re a content creator interested in hosting a watch-along or co-stream of the Xbox Games Showcase, or posting a reaction or recap after the show, know that Xbox is appreciative!

If you’ve never co-streamed before, be sure to follow your platform’s terms and guidelines, and look for tips on your stream setup. For example, Twitch has put together some top-line tips for content creators to get you started here. Keep an eye out for the new Master Chief emotes!

We hope you’ll join us as we take a closer look at the future of Xbox on Thursday, July 23 at 9 a.m. PT. If you can’t make it, don’t worry: you can check out highlights immediately following the show or view the whole Xbox Game Showcase on-demand soon after it airs.

We’ll see you next week!

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Land O’Lakes and Microsoft form strategic alliance to pioneer new innovations in agriculture and support rural communities – Stories

Together the companies aim to build tighter connections between consumers and farmers through innovative new technologies built on Microsoft’s cloud

ARDEN HILLS, Minn., and REDMOND, Wash. — July 15, 2020 — Land O’Lakes Inc. and Microsoft Corp. on Wednesday announced a multiyear strategic alliance to pioneer new innovations in agriculture and enhance the supply chain, expand sustainability practices for farmers and the food system, and close the rural broadband gap. As one of the nation’s largest farmer-owned cooperatives with 150 million acres of productive cropland in its network, Land O’Lakes is deeply connected to rural America and has a unique understanding of farmers’ needs and the communities where they and their families live and work. Combined with Microsoft’s trusted cloud technologies and AI capabilities, the companies will deliver solutions that help farmers’ profit potential and adoption of sustainable agricultural practices.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. farms contribute more than $130 billion to the economy, emphasizing the critical role farmers play in our nation’s food supply. Yet the industry faces challenges that threaten its viability, including climate change, trade issues and an evolving workforce. With the emergence of COVID-19, the industry is increasingly facing production and supply-chain issues, and many farmers are facing new economic challenges for their family-owned businesses.

Cow in a field“Land O’Lakes is one of  the most important food suppliers in the U.S., and our nation’s farmers and consumers rely on its ability to rapidly adapt to changing market forces through innovation,” said Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft. “Through our partnership, we will apply the power of Azure and its AI capabilities to help Land O’Lakes solve some of the most pressing challenges facing the industry and bridge the divide between rural and urban communities.”

“As America’s farmers continue to deliver the world’s safest, most affordable food supply, they face an increasing number of obstacles that are beyond their control. The data-based, precision agriculture tools that we are building with Microsoft will provide the edge they need, but unreliable or nonexistent high-speed internet in rural areas keeps these tools out of reach for many. Through this alliance, we will work to address this need and help farmers remain profitable and sustainable,” said Beth Ford, president and CEO of Land O’Lakes, Inc.

Accelerating agriculture innovation

Initially, the companies will focus on developing a connected AgTech platform, built on Microsoft Azure, that will bring together Land O’Lakes’ portfolio of innovative AgTech tools, such as WinField United’s R7® Suite, Data Silo and Truterra™ Insights Engine under one unified architecture. By standardizing on Azure and harnessing the power of Azure FarmBeats, Land O’Lakes will be able to derive insights that enable intelligent agriculture solutions for farmers to be more productive with their time and resources. This includes early mitigation of plant stress to guide precisely where and when farmers should take action on their field for ideal growth conditions, maximization of yield potential by planting the right seed varieties and nutrients, optimizing fertilizer investments, and ensuring accurate output ratio to meet demand properly, all while lowering the farm carbon footprint.

Built on top of the AgTech platform, the companies will collaborate to advance an aggregator of data with Data Silo, as well as leverage Microsoft Azure and its AI capabilities and insights from WinField United Answer Plot® test fields, to support more predictable decisions for placement of crop inputs such as seeds and treatments, with the goal of increasing return on investment with the entire acre.

The companies will create a Digital Dairy solution, harnessing the power of edge computing to capture data from farms with poor internet coverage, and the power of AI to provide data-driven insights for dairy producers. This initiative will bring together multiple data streams — including weather, feed management and animal health — from sensors and third-party applications to help dairy producers improve profit potential, adopt conservation practices and reduce waste by feeding livestock only what they need and ensuring milk supply doesn’t go bad in the supply chain. Through the Digital Dairy solution, the companies will enable Traceability throughout the Land O’Lakes supply chain, providing transparency to milk, butter and cheese, ensuring consumer confidence that foods are of the highest quality and sustainably sourced. At a time when the dairy industry is stressed with changing customer demand and supply-chain disruptions, these digital tools will help producers improve efficiencies and profit potential, while helping to ensure food gets to the people who need it most.

Advancing sustainability initiatives

With the challenges of a changing climate, more extreme weather and a growing world population, Land O’Lakes and Microsoft share a commitment to sustainability and natural resources stewardship to help farm fields be both more resilient and productive for generations to come. We can help farmers improve the health and function of their farms’ soils to both produce more food and store greenhouse gas, including carbon. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations estimates that agricultural soils could hold up to 10% of human-caused emissions within 25 years. Yet, soils are largely absent from global carbon markets. As a result, farmers lack adequate information and incentives to practice regenerative agriculture to capture and store carbon.

Farm machinery in a fieldThe companies are working together to change that by developing a technology suite to help farmers improve their profit potential and generate new revenue in carbon markets. The new alliance will develop capabilities to quickly and effectively predict the carbon benefits of regenerative practices like no-till, precision nutrient management and planting of cover crops. Combining such capabilities with the real-time transparency from remote sensing and satellite data will make certification of these projects in global carbon markets easier, quicker and less expensive — ultimately maximizing the economic value for farmers.

The companies will explore integrating these new capabilities into the Truterra™ Insights Engine to create a unique soil health platform that can help farmers identify new opportunities to adopt practices to improve the quality and function of their farms’ soils, estimate the natural resource and economic benefits of those new practices, generate soil carbon credits, and connect to soil carbon markets that sell certified credits to buyers.

The platform would help unlock the potential of hundreds of millions of acres of farmland to be an effective carbon removal system and improve soil health and productivity, while providing farmers with the insights they need to make the best decisions for their farms. Markets like these may help Microsoft reach its goal to be carbon negative by 2030 and remove more carbon from the atmosphere than it emitted since its founding by 2050, and help other businesses take advantage of soil carbon credits and the market to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.

Connecting rural America

Broadband is essential to fully participate in the modern economy. Unfortunately, more than 18 million Americans, 14 million of whom live in rural communities, don’t have access to broadband connections. Both companies are working to connect rural communities: Microsoft’s Airband Initiative has worked around the country to eliminate the rural broadband gap, and Land O’Lakes’ American Connection Project aims to close the digital divide through action and advocacy.

The companies are launching pilots that will lead to long-term programmatic solutions in rural communities. Combining Microsoft’s Airband program and specific locations within the Land O’Lakes owner network, broadband will be deployed to rural communities along with services including telehealth, educational resources and digital skilling. Both companies are also advocating for policy changes to accelerate the availability of broadband in rural communities, including broadband mapping to fully understand who has and does not have access to broadband, and federal funding in upcoming legislation.

Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic makes the digital divide even worse for many people. Remote work, education and healthcare are out of reach for people living in rural communities without online access. The companies are answering this immediate need for connectivity by working together to turn on free public Wi-Fi at more than 150+ locations in 19 states using a mix of technologies, including fixed wireless, and supplying internet service providers with the necessary hardware.

Land O’Lakes to transition its IT platforms to Microsoft

Through this agreement, Microsoft becomes Land O’Lakes’ strategic cloud provider, and Land O’Lakes will migrate the majority of the company’s IT infrastructure onto Microsoft Azure. The company has enabled Microsoft 365 and Teams for its workforce, empowering them with next-generation digital experience technology for increased productivity, advanced security, internal collaboration and customer engagement.

About Land O’Lakes Inc.

Land O’Lakes, Inc., one of America’s premier agribusiness and food companies, is a member-owned cooperative with industry-leading operations that span the spectrum from agricultural production to consumer foods. With 2019 annual sales of $14 billion, Land O’Lakes is one of the nation’s largest cooperatives, ranking 232 on the Fortune 500. Building on a legacy of more than 99 years of operation, Land O’Lakes today operates some of the most respected brands and businesses in agriculture and food production including Land O’Lakes Dairy Foods, Purina Animal Nutrition, WinField United and Truterra, LLC. The company does business in all 50 states and more than 60 countries. Land O’Lakes, Inc. corporate headquarters are located in Arden Hills, Minn.

About Microsoft

Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) enables digital transformation for the era of an intelligent cloud and an intelligent edge. Its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

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Microsoft Media Relations, WE Communications for Microsoft, (425) 638-7777, [email protected]

Land O’Lakes Media Relations, Brooke Dillon, (651) 202-1670, [email protected]

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For Sale – IBM ThinkPad 760EL rare vintage laptop in mint condition

For the collectors among you, here is a very special item from my collection: this is an IBM ThinkPad dating from 1997, in full working order and restored lovingly to mint cosmetic condition.

Specs:

• Intel Pentium 120 MHz CPU
• Intel 430MX chipset
• Trident Cyber9320 video controller with 1 MB VRAM
• 12.1″ Active Matrix TFT display with 800×600 resolution and 16-bit colour (SVGA) – does support external monitors
• 24 MB RAM (8 MB built-in + 2x 8 MB modules) – expandable to max 104 MB, I believe
• 2.1 GB IDE HDD
• ES1688 Audio controller
• IrDA 1.0
• UltraBay Thick
• 1.44 MB 3.5” FDD UltraBay module (swappable)
• CD-ROM UltraBay module (swappable)
• Serial, parallel, PS/2, external floppy, docking station and analog VGA ports
• 2x Type II PCMCIA CardBus slots or 1x type III
• Lithium Ion battery (swappable)
• IBM power supply with UK plug

Latest firmware installed. Perfect support for DOS including sound in games, also supports Windows 9x, NT, Windows 2000 and other vintage operating systems such as OPENSTEP for Mach 4.2.

Machine is working well. Both the CMOS battery and the main Li-Ion battery hold a charge, but due to the age of the machine, may need replacing after a while. This has the famous lift up keyboard design where the back of the keyboard automatically lifts up a little as you open the lid, to provide a more ergonomic angle for typing.

This is a 23 year-old computer, so it’s generally in startlingly good condition, however note the following minor issues:

– The front IrDA transceiver seems to be faulty, although the rear one works. This can be replaced by the user if needed, but I never use infrared file sharing
– One corner of the top lid was damaged and has been masked by black electrical tape. The LCD itself is not damaged, it’s just a cosmetic defect.
– There was a hairline crack on the front bezel around the left UltraBay slot. I‘ve repaired this with superglue and paint, so that it’s strong and looks seamless
– I’ve cleaned the machine and tested everything I could, but I have no devices with which to test serial and parallel ports. PCMCIA slots do work if you want to add a network or SCSI card

The 760 family were top of the range laptops back in their day and some fully-specced out models retailed for over $8K. Inspired by the Japanese bento box design, they were built like tanks and with ease of maintenance and expandability in mind. The fact that this specimen looks and works great even today is testament to IBM’s engineering prowess. The UltraBay cable- and tool-free swappable design for peripherals is a stroke of brilliance.

NASA had approved the 760 family for use in space shuttle missions and they’re also used on the international space station MIR. This is your chance to own a significant milestone in the development of portable computers and/or pretend you’re and astronaut. It’s also perfect for playing classic old DOS games such as Doom, Doom II, Quake, Secret of Monkey Island and other classic LucasArts adventure titles, even early Win9x software.

Shipping will be £25 including insurance.

DISCLAIMER: Goes without saying this venerable machine cannot run any modern OS and does not feature WiFi or hardware 3D acceleration. It’s intended for collectors and vintage PC enthusiasts.

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Wanted – Any Unwanted 2500K/2600K CPU and DDR3 RAM You Don’t Need?

Hi

Long shot but I thought I’d ask here. Due to financial fiasco and covid-19, was wondering if anyone had any unwanted CPU, RAM they don’t need? I want to do a PC build to play games (nothing major). Games like Sims, Halo Wars etc.. especially Gears Tactics (huge fan of the franchise) that had to release during this time

So far I managed to get these;
Silverstone Sugo SG13WB Mini ITX
Basic Keyboard/Mouse
WD 240GB SSD for OS and Seagate 1TB 2.5″ HDD for games?
GTX 750 Ti (pending)

I was looking at Intel 2500K/2600K, DDR3 as a build. Something simple not over the top sufficient enough for gaming? Anyone got anything they don’t need in their basement, attic, garage etc? I have Lenovo M93p but that doesn’t cut it for gaming. Will be selling/trading the Lenovo M93p here to get this build sorted for the required parts.

Will the GTX 750 Ti be ok for games like SIMS, Halo Wars, Gears Tactics? Not games like Doom Eternal, COD, BF. If you have recommendations on GPU do let me know, I’ll see if I can fit around my financial budget LOL

Anybody know if I can take out the i5-4570T from my Lenovo M93p and use that for a PC gaming build and will it be enough?
PSU and Motherboard I can get with my own expense. 450w PSU Corsair and may have to find decent ITX boards.

I appreciate taking the time to read this post

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Wanted – 1155 Motherboard

Think or know? Your post here seems to indicate you were willing to sell it with no mention of fault

Then just over a year ago you did say there was a fault but despite having multiple systems have no GPU in any of them to confirm fault (and can I assume price is £50 since you didnt provide one, like I asked in OP)

Is it socket damage then? Thats most likely cause of dubious PCI-E ?

I might be interested if you were a bit more forthcoming with info you clearly DO have 😉 Board revision?

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For Sale – 15″ Macbook Pro Retina (Mid 2014), i7, 1TB, 16GB Ram

Selling my 15 inch Macbook Pro. Bought from here a year ago, so one previous owner (bought by them from the Apple store). Since changed jobs and been given a work laptop so this hasn’t been touched for a couple of months.

Great running order with one mark on the screen, some sort of scratch from the previous owner. Visible when on & off but quickly vanishes from view when the laptop is in use. Otherwise in very good condition, a couple of much lighter scratches on the base.

Specs: i7 2.5GHz, 16GB, 1TB SSD, Nvidia 750m graphics
Manufactured date: 2015-02-02

Comes with unofficial charger, official box, and official charger brick (without magsafe end) if desired. Happy to post, or can offer collection in Bristol

Attached one photo as proof of ownership, will post further & detail shots up tomorrow

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Windows Server 2008 end of life means it’s time to move

Windows Server 2008 end of life is here, so will you go to the cloud, use containers or carry on with on-premises Windows Server?

Windows Server 2008 and Server 2008 R2 left support recently, giving administrators one last batch of security updates on January Patch Tuesday. Organizations that have not migrated to a supported platform will not get further security fixes for Server 2008/2008 R2 machines unless they have enrolled in the Extended Security Updates program or moved those workloads into the Microsoft cloud for three additional years of security updates. Organizations that choose to continue without support will roll the dice with machines that now present a liability.

In many instances, a switch to a newer version of Windows Server is not an option. For example, many hospitals run equipment that relies on applications that do not function on a 64-bit operating system, which rules out every currently supported Windows Server OS. In these cases, IT must keep those workloads running but keep them as secure as possible using various methods, such as isolating the machine with a segregated virtual LAN or even pulling the plug by air-gapping those systems.

What works best for your organization is based on many factors, such as cost and the IT department’s level of expertise and comfort level with newer technologies.

For some, a cloudy forecast

The decision to stay with the same version of Server 2008/2008 R2 comes with a price. To enroll in the Extended Security Updates program requires Software Assurance and the cost for the updates annually is about 75% of what a Windows Server license costs.

This expense will motivate some organizations to explore ways to reduce those costs and one alternative is to push those Server 2008/2008 R2 workloads into the Azure cloud. This migration will require some adjustment as the capital expense of an on-premises system migrates to the operational expense used with the cloud consumption model.

Mentioning the cloud word doesn’t fill IT with as much apprehension as it once did, but the move might require some technological gymnastics to get some workloads working when one component, such as the database, needs to stay on premises while the application runs in the cloud.

Some other considerations include increasing the available bandwidth to accommodate the need for lower latency when working with cloud workloads and learning how to patch and do other administrative tasks when the system is in Azure.

Application virtualization is another option

While traditional virtualization is the norm for most Windows shops, there’s a relatively new form of virtualization that is another migration option. Putting a Windows Server 2008/2008 R2 workload into a Docker container might not seem as far-fetched as it did when this technology was in its infancy.

Containers versus VMs
Because each virtual machine uses a guest operating system, VMs use more disk space than a container that shares an underlying operating system.

Microsoft added support for Windows containers on Windows Server 2016 and 2019, as well as the Semi-Annual Channel releases. The migration process puts the legacy application into a container, which then runs on top of a supported Windows Server OS.

Administrators will need to get up to speed with the differences between the two forms of virtualization, and the advantages and disadvantages of migrating a server workload to a containerized application. For example, all the containerized applications run on top of a shared kernel, which might not work in environments with a requirement for kernel isolation for sensitive workloads.

Storage Migration Service eases file server upgrades

Microsoft released Windows Server 2019 with a host of new features, including the Storage Migration Service, which attempts to reduce the friction associated with moving file servers to a newer Windows Server operating system.

One standby for many organizations is the on-premises file server that holds documents, images and other data that employees rely on to do their jobs. The Windows Server 2008 end of life put many in IT in the difficult position of upgrading file servers on this legacy server OS. It’s not as simple as copying all the files over to the new server because there are numerous dependencies associated with stored data that must get carried over and, at the same time, avoid disrupting the business during the migration process.

The Storage Migration Service runs from within Microsoft’s relatively new administrative tool called the Windows Admin Center. The feature is not limited to just shifting to a supported on-premises Windows Server version but will coordinate the move to an Azure File Sync server or a VM that runs in Azure.

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Xbox Sessions: Travis Kelce and Richard Sherman Go Head to Head in Madden NFL 20 on Xbox One Before Next Sunday’s Super Showdown – Xbox Wire

One of the biggest days in American sports is almost here. Practically a national holiday, all eyes will be on the upcoming showdown between the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers on February 2 in Miami, Florida. To celebrate the championship, we’re giving you a preview of the big game on Xbox One as Travis Kelce and Richard Sherman join the annual Game Before the Game episode of Xbox Sessions on Tuesday, January 28, sponsored by our friends at TurboTax.

Kelce and Sherman will put their skills and talent to the test and go head to head in EA Sports Madden NFL 20 with the winner receiving 50 Xbox One consoles and a copy of Madden NFL 20 for their charity of choice. Kelce will be playing for his organization, Eighty-Seven & Running, while Sherman will represent for Blanket Coverage, the Richard Sherman Family Foundation. Just a few days before the big game itself, the two superstars will play Tuesday, January 28, at 3:30 p.m. PT / 6:30 p.m. ET in Miami and will be joined by our very own Rukari Austin as host, sideline reporter, and referee.

What’s more, this episode of Xbox Sessions will be live streamed on Xbox Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Mixer and Twitch channels so fans can tune in to watch the two players battle on the proverbial gridiron and cheer on their favorite team, while listening to color-commentary and play-by-plays throughout the competition.

Will the Madden NFL 20 showdown on Xbox One predict the real turnout on February 2? Be sure to tune in to see who comes out on top. If you miss tomorrow’s preview of the big game, you can catch the action later on the Xbox YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Mixer and Twitch channels! And don’t forget to grab a copy of Madden NFL 20, Madden NFL 20: Superstar Edition, or Madden NFL: Ultimate Superstar Edition at 50% off their original price between January 28 and February 3.

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