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Wanted – 2 in 1 convertible laptop, 8gb ram

Great condition, just has the odd scratch on the bottom and a small mark on one of the hinges but the lid, screen and keyboard areas are spotless. Specification is as follows: – 8th Gen Intel Core i3 8130U @ 2.2GHz – 8GB DDR4 Ram – 240GB Corsair NVME – 1TB 5400RPM HDD – Intel UHD Graphics 620 -…

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For Sale – Apple MacBook Pro 13 early 2011 Core i5 2.3GHz – 8GB RAM/480GB SSD – High Sierra

Selling this Macbook Pro 13 from early 2011, if fantastic condition (not just for its age), apart from a small scuff on the corner where the optical drive is (see photo 6).

Other than that it is in almost perfect condition, just see the rest of the photos. Very, very clean laptop, which has just been upgraded to 8GB of RAM and a brand new 480GB SSD. It is still very quick and everything works perfectly, not stutters!! It will work perfectly and fast for Internet, Office applications, Email, Photo editing, day to day computing and perfect for School/University!

It’s not a gaming laptop, so don’t expect great performance if you’re trying to run high framerate 3D games.

Battery cycle count is low at 219 and it will still easily give you between 4 and 5 hours, if not more. Standby time (lid closed) is phenomenal 6-7 days.

REASONABLE OFFERS WELCOME!!!

This laptop has been looked after and will still provide many years of use, with that glowing Apple at the back

It will come safely packaged, with its original power supply and a fresh install of MacOS High Sierra.

Just see the photos, buy with confidence and grab a bargain.

Any questions, just ask.

£379

£329 ono inc p&p or can be collected from Northampton

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Data storage vendors face ‘uncertain’ future during pandemic

Just as COVID-19’s impact on health affects geographic areas and types of people differently, the pandemic also affects adoption of storage products and technologies in various ways.

And the pandemic’s pattern of spikes and plateaus also makes it difficult to predict the future for storage and other IT disciplines. Recent earnings reports for the second quarter of 2020 showed even data storage vendors that have maintained decent sales still don’t know what to expect — although they are cautiously optimistic.

“It’s clear that the worst is behind us,” Quantum CEO Jamie Lerner said last week during the backup and file system vendor’s earnings call.

But little is really clear now about the immediate future.

From the earnings reports of Quantum and drive vendors Western Digital Corp. (WDC) and Seagate Technology, it appeared cloud providers and governments are buying storage, and larger companies are adding capacity for archive and disaster recovery data. However, smaller enterprises and SMBs have put storage spending plans on hold, as have the dormant entertainment and sports industries.

‘Uncertain times’ remain for data storage vendors

It’s difficult to look ahead with clarity. Western Digital CEO David Goeckeler, who completed his first full quarter in the job, frequently used the words uncertain and uncertainty in his earnings call last week.

“If there’s a common theme among our markets, it’s uncertainty,” he said. “We’re operating in uncertain times.”

Goeckeler said WDC’s cloud business was strong and flash media sales increased, but brick-and-mortar customers spent much of the quarter in lockdown without spending. His assessment for the rest of the year: “uncertainty remains.”

In the near term, we expect to remain challenged by the pandemic in the global economic contraction.
David GoeckelerCEO, Western Digital

Goeckeler said he is concerned about potential disruptions to WDC’s supply chain and COVID-19’s potential impact on employees’ health at its manufacturing plants around the world.

WDC came through last quarter in decent shape, with $4.3 billion in revenue, up 18% from last year and in line with its forecast. Enterprise SSD revenue grew nearly 70% from the previous quarter and more than doubled from last year, and WDC’s data center sales of $1.7 billion increased 32% year-over-year.

On the downside, capacity enterprise hard drive revenue dropped from the previous quarter. Revenue from client solutions — HDD and SSD removable products — fell 9% from last year to $687 million, and 16% from the previous quarter. WDC blamed those declines on lockdowns.

Breaking it down by media, WDC’s flash revenue from SSDs grew 49% year-over-year to $2.2 billion, while HDD revenue fell 4% to $2.1 billion and total exabtye shipments decreased 2%.

WDC isn’t the only vendor to experience a decline in HDD drives. Overall, HDD shipments declined to 59 million last quarter, down 13% from the previous quarter, according to market research firm Trendfocus. Market leader Seagate’s shipments of 26.1 million dropped 11%, WDC slipped 5% to 23.1 million and Toshiba fell 32% to 10 million HDDs shipped after getting hit by supply problems. The three make up the entire enterprise HDD market.

Unlike WDC, Seagate has no enterprise flash business to fall back on. Its revenue of $2.52 billion last quarter increased 6.3% year-over-year but dropped 7% from the previous quarter, and it fell $100 million short of Wall Street expectations. Like Quantum, Seagate said the coronavirus pandemic hurt its video and imaging sales, and that failed to make up for increase in sales to cloud providers that saw more demand.

Seagate CEO Dave Mosley said midsize and small enterprises reduced IT spending and local governments delayed projects because of COVID-19.

“The near-term outlook is unclear,” Mosely said during Seagate’s earnings call in July.

Or, as his WDC rival would say, the immediate future is uncertain.

“In the near term, we expect to remain challenged by the pandemic in the global economic contraction,” Goeckeler said.

WDC forecasted revenue of $3.7 billion to $3.9 billion this quarter, which would be down from $4 billion a year ago. WDC said it expects data center and client devices to decline.

‘Steady and gradual recovery’

Even Quantum’s Lerner, who said the worst is behind us, admitted these are still trying times for data storage vendors.

Jamie LernerJamie Lerner

“I wouldn’t say everything’s back to normal, but we’re seeing a steady and gradual recovery,” Lerner said in an interview. “We’re coming off the lows.”

Lerner said customers have taken projects off hold, particularly those using StorNext file storage in verticals such as government, healthcare, biometrics and medical research. He said those customers buy for disaster recovery and large data archives. But other industries — notably, movie and TV studios and professional sports — remain “muted” in their spending. Large entertainment companies in Los Angeles and New York have not yet resumed production. Sports teams are playing reduced schedules in a limited number of stadiums and without fans, eliminating most of the need for in-game and broadcast video.

Quantum’s revenue last quarter of $73 million was more than expected but still down 31% from last year. Its forecast of around $83 million this quarter represented a big drop from $106 million in the same period of 2019.

Quantum lost $11 million last quarter, and Lerner said he would not rule out asking for more stimulus money from the U.S government if Quantum qualifies. Quantum received a $10 million loan during the U.S. government’s first Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) in April, and Lerner said he is hoping for loan forgiveness even after receiving a request from Congress to return the money because Quantum is a public company. Lerner said he believes his response satisfied the House of Representatives’ subcommittee in charge of PPP.

“We presented the Congressional subcommittee exactly what we did and went through, and, to my understanding, we met their full satisfaction,” he said.

Lerner said Quantum is well funded, but if Congress passes another stimulus program, “we would review it to see if we qualify and if it would help our business. The goal is to stimulate business, and we want to stimulate business, stimulate the economy and protect jobs.

“I can say we have adhered 100% to the criteria for loan forgiveness, so as long as they adhere to the program, I would expect forgiveness. But things change every day.”

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For Sale – High Spec Gaming PC/Computer

Bought this off a chap 2 weeks ago but just don’t have the time to play it.

Gaming PC – VR READY – 4K – 1440P – HIGH END!

– Proccessor
Ryzen 7 3700x

– Graphics card
ASUS 2060 Super

– RAM
16GB Corsair 3200mhz

– Storage
1tb HDD
1tb HDD
250gb SSD M.2 Drive

– Motherboard
B450 Plus

– Proccessor Cooler
Double fan AIO Cooler

Windows 10 Full activated

This pc is extremely fast and can run any games you throw at it 1080p max settings high FPS! Or you could even play 4k 1440p at really good FPS, also the pc is VR Ready and can play any game with no stutters etc.

If you know anything about pcs you know that this is really high end and hasn’t been cheaped out on.

The pc has plenty of fans so the temperatures are really cool.

This PC is great for, Competitive/Casual gamers, Video/Photo editing or anything else.

I can also throw in my Keyboard and mouse, the Keyboard alone cost £200+!

If you have any questions or enquires then please ask.

Pick up in Nottingham or can post.

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For Sale – Apple MacBook Pro 13 early 2011 Core i5 2.3GHz – 8GB RAM/480GB SSD – High Sierra

Selling this Macbook Pro 13 from early 2011, if fantastic condition (not just for its age), apart from a small scuff on the corner where the optical drive is (see photo 6).

Other than that it is in almost perfect condition, just see the rest of the photos. Very, very clean laptop, which has just been upgraded to 8GB of RAM and a brand new 480GB SSD. It is still very quick and everything works perfectly, not stutters!! It will work perfectly and fast for Internet, Office applications, Email, Photo editing, day to day computing and perfect for School/University!

It’s not a gaming laptop, so don’t expect great performance if you’re trying to run high framerate 3D games.

Battery cycle count is low at 219 and it will still easily give you between 4 and 5 hours, if not more. Standby time (lid closed) is phenomenal 6-7 days.

REASONABLE OFFERS WELCOME!!!

This laptop has been looked after and will still provide many years of use, with that glowing Apple at the back

It will come safely packaged, with its original power supply and a fresh install of MacOS High Sierra.

Just see the photos, buy with confidence and grab a bargain.

Any questions, just ask.

£379 ono inc p&p or can be collected from Northampton

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For Sale – Lenovo Legion Y530 – Core i5 – GTX1050 2GBVRAM – 16GB RAM – 128GB+480GB SSD Gaming Laptop

Just upgraded to one of those new fancy Ryzen 4000 laptops, so selling my Lenovo Legion Y530.

Had this for about 18 months, and it’s in great condition. Has never left the house, and has been used on power all the time, so battery has barely any wear (according to windows 10 battery checker util battery is still at factory levels). Cosmetically keyboard, screen, touchpad are all great, only real marks on the machine are on the lid, where there are a few very small scuffs/scratches. Done my best to catch them on photo, but they’re so small it’s pretty hard to see them.

Laptop comes fully boxed, in original packaging (slight tear on box top, see pictures) with genuine Lenovo PSU, and a high quality 3rd party PSU as a spare/extra.

Over the time I’ve had it, I’ve done a few upgrades, and below is full spec of the laptop as it is now (* next to upgraded parts).

Intel Core i5-8300H 4 Core/8 Thread CPU
16GB (2x8GB Dual Channel) 2666 Mhz RAM *
128GB NVMe OS SSD
480GB SATAIII Sandisk SSD Secondary Storage *
Intel AC-9560 Wifi * (best wifi card this machine can have, as Lenovo lock down the bios to certain model cards )
Nvidia GTX1050 2GB VRAM
15.6″ FHD 1080p 60Hz display
Windows 10 Home

Just given it a good old clean, and a full re-install of the latest version of Windows 10, so it’s ready to go for any new owner.

Looking for £500 incl. insured postage, payment by BT only on this one.

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For Sale – HP Z230 Intel Core i7 Desktop Computer with 16GB RAM, 1TB Hard Drive+ Win10Pro + Office 2019 Pro

Just not being used anymore since using laptop so going up for sale is my desktop computer.

It is ready to go with Microsoft Windows 10 64-Bit Professional (fully activated as per photo) + Microsoft Office 2019 Professional Plus including Word, Excel, Powerpoint etc (fully activated as per photo).

The computer would suit as a business computer, a gaming computer (just need to add a graphics card and an SSD but it’s pretty fast already) or just a home computer for everything you need it to do apart from make you a cup of tea!

Intel Core i7-4770 processor running at 3.4Ghz
16GB RAM memory
1TB Hard disk drive
DVD writer drive
4x USB ports on the front of the computer
Memory card readers on the front of the computer
3x Display ports on the back
6x USB ports on the back
LAN port for your internet cable
audio ports for speakers etc
PS2 ports for the old style keyboards and mice

Open to sensible offers and delivery will be via ParcelForce24/48

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Maine state government modernizes with Oracle Analytics

Maine’s analytics capabilities were stuck in the last century until just months ago, but by adopting Oracle Analytics the state government has transformed its business intelligence capabilities.

The database the Maine state government used up through part of 2019 was built in 1995, said Jeffrey Jordan, director of enterprise data services for the State of Maine, during the Oracle Analytics Summit, the vendor’s virtual user conference.

The state’s data was deeply siloed, and while users in a given department might know where to find that department’s data, if they wanted data from another department they didn’t know how to access it.

“That created a level of complexity for the end users in state government that was unmanageable,” Jordan said during a session recorded on Tuesday. “You were left with an environment where the average data consumer in state government only knew how to get what their predecessor knew how to get. They may have been trained to run a certain report, but they didn’t know how to get any other information.”

Meanwhile, anyone who needed to build a report or dashboard had to go through the state’s IT department to get it, and that took time. Users needed to submit a ticket, which then went into a queue, and the IT department would get to it when its turn came up.

Jeffrey Jordan, the state of Maine's director of enterprise data services, gives a virtual presentation during the Oracle Analytics Summit.
Jeffrey Jordan, the State of Maine’s director of enterprise data services, outlines Maine’s plan for designing a new analytics stack.

Maine’s path to Oracle Analytics began by making a case for change to the leaders of the state government. Jordan and his team of database analysts and IT professionals wanted to make the state government’s BI capabilities not only faster but also accessible by more than only the members of the IT department.

That meant first migrating the state’s data to the cloud, and then completely revamping the analytics process.

“A quote by one of the people I interviewed [about the need to modernize Maine’s BI technology] has stuck with me forever,” Jordan said. “They said, ‘When a customer asks me a question, they’ve lost interest by the time I can provide an answer.’ That was a matter of function, and the availability of the data that was needed.”

Once given approval, Maine’s analytics modernization began in 2018 by remodeling its data sets and moving them into an Oracle Analytics Cloud data warehouse, a process that lasted through the end of 2019. Meanwhile, Jordan and his team determined they wanted to build a three-tiered service model using Oracle Analytics.

First, the team designed a data analytics workbench to enable data analysts to easily develop the reports needed to operate the state government and do so with the modern visualization tools they were previously lacking. Next, they built an information portal including natural language processing capabilities to make dashboards and queries immediately available to members of the state government outside Jordan’s team, the business users.

We wanted to make it quick and easy to get to the data you needed to do your job.
Jeffrey JordanDirector of enterprise data services, State of Maine

Finally, a data science lab where machine learning can be applied to data and forecasting models can be developed, is still under construction.

In addition, leaders in state government wanted a single point of entry to the data, eliminating siloed data and that inability to access data in other departments. In response, Jordan’s team built an information portal using Oracle Analytics where end users can find what they’re looking for using simple drop-down menus.

“We wanted to make it quick and easy to get to the data you needed to do your job,” Jordan said.

Beyond simplifying — and speeding up — the analytics process to make it accessible to more users, Jordan added that implementation of Oracle Analytics and the transformation of the Maine state government’s BI stack has improved partnership between IT and end users.

“Answers are delivered faster, and there’s a reduced reliance on IT,” Jordan said. “It doesn’t go to zero, but it’s reducing the reliance so that you, as a data consumer and data producer, work with your data without having to wait in the queue.”

By May 2020, the state’s reliance on the legacy system was nearly eliminated and the old system is now used only to make sure reporting is consistent through the end of the year.

“What we’re seeing is a high value to end users,” Jordan said. “They’re turning what used to be one-off processes that they had to do manually into something the system does for them. They set it and forget it, and just get the information into their hands on a regular basis, and they’re seeing a lot of efficiency gain.”

Despite the success of Maine’s data transformation, the transition from its legacy stack to Oracle Analytics hasn’t been completely without glitches. Those problems, however, have more to do with education and training than anything else, Jordan said. As a result, more training is being planned.

In addition, Jordan said that he regrets not using Oracle Analytics until after the data was remodeled. The platform, he said, could have been used to do ad hoc analysis had training been done earlier, and by doing one step and then the other it delayed the starting point when the state government began getting value out of Oracle Analytics.

Meanwhile, as Jordan and his team continue developing the state of Maine’s analytical capabilities, they plan to move the state’s data from Oracle’s database as a service to Oracle Autonomous Data Warehouse and integrate the state’s human resources data into the warehouse.

“We’re really excited to have replaced the old,” he said. “Now, we maximize the value we’re getting out of this new platform.”

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Wanted – 3TB WD RED HDD

Just 1?

I have a couple of 1TB Reds

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For Sale – Seagate Barracuda 2TB mechanical drive.

Tony, this drive has just arrived, however upon opening it I have immediately discovered it is damaged.

I have not attempted to attach this to my pc yet so I have not confirmed if it’s operational or not.

I cannot accept it in this condition, if this is not how it was sent you will need to make a claim against the courier.

I am going to have to return this to you.

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