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Wanted – Ultra Portable 13” laptop

I’ve got a Dell Latitude E7240 that I was about to list if it’s of any interest.

12.5″ screen
Intel i5-4210U 1.7 Ghz Processor
4GB RAM
128GB SSD drive
Windows 10 Pro

There are some scratches on the laptop lid and around the casing, happy to post pictures etc, but price wise it’s likely to be about £250 ono.

It’s a nice light portable laptop, don’t use it much now as I’ve fully moved over to the Mac side…

Wanted – Ultra Portable 13” laptop

I’ve got a Dell Latitude E7240 that I was about to list if it’s of any interest.

12.5″ screen
Intel i5-4210U 1.7 Ghz Processor
4GB RAM
128GB SSD drive
Windows 10 Pro

There are some scratches on the laptop lid and around the casing, happy to post pictures etc, but price wise it’s likely to be about £250 ono.

It’s a nice light portable laptop, don’t use it much now as I’ve fully moved over to the Mac side…

Wanted – Ultra Portable 13” laptop

I’ve got a Dell Latitude E7240 that I was about to list if it’s of any interest.

12.5″ screen
Intel i5-4210U 1.7 Ghz Processor
4GB RAM
128GB SSD drive
Windows 10 Pro

There are some scratches on the laptop lid and around the casing, happy to post pictures etc, but price wise it’s likely to be about £250 ono.

It’s a nice light portable laptop, don’t use it much now as I’ve fully moved over to the Mac side…

Modern Family’s Nolan Gould Joins Xbox Live Sessions to Play Fortnite Battle Royale on December 21

Hope everyone is getting ready for the upcoming holidays and has a great list of Xbox games they hope to receive! Xbox Live Sessions is back this week with Nolan Gould, widely recognized for his role as Luke Dunphy on “Modern Family.” He’ll join the interactive livestream hosted on the Mixer Xbox Channel on Thursday, December 21 at 7 p.m. PT to take on Fortnite Battle Royale.

Nolan loves gaming and he can’t wait to play Fortnite Battle Royale, the free 100-player PvP mode of Fortnite that drops players on a giant map where the last one standing wins. It combines Fortnite’s unique building gameplay and intense PvP combat for a totally unique and fast-paced battle royale experience. Be sure to tune into the livestream for the chance to submit questions to Nolan as well as win special prizes. This episode of Xbox Live Sessions will be hosted by Microsoft Studios Community Manager, Rukari Austin.

Don’t forget to tune in Thursday, December 21 at 7 p.m. PT on Mixer and keep it locked to Xbox Wire for news on future episodes of Xbox Live Sessions. Happy holidays to all!

Harvard IT exec: Take these seven cyberattack prevention steps now

Rick Kamal prefaced a list of cybersecurity tips with some advice from the annals of history. Ancient history.

The CTO at Harvard Business School invoked Galen, the Greek physician of the second century. Galen served as the personal doctor to several Roman emperors, and his discoveries influenced medicine, physiology and anatomy for 1,500 years. His teaching about maintaining good health was simple: A little prevention goes a long way, Kamal explained to an audience of IT executives.

“Yes, you can treat an ailment, but the most powerful thing to do is have good hygiene and do the right things: Exercise, eat well, avoid intoxicants, have friends and family,” Kamal said at the Argyle 2017 Information Technology and Security Forum in Boston on Thursday. “And if you do something like that, your quality of life, instead of starting a steady decline after the age of 40, is pretty good till about your 80s — and then you get a sudden decline, and you’re dead.”

Through a burst of laughter, Kamal kept a straight face. The reality is, he said, most people don’t follow Galen’s common-sense advice on health. Similarly, organizations don’t take measures that are within their control to ensure better cybersecurity: Massive data breaches at Yahoo and credit-reporting agency Equifax and the covered-up hack at Uber a year ago were all preventable, Kamal said. He enumerated a list of cyberattack prevention tips that can help organizations eliminate most threats.

“There are a lot of products, a lot of solutions out there in the security space — I’m not saying don’t look at them,” he said. “Before you go for some nichey, interesting, shiny-penny solution, first address prevention. It will get you 99 out of 100 miles there.”

A little work, a lot of benefit

The first measure companies need to take to protect their data from malicious, prying eyes is “trivial,” Kamal said: Upgrade and patch your OS. So is the second, upgrade and patch your applications.

He recounted the reasons for this year’s Equifax data breach. The point of entry for hackers was Apache Struts, open source software for developing web applications. The Struts team uncovered the vulnerability, released a patch and advised users of the software to apply it. Equifax didn’t — and they aren’t alone in neglecting to follow such simple advice.

“I’m sure many of us may not be doing it on a very deliberate and diligent basis,” Kamal said. By upgrading and patching systems, “you’ve gotten rid of about 60% to 70% of vulnerabilities.”

Next, whitelist applications, Kamal advised — to make known the ones that should run on your servers. Many organizations install virus and malware detection software, and that’s good, Kamal said. But that’s a “blacklist approach”: A compromise is identified, quarantined and then deleted. Whitelisting is different.

“It’s where in the operating system you say, ‘This is my server — I only expect applications X, Y, Z to run and processes A, B and C to run,” Kamal said. “If anything else tries to run, it just can’t.”

Applying this approach, he said, would essentially head off every ransomware and malware attack possible.

Rick Kamal, CTO at Harvard Business School, speaks at the Argyle 2017 Information Technology and Security Forum in Boston on Thursday.
Rick Kamal, CTO at Harvard Business School, speaks at the Argyle 2017 Information Technology and Security Forum in Boston on Thursday.

Keep it complicated

Kamal then flashed what looked like a toddler’s jabber on a screen: “dadada.”

“That’s somebody’s password. Can you guess whose password that is? Any guesses?” Kamal asked. “Actually, it was Mark Zuckerberg.”

The Facebook co-founder and CEO coined the password after he became a father and used it on several social media sites, including Twitter and Pinterest, which were breached last year.

Lots of people less technically inclined than Zuckerberg use weak passwords. In fact, some of the top used passwords of 2016 were “123456,” “qwerty” and “111111,” according to an analysis done by password management company Keeper Security. And as Zuckerberg did, many people use the same passwords to unlock accounts on multiple sites, as an analysis of the 2014 Sony Pictures hack showed.

“Now think about this: Your employees, who are accessing your sensitive systems, are doing the same thing,” Kamal said.

Those practices allow for credential stuffing, a type of cyberattack that starts with a stolen username and password — think the Yahoo data breach of 3 billion email accounts. It unleashes bots on a slew of websites and tries to log in, testing thousands of combinations.

“They only have a 0.1% hit rate,” Kamal said. “But guess what? Point zero percent of a billion is a million.”

The moral of this story? Use strong passwords, Kamal said. And use password vaults, or password managers, software or services that generate, store and access hard-to-crack passwords. And IT leaders will bolster cybersecurity by encouraging the use of multifactor authentication, which requires users to provide several pieces of identifiable information to prove they have authorization for a site or service.

‘Common sense’

Then, encrypt your data, Kamal said — encode text that others may find and use into an unreadable format. A lot of the data made away with in the Equifax breach was either encrypted poorly or not encrypted at all. “And it was sensitive information,” he said.

All it takes is a simple configuration or a little bit of work to encrypt data, Kamal said. But if using encryption keys — bits of code designed to scramble and unscramble information — practice proper key management. “Do not put the keys right next to the data on the same server.”

And also encrypt your keys so if someone finds them, they can’t be put to use.

Finally, secure points of entry. Ports on servers that aren’t being used should be closed to prevent unwelcome visitors. Many don’t do it, Kamal said, citing a recent analysis that found more than 80% of major organizations have open ports, “which is like leaving windows and doors open for folks to come and start poking at you,” Kamal said.

Jeffrey Cunningham, director of enterprise architecture at Thomson Reuters in Boston, said following Kamal’s advice depends partly on the amount of technical debt an organization is dealing with. An example, Cunningham said, are legacy applications at companies that have grown through acquisition, as Thomson Reuters has.

“It’s more, How do you implement it? How much tech debt do you have that prevents you from doing those things?” Cunningham said. The advice itself, he noted, is common sense. “Everyone needs to be self-aware. I mean, you need to be aware of what you’re doing and not get yourself in trouble.”

For Sale – Laptops

I’m going through all of the laptops which I have sitting in storage at home. This is the list so far but some other models will be added soon.

They will all come with a freshly installed copy of Windows 10 Home 1709, some will be licensed and I’ll note that next to them.

I’m giving them a once over as well to check for issues, any I find I’ll list. They are used laptops however so will have the odd mark.

All will come with their power bricks.

Price do not include P+P!

Lenovo G505s (model 20255) – £150
AMD A10-5750M
8GB RAM
Radeon HD 8650G
120GB SSD
Windows 10 Home (licensed)

All seems fine, no keyboard or track pad issues and screen is good.

Toshiba Satellite S50D-A-10G – £130
AMD A10-5747M 2.10Ghz
8GB RAM
Radeon HD 8500M and Radeon HD866120G
1TB Hard disk
Windows 10 Home (licensed)

The following keys do not work or you have to really hit the key hard to make it register – G, 5, B, T. Replacement keyboards are around £20 on eBay. The track pad is also not great, but I dont think its faulty, rather just generally bad.

Dell Vostro 1710 – £50
Intel Core 2 Duo T8100
4GB RAM
Nvidia GeForce 8600M GS
256GB Hard disk
Windows 10 Home (no license)

All seems fine, no keyboard or track pad issues and screen is good.

Create your custom Quick Create VM gallery

Have you ever wondered whether it is possible to add your own custom images to the list of available VMs for Quick Create?

The answer is: Yes, you can!

Since quite a few people have been asking us, this post will give you a quick example to get started and add your own custom image while we’re working on the official documentation. The following two steps will be described in this blog post:

  1. Create JSON document describing your image
  2. Add this JSON document to the list of galleries to include

Step 1: Create JSON document describing your image

The first thing you will need is a JSON document which describes the image you want to have showing up in quick create. The following snippet is a sample JSON document which you can adapt to your own needs. We will publish more documentation on this including a JSON schema to run validation as soon as it is ready.

To calculate the SHA256 hashes for the linked files you can use different tools. Since it is already available on Windows 10 machines, I like to use a quick PowerShell call: Get-FileHash -Path .contoso_logo.png -Algorithm SHA256
The values for logo, symbol, and thumbnail are optional, so if there are no images at hand, you can just remove these values from the JSON document.

Step 2: Add this JSON document to the list of galleries to include

To have your custom gallery image show up on a Windows 10 client, you need to set the GalleryLocations registry value under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionVirtualization.
There are multiple ways to achieve this, you can adapt the following PowerShell snippet to set the value:

If you don’t want to include the official Windows 10 developer evaluation images, just remove the fwlink from the GalleryLocations value.

Have fun creating your own VM galleries and stay tuned for our official documentation. We’re looking forward to see what you create!

Lars

Defining the Soul of a Racecar in the Forza Motorsport 7 Garage

This is week five of the Forza Motorsport 7 Garage and we’re bringing a huge list of cars to the game – cars that represent a worldwide sample of automotive excellence, with a particular focus on the best cars coming out of Europe. When curating this list of cars to reveal, we pondered the following question: what defines the “soul” of a European car? Some might point to quality, exemplified in cars like the Audi RS 4. Others will point to timeless design – think of the BMW 2002 or the Renault Alpine A110 as prime examples. What about incredible performance? With cars like the 2013 Caterham Superlight R500 and the 2012 Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG Coupé Black Series, drivers will never lack power and agility. Is it luxury you want? Look no further than the likes of Bentley and Rolls Royce.

Many of the cars featured this week have been bred from the most competitive and cosmopolitan race series in the world. The sumptuous lines of the Italian cars may catch your eye, or perhaps the unending search for perfection that defines German engineering. The automotive soul of Europe and all its facets can be found right here this week, all soon to be driven in Forza Motorsport 7.

Now, check out the cars of week five, starting with our weekly spotlight car which was once deemed “too fast to race.”

2013 Caterham Superlight R500

When the cars you built for racing become banned from racing and breed franchise slogans such as “Caterham Seven, the Car That’s Too Fast to Race,” you know you’re doing something right. The Caterham Superlight is the latest masterwork created by one of the patriarchs of racing design, Colin Chapman. The basic design of the Superlight R500 originates from the bones of the Lotus 7 which has existed in a mostly unaltered form for more than 50 years. Sure, there has been evolution in materials, tweaks to dimensions, and the old live-axle rear suspension has long been replaced by a De Dion rear axle. At its heart, however, this is the same car that proved itself unfairly advantageous to race other cars. Caterham purchased the rights to the Lotus 7 in 1973 and has since been “simplifying and adding lightness” as Chapman prophesized so long ago. The Superlight R500 represents a weapons-grade thrill car that can deliver breathtaking performance anywhere it’s required. There are few cars in the world that can match its 0-60 times (at sub-3 seconds) and even fewer that can also equal its lap times that are otherwise only achievable in a purpose-built race car.

Take a look at the rest of the European cars we are announcing this week. As always, stay tuned to ForzaMotorsport.net for the full list of Forza Motorsport 7 cars revealed to date.

2013 Abarth Punto SuperSport

2016 Abarth 695 Biposto

1970 Alfa Romeo Montreal

1986 Alfa Romeo GTV-6

1986 Alfa Romeo Spider Quadrifoglio Verde

1990 Alfa Romeo SZ Sprint Zagato

1992 Alfa Romeo 155 Q4

1992 Alfa Romeo Milano Quadrifoglio Verde

2007 Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione

2011 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Quadrifoglio Verde

2014 Alfa Romeo 4C

1983 Audi Sport quattro

1995 Audi RS 2 Avant

2001 Audi RS 4 Avant

2003 Audi RS 6

2004 Audi S4

2006 Audi RS 4

2009 Audi Q7 V12 TDI

2009 Audi RS 6

2010 Audi TT RS Coupé

2011 Audi RS 3 Sportback

2011 Audi RS 5 Coupé

2013 Audi RS 4 Avant

2013 Audi RS 7 Sportback

2013 Audi R8 Coupé V10 plus 5.2 FSI quattro

2015 Audi RS 6 Avant

2015 Audi S1

2015 Audi S3 Sedan

2015 Audi TTS Coupé

2016 Audi R8 V10 plus

2013 Bentley Continental GT Speed

2015 Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 Concept

2016 Bentley Bentayga

2017 Bentley Continental Supersports

2012 Bowler EXR S

1973 BMW 2002 Turbo

1981 BMW M1

1986 BMW M635CSi

1988 BMW M5

1991 BMW M3

1995 BMW 850CSi

1995 BMW M5

1997 BMW M3

2000 BMW 323ti Sport

2000 BMW Z8

2002 BMW Z3 M Coupe

2003 BMW M5

2005 BMW M3

2008 BMW M3

2009 BMW M5

2010 BMW M6 Coupe

2011 BMW 1 Series M Coupe

2011 BMW Z4 sDrive35is

2011 BMW X5 M

2012 BMW M5

2013 BMW M6 Coupe

2014 BMW M4 Coupe

2015 BMW i8

2015 BMW X6 M

2016 BMW M2 Coupé

2016 BMW M4 GTS

2013 Caterham Superlight R500

1975 Fiat X1/9

1980 Abarth Fiat 131

1980 Fiat 124 Sport Spider

1973 Holden HQ Monaro GTS 350

1974 Holden Sandman HQ panel van

1977 Holden Torana A9X

1985 HDT VK Commodore Group A

1988 Holden VL Commodore Group A SV

1996 HSV GTSR

2009 Holden HSV W427

2011 HSV GTS

2014 HSV GEN-F GTS

2014 HSV Limited Edition GEN-F GTS Maloo

2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo

1990 Jaguar XJ-S

1993 Jaguar XJ220

2012 Jaguar XKR-S

2015 Jaguar F-TYPE R Coupe

2015 Jaguar XE-S

2015 Jaguar XFR-S

2015 Jaguar XKR-S GT

2016 Jaguar F-TYPE Project 7

2017 Jaguar F-PACE S

1974 Lancia Stratos HF Stradale

1982 Lancia 037 Stradale

1986 Lancia Delta S4

1992 Lancia Delta HF Integrale EVO

1972 Land Rover Series III

1997 Land Rover Defender 90

2012 Land Rover Range Rover Supercharged

2015 Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR

1972 Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL 6.3

1990 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5-16 Evolution II

1998 Mercedes-Benz AMG CLK GTR

2004 Mercedes-Benz C 32 AMG

2009 Mercedes-Benz ML 63 AMG

2009 Mercedes-Benz SL 65 AMG Black Series

2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

2012 Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG Coupé Black Series

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK 55 AMG

2013 Mercedes-Benz A 45 AMG

2013 Mercedes-Benz E 63 AMG

2013 Mercedes-Benz G 65 AMG

2015 Mercedes-AMG GT S

2016 Mercedes-AMG C 63 S Coupé

2017 Mercedes-AMG GT R

2009 MINI John Cooper Works

2012 MINI John Cooper Works GP

1979 Opel Kadett C GT/E

1984 Opel Manta 400

1984 Peugeot 205 T16

2011 Peugeot 308 GTI

1973 Renault Alpine A110 1600s

1980 Renault 5 Turbo

1990 Renault Alpine GTA Le Mans

2003 Renault Sport Clio V6

2010 Renault Clio RS

2013 Renault Clio RS 200

1993 Renault Clio Williams

2010 Renault Megane RS 250

2014 Rolls-Royce Wraith

2016 Rolls-Royce Dawn

2017 Tamo Racemo

2006 Vauxhall Astra VXR

2009 Vauxhall Corsa VXR

2012 Vauxhall Astra VXR

2016 Vauxhall Corsa VXR

1972 Volvo 1800E

1983 Volvo 242 Turbo Evolution

1997 Volvo 850 R

2015 Volvo S60 Polestar

2015 Volvo V60 Polestar

1981 Volkswagen Scirocco S

1984 Volkswagen Rabbit GTI

1988 Volkswagen Scirocco 16v

1992 Volkswagen Golf Gti 16v Mk2

1995 Volkswagen Corrado VR6

1998 Volkswagen GTI VR6 Mk3

2003 Volkswagen Golf R32

2008 Volkswagen Touareg R50

2010 Volkswagen Golf R

2011 Volkswagen Scirocco R

2014 Volkswagen Golf R