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For Sale – MacBook Pro 13” with Touch Bar 2017

This is 12 months old, boxed & not a mark or scratch.

3.1Ghz i5 CPU
8GB Ram
512GB SSD

Price and currency: £1150
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Location: Bolton
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Microsoft, Amazon, Google, IBM, Oracle, and Salesforce issue joint statement for healthcare interoperability

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Pictured, L-R: Dean Garfield (ITI) – Alec Chalmers (Amazon) – Mark Dudman (IBM) – Peter Lee (Microsoft) –– Greg Moore (Google)

Interoperability is an overlapping set of technical and policy challenges, from data access to common data models to information exchange to workflow integration – and these challenges often pose a barrier to healthcare innovation. Microsoft has been engaged for many years on developing best practices for interoperability across industries. Today, as health IT community leaders get together at the CMS Blue Button 2.0 Developer Conference here in Washington, DC, we’re pleased to announce that Microsoft has joined with Amazon, Google, IBM, Oracle, and Salesforce in support of healthcare interoperability with the following statement:

We are jointly committed to removing barriers for the adoption of technologies for healthcare interoperability, particularly those that are enabled through the cloud and AI. We share the common quest to unlock the potential in healthcare data, to deliver better outcomes at lower costs.

In engaging in this dialogue, we start from these foundational assumptions:

  • The frictionless exchange of healthcare data, with appropriate permissions and controls, will lead to better patient care, higher user satisfaction, and lower costs across the entire health ecosystem. 
  • Healthcare data interoperability, to be successful, must account for the needs of all global stakeholders, empowering patients, healthcare providers, payers, app developers, device and pharmaceuticals manufacturers, employers, researchers, citizen scientists, and many others who will develop, test, refine, and scale the deployment of new tools and services. 
  • Open standards, open specifications, and open source tools are essential to facilitate frictionless data exchange. This requires a variety of technical strategies and ongoing collaboration for the industry to converge and embrace emerging standards for healthcare data interoperability, such as HL7 FHIR and the Argonaut Project. 
  • We understand that achieving frictionless health data exchange is an ongoing process, and we commit to actively engaging among open source and open standards communities for the development of healthcare standards, and conformity assessment to foster agility to account for the accelerated pace of innovation. 

Together, we believe that a robust industry dialogue about healthcare interoperability needs will advance this cause, and hence are pleased to issue this joint statement.

While I’m new here at Microsoft, I’ve been focused over the past decade on lowering the barriers to innovation in healthcare, working closely with open source and standards development communities. I’m happy that my first blog post here at Microsoft aligns so well with my charter to collaborate on open cloud architecture with the healthcare community.

Electronic Health Records (EHRs) are approaching universal adoption in US hospitals and ambulatory practices, thanks in part to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs. The 21st Century Cures Act will make digital health data even more accessible with the call for open APIs.

In the context of US healthcare, many health record systems have focused on consistent representation for a key set of data elements defined by the Meaningful Use Common Clinical Data Set. As support for this common data set grows, it becomes easier to plug new tools into clinical workflows, analyze clinical histories, collect new data, and coordinate care. Many of these technical capabilities have been available within small, tight-knit health systems for a long time – but developing these capabilities has required complex, custom engineering and ongoing maintenance and support. Driving toward open architecture makes adoption faster, easier and cheaper.

As a medical student, I used to practice what I called “rogue interop” – connecting to services where I could, and cobbling together the data platform I wanted. It all worked, but it was a nightmare to maintain. Later when I joined the research faculty at Boston Children’s Hospital and started work on the SMART Health IT Platform, we wanted to build a robust platform to isolate app developers from the underlying details of an EHR system, so we started by designing new, open APIs from scratch and bridging to the underlying vendor system.

This work caught the attention of Health Level Seven (HL7), the healthcare standards development organization responsible for several generations of health data standards. When HL7 convened a “Fresh Look Task Force” to invite perspectives about newer, API-based approaches to data exchange, I was pleased to participate, sharing my experience from SMART.

This task force (among many influences) ultimately inspired the creation of Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) – a more open, agile approach to the development of healthcare standards. I got involved with the FHIR community early when I wrote the first open-source FHIR server. Five years later, it’s been inspiring to see so many vendors, including Microsoft, supporting the emerging FHIR standard.

I joined Microsoft because it is among the largest contributors to open standards and open source. We actively contribute innovative technology to standards efforts in many industries, and we implement thousands of standards in our products that are formulated by a broad diversity of standards bodies. Just over the past year we’ve seen deep commitments to cross-cloud consumer data portability through the Data Transfer Project, an interoperable ecosystem for AI models through the Open Neural Network Exchange (ONNX), and the world’s leading software development platform through the acquisition of GitHub.

We at Microsoft are taking a collaborative approach to building open tools that will help the healthcare community, including cloud-hosted APIs and services for AI and machine learning. Microsoft understands that true interoperability in healthcare requires end-to end solutions, rather than independent pieces, which may not work together.

Most recently, we’ve added support for FHIR to the Dynamics Business Application Platform through the Dynamics 365 Healthcare Accelerator, and developed an open source Azure Security and Compliance Blueprint for Health Data and AI for deploying a FHIR-enabled, HIPAA/HITRUST in Azure. These solutions are results of Microsoft teams working closely with our partners to ensure all components of our product portfolio work together to serve the unique needs of healthcare scenarios.

Transforming healthcare means working together with organizations across the ecosystem. Today’s joint interoperability statement reflects the feedback from our healthcare customers and partners, and together we will lay a technical foundation to support value-based care. We expect that the assumptions from our joint statement will continue to evolve and be refined based on this open dialog with the industry.

Please join the conversation. You can find me on Twitter @JoshCMandel. If you want to participate, comment or learn more about FHIR, you can reach our FHIR Community chat at https://chat.fhir.org.

Cuphead Goes Triple Platinum! – | Studio MDHR

Hello friends! We’re barely past the halfway mark of 2018, and are humbled to announce that Cuphead has already reached over 3 million copies sold! It’s hard for us to express just how appreciative we are to everyone who has played and enjoyed our niche little run & gun game with the wacky rubber-hose characters.

To celebrate this huge milestone, we’re putting Cuphead on sale on Steam and Xbox for the next couple of days! So if you haven’t had a chance to wallop the Devil, it’s a good day for a swell battle!

We’ll also be marking the occasion here at Studio MDHR with some extra-special giveaways over the next few days. Keep an eye out on Twitter or Facebook for some fun surprises.

Looking back, 2018 has been a very exciting year for us.

The big highlight, of course, was getting the chance to pull the curtain back on the project we’ve been working on since the original game’s release: our upcoming DLC, The Delicious Last Course!

We’ve also been so fortunate to be able to share in the adventure with some amazing people. We met the legendary animator James Baxter at this year’s Annie Awards in February, and somehow managed to convince him to do an on-stage animation collaboration with us at E3!

In June, we cheered on the amazing Mexican Runner as he delivered a lightning fast and hilariously entertaining speedrun at Summer Games Done Quick 2018. It’s such a thrill to see people still finding new and exciting ways to explore the Inkwell Isles.

So while we’ll mostly have our pencils to paper for the rest of the year, we still have a couple little tricks up our sleeve before the end of 2018. Stay tuned to our social channels to be the first to know! Hi dee ho!

For Sale – MacBook Pro 13” with Touch Bar 2017

This is 12 months old, boxed & not a mark or scratch.

3.1Ghz i5 CPU
8GB Ram
512GB SSD

Price and currency: £1200
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: BT
Location: Bolton
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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Cuphead Goes Triple Platinum! – | Studio MDHR

Hello friends! We’re barely past the halfway mark of 2018, and are humbled to announce that Cuphead has already reached over 3 million copies sold! It’s hard for us to express just how appreciative we are to everyone who has played and enjoyed our niche little run & gun game with the wacky rubber-hose characters.

To celebrate this huge milestone, we’re putting Cuphead on sale on Steam and Xbox for the next couple of days! So if you haven’t had a chance to wallop the Devil, it’s a good day for a swell battle!

We’ll also be marking the occasion here at Studio MDHR with some extra-special giveaways over the next few days. Keep an eye out on Twitter or Facebook for some fun surprises.

Looking back, 2018 has been a very exciting year for us.

The big highlight, of course, was getting the chance to pull the curtain back on the project we’ve been working on since the original game’s release: our upcoming DLC, The Delicious Last Course!

We’ve also been so fortunate to be able to share in the adventure with some amazing people. We met the legendary animator James Baxter at this year’s Annie Awards in February, and somehow managed to convince him to do an on-stage animation collaboration with us at E3!

In June, we cheered on the amazing Mexican Runner as he delivered a lightning fast and hilariously entertaining speedrun at Summer Games Done Quick 2018. It’s such a thrill to see people still finding new and exciting ways to explore the Inkwell Isles.

So while we’ll mostly have our pencils to paper for the rest of the year, we still have a couple little tricks up our sleeve before the end of 2018. Stay tuned to our social channels to be the first to know! Hi dee ho!

For Sale – MacBook Pro 13” with Touch Bar 2017

This is 12 months old, boxed & not a mark or scratch.

3.1Ghz i5 CPU
8GB Ram
512GB SSD

Price and currency: £1400
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: BT
Location: Bolton
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Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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For Sale – Surface Pro 3 4Gb /128Gb

Surface Pro 3 in excellent condition.
Screen is in excellent condition with hardly a mark on it.
Bezel/case is excellent with a few minor marks around the corners that I have photographed.
4Gb ram / 128Gb SSD.
Windows 10 Pro
Supplied with original power supply and original surface pen. No keyboard.

Perfect working order with no issues whatsoever. Only selling due to buying a Surface Pro 4

I would prefer collection and would reduce the price to £215

Price and currency: £230
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Payment method: Cash on collection, Paypal gift, bank transfer
Location: Northampton
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For Sale – Surface Pro 3 4Gb /128Gb

Surface Pro 3 in excellent condition.
Screen is in excellent condition with hardly a mark on it.
Bezel/case is excellent with a few minor marks around the corners that I have photographed.
4Gb ram / 128Gb SSD.
Windows 10 Pro
Supplied with original power supply and original surface pen. No keyboard.

Perfect working order with no issues whatsoever. Only selling due to buying a Surface Pro 4

I would prefer collection and would reduce the price to £215

Price and currency: £230
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Location: Northampton
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Industry vet Lewis reveals plan to save Violin flash storage

Mark Lewis said when he became CEO of Violin Systems a few months back, a friend asked, “Why are you joining Violin?”

The friend knew Violin’s history. Lewis was replacing ailing Ebrahim Abbasi as CEO, taking over a company that had been through several chapters already — including Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Violin emerged from bankruptcy in 2017 when private equity firm Quantum Partners put up $25 million to satisfy Violin’s outstanding debt and fund restructuring.

Lewis first joined Violin as a consultant to Abbasi, following the demise of Lewis’ venture capital-backed Formation Data Systems. Formation Data couldn’t get its software-defined storage product to market fast enough to satisfy investors. When Abbasi stepped down for medical reasons, Lewis took over as Violin’s CEO.

“We are effectively a startup,” Lewis said of Violin.

Violin went from a startup in 2009 to a public company in 2013, fueled by early success as a flash storage pioneer. But the rest of the storage field jumped into all-flash and both startups and established vendors surpassed Violin sales.

Lewis’ experience as a storage executive goes back to 1990, when he became general manager of Digital Equipment Corp.’s storage OEM business. He followed with executive positions at Compaq, Hewlett-Packard and EMC before founding Formation in 2013.

Lewis has recruited other industry veterans to Violin. Rick Ruskin is the senior vice president of worldwide field operations, after occupying a similar post at Kaminario. Gary Lyng, vice president of product management and marketing, previously worked for SanDisk, and his resume includes stops at EMC, NetApp, Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Veritas.

We spoke with Lewis about why he joined Violin and his strategy for plotting its comeback.

Given Violin’s ups and downs, how challenging has it been to maintain the confidence of existing customers and win new Violin flash storage accounts?

Mark Lewis, CEO of Violin SystemsMark Lewis

Mark Lewis: I had a sales friend tell me ‘Congrats on [joining] Violin, but why are you joining Violin?’ Everybody has seen the press about the bankruptcy and thinks things here must be terrible. Clearly some bad execution happened to drive us there, but that all helped to battle-harden the technology. I’m excited by the potential we have.

One of the things that impressed me most when I got here was the incredible IP [intellectual property] Violin has. The IP was in great shape, but we didn’t have a lot of process. Cuts had been made to the sales team. We had no growth engine because we had no marketing and sales. Now that we have private equity funding, we have rebuilt a channel partner-oriented sales team. We’re rebuilding relationships with existing customers, and we already have 20 new logo opportunities [for new customers] this quarter.

We still have a lot of large installs. About 150 companies of the Fortune 500 currently use Violin to run their most mission-critical applications. Now that we’re back to being privately owned, we can leverage our IP assets and installed base to re-establish ourselves on a deeper footing. We’re not doing cloud tiering. We’re not doing object stores. We’re not even doing file storage. We’re sticking with block storage, Fibre Channel, iSCSI Ethernet and our approach of selling only through the channel. We think Violin flash becomes a complement that can coexist within your environment.

Why didn’t Formation Data Systems survive, and how will those lessons help you in leading Violin and succeeding with Violin Flash Storage?

Lewis: They are two products in completely different markets. At Formation, I advocated for a certain portion of the market to move to software-defined storage for midperformance or bulk storage. It’s a valid market, but what we learned at Formation is that there isn’t a lot that’s broken in the classic storage market. People in storage tend to be conservative. I believe software-defined storage ultimately will be successful, but it won’t happen quickly. It will be a multidecade transition.

The core weakness of the original Violin flash storage technology was that it was built as very fast storage hardware, with no software. That made it a struggle for enterprises to adopt it. It was a hard lesson to learn. Obviously the company struggled for a long time getting that right.

The good news is we’ve now got a platform. We have battle-tested software capabilities that we’re building on, and we will evolve to using more off-the-shelf commodity hardware, like NVMe [nonvolatile memory express], and continue to move to more of a software setup. But being in the enterprise, we aren’t trying to be an all software-defined storage. To address the super-high-performance environments, you have to integrate hardware and software to work tightly together. Loose coupling works fine, but we want to beat everybody on performance. We’re always going to have a close tie to hardware.

What’s your strategy to help Violin avoid the pitfalls that sidetracked it before?

One of the things that will make us successful is improving our focus on ultra-high-performance workloads. People categorize the market now [as] … all-flash arrays, but that’s really not a market.
Mark LewisCEO, Violin Systems

Lewis: One of the things that will make us successful is improving our focus on ultra-high-performance workloads. People categorize the market now in the general term of all-flash arrays, but that’s really not a market. It’s something that can be counted, but all-flash arrays don’t make up a buying choice in any particular way. We believe there’s a lot more depth to it than that.

The total addressable market for all-flash arrays last year was about $8 billion. Violin isn’t even a drop in that bucket. We’re effectively a startup. Violin is known for incredible IP around performance. We’re focusing just on the segment of the market that needs extreme storage performance. We’re not going after the generic market to compete with Pure Storage, NetApp, Dell EMC or others. We’d be very happy to carve up a billion dollars of the high-performance portion of the market.

Are investors asking about when you’ll be in the black? Do you have a projected timeline for turning a profit with the Violin Flash Storage platform?

Lewis: We’re taking a conservative, cash-oriented approach. We aren’t going to focus on profitability now, but on generating positive cash flow. That has to come first as a way to sustain the business. I believe we’re about two years away from being able to do that. But we won’t have to be a billion-dollar company to have positive cash flow. Thankfully, we have IP that keeps our costs and margins in good shape, and we’re able to exploit flash for performance pretty cost effectively.

Other vendors are trying to play a game of replace an old disk array with flash. It’s a big market, but the negative is a race to the bottom on cost. We’re attacking the market from the top down and have a lot of runway to [achieve] profitable growth, without worrying about cannibalization.

What is Violin’s roadmap for supporting NVMe flash?

Lewis: We will release NVMe over Fabrics [products] this year. The front-end NVMe [support] is important to our customers and will give us improved performance, even above what we can deliver now.

On the device side, it’s a different story. We never used SAS or SATA drives. We created our own controller chip that’s actually faster than NVMe today. Because of our hardware-software integration, we’re working with the NVMe device suppliers to add the software hooks that we need to make NVMe fast enough to go in our Violin systems. We want to embrace that commodity hardware, but we need software improvements to do it. NVMe, as it is now, is actually too slow for us. We have to help NVMe device makers to get caught up with us.

For storage class memory, we’re investigating 3D XPoint and other RAM technologies. Our strategy is to give our customers the option to use those technologies as soon as they become commercially viable.

Wanted – Graphics card around £50

Hi Guys,

Looking for a graphics card for an older rig.

Hoping to spend around the £50 mark, was hoping to get something like a 760 GTX, please let me know what you have! Willing to listen to good offers if it’s a bit higher.

Location: Southampton

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