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I am after an RGB keyboard, don’t mind what brand as long as its in good condition.

Ideally after one with dedicated media keys.


Location: Colchester

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Looking at the Hyper-V Event Log (January 2018 edition)

Hyper-V has changed over the last few years and so has our event log structure. With that in mind, here is an update of Ben’s original post in 2009 (“Looking at the Hyper-V Event Log”).

This post gives a short overview on the different Windows event log channels that Hyper-V uses. It can be used as a reference to better understand which event channels might be relevant for different purposes.

As a general guidance you should start with the Hyper-V-VMMS and Hyper-V-Worker event channels when analyzing a failure. For migration-related events it makes sense to look at the event logs both on the source and destination node.

Windows Event Viewer showing the Hyper-V-VMMS Admin log

Below are the current event log channels for Hyper-V. Using “Event Viewer” you can find them under “Applications and Services Logs”, “Microsoft”, “Windows”.
If you would like to collect events from these channels and consolidate them into a single file, we’ve published a HyperVLogs PowerShell module to help.

Event Channel Category Description
Hyper-V-Compute Events from the Host Compute Service (HCS) are collected here. The HCS is a low-level management API.
Hyper-V-Config This section is for anything that relates to virtual machine configuration files. If you have a missing or corrupt virtual machine configuration file – there will be entries here that tell you all about it.
Hyper-V-Guest-Drivers Look at this section if you are experiencing issues with VM integration components.
Hyper-V-High-Availability Hyper-V clustering-related events are collected in this section.
Hyper-V-Hypervisor This section is used for hypervisor specific events. You will usually only need to look here if the hypervisor fails to start – then you can get detailed information here.
Hyper-V-StorageVSP Events from the Storage Virtualization Service Provider. Typically you would look at these when you want to debug low-level storage operations for a virtual machine.
Hyper-V-VID These are events form the Virtualization Infrastructure Driver. Look here if you experience issues with memory assignment, e.g. dynamic memory, or changing static memory while the VM is running.
Hyper-V-VMMS Events from the virtual machine management service can be found here. When VMs are not starting properly, or VM migrations fail, this would be a good source to start investigating.
Hyper-V-VmSwitch These channels contain events from the virtual network switches.
Hyper-V-Worker This section contains events from the worker process that is used for the actual running of the virtual machine. You will see events related to startup and shutdown of the VM here.
Hyper-V-Shared-VHDX Events specific to virtual hard disks that can be shared between several virtual machines. If you are using shared VHDs this event channel can provide more detail in case of a failure.
Hyper-V-VMSP The VM security process (VMSP) is used to provide secured virtual devices like the virtual TPM module to the VM.
Hyper-V-VfpExt Events form the Virtual Filtering Platform (VFP) which is part of the Software Defined Networking Stack.
VHDMP Events from operations on virtual hard disk files (e.g. creation, merging) go here.

Please note: some of these only contain analytic/debug logs that need to be enabled separately and not all channels exist on Windows client. To enable the analytic/debug logs, you can use the HyperVLogs PowerShell module.

Alles Gute,


This computer science teacher is bringing 250 schools together to learn about climate change |

There’s a global issue currently at the top of mind for Koen Timmers, rising above the many projects you would expect one of the world’s top 50 teachers to be juggling. His latest labor of love is the Climate Action Project – a digital group project where 250 schools in 69 countries work together to learn about climate change.

As they work on the project, students rely on a couple of Microsoft’s educational tools to explore and share their knowledge: They create videos in Office Mix, presentations in both PowerPoint and Sway, and sharing their findings about climate change with others across the world with Skype.

“This way, students will not learn about important Sustainable Development Goals by textbook, but directly from each other,” says Koen, a Belgium-based computer science teacher, educational philanthropist, and one of 150,000 Microsoft Innovative Educators (MIEs) working to educate and empower the world, one student at a time.

Koen’s project was recently awarded at the HundrED summit as one of the global 100 best educational innovations, and he puts much of its success down to tireless help from his MIE community.

“Many fellow MIEs were part of this journey,” he says. “Having daily conversations via Skype and email we try to support each other, constantly keeping in mind how to get the best out of our students and even trying to make the world a better place.”

Koen, also a researcher at PXL University College, Hasselt, recently added to his accolades by becoming a top 50 finalist in the 2017 Global Teacher Prize. If one were to use the term ‘global teacher’ literally, Koen would certainly fit the bill.

In 2000, he launched Zelfstudie.com, an online school with 36 courses and 20,000 students. Five years ago, he discovered the MIE program “after receiving a newsletter and actually reading it – which almost never happens!” But he says it was a particular session at his first E2 Conference in Redmond, Washington, that truly changed his life.

“During an emotional call with an outreach officer in the Kakuma refugee camp, some people promised to have regular Skype with refugees in Kenya,” he says. “What we didn’t know then was that this refugee camp houses 200,000 refugees studying in schools with no power supply nor computers. But a promise is a promise.”

And so Project Kakuma was born.

The first, not-so-simple step of the project was getting computers into the camp. Since then, it has turned into a growing community of more than 100 educators across 40 countries, offering free education (using Skype) to refugees who fled from war and hunger in Somalia, Burundi, DR Congo, and Sudan.

“Skype allowed me to bring change in education on global base. It allowed me to connect refugee students to teachers and their students around the world,” he says. “It is not only about offering knowledge (we teach math, science, literature, etc), but we talk about habits, sport, religion, culture and offer the right perspective into the refugees’ lives. This way we fight misinformation and polarization.”

The UNHCR and the Kenyan Ministry of Education both support Project Kakuma. It also earned Koen two nominations for the aforementioned Global Teacher Prize, widely recognized as the Nobel Prize for education.  It’s no wonder Koen’s now setting his sights on educating students from across the world – about the state of the world.

Learn more about the Climate Action project and Project Kakuma before joining us next month for the return of an exciting global collaboration between classrooms: the third annual Skype-a-thon.

Docker MTA program helps enterprises target IBM Cloud

With digital transformation in mind, IBM recently beefed up its relationship with Docker to not only containerize and bring existing applications to the cloud but to make them smarter.

Both Docker and IBM have been lining up partnerships to gain an advantage in the lucrative application modernization market.

The goal of the expanded relationship is to make it easier for enterprises to modernize their existing applications. To accomplish this, Big Blue is combining IBM Cloud with Docker Enterprise Edition and other IBM software and services, said Jason McGee, vice president and CTO of IBM Cloud Platform, in a blog post recently.

“As we continue to build on our partnership with Docker, IBM’s ultimate goal is to help our clients modernize and extend their existing applications by moving them to the cloud as easily as possible,” McGee  told TechTarget. “That’s why this work is focused on helping developers quickly convert existing workloads into containers, giving them portability across different systems and cloud platforms. This also enables them to take advantage of the most valuable services the cloud has to offer, such as Watson, machine learning and blockchain, to enhance their applications with new capabilities and experiences.”

Three main points

McGee said the expanded IBM-Docker partnership is focused on three main points: using Docker Enterprise Edition (EE) to containerize workloads and run them on IBM Cloud; bringing IBM into the Docker Modernize Traditional Applications (MTA) program; and making certified IBM software available in the Docker Store.

IBM’s alliance with Docker is the latest in this surge in activities among cloud, platform and infrastructure providers to establish well-formed container-orchestration strategies as part of their hybrid cloud offerings.
Charlotte Dunlapanalyst, GlobalData

“All the major ISVs are putting emphasis on the cloud and with IBM Cloud, one of their differentiators is not just that they have business-critical cloud, but this idea that there’s a way to make traditional applications smarter without having to change the core application itself,” said David Messina, chief marketing officer at Docker. “It’s very compelling to IBM enterprises that are looking at digital transformation and wondering where to start and thinking they have to throw the baby out with the bath water.”

Instead, the model that Docker and IBM are presenting offers a clear, deterministic path where enterprises can make “stepwise improvements” without having to radically change their legacy applications, he said.

IBM Cloud services

With Docker EE for IBM Cloud, developers can migrate applications to the IBM Cloud and integrate them with IBM services such as the Watson artificial intelligence services.

In addition to the Watson AI capabilities, IBM offers services such as blockchain, internet of things support, analytics offerings, serverless computing and quantum computing, among others.

“Cloud providers are preparing for battle in their quest to become the cloud of choice,” said Charlotte Dunlap, an analyst at GlobalData. “They’ll accomplish this through key alliances and adoption of leading OSS [open source] technologies such as Docker and Kubernetes. IBM’s alliance with Docker is the latest in this surge in activities among cloud, platform and infrastructure providers to establish well-formed container-orchestration strategies as part of their hybrid cloud offerings.”

Charles King, principal analyst at Pund-IT, said he believes that working with Docker is a good example of how IBM actively avoids disruption by embracing disruptive technologies. Indeed, “the company has done just that for the past two decades, beginning with its backing of Linux and continuing through a litany of support for other open source projects and relationships with sometimes counterintuitive partners.”

King noted that there is irony in that IBM is working with Docker to “modernize existing applications,” because that phrase is used by IBM competitors to ding Big Blue.

“You often see it applied to services and solutions designed to migrate enterprises away from IBM legacy platforms,” he said. “In this case, IBM is actively embracing self-disruption by underscoring the value customers can realize from implementing containers and working with Docker to minimize the pain and maximize the value of that process.”

The Docker MTA program

Docker and IBM announced their expanded relationship at the DockerCon EU in Copenhagen on Oct. 18. At DockerCon 2017 in Austin, Texas, last April, Docker launched its MTA program to help enterprises modernize legacy applications and move them to the cloud.

“Legacy applications, anchored to on-premises data centers, represent more than 90% of enterprise applications deployed today and on average account for 80% of IT budgets,” said Scott Johnston, COO of Docker, in a statement in April.

At the launch of the Docker MTA program, Docker announced partnerships with Avanade, Cisco, HPE and Microsoft. Accenture and Booz Allen Hamilton are also partners. Now Docker has added IBM as an MTA partner.

The Docker MTA program has helped customers like Northern Trust speed up application deployment velocity. Indeed, under the Docker MTA program, Northern Trust’s Enterprise Technology team was able to provision applications up to four times faster than before using the program.

“This speed of deployment will directly benefit traditional applications and support our overall adoption of enterprise Agile, allowing us to roll out services to our clients more rapidly,” said Scott Murray, CTO of Northern Trust, in a statement.

Meanwhile, McGee said IBM is publishing IBM software in the Docker store, including WebSphere Application Server, WebSphere MQ and the IBM DB2 database.

“This will enable customers to quickly access the software images needed for containerization, and gain confidence in those images through the promises of container certification,” he said in his blog post.

Docker support for Kubernetes

In other Docker news, Docker announced it is integrating the Kubernetes container orchestration system into the Docker platform. This means Kubernetes will be an option right alongside Docker’s own Swarm container orchestration system. Users will have the choice of using Kubernetes or Swarm.

“Support for Kubernetes in addition to the Docker Enterprise Edition capabilities, including security, flexibility and enterprise-grade capabilities across a variety of clouds, Linux distributions and Windows, should appeal to enterprises seeking to centrally manage container applications and speed ROI,” said Jay Lyman, principal analyst at 451 Research, in a statement.

Buffaloes and the Cloud: Students turn to tech to save poor farming families – Asia News Center

Say the word “disaster” and what comes to mind? An earthquake, a drought, a flood, a tsunami, a hurricane? These are big and brutish events. They grab headlines, inspire people to donate, and trigger international relief efforts.

But what about the many micro-disasters that can, at any time, befall poor families across the developing world? For those who live on a perpetual economic knife edge, even a small misfortune or an unexpected turn of events can devastate their hopes and dreams.

Let’s turn to Thimi, a tiny village in the ancient valley of Bhaktapur in Nepal –  a nation that sits in the shadow of the Himalayas and is among the world’s poorest. An overwhelming majority of its 30 million people rely on farming to subsist – often on fragmented, hilly and marginal land where weather and other conditions are subject to extremes. In this rural society, a family typically measures its wealth in the number of animals it keeps.

For years, Rajesh Ghimire and his wife, Sharadha, worked hard to build up a modest herd of 45 cows, goats, and buffaloes. The farm was generating enough income to raise their two children, support four other relatives, and even pay six workers to help out. The Ghimeres had their eyes fixed on better times ahead, and were saving to send their daughter, Ekta, to medical school.

Then, their own micro-disaster struck. A series of heatwaves triggered an outbreak of the disease, anthrax. Almost half of their animals were wiped out and, with that, most of their dreams. The money that had been put away for Ekta’s studies had to be used to save the farm. Seven years later, the family is still trying to claw back what it lost.

Wanted – Gaming Mouse (Logitech Preferred)

I wouldn’t mind a G500 (even though they’re a good few years old), or a newer mouse – I’ll consider any mouse to be fair.

Location: North Lincolnshire

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For Sale – Dell Latitude 3540 (i5, 8GB Ram, AMD Graphics)

Hi mate am looking at getting a laptop for somebody so just a few questions if you wouldnt mind answering them please?

– from the photos it looks in decent nick, are there any dents, marks or scratches on it at all including the screen?

– how long does the battery hold charge?

– does it come with box/charger?

-does it have webcam/hdmi out?

– how many usb ports does it have?

– Any issues with keyboard or any of the keys?

– will it come with windows installed?

– it’ll mainly be used for streaming video/internet browsing, word processing and uploading videos/vlogging, would it struggle with any of those tasks in your opinion?

I think thats about it! Apologies for the questions but not very computer savvy so my apologies if I;’ve asked any very obvious questions.