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For Sale – HP ProBook 430 G4 – i5 7200u / 4GB DDR4 / 500GB HDD / 13.3″ display

I have a nearly new HP ProBook 430 G4 laptop for sale – only been turned on a few times. I have updated to latest version of Windows 10 Pro and installed Office 2016. Comes with Intel Core i5-7200u 3.1GHz cpu, 4GB DDR4 (spare slot), 500GB hard drive, Wireless AC network adapter, Fingerprint reader and 13.3″ HD display. UK keyboard and HP 45W power adapter. Comes in original box – warranty until October 2019 – like new cosmetic condition. Cash on collection available from Hampstead or Moorgate/Liverpool Street area.

Full specifications:

HP ProBook 430 G4 Notebook PC – Specifications | HP® Customer Support

Intel Core i5-7200U – turbo to 3.1GHz
Intel HD620 graphics
13.3″ HD display
4GB 2133MHz DDR4 memory (1 spare slot)
500GB WD SATA 7200rpm hard drive (spare M.2 SSD slot)
HDMI and VGA video outputs
USB Type-C port
USB 3.0 port
USB 2.0 port (power port)
Intel Gigabit Ethernet
Intel 7265 dual band Wireless AC + Bluetooth 4.2
HP 3-cell, Long Life 48 WHr Li-ion battery
UK keyboard
SD card slot (SDHC / SDXC)
Headphone/microphone combo
Fingerprint reader
Weight: 1.49Kg

Windows 10 Pro installed with digital licence
Office 2016 Professional Plus with licence
HP warranty until 30/10/2019

Price and currency: 380
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: BT or PPG
Location: London
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Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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No need to rush network patching for Spectre and Meltdown

The recently discovered security threat in CPUs from nearly a dozen manufacturers poses a low risk to corporate networking gear, so operators have time to test vendors’ patches thoroughly.

That’s the take of security experts contacted by SearchNetworking following the discovery last week of the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities that affect Intel, AMD and ARM chips. In response, Cisco and Juniper Networks have released patches rated medium and low risk, respectively, for a variety of products.

The low risk of Spectre and Meltdown to switches and routers means network managers have the time to thoroughly test the patches to minimize their impact on hardware performance, experts said.

“If you’re getting a firmware update, you need to patch,” said Rob Westervelt, analyst at IDC. “[But] the issue is whether you just deploy the patch or test it thoroughly and make sure you don’t break any applications or anything else.”

Roughly 20 CSOs and IT security professionals interviewed by IDC were taking a methodical approach to applying Spectre and Meltdown fixes across all systems.

“While it is top of mind, it’s not something that they’re immediately jumping on to patch,” Westervelt said. “They are using established best practices and testing those patches first.”

Network performance at risk

Westervelt warned there is the possibility network performance will suffer. “In some cases, it could be very costly.”

If you’re getting a firmware update, you need to patch.
Rob Westerveltanalyst at IDC

Indeed, Microsoft reported in a blog post patches for the PC and server versions of Windows would range from minor to significant, depending on the age of the operating system and the CPU. “I think we can expect a similar variety of performance impacts across other [vendors’] products,” said Jake Miller, a senior security analyst at IT consulting firm Bishop Fox, based in Tempe, Ariz.

Security pros expect hackers sophisticated enough to exploit the hard-to-reach vulnerabilities to target mostly servers in large data centers that host cloud computing environments. Because of the level of expertise needed to take advantage of the flaws, hackers working for nation states are the most likely attackers, experts said.

Exploiting the CPU holes would involve crafting code that takes advantage of how some processors anticipate features computer users will request next. In preparation for those requests, processors will load into memory valuable data and instructions that hackers can steal.

“The threat is significant, but currently is limited to highly sophisticated attackers and hacking groups with the means to carry out multi-staged targeted attacks,” IDC said in a research note. “Financially motivated cybercriminals are more likely to continue to use more accessible, time-tested methods to retrieve passwords and sensitive data.”

Nevertheless, even a low risk to networking gear is worth the time needed for fixing. “It’s better to be safe than sorry,” said Jonathan Valamehr, COO and co-founder of cybersecurity company Tortuga Logic Inc.

NetApp-SolidFire storage operating systems nudge closer

Nearly two years after acquiring SolidFire, NetApp is giving the all-flash platform and its technology a greater role in its product lineup.

Besides using SolidFire arrays as the key building block of the new NetApp HCI system, NetApp integrated SolidFire features into its flagship Ontap operating system.

NetApp-SolidFire integration appeared in the new operating systems — NetApp Ontap 9.3 and SolidFire Element OS 10 — released at the NetApp Insight conference last week in Las Vegas.

NetApp-SolidFire enhancements include the ability to replicate NetApp SnapMirror snapshots from Element OS systems to Ontap-based storage. Support backup targets include cloud-connected NetApp AltaVault backup appliances and StorageGrid Webscale object storage. NetApp also integrated quality of service from Element OS into Ontap 9.3.

NetApp also introduced its Elio virtual support engine, which is built on the artificial intelligence powered by IBM Watson cognitive computing, and updated Active IQ cloud-based predictive analytics for health diagnostics across its Data Fabric technologies. NetApp also released StorageGrid 11.

NetApp: SolidFire’s Element OS broadens the reach of Ontap, Data Fabric

All-flash array startup SolidFire originally launched Active IQ as part of Element. The $870 million NetApp-SolidFire acquisition in 2015 accomplished a pair of goals that had eluded NetApp. SolidFire SF-Series all-flash arrays allowed it to scrap its long-delayed FlashRay product, which was only available as a single node. NetApp this week also finally entered the hyper-converged infrastructure market with the help of SolidFire storage.

Quality of service is something we could have done sooner in Ontap, but now it’s state of the art.
Octavian TanaseSVP of Ontap software and systems group, NetApp

The SolidFire Element OS was written with native support for quality of service (QoS). By integrating it in Ontap 9.3, NetApp is eyeing customers who run a greater variety of applications with Clustered Ontap operating system than they did with Ontap 7-Mode.

The NetApp-SolidFire adaptive QoS in Ontap 9.3 allows customers to set a floor and ceiling for performance and use “smart bursting” as applications require it, said Octavian Tanase, a senior vice president of NetApp Data Ontap software and systems group.

“Quality of service is something we could have done sooner in Ontap, but now it’s state of the art. As we upgraded from Ontap 7-Mode to Clustered Ontap, that’s when customers started to deploy heterogeneous workloads, to get capacity and performance on one system,” Tanase said.

NetApp ‘democratizes’ DR, targets data security

NetApp MetroCluster in Ontap 9.3 allows disaster recovery workloads to run across IP-based networks, in addition to traditional Fibre Channel support. Running across IP eliminates the need to install SAS-to-FC bridges or expensive switches.

“We think we have been able to democratize DR,” Tanase said.

Ontap 9.3 adds multifactor authentication, a configurable engine that requires users to invoke a second token to gain access to data. The update supports external key management for WORM compliance with NetApp SnapLock volume management.

NetApp StorageGrid 11 added the ability to mirror on-premises data to the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud. It permits authorized users to run Apache Hive script in an Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud and mirror data to an Amazon S3 bucket.

StorageGrid 11 will notify Amazon Lambda to run facial recognition for security when a user requests images stored in an AWS.

NetApp also refreshed its OnCommand Insight management tool, most notably adding an analyzer for estimating AWS costs.

Why private APIs are the hottest thing around and other news

Nearly three-quarters of software developers spend at least 25% of their time weekly working with APIs, according to a recently released survey from Postman. And those aren’t just any APIs: The majority of developers spend 90% of their time working with internal or private APIs.

At a time when there’s never been more pressure on developers to produce software faster, it’s not surprising that usage of public and private APIs is so high. In the Postman survey, internal or private APIs dominate, but developers still said they spend about 20% of their time using public APIs.

Private APIs are very useful for other internal development practices, like microservices, so it’s not surprising the Postman survey found microservices are considered the “most exciting technology” of 2017. Overall, 27% of the developers surveyed said they were very interested in microservices.

But whether they’re using public or private APIs, the Postman survey takers weren’t completely satisfied with the tools they have, as 80% said they wanted more offerings to help them better utilize APIs. Typically, developers use two tools to manage their workflows at any given time, whether with public or private APIs. And their other complaint was documentation; most felt the supporting information provided with the public or private APIs was insufficient.

How do you stack up?

According to Stack Overflow, the median salary of a developer in the United States just starting out is $75,000. With 15 years of experience, that number rises to just shy of $125,000.

How well do you compare? Well, now there’s a tool that can tell you exactly how you stack up — also from Stack Overflow. The Stack Overflow Salary Calculator looks at location, education, years of experience, what kind of tools you use and what kind of developer you are. Right now, the calculator is limited to the United States, Canada, France, Germany and the United Kingdom.

In the big picture, where you live matters the most when it comes to a paycheck; salaries in the United States are substantially higher than in any of the other countries. The second-most important factor seems to be type of developer, with DevOps developers getting the highest salaries, followed closely by data scientists.

Testing for the iPhone 8

Because timing is everything with software testing, cloud-based testing provider Sauce Labs announced it can now offer same-day testing of iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus applications, as well as support for testing Apple’s new iOS 11 operating system.

These new releases continue to add pressure to software development teams to get applications out quickly and bug-free. In many companies, the answer is to automate testing, but that is far easier said than done in most organizations. And with the growing number of devices that require testing, many teams are turning to third-party test providers. With its latest release, Sauce Labs can now offer customers over 1,000 actual devices to test — either by hand or through an automated process — in a public or private cloud.

Why the future of IT jobs may give techies a pass

Nearly half of all technology professionals expect to be automated out of a job in 10 years. That statistic, from a technology survey by recruitment firm Harvey Nash, is grim enough but what is perhaps worse is that the erosion has already begun. From software development to operations, security and data analytics, the rise of smart, flexible technology is enabling people without traditional tech backgrounds to take on what were once “expert-only” jobs. Tools such as low-code platforms, automation and even artificial technology are giving citizen data scientists a seat at IT’s table. And IT departments as we’ve known them will never be the same again.

A look at the data science field underscores this phenomenon. A skill in extreme demand, data science used to be considered the domain of highly trained mathematicians. But a slew of automated tools are creating a generation of citizen data scientists and bringing analytics to the masses. In the software development space, low and no code platforms let nearly anyone create mobile applications, something that has helped with the worldwide shortage of developers. But with artificial intelligence on the horizon, many worry that knowing how to code won’t be sufficient for future job security. And in software testing and on the operations side, automation continues to chip away at what have traditionally been manual (and plentiful) jobs.

The implications of these changes are vast, starting with security. It’s tough to know how IT departments can enforce compliance and security measures over a disparate group of citizen data scientists. And that’s just for starters. Keep reading to see our take on how IT departments are changing and adapting to the rise of the citizen technologist.