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For Sale – Random bits for sale…SSD, Netgear Routers, Blu-ray Drive

After a clean out I have the following used items for sale, all will be posted recorded delivery and all have been tested as working:

– LG Desktop Blu-ray reader, multi DVD recorder Model GGC-H20L, Black, drive only – £25 delivered

– OCZ Agility 3 60GB SATA III SSD, drive only in original packaging – £25 delivered

– Netgear WGR614 v9 with power, cat 5e & phone cables, factory reset fully working – £10 delivered

– Netgear DG834G router with power, cat 5e & phone cables plus plastic stand legs and adsl filter. On firmware v5.01.16 DG Team Rev.1018 – £10 delivered

Logitech C370 3mp Webcam, used but excellent condition (just camera and usb lead) – £12.50 delivered

Price and currency: TBC see ad for details
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: Payment via Bank Transfer
Location: Carmarthen
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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Welcome to 2018, the year of AI – Asia News Center

By Ralph Haupter, President, Microsoft Asia. This article was originally posted on LinkedIn.

If the history of human advancement has taught us one thing it is this: genuine step-change progress does not occur because of a single technology breakthrough, but a combination of multiple complementary factors coming together at the same time.

The Industrial Revolution, which began in the UK around 1760, was driven by an amalgamation of steam power, improvements in iron production and the development of the first machine tools.

Similarly, the PC revolution of the early 1970’s was the outcome of simultaneous advancements in micro-processing, memory storage, software programming and other factors.

Now, as we enter 2018, we are at the cusp of a new revolution, one that will ultimately transform every organisation, every industry and every public service across the world.

I’m referring, of course, to Artificial Intelligence – or AI – and I believe 2018 is the year that this will start to become mainstream, to begin to impact many aspects of our lives in a truly ubiquitous and meaningful way.

AI: Over 65 Years In The Making
The concept of AI is not new. In fact, it stretches back to 1950 when early computing pioneer Alan Turing famously posed the question “Can Machines Think?” and it would be another 6 years, in 1956, before the term “artificial intelligence” was first used.

So it has taken nearly 70 years for the right combination of factors to come together to move AI from concept to an increasingly ubiquitous reality. And there are three innovation trends driving its acceleration and adoption right now.

  • The first is Big Data. The explosion of Internet-connected devices, sensors and objects has expanded exponentially the amount of data the world is now producing. In this increasingly digital era, data is the “new oil”– a source of value and sustainable competitive advantage.
  • The second factor is ubiquitous and powerful Cloud computing. Today, anyone with an idea and a credit card can access the same computing power that, traditionally, only global multinationals or governments have possessed. Cloud computing is democratizing technology and accelerating innovation on a global scale.
  • The third factor driving AI capabilities is breakthroughs in software algorithms and Machine Learning that can identify sophisticated patterns implicit within the data itself. If data is the new oil, Machine Learning is, perhaps, the new combustion engine.

So, it is this combination of powerful industry trends, all maturing at the same time, that is accelerating – and democratizing – AI today.

AI Everywhere
My colleague Harry Shum, who leads our AI & Research Group, refers to the way in which AI will impact our lives as an “invisible revolution”. What he means is that, increasingly, AI will be everywhere—powering your online recommendation engine, acting as a virtual assistant chatbot for your bank account or travel agent, personalizing your newsfeed or guarding your credit card against fraud. AI will be more pervasive – and yet less invasive – than any previous technology revolution.

In particular, AI will be embedded seamlessly into existing, well-established products and services to enhance their capabilities. Let me share a simple example of how AI is helping me work more effectively today. I travel frequently and am often required to present to multinational, multilingual audiences during business trips across Asia Pacific. Now, with a small piece of AI technology called Microsoft Presentation Translator, I can help overcome any language barriers as PowerPoint can show real-time subtitles in more than 60 languages, simultaneously as I speak, during my presentations.

In business, AI will be used by most companies for at least some part of the value chain either in research and development, design, logistics, manufacturing, servicing or customer engagement. In fact, leading IT industry analyst IDC believes that by next year, 40% of digital transformation initiatives globally will be supported by AI capabilities[1].

And you do not need to be a start-up or hi-tech company to embrace the possibilities of AI, just have the vision and commitment to make it happen. Take, for example, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC), an 85-year-old Japanese auto manufacturer, which has given itself just two years to become a “100% digital operation” – complete with cloud-based capabilities in AI, the Internet of Things (IoT), and Mixed Reality (MR).

One of the initiatives they have recently implemented is an AI-powered chatbot where all its 10,000 employees can access information and assistance they need in a faster, more intuitive and reliable way. This significantly reduces the time employees spend on learning the Intranet site navigation, searching for information or calling each other for help. The company is now planning to extend chatbot technology to boost customer services, productivity, and maintenance across the whole company.

AI in 2018
As we stand at the cusp of the new year, I see four key AI developments happening over the next 12 months:

  1. Mass adoption of AI starts from 2018:AI adoption is set to soar in 2018 and beyond when organizations start to see clear benefits being reaped by AI innovators such as MFTBC. IDC forecast that worldwide AI revenues will surge past US$46 billion in 2020[2]. Closer to home, AI investment in Asia Pacific is predicted to grow to US$6.9 billion by 2021, expanding rapidly by 73% (CAGR)
  2. Ubiquitous Virtual Assistants: We will begin to see the adoption of broad-scale AI in the form of conversational AI chatbots in both consumer and business scenarios. In fact, Gartner predicts that by 2020 more than 85% of customer interactions with the enterprise will be managed without a human interaction and AI will be the key technology deployed for customer service[3].
  3. Democratizing data and decision-making: In a world where more data exists than ever before, the ability to deliver meaningful business insights from that data to the maximum number of relevant employees becomes of paramount importance. AI will be the key technology for making that happen by bringing together data from employees, business apps, and the world.
  4. Building trusted foundations for AI:There will be increasingly more discussions at governmental and industrial levels to create formal governance and regulations in the usage of AI. We saw these discussions with the onset of eCommerce and the advent of cloud technologies. It is critical for transparent public-private conversations to take place as they will shape how AI can benefit economies and societies in a fair, transparent and trusted way.

The future of AI burns brightly and I see 2018 as the year that will establish a solid foundation for the mass adoption of this exciting and vital technology.


[1] IDC Reveals Worldwide Digital Transformation Predictions, Nov 2017

[2] IDC, Worldwide Spending on Cognitive and Artificial Intelligence Systems Forecast to Reach $12.5 Billion This Year, According to New IDC Spending Guide, April 2017

[2] https://www.forbes.com/sites/ciocentral/2011/09/27/customers-dont-want-to-talk-to-you-either/#ff504bc70dcd

For Sale – Random bits for sale…SSD, Netgear Routers, Blu-ray Drive

After a clean out I have the following used items for sale, all will be posted recorded delivery and all have been tested as working:

– LG Desktop Blu-ray reader, multi DVD recorder Model GGC-H20L, Black, drive only – £25 delivered

– OCZ Agility 3 60GB SATA III SSD, drive only in original packaging – £25 delivered

– Netgear WGR614 v9 with power, cat 5e & phone cables, factory reset fully working – £10 delivered

– Netgear DG834G router with power, cat 5e & phone cables plus plastic stand legs and adsl filter. On firmware v5.01.16 DG Team Rev.1018 – £10 delivered

Logitech C370 3mp Webcam, used but excellent condition (just camera and usb lead) – £12.50 delivered

Price and currency: TBC see ad for details
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: Payment via Bank Transfer
Location: Carmarthen
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

______________________________________________________
This message is automatically inserted in all classifieds forum threads.
By replying to this thread you agree to abide by the trading rules detailed here.
Please be advised, all buyers and sellers should satisfy themselves that the other party is genuine by providing the following via private conversation to each other after negotiations are complete and prior to dispatching goods and making payment:

  • Landline telephone number. Make a call to check out the area code and number are correct, too
  • Name and address including postcode
  • Valid e-mail address

DO NOT proceed with a deal until you are completely satisfied with all details being correct. It’s in your best interest to check out these details yourself.

Wanted – Intel Skt1150 CPU and memory

Hiya, as posted in a similar wanted thread…

Ive got a
I5 4670k,
16gb ddr3,
z97 board,
256gb evo 850 ssd
corsair case
500w corsair modular psu
Windows 10 pro license

Which i could do for 350inc delivery.

You have the GPU, so all youd need is a cooler. If that is a problem for you, im sure i could source and fit a basic cooler for a small fee too?

Wanted – Intel Skt1150 CPU and memory

Hiya, as posted in a similar wanted thread…

Ive got a
I5 4670k,
16gb ddr3,
z97 board,
256gb evo 850 ssd
corsair case
500w corsair modular psu
Windows 10 pro license

Which i could do for 350inc delivery.

You have the GPU, so all youd need is a cooler. If that is a problem for you, im sure i could source and fit a basic cooler for a small fee too?

Wanted – Basic intel desktop

Hiya, as posted in a similar wanted thread…

Ive got a
I5 4670k,
16gb ddr3,
z97 board,
256gb evo 850 ssd
corsair case
500w corsair modular psu
Windows 10 pro license

Which i could do for 350inc delivery.

You have the GPU, so all youd need is a cooler. If that is a problem for you, im sure i could source and fit a basic cooler for a small fee too?

Cyber threats in Asia: Keep that door locked – Asia News Center

By Ralph Haupter, President, Microsoft Asia. This article was originally posted on LinkedIn.


Picture this: A family builds a new house and fills it with their most precious possessions and memories. Break-ins around the neighbourhood are on the rise, so they install a state-of-the-art alarm system. It costs a fortune. But it’s worth it, right?

Of course, it is – except they forget to lock the front door.

Let’s apply this parable to the corporate sector in the digital age. Instead of a house, it’s a company. Instead of an alarm system, it’s firewalls and antivirus technologies on an in-house server. And the unlocked door? Well, it’s the bad habits and lack of safety procedures that allow cyber criminals to breach a system with little effort, even if a company has invested heavily in security technology.

Here is a sobering statistic: An estimated 85% of a typical company’s internal data breaches are not from pro-active malicious attacks from criminals. Instead, they stem from carelessness, a lack of attentiveness, or simply ignorance of the dangers out there. Often someone in an organization does something that leaves “the door unlocked” to easily avoidable threats, like responding to phishing or online identity theft scams. Data breaches might also occur as a result of the reckless sharing of passwords, using an infected thumb drive, being lax with admin privileges, accessing suspect websites, or not updating the systems on the network as new security patches are released. All of these can make an organization a “low hanging fruit” target for cyber criminals.

So, when I am asked what is the biggest cyber threat to businesses in Asia, I have to say: complacency.

Microsoft’s most recent Security Intelligence Report (SIR) lists many emerging economies in Asia as among the world’s most vulnerable to malware and similar cyber threats. Bangladesh and Pakistan top the global at-risk list, followed by Cambodia and Indonesia with Myanmar, Nepal, Thailand, and Vietnam all close behind. The findings are disturbing. These countries are trying hard to develop their economies and create new jobs and industries through digital transformation. But this sort of widespread cyber vulnerability puts all that at risk. Individual businesses also have a lot to lose. Experience shows that many companies that suffer major breaches often don’t recover, either from losing customer trust or from the sheer financial cost of an attack.

There are also genuine concerns for regional economies with stronger security records – Japan, Australia, Hong Kong, New Zealand, and Singapore – as they invest and build commercial and trade partnerships with their more exposed neighbours.

When I talk with many business leaders, cyber security is often top of mind. So it is frustrating to know that the vast majority of security breaches can be easily blocked with some basic precautions. A glaring case in point is the proliferation of pirated software. Many individuals, and even companies, simply ignore the dangers and use counterfeit software containing known vulnerabilities. And, they do so more often here in Asia than anywhere else on the planet.

A new study by the National University of Singapore says non-genuine software – either downloaded from discs or from the internet – is likely to be thoroughly infused with dangerous malware: trojans, worms, viruses, ransomware, backdoors, spyware, droppers, injectors, adware and so on. The study, sponsored by Microsoft, found that many new computers have non-genuine software pre-loaded – often as a “sweetener” thrown in by retailers wanting to make a sale.

Once a corporate network has been infected, the breach can be challenging to find, let alone root out. In Asia, it takes an average of 520 days to detect a system compromise, compared with 100 days in the United States. Imagine what damage can be inflicted in that time without you even knowing.

So what can be done? Just like our metaphorical house with the alarm system, it is up to everyone in an organization to make sure the front door stays locked. As a leader in your company, you need to encourage and enforce good security behavior across all operations by all of your people, all the time. Training is key, but executives also need to take security seriously and lead by example.

A smart way to set the tone is to look at the structure of your leadership team. Many corporate boards may still be clinging to outmoded ways of managing IT. This leaves them ill-informed and unprepared for mounting cyber security challenges. To stay on top of the risks, organisations should consider “embedding” their chief information officer (CIO) in the boardroom to keep it up-to-date and proactive as the security landscape changes.

Also, moving from a potentially vulnerable in-house IT environment to the ever-evolving protection of the cloud can be a huge step forward. Ensuring the security of your data and your customers’ data is integral to your digital transformation journey.

An increasing number of companies understand that success as a digital business depends on the security umbrella afforded by the cloud. SmarTone, a wireless communications provider in Hong Kong and Macau, accumulates millions of pieces of personal data from its growing consumer base. To keep expanding, it has chosen a cloud-based IT solution, supported by robust security protection. As its chief technology officer puts it, an attack can come from anywhere and just “one breach can cost millions”.

Protecting data is also paramount in the public sector. The Australian Capital Territory government – which administers the city of Canberra – sees the cloud as not only providing scale and efficiencies to boost its frontline services, such as health, but also as a way to guarantee the privacy and trust of its 400,000 citizens.

The experts tell us that cyber criminals are no longer lone-wolf mischief makers, but are now highly-educated, organized, adaptive and well-funded organisations. They are constantly inventing new ways to profit from the damage they cause, such as unleashing ransomware across the globe. That is why Microsoft invests more than a USD1 billion a year researching and developing cutting-edge cyber resilience technology in the cloud where millions of pieces of data a day are analyzed – not just to block existing attacks, but also to predict where threats are likely to arise in the future.

But let’s not forget that, more than anything else, cyber criminals are opportunistic. Therefore, all the effort and all the money spent on ever-increasingly sophisticated anti-threat technologies can mean little unless everyone takes responsibility for cybersecurity.

So, by all means, install that expensive alarm system; but please remember to keep the door locked as well.

READ more blogs by Ralph Haupter 

Asia’s new business race: Reducing everything to data – Asia News Center

By Ralph Haupter, President, Microsoft Asia. This article was originally posted on LinkedIn.

The business world is accelerating rapidly towards the 4th Industrial Revolution and technology is clearly in the driving seat. But that’s not all. It is stepping on the gas and not looking back in the rear-view mirror.

So, how are you positioning your company to stay competitive – not only in this current digital age, but also in the next?

It is a question that one of Microsoft’s most experienced Distinguished Engineers – and top technology evangelists – James Whittaker addressed during a recent tour of Asia. He concluded that when people look to the future, some “only see the present”.  Many of us, it seems, have a blind spot when it comes to change and the fact that things just won’t stand still. Which is puzzling. After all, many of us have lived through several tech-led transitions over the years.

Remember the 1980s? That was an era of big “powerful” mainframe corporate computers. The 1990s saw the rise of the desktop PC. The 2000s was when the internet connected everyone. Each period replaced its preceding era with waves of change that we now take for granted.

Currently, we are in a decade of mobility and devices, and many of us in Asia have made the right digital transformation choices to meet these times. But don’t relax. Whittaker says we must get ready for the forthcoming “era of autonomy”.

In the 2020s, much of our world will be “reduced to data” that will be super-organized and integrated within the cloud. Innovations that are now in their infancy – the internet of things, machine learning, artificial intelligence, and so on – will start to mature and come of age. Digital disruption will affect every business, every organization, every industry, and every individual. And, it will come fast.

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So how best to position ourselves for the near future? For the answer, I’ll stick to the theme of speed.

We’ve just enjoyed a string of exciting Grand Prix races across Asia – in Singapore, Malaysia, and Japan. Among the competitors was the Renault Sport Racing Formula One Team, which has ambitious plans to win the F1 Constructors’ Championship within three years. To achieve that goal, it needs more than just fast cars and daring drivers. It needs the right business applications and solutions to keep its digital transformation journey moving and evolving – not just for its racing crew, but also for the 1,000 or so people who design, test, and build its cars to unrelenting deadlines.

The Renault team has re-imagined itself as a digital business that is anchored in data and collaboration. Tailored solutions and applications have brought discipline to its highly technical factory production schedules and its business operations move along, on time and on budget. Crucially, it has partnered with Microsoft. And, that has opened new doors to the future by giving Renault access to the power of the cloud, artificial intelligence and even mixed reality with Microsoft HoloLens. By making the right data-driven technology choices now, Renault can expect to innovate, compete and win for years to come.

Renault’s story underscores how organizations today, irrespective of their industry or sector, need to think and act like digital enterprises. Digital transformation going forward requires building out what we refer to as “systems of intelligence” – digital feedback loops that help you better engage with your customers, empower your employees, optimize your operations, and reinvent products and business models. These systems of intelligence encompass your people, processes, and technology. They will ultimately define your competitiveness and ability to change the landscape of the industries in which you participate.

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Now let’s look at the thorny issue of employment. As more and more industries feel the brunt of disruption, talk about job losses will inevitability increase in frequency and volume. That is totally understandable. But there is also another side to the jobs story: Digital solutions can help industries grappling with skilled labor shortages. Take for instance Japan, which is in a building and infrastructure boom ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics as well as the 2027 opening of the Tokyo-Osaka Maglev high-speed train service. As the labor market gets tighter thanks to ageing demographics, the construction industry is starting to feel the pinch. So, coming up with labour-saving systems and greater automation, based on digital technology, is a top priority – both for the industry and the government.

One promising avenue is mixed reality, which uses data-driven holograms to combine the real and virtual worlds in front of a viewer’s eyes. The Oyanagi Construction Co. is pursuing “Holostruction”, a project that uses HoloLens with an array of other cloud-based technology to boost efficiencies across its operations – from design and planning, to works implementation, to contractor relations, to inspection. And, there is also materials and maintenance traceability – in other words, what’s been used and done, when and where, and how. The goal is to achieve more on building sites, faster and better, and with fewer workers. The company is about six decades old and its CEO Takuzo Oyanagi sees now as the point where it must keep transforming digitally to move ahead.

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Greater productivity, though, is just one aspect of the digital revolution. The key to competitive success in the future will be the smart use of data across all aspects of a company to ultimately benefit customers.

For example, Silver Chain is one of the largest providers of personal healthcare services in Australia. They provide in-home care services for patients, following their recent discharge from hospital. Silver Chain needed to integrate multiple sources of data to create a single source of truth on the health and welfare of the patient, which is easily accessible by their teams across multiple devices and in real-time.

Naturally, given the sensitive nature of healthcare records, all this needed to be achieved with security, privacy and health industry compliance of paramount consideration.

I am pleased that they have chosen Microsoft’s Dynamics 365 to deliver these capabilities and are now experiencing improved patient care and greater employee productivity as a result.

Ultimately, we are rapidly moving towards a business era dominated by data. It is those organisations that are embracing digital technology to “connect the dots” of their various data silos and integrate it all with the back-end of the business operations that will win in this new era.

I wish you strong speed and good luck on your own digital transformation journey and, as always, welcome your comments and feedback.

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For Sale – Mac Book Pro 15″ 2017

Hi Chris, I’m not overly sure on having the item posted, as there’s no cover for me as a buyer, and the risk of losing roughly 2K is quite a lot.

What would it cost you to post it? As if collecting, if you knocked that amount off, I could come into London (depending on where you are)

Or, could look at doing half upfront via PayPal goods and services?

As per your post in the other thread, I’d be looking to make an offer of around 1800, based on the fact these can be had new for around £2K

For Sale – Mac Book Pro 15″ 2017

Hi Chris, I’m not overly sure on having the item posted, as there’s no cover for me as a buyer, and the risk of losing roughly 2K is quite a lot.

What would it cost you to post it? As if collecting, if you knocked that amount off, I could come into London (depending on where you are)

Or, could look at doing half upfront via PayPal goods and services?

As per your post in the other thread, I’d be looking to make an offer of around 1800, based on the fact these can be had new for around £2K