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For Sale – MacBook Pro – Pristine Condition With AppleCare+ & Case

Weekend bump and price drop – open to sensible offers too by the way. This was £2,500 brand new just over a year ago and has warranty until July 2022 so I think the price for that and the mint condition it is in, (both cosmetically and such little wear on the battery), is fair but can certainly be discussed.

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For Sale – £275, Bargain Gaming Rig for Sale (Would also serve as a good HTPC) £275, Logitech G613 gaming Keyboard

For anyone that wants to get into PC gaming for a bargain basement price, I’m selling my one of my gaming rigs:

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Gaming Rig/HTPC: £275
Intel Core i5 4670K, S 1150, Haswell
Corsair Vengance 8GB DDR3 RAM
Fractal R4 case Titanium case
600W Corsair Builder Series CX CP-9
Asus Z87-K, Intel Z87, S 1150, DDR3
2GB Asus GTX 670 DirectCU II OC
No hard drive,

All it basically needs is a HDD. The GTX 670 has plenty of life in it IMO for most 1080p games. It makes sense IMO to pay the least possible you can at the moment if you’re trying to get into PC gaming, concentrate on peripherals and wait for the new Nvidia card series to come out.

This also made an excellent Home Theatre PC when I used it as its all a very quiet build.

Even if you’re just using this for parts (The PSU+Case), its probably a win.

Logitech G613 gaming keyboard £75
Mechanical, wireless, proper satisfying switches, great battery life.

Wireless Bluetooth headphones £10

Also have for a sale:
Wii U + Gamepad £100
Various Wii U games £10 a piece
Nintendo 3DS XL On old firmware £100 (these normally go for a lot more on ebay)
HW40ES Sony Projector (250 hours lamp life on the bulb + 2x 3D glasses + Projector Mount) + Synced Harmony Remote + Frozen Blu-Ray: 665

Cash on collection please, Birmingham. Ideally want to sell ASAP because I’m having a clear out. Can do a deal if you want both or want to mix and match.

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For Sale – Western Digital 20TB External Hard Drive

Bumpy.. Price drop to £400

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Google Kubernetes Engine price change sparks discontent

An upcoming price change to Google Kubernetes Engine isn’t sitting well with some users of the managed container service, but analysts said Google’s move is well within reason.

As of June 6, Google will charge customers a cluster management fee of $0.10 per hour, regardless of the cluster’s size or topology. Each customer billing account will receive one free zonal cluster, and the new management fee doesn’t apply to clusters run as part of Anthos, Google’s cross-platform container orchestration service.

Along with the management fee, however, Google is also introducing a service-level agreement (SLA) for Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE). It promises 99.95% availability for regional clusters and 99.5% on zonal clusters, assuming they use a version from Google’s stable release channel, according to the price change announcement.

Google’s decision did not sit well with some users, who voiced complaints on social media.

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Container service pricing could remain in flux

Others disagreed. The planned fee for Google Kubernetes Engine is reasonable, said Gary Chen, an analyst at IDC. “The fact is that Kubernetes control plane management is getting more complex and Google is constantly improving it, so there is a lot of value-add there,” he said. “Plus, as more critical workloads get deployed on containers, service levels become important and that will take some effort and investment, so it’s not unreasonable to ask for a fee for enterprise-level SLAs.”

A longer-term solution for Google could be to offer a lower-cost or free tier for those who don’t need all the features or the SLA, Chen added. “I think we’ll definitely see that in cloud container pricing in the future,” he said. “More tiers, feature add-ons, etc., to satisfy all segments of the market.”

Google previously had a management fee of $0.15 per hour for large clusters but dropped it in November 2017. The price addition coming in June will bring GKE into parity with Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service; AWS cut the cluster management fee for EKS to $0.10 per hour in January, down from $0.20 per hour.

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Managed services such as GKE fit into a continuum of technologies for managing containers

Although measured in pennies per hour, the cluster management fees amount to about $72 a month per cluster, a sum that can add up fast in larger implementations. The question Google Cloud customers must weigh now is whether the fee is worth it compared to other options.

Microsoft Azure Kubernetes Service is one, as it doesn’t currently carry any cluster management fees. But customers would have to do a close comparison of what Azure charges for the compute resources supporting managed containers, as opposed to Google, AWS and other providers.

Another alternative would be to self-manage clusters, but that would require analysis of whether doing so would be desirable in terms of staff time and training.

Above all, Google would undoubtedly like more adoption of Anthos, which became generally available in April 2019. The platform encompasses a software stack much broader than GKE and is priced accordingly. Anthos is the company’s primary focus in its bid to gain market share against Azure and AWS and represents Google Cloud CEO Thomas Kurian’s intent to get more large enterprise customers aboard.

“The cloud wars are intense and revenue matters,” said Holger Mueller, an analyst at Constellation Research in Cupertino, Calif. The cluster management pricing could be viewed as some “gentle pressure” on customers to adopt Anthos, he added.

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For Sale – Laptop £180, Fujitsu Lifebook A544, Intel i5 2.6Ghz 4th Gen, 8GB DDR3L, New 480GB SSD

Great spec Fujitsu Lifebook A544 laptop at a great price – £180

Fully working and very good cosmetic condition too for age, photos show condition. Laptops around 4 years old and wasn’t used a lot, hence low battery cycle count of only 26 times on it’s original battery. Hold charge well and you can get 2-4 hours use on a full charge. Original power pack too.

It’s been upgraded to 8GB ram and also just had a brand new 480GB Lexar SATA SSD to replace the hard drive, with a fresh install of Windows 10 Professional, 1909 Build, with all updates (auto activated from it’s Windows 8 embedded key) and some nice to have freebie software (Adobe Acrobat Reader, 7Zip, Malwarebyte, KLite Codecs, Google Chrome, CCleaner). Also updated with latest 2019 BIOS from Fujitsu support site.

Full Specification
Processor: 4th Generation Intel Core i5-4210m 2.6Ghz, boost to 3.2Ghz (2 cores, 4 Threads)
Ram: 8GB (2 x 4GB Samsung DDR3L Dimms)
Storage: Brand new Lexar 480GB Solid State Drive
Screen Resolution: 1366 x 768
Operating System: Windows 10 Professional (Latest 1909 Build)
Optical: CD/DVD-RW drive
Wireless: Wifi 802.11G/N 2.4 & 5Ghz & Bluetooth
Ports: 3 x USB3 Type A, 1 x USB 2 Type A, HDMI, VGA, Headphone & Microphone ports, SD XC Card reader & Gigabit Ethernet

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Healthcare 2020 trends emphasize virtual, holistic patient care

Lowering the price of healthcare will be top of mind in 2020. For healthcare CIOs, that could mean investing in telehealth tools and analytics platforms that are geared toward making healthcare more accessible, less expensive and more personal.

Two reports on healthcare 2020 predictions lay out potential trends facing healthcare organizations in the new year. Forrester Research’s report focuses on healthcare reform efforts as well as the rise in telehealth. Frost & Sullivan’s report highlights the role social determinants of health data analytics platforms will play in 2020 and predicts a backlash against AI in healthcare.

The detailed healthcare 2020 reports have been pared down here for healthcare CIOs, highlighting tech trends like telehealth and data analytics platforms.

Telehealth visits will increase

Forrester believes virtual care will grow substantially, predicting that providers will conduct millions of new virtual visits in 2020.

Jeff Becker, an analyst at Forrester and one of the authors of the “Predictions 2020: Healthcare” report, called telehealth “the fastest growing place of service across all care delivery touchpoints” where “everybody is rushing in to claim a stake.”

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One of the drivers behind the growth in virtual visits is the desire to control patient inflow to brick-and-mortar care delivery systems, Becker said.

Engaging patients in the home, workplace or other convenient locations first and helping them make a decision on the right place to seek medical care can reduce what Becker called the “drastic overuse of an emergency room.”

Historical outpatient claims data suggests that about 43% of outpatient visits could be addressed through a virtual care visit, according to Forrester, pointing to telehealth as one option healthcare CIOs should look at to reduce costs associated with care delivery.

Social determinants of health in 2020

Another healthcare 2020 prediction is that social determinants of health data will play a big role in how payers and health systems improve patient outcomes, and healthcare CIOs will need to key in on tools like analytics platforms to make use of that data, according to Frost & Sullivan.

Frost & Sullivan analysts predict that by the end of 2020, 40% of U.S. health systems and insurance companies will use social determinants of health data, such as income and housing status, to make risk assessments or business decisions, as well as conduct patient outreach.

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Factors driving its growth include an understanding that most of a patient’s health outcomes are attributable to factors beyond direct medical care, according to Kamaljit Behera, an analyst at Frost & Sullivan.

We believe proactively engaging the right patients based on their social determinant of health can improve health outcomes.
Kamaljit BeheraAnalyst, Frost & Sullivan

“57% [of patients] have a moderate to high risk for financial insecurity, isolation, housing insecurity, transportation and food insecurity, among others,” Behera said during a webinar on healthcare 2020 predictions. “We believe proactively engaging the right patients based on their social determinant of health can improve health outcomes and help healthcare organizations meet quality standards.”

Frost & Sullivan believes that within the next five years, social determinants of health data will become critical for improving patients’ quality of care, as well as optimizing the cost of care. In lockstep, health IT products such as population health management platforms that track and analyze patient outcomes will also gain prominence.

AI growth, challenges

The AI in medical imaging market will cross the $400 million mark in 2020, but Behera said that AI companies have a tough road ahead. He believes they will need to rethink how they use data, train algorithms and implement AI to convince the healthcare community of no-harm use.

Medical imaging, or radiology, is one of the most mature areas for AI and clinical use cases, Behera said. Yet even in radiology, the use of AI will be checked in 2020.

“AI in the recent past has advanced tremendously. Its ability for diagnosing and detecting disease is climbing higher and higher, but the very important question still remains, what happens if something goes wrong,” Behera said.

The safest way for physicians to use AI is to confirm a diagnosis rather than improve care with new insights, Behera said. Due to this caution, health IT vendors will continue to make non-clinical applications of AI such as workflow automation the priority. Additionally, Behera said roughly 75% of AI companies in medical imaging will continue to focus on image analysis as the main AI use case.

“Things look promising in AI more from an operational and workstream optimization [standpoint], but we still have quite a way to go before getting into real support in the clinical decision-making process leveraged by AI solutions,” Behera said.

On healthcare reform

Healthcare’s big price tag will take center stage next year as voters hear from presidential candidates and prepare to cast their votes.

U.S. Democratic presidential candidates Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders have championed a “Medicare for All” plan or option, which would expand a federal health insurance program historically geared at those 65 and older or managing certain disabilities to everyone.

The full Medicare for All plan would introduce a federally funded public insurance plan to U.S. citizens and eliminate private health insurance, eliminating 900 health insurers and 507,000 employees, according to the Forrester healthcare 2020 report.

“When I dug into the numbers, it didn’t surprise me that I came to the conclusion that Medicare for All in its current definition would fail,” Forrester’s Becker said. “What did surprise me is how much uptick there is in support of a public option and how much legislative movement there is for, not a single payer system, but a secondary public option.”

According to the Forrester healthcare 2020 report, voter support in the U.S. is low for a Medicare for All plan, but 70% of voters would support a public plan option that preserves the option of private insurance. 

The report noted that providers have mixed feelings about a public insurance option. While more coverage means less uncompensated care, Medicare patients generate lower reimbursement rates than patients covered under private insurance contracts.

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Wanted – 3TB / 4TB WD Red

I’d be wanting £48 delivered. If price is acceptable let me know & I will run a test but sure its all fine.

Looking at below its only been powered on 69 hours! It was used as a Backup drive (then stored to safe) which would explain the light use.

Has completed a Quick Test OK using WD Lifeguard tool. I’ve set it running an extended test (estimating ~6 hrs to complete at the moment).

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Wanted – 3TB / 4TB WD Red

I’d be wanting £48 delivered. If price is acceptable let me know & I will run a test but sure its all fine.

Looking at below its only been powered on 69 hours! It was used as a Backup drive (then stored to safe) which would explain the light use.

Has completed a Quick Test OK using WD Lifeguard tool. I’ve set it running an extended test (estimating ~6 hrs to complete at the moment).

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WD site info:

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Serial Number Status Model Number Description Expiration Date
WMC1T0983534 Out of Limited Warranty WD30EFRX WD Red 10/26/2015

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