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Get 3 Months of Xbox Game Pass for PC for $1! A Plague Tale: Innocence, Children of Morta, and Gris Coming Soon – Xbox Wire

I know you’re here for the games and we have some gems on the way! They’re hauntingly beautiful, challenging, and are coming soon to Xbox Game Pass for PC (Beta).

You might need more than a few days to dig into these games, plus all the others you want to play in our library. Lucky for you, if you haven’t tried Xbox Game Pass for PC (Beta) yet, we just launched our best deal yet for PC: Get your first 3 months for just $1! Discover your next favorite game with unlimited access to over 100 high-quality PC titles. You’ll always have something new to play with games added all the time. This deal won’t last forever, so join today and tell your friends – this is an easy way to get them to jump in and play with you!

But let’s get to the part that you really want to know about: Here’s the latest info on the games coming at you for the next few weeks!

Children of Morta ([email protected])
A story-driven action RPG about an extraordinary family of heroes. Lead the Bergons, with all their flaws and virtues, against the forthcoming Corruption. With a unique mix of action-adventure, RPG, rogue-lite, and hack and slash, you’ll develop not only individual characters but also the entire family as they stand against an encroaching darkness.

Gris ([email protected])
A serene and evocative experience, free of danger, frustration or death. Explore a meticulously designed world brought to life with delicate art, detailed animation, and an elegant original score where light puzzles, platforming sequences, and optional skill-based challenges will reveal themselves as the story unfolds, allowing Gris to see her world in a different way, unlocking new paths to explore using her new abilities.

A Plague Tale: Innocence
Follow the grim tale of young Amicia and her little brother Hugo in a heartrending journey through the darkest hours of history in this acclaimed action adventure game. Hunted by Inquisition soldiers and surrounded by unstoppable swarms of rats, they will struggle to survive against overwhelming odds and fight to find purpose in this brutal, unforgiving world.

Seriously, getting 3 months of PC gaming for only $1 is a screaming deal. Take the opportunity to try a whole bunch of games with no risk (other than being that person that won’t shut up about what games they are playing). I haven’t done the calculations yet, but I’m willing to bet that the math checks out on this being the best deal right now to play all these games.

Reminder to install the mobile app so you can remotely install games to your PC from anywhere – use that time to watch speed runs, character builds, or build your perfect playlist for these haunting games. Lastly, for more news on games, memes, and whatever shower thoughts we have about games, check out our Twitter. Happy gaming!

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For Sale – Parts Clear Out (Motherboards, Memory, CPUs, GPUs and Case) ***PRICE DROPS***

Due to a recent upgrade, and the need to clear some space in the garage, I’ve got the following up for sale.

ADDED:

Current build bundle – £220.00
Asus Z97 Pro Gamer
LGA 1150 – Intel Core i5 4690K

Motherboards:
MSI Z87 GD65 Used £65.00 £55.00
MSI Z170I ITX Used £95.00 £90.00

DDR3:
8GB Corsair Vengeance Pro – 2133Mhz (2x4GB) Used £35.00
16GB HyperX Savage Red – 2400Mhz (2x8GB) Used £50.00
SOLD to scott178

DDR4:
16GB Corsair Low Profile Black – 2400Mhz (2x8GB) Used £45.00

Intel Processors:
LGA 1150 – Intel Core i5-4670K Used £65.00 £55.00
LGA 1151 – Intel Core i5-6600 Used £90.00 £85.00

AMD Graphics Cards:
XFX AMD R9 390 – 8GB Used £75.00 SOLD to Jeeva

Nvidia Graphics Cards:
MSI – GTX 660Ti 2GB Used £45.00 £35.00
MSI – GTX 570 2GB Used £35.00 £25.00
Pulled from Sale

Mice:
Razer Mamba Elite 2016 Wireless Used £60.00

Cases:
Phanteks Evolve ITX Used £40.00 £35.00 (Collection Only)

Coolers:
Corsair H50 Used £40.00 £35.00
Corsair H80i Used £50.00 £45.00

Most items will be boxed in their original retail or OEM packaging.

I will updating this thread as I discover anything else that I no longer require.

Open to offers.

Price and currency: £845
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: BT/PPG
Location: Oxford
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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For Sale – Parts Clear Out (Motherboards, Memory, CPUs, GPUs and Case) ***PRICE DROPS***

Due to a recent upgrade, and the need to clear some space in the garage, I’ve got the following up for sale.

Motherboards:
MSI Z87 GD65 Used £65.00 £55.00
MSI Z170I ITX Used £95.00 £90.00

DDR3:
8GB Corsair Vengeance Pro – 2133Mhz (2x4GB) Used £35.00
16GB HyperX Savage Red – 2400Mhz (2x8GB) Used £50.00
SOLD to scott178

DDR4:
16GB Corsair Low Profile Black – 2400Mhz (2x8GB) Used £45.00

Intel Processors:
LGA 1150 – Intel Core i5-4670K Used £65.00 £55.00
LGA 1151 – Intel Core i5-6600 Used £90.00 £85.00

AMD Graphics Cards:
XFX AMD R9 390 – 8GB Used £75.00 SOLD to Jeeva

Nvidia Graphics Cards:
MSI – GTX 660Ti 2GB Used £45.00 £35.00
MSI – GTX 570 2GB Used £35.00 £25.00

Mice:
Razer Mamba Elite 2016 Wireless Used £60.00

Cases:
Phanteks Evolve ITX Used £40.00 £35.00 (Collection Only)

Coolers:
Corsair H50 Used £40.00 £35.00
Corsair H80i Used £50.00 £45.00

Most items will be boxed in their original retail or OEM packaging.

I will updating this thread as I discover anything else that I no longer require.

Open to offers.

Price and currency: £845
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: BT/PPG
Location: Oxford
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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  • Name and address including postcode
  • Valid e-mail address

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For Sale – Parts Clear Out (Motherboards, Memory, CPUs, GPUs and Case) ***PRICE DROPS***

Due to a recent upgrade, and the need to clear some space in the garage, I’ve got the following up for sale.

Motherboards:
MSI Z87 GD65 Used £65.00 £55.00
MSI Z170I ITX Used £95.00 £90.00

DDR3:
8GB Corsair Vengeance Pro – 2133Mhz (2x4GB) Used £35.00
16GB HyperX Savage Red – 2400Mhz (2x8GB) Used £50.00
SOLD to scott178

DDR4:
16GB Corsair Low Profile Black – 2400Mhz (2x8GB) Used £45.00

Intel Processors:
LGA 1150 – Intel Core i5-4670K Used £65.00 £55.00
LGA 1151 – Intel Core i5-6600 Used £90.00 £85.00

AMD Graphics Cards:
XFX AMD R9 390 – 8GB Used £75.00 SOLD to Jeeva

Nvidia Graphics Cards:
MSI – GTX 660Ti 2GB Used £45.00 £35.00
MSI – GTX 570 2GB Used £35.00 £25.00

Mice:
Razer Mamba Elite 2016 Wireless Used £60.00

Cases:
Phanteks Evolve ITX Used £40.00 £35.00 (Collection Only)

Coolers:
Corsair H50 Used £40.00 £35.00
Corsair H80i Used £50.00 £45.00

Most items will be boxed in their original retail or OEM packaging.

I will updating this thread as I discover anything else that I no longer require.

Open to offers.

Price and currency: £845
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: BT/PPG
Location: Oxford
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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  • 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.

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Developing a quantum-ready global workforce – Microsoft Quantum

At Microsoft Quantum, our ambition is to help solve some of the world’s most complex challenges through the world’s most scalable quantum system. Recently, we introduced Azure Quantum to unite a diverse and growing quantum community and accelerate the impact of this technology. Whether it’s algorithmic innovation that improves healthcare outcomes or breakthroughs in cryogenic engineering that enable more sustainable systems design, these recent advancements across the stack are bringing the promise of quantum to our world, right now.

In December 2018, the United States Congress signed the National Quantum Initiative Act – an important milestone for investing the resources needed to continue advancing the field. As recognized by the Act, education on quantum information science and engineering needs to be an area of explicit focus, as the shortage of quantum computing talent worldwide poses a significant challenge to accelerating innovation and fully realizing the impact quantum can have on our world.

Leaders across both public and private sectors need to continue working together to develop a global workforce of quantum engineers, researchers, computer and materials scientists, and other industry experts who will be able to carry quantum computing into the future. Microsoft has been collaborating with academic institutions and industrial entities around the world to grow this quantum generation and prepare the workforce for this next technological revolution.

Empowering the quantum generation through education

Earlier this year, Microsoft partnered with the University of Washington to teach an introductory course on quantum computing and programming. The course, led by Dr. Krysta Svore, General Manager of Microsoft Quantum Systems, focused on the practical implementation of quantum algorithms.

Students were first introduced to quantum programming with Q# through a series of coding exercises followed by programming assignments. For their final project, student teams developed quantum solutions for specified problems – everything from entanglement games and key distribution protocols to quantum chemistry and a Bitcoin mining algorithm. Several students from this undergraduate course joined the Microsoft Quantum team for a summer internship, further developing their new skillsets and delivering quantum impact to organizations around the world.

On the heels of this hands-on teaching engagement, Microsoft has established curriculum partnerships with more than 10 institutions around the world to continue closing the skills gap in quantum development and quantum algorithm design. This curriculum is circling the globe, from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) to the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Roorkee and Hyderabad, India.

Partner universities leverage Q#, Microsoft’s quantum programming language and associated Quantum Development Kit, to teach the principles of quantum computing to the next generation of computer engineers and scientists.

“The course material extended to us by Microsoft is concise and challenging. It covers the necessary mathematical foundations of Quantum Computing. Simulation on Q# is quite straightforward and easy to interpret. Collaboration with Microsoft has indeed captivated students of IIT Roorkee to get deeper insights into Quantum Technology.”

Professor Ajay Wasan of IIT Roorkee, Department of Physics

Q# integrates with familiar tools like Visual Studio and Python, making it a very approachable entry point for undergraduate and graduate students alike.

 “I integrated Microsoft’s Q# into my UCLA graduate course called Quantum Programming.  My students found many aspects of Q# easy to learn and used the language to program and run four quantum algorithms. Thus, the curriculum partnership with Microsoft [has] helped me teach quantum computing to computer science students successfully.”

– Professor Jens Palsberg of UCLA, Computer Science Department

Microsoft has also partnered with Brilliant to bring quantum computing to students and professionals around the world via a self-serve e-learning environment.

a GIF of Microsoft's Brilliant quantum curriculum

a GIF of Microsoft

This interactive Quantum Computing course introduces students to quantum principles and uses Q# to help people learn to build quantum algorithms, simulating a quantum environment in their browsers. In the last six months, more than 40,000 people have interacted with the course and started building their own quantum solutions.

Accelerating quantum innovation through cross-industry collaboration

Recently, Microsoft enrolled into the Quantum Economic Development Consortium (QED-C), which aims to enable and grow the United States quantum industry.

QED-C was established with support from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) as part of the federal strategy for advancing quantum information science. Through the QED-C, Microsoft partners with a diverse set of business and academic leaders to identify and address gaps in technology, standards, and workforce readiness facing the quantum industry.

We look forward to continuing our academic and cross-industry collaborations in developing a quantum workforce to tackle real-world scenarios and bring this revolutionary technology to fruition.

Request to be an early adopter of Azure Quantum and incorporate Q# and the QDK in your quantum curriculum.

Are you currently a student interested in joining Microsoft Quantum as an intern? Apply to our open research intern positions today!

Other ways to get involved:

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Are containers on Windows the right choice for you?

It’s nearly the end of the road for Windows Server 2008/2008 R2. Some of the obvious migration choices are a newer version of Windows Server or moving the workload into Azure. But does a move to containers on Windows make sense?

After Jan. 14, 2020, Microsoft ends extended support for the Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 OSes, which also means no more security updates unless one enrolls in the Extended Security Update program. While Microsoft prefers that its customers move to the Azure cloud platform, another choice is to use containers on Windows.

Understand the two different virtualization technologies

If you are thinking about containerizing Windows Server 2008/2008 R2 workloads, then you need to consider the ways containers differ from a VM. The most basic difference is a container is much lighter than a VM. Whereas each VM has its own OS, containers share a base OS image. The container generally includes application binaries and anything else necessary to run the containerized application.

Containers share a common kernel, which has advantages and disadvantages. One advantage is containers can be extremely small in size. It is quite common for a container to be less than 100 MB, which enables them to be brought online very quickly. The low overhead of containers makes it possible to run far more containers than VMs on the host server.

However, containers share a common kernel. If the kernel fails, then all the containers that depend on it will also fail. Similarly, a poorly written application can destabilize the kernel, leading to problems with other containers on the system.

VMs vs. Docker

As a Windows administrator considering containerizing legacy Windows Server workloads, you need to consider the fundamental difference between VMs and containers. While containers do have their place, they are a poor choice for applications with high security requirements due to the shared kernel or for applications with a history of sporadic stability issues.

Another major consideration with containers is storage. Early on, containers were used almost exclusively for stateless workloads because containers could not store data persistently. Unlike a VM, shutting down a container deletes all data within the container.

Container technology has evolved to support persistent storage through the use of data volumes. Even so, it can be difficult to work with data volumes. Applications that have complex storage requirement usually aren’t a good fit for containerization. For example, database applications tend to be poor candidates for containerization due to complex storage configuration.

If you are used to managing physical or virtual Windows Server machines, you might think of setting up persistent storage as a migration specific task. While there is a requirement to provide a containerized application with the persistent storage that it needs, it’s a one-time task completed as part of the application migration. It is important to remember that containers are designed to be completely portable. A containerized application can move from a development and test environment to a production server or to a cloud host without the need to repackage the application. Setting up complex storage dependencies can undermine container portability; an organization will need to consider whether a newly containerized application will ever need to be moved to another location.

What applications are suited for containers?

As part of the decision-making process related to using containers on Windows, it is worth considering what types of applications are best suited for this type of deployment. Almost any application can be containerized, but the ideal candidate is a stateless application with varying scalability requirements. For example, a front-end web application is often an excellent choice for a containerized deployment for a few reasons. First, web applications tend to be stateless. Data is usually saved on a back-end database that is separate from the front-end application. Second, container platforms work well to meet an application’s scalability requirements. If a web application sees a usage spike, additional containers can instantly spin up to handle the demand. When the spike ebbs, it’s just a matter of deleting the containers.

Before migrating any production workloads to containers, the IT staff needs to develop the necessary expertise to deploy and manage containers. While container management is not usually overly difficult, it is completely different from VM management. Windows Server 2019 supports the use of Hyper-V containers, but you cannot use Hyper-V Manager to create, delete and migrate containers in the same way that you would perform these actions on a VM.

Containers are a product of the open source world and are therefore managed from the command line using Linux-style commands that are likely to be completely foreign to many Windows administrators. There are GUI-based container management tools, such as Kubernetes, but even these tools require some time and effort to understand. As such, having the proper training is essential to a successful container deployment.

Despite their growing popularity, containers are not an ideal fit for every workload. While some Windows Server workloads are good candidates for containerization, other workloads are better suited as VMs. As a general rule, organizations should avoid containerizing workloads that have complex, persistent storage requirements or require strict kernel isolation.

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For Sale – Parts Clear Out (Motherboards, Memory, CPUs, GPUs and Case) ***PRICE DROPS***

Due to a recent upgrade, and the need to clear some space in the garage, I’ve got the following up for sale.

Motherboards:
MSI Z87 GD65 Used £65.00 £55.00
MSI Z170I ITX Used £95.00 £90.00

DDR3:
8GB Corsair Vengeance Pro – 2133Mhz (2x4GB) Used £35.00
16GB HyperX Savage Red – 2400Mhz (2x8GB) Used £50.00 SOLD to scott178

DDR4:
16GB Corsair Low Profile Black – 2400Mhz (2x8GB) Used £45.00

Intel Processors:
LGA 1150 – Intel Core i5-4670K Used £65.00 £55.00
LGA 1151 – Intel Core i5-6600 Used £90.00 £85.00

AMD Graphics Cards:
XFX AMD R9 390 – 8GB Used £75.00 SOLD to Jeeva

Nvidia Graphics Cards:
MSI – GTX 660Ti 2GB Used £45.00 £35.00
MSI – GTX 570 2GB Used £35.00 £25.00

Mice:
Razer Mamba Elite 2016 Wireless Used £60.00

Cases:
Phanteks Evolve ITX Used £40.00 £35.00 (Collection Only)

Coolers:
Corsair H50 Used £40.00 £35.00
Corsair H80i Used £50.00 £45.00

Most items will be boxed in their original retail or OEM packaging.

I will updating this thread as I discover anything else that I no longer require.

Open to offers.

Price and currency: £845
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: BT/PPG
Location: Oxford
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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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

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For Sale – Parts Clear Out (Motherboards, Memory, CPUs, GPUs and Case) ***PRICE DROPS***

Due to a recent upgrade, and the need to clear some space in the garage, I’ve got the following up for sale.

Motherboards:
MSI Z87 GD65 Used £65.00 £55.00
MSI Z170I ITX Used £95.00 £90.00

DDR3:
8GB Corsair Vengeance Pro – 2133Mhz (2x4GB) Used £35.00
16GB HyperX Savage Red – 2400Mhz (2x8GB) Used £50.00 SOLD to scott178

DDR4:
16GB Corsair Low Profile Black – 2400Mhz (2x8GB) Used £45.00

Intel Processors:
LGA 1150 – Intel Core i5-4670K Used £65.00 £55.00
LGA 1151 – Intel Core i5-6600 Used £90.00 £85.00

AMD Graphics Cards:
XFX AMD R9 390 – 8GB Used £75.00 SOLD to Jeeva

Nvidia Graphics Cards:
MSI – GTX 660Ti 2GB Used £45.00 £35.00
MSI – GTX 570 2GB Used £35.00 £25.00

Mice:
Razer Mamba Elite 2016 Wireless Used £60.00

Cases:
Phanteks Evolve ITX Used £40.00 £35.00 (Collection Only)

Coolers:
Corsair H50 Used £40.00 £35.00
Corsair H80i Used £50.00 £45.00

Most items will be boxed in their original retail or OEM packaging.

I will updating this thread as I discover anything else that I no longer require.

Open to offers.

Price and currency: £845
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: BT/PPG
Location: Oxford
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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  • 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

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For Sale – Alienware 15R3 i7-7820HK Gaming Laptop

In good condition, comes boxed, will get some picture’s up tomorrow in the day light.

7th Generation Core i7 driven machine with a GTX1070 GPU and 16Gb of fast RAM. Lightening fast Samsung 970 EVO NVME M.2 SSD (Under 15 sec boot time) and there is standard fitted 1TB hard drive for wider data storage.

There is 1 tiny stuck/dead (pink pixel) on the right hand side of the screen, it’s hard to see and It wasn’t until I was giving it a once over today that I spotted it but I like to be honest with my descriptions.

An absolute beast of a machine, this is the model with all the lights and look’s fantastic at night.

This is already priced at a bargain price as elsewhere they are priced at over £1000 refurbished.

Postage could be an option but it is heavy but I’m sure we can come to some agreement if a buyer would need it posted.

I am based in Lowestoft, Suffolk.

Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-7820HK (Quad-Core, 8MB Cache, Overclocking up to 4.4GHz) 15.6 inch FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS Anti-Glare 300-nits Display
Shipping Docs – English, French, German, Italian, Dutch
16GB DDR4 at 2667MHz (2x8GB)
1TB (64MB Cache) 7200 RPM SATA 6Gb/s
240W AC Adapter
Lithium Ion (99 Wh) Battery
Power Cord – UK
Environmental lot 3 label
Regulatory Label
Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 Label
NVIDIA(R) GeForce(R) GTX 1070 with 8GB GDDR5
Killer N1435/1535 Driver KBL
Killer 1435 802.11ac 2×2 WiFi and Bluetooth 4.1
Alienware 6 programmable Macro module keys
Internal UK/Irish (QWERTY) Backlit Keyboard
Windows 10 Home-HE 64bit English, Dutch, French, German, Italian
CPU Overclocking Tools for AWCC for Alienware Laptops
Thank you for Choosing Dell
Custom BTO Configuration
Dell Order
VAT Rate % 20
GBP Net
1,499.25
GBP VAT
299.85
Subtotal Freight VAT Total
GBP 1,499.25 0.00 299.85 1,799.10

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