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ASUS ROG Swift PG278Q – GSYNC 144mhz monitor (PC System now sold)

i7 PC System – Sold off forum (Thanks, for those interested).

Still For sale (with a price drop from £300 to £280 and pictures added):-

ASUS ROG Swift PG278Q – GSYNC 144mhz monitor.

Monitor is spotless and I have experienced no issues with it.

Monitor was a brand new swap-out by ASUS under warranty last September (not a refurb).

No marks, scratches etc and everything works as it should, even has the protective plastic still on the back badge. Also have the original box for it.


ASUS ROG Swift PG278Q – GSYNC 144mhz monitor (PC System now sold)

DSL Router i.e. Asus RT-AC68U


Wanted is DSL Router i.e. Asus RT-AC68U to use with Virgin Media.

Many thanks in advance.

Location: Hounslow

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Zotac Geforce Gtx 1060 6GB mini Graphics Card

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No offers thanks price is firm
Zotac 1060 6gb
2 week old
original box
excellent condition
cash on collection stoke on trent or bt no paypal don’t have or want it
postage charged at cost for fully insured postage to cover us both

Price and currency: 300
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: cash on collection or BT
Location: stoke on trent
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Zotac Geforce Gtx 1060 6GB mini Graphics Card

Jenkins pipeline as code unifies enterprise DevOps approach

One software maker got a whole lot more than rapid app delivery, thanks to its use of Jenkins pipeline as code.

Ellucian Company L.P., a Reston, Va., software company that specializes in ERP systems for colleges and universities, embraced the pipeline-as-code features introduced with Jenkins 2.0 in 2016. These features give IT architects a visual interface to create pipelines using Jenkins’ domain-specific language, which could then be kept and version-controlled alongside application code to ensure consistency between them.

Before Jenkins 2.0, the software company struggled to rapidly iterate disparate legacy tech stacks, from Microsoft and Oracle proprietary applications to cloud-native apps developed in-house on Node.js. These applications also undergo different stages of development: Some pass continuous integration tests and are deployed immediately, while others involve a more lengthy continuous delivery process based on Amazon Machine Images.

However, Jenkins pipeline-as-code features, which were added to CloudBees’ commercially supported offering Jenkins Enterprise, helped standardize Ellucian’s approach to continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD).

“Traditionally, to build a pipeline, you’d have to build various stages and transfer parameters from one stage to another. But now, the stages become more standardized, and several of our groups are reusing others’ pipeline stages,” said Jason Shawn, senior director of DevOps and cloud for Ellucian. “People have also been able to make changes to their pipelines more quickly.”

Jenkins pipeline as code is available in the open source version of the CI/CD software, but Ellucian chose CloudBees for enterprise support, as it integrated a diverse array of applications.

“If this company was in a different spot in their journey and much more locked in to one or two tech stacks, CloudBees might not be part of the equation. But, realistically, we need help to integrate pretty much everything under the sun,” Shawn said. But because CloudBees’ offering is based on the open source platform, Ellucian can also draw on community support and apply lessons others have learned.

CloudBees’ Jenkins Enterprise platform will soon offer Kubernetes container orchestration support for Jenkins masters, which Ellucian plans to adopt. This will extend the notion of a large, centrally provisioned client master toward distributed masters that can be provisioned by engineering teams on demand. Shawn said he expects this change will improve the performance of Jenkins pipeline-as-code deployments, as well.

Our vision is to take a product through its whole lifecycle [with] a master, and then it can scale using as many workers as it needs to,” he said.

Jenkins pipeline as code opens door to DevSecOps

Our vision is to take a product through its whole lifecycle [with] a master, and then it can scale using as many workers as it needs to.
Jason Shawnsenior director of DevOps and cloud, Ellucian

After the upgrade to distributed masters, Ellucian plans to draw security practices into the DevOps process. The company will integrate open source security scanning tools, such as OAuth, OWASP Dependency-Check and Arachni, and will evaluate open source utility Zed Attack Proxy to find vulnerabilities in web applications. Jenkins pipeline as code will help link the results of these tools’ security scans into ThreadFix, so developers can evaluate the risks of vulnerabilities for each application.

“The whole [security] ecosystem is riddled with false positives. And, inevitably, you find you’re breaking a build for something that’s not necessary,” Shawn said. “So, how do you take that false positive and build it into your pipeline so you don’t hit it again and again? We’re exploring ways to build that security model with a more DevSecOps approach.”

Jenkins is still among the most widely used CI/CD pipeline tools, but Jenkins alternatives abound. Shawn said he’s also looked at Amazon’s native CI/CD pipeline services. He said he hopes CloudBees will make the Jenkins EC2 plug-in part of the core Jenkins code in future versions of CloudBees Jenkins Enterprise, which would help the third-party product keep up with Amazon’s natively integrated offerings.

“I don’t know that Amazon has quite delivered the robustness and versatility that Jenkins offers, but I would never count them out,” Shawn said. “If I was in CloudBees’ shoes, I’d be looking at competitors like that and ensuring that my ability to accommodate enterprise needs is first and foremost.”

Shawn’s team also evaluated the Blue Ocean UI, but needs further user acceptance tests with everyone who uses Jenkins pipeline as code at Ellucian before they switch.

“We were in the early beta,” Shawn said. “It had a little bit of a jarring effect; it’s a much better-looking UI, but most of our users were used to the old and ugly UI.”

Beth Pariseau is senior news writer for TechTarget’s Cloud and DevOps Media Group. Write to her at bpariseau@techtarget.com or follow @PariseauTT on Twitter.

For Sale – Faulty Asus Transformer T100TA

Hi John,

Thanks for the message… I hadn’t seen the reply on here.

There is/was no windows key with the machine… It is activated based on the hardware so I fresh install should auto activate.

I actually originally bought the tablet from these forums and the original charger wasn’t included (I thought I had linked the original thread to this one which stated the asus charger wasn’t included)

We used any android charger we had around at the time, whether 1amp or 2amp obviously 1amp will charge slower but I don’t think it would cause any problems. I’m happy to send you a 2amp charger instead if that will help?


For Sale – Faulty Asus Transformer T100TA

Hello Scott
Received yesterday as promised, thanks. Not had time yet to fully test but initial impressions are that it is working ok.

However, the power unit you have provided is not the original Asus unit and is an HTC mobile phone charger which is under powered for the PC. It is only rated at 1 Amp (5 Watts) whereas the PC requires a 10 Watt unit. The HTC charger runs VERY hot in use and I am reluctant to use this due to safety concerns. Also, there is no charger cable provided?

Should there be a Windows key provided with this machine in case the OS needs to be reinstalled? I couldn’t find one anywhere in the package or on the PC.

Your comments are welcomed, thanks.

Office 365 compliance features keep data locked down

Stricter guidelines for compliance regarding messaging retention are forthcoming thanks to rules such as the EU…

General Data Protection Regulation. Administrators new to Office 365 must learn the nuance of this service’s features to prepare for these changes.

Office 365 compliance features differ with those of on-premises systems, such as Exchange Server. The tools to identify, retain and remove data are built in to the Office 365 Security & Compliance Center. This portal enables businesses to keep data for as long as necessary without third-party tools or extra storage, and it works across Microsoft’s cloud services.

This article looks at the Office 365 compliance features, where they lack and how admins can adjust for these shortcomings.

Master the Office 365 Security & Compliance Center

Until recently, Office 365 mirrored its on-premises counterpart — IT managers administered and managed compliance within each individual service. To keep data in Exchange Online, the admin would adjust settings in the Exchange Admin Center with terminology specific to Exchange. It works the same with SharePoint Online.

The Security & Compliance Center changes all this. It uses a unified portal to manage compliance functionality across the Office 365 suite. Admins use the portal to create policies for all data within the Office 365 tenant. Admins also use this section to perform discovery and searches across multiple services within Office 365.

Office 365 Security & Compliance Center
Figure 1: Admins use the Security & Compliance Center to handle compliance tasks for data across the Office 365 suite.

Admins use the Security & Compliance Center to manage data in several areas. Your organization might need more than one of these Office 365 compliance features.

  • Data loss prevention (DLP): This section identifies sensitive content automatically and prevents users from uploading or sharing the data externally or internally.
  • Data governance: This area sets policies across Office 365. It works to define how long to keep, and when to remove, data. Admins can also archive data or mark it for supervision review.
  • Classifications: This section lets admins define labels to tag content in OneDrive, SharePoint and Exchange services. These labels work with the data governance function to categorize data and apply preservation rules.
  • Sensitive information types: These definitions automatically match data, such as credit card or Social Security numbers. Built-in definitions cover most financial, medical, health and personal data, and admins can also add customized definitions. DLP functions and classifications use these definitions to auto detect sensitive data.

Understand the capabilities of Office 365 compliance features

An enterprise’s most common compliance requirement is to keep all data for a certain amount of time. Most organizations must retain data for five to 10 years, although the requirement is longer for some.

With an on-premises mailbox server, organizations typically use email journaling for compliance purposes. An email journal makes a copy of every email message — this includes the message envelope and BCC recipients — on a separate system. The business retains the copy for as long as necessary.

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How to build new labels in Office 365
then publish them with a policy.

Organizations on Office 365 do not need a product that copies and stores data from Exchange or SharePoint. If a worker alters or removes data from the mailbox, SharePoint sites or OneDrive for Business, data governance keeps the original in Office 365.

In Figure 2, an admin creates a policy that targets all Office 365 data. The preservation lock feature prevents the Office 365 administrator from removing the policy to add an extra layer of security.

Office 365 policies
Figure 2: This policy protects data in all areas of the Office 365 suite.

Use DLP to hinder leaks

Many organizations with on-premises messaging servers try to prevent disclosures of sensitive data in email with edge-based DLP tools. But edge-based DLP tools only defend the email gateway and do not account for other ways users share sensitive information. Unless it integrates with OneDrive or SharePoint, an edge-based DLP tool does not scan documents included as a link, rather than an attachment, in email.

Office 365 DLP works across both Exchange and SharePoint and prevents sensitive data from being uploaded and shared. For example, admins can configure Office 365 DLP to prevent users from sending a list of credit card numbers to a OneDrive for Business account. Alternatively, admins can set a DLP policy to stop users from sharing credit card numbers with external guests.

New DLP policy
Figure 3: This Office 365 DLP policy sends an alert if the content includes insurance information or passport numbers.

The classifications feature identifies and marks this sensitive data for retention and removal. Autolabel policies can search for data across Exchange, SharePoint and OneDrive by keyword. The admin can further adjust settings in sensitive information types to mark data and remove it.

For Sale – 2016 (Late) MacBook Pro 13″

Thanks for the reply,
Just a couple more things, can you send a picture of the back of the box showing the full specs.

Also the serial no so I can confirm warranty?

Any scratches, or marks, dead pixels?

Is there away we can confirm who you are, send me a pm with your details and away I can confirm who you are, Its just very risky and a lot of money involved to risk, especially as you have just joined.
I know you have said your on eBay please can you pm me your username, so I can send over a message?

Sorry for the questions, but just trying to be safe.

Learn how your nonprofit can leverage technology for greater impact – Microsoft on the Issues

A refugee receives a medical checkup at a clinic in Uganda
A refugee receives a medical checkup at a clinic in Uganda. Thanks to its cloud-powered app, Medical Teams International can now upload patient notes from this visit, compile it with other patient data, and analyze it for trends that could indicate an upcoming outbreak.

The demands on nonprofits are perhaps greater today than ever. That’s why, in early 2016, Microsoft Philanthropies committed to donating $1 billion in cloud computing resources, over three years, to help 70,000 nonprofit organizations digitally scale their impact and serve the public good. Today, we’re proud to share that nonprofit demand for cloud solutions has dramatically exceeded our expectations. We have reached our original goal a year early and donated cloud services to more than 90,000 nonprofits.

In a moment, I’ll explain how we’re going to triple the number of nonprofits we reach with the transformational power of the cloud, to more than 300,000, over the next three years. We will do that because we want to build on the inspiring work nonprofits have done, using technology in innovative ways, over the past 18 months. Medical Teams International (MTI) is a great example. In Uganda, which faces one of the worst refugee crises in the world today, MTI provides medical care to 1 million patients a year. Its staff used to rely on paper records. But since its care providers generate about 10 million medical records each year, it was nearly impossible for the nonprofit’s healthcare professionals to sort through mountains of paper to quickly find potentially lifesaving trends in the data.

“When I found out that it took six or seven weeks to get information about the services provided at the healthcare clinics, I was really amazed,” said Patrick Taylor, who until his recent retirement directed IT for Medical Teams International.

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Today, MTI uses a new app, built on Azure donated by Microsoft Philanthropies, to revolutionize the way it works. The app, designed by Cambia Health Solutions, has dramatically increased the speed and accuracy of diagnosis and treatment. “When we create a system that allows a doctor to move through patients more quickly, to provide better care, we’re honoring the dignity of the people who are coming and needing care,” Taylor says.  Perhaps even more important, health-care workers can now identify and stop infectious diseases like malaria before they become outbreaks.

We’re inspired by these kinds of stories, as they demonstrate the potential of technology to help transform how nonprofits pursue their missions and drive impact. As a result, we are working to help more nonprofits around the world more fully leverage the power of the cloud. Too many nonprofits have been left behind in the digital revolution that’s reshaping business and society. According to a 2017 Digital NGO Member Survey by NetHope, most nongovernmental organizations reported they do not have a comprehensive digital strategy. Many have a strong desire to adopt the latest technology, but struggle to envision, design and deploy technology to optimize their missions. Nearly half of nonprofits say their infrastructure is barely keeping up.

As an industry, we can help nonprofits digitally transform to raise funds, improve productivity, accelerate innovation and ultimately have a greater impact on the world’s most pressing issues. That’s why we’re announcing the formation of Microsoft’s Technology for Social Impact group, dedicated to serving the world’s nonprofit organizations. This new team will build the kind of robust ecosystem that today works so well for businesses, to help nonprofits move to the cloud and provide the support they need. We will continue to donate and discount cloud services for nonprofits. And today, we are sharing details of two new offers to bring value to the nonprofit community:

  • Microsoft 365 for Nonprofits, a complete, intelligent solution, including Office 365, Windows 10, and Enterprise Mobility + Security, that will empower nonprofits to be more creative and collaborate more easily. In a world where cyberattacks challenge organizations and place their beneficiaries at risk, Microsoft 365 offers a comprehensive shield through identity and access management, and information and threat protection.
  • Discounts on Surface Books and Surface Pros. Nonprofits deserve devices that will help them unlock the true potential of their people and teams, and improve the impact they have in the world. Surface devices bring the best of Office 365 to life and are designed to help people unlock their creativity and do more, through power, performance and unmatched inking. Now every nonprofit can more easily access the best of Office 365 and Windows 10, from inking, to biometrics to 3D experiences, and help improve and impact the lives of others. Microsoft Stores will offer 10 percent off on Surface and discounts will also be available through Surface channel partners.

This is only the beginning. In coming months, we will build upon these new offers, and on our longstanding commitment to nonprofits. We will engage with startups and incubators to create a pipeline of innovation for nonprofits, and help enable these technology professionals to build solutions that meet nonprofits’ unique needs. We will help build the kind of ecosystem that today works well for businesses — a community of providers that will distribute cloud services and deliver support and migration services for nonprofits. Together, we will help nonprofits raise more money, increase efficiencies and deliver the services on which their beneficiaries depend.

More details about these offers, and a new white paper that provides nonprofits with concrete steps to begin digitally transforming their work, can be found on our new Nonprofits website.

As part of Microsoft’s commitment to donate $1 billion in cloud services, since 2016, Azure for Research has donated cloud services to researchers working on projects at 700 universities around the world. Azure for Research today published a video about one of those projects, at the University of Southampton, U.K.

Tags: Microsoft Cloud, Microsoft Philanthropies, nonprofits