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Wanted – MacBook Pro 15″ Retina

I’m about to upload my Late-2015 15″ Retina.

Unfortunately no warranty, but Apple told me that it can be repaired under bank or home insurance cover. They fix it, send you the paperwork, you get the rebate from the insurance/bank.

If you can tell me how to do the battery count, i’ll reply with the details.

Condition, as you’d be buying from Apple brand new. I have OCD and keep all my items in good tact. My MacBook has always been carried in a protective ouch in my bag two and from work.

Reason for selling, way too powerful for what I need, resorting to a tablet.

For Sale – HP 250 G5 Notebook PC, 5005U, 256gb ssd, 8gb ram

Salvaged from work as they thought that laptop has gone kaput.

Managed to switch it on after 10 minutes of googling. I have also opened it to check for any obvious sign of damage or dust but there are none.
M.2 drive is Sandisk

Problem: it won’t charge if laptop is in use, only when sleeping/switched off. It’s the original charger.
It also wont start without battery, hold seems to be fine 2-3 hours +

HP assistant shows 3 months of warranty left. I am not sure if warranty can be claimed without receipt and is it transferable.
Please check pictures for marks as its not in mint condition etc etc

Might be able to get box from different laptop for shipping but prefer this to be collected.

Price and currency: 200
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: BT/Cash on collection
Location: London
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Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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For Sale – HP 250 G5 Notebook PC, 5005U, 256gb ssd, 8gb ram

Salvaged from work as they thought that laptop has gone kaput.

Managed to switch it on after 10 minutes of googling. I have also opened it to check for any obvious sign of damage or dust but there are none.

Problem: it won’t charge if laptop is in use, only when sleeping/switched off. It’s the original charger.
It also wont start without battery, hold seems to be fine 2-3 hours +

HP assistant shows 3 months of warranty left. Please check pictures for marks etc etc

Might be able to get box from different laptop for shipping but prefer this to be collected.

Price and currency: 200
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: BT/Cash on collection
Location: London
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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For Sale – CM Mechanical Keyboard, Custom key caps &TP-Link AC2600 Dual Band Modem Router

Hello

Having a clear out now that I have settled on a networking solution for my home, so these are surplus to requirements.

Up for sale:

NEW
Cooler Master XTi Mechanical Keyboard, MX Brown switches, with white key caps that I had custom made. Has red & blue LEDs are looks AWESOME when in wave mode. Will be supplied with black key caps also. Comes with original usb cable. £60+ postage

TP-Link AC2600 Dual Band Wireless MU-MIMO Gigabit VDSL/ADSL Modem Router – Been used for about 6 months. Not sure I have the box still, but it does come with power supply. In good condition – standard finger prints and hairline scratches on the top and a little dusty. Looking for £115 including insured delivery.

TP-Link RE305 Range AC1200 Range Extender – barely used, still has plastic cover on – £25 including insured delivery – SOLD

TP-Link N300 WA850RE – purchased as a test unit – £10 including delivery

Corsair Sabre RGB Mouse – lighted used but prefer the pro – £26 inc delivery. – SOLD

Any questions, please ask.

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Price and currency: £10+
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: PayPal Gift, PayM or BT
Location: Emsworth, Hampshire
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Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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For Sale – Samsung 1TB 850 Evo SSD 2.5in

selling my 1TB SSD drive due to upgrading to a 500GB M.2 drive that fits on my motherboard . i was only using about 260gb of this SSD and has never been over 300GB written on it at once .

it was bought from amazon 12th march 2015 so just over 30 months remaining on warranty as these drives come with 5 year warranty. i have the PDF original invoice .

drive is in excellent condition and drive on Samsung magician states drive is GOOD !

can take a pic of this if needed or any other info needed .

Price and currency: £195
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Location: Dumfries
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For Sale – Samsung 1TB 850 Evo SSD 2.5in

selling my 1TB SSD drive due to upgrading to a 500GB M.2 drive that fits on my motherboard . i was only using about 260gb of this SSD and has never been over 300GB written on it at once .

it was bought from amazon 12th march 2015 so just over 30 months remaining on warranty as these drives come with 5 year warranty. i have the PDF original invoice .

drive is in excellent condition and drive on Samsung magician states drive is GOOD !

can take a pic of this if needed or any other info needed .

Price and currency: £195
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Payment method: BT or PP gift
Location: Dumfries
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Try Azure #CosmosDB for free

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Today we are launching Try Azure Cosmos DB for free, an experience that allows anyone to play with Azure Cosmos DB, with no Azure sign up required and at no charge for a limited time. As many of you know, Azure Cosmos DB is the first globally distributed, massively scalable, multi-model database service. The service is designed to allow customers to elastically and horizontally scale both throughput and storage across any number of geographical regions.It also offers guaranteed <10 ms latencies at the 99th percentile, 99.99% high availability, and five well defined consistency models to developers to make precise tradeoffs between performance, availability and consistency of data. Azure Cosmos DB is also the first globally distributed database service in the market today to offer comprehensive Service Level Agreements (SLAs) for throughput, latency, availability, and consistency.

Why did we launch Try Cosmos DB for free? It’s simple. We want to make it easy for developers to evaluate Azure Cosmos DB, build and test their app against Azure Cosmos DB, do a hands-on-lab, a tutorial, create a demo or perform unit testing without incurring any costs. Our goal is to enable any developer to easily experience Azure Cosmos DB and what it has to offer, become more comfortable with our database service and build the expertise with our stack at zero cost. With Try Cosmos DB for free, you can go from nothing to a fully running planet-scale Azure Cosmos DB app in less than a minute.

Try Cosmos DB Now

Try it out for yourself, it takes less than a minute. Or watch this quick video.

1. Go to Try Azure Cosmos DB for free page.

2. Pick the API/data model of your choice either SQL (DocumentDB), MongoDB, Table or Gremlin (Graph) API, and click Create. Note, you will need to login using a Microsoft Account (a.k.a. Live ID). 

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In seconds, you will have your newly created free Azure Cosmos DB account with an invite to open it in the Azure portal and try out our Quick Starts.

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3. Click Open in Azure Portal, which will navigate the browser to the newly created free Azure Cosmos DB account with Quick Starts page open.

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4. Follow the Quick Starts to get a running app connected to Azure Cosmos DB in under 30 seconds or proceed exploring the service on your own.

When in the portal, you will be reminded how long you have before your account expires.

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You can extend the trial period for another 24 hours, or click on the link to sign up for a Free Trial (if you are new to Azure) or create a new Azure Cosmos DB account if you already have a subscription.

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With Try Azure Cosmos DB for free, you can create a container (a collection of documents, a table, or a graph) and globally-distribute it to up to 3 regions, and use any of the capabilities Azure Cosmos DB provides for 24 hours. Once the trial expires, you can always come back and create it all over again.

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Play with Azure Cosmos DB and let us know what you think

Azure Cosmos DB is the database of the future – it is what we believe is the next big thing in the world of massively scalable databases! It makes your data available close to where your users are, worldwide. It is a globally distributed, multi-model database service for building planet scale apps with ease using the API and data model of your choice. You never know it until YOU TRY IT!

If you need any help or have questions or feedback, please reach out to us on the developer forums on Stack Overflow. Stay up-to-date on the latest Azure Cosmos DB news and features by following us on Twitter #CosmosDB, @AzureCosmosDB.

– Your friends at Azure Cosmos DB

Equifax breach exposes 143 million consumers’ personal data

Consumer credit rating agency Equifax disclosed on Thursday a “cybersecurity incident” that could have exposed the personal information of approximately 143 million U.S. consumers.

The Equifax breach, which was discovered by the credit bureau on July 29, exposed consumers’ names, birth dates, Social Security numbers, addresses and even some driver’s license numbers. The company also acknowledged that additional personally identifiable information (PII) was accessed by intruders, including credit card numbers for approximately 209,000 consumers and dispute documents with PII related to 182,000 consumers.

According to the company, the Equifax breach was the result of an unspecified web application vulnerability, which allowed the attackers to gain entry to the corporate network and obtain sensitive data files. Equifax said the intrusion lasted from mid-May of this year to July, but its investigation showed no evidence of unauthorized activity in the company’s credit reporting database. In other words, there are currently no signs that attackers were able to obtain or manipulate consumer and commercial credit records.

Still, with the Social Security numbers and birth dates of nearly half of all Americans potentially in the wild, the Equifax breach represents one of the worst exposures of personal information to date. The incident dwarfs the 2015 breach of Experian, another one of the “big three” credit bureaus, which exposed the personal data of 15 million consumers.

“This is the biggest fear of any company that collects such intimate and personal data of people come true,” Richard Henderson, global security strategist at Absolute Software, told SearchSecurity. “This is a motherlode of information for cybercriminals looking to commit identity theft. We have to expect that the fallout from this will likely be unprecedented.”

Equifax Chairman and CEO Richard Smith issued a video statement on the incident, though questions remain about key details.

“We acted immediately to stop the intrusion, and we promptly engaged a leading, cybersecurity firm, which has been conducting a comprehensive forensic review to determine the scope of the intrusion,” Smith said. “This is clearly a disappointing event for our company, and one that strikes at the heart of who we are and what we do.”

However, Smith didn’t say which cybersecurity firm Equifax was working with, what web application vulnerability was used in the attack, or why it took five weeks from the date of the breach discovery to notify consumers. There was also no explanation from the company about why sensitive files with personal data for so many Americans were accessible to the attackers.

In a blog post, Morey Haber, vice president of technology at identity management vendor BeyondTrust, called attention to PCI DSS requirements and questioned whether or not Equifax was compliant at the time of the breach. “PCI DSS requires file integrity monitoring (FIM),” Haber wrote. “Were the sensitive files being monitored? Is that how Equifax discovered the breach? This implies monitoring only and no prevention.”

Equifax’s breach response has also come under scrutiny. While Smith pledged to offer every U.S. consumer free credit monitoring and identity theft protection through its TrustedID service, agreeing to the terms of service for TrustedID requires users to waive their rights to file class action lawsuits against Equifax.

In addition, the credit rating company created a website for consumers to check if their personal data was exposed, but the website is rife with problems. For example, it runs on WordPress, a content management system that has been a favorite target of hackers. More importantly, the site’s TLS certificate doesn’t do the proper revocation checks, and the domain itself isn’t even registered to Equifax.

Windows DevOps tools rehab legacy enterprise applications

As Microsoft shops struggle to modernize legacy apps that weren’t designed for distributed cloud environments, they must also rethink the infrastructure where these apps are deployed.

Most enterprises have at least one application that’s so old, no one on the current IT team recalls how it was written, nor understands the finer intricacies of its management. Now, these companies must weigh the risks and costs to refactor these apps for a cloud-first, continuously developed world.

“It’s always an investment to replace something which does exactly what you need, but it’s just old software,” said Thomas Maurer, cloud architect for Switzerland-based itnetX, a consulting firm that works with large enterprise clients in Europe. “Traditional, classic enterprise apps cannot just be migrated into the DevOps world in a nice way — they may have dependencies on legacy code, or they’re not designed to scale out.”

Windows DevOps tools have improved, and IT shops are finding ways to link them together. But many client-server apps in the Windows world, particularly rich-client apps, don’t lend themselves well to continuous development or rapid provisioning, said Chris Riley, DevOps analyst at Fixate IO, a content strategy consulting firm based in Livermore, Calif., and a TechTarget contributor. Riley has developed Windows applications, such as SharePoint.

Some standard client-server applications must be compiled before they are tested. Dependencies and prerequisites also bog down legacy Windows apps; installing older versions of SQL Server or SharePoint takes days. Some legacy Windows environments also function best when apps are installed locally on the developer’s machine, whereas web and mobile applications typically integrate with REST APIs and avoid binary codes on a local machine, Riley said.

Without the ability to spin up development and test environments easily, organizations tend to reuse one test bed.

“This severely limits when you can do your testing, because you don’t want to pollute that environment, or make a mistake and rebuild it,” Riley said. “Whereas in DevOps, it should be easy to make a mistake — you actually want to do that and move forward.”

Windows DevOps tools give legacy apps a makeover

If organizations decide to refactor legacy apps to run in a more cloud-native fashion, they can first use tools and services from Microsoft partners to help make those apps more efficient to test and deploy.

“Skytap and CloudShare provide on-demand environments for these tools,” Riley said. “So, you can spin up a new database environment in 15 minutes instead of days, and then delete it, then spin it up again.”

The two companies take different approaches to hosting legacy apps on flexible cloud infrastructure. For example, Skytap Cloud supports more, older versions of Windows than Microsoft does, so customers can modernize apps at their own pace. CloudShare’s on-demand versions of Windows apps, meanwhile, are “somewhere between hard [and] impossible to run on the commodity clouds like Amazon [Web Services],” said Muly Gottlieb, the company’s vice president of R&D.

CloudShare, a 10-year-old privately funded Israeli SaaS company, lets users set policies and spin up and down dev and test environments with complex traditional apps, such as SharePoint and SQL Server. The service can accommodate customers that aren’t a good fit for Azure Cloud services, such as VMware shops that support legacy Microsoft apps.

Legacy apps set up in CloudShare’s environment can circumvent problems around fast and ephemeral provisioning and provide workable dev and test services in Windows DevOps shops.

“In the past, developers would all share five or 10 master labs, which is bad for velocity, and lab scarcity is a productivity-killer,” Gottlieb said. With this approach, code is not always reproducible, and environments spun up from snapshots aren’t always consistent.

Electric Cloud has a similar offering in the Windows DevOps tools arena, called ElectricAccelerator, which automatically parses legacy apps into distributed form and speeds up dev and test. Startups such as IncrediBuild and Thriftly also look to optimize dev and test for legacy Windows apps. Third-party services, such as Zapier, attach REST APIs to legacy applications and bring them a step closer to the Windows DevOps world.

Good ol’ trusty VMs can give Windows apps a leg up

For on-premises IT organizations, advanced automation features within virtual machines also provide a steppingstone to modernize with containers and microservices.

“There are ways to build this agility, and it’s going back to taking another look at how we use virtual machines,” Riley said. “Companies can treat VMs exactly how they were supposed to be treated, which is more like containers.”

Companies can treat VMs exactly how they were supposed to be treated, which is more like containers.
Chris RileyDevOps analyst, Fixate IO

Enterprises can use a VM template with heavy applications to spin up and delete environments for virtualized legacy apps. It’s not as fast as containers, but there’s much more agility than what users may have had previously, Riley said. VM templates can call for Microsoft Visual Studio to be automatically installed at startup and linked to a source repository, so developers could pull down a branch, write code, test it, commit and destroy the environment — and then do it all over again in a new VM.

VM-based automation works well with rich-client apps, where heavy dependencies and prerequisites make it tricky to test functions with Windows DevOps tools, said Anthony Terra III, manager of software architecture and development at a law firm in the Philadelphia area.

“The only difference is that you need to run that rich-client application in a shell or a separate VM,” Terra said. “Normally, we have that VM already built, deploy the code to the VM and run it that way.”

Terra’s company also uses a Microsoft database tool called a Data-tier Application Component Package (DACPAC) to smooth the delivery of updates to SQL Server VMs.

“You have the ability to create, change and delete tables, but it never actually interacts with the database,” Terra said of DACPAC. “It creates a change set file, which can be run against any database that has the same structure.”

When code is deployed to dev, test or quality-assurance infrastructures, the Windows Microsoft DevOps tool Team Foundation Server calls on DACPAC’s change set file and applies the changes to the database environment. Terra’s firm has added some safety guards: If a change could cause data loss, for example, the build fails.

The firm plans a move to containers in the coming year, but for now, VMs can slot in with Windows DevOps pipeline tools for a more consistent process.

“You’re not having people build VMs anymore because a tool is building them,” Terra said. “There is some fear in adopting something like that, but I think it’s misplaced, because it’s not like there’s less work because of it — the work you’re doing is just more focused on what’s around it.”

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

Microsoft delivers Azure App Service on Linux

In yet another indication that Microsoft does indeed love — or at least strongly respect — Linux, the software giant has made its Azure App Service available on the Linux operating system.

Azure App Service is Microsoft’s fully managed platform for organizations to build, deploy and scale enterprise-grade web, mobile and API apps. And this week, Microsoft made the service generally available on Linux, along with its Web App for Containers capability, which enables users to get containerized applications to production quickly.

With this move, Microsoft now offers built-in image support for ASP.NET Core, Node.js, PHP and Ruby on Linux, and it provides developers with the option to bring their own Docker-formatted container images supporting Java, Python, Go and more, said Nir Mashkowski, Microsoft’s partner director of program management for Azure App Service.

Microsoft simplifies the process

Developers are keen to take advantage of cloud technologies, including containerizing applications, but enterprises are grappling with complex configuration requirements necessary to move containers into production.
Charlotte Dunlapanalyst at GlobalData

“Developers are keen to take advantage of cloud technologies, including containerizing applications, but enterprises are grappling with complex configuration requirements necessary to move containers into production,” said Charlotte Dunlap, principal analyst for application platforms at GlobalData. “A number of app platform vendors, including Microsoft, have been making an effort to simplify this process. Moving Azure App Service onto Linux provides additional support for developers of Docker containerized apps, who won’t have to worry so much about orchestration.”

Indeed, in today’s fast-paced, competitive world, where software can be a competitive advantage, “developers need solutions that help them quickly build, deploy and scale applications without having to maintain the underlying web servers or operating systems,” Mashkowski said in a blog post announcing the availability of Azure App Service on Linux.

To speed up development, developers can simply choose the stack their web app needs, and the system will set up the application environment and handle all the maintenance for them. Developers wishing for more control can make a Secure Shell connection into their application and gain full remote access to administrative commands.

Web App for Containers

Meanwhile, Microsoft’s Web App for Containers enables developers to get their applications into production and autoscaling in seconds — by pushing their container image to Docker Hub, Azure Container Registry or their own private registry — and Web App for Containers will deploy their containerized application and provision required infrastructure. It also will perform infrastructure maintenance, such as load balancing, OS patching, server maintenance and virtual machine provisioning.

Mashkowski said scaling is as simple as dragging a slider, calling a REST API or configuring automatic scaling rules.

“You can scale your applications up or down on demand or automatically and get high availability within and across different geographical regions,” he said.

CI/CD and DevOps built in

In addition, Azure App Service on Linux features built-in continuous integration and continuous deployment (CI/CD) capabilities, enabling developers to integrate with GitHub, Docker Hub or Azure Container Registry and gain continuous deployment through Jenkins, Visual Studio Team Services or Maven.

Moreover, the deployment slots feature enables developers to deploy to target environments, swap staging to production, schedule performance and quality tests, and roll back to previous versions with zero downtime, Mashkowski said.

Linux love and competition

Azure App Service currently hosts more than a million cloud applications. Adding Linux support will surely increase those numbers.

It was at least two or three years ago when Microsoft began to profess its love for Linux. At a press and analyst briefing in late 2014, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said, “Microsoft loves Linux,” and put up a slide that read: “Microsoft [heart symbol] Linux.” The company has continued to make overtures toward Linux and the open source community ever since.

“In Azure, we continue to invest in providing more choices that help you maximize your existing investments,” Mashkowski said. “Supporting Azure App Service on Linux is an important step in that direction.”

Of course, Microsoft is not alone in these efforts, and competition remains stiff, as platform providers vie for the hearts and minds of developers.

“Microsoft faces competitive threats in these efforts,” Dunlap said. “Only last week, VMware partnered with Pivotal and Google to try to spur adoption of containers through a new service, PKS [Pivotal Container Service], which leverages VMware’s infrastructure [and] virtualization strengths to ease the process of moving containers into production.”