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Wanted – 80tb (3-8tb) Hard drives + AMD 7970 / 7990 / R9 / RX series

Hi all,

I want to update my hard drive collection, looking for potentially 10x8tb or similar quantity in smaller capacity drives.

I’m also looking to move to quadfire as I’ve recently bought new 4k monitors.

Also – could do with a new router. Something AC2300 or above – or even a mesh setup like Netgear Orbi / Google Wifi etc.

Let me know!

Edit to add some potential trades I can offer:

Old AMD desktop (3-core, 8gb RAM, no GPU in a generic case with 500W PSU)
Various laptop hard drives in 60-250gb region – can scan as and when needed

Location: London / Farnborough

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Wanted – 80tb (3-8tb) Hard drives + AMD 7970 / 7990 / R9 / RX series

Hi all,

I want to update my hard drive collection, looking for potentially 10x8tb or similar quantity in smaller capacity drives.

I’m also looking to move to quadfire as I’ve recently bought new 4k monitors.

Also – could do with a new router. Something AC2300 or above – or even a mesh setup like Netgear Orbi / Google Wifi etc.

Let me know!

Edit to add some potential trades I can offer:

Old AMD desktop (3-core, 8gb RAM, no GPU in a generic case with 500W PSU)
Various laptop hard drives in 60-250gb region – can scan as and when needed

Location: London / Farnborough

______________________________________________________
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.

New Microsoft Pix features let you take bigger, wider pictures and turns your videos into comics – Microsoft Research

Microsoft has released two new features with today’s update to Microsoft Pix for iOS, an app powered by a suite of intelligent algorithms developed by Microsoft researchers to take the guesswork out of getting beautiful photos and videos.

The first of these features, Photosynth, helps create photos that take in more of the perspective or scene you are standing in front of, whether it is wide, tall, or both. It does this by allowing you to freely pan and capture from side to side, up and down, back and forth, and even go back to the start to include any parts of the scene you may have missed.

“The idea came after some frustrations I had when trying to take a picture of Snoqualmie Falls. I didn’t want to have to choose which part of the scene to capture, and I wanted it all with detail. Photosynth means you no longer have to choose. I can now capture the whole scene in a way that feels natural. As with all Pix features, we have also worked to give the best image quality by introducing more intelligent ways to compute exposure and stitching,” said Josh Weisberg, principal program manager within Microsoft’s AI & Research organization in Redmond, Washington.

Photosynth, originally a popular platform for turning digital pictures into 3D panoramas, was launched by Microsoft in 2008 and decommissioned in 2017. Photosynth in Pix shares similarities with the original, leveraging some of the underlying technology, with more features inspired by the original to come. Photosynth in Pix allows for faster and smoother capture, while also making use of Pix’s auto-enhancement capabilities which improve white balance, tone correction and sharpness.

The second feature, Pix Comix, was developed during Microsoft’s OneWeek hackathon and makes use of the core Pix feature Moment Capture in an innovative new way: identifying the most interesting frames in a video to generate a comic strip. Pix uses its deep learning model to score and select three high-quality frames, searching specifically for non-blurry photos, faces with eyes open and interesting scenes.

Pix Comix performs this AI processing on device, selecting the best frames and formatting them into a comic strip. From there, you can add and edit speech bubbles that can be moved, rotated and resized to tell your own story.

Listening and responding to customer feedback on Pix remains a top priority as the app continues to improve and its AI capabilities are further developed. Today’s release marks another step forward in Pix’s commitment to turning that user feedback into new ways to make your pictures even better.

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Minecraft now on Windows Mixed Reality!

With the latest Minecraft update, released today, Windows 10 players can now strap on a headset and craft, explore and survive in three whole dimensions (four if you count time!) using the power of Windows Mixed Reality.

We’ve already dabbled in VR with our support for the Oculus Rift and Gear VR. Now, Windows Mixed Reality brings you even more options to 3D-ify your crafty fun, and requires next to no set-up. Just plug the headset into the USB slot and you’re good to go.

What’s more, there are a lot of headsets to choose from! A bunch of different manufacturers – including Samsung, Acer, Dell, HP and Lenovo – have created headsets for Windows Mixed Reality, so you can choose the right one for you, at the right price.

Minecraft’s just part of a growing library of games that support Windows Mixed Reality – read out more about them on the Windows Mixed Reality site!

Mixer comes to Minecraft

UPDATE: This feature is now out of beta and launches properly today with the 1.2.5 release! Weeee!

The 1.2.5 beta is BURSTING AT THE SEAMS with great new Minecraft features (though it really shouldn’t be bursting at all – that’s probably a bug). One of these new features is incorporating Mixer. Mixer is a livestreaming platform for sharing and broadcasting live video directly from in your games! It’s a great way to interact with other players – take a look at the video above for a better idea of how it works with Minecraft.

In the Beta, you’ll now be able to launch a Mixer broadcast from within Minecraft. Better yet, you can make certain parts of your game interactive via buttons on Mixer! So, for example, if you were doing a parkour run, you could use the /mixer command to let your viewers vote on what obstacles spawn in your path! Please don’t spawn a brick wall for me to run face-first into. Yes, I know it’ll be funny. Please don’t do it anyway.

UPDATE: The Mixer team have put together a map specifically for this purpose! You can get it here! Some streamers have already been testing these interactivity tools out during the beta, so check out TangoTek, Impulse5V, YourMCAdmin and Direwolf to see what’s possible or join in the fun!

Mixer is part of the 1.2.5 beta on Android, Windows 10 and Xbox One (later this week). When the update launches fully, later this year, we’ll be bringing these Mixer features to more Minecraft platforms. A separate mod for Java players will be coming later this year as well.

To see how you can use Mixer in Minecraft, and how to make your own interactive broadcast, head over to this page on the official Mixer site!

What’s new in Hyper-V for Windows 10 Fall Creators Update?

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update has arrived!  While we’ve been blogging about new features as they appear in Windows Insider builds, many of you have asked for a consolidated list of Hyper-V updates and improvements since Creators Update in April.

Summary:

  • Quick Create includes a gallery (and you can add your own images)
  • Hyper-V has a Default Switch for easy networking
  • It’s easy to revert virtual machines to their start state
  • Host battery state is visible in virtual machines
  • Virtual machines are easier to share

Quick Create virtual machine gallery

The virtual machine gallery in Quick Create makes it easy to find virtual machine images in one convenient location.

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You can also add your own virtual machine images to the Quick Create gallery.  Building a custom gallery takes some time but, once built, makes creating virtual machines easy and consistent.

This blog post walks through adding custom images to the gallery.

For images that aren’t in the gallery, select “Local Installation Source” to create a virtual machine from an .iso or vhd located somewhere in your file system.

Keep in mind, while Quick Create and the virtual machine gallery are convenient, they are not a replacement for the New Virtual Machine wizard in Hyper-V manager.  For more complicated virtual machine configuration, use that.

Default Switch

The switch named “Default Switch” allows virtual machines to share the host’s network connection using NAT (Network Address Translation).  This switch has a few unique attributes:

  1. Virtual machines connected to it will have access to the host’s network whether you’re connected to WIFI, a dock, or Ethernet. It will also work when the host is using VPN
    or proxy.
  2. It’s available as soon as you enable Hyper-V – you won’t lose internet setting it up.
  3. You can’t delete or rename it.
  4. It has the same name and device ID on all Windows 10 Fall Creator’s Update Hyper-V hosts.
    Name: Default Switch
    ID: c08cb7b8-9b3c-408e-8e30-5e16a3aeb444

Yes, the default switch does automatically assign an IP to the virtual machine (DNS and DHCP).

I’m really excited to have a always-available network connection for virtual machines on Hyper-V.  The Default Switch offers the best networking experience for virtual machines on a laptop.  If you need highly customized networking, however, continue using Virtual Switch Manager.

Revert! (automatic checkpoints)

This is my personal favorite feature from Fall Creators Update.

For a little bit of background, I mostly use virtual machines to build/run demos and to sandbox simple experiments.  At least once a month, I accidently mess up my virtual machine.  Sometimes I remember to make a checkpoint and I can roll back to a good state.  Most of the time I don’t.  Before automatic checkpoints, I’d have to choose between rebuilding my virtual machine or manually undoing my mistake.

Starting in Fall Creators Update, Hyper-V creates a checkpoint when you start virtual machines.  Say you’re learning about Linux and accidently `rm –rf /*` or update your guest and discover a breaking change, now you can simply revert back to when the virtual machine started.

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Automatic checkpoints are enabled by default on Windows 10 and disabled by default on Windows Server.  They are not useful for everyone.  For people with automation or for those of you worried about the overhead of making a checkpoint, you can disable automatic checkpoints with PowerShell (Set-VM –Name VMwithAutomation –AutomaticCheckpointsEnabled) or in VM settings under “Checkpoints”.

Here’s a link to the original announcement with more information.

Battery pass-through

Virtual machines in Fall Creators Update are aware of the hosts battery state.

imageThis is nice for a few reasons:

  1. You can see how much battery life you have left in a full-screen virtual machine.
  2. The guest operating system knows the battery state and can optimize for low power situations.

Easier virtual machine sharing

Sharing your Hyper-V virtual machines is easier with the new “Share” button. Share packages and compresses your virtual machine so you can move it to another Hyper-V host right from Virtual Machine Connection.

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Share creates a “.vmcz” file with your virtual hard drive (vhd/vhdx) and any state the virtual machine will need to run.  “Share” will not include checkpoints. If you would like to also export your checkpoints, you can use the “Export” tool, or the “Export-VM” PowerShell cmdlet.

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Once you’ve moved your virtual machine to another computer with Hyper-V, double click the “.vmcz” file and the virtual machine will import automatically.

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That’s the list!  As always, please send us feedback via FeedbackHub.

Curious what we’re building next?  Become a Windows Insider – almost everything here has benefited from your early feedback.

Cheers,
Sarah

Android KRACK flaw patched in latest security update

Google’s latest security update included the patch for the Android KRACK Wi-Fi flaw, but it is unclear when users will see the fix rolled out to devices.

When researchers first disclosed the KRACK vulnerability, they made it clear that the attack was “exceptionally devastating against Linux and Android 6.0 or higher” because those systems could be “tricked into (re)installing an all-zero encryption key.”

The November security update from Google included the patch for the Android KRACK flaw and fixed the issue for versions 5.0.2 through 8.0 of the mobile OS. However, users have already seen issues with the rollout.

The Android KRACK patch was part of the security patch level 2017-11-06 released by Google, but the November release was also split into patch levels 2017-11-01 and 2017-11-05. Google’s own Pixel and Nexus devices were first to receive a rollout, but some users reported getting the 2017-11-05 patch level, which meant the Android KRACK flaw was not fixed.

Users on Twitter expressed confusion about Google pushing the patch level that did not remediate the KRACK vulnerability, and the CopperheadOS Twitter account provided a possible explanation.

“They have the wpa_supplicant patches in the release for Pixels today marked EMR but they appear to have reverted the patch level back to 2017-11-05 so there’s probably something missing outside wpa_supplicant,” CopperheadOS wrote on Twitter. “It’s only in the branch for 2nd generation Pixels so it’s not really patched in AOSP when none of the branches has the patches without them being reverted. For most devices, they’ll only get it with 2017-12-01.”

Android KRACK around the ecosystem

Normally, users have to wait until Google adds a patch to the Android Open Source Project repository before hardware manufacturers can begin work to push the fix, but with the Android KRACK flaw manufacturers appear to have begun the work to fix the issue before Google.

Manu Kumar Jain, vice president and managing director of Xiaomi India, announced its patch three days before Google.

Samsung also confirmed its November 2017 security update will include the Android KRACK patch, but the rollout of the update had not yet begun at the time of this post.  

The original researchers who discovered KRACK were initially praised for disclosing the issue beforehand to allow major manufacturers time to create patches, but it is unclear when Google was informed of the issue.

October 2017 Patch Tuesday includes Windows zero day fix

Microsoft released its October 2017 Patch Tuesday update which included fixes for 62 vulnerabilities across various products, but priority should go to a Windows zero day.

In the October 2017 Patch Tuesday release, Microsoft resolved three publicly disclosed issues, one of which has been actively exploited in the wild. The Windows zero day vulnerability is a memory corruption vulnerability in Microsoft Office (CVE-2017-11826).

According to Microsoft, the Windows zero day could allow remote code execution by an attacker and affects programs in Office 2007, 2010, 2013 and 2016. If a malicious actor could convince a victim to open a specially crafted file, they could exploit the Windows zero day and run code under the privileges of the affected user.

Aside from the Windows zero day, the October 2017 Patch Tuesday release also included fixes for two vulnerabilities that were publicly disclosed, but have not yet been seen being exploited in the wild.

One of the disclosed issues affects the Linux subsystem in Windows 10. CVE-2017-8703 is a denial of service flaw requiring an attacker to run a specially crafted application. While the number of vulnerable users is limited to those running the latest version of Windows 10 (1703) with the Linux subsystem installed, Microsoft noted an attack could lead to permanent denial of service and render the target system inoperable.

CVE-2017-11777 is a cross-site scripting vulnerability found in Microsoft SharePoint Enterprise Server 2013 and 2016. The flaw caused SharePoint to fail to properly sanitize a specially crafted web request and could result in a privilege escalation attack.

Of the remaining fixes in the October 2017 Patch Tuesday release, Jimmy Graham, director of product management at Qualys Inc., said IT pros should take note of a vulnerability in the Windows Search service (CVE-2017-11771.)

“This is the fourth Patch Tuesday this year to feature a vulnerability in this service. As with the others, this vulnerability can be exploited remotely via SMB to take complete control of a system, and can impact both servers and workstations,” Graham wrote in a blog post. “While an exploit against this vulnerability can leverage SMB as an attack vector, this is not a vulnerability in SMB itself, and is not related to the recent SMB vulnerabilities leveraged by EternalBlue, WannaCry, and Petya.”

Dynamics 365 CRM can help drive the digital transformation process

ORLANDO, Fla. — Companies of all sizes in all industries are currently in a state of transition: Either update those legacy systems or risk being left behind.

But successfully enacting a digital transformation process can be time-consuming, costly and difficult, depending on the workforce. Yet, as consumers demand personalized customer experiences and services, the companies that can adapt will continue to thrive.

“Personalization is becoming the de facto standardization,” said Winston Hait, senior product marketing manager for Microsoft. Hait was speaking at a session on Dynamics 365 for retail at Microsoft Ignite. Dynamics 365 CRM had a substantial presence at the conference, with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella highlighting the potential for Dynamics 365 CRM moving forward.

Over the past year and a half, Microsoft has brought together its ERP and CRM systems into Dynamics 365, while also releasing industry-specific Dynamics software, including Dynamics 365 for retail, for talent, for service, and for finance and operations — and with an eye toward more industry segregation.

“Retail used to be one of the solutions within Dynamics for finance and operations,” Hait said. “But we began to break out the different workloads — and this is just the beginning. We’ll have a finance-specific [product], we’ll have an operations [product] and a warehousing [product].”

And to help keep up with that modern digital transformation process, Dynamics 365 products will also see an artificial intelligence (AI) influence embedded into the software, according to Nadella.

“It’s not about building individual tools, but creating that platform to drive digital transformation,” Nadella said. “When you create such a rich data asset, what you enable is AI-first workloads.”

Updating legacy systems

At one of the sessions focusing on the digital transformation process, there were representatives from four different companies — two in the public sector, one in food services and one in finance — all of which were going through some digital transformation process.

It’s not about building individual tools, but creating that platform to drive digital transformation.
Satya NadellaCEO, Microsoft

“We’re moving from a legacy-based Siebel system to a cloud-based Dynamics 365 platform,” said Pierre Nejam, program director at New York City’s Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications. “We have some difficult customers — New Yorkers — and we’re always trying to find better ways to do things.”

Others, like Richard Wilson, head of single customer view and CRM product for Wesleyan, a financial services company based out of the United Kingdom, is tasked with updating decades of legacy systems.

“We’ve been around for 176 years,” Wilson said, “and so has some of our technology.”

For Wilson, the financial industry tends to adopt technology slower than other industries due to complex processes and strict regulations. But when modernizing its platform to benefit its customers, the company had to look outside the scope of financial services for its digital transformation process.

“Everyone’s expectations are changing,” Wilson said. “We have to stop comparing ourselves to other financial companies. You have to compare yourself to what everyone is doing.”

Transformation ‘is a permanent effort’

Digital transformations aren’t a one-time IT project or objective that is ever really completed, according to Nejam.

“In a city like New York, transformation isn’t something you do once or twice; you do it all the time,” Nejam said. “It’s a permanent effort.”

This is why Microsoft has continuously updated and modernized its business applications products, offering hybrid Dynamics 365 options and cloud-based Office suite products.

“It’s a matter of taking the customer relationships and changing the current business model and enhancing new technology,” said Kathy Piontek, global Microsoft executive for IBM’s global business services. “We hear that folks are drowning in data. There’s an explosion of data, and we want to take it and leverage that data and use it to make decisions moving forward.”

And while data and the mobility of cloud technology are key drivers in a digital transformation process, the focus, according to those going through the transformation, should remain on the customer.

“People have no patience for being behind or slowed down,” said Mary Alice Callaway, vice president of sales and marketing for ABC/Interbake Foods LLC, which is a manufacturer of Girl Scout cookies. “There’s really no choice on the business side for much longer.”

‘Not for the sake of change’

While a digital transformation process can sound like fun to the IT department and act as a potential source of job security as the new processes are put into place, there needs to be a purpose to the project, not doing it only for the sake of new technology.

“We’re doing a transformation not for the sake of change, but to meet our needs,” said John Harrison, director of information technology for New Jersey’s Department of Community Affairs.

When approaching this project, Harrison said he had familiarity with Salesforce, but ultimately chose Dynamics 365 after comparing several CRM platforms.

“With Dynamics, we can keep modernizing,” Harrison said. “It’s an evergreen system and is constantly updated.”

Dynamics 365 CRM pricing varies depending on the product bundle and whether your company is looking for a business or enterprise edition. More pricing information can be found at Microsoft’s Dynamics 365 website.