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For Sale – HP Z2 G4 Mini Workstation – i7-8700, 16GB, 512GB

For sale my lightly used HP Z2 G4 Mini Workstation.

I picked the low end model of this up for a bargain on eBay, and loved it so much I bought the next model up with the option of discrete graphics, and upgraded that – hence this is now for sale.

Excellent physical condition – some small scratches to the top cover (from previous owner, guess it was in a mount), otherwise near immaculate, and in perfect working order.

Please Google it for the universally excellent reviews! This is basically the Wintel/PC equivalent of the latest Mac mini.

Comes with HP onsite warranty until 29 June 2022. A fresh and fully licensed copy of Windows 10 Pro has been installed and activated, so it is ready to go straight out of the box.

Lates (i7 9th gen) version is £1100 from HP: https://store.hp.com/UKStore/Merch/Product.aspx?id=8JJ67EA&opt=ABU&sel=WKS&lang=en-GB&pup_e=1&pup_cid=55877&pup_id=8JJ67EA%23ABU&gclid=CjwKCAjwjqT5BRAPEiwAJlBuBSfxb69dj9gzWSEo_mRXnDxzHZD4RvtSyw_jer9lFLoRUFFaBrsbJRoCC-wQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds

Full details here: HP Z2 Mini G4 Workstation Specifications | HP® Customer Support

Specifications
HP Z2 G4 Mini Workstation.
Intel i7-8700 CPU (6-core, 3.2-4.6 GHz)
16GB Samsung DDR4 2666 MHz RAM (single DIMM, two DIMM slots in total so one remaining)
512GB Samsung PM981 PCIe x4 NVMe SSD (3000MB/s read, 1800 MB/s write)
Integrated UHD630 graphics. These are actually pretty good nowadays if you don’t have much demanding 3D work. Supports dual displays at 4K.
VGA port in the FlexIO slot.
Gigabit ethernet (no wifi/BT, easily remedied with a USB dongle if required)
Windows 10 Pro – Fresh Install and licensed to the PC.
Original PSU brick
New HP keyboard and mouse (USB)
HP Warranty Until April 2022

Any questions, just ask!

Thanks for looking​

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For Sale – EVGA RTX 2080 Ti FTW3 Ultra 11GB Graphics Card – As New Condition *Boxed with Warranty*

Purchased previously on the forums as can be seen here. Has been used in my rig exclusively in a smoke free, pet free environment since then.

Comes boxed and complete in the original factory packaging. Cooler hasn’t been removed, so the inspection seals are still in place. There are waterblocks available and the EVGA warranty covers cooler removal.

Goes without saying that you need a decent quality 650W+ PSU with 2 x 8-Pin connectors. Depending on the rest of your setup a higher wattage PSU is advisable, especially if you want to overclock the card. You’ll also need a case that can support this beast of a card.

437 days remaining on warranty.

Looking for £900 inc P&P, open to offers.

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‘Data for good’ movement spurs action in fight for causes

Enterprise data analytics tools typically used to make business decisions are being put to use in the “data for good” movement to support humanitarian causes ranging from hurricane relief to fighting COVID-19.

As defined by Gartner, data for good is about employing analytics not for a new sales and marketing initiative or to find efficiencies, for example, but to improve society.

There are organizations dedicated to data for good, including DataKind and Data4Change. But the concept of data for good also includes corporate initiatives; vendors freely donate use of their platforms to aid causes and employees within enterprises donate their time and skill to the nonprofit organizations engaged in the fight for those causes.

Recently, the data for good movement that started in 2018 has been mobilized in the fight against COVID-19. Analytics software vendors responded quickly at the start of the pandemic, with many developing models that could be used by healthcare organizations and government agencies and some even donating the free use of their platforms to organizations directly fighting the spread of COVID-19.

“Nonprofits don’t have the luxury of having data and analytics employees, and it doesn’t take much to help nonprofits create new insights based on their data so they can do even more good in the world,” said Neviana Zhgaba, a senior technical program manager at General Electric and member of the board of directors of Oracle Developer Tools User Group (ODTUG), during Oracle’s virtual Analytics Summit on Thursday.

“The data for good movement is about harnessing the power of data visualizations, data analytics and [augmented intelligence] for social change by using data to create new insights and outcomes for a better world,” she added.

And visualization — actually seeing the evidence of something — is key.

Nonprofit organizations rely heavily on donations to fund their work, but if they aren’t able to demonstrate the importance of their work, they struggle to attract donations. Facts alone aren’t enough, according to Zhgaba. They’re words and numbers, but they lack impact.

The combination of facts and data visualizations joined with images — photographs, videos — provide context and inspire people to act.

“Hopefully we can bring people a deeper understanding and a way of connecting … and in the end hopefully impact them to take some sort of action,” Zhgaba said.

Zhgaba’s own commitment to data for good began in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence in North Carolina, where the ODTUG headquarters are located.

Over the course of three days in September 2018, Hurricane Florence caused record-breaking storm surges of 9 to 13 feet and dropped 20 to 30 inches of rain on coastal towns. One million people had to be evacuated, and when the storm ended and people tried to return to their homes they found hundreds of roads closed. GPS systems and navigation apps were of little help because they didn’t have real-time information.

“It’s always sad to hear about hurricanes and national disasters, but when that hits closer to home, when they impact people you care about, you find yourself asking, ‘How can I help?'” Zhgaba, who does not live in North Carolina but is close to many who do, said. “ODTUG members are located all across the world, not in North Carolina, but we are technologists.”

Zhgaba reached out to ODTUG members, and with their help was able to take data from the Department of Transportation — which updated information about road closures in real time — and used Oracle Analytics to overlay it on top of Google Maps to create a new navigation app.

A photograph shows the devastation caused by Hurricane Florence in North Carolina in 2018.
When teamed with data, a photograph, such as this one showing the devastation caused by Hurricane Florence in North Carolina in 2018, can inspire people to take action.

Before developing the navigation app, however, Zhgaba needed to inspire her fellow ODTUG members to take action. She also wanted people to contribute to a GoFundMe account to help the ODTUG employees living in North Carolina whose homes were affected by the hurricane.

She began with facts: one million people were evacuated, hundreds of roads were closed and as much rain fell on some North Carolina communities in a matter of days as falls in Seattle in an entire year. Then she added a data visualization showing all the roads that were impacted. A photograph showing a road completely submerged, however, gave context to the facts and visualizations.

“If you were to imagine all the water and all the damage across all those roads, it becomes a different experience,” Zhgaba said. “When all three are combined — the facts, the visualization and an experience of one of the data points … hopefully an emotional reaction is triggered in you that will propel you to take action.”

Technology won’t solve the problems, but technology is a strong enabler of the people who will take action.
Neviana ZhgabaSenior technical program manager, General Electric, and member of the board of directors of Oracle Developer Tools User Group

Being an Oracle user and a board member of ODTUG, Oracle Analytics tools were used in the creation of the navigation app, as they have been used in other data for good initiatives supported by Oracle and the ODTUG community. Oracle Spatial Studio, a geospatial data tool that enables users to derive analytical insights from maps, is one such tool, and when combined with Oracle Analytics it enables users to overlay data points on top of maps and then input different parameters.

Additional examples of Oracle’s data analytics tools being used for good presented by Zhgaba include tracking the melting of the Arctic ice, showing how simple measures by individuals like stopping the use of plastic straws and eating less red meat can affect the environment, and helping the University of Minnesota monitor the movement of wolves.

“Technology won’t solve the problems, but technology is a strong enabler of the people who will take action,” Zhgaba said.

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For Sale – Dell Inspiron 7359 2 in 1 Laptop

Selling a no longer used Dell Inspiron 7359 2 in 1 laptop (has a touch screen).

It has an Intel Core i5-6200U CPU with 4Gb memory and a 500Gb hard drive. It comes pre-installed with Windows 10 Home. Also comes with the original power supply. It has been wiped and is good to go.

Location
Fife, Scotland
Price and currency
£200
Delivery cost included
Delivery Is Included
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I have no preference
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Payment method
Bank transfer or PayPal Gift

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For Sale – Z170 Gaming PC, No Graphics Card

Selling my gaming PC as I have switched to a laptop. PC was custom built by myself. The PC used to be fully watercooled, but I’ve removed it all to make it easier to sell.

The case was modified (poorly) at the bottom to fit another radiator in, you can see in the photos. Also 2 pass throughs have been put in from previous watercooling. WiFi antenna is also missing 1 of the connectors that screws on to the motherboard.

Case: Lian-Li PC-Q37
Motherboard: Asus Z170i Pro Gaming
CPU: Intel i7-6700K (Was delidded, never overclocked)
RAM: 16GB TridentZ 3600MHz
PSU: Corsair SF600 (with modified shorter cables)
Storage: 500GB Samsung Nvme SSD
Fans: 2 X Noctua NF-F12, 2 X Corsair ML120 RGB

Also has 2 X Corsair RGB Strips with lighting node.

I have the boxes for most items, including 2 extra RGB Strips and 1 extra ML120 RGB Fan.

PC only needs a decent CPU cooler and a GPU and it’s ready to go. Ran the system with Cinebench and temps even with the stock cooler stayed below 90 degrees.

CPU, 12 PIN, 6 PIN and 8PIN cables are all black braided with combs. Will also included a Corsair MM800 RGB Mousemat with it, as I no longer have use for this.

Will add photos soon.

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For Sale – HP Z2 G4 Mini Workstation – i7-8700, 16GB, 512GB

For sale my lightly used HP Z2 G4 Mini Workstation.

I picked the low end model of this up for a bargain on eBay, and loved it so much I bought the next model up with the option of discrete graphics, and upgraded that – hence this is now for sale.

Excellent physical condition – some small scratches to the top cover (from previous owner, guess it was in a mount), otherwise near immaculate, and in perfect working order.

Please Google it for the universally excellent reviews! This is basically the Wintel/PC equivalent of the latest Mac mini.

Comes with HP onsite warranty until 29 June 2022. A fresh and fully licensed copy of Windows 10 Pro has been installed and activated, so it is ready to go straight out of the box.

Lates (i7 9th gen) version is £1100 from HP: https://store.hp.com/UKStore/Merch/Product.aspx?id=8JJ67EA&opt=ABU&sel=WKS&lang=en-GB&pup_e=1&pup_cid=55877&pup_id=8JJ67EA%23ABU&gclid=CjwKCAjwjqT5BRAPEiwAJlBuBSfxb69dj9gzWSEo_mRXnDxzHZD4RvtSyw_jer9lFLoRUFFaBrsbJRoCC-wQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds

Full details here: HP Z2 Mini G4 Workstation Specifications | HP® Customer Support

Specifications
HP Z2 G4 Mini Workstation.
Intel i7-8700 CPU (6-core, 3.2-4.6 GHz)
16GB Samsung DDR4 2666 MHz RAM (single DIMM, two DIMM slots in total so one remaining)
512GB Samsung PM981 PCIe x4 NVMe SSD (3000MB/s read, 1800 MB/s write)
Integrated UHD630 graphics. These are actually pretty good nowadays if you don’t have much demanding 3D work. Supports dual displays at 4K.
VGA port in the FlexIO slot.
Gigabit ethernet (no wifi/BT, easily remedied with a USB dongle if required)
Windows 10 Pro – Fresh Install and licensed to the PC.
Original PSU brick
New HP keyboard and mouse (USB)
HP Warranty Until April 2022

Any questions, just ask!

Thanks for looking​

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For Sale – HP Z230 Intel Core i7 Desktop Computer with 16GB RAM, 1TB Hard Drive+ Win10Pro + Office 2019 Pro

Just not being used anymore since using laptop so going up for sale is my desktop computer.

It is ready to go with Microsoft Windows 10 64-Bit Professional (fully activated as per photo) + Microsoft Office 2019 Professional Plus including Word, Excel, Powerpoint etc (fully activated as per photo).

The computer would suit as a business computer, a gaming computer (just need to add a graphics card and an SSD but it’s pretty fast already) or just a home computer for everything you need it to do apart from make you a cup of tea!

Intel Core i7-4770 processor running at 3.4Ghz
16GB RAM memory
1TB Hard disk drive
DVD writer drive
4x USB ports on the front of the computer
Memory card readers on the front of the computer
3x Display ports on the back
6x USB ports on the back
LAN port for your internet cable
audio ports for speakers etc
PS2 ports for the old style keyboards and mice

Open to sensible offers and delivery will be via ParcelForce24/48

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For Sale – Dell XPS 8500 – Base Unit & Keyboard

Hi All,

I have for sale my Dell XPS 8500. Until February this was my main PC and I used it for gaming, it ran PUBG etc quite easily. Since February I have bought another rig and sold the graphics card that was in this machine – so you would need a new graphics card if you wanted it for gaming. I was going to use it as a render rig, but have decided to sell it instead. It’s a great machine and the only reason I’m selling it is to upgrade to something more modern and part of the case has changed colour in the sun.

Specification is as follows – few upgrades to standard:

Dell XPS 8500
i7-3770 CPU @ 3.4GHz (not overclocked, never have)
12GB RAM (think it’s 2 x 4GB and 2 x 2GB but can check for anyone interested)
Upgraded PSU – CX500 Corsair
256GB SSD (ADATA) – 223GB usable – I have only used this drive for installing Windows 10 – it came out of the new PC.
Windows 7 serial key for Home Premium – currently it has installed a Windows 10 trial, I do not have discs for Windows 7.
Wifi Chipset

Base unit, power supply and keyboard only.

I’m looking for £200 for this, but open to offers – delivery is included in the price.

Can add more images if needed, any questions just ask.

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Microsoft seizes malicious domains used in COVID-19 phishing

Microsoft has seized control of several malicious domains that were used in COVID-19-themed phishing attacks against its customers in 62 countries around the world.

Last month, the technology giant filed a complaint with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia in order to stop cybercriminals from “exploiting the pandemic by attempting to obtain personal access and confidential information of its customers.” The court documents were unsealed on Tuesday as Microsoft secured control of the domains, which were used in a variety of phishing and business email compromise (BEC) attacks.

In a blog post Tuesday, Microsoft revealed that the “civil case resulted in a court order allowing Microsoft to seize control of key domains in the criminals’ infrastructure so that it can no longer be used to execute cyberattacks,” Tom Burt, corporate vice president of customer security and trust at Microsoft, wrote.

Microsoft’s Digital Crimes Unit first observed a new phishing scheme in December of 2019, which was designed to compromise customers’ Office 365 accounts. While efforts to block the sophisticated scheme were successful, Microsoft recently observed renewed attempts by the same threat actors, this time with a COVID-19 lure.

“Specifically, defendants in this action are part of an online criminal network whose tactics evolved to take advantage of global current events by deploying COVID-19 themed phishing campaign targeting Microsoft customers around the world. This sophisticated phishing campaign is designed to compromise thousands of Microsoft customer accounts and gain access to customer email, contact lists, sensitive documents and other personal information,” Microsoft wrote in the complaint.

Microsoft seized six primary domains, five of which were revealed to have the name “Office” in them; the sixth domain was mailitdaemon[.]com, which is used to receive forwarded mail from compromised Office 365 accounts.

Burt wrote in the blog post that BEC threats have “increased in complexity, sophistication and frequency in recent years.” As BEC rises, threat actors have become equipped with new tactics that take impersonation to the next level. “These phishing emails are designed to look like they come from an employer or trusted source,” Microsoft wrote in the complaint.

In these coronavirus phishing emails, threat actors included messages with a COVID-19 theme to lure in victims, playing on the fear and uncertainty caused by the pandemic. For example, threat actors do this by “using terms such as ‘COVID-19 bonus,'” Burt wrote.

According to the FBI, half of cybercrime losses in 2019 were BEC alone. Some experts say BEC attacks have led to as many cyberinsurance payments as ransomware, and in some cases more.

Microsoft isn’t alone in seizing coronavirus-related malicious domains. In April, the Department of Justice announced the disruption of hundreds of online COVID-19 related scams, through public and private sector cooperative efforts.

“As of April 21, 2020, The FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center has received and reviewed more than 3,600 complaints related to COVID-19 scams, many of which operated from websites that advertised fake vaccines and cures, operated fraudulent charity drives, delivered malware or hosted various other types of scams, ” the DOJ wrote in the announcement.

Like many security vendors, Microsoft said it has observed cybercriminals adapting their lures this year to take advantage of current events such as COVID-19. The company recommended several steps to prevent credential theft, including implementing two-factor authentication on all business and personal accounts.

“While the lures may have changed, the underlying threats remain, evolve and grow,” Burt wrote.

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