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Wanted – Windows laptop under ~£300

The condition is what I’d call well used but reasonable. There are scratches here and there, and there’s discolouration around the mouse pad. But apart from that, condition is pretty decent.

The charger is also temperamental. It works fine, but certain plug sockets or extension leads cause it to drop out. This could just be the electrics in my house though… But it’s something I’d make perfectly clear to any potential buyer beforehand.

Pictures attached. Would you still be interested given the above notes?

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Wanted – Windows laptop under ~£300

The condition is what I’d call well used but reasonable. There are scratches here and there, and there’s discolouration around the mouse pad. But apart from that, condition is pretty decent.

The charger is also temperamental. It works fine, but certain plug sockets or extension leads cause it to drop out. This could just be the electrics in my house though… But it’s something I’d make perfectly clear to any potential buyer beforehand.

Pictures attached. Would you still be interested given the above notes?

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For Sale – Gaming Pc RTX 2080Ti, I7 9700, 32GB Dominator Platinum

What brand is the machine please?
Purchased new?
Purchased from?
Waranty remaining?
Optical drive blu ray?
Any bundled software?
Ancillaries or just PC unit?
Price paid?

thanks
Brian

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For Sale – Mini PC; Gigabyte Brix GB-BKi3A-7100, Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit, 16GB DDR4, 256GB NVMe, USB 3.1

What HDD does it have in it?

Sorry – didn’t read properly!

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For Sale – Gaming Pc RTX 2080Ti, I7 9700, 32GB Dominator Platinum

What brand is the machine please?
Purchased new?
Purchased from?
Waranty remaining?
Optical drive blu ray?
Any bundled software?
Ancillaries or just PC unit?
Price paid?

thanks
Brian

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For Sale – Macbook Pro, Mid 2009 – No WiFi/Bluetooth PLEASE READ

Sorry to be a pain, but I still don’t understand what I am seeing in photo 6. You say the pi type mark shows when the screen is black, but photo 6 is not the screen is it? Surely photo 6 is the outside of the lid, hence I can see the illuminated apple logo…so I don’t understand how the mark can show through the aluminum…and what is the capital T doing there? I’m interested…perhaps as a restoration project….

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Purchase an Xbox One with Xbox All Access for No Upfront Cost; Special Upgrade Offer Available for a Limited Time – Xbox Wire

At Xbox we believe strongly in choice.  Choice in what, where and how you play, in addition to where and how you buy.  It’s with that that we’re thrilled to reintroduce Xbox All Access to more players around the world starting with the U.S., U.K. and Australia— and now including an all-new upgrade option for the next Xbox console, Project Scarlett.

With Xbox All Access, you get an all-inclusive Xbox experience with everything you need to start playing right out of the box for as little as $19.99 per month for 24 months (US pricing). The program is a great choice for players who want flexibility in their purchasing options and are looking for the best value in gaming. When joining Xbox All Access, you get:

  • Xbox One console
  • 24-month membership to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate
    • Xbox Pass Ultimate includes all the benefits of Xbox Live Gold, including online multiplayer, and access to over 100 great games on console and PC.
  • Option to upgrade to Project Scarlett once its available in Holiday 2020

While Xbox All Access isn’t eligible to be stacked with any other discounts or limited time promotions, the price you pay per month is dependent upon which console you choose and saves players over $100 dollars compared to purchasing everything separately.

Here’s how it works in four easy steps:

  • In order to join the program, simply visit a participating retailer.
  • Select the console you would like to purchase with no upfront cost.^
  • Qualify with our financing partner (Citizens Bank in the U.S.; Klarna in the U.K.; Telstra in Australia). Once approved, complete your purchase with the retailer.
  • Once you’ve signed up and brought your console home, it’s time to power up and game on.

Xbox All Access will be available beginning on October 29 in Australia, November 5 in the U.K. and November 18 in the U.S. through select partners and retailers, including:

Some program details vary by country. Please visit country specific links to learn more.

Players in the U.S. and U.K. who purchase an Xbox One console with Xbox All Access have the option to upgrade to Project Scarlett once it’s available Holiday 2020 and they’ve made 18 payments.  Players in Australia can buyout their hardware at any time and upgrade to Project Scarlett once it’s available.

We realize buying a console is an investment and some players are waiting to make the jump to the next generation with Project Scarlett when it launches in Holiday 2020 alongside “Halo Infinite”.  This is why as a limited time offer this holiday season, players in the U.S. and U.K. who purchase an Xbox One X with Xbox All Access through December 31, 2019, have the option to upgrade to the next Xbox console in as few as 12 months and once Project Scarlett has officially launched.

In order to participate in the upgrade program when Project Scarlett launches in Holiday 2020,  players in the U.S. and U.K. will need to be in good standing with the respective financing partner in their market, purchase Project Scarlett with a new Xbox All Access purchase from the same retail partner where they joined the program, and trade-in the console originally purchased with Xbox All Access. Terms and conditions apply, including an upgrade fee for players upgrading from the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition to Project Scarlett.

As always, we’re grateful to our fans for their support and look forward to bringing Xbox All Access to more players around the world in the coming months.

To find out more about Xbox All Access, including how to join, what consoles are available for purchase, your upgrade option, and terms and conditions, please click here in the US, here in the United Kingdom and here in Australia, or visit your local retail partner.

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For Sale – PC Components for sale (MOBO, Ryzen, SSD, R9 390, RAM, AM4 Cooler, Steam Controller, K+M)

£70.00 for the 16gb RAM and the 500gb SSD?
Thanks
Glen

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Today in Technology: Lessons through time | Microsoft On The Issues

Technology never exists in isolation. Every advance is shaped by what has gone before.

As part of the Today in Technology series, Microsoft President Brad Smith and Carol Ann Browne, Senior Director of External Relations and Executive Communications, have listened to different perspectives and explored lessons from history.

Here’s a glimpse into some of their videos:

Lessons on protecting privacy

The explosion of data in recent years means that agreeing on how best to protect our privacy is more relevant than ever. A visit to a former prison in Berlin served as a powerful reminder of the importance of getting that right.

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During the Cold War, the East German secret police, the Stasi, spied on millions of people, keeping files on their activities. Hohenschoenhausen was where those that were suspected of holding outlawed beliefs and opinions were imprisoned.

How the spirit of Louis Braille lives on in today’s AI innovators

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In the 19th century, a young French boy named Louis Braille developed a system of reading through touch. His work transformed the way millions of people who are blind or have low vision perceive the world. The same passion that inspired him lives on in the work undertaken today by engineers, programmers and technicians to create accessible technology that can help unleash everyone’s potential.

The Human Cost of Cyberattacks

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Interconnected digital infrastructure is vulnerable to an entirely new form of attack – cyberwarfare. To fight this, we need to update the international rules of allowable behavior – and work toward a Digital Geneva Convention.

There is no playbook for addressing challenges such as privacy, cybersecurity, the moral conundrums of AI or the relationship between technology and inequality, but Smith and Browne examine these challenges, and more, in their new book, Tools and Weapons: the Promise and the Peril of the Digital Age.

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How to handle service downtime in the cloud age

As we all know, the cloud is not a cure-all. What happens when you have a service outage because your cloud went offline or your internet provider experiences issues?

If your organization depends on SaaS services, with some planning, you can weather the storm with IT infrastructure backup servers that can help you to interact with customers, answer questions and attempt some level of business functionality. When you lose the connection to the cloud or a service, it shouldn’t be the end of your business work. You can set up a safety net in the form of backup virtual machines for the essential services that have moved to the cloud.

With so much focus today on the cloud, it’s almost impossible to think about what would happen if it wasn’t there. Azure, AWS and all the major cloud providers have measures in place to prevent them from ever fully going offline. While that is ideal for the cloud and cloud vendors, that doesn’t mean you can always connect to that cloud. A DDoS attack against your location or internet provider could prevent you from getting access to the cloud. Something as simple as a backhoe that cuts through cables near your facility can remove that cloud connectivity in the most non-technical method possible. So, while the cloud might not go down, your connection to it might. How do you cope in that sort of situation?

network connection issues
When networking issues strike and your users get this message, then you need to make sure you have some way to keep the business running in the form of IT infrastructure backups.

Take stock of your application inventory

One of the fundamental questions you should ask is: where are your applications? If you run SaaS-based applications for Office, CRM, sales and just about everything else, then you have to come up with a backup to these cloud services. Having a working IT infrastructure without working applications does not help the business. One of the challenges with many SaaS-based applications is that they don’t support an offline mode.

Some applications such as Office 365 — depending on your licensing — allow local installations, which is ideal so long as your files remain local as well. That is where we get into the challenges: each time you address one piece on-site or in the cloud, then something else comes up. It’s not often that we map out what it takes to do a specific task, because we assume the interconnected pieces will always work. That lack of foresight puts your business in a dangerous situation. 

There are limits to what an emergency backup system can do

So, this brings up the question of how functional would you want your staff to be in the event of an outage? It’s not realistic to be fully functional in a service downtime situation; technically, anything is possible with unlimited resources. Paying for duplicate infrastructure and SaaS services can be done, but that would most likely be inefficient from a cost and coordination standpoint.

Instead, start with simple aspects such as email, documents and the desktop. The first hurdle to surmount is the ability to log in. The Windows OS almost requires it to be connected to the internet. Try disconnecting your desktop and powering it up; even on a home machine, the amount of lag will make the system crawl as it times out while trying to log in and find all the connected services. Unlike home machines with local accounts, when you have a domain then you need locally stored login credentials or you’re not getting in. Now local accounts and cached credentials are not exactly security best practices, but you need to balance security with the need to get employees working. Most laptop users won’t suffer through this since they are usually set up to work offline, but it takes additional steps that are not traditionally done for desktops. 

If you can log in, what about the applications? If you enabled offline access in Outlook, then you will have access to email that was pulled down before the outage. The same can be said if you use OneDrive and had it sync before you lost connection. Simple offline email access, file shares and printing might be all you’re limited to, depending on the infrastructure, but that is better than having your staff staring at their desktops because they can’t access their data. 

Look into ways to back up IT infrastructure services

You need to evaluate how much of the networking and infrastructure services — specifically domain name services, internet protocol, file and print services — you want to keep in the data center. While it’s possible to put most of these infrastructure services in the cloud, you should consider backing up these services in reserve as virtual machines. 

Unless you have moved everything offsite and have no on-premises resources, you could use a few Hyper-V hosts for those workloads that can’t move to Azure. What prevents you from having backup infrastructure servers as powered-down virtual machines on your Hyper-V hosts? They don’t need to be on shared storage; local storage would work just fine for these emergency servers. 

Unless you have moved everything offsite and have no on-premises resources, you could use a few Hyper-V hosts for those workloads that can’t be placed in Azure.

The cloud comes with so many offerings; it’s next to impossible to ignore everything it can do. But part of the challenge with this migration is to set up backup servers for the services that have moved into the cloud. For some services, such as Active Directory, it can be a bit trickier to keep them in cold storage, but it is possible. 

It’s important to maintain these backup infrastructure servers. It can’t be an “install once and forget it” situation. Update them several times a year to ensure, should you need it, your backups can fill the void when a connectivity issue arises.

It helps to note when changes occur with key systems, such as DNS, DHCP, and other network servers. How often do you create additional DHCP scopes? During this review process, you might find much of the infrastructure is more static than you realized, which helps when you’re formulating a plan to keep backup infrastructure up to date. These backups aren’t meant to be a straight swap, but rather something to give you internal networking and some additional functionality even when you can’t get traffic outside your building or it is limited in some fashion. It’s not meant to be perfect, but something to keep the business going while repairs are under way.

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