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For Sale – Macbook Pro 16″ i7 16GB 512GB – Still in Warranty

Selling my Macbook Pro (512GB SSD, Intel Core i7 9th Gen., 2.60 GHz, 16GB) as I’m not currently using it for work so funding a desktop PC.

This was bought in person from the apple store and has warranty until December 2020 for your own peace of mind. I also have the original receipt in my name. Functions as expected and battery cycles are around 79. Item comes with box and genuine charger.

The item is in great condition however is used so do expect the occasional mark here and there…

Macbook Pro 16″ i7 16GB 512GB – Still in Warranty

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Understanding accessibility through ABCs | Microsoft On The Issues

A is for Autism at Work. A Microsoft employee with autism draws graphs on a whiteboard.

A is for the Autism @ Work Playbook. This resource was developed for employers who are interested in beginning or expanding their inclusive hiring journey. You can download it here.

B is for Braille. A woman who is blind teaches a student of the Carroll Kids program

B is for Louis Braille, the 12-year-old boy who invented a way for people who are blind to read. Watch Microsoft President Brad Smith explore how Braille’s spirit is still alive today with the innovators focusing on accessibility.

C is for Captions, Man wearing a hoodie reads captions on his computer screen. D

C is for captions and subtitles, supporting people with disabilities to follow along in meetings and PowerPoint presentations. Live captioning is one of the accessibility features the Microsoft Disability Answer Desk can help set up.

D stands for Disability Answer Desk. A woman who is blind uses a braille keyboard with a Surface device.

D is for the Disability Answer Desk Playbook. Click here to find out Microsoft’s top learnings on setting up a Disability Answer Desk.

: E stands for ease of access to low-vision tools.

E is for ease of access, and how you can make Windows 10 work better for you. Whether it’s increasing font size or adjusting the color contrast, there is a range of ease-of-access settings you can personalize.

F is for font size. Screen showing how to make your font size bigger in settings,

F is for font size, which can be adjusted for readability across a range of our products. It’s one of a number of tweaks available to help people who are blind or have low vision.

Top left: Dr Omid Kavehei showing a non-surgical device that would provide advance warning of a seizure for people living with epilepsy. Top right: G is for Grantees. Bottom left: A teacher showing Counting Zoo, an immersive eReader, to a child. Bottom right: A person using the Seeing AI app on their smartphone.

G is for grantees. Microsoft funds projects and research around the world that use AI-powered technology to help make the world more inclusive. Check out some of our AI for Accessibility projects here.

H is for hiring. Fathi Mohamed from the Supported Employment Program waves from the Microsoft Connector bus.

H is for hiring, inclusive hiring and how Microsoft ensures opportunities for everyone through employment programs focused on the untapped talent of people with disabilities.

I is for inclusive design. Various doodles of work life including cars, buildings and avatars.

I is for inclusive design, and ensuring accessibility and inclusion is at the core of products. It’s about drawing on the full range of human diversity, and reflecting different perspectives in what we create.

J is for Jenny Lay-Flurrie. Jenny smiles.

J is for Jenny Lay-Flurrie, our Chief Accessibility Officer. She unites us all as accessibility advocates, making sure accessibility and inclusion are implemented throughout the company’s culture and within the product development process.

K is for keyboard-only users. Overhead view of two students using assistive technology to learn programming at vocational school for the blind.

K is for keyboard-only users, making a straightforward user experience for people not using a computer mouse. Microsoft products include a range of options and shortcuts to customize your keyboard and make navigation quick and easy.

L is for learning tools. A young boy sitting at a table using a computer tablet.

L is for learning tools. Our free features enables students to improve reading, writing and comprehension, whatever their level, such as Immersive Reader, designed to help people with learning disabilities build confidence and ability.

M is for Moovit. A Moovit user waiting for their train.

M is for Moovit, the urban mobility app that has been optimized for accessibility. Now, accessible routes can be plotted around unfamiliar cities, and people who are blind or with low vision can use screen readers to navigate.

N is for Narrator Avatar woman wearing headphones uses Narrator on her computer.

N is for Narrator, the free screen reader built within Windows 10. Our new and improved screen reader has a comprehensive walkthrough guide, so you can start using Narrator on apps, for browsing the web and more.

O is for Outlook Accessibility. Bernardo Villarreal, a man who has low vision, looks closely at a laptop screen as he reads text in big font.

O is for Outlook Accessibility. It is crucial to be inclusive through daily email, and Outlook makes accessibility easy with features like the Accessibility Checker and Alt Text. Find out how you can create accessible email content here.

P is for PowerPoint. Person works on their PowerPoint presentation in a café.

P is for PowerPoint and AI-powered automatic live captions. Real-time captions and subtitles mean everyone can follow and participate in presentations, and they may be particularly useful for people who are deaf or hard-of-hearing, as well as non-native speakers.

Q is for questions

Q is for questions. Our Disability Answer Desk provides support on all our assistive technology and allows customers to give direct feedback to drive greater accessibility across our products and services.

R is for research enable group. Members of the research enable group project work on their products. A man and woman look at a laptop, multiple members adjust a drum set and measure sound.

R is for Research Enable Group and the ongoing work on new accessibility products. These include the Hands-Free Sound Machine, which allows people to create compositions with their eyes, and eye-controlled wheelchairs.

S is for Seeing AI. A person using the Seeing AI app to read a mailed letter.

S is for Seeing AI, a free app that narrates the world around you. Available in multiple languages, it describes everything from text and products, to people, scenes and currency.

T is for Text Alternatives. Pratyush Nalam, a man who uses a wheelchair, types on a laptop.

T is for text alternativesdescriptions of images on websites and applications for screen readers to translate for customers. They need to accurately describe what is being shown, without too much information.

U is for user interface automation. Image shows an introduction to UI Automation

U is for user interface automation (UIA), allowing assistive technologies to let customers know everything they need to about your UI. This means everyone can access the full functionality and enjoy a high-quality experience.

Top right: V is for vision. Cory Joseph, a man who is blind, types on a braille keyboard while also working through a mobile phone. Bottom left: A tech worker with visual impairment uses assistive technology while visiting the Microsoft office in Singapore. Bottom right: Anne Taylor, a woman who is blind, works on a Surface device with a braille keyboard sitting on the side.

V is for vision. Here’s our best practice guide for interviewing candidates who are blind or with low vision.

W is for webinar. Chris Schlechty, a man who uses a wheelchair, sits in front of his desk and shows his straw device that he uses to control his computer.

W is for webinar. We’ve launched a series of accessibility webinars for customers and businesses who want to learn more about accessibility features such as Narrator and Magnifier. Check out the demos from our engineering teams here.

X is for Xbox adaptive controller. Photo of the Xbox adaptive controller and its PDP one-handed joystick.

X is for the Xbox Adaptive Controller, a groundbreaking controller that connects devices to help make gaming more accessible and inclusive so that everyone can play.

Y is for you: Avatars of a female with red hair, freckles and glasses wearing white earrings and white shirt, a male with short black hair and purple shirt, a female with black hair, orange beanie, yellow headphones, and black shirt, and a female with blue hair and bangs, yellow sunglasses, pink earrings, and white shirt.

Y is for you … the person at the center of it all. We build with inclusion in mind and work with the direct involvement of the disability community – “Nothing about us without us.”

: Z is for zero. Image of a large zero.

Z is … hoping that the number of people who feel like they don’t have access to free assistive technology tools to complete everyday tasks is zero. Today, only one in 10 people have access to assistive products.

For more on Microsoft accessibility tools, visit AI for accessibility. And follow @MSFTIssues on Twitter.  

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For Sale – Brand new Alienware m15 R2 (i7, RTX 2070, 256GB SSD)

I won this beautiful piece of equipment at a conference in NL a couple of weeks back but I use a Macbook Pro for work and don’t game so it’s been sitting around collecting dust and now, trying to fund a start-up it’s a good opportunity for me to sell.

It’s never been used, the lid has been opened once to take the picture for this thread and it’s never been out of the box. Seals still on the screen. Did a bit of research and these are real state of the art machines, not too clunky and the keyboard isn’t obnoxiously small – over-all I think whoever buys it will have a hell of an experience.

I’ve sold phones on here and also a Macbook Pro without issue! Also, i’ll link my ebay profile where I used to sell refurbed phones if anyone wants to check my rep.

I will be posting for FREE using the most competent and reliable logistics companies so either DHL or DPD – tracked a signed for next day delivery. No RoyalMail BS in this thread!

(Also, the box has the plastic on it because DHL stick their labels in a sticky bag)

SPECS:

9th gen Intel Core i7 9750H
8GB DDR4 RAM
RTX 2070 8GB GDDR6
256GB PCIe SSD
15 inch FHD 60hz display
Comes with Win-10 pre installed.

Also comes with European power adapter (as I won it in NL) so a UK wall adapter will work fine.

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For Sale – Brand new Alienware m15 R2 (i7, RTX 2070, 256GB SSD)

I won this beautiful piece of equipment at a conference in NL a couple of weeks back but I use a Macbook Pro for work and don’t game so it’s been sitting around collecting dust and now, trying to fund a start-up it’s a good opportunity for me to sell.

It’s never been used, the lid has been opened once to take the picture for this thread and it’s never been out of the box. Seals still on the screen. Did a bit of research and these are real state of the art machines, not too clunky and the keyboard isn’t obnoxiously small – over-all I think whoever buys it will have a hell of an experience.

I’ve sold phones on here and also a Macbook Pro without issue! Also, i’ll link my ebay profile where I used to sell refurbed phones if anyone wants to check my rep.

I will be posting for FREE using the most competent and reliable logistics companies so either DHL or DPD – tracked a signed for next day delivery. No RoyalMail BS in this thread!

(Also, the box has the plastic on it because DHL stick their labels in a sticky bag)

SPECS:

9th gen Intel Core i7 9750H
8GB DDR4 RAM
RTX 2070 8GB GDDR6
256GB PCIe SSD
15 inch FHD 60hz display
Comes with Win-10 pre installed.

Also comes with European power adapter (as I won it in NL) so a UK wall adapter will work fine.

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COVID-19 has only intensified the broadband gap – Microsoft on the Issues

We are living in a new world, a world racing online as social distancing forces many of us to work, communicate and connect in new ways. In the United States alone, state and local directives have urged 316 million Americans to stay in and, when possible, work from home. As communities around the world adapt to a world with COVID-19, broadband connectivity and access are more critical to our lives and livelihoods than ever before.

Broadband already powers much of our modern lives, but COVID-19 has acted as an accelerant, a fuel of sorts that has driven many essential activities online. All learning, services, commerce, most workplaces and daily interactions online require a high-speed connection to the internet. Those without access to this online world – more than 18 million Americans with 14 million living in rural areas, according to the Federal Communications Commission – risk falling farther behind. While 18 million is a big number – more than the entire populations of Indiana, Iowa and Tennessee combined – a new study has found that the actual number of people lacking access to broadband in the US is closer to 42 million.

We will eventually come out the other end of the COVID-19 crisis, but the future that emerges will look different from the world we left when this crisis began. The future of commerce, work, medicine, education and services will have changed – and, in some instances, permanently.

A problem intensified by COVID-19

Lack of broadband for rural populations, both in the United States and in the developing world, just can’t be ignored. That’s why, in the last three months, we’ve doubled down on our Microsoft Airband Initiative to expand the number of people reached. As of March 31, we’ve helped provide 1.2 million people with access to broadband in rural, previously unserved areas of the United States. This is almost double our total from December 31, 2019, and up from 24,000 people in the whole of 2018. We’re doing the most recent work by donating hotspots and wireless connectivity equipment, and expanding our digital skills offerings by developing COVID-19-specific digital skills offerings for rural communities.

We’re undertaking this work in tandem with ISPs, state and local governments, non-profits such as the National 4-H Council, and other mission-aligned public- and private-sector entities. Eight out of 12 of our commercial ISP partners have taken the FCC’s Keep Americans Connected Pledge, committing to maintaining connectivity to customers who are economically impacted by the crisis. Even those partners that have not formally signed on to the FCC’s pledge have committed to serving their communities by maintaining connectivity for existing customers and connecting new subscribers. The Airband Team has published a customer-ready Airband US COVID-19 Response Summary outlining our programmatic and policy responses to COVID-19 in the US.

We’re not the only ones trying to make a difference. Companies across the country are stepping up to the plate, including tech companies such as Google and T-Mobile. But it isn’t just tech that’s helping – companies such as Land O’Lakes are also working to close the broadband gap. We need the government to step up and meet us halfway.

Policy principles and new federal funding to accelerate much-needed changes

The most significant way to move the dial for Americans without broadband is by changing policy at the federal, state and local level, not only for more funding but to remove roadblocks so that broadband can reach rural and underserved Americans faster. In short, there’s a critical need for Congress to do three things.

First, Congressional action is needed to address the immediate broadband connectivity needs that are having a heightened impact on individuals and communities during the COVID-19 crisis. Funding is needed in the next stimulus bill so that students and teachers have access to remote learning, people have access to their doctors and other telehealth options, and to help people work from home, file and maintain their unemployment benefits, and apply for jobs online.

Second, there’s an urgent need to provide funding to the FCC so it can implement recently enacted broadband-mapping legislation. As we’ve said before, we can’t solve a problem we don’t understand.

Third, additional action is needed to permanently close the broadband gap. With accurate data on broadband availability, we recommend Congress provides funds based on seven important principles. Namely, these funds should be:

  1. Targeted: Any broadband funding mechanism should be designed to address a known market need; for example, the need to deliver broadband access to unserved rural areas and connect students without broadband access before schools start in the fall.
  1. Technology neutral: Broadband funding should be made available on a technology neutral basis.
  1. Broadband-capable: Networks should be required to meet at least the FCC-defined speed for broadband.
  1. Least costly: To minimize costs, funding amounts should be determined through a competitive bidding process (the FCC’s use of reverse auctions is an example of such a mechanism).
  1. Non-distortionary: Any program should aim to minimize market distortions in how funds are collected and how they are distributed.
  1. Deployed quickly: Preference should be given to broadband providers that commit to rapid deployment of broadband networks and services.
  1. Avoid administrative burdens: Programs should minimize red tape and only impose requirements on recipients that are necessary to ensure the integrity of the programs.

With this approach, the country can finally provide the funding needed for ISPs to close the broadband gap. In addition, we support efforts by the FCC, USDA and other federal and state agencies to release funds under new and existing programs to address the needs of vulnerable healthcare workers and patients, educators and learners, and remote workers. This is especially important because, in times of economic downturn, states are more cash-strapped than usual and don’t have resources necessary to make these critical investments.

The COVID-19 virus has created a national crisis. But it has also created an important opportunity. It’s time to galvanize the nation and recognize the obvious. Broadband has become the electricity of the 21st century. Well before the end of the 20th century, we recognized that no American should live without electricity. As we embark on the third decade of the 21st century, every American deserves the opportunity to access broadband.

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For Sale – Razer Blade 14 (2017) with 1TB Samsung SSD Upgrade

Razer Blade 14 (2017)

My previous work laptop that I no longer require. Has served me well.

It was dropped once very early in its life (1H2017), so it has a dink on the front-right corner (shown in pictures). This hasn’t affected its function in any way.

It has a dbrand skin on the top, all is good underneath – it was added to cover the glowing green logo as it was used in a professional environment and in front of clients.

Spec:
1TB Samsung 960 EVO
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
16GB DDR4
Intel HD630 iGPU
Nvidia GTX1060 dGPU

I’ve done a quick search and going by the results on ebay and refurbished units elsewhere, along with the mild chassis damage, my asking price is £800

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For Sale – Brand new Alienware m15 R2 (i7, RTX 2070, 256GB SSD)

I won this beautiful piece of equipment at a conference in NL a couple of weeks back but I use a Macbook Pro for work and don’t game so it’s been sitting around collecting dust and now, trying to fund a start-up it’s a good opportunity for me to sell.

It’s never been used, the lid has been opened once to take the picture for this thread and it’s never been out of the box. Seals still on the screen. Did a bit of research and these are real state of the art machines, not too clunky and the keyboard isn’t obnoxiously small – over-all I think whoever buys it will have a hell of an experience.

I’ve sold phones on here and also a Macbook Pro without issue! Also, i’ll link my ebay profile where I used to sell refurbed phones if anyone wants to check my rep.

I will be posting for FREE using the most competent and reliable logistics companies so either DHL or DPD – tracked a signed for next day delivery. No RoyalMail BS in this thread!

(Also, the box has the plastic on it because DHL stick their labels in a sticky bag)

SPECS:

9th gen Intel Core i7 9750H
8GB DDR4 RAM
RTX 2070 8GB GDDR6
256GB PCIe SSD
15 inch FHD 60hz display
Comes with Win-10 pre installed.

Also comes with European power adapter (as I won it in NL) so a UK wall adapter will work fine.

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For Sale – Jumper Ezbook 2 – £60 collected from harrow

My jumber ezbook 2 for sale – in great condition, however the SD card reader does not work on the device and the speakers aren’t great (they crackle) and it’s a US keyboard layout, also a us adapter.. Otherwise great device, extremely light and a great battery life. Running Windows 10 home 1909. Doorstep collection from harrow

Comes with original box

Brand: Jumper
Model: Ezbook 2
Usage: Office
Type: Notebook
OS: Windows 10
CPU Brand: Intel
CPU Series: Cherry Trail
CPU: Intel Cherry Trail x5-Z8350
Core: 1.44GHz,Quad Core
Caching: 2MB
Graphics Type: Integrated Graphics
Graphics Chipset: Intel HD Graphics 400
Graphics Card Frequency: 200MHz – 500MHz
Process Technology: 14nm
Power Consumption: 2W
Threading: 4
RAM: 4GB
RAM Type: DDR3L
RAM Slot Quantity: One
Hard Disk Memory: 64GB EMMC

Location
harrow
Price and currency
70
Delivery cost included
Delivery is NOT included
Prefer goods collected?
I prefer the goods to be collected
Advertised elsewhere?
Advertised elsewhere
Payment method
PPG

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Parallels RAS pushes remote work flexibility

The sudden transition to remote work has created a demand for application and desktop virtualization products that, like Parallels Remote Application Server, will work with whatever device an employee has on hand.

Representatives from the application and desktop virtualization vendor said the COVID-19 outbreak has pushed both new and existing customers to seek flexibility as they strive to handle the unprecedented work-from-home situation.

The Parallels Remote Application Server (RAS) software can be deployed on multiple types of devices — from Macs to Chromebooks and from iPads to Android phones. The company released Parallels RAS 17.1 in December 2019, updating provisioning options and including new multi-tenant architecture possibilities.

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John Uppendahl, vice president of communications at Parallels, said the product compares to offerings from Citrix and VMware.

“You can be up and running in less than an hour and deploying virtual Windows desktop applications to any device in less than a day,” Uppendahl said.

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Shannon Kalvar, research manager at IDC, listed Parallels among the virtual client computing market’s major players in his 2019-2020 vendor assessment, noting that customers praised its ease of management and ability to work across a range of devices. He said the sudden interest in remote work technology is driving up demand for the companies that provide it.

“Everybody’s phone is ringing off the hook,” he said. “Everybody’s flat out.”

A need for flexibility

Victor Fiss, director of sales engineering at Parallels, said COVID-19 drove many of its customers to seek temporary licenses for hundreds of additional employees. Parallels RAS can run on premises, on the Azure and AWS public clouds and in a hybrid environment, he said, giving existing customers flexibility in expanding.

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“A lot of our customers that are running on-prem are now adding 300, 400 users out of the blue because of COVID-19,” he said, adding that hybrid options have been enticing because they provide capacity without affecting the employee’s experience.

With Parallels RAS, he said, deployment is not only fast, according to the vendor, but it also allows for more ways to get work done — like support for native touch gestures in virtual desktop environments.

“If you’re using a mobile device — iOS or Android — you’re not getting a shrunken-down desktop that’s screaming for a keyboard and mouse you don’t have,” Uppendahl said. “Instead, you’re seeing application shortcuts — you can add or remove shortcuts to any application that runs on Windows — and, when you launch it, it will launch in full screen.”

Deploying Parallels

Wayne Hunter, CEO of managed service provider AvTek Solutions, Inc., said he had used Parallels RAS to enable remote work for a client of his. He said that client, a bank, went from zero remote users to 150 in two days.

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“The main thing that makes it easy to use is that it’s easy to install, easy to configure, easy to set up,” he said. “You can go from having nothing installed to having a working system up in just a couple hours.”

Hunter said several factors make Parallels RAS advantageous for IT professionals. The product’s ease of deployment and management, he said, would be especially beneficial to small IT teams managing many users.

For end users, Hunter said, the ability of Parallels RAS to work on a variety of devices without hassle was a key selling point.

“It’s just like logging in at their office,” he said, noting that users would find their profiles, desktop backgrounds and files unaffected by remote access. “It’s all there, just like it looked at the office.”

It can be challenging, Hunter noted, to ensure users have a proper device and high-speed internet connection at home to enable remote work. Parallels RAS, he said, eased those concerns.

“The beautiful part of Parallels RAS is [that] it doesn’t take much resources,” he said. “The software is very lightweight, so even some folks who didn’t have very good internet didn’t have any problems.”

An evolution of the virtualization market

Kalvar has spoken of a split in the virtualization market between the hosting of a desktop or application and fuller-featured workspace products. The pandemic’s work-from-home orders have furthered that divide; companies that are just beginning their efforts to change workflows through technology, he said, are more apt to explore traditional virtualization.

“For those [not far along with their business continuity plans], this is going to be an 18-month business continuity disaster,” he said. “If you’re in a continuity situation, and you don’t already have a solution in play — because, if you did, the first thing you would do is try to expand it — I think you’re looking more at the vendors who went down the virtualization side of the road … just because their technology matches up with what you need.”

“What [those] people need is a really fast, really cheap way to get people working from home quickly,” he added.

Kalvar said businesses — especially those just looking to maintain continuity through the crisis — must seek products that are both easy to stand up and manage.

“You have to be flexible, particularly when you’re in that business continuity situation,” he said. “In operations, you’re always looking for good enough, not perfect.”

“You’re looking for, ‘This solution meets enough of my criteria … at the lowest cost,'” he added.

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