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For Sale – Internal & External Hard Drives

Can you please state what health check you would like me to perform (if you are making an offer based on a health check)?

The drives have all been used in a HTPC that didn’t see much use at all (on once or twice per week for a movie). The Samsung drives are probably around 3 years old and the Seagate drives between 1 and 2 years.

The 2 external drives are around 12 months old. but it is best to assume that no warranty is provided (and you may be pleasantly surprised if you check the serial number).

For Sale – Internal & External Hard Drives

Can you please state what health check you would like me to perform (if you are making an offer based on a health check)?

The drives have all been used in a HTPC that didn’t see much use at all (on once or twice per week for a movie). The Samsung drives are probably around 3 years old and the Seagate drives between 1 and 2 years.

The 2 external drives are around 12 months old. but it is best to assume that no warranty is provided (and you may be pleasantly surprised if you check the serial number).

For Sale – Internal & External Hard Drives

Can you please state what health check you would like me to perform (if you are making an offer based on a health check)?

The drives have all been used in a HTPC that didn’t see much use at all (on once or twice per week for a movie). The Samsung drives are probably around 3 years old and the Seagate drives between 1 and 2 years.

The 2 external drives are around 12 months old. but it is best to assume that no warranty is provided (and you may be pleasantly surprised if you check the serial number).

For Sale – 4K GAMING PC, GTX 1080TI, Intel i7 7700K 4GHZ, 250GB SSD, 1TB HDD, 16GB RAM

Hi all,

I’m selling my beloved gaming rig and a reluctant switch to console is pending. I would really like this to go to a good owner. I’m trying to avoid the eBay route as I’m hesitant to sell a high end item like this, having been messed about in the past.

This is an Cyberpower Luxe Titanium gaming PC (original RRP £1999), specs are as below. It is now 14 months old, exceptionally well looked after so in excellent condition. I have all the original packaging and manuals that came with it, so this will be reflected in shipping cost. By all means you can arrange this yourself, but please discuss with me first. The additional SSD you see in the picture is my work drive and will not be included.

Nvidia GTX 1080TI 11GB AERO
MSI Z270-A PRO Motherboard
Intel i7 7700K 4GHZ o/c to 4.6ghz
Corsair H45 Liquid CPU Cooler
600W Masterwatt Lite PSU
16GB DDR4 RAM (2x8GB)
1TB HDD
250GB SSD
USB 3.0, SATA III (6Gbs) and Gigabit LAN.
Windows 10
1x HDMI
3x Display Port
8x USB (4x 2.0, 4x 3.0)
Wireless XBOX 360 Controller

Any questions please don’t hesitate to ask. Also, I would prefer to sell as a complete unit rather than individual components.

Price and currency: GBP 1150
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: BT, Paypal, Cash On Collection
Location: Edinburgh
Advertised elsewhere?: Yes
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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Wanted – 2017 MacBook Pro 15″ / 13″ (Swap/Trade with 2017 27″ 5K iMac)

Would anyone be interested in swapping their 15″ or maybe their 13″ 2017 MacBook Pro for a mint 2017 27″ 5K iMac?

The iMac i5 3.4GHz quad-core / 512GB SSD / 8GB RAM (additional available) / 4GB Radeon Pro 570.

The MacBook Pro must have 16GB.

Happy to explore swap options depending on what is presented.

Thanks.

Location: London

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Wanted – 2017 MacBook Pro 15″ / 13″ (Swap/Trade with 2017 27″ 5K iMac)

Would anyone be interested in swapping their 15″ or maybe their 13″ 2017 MacBook Pro for a mint 2017 27″ 5K iMac?

The iMac i5 3.4GHz quad-core / 512GB SSD / 8GB RAM (additional available) / 4GB Radeon Pro 570.

The MacBook Pro must have 16GB.

Happy to explore swap options depending on what is presented.

Thanks.

Location: London

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For Sale – Gigabyte Z370 HD3P Motherboard (Brand New)

Brand new Gigabyte Mainboard socket LGA 1151 For Sale everything included as it would be… price includes postage

£130.00 at www.scan.co.uk

Price and currency: £105
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: Bank Transfer
Location: Skelmersdale
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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Paid parental leave matters – Microsoft on the Issues

Building on our 2015 announcement
Three years ago, we announced that we would require a wide variety of suppliers that do business with Microsoft in the United States to provide their employees with the important benefit of paid time off. Today we are announcing that over the next year we will take a further step, to ensure that these suppliers also provide their employees who handle our work with paid parental leave.

We have long recognized that the health, well-being and diversity of our employees helps Microsoft succeed. That’s why we provide industry-leading benefits for our employees, including comprehensive health and wellness programs for families, paid vacation, paid sick leave and paid time off for new parents.

We also know that we rely on a wide array of other companies to supply us with goods and services that reflect their core competencies, and that the people who work for our suppliers also are critical to our success. That is why we took the step three years ago to require our U.S. suppliers doing substantial business with Microsoft to provide paid time off for their employees. Paid time off is good both for employers and employees, and it was the right step for our business. By implementing that requirement, we were able to focus our resources on businesses that share with us a commitment providing employees with important benefits such as paid time off. We believe now is the time to work with our suppliers to take a next important step.

What we’re doing
Over the next 12 months we will work with our U.S. suppliers to implement this new paid parental leave policy. It will require that suppliers offer their employees a minimum of 12 weeks paid parental leave, up to $1,000 per week. This change applies to all parents employed by our suppliers who take time off for the birth or adoption of a child. The new policy applies to suppliers with more than 50 employees and covers supplier employees who perform substantial work for Microsoft.  This minimum threshold applies to all of our suppliers across the U.S. and is not intended to supplant a state law that is more generous. Many of our suppliers already offer strong benefits packages to their employees, and suppliers are of course welcome to offer more expansive leave benefits to their employees.

Our new supplier parental leave requirement is informed by important work on paid parental leave done in states, including Washington. In 2017, Washington state passed family leave legislation, including paid parental leave. This new law will take effect in 2020. As we looked at this legislation, however, we realized that while it will benefit the employees of our suppliers in Washington state, it will leave thousands of valued contributors outside of Washington behind. So, we made a decision to apply Washington’s parental leave requirement more broadly, and not to wait until 2020 to begin implementation.

Microsoft will work with our suppliers to understand the impacts of this change, and we will make these changes in a thoughtful way. We appreciate that this may ultimately result in increased costs for Microsoft, and we’ll put a process in place for addressing these issues with our suppliers. Our first step will be reaching out to our suppliers to discuss the impact of this policy change.

The case for paid parental leave
We recognize today’s announcement comes during an ongoing national dialogue about the importance of paid parental leave. The case for paid parental leave is clear. Studies show that paid parental leave enriches the lives of families.  Women who take paid maternity leave are more likely to be in the workforce a year later and earn more than mothers who do not receive paid time off.  Employers who offer paid time off for new mothers experience improved productivity, higher morale and lower turnover rates. And, paid parental leave is not solely a benefit for women.  Data from California’s paid family leave program shows that men take paternity leave at twice the rate and for longer periods of time when the leave is paid. This increased bonding and time spent caring for young children is correlated with positive outcomes such as higher test scores for these children. Further, when men and women have the opportunity to take paid leave, it can help counteract gender caregiving stereotypes, neutralize stigmas and promote equity in the home and office.

Despite these clear benefits, just 13 percent of private sector workers in the U.S. have access to paid parental leave. And the lack of access to parental leave cuts broadly across professions – according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 22 percent of professional positions and 7 to 8 percent of workers in service and maintenance jobs have access to paid parental leave.

Like many large employers, we welcome the opportunity to engage in the important national conversation about how all U.S. workers, regardless of where they work, can access paid parental leave.  In the meantime, we will continue to focus our resources on doing business with companies that share our commitment to increase workforce inclusion and support employees and their families.  As we gain experience with this new approach, we’ll share what we learn with others.  And as always, we’ll look forward to learning more ourselves.

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Wanted – 2017 MacBook Pro 15″ / 13″ (Swap/Trade with 2017 27″ 5K iMac)

Would anyone be interested in swapping their 15″ or maybe their 13″ 2017 MacBook Pro for a mint 2017 27″ 5K iMac?

The iMac i5 3.4GHz quad-core / 512GB SSD / 8GB RAM (additional available) / 4GB Radeon Pro 570.

The MacBook Pro must have 16GB.

Happy to explore swap options depending on what is presented.

Thanks.

Location: London

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Virtual nurse aims to reduce readmissions after discharge

“Are you a Red Sox fan?” nurse Elizabeth asked her patient with a curious look. “I would really like to see a game someday, but they don’t allow computers at Fenway Park.”

Elizabeth is a virtual nurse appearing on a screen. Starting a casual conversation, she can gradually explain discharge instructions to her patients, who converse by picking what they want to say in the chat boxes on the right side of the screen at each point of the conversation.

The virtual discharge nurse software is one example of how technology can help reduce 30-day readmissions in hospitals.

Readmission has long been a concern for healthcare providers because these rates impact patient outcomes and potentially reduce reimbursements from CMS. As a focus of inpatient clinical care, readmission comes out on top at 21.6% on the list of “areas most in need of improvement” concerning patient safety, according to a survey conducted by Health Catalyst, a data analytics and decision-support company.

To reduce avoidable return trips to the hospital, one factor to take into account is “effective communication and troubleshooting after the patient has gone home and try to head off problems that might cause complications and lead to readmission,” said Timothy Bickmore, a professor at the College of Computer and Information Science at Northeastern University. Although hospitals can track patients’ health conditions by text messages and phone calls, these may not be the most effective approaches.

Another effort hospitals could make is to ramp up patient education when they are discharged by employing automated software, in which case a virtual nurse can come into play. Bickmore developed the software behind Elizabeth the virtual nurse, and the program has been trialed at Boston Medical Center.

Elizabeth walks her patients through their discharge process by using sympathetic speech and animation. A typical interaction lasts about half an hour, much longer than the average eight minutes a human nurse spends with a patient on the same process, according to research conducted by Bickmore and Brian Jack, an associate professor at the School of Medicine at Boston University.

“Even for well-educated patients, [eight minutes] is probably not good enough,” Bickmore said. “For the one-third of U.S. adults who have low health literacy and difficulty reading medical instructions, they really need a lot more time.”

With Elizabeth, patients can choose “Excuse me?” or “Need more information” from the menu and let the virtual nurse repeat or elaborate information they don’t understand. The explanation by the virtual nurse can be in great detail for the sake of patient education, which includes the time to take medicine and its dose, how to take it, scheduling follow-up appointments and advice on buying an over-the-counter medicine that could have two different names in a pharmacy.

Virtual nurse software is not only a boon to patients, but also a resolution to nurse burnout.

“[The virtual nurse] would cast the patients’ comprehension and make sure they understood certain key information. And then it would print out a list of action items for the human discharge nurse to review afterwards and have more focused conversations with patients about their issues,” Bickmore said.

According to Bickmore and Jack’s trial of over 750 patients at Boston Medical Center, the software showed a high level of patient satisfaction. When asked whom they would rather receive discharge instructions from, most of the trial patients preferred getting it from a virtual nurse.

Virtual nurse software is not only a boon to patients, but also a resolution to nurse burnout. A randomized trial conducted by Jack in 2009 showed that to significantly reduce 30-day readmissions, a nurse needs to spend on average one hour with each patient explaining the discharge instructions. And shortly after discharge, nurses often need to call their patients to solve additional problems. If hospitals use automated discharge software, human nurses can focus on specific issues patients may have.

Regarding the possible improvements of the virtual nurse software, Bickmore would like to see it provide continuous services to patients at home.

“If we could put it on their smartphones, when they leave the hospital and have questions or problems, they can continue having the conversation. That is, of course, the ideal situation,” he said.

Bickmore’s software has not been produced commercially, although a couple of IT companies have pulled licenses to use the software.