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Wanted – Macbook Air or Pro 13″

Hi there

I’ve got a mid 2014 Macbook Pro Retina if you’re interested. It’s very clean, no marks, and has a low battery count of 198.

Its an i5, 8GB RAM with 256GB SSD storage.

It comes complete with charger and is boxed.

I’m looking for £575 plus postage for it (think thats about £25 but will need to check given location).

Let me know if interested and I’ll post photos.

From Calcutta to Grace Hopper—how the tide is changing – IT Showcase Blog

Numbers don’t lie, and they don’t judge. They don’t care if you’re a woman, or where you grew up, or if you speak with an accent.

These are some of the thoughts I’ve had after speaking at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference and the Women in Statistics and Data Science Conference. After my presentations, I met with diverse groups of young women who are entering fields rooted in math and science. They wanted to know how I got here, what kind of training I’ve had, how I got on the management track, and how I came to lead a data analytics team at Microsoft.

I was honored and humbled by the experience. I was also proud, not about where I’ve come, but that the questions they are asking at the beginning of their careers are different than the ones I asked at the beginning of mine. Instead of wondering if they could pursue a career in data analytics, they asked me what steps they should take to become a leader in the data analytics field.

And while the questions are different now, and women and people of diverse backgrounds have more opportunities than when I was coming up, we have much more work to do. The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) field is still dominated by men, and even more so the senior or technical roles. For a variety of reasons, girls are not choosing to study these subjects in school as often as boys do, and when they do, they are still fighting for equality in many ways.

Yet despite all of this, I firmly believe the tide is turning, and that, if we keep pushing hard for more opportunities, there is reason for optimism. All I must do is look back at how I persisted in my journey from Calcutta, India, to Redmond, Washington, and then think back to the young people I met at Grace Hopper and Women in Statistics and Data Science to know this is true.

Making the numbers add up

Growing up in India in the 1960s and 70s, it was typical for more emphasis to be placed on boys—they were encouraged to go into STEM fields, whereas girls were typically expected to study humanities (literature, history, etc.). If you were lucky like me, and you had progressive parents who could afford private school, you absolutely went to an all-girls school where you could mostly pursue your career of choice (contending with some raised eyebrows if you leaned toward math and science). I attended all-girls schools from childhood all the way through getting my undergraduate degree in economics at Lady Brabourne College in Calcutta. It was only when I got my master’s degree in econometrics at Calcutta University that the classes I took were integrated with men.

You would think that attending a private school meant I would have a leg up on getting into a STEM field, but to me it felt like something I had to fight for every day. In secondary school, I remember we had only one math class and one science class per day, compared to plenty of writing, literature, and humanities classes. In primary school, my father always used to complain that we didn’t have enough math homework. At one of my parent-teacher conferences, he complained to the teacher, and the next day she gave us a bunch of extra math homework. The other students were like, “What’s with all the math?” My teacher looked at me, and said “you can thank Sarmila’s dad for that.”

This kind of subtle, limiting thinking continued throughout. When I was ready to graduate with my undergraduate degree in economics, I went to get a letter of recommendation for graduate school, and one of my professors actually blurted out, “When are you going to start a family?” Eventually, it worked out. I persisted enough to get my master’s degree, moved to the United States to get my doctorate, and launch myself into a career that eventually landed me at Microsoft.

Fly like an eagle

All my life, until I finished my Ph.D., I had a poster of an eagle flying alone in the twilight sky. That eagle was my talisman, always reminding me that, “In Life, Your Attitude Determines Your Altitude.” Working in tech in my era, I learned to tough it out, to hold on to my dreams, and to pick my battles. When things get challenging, I always think back to that eagle.

When I was talking to those young women at those conferences, I told them, “at times, even today, you’ll face stereotypical attitudes—you need to keep pushing for change. We all have come a long way on our circuitous journey. The tides are changing, and women are now ahead of where they used to be. But that said, firm conviction in yourself is your best ally.”

Tags: data analytics, women in IT

Outlook for iOS and Android is adding your most requested calendar features – Office Blogs

Whether you’re planning your next dinner date or an upcoming meeting with teammates, the Outlook app is there to help you manage and make the most of your day. Today, we are adding several of your most highly requested calendaring features, including the ability to sync your shared calendars to your phone and manage and RSVP to recurring events.

A big part of our prioritization of new features and enhancements comes from the votes and feedback we receive from you on Outlook UserVoice. We thank you all for your feedback and are excited to hear what you think of our new additions!

Here’s a look at what’s new:

Sync shared calendars to Outlook

You will now be able to view and edit shared Office 365 or Outlook.com calendars, just like you can with your own calendars. Better yet, you can also share your own calendars with others and accept sharing invitations easily right from the app.

If you don’t see your shared calendars right now, don’t worry. We are in the process of upgrading existing shared calendars so that they start syncing to Outlook. However, if you just can’t wait and want the new experience immediately, simply re-accept the sharing invitation from Outlook on iOS or Android. Once you do this, your shared calendar will appear. If you cannot find the original calendar sharing invitation, ask the calendar owner to re-share and accept the new invite from Outlook. And voila!

Manage delegate calendars on the go

For those of you who manage someone else’s calendar at work, you’ll now be able to do this from the palm of your hand. Manage your delegates, accept a delegation request, and fully view and edit the delegated calendar all from Outlook on iOS or Android. And when you receive meeting invitations and responses, we will more clearly indicate if they are for your or your manager’s calendar, so you don’t get them confused.

Get your Meetups added directly to your calendar

Following up on our launch of Facebook and Evernote in Outlook on iOS and Android this year, we are releasing support for Meetup—a new Calendar app in Outlook. Meetup brings people together in thousands of cities to do more of what they want to do in life. Now, when you connect your Meetup account to Outlook, you can see your upcoming Meetups directly on your calendar.

Managing your events is even easier

We are bringing the best of what Outlook has to offer on the web and desktop to your phone, so you can make the most of your busy day while on the go.

These updates are available for both iOS and Android:

  • Create events with daily, weekly, monthly or yearly recurrences.
  • RSVP to a single occurrence of a recurring event series (e.g. decline one instance without removing the entire series from your calendar).
  • See your coworkers’ availability when scheduling meetings (available previously on iOS, now available on Android).

These features are now available on iOS, coming soon to Android:

  • Add a message when responding to a meeting invite (e.g. explain why you are declining a meeting invitation.)
  • Set an event as private, to keep the details to yourself when sharing your calendar.
  • Mark your calendar events as Busy, Free, Out of Office, or Tentative.

And there’s even more to come!

Let us know what you think of our new calendar features! If you have other ideas for what would make the calendar experience even better for you, let us know on UserVoice right from Outlook by going to Settings > Help & FeedbackSuggest a Feature.

—The Outlook team

Frequently asked questions

Q. I don’t see my shared or delegated calendars on in Outlook for iOS and Android yet. What should I do?

A. As noted above if you don’t see your shared or delegated calendars right now, don’t worry. We are in the process of upgrading existing shared calendars so that they start syncing to Outlook. However, if you just can’t wait and want the new experience immediately, simply re-accept the sharing or delegate invitation from Outlook on iOS or Android. Once you do this, your shared calendar will appear. If you cannot find the original calendar sharing invitation, ask the calendar owner to re-share and accept the new invite from Outlook.

Q. How do I add Calendar apps like Meetup to my calendar?

A. To add a Calendar app, such as Meetup, navigate to settings, and then click Calendar Apps in the Connected Apps and Add-ins section. Meetup is available on Android today, coming soon to iOS.

Undercapitalization is the disease, developer burnout the symptom

Imagine a DevOps engineer named Pat. You’re the vice president of engineering, and Pat has been a superstar in your organization for years. She’s always pleasant in standups. Any criticism she makes is positive and supportive. She’s always reliable when on call, and Pat makes few mistakes.

Then, something changes. She becomes snippy in standups. It’s taking her longer to answer emails. Last month, she altered a deployment script that caused the Amazon bill to jump. You sense something is wrong, so you go to her boss.

Pat’s boss reports having a similar experience. Pat, who used to be the poster child for an exemplary DevOps engineer, is dramatically regressing. You’re both mystified.

Something is obviously amiss. You ask to see her work schedule over the last year and the tickets assigned to her. In addition, you take a trip to HR and request the budget history of the group Pat works in, as well as the head count history.

As you review the reports, certain facts pop out. First, Pat has not had a vacation in the last year. Also, her last raise was only 3% due to company revenue issues. Half of Pat’s past work tickets involved issues related to the new automated container-provisioning framework the company implemented last year.

Pat is burnt out. Now, conventional wisdom has a way to prevent burnout. Just give employees enough time to rest, refresh and acquire the skills necessary to do the work required of them. This is the route organizations typically take to addressing developer burnout. And this is the flaw: Organizations are addressing the symptoms.

The disease is undercapitalization.

Allow me to elaborate.

No capital? No profit

Capital is anything that enhances a person’s or organization’s ability to perform economically useful work. Capital can take the form of money, time, machinery, information or real estate, for example. Businesses require capital in order to make goods and provide services. The mistake many businesses make is to not have enough capital on hand to meet objectives. This is particularly true of startups. I’ve experienced this personally.

Earlier in my life, I wanted to be in the restaurant business. I had the necessary expertise. So, I saved some money and found some investors to pitch in to cover the startup costs and projected operating expenses for a year.

However, my business plan had a serious flaw: I overestimated revenue growth. I thought my cash flow would start to cover expenses within three months of operation. Turns out I was wrong. I was not getting the number of customers needed within the time frame required.

I started to run out of money. I fell behind paying my bills. I had to cut back on staff. I found myself working seven days a week to make up for the staff I had to lay off.

I didn’t have the capital — in this case, time — to meet my objective.

Eventually, the business closed its doors. I was a mess physically and emotionally. Upon reflection, I came to realize I had just run out of time. My customer rate was growing, and the business was becoming more efficient. The shortcoming was I didn’t have the capital — in this case, time — to meet my objective.

Let’s go back to Pat and her burnout.

Pat had not had a vacation in a year. She had been given a small raise and was working with technology new to her and the organization. How did this come about?

Pat had not had a vacation in a year because the department is short-staffed. She had been given a pittance of a raise because the company couldn’t afford more. And she is struggling with new technology because the company needed to implement automated provisioning in order to meet the growth requirements necessary to stay competitive.

To put it succinctly:

No vacation = not enough staff = undercapitalization

Small raise = not enough money = undercapitalization

Struggling with new technology = not enough time = undercapitalization

The business does not have the capital required to meet its objective. And, thus, burnout sets in.

So, how does a company avoid burnout?

The answer is to make sure it meets its capital requirements.

This is easier said than done. Most companies think they have enough capital. Not surprisingly, most companies are overly optimistic, particularly small to medium-sized tech companies that have growing DevOps departments.

These companies get the value of DevOps, but underestimate the capital requirements necessary for success. Many follow the lean startup mentality — fewer employees using more automation, while getting more back massages at their desks and free food at the snack bar.

Providing automation, back massages and free food are not necessarily the best tactics for ensuring adequate capitalization. Having adequate capital on hand is a continuous activity that requires ongoing, dedicated attention. Just look at AT&T.

AT&T executives understood from its inception that the company was engaged in a capital-intensive business. Its leadership kept raising capital. In the beginning, the capital was needed to lay landlines. By the 1950s, the capital was used to put telecommunication satellites into space. Today, with the acquisition of DirecTV, the company is moving into on-demand video streaming. The company has a voracious appetite for capital, and it’s become quite good at acquiring it.

Developer burnout
Logz.io’s 2017 DevOps Pulse survey found that 70% of its respondents could see themselves burning out.

This is the lesson to be learned. Burnout, in general, and developer burnout, in particular, can be traced back to undercapitalization. Undercapitalization is rarely a temporary condition. Rather, it results from of a business failing to plan from the start to ensure its capital needs are always met. This means making sure there is enough money, time and staff to meet the demands at hand. Doing more with less rarely works for a long period of time. Eventually, a company will pay the price. One of the first signs is employee burnout.

We in DevOps know there is no way automation will make bad code better once it’s out the door. You need to get a new version out as soon as possible. The same is true of adequate capitalization. Once the symptoms set in, the only way to beat the disease is to release a new version of the business, with plans to continuously meet the business’s demand for the capital required to satisfy its objectives.

For Trade – 2 x Apple Airport Extreme (AC) & 16GB Kingston 2666 WANTED: Ubiquiti AP

Would you take £35 for your UAP delivered?

I assume you’re no where near me for collection.

I’ve got my Pro installed last night and very impressed, I have coverage in my whole house now but still could make use of your spare unit in the garage wall which is behind my lounge so tablets can use that.

I know you don’t want lose out but you can send it by pigeon to save money. I’m in no rush.