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10th Year a VMware vExpert

Tuesday, February 25th, 2020
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VMware vExpert 10 Years

VMware vExpert 2020

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Purchasing items from eBay, Be Careful of Chinese Hidden Sellers! – SCAM – you decide ?

Saturday, February 1st, 2020

You can select a filter on eBay which shows only UK Sellers. See here in the listing the Item Location is stated as Manchester, United Kingdom.

BUT, if you take the trouble to scroll all the way down to the bottom of the description (using a web browser on a PC, not the eBay App), you’ll will notice that our Seller is from CHINA !

eBay does not view this as fraud! I guess because they make so much of their income from these sellers!

I don’t really have an issue where the item is located, BUT when an item is clearly a fake, see picture below, both of these are a plastic caps for the Suzuki Swift expansion bottle for the radiator fluid. 

Suzuki Swift Radiator Bottle Expansion Cap

Suzuki Swift Radiator Bottle Expansion Cap – left fake, right – original.

Suzuki Swift Radiator Bottle Expansion Cap

Suzuki Swift Radiator Bottle Expansion Cap – left fake, right – original.

Now you would think, well this is eBay, I’ve got Buyer Protection, and I can return the item for a refund! True.

But when the Seller has created a Returns Process, which requires you to use the eBay Returns procedure, and you’ve got to print and pay for a postage label through eBay, at £3.75, it’s hardly  worth the effort to return the item, which cost £4.24!

So who wins the seller, and just pockets £4.24! 

I suspect if everyone never returns an item, that’s a nice business model if done 1000x!

Oh, the original Suzuki part, cost 4x as much!

So if it looks too good to be true, it probably is! Be Aware, when shopping on eBay!

(if you are wondering why the cap needed replacing… ah well that would be the mice!)

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Happy Brexshit!

Friday, January 31st, 2020

United Kingdom has now left the EU!

So what next……. The PM promises a “New Dawn”

Well at least I’ve got a new 50 pence coin!

Cheers!

Cheers!

Cheers!

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Merry Chrimbo 2019 from Andysworld!

Tuesday, December 24th, 2019
Merry Christmas from Andysworld!

Merry Christmas from Andysworld!

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Return to Mandelbrot sets using a Supercomputer! – the Nvidia DGX-1

Monday, December 16th, 2019

Put on that paisley shirt, play some Sgt Peppers, and lets explore Mandelbrot sets again….

Picture yourself in a goat on a river, With tanberine trees and marmalade skies

Five years have past since I last wrote about Mandelbrot sets, when I use two Nvidia Tesla K40s to generate the Mandelbrot set.

Both those GPUs had only 2,880 compute cores each, a total of 5,760, The Tesla V100 in the Nvidia DGX-1 has 5,120 cores per GPU, and there are 8 GPU, so a total of 40,960 cores.

Here is a video comparing 1 x CPU on the left and 8xGPUs on the right! The same Mandelbrot regions are explored in real time, left and right. The CPU is running at 5fps(150ms), and the GPUs at 50fps (3ms)

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50 years ago today (well almost!)

Sunday, November 10th, 2019

I’ve been scanning the photos my Brother salvaged from the remains of my parents house fire. (that happened a while ago now!).

and I came across these photos of me!

A Young Andy!

A Young Andy!

Young and Innocent and I always wondered why I like a fab ice lolly!

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There’s a mouse in the house! Inexpensive Wildlife camera!

Friday, November 8th, 2019

I’ve been having an issue with mice everywhere at the moment, in the “wendy house”, my car, my fish house.

A mouse in the house!

A mouse in the house!

They’ve been eating through the bird food bins in that I keep in the “wendy house”, because I think my anti-mouse deterrent has stopped working!

So I purchased a Wildlife camera, really cheap from Amazon.co.uk, and it works really well!!

Here a video of the mouse recorded with the Victure Wildlife Camera 16MP 1080P Trail Game Camera Motion Activated Infrared Night Vision with 2.4″ LCD Display IP66 Waterproof Design for Outdoor and Home Security
 

For less than £26 which was what I paid, it’s great! Considering that a Bushnell is over£300 notes!

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My Brother gets 15 minutes of fame…..on the BBC

Thursday, November 7th, 2019

 

Chris will be appearing at the The Annual Plymouth International Dementia Conference 2019 on 12 November 2019.

For all media enquiries and bookings please contact media@singinggardener.uk

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Enable 2 Factor Authentication or Multi Factor Authentication TODAY!

Tuesday, October 29th, 2019

This may alarm you, sorry if it does, this is the truth today, as cybercrime is a big threat…

Some free advice to you all, recently a town councillors email was hacked and hijacked for a week! (more on that later!).

But your password is not safe, if you are using passwords on your internet accounts (email, paypal, forums etc) today which are less than 16 characters and do not use a mixture of numbers, special characters, e.g. !”£$%^&*()_+{}:@~<>?abcdefghijklmnopqystuvwxyzABCDEFGHIHJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ1234567890 it’s at risk now of being cracked!

You may currently complain, when using a finance type internet account, e.g. banking online, to login you’ve got to answer various questions to challenge you to get access – this is what we call Two Factor Authentication (2FA) or Multi-Factor Authentication!

Yes, it’s a pain in the arse, but it protects you from cyber crime, and somebody logging into your account.

A password and an email address, or username is not secure, if you are using insecure passwords – update them at least or change over to 2FA or MFA. (you’ll need a Smartphone or tablet).

I now have access to a research supercomputer (it’s called a Nvidia DGX-1) which has 40,960 GPU cores, or 960 Tflops !!!

 

 

This is the server, it is rather noisy and loud!

and it’s designed for Deep Learning, and Artificial Intelligence processing Big Data and is used for research, and also image recognition, e.g. facial recognition. It’s taught and then can tell the difference between a cat and a dog!

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At the going down of the sun and in the morning. We will remember them.

Saturday, October 26th, 2019

Every year the nation unites to make sure that no-one is forgotten and to remember and honour those who have sacrificed themselves to secure and protect our freedom.

My Pin from the Poppy Shop has arrived for this years Remembrance.

 

 

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