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15% off Logitech Harmony Companion Remote for Smart Home and Entertainment DevicesB00N3RFC4G

With the Logitech Harmony Companion remote, you can control home automation devices such as Philips hue lights, Nest Learning Thermostat, August door locks and more—plus advanced home entertainment devices like Apple TV, Roku, or Sonos and game consoles such as Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation3 or Wii. Touch an Activity button like “Watch TV” and all the right devices change to the right settings. Get your lighting, locks, thermostat and more to work together for one-touch experiences like ‘welcome home’ or ‘good night’, or set room lighting to automatically dim when you start a movie. The included Harmony Hub sends commands from the remote or Harmony App to your devices using IR, Wi-Fi or Bluetooth wireless signals, so you can control devices or online entertainment services behind closed cabinet doors. Full support for Alexa included, and with the Harmony app anyone in the house can turn their iOS or Android device into a full-featured universal remote as well. A lot of features here for the currently discounted price of $128. See the highly rated and discounted Logitech Harmony Companion remote on Amazon.

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EU privacy watchdogs seek answers from WhatsApp and Yahoo about users' data

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European Union privacy watchdogs have warned WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum to stop sharing users’ data with parent company Facebook until they investigated whether the transfers comply with EU data protection law. They also want Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer to come clean about recent leaks and spying allegations.

In an open letter to Koum published Friday, an umbrella group representing the EU’s national data protection authorities expressed its serious concerns at the way WhatsApp users were informed of changes to the company’s terms of service and privacy policy, and questioned whether the company had their valid consent to the changes.

Privacy groups including the Electronic Frontier Foundation have criticized WhatsApp for mishandling privacy changes, and others have filed complaints with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.

The umbrella group, known as the Article 29 Working Party (WP29), has few powers of its own, but coordinates the activities of the national DPAs, which do have the power to fine companies if they do not change their ways.

“In order to avoid the possibility that the processing of personal data by WhatsApp or the Facebook family of companies is not compliant with EU legislation, WP29 urges WhatsApp not to proceed with the sharing of users’ data until the appropriate legal protections can be assured,” said the letter, signed by WP29 chairwoman Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin.

Among other things, WP29 is concerned about the effect of the policy change on people who are not WhatsApp users, but whose personal information is contained in WhatsApp users’ address books.

The DPAs want WhatsApp to disclose the exact categories of data it transfers, where it obtained that data, to whom it transfers it, and for what purpose.

Also on Thursday, WP29 wrote to Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer seeking information about the effect of the recently revealed 2014 data breach on EU citizens, and about reports that the company scanned its customers’ email messages on behalf of U.S. intelligence agences.

“The reports are concerning to WP29 and it will be important to understand the legal basis and justification for any such surveillance activity, including an explanation of how this is compatible with EU law and protection for EU citizens,” it wrote.

The data protection watchdogs have created a new subgroup to coordinate enforcement of EU data protection law. WhatsApp and Yahoo will both be on the agenda when it meets for the first time next month.

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NFV and the Tebow thing

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As a collegian, Tim Tebow was legendary. In his time at the University of Florida, he won two National Championships and the Heisman Trophy, and shattered numerous records. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest college football players ever.

Many assumed he would experience similar success in the NFL. Though there were concerns about his throwing mechanics and ability to read and react to pro defenses, many observers believed his physical strength, character and determination would overcome these deficiencies.

Famously, a teammate spoke of the “Tebow Thing” as an unabiding faith by some that his mystique would prevail over his obvious quarterbacking flaws. But after a few brief moments of team success, owing more to the heroic efforts of his team’s defense, it was obvious he lacked the qualities necessary to play quarterback in the NFL. After just three years, he was released and would never play in another regular season game in the NFL. The “Tebow Thing” had run its course. Simply put, his extraordinary skill set did not translate to NFL success.

In the server world, the last decade or so has seen virtualization revolutionize the industry. In a matter of seconds, a virtual machine can be “spun” up (or down), replacing a process that often took months wherein physical servers were procured, shipped, racked and configured. Among other things, virtualization allowed applications to become decoupled from the surly constraints of physical bindings.

Computational resources became a fungible pool, and virtual machines could be efficiently and dynamically mapped in real time to this pool, allowing other virtual machines to share the rest of the pool. This eliminated the “server sprawl” of unused capacity inherent in the earlier physical server ages.

Success in one domain does not ensure success in another, particularly when the requirements are fairly different.

The game-changing nature of virtualization in the server world has led many in IT to assume it would automatically translate to networking. The idea inspired the network functions virtualization (NFV) architecture that has gripped some circles of the industry with great exuberance. But the lesson of Tim Tebow may be instructive here. That is, success in one domain does not ensure success in another, particularly when the requirements are fairly different.

While general-purpose hardware is usually the most efficient tool for accomplishing all tasks collectively, it is almost always the least-efficient tool for accomplishing any particular task.

Estimates vary, but a good rule of thumb is that general-purpose hardware (i.e. x86) is less efficient and cost-effective than special-purpose hardware (i.e. ASIC) by 1-2 orders of magnitude at a specific task. Now, at small scale, you can often live with this performance/cost hit in favor of the flexibility x86 provides.

For small, boutique service providers or enterprises that have a need for spinning up and down firewalls, load balancers or other low-scale network resources in real time, NFV can be a perfect fit. But for large carriers, the benefits may be illusory. These tend to be companies that are not designed to succeed at providing services at small scale.

The comparative advantage of large carriers is at massive scale, where they are often better positioned than even their nimblest of foes at being able to support a vast customer base that expects someone to answer the phone when they have trouble. And at mass scale, special-purpose hardware is critical.

Perhaps the most widely stated driver for NFV is cost savings. But this claim also warrants closer examination. The business model for vendors of carrier-grade networking gear have often used sales of hardware to cross-subsidize the cost of software development.

Thus, it is not clear that decoupling hardware from software will actually save money when the two are purchased separately, especially when considering the new added costs of integrating the two, another buried cost that has always been incorporated into networking systems. The value of a system is derived by how much lower its total cost is compared to that of the sum of its parts.

Furthermore, capital costs for hardware are usually a small fraction of the overall cost of running large carrier networks, sometimes less than one-tenth of the operating costs. In such an environment, one could eliminate all capex costs completely and still see all the savings offset by a mere 1 percent increase in opex.

The laws of economics cannot be defied indefinitely.

Given these realities, I’ve often wondered aloud to peers where the savings are with NFV for large-scale networks. The refrain I have almost always heard is that “it doesn’t matter if it doesn’t make financial sense, this is what they are doing!” I imagine similar things were said about mortgage-backed securities at Lehman Brothers in 2007. In any event, the laws of economics cannot be defied indefinitely.

To be sure, virtualization is an incredibly powerful technology, and the networking industry has much it can learn/borrow/steal from the server world. Service motion/live migration, high availability and DevOps culture are just some examples where networking vendors can find inspiration from the best (and most applicable) techniques that server virtualization has to offer. Here, too, can be found lessons from the Tebow saga.

Tim Tebow was indeed a fantastic football player and, in other applications, may have been a great success in the NFL. His size, strength and determination may have made for a great short-yardage quarterback, two-point conversion specialist, star tight end, safety or special teams hero. But stubborn attempts to pound the square Tebow peg into the round hole of classic drop-back quarterbacking crowded out any opportunities for using his unique skills to best succeed in the NFL.

In certain applications, NFV has undeniable value. In lab and test environments alone, where engineers can build complex topologies on their laptops with just a few mouse clicks, the benefits are immeasurable. And network services that involve layer 4-7 processing are often well-suited to general-purpose processors, making them ideal candidates for NFV.

But NFV is not a panacea, and expecting it to succeed in all environments is like expecting Tim Tebow to be a better NFL quarterback than Tom Brady just because he was the superior college quarterback.

So before taking a knee in genuflection before the Great Hypervisor in the sky (way above the cloud), it is worth noting this cautionary tale.

This is the second post in a two-part series on SDN and NFV. Read the first post here.

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Cisco CISCO2811 Wired Router 2 x Fast Ethernet Ports w/ VWIC2-2MFT-T1/E1

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Cisco CISCO2811 Wired Router 2 x Fast Ethernet Ports w VWIC2-2MFT-T1/E1


The Cisco 2811 Integrated Services Router is part of the Cisco 2800 Integrated Services Router Series which complements the Integrated Services Router Portfolio. The Cisco 2800 Series features the ability to deliver multiple high-quality simultaneous services at wire speed up to multiple T1/E1/xDSL connections. The routers offer embedded encryption acceleration and on the motherboard voice digital-signal-processor (DSP) slots; intrusion prevention system (IPS) and firewall functions; optional integrated call processing and voice mail support; high-density interfaces for a wide range of connectivity requirements; and sufficient performance and slot density for future network expansion requirements and advanced applications.

Key Features

  • Integrated services router with AC power
  • Two Integrated 10/100 Fast Ethernet ports
  • Increased density through High-Speed WAN Interface Card Slots (four)
  • Support for majority of existing AIMs, NMs, WICs, VWICs, and VICs
  • Cisco IOS IP Base Software


  • Brand: Cisco
  • Model: 2800
  • Number of Ports: 2 FastEthernet interfaces, 2 Channelized (E1 or T1)/PRI ports, 1 Virtual Private Network (VPN) Module, 2x USB
  • Processor: Cisco 2811 (revision 53.50)
  • Memory: 249856K/12288K bytes of memory
  • Image: flash:c2800nm-advipservicesk9-mz.124-19b.bin
  • Module:1 x VWIC2MFT-T1/E1
  • Includes rack mounts and power cable

No other accessories are included.

Posted Under: General
HP ProLiant DL360 G6 Server 1 x 4-Core E5506 2.13GHz 8GB 2 x 146GB HP SAS 2x PS

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HP ProLiant DL360 G6 Server 1 x 4-Core E5506 2.13GHz 8GB 2 x 146GB HP SAS 2x PS. Rails not included.




2.13 GHz




Intel Xeon

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Cisco 881-W 4-Port 10/100 Wireless Ethernet Security Router (CISCO881W-GN-A-K9)

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Cisco 881-W 4-Port 10/100 Wireless Ethernet Security Router (CISCO881W-GN-A-K9)


Cisco 880 Series Integrated Services Routers are fixed-configuration routers that provide collaborative business solutions for secure data communication to small businesses and enterprise teleworkers. The Cisco 880 Series offers concurrent broadband services over 3G, Metro Ethernet, and multiple types of DSL and provides business continuity.


  • Brand: Cisco
  • Ports Qty: 5 FastEthernet interfaces, 1 Gigabit Ethernet interface, 1 terminal line, 1 Virtual Private Network (VPN) Module, 1 cisco Embedded AP (s)
  • Rack mounts not included
  • Processor & Memory: Cisco 881 (MPC8300) processor (revision 1.0) with 236544K/25600K bytes of memory
  • Image: flash:c880data-universalk9-mz.151-3.T.bin
  • Does not include power adapter

This item has been reset to factory default. No other accessories are provided.

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Dell OptiPlex 9010 AIO Core i5-3550S 3GHz 4GB 128GB SSD No OS

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Dell OptiPlex 9010 All-In-One Desktop Computer – Grade B

Note: This unit is a Grade B items as it is has a minor screen damage in the form of a scratch.

Empower your workforce with the Dell OptiPlex 9010 All-in-One, delivering excellent productivity and collaboration, plus outstanding IT control.


  • Model: OptiPlex 9010 AIO
  • Screen Size: 23″
  • Display: FHD (1920 x 1080), Twisted Nematic, 1000:1 Contrast Ratio, 60Hz Refresh Rate, Anti-Glare
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-3550S 3GHz
  • Memory: 4GB DDR3 1600 MHz RAM
  • Hard Drive: 128GB SSD
  • Optical Drive: DVD-RW
  • Graphics Processing: Intel HD Graphics 4000
  • Chipset: Intel Q77 Express Chipset
  • COA (no Operating System Installed): Either Windows 7 Home Premium
  • 1 x Mini PCIe connector
  • 2 x Serial ATA connector
  • 8-in-1 Media Card Reader
  • 4 x USB 3.0
  • 4 x USB 2.0
  • 1 x VGA
  • 1 x HDMI
  • 1 x PS/2 Mouse Connector
  • 1 x PS/2 Keyboard Connector
  • 1 x RJ45 Ethernet

Package Contents:

  • OptiPlex 9010 AIO

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– Quote turnaround within 24 hours

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– Custom Imaging  – Microsoft Registered Refurbisher

– 1 Year warranty (Extended warranty options available)

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- Return/replace your hardware for up to 1 year - no questions asked

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- Extended warranty options of 2-5 years

- Customized hardware solutions to fit your budget and needs

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Equinox Hypercom T4220 Credit Card Reader Terminal 010332-311R w/ Power Supply

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Equinox/Hypercom T4220 Credit Card Reader Terminal 010332-311R

Upgrade your business and increase your sales with this affordable and reliable terminal! Enjoy premier performance and security. The choice is yours with either line or ethernet connectivity. Included ports are power, line, serial, pin pad, and net. Features IP diagnostics for built-in failure checking for easy troubleshooting to get you back up and running quickly.


  • Meets payment security standards PCI PED for integrated debit support
  • High-speed IP communications with dial backup
  • Small footprint and profile uses minimal space
  • Expanded memory – 24MB – for value-added software applications
  • Bright white, backlit LED display is easy to read, even in dimly lit environments
  • Supports external PIN pad (not included)
  • Supports RFID contactless card reader
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Extron DVI-RGB 200 DVI to Analog RGB Video Interface

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Extron DVI-RGB 200 DVI to Analog RGB Video Interface


The Extron DVI-RGB 200 converts single link DVI-D signals to analog RGB signals for convenient integration of digital video sources into conventional analog AV systems. It is compatible with high resolution computer-video signals up to 1920×1200 and HDTV up to 1080p/60.

A buffered loop-through provides DVI-D video to a local monitor. In the absence of a local monitor, EDID Minder® provides the necessary communication between the DVI-RGB 200 and the DVI input source. EDID Minder® is an Extron exclusive technology designed to provide constant and continuous EDID – Extended Display Identification Data management with DVI or VGA source devices. EDID Minder® ensures that the source powers up properly and reliably outputs content. Pre-stored EDID is communicated to the source based on a user-selected resolution and refresh rate. Alternatively, the DVI-RGB 200 can be set to capture and store EDID information when connected to a display.

Variable level and peaking controls for the analog RGB output compensate for cable loss over long distances. The DVI-RGB 200 is housed in a 1U, half rack width metal enclosure.


  • Brand: Extron
  • MPN: DVI-RGB 200
  • Product Description: DVI to Analog RGB Video Interface
  • Power: 100 VAC to 240 VAC, 50-60 Hz, 12 watts, internal
  • Video
    • Resolution range: Up to 1920×1200 or 1080p @ 60 Hz
    • Formats: RGB
    • EDID: Supports emulation of custom or factory preset Extended Display Identification Data (EDID) tables
    • Standards: DVI 1.0
  • Video input and loop through
    • Number/signal type: *1 single link DVI-D digital video input, *1 single link DVI-D buffered loop-through
    • Connectors: *1 female DVI-I (DVI input), *1 female DVI-I (DVI loop through)
  • Video output
    • Number/signal type: 1 RGBHV, RGBS, RGsB
    • Connectors: 6 female BNC
    • Nominal level: 0.7 Vp-p for RGB
    • Level adjustment range: 0 dB to 6 dB (x1 to x2)
    • Peaking adjustment range: 0 dB to 6 dB (x1 to x2) at 100 MHz
    • Impedance: 75 ohms
    • Output resolution: Follows input, determined by the local DVI loop-through monitor or by the selector on this product.
    • Return loss: -35 dB @ 5 MHz
    • DC offset: ±5 mV maximum with input at 0 offset
    • Output cable driving distance: *150′ (45 m) at 1600 x 1200 with Extron MHR cable, *250′ (60 m) at 1024 x 768 with Extron MHR cable
  • Sync
    • Output type: RGBHV, RGBS, RGsB
    • Output level: TTL (5 Vp-p, unterminated)
    • Output impedance: 75 ohms
    • Polarity: Positive or negative (follows input)

Power cable included, no other accessories provided

Posted Under: General
HP Proliant DL360 G7 Server 2x Xeon E5649 6-Core 2.53GHz 24GB 2x 146GB SAS 2xPS

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HP Proliant DL360 G7 Server 2x Xeon E5649 6-Core 2.53GHz 24GB 2x 146GB SAS 2xPS


Combining concentrated 1U compute power, HP Insight Control, and essential fault tolerance, the HP ProLiant DL360 G7 is optimized for space constrained installations. Providing the performance with Intel Xeon processors offers higher performance, better power efficiency, and more adaptability. The DL360 G7 continues to provide the best in efficiency with HP thermal logic technologies like the sea of sensors, dynamic power capping and high efficiency/right-sized power supplies.


  • Brand: HP
  • Model: Proliant DL360 G7
  • Processor: 2 x Hexa Core Intel Xeon E5649 2.53 GHz
  • Memory: 24GB (12 x 2GB) HP PC3 (P/N: 500202-061)
  • Hard Drives: 2 x 146GB HP 15K SAS (P/N: 518216-002)
  • Hard Drive Bays: 4 x 2.5″ (2 x Empty Slots, No Blank/Fillers Included)
  • Raid Type: P410i 512 MB
  • Power Supply: 2 x 460W (P/Ns: 499250-301)
  • Optical Drive: CD/DVD-RW
  • Note: Rails, hard drive blanks/fillers, and bezel not included
Posted Under: General
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