Doramius

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  1. Agreed. They don't end it immediately. For the Surface 3, MS still had contractual agreements to produce the hardware for up to 3 years and provide to distributors. Anything not under contract is pushed to the next gen model. Orders for the new model are set as priority in production, and to push the surplus of the old model, they'll reduce the cost.
  2. I don't hold many LAN parties with clients, but I do hold a lot of LAN parties with colleagues and friends. When the shop is closed for the weekends.....it might not necessarily be empty.
  3. nothing works better than to kill the battery.
  4. If you're good with soldering you could try a different PSU, but your biggest choke point is the GPU. Which form factor is the 360, that you're using? If it is the small form factor tower, you're also going to have limited ability in space for the PSU, even if you did try to solder the proprietary connector.
  5. Production of the Surface 4 ended the production of the Surface 3. While there has been plenty of stock from the Surface 3 available, they have not been making any more, or have been doing very limited batches for specific instances (possibly under contractual agreement with some distributors). The Surface 3 has some very serious issues: It can become unresponsive to touch or stylus when overheated. i7 version overheats constantly when connected to a dock, running multi-display. i5 underpowered for most professional use in enterprise environments. severely limited upgradability However, the Surface 3 has significantly improved specs over the Surface 2, including more accurate stylus and touch response. They're getting better with the Surface line, but not quite at the Zenith they should be at. My only hope is that they don't do the stupid thing ad go with the m5 or m7 CPU, like a lot of other tablet makers are doing. Keeping a full powered CPU and being able to run a full blown OS, are some of the main points they have going for them.
  6. There's a standard for most electronic devices with a firmware OS that if you hold the power button for 10-30 seconds, it will force a power-off. However, if you provide make & model of the device, we might be able to provide more specific advice.
  7. I work on so many computers. Clients call their monitors, 'computers' and their computers, 'monitors' all the time. The people who get the AIO machines and iMacs are just confused. Rather than make the client feel like they're the idiot they really are, I just use the correct terminology as I provide explanation or ask for clarification to validate what is being understood.
  8. You'd have to play the final output in another player to see if it still appears. Some preview windows have a specific aspect ratio. If the preview is 16:10 and your video is 16:9, you'll have black bars in the preview.
  9. I agree. UEFI would be a better option to go. The additional partitions are normal for boot and recovery when using UEFI. If using Legacy through BIOS, only 1 additional partition is created for boot. It is required and normal.
  10. FreeNAS is simple, although there are many other softwares out there. I would also recommend adding a NIC card with one or more ethernet ports. Then bond the ports together for load balancing and failover. You'll get more bandwidth from that server, meaning more people can access the same machine for media, and also allows larger packets of data to pass through.
  11. LAN party wireless, in itself, is a no-no. The more people who are on wireless, the more bogged down the wireless becomes. Even with Wireless AC, you're sharing that bandwidth across everyone on the wireless. When I do LAN parties, my host server usually has 4 NIC ports that are bonded together for load balancing and failover.
  12. Whaaaaaaat?!?!?!?!?!
  13. Make sure you only use slim 2.5" drives, or you won't be able to properly close the caddy and insert it in the slot.
  14. part of the troubleshooting process. Helps to identify what is working vs what is not, and then allows to determine what the actual cause of the issue is.
  15. Correct. They can view your traffic across the connection. I can change my ports for many things, but that doesn't hide the traffic. Encrypting the data is what hides it. I just provided sources so you can test your ports. I doubt you'll find any useful info, but you have those resources available. VPN is still your best bet. Proxies usually hide or mask your IP address from outside sources, but some offer encryption to a point outside of your ISP similar to a VPN. The problem is many do not until after you connect to the Proxy server. If that's the case, then the ISP can still see your traffic. The place where you're getting your data from won't be able to see your IP address, and their ISP might not see the traffic as it would be encrypted to the other end.