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  1. 3 points
    Alex Trebek, "Little black boxes maybe 4-5 in square and an inch thick." Me, "What is, apple tv?!" Damn. For reals though, it's exactly what your title says, "little black box that replaces my tower" --- it IS the tower, just smaller. I'd only refer to this as a node if the computer itself isn't doing the processing. Then it would basically be just a medium for i/o (input/output... keyboard, mouse, monitor, usb). Your company may be doing it like that but more likely your computer is still running the software physically. A notable example of this type of computer is the Intel Nuc They can be spec'd as low as $250 (with a Celeron J4005 - 2 threads) and go all the way up to north of $1600 with (a Xeon E-2286M - 16 threads!) -- you can also get kits that have no memory and drive for like $135. -- can make for some pretty dense computing. There are all kinds of mini PCs like this. Search Amazon for "mini PC" and watch some youtube reviews to find a good one at a good price. It's ever changing. In 2015 I may have said that this could replace your tower with something like this for lighter workloads like general browsing. Today... you can get a lot done in a much smaller package. Having said that, if you spec'd a full tower at the same price you'd have WAY more power. ...can't really fit an RTX in one of these. -- also I feel it's a huge waste of a processor if you aren't going to take advantage it's extra PCIe lanes. But there's something to be said for such a nice form factor. There are many use cases where this is a much better solution.
  2. 2 points
    Sean

    Skewed test results...

    Which virus checker are you using? I have seen this before with Kaspersky, including its free version. It appears to hold on to the incoming data as it analyses it, so when it releases it to the browser, this causes a spike like what you show.
  3. 1 point
    Gabe1972

    Skewed test results...

    Well guys, it appears that Kaspersky may very well be the problem. Though my speeds are pretty bad tonight, when I had Kaspersky disabled the issue wasn't there, and when I re-enabled it the issue was back. So, now I know what's causing it. Thanks for the help! I certainly appreciate it. BTW, CA3LE, an odd thing. When you click on Copy URLs on a share results page, both URLs copy. I can't copy just one or the other. When I try to, both are included. It's odd. When I try to copy just one or the other, this happens automatically...
  4. 1 point
    Gabe1972

    Skewed test results...

    That's very interesting. I do, in fact, use Kaspersky Security Cloud Free. I had to switch to it when the Webroot I'd been using for nearly six years started causing lag issues with both my Windows 10 desktop and laptop. I'll try running a few tests later on this evening while Kaspersky is completely disabled/turned off and see what happens. I tried two tests with it off just now and, while one did experience just a small amount of the issue, the other didn't at all. Maybe pausing protection will be the same, as it would be easier to just pause when I run tests instead of shutting the whole thing down. Thanks for the suggestion!
  5. 1 point
    CA3LE

    Skewed test results...

    There was a few month period where the option was no longer linked. If you've added any browser extensions recently disable them and see if it improves. When it spikes like that it can be because of software processing issues. If an extension or the browser itself lags in the process it can manifest in a spike because the timing events are affected. I would compare different browsers, disable any browser extensions or modifications and also look at temporarily disabling any internet security software you may be running in the background and see if it has any affect. Both versions haven't changed recently. The tests are the same as always. If this has popped up... something is causing it to happen. Have you compared multiple computers?
  6. 1 point
    Hmmmm some things to think about. Thanks for all the input. Gotta get out my translator app for @CA3LE’s response LOLOL. JK.
  7. 1 point
    CA3LE

    Saving results

    You may have a filter active on your search. Go to My Results then click the red "default" button to remove search filters, like date. I see results saved as recently as 3 minutes ago under your username. (note that the times shown are relative to my time, not yours. Right now it's 11:56a in my timezone.)
  8. 1 point
    Would it be something this, shown against a business card, connected to our living room TV? : This is a full Windows 10 PC, however, the specs the one we have are very basic, i.e. Atom CPU, 2GB RAM and 32GB storage. This cost £50 (about $65) on an Amazon lightning deal at the time (May 2016) and I wasn't sure how we would get on with having a "PC channel" on the TV. However, when I saw the lightning deal, it became an impulse purchase. My parents barely used the Android TV stick we had before it, however, this Windows stick has been a success and in constant use for streaming. It barely uses any power (powered with a USB cable), so we leave it running 24/7. With this running Windows 10, it is as functional as an entry level Atom powered Windows 10 laptop. While I wouldn't try any type of photo editing on it, it has no problem streaming up to 1080p and can run desktop applications such as Word, Excel, etc. It does however struggle with multimedia heavy websites, but we generally don't use it for web browsing other than to head to a website like the BBC, NBC, etc. (with a VPN) to stream shows. There are higher end sticks also, for example, Intel has similar size stick with a Core i5 CPU, 128GB SSD, 4GB RAM, etc. Whenever we decide to upgrade ours, I'll certainly get something more capable, seeing how much use we got out of ours.
  9. 1 point
    oh ya tour right I remember that now it was just like you said , it was much smaller more like my Creative X-fi 5.0 Pro usb sound card about the size of 1-1/2 credit cards and 1/2 thick had the Monitor out, keyboard and mouse connection, this here is much larger, Sorry to have be incorrect about your setup.
  10. 1 point
    spudler_t

    ping plotter program ??

    Ok thanks, It is nice to have someone like you to help with stuff like this Thank you so much for all you do with the site and the amount of great information you share
  11. 1 point
    Sean

    Legit Test/Site

    It's quite possible the connection is intermittently dropping during the show. This will not show up in a speed test unless you happen to test the moment this happens. However, you can test for this with a continuous ping test while watching a show. If you have a laptop, bring up a command prompt (right-click the Start menu and select either "Command Prompt" or "Windows PowerShell"). Type the following command and press enter: ping -t 8.8.8.8 Ideally this should run on the same Wi-Fi network as what your Netflix is streaming on, unless you are streaming on a wired network connection (e.g. network cable plugged into the TV). When the show starts buffering, have look at the ping responses on the laptop. If it shows multiple "Request timed out" messages, this indicates a dropped connection. If it's still showing replies, but the "time=" value spikes, this indicates network congestion at the time, such as either something hogging the network, Wi-Fi interference or a link issue between your modem and your Internet provider. The next test you can try is check whether the issue is with the Wi-Fi or your ISP by pinging the gateway IP. To find this out, type in the following command: ipconfig Look for the line "Default Gateway" and then type in ping -t followed by the gateway IP address. E.g. if it's 192.168.1.1, type in ping -t 192.168.1.1 Continue watching until you see it buffering again. If the ping replies gave the same symptom as above, e.g. timeout or "time=" value spikes, the issue is with the Wi-Fi connection, such as interference. Otherwise the issue is likely with your Internet provider's link.
  12. 1 point
    I think those are Nodes? I may have name wrong we had those at the fab shop i worked. I think the server is the main system and those are just like access points instead of running multiple computers and connecting via LAN
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