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  2. https://www.ghacks.net/2019/11/16/startpage-search-owner-changes-raise-serious-questions/
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  4. I'm not sure how I feel about removing Primetime support. On one hand, @roytam1 already builds in support for playing .mp4 files, so you would think Primetime isn't really needed any more. But OTOH, there have been reports of badly distorted audio when playing some .mp4 videos. Disabling the built-in support and installing Primetime fixes this issue, but that won't be possible with Primetime support removed. The distorted audio issue seems to be rare, but it does still seem to exist. Has anyone encountered it lately? If so, could you post a link to a video exhibiting the problem?
  5. Let's get this out of the way right off: I didn't touch the functionality of either AM! All I did was revert the Bugzilla "fix" in Serpent 52, restoring version numbers to its about:addons page. I didn't (and really, can't) turn Tycho into WebEx or vice versa. Serpent will continue to support the same limited WebEx add-ons; NM still will not. Nothing has changed except that one bit of information on about:addons. This is cosmetic surgery, not brain surgery But it did take me a while to figure out how UXP separates the two browsers. The UXP repo is a bit of a mess, since it has to support PM/NM, Serpent/Basilisk, and XULRunner (used by KM). Turns out under folder toolkit/mozapps there are two subfolders, extensions and webextensions. Each of those folders has a subfolder named "content," which in turn has a file named "extensions.xml." Under "extensions," that file matches the "before" code in Bugzilla, but under "webextensions," it matches the "after" code (the version number has been moved to a tooltip). Clearly, Serpent uses the code in "webextensions," so I just added back the code that the Bugzilla "fix" stripped out, essentially reverting it. This is the same thing the Waterfox folks did to restore version numbers to that browser (yes, I checked that commit too), except in the Mozilla repo there is only an "extensions" folder, not a "webextensions" one. Finally, I also added the one-line change from Waterfox that lets you turn the version numbers back off if you don't like them. I did that in both "webextensions" and "extensions," so that's the only change that will affect NM. Well, I'm a stickler for consistency, and implementing that pref required only a one-line change, so I implemented it in both browsers. The only thing the new pref does is suppress version numbers if it's created in about:config and set to false. IOW, NM 28 will continue to work exactly as it does now, unless you decide you don't want it to! Was that actually carefully examined? Well, I was as careful as I could manage to be in merging the code in. I'm confident I got the one-line change to check the new pref (in both NM and Serpent) right, but there were quite a lot of code that needed to be put back into Serpent's extensions.xml to revert the Bugzilla "fix." And I've done enough coding to know how easy it is to slip up and break something no matter how careful you are. Unfortunately, I don't have a system capable of building these browsers myself. So I wrote that comment in the hope that @roytam1 will do a test build of both browsers, and revert my changes if there are any problems. I don't see it that way. IMO something is broken in FF 40+, and in Serpent; it's just that, as a user of the CTR add-on, I never realized it because the add-on patches the bug! MCP and Waterfox both seem to agree with that assessment, as they both implemented the same fix. Unfortunately, in MCP's case, it was bundled with a much larger "fix" - removing all WE support - that actually did violate your adage, so the "cure" was worse than the disease. (Waterfox fixed it correctly, but of course it requires 64-bit Win 7; otherwise we'd all be using it and @roytam1 would have a lot less work to do every week!) As for CTR, I think you're blowing the Tycho vs. WebEx thing way out of proportion. Like my own changes, CTR is cosmetic surgery, not brain surgery. Neither of us care what's going on deep inside the browser; we're both just changing how things look to the user. The engine underneath doesn't really matter, because it's not interfacing at that level. If it did, how could you expect CTR to work with browsers as different as Basilisk (Tycho AM) and Waterfox (modified WebEx AM) and yet not work with Serpent 52 (WebEx AM with UI modified as in Waterfox)? I think this is your best point. As it happens, I did look for add-ons besides CTR that would put the version numbers back. After all, not everyone wants to install CTR just to fix that one issue. I didn't have much luck, but then, I didn't look very hard, since it seemed fairly simple and more sensible to just fix the problem at its source. At the end of the day, though, this is the same argument we've seen over other features that Mozilla or MCP have removed (container tabs come to mind): is it better to have the feature in the browser itself, or as an add-on of some sort? Usually, we've come down on the side of leaving the feature in the browser, and that's what I'm trying to do here.
  6. Will this have some consequence on video playing? I checked my profile and found 3 folders: gmp\WINNT_x86-msvc, empty; gmp-eme-adobe, empty; gmp-gmpopenh264\1.6, gmpopenh264.info, gmpopenh264.dll Currently I have no problem playing videos I encounter.
  7. Anyone ever get a am3 790fx chipset running? Seems like it has enough to make this possible just obviously drivers only go as low as xp. Was thinking of using my x850xt pci in primary slot and 5870 on the 2nd pcie slot.
  8. Grease


    Long time lurker and finally signed up lol. Im currently going threw my retro withdraws and i been addicted in collecting hardware from my kid years to enjoy more so as a adult now. Anyway long story short at the same time im obssessed with the idea of building all in one solutions to preserve some of these timeless pieces. So hope to learn a lot thanks.
  9. Due to outdated security protocols vanilla Windows 98 can no longer connect to many websites, regardless of browser utilized. Fortunately numerous free proxy websites are available. Just bookmark a proxy that is able to successfully connect to your desired site. When encountering a site that won't load, open a tab and load the proxy site, then enter or paste the target URL to browse the inaccessible web page. Example, tested in Dillo and SeaMonkey: - Open browser and load an encrypted URL, such as https://openbsd.com, it will fail. - Open a new tab and load a proxy site, such as http://free-proxyserver.com. - Enter or paste the previously inaccessible URL into the proxy site. Note: - Find a web proxy that works with encrypted (https) sites. - The web proxy continues to work in the desired tab when clicking target site links. - Free web proxies have limits, such as timeouts, data utilization, file size download. - Beware proxy sites aren't inherently safe, yet another middle-man. - No appreciable load time increase and now you can visit the site.
  10. Newmoon 27 SSE backed up prefs only AFTER patching.... was in Newmoon Productions-folder not Newmoon. FF 45ESR SSE UOC-Patch and Enforcer installed. Cannot install Browser- apps. running from folder. Newmoon and FB working much smoother than with Firefox 45ESR. all advised addons installed. More later. KM Goanna 76.2 Cannot patch /enforce in advised location since in dont see these: have prefs.js at different location. see further down. "For K-Meleon users, check out Mathwiz's post below: . One little correction: the UOC Patch for FF 38-based browsers also applies to the K-Meleon browser, but you have to extract it into a different folder. Instead of <browser folder>\defaults\pref, for K-Meleon you should extract the patch into <browser folder>\browser\defaults\preferences." True for me: ....\browser folder>\browser\profiles\xyz.default\ -patching/enforcing done. see image at the end. user.js backed up will be replaced. prefs.js sitting beside UOC-patch. Browserinstaller not working. Only palemoon-loader is working. will leave older version alone if stable since have to adjust this or that. in about:config and settings. 1a). FF 45ESR SSE Nightly: cannot find german languagefile. Installation possible? 1b) Already asked but no answer: How to find out which version is running? From which date? 2. I am about to install all these advised Addons: NoScript (I recommend v2.6.9.32 or v2.6.9.27 for New Moon, and v2.9.0.9 for Firefox 45 ESR SSE) Using maybe better using the advised ones or checking how they behave? how stable system is? Decentraleyes 1.4.2 Bluhell Firewall 2.5.3 UAControl (To change the user agent on the fly, per website) uBlock Origin 1.10.0 Vacuum Places Improved 1.2.1 - Bluhell Firewall 2.5.3 cannot be found only newer and older. Can anyone provide it here pls? will then add direkt-links of the other advised addons. ------- 3. Browserinstallation never worked here: maybe not enough space only 6gb left in systempartition. see image
  11. Oops, it looks like there is a version, and there are 64-bit downloads (for the time being at least). ESET has no free versions AFAIK.
  12. @roytam1, @Mathwiz : How is that guaranteed to only touch Serpent 52's AOM (WebExtAM) but NOT NM28's AOM (TychoAM) ? On GitHub, in the PR's description, it says But NM does not need that pref, OR the functionality of that PR ... Also, Was that actually carefully examined? (I mean, with regard to further UXP-based apps...) If I am to voice my personal humble opinion, this whole issue was rushed... Also, I'm a firm believer in the adage: "Don't fix it if it ain't broken!" and, as of this writing, NOTHING IS BROKEN (yet) ... To re-emphasise what I posted in my previous posts: 1. Serpent 52.9.0/UXP and Serpent 55.0/Moebius both have a WebExAM type of AOM (St52 one derived from FxESR52, St55 one derived from Fx53.0a1 - probably not identical, but with very few differences between them...) 2. CTR v1.7.8 serves both above browsers perfectly, and AVN is offered as an option (OFF by default); also, CTR is incompatible with NM, so this leaves NM totally out of this discussion. 3. CTR v1.7.8 won't break in St52 in the future, unless @roytam1 explicitly touches Serpent's AOM code (not likely) 4. The upstream team have implemented the TychoAM on both Pale Moon and Basilisk; I'd speculate that they are unlikely to change TychoAM any further, but you can never really be sure with them... In the event they do change it, it's probable (from my viewpoint) that those changes won't be applicable to St52's WebExAM and would have to be reverted by Roy (but somehow applied selectively to NM28?)... The CTR v1.7.8.2019 branch was created by Aris with only classic Waterfox (Firefox 56 derived, but heavily forked...) and official Basilisk in mind, but after official Basilisk had changed to the TychoAM; if upstream implement changes to TychoAM, then CTR v1.7.8.2019 will have to accommodate, of course, but with code not relevant to Serpent's AOM... There's absolutely no compelling reason to install CTR v1.7.8.2019 on Serpent 52 currently (... just because you can it's not a valid argument in my book )... 5. If, despite all the above, one insists on installing CTR v1.7.8.2019 in St52, then, as posted, to get the AVN feature back (present in CTR 1.7.8) just co-install either of Version Number in Add-ons Manager 1.10 (by magicp) caa:addon/addonvernumber/versions?page=1#version-1.10 Add-ons Manager - Version Number 1.4 (by Aris) caa:addon/amversionnumber/versions?page=1#version-1.4 NB: Latest v1.5 not compatible with Serpent (it installs, but BREAKS the AOM!) Of course, you can install either one without any version of CTR, if you JUST want the feature of AVN in St52's AOM... Thus, no need at present to touch the UXP platform code... In all fairness, MCP might in the future do something more radical in Basilisk's GUI, outside its TychoAM; if that big change lands in Serpent 52, then CTR 1.7.8 might get (partially) broken, and an update to a future version of might be needed; even then, CTR + one of the above extensions should suffice (but let's cross that bridge when we get to it...). In closing, I thought I'd detail my personal, lukewarm, view on that PR, since it was I that instigated this chain of events (after pointing out to @Mathwiz the existence of CTR versions past and providing a link to the Wf PR that implemented AVN natively in its - Fx56 based - AOM) ; and to clear out any trace of a possible misunderstanding, this has nothing to do with the author of the PR; I highly appreciate all his efforts (coding and otherwise) and contributions offered to this great community here, not to mention the outstanding quality of his posts; plus, I sort of think of him as a good friend (especially since we've conversed in the past over PMs); so, @Mathwiz, nothing personal here Best regards!
  13. My Windows Explorer was intermittently sluggish a while ago, sometimes taking >15 seconds to navigate even small directories. It appears resolved after replacing the buggy network card, mentioned in earlier posts. Unsure, maybe a buggy adapter/driver unsuccessfully seeking non-existent network shares. Snappy fast again. Mentioned in case it helps someone troubleshoot a laggy Windows Explorer. Always got confused with Windows Explorer drag and drop for copy/paste, hold down Shift/control/whatever. Finally learned to right-click and drag then just select Move or Copy from the popup menu. Modifying the right-click Send to menu adds a lot of functionality. Ensuring DOS Edit, Notepad and WordPad are in the list makes it easy to open files that don't have a recognized extension, rather than holding shift, right-click and select Open with. Using the Windows Explorer File dropdown more to quick zoom to previously visited directories. Similarly, adding frequently accessed directories to Windows Explorer favourites helps. This old software is not given enough credit, still a blast to use and very functional. Windows 98 isn't the most stable OS i've ever experienced but it is lean, efficient and configurable. It's also hard to break, most everything is fixable. DOS with eye-candy. Reminds me of Tiny Core, Linux-land has also become bloated. All are welcome to share any favourite Windows 98 tips here, won't be considered a hijack.
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  15. Here are some possible one-parameter substitutes for if_nametoindex: SetIfEntry SetIpTTL SetIpNetEntry SetTcpEntry IsLocalAddress IpRenewAddress
  16. JFYI Just in case some of you are interested on FFU format, I started a thread about this subject on reboot.pro: http://reboot.pro/topic/22182-capture-and-apply-windows-full-flash-update-ffu-images/ Where you can see more info about the use of this format, and about DismMountService a GUI tool for Dism (from Retokener) capable to capture/apply on FFU format, and recommended version of Dism (10.0.17763.1) for this task, since Dism Version 10.0.18362.1 and newer seem to have some bugg related to this feature. Best Regards alacran
  17. UPDATE! I have reduced the content process count back to 4 on all the versions of the UOC Patch. Keeping it to 8 did not seem to bring any additional improvement in performance. Please update! I will keep experimenting with different values, maybe I can find something that can increase performance even further. We'll see.
  18. While VLC v3 runs faster (smoother video) than v2 on both my WinXPSP3 systems, non-SSE and SSE2, v3 is unable to show streaming/http - "http error: invalid url" in log. Any v2 shows without problems this (or any other alive) URL. Sadly, I can not compare v3 log against v2 log - v2 does not produce log even directed by command line. So I stay at v2.2.1 (it reacts faster than later v2 versions when trying to stop the heavy/HD/4k video).
  19. So, I finally got around to looking at this, with an eye toward bringing Serpent's AM display back in line with official Basilisk (without disabling WE compatibility). Shouldn't be hard (as long as I don't make any mistakes!), but I have to say Mozilla really made a mess of this. The screen shot at the link tells the story: Mozilla redesigned the AM display after FF 38, I guess as part of the whole Australis thing. They chose a more attractive color scheme but also a layout that wastes lots more space on the screen! I guess the devs didn't understand that the PC universe hadn't moved entirely to big 24-inch (61-cm) monitors back in 2014! (Devs are so spoiled sometimes.) Of course they decided the problem couldn't be with their new layout; instead, it must be that the user was just getting too much information, so they moved the version number to a "tooltip;" with the "fix" above, the version appears when you "hover" over the add-on's name with the mouse pointer (as well as on the "More" page). Then, to compound the error, rather than simply conditioning the version number display on a new pref, they ripped out most of the code needed to display it, meaning you couldn't bring it back without an extension like CTR. BTW, CTR has several options to help the version number fit on a smaller screen: there's "alternative appearance," which brings back the pre-Australis look (unfortunately it also brings back the old color scheme, but nothing's perfect, I guess); there's "replace button labels with icons," which makes the right-side buttons less enormous, and there's "compact view," which makes everything smaller, although that one's a mixed bag (looks pretty good on extensions, but on the plug-ins page, where the version numbers are typically short but the names and descriptions are long, you really need to stick with a 2-line format). Anyway, the point is there were plenty of ways to fix this without taking info off the display!
  20. Totally agree. We could have a whole separate thread on setting up browsers for privacy. The topic goes far beyond those two prefs. Remember, this topic came up because the UOC Patch sets privacy.resistFingerprinting for performance reasons, but it comes at the cost of compatibility with Flash. Anyone concerned with privacy is probably very reluctant to use Flash to start with, so that incompatibility may not bother them. But if they're installing the UOC Patch for performance, they may still want to use Flash, and need to know about the incompatibility. I don't know if it helps performance, but canvas.poisondata doesn't cause Flash compatibility issues. I only mentioned it because it does one of the many things that privacy.resistFingerprinting does.
  21. ... Unfortunately, it doesn't look like v12.2.23.0 installers are still available on the official site (truth be told, I did not search exhaustively... ); some third party sites may host them, though...
  22. ESET Windows home products version 13.0.22 have been released last month and support for Vista has officially been dropped: System Requirements for Windows ESET home products were last updated on November 10: I do not use ESET myself, but believe the final 12.x version was
  23. I haven't posted to this topic yet, but since Tommy's heartfelt post above, let me do so now. I've also been shocked and saddened at Rudolph Lowe's passing. I never interacted with him directly or bought any of his patches, but i greatly enjoyed -- and benefited from -- his posts here, and found him to be an extraordinarily-gifted, knowledgeable, and helpful individual. We will miss him, his insightfulness, and his willingness to share. I'm also happy to see that his work will continue to be made available by his family -- a deep thank you for this. The archives of his software on the web will be a shining star to his memory and work. And i, too, appreciate hearing R. Loew's story from his family. My condolences to them in this period of healing. Nevertheless, his loss will remain an enduring one in our small community here, just as his reputation will be enduring. Rest in peace, Rudolph R. - Doug B.
  24. Both privacy.resistFingerprinting and canvas.poisondata are not enough to get a good browser setting for privacy.
  25. I bought physical game card and don't have any SD card inserted so it should be fine.
  26. Good for you keeping that old hardware alive! I imagine there is some kind of adapter available that does 34 pin floppy to USB, or something like that.
  27. offtopic, but heard that some funky things happen between Sword/Shield (seems that it happens in the eShop version) and how your SD card is formatted. If it's exFAT, expect some nasty data corruption in the card, though saves should be fine since it's saved in the internal memory (worst case scenario you would need to redownload games and other content that were in the SD card) https://www.gamesradar.com/pokemon-sword-and-shield-are-corrupting-micro-sd-cards-but-your-save-files-are-safe/
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