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  1. 18 points
    Notice: These projects have no affiliation with any upstream community code sources or organizations. Please direct all support or related questions to here. "Serpent", "New Moon", "MailNews" are generic debranded names and they are subject to change in the future. Archive directory names and archive filenames will only be changed once generic debranded names are not used in the future. Latest changelog is available here as well: http://rtfreesoft.blogspot.com/search/label/browser Serpent/UXP browser (MCP reforked 52ESR as new base), and NM28XP releases: Binaries are moved to here: (I'm lazy to edit all previous posts) https://o.rths.ml/palemoon/?sort=date&order=desc BOC related binaries: Binary list: https://o.rths.ml/boc-uxp/?sort=date&order=desc FAQ: Q: Having audio distorted when watching Twitter/etc.? A: Please try turning on "Firefox compatibility" in options dialog or either "general.useragent.compatMode = 2" or "general.useragent.compatMode.firefox = true" in about:config and reload the page. Q: Can't play H264 clips? (for PM27/KM76) A: Download following packages for your browser edition(32bit/64bit) and extract DLLs to same place as palemoon.exe lives. 32bit LAV dlls are in separated package (extracted from K-Lite codec pack 13.5.5) https://o.rths.ml/palemoon/lav.7z Just in case if you have an older processor which has no SSE instruction set support: 32bit NoSSE (ffmpeg 3.1.1 lite build) https://o.rths.ml/palemoon/lav-dll-lite-mmx.7z 32bit No ASM (ffmpeg 3.1.1 lite build, if build above doesn't work on your processor) https://o.rths.ml/palemoon/lav-dll-lite-noasm.7z 64bit LAV dlls are in separated package (LAV Filters 64bit 0.70.2) https://o.rths.ml/palemoon/lav64.7z Q: AV1 Support? (for UXP-based applications except mailnews) A: You need to enable "media.av1.enabled" in about:config Q: VP9 Support? (for PM27) A: VP9 works if async MSE option is unchecked and "Enable MSE for WebM Video" checked in options. Q: Extensions/Themes not working after updating binaries. A: If you encounter extensions not show icon, clicking options button of extension causing browser unresponsive, etc. please try following actions: 1.a Killing palemoon.exe process 1.b Copy whole extensions folder out of profile folder (to somewhere else for example, desktop) 1.c Restart browser without restoring previous sessions 1.d Goto about:addons page 1.e Drop XPI files from the copied-out extensions folder to about:addonss page One-by-One. 1.f After all XPI files are dropped and installed/updated, restart browser Q: Virus detected? A: Tell your anti-virus program to exclude palemoon.exe and/or plugin-container.exe. Some anti-virus heuristic engines (for example symantec's sonar engine) is too sensitive to palemoon.exe/plugin-container.exe network activities. Q: Where's your patches for compiling my own? A: Please visit the link above "FAQ:". Latest source patch files are named "sources_patches_YYYYMMDD.7z" in that page. Q: basilisk browser showing basic pages in GMail? A: set these to "ture" in about:config general.useragent.compatMode.firefox general.useragent.compatMode.gecko Q: How to change User Interface language? A: Please see this post: Q: Portable Loader? A: You can always use official portable launcher with my binaries, or you can use my simple portable loader written in NSIS: Q: How to install extensions/themes in BNavigator browser? A: Please check this post out: ------------------------------------- NewMoon 27 build: ------------------------------------- Serpent/moebius browser (deprecated by MCP, forked by me), and also 26.5 as playground : And NewMoon 26.5 and K-Meleon 74 with Goanna 2.2 (newmoon-26.5) for vanilla Win2000 build: ------------------------------------- K-Meleon browser with Goanna/Tycho engine: It has its own sub-forum in K-Meleon official forum! http://kmeleonbrowser.org/forum/list.php?19 Latest build: ------------------------------------- Firefox ESR 45 with TenFourFox fixes for SSE-only machines: ------------------------------------- K-Meleon Original cross-post is here: ------------------------------------- ArcticFox XP win32 test build: ----original post message belows---- Today's build with portable LAV libraries. Place LAV dlls (av*.dll) in same place as palemoon.exe lives. Official repo changes since my last build: -Clobber for Brotli/WOFF2 update -Fix some comments (no code change) -Enable Brotli content-encoding by default (https only). -Pull woff2 upstream update. -Update Brotli decompressor. My changes since my last build: - Upgrade Mozilla NSPR and NSS to 4.16 and 3.22 for (hopefully) faster AES operations 32bit: https://o.rths.cf/palemoon/palemoon-27.6.0a1.win32-git-20171002_2-e68ab5b3d-xpmod.7z 64bit: https://o.rths.cf/palemoon/palemoon-27.6.0a1.win64-git-20171002_2-e68ab5b3d-xpmod.7z
  2. 16 points
    First, credit where is credit is due. I originally found this posted in /r/Windows10 by /u/C-Ron. I'm reposting this here for the people that don't browse Reddit so they can benefit from it. Link to reddit post that contains original guide text (as recommended by Tripredacus) First Time Setup Settings App Scheduled Tasks Group Policy Editor Registry Editor Hosts File Or continue to the pastebin link. Doesn't matter to me. And if you want, click here for a hosts file that is complete and total overkill. From what I can tell, it's a list of every Microsoft domain known to man merged with the MVPS domain list. Useful Software/Scripts/Forum Threads Also please remember this is not an exhaustive list so feel free to post things that can improve this post an I'll add it to this post and credit you. Lastly, to paraphrase NoelC: try things for yourself. Keep good notes on what you do, on what works, and save original files. The knowledge gained from the experience of seeing how things work is invaluable. 7/29/15: Changed IPs to 0.0.0.0 as recommended by NoelC. 7/31/15: Expanded telemetry list and added overkill, nuke-from-orbit list. 7/31/15: Reformatted the OP, reflected as many IPs as possible into hostnames, added Techie007's post to the relevant sections, and added gpedit.msc fix for Home users. 8/3/15: Added tomasz86's OneDrive uinstaller and automated services & scheduled tasks command script. 8/5/15: Added useful software/scripts section. 1/9/16: Renamed useful software/scripts to useful software/scripts/forum threads and added stuff to it. 6/26/16: Reformatted to be readable with the new forum software.
  3. 15 points
    TL;DR, there's now an easy way to enable MP4 (H.264 + AAC) HTML5 video support in Firefox on Windows XP using the Primetime Content Decryption Module plugin by Adobe (distributed by Mozilla). Meaning, you could get rid of Flash (with some caveats). The irony of course being that you'd have to use another thing by Adobe , but at least it's something not as prone to security problems. NOTE: If you're suddenly unable to watch videos on Facebook (or any other site) even though you haven't changed anything re: Primetime, you may have to start spoofing your browser UA (user agent) string to work around this problem. See the posts starting here for the specifics. (EDIT October 30, 2017) IMPORTANT: The Primetime CDM plugin can no longer be downloaded from Adobe servers, which means that attempts to automatically download the plugin through Firefox GUI will fail even if you edit the download configuration URL per the old instructions below. From now on, you will have to manually install the plugin for all new Firefox installations and any new profiles you create; see the new instructions below. If you already have the plugin installed, you don't need to do anything. (EDIT July 18, 2017) If you're here because MP4 video has stopped working after you upgraded to Firefox 52.0, see this post. If you still have problems, make sure you have all of the required preferences listed below and their values are set correctly. If you're here because MP4 video has stopped working after you upgraded to Firefox 49.0 or higher, that happens because 49.0 introduces a new pair of preferences. You now need to set media.gmp-eme-adobe.visible and media.gmp-eme-adobe.forceSupported to true; media.gmp-eme-adobe.forcevisible is no longer used. Toggle the Primetime plugin to Never Activate and back or restart Firefox for the pref change to take effect. NEWS July 26, 2016: Unfortunately, but maybe not all that surprisingly: Primetime CDM will not be getting official support on Windows XP after all. Says a Mozilla developer: Not to worry though, this does not appear to have any near-term (<=FF52 ESR) effect on forcing the plugin to work with the same workarounds we've been using all this time. However, just in case Adobe compiles some XP-incompatible Windows APIs into future plugin updates, you may want to save a copy of the gmp-eme-adobe folder from your FF profile or download the v.17 distribution package. (Adobe has removed the package from download but @sdfox7has kindly archived a copy (backup link).) Technically, this plugin has been added to FF for DRMed HTML5 video, but it can be used to play non-DRM as well. It's not officially supported on XP, but hey, neither is XP itself, right? I've been trying it out with FF 46 (later also confirmed with 45, 52 ESR and 47-52) on XP Pro SP3 x86 (with POSReady updates, though I doubt that matters any) for about a week now, and the experience has been pretty encouraging. The vast majority of HTML5 videos have worked without a hitch; ~5% have had 1-2 temporary freezes (the video stops, the audio continues with some crackle), which can be easily worked around by moving the video position slider back a bit and then forward again to where the freeze happened. I've seen only one (1) case of a show-stopper error message about "corruption or unsupported features in video" (quote not verbatim) that couldn't be worked around by jiggling the slider (not a crash, just an error message and the video stopped). You may not necessarily be as lucky, though, as the reason the plugin is not included by default by Mozilla is its reported crashing on some high profile sites. (If you're interested in getting this to work on Windows 2000, be sure to read @blackwingcat's post below in addition to this one, and why not his blog posts (1, 2, 3) as well (in Japanese, but with screen shot images).) To be able to install and operate the Primetime CDM, add and/or set the following FF preferences in about:config (be careful, all of these are cAsE sEnSiTiVe!): media.gmp-eme-adobe.enabled (boolean; true) media.gmp-eme-adobe.forceSupported (boolean; true; FF 49.0+) media.gmp-eme-adobe.forcevisible (boolean; true; FF 45-48, no longer used in 49.0+) media.gmp-eme-adobe.visible (boolean; true; FF 49.0+) media.gmp-eme-adobe.version (string, not integer; 17; required for manual install now that automatic install is no longer an option) media.gmp-eme-adobe.abi (string; x86-msvc-x86 (EDIT: x86-msvc-x64 for 64-bit XP users); not required, you can set it if you want to more closely mimic automatic install) media.gmp-eme-adobe.lastUpdate (integer; 1500000000; not required, you can set it if you want to more closely mimic automatic install) media.gmp.decoder.enabled (boolean; true) media.eme.enabled (boolean; true; defaults to false if you downloaded a DRM-free version of FF; thanks @heinoganda for pointing this out) media.gmp-provider.enabled (boolean; true) may also be needed, if not already present, as found out by @VistaLover, in the case of SeaMonkey 2.49.5... To manually install the actual Primetime plugin software, first download the ZIP package (backup link) from @sdfox7's site (he has plenty of other useful XP stuff there as well, definitely worth checking out!). You can use the following checksums to verify package integrity: To install the plugin: Open your FF profile folder. An easy way to navigate to it is by opening about:support in FF and clicking the Open Folder button next to Profile Folder. Inside the profile folder, create subfolder gmp-eme-adobe and open it. Inside gmp-eme-adobe, create subfolder 17 and open it. Unpack the Primetime ZIP archive into folder 17. Folder [your FF profile path]\gmp-eme-adobe\17 should now contain three files: eme-adobe.dll, eme-adobe.info, eme-adobe.voucher. After this, check the Plugins in your Add-ons list and you should see the Primetime plugin listed and ready for use. If you don't see the plugin there, make sure you've set all of the required preferences as described above and put the files into the correct subfolder. Restarting Firefox to complete the manual install isn't usually required, but try it if the plugin doesn't appear, (Also, remember that if you have more than one Firefox profile, you'll need to repeat these steps for each of them individually.) Set the Primetime plugin to Always Activate, Flash to Never Activate (not strictly necessary, but better for testing), and go to Youtube HTML5 video player check page. Both H.264 and MSE & H.264 should have blue checkmarks. You may want to try this test page (kindly suggested by @dencorso) or some Twitter videos to quickly make sure H.264 really is working (with Youtube you can get fooled by WebM getting played instead). In theory, you could uninstall Flash at this point, but realistically it's probably wiser for now to leave it installed and disabled in the browser. Personally, I installed the FlashDisable extension to quickly toggle Flash on some of the sites I frequent that don't support HTML5 video. Some of those insistently serve Flash video to desktop FF without even checking if it can do HTML5 video or not. That can be worked around by faking a different user agent string, but for now I've found it more convenient to just temporarily toggle Flash back on for them. FlashDisable supports the Ask to Activate setting, so you don't have to worry about other sites if you forget to turn Flash off again. Based on what Mozilla devs have been saying on Bugzilla (Unhide Adobe GMP on Windows XP, Hide Adobe GMP on Windows XP in Firefox 46 and 47, Make Adobe GMP available to Windows XP users in Firefox 45 and later) it seems quite possible that this plugin could soon (FF 48+) be made available without having to use any tricks (or pre-release versions), but I suppose it's also possible that the current situation will continue indefinitely (or even that the plugin will eventually be made more difficult to access under XP). (EDIT July 18, 2017) As you've likely heard, FF 52 ESR is the last version of the browser that's going to work on XP (unless some intrepid person forks a special version for us). In a way, this is a blessing in disguise, as Primetime support has been completely excised from FF 53 and Google's Widevine CDM doesn't have our helpful side-effect (and doesn't work on XP), but ESR 52 will be supported well into 2018. So, why not make use of it while we can, right? Note that HLS streaming is not natively supported with this plugin. It does work on sites coded to use some JS library or player to work with HLS, but not for directly playing .m3u8 video sources. You may want to keep an eye on developments with hls.js in general and firefox-hls in particular if a favorite site of yours falls into the latter category.
  4. 15 points
    I am glad that he had found friends here. I never really knew the extent of all of his Win9x work. My current desktop can still boot into Win9x because of him, although, I haven't in a while. I would like to try to provide some closure for others so I'll give a timeline of what happened. You may or may not have known that my father had heart issues. He had a mild heart attack in his 40s. August 19th: Goes in for angiogram, gets fast tracked for triple bypass surgery. He left me a message midday about it and I called him that evening. We discussed the options they gave him and he seemed settled on the bypass surgery. August 21st: Has the surgery. Gets out of surgery, doctor tells me take he handled it well. August 24th: First time I was able to contact him on the phone after the surgery. He seemed well but certainly worn-down after the surgery. August 25th: Had a heart attack (cardiac event). Survived, but apparently it was not a good situation. I was able to talk to him that evening (I think, it could have been the next day). Got the impression that his diabetes and insulin resistance played a major role in the incident. August 28th: Last night I get to talk to him. I made plans to come down to see him on the 30th. August 29th: Situation escalates, possible infection/sepsis. August 30th-September 2nd: He is heavily sedated for the pain. But things seem stable. Not good, but stable. I return home and hope for the best. September 3-7th: Situation goes back and forth, fluid buildup leads to treatment for infection. Ultimately, the infection is treatable but the sepsis is not. September 9th: Palliative care nurse contacts me and I go back down that afternoon. Situation is getting worse. September 10th: Responsiveness to questions during sedation vacation is lost except to pain stimulus. September 11th: Taken off of life support. Passes at 1:28pm. I hope that helps. I think it has helped me to write it out. I forgot I had the message from him in my voicemail about going to the hospital. My own personal take on it is that complications from diabetes played a major role in his inability to recover but I am not a doctor and it's just my own mind trying to justify the situation.
  5. 10 points
    I have yet to see any evidence of these supposed "misguided people." We have only your word on the subject, which, given your general behavior and attitude, is not necessarily reputable. If one takes the source code for a given program (X) and re-compiles it targeting another platform (Y), how is it NOT "X for Y"? These programs are open source. If someone chooses to recompile them targeting a different platform, they have every right to do so, whether you like it or not. Good luck switching to "closed source," drop back by in a few years when you reach a closed-source state equivalent to the current open-source one you "leeched" from Mozilla. I've seen how you deal with these "poor ___ Linux builders" as you refer to them. You drop in, make demands and threats, create a general atmosphere of negativity that poisons the waters and turns everyone off, all the while hoping that no one stands up to your bullying. Most people eventually give in and give up, not willing to deal with your constant attacks. I'm afraid that modus operandi will not work here. I know for a fact that roytam's New Moon 27 builds are in fact named "New Moon" and not "Pale Moon" and do include a disclaimer on the About dialog that states the build is unofficial and specifically says not to request help on the official Pale Moon forum or otherwise. This thread is also mentioned. So what more do you expect? If the supposed "misguided people" you refer to are too ignorant to read and abide by these disclaimers then nothing else is going to stop them either. In the end all of these programs, including yours and those of Moonchild Productions, descend from Firefox or other Mozilla sources. The "chain of descent" is there, and it is not going away because someone changes a name or writes a disclaimer. Even if the name were changed, what happens when someone simply asks "what is this based on?" When the answer is given no one can control how others may use that piece of information to seek out the project's "upstreams." Even after all this ranting you still have not made any set of concrete "minimal acceptable changes" from your point of view. You keep changing them based on your level of annoyance each time you post. First it's change a name. Then it's full branding. Then "unofficial branding" is OK. Then it isn't. You noted at one point that mentions of the original names would be necessary for "profile compatibility reasons." Now, "ALL THE ORIGINAL NAMES MUST GO!" This is beyond ridiculous. Maybe roytam isn't a good graphics artist? I myself certainly wouldn't want to have to undertake the task of creating new "branding" that is worthy of the underlying code here. I'm no programmer, but I would take bets that changing the names and such would also create more headaches for roytam and his users in the fact that this could cause Addons and other associated applications to not recognize roy's builds, thereby forcing him or his users to manually modify every single Addon or associated application in order to get it working as it should. If my assumption of this is correct, what reasonable person with a life and better things to do who would choose this path? I'm sorry, but no truly serious user of these builds has any confusion whatsoever about what they are using. If the official installer(s) won't run on your non-supported platform and you had to get a build from here, that's self explanatory. And, if you're running on a supported platform where the official installer(s) work, that's self explanatory as well, and why would you come here in the first place? Covered this above, but once again - "If one takes the source code for a given program (X) and re-compiles it targeting another platform (Y), how is it NOT "X for Y"?" You "don't want to hear" these things because you don't like the fact that someone had the gall and took the time to compile your project for a different target platform that you disapprove of. That's the beauty of open source. Also once again - "Good luck switching to "closed source," drop back by in a few years when you reach a closed-source state equivalent to the current open-source one you "leeched" from Mozilla." See above about causing issues with Addons and associated applications. You claim that there is some "advantage" in the changes you are demanding when it seems more likely that this will only create more work for the developer. I see no advantage whatsoever to be gained by these projects from your suggestions, only that you just want things your way. I don't speak for roytam, but if I were in his shoes I would be all the less inclined to acquiesce to any of your demands simply based on your behavior. You have chosen to act in a condescending and demanding manner laced with threats to keep throwing roadblocks in the way of or create problems in any way possible for roytam's projects. On the other side, you create more annoyance for yourself by coming here and ranting about supposed "misguided users" who are troubling you, when it would be simpler (and probably better for your health) just to tell them off and go on about your day. You appear to thrive on creating a negative environment and beating dead horses. And, in the end, if you decide to try and make good on your threats then you will create more work for yourself in rewriting closed-source code to replace the open-source code you "borrowed" but don't like others "borrowing." Based on this and in the interest of civility I will state that I believe this "discussion" is never going anywhere. Please stop wasting everyone's time with your threats, condescension, and negative attitude. These will get you nothing here, except an end to OUR "diplomacy."
  6. 9 points
    Project Name : ExtendedXP(Extended Kernel for XP) Current Version : 2017/05/22 Production Stage :: Public beta KernelEx or ExtendedKernel was invented long ago by loyal MSFN Member Xeno86 to run XP/2000 application on 9x .Further reflected by rloew in his unicow wrapper project for windows 98 second edition .The idea was carried after long time by BlackWingCat of Windows 2000 community and WildBill of windows 2000 community . This my attempt for coming up with similar kernel extension for windows xp in time so that when in future most programs will stop working on XP that time we can use it . Updated System Components :- Functions added to advapi32.dll:- Function added to kernel32.dll:- Added function to ntdll.dll:- Added function to shell32.dll Note: Most of the functions are stub so i have future plans to remove them Added functions to User32.dll :- KnownIssues :- *VLC media-player always crash (Though Skinned mode work) *Resource hacker setup crashes always .(inno setup ) ( Bug found with CryptoLibrary )(thanks to heinoganda) *Avast free 2017 & esed does not work (Something wrong with Shell32 )(thanks to heinoganda) LINKS ARE REMOVED DUE TO NEW RELEASE OF HOT FIXES WITH KERNEL32.DLL & NTDLL.DLL This Post is my request to knowledgeable persons to help me to fix the known issues . Thanks in advance THIS VERSION IS ONLY FOR TESTING PLEASE KINDLY USE ANY VIRTUAL MACHINE OR ANY PC THAT NOT IMPORTANT . THANKS FOR UNDERSTANDING. !!Windows XP Forever!!
  7. 8 points
    > Oh crap, Tobin's here.. what insanity does he have this time? WELL non-existant but likely quote, I am gonna clarify both the Navigator version reduction and the deal with FUEL. The reason the version was changed to a lower version is because I intend to start making releases of what is essentially an unfinished product and thus isn't 1.0 quality. I announced this would be happening eventually some months ago but other priorities have delayed it. When it does happen, consider it a public beta and technology preview with a goal of reaching a true 1.0 status. As for fuel.. As Australis Technology progressed, FUEL was an ancient developmental burden in the eyes of Firefox developers. It was eventually depercated and removed from Firefox. Proper Basilisk comes from a time where FUEL was long gone and the Australis Technology progressed (or is that regressed) the specific capabilities of the browser application code. It doesn't make much sense with the custom Australis Based UI of the main window. As for its deprecation in Pale Moon.. As you may know, the specific Application code for Pale Moon 28 is actually an uplifted and evolved form of code that started life in 2013 as Firefox 24 modified for Pale Moon 24 though 26, ported to Tycho for Pale Moon 27, and ported again to UXP for Pale Moon 28. There is absolute continuity for the application specific code from 2013 to today regardless of the platform codebase. This has been my design and the bulk of my research and contribution over the past five years. Pale Moon has stayed Pale Moon as I have promised so shall it is. I considered removing FUEL but decided against it for extension compatibility reasons and instead added a deprecation warning so that forks and new extensions do not use the component. It is not outside the realm of possibility it could be removed at a future date but it is exceedingly improbable. Think what you will about me and how I conduct my self but truth be told I have been the driving force for years in ensuring as much compatibility with extensions as reasonably can be achieved and the general continuity of Pale Moon AS what everyone expects Pale Moon to be. Without that influence over the years, I shudder to think what might have happened. Likely potential eventualities may have followed a path similar to the likes of Cyberfox and Waterfox. We shall never know because not only will my influence never be wiped out and I shall never be stopped from continuing forward on the path I helped to lay out. Sometimes you have to accept the good with the bad and perhaps I am neither.. Or perhaps I am all those things and more.
  8. 8 points
    Aero Glass for Win8.1+ v1.4 * Windows 10 10.0.10240 support* hardcoded symbol patterns for current version of DWM in Win8.1* added build numbering* hopefully fixed crash on device resource change* blur deviation setting partially influences Win10 blur accent too* lots of stability and performance fixes and code refactoring* added >>experimental<< module to enable glass frame on Win10 Modern apps - this requires secure boot to be off* added support for custom atlas layout, format: - each line has format "x;y;z=a,b,c,d" - x, y, z specify the part, its state and the property respectively - a, b, c, d specify position rectangle in atlas image (for z = 8002) or the part sizing/content margins (for z = 3601/3602) - see example layout file for description of individual part identifiers - see MSDN documentation of GetThemeRect and GetThemeMargins function for further information - line "CaptionHeight=n" allows you to change the size of caption buttons to "n" pixels - everything after # is considered to be the comment and is ignored * KNOWN WIN10 LIMITATION: - due to the way how Win10 composes windows frames, it is not possible to fully apply corner radius - for the same reason you can see blurred separation of window caption - it is not possible change inactive frame opacity separately
  9. 7 points
    So shocked to hear this, it was only a month or so ago that I was corresponding with Rudolph about a disk partition alignment program that he had just built. I use several of his programs, to enhance my Windows 98 installation, and to do things like applying TRIM to my FAT32 SSD. He was an absolute genius, up with the very top experts on this forum IMO. 67 is no age to go nowadays. RIP Rudolph.
  10. 7 points
    I am finally after my holiday and the weather is weird here, so I will have some free time which I can spare on Aero Glass development. You can look forward to some specialities such as performance improvements, important security fixes, completed GUI application and more. If you have any special requests which you think should be included in Aero Glass, feel free to write it here :-)
  11. 6 points
    And another one from television, namely a fuzzy image of the unmistakable Luna guiding fire fighters to an emergency in St. Louis, MO, as seen on the August 19 episode of the American TV series Live Rescue: And here's a bonus sighting, one that could get me banned: What would the world do without Windows NT 5.x?
  12. 6 points
    no, I'll still build browsers weekly.
  13. 6 points
    Trying to build it now. Despite the fact that I'm building on WinXP, I still had to explicitly tell it to build for WinXP: perl Configure VC-WIN32 -D_WIN32_WINNT=0x0501 Without the -D just about every test failed; apparently the stupid Configure script just assumes Win 7+ rather than grabbing the version it's actually running on . That may explain why so many of the "compatible with XP" builds aren't actually compatible with XP. Edit: Final (apparently XP-compatible) build of OpenSSL v1.1.1b is about 3 MB when written to a .7z archive file. You can download it from my company's Web site.
  14. 6 points
    And here it is! The most awaited Vista repository with Server 2008 updates (atleast for the few people who care about the OS). Included in here are updates for both x86 and x64 architectures, and all versions of .NET available for Vista, from 2.0 to 4.6.1. If there's anything missing, do let me know. https://mega.nz/#F!txxRyLzC!1vBMGzMHiL864f3bl1Rj1w I would like to direct a huge thank you to @VistaLover and @2008WindowsVista, for testing out the updates, and listing them in an easy to copy way
  15. 6 points
    There was once a young man who, in his youth, professed his desire to become a great writer. When asked to define "great" he said, "I want to write stuff that the whole world will read, stuff that people will react to on a truly emotional level, stuff that will make them scream, cry, howl in pain and anger"! He now works for Microsoft, writing error messages.
  16. 5 points
    New build of Serpent/UXP for XP! Test binary: Win32 https://o.rths.cf/basilisk/basilisk52-g4.4.win32-git-20190831-11965adc1-xpmod.7z Win64 https://o.rths.cf/basilisk/basilisk52-g4.4.win64-git-20190831-11965adc1-xpmod.7z source code that is comparable to my current working tree is available here: https://github.com/roytam1/UXP/commits/custom NM28XP build: Win32 https://o.rths.cf/palemoon/palemoon-28.8.0a1.win32-git-20190831-11965adc1-xpmod.7z Win64 https://o.rths.cf/palemoon/palemoon-28.8.0a1.win64-git-20190831-11965adc1-xpmod.7z Official repo changes since my last build: - [MCP Applications] Add %WIDGET_TOOLKIT% to the AUS update url for Pale Moon and Basilisk (31def0da0) - Issue #1221: Pass the original element into nsXMLContentSerializer::CheckElementEnd so that we can properly determine whether it has children. (b58a8779c) - New cycle version bump (11965adc1) My changes since my last build: - update Twemoji font to KwanEsq/twemoji-colr v12 branch with twemoji-12.1.2. (59916a7d1) - Help / About dialog box enhancements (#8) (a0cdcc34b) - optimize about-background.png (8ec47d9a6)
  17. 5 points
    Time for another spotted XP! This time i saw it inside the Chernobyl's Nuclear Reactor Lithuanian video. Fun thing: the room where the XP computer is to monitor's the new "sarcophagus" built back 2016.
  18. 5 points
    I have gathered a large variety of updates, tweaks, other software / addons for XP x64 / 2k3 x64; of which I believe will or can be useful depending on the users needs. Now, I can't guarantee that I have all the updates are here but, I can at least offer what I have managed to collect. I hope that this collection helps some of you from at least having to hunt down some updates / software yourself. I have updates ranging from 2014 & lower, plus 2015 & 2017 along with some other enhancements, tweaks, and software. To clarify, I am absolutely not responsible for damages or incorrect usage of software / updates from this archive. PLEASE be careful & always make backups before proceeding with anything! Good luck! Sincerely, XP-x64-Lover Download Link: https://www.mediafire.com/file/q2d8qhynwdr6ad4/XPx64_%26_2k3x64_Updates_+_Tweaks_+_Other.7z/file Download Link (Screenshots of Archive contents): http://www.mediafire.com/file/50yi737yalhlaj3/Files_List_Screenshots.7z/file
  19. 5 points
    Another set of links to Adobe Flash Player 32.0.0.142 release with SHA-1 signature which can be verified under Windows XP SP3/Windows XP x64 SP2 Internet Explorer ActiveX: http://fpdownload.adobe.com/get/flashplayer/pdc/32.0.0.142/install_flash_player_ax.exe Mozilla Firefox NPAPI (also for Opera Presto/Google Chrome 44 and earlier): http://fpdownload.adobe.com/get/flashplayer/pdc/32.0.0.142/install_flash_player.exe Google Chrome 45 through 49 PPAPI: http://fpdownload.adobe.com/get/flashplayer/pdc/32.0.0.142/install_flash_player_ppapi.exe
  20. 5 points
    semi-OT: yeah, this is how Matt commits. https://github.com/binaryoutcast/binoc-central/commit/94ce5d681724aee1ecc6c2b0acfe3a15d771f583
  21. 5 points
    New build of basilisk/UXP for XP! Test binary: Win32 https://o.rthost.cf/basilisk/basilisk52-g4.1.win32-git-20181006-8860eddce-xpmod.7z Win64 https://o.rthost.cf/basilisk/basilisk52-g4.1.win64-git-20181006-8860eddce-xpmod.7z diff: https://o.rthost.cf/basilisk/UXP-xp-gitdiff-20180606.7z PM28XP build: Win32 https://o.rthost.cf/palemoon/palemoon-28.2.0a1.win32-git-20181006-8860eddce-xpmod.7z Win64 https://o.rthost.cf/palemoon/palemoon-28.2.0a1.win64-git-20181006-8860eddce-xpmod.7z Official repo changes since my last build: - Update upstream URL and update script for libnestegg (d8434bf15) - Update libnestegg from upstream (dad1c31db) - Get rid of the incorrect mechanism to remove insecure fallback hosts. (347aea437) - Update HSTS preload list (778b3c4d7) - Update test files for libnestegg update (704c93539) - Merge pull request #800 from trav90/update-from-upstream (c7e12ca39) - Remove telemetry to find optimal cache entry hash size (0b1600742) - Merge branch 'master' of https://github.com/MoonchildProductions/UXP (6d9103276) - Update telemetry whitelists. (ddf29811b) - Clean up a number of unused variables. (81b341a9b) - Remove telemetry probes for cache file system. (3343a4b47) - Remove telemetry probes to get detailed disk cache hit rate. (ab9edfb54) - Remove cache I/O telemetry. (8ba6dd1bd) - [ffvpx] Update ffvp9/ffvp8 to release 4.0.2 (edc124b92) - Clobber for ffvpx update (7d1ee0e5e) - Remove unused telemetry functions/variables. (7b0f3f2f9) - Remove telemetry from cache v1 service locking (part1). (d718e32b5) - Remove telemetry from cache v1 service locking (part2). (ec4c6dd42) - Remove telemetry reporting functions from CubebUtils (38e8ee1e6) - [PALEMOON] Use message manager to detect full-screen HTML5 video in S4E module (35a1adb07) - Merge pull request #804 from JustOff/PR_s4e_FullScreenVideo (ab881a3bf) - Merge pull request #801 from trav90/update-from-upstream (79b00fc33) - Revert "Update ffvpx code to 4.0.2" (45c24f05d) - Merge pull request #805 from MoonchildProductions/revert-801-update-from-upstream (8e8fcee4a) - [ffvpx] Update ffvp9/ffvp8 to release 4.0.2 (ebc8d7e3c) - [ffvpx] Remove unneeded libavcodec symbols and dummy functions (82238ada2) - Clobber for ffvpx update (41ccd52bf) - Merge pull request #806 from trav90/ffvpx-resync (69d83c8fb) - [ffmpeg] Always allocate memory to pass extradata (c0d9931cf) - Merge pull request #808 from trav90/media-work (26975ccf5) - Make all arguments to init*Event() optional except the first (e42166a5b) - Bug 1493900. (ca7ecd37c) - Ensure we got an nsISSLStatus when deserializing in TransportSecurityInfo. (95379e337) - Fix in-tab close button behavior (#775) (d74519372) - Merge pull request #811 from MaxKoll/MaxKoll-patch-1 (8860eddce) My changes besides above changes: - reverted rev ebc8d7e3c...82238ada2 (i.e. 69d83c8fb) in favoring ffmpeg-3.4 branch, since ffmpeg-4.x needs SRWLock and bcrypt changes to be undone which is not yet tested
  22. 5 points
    StartIsBack++ 2.0.2 http://www.startisback.com/StartIsBackPlusPlus_setup.exe (Not marked as beta since apparantly nobody installs beta versions) This version addresses all feedback received since 2.0 release.
  23. 5 points
    512MB Graphics Cards have proven to be problematical when used with Windows 9x. I ran some tests with a nVidia 7200GS and a nVidia 7950GT on various Motherboards to determine why. Apparently nVidia decided to change their design approach after releasing some 512MB Cards. Previously they provided access to the entire Video RAM through the Memory Mapped I/O Space. This approach unfortunately limits the amount of System RAM that can be used by 32-Bit OSes. With the later 512MB Cards they decided to Bank Memory access through a smaller MMIO Space, typically 256MB. Starting with the 8xxx series they also implemented a Memory Page Mapper similar to the MMU in the CPU. The 7200GS is an example of the earlier design. The 7950GT is an example of the later one. The 82.69 nVidia Driver does not recognize the difference between the reported amount of Video RAM and the size of the MMIO Space allocated to the Card. The Driver overwrites the MMIO Space above the Video Card's allocation. Depending upon what is in the next 256MB of MMIO Space, your Computer can crash or other Devices, such as USB, can malfunction. A few people have been lucky enough not to have anything important in this space so they have been able to use a 7950GT although they only get 256MB. Others have not been so lucky. I have developed two solutions for this problem. 1. A Patch to the 82.69 Driver to make it recognize the smaller MMIO Space. 2. A BIOS Patcher for the nVidia BIOS ROM to increase the amount of MMIO Space it claims. The first is more universal but limits the Video RAM typically to 256MB. The second provides the full 512MB Video RAM of the Card. I am preparing a Package to put on my Website.
  24. 5 points
    All right, this finally tips the scales. I'm going to switch all my PCs to Windows 10 because... Candy Crush Saga now has 2000 levels on Windows 10 and Windows Phone The value proposition is now simply irresistible! OMG, how inane can it get?! --JorgeA
  25. 5 points
    FYI (and this is an increasing problem with the more recent releases), who deemed it okay to add delays to the UI? It's worse than ever in 10. That they claim it's faster just makes it all the more irritating. The other day I chose to delete a folder with one file in it. ONE STUPID FILE! It was protected, so Explorer popped-up a message. OK, fine, I hit the Cancel button. That dialog stayed on the screen fully 2 seconds longer, with the progress bar moving steadily across. Yeah, right. They thought we couldn't possibly notice the arbitrary extra delays. Have you deleted an entire folder tree of files lately? Maybe 1000 or more? That takes an age! I not only have SSD storage, but I run from a whole fricking array of them. This hardware provides way over a gigabyte per second of continuous I/O, and max latency is a tiny fraction of a millisecond. Not to mention the huge RAM I have for cache. It's a workstation, optimized for work. Lots of it. Yet if I delete a folder full of files, the stupid process just moseys across, taking its sweet time. Maybe a few hundred files per second. It could all be done in an eyeblink, but it's not. That's just BS! I used to be able to manipulate huge file trees with near instantaneous UI response back with XP in the early 00s. Fast I/O makes that happen. Cache makes that happen. Humongously powerful computers make that happen. But noooo.... The software prevents it. Here's something to try... Select all the files in the root of drive C: and choose Properties. Watch how many thousands of files per second are counted up. You can do that MASSIVELY faster in Win 7. It got slower in Win 8, then slower again in Win 8.1. It's now slower than ever in Win 10. I could enumerate almost 50,000 files per second in Windows 7. It's down to 15,000 in Win 8.1 and when I most recently did it in 10 I saw under 10,000. Same hardware. I'm sure whomever programmed these stupid delays into Explorer thinks it's great, because people can't possibly think that fast. Truth is, THEY, with their 98 IQ, can't think that fast, so why should the operating system do any better for anyone else? On the subject of this thread, I have a beautiful theme atlas right now for Win 10 10586. Aero Glass works enviably well, and even the Modern Settings App (the only one I have retained, for obvious reasons) looks nice. In some ways it's even more attractive than the setup I created for Win 8.1 and use every day. But looks aren't everything. Microsoft is preparing to deliver their next degradation of Windows in a month or two. Redstone 1. Remember the first Mercury Redstone launch? It went up 4 inches then shut off. I installed one of their latest pre-release builds to scout around... Sure enough, Aero Glass gets broken, the UI sucks again - all because THEY don't want to allow us to run an attractive desktop. I had to develop a 1,000+ line re-tweaker script just to tame the updated system to where I'm willing to even allow it to run connected to the network. Out of the box it sends data constantly to the mothership, and is bloated as hell with a crapload of adware and junk running. I could only get the number of running processes down to 47 (vs. 42 on a quiet system running 10586.318). And of course the in-place upgrade reverts any number of my settings. I've spent a lifetime deriving great value from Windows, and Microsoft is doing all they can - continuously - to try to stop that. Tell me again why I should think any more of today's Microsoft than I do. -Noel
  26. 5 points
  27. 5 points
    ++1.0 Hooray! No notable changes from RC2.
  28. 5 points
    Just a small experiment I updated 64-bit build which now contains new registry DWORD settings called FrameMargin (under DWM key) which influences the left, right and bottom margin of the frame (the top margin is not influenced!). The value is in pixels, default is zero. Hint: Default Win10 texture for left and right border is 3px wide and all of these pixels are dark. The rightmost pixels for left border (or leftmost pixels are right border) are stretchable when changing border width. If you increase margin with the new setting, the left and right border will be completely dark for this reason. If you want the left and right border to match the rest of the frame, you need to use your custom atlas file with modified textures for these parts. It is not sure if this feature works completely for all frame or it does not cause some problems, thus only 64-bit build is available for testing. Oh, and ignore the frame on "modern" applications - it looks a bit off with increased margins.
  29. 4 points
    Yes. But I cut that off the pic and reloaded the sanitized one. Ain't that what mods are for?
  30. 4 points
    My Vista drive was removed from my machine over a year ago. The reason is very simple; no more browser support. The web browser is the point of entry of all things malicious and the most important software suite on any machine, from a security perspective.
  31. 4 points
    New build of Serpent/UXP for XP! Test binary: Win32 https://o.rths.cf/basilisk/basilisk52-g4.2.win32-git-20190622-d7359c38b-xpmod.7z Win64 https://o.rths.cf/basilisk/basilisk52-g4.2.win64-git-20190622-d7359c38b-xpmod.7z source code that is comparable to my current working tree is available here: https://github.com/roytam1/UXP/commits/custom NM28XP build: Win32 https://o.rths.cf/palemoon/palemoon-28.6.0a1.win32-git-20190622-d7359c38b-xpmod.7z Win64 https://o.rths.cf/palemoon/palemoon-28.6.0a1.win64-git-20190622-d7359c38b-xpmod.7z Official repo changes since my last build: - Remove UnboxedArray code part 1 (c2b5f396e) - Remove UnboxedArray code part 2 (c8300fbd6) - Merge branch 'master' into remove-unboxed (ba9e648ce) - Inline combined methods for NativeObject and UnboxedArrayObject accesses. (e34920575) - Issue #1132 - Add application executable location to the about:support page. (a072b02d9) - Make use of ArrayObjects in favor of generic JS objects. (e95089d84) - Remove unused LIR temp register for unboxed arrays. (93ce7c737) - Remove unboxed array context option and shell flag. (ec96ef3b7) - Remove functors for array natives. (ef8e0ce60) - Update ICU to 58.3 (76c640c28) - Update `update-tzdata.sh` to use git instead of svn, and not try to auto-commit with hg. (59666845b) - Update tzdata resource files (368a684f8) - Update tzdata SpiderMonkey files (b17a1f211) - Merge pull request #1136 from MoonchildProductions/Update_ICU (24864f942) - Force clobber for ICU update (ca2e36f9c) - Fix typo in ArrayShiftMoveElements (9153838ea) - Convert CopyBoxedOrUnboxedDenseElements to something that doesn't crash. (3c878b1e3) - Clean up and rename MoveBoxedOrUnboxedDenseElements. (8d2929313) - Replace SetOrExtendBoxedOrUnboxedDenseElements with direct calls. (85f9a95dd) - Remove and clean up more code. (e9aac71c6) - Update comment (625366321) - Remove JSOP_SPREADCALLARRAY and just use JSOP_NEWARRAY again. (772cd4b18) - Remove/inline CanonicalizeArrayLengthValue. (ccb3f2b73) - Tabs -> Spaces (no code change) (fcc11b2fe) - Revert "Add Yandex (ru) search plugin" (77a9720ac) - Merge pull request #1137 from MoonchildProductions/remove-unboxed-checked (276f6583e) - Merge pull request #1133 from Ascrod/master (14b635fa5) - [Basilisk] Fix packaging when sync is not built (9ded0778e) - Merge pull request #1139 from g4jc/disable_sync (a2f961b34) - Call a more generic function when inlining array natives. (32d13a164) - Merge branch 'master' of https://github.com/MoonchildProductions/UXP (2a5466cfb) - Clean up the nsis installer script a litte. (d7359c38b) My changes since my last build: - ported upstream mozilla esr60 changes: bug1515052, bug1539219, bug1547757, bug1555523 (bc81a6d5f)
  32. 4 points
    Or the update was posted by mistake. If this is so, then it means that updates for XP are released, but they are simply not published anywhere.
  33. 4 points
    Sorry I fixed localized problem on v3.0b.
  34. 4 points
    Out PotPlayer 1.7.18346 (April 19, 2019) Changelog: + Added the ability to include mouse cursor in Game Capture - Fixed seeking problem with certain MKV files - Fixed an issue where playlist items could not be sorted by size - Fixed an issue that causes TTML subtitle characters to be ignored - Fixed an issue that causes File Navigator to crash in certain situations - Fixed a problem that causes the program to run slowly with playback of certain files - Fixed a problem that causes screen to broken when playing certain H.264 files - Improved AV1 decoding performance - Fixed an abnormal behavior when playing certain MP4 files - Improved ZIP/RAR playback The downloadable version at the link below can be installed in Windows XP: http://potplayer.daum.net/?lang=en
  35. 4 points
    I doubt it. According to statcounter, XP's market share was 1.75% in March; Windows 98SE's share was 2.7% in July 2006 when it ended support. Nonetheless. there is still the possibility that later today (4/1) M$ may make the decision to extend XP support forever...
  36. 4 points
    It's ironic how people decry the older operating systems like W2k Pro as outdated, yet can't even trust newer Windows 7 or Windows 10 systems far enough to let them update. These days, generally speaking, lots of new stuff sucks--because people take it for granted that new stuff is better. From that presumption, lazy thinking ensues, and movement replaces progress. So, although we still "go," we go backwards instead of forward. Windows illustrates the regression.
  37. 4 points
    @dencorso I had my rant and anger spell.. Time for something more constructive so ye. @Dibya Vaguely. I still think using Windows XP in today's world outside of very extreme and edge cases is a bad idea but this stuff exists so I may as well be constructive rather than destructive. Obviously, @roytam1 is doing more than the shameful rebuilds for XP leeching off our names or whatever it was I said.. He is creating something unique as we have done.. SO I am committing my self to helping him succeed in whatever way I can contribute toward. That way we all get what we want and it isn't just an angry Tobin busting down the door looking for logos or whatnot. A real project or projects such as these deserve their own name and support from others just as ours do.. So that is why I am changing gears here. However, and you won't like this but if I feel the person in question is a moron I am gonna call them a moron regardless.. Call it a personality flaw. Though, that status can always be re-evaluated
  38. 4 points
    At least it was a straight-up response, like it or not. In this day and age, that's like seeing a unicorn.
  39. 4 points
    Java has been updated today October 16, 2018 to Version 8 Update 191. First, download the last known working XP installer (http://sdfox7.com/xp/sp3/EOL/jre-8u152-windows-i586.exe), then download the latest updated tar.gz file here https://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/downloads/jre8-downloads-2133155.html or my FTP http://sdfox7.com/xp/sp3/EOL/java/. Installer packages after Version 8 Update 152 do NOT work correctly on XP, so to manually update to the current version follow the instructions here: Or here:
  40. 4 points
    Hi. I would advise you to include the following software in the list: https://www.novirusthanks.org/products/osarmor/ Very good for your Security Setup. TH.
  41. 4 points
    Found XP running at the front desk at the local bowling alley. I tried several times to get a picture but my phone Reeeeeeeally does not like to focus on screens at a distance more than point-blank. (I will try again eventually) Heres the best I got: The little screens over by the lanes that show your score appear to be running MS-DOS. The first lane we tried to use was evidently having an issue:
  42. 4 points
    I hate to be frank.... STAY THE HECK AWAY FROM THAT FORUM! I've met friendly, helpful people there before. There have been useful tutorials as well. But the administration left me with a very sour taste. I created a thread about 4 years ago regarding the-then upcoming EOL. I asked if anyone had the knowledge to create a 7/8 compatibility layer. I was greeted with friendly responses, some expressing similar concern and ideas. But about 1 hour in, my account was terminated on the grounds of "Advocating illegal activity". I created a new account and contacted the board expressing my apologies for the misunderstanding. I was terminated a second time. I sent an email and never heard back. I caution using that forum, especially post EOL. Simply put, many of the projects you see here on MSFN simply wouldn't exist had this forum been a similar environment. I've considered migrating over to BleepingComputer, but I'm not sure. I'm not convinced any forum can replace the mammoth of information and professionalism found here. The loss of MSFN is truly a tragedy.
  43. 4 points
    A year or so has passed, and I decided to give the OS another (quick) shot. Doesn't seem like anything changed. What I can get to with 2-3 clicks in Windows 7 I most often can't even FIND in Windows 10. The new settings is a pure mess. Like even after two hours (I really was determined to figure it all out this time and didn't wipe it from the drive within 10 minutes) I haven't figured out how to get to pagefile settings. OR how the hell do I put "This Computer" to the desktop. That shortcut is not even in the Start menu anywhere. Those are two of the more painful things so far. Basically, I am unable to use the stupid system, because some of the most basic things I take for granted are simply not there, and/or are buried/obscured under tons of garbage I cannot get through. Despite my strong disgust with the OS, every time I install it again I try to approach it with open mind, thinking "It's not THAT difficult. It's just Windows. I've been using it for 22 years. It must make sense somehow." - but NO. It just doesn't. last edit: I eventually got borderline physically sick from the ***** flat design, and after 1) seeing the Calculator app and 2) starting the new Internet Explorer, where I had no idea what was part of the page and what was part of the toolbar, I shut the VM off in pure disgust. No thank you. Keep this crap, Microsoft. I'll keep using Windows 7 for as long as humanely possible. I really tried this time. Didn't work. And I lost three hours of my life.
  44. 4 points
    Windows 8 and Windows 10 have a new "feature" called "Fast Startup", "Fast Boot", or "Hybrid Boot". This is a form of mini-Hibernate Mode. Unlike full Hibernate, this is not documented in the Shutdown User Interface and is enabled by default. If you Shutdown, not Restart, Windows 8 or 10, this Mode will save the File Cache in the Hibernation File. If you then modify any of these Cached Drives using a different OS Instance, then access it again from the original OS Instance, the Cache will not match what is on the Drive. If you then make changes, the Cache will be written to the Drive possibly corrupting it. Windows often writes to Drives in the background, so you can corrupt a Drive even if you do not intentionally write to it. There are numerous reports of this problem along with instructions on turning off Fast Startup on Google. I strongly recommend that anyone using Multi-Boot or swappable Drives, including Virtual ones, disable Fast Startup if using Windows 8 or 10. In a pinch, always select Restart, not Shutdown, when closing Windows 8 or 10 if Fast Startup has not been disabled. For those of you not born yesterday, never put a writable Floppy Disk into a Windows 10 system. It will be corrupted even if you don't intentionally write to it.
  45. 4 points
    Today it's the Windows XP 15th Anniversary and it has been revealed that "181 million people are still using Windows XP". Well, congratulations to you all; we are far from being alone running XP in this community only xD
  46. 4 points
    Over the summer I never really went outside, so I decided to doodle all day. I'm hoping to color in the last two, but I keep getting weird white lines half the time.
  47. 4 points
    To be honest, I am worried that once all the stupid people "arrived" and took over the industry via Facebook, , the tech industry has fallen into a trap of mindless conformity where the most popular technology wins regardless of whether or not it is actually better. New and different equals cool and hip. Fashion and social media play a big role in what is successful. This trend is so dangerously worrying and enough to drive a sane clever engineer to insanity. The "upgrade" was supposed to do wonders for your productivity, your workflow & bring new capabilities without wasting your time and past investments and the steady evolution and progress which happened in the past. That is why those top engineers were so highly paid. But that's not what's happening today. It's extremely disturbing. Big companies do changes and manipulate people so easily. Fanboys can't set their emotions aside and realize that the ultimate goal of exploitative companies is now only to profit even if it screws all your past investment, time and effort, and takes the product in the opposite direction. There is no legal protection against being screwed. Instead we have "anything goes" mentality and customers who accept nonsensical changes without any objectivity. I am finding it extremely hard to make sense of it all, keep up with the stupid and regressive changes. Look at half the people posting here on MSFN who say "Eventually you MUST move to <latest> whatever". Who said so? Why must we move to inferior technology? Just because you were stupid enough to not see how bad it is? I feel like the top management in these big companies is so insanely greedy and driven by money-based goals that they have no love left for the technology itself and how it benefits people. They are only in love with the ideology of making money by leveraging that technology. It's scary and I am not sure I want to be part of this stupid world where I find that bad, regressive changes are being so easily accepted and good, solid technology is being discarded because it was time for another "upgrade" cycle. If technology multinational companies got so rich when their users were fully informed, now these companies have unlimited scope to get richer as ignorant people are in the majority! It will create a big economic imbalance where the most undeserving are highly paid because they're in a position of power but cannot handle the responsibility that comes with it. It has come to the point where you can't say "No thanks". They will force "innovation" on you which doesn't really add value for you. And even if you were ready to take on the challenge of adopting the new thing, that's not good enough for them. They will actively ruin and take away what you were content with to force you to accept what you don't need.
  48. 4 points
    Heh heh if only today's flies on the walls could speak like yesteryears' ... AARD code
  49. 4 points
    My personal take is this: While the market was disappointed by Windows 8, many were holding out to see what the next major release would bring. Many cited the "every other version" rule (selective as it was: ME, XP, Vista, 7, 8x, win!) and waited for Windows 9 with eager anticipation. Now that Windows 10 has been released and it shows little improvement while being even worse in many ways, I expect to see an unprecedented stagnation of the PC market with a smaller boost for alternatives, just like we saw happen suddenly in the months surrounding the release of Windows 8: Figure 1: "The velocity of computer sales" as visualized by the rapid takeover of Windows 7, replaced by the suddenly much slower rate of adoption of Windows 8. So, considering that Windows 10 was in the position to "undo the wrongs of Windows 8" and reassure the market of Microsoft's viability, but epic failed to do so, I do place much of the blame now on Windows 10. There were many of us that went into 2014 with the faith that Microsoft could "get it right this time" only to discover otherwise when the time came.
  50. 4 points
    So should we release today or is there some important blocker which limits you? B)
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