Jump to content
Strawberry Orange Banana Lime Leaf Slate Sky Blueberry Grape Watermelon Chocolate Marble
Strawberry Orange Banana Lime Leaf Slate Sky Blueberry Grape Watermelon Chocolate Marble

MSFN is made available via donations, subscriptions and advertising revenue. The use of ad-blocking software hurts the site. Please disable ad-blocking software or set an exception for MSFN. Alternatively, register and become a site sponsor/subscriber and ads will be disabled automatically. 


  • Content Count

  • Donations

  • Joined

  • Last visited

  • Days Won


j7n last won the day on March 27

j7n had the most liked content!

Community Reputation

29 Excellent

About j7n

  • Birthday January 13

Profile Information

  • OS
    XP Pro x86
  • Country


  • Country Flag

Recent Profile Visitors

2,956 profile views
  1. Why must there be so much JavaScript bloat. It always gets justified with security, modern, clean and responsive. Does anyone remember "Feather", a light-weight front-end to the site? In New Moon, the "polymer" YouTube is slower than the previous layout in Opera (and Opera is very slow). The "mobile" layout loads fast. But I can't right-click on a link to bring up the context menu. It gets interpreted as a left click and the link is followed.
  2. The world map is OpenGL accelerated. It loads nvoglnt.dll on my system. Maybe some configuration there prevents it from working. Angle, etc. The engine in Otter is much slower. I've given up on that browser. New sites tend to be loaded^2 almost always. https://i.imgur.com/Fy4Tl8R.jpg
  3. Radio Garden "works" for me in New Moon. The map shows, moves and streams get loaded. But the UI has a high CPU usage, as expected, and audio output is unstable, choppy or replays a short buffer over and over again, possibly an incompatiblity with my audio interface. If you mean this by not working then I have to agree. Seems like a poor design to run the audio and the heavy UI in the same process of the browser... Seems like all the streams are normal HTTP downloads (icecast) that can be played in Winamp. But extracting the links from the network log is inconvenient.
  4. There could be a situation that some components of the software don't load on WinXP while it appears to install and even start. Last version of SMPlayer for XP is 17.3; later versions have a new MPV module. Without a video codec, a player does nothing. IrfanView past 4.53 has a couple incompatible DLLs, one of them WebP. XnView also has a WebP dll. Maybe add a mark on your list for partially working titles. I've read back in the thread a reference about something being officially supported. Probably it is more important that the program works than if somebody on its developer's forum will answer questions about it ("support"). The very latest versions are usually not the best on XP... ugly flat design, require too much memory, slow.
  5. The version of MPV that works for me is mpv-i686-20151029.7z (exe = 30,859,283 bytes). The version unfortunately has to be recent, to work with separate video/audio streams in the current format. Select "adaptive steams" on the network tab in preferences. It will probably stop working soon again as the system is changed. I'm surprised how long have the developers of SM etc., have had the patience to work around innovations from Google. It mostly works, apart from occasional video/audio mismatch after long seeks backwards. I didn't realize that there are gigabytes of extensions. The ones I had were quite small. But it doesn't surprise me. Open bookmark on new tab - one extension, view image onto a new tab - another extension.... Mozilla could have rolled the most popular functions into their browser instead of developing useless design stuff.
  6. I don't understand the question. A number of programs, besides a web browser, can download (stream) files over network. This extension ("Open With") creates a menu where a direct link can be handed over to one of those programs for processing. SMPlayer also has a kind of a parser inside it for YouTube that can extract the actual link from a webpage. A video player has greater functionality, much lighter interface, runs isolated from other processes and contains all needed decoders without caring about patents. An example use case would be with own server where media files can be browsed by directory. https://superuser.com/questions/889965/ CAA is a collection of extensions for the browser. It was recommended to me by another member. Unfortunately, with Firefox, most customization requres an extension, even though the base package already is around 40 MB.
  7. Keep a name that relates to either Firefox or Moon to accurately describe what the core of it really is. There already are too many flavors of Firefox that don't differ that much. Avoid wrong or silly NSFW associations: "bird" is a mail client and RT is Microsoft's OS for portables. Maybe Moon Whistler, but not Whistler alone as that is the whole of Windows.
  8. I added external viewers using extension "Open With" by Geoff Lankow, which can be found in JustOff's extensions archive "CAA". This basic function should really be part of the base package, like external editors in graphics programs. Viewing video in the browser is an awful experience, as is digging through about:config. Another problem I encountered is a global ban (!) on Cloud Flare (many sites) based on the browser's "signature" and a failed "integrity check". I've customized it a bit for a few days, but have done nothing that would incur a ban. Anybody else getting this problem? I was getting this problem before adding any extensions, and noticed it again because the add-ons were hosted on CF. My IP is not banned, only the signature of New Moon. https://i.imgur.com/b53Ai0U.png Another question: Can the extended validation field in the URL bar be diasabled to extend the available space and avoid the text jumping when edited? I've succeeded removing the padlock symbol.
  9. What options are available for adding external programs to a menu of the page (that is already open) and hyperlinks in Firefox, in particular New Moon? I want to open media files and YouTube pages in players such as SMPlayer or Winamp, as I can do for now in Opera. The program should receive the HTTP hyperlink as a command-line argument. This is a convenient simple function that should be in browsers. As I understand it, XUL extensions have been removed from the Firefox website.
  10. I have not followed the scene for a couple years. Are there any replacement or shim DLLs available for enabling modern software to run on either Win XP or 2003? I'm only aware of KernelEx for Win98, the BlackWingCat's project and DLLs released for one or a few specific missing functions for some games (Crusader Kings), and to fix/extend xp SP1 (EncodePointer) and SP2. I'm looking for small updates that are safe and easy to copy to an existing system, not gigabyte compilations.
  11. Thank you for your releases. Videos and plain sound files seem to work out of the box after I reinstalled the browsers again. I don't really watch news portals myself and tried a few test sites that dind't seem to load at first. I love how Borealis exposes so many options in the GUI.
  12. What is the process for installing h.264 video decoder in recent Palemoon (28.9) or Borealis Navigator? The first post provides DLLs for older PM27/F45, which apparently have no effect when copied into the installaton of the new browser. Replacing mozavcodec.dll has no effect either. It doesn't even complain about wrong version. Nothing.
  13. Unfortunately the QNX theme still has flaws as most of them do, which is why I made my post in the first place. There is quantity over quality, and over-abundance of choice. I made a few small tweaks that restore usability, namely made group box transparent when it's drawn over other controls in many programs, and added classic shadow to disabled buttons to make text readable and of the same style as static disabled text. In the unlikely event that anybody cares, I can provide a link. I noticed that themes include large text files of technical terms that are in Unicode for no reason, like most text on NT. 100 KB for each font size. Unfortunately Windows couldn't load ANSI text here. Original Adjusted
  14. I don't make a distinction between portable or unportable software. A product may change the directory where it writes its settings file in an update, while continuing to work the same in other aspects. Most applications remain functional if they can't find their settings on a fresh OS. All software I have gets installed or manually copied into a directory called c:\bin or d:\apps; only system components that don't offer the choice go into Program Files. I avoid Microsoft-managed shell folders, and have done so long before NT6 and the complications it added. My archive of software is organized by category, such as "communications" or "text editors". I copy a compressed archive or installer in there after I've tested it, and don't run anything from this location. I don't use any 3rd party portability wrappers.
  15. How do you manage file associations on Microsoft Windows? I enter them directly in the registry using Registry Workshop, which allows to copy entire keys in an Explorer-like interface. Earlier I used Regedit. I've defined file types for every extension beginning with "ZZ_" to organize them together. I've added three generic editors (emeditor, winhex, notepad) to the asterisk "*" extension. There is considerable redundancy in commands. Some file viewers are applicable to many types (IrfanView, media players). Other commands are specific to one or two formats. Merging all image or sound files into one file type is not convenient. This would also lose distinct icons for each format. Is there a tool that would allow one to define a command with its name, and then allow to quickly add it to specific file types via checkboxes or similar spreadsheet layout? The tool would be useful for setting up a new computer quickly. Association function in application software is mostly rubbish. They register themselves as the only program with the ambiguous "Open" verb. It is not easy to tell which program would be executed. Sometimes an association is stolen, and it is still called "Open" afterwards. Only some tools offer to add themselves as secondary types. I've tried "WAssociate", which is good, but not much more than Registry Workshop with a Browse function for commands and icons. I would probably use it for the registry tree copying functionality. I have to guess what "Default Programs Editor" does because it requires the NET Framework. These days computers are so obscenely fast that entire games run in Framework, but I don't have it. Looking at the screenshots, it seems that it doesn't allow to share commands between file types. What is the status of associations in Windows 10? When the system was new, word was that associations would only be managed by built-in OS tools. How exactly are they different there? Can you still set them via the registry, or have to do a dance with manifests or hidden accounts?
  • Create New...