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bphlpt

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  1. bphlpt

    Update Win 7, or Not ?

    That's why, anything I download for the Kindle, I convert it also to pdf and store it on my computer. To my knowledge, there's no way that Amazon can get to it at that point. Cheers and Regards
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    Cannot Type Emoticons or Emojis

    FWIW, it worked for me using SRWare Iron w/ Win7 Pro x64. I haven't done anything I'm aware of to load the emoticon images into my cache, but then I also haven't done anything I'm aware of to prevent their being loaded, either. To me, as in any other time when I'm trying to figure out how to force a post to display with the desired look, this is just yet one more reason why I wish the "good" folks who supply our board software hadn't removed the ability to alternate between BBCode mode and WYSIWYG mode. But I know that ship has long sailed since I don't think they even use BBCode mode internally any more, Not that they NEEDED to change from a format that has worked perfectly well for many years, but ... --::sigh::-- n/m [end of rant] Cheers and Regards
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    Underflow Scene

    I haven't ever seen it, but it seems that it is a real thing and has been around for at least 10 years, according to this site - http://www.bottomsupbeer.com/, and apparently your gif above is a commercial for that company. Did you mean to imply by "were it possible in the real world", that it wasn't a real thing? Cheers and Regards
  4. I don't know if the failing switch was at fault, but as of right now, the board response time is much better than it has been in a while. I agree that CloudFlare might help a little bit with some of the problems MSFN has been experiencing. Cheers and Regards
  5. No disrespect meant, but I'm wondering what is it about MSFN that has caused it to be targeted for attack or have other major failures over the last several years? At least it seems that way when empirically comparing it to the uptimes and response times of other tech forums such as RyanVM, WinCert, MDL, etc. Very curious. EDIT: This is a MAJOR understatement. Cheers and Regards
  6. I believe that NoelC uses Intel processors in all of his systems. I'm curious whether the same kinds of performance hits he has observed are also present in AMD processor based systems. Has anyone experienced that? In either case, besides avoiding Meltdown and Spectre specific patches and several other updates we've already been avoiding to prevent telemetry and downgrading to Win 10 etc, if MS has started using the cumulative update model for not only Win 10 but for Win 7 and 8.x as well, are there any updates since Dec 2017 that are safe (and useful? ) to apply to Win 7 and 8.x that will not have an appreciable impact on performance? Are we stuck using a Dec 2017 version of the OS from here on out? Yes I know that many folks comfortably use even older OS or take the approach of almost never applying updates except to address specific problems they might encounter, but I'm not sure I'm completely comfortable with that approach quite yet. I would be more comfortable with a revised list of updates to avoid, or a list of which updates are OK, if anyone is willing to maintain such a list. Something like an expanded version of the 'How to avoid being "upgraded to Win 10" against your will:', perhaps? But that's just me. Cheers and Regards
  7. Xper, this latest site crash seems quite catastrophic, and in no way any fault of yours. We sympathize with you and the extra work and stress you must be under as you have to struggle to return the site to a functioning state. I only ask that you please establish some kind of emergency communication channel between you and one or two of the mods so that they can keep the users aware of what's going on. There is already a channel that the mods can use to communicate with the users. This time, it seemed that everyone was in the dark. Even if all we can do is offer you our thoughts and prayers, we would appreciate being kept informed of the overall situation, at least in generalities. In return, if there is anything at all that you can think of that we might be able to do for you, please ask. Thanks in advance for your consideration of this request. Cheers and Regards
  8. Ah Hah!!!! So it's YOUR fault! At least we finally have someone to blame. Don't do that again! (Just kidding!) Cheers and Regards
  9. bphlpt

    IE 8 in 2018?

    After you installed all of that I assume the your system showed that it was up to date? If so, then be happy and don't bother to check MU until the next month. At that time, repeat the process: First, these days I would suggest waiting until a week or two after the updates are released to make sure there are no problems with them - let somebody else be the guinea pig instead of you. Then manually install the current IE8 cumulative update and any appropriate Office related updates. After restarting, MU should act appropriately to get the rest of any necessary updates. Once it shows you're up to date then leave it alone until the next month. It used to work fine to check MU/WU daily or weekly if you wanted to, just to be sure you weren't missing out on anything. These days, leave well enough alone and only use it as infrequently as possible. There are just too many problems with the system to do otherwise. Why drive yourself crazy for no benefits? Just my opinion. Cheers and Regards
  10. bphlpt

    IE 8 in 2018?

    What, EXACTLY, and I mean EVERYTHING, have you done to your system since it was working a few days ago? What has changed? Why were you even trying to run MU now anyway? There shouldn't have been any new updates available in the last few days. Without this information we have no idea how to help you. The procedures you have been provided (in this thread, and here and here) work, and solve the endless searching problem, AFAIK, so I'm assuming the problem is on your end. Remember, read the instructions carefully and follow them completely. If it doesn't work, try it again and do it even more carefully and slowly, double checking yourself at each step. If it still doesn't work, come back, tell us exactly what you did, what you expected to happen and exactly what happened instead. Then maybe someone can help you. [This is good general advice on how to get the best results when you ask for help on any technical forum. The members on such forums are usually willing to help you, but most are not willing to do it for you.] Cheers and Regards
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    IE 8 in 2018?

    @apreese16, Well, in @dencorso's post here, originally posted by @VistaLover here: That might, or might not, make them show up in "advanced", possibly after another restart. No offense, but from reading this entire thread, it seems that you need to read and follow instructions more carefully. Cheers and Regards
  12. bphlpt

    Windows 10 Claimed to Have Overtaken Windows 7

    Actually, No. Recheck the more recent info posted at your link and also look at netmarketshare directly. Windows 7 -- 44.81 % Windows 10 -- 28.19% Windows XP -- 7.27% Windows 8.1 -- 6.41% Even the original poster couldn't seem to duplicate his original claim. So you might want to re-title this thread. Cheers and Regards
  13. bphlpt

    Windows XP License

    AFAIK, @rloew and @Destro are correct. The license has to match the version. The SP level is totally immaterial. And as Destro also said, it is possible to change the version of the source you have in order to match the license you have access to. But again, the SP level has nothing to do with that. You might be thinking of the Upgrade discs that were sold, for XP SP2 for example, but the license that went along with that was only required if you were "upgrading" from a non-XP OS such as Win2K. If you already had a licensed version of XP, then SP2 was available for download for free, and would install with the original XP license you already had, as rloew explained. Cheers and Regards
  14. Ahhh Thank you very much. Cheers and Regards
  15. Right click where? Can you please post a pic showing exactly where to click? TIA Cheers and Regards
  16. bphlpt

    HFSLIP64 v1.1.5 released

    Sorry! DUH! (slaps forehead) Here you go - link - But remember, I have only verified that the archive will open and the contents seem to be OK. I have not used it at all. Good luck! Cheers and Regards
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    HFSLIP64 v1.1.5 released

    duplicate post
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    HFSLIP64 v1.1.5 released

    Since this version of HFSLIP has been abandoned, you might be better off going to the archive section of @tomasz86's site, click on the HFSLIP link which will take you to Mega, and open up the HFSLIP folder, where you can download the latest version of HFSLIP that tomasz is supporting, currently version HFSLIP2000-1.0.2. ( If you really, really, really NEED this older version, and can explain why you think you need the obsolete version instead of the current version, I might be able to find it in my own archives, but I never used that version and haven't touched it since I downloaded it 4 or 5 years ago, so I can't vouch for it's functionality.) Cheers and Regards
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    MBR / GPT Drive Dissection

    @98SE, as much as I hate to get involved in this conversation at all, I couldn't find where you specify exactly what this "special SATA to USB adapter" is, ie exact part number and/or link to where it is described or where you can purchase it.
  20. I'm guessing that your AIO printer has a slot that you can plug an SD or other memory card into? If so, that's probably what is being picked up, so it isn't actually a phantom drive. Cheers and Regards
  21. bphlpt

    Windows XP - Deepest Impressions

    Hopefully, this is not the end of this thread. There is value in all of the various MS OS, and they each have their supporters to this day. That's why there are threads here supporting everything from DOS to Win95, Win98, ME, XP, Win2K, Vista, Win7, Win8.x, and Win10. Maybe Win3.1 too, but I can't think of any threads I've seen lately. Each of the OS meets the needs of someone, so they deserve to be supported. And for each OS, there are probably just as many folks that think that particular OS is a total waste of digital space. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, and deserves a place to politely state it. Whether they use that space to support or disagree is their right and their choice. @rloew is a fan of, and supports, DOS and Win9x, and apparently makes his living at it, or at least it's a profitable hobby for him. I began working with computers before DOS existed, and worked using and supporting systems using everything from DOS though Win2K. I used computers enough at work that I had no interest in having one at home, until I changed professions. I put Win2K on my first home computer, which I happily stayed with until I finally moved to Win7, or Vista SP3 as @jaclaz would describe it, which I've now had for a number of years. @blackwingcat and @tomasz86 have both been steadfast supporters of Win2K over the years. @xpclient, obviously. was a huge fan of XP for many years, until he, like @JodyT, decided to move to Win8.1. [ I say like Jody, since I believe that Jody would use Win8.1 if his hardware would support it.] And yes, Jody, like many of us, has changed his OS allegiances over the years as @mixit mentioned above, but to Jody's credit, he was always respectful in all of our discussions over the years from when he used XP until now when he is on Win8, even if I thought he was sometimes being annoyingly persistent. @greenhillmaniac is a big fan of Vista, which Jody also admires, but Jody wanted to be a bit more current, IIRC. @NoelC depends on computers for his livelihood, so they must be as stable, reliable, efficient, current, and fast as he can make them. I believe he's probably used most of MS's OS, skipping a few such as Vista SP0 and Win8. He used Win7 for many years, and some of the computers he absolutely depends on in his network still use Win7 today, though he uses Win8.1 on his main workstation. @dhjohns is one I can think of who is a huge fan of Win10. Bottom line, as I have told Jody many times over the years, each user should have the right to use whichever OS that works for them and meets their needs. They should each be respected and supported as best we can. We should be able to say which OS we think is the best, and why, say which features we like or dislike, and say which OS deserves an award, and which ones are pure sh*t, as long as we do it politely and respectfully, and in an appropriate location. The user is always to be respected, even if they are, or I am, wrong. Cheers and Regards
  22. In those days, computers had a maximum of 64 KILO bytes of RAM that you could possibly install in the entire computer, and you were lucky if you could manage to fit that on a single plug-in card the size of today's graphics cards, That is way less than the cache that is inside the CPU today. A HDD with 12MB back then was actually closer to 12TB today. How could you possibly fill up all of that space? Cheers and Regards
  23. bphlpt

    Windows XP - Deepest Impressions

    @sdfox7 and @Destro, @JodyT is not in any way "trolling". What you might not realize is that @dencorso created this thread, and placed it here, specifically for @JodyT, at my and several other member's request. Just like there are threads where folks can praise, or bash, other OS, such as Windows 10 and Windows 8.x, there should be a place where folks can freely do the same for XP. No offense JodyT, but JodyT had been known for making posts saying that folks should move on from XP in many threads that were made for praising, or at least acknowledging the continued use of XP, and his comments there were not appropriate or appreciated. But he deserved a place where he could safely express his views, and hopefully encourage an open and friendly discussion on both the merits and faults of XP. So this thread was born. [If you read the entire thread it might make more sense, since some of the initial posts were pulled from those other threads and moved here.] MSFN tries to be a forum that has a place for everyone to politely express their views about, and find help for, all of the various MS OS. It was decided, by the forum members as a whole, even before the staff begrudgingly agreed to allow them, that threads such as the Windows 8 and Windows 10 "Deeper Impressions", and the "Official - Windows 10 Worst Crap Ever!" threads had a place here. They are very popular and fun, and they give a place for folks to say what they dislike about the OSes and MS in general. So it is only fair that such a thread for XP exists, too. We hope you will continue to post your opinions about XP here, both positive and negative. Who knows? You might be able to enlighten JodyT to the error of his ways. But if you criticize him for expressing his views here, in this thread you two are the ones who are in the wrong, and you owe @JodyT an apology. If you have a better idea of a thread title, or location for this thread so that others will not make the same mistake you did, then by all means make an appropriate suggestion. I hope the friendly banter here will continue, but remember, the "enemy" or "friend" is the OS, not the person who chooses to use it, no matter how misguided they happen to be. ( j/k ) We're all supposed to be friends here. Cheers and Regards
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    Windows XP - Deepest Impressions

    Absolutely, @JodyT, and this is a perfect thread for you to comment in to your heart's content. Hopefully, there will be many, respectful, comments on both sides to keep the conversation interesting. Cheers and Regards
  25. @98SE and @rloew, Regarding rloew's EMBR: @98SE, you seem to be focused on the use of external drives, to either share data between machines, users, and/or locations. Thus your concerns about the abilities of being able to read the data by a machine that doesn't have the EMBR installed, the cost and inconvenience because a license is required for each machine, etc. But @rloew, if I understand correctly, your intent was more on the lines of being able to use modern drives on a user's existing machine with an older OS installed, and perhaps other more modern OS as well in a multi-boot arrangement, and so more focused on internal applications. Since the drive would be "permanently" installed and NOT shared, @98SE's concerns created by sharing the drives are irrelevant, and a license fee that is per machine, and not based on the number of OS or number of drives installed, seems reasonable. So have you two been trying to compare apples and oranges? I'm not trying to argue that external uses are not important or useful, they absolutely are. Not only for sharing data, but for use with laptops and ease of use in general. But, if I understand correctly, since external drives often/usually come with a translation bridge built in, aren't they often/usually already able to be used by older OS, eliminating the need for EMBR in that application? And @98SE, you keep bringing up things like asking why he didn't do such-and-such "20 years ago", or talking about the possibility of using @rloew's tools on HUGE drives that won't exist or be practical for the average user for many years. While I believe that @rloew is more concerned in addressing the existing needs today of his customers or himself. Apples and oranges again? Understanding the reasons a tool was developed is often enlightening, and discussing the possible future applications of a tool can be fun to talk about and sometimes helpful for the developer to give him ideas for possible enhancements to his tools, as long as they aren't continued to be pushed when the developer has stated he's not interested. That hasn't happened in this thread, yet, but it's gotten close. And isn't the discussion by both of you about GPT veering away from the topic of this thread, regarding MBR hard drives? Cheers and Regards
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