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  1. XP task bar vertical?

    Yes, keep trying ... that 'hot spot' is somewhere. It is very frustrating trying to fix it, at least it was for me. If you have a 'recent' backup, you may have to resort to using it, just to get things correct again. The fix is there somewhere on the taskbar. It will move quick or jump back into place, as I remember. ... found this help with Google search ... "Click on an empty area of the taskbar and hold the mouse button down. Now, just drag the mouse down to where you want the taskbar to be. Once you get close enough, it'll jump right into place. To keep it from jumping around again, right click on the taskbar, and then select Lock the Taskbar." http://www.google.com/search?q=taskbar+is+vertical+how+to+make+horizontal&complete=0&hl=en&gbv=2&sa=X&as_q=&nfpr=&spell=1&ved=0ahUKEwj2n574nL7ZAhVSNd8KHa6TBwsQvwUIEQ ... just to add, heinoganda mentioned it and that little paragraph from above mentions about 'locking' the taskbar. I never noticed the 'Lock the Taskbar' check area or I didn't pay that much attention to it before. I have it now checked for the future, taskbar still seems to work OK, as always.
  2. XP task bar vertical?

    Hi Roffen ... just thinking about you the other day ... hadn't seen any posts lately. Well, until someone can offer a complete solution, I offer this to try ... you might get lucky. This has also happened to me about three or four times since I started using WinXP in 2012. It drove me crazy and I had no idea how it actually happened ... still don't and thankfully it's been several years since it last happened. Somehow I stumbled into a fix ... by dragging or moving the taskbar with the mouse cursor. It seemed to take me many tries but finally I can get it back in the proper position. Putting the mouse cursor in the right area on the taskbar ... I don't know where that is but in an instant the taskbar is back in the right location. Someone else may know exactly how to fix the situation very quick ... I dread it happening again to me one day, so I will be reading all replies for a 'quick fix'. I think one time I could not fix it and went to an old DVD back up just to get it back to normal. ,,, looks like heinoganda has offered the fix. I will make note of it myself. monroe
  3. Intel Did Not Tell U.S. Cyber Officials About Chip Flaws Until Made Public http://www.oann.com/intel-did-not-tell-u-s-cyber-officials-about-chip-flaws-until-made-public/ February 22, 2018 By Stephen Nellis (Reuters) – Intel Corp did not inform U.S. cyber security officials of the so-called Meltdown and Spectre chip security flaws until they leaked to the public, six months after Alphabet Inc notified the chipmaker of the problems, according to letters sent by tech companies to lawmakers on Thursday. Current and former U.S. government officials have raised concerns that the government was not informed of the flaws before they became public because the flaws potentially held national security implications. Intel said it did not think the flaws needed to be shared with U.S. authorities as hackers had not exploited the vulnerabilities. Intel did not tell the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team, better known as US-CERT, about Meltdown and Spectre until Jan. 3, after reports on them in online technology site The Register had begun to circulate. US-CERT, which issues warnings about cyber security problems to the public and private sector, did not respond to a request for comment. Details of when the chip flaws were disclosed were detailed in letters sent by Intel, Alphabet and Apple Inc on Thursday in response to questions from Representative Greg Walden, an Oregon Republican who chairs the House Energy and Commerce Committee. The letters were seen by Reuters. Alphabet said that security researchers at its Google Project Zero informed chipmakers Intel, Advanced Micro Devices Inc and SoftBank Group Corp-owned ARM Holdings of the problems in June. It gave the chipmakers 90 days to fix the issues before public disclosing them, standard practice in the cyber security industry intended to give the targets of bugs time to fix them before hackers can take advantage of the flaws. Alphabet said it left the decision of whether to inform government officials of the security flaws up to the chipmakers, which is its standard practice. Intel said it did not inform government officials because there was “no indication that any of these vulnerabilities had been exploited by malicious actors,” according to its letter. Intel also said it did not perform an analysis of whether the flaws might harm critical infrastructure because it did not think it could affect industrial control systems. But Intel said that it did inform other technology companies that use its chips of the issue, according to its letter. Intel, Alphabet and Apple could not immediately be reached for comment. AMD, ARM, Microsoft Corp and Amazon.com Inc also responded to questions from lawmakers. Microsoft said that it did inform several antivirus software makers about the flaws “several weeks” ahead of their public disclosure to give them time to avoid compatibility issues. AMD said that Alphabet extended the disclosure deadline from the standard 90 days twice, first to Jan. 3, then to Jan. 9. ...
  4. Starman and the red Tesla are really making tracks ... from the article below dated 13 Feb 2018. There is also a web site tracking the roadster ... new website ‘whereisroadster.com’. "According to new website ‘whereisroadster.com’, the very special payload is more than a million miles away from earth. The current location is 1,229,072 miles (1,978,001 km, 0.013 AU) from Earth, moving away from Earth at a speed of 6,874 miles/hour (11,063 km/hour, 3.07 km/s). The car is 143,273,150 miles (230,575,856 km, 1.541 AU) from Mars, moving toward the planet at a speed of 43,941 miles/hour (70,716 km/hour, 19.64 km/s). The car exceeded its 36,000 mile warranty 228.0 times while driving around the Sun, (8,208,548 miles, 13,210,382 km, 0.09 AU), moving at a speed of 55,424 miles/hour (89,196 km/hour, 24.78 km/s). The closest approach to Mars in the next orbit will occur on Jun 10, 2018, and will be approximately 0.739 AU away." https://www.express.co.uk/news/science/916166/SpaceX-Falcon-Heavy-Starman-where-is-the-Tesla-roadster-now-where-is-starman-asteroid-belt SpaceX Falcon Heavy LIVE: Where is the Starman right now? Where is the Tesla roadster? SPACEX'S Starman and the speeding Tesla Roadster are now on an interstellar path heading towards the Asteroid Belt between Mars and Jupiter. But where are they now and what is their expected path? By Vickiie Oliphant PUBLISHED: Feb 13, 2018 | UPDATED: Tue, Feb 13, 2018 Elon Musk confirmed late Tuesday the Falcon Heavy and its lone Starman passenger have completed one final engine burn towards a “trans-Mars injection”. The powerful rocket launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, at 3.45pm EST (8.45pm GMT) on Tuesday before breaking out to into space. Mr Musk revealed yesterday the final rocket burst worked better than intended and has quite significantly shifted the Roadster’s trajectory. The SpaceX founder tweeted: "Third burn successful. Exceeded Mars orbit and kept going to the Asteroid Belt." ... more at the link
  5. Latest Version of Software Running on XP

    I am reading that it says 'latest version' and not 'last version' for WinXP ... you may well be right, I guess we'll know for sure with the next release. I almost read it as 'last' myself for a few seconds. Maybe it says 'last' somewhere else that I did not see. "Version 13.8 of K-Lite Mega Codec Pack is the latest version compatible with Windows XP." ...
  6. roytam1 ... thanks again for the New Moon browser update ... nice browser for WinXP. Enjoy your vacation and the Lunar New Year ...
  7. This is having a lot of fun if you can afford to launch your car into space ... a must see picture !!! "Elon Musk, the CEO of SpaceX and Telsa, on Wednesday posted the final photograph of the Tesla Roadster" Elon Musk Posts Final Photo of Tesla Roadster Headed to Asteroid Belt http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2018/02/08/elon-musk-posts-final-photo-tesla-roadster-headed-to-asteroid-belt.html Elon Musk, the CEO of SpaceX and Telsa, on Wednesday posted the final photograph of the Tesla Roadster that was launched into space on a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket and is headed to the asteroid belt. Musk wrote in the Instagram post, “Last pic of Starman in Roadster en route to Mars Orbit and then the Asteroid Belt.” Tuesday's launch marked the rocket’s first test flight and is the most powerful rocket since the Saturn V was used in the Apollo missions. Third burn successful. Exceeded Mars orbit and kept going to the Asteroid Belt. pic.twitter.com/bKhRN73WHF — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 7, 2018 Test vehicles usually carry concrete or steel blocks, but Musk said that would be “extremely boring.” “We decided to send something unusual, something that made us feel,” Musk was quoted as saying. SpaceX expected the battery in the car to last 12 hours, but it lasted just 4 hours, according to USA Today. Scientists believe that radiation will tear the car into pieces within a year. View from SpaceX Launch Control. Apparently, there is a car in orbit around Earth. pic.twitter.com/QljN2VnL1O — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 6, 2018 Cameras mounted on the car fed stunning video of “Starman” tooling around Earth, looking something like a NASCAR racer out for a Sunday drive, with its right hand on the wheel and the left arm resting on the car’s door. A sign on the dashboard read: “Don’t panic!,” while David Bowie’s “Life on Mars?” played in the background at one point. A Hot Wheels roadster was also on the dash with a tiny spaceman on board. The Falcon Heavy is a combination of three Falcon 9s, the rocket that the company uses to ship supplies to the International Space Station and lift satellites. SpaceX is reusing first-stage boosters to save on launch costs. Most other rocket makers discard their spent boosters in the ocean. Following the launch, SpaceX was able to recover the two side boosters, landing them safely at Cape Canaveral. However, the central core did not stick the landing on a floating drone ship 300 miles off the Florida coast. Musk said late Tuesday the booster hit the water at 300 mph because it could re-light only one of the three engines needed to land. Unlike most rockets out there, the Falcon Heavy receives no government funding. The hulking rocket is intended for massive satellites, like those used by the U.S. military and communication companies. Even before the successful test flight, customers were signed up. “It was awesome, like a science fiction movie coming to reality,” said former NASA deputy administrator Dava Newman, Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Apollo professor of astronautics. “They nailed it. Good for them.” Given the high stakes and high drama, Tuesday’s launch attracted huge crowds not seen since NASA’s final space shuttle flight seven years ago. While the shuttles had more liftoff muscle than the Heavy, the all-time leaders in both size and might were NASA’s Saturn V rockets, which first flew astronauts to the moon in 1968. Containing 27 engines, the rocket had a thrust able to generate more than 5 million pounds, akin to the equivalent of 18 Boeing 747 aircraft. It was able to lift a payload of more than 64 metric tons (141,000 pounds) into orbit, twice as much as the Delta IV Heavy, at one-third the cost, according to SpaceX. The flight was originally scheduled for 1:30 pm ET, but was pushed back to 3:45 pm ET due to wind shear. It fired from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. On the eve of the flight, Musk said the company had done all it could to maximize success. Musk has plenty of experience with rocket accidents, from his original Falcon 1 test flights to his follow-up Falcon 9s, one of which exploded on a nearby pad during a 2016 ignition test. “I’ve seen rockets blow up so many different ways, so, yeah, it’s a great relief when it actually works,” Musk said after liftoff. ...
  8. I thought this was a joke but I guess not ... there is a picture of it in space in the article with someone (dummy ?) in a space suit sitting in the car ... have not seen the video. SpaceX Successfully Launches Falcon Heavy Rocket Carrying Tesla Roadster http://www.oann.com/spacex-successfully-launches-falcon-heavy-rocket-carrying-tesla-roadster/ OAN Newsroom Tues. February 6, 2018 SpaceX launched its Falcon Heavy rocket for the first time with a Tesla roadster on board. The highly anticipated launch took place Tuesday at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The Falcon Heavy rocket features three boosters and 27 engines to give it a powerful thrust. SpaceX owner Elon Musk said he used the rocket to send his Tesla roadster into orbit as a mock payload. Musk said he wanted to add some dramatic flair to the mission, which will take the car around the sun in a long, oval orbit. After the successful landing of its two side boosters, the SpaceX rocket is now the most powerful rocket in operation in the world, and the Tesla roadster is hailed as the first automobile in space. ...
  9. Well later this afternoon the asteroid is doing it's flyby ... around 2:30 PM EST. http://www.kcentv.com/article/weather/whats-on-your-radar/whats-on-your-radar-episode-5-asteroid-passes-earth-before-super-bowl/500-514047299 Asteroid passes Earth before Super Bowl While Americans get ready for the Super Bowl, another big event is happening a couple million miles away. Author: Stephen Adams, Meagan Massey, Zachary Scott February 2, 2018 An asteroid is going to whiz by Earth at 76,000 mph on Super Bowl Sunday. But, don't worry. It won't be close enough to hit anything. Asteroid 2002 AJ129 -- yes, that's its name -- will soar safely past our planet at 3:30 p.m. CST on Feb. 4. At its closest, NASA says the asteroid will be no nearer than 10 times the distance between the Earth and Moon. That's roughly 2.6 million miles -- fairly close in outer space terms, but not near enough to hurt us. ... mote at the link
  10. Best Buy to Stop Selling CDs Starting July 1 https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/feb/3/best-buy-stop-selling-cds-starting-july-1-report/ By Andrew Blake - The Washington Times - Saturday, February 3, 2018 Best Buy is reportedly slated to stop selling compact discs this summer, pressing pause amid years of slumped sales at its stores and others. Billboard reported Friday that Best Buy plans to stop carrying CDs at its retail stores effective July 1, citing undisclosed sources. Best Buy did not immediately return a message seeking comment, and the music magazine’s report could not be independently verified. CD sales have been on the decline in the U.S. for years, however, and lately the business has only generated Best Buy about $40 million annually, Billboard reported — a far cry for what used to be one of the nation’s biggest music retailers. CD sales in the U.S. market dropped by 16.3 percent from 125 million copies in 2015 to 104.8 million in 2016, according to an annual end-of-year Nielsen report released in early 2017. Taking into consideration CDs, cassettes and vinyl records, physical album sales at mass-merchant retail chain stores decreased by 24.5 percent during that same span, the report said. Nielsen’s latest annual year report, report released last month, did not account for CD sales specifically but said that total physical album sales had dropped 16.5 percent since 2016, down to 102.9 million copies in 2017. About 14.3 million of those albums were vinyl, according to the latest report. Best Buy plans to continue carrying vinyl records, but will start selling albums alongside its turntables, Billboard reported. Headquartered in Richfield, Minnesota, Best Buy operated slightly more than 1,000 retail shops in North America as of late 2016. The company started off as an audio-video retailer before morphing into the so-called “big box” store it is today, and Billboard said the chain was at one point “the most powerful music merchandiser” in the country. ...
  11. Would like to know the location of the default New Moon user agent. I am not able to find it in 'about:config' ... I am getting this reading at a user agent ID site: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 5.1; rv:52.9) Gecko/20100101 Goanna/3.4 Firefox/52.9 PaleMoon/27.8.0a1 ...
  12. Microsoft Issues Update to Disable Intel’s Buggy Spectre Patch http://www.oann.com/microsoft-issues-update-to-disable-intels-buggy-spectre-patch/ January 30, 2018 (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp issued an emergency security update on Monday to plug Intel Corp’s buggy Spectre firmware patch after the chipmaker’s fix caused computers to reboot more often than normal. Microsoft said it was rolling out an out-of-band update that specifically disables Intel’s Spectre variant 2 patch. The latest update comes nearly four weeks after Intel confirmed that its chips were impacted by vulnerabilities known as Spectre and Meltdown, which make data on affected computers susceptible to espionage. The Windows maker said system instability triggered by Intel’s faulty patch can in some cases cause “data loss or corruption”. (http://bit.ly/2rW1bYL) Microsoft said its latest update prevented computers to reboot unexpectedly and urged affected customers to manually download it from the Microsoft Update Catalog website. Meltdown was specific to chips from Intel as well as one from SoftBank Group Corp’s ARM Holdings. Spectre affected nearly every modern computing device, including ones with chips from Intel, ARM and Advanced Micro Devices Inc. Last week, Intel said that patches it released to address the two high-profile security vulnerabilities in its chips are faulty, advising customers, computer makers and cloud providers to stop installing them. (Reporting by Subrat Patnaik in Bengaluru; Editing by Gopakumar Warrier)
  13. Intel Asks Customers to Halt Patching for Chip Bug, Citing Flaw http://www.oann.com/intel-asks-customers-to-stop-using-faulty-patches/ January 23, 2018 By Stephen Nellis (Reuters) – Intel Corp said on Monday that patches it released to address two high-profile security vulnerabilities in its chips are faulty, advising customers, computer makers and cloud providers to stop installing them. Intel Executive Vice President Navin Shenoy disclosed the problem in a statement on the chipmaker’s website, saying that patches released after months of development caused computers to reboot more often than normal and other “unpredictable” behavior. “I apologize for any disruption this change in guidance may cause,” Shenoy said. “I assure you we are working around the clock to ensure we are addressing these issues.” The issue of the faulty patches is separate from complaints by customers for weeks that the patches slow computer performance. Intel has said a typical home and business PC user should not see significant slowdowns. Intel’s failure to provide a usable patch could cause businesses to postpone purchasing new computers, said IDC analyst Mario Morales. Intel is “still trying to get a handle on what’s really happening. They haven’t resolved the matter,” he said. Intel asked technology providers to start testing a new version of the patches, which it began distributing on Saturday. The warning came nearly three weeks after Intel confirmed on Jan. 3 that its chips were impacted by vulnerabilities known as Spectre and Meltdown, which make data on affected computers vulnerable to espionage. Meltdown was specific to chips from Intel, as well as one from SoftBank Group Corp’s ARM Holdings. Spectre affected nearly every modern computing device, including ones with chips from Intel, ARM and Advanced Micro Devices Inc. Problems with the patches have been growing since Intel on Jan. 11 said they were causing higher reboot rates in its older chips and then last week that the problem was affecting newer processors. The Wall Street Journal first reported Intel asking customers to halt using the patches. ...
  14. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5279587/A-potentially-hazardous-asteroid-flying-past-Earth.html ‘Potentially hazardous’ asteroid the size of the Burj Khalifa is heading towards Earth at 67,000mph The 2002 AJ129 asteroid has been classed a 'potentially hazardous' by Nasa It will fly past on 4th February at speeds of 67,000mph (107,826kmh) This makes it nearly 15 times faster than the world's quickest manned aircraft By Phoebe Weston For Mailonline Published: 17 January 2018 A gigantic asteroid which is larger than the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, will hurtle past our planet in around two weeks time. The 2002 AJ129 asteroid has been classed a 'potentially hazardous' by Nasa and will fly past at speeds of 67,000mph (107,826kmh). This makes it nearly 15 times faster than the world's quickest manned aircraft - the hypersonic North American X-15, which travelled at 4,520mph (7,300kmh). The asteroid is around 0.7 miles (1.1km) wide - making it longer than the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, which stands at 0.5 miles high (0.8km). It is set to pass by our planet on the 4th February at a distance of around 2,615,128 miles (4,208,641km) away - which is relatively close in space terms. For reference, the distance between the Earth and the moon is 238,855 miles (384,400 km). Nasa describes asteroids as 'hazardous' if they come within 4,600,000 miles (7,403,00km) of our planet. It is the largest space rock to brush past our planet this year and previous research has found a rock of this size could plunge Earth into a mini-ice age if it hit. The impact would cause average temperatures around the world to fall by as much as 8°C, according to a 2016 study on the effects of a collision with a 0.6-mile-wide (1km) asteroid. Scientists warned the 'very severe global impact' would last several years, causing the world to become a much darker, colder and drier place. 'These would not be pleasant times,' Charles Bardeen, of the National Center for Atmospheric Research said during a presentation at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) at the time. 'As of December 24, there are 17,495 known Near-Earth Objects (NEOs) around our planet; 17,389 are asteroids', a Nasa spokesperson told the Express last month. 'This year, we discovered 1,985 new near Earth asteroids. There were 1888 such objects discovered in 2016 and 1,571 in 2015'. Nasa is currently moving forward with a refrigerator-sized spacecraft capable of preventing asteroids from colliding with Earth. A test with a small, nonthreatening asteroid is planned for 2024. This is the first-ever mission to demonstrate an asteroid deflection technique for planetary defence. The Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) would use what is known as a kinetic impactor technique—striking the asteroid to shift its orbit. The impact would change the speed of a threatening asteroid by a small fraction of its total velocity, but by doing so well before the predicted impact, this small nudge will add up over time to a big shift of the asteroid's path away from Earth. ...
  15. dencorso ... I did not understand what that page was until I stumbled across the same page with some English ... thanks. Web browser Spectre Check https://xlab.tencent.com/special/spectre/spectre_check.html ...