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  1. I haven't booted my Core2 Windows 98 machine in a very long time but that one has the RAM patch installed and nearly 4GBs of RAM. Seems to me last I used it, it worked okay as far as that goes. But this is where the issue IS going to come in and it's very much related to RAM. Unless you use rloew's patch or some other method...just look when you launch task manager on your WinNT computer and see how much memory your browser is eating. The sad part is even if we backport a lot of code to Win9x, unless it has a lot of RAM installed and ready to use, websites ignore RAM limits and continue to become more and more resource intensive. In fact it's my belief that the web is truly the #1 driver in planned obsolescence when it comes to computers and other internet-enabled devices. I wouldn't say give up on this though, because I think it has super potential, but these are other things that are needed to be taken into consideration. Heck, when it comes to RAM, what is $20 for the RAM patch as opposed to buying new computers/software?
  2. Try running Windows 9x on a Pentium 3 with only 512MBs of RAM, that's really talking problematic. Even launching Firefox 9.0.1 in itself takes a long time even though the computer itself really isn't that slow (1.3GHz). After a while Firefox just crashes which I'm sure is just due to all the memory being eaten up and it just goes boom on itself.
  3. Quotations of Quotations

    I'm quite sure it can be turned on in the admin panel, but as Jaclaz pointed out, it may be turned off so that we can keep a cleaner looking board as quotes upon quotes upon quotes start to get very annoying and cluttersome, I've even seen some where it's so compacted that there is only one letter before it puts the next letter on the next line. That's one heck of a long message and lots of scrolling to go through in order to see a new reply.
  4. USPS as of April 30th, 2018, no longer loads on Firefox 9.0.1. UPS stopped working at the beginning of 2018 I believe. Not sure about FedEx though.
  5. Activation issue

    Wouldn't do me any good since all I do have is a landline telephone, I don't go into mobile things at all. But it is interesting how they can do that sort of thing now. Do you just send a message to the phone number the activation window gives you and then it sends you a special link? But what if you're not hooked into the internet?
  6. Activation issue

    I remember when I had to do this before I even had internet, what a pain! What was even more painful is I never realized before that I could punch in the numbers on the keypad rather than speak them. Sometimes when I'd speak them, they wouldn't get the numbers right and I'd have to speak to one of their esteemed representatives in India and most of the time all they needed was one block of letters and then they'd give you your activation ID. But entering it on the keypad ensures they don't screw them up. It would be interesting though to confirm if it's just a recent issue or if Microsoft indeed pulled the activation servers. If that's the case, I wonder if Microsoft will ever just issue an activation patch that will just completely bypass it all together or if the phone option will always be an option. Hard to imagine they'd keep a hotline open for it forever though.
  7. And you're absolutely right on that one. Mainly whenever I go to the web to look for answers on why Linux isn't doing something, generally those are the answers you see. I haven't registered on any Linux communities so I haven't tried my hand in any discussions but what gets me is when some of them act like you should know everything about Linux because they do. They say "it's easy". If you have no experience in it, it's not easy. You can use some of your Windows knowledge to work around things but when it comes to command line, they're two totally different beasts. Q4OS doesn't seem to be loaded with a bunch of jerks and I like the OS from what I used of it, which someone on here recommended to me a while ago now but I can't recall who it was. Linux can most certainly feel intimidating to those who are new to it. And sure, it's not Windows, but if it's not Windows, then help out those people who come from Windows to Linux! Help educate them. Windows is extremely straight-forward these days with almost no command line needed but that's not true with Linux. Sometimes in order to do something, you really have to know many commands in order to accomplish something. Linux isn't even something you can use offline very easily either unless it's all preloaded with stuff you want. Windows really doesn't require internet connections at all (save from activation), but Linux isn't really like that either. So there are major differences on how the OS works and how software works and is loaded on there. I'm used to installation wizards but you don't always get that on Linux which is another reason it's not always easy for newcomers to use.
  8. Hey, IceyZoey here!

    I have a co-worker named Zoey too. Welcome back to MSFN!
  9. Man Sues Microsoft for $600M

    Despite the fact that Microsoft is pushing Windows 10 so hard on their users is quite underhanded, but there's no way he's winning $600 million. I mean...it's a computer for cripe sake! Now if we're talking a big corporate conglomerate that ended up with days of downtime and millions of gigs of data loss...then I could probably see. But this is a personal computer! Sounds like someone wants to retire and live it up big.
  10. Anyone notice that this happened in the last couple of days? When I first saw this, I thought it was a glitch or a fluke! http://www.thedrum.com/news/2018/02/19/google-removes-view-image-button-part-settlement-with-getty Apparently there are extensions for Chrome and Firefox to restore this functionality but once again, technology takes a hit rather than a step forward in usability. Thanks Getty!
  11. Google removes "View Image" button

    The only problem which I haven't been any to figure out is on IE11. I do use images at work for certain things and though I managed to install Chrome and Firefox on a machine that typically only allows IE, there doesn't seem to be an equivalent view image or a proper save as function on it as opening as a new tab just takes you to the image's website anyway. So you are part right in that regards and have noticed since that it does work via Firefox but even with these changes, I truly don't know how it's going to stop those who really want to use images anyway. It's almost as bad as websites that disallow right clicking to copy and paste which can generally be thwarted by the good ol' keyboard shortcuts but sometimes when you want the information on a website to print out but not all that other hub-bub for use later on, it's just another one of those things that would be nice to have but now you have to go through an extra step or two to get it. Reminds me of the good old days of the Odyssey of Hyrule and trying to figure out how the heck to get that Triforce in Ocarina of Time. Many of pages printed with things to try that turned out to be an utterly complete waste of time. lol (It was one of those sites that had right click disabled but back then websites weren't so ad-ridden and full of bloated javascript that threw up stalled warnings and slowed everything down)
  12. Google removes "View Image" button

    I can see too, but yes, it's extremely annoying because not everyone wants to have to load an ad-ridden, slow as heck, unorganized javascript website that immediately tells you to subscribe to their newsletter and put your first born up as a sacrifice before continuing onto their site. What honestly happened to fair use? How many times do (most) people take images and claim them as their own and then make a profit over them? Just like service animals, it's thanks to those few that take 7 miles when given an inch and it ruins it for everyone else.
  13. I too am trying to learn a bit more about Linux, although frustrating, I'm picking up a few things. I like Q4OS because you can install XPQ4 and it gives you the look and feel of Windows 2000-10. They're not exactly the same but pretty dang close and can really help those who need that Windows environment to help them get accustom to the new OS. But I do feel Linux can be more complicated to use that Windows and those who are used to Linux and use it on a daily basis look at you and act all macho and just give you vague, stupid answers to questions you might have. Well, guess what! You were a new user at one time too! I may even check this distro out at some point too but one great thing about Q4OS is the install center, it does take a lot of pain out of installing programs. But the direction Microsoft is heading in, I refuse to go to Windows 10 and I will learn Linux for my everyday computing and stay on Windows 2000 for legacy programs or programs in itself that don't work with Linux via Wine.
  14. Late to the party

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  15. Why use Win 9x on new PCs in 2013?

    Let's not start talking about leaks, guys. @Destro You must either have a really good installation or the computers at my job really suck. My general operations are very internet based and of course, IE11 and I think despite this, most of these pages run in compatibility mode because if you force them onto Google Chrome that I managed to sneak on there, mostly all the pages are broken in one way or another. I guess this is what they mean by forcing IE upgrades makes company pages not work right which is actually true. Either way, even when I do other special projects such as video or even photo editing, many times it can be stable but then other times it just crashes and produces weird artifacts. Combine that with Citrix and it's a recipe for disaster. Our Citrix servers use Windows Server 2008 R2 so that's another NT6 based OS and sometimes I'm forced to do some of my operations through Citrix because of corporate restrictions on Windows 7 which is weird since they'd basically the same thing unless different group policies apply to each environment. If we want to go back to Vista though, COM Surrogate errors happened constantly on my home computers. I think the workaround solution was to place it as an exception through DEP which helped some of it, but not always. Windows 2000 will always be my main OS of choice, it's what I'm using to type this right now. Although Windows 98 holds a special place in my heart simply because it was the first OS I ever used since I got into computing a bit late in the game and so for me, it's not so much I want to use it as a main OS but rather I want to see what the heck can be accomplished in it and how usable it can become with some tweaks done to it.
  16. Why use Win 9x on new PCs in 2013?

    Speed/usability > Pretty/fancy Your site is so easy to use, none of that other bloated junk. Even a dialup connection would be able to use it with no problems. Wasn't the internet always meant to transmit information in the first place? I prefer it to work so I can read what it says, not wait hours for junk. And one more thing I hate, these sites that have to hide their navibar in one of those stupid 3 lines buttons that don't work properly on older browsers, even FF9.0.1 and so it's always expanded over half the screen and you can't even read anything behind it. That irks me so bad! Stop imitating mobile garbage!
  17. Why use Win 9x on new PCs in 2013?

    Windows 2000 is the perfect replacement if Windows 98 becomes so far gone that nothing modern will work on it. Windows 98's biggest handicap is obviously online usage. But you can't really blame it, web "de"evolution has come so far that browsers need to be consistently updated. As far as I'm concerned, the web itself is almost unusable without an AdBlocker these days. When I'm forced to use IE11 at work, there's at least 3 or 4 ads that surround my content and it slows me down, even on a computer from 2014. It's just too much bloat, complicated code, etc. Windows 98 wasn't coded for this gosh darn modern web. Other than that, running older applications on Windows 98 is indeed much faster than on newer operating systems. Windows 10 is a train wreck and Windows 7 gets more praise than it really deserves since the NT6 architecture is slow and there are times I have more crashes on Windows 7 than I do on Windows 98. If Windows 98 crashes on me today, it's almost always my fault. Now those COM Surrogate errors on Vista/7.....I see no reason for them as they pop up for no reason.
  18. I guess my question here is, are you planning on using the netbook for actual internet browsing or other offline activities? As much as I love 9x, especially Windows 98, using it on the internet is still quite difficult even though we have a few members working hard at trying to get a more functional browser for the operating system. If you're going to do any sort of internet activities on there, I'd recommend Windows 2000 instead for the time being because it would be fully compatible (as long as compatible drivers can be found, which shouldn't be a problem due to it originally using Windows XP) but combined with unofficial updates, you could still use the 52.4.0 esr version of Firefox. Now, if it's just a play computer that you just want to mess around with and don't care what it does, Windows 98 would be perfectly fine to install. How much RAM does it currently have? It seems it comes stock with 1GB which won't trigger the stop screen during bootup (to my knowledge and experience) but if you have more than that, you'll either have to remove some RAM or use RLoew's RAM patch. Windows Me, I believe, can use a little more without modifications but I cannot verify that from my brain alone. Another difference between 98 and Me is that Me handles newer hard disk configurations better. For example, I have a Gigabyte motherboard that I installed Windows 98 on and even though it says it's IDE, has an IDE port, and even IDE mode, I still needed RLoew's SATA patch in order to get it running correctly. Otherwise unless I operated the OS in disk compatibility mode (by disabling all 32-bit drivers via system properties), it would lock up on me during boot. This was the case for an ASRock motherboard which I don't believe I ever got working since it predated me buying the patch and using it, but Windows Me worked just fine without any special modifications. So honestly, depending on your experience, I would go with Me first and see how that works out and then if you're feeling bold or have the hang of it, try 98!
  19. Always something...

    Welcome to MSFN! It seems as though you've got quite a bit of things going on here. If you need any help on something specific, be sure to post about it in the appropriate forum!

    Welcome to MSFN! Have a good time and yes, we do discourage shouting. It's hard on our ears (and perhaps our eyes too? I'll have to check on that one. )
  21. Running Windows 98 in 2017...

    Nice to see another diehard Windows 98 user around here. It sounds as though you'd rounded up quite a cache of updates from Microsoft which is good because most of them are non-existent now unless you visit archive.org and muck around there a bit. With printers, I've discovered that HP printers in particular aren't extremely picky at drivers and sometimes you can get newer ones to work with older model drivers. Of course you won't have your high end function drivers, but if you're just looking to print, it will get the job done. In fact when I contacted HP what seems to be quite a few years ago now about my Photosmart working on Windows 2000, he even went out of his way to find a solution for me even though on the box is says a minimum of Windows XP. He said just to use 1 of 2 DeskJet drivers which I cannot remember offhand what they are now unless I go through my emails but with that and being able to use the IP address to remote into the printer and use the scan utility within it, it was fully functional as far as I was concerned. So I'm sure something like this would be possible for Windows 98 as well.
  22. Time for my next complaint! Even Google can't seem to answer this one. :lol:

    This is another one that follows the mobile trend. I'm very much aware this "word", or abbreviation, has existed way before mobile technology really even became a thing. But for the love of God, why do people absolutely LOVE saying the word "app" so much?

    This is a word I feel like people get ultimate pleasure in saying, particularly out loud. Listen to just about anything anymore, "blah blah blah......and DOWNLOAD OUR APP!!!" :thumbdown

    Okay, I get it, you want people to download your free program because it makes your content better for them or something. But do you have to say it constantly, over and over again? I'm sorry, but the word isn't cool anymore. I never thought it was anyway, but now it's the most overused and abused word in technology. I think it's just one of those words though that people who know next to nothing about technology or how it works to sound hip. It's kind of like 4G LTE. I hear that all the time, even out of the mouths of regular people. Exactly how many people even know what LTE means or stands for? Probably nobody.

    But to get back to what I was originally talking about. Until smartphones became a thing, I almost never heard people call something an app. When referencing something on the computer, it was either an application, a program, or web browser, a word processor, well you get the idea. Things used to differ from each other. Games used to be games. Now everything is all consolidated into one term, app. Even Microsoft wasn't happy until they cashed in on that word. Programs was used for many, many years in Windows. But what happens once it moves into the mobile era? "That no longer works.....All Apps...yep, sounds good."

    So the too long, don't read version. I'm tired of that word, no it doesn't sound hip, and no, it doesn't make you sound like a tech professional. No wonder new technology is so boring now.

    Now I feel better! :thumbup

    1. i430VX


      LTE=Long term extensions (recently changed to evolution) as you probably know, and LTE seems to be a tiny upgrade for the moment because cellular companies cant agree on what exactly 5G is. 

  23. Adobe to Pull Plug on Flash

    And you're absolutely right on that. It's actually kind of like Windows XP, it won't stop working but using it in modern settings, it's likely to start becoming unusable. The most common setting is for people to use their devices on the internet so even though local things will still work just fine with flash, as you said, using it on big websites that follow trends will mainly make it useless to have. I suppose something like YouTube you could always download the videos using one of those online capture services. Not sure exactly how safe, legal, or morally right it is, but it is an option nonetheless. @jumper I completely missed the replies above. But as I posted in the thread, I do have this working. The only issue I'm facing though is that right now sometimes YouTube videos start flickering or go black all together but I think it might be due to my PC because it didn't do this until I backed up my profile, built a new machine with a few new pieces of hardware, and reinstalled Windows and my Firefox profile. I have read of other people saying this happens to them on modern OSes as well. But that's a little out of scope of this thread so we can discuss it more in the link I posted if you wish.
  24. Adobe to Pull Plug on Flash

    Oh, you mean because it used to be owned by Macromedia and then Adobe basically bought them out and took it over? That would make sense but what I was driving at when I said planned obsolescence is that many older devices basically depended on Flash to give them the capability to watch or interact with multimedia, especially and particularly on the web. Like YouTube basically axing Flash. Since I'm no expert when it comes to this field...is this one of the main reasons that YouTube applications spanning from many older devices like earlier iPod touches and even more recently, the Nintendo Wii, no longer work, because they continue to change their technology that delivers their content? Did these applications use Flash to deliver videos to you on these devices? And those are honest questions because I really don't know and am assuming. But if that is the case, either you have to plunk down more money on new devices in order to continue watching something that worked perfectly fine in the past or you're just up a creek in a boat with a hole.
  25. Adobe to Pull Plug on Flash

    Just more planned obsolescence. At least it's not happening like right this second but you'll still need to make sure you have a powerful enough computer to handle all the new standards. Probably by 2020 most computers in use will have plenty of power but people like me just has another nail in the coffin. Although since we've got YouTube working properly with HTML5 and H.264 on Windows 2000, we should be good for a little while. Not to make this a discussion about Windows 10 and how I won't use it, but since Microsoft had said it was the last Windows operating system they will make, it makes me wonder how they'll actually keep up with so many new standards. Or maybe Microsoft is going to ditch Windows all together in the future and create a new operating system. But if it's the former, why didn't they just leave stuff alone like Windows XP or Windows 7, operating systems most people want to use, and just follow a similar business model. I don't know if Windows 10 will have free updates or eventually charge people to update to a better core every so often, but if it's the latter, then to me they should just keep all of their customers happy and support several different platforms. It's certainly better than chasing them away to other companies. But that's my two cents.