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  1. I'd like to think we were all living a little vicariously through John the last few years. The photo's of him holding a rifle in the jungle, who could argue with that?
  2. I have both grep and qgrep on my win-7 system (and qgrep on my win-98 system) and generally I can get it to do what I want. But a current task is really p***ing me off. I want to extract from my router's log files all lines that contain "SRC=18." I don't want lines that contain "SRC=186.43.what-ever". Just the lines where the first octet is 18. not 185 or 189, etc. My command line is [qgrep -e "SRC=18." *.log > out.txt] But my output always includes 18n. and 18. It's as if the "." is being completely ignored in the search string. It doesn't matter if I put the search string in quotes or not. Any ideas? Edit: see also https://stackoverflow.com/questions/10346816/using-grep-to-search-for-a-string-that-has-a-dot-in-it :-( Edit: Ok, all I needed to do was put the period inside square brackets. Don't need to put quotes around the whole thing either.
  3. What is the fundamental flaw in browser technology that makes "page parking" such a performance / memory hit for browsers? What on earth is going on in the background that is causing browsers to eat up memory for pages that I think are not really doing anything and that I'm not even looking at?
  4. Right now I have FF ESR 52.9.0 with 24 tabs, Seamonkey with maybe 18 tabs. I was using I think FF 39 but a few things really didn't work correctly (like entering posts on this site but reading was ok). Dell Latitude 6420 with core i-7 and 4 gb ram, win-7 ultimate with 4 gb ram. Memory useage - Seamonkey and FF are both creeping up as I watch task manager window, Seamonkey is 636 mb, FF is 738 mb. Seamonkey has 16 tabs, one is streaming audio from a website (local EMS/fire scanner) but the other tabs are mostly ebay items. Thunderbird is 195 mb (static) and dwm.exe is 61 mb. 56 total processes, CPU usage 5 to 12%, physical memory 85%. Looking again at FF memory usage is now 793 mb. (I left the computer running for an hour, get back and see it's under 700 mb). At some point some graphics elements in FF web pages starts to become black boxes or graphics are distorted and that's when I know I have to shut-down FF and restart it. That seems to happen if I have 40 to 50 tabs. FF can be stable with that many tabs but if I do an address-map lookup in google and open the map view that will usually tip FF over and it will become unstable soon after. FF tabs are (4) web forums, (3) google search results, (5) financial charts or info (2 static, 3 real time charts), the rest are to web sites with static info of some sort that I want to keep open / quickly available until I'm done with them (but some I will not look at for maybe weeks at a time). If I find a reason to open a page because it contains something interesting or useful for the moment I tend not to close it until I'm absolutely sure I won't need to hunt for it again. I will occasionally bookmark all open pages but I rarely call up bookmarked pages because I find the FF bookmark interface inefficient or clumsey to use. When I kill FF (sometimes I have to use task manager) and open it again I will select last browser session (which was the last session when FF was closed while it was stable) and all tabs at that time are re-loaded. I'd like to know more about cross-site info "stealing" and if there are settings to prevent that - how. I do use noscript and de-activate MANY sites (double-click, amazon, fecebook, various google-ad things, etc). Very large HOSTS file also in use.
  5. Is there an add-on or something that will tell me / show me the memory usage of individual tabs? And / or browser settings that limit or stop page caching or other junk like that?
  6. Is there a forum anywhere on the net where the topic is either browser choices and advanced config / optimizations for Win-7, or perhaps more specifically a Firefox forum focused on using older versions of FF? I'd like to keep using FF 5x on Win-7/32 and I want add-ons like RIP / Nuke This / No Script (etc) to work properly. I also want to be able to keep 25 to 50 tabs open without the browser kacking every few days because it's got a memory leak or something causing it to consume 500 to 800 mb of ram.
  7. This Del e6230 gave me the option in bios to boot UEFI or legacy, and because I'm old school I chose legacy and because of that there's no access to MSDM table - yes? But there is a SLIC table, most likey containing win-7 OEM key. But the MSDM table would contain what- win-8 or maybe even win-10 key? Bigger question - even if I did set for secure boot uefi would a fresh install of win-10 on wiped drive pick up the oem win-10 key automatically?
  8. Man, what a battle it was to remove the system's ability to mess with my version of the hosts file. Disabling inheritance and taking ownership of the /etc folder was I think the primary thing that had to be done, and first removing everything from being able to access it (and the hosts file) except me and then adding in SYSTEM and ALL APPLICATION PACKAGES with read-only access. Before that I downloaded something called "configuredefender.exe" and thought I applied a restriction on the /etc folder but this didn't seem to work. I don't think there is anything like a config interface in control panel for Defender in Win-10 like there is for other windoze versions. And again, I don't know technically if this is "Windows Defender" or "Microsoft Defender" we're talking about here.
  9. I've installed a "take ownership" reg key and have modified the hosts file but something (I think it's Defender) keeps messing with it. They say that you can tell Defender to not mess with chosen files / folders. But I can't find any settings for "Defender". I can only find settings for "Windows Defender Firewall". So what's the deal here? Is there a "Windows Defender" on a win-10 system, and is it separate from the firewall? In any case, how do I disable these security scans for selected files/folders?
  10. I selected a dozen or so .png files in file explorer and hit enter, and a window opens that wants to print them. I wanted the default win-7 photo viewer to open, but it did not. I don't like the default win-7 photo viewer, so I went and downloaded / installed irfanview. I had it associated to all image file types. I went back to the folder with the png files, they now appear with irfanview icon. I selected a bunch, hit enter, and still a window opens and wants to print them. I went back, selected them, then I right-click. At the top of the context menu is PRINT. The third option is PREVIEW. I select Preview, and Windows photo viewer opens and shows them. WTF is going on, and how do I make it so that the default operation when selecting 1 or more PNG files is to OPEN them in irfanview? edit: If I select 15 of them and hit enter, then they open in irfanview (in separate windows, which I don't like because it's a pain to close them). If I select 16 and hit enter, then I get the print window. ???
  11. I have a Dell E6230 that was bought as a refurbished item and it came with Windows 10 home for refurbished PC's. That's whats on the COA sticker. It was never used or activated. I'm downloading the Windows 10 home ISO's (32 and 64 bit) right now and will find some way to put them on a bootable thumb drive. I'm wondering if the 64 bit is really the way to go. The specs for this laptop are: Dell E6230 4 gb ram (DDR3, 1333 mhz, dual interleave 2 DIMM modules) Intel Core i5-3340 2.7 ghz, 2 cores, HT capable, EM64T I do not have UEFI boot enabled - I would rather not have to unless it's really necessary for Win-10. This laptop will see light use as a browser, email, etc. No games. I'm wondering if 64-bit windows will give better performance vs 32 bit or is there more "overhead" with a 64-bit OS? The Dell chipset drivers for this may very well be 32-bit but somehow dressed up as 64-bit. I see there is a bios update that addresses CVE-2018-3639 & CVE-2018-3640. I have a fuzzy recollection of those vulnerabilites and thought that their mitigation at the bios level came at a CPU performance price. Is that true? Seems that browser updates have also mitigated these vulnerabilities so again is the bios update worth it? And one more thing: Is there anything I can do with the ISO to strip away or remove any telemetry or give the laptop a little (or a lot) less of a connection to the mothership? Is it possible to install and run a win-10 home system without having to set up a microsoft / office account?
  12. This is on a laptop. I reduced the screen resolution and was able to grab the title bar with the mouse, then changed the resolution back. Is there any setting to always keep the title bar in view (or at least "grab-able") ? One more thing: I'm running FF 39 on win-7 and when viewing msfn the text entry box for posting is a thin strip - not accessible for typing. I had to view-pagestyle-off to be able to type these posts (in a little teeny box but at least it's possible).
  13. This really bugs me when it happens. The title bar for a window is off-screen (above the top of the screen) and I can't grab it. Alt-spacebar gives me the menu and I select move, but another problem is that my down-arrow key doesn't work. I found out about a key combination that substitutes for the down-arrow before but I can't find it now. Why can't the mouse be used for the move? The mouse does nothing. Bonus question- is there some arcane setting somewhere that will prevent the title bar of any window from being moved completely off-screen?
  14. So none of the service packs for NT4 addressed the 28-bit LBA issue? We know that XP-SP0 had the issue and was fixed relatively quickly in 2001 or 2002, and win-2K also had the issue and was fixed, but MS did not fix the issue with NT4? Perhaps because SP 6a was released in Nov 1999 - this predates any of the 28-bit LBA fixes from MS I guess. Note this from wikipedia: ----------- Service Pack 7 was planned at one stage in early 2001, but this became the Post SP6a Security Rollup and not a full service pack, released on July 26, 2001, 16 months after the release of Windows 2000 and nearly three months prior to the release of Windows XP.[40] ------------ So I guess there was no LBA-28 fix in that security rollup? Can no files from Win-2K be used by NT4 in this regard? Does the Intel Application Accelerator package apply to (and therefore fix) NT4's problem with LBA-28?
  15. I tried searching for this on the web in general and also here at msfn and couldn't find anything. Other than perhaps a 2 tb max which is a common limit for a lot of motherboard/OS combinations, does NT4 (SP6) have any specific limitation on hard drive size - specifically for IDE drives? I'm currently running a couple of NT4 servers (one on a P3 motherboard, another on a P4 motherboard), both currently have 80 gb drives, and I'm thinking of cloning them to 240 gb SSD and then using a small IDE-SATA adapter to run them off the SSD instead. So I'd be going from 80 gb to 240 gb in this case, which would cross the 137 gb LBA barrier.
  16. The Soyo motherboard in question has a 2002 or 2003 bios and I'm sure there are no socket-478 P4 motherboards ever made that were not LBA-48 bit capable straight from their original factory V1 bios. I could have formatted the drive as a single volume (single primary partition) even booted directly into DOS, but if I wanted to test the ability to read and write to logical sectors far out beyond the 137 gb point I assume that by creating 4 volumes as I did that the volumes are assigned fixed sector positions (start and end) and thus writing directly to the last volume would have beyond the 137 gb point.
  17. To recap: I have a few Soyo socket 478 motherboards with Intel 82801DB IDE controller. I have installed long ago the IAA which replaces ESDI_506.pdr with IntelVSD.VXD and IntelATA.MPD for the IDE drivers. I attached a 250 gb SATA drive using the small IDE-SATA adapter (the adapter plugged directly into the second IDE port on the motherboard) and from DOS (format + fdisk) I have formatted the drive into 4 volumes (65/65/65/44 gb). During POST startup the drive is detected and displayed properly by the bios in the secondary master IDE position. In Windows I have copied several hundred MB from my existing C drive to the last volume (44 gb) on the sata drive and these files seem to be ok. I am sure this would not have worked if I was using the original ESDI_506.pdr and maybe there are other alternatives to the 48 bit LBA problem when it comes to IDE drives, I've never attached to a win-98 system any IDE drives larger than 80 gb. For me it is somewhat rare to have any IDE drives larger than 80 gb but I do have some 320 gb IDE that I was using to build some XP systems 10 years ago (I still have 1 or 2 of those drives still sealed in mylar bag). But for some IDE controllers the IAA files seem to work ok (this is the first time I've ever tested them under these conditions of having >137 gb IDE drive).
  18. I just tried Opera 12.02 and got different results the first time - it can't connect to bgp.he.net because of security protocol. I went in and enabled all protocals in opera and got the same error. I then renamed my hosts file (so no hosts file) and restarted Opera and it worked, and I could get info on IP's without getting the javascript message. I then restored my hosts file and restarted opera and it is still working so I don't know what's going on but I'm happy it's working again.
  19. I bought a few of these small IDE - SATA boards on Ebay recently. They are bi-directional adapters and can be plugged directly into either a motherboard IDE connector (to provide a SATA port to connect to a SATA drive) or can be plugged into an IDE drive (to allow an IDE drive to be connected to a motherboard SATA connector). I know there are lots of IDE/SATA/USB adapters around - this board has no USB connectivity. I'm wondering about connecting a large SATA drive to an IDE port on Win-98 systems and the 137 GB problem. A system I'm thinking of trying this on has an Intel 82801DB Ultra ATA Storage controller and is using IntelVSD.VXD and IntelATA.MPD for the IDE drivers. I do not appear to be using ESDI_506.PDR. I recall that Intel made a set of drivers (Intel Application Accelerator?) way back for certain controllers and (I think) it had the side effect of not having the 137 gb problem (28 bit LBA vs 48 bit LBA). Anyways, I'm going to try a spare 250 gb SATA drive with one of these boards and see if I can read/write properly to the entire drive. I might split the drive into multiple 80 gb volumes and then make sure I can access each volume correctly. Other than that, I have some motherboards that don't have IDE ports where I run win-xp and 7 and have a bunch of old IDE drives to clean up and off-load files and this seems like a good way to connect these drives.
  20. I was sort of expecting more activity in this thread, but a lot of the old timers must be gone. I was expecting someone to say something about what (if anything) is going on with the RLoew files (in general) or the sata drivers in particular - but nothing. Or is that happening in the special projects sub-forum? I've been experiencing problems (freeze-ups when accessing SATA drives) with my current setup and I'm exploring alternate solutions for connecting SATA drives to my primary Win-98 system. I have a bunch of SATA driver files scattered across various drives and might have to pull them all together and start experimenting again. I picked up a couple of 4-port SIL3514 boards (2-port SIL3112 boards are hard to find, even 2-port SIL3512 are hard to find) and will mess around with them at some point. I also have some small converter boards that I'll post about in my next post.
  21. I used to stay on top of this but that was a while ago. I'd like to pick up a few PCI sata controller cards and was wondering which of these now have working win-98 drivers and which ones don't. I seem to recall that the only working controllers were the 2-port 3112 cards, not the 4-port cards and not the 351x cards, but maybe I'm wrong on that. And is there now a public-domain RLoew sata driver that works with these Sil controllers?
  22. I obtained the above SST files and ran the updroots thing - got no messages after each command (so I assumed no errors). Does this take effect immediately or is a reboot required? Is there any sort of on-line test or check to see if these certs are working correctly?
  23. Earlier in this thread someone posted a link to rzbrowser-tls12-20180504.7z. I had already downloaded and installed that package in Sept 2018 so I don't know if there's anything newer. I still use FF2 on my win-98 system and haven't really experienced any reduction in usefulness over the past year for the sites I visit. One thing that has been a downer for me is that I somewhat often use https: //bgp.he.net/ with Opera 12.02 and at some point a week or two ago that stopped working. I can bring that page up in FF2 but when I enter an IP to check I get a "this site requires javascript so please turn it on" message (and I'm pretty sure I have it turned on). If anyone can perform an IP lookup on bgp.he.net using any browser running on win-98 please tell me.
  24. Looking at web searches it's clear that I'm not the only one that has or would want to continue to use ghost 2003 to clone their windoze 7 drives but from one of my above posts it's clear that starting with vista and certainly with 7 that there is something about the ntfs boot or disk structure that ghost 2003 (and even newer versions) don't seem to know about or replicate correctly. Ghost is not a sector-by-sector copier so it has to know about the logical structure of the file system it's dealing with when it clones drives. It would be nice to find some instructions on what *exactly* to do, with what tools (bootrec.exe, bcdboot, bcdedit, bootsect, startrep, or other, etc) once a ghost 2003 clone has been made. Maybe it's all here: https://www.veritas.com/content/support/en_US/article.100001014 or here: https://www.digitalcitizen.life/command-prompt-fix-issues-your-boot-records ? On a slight tangent, I've looked at the radified website to find something definitive about the max hard-drive size that ghost 2003 can handle. It seems that it can't clone a 2T drive. I find it odd that I can't find such a basic parameter like that in the ghost faq on that site. I wanted to create an account there to post a question about that, but I can't seem to find a way to create an account.
  25. Well I put the clone drive (as the only drive) in a PC with a CD rom drive and booted a win-7 CD and selected the repair and it did something very quickly and then put the drive back into the target pc and it booted up just fine. I would like to know how to "fix" a drive like this in this state by slaving it to a working win-7 PC and performing what-ever system-level task or operation to the boot records or what-ever but I have not seen any such instructions on how to fix a drive like that under those conditions. Happy new year, by the way. It must be new year somewhere in the world by now.

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