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TrevMUN last won the day on February 25

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  1. @roytam1 might not see this thread unless you ping him (I just did for you, though). I have to say, I salute your diligence on this matter. And you're not the only one who is repulsed by DeviantArt's changes in recent years, believe me. (Fellow XP enthusiast with a DA presence here!) Among other things, I know many, many people vocally opposed the Eclipse redesign and even more so when DeviantArt, as is typical of practically any online organization/business these days, forced the changes on its userbase ... Almost certainly because DeviantArt's managers were confident the users will likely just keep using the site anyway. (It is, after all, the same pattern that's happened with every YouTube redesign, every Twitter redesign, every Facebook redesign, etc. ... I remember when DasBoSchitt spent a whole GMod id*** Box intro in 2010 castigating YouTube for the forced layout change in; now, there's a whole subreddit dedicated to trying to hang on to that pre-Polymer/Kevlar layout.) I myself have been looking into restoring my old Newgrounds account and posting my art there from now on, as others have done. Also thinking about starting to post my stuff to Pixiv. That all being said, the problem might be less XP-compatible browsers being less capable of efficiently handling the current state of websites like DeviantArt and more that such websites are just demanding too much damn resources these days. When you look at the source code for sites like, say, DeviantArt or YouTube these days, there's pages upon pages of script code, and of course as all sites have done for a decade now, heavy reliance on off-site scripts and CDNs. (Which is ironic because when YouTube announced the incoming Polymer layout in 2017, they crooned about its simplicity. Ahaha, no.) Many years ago I had seen an article discussing how websites have dramatically increased their use of system resources (both CPU and RAM) ... and that was probably more than a decade ago by this point. Even back in 2016 some sites could hog 25% of a computer's CPU, which this author attributed to ads. It might just be that a lot of older machines won't be able to use most websites as-is anymore because the companies running them have become less and less concerned about efficient use of a computer's resources. They probably figure just about everyone's got 3Ghz multicore CPUs and at least 16 GB of RAM, and therefore no need to bother being frugal. Never mind that even if you have the resources, such a burden from a mere webpage (especially one which used to be very snappy and lightweight before a redesign) is not a welcome experience ...
  2. That p***ed me off so much. I started using Discord in its early days, back around December 2015. As web-based VoIP it worked perfectly back then. Chrome 49 still had the best experience out of the browsers I have; Firefox-based browsers would either constantly blank out or display those scroll bars as @VistaLover saw in Serpent. Advanced Chrome would turn up a blank page, ironically. I didn't try testing VoIP with New Moon 28, but I imagine it would not have been a good experience given the way Discord behaves on any Firefox-based browser. For now, I've sworn off using Discord, using Steam and IRC instead. They spontaneously locked me out of my account a few months ago for no reason whatsoever; just started demanding I fork over a cell phone number. Specifically a cell phone number, they would not allow Google Voice, burner, or even landline numbers. Their support staff outright refused to tell me why my account had been locked, too, citing reasons of "safety" and "security." Which rang absolutely hollow considering I own the account and I'm the one asking why they locked it. They've changed a lot since 2015, and not for the better.
  3. If I might ask, what happened when you tried? Did you use a GPU known to work with XP? Because far as I know, on the nVidia side the 9XX/TITAN X Maxwell series is the newest line known to work with XP and XP64, though that requires a bit of INI hacking. I'm not sure how new you can go with Team Red.
  4. That's precisely why I'm trying to keep Etesia going. Does your Windows XP laptop have a removable battery? Etesia does, and I've had the same problem you have had (battery life has become nonexistent with age) ... I'm pretty sure there are replacement aftermarket batteries I can buy, but I'm hoping I might be able to mod a battery pack to use graphene cells or something. If only that technology would come to market faster. Haha, this is actually how I use Etesia these days when I'm on the go. She's always tethered to a wall outlet on road trips. XOTIC (the OEM that I bought her from) actually shipped her with a vehicle AC adapter that lets her charge on the go, using the cigarette lighter in my car. Wild stuff. It certainly seemed we were heading that way, and will probably be doing so again in the near future, but the pandemic certainly caused a rather dramatic reversal of trends. From what I had been hearing on the Tech YouTube channels, 2020 saw a massive increase in the sale of desktop PCs and computer parts, since many of us were under stay-at-home orders or otherwise working from home. (My current employer still has me doing this.) From what I'd been hearing, that took the chip and hardware manufacturers completely off guard as they were not expecting such a massive reversal of trends. But now, everyone needed a computer that could handle videoconferencing and/or the sort of work they would normally be doing at the office. Not to mention gaming. Oh yeah! That's the Ship of Theseus Paradox, right? I heard about a philosopher who came up with an interesting way to solve the paradox, if you think of objects four dimensionally. The idea being that an object's span of existence is like a river of time, and the individual things that make up that object could be thought of as smaller streams that join or branch off of the main "time stream."
  5. If I remember from when I set up W10 on Levanter (that hand-me-down gaming PC) I had to actually go in and disable the telemetry options. They were still there, just you had additional levels of telemetry control not available on other versions.
  6. I know you said you've resolved to move on, but I just wanted to point out ... I've got Marin, a Gateway P5-120 IBM PC, that's still kicking; all original parts save for the CD drive that I swapped out for a DVD-ROM a decade ago. No bulging capacitors, she seems to have escaped the capacitor plague. The CMOS battery of course is dead, but that's a minor annoyance and I'm not bothered enough to replace it yet. Also, The 8-Bit Guy has a video guide on picking the best laptop for playing MS-DOS games, most of which are from the 80's and early 90's. So, computers can survive for longer than that. As far as operating temperatures go, this article says that 40 C is the point where hard drives will start to experience shorter life spans if they remain at that temperature or higher for long periods of time. Safe operating temperatures for RAM will depend on the type of RAM your laptop had. Admittedly though, laptops are more difficult to maintain than desktop computers; my personal laptop, Etesia, is a Lenovo Thinkpad Edge 431; I specifically sought out that model because they allow for easy replacement of the hard drive and RAM, as well as the optical drive. But even so, I've had to RMA Etesia several times due to physical damage I couldn't fix. (Despite my best efforts she always seemed to get banged up ... ) The OEM company that I bought Etesia from has, as of my recent RMA, really, really pushed me to trade up for a newer model. But new laptops lack a lot of the features I want ... Anyway, if you're not interested in @Mr.Scienceman2000's advice to get a refurbished laptop or get second-hand replacement parts, I second @ArcticFoxie's recommendation on W10 LTSB. Lightweight, gives you the most control over disabling telemetry. A friend gave me his old gaming PC before Palouser got her 2019 upgrade and that's what I use on that machine. (Ironic that I would come into possession of a Windows 10 machine shortly before Microsoft announced that the supposedly "last version of Windows" is now on borrowed time.)
  7. Judging from the list of Intel CPUs, Palouser's current build didn't make the cut. Linus at LTT said that the cutoff point is Skylake. Years ago I saw someone post a picture on an overclocking forum showing Windows XP running on a Ryzen system, but at the time he did not elaborate how he pulled it off. I haven't seen any news on getting XP to run bare metal on any systems newer than XP64 on Intell X99-based ones.
  8. Honestly, since I was able to find that Technet article describing the KBs which give the various XP versions SHA-2 functionality, I wasn't worried. Far as I'm concerned, we had our answer: XP may not have initially come with SHA-2 support, but Microsoft provided some functionality in later updates. Especially once people tracked down the relevant updates and put them up for download. If something happens, I've got the installation on hand. And we've got @legacyfan and @erpdude8 to thank for that.
  9. Wait ... huh? I read through that thread and I'm a bit confused. Are those guys saying that updates after KB968730 also discreetly provide SHA-2 functionality to XP, and updates all the DLLs that would require the upgrade for said functionality? Or ... are they perhaps saying the updates can be verified/code signed with SHA-1 and SHA-2? EDIT: I think it's the latter. I just hunted down the relevant URL for that update. Of course, it required going to the Wayback Machine, but if you take a look you can see that the relevant installation files have both an SHA-1 and SHA-256 hash.
  10. I haven't yet applied the Server 2003 SHA-2 update on my rig, so I just tested this as well, setting the date to May 10 at 1:25 AM. On New Moon and Firefox ESR, I get "SEC_ERROR_OSCP_OLD_RESPONSE" on some HTTPS sites but not others. The same sites are still accessible on Advanced Chrome and Chrome 49, however. I tried to see if anything changed if I set the date to May 17, but the same sites would still break on the same browsers, while the other sites that did not break remained unbroken. That's very peculiar.
  11. I had this nagging feeling that there was more to the story of SHA-1 troubles than just not being able to use Windows Update anymore, but given how little I understand of how all this works, I didn't think my concerns would be taken seriously. This is part of why I had nagging concerns. Consider: how many developers go out of their way to support XP for any length of time once dev kits stop providing support by default? Most would just consider it not worth the trouble, I presume. Only in enthusiast circles would you actually see people taking care to make sure XP users can still run applications that might be affected. Also, there's that whole code signing aspect. This is all why I don't think it's a good idea to dismiss this as "paranoia mongering." It's why I actually spent time looking into this and seeing if XP ever did get SHA-2 support, and how to get it if so.
  12. I just took a look at my rig's DLL, too: version number 5.131.3790.5235. I wonder if that's different for XP64 though? Does XP64 have a different version of crypt32 by default, and after the hotfix?
  13. I don't know. I tried looking into what this means for XP. Over on VOGONS there was some talk about the Windows Update issue, and this was mentioned: Microsoft Technet has a blog post from 2010 saying this: No information's provided for XP64, and my rig doesn't appear to have either hotfix. I'm not even sure which one would apply to XP64.
  14. Damn, Arctic ... what you've got is exactly the kind of setup I hope to have! I have a growing collection of machines that I want to set up like that, or something like the U-shaped desk The 8-Bit Guy made for his studio. (My aforementioned daily driver, Palouser, is XP64; my main personal laptop, Etesia, is XP32. The Gateway2000 machine I mentioned previously is Marin, and the Windows 10 hand-me-down is Levanter. I also have an OpenBSD machine I've been toying with using Palouser's old 2009 hardware, Ostwind. But I have still more machines for future projects ...) Having a computer room like yours also requires that I own a home somewhere ... right now I can only afford to rent rooms, can't even afford an apartment. I make do with a lot of folding/easily disassembled/collapsible furniture. Maybe some day I can realize this dream.
  15. OHRRPGCE! Damn, that's a name I haven't heard in a long time! Back when I was in high school in the 90's I used to run with a group that worked on making games with that. Something rather charming about the way BAM conversions of MIDI sounded. That and Verge and Megazeux. What a time that was. I wonder about Visual Studio. I know that newer versions up and dropped support for compiling to XP; is it possible to re-implement support somehow?

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