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  1. I would suggest that you try New Moon 28. I did recently for the first time, and am very impressed! Alternatively, if you want Google to be *really* fast, just use the user agent string from an older browser, and get Google classic (I hope to God that still works because my computer died, so I haven't tried it lately)
  2. Hi Everyone! I just got around to trying New Moon, and unfortunately, my fear of not being able to run with Pale Moon was realized. (Latest version 26.5 for Windows XP, my main browser) This makes it impossible to use as a secondary browser, I assume because they have the same process name (palemoon.exe). What I didn't expect is for it to use my user profile and extensions from Pale Moon! When I closed it to go back to Pale Moon, it broke my theme (which was fixed with another restart) and my bookmarks bar is now broken and appears blank (not fixed with any restarts). Should I try reinstalling Pale Moon (or re-running the installer) or will that ruin things more? The reason I tested today is because I am trying to get this bug in the Mozilla codebase fixed! I was hoping they would fix it in Firefox 52.x ESR, but they are not being very co-operative, despite how prominent and severe it is! (dropdown menus are broken). I was tempted to reply on Bugzilla again today since they have demoted the bug from P1 to P5 for no apparent reason and marked as "nofix" which is very concerning, but I didn't want to annoy anyone there more and thought I'd check to see what people here thought first. As expected, the bug exists in New Moon as well, so I thought I would just bring it to the attention of @roytam1 and you other fine folks here who may be able to assist in either submitting a patch to Mozilla and/or fixing it in New Moon. Thanks, Thomas
  3. I have this same freezing issue around the 23-minute mark even on SoundCloud! The sound continues but the counter and progress meter both stop so I have to refresh the page!
  4. I once bought a colour photocopy of the bottom of an old Windows XP laptop from a computer shop for $10 (which included the license sticker) because I was desperate to get my new desktop built and Windows XP installed and updated over a short break, and before the "Doomsday" "End of Life" or "Insert your favourite overdramatic scare word here" was fast approaching and no one knew if Microsoft/Windows Update would continue running (April 8th, 2014). If I had more time and money I could have bought a legitimate CD and licence online for about $75, which is obviously a lot more, but then it's guaranteed to work, and your purchase is reimbursing the re-seller in this case, who has already paid Microsoft for the licence likely years ago, so I would feel better on spending the money on this small company. For the "new" custom-built laptop I will soon be ordering (an IBM T601p FrankenPad), I will be happy to buy a legitimate license from a re-seller if it doesn't come with one and I have none laying around. I believe the $10 license sticker photocopy didn't work at the time, I thought because of the service pack mismatch, but it's too long ago to remember. The reason people do this, despite being technically illegal, is that Microsoft is an obviously scummy corporation which like many, has zero ethics itself and tries to get around the law whenever possible, too evil and monopolistic to go undisturbed even by the USA's fully pro-Capitalist legal system so they don't care. I know a lot of people pirate Windows XP, but to get around the "Windows Genuine Advantage" or whatever other legitimacy checkers are in the system, it has to be "cracked" which as I understand it, is kind of risky, as it breaks the integrity of the operating system as Microsoft has designed it, and could contain keyloggers or whatever other malware you could imagine! Regarding Microsoft's definitions, I know that a computer's hardware can be upgraded in any way using the same license/key, but the motherboard is what defines a computer. If you have a new motherboard, you have a new computer according to Microsoft; the case has nothing to do with it. I think it's quite a fair and sensible definition, eh?
  5. Hi everyone, Thanks for the replies and confirmation! I didn't get any e-mail notifications so I thought everyone had ignored my post so I'll have to check my settings! My concern was the slowdowns everyone is talking about regarding the fixes to this issue in general. There are many regular, "planned" updates that cause horrible and irreversible results from many organizations, which seem to increase by the day, and my trust of Mozilla and its judgement has been decreasing at an accelerated rate for the past seven years or so, but given these good reports, I'll be happy to update now! Keep in mind that the PC I use daily at the moment is an IBM ThinkPad T60p with the fastest options available AFAIK (2.33 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo with 128 MHz ATI MOBILITY FireGL V5250 with terrible overheating problems) so these things are much more noticeable on a now 11(!)-year-old laptop as compared to some of the super-fast desktops you folks are talking about. When my desktop was working (with at least four-core i5 CPU and SSD with ~2013 chipset), even Internet Explorer 8 ran incredibly fast!
  6. That's really strange — I always thought they had to match the service pack level. Websites like eBay don't like when people try to sell software licenses, but you can always try this method!
  7. I always thought that the license had to match the installation medium. For example, you can't use a RTM license with a Windows XP SP2 CD. I didn't know about the setup.ini hack however! That could definitely come in handy — thanks!
  8. Is it on a sticker on a PC? I would say it's not legal to sell, BUT people would still buy it (like me because I'm getting a new ThinkPad that probably won't come with one. I'd say it's probably worth something, especially if it's at least an SP2 license! Most people wouldn't want to bother with anything older.
  9. Hello everyone! I have been using Mozilla Firefox ESR as my main Web browser for the big "social media" which demand all the latest "HTML5" and JavaScript dingledongles and multimedia support. I have just received a notification that the latest update, 52.6.0 ESR, is now available for download. I read the release notes and it says that the update includes a patch to mitigate the new Spectre vulnerability. Before I irreversibly alter my system by updating, I wonder Would this update cause intolerable slowdown to a browser which is tasked daily with loading some of the slowest, most horrible Web sites ever to be constructed, or Would it be stupid to forgo this update because of the security risk, being online, as well as all the other security updates that are part of this package. Thanks, Thomas
  10. To briefly respond to Destro without derailing this thread, if you want some reasons for going back to Windows XP, especially the x86-64 edition, I think usability and customizability would be the main reasons! I wrote something about this here on the Pale Moon forums, and I also highly recommend the reviews of Nathan Lineback at his Toasty Technology Page! If you want to discuss this further, I recommend you create a new topic on the relevant forum, but best of luck!
  11. I wasn't able to take a photo, but I just flew halfway across Canada, and every airport here runs Windows XP on their computers at the stands where they inspect your boarding passes just before boarding! And most of them use the default Fisher Price Luna theme!
  12. So I missed Dave saying he found an automatic user agent string switcher, but I have tested quite a number of them and the best I've found is called "UAControl" (the latest version, Very nice UI, easy to use, and it works perfectly for me on Facebook! This is the string I am sending to www.facebook.com: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; rv:52.5) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/52.5 Notice that I have corrected the default string which has the incorrect minor version number (52.0 instead of 52.5 for some reason). Also, I am spoofing Windows 7 for this site, but I have no need to WOW the site with my fake 64-bit capabilities! Facebook's UA sniffing here actually does make sense - for the average users who are unaware of this unsupported Firefox plugin, we would indeed require Flash to play videos on Windows Vista or earlier since it's not natively supported below Windows 7. I just thank God, Adobe, mixit, and others that we have this and it still works though, because the Flash plugin performance on Facebook is absolutely horrible, at least on my machine!
  13. Hi Dave, Just posting to report that I'M NOT CRAZY AFTER ALL!! Or at least I wasn't imagining functional GIPHY GIFs on Facebook in Firefox on Windows XP! I was just browsing Facebook, saw a GIF and it didn't work, as I expected, so I clicked the "open externally" icon and it was fine. I then saw the plugin icon to the left of the location bar, between the globe and padlock icons, so I clicked on it, then clicked the "continue allowing" option. I scrolled back up to the GIF, clicked on it, and it worked again! In-line, on the page, just like before! It's strange how it seems intermittent, but I think this confirms once again that H.265 or not, GIPHY animated GIFs on Facebook do in fact work properly with the Flash plugin! (Sometimes) Since you haven't had success, I haven't any ideas other than updating and ensuring it's enabled in all ways (I'm using the latest Shockwave Flash version on the latest Firefox ESR 52.3 on Windows XP SP3) Best of luck everyone!!
  14. Hi Dave, I assume you've done more research into this issue than I have so you're probably right about the H.265 thing. I just found another "animated GIF" on Facebook and tried it out to prove you wrong but you were right! It doesn't work! I seriously could swear that the GIFs worked fine when I had Flash enabled, but now Facebook has changed and is no longer even *asking* to enable Flash. As I am really quite sure it worked until today, I suspect they've disabled the Flash support as a part of their big update today which copies Twitter in making all the profile pictures and text fields round! The GOOD news is that if I simply click the "open externally" icon at the bottom left, the actual GIF will open in a new tab! I'm very happy to see Facebook's GIF feature is using actual GIFs, so I can see them even if I can't see them embedded in the actual page.
  15. Hi Dave, My apologies for the delayed response! I have serendipitously stumbled upon what should be the solution to your problem! Some time ago, I noticed that Facebook had the little plugin icon to the left of the location bar, which upon clicking, asked me if I wanted to continue allowing the Shockwave Flash plugin to run on the site. I thought no, there is no good reason to allow it. I was very confused as to why they'd even ask, as I was pretty sure that Facebook videos not only were capable of running in the "HTML5" player, but that the Flash player had been completely removed. So I went on my way for perhaps a week or more without any issue having the Flash player disabled on the site. I thought "they must have been somehow using it to spy or extract more information from me!" I then started noticing that "GIFs" were not playing on the site! They would appear I think as you described, just blank white squares, and I didn't discover they would play no matter how I clicked on them! Of course "animated GIFs" are rarely implemented as one might expect — as files in Compuserve's venerable, incredibly well-established and well-supported Graphics Interchange Format these days. On Facebook, Twitter, and Imgur, they are instead implemented as some sort of newer video format, such as H.264. As you mentioned, it is possible that Facebook has implemented them in H.265, and I couldn't find out if this format is supported by the Flash player (everything that came up in my search were just feature requests!) In any case, when I re-enabled the Flash plugin, hoping that was all the "animated GIFs" required to work, I was happy to see they did! (likely after refreshing the page) Anyway, TL;DR: make sure the Shockwave Flash plugin is enabled in your browser (and up-to-date, as it may be using the H.265 format for some reason) and Facebook's "animated GIFs" should work without a problem! Hope this helps!
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