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  1. I've been using the desktop Linux occasionally for over the decade now. Back when I bought this computer, the disk I bought with it lasted a really short time, I applied for warranty and while I waited for the new one, I could boot a Linux distro from the USB and play Quake Live, back when it was still natively compatible with Linux and launchable through a web browser plugin.

    Well, I guess that's what I mostly did when I messed with it, try to get fun stuff working. I also tend to use GParted for partitioning tasks, I don't remember when was the last time I used any Windows based partitioning utility, though it's also true it's not something I have to do often. It's also handy for backing up/restoring partitions on Android smartphone, you combine few command-line utilities and BAAM, you're writing a complete file system image. At least as long as you have the phone that's not completely locked down...

    For desktop, it was mostly GNOME 2 or later MATE, just because that's what Ubuntu came with all those years ago. These days, I gravitate towards KDE, among other things, it allows setting desktop background per-monitor. I was also surprised when I discovered I can turn off mouse movement acceleration (known in Windows world as "Enhance pointer precision" checkbox) in the GUI: "Whaaat, you can do that without needing to write a script that executes on login?"

    Oh, and Compiz (the compositing window manager) was fun. I'm not experimenting much these days, so don't really have a layout in my mind what exactly do different software combinations offer, and yeah, so far, I only used two desktop environments. It's also true I don't actually need some advanced functions in window management since I spend most time in the web browser anyway. Still, KDE is supposed to be pretty functional, and if you want functional, how much other options really are out there?

    What I find really strange, you apparently can't bridge wired and wireless network interface or maybe only with some complicated knowledge of networking on Linux. At some point, I wanted to plug my desktop to the laptop's RJ-45 port - the laptop wirelessly connects to the access point (modem) and if you have wired and wireless interfaces bridged on the laptop, plugging the desktop in would make it appear as an equal member on the network. If you use internet sharing option instead, then it will be hidden behind a NAT point. Bridging is easy on Windows, no idea how to do it on Linux (the wired/wireless combination is problematic, wired/wired should be a breeze). Oh, but I have a wireless router, the iconic Linux based Linksys WRT54GL, there, it's also easy, at least with the right community-developed firmware.

  2. Ha, my PC is also over a decade old, 14 years to be exact, it was bought with playing games in mind though while not breaking the bank. But the cheap laptop from 2014 is much slower, though I can still browse with handful of tabs open, even with Firefox 109.0.1. I've been recently experimenting with 32-bit Debian 11 with KDE on that laptop, so trying to save RAM while still being functional. I could probably get by even if that laptop was the only option since I'm one of the more patient folks while most seem INCREDIBLY impatient.

    It's been a while since I've been experimenting with Chromium more thoroughly, in the past I've been messing with Vivaldi and Edge, most recent was Edge 94, which I've setup when it was new and I still occasionally update extensions or their settings. But in the end, I always stick with Mozilla-based browser since Chromium is just inflexible in places where I'm used to more flexibility. Even Vivaldi doesn't let you move those extension buttons wherever you want, it's either all of them in one spot or another.

    At this point, I'm not sure if Chromium is even worth bothering with again. What sites don't work with Firefox that can't be fixed with user agent override, besides maybe some specialized apps needing Web Serial or WebUSB?

    My Firefox looks like this:


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  3. On 2/17/2023 at 10:38 AM, NotHereToPlayGames said:

    But Firefox is a dying bread and losing global market share to Chrome "for a reason".

    On 2/18/2023 at 6:29 PM, UCyborg said:

    Reason being, they've sold their soul to Google. R.I.P., @NotHereToPlayGames.

    On 2/18/2023 at 8:03 PM, NotHereToPlayGames said:

    In my opinion, Firefox started dying LONG before they sold their soul.

    What we have instead, is they sold their soul out of some sort of "If you can't beat 'em, JOIN 'EM".

    OK, looking back at what I said, it didn't make much sense. As someone said:


    Google, Microsoft, Apple, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, and Mozilla are all different heads of the same hydra, looking to control the Internet and the world.

    Source: https://digdeeper.neocities.org/articles/mozilla

    Also: https://digdeeper.neocities.org/articles/technological_slavery

    But who even feels like fighting system and even if they do, are they doing it in a way that would result in an actual long-term impact? IMHO, this world's a lost cause anyway and a big object from outer space could do us all a favor.


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  4. I jumped from Firefox 96.0.3 to 110 today, got about 6 extra points on Speedometer. I mostly use Pale Moon, but a bit of speedup is refreshing, though it also costs more memory and I lose some extensions (though also gain some other extensions - web altering ones really, not browser altering ones). Also needs more RAM, Pale Moon needs cca. 400 MB for 1x MSFN tab, 1x Speedometer tab, 2x GitHub project page tabs, Firefox needs 700 MB. 32-bit versions.

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  5. 2 hours ago, AstroSkipper said:

    Thanks for the link! I already knew this source for userscripts. But where did you find a link to Tab Mix Plus on this site? I can't see any there. :dubbio: AFAIK, there is just this pre-release of Tab Mix Plus in form of a webextension: Tab Mix Plus v1.0.0-pre, available on their homepage https://tabmixplus.org/, but unfortunately only for FF 78+.

    Sorry, got 68/78 mixed up. But yeah, that's the one, also linked here (GitHub page). It's not a webextension though, it's a legacy bootstrapped extension that depends on hacky re-enabling of loading of these types of extensions.

    FWIW, I've test driven MyPal when it was new on my XP x64 installation in multi-process mode, when first reports of BSOD started appearing, didn't BSOD on me once, and I've made it use all availabe RAM to the point pagefile usage naturally increased. I only encountered one specific crash of the browser, which could be worked-around with Microsoft's own compatibility shim IgnoreException. From what I recall, the exception indicating access violation had to be ignored. I found it interesting since unhandled memory access violations are often fatal and the program usually doesn't recover from it just like that.

    That said, my PC has top notch driver support for XP x64.

    Edit: Actually, not sure I'm remembering exception correctly. Maybe it was illegal instruction...UD2...encountered with sites using Web Assembly.

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  6. 12 hours ago, nicolaasjan said:

    New Moon has it like this as default:

    Mozilla/5.0 (%OS_SLICE% rv:60.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/60.0

    Page load is still ridiculously slow compared to modern browsers...

    My initial load time with default agent above is cca. 30 seconds. The one I suggested drops it to cca. 13 seconds.

    It's been known for a long time YouTube's UI (aka. Polymer) is slow, especially in browsers not implementing Web Components and such.

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  7. Delay may be reduced by modifying/adding string pref general.useragent.override.youtube.com on about:config page and setting it like so: Mozilla/5.0 (%OS_SLICE% rv:6.0) Goanna/20230219 Firefox/42.0 PaleMoon/32.0.1

    I think the main thing is that it contains an ancient Firefox version along with a string it doesn't recognize so it's not 100% sure you're on old Firefox and won't show unsupported browser page, but the rest of their spaghetti code will go through faster that way (or you're being served a faster version, IDK).

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  8. 4 hours ago, NotHereToPlayGames said:

    It's a Lenovo Ultrabook with an Intel i5 and only 4GB RAM.

    Ha, the one I'm writing from now has only 2 GB of RAM minus 256 MB taken for video RAM.

    The other machine I have has 4 GB. Work laptop has 12 GB, but that doesn't count since it belongs to the company.

    On-topic, there's also Product Key Scanner by Nir Sofer.

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  9. I had it too about a year ago, spent little over a week in the room to not infect anyone else. It was like mild cold.

    The good part, it was also like getting gratis leave from work!

  10. In defense of @NotHereToPlayGames, I think he meant if there is anything useful in this thread that isn't in the list in the first post, it is likely to be missed, eg. Sound Blaster X-Fi MB3, which I brought up years ago. Though this program is EOL since, so it cannot be run on any OS unless you have it activated since activation server was online or you're in possession of a bypass for its licensing system (or are willing to figure it out on your own), which cannot be discussed here.

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  11. I've come to the conclusion about my parents due to few times when there were some LGBTQ related news, there were either sounds of disgust or negative remarks and me thinking back then c'mon, none of them killed your dog or something.

    It'd be weird if I was anywhere on that spectrum, one problem I'll never have, but, strange to think about all sorts of things that people have to (or don't have to) deal with.

    I had to search for a bit for me to click that it was really hinting towards ecological accident.

    2 hours ago, NotHereToPlayGames said:

    I always use a sarcastic voice and tell him/her, "I don't know if this is homophobic or sexist, but I am not comfortable getting my hair cut by a boy, it has to be a girl please."

    I've got a haircut by a guy one or two times, nothing shocking, just different feel, that one guy worked in the salon I visit for a relatively short time and I always signed up for the first free term, so whoever gave it to me got to work on my hair. There were two women and a man, now it's just two women.

    Thanks for the laugh about dental hygienist visit!

  12. On 2/17/2023 at 1:41 PM, jaclaz said:

    Poor little gamers, I feel for them, I cannot imagine how tough it could be for them living without being able to play modern games.

    It's a profitable industry, you know, eg.: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Call_of_Duty:_Modern_Warfare_II_(2022_video_game)


    Modern Warfare II received generally favorable reviews from critics. It was a commercial success and broke several records for the series, including becoming the fastest Call of Duty game to generate US$1 billion in revenue.

    Like arms industry, what better time for it than now? And the pretenders that are supposedly for peace are happily prolonging the suffering.

    On 2/17/2023 at 11:14 AM, satmonk said:

    Programmers could do everything, but they don't want to, money interests are far more important than humanity.

    One thing I heard about one of the programmers that used to work where I work, he had to get drunk 3 times a week to keep his sanity.

    At the end of the day, we all do what we have to do to get by.

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  13. 1 hour ago, msfntor said:

    YOUR "Device status: This device is working properly."

    So you've disk OK.

    Do NOT reformat! 

    "This device working properly" only means that the device driver is loaded and doing whatever it is supposed to be doing.

    11 minutes ago, XPerceniol said:

    I doubt I'll reformat it just wait until its done and use and enjoy. Nothing seems wrong funny as is seems since Victoria reads BAD. Thank you.

    The disk had trouble reading data in the past and it's possible that some files have been altered since.

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  14. 2 hours ago, NotHereToPlayGames said:

    In my opinion, Firefox started dying LONG before they sold their soul.

    I meant people who use Chrome. Firefox won't die as long as it's distinctive from Chrome in one way or another that some people would find useful. And I don't think fork(s) that try to preserve its initial philosophy will die either.

    Same way desktop Linux doesn't die. Low market share, but so what? It has its audience.

  15. I work where one of those fancy corporate database connected applications are developed. Windows 7 is not supported (but still works), no support for company's old programs (no staff that would know them either) and said programs are basically EOL rather than just EOS due to licensing system they use. No one gives a damn.

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  16. On 2/17/2023 at 10:38 AM, NotHereToPlayGames said:

    But Firefox is a dying bread and losing global market share to Chrome "for a reason".

    Reason being, they've sold their soul to Google. R.I.P., @NotHereToPlayGames.

    14 hours ago, ADMM said:

    I was thinking reducing multi process would free up more ram?

    It would, multi-process web browsers are major resource hogs. Feodor2 probably doesn't rebase DLLs? That would help with RAM consumption in multi-process mode.

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