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  1. Yes -- and thankfully it appears that the YouTube space bug has now been fixed.
  2. Here's a really weird bug: As of today, you can no longer type a space in YouTube on any legacy-Firefox-derived browser, in either the search box or when typing a comment -- it's reserving the space bar exclusively for pausing/unpausing the video. Typing Alt-032 to generate ASCII 32 or pasting in a space character from the clipboard works, but pressing the space bar doesn't. I've tried Serpent/Basilisk 52.9.0, New Moon 27.10.0, and Mypal 28.14.2 on XP, and Firefox ESR 52.9.1 on my Mac, and they all do the same thing. The space bar works normally in Chromium-based browsers. Edit: I just updated Mypal to 29.1.0 from their Github page and now the space bar works in YouTube. So it appears that Pale Moon 29.x-based browsers should not have this problem.
  3. Apple actually sued Microsoft, claiming that Windows' look and feel was too similar to Mac OS. The case got dismissed on the grounds that they both copied the Xerox PARC graphical user interface. Apple also sued HP over their NewWave GUI and they lost all claims except that NewWave's trash can and folder icons were too similar to Mac OS. That case didn't have anything to do with Windows, but Microsoft probably took it as a warning to avoid using a trash can icon in Windows 95. Apple's lawsuit against Digital Research over GEM never went to trial, because DR was fearful of a prolonged legal battle they couldn't afford, so they changed GEM to be much less Mac-like, except in the version used in Atari ST computers.
  4. The cash registers at Goodwill stores use XP-based Windows Embedded POSReady 2009.
  5. Google Chrome's market share also stopped growing at a rapid pace soon after they dropped support for older OSes. And at the same time, Firefox -- which didn't drop support for older OSes -- made a sudden rebound in popularity. Coincidence? I think not!
  6. Note the wording "officially supported". That suggests they won't purposely block XP installations of future versions, but they can't guarantee compatibility if they add some new code that doesn't work on XP. (Java 8 has been saying that for what, 3 years now?, and it still works in XP...)
  7. What printer manufacturer in their right mind would refuse to provide drivers for what is by far the world's most popular operating system?
  8. If you use Windows Essentials 2012 or any of its components (such as Windows Movie Maker), download it NOW even if you already have it installed! Beginning tomorrow (January 10th) you will no longer be able to download it in case you ever need to reinstall it. And don't trust third-party sites to provide it -- older versions of Windows Essentials are notoriously difficult to find, and the 2012 version will probably be no different. https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/17779/download-windows-essentials Microsoft says "Windows Essentials 2012 suite will be available for download until it reaches its end of support date on January 10, 2017." Here is the full download of the offline installer: http://g.live.com/1rewlive5-all/en/wlsetup-all.exe Microsoft has said they will be introducing a new version of Windows Movie Maker soon, but it will probably no longer be free, and will almost definitely only be for Windows 10 users.
  9. Any Windows NT-family OS (all the way up to Windows 10) whose version cannot be detected gets counted as "Windows NT".
  10. The most lightweight real-time antivirus software I've found is Panda. Anything else noticeably slows down my computer, especially on older machines. http://www.pandasecurity.com/usa/homeusers/solutions/free-antivirus/
  11. Here's a Windows 2000 system that ran for a whole year without rebooting:
  12. Newsflash: In December 2016, Windows XP's market share actually increased to 9.07% -- the second month it has increased rather than declined! It is still solidly the world's third most popular operating system, while Windows 8.1 has further declined down to 6.9%. https://www.netmarketshare.com/operating-system-market-share.aspx?qprid=10&qpcustomd=0
  13. The data posted earlier this month is now featured in a video:
  14. It is a Compaq Deskpro EN with a 1 GHz Pentium III.
  15. Well, they're wrong. And Flash Player's system requirements for Windows specifies a minimum CPU speed of 2.33 GHz, which is also wrong because it runs perfectly fine on my 1.66 GHz Core 2 Duo.
  16. I still use Malwarebytes 1.75. It continues to get the latest malware definition updates; you just have to disable program updates so it doesn't try to upgrade itself to the newest version. I never forgave them for cartoonifying Malwarebytes 2.x and making it look like a FAKE antivirus program! They toned down the huge red warnings after users revolted, but it still looks unprofessional and has too many nags to buy the full version.
  17. The overall list will be 95% the same as the one for Windows Vista. There are only a small number of significant applications which still support Vista but don't support XP, such as Microsoft Security Essentials and Pale Moon. OTOH, there are actually some applications which support XP but don't officially support Vista, such as Adobe Reader XI: https://helpx.adobe.com/reader/kb/system-requirements-adobe-reader.html
  18. Off-topic, but I got a scare a few days ago when I went to install Flash Player 24 on my 2007 MacBook running Mac OS X 10.7.5 (the highest it supports), and the download page stated that OS X 10.9 or higher is required! I thought Adobe had ended support for older Mac OS versions even before they ended support for Windows XP and Vista. But then the next day, the Flash Player update notification pop-up came up, and I was able to successfully download and install Flash Player 24 on OS X 10.7.5. The download page now no longer says that any specific Mac OS version is required, either, even though Adobe's Tech Specs page still says that 10.9 or higher is required: http://www.adobe.com/products/flashplayer/tech-specs.html Also notable is that they finally brought the Linux NPAPI version of Flash Player up to the current release, instead of being stuck with the 11.x "Extended Support Release". (They also recently ended the ESR for the Windows and Mac OS NPAPI plugin.)
  19. I wanted to find more info to back up this claim, and I came across this: http://techtalk.gfi.com/2015s-mvps-the-most-vulnerable-players/ In 2015, the operating systems with the most new vulnerabilities discovered were Mac OS X, Windows Server 2012, Ubuntu Linux, Windows 8.1, and Windows Server 2008. Windows XP didn't even make the Top 15 list. Of course, Windows XP is still a vulnerable OS -- just as anything else is -- but this disproves the myth that once official Microsoft support ended in 2014, hackers were going to go crazy discovering and exploiting new vulnerabilities in XP, and users would be seriously at risk due to Microsoft no longer patching those vulnerabilities. I wanted to dig deeper and find the real statistics about any new XP vulnerabilities that have been discovered since support ended in April 2014, and I came up with this: https://web.nvd.nist.gov/view/vuln/statistics-results?adv_search=true&cves=on&cpe_vendor=cpe%3a%2f%3amicrosoft&cpe_product=cpe%3a%2f%3a%3awindows_xp&pub_date_start_month=3&pub_date_start_year=2014&pub_date_end_month=11&pub_date_end_year=2016&cvss_version=3 According to the U.S. National Vulnerability Database, there were three new Windows XP Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVEs) discovered from April to December 2014, one new CVE discovered in 2015, and none so far in 2016. Compare that to Windows 7, which had 30 new CVEs discovered April-December 2014, 147 new CVEs in all of 2015 (no doubt thanks to Microsoft's "Get Windows 10 App" nagware), and 126 new CVEs so far in 2016.
  20. The XP figure probably also includes Windows Embedded Standard 2009 and Windows Embedded POSReady 2009, which Microsoft is still supplying to new customers to this day. XP-based versions of Windows are still king of the hill when it comes to ATMs, POS terminals, and kiosks.
  21. OEMs were not allowed to sell new PCs with Windows XP installed after October 2010, but Dell continued to provide XP driver support until December 2012: http://news.thewindowsclub.com/dell-says-no-more-windows-xp-after-22nd-october-16543/ As Dell said back then: "Per Microsoft guidelines regarding Windows XP, system vendors like Dell will no longer be able to ship systems with XP Professional and XP Home after October 22, 2010. This means that we will stop offering XP as an option for customers starting this month in preparation for next month's deadline. One other important thing to note is that Dell plans to continue Windows XP driver support until December 2012." Virtually any netbook sold in North America should be able to run XP just fine. Although they lasted longer in other parts of the world, netbooks were pretty much dead here by 2011. By then tablets like the iPad were the hot new thing, and consumers grew tired of the tiny display, slow CPU, limited RAM, and lack of expandability that plagued netbooks -- plus, no one liked the stripped-down Starter edition of Windows 7 that manufacturers put on the last generation of netbooks. (HP was even stupid enough to put Windows Vista on some of their netbooks, with expectedly unsatisfactory results.)
  22. You have to be very patient but eventually it should work. After installing Vista with SP2 recently I had to wait over 18 hours (with Windows hogging one CPU core the entire time) before it started getting updates again -- and that was on a Quad Core i5. On a slower machine it would likely take even longer! XP, on the other hand, starts getting updates nearly instantly after installing it...
  23. And oddly enough, just last night when I was updating an XP machine with the WEPOS patch, Microsoft Update offered me Security Essentials and Windows Live Essentials 2011. I took it up on its offer to install Security Essentials and it worked absolutely fine. Maybe I'll try WLE2011 next...
  24. FYI: Microsoft will be ending support for (and therefore downloads of) Windows Essentials 2012 (for Windows 7+), including Windows Movie Maker, in January 2017, so grab a copy of it while you still can.


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