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  1. Hi siria. Thank-you for the information. Couldn't get any release of read-easily*.xpi successfully modified for my RetroZilla either. Glad it works for you with the @roytam1 build. Feel free to post on the RetroZilla Community Edition thread, including a download link to your modified extension. Please specify it's for the @roytam1 build to avoid future confusion.
  2. An updated 9xweb script is available for download (forum login required), v20200712 Beta. Relevant information and links, including helper software, can be found on post #1 of this thread. The changelog has been updated on post #2.
  3. Thank-you Deomsh, testing this change since yesterday, hopefully will help. For anyone interested, MDGx provides lots of SYSTEM.INI information. http://www.mdgx.com/lastweek.htm
  4. Probably a limitation of how Windows 98 handles multiple processes. During audio or video playback there is sometimes noticeable stutter when other CPU intensive tasks are performed simultaneously. Fondly remember an old employer upgrading Windows 3.1 and 9x systems to Windows NT 4.0. It was so professional, smooth, polished and stable. For the most part the NT family of releases seemed to do away with much of these stutters and instabilities. Query whether it was solely NT development or whether these newer systems ran updated media players complete with bug fixes and performance improvements. Also on the same ancient hardware, running a modern but tweaked GNU/Linux release doesn't cause stutter either. In Windows 98, TCPMP's priority can be increased in the settings. It actually helps at the expense of slowing other processes, obviously there's only so much CPU to go around. Seems the user, based on preference and hardware limitations, needs to decide what level of stutter or performance hit is acceptable. SMPlayer's MPlayer 'config' (actual file name) can be configured with a 'priority' entry, not yet tested. Options include: idle, belownormal, normal, abovenormal, high or realtime. Realtime isn't recommended by them, as it may cause instability. For me running MPlayer standalone, bypassing SMPlayer, is the leanest of all my media players so stutter is not much of an issue with this player. Note MPlayer's config file is located in C:\Program Files\SMPlayer\mplayer\mplayer\ when running Windows media. If using MPlayer through Cygwin-Lite's 9xweb (Windows 9x Web Helper), the 'config' file utilized is likely in C:\cygwin\home\your_user_name\mplayer\. VLC also has an advanced option preference to increase process priority, which seems to work well. As VLC is, however, the most resource heavy of this system's media players it rarely gets used. Very nice and professional media player though. If anyone has any CPU priority suggestions, particularly with media playback, any advice welcome :)
  5. Same search term as screenshot above, titles now appended with durations.
  6. Hi Sergiaws. Doesn't help with a screen reader query but just trying to help. For RetroZilla would either of these extensions be useful. The download links still work but the extensions were not installed or tested. I can try to help with any installation issues. NoSquint http://xsidebar.mozdev.org/modifiedmisc.html#nosquint TextZoom http://xsidebar.mozdev.org/modifiedmisc.html#textzoom
  7. Since Windows 98 browsers now have problems connecting to YouTube without jumping through extra hoops, primitive YouTube search functionality was added directly to the 9xweb script. This will allow the user to query YouTube for 'Trending' results or a custom search (eg. 'DOS games'). The video titles are dumped to screen in 9xweb's command.com window, select the video you want to add to clipboard, then use 9xweb as normal. Not interested in wasting a lot of time on this so [c]ache is limited to the last search performed, replaced by a new search. First page search results dumped to screen typically number 20-30 titles depending on the query, and a 'YouTube Trending' search usually fetches 85 results. The 'less' command, similar to DOS's 'more', is used when the list exceeds command.com window rows, so results can be scrolled (up/down arrow, page up/down, [q]uit to exit 'less'). Will resist the urge to add additional cache, search history, next page type functionalities. It's all possible but takes effort and time. Since hardly anyone is using this script anyway, it's just a hobby project and future YouTube changes could cause it to fail anytime. If internet bandwidth is an issue consider any/all when using 9xweb: - Set video quality to 640 x 360 - Set a 5 - 10 second Wget preview to determine if the video is worth the bandwidth - End search query with ' ,short' (space comma short) for < 4 minute duration videos Hopefully YouTube, forum members and forum admin will be okay with this. If an objection is received, at least this component of the 9xweb project will be abandoned (took snapshot before adding search). Will upload work in progress screenshots shortly and release script after some test and polish.
  8. Spend part of an evening last week exploring sourceforge[dot]net. Couple great old school roguelikes were downloaded and briefly play tested: Rogue Clone IV version 2.1 and Mike's Adventure Game (MAG, query v1.1). Not sure, believe both these games were released in the 1980s. There are so many releases and variations of the original Rogue, hard to keep them straight, the original releases are much older. If the world stopped producing games, music and entertainment 20 years ago, there would still be many lifetimes of good stuff to enjoy.
  9. A new $AskKeepvid variable was added for 'ERROR: 403 Forbidden' YouTube videos. # Ask to open https://keepvid.works/ in configured browser tab for # failed 'ERROR: 403 Forbidden' YouTube videos, use 'yes' or 'no': AskKeepvid="yes" During script runtime, if a 403 error is encountered the dialogue below will be displayed. Note keepvid[dot]works does not require any JavaScript to be running to work, just paste the clipboard's URL into the keepvid[dot]works browser page, then click Download. The page will refresh, then just click the 'Download video' button, slightly obscured in RetroZilla but clearly visible and works fine. The video's description can then be read via 9xweb as desired. Just going to test it out for a few sessions before issuing a formal release. ***** ERROR 403: Forbidden Error retrieving file, note 9xweb does not process 403 Forbidden errors. Open retrozilla.exe tab to https://keepvid.works/ for manual download attempt, note the URL is already in clipboard for quick pasting, [y/n]? y Display video description [y/n]: y
  10. Just to follow-up siria, the YouTube URL you provided above also did not require the '&disable_polymer=1' addendum to work with 9xweb. Cute Baby and Cats Playing Together... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-z7hoEWaH4
  11. Hi siria. Thanks again for more information. Thus far the 9xweb script is working quite well without any of the workarounds. No User Agent string has been specified for the Wget executable, thus far churning nicely, even without adding '&disable_polymer=1' to any YouTube destination URLs. The next 9xweb release will, however, have the updated Googlebot User Agent string plus the polymer addendum noted in the comments section, in case it's required for a future release. Just did some quick testing, checked the first 10 hits in YouTube Trending (https://www.youtube.com/feed/trending). Eight out of ten videos were successfully retrieved, although one required the assistance of keepvid[dot]works. So 9xweb is batting 70%, keepvid[dot]works helped out a bit and the two that failed outright i believe were VEVO music videos. So just like mentioned before, it really depends on what you want out of YouTube. If you're looking for informative videos, retro computing and gaming, etc the success percentage should exceed 70%. If you just want to watch the latest pop/rock type videos, not so good. Note adding '&disable_polymer=1' to the failed YouTube URLs did not make a difference for either 9xweb or keepvid[dot]works. Think the next release will incorporate keepvid[dot]works as a USER CONFIG variable, that will ask the user if they want to open a new keepvid[dot]works tab in the configured web browser for videos that fail with the dreaded 'ERROR: 403 Forbidden'. With any luck keepvid[dot]works will be able to update their site to keep up with YouTube's changes. To me using 9xweb first, then keepvid[dot]works as a fallback is preferable, as 9xweb: - Auto-names the MP4 file - Provides playback preview - Allows viewing the video description 1. GOOD - 9xweb BLACKPINK -How You Like That 20200704 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2cxVV5JAms 2. GOOD - 9xweb WATCH LIVE: Trump holds July 4 celebration at Mt. Rushmore https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQpWydz7J1Y 3. GOOD - 9xweb Clash Royale: CLAN WARS 2 UPDATE REVEAL! ?? TV Royale Special https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hw0AFLsTLDE 4. GOOD - keepvid[dot]works POP SMOKE - GOT IT ON ME (OFFICIAL VIDEO) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPnnX7hOcQM 5. GOOD - 9xweb When you're trying NOT to look dumb in front of your smart friend. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_pRxp2FKq_U 6. FAIL Pop Smoke - For The Night (Audio) ft. Lil Baby, DaBaby https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q9pjm4cNsfc 7. GOOD - 9xweb 2020 Austrian Grand Prix: FP1 Highlights https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OT3I_OdHVew 8. FAIL Pop Smoke - The Woo (Audio) ft. 50 Cent, Roddy Ricch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=24cbJedcfsc 9. GOOD - 9xweb An American Pickle | Official Trailer | HBO Max https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBC0pTh6GDM 10. GOOD - 9xweb AUSTRALIA'S BIGGEST PUMPKIN Vs. GIANT AXE from 45m Tower! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D7suCsa1kzM
  12. Just updated my personal GNU/Linux YouTube script (Bash youtube-dl front-end) with the Googlebot UA, this has temporarily fixed the breakage there too. Without the proper UA string, noticed YouTube now serves the HTML data page using a different, more obfuscated, format. As the Cygwin-Lite install has access to awk, sed and such, it is likely possible to parse the new data page format if the UA string work-around starts to fail, effectively turning 9xweb in to a rudimentary command line YouTube searcher/browser. Not sure how far i want to go with this, however. Of course if Cygwin-Lite's old release of wget no longer connects, then 9xweb's YouTube functions are dead anyway. For now all is good, keep limping along fellow Windows 9x users.
  13. Hi cov3rt. The RetroZilla Extensions Collection link on the first post of this thread contains the extensions collection for download plus detailed instructions on how to install extensions in RetroZilla. Below is a paste of the 'Install and Remove' section from that linked post. Note the extensions in the collection have been well tested, can probably ignore the breakage dialogue below. All eleven extensions, including modified NoScript which is a separate download, are highly recommended and combined make for a decent browsing experience. If you have not yet installed the RetroZilla Search Engine collection, it's also quite useful as RetroZilla's built-in search engines are now broken or no longer exist. = Install and Remove = Extension installation and removal in RetroZilla is messy and may lead to breakage. Recommend backing up the entire RetroZilla user profile before installing extensions or test drive the extension(s) in a new test profile. A full browser removal/re-installation may be helpful in case of severe breakage, as extension files may install into both the user profile and the browser installation directory, default pathways: C:\Program Files\RetroZilla C:\WINDOWS\Application Data\RetroZilla Ensure RetroZilla's Edit dropdown -> Preferences -> Advanced -> Software Installation is set to 'Allow web sites to install extensions and updates'. This is required even when installing extensions locally. For security reasons it is best to disable this checkbox after all desired extensions are installed. To install extensions go to File dropdown -> Open File -> select and install extension -> restart browser. To cleanly remove extensions either restore a previously backed up profile, delete the profile's chrome directory (created on restart), create a new profile or fully uninstall/reinstall the browser. Note not all extensions install cleanly into only the chrome directory (eg. NoScript) and some extensions even alter the browser's Preferences configuration window (eg. ImageZoom).
  14. RetroZilla now fails to load YouTube using the default User Agent (UA) string. RetroZilla still connects and the YouTube search engine from the RetroZilla Search Engines Collection still work. To load YouTube and perform searches, ensure the 'user-agent-switcher-0.6.10-bump.xpi' extension is installed, available from the RetroZilla Extensions Collection linked on the first post of this thread. Then in RetroZilla's Tools dropdown menu select User Agent Switcher -> Options -> Options. Select User Agents -> Add. In the popup's description field, enter 'Googlebot'. In the User Agent field paste the following UA string, then click OK to exit. This adds the UA to the extension. Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; Googlebot/2.1; +http://www.google.com/bot.html) To use the Googlebot UA string in RetroZilla, select Tools dropdown menu -> User Agent Switcher -> select Googlebot. This needs to be performed during any session when the YouTube page or search engine is utilized. As RetroZilla reverts to it's default UA on restart, re-select the desired UA string during runtime. Thank-you forum member @siria for finding this valuable UA string.
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