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  1. Wasn't there a difference between Win98 and Win98 Second Edition? I didn't get USB drivers to run on the old Win98. However with Win98SE, I can buy a brand new USB stick and it works with the generic universal USB drivers.
  2. I have experienced big speed differences with Windows 98 and Windows XP on the same hardware, but that was with some other program. It was a compiler for programming scripts, which was 20 times slower on all Win98 systems. The compiler's author thought, that allocating and freeing small amounts of memory would be slow in Win98 (as it wasn't required that much back then). Maybe something similar shows us, that the developers at Microsoft made at least some progress with Vista, Win7... Consindering the browser setup, definetly get rid of scripts for some fine browsing on slow hardware (surely enable scripts for some exceptions). You can use addons like the old Noscript V5 for that. I have a good time here with a single-core Pentium 3 from 2001, using New Moon (No-SSE).
  3. Is QuickView under DOS an option? At least it's fast, but the full version isn't free. (http://www.multimediaware.com/qv/)
  4. After trying several FTP servers to exchange files, the old WarFTP seemed to be the easiest one to use. That's how I transfer files between old computers and very old computers, where using an USB stick is a slower option (as with USB V1, everything takes its time). New Linux systems communicate well with the WarFTP Server, but I haven't used Windows 7 or newer with this yet.
  5. Dear Dave! I found an old post of yours, where you mentioned Eudora as your mail program. Was that the case on Windows 98? What are your experiences with mail programs on Windows 98?

    1. Dave-H


      Hi, I still use Eudora every day as my default e-mail program, and I use it on all three operating systems on my machine, Windows 98SE, Windows XP, and Windows 10!
      I first started using it on Windows 98 in fact, and later also Windows 2000.
      Best e-mail program ever, the only one I've ever used at home (I started with a copy of "Eudora Lite" that came with my first machine) and it's sad that modern e-mail formats are starting to give it problems.
      The main issue now is that its internal message viewer no no longer displays many messages correctly at all, and if you use the "Microsoft Viewer" option it uses the system's Internet Explorer engine to display the messages.
      Unfortunately even this has now become a problem with some messages, especially in Windows 98 and XP, where it has to use IE6 and IE8 respectively.
      Having said that, it's still OK 90% of the time, and until e-mail servers actually start rejecting its login, I hope it will be for the foreseeable future.

    2. Gansangriff


      Eudora 7.1 really is beautiful and well thought. Looking at the traffic it causes on startup, there is adserver.eudora.com, which now redirects to the computer history museum! Obviously the code is now in their hands.

      Unfortuneatly one has to have an e-mail provider that supports the older encryption formats. At least you can check your mail with the Windows XP part of your tripleboot computer.

    3. Dave-H


      Interesting about the adserver!
      One of the main reasons I love Eudora is that it has the facility, which I believe is unique, of being able to edit received messages.
      Very useful now as some come in mis-formatted, and I can correct it!
      My main worry is that my ISP will stop supporting POP e-mail, and become IMAP only.
      Eudora does support IMAP, but I have no experience of using it.

  6. We have trouble here with sending .EXE files in the mail, too. Even putting them in a .ZIP, .7Z or .TAR.GZ archive did get caught by the mail provider, because it recognised an .EXE file inside the archive. In that case, the archive wasn't the problem, it was the .EXE inside. Renaming the files to obscure the attachments filter didn't help either. What helped however was to use a password on the archive and to encrypt the file names (which was an option in 7-zip, I think). Now the problem is, that the other computer, that recieves the attachment, has to unpack it again, and there are some incompatibilities between different zip- or 7z-versions. That might be annoying, especially when travelling through the decades with Windows 95 and modern Linux machines for example. You have to try a little bit to find some compatible options.
  7. So as the New Moon rises, all different computers rise to connect to the world's data net. An 18-year-old Pentium 3 can participate, too, thanks to New Moon. Thank you for this browser, a fantastic ally on Windows XP! Does anyone remember "Opensearch" plugins? In Netscape of 2008 for example, there are some websites, that can be directly included in the search engine toolbar. However that seem to have gotten lost in newer browsers. The Palemoon search plugins feel like a step back in that perspective, because there is only a limited selection available.
  8. The NoSSE version worked by simply unpacking the files from the 7z archive file. I must admit however, that New Moon is a little bit too much for the 400 Mhz Celeron (which can be confirmed to not have SSE). The Retrozilla-Firefox uses less than half of the RAM that New Moon needs and is therfore better on the pre-millenial machines. Still, New Moon is far from useless on the Celeron, it depends on the target website. The 533 Mhz Celeron test might break the border of proper web browsing with New Moon. Fortuneatly nearly all Windows XP computers have more power than that.
  9. The author recommends NoScript Indeed, it's faster on the old machines. Concerning the security of old, unsupported software, all I can say from my experience is, that I have never ever got virus troubles with Windows 98 on the internet (an unsupported system since 2006) at daily use with old browsers like Netscape (2008) or K-Meleon (2010). Just don't click on stupid things and deactivate JavaScript. Even on scammy websites, nothing really happens then.
  10. So the UOC settings patch was pretty successful on a Celeron 400 Mhz from 1999. It speeds up New Moon under Windows XP. Don't see a difference between graphic cards like the "graphic decelerator" S3 Virge DX (1998) and the Radeon 7200 (2000). Using a good swap hard drive was more important on the performance. The processor tries its best, but fights with some 100% CPU loads. A Pentium 3 is probably a good recommendation.
  11. Every Addon in a browser has to be removable. User cases are different like in terms of hardware, paranoia, skill... even NoScript can be too complicated for beginners. The ClassicAddonArchive is a very important link to improve the elderly browsers. It so unfortuneatly, that a lot of developers don't like their old software wandering around, causing troubles in the hands of greenhorns. So they try to remove every trace of legacy software. Edit: Some low-specification tests: New Moon (which is a cool name by the way) can run semi-fast on a Celeron 400Mhz with Windows XP. You learn to love the extra power of a Pentium 3, but New Moon is useable.
  12. Might there be a possibility to include a legacy version of the NoScript addon by default in New Moon? It definetly makes the web much more useable, not only on the old Windows XP machines. The version 2 seems to be good, I use (didn't find any better). The current NoScript version kills the Celeron from 1999.
  13. Probably downloading Youtube videos completly on the hard drive is more efficent for your processor than streaming them directly. Depends on the power your computer has for sure! For those with their very old ones, there is a new website called convert2mp3.net that downloads Youtube videos for you. It works without JavaScript and you can choose between all the quality settings like avi, 3gp and also just mp3 audio. Windows 98 is well supported here. Still, check out the connections, that your browser does when accessing that website. There are some suspicious links to pages, that are listed in virus lists and spam filters. These suspicious connections don't establish, if you don't activate JavaScript. But all in all, it's better to block them anyway. So this can be put into your Hosts file to clean your internet traffic a bit. pushgaga.com remtoaku.net tharbadir.com baipagid.com deloplen.com pushame.com pushbaddy.com pushdusk.com pushimer.com pushbasic.com wachipho.net apis.google.com platform.twitter.com Also, if I may speak out my two biggest recommendations for browsing the web with old Windows 98 computers: 1. Disable JavaScript entirely. 2. Build up a hosts file to clear your internet traffic from unnecessary connections. If Google spam is gone there, you will have a faster internet speed.
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