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Everything posted by Gansangriff

  1. Maybe a comparison between AntiVirus and vaccines: My Windows 98 machine runs well without. My body's own machine as well. Never change a running system? Works for me at least! @UCyborg: Maybe you have to consider going to another country, where your freedom is still being respected. It won't become a dystopia everywhere. Considering the topic of viruses and Windows 98, KernelEx not only enables some newer programs to run on Windows 98, it also enables some viruses to open themselves. That's to consider when testing viruses on Windows 98 computers. I only had a virus once on a Windows 98 computer when it still was a supported operating system by Microsoft, so around 2006. With an AntiVirus software installed! The reason is simple: I was a stupid schoolboy not knowing how to use the internet properly. My mistake, but a worthy experience too...
  2. Oh no! You're right! This computer has the i945 chipset with the Intel 82801 ICH7 southbridge, which has the first version of the AMT installed. Thank you for pointing that out to me, because I was just relaxing on the production year of this Acer Veriton 6800 and Richard Stallman saying something like use a computer of 2007 and earlier. *sigh* I have to work more precisely.
  3. I won't get away from Pale Moon either, because their product is a proper browser, but after seeing this war unfolding... now, I regret giving them some money at one point. And I've quit their forum, too. What a missed opportunity to advertise Pale Moon as that ressource-easy that it can even run on an 20 year old Windows XP machine. With a slogan like: "Look, this scrap computer runs Pale Moon. Then yours can run it, too." In Germany, we say something like: "If the enemy is known, the day has structure." This whole action wasn't rationally thought. There is no threat from the tiny amount of people running the XP browsers. It's just to be able to use laws. But laws aren't useful all the times! Dammit Moonchild and Tobin! Which advantages do you hope to get through shredding the Mypal project? Roytam and Feodor2, I'd like you to tell the community about this if you have to get involved in any kind of legal troubles. Maybe some money can be thrown together to a reasonable sized heap then to absorb the financial impact. Of all the projects, your browsers are the most important programs for the long-abandoned operating system to be able to use them as daily drivers.
  4. One of my computers blew up. Which one you may ask? Of course the strongest one. The XP power machine from 2007, using a Pentium D dual core. It was one leaked capacitor, then two, then three (all being placed around the fat CPU cooler)... the system became more unstable. The computer could be used longer through removing components from it, like the graphics card (and using the onboard graphics), removing the second hard drive, removing all except one RAM... But finally, it stopped turning on. Dead. Thankfully, a local store soldered some new capacitors for 30 euros to the board. For that amount of money, I could have bought a more powerful desktop computer here. Anyways! It's a powerful computer that's worth using. Hasn't the Intel Management Engine spyware inbuild like in newer hardware. Has a proper BIOS. And can basically do everything on the web.
  5. There wasn't a program that came with the wireless card? In the Windows 98 days, there was a wireless conncetion program that came on a CD with every wireless device. Maybe it's worth sticking another wireless card in the laptop. Maybe an old wireless USB stick that comes with a driver disc for Windows 2000. That should have the said driver program onboard. But it must be considered that there have been newer encryption standards released over the last 20 years (WEP -- WPA -- WPA2...). Your wireless card has to be capable of understanding the encryption that your router is asking for. So that has to be checked too, if your router can be downgraded there, too.
  6. @cmccaff1 To come back to the question about search engine extensions... Actually, why do people need extra extensions for their search engines? Isn't the Opensearch standard a good solution? That way, you can even add current search engines to the old Netscape browser of 2008. Startpage and Duckduckgo support it, Mojeek too and many more sites. To look for an Opensearch plugin, have a look at the search bar (at the upper right corner of the old Firefox compatible browsers). The second-to-last item is "Add", if there is an Opensearch plugin available. That works in Pale Moon too. But! For some sites, you have to check for the Opensearch plugin at their home page. For some sites, you have to do a search and check for the plugin afterwards.
  7. From my personal view, KDE always makes the impression of being inefficent and ressource-heavy. I couldn't run that on the computers that are older than yours. Maybe try a different window manager to see if the performance is better? Is it worth KDE?
  8. @UCyborg Colours! Colours! More colours! But Windows 98 had them hidden in the settings menu. But you could paint everything to your wishes. Windows XP had only three themes by default (Blue, Green and White) for the more complex interface. The classic mode had more customiseability. @Wunderbar98 I've had problems with some games in DOSBox, especially F1GP, the old racing simulation. That game from 1992 however run perfectly on a Windows 98 computer, even on a Windows XP machine. Maybe some games aren't made for emulation.
  9. Is the standard version enough? Good old oldversion.com has all the former versions of Adobe Air: http://www.oldversion.com/windows/adobe-air/
  10. @Mr.Scienceman2000 Well, you've asked for that how I removed the SIM lock on the old Nokia 3310. I remember that people around the globe documented the procedure in some videos. Some strange program had to be used to generate a code, depending on another code that could be accessed over a secret code that could be typed in the keyboard. It was a good exercise for doing online research, I'd say.
  11. Say, does one actually becomes unfriendly through programming? I mean you're giving commands to your computer constantly. Like a king giving commands consistently to his people. Everything must be rationally planned, not much room for feelings or empathy. There is only 0 or 1. Works or doesn't work. True or false. Friend or foe. Does that make a programmer incompatible for talking to the users? I think the Pale Moon developers should smoke some calming substances and chill more or better get a receptionist to deal with the stupid customer's questions. Far too radical behaviour on their message board. At least old browsers will run as long as we want... 98% of the websites are working fine with older versions of Pale Moon.
  12. My main one is a Sony Ericsson W200i. Heavy usage since it was new like 13 years ago. This phone slipped out of my pocket and dropped into a toilet once. Right into the flusing water! What a relief it didn't go down the drain. A Nokia 3310 was found at a privately-owned scrapyard. Removing the SIM-lock was easy. And new batteries could be found on the internet. A friend uses it now. If your company is a good one, it buys you a Smartphone, if they think it's a necessary goodie to work. I snaked around the problem so far. There was always someone who had an old smartphone in stock. What a shock to see, what the people have to endure daily... like a badly-educated, hyperactive dog begging for your attention. The split from work and private life is very important, I feel. The work phone stays at work. The private phone stays at home. I wish best luck and success to the Finnish people at Jolla to stay afloat on the stormy ocean of the Smartphone market!
  13. Dosbox, that program isn't working out of the box properly. You must configure it first. I remember the "frameskip" option did improve the performance. You need a lot more computing power for the emulation of an elderly device (than the target has). What kind of hardware do you use for Windows 98? Also, some games perform very poorly in Dosbox. F1GP was one of them. You might be better off with the MS-DOS mode in Windows 98 for some games.
  14. @dmiranda Excuse me for not being nice this time and tell you the answer, but you should look that up in your search engine of choice. Just search for the suspicious website, you'll find many different explanations, what that server actually is. I went through my hosts file: Other entries were zn_1zcnvefgbweaxdb-cbs.siteintercept.qualtrics.com e.deviantart.net a.deviantart.net st.deviantart.net Which breaks the Deviantart layout. But the site loads quicker then! Qualtrics did load on Deviantart many years ago if I recall correctly and can't be blocked with the hosts file, because it has a dynamic random word in front of the server name. That has to go to another part of the firewall (in my case the dnsmasq.conf in my configurable OpenWRT router).
  15. Modified V13 Test: There were no connections to gstatic or some chinese server, but the very suspicious nonsense searches in NBNS and DNS keep happening, when the 360EE is started.
  16. Deviantart. Sad story! But with computers that old, the decision, which web servers are allowed to connect to your machine, are important. Because you just have no CPU power to waste. You have to take a look at all the connections, that Deviantart tries to make. Now how to do that? For starters, Pale Moon shows them in the bottom left corner while the stuff is loading (a slower computer is an advantage, displaying the names longer). Next, have a look at about:cache. You'll find things being loaded there, that you haven't asked for. Extract the domains from that (for example static.parastorage.com). Be upset! "I didn't ask for that! How dare you to trash these filthy data packets on my computer!" Stick into your hosts file the line static.parastorage.com. Save it and restart your browser (cache has to be cleared). I'd suggest you to set it to clean everything up on closing the browser automatically (for not having the system clogging up someday). Not everything can be blocked with a hosts file, but probably 90% of what's worth blocking... Good success with your old computers!
  17. NoScript is my daily protection shield against troublesome webpages. But after some updates, the user interface looked bad and as I have no CPU power to waste, staying with Version 5.1.9 worked better. Maybe your browser can support that version? You still can get it from the NoScript homepage. ( https://noscript.net/getit ) Although what could NoScript have to do with the moment of the page loading? Is there really a connection?
  18. Okay... back with some 360EE testing, this time in a Windows XP VM. I'm afraid I have to say, "interesting" connections keep happening in the background on startup. I'm afraid too, that other methods than measuring the whole web traffic over your line might not show this. How I do it actually is to use another computer play network bridge over 2 LAN ports. One LAN cable plugs into the computer of the "web user", the other LAN cable into the router. I think that way I'm not missing anything. These strange connections on the startup of 360EE aren't successful. They run into the empty void. But! Between some garbage names there was a DNS and Netbios query for the name "VIBZBOX" in my local network. That's not a random name. It only happened once as far as I can see. Is my router not right? I don't think so! These connections only happen with the 360EE. This time I tested the modified version of V12. One connection to "cloud.brwoser.360.cn" has been made. Eeeek! Leave me alone, I don't want to participate in some cloud... Say, are we speaking about the right links, where I download these modified versions of 360EE from? Dammit, it say's "updated" with the current date behind it on the first post, so these must be the right versions. *sigh* I'll have another look at this in another network.
  19. @Humming Owl Please measure the network traffic on the startup of the modified V11. There is definetly some nonsense going on here! Obviously the gibberish "words", which are searched over the network, are randomly generated, so looking different this time. Off Topic: @D.Draker Currently, the 360EE isn't my taste. It may use less RAM in total, but it doesn't perform as good as New Moon on this dated Windows XP machine. I think, that's because of NoScript in New Moon. If I would allow scripts everywhere, New Moon wouldn't be quick either. Then there is this Google interface with checkboxes for promising optimisations, quick download modes, accounts for your webbrowser... no, that's not a software that feels trustworthy for me. Which doesn't mean, something proper can be built out of it! Firefox leaking to Yandex? Maybe you can get into setting up a firewall somewhere on your computer or in your router. A filter list. On a current computer, maybe have a look at Pale Moon, if it can do everything for you.
  20. @ArcticFoxie, @Humming Owl Well, it was in fact the modified V11 version. The one that opened MSFN as a default page. ".adra" is my local network behind my router. Give me a day, then I'll examine that further.
  21. The browser war is on! Who can make the best browser for the best but obsolete operating system? A test showed, that the old Pentium 3 can't use the 360 browser, probably because of lacking SSE2. But the slightly newer Pentium dual core can. To be honest, there is some nonsense going on when starting 360EE. Have a look at the screenshot from Wireshark. Also, there are connections to translate.googleapis.com (the webpage translation service) and pub1.sdns.360.cn (a chinese DNS server). Memory output might be lower than New Moon. I find it interesting that the 360EE runs in multiple tasks (as it can be seen in the task manager), while New Moon runs as one single task. Now how to value that?
  22. The Wikipedia article about Rowhammer says, that this problem of disturbance errors in chips was known since the 70s. To fix that, methods "such as improving the isolation between cells and performing production testing" were used. I wonder, whether the physical size of the chips has something to do with that, too. I mean the density, the "nm" stat, which is used to play "who has the coolest PC" on schoolyards. Speaking of product testing: That Dot-Matrix printer that was sitting on the attic was obviously well tested! It turned on like it was new. Drivers for this NEC P5200 are built in Windows 98 already. And off goes the screeching machine. Unfortuneatly the ink band has dried up and some foam inside the ink cassette has gone broken, but there are spare parts available for that 31 year old printer. Looks like a solid machine! This example should show us, that if the old products are in use, there will be spare parts for them (I've seen several yewllowish Dot-Matrix printers at unusual places in several companies). Last month I got a new battery for a Nokia mobile phone, approx. 20 years old. Hopefully the 2G mobile network for the old phones will stay here in Germany, but if enough people are using it, it probably will stay even longer (and if the areas without mobile phone connection other than 2G aren't upgraded). Making smartphones mandatory for things of the daily life wouldn't work. It would lead to problems, because there are enough people not using them. Imagine all the grannies and gramps in front of the supermarkets: "But I just want to by some coffee!" @siria: Too pessimistic! I know some young people without smartphones. They communicate in the proper way, offline. However the majority of course... Hey, maybe the hackers should be encouraged to penetrate the new technology? Maybe that's their plan? To return to "old but gold"!
  23. *CHRRRRT*
    Russian agent Gans here.
    Some exclusive insider informations from the ex-DDR!
    When I lived in East Germany like 4 years ago, I've met someone called "Mielke", an old man in his 60s. Not Erich Mielke of course, but someone else with that name. Being curious, I've asked him many things about the former times. Stasi? Ah come on, he said, that wasn't such a big topic. The "West" only made that up. I don't know anyone who had problems with the Stasi, he said.

    Yes, he looked his daily news up on RT too. "But reading isn't enough. I tend to forget the important part!", he said. Then he wrote it down, every morning, the whole article. To remember it better. He was able to quote his news sources word by word. It meant a lot to him and the way how he talked himself into a rage was hillarious. Especially the parts about the "fat bosses with cigars" on the top of some capitalist company.

    Of course his old socialist heart was sparkling full of joy about the DDR medicine system. Consider this: The doctors didn't have to make lots of money. They just had to do their job, which was to cure the people. Nowadays, a cured person is the worst what can happen for a hospital, because it's a lost customer! Unnecessary expensive surgery, in which people are talked to. Current waiting times were also unknown, Mr. Mielke told me. If the medicine system didn't have to work efficent, then it's possible to have more people there than necessary.

    Question: Is it a good thing if ALL companies have to make money? If all companies have to be optimised in efficency? What happens, if workplaces become too efficent? Is that a pleasant work then?

    The downside was of course, that some of the DDR workplaces had nothing to do, people got bored, it was a waste of time basically. And to get more money, the actual work was done after the working times, so inoffical work. That's not a good motivation.

    Ah, well. I could share even more stories from the Eastern part of Germany. But both sides have their values. Even with the wall or the Stasi, there is more behind the curtain.


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    2. Gansangriff


      You're making it too easy here. My main message was, that PARTS of the DDR were good (which doesn't mean it was better overall). The old fanatic I described is obviously a problematic case, already highly indoctrinated plus indoctrinating himself even further (through handwriting the propaganda articles word-by-word to remember them more). The guy is a product an oppressive state, which the DDR was for sure.

      Competition between companies is very important to make the evolution of products possible. Although competition becomes ill at a certain level, no competition leads to a stop in innovation (which happend with a lot of products in the DDR).
      Even the die-hard socialist I described there wasn't happy with the Trabant. "Those were barely cars. More of a motocycle on 4 wheels. And they stank", he said. 2-Stroke engine of course. Still he wasn't convinced of a Lada Niva either (a surprisingly common car where I used to live).

      Basically I just wanted to offer another view to you.
      If you say, "please stick your propaganda elsewhere than on my profile", I'll respect that and talk to you only about computers. But else, why not have a heated discussion? Maybe we two can learn something there!

    3. Dixel
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  24. Off Topic: @Dixel Just take some propaganda of here, and there... and build your own opinion out of it. By the way (evil plottwist coming!), I lived in the Eastern part of Germany for a couple of years too (many years after 1989). Even if the wall has long been gone, the border is clearly visible in every statistic. And even nowadays the mindset is different, as the majority of the people did grow up completly different. And I can tell you by talking to people of the East and the West, that some things were better on one side, while some things were better on the other side. To be honest, RT was just the first "news" portal that came to my mind that has a Youtube channel posting every day news, therefore I used it as an example. Maybe I'm biased. But please, let's not discuss that any further here...
  25. Desktops have become a great niche! They have fallen out of fashion for many users for being bulky. Of course it's more complicated to set up: You have to get a monitor, a keyboard, a mouse, cables seperately. However this disadvantage becomes an advantage when it comes to replaceability. You don't have to disassemble your laptop to get a new monitor. And if your mainboard is dying, you can carry all the good parts over to your next computer (maybe one or two adapters are needed). On the used parts market, you'll find very powerful machines, like 5 year old desktop PCs, for like 40 Euros. The larger they are, the cheaper they seem to be. Another option would be a small desktop PC that can be stacked behind the monitor, if not much power is needed. It astonishes me always to see, how little electrical energy these little computers need.

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