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  1. Well, yeah, technically you're right. Problem is, JavaScript is like a drug to a lot of these "modern web devs". Once they start, they pump the page so full of JS that it seems like it's going to crash (or does). I use JavaScript on my pages when it's necessary or highly, highly useful (for example, I do NOT even use it for form validation, I use HTML5 + server side). And most people would never notice it, because it's maybe a few lines, not a book chapter's worth. I think I saw that a lot of sites are now more JavaScript than HTML, I still cannot literally fathom that, considering most of my pages (and I run *DYNAMIC WEBSITES*, mind you), have ZERO JS. Would the world technically be a better place without JS? In theory, no, but in practice, I wonder... maybe...
  2. I'm not sure that's entirely accurate. I still read the print paper, though often I'm in environments where I come by it for free, so I don't really pay for it I don't bother with online news at all. Anything important will be in the print newspaper. If it's not there, then it's probably not worth my time, OR I can go seek it out myself or will hear about it through email. I'm not some old boomer, either, just a practical young guy that doesn't really fit the mold of the target all of these new age companies reinventing themselves for people who were born yesterday and have no attention span...
  3. Yeah, said, it would be funny if it wasn't so prevalent anywhere. Microsoft, web browsers, newspapers, you name it, catering to the lowest of the low is the new thing now, anyone with sensibilities or common sense is now irrelevant and ignored. No longer is it "know your customer and invent", it's "invent and find a customer, or make up one, if we have to". The common denominator I see here is a move away from well-established standards and lightweight, fast, easy experiences towards bloated, proprietary, awful ones. Move away from/support for IRC, RSS, browser choice, Windows NT 6, plain text email support, not requiring JavaScript, etc... what do these all have in common? Well for one, I'm going to try to run as fast as I can in the other direction
  4. Here's a fun bit of trivia: if you disable JavaScript on the New York Times website, you can read all of their content for free. I still fathom how stupid they are, that they'd choose to paywell their content in an *additive* way, like "hey, if you enable these features in your browser, we will block you from seeing our stuff..." Okay...? Like, I could just, uh, not do that then? Suits me! I think a few other sites are like this too, but most have more brains than NYT. In general, things are a lot faster w/o JS. As a web developer (tech jack of all trades, really), I use very minimal JS on my pages, most have none at all whatsoever. Yes, this means sometimes making a new HTTP request but I think it's better to have the server to do the work than the client. It's a lot faster and there are few sites that are speedier than my own, I've found.
  5. Hmm, interesting. Is that just based on the points in the article? I used Bing anyways because a) Microsoft pays you to and b) I like it and prefer it to Google. I actually find myself reeling if I'm accidentally on Google and head back over to Bing. But, I do use Bing directly, not the built in default search provider. I don't use the Iron start pages either, I just have it open the new tab page. Since those are the 2 main points on there, does it really still stand? Granted, I haven't measured in Wireshark, but my problem with Iron at this point is that it too blindly follows upstream Chromium, so in Iron >= 71, the old UI flag is also gone. So I think I'm going to be quitting Iron for good sooner or later, even if I don't necessarily want to.
  6. The last few weeks have definitely been interesting. I've been using Iron version 70 since October 2018, since after 70 Chromium took out the flag to disable the horrible new UI (Iron is just Chrome with the privacy stuff taken out, otherwise basically identical). Surprisingly, it's had a pretty good run. I've seen "Your browser is not supported" in a lot sites for years now, but it really hasn't been until the past couple weeks that suddenly things have been falling apart everywhere. PDF previews on some sites no longer work, some sites no longer render at all, some JavaScript crashes the page and I see tons of errors in the F12 console... it's like something's really changed that's caused sites to suddenly become incompatible with anything that's not a blazing new Chrome or Firefox in the past few weeks. To make matters worse, Internet Explorer is outright blocked by half of things, even beyond user agent sniffing, and some things don't even work in Pale Moon, so that means that there are some things that I have *ZERO* working browsers to handle. In the past year, I've gone from 3 choices to having none in many cases. Welcome to the age of "If our site doesn't work in something that's not the latest Chrome or Firefox, we don't give a crap". I can resonate with the dystopian Internet stuff the Archive project is talking about... this is what that looks like - removal of browser choice, first and forefront. It's like they all got together last week and said "gee, let's break the web for anyone using an old browser, on purpose". Seriously, what's wrong with web devs these days? I'm sure their commit was something like "Remove support for non-standard browsers", or something like that, they literally wiped it all out in one fell swoop. And of course, none of these vendors give a quack. And it's not on OS thing. It doesn't work on Windows 7, and I tried on Windows 10 and it doesn't work there either. It's about the browser, obviously, not OS. And maybe I wouldn't be making a big deal out of it if Chromium had kept that one flag in... want to make the vomit UI the default? Fine. But don't force it on everyone. I jumped off the ship at that point. I refuse to use anything newer than Chromium 70. I do so at work and I can hardly stand it. It literally makes the entire computer *feel* slower, even... Okay, so serious questions now. Ironically, it does seem that New Moon 28 is now the most "standards compliant" browser on my computer (Windows 7). I'm still debating whether or not to jump ship from Chromium entirely. Is there any fork or project that has managed to restore the old UI options? I found one thing out there that has it but it seems that some of these alternate programs are all sourced from China... not really sure how I feel about that. I've been using Iron 70 for more than 3 years now, it had a good run, but I can tell that it's days are limited now and sooner or later, I need to make New Moon my primary browser or find something else. Any ideas?
  7. Does this mean anything to anyone? Faulting application name: mailnews.exe, version:, time stamp: 0x615fb3a5 Faulting module name: xul.dll, version:, time stamp: 0x615fb3ef Exception code: 0x80000003 Fault offset: 0x0071f4ca Faulting process id: 0x164c Faulting application start time: 0x01d7c93e45309411 Faulting application path: C:\Program Files\mailnews\mailnews\mailnews.exe Faulting module path: C:\Program Files\mailnews\mailnews\xul.dll Report Id: ed262659-357f-11ec-805e-842b2b97f12f Found that in Event Viewer. Every now and then, MailNews will crash, as soon as I send an email (which still sends properly and all, thankfully). Not any apparent reason for it, just seems completely random. I just updated to the latest build and so far it's only happened once, but not sure what's going on here.
  8. Maybe not QuickTime specifically, but my experience with Office 2019/365 suggests it's still not as seamless as it should be. Converting to the WMV format works the best in any version of Office, 2010 or newer.
  9. Doesn't PowerPoint still have this issue? I had that issue not too long ago and I converted the video to WMV to work around that, then it was fine. Office 2010 is still eons ahead of the newer versions in most factors.
  10. What does Office 2013 have that would make one want to use it though? IMHO, Office 2010 is the pinnacle of Office. It's what I run on my Windows 7.
  11. Yup, that is it! Confirmed by searching further images of that, thank you! Looks like this is 20+ years old now. Definitely a different power adapter, looks like I'll have to order this.
  12. Hey, all, I just salvaged this old laptop that was in a scrap pile at work (in addition to loads of other probably more useful things), just to see if maybe I could get it to work. Doesn't turn on, but that's to be expected without being plugged in. In trying to identify the strange power connection it uses, I tried to figure out the model and have been having difficulty. It just says "Latitude" on the unit itself. From cross-referencing Wikipedia with Bing Images, I've been able to narrow down that this is from the early 2000s, maybe 2003 or 2004, but it's hard to pinpoint a model since NOTHING online seems to have the port layout that this does. Would anyone here happen to have any ideas on tracing this? Alternately, there seems to be a strange power connection on this guy, never seen that before. If it still works, once I power it up, I might be able to figure it out that way, but I'd rather know what model it is so I can get the right adapter for this. Here are some pictures, linked due to attachment limits: https://files.interlinked.us/img/dell-latitude/ Thanks!
  13. Right, And "stuck with it" is a false dichotomy, one can continue using the good versions of Windows e.g. 7 or pick your favorite (Vista, 2000, etc.) I think we will just need to accept that Windows is only going to continue to get worse, and the best thing possible is freezing the frame and sticking with the good stuff. In the span of about 10 years, I have gone from being Microsoft fan #1 to hating the guts of their (recent) products. I saw enough today that I could write a Windows 11 version of this: https://blog.interlinked.us/44/an-open-letter-to-microsoft-why-windows-10-sucks
  14. No 32-bit support? Microsoft is going full dystopian now. I guess requiring UEFI means legacy BIOS is going away? Yikes. And it looks like Windows 11 will *require* a Microsoft account (at least for the (useless IMO) Home edition of Windows) whereas Windows 10 (manipulative and deceptive as it is) does not (currently use local/domain accounts when using the sucky Windows 10). Windows 11 is so far out of league with anything resembling "normal" that I barely even recognize it as Windows anymore. It looks more like an Apple product than a Microsoft one (and that is NOT a compliment...). I predict come 2025, Windows 7 will see another resurgence in popularity. Calling it now.
  15. The website is broken, I looked it up and they say use the Twitter stream: https://twitter.com/Windows/status/1408069904155119635?s=20
  16. Started tuning in this morning, less because I was excited about, but just to see if Windows 11 could be any more awful than Windows 10. I didn't think it was possible, but Microsoft has just proven me wrong again. Just when I thought things couldn't get worse. Seriously, Windows 11 looks like the garbage popularly known as "Mac OS". Panos can talk for hours about how "Windows should feel like home, familiar" and I'll say "Heck yeah, so I'll stick with my Windows 7, thank you very much." I'm 120% sure that all these Microsoft execs from 2012 on are ex-Apple employees there just to drive their products into the ground.
  17. Well, at this point, the economy is part of the problem. There is no economic incentive to get stuff locally when possible when we get all this cheap crap from China all the time, shipped halfway across the world, destroying the oceans and marine life. Rasing gasoline would reverse that, and force all sectors of the economy to shift incentives towards local production.
  18. Yeah, politically, it would never work, because no politician has the guts to do that, but that's what we need to do. And tax electricity too in equal proportions, because electric vehicles are no more innocent. Nothing comes for free, nothing. People think it's okay to consume all these resources like water, because they will always be there (and even water won't). I have a bunch of phones here, the two main ones on my desk are from 1957 and sometime in the 60s (the date on the second one says it was refurbished in 1992). I have other phones from the 70s and 80s as well. All of them work perfectly, much better than the plastic junk people have to pay $1000 for every three years to keep "upgrading" to the next "phone" that sounds awful as hell. My stereo, which has tape/CD/aux/AM/FM all in one, is 22 years old, somewhere around there. It's starting to show its age in that the buttons on the unit don't work so well (I always use the remote), and the CD player's starting to skip, but I mostly keep it on radio, and it works great. Wouldn't have it any other way. I have two monitors on my desk, the smaller secondary one is an early LCD monitor that's also around 20 years old. It had flickering problems for a while but after a few years in the basement, with brightness all the way down, it works reasonably well. It works, what am I going to do, trash it? No, works fine, I'll keep using it until the pixels fall out. Got an electronic piano with a floppy disk reader in it, dates to 2003 - again, 19 years old now. But it works perfectly fine, except the E key below middle C has been stuck now for the past half year. But otherwise, works great, what should I do, get another piano we don't need? Got an MP3 player that has 128 MB of storage and who know's how old it is. Like a lot of my electronics, it's hand me down - literally. But I only use it when travelling, and it can play enough hours to make it all the way through one cycle, so it's all I need. Why would I replace it? Sometimes, it seems like GDP is a better measure of environmental destruction than progress.
  19. Finally someone who understands how the environment really works. Moving to electric cars just moves the profits around. We really new *FEWER* cars. Better public transportation in urban areas. More walking and biking, much more. Going from two car to one car families is a good first step, and maybe people in urban areas can do without them altogether. I'm more of a rural person myself so I don't see myself not having one. But it certainly won't be an electric one. Not that I'm a fan of gasoline, but there wasn't much else 60 years ago. "Bright Green Lies" by Derrick Jensen is an eye opener into how environmentalism has been hijacked into a faux environmentalist movement. Electric cars and LED lighting, etc. has no place in an environmentalist movement.
  20. So far, everything has been grandfathered in, and hopefully that would continue to be the case. What are they going to do, pull you over and ask for you MPG? All the electric cars do anyways is relocate the emissions from the tailpipe to the smokestack. The environmental "benefits" are a complete joke. Lithium batteries are extremely toxic, and store energy non-densely.
  21. Yup, not here anymore either: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/topic/may-2021-updates-for-microsoft-office-e89b2f2b-29f0-4692-b7c1-e05d55e18b33 from; https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/officeupdates/office-updates-msi
  22. Thanks, Dave! I think my supersedence chart is all up to date: https://w2k.phreaknet.org/files/o2010.xlsx Anyone have any of these and able to say what the version numbers since 2020/10 have been? It's funny, because Microsoft's O2010 page says "The last updates for O2010 were from October, 2020". Clearly, Microsoft's different departments are not communicating, probably the patch people don't even know support has "ended"! Or maybe this is internal resistance against Office 365. Either way, thanks, Microsoft!
  23. Yup! I have no plans to ever buy a new car. I probably won't even consider buying anything that's not at least 40 or 45 years old when I get one. If there really aren't, maybe you can look into VoIP as an option? At least you can use good quality landline phones instead of POS mobiles that sound and feel like crap.
  24. I want to say that in the past I haven't noticed getting updates like this but I haven't paid too much attention. I have updates disabled now and every couple months I go in and install updates manually by downloading them from the Download Center or catalog, now that there aren't many updates for W7, no point in having the update service running in the background. If you want to be really picky about that, I suggest you look into WSUS if you want to control what updates go through.
  25. Hmm... maybe this only applies to certain Office products. I deployed Office 2019 Professional Plus just last week using the Office Deployment Tool and you can uncheck all the stuff you don't want. In this, I unchecked Skype, Teams, and OneDrive products and just left the "real" Office applications in, as this was in a corporate environment. The click to run version might not prompt for that, but I think using ODT you could change it or go into Change the installation afterwards and uninstall those components. Not as straight forward as the MSI installer I use for Office 2010, but it should still be possible. I'm most familiar with 2010, but based on my experience with 2019/365, it seems that capability is still there as well. Maybe this is the home 365 version or something?

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