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  1. Well, I sure am hearing a lot about this 360 EE program now... it seems to come most recommended by multiple parties. Which Chromium is this using, the latest one? My guess is it suffers from the same problems as Iron > 70. The old interface is gone, so it makes the user want to vomit. Philosophically, I'm not too into the whole Chromium vs. Mozilla vs. Trident vs. whatever browser wars, I just want something that's efficient, that works, and looks reasonable... I guess NOT being Chinese spyware is also a plus, though! Iron 70 has been these things in the past, but is on its way out the door as I speak. I had always planned to move to New Moon when this happened, but this is sadly not viable it seems. Serpent it sounds like is not faring much better. What is 360 EE really bringing to the table?
  2. Wow! Impressive. POP the protocol? I know some folks that insist on POP over IMAP, but personally I'm an IMAP guy, since I have multiple systems and like synchronization. I like Exchange the best but that's really only useful for Calendar/Contacts/Tasks/syncing everything, IMAP for just email is good enough for the most part. Well, I'm sure the nefarious are using temp accounts for things of that nature as it is...
  3. Yeah, I guess there's always "that guy" with more... It didn't start off like this, but over time, I've added more accounts to the point where it's gotten here, whether a new email address here or there or whatever. I don't even have one of my work email accounts in here, I just thought that would be too much and unnecessary anyways. I do use the Unified view for folders or there's no way I would be able to see everything at once. Windows Classic also helps with a more compact view so I can see more folders in the navigation. I use Outlook 2010 for Exchange for my primary Microsoft Account, since Calendar / Task syncing is nice, but I use MailNews for actual email. Outlook is a good program, it just doesn't do email well, LOL! Anyways, this to say this came about rather organically and it never occurred to me this was a "lot " of accounts. These aren't throwaway accounts, I don't even have those going to my client at all. I manually log in to webmail for the four times a year I might need to check those. I have more email accounts that forward to one of these accounts, I think somewhere on the order of 10 or 11 email accounts. And one of these also has 10 aliases. Two of the Yandex accounts are also catch all email addresses for the entire domain... so yeah... I get a lot of email. I use different email accounts for different things, to keep things separate. For certain accounts, I more or less use accounts the same way some people use folders within a single account. For these more specific accounts, I don't have any folders, and the accounts that do have folders are more general accounts used for more things.
  4. Just happened again. It was as soon as I had sent an email from a Yandex account. However, I haven't kept track in the past, so it could be totally random. I have 5 Yandex accounts, 2 Microsoft accounts, and 4 Google accounts set up using IMAP.
  5. This is becoming more frustrating every day. Up until a few weeks ago, I had pretty much no compatibility issues in either Iron 70 or New Moon. Now, a lot of things don't work in any of the 3 browsers I have: Internet Explorer, Iron 70, and New Moon 28. I was very displeased this morning to find that Wordpress.com is among these sites now. When you click "Log in", you just see the Wordpress logo. IN ALL THREE BROWSERS! Of course, it works in a modern version of Chrome, but WTF? This is not "web accessibility" or "standards compliant". Why is it that I suddenly see dozens of JS errors in the F12 console now? Why keep reinventing the wheel to break existing browsers while adding literally nothing? This used to work, this is nothing more or less than a regression. I'm a web developer, of course, so I don't need wordpress.com, I only keep it for one site that is mostly links and easier to just add a quick link that way, and I don't have a domain for it so the free .wordpress.com was fine. But now that I cannot edit this site anymore, looks like Wordpress has left me no choice but do the site on my own and jump ship from Wordpress. Is there any way that this might NOT have been an intentional regression? I can't see why not, but it seems puzzling that all of a sudden lots of sites are suddenly having compatibility issues in the past few weeks.
  6. Yeah, I'm not sure it's all that great, either, I was just playing around. I saw a few different ones but some required Chromium greater than what I had Iron 70 is from October 2018.
  7. Naturally, I am using Iron 70. Only extensions are uBlock Origin and Dark Night Mode. Now that I think about, I'll bet the latter is somehow responsible. I was trying to see how well a "dark Windows 7" theme would work, and it seemed to work quite well. Then performance was suffering during a Zoom meeting, so I re-enabled Aero (dark mode requires Classic theme in Windows). So, might go back.
  8. No idea... all I'm doing is clicking the "Quote" button. How's this coming through (with no quoting)?
  9. Case in point: I have a colleague who lives in rural California. AT&T wants to party like it's 1999, literally. Even though it's 99.9999% certain they have room on their DSLAM, they refuse to give him DSL. So dial-up is his only option. 56kbps is totally unusable on the modern web. I helped out a bit by setting up a plain text proxy, where you put in a URL and it spits out the page in plain text. That can significantly cut down on the page load time since it's not sending all the bloated JS for the page, images, all the other garbage, just the actual plain text that renders on the page. Right now, he is paying hundreds of dollars per month for 8 (EIGHT) POTS landlines. 1 for his main voice line, and 7 for dial-up Internet. Using PPP multilink on another person's private dial-up server, he can get about 350kbps in the most ideal circumstances. That's it. It's "high speed dial up" but it still sucks on the modern web. This is outrageous, especially these days. I think if a site doesn't load gracefully on 56kbps, then it fails the "accessibility test". Many, maybe most, people may have broadband, but many do not. Many are on dial-up, or slow DSL because they are too far away from the CO. Well, static HTML is easy, and I do all my programming by hand, but yeah, "nobody" does real web dev anymore apparently, it's frameworks or WYSIWYG stuff.
  10. 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...
  11. 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...
  12. 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
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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?
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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!
  22. 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
  23. 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.
  24. The website is broken, I looked it up and they say use the Twitter stream: https://twitter.com/Windows/status/1408069904155119635?s=20
  25. 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.
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