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  1. Extensions and custom buttons for UXP browsers – Corrections, modifications, adjustments, and special recommendations I am a fan of extensions and custom buttons. That is one of the reasons I already created the thread “Mypal 68 in Windows XP – Custom Buttons and Extensions”. This thread here is a place where I will post about our beloved, legacy extensions and custom buttons for the UXP browsers such as New Moon 28, Serpent 52 and so on. The purpose of this thread is to easily find corrected, modified, adjusted, or highly recommended extensions and furthermore, custom buttons, too. I couldn't find any thread here on MSFN dedicated to extensions and custom buttons for UXP browsers. The threads “My Browser Builds (Part 1 + 2 + 3 + 4)” are too extensive and confusing to find information about this stuff, although there are also posts about them. Moreover, these threads are dedicated to the browsers themselves and not to their extensions, and certainly not to custom buttons. Everyone is invited to post their own corrected, modified, adapted, or highly recommended extensions or custom buttons here. The main idea is to enhance the functionality of our beloved, legacy browsers and ensure that this remains the case in the future. In the second post of this thread, you'll find an alphabetical list of all posted extensions, in the third post an alphabetical list of all posted custom buttons, all linked to their contributions. Last not least, some additional sources where legacy extensions and custom buttons can be found: Pale Moon Add-ons - Extensions – Link: https://addons.palemoon.org/extensions/ Basilisk Add-ons - Extensions – Link: https://addons.basilisk-browser.org/extensions/ Classic Add-ons Archive – This catalogue contains 93,598 versions of 19,450 Firefox add-ons created by 14,274 developers over the past 15 years using XUL/XPCOM technology. To access this archive, you have to install the extension ca-archive. Link: https://github.com/JustOff/ca-archive/releases/tag/2.0.3 Extensions for Pale Moon, Firefox & SeaMonkey made by JustOff – Link: https://justoff.github.io/ LegacyCollector - Link: http://web.archive.org/web/20191110173006/https://legacycollector.org/firefox-addons/index.html RealityRipple Software – Pale Moon Extensions – Link: https://realityripple.com/Software/XUL/ Custom buttons – Link: http://custombuttons.sourceforge.net/forum/index.php AMO archived – Link: https://web.archive.org/web/20171004160834/https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/extensions/ Thunderbird.net – Link: https://addons.thunderbird.net/en-us/firefox/ TarekJor - Firefox 52 ESR legacy addons - A curated list and XPI files of Mozilla Firefox browser extensions, addons, themes from addons.mozilla.org, before XUL-based purge blackout – Link: https://github.com/TarekJor/Firefox-52-ESR-legacy-addon/tree/master/xpi I would be very pleased about every contribution and support, no matter if it is comments, opinions, recommendations, own modifications, further links with download sources, or reactions in the form of upvoting or liking. Welcome and greetings from Germany! AstroSkipper
  2. I am broadcasting this user guide because the essential information is being slowly lost from internet search providers. Windows 9x is a very functional OS, however, Microsoft rarely included the troubleshooting essential for resetting parts of the file system, which is the way the OS typically gets to work back to normal, even in 2022. I've learned through experience that Virtual PC Emulation is never going to support all DOS and 32-bit games library. A real PC made between 1993 - 2001 must be purchased and taken care of. The Windows Millennium embedded virtual mode DOS window is 100% functional in the exact same performance as in Windows 98... however, the AUTOEXEC.BAT and the CONFIG.SYS files located in the path C:\WINDOWS or in C:\WINDOWS\COMMAND\EBD expect accurate command strings in relation to the upgraded MS-DOS Version 8.0 which is a part of Windows ME itself. Additionally, one must be mindful and careful in searching for that one original 16-bit DOS driver made by the Sound Card manufacturer because the name of the string can vary. The file path I mentioned a moment ago is not the DOS BOOT system files. Rather, it is a secondary replica of the DOS BOOT system files which is intended to be read by the embedded virtual mode DOS, which Microsoft designed. For the reason that the AUTOEXEC.BAT and the CONFIG.SYS files were left completely blank by Microsoft, I do not know why. However, with efficient work and knowledge, DOS Gaming is very functional and the CD-ROM, SOUND, MIDI, and Analog Joystick strings must be applied. It also should be noted that the MS-DOS Editor application doesn't even permit editing of the system file path I mentioned. It should be manually edited under Notepad by copying and pasting it to Desktop, and re-naming the file extension to .TXT. 1) Let us start with AUTOEXEC.BAT. A) Because my Sound Card is not an actual SoundBlaster brand, but a SoundBlaster-compatible brand called CrystalAudio, then the SET SOUND string is different. It appears: SET SOUND=C:\WINDOWS\CWCDATA\CWCDOS.EXE /P (CWCDOS.EXE is the original 16-bit DOS driver made by the Sound Card manufacturer.) B) Because my Sound Card is not an actual SoundBlaster brand, but a SoundBlaster-compatible brand called CrystalAudio, then the string particularly has the "I5" and "H5" instead of the usual "I7" and "H7." It appears: SET BLASTER=A220 I5 D1 H5 P330 E620 T6 (On a SoundBlaster brand only, it appears: SET BLASTER=A220 I7 D1 H7 P330 T6 J200) Note: Apply the "J200" at the end of the string IF ONLY your sound card is SoundBlaster. If it is SoundBlaster-compatible brand otherwise, skip and proceed to the next step. C) Because my Sound Card is not an actual SoundBlaster brand, but a SoundBlaster-compatible brand called CrystalAudio, then the string SET MIDI is PART ONE in order to activate the Analog Joystick under DOS. It appears: SET MIDI=SYNTH:1 MAP:E MODE:0 Note: PART TWO in order to activate the Analog Joystick involves installing Direct X 7.1 through 8.2. Then restart. Then these dual 16-bit and 32-bit drivers will combine functionality. The Joystick is therefore active under Control Panel > Game Controllers. D) The CD-ROM string is a universally recognized one. It appears: LH c:\command\MSCDEX.EXE /D:mscd001 E) The complete code string as a whole is a ton of gibberish code, however, it is VERY IMPORTANT to use this version of code IF YOU'RE USING WINDOWS ME because it is the resigned DOS Version 8.0 code included with it. Note: Open attachment below. 2) Let us continue with CONFIG.SYS. A) The original purpose of CONFIG.SYS was intended to sort the Disk or Diskette boot order. Microsoft expanded on it to specify memory thresholds and character thresholds. Subsequent to Windows 98 and ME, it also includes expanded memory and hardware drivers. The HIMEM.SYS string is crucial. It is used to manage extended memory on DOS. Note: Open attachment below. 3) If you have recently upgraded or installed Windows Millennium, you should adhere to the strict update process. A) Do not download and run the "Unofficial Service Pack 1" auto-script. The person who created that script did not take into account that most updates needs to be individually installed and to restart the computer every time. Your computer will either crash on blue screen or your registry will become obsolete. Instead, go over to this link so that you can download a folder that contains all relevant updates individually > https://archive.org/download/WULOS and select the file "WinUpdates_95-XP32.iso." B) Please be advised that you may not need to install too many updates for too long from that folder, as because Microsoft released an update-related Security Disc in 2004 to various magazines, which includes a lot of final component updates. Go over to this link > https://archive.org/details/securityupdatecd_2004_woutdirectx9 and download the .ISO file. Note: This is the only version of the Security CD that has Direct X 9 removed. Because Direct X 9 removed compatibility with dozens of 32-bit games and also removed the analog joystick driver. C) Do not install Direct X 9 ever. Direct X 7.1 is pre-installed with Windows Me. You may also install Direct X 8.1a and 8.2. Version 8.2 is when you stop. D) You may also browse the very large collection of updates and additional applications located here: https://www.mdgx.com/ietoy.htm 4) Browsing the World Wide Web (mainly Google and MSN) in 2022. A) Download the custom built browser called RetroZilla 2.2 located here: https://github.com/rn10950/RetroZilla/releases/tag/2.2 B) Install Internet Explorer 6.0 Service Pack 1 (IE6SP1). Don't listen to what everyone is saying regarding TSL connections being blocked by external websites. That's bs. Google will load on unsecure HTTP via either TSL and/or SSL. Therefore, open Control Panel > Internet Settings > Advanced. Then scroll down to check mark "SSL 2" "SSL 3" and "TSL 1." Install RetroZilla 2.2. Open a new browser tab, then type "about:config," then add these scripts: Script 1: security.ssl3.ecdhe_ecdsa_aes_128_gcm_sha256 Script 2: security.ssl3.ecdhe_rsa_aes_128_gcm_sha256 Again, open a new browser tab, then type "about:config," then search these six scripts and disable them each by toggling it to FALSE. security.ssl3.ecdh_ecdsa_rc4_128_sha security.ssl3.ecdh_rsa_rc4_128_sha security.ssl3.ecdhe_ecdsa_rc4_128_sha security.ssl3.ecdhe_rsa_rc4_128_sha security.ssl3.rsa_rc4_128_md5 security.ssl3.rsa_rc4_128_sha Again, open a new browser tab, then type "about:config," then search for Java and disable the script called "javascript.enabled" by toggling it to FALSE. C) If you set up Networking Devices (Sharing) via the Home Network Setup Wizard, your Internet Connection (IP Address) will be negatively compromised. Don't. There is a new yet little known setting in Windows ME called "IP Routing Enabled" which causes this issue. You can view this unusual setting by opening Start > Run > type "Command" > type "WINIPCFG." IP Configuration Utility will open and you will see that setting check marked in blue. It cannot be resolved simply by de-selecting the check mark because the registry settings were compromised too. Therefore if you have no Internet Connection (IP Address) because of this, then this troubleshooting will fix it and get the connection restored. C-continued) Repairing Winsock2 in Win9x/ME. Open Control Panel > Network. Inside the "Configuration" tab, remove all protocols (the protocol icon is T-shaped) while leaving the Network Adapters (green icon) alone. Close the Network Properties window, AND DO NOT CLICK YES FOR A REBOOT. YOU MUST NOT REBOOT YET. Open Regedit and delete these keys: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\VXD\Dhcp HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\VXD\Dhcpoptions HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\VXD\MSTCP HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\VXD\Winsock2 HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Winsock2 Then close Regedit. Open Control Panel > Network again. Click Add, then click Protocol, then click add once more. Then a third box appears. Click Microsoft on the left panel, then click TCP/IP on the right panel. Have your Windows ME CD inserted for the CAB rebuilding process. Click OK and close all boxes. When the request to reboot appears. CLICK YES and REBOOT. And your Internet Connection (IP Address) settings are now restored. 5) Release and Renew the IP Address, Default Gateway, and DNS router data. A) Open Start > Run > type "Command" > type "WINIPCFG." Click Release All and then click Renew All. 6) Easy way to boot into Safe Mode. A) Hold down the "Control" key when you reboot the computer. 7) Burning blank CD-Rs for file transfer. A) CD-Rs manufactured since 2015 changed to dyes that are unstable on older CD-ROM Drives and the dyes melt very easily due to the higher power output of the laser. Your best bet is to purchase a lot of orders of vintage CD-R stocks on eBay.com. _______________________________________ Have *´) ¸.•´¸.•*´¨) ¸.•*¨) (¸.•´ (¸.•´ * . ´***Great Times!! I am so very tired and I will provide more troubleshooting guides when I return in a day or two. AUTOEXEC.TXT CONFIG.TXT
  3. I may be one of the younger guys here but I did grow up at the end of the tech pinnacle when everything was just greatly designed, and when companies cared. The main point of this post is for me to speak out and say that technology is in a depression, user experience and consumer wise. Let me explain from many places. Microsoft Windows Windows as you may know has not been that great since the release of 8.0 in 2012. The focus towards metro has been apperant, and especially the lack of user control and focus towards advertising and collecting data has been even more apperant starting in 8.1 and becoming even worse up to the latest, Windows 10 21H1 which released two days ago. Windows 7 and older had little to no advertising, user control, and telemetry that could be disabled but even then when enabled did not collect very intrusive data. Don't blame Microsoft entirely, they are just following what everyone else does. Game consoles Game consoles are not exempt from this. The years where it was just put the disc / cartridge in and go were awesome. My parents never bought the latest consoles so I mainly used the N64, Gamecube, PS2 and Wii even in 2013/2014. We got our Wii U in 2014 and that is when the first sign of things are going bad were found. the N64 was as simple as put in the cartridge and go, similar with the Gamecube but it was a disc and just worked. The PS2 was even more simpler, with it being the simplest of disc based consoles. The Wii was pretty cool too, it was internet connected, but didn't have advertising and it was perfeclty designed, where it was simple to just play a game but also you could watch youtube, browse the web, it was perfect. Plus, with how easy it is to homebrew using letterbomb, it still is very usable today, even though it's using the ancient PowerPC architecture and has little RAM. When the PS4, Wii U and XBone were released, we saw advertising and over-design coming into play, where they designed it so hard that it was getting worse. the Xbox One needed to be FULLY ONLINE (remember that??) and the PS4 had all these things installed. The Wii U had HORRIBLE advertising to the actual console and thats why no one really bought it. The Xbox One nowadays can't even be used online without updating. You are forced to update it. The Switch was simple when it first came out, but over time did get some advertising. Nintendo by far has been the least over-designing. The 3DS was awesome. Social Media Social media you can say has been a big problem. It allows people to communicate, but also demonstrates that many people can't stand negative feedback and lose their mind because Alex from California doesn't like James from Florida. Facebook is by far the most in this world. Mark Zuckerberg is an absolute psychopath in my opinion, the fact that he stole the idea of Facebook from someone else and it was originally going to be a "hot or not" site for the Harvard college students. I have never used Facebook and never intend to. Facebook actually sells your information. Twitter, Reddit, Discord, Tumblr, etc are all similar, they collect information about you to use targetted advertising. Google does this the most, because more often than not I Google a topic, then go on youtube and for some reason that topic I just googled on a different site is in my recommended. Sometimes, it even can predict what I am going to search which is just plain creepy. Google knows everything I ever do and knows so much about me that it is able to predict what I am going to do. Social Media has also caused many silent groups who previously lurked in the shadows to be more visible to the world, like terrorist groups and such. Social Media is throwing everyone on a public stage. Mobile operating systems Mobile OSes haven't been that awesome lately, either. iOS really hasn't done much over the years and its a similar story with Android. Android still has the same problem where OEMs don't know how to support phones at all, and iOS has issues where Apple is either controlling too much or too little on their App Store. Epic Games and many other companies are suing Apple over this and its just an absolute headache. Who agrees? I have asked my family and friends. My entire family does miss the technology of 10 years ago, because no one had to worry about social media. Game consoles were simple, computers just worked, and phones just worked too. Most of my friends also had the same statement. What do you guys think? Do you think that 10 years ago it was better, worse, or the same technology and software wise?

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