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What's Keeping You On XP?

Firehawke Two machines left on XP, rest on W7 or Linux (879 comments)

Those two machines are special purpose boxes with migrated older XP licenses. One does streaming video output from Flash Media Encoder, which still seems to work a bit better in 32-bit XP right now. If the situation ever changes enough to justify such a change, I'll gladly move it up to a 64-bit W7 build.

The other is a dedicated JDownloader/Ventrilo/Skype/VoIP box (running an ancient P4) to allow communications and downloads to keep going while other machines are rebooting, under maintenance, or whatever.

That second machine could be migrated to W7, sure, or maybe even Linux, but I've got a perfectly servicable license for XP and the machine barely touches the internet outside of those specific apps.

Really, the risk ends up being pretty minimal after you factor in the firewall and very limited port forwarding.

Eventually they'll probably get migrated up, but I think the comm box will end up getting a total hardware change along with a new OS. That's a long ways away, though. No need to upgrade those two yet.

more than 2 years ago

Chrome Set To Take No. 2 Spot From Firefox

Firehawke Re:Why? (585 comments)

I can answer that. I used Firefox for years, but the memory leaks got worse and worse and the browser got slower and slower. Chrome was at least 500% faster right from the start, and as soon as extensions became available most of my Firefox extensions were ported. There's even a decent port of AdBlock-- the only major extension I miss is NoScript. I still have Firefox on here for the occasional site where I'd prefer to use NoScript, but I can certainly say there's still a major speed and RAM consumption difference.

Oh, and I'm 34, in case you were wondering.

about 3 years ago

Installing Linux On a 386 Laptop

Firehawke Re:Rainy day (260 comments)

Shit, I wouldn't even call a Cryix a 486. Like you said, higher end 386s tore those things to shreds. A guy I knew back in highschool had one, and it had a notorious chipset defect that caused it to semi-randomly scramble floppy writes under certain conditions.

more than 3 years ago

Man Ordered At Gunpoint To Hand Over Phone For Recording Cops

Firehawke Re:Bad cop, no donut (983 comments)

Already exists. iPhone Justin.TV client can broadcast over 3G or wifi straight to the net.

more than 3 years ago

Google Gets Quake II Running In HTML5

Firehawke Re:Die Flash games! (258 comments)

Simply isn't going to happen until someone writes a development environment on par with Flash's, which doesn't seem to be happening any time soon. Chicken and egg problem. There's no interest in moving off Flash until the tools are there and nobody wants to write tools until there's interest in them.

more than 4 years ago

Using Windows 7 RC? Pay Up Or Auto Shutdown Warned

Firehawke Re:What's different? (430 comments)

Had some early chipset driver issues in XP way back in the day (a six month period of major problems between Detonator drivers and Via's 4-in-1 chipset drivers) but in recent years (XP, Vista, and Win7) I've only had problems from the rare occasional "driver went very very wrong" crash or dying hardware crash.

BSODs don't show up nearly as much as they did back in the 9X days, that's for sure.

more than 4 years ago

German Government Advises Public To Stop Using IE

Firehawke Re:Firefox can't even update via CLI (320 comments)

Did you put in a bug report on this, or at least check to see if one existed? If it's really a problem (and it sure looks like one) then there are mechanisms in place to tell the devs "Hey! I need this fixed!"

Note I never assured you that they'll LISTEN. That's a completely different angle, but you really can't complain unless there's at least a bug report on file.

more than 4 years ago

Lenovo Tinkers With Larger Delete and Escape Keys

Firehawke Re:Caps lock will be the end of unintended shoutin (586 comments)

I'll agree with you there. I was a CoCo user for most of my formative childhood, and I was sad to see the line die off. Great keyboard. I still have some mental adjustments when I switch between it and a PC, though. Shift-2 being " and the oddball shift-@ pause function.

more than 5 years ago

Google Mistook Jackson Searches For Net Attack

Firehawke Re:I wonder (256 comments)

I don't necessarily agree here. It's not the verification, it's the "Okay, what facts do we have?" question.

At least in my case, someone told me the guy had died and my first reaction was to google it and see HOW he had died. I'd think that's more likely than the suspicion of a hoax.

more than 5 years ago

Apple Removes Nearly All Reference To ZFS

Firehawke Re:I want a universal filesystem (361 comments)

At least for USB drives, it looks like the successor will be exFAT (or call it FAT64 since that essentially IS what it is.)

more than 5 years ago

Vintage Games

Firehawke Myst? (159 comments)

Myst? Certainly one of the defining moments of its' short-lived genre, but I think I would have picked The Seventh Guest instead for that slot.

more than 5 years ago

Malware Found On Brand-New Windows Netbook

Firehawke Re:Who watches the... (250 comments)

Well, I know that if you build one of several PE configs using WinBuilder, it'll give you the option of installing ClamAV on there. I have a bootable USB stick running PE 2.0 with a full explorer interface and a whole set of tools for rebuilding, repairing, and cleaning Windows installs.

more than 5 years ago

DOSBox Sees Continued Success

Firehawke Re:The real question... (271 comments)

SS2 is a Windows game, so obviously no. Eleventh Hour? Well, not entirely sure about that one, but I know that The Seventh Guest was added to SCUMMVM recently. I wouldn't be surprised to see the sequel on the list in a year or two.

more than 5 years ago

Windows 7 "Not Much Faster" Than Vista

Firehawke Re:The sad state of journalism in computing. (821 comments)

Check my past history if you like; I'm no astroturfer. Still, I'm not going to try to convince you otherwise on this particular topic -- really, it's better you judge for yourself in the first place. That's why RC1 is downloadable.

I am, however, going to say that my experiences so far have been pretty smooth and stable. I've only got an Athlon X2 5000 and 2GB of RAM, but it runs a whole lot better than Vista did on this hardware and actually seems to approach XP speeds in terms of feel.

I HAVE had some problems, though. It doesn't seem to like my bluetooth USB device for some reason. I imagine putting BlueSoleil back on would make a difference but I was kinda hoping the built-in drivers would suffice.

I really need more time to be 100% certain, but things are definitely looking up compared to the clusterfuck Vista ended-up being compatibility-wise for me.

more than 5 years ago

Windows 7 "Not Much Faster" Than Vista

Firehawke Re:I will NOT Switch (821 comments)

I put W7 on here for testing purposes when RC1 came out, and I'm looking at an unmuted line-in port right now. My sound card is a now-ancient Audigy MP3+ and I'm using the default drivers that came with W7. Chances are, assuming the old Live cards have driver support on W7, you should be able to get the same results.

more than 5 years ago

Atari Emulation of CRT Effects On LCDs

Firehawke Re:Unfortunately, CRT is still the best for gaming (226 comments)

A lot of it comes down to the "native resolution" problem that plagues LCD. If you're running at native res (or a favored resolution that doesn't get scaling), you get minimal latency. If you go outside that resolution, you start to get perceptible lag due to the video scaling.

This is especially true with 480I/P signals on newer displays. The scaler on most TVs makes a real laggy mess of the whole process.

That much said, LCD doesn't necessarily mean "automatic nasty latency" like the previous poster suggested. My experiences have been entirely good as long as I set my config set right.

more than 5 years ago

Marvel Vs. Capcom 2 Confirmed For the PS3, 360

Firehawke Re:While we're at it... (83 comments)

Since this is off-topic, I'm going to self-mod myself to have no karma bonus or such.

The current best Windows-based Dreamcast emulator is Makaron. It runs quite a few games at what I'd estimate at being 90% correct, but the issue of actually getting a working BIOS and working disc images to your PC is the real headache. GD-ROMs can't be natively read by unmodified PC hardware, so you end up needing a Dreamcast itself to pull disc images off the discs and to obtain the BIOS images you need.

Well, unless you go the pirate route.. but even if you do that, Google shows that getting a good Makaron BIOS set is hell.

Still, many games play great. I look forward to actually being able to play the original Dreamcast PSO online via emulation.

more than 5 years ago

Open Source Shooter Nexuiz 2.5 Released

Firehawke Re:Bizzaro-UT (309 comments)

Well, I certainly recognized Facing Worlds, but I saw a lot more Q3 than UT in the videos in the map overall.

more than 5 years ago


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Self-rules for Posting...

Firehawke Firehawke writes  |  more than 9 years ago

How I post, for those curious:

I don't go out of my way to pick fights, I don't go out of my way to spam or troll. If my post feels, to ME, that it's not *completely* on topic, I'll not use my karma bonus. I always do my best to remain on the topic, even at a periphery level.

If you think I'm trolling or picking a fight, I apologize-- but that is NOT my intent.

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