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So, you wish to use Windows 2000 in 2021? Well, you’ve come to the appropriate place, though we’re not the one place you’ll wish to hold useful. You’ll discover some nice ideas, software program recommendation, and know-how on the MSFN Windows 2000 Forums. Special due to @win32, who supplied lots of the pointers and options used on this information. This place is a message… and a part of a system of messages… take note of it! Sending this message was vital to us. We thought of ourselves to be a strong tradition. This place will not be a spot of honor… no extremely esteemed deed is commemorated right here… nothing valued is right here. What is right here was harmful and repulsive to us. This message is a warning about hazard. The hazard is in a selected location… it will increase in the direction of a middle… the middle of hazard is right here… of a selected measurement and form, and under us. The hazard continues to be current, in your time, because it was in ours. The hazard is to the physique, and it will probably kill. The type of the hazard is an emanation of power. The hazard is unleashed provided that you considerably disturb this place bodily. This place is greatest shunned and left uninhabited.

I’ve been keeping track of MauiEquipment for some time now, and over Christmas, they shocked us with their model new convergent desktop surroundings – Maui Shell – focused at each desktops, tablets, and cell gadgets. After growing an entire set of functions, in addition to a Linux distribution to make use of them, their subsequent step is now an entire desktop surroundings. The goal of Maui Shell is to deploy a convergent desktop shell with completely different type elements, from cellphones and tablets to desktop computer systems. Maui Shell will adapt to varied type elements, and there’s no want for a number of variations focusing on completely different type elements. Maui Shell continues to be in early growth, however they’ve revealed a good schedule with the primary full launch scheduled for late 2022, with a number of preview releases in between then and now. In reality, the following launch of Nitrux will embody the primary check launch as a substitute shell for customers to log into. If you’re all for a contemporary tackle the Linux desktop, telephone, and pill – these are the initiatives to observe. They’ve acquired some good things beneath their belt already, a confirmed observe document, and a transparent imaginative and prescient of what they need Maui Shell and its functions to be.

Enlightenment 0.25 is right here multiple and a half years after Enlightenment 0.24 to introduce a flat look to match the brand new flat theme, new gesture recognition bindings for touchpads, fingerprint help in desklock by way of the libFprint library and a brand new software to configure fingerprints, a brand new binding motion that lets customers change profiles, in addition to palette editor and selector software that can assist you arrange customized colours. There are much more modifications in right here, and I’m really all for attempting it out – it appears extra grown-up and fewer excessive than it has up to now, and I’m curious to see what else has improved through the years.

Intel apologized on Thursday after a letter through which the chip maker mentioned it might keep away from merchandise and labor from Xinjiang set off an outcry on Chinese social media, making it the most recent American firm caught between the world’s two largest economies. The chip maker apologized to its Chinese clients, companions and the general public in a Chinese-language assertion on Weibo, the favored social media website. The firm mentioned that the letter, which had been despatched to suppliers, was an effort at expressing its compliance with United States sanctions in opposition to Xinjiang, somewhat than a political stance. Intel following within the footsteps of main US corporations supporting genocide – Ford, IBM, Apple, and numerous others.

To be clear, you completely can nonetheless run your personal electronic mail infrastructure, getting electronic mail delivered to you, filtering incoming spam, sending electronic mail (with DMARC signatures and different trendy electronic mail practices), offering IMAP entry, and even run your personal webmail setup. You may even do that with all open supply software program. But the e-mail surroundings you get this fashion is more and more what I referred to as an artisanal one. It’s cute, respectable sufficient, and hand-crafted, but it surely doesn’t measure up in usability, options, and efficiency to the e-mail infrastructure that’s run by massive suppliers. Your IMAP entry is perhaps pretty much as good as theirs, however issues like your webmail, your spam filtering, and nearly actually your normal safety won’t be pretty much as good as they’ve. In brief, should you run your personal electronic mail infrastructure, it won’t be as much as the overall high quality you may get from outsourcing to massive suppliers (they will’t actually be referred to as specialists). And you can not repair this by attempting more durable, nor with the magical proper selection of open supply software program, nor with the magical proper selection of business software program. Entirely “on premise” electronic mail is now an inferior factor for nearly everybody. I’ve at all times wished to try to run my very own electronic mail server, however I’d by no means run my essential electronic mail handle myself, since my earnings and interactions with the federal government depend upon it. Still, it’d be a enjoyable facet mission.

The evolution to USB-C connectors simply after the discharge of the USB 3.1 customary promised simplicity. Instead of host gadget Type-A and peripheral Type-B, Mini-B, Micro-B, and others, a single connector works for each ends of a connection and carries each energy and information. Power can circulate both approach with the identical cable: a pc charging a battery or telephone; a battery charging a pc. It’s additionally reversible throughout its lengthy axis, so it’s unattainable to insert it within the mistaken orientation. USB-C was presupposed to be the final cable you’ll ever want. It hasn’t labored out that approach. Better names for requirements, obligatory logos on cables. That’s all we wanted from the USB-IF. This has been bungled so arduous they couldn’t have messed it up extra in the event that they tried.

The Dreamcast is a little bit of an odd beast. Coming on the heels of the unpopular Sega Saturn, the Dreamcast was meant to be a easy console constructed with off-the-shelf components. The PlayStation 2 was already robust competitors, and in the end the Dreamcast fell out of the general public eye because the Nintendo 64 was launched with unimaginable fanfare. In some sense, it’s a footnote in console historical past. But regardless of not reaching the success that Sega hoped for, the Dreamcast has shaped a small cult following, as a result of as we all know, nothing builds a cult-like following like an premature demise. Since its launch, it has gained a repute for being forward of its time. It was the primary console to incorporate a modem for community play and a simple storage answer for transferring sport information between consoles by way of the VMUs that docked within the controllers. It had revolutionary and basic video games similar to Crazy Taxi, Jet Set Radio, Phantasy Star Online, and Shenmue. Microsoft even launched a model of Windows CE with DirectX permitting builders to port PC video games to the console rapidly. We see our fair proportion of console hacks right here on Hackaday, however what’s the final legacy of the Dreamcast? How did it come to be? What occurred to it, and why did a lot of Sega’s hopes trip on it? I missed out on the Dreamcast, however I’ve at all times been deeply fascinated by it, and on many an event I’ve come near pulling the set off on eBay. What at all times holds me again is the information that most definitely I’ll purchase it, fiddle with it for just a few days, after which not often take a look at it once more. To any Dreamcast homeowners amongst our readership – would any of you say the Dreamcast and its most outstanding titles are nonetheless price it in 2021?

Proton has made monumental strides towards sport compatibility by advances in associated applied sciences like DXVK, which allow DirectX 9, 10, and 11 video games to run by the Vulkan API. In reality, the mission is to date alongside that Amazon has thrown its hat within the ring, working towards streaming Proton enabled video games by Luna. The progress of this effort is up to date on a regular basis on ProtonDB, and at present they crossed a significant milestone as consumer stories on the location reveal that 80% of the highest 100 video games on Steam now run on Linux, and by extension, Steam Deck. I’ve lengthy stopped even checking ProtonDB to see if the video games I’m all for run properly on Linux – I simply assume that the video games I’m into belong to the 80%, with the remaining 20% being the huge rubbish pile which are deserted indie video games, anime nonsense, and porn which have infested Steam through the years. Proton, and all of the work Wine, Valve, and open supply builders have poured into it, is arguably one of many largest contributions to desktop Linux in an extended, very long time, and with the Steam Deck on the horizon, it’s solely going to get even higher from right here.

The ReactOS Team is happy to announce the discharge of model 0.4.14. As with each different launch, we’re repeatedly noting enhancements and updates to maintain you in contact with what’s being completed in ReactOS. In this launch, enhancements vary from FreeLoader fixes, Shell options, kernel fixes, NetKVM VirtIO bringup, additional work on the Xbox port and help for NEC PC-9800. A gentle stream of enhancements, and there’s extra already carried out within the nightly builds that’s not on this launch.

An Xlib compatibility layer carried out on prime of the Haiku API, with a view to run X11 functions on Haiku with out an X server. Xlib‘s API is comparatively low-level, however it’s simply high-level sufficient that it may be emulated on prime of a higher-level API like Haiku’s. At current, it offers “most” commonly-used Xlib APIs, however a lot of them are stubbed or incomplete implementations. (GTK, with some hacks, can compile, hyperlink, and open a window earlier than it runs in to lacking performance.) This is loopy individual work by Haiku developer waddlesplash. He additionally posted repeatedly up to date progress thread on the Haiku web site, which offers much more element in regards to the course of, the present state, and doable future plans.

Everybody is aware of how massive of a sandbox Minecraft is, however that is taking it to the following degree: any person has constructed an entire 8-bit RISC processor in Minecraft, able to operating customized software program: Sammyuri has reportedly spent seven months setting up an unlimited–and enormously sophisticated–pc processor that exists nearly throughout the Minecraft engine. Although one other Minecraft mod permits gamers to run the Mario 64 engine inside Minecraft, sammyuri’s creation, referred to as the Chungus 2, exists on a wholly completely different scale. The Chungus 2, which is brief for Computation Humongous Unconventional Number and Graphics Unit 2, often is the single largest and most complicated processor in-built Minecraft as of writing. He even wrote an assembler so you may program it your self.

The Casio Loopy is a 32-bit machine with a SuperH CPU, launched in 1995. This household of CPUs might be extra well-known for its use by Sega, however the SH7201 used within the Loopy seems to be nonetheless in manufacturing by Renesas. I’m undecided how a lot the SH7201 has modified over that point; it appears to be an SH-1 system, versus the SH-2 used within the 32X and Saturn, and the SH-4 used within the Dreamcast. The Loopy is a treasure. If you’ve by no means heard of this factor earlier than – you’re in for a deal with.

You can not totally change away from Edge in Windows 10 and 11. It appears that Microsoft has quietly backported the block, launched a month in the past in a Dev construct of Windows 11, on instruments like EdgeDeflector and browsers from being the true default browser in Windows 10, with the change being carried out in Windows 11 too. Starting from KB5008212, which was put in on all supported variations of Windows 10 yesterday with Patch Tuesday, it’s not doable to pick EdgeDeflector because the default MICROSOFT-EDGE protocol. They spent engineering sources on this.

An further change that Microsoft is planning is that it’s switching the default terminal app in Windows 11 to Windows Terminal. This modification will probably be rolled out in 2022 by way of the Windows Insider Program first earlier than being made accessible typically. Microsoft hasn’t outlined a agency timeline as of but, but it surely’s clear that we are able to anticipate this to occur someday subsequent 12 months. That would imply the tip of the common cmd.exe, which is at present the default command line in Windows. Of course, the brand new Windows Terminal utility consists of cmd.exe as an possibility as properly, so it’s clearly not prefer it’s going away.

Google’s Project Zero describes a (now mounted) zero-click exploit in iMessage, and, properly, it’s type of insane. JBIG2 doesn’t have scripting capabilities, however when mixed with a vulnerability, it does have the flexibility to emulate circuits of arbitrary logic gates working on arbitrary reminiscence. So why not simply use that to construct your personal pc structure and script that!? That’s precisely what this exploit does. Using over 70,000 phase instructions defining logical bit operations, they outline a small pc structure with options similar to registers and a full 64-bit adder and comparator which they use to look reminiscence and carry out arithmetic operations. It’s not as quick as Javascript, but it surely’s essentially computationally equal. Mother of god.

Repairability of electronics is a sizzling subject when {hardware} will get mentioned, and Dell produced an idea laptop computer to discover the concept of a extremely repairable Dell laptop computer. On Tuesday, Dell introduced a brand new design idea for a laptop computer that’s lengthy lived, straightforward to take aside and repair, and takes a smaller toll on the local weather. It’s a group of concepts that would go a good distance towards making the tech large’s merchandise extra sustainable — relying on whether or not, and the way, Dell decides to implement them. Called “Concept Luna,” the proof-of-concept laptop computer dreamed up by Dell’s design workforce has quite a lot of uncommon options which are supposed to make restore and upkeep straightforward. No screwdrivers or glue solvents are wanted to pry unfastened a damaged keyboard or peel off a cracked display; each parts merely pop free after a pair of keystones holding them in place are eliminated. The whole system incorporates far fewer screws than a typical Dell laptop computer, lowering the time wanted to interchange parts. And you’ll by no means have to fret about changing a damaged fan, as a result of there isn’t one: a shrunken-down motherboard positioned within the prime cowl permits the laptop computer to passively cool itself. As good as this sounds, there’s a crimson flag. Dell informed The Verge that Concept Luna’s board “doesn’t have any extra soldered on or built-in parts than a typical laptop computer we promote at present”. That’s proper. Dreams of consumer replaceable RAM, CPU, and storage are most likely going to stay goals, and customers are going to be caught with nevertheless the machine was provisioned at construct time. Like idea vehicles, this most likely isn’t going to enter manufacturing, however the concepts might discover their approach into future merchandise.

If you’ve adopted the show, graphics card or video games console market in any respect lately you’ll certainly have heard about HDMI 2.1. It’s the brand new connection interface customary extensively being adopted on new graphics playing cards, shows, video games consoles and different gadgets; permitting help for improved bandwidths, resolutions, refresh charges and options. It’s one of many sizzling subjects in the mean time relating to shopping for a brand new gadget, and promoted closely by producers, usually as one of many main gadgets of their spec. In this text we wish to take a look at what the “HDMI 2.1” time period actually means, and handle a worrying early signal out there of issues to come back. We’ve delved in to what’s required for this certification and what which means to you as a shopper should you ever wish to purchase one thing labelled with HDMI 2.1. Don’t make any assumptions about what that provides you with, sadly it doesn’t appear to be almost so simple as that. Oh good. More bizarre cable and port specs to fret about.

A substantial quantity of individuals assume Wayland isn’t notably appropriate for gaming, normally as a result of you may’t flip off the compositor. This submit will problem that assumption and see how the present state of gaming on Wayland is, with a concentrate on KWin, KDEs compositor. A really in-depth take a look at how Wayland works for gaming – from enter lag to rendering – in comparison with X, together with latency benchmarks.

Today we’re going to share the results of a little bit of investigation that began just a few months in the past on STH. The brief model, it seems as if the Dell EMC S5200-ON collection switches, the corporate’s high-end 25GbE-200GbE switches, have license/ royalty stickers which have a special firm title on them than they need to have. Instead of claiming “American Megatrends”, they as an alternative mentioned “American Megatrands”. To give some perspective, this seems to be unusual as a result of it might be like shopping for a Dell pocket book and getting a “Macrosoft Wandows” license sticker on it. Through a reasonably tough October, we validated that certainly these stickers are within the wild. Ultimately, after we introduced their existence to American Megatrends (AMI) and Dell’s consideration (HPE didn’t care sufficient to analyze), we now have an artifact that claims that American Megatrends is honoring the license stickers and won’t pursue authorized motion in opposition to Dell’s clients or these utilizing them. This might seem to be one thing insignificant and innocuous, however provide chain safety is an enormous, massive deal, and the very fact these clearly misspelled license/royalty stickers made their approach from printing all the way down to the end-user of not simply company {hardware} however supercomputers for the US navy is… Concerning, to say the least. It exhibits that tampering with {hardware} anyplace between manufacturing of the person chips and parts all the way down to supply by the supply individual is perhaps loads simpler to do than we expect.

I learn this text (“Open Source” is Broken by Xe) written within the aftermath of the unlucky log4j2 fiasco. The writer discusses a pertinent drawback that has plagued the FOSS (Free and Open Source) world ever since massive for-profit firms began their widespread consumption of FOSS, ever since numerous “unicorns” raised infinite quantities of funding on valuations constructed just about totally on FOSS, ever since FOSS acquired co-opted into corporatisation and capitalisation. And but, numerous maintainers of important and extensively used FOSS wrestle to make a residing. Whose fault is that this? I don’t consider that that is FOSS’ fault as a conceptual framework or a system. If FOSS was damaged, the web as we all know it at present wouldn’t exist; the numerous marvels of know-how that we take as a right and techno-economies that thrive on them wouldn’t exist; hundreds of thousands of software program builders (like me) who learnt to jot down code with FOSS and learnt to make a residing with that information wouldn’t exist. How is it that FOSS, a ravishing system that has uplifted and empowered huge swathes of human beings throughout the globe regardless of their borders, race, creed, and financial backgrounds, is “damaged”? To indicate that FOSS is damaged as a result of it’s abused by a sure class of customers, is a type of sufferer blaming. Reading the assorted sizzling takes relating to the log4j2 issues has been an train in frustration. The incontrovertible fact that the maintainers of this small however vital piece of software program barely acquired any donations or different types of monetary help, regardless of their software program being extensively utilized by a number of the largest firms on this planet will not be a fault of open supply – it’s the fault of rubbish firms solely taking, however not often giving. The challenge right here will not be open supply – it’s unchecked capitalism. That being mentioned, these maintainers, and different individuals who contribute to open supply initiatives, know full properly it’s most definitely not going to make them wealthy, and even permit them to recoup any investments made. That’s the character of open supply, and it looks as if the know-how world has change into so infested with enterprise capitalists that even the mere concept of somebody engaged on one thing not for the cash, however for different causes appears totally alien to lots of people, which means open supply should, subsequently, be damaged. Money corrupts something it touches. I’m insanely grateful for the just about limitless variety of folks contributing to open supply initiatives not as a result of they anticipate to change into wealthy, however as a result of they take pleasure in doing it, to point out off their ability, for the neighborhood of individuals they love interacting with, for the popularity it typically brings, or for the mere secret information that their small mission no person’s ever heard of is a vital cog within the huge equipment that retains the know-how world spinning. Open supply isn’t damaged. It’s working precisely as supposed, and it’s by far essentially the most highly effective drive within the know-how world, and it’ll outlive any of the companies so many individuals bend over backwards to please at present.

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