During recent week i’ve received plenty questions regarding hardware and software i’m using in my retrograde activities. So, here is a list. The most important thing is a desktop workstation/server. ░ HARDWARE CPU: Intel [Xeon E5-2696v4] COOLER: [Noctua NH-D15 SE] MOBO: [Asrock X99 Extreme 4] RAM: 64GB DDR4 Samsung 2400Mhz ECC NVME: 1Tb Samsung 980 Pro SSD: 1Tb Samsung QVO sHHD: 2Tb Seagate Firecuda (8Gb SSD cache) VIDEO: [EVGA 3090 Ti 24Gb VRAM] AUDIO:[ESI Maya 44EX PCIE] PSU: [Seasonic GOLD 1300Watt] CASE: [Fractal Design Define S2 White] KEYS: [Keychron Q6] MOUSE: A4Tech [ <1$ ] MONITOR: [NEC PA301W 2560x1600] SPEAKERS: [Edifier R2800] Other hardware stuff to mention:
I’m quite satisfied with performance of my current workstation. [44-thread Broadwell] paired with 64Gb of RAM, fast NVME and [24Gb EVGA 3090Ti] shape solid desktop tool. However i’m planning distant upgrade to achieve maximum speed in Windows 7 environment. Just to mark checkbox that it is possible. In 2021 i already tried out modern platform based [around x570 in conjunction with Ryzen 5950X] . System worked without any problems, thanks to modern [CanonKong Windows 7 drivers] .
Just checked some website statistics and was amazed to see that site visitors are spending around 15 minutes on weighted-average. This is quite an achievement for such small project and it looks like that i’m doing more or less acceptable job in terms of entertaining the actual user base. Also i find out that spend time is more important than hit rate, because there is a bounce rate characteristics, which describes quantity of people who view only one page before leaving website.
Scavenging github for required information i’ve stumbled upon shocking screenshot, [showing the most recent chrome 121] executed on good ol’ Windows XP. HOW COOL IS THAT? SOME TOPIC RELATED LINKS: [Supermium] by win32ss [Chrome Crack] by Blaukovitch Taking into account such news we can consider that Windows 7 is in even safer position in terms of future web browsing ability. Imagery by spacedrone808
Sufficient amount of small bloggers/vloggers complain about [shadow-banning problem] on large platforms lke yt, tik-tok an so on. Some of them are trying to investigate the root cause of the issue, some of them just give up, even such legends as [High Treason] . Despite the fact that my yt channel was deleted without any explanations a couple of years ago and yes i run into shadow ban issue on tik-tok, when suddenly all your >200 people auditory just stop leaving comments, drop any activities for a week or so and view counters are showing zero i just don’t think that discussed thing is so important in the end of the day.
Surfing through meaningless tier lists on YT dedicated to various Unix graphical user interfaces by home-made experts without even showing them in a proper way and doin’ subjective ratings, i’ve stumbled upon on “obsolete” [CDE] environment and was interested in it’s 90’ish looks, despite the fact that “expert” narrated that it is in a “yuck” category and not worth even touching. After jogging through comments i’ve noticed that some wise man mentioned about modern reincarnation of CDE project named [nsCDE] .
To fully enjoy site in terms of ergonomics make sure to set your browser zoom to 120%. In such case fonts will match view-port of development machine. Here i’m talking about Linux, windows 10/11 machines [however i highly doubt that win10/11 users will be interested in this website]. Asking so because website was developed in Windows 7 environment under which all web browsers have a bug to display 100% scale only when 80% zoom is set.
After some investigations and internal considerations i’ve decided to ditch [Iceweasel] in favor to [Mercury] . The main reasons are [not-so good performance] even among Firefox forks and pretty shady Chinese origin of software. Firefox Mercury can be obtained from [Github repository] . Author of the fork promised full 115 ESR support till autumn of 2024. So we are future proof here. In the end of the day we’ll see what happens next and what to do with it.
Recently i had [some frustrations] with Manjaro Linux. Most notable for me were: not so good compatibility with Windows 7 [dual booting is working, but after Manjaro updated, Windows 7 stopped working for some reason]. some problems with Nvidia drivers strange power management system not properly working keyboard backlit on Dell laptop So, i went to [DistroWatch] and instantly noticed [EndeavourOS] , which was already among popular distributions and rapidly climbing to the top.
I often get asked regarding Windows 7 safety especially in 2023. "Is it safe to use such old operating system?" "What about security?" "How about modern viruses?" .... …. and many other similar questions. Funny thing that people who are asking about security don’t give a damn about privacy. Yeah, that’s quite different definitions for sure, but from my point of view they always come together hand in hand. The main and the most important security police officer is your head.
Looking back to previous couple of years and taking into perspective generic non-computer life it is quite amazing what people are capable of. I’m talking about amount of rave and chaotic mess they can produce. Artificial difficulties, overcomplicated situations, meaningless and moronic wars, you name it. Taking into account above mentioned things it’s really easy to handle such “problem” as running Windows 7 in modern age. Despite the fact that there are plenty of people around who are mumbling about Windows 7 obsolescense and bla-bla-bla.
UPDATED ON: 2023-08-23 Despite [previous statement] regarding Windows 7 EOL status after version 115 current nightly alpha binary [v117] works just fine. Installer threw generic mambo-jambo that program can’t work in Windows 7 environment and then artificially blocks installation. How generic & dumb. Workaround is just unzip exe-package with [7-zip] and execute browser from unpacked Core folder. FIREFOX 117 ABOUT WINDOW Right after installation software immediately begins to whine about inability to update.
My claims to previously owned cables were excessive fragility and the fact that they are prone to physical damage too much. Although that i’m using my hardware with care, wire breakage happens quite often. So i decided to go a bit overkill in terms of elimination of this nasty problem. [Dunu Hulk Pro] is a confirmation of my words. It’s a top of the line copper-based wire of Dunu branding.
UPDATED ON: 2023-04-06 After a year of extensive testing i find out that [Shanling M6] has some flaws, which won’t fit my requirements. It is an excellent 2-way DAC DAP in terms of sound quality. All my claims have purely ergonomic nature: Dim display, big form factor [at least from my point of view], weak battery life. These factors forced me to look at [Ibasso DX240] player. Player has single-way desktop grade 32bit/768Khz/DSD512 enabled DAC [ES9038Pro] [pdf specs], very serious elements banding, nice bright Sharp screen and big battery.
One of my readers asked me why i’m not doing long posts. Answer is pretty trivial. I don’t have much time for writing longer articles. That is why i’m sticking to concept of really short blips, almost like tweets, but a bit longer. Bright side of such aspect is that i’m diving straight to the facts, without any unneeded mambo-jambo. For some reason we all in a hurry now, right? Think that blips disposition is quite effective though.
UPDATED ON: 2023-03-10 ► Thanks goes out to Jean Lebon for suggesting [service to fix broken links] . Super fast information on website. Please don’t hesitate to report broken links, because i already can’t handle correctness of site pages, due to enormous site growth. Website hosts around 1Mb of pure text. A little more and i’ll surpass [Fallout 1] text quantity. Currently all textual information can be saved on a single [3.
Observing [february Windows updates] @ Ghacks we can clearly see that Windows Server 2008 R2 is still maintained. …author of [Simplix updater] reported that POS ESU updates will be back-ported to non-server Windows 7 distribution and included in his monthly patcher. So, future usage of Windows 7 is 100% safeguarded. Stay sharp for more “obsolete” Windows 7 news! Imagery by spacedrone808
It looks like that i found replacement for [Fenec F-Droid] browser, for real. I’m not completely satisfied with not fully removed telemetry, shady stubs and other fishy things presented by Fennec. That is why i begin to investigate the problem and discovered [Mull browser] . Main features of it: DOESN’T DIAL BACK NEITHER TO GOOGLE NOR TO MOZILLA [and that’s a complete steal] based around hardened version of user.js [main FireFox configuration file] frequently updated [keeps up with original Firefox releases] mascot of Mull is rather awful [but who cares?
Recently i’ve switched to newer version of Vegas Pro. Tweeeenty to be precise. I’m using Vegas for basic montage of my tracker music clips for [Tik-Tok channel] . Despite the fact that eighteeeen is surely a nice number i decided to move on and be a hip. To my surprise transition goes so well that i didn’t noticed that i’m using new release. Right after execution Vegas 20 outputs window with [Windows 7 EOL warning], with something like this:
Quick breakdown of personal techno gizmos. DEVICE MODEL Smartphone: [Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact] Cameraphone: [Nokia PureView 808] ] Laptop: [Dell Precision 7510/7520] Budget CPU: [Intel Xeon Broadwell] Modern CPU: [AMD Ryzen 7xxx/8xxx] / [Threadripper 5xxx] GPU: [Nvidia Geforce 3090Ti] Monitor: [30" NEC PA302W P-IPS] Pocket Camera: [Ricoh GRIII] Travel Camera: [Olympus Pen-F] Audio Player: [Shanling M7] Headphones: [FiiO FA9] Speakers: [Genelec 8040B] Subwoofer: [Genelec 7050C] Hope that this heap of links induce some emotional response in your brain.
Without further ado, straight to the facts: last version with sane amount of system services, which can’t be turned off absence of [neural networks API] , which is used for telemetry, collection/profiling user data with subsequent uploading collected information to third-parties [for the first time technology was introduced in Android 8.1] full support of any modern browser [even Android 6.0 can handle this] ability to load legacy Android 2.x applications without any issues [Android 14 is already blocking such apps] I care about older stuff simply because of code quality.
UPDATED ON: 2023-02-08 As you may already know that [Unlisted Slacker] provides the most comprehensive news regarding ageless Windows 7. Because i’m using it as my main system and simply care about. That is why don’t put like, don’t subscribe, [don’t watch embedded shite-ads!] OK, YOU'VE GOT ME! THIS WAS PROPER OLDSCHOOL TEXT-BASED AD OF MYSELF. Some articles ago i’m [already mentioned] about possible updates right till 2026. German enthusiasts [discovered stubs] for feasible future upgrades.
Reader, please take a note, that sometimes it is worth to check previous postings back regarding updates. I often revisit things of the past to add more preciseness to the site, so be aware. If post was refreshed you’ll see following mark in the header of the article: UPDATED ON: XXXX-XX-XX Imagery by spacedrone808
UPDATED ON: 2023-02-16 Added super useful [interactive learning course] Vim is for sure a discovery of the day. It is a [very fast text editor] and will be helpful not only for coders, but can be useful for people who is working with insane amounts of text information. Software is 100% keyboard oriented. It’s based around original Unix text editor [Vi] , which was released back in 1976. VIM 9.
Just trying to get a grip on reality a bit longer. CAT RIDER IN PROSTRATION CAT RIDER IN PROSTRATION CAT RIDER IN PROSTRATION CAT RIDER IN PROSTRATION I DO NOT UNDERSTAND ANYTHING I DO NOT UNDERSTAND ANYTHING I DO NOT UNDERSTAND ANYTHING I DO NOT UNDERSTAND ANYTHING i do not understand anything i do not understand anything i do not understand anything i do not understand anything Imagery by spacedrone808
Most of you already know how AMD substitute in terms of cores/threads count intel’s pathetic’n’degenerative CPU evolution into revolution. Drastic changes were brought by [Ryzen] CPUs in consumer market in late 2017. [Threadripper] and [Epyc] lines were introduced later on [for workstation and server market respectively]. ► [128 core / 256 thread Epyc Bergamo CPU] It would be nice to see 256 threads in Windows 7 task manager, but i don’t think that it is possible due to lack of drivers.
▒ BRIEF REASONS TO CONSIDER Very neat phone dialer & sms messenger [device supports 3.5G] High quality audio chip High quality stereo audio recording 3.5mm audio jack Detachable battery pack Solid construction Ergonomically cool due to 4" form factor and unusual shape with camera bump No data mining and user tracking due to obsolescence of Symbian ▒ BRIEF PHOTO ARGUMENTS Awesome resolution and detail Unparallel pixel-wise quality Real glass in lens elements is present [not just plastic sh#te like in modern “flagships” [xiaomi 12s ultra] No pubertal compute stuff Xenon flash Very well designed camera application Incredible JPG-engine, which easily competes with modern RAW in terms of provided detail Enthusiast mod, which increase resolution to real 41.
First of all it is bad for health. Secondly, it cuts the way to alternative thinking. Thirdly, they broadcast shite. And last [but not least], because i said so. Moreover i’d recommend to sell TV OR THROW IT AWAY IN A WINDOW. Who needs that crap? You really want to watch? * loads of ads * propaganda * brainwashing * completely distant from real life "news" * violence STOP DOIN' IT RIGHT AWAY!