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FIXING SLOW STARTUP OF APPLICATIONS IN MANJARO XFCE

FIXING SLOW STARTUP OF APPLICATIONS IN MANJARO XFCE

Right after installing [Manjaro Linux] i run into weird issue. Most of needed applications like Firefox and Thunderbird take around 10 seconds or so just to startup. Such behavior on NVME drive is unacceptable at all. Problem was in a serious [bug in gnome desktop] , despite the fact that i’m running XFCE desk. Workaround for GTK-based desktops is to run following commmands in terminal: sudo pacman -Rdd xdg-desktop-portal-gnome sudo pacman -S xdg-desktop-portal-gtk Imagery by spacedrone808
RENOISE EFFECTS LIST AND VARIOUS TRACKER TIPS

RENOISE EFFECTS LIST AND VARIOUS TRACKER TIPS

UPDATED ON: 2023-09-20 Version: 0.5 Considered Renoise version is 3.4.x. Just a small collection of important things to remember. Will be nice if stash come in handy to someone. ▒ GENERAL SETTINGS [-] GUI effects and animation [+] More compatible GFX updates [48] Limit frame rate [-] View multiple patterns continuously [+] Single click to create new points [hold Shift to select] [-8dB] Track headroom ▲ BACK TO TOP
DELL PRECISION 7520 AND LENOVO X1 CARBON GEN5 RECEIVED ANOTHER BIOS UPDATES

DELL PRECISION 7520 AND LENOVO X1 CARBON GEN5 RECEIVED ANOTHER BIOS UPDATES

Fastest Windows 7 laptops are still on the edge. Dell & Lenovo ’ve made some enhancements to address following security vulnerabilities: * CVE-2022-38087 * CVE-2022-40982 * CVE-2022-37343 * CVE-2022-44611 * CVE-2022-27879 * CVE-2022-38083 * CVE-2022-43505 * CVE-2023-28005 * CVE-2022-36763 * CVE-2022-36764 * CVE-2022-36765 [Dell Precision 7520] ► Firmware version 1.31.0 [take a note that model 7510 was bumped also] [direct link] [Lenovo X1 Carbon Gen5] ► Firmware version 1.59 [applied to models 20HQ, 20HR, 20K3 and 20K4] [direct link] Nice to see that such older platforms are still maintained.
COMPREHENSIVE LIST OF THE MOST IMPORTANT RENOISE SHORTCUTS

COMPREHENSIVE LIST OF THE MOST IMPORTANT RENOISE SHORTCUTS

UPDATED ON: 2023-09-20 List of shortcuts, which i frequently use in my work-flow. Text version for offline surfing can be grabbed [here] . Official list of shortcuts can be found [on Renoise site] . ▒ MODIFICATORS [SHIFT] ► track [ALT] ► block [selection] [CTRL]+[SHIFT] ► column [ALT]+[SHIFT] ► group [CTRL] ► pattern ▒ GENERAL [ALT]+[ENTER] ► toggle real fullscreen [CTRL]+[N] ► new song [CTRL]+[S] ► save song [CTRL]+[SHIFT]+[S] ► save track as [CTRL]+[O] ► open song [CTRL]+[,] ► open preferences
SECURE YOURSELF FROM AUTORUN VIRUSES

SECURE YOURSELF FROM AUTORUN VIRUSES

UPDATED ON: 2023-08-24 This is a short clipping from [Complete tweaking guide for Windows 7] article. First of all you need to terminate autorun feature for housewives to limit auto-start of unwanted applications and viruses. I prefer fully manual control what’s starting and what is not. To complete this tuning like a boss do the following on all external flash devices you have. Format your Flash/HDD storage using NTFS file system Take a note that modern smartphones can’t read such storage devices.
EVEN MORE CLASSICAL TRACKER MUSIC

EVEN MORE CLASSICAL TRACKER MUSIC

UPDATED ON: 2023-08-19 For those of you who are hunger for more classical tracker music and you are not completely satisfied with my [ultimate tracker mod collection] here is a link to a [marvelous catalog] of chiptune and demoscene gems. Design matches aesthetics of early 90s and pleasing to eye. Resource is kindly provided by [Matt] . Oh, and here is a massive breakdown of tracker music resources i’ve stashed for you:
HOW TO STAY SAFE WHEN USING OB-SOUL-EEE-TEE WINDOWS 7 IN 2023?

HOW TO STAY SAFE WHEN USING OB-SOUL-EEE-TEE WINDOWS 7 IN 2023?

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.
IS IT HARD TO RUN WINDOWS 7 IN 2023? NAH, NOT AT ALL!

IS IT HARD TO RUN WINDOWS 7 IN 2023? NAH, NOT AT ALL!

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.
KEYCHRON Q6 ▀ BLUE MECHANICAL BEAST WITH BROWN TACTILE SWITCHES IN REALLY HEAVY METAL CASING

KEYCHRON Q6 ▀ BLUE MECHANICAL BEAST WITH BROWN TACTILE SWITCHES IN REALLY HEAVY METAL CASING

If you are a long term reader/visitor of my site you may already know that i am using following keyboards: Japanese [Topre Realforce RGB] [rubber-dome capacitive key switches] Chinese [Vortex Race III] [clicky blue Cherry-MX key switches] Chinese [Vortex Tab90M] [clicky blue Cherry-MX key switches] Thailand [IBM KB-8926] [quite good rubber-dome key switches] Note: board from 1996 in mind condition, using it on my job. And now i’ve decided to give a shot to top end keyboard of Keychron brand.
HOW TO MINIMIZE LAPTOP POWER CONSUMPTION

HOW TO MINIMIZE LAPTOP POWER CONSUMPTION

Say you need to run on a laptop battery vintage or simply non-demanding applications for an extremely long time. Here is a little breakdown of mandatory things to do: turn off in BIOS unneeded devices like camera, sd-card reader, fingerprint scanner, gsm-modem, wifi, bt or whatever you are not using turn on power saving features like various C-power states turn off hyper-threading and hi-core count [if you have such ability] lower screen brightness to acceptable level check my [quick] and [comprehensive] optimization FAQs get rid of [unneeded services and bloat applications] Also you can use core parking utility [Park Control] , but in this mini-guide i’ll show you how to set power related things up via internal Windows 7 tools.
HOW TO SET PROPER COLOR FOR CURSOR AND COMMENTS IN VSCODE EDITOR

HOW TO SET PROPER COLOR FOR CURSOR AND COMMENTS IN VSCODE EDITOR

UPDATED ON: 2023-12-02 The main reason i’ve decided to write this note is indistinct default color mappings and inability to solve issue simply using GUI of software. In main configuration file: settings.json add following lines: "workbench.colorCustomizations": { "editorCursor.foreground": "#ff0000", "terminalCursor.foreground": "#02ED3D", "editorLineNumber.activeForeground": "#ff0000", "editor.lineHighlightBackground": "#016119", "editor.lineHighlightBorder": "#02ED3D", "terminal.foreground": "#02ed3d" }, To set custom color for GREY comments drop in these lines: "editor.tokenColorCustomizations": { "conmments": "#ff006f" } To fast access configuration file press:
HOW TO RUN LATEST VS CODE IN WINDOWS 7 X64

HOW TO RUN LATEST VS CODE IN WINDOWS 7 X64

UPDATED ON: 2024-02-16 v1.81.1 is a more recent version, which can be executed without any efforts v1.86 is a hacked [FINAL version] for Windows 7 x64 So, Windows 7 users are pretty safe at this point despite artificial restrictions of big corps. Usually i’m not feeling so delightful regarding microsoft modern programs, but this one is pretty good. And of course they tried to artificially cripple it under “obsolete” Windows 7.
VxKex ▀ WINDOWS 7 KERNEL EXTENSIONS TO RUN WINDOWS 8+ SOFTWARE

VxKex ▀ WINDOWS 7 KERNEL EXTENSIONS TO RUN WINDOWS 8+ SOFTWARE

Extended kernel project allows you to run some Windows 8+ applications on Windows 7. LATEST ALPHA BUILDS Click right mouse button to select executable properties and then switch to VxKex tab: Then cross your fingers and try to launch desired application. Warning! Software is in very early alpha stage, so miracles almost never happen. However very basic applications can be executed. Imagery by spacedrone808
HOW TO RUN NODE.JS 18.18 LTS ON OBSOLETE WINDOWS 7

HOW TO RUN NODE.JS 18.18 LTS ON OBSOLETE WINDOWS 7

UPDATED ON: 2023-11-27 Node.js dropped Windows 7 “support” rigth after [version number 13] .What a load of sh#t. Today i’ll tell you how to overcome this nonsense and run latest LTS version [Node.JS 18.8] without any problems. More newer versions may work also. I’ll leave you some room for experiments. First of all you need to download zipped version of software, not msi one. node-v18.18.2-win-x64.7z or node-v18.18.2-win-x64.zip Unpack archive in any folder on drive C.
ELIMINATE SCREEN TEARING ON INTEL HD GRAPHICS IN WINDOWS 7 ENVIRONMENT

ELIMINATE SCREEN TEARING ON INTEL HD GRAPHICS IN WINDOWS 7 ENVIRONMENT

In my newly purchased [Lenovo X1 Carbon] i run into screen tearing issues during web or local video playback with classic windows theme turned on. GOOD EXAMPLE OF SCREEN TEARING PHENOMENON I messed around with different video driver settings, under the hood browser parameters, fine-tuning other various tweaks without any changes for good. To my surprise solution was pretty straightforward. JUST TURN ON AERO THEME TO SAVE YOUR EV▓NING! Aero interface is rendered by Desktop Windows Manager [DWM].
LENOVO X1 CARBON 6TH GENERATION ▀ BRIEF REVIEW

LENOVO X1 CARBON 6TH GENERATION ▀ BRIEF REVIEW

Main highlights of [6th generation] over [previous one] : very good keyboard for ultra-compact class [same quality as in 5th gen]. By the way, 6th generation is a last one to support such luxury. Generations 7th and 8th come with [crippled apple-like keys] with reduced key travel. noticeable quality increase in terms of color gamut, even better than in 5th generation. sRGB gamut: 95% [Gen6] vs 85% [Gen 5]. multi-core performance [increased around 80%] over 5th gen.
WHY FALLOUT I/II ARE THE BEST COMPUTER GAMES EVER MADE BY HUMANITY

WHY FALLOUT I/II ARE THE BEST COMPUTER GAMES EVER MADE BY HUMANITY

► QUICK LIST ON WHY I THINK SO: made in golden time of game industry [late 90s] TOTALLY NON-LINEAR INSANE REPLAYABILITY immersive post-apocalyptic setting and overall vibe impressive concoction of RPG and quest genres best soundtrack in game industry, thanks to incredibly perceptive [Mark Morgan] ► HOW ABOUT SOME CONS? Franchise is pretty buggy due to it’s complexity. But we already have [FIXT] mod for [Fallout 1] and [RPU] for [Fallout 2] .
UGLY MOZILLA DECIDED TO DROP WINDOWS 7 SUPPORT FOR FIREFOX IN LATE 2024

UGLY MOZILLA DECIDED TO DROP WINDOWS 7 SUPPORT FOR FIREFOX IN LATE 2024

Despite the fact that current Firefox market share of Windows 7 users is around 13% Mozilla confirms to [drop Windows 7 support in 2024] . Actually i don’t really understand their bold move and why they are dropping Windows 7 and keeping support for example for Android 7.1 which stopped receiving updates more than five years ago. As you may know i’m using Android 8.0 on my websurfer phone and yeah, it is running latest Firefox forks easily.
COMPREHENSIVE HISTORY OF UFO X-COM GAME SERIES BY RETROAHOY

COMPREHENSIVE HISTORY OF UFO X-COM GAME SERIES BY RETROAHOY

Incredibly stellar and consistent narration of [RetroAhoy] forced me to share this captivating story with you. One of the few channels with million subs which delivers unmatched review quality. Such quality can be found more likely on smaller YT channels, rather than on top channels. First priority of which is to promote loads of sh#te ads. THE HISTORY OF UFO: X-COM Imagery by spacedrone808
THE BEST PATCHES FOR CLASSIC S.T.A.L.K.E.R.

THE BEST PATCHES FOR CLASSIC S.T.A.L.K.E.R.

One more S.T.A.L.K.E.R. posting if you don’t mind. Mods and [modern versions] are nice, but classic [Stalker series] shouldn’t be forgotten too. Here is a list of classic games. [Shadow of Chernobyl] ► original first version of Stalker game series [the most atmospheric & my favorite one] [Clear Sky] ► prequel to Shadow of Chernobyl [Call of Pripyat] ► sequel to Shadow of Chernobyl Vivid table, which conveniently represents games from the most buggy to the less buggy.
S.T.A.L.K.E.R. ▀ UPDATE [2023]

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. ▀ UPDATE [2023]

As a big fan of [Stalker series] i can’t afford myself to skip such title as [Stalker: Update] . It is Russian actively developed ambitious remake of classic [Stalker] based upon modern [OGSR] modification with many substantial changes like: vastly improved graphics quality incredible weather system [summer/autumn/winter] fine-tuning of game balance more detailed models and items remastered audio and much, much more It is almost one-man-project, so please be patient.
CHROME v117 CAN BE EXECUTED IN WINDOWS 7 ▀ WHAT'S NEXT?

CHROME v117 CAN BE EXECUTED IN WINDOWS 7 ▀ WHAT'S NEXT?

UPDATED ON: 2023-08-01 Chromium v117 [already ported] to Windows 7 Although I’m completely uninterested in google browser and it’s siblings you have to know that there is a way to run current chromium version in Windows 7 environment, despite of all [mumblings] that 109 is the very last version to run on Windows 7. Backported version of chromium 112 called [CatsXP] available at your disposal. Also, there are [other solutions] on how to run version 110 and most recent 109 build intended for Windows Server 2012.
HOW TO RUN 16-BIT APPLICATIONS IN WINDOWS 7 X64

HOW TO RUN 16-BIT APPLICATIONS IN WINDOWS 7 X64

As you may already know, there is no official ability to execute old 16-bit software in 64-bit operating systems. So if you have favorite Windows 3.x applications such stupid restriction was a complete bummer. But only until today! At least for me. WinVDM will resolve your frustration. For providing such valuable information thanks goes out to [NeonFloppy website] . ► WINVDM @ GITHUB Unpack archive anywhere, execute INSTALL with admin privileges and you are good to go After installation working state could be checked by [Windows 3.
HOW TO FLASH ROOTED ANDROID 8 ON SONY XPERIA XZ1 COMPACT IN WINDOWS 7 ENVIRONMENT

HOW TO FLASH ROOTED ANDROID 8 ON SONY XPERIA XZ1 COMPACT IN WINDOWS 7 ENVIRONMENT

UPDATED ON: 2023-04-20 Important update, substantial refactoring, many errors fixed ▒ PREFACE WORDS Following instruction is dedicated to flashing stock Android 8.0 firmware for Russian region, but almost all information can be applied to USA or any other region firmware. So, no restrictions here. Remember that all commands and programs should be executed with admin privileges and your account must have administrator rights! If something goes wrong for some reason be sure to check [TROUBLESHOOTING] section!
X-COM UFO DEFENSE ON THE GO! HOW COOL IS THAT?

X-COM UFO DEFENSE ON THE GO! HOW COOL IS THAT?

I already mentioned desktop version of [UFO: X-COM Defence] . Also there is open-source [Android port] of the game. In today’s post i would like to recommend you an extended modification called [OpenXcom Extended] . Mod offers plenty of improvements over the original version including neat touchscreen controls [!]. Download [OpenXcom Extended] ||| [direct link to v7.8] Download original DOS [game cache] ||| [mega.nz] Extract downloaded archive into SDcard/OpenXcom folder Run game launcher and point it to newly created folder Check the plethora of settings provided by the game Now you can shot alien scum wherever you want!

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