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HUGO ENGINE ▀ LAST VERSION TO SUPPORT WINDOWS 7

HUGO ENGINE ▀ LAST VERSION TO SUPPORT WINDOWS 7

It looks like [Hugo dropped] Windows 7 support. Version 0.121 was a last one to execute without any problems. All subsequent updates 0.121.1 or later throw following crash upon execution. To celebrate anniversary i’ve rebuilded site via latest available version. DOWNLOAD LAST HUGO FOR WINDOWS 7 Upcoming updates and site refactoring will be done manually, without Hugo framework. See you around! Imagery by spacedrone808
WHY I AM USING WINDOWS 7 MACHINE AS A DAILY DRIVER IN 2024?

WHY I AM USING WINDOWS 7 MACHINE AS A DAILY DRIVER IN 2024?

UPDATED ON: 2024-02-16 Added some links and fixed typos here and there. VERSION: beta 01 First of all, short congrats regarding happy New Year! It looks like that we made another one. In this long read you will find subjective rant towards to “obsolete” Windows 7 and comparisons with “modern” windows 10/11. This rant is the longest post i ever done on the pages of current website. Degradation of windows operating system is well underway and it looks like process can’t be stopped by any means.
BENCHMARK OF EXTREME COMPRESSION TOOLS [2023]

BENCHMARK OF EXTREME COMPRESSION TOOLS [2023]

It’s been a while since i’ve posted any benchmarks, so filling the gap to satisfy your nerd cravings. Today we’ll cover the most extreme compression utilities and find out which one is the best. If [Winrar] and [7-Zip] don’t need any introduction, here’s a list of things that are obviously little known to most people: [WinRK] ► lost compression gem [Cmix] ► 32Gb RAM is recommended [Bsc] ► CUDA enabled compressor [Paq8px] ► highly-advanced command line achiever [Zpaq] ► another highly-advanced command line achiever File D3DX9_40.
HOW TO FIX "UNABLE TO RENDER ERROR" 0x80131501 IN VEGAS PRO 21

HOW TO FIX "UNABLE TO RENDER ERROR" 0x80131501 IN VEGAS PRO 21

Vegas video montage software is widely known as pretty glitchy application especially if we are speaking about latest versions. Newest Vegas 21 Pro is no exception. I run into problems almost instantly. Right after i’ve decided to render video clip. Upon export attempt application showed me error: 0x80131501 How typical! To fix things up i just took DLL library [RenderAsDialog.dll, which is responsible for export dialog] from previous Vegas Pro 18 [sub-version 284 to be precise] and substituted original file with above mentioned.
NEAT'N'TINY SOFTWARE

NEAT'N'TINY SOFTWARE

UPDATED ON: 2023-11-26 Small collection of links leading to good’n’tiny software. NO FRAMEWORK TRASH. ENJOY! ►[tiny apps] ◄ ►[nirsoft] ◄ ►[analogx] ◄ ►[joesoft] ◄ ►[grcsoft] ◄ ►[bcheck] ◄ Imagery by spacedrone808
DISABLE RDP & SMB PROTOCOLS TO SECURE WINDOWS 7

DISABLE RDP & SMB PROTOCOLS TO SECURE WINDOWS 7

UPDATED ON: 2023-11-29 First of all, make sure that firewall is TURNED ON and remote connections are TURNED OFF. As for me, i’m using [Outpost Firewall] . THAN BLOCK THAT UGLY PORT 3389! 3389 This port is used by [RDP protocol] . Take a note that 80% of external intrusions are using RDP interface to hack into your system. Next step will be to disable insecure SMB protocols, by means of command line with elevated admin privileges.
DO YOU REALLY KNOW ALL WINDOWS 7 KEYBOARD SHORTCUTS THAT GOOD?

DO YOU REALLY KNOW ALL WINDOWS 7 KEYBOARD SHORTCUTS THAT GOOD?

Ass a die-hard Windows 7 addict i’m surely know all inside-outs of the system. That is why today i’d like to share some hotkeys knowledge with all of you. Keyboard shortcuts are one of the most important things in professional workflow. Some of hotkeys are quite generic and you can find them in official manual, but other are rather obscure and can be completely unknown. Hope that everyone of you’ll find something useful here.
POSSIBLE WORKSTATION UPGRADE

POSSIBLE WORKSTATION UPGRADE

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] .
HOW TO TRANSCRIBE AUDIO SPEECH INTO TEXT USING PYTHON

HOW TO TRANSCRIBE AUDIO SPEECH INTO TEXT USING PYTHON

Recently i was asked for a simple & free way of transcribing audio speech into plain text. Problem was solved via Python library called [Vosk] . It is a speech recognition toolkit working in offline environment. To make things happen do the following: [Install vosk] pip install vosk [Download speech model] of required language, larger libraries bring just marginal improvement over the smaller ones despite the fact that they are over 40 times bigger in a size.
PYTHON CERTIFICATE VERIFY FAILED, SELF-SIGNED CERTIFICATE IN CERTIFICATE CHAIN

PYTHON CERTIFICATE VERIFY FAILED, SELF-SIGNED CERTIFICATE IN CERTIFICATE CHAIN

Aside from [Github certificate issue] , Python also showed me some teeth regarding certificate stuff. How quaint! I think that such things comes from the fact that i’m using “obsolete” Windows 7. But we don’t choose the easy way out, don’t we? I’m using [hacked Python 3.11.1] . After trying to install Python external module: pip install vosk system showed me this: WARNING: Retrying (Retry(total=4, connect=None, read=None, redirect=None, status=None)) after connection broken by 'SSLError(SSLCertVerificationErro r(1, '[SSL: CERTIFICATE_VERIFY_FAILED] certificate verify failed: self signed certificate in certificate chain (_ssl.
COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE ON HOW TO REMOVE TELEMETRY FROM NVIDIA DRIVERS

COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE ON HOW TO REMOVE TELEMETRY FROM NVIDIA DRIVERS

Following instructions successfully tested with [Geforce RTX 3090Ti] on recent [474.66 driver] [October 2023]. In newer operating systems things could be entirely different. It’s been a fair amount of time since I’ve written about privacy related stuff. In early days ~2017 nvidia was not so obsessed with telemetry. Everything you should do to block their efforts is to run [Disable Nvidia Telemetry] . As time goes on things changed dramatically.
HOW TO ENABLE SVG PREVIEW IN WINDOWS EXPLORER ON WINDOWS 7

HOW TO ENABLE SVG PREVIEW IN WINDOWS EXPLORER ON WINDOWS 7

So, you want to be a hip and would like to have the feature of SVG preview in file explorer like in fancy windows 11 of friend of yours? It is surely possible, even on such old crone like Windows 7! [SVG See] is an excellent application, which bring such functionality to our crony operating system. If you are for some reason don’t observe SVG previews in explorer there are a couple of things that you could try to fix things up:
TROUBLESHOOTING LATEST VIRTUALBOX 6.X UNDER WINDOWS 7 ENVIRONMENT

TROUBLESHOOTING LATEST VIRTUALBOX 6.X UNDER WINDOWS 7 ENVIRONMENT

UPDATED ON: 2024-01-18 For virtual emulation in most cases i use VMWare Workstation 15.5.7 dated back to 2020, which works awesomely fine. Recently i run into VirtualBox on my primary job and have to run Linux Debian on Windows 7 Enterprise. As per official Oracle documentation all [6.x VirtualBox releases] are compatible with Windows 7. Unfortunately it is not so true. Most of people can’t ran following versions: VirtualBox 6.
HOW TO FIX OUT OF SYNC TIME ON OLD WINDOWS 7 INSTALLATIONS

HOW TO FIX OUT OF SYNC TIME ON OLD WINDOWS 7 INSTALLATIONS

A couple of weeks ago i run into problem related to out-of sync time clock. Tried almost all imaginable solutions, like time service restarting, checking that internet time-sync option is turned on and so on and so forth. Of course to no avail at all. How typical! My Windows 7 installation dates back to early 2019 and i’ve plethora of software installed, and more over system is heavily customized so plain reinstall of operating system is not an option in my case.
LATEST GOOGLE CHROME OFFICIALLY CRACKED TO WORK WITH WINDOWS 7!

LATEST GOOGLE CHROME OFFICIALLY CRACKED TO WORK WITH WINDOWS 7!

UPDATED ON: 2023-10-01 I’m currently on Firefox 115 ESR and not using chrome at all, but this is neat news for sure. So, in addition to [Supermium] chrome fork, we have official version also. This is a work of Russian hackers. Preface words from original Github page [English spelling is original]: Dirty corporations and Hindu-managers are trying to deprive the any users of all the benefits that were created by technically more advanced people than them.
SWITCHING TO LINUX TO KEEP UP WITH MODERN TECHNOLOGIES

SWITCHING TO LINUX TO KEEP UP WITH MODERN TECHNOLOGIES

Recently, I’ve decided to install Linux for web development to make sure that i’m not missing something in terms of modern features and technologies. I chose [Manjaro] with [XFCE] desktop. However, all multimedia works are staying on Windows 7. I still can’t find proper replacement for Vegas Pro and many other tools i use in my daily workflow. [Modern web is working] , [security is updated] , so i don’t see any reason to ditch it in favor of something more fancy.
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.
HOW TO COMPLETELY DISABLE TELEMETRY SERVICES WHICH DIAL BACK TO THIRD-PARTIES IN FIREFOX

HOW TO COMPLETELY DISABLE TELEMETRY SERVICES WHICH DIAL BACK TO THIRD-PARTIES IN FIREFOX

UPDATED ON: 2023-09-06 Some new parameters were added. Note that by default all [Nightly versions] of Firefox are sending back telemetry to third-parties in extensive manner. So, to disable such malicious actions besides turning off telemetry settings via standard GUI options: about:preferences#privacy You’ll need to use good old: about:config To change to: FALSE …or create following parameters in software registry: toolkit.telemetry.archive.enabled toolkit.telemetry.enabled toolkit.telemetry.unified toolkit.telemetry.unifiedIsOptIn toolkit.telemetry.bhrPing.enabled toolkit.telemetry.firstShutdownPing.enabled toolkit.telemetry.hybridContent.enabled toolkit.telemetry.newProfilePing.enabled toolkit.telemetry.reportingpolicy.firstRun toolkit.
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.
WINDOWS 7 X64 EXECUTES FIREFOX 117 NIGHTLY VERSION WITHOUT ANY ISSUES

WINDOWS 7 X64 EXECUTES FIREFOX 117 NIGHTLY VERSION WITHOUT ANY ISSUES

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.
BRING BACK NORMAL HEIGHT TO TABS IN FIREFOX 115

BRING BACK NORMAL HEIGHT TO TABS IN FIREFOX 115

I bet most of Firefox oldschool users hated the recent “changes” in terms of overall browser design. Rounded childish like-chrome corners, foolish restriction on what can be configured and so on. And now they crippled the look of browser tabs: to waste your workspace and spoil the design, just take a look at this: MODERN “NORMAL” STYLE LEGACY NORMAL STYLE SIDE-BY-SIDE COMPARISON I suppose that such “changes” were made in favor to touchscreen devices.
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.

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