23.3.20

Yeap, I´m still using Windows Xp in march 2020

I write this text for a single purpose only - maybe there are people out there who would also like to continue using Windows XP, but are terrified of Microsoft's warnings about the danger of Windows 7 and XP. My story is simple, I have an Agfa 1236s scanner which, despite being over twenty, is wonderful, works like new, is fast and is scsi, which forces me to connect it to a 2005 computer. The motherboard is the AsRock 775VM800, with 2 Gb of RAM (as much as possible), an integrated S3 graphics chip and a 250 GB disk. Like many people, I went through the experience with LINUX distributions that promised to be very light and fast but that all turned out to be slow as a sick snail. I tried Linux Mint XFCE, Zorin Lite, Lubuntu, etc. Although some are better than others, nothing could achieve the performance of Windows XP. In addition, every time you need to install a driver on LINUX, we have to go through a more boring learning process than reading the phone book.
I took my old Windows XP CD (yes, it really is a 580Mb occupied CD) and reinstalled this 21 year old operating system. The experience is strange these days, but I think it is easy to survive the outdated interface. The first challenge is to install a browser that works on Xp and that allows us to browse the internet of 2020. My suggestion is to choose MyPal or Slimjet (especially if you are interested in one based on Chromium). Then I installed Agfa Fotolook 3.60, which is much better than Linux's Xsane, in order to use the scanner properly. Other tools that work perfectly in this 32bit operating system are VLC (free), Polaris Office (free) and Panda Dome Antivirus (free).
The latter is really essential for overcoming the intense terror we feel when not using Windows 10, despite the fact that many people who know these issues, consider that the newer Windows reveals more holes ready to be exploited by hackers than this piece of computer archeology.
And that's all I wanted to tell the owners of old hardware that  are frightened and scared.

13.3.20

Another speculative image of Sony Play Station 5


We were sent this image of a supposed PlayStation 5 but we don't know if it's just another joke or not. Either way, it’s cute enough to be shown here. It seems that the controller has a touch screen and is similar to the current ones, which is good because, supposedly the PlayStation 5 is backwards compatible with the previous version.

#ps5 #playstation5 #sony #sonyplaystation5 #playstation

7.2.20

Are companies turning us into sugar zombies?


"How much sugar are you REALLY eating? 🍭 Founder of WildFit Eric Edmeades says that by adding sugar to everything, food companies compromise your health for their profit. Learn all the nutrition facts you need to form new healthy habits next. 👉
https://go.mindvalley.com/BQF-xA1j One trick that the big food manufacturers of sports drinks and sugary breakfast cereals have done to manipulate us into buying their products is linking weight loss to exercise instead of nutrition. But in reality, your body shape is 90% dependent on what you eat. So if you really want to have a weight loss transformation in 2020, even the greatest fitness routine won’t get you to your goals if you’re eating sugar-filled foods. #Fitness #Health #VishenLakhiani" [at Mind Valley]

13.1.20

Crazy double clicking mouse fix

This is really strange, but today and after installing some software, my mouse started double clicking every time I used the left button. Being a wireless mouse, I just thought that I was dealing with some radio interference or whatever... Tried all the common fixes but nothing worked (uninstalling and installing drivers and devices, changing settings, using other USB port for the adapter)! Then I did what everyone does and I found this weird solution on the comments here, and the problem is apparently solved!

"Press the right click button and
hold-it, turn the mouse off and on, leave the right mouse button pressed
while clicking on the left click button 5 times Quit pressing the
right click button and turn the mouse off. Click and hold the right
mouse button, turn the mouse on and finally release the right mouse
button."