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Messages - Virtus

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Random / Re: Post your Desktop!
« on: April 27, 2014, 10:53:34 PM »
Since I dual boot OS X Mavericks and Windows 8.1 on a MacBook Pro, you get TWO screenshots!




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General Chat / Re: Discontinued support of windows XP
« on: April 20, 2014, 08:01:20 PM »
Ignoring the hardware restrictions, I won't have any sympathy for anyone who complains about DX12 not supporting Windows XP when it comes out this winter/next spring.

dual-boot = solution to all this

Dual-boot, or actually toss that ten year old piece of crap that you have and get a new computer. Given what specs you'd be living by if you're /stuck/ with XP, unless all you do is surf the net, in all likelihood you need a new one anyway. Denying that you don't need a new one when you're using modern software is just being stubborn unless you just can't forward the funds for it.

I highly doubt anybody on this site actually 'pays' for their OS install disks anyways,
so asking for updates or support of any sort is kinda douchey imo

Agreed.

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General Chat / Re: Discontinued support of windows XP
« on: April 13, 2014, 06:48:11 PM »
Just noting for those who wish to stick with XP, that allot of future software will not be compatible with the OS (such as Office13)

A lot of software already lacks support for Windows XP, actually. Many games have already moved away from the older frameworks in favor of the modern frameworks that aren't available on XP, for example. More utilitarian applications like Office are also ignoring XP, as Labs mentioned. Even hardware support for XP is being dropped.

Also, here's an interesting article. The IRS and the UK government are planning to pay Microsoft millions upon millions to continue support of XP for one year due to their negligence to upgrade. Source

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General Chat / Re: Discontinued support of windows XP
« on: April 11, 2014, 06:59:04 PM »
Windows Vista has a special place in my heart.

It has a special place in my heart, too.

A very special corner of my heart. Full of plasma, fire, pain and writhing hatred.

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General Help / Re: Noob help please
« on: March 30, 2014, 03:37:34 PM »
In other words, as Labs tried to say, the download link in question is no good. I don't have an alternate link available for you nor do I have the ISO available on my drives. Maybe one of the other members here can lend a hand and reupload it to Mega or similar...

Also, I've moved the thread to the proper place on the boards.

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General Chat / Re: Discontinued support of windows XP
« on: March 28, 2014, 01:34:03 AM »
Updating your AV if you have any, which in his case was AVG
Small things like this, may change their "overall experience" with a particular operating system.

AVG isn't a real antivirus software. You are literally better off just having an unsecured PC.

If security updates are so unnecessary then why does every single operating system have them? Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, Debian, Mac OS, Ubuntu, ALTLinux, Fedora, Android, iOS, Wii OS, Windows Phone, hell, even the Java OS on my LG Env Touch had security updates once in a while.

Most people don't clean their computers in general. That's why they overheat and come to me.

Also, I'm sorry I'm looking at it from a tech support person's point of view?

I ditto this. I currently dual boot OS X Mavericks and Windows 8.1 on my laptop, use a non-jailbroken iPhone, and I don't even use any antivirus software. Haven't used antivirus since 2010. There's no benefit to using the free antivirus that's out there and for IT/ex-hacker/programmer/engineering people like me, it's not even worth buying antivirus when I know how to eliminate problems if any arise. Modern operating systems are much more secure than they used to be and they continue to harden against the type of attacks that would cripple XP users without decent antivirus software back in the day. These days you have nothing to worry about as long as you don't make any of the common mistakes or if you're specifically targeted, in which case no commercial antivirus would help you anyway. The security of the web is now more focused on where it needs to be focused: server-side security, web client security, and hardening the connection between user and server. As long as you're staying updated with everything, Java updates, web browser updates, OS updates, etc. you don't need antivirus.

If you're not keeping yourself updated with the notion that security updates are useless, you're why there's such a huge number of people who are victimized by cybercrime every day. You're also why I make money fixing other people's computers.

I have friends who just skip Java updates because they're "not important" to them. I die a little inside every time I hear that, because I know the [usually major] security flaws that the updates patch. Exploits are very quickly addressed by Oracle and Apple for the most part. Every time someone comes and asks me to fix a virus-ridden computer or laptop, after I'm done and find the cause of the intrusion I've almost always had the exact same piece of advice for them: Always install updates as soon as they're released. It goes a long way to proactively keep your computer secure.

Although there is one exception: If you're running an Android device right now... well I just feel sorry for you. The fragmentation [and Java framework] of the platform, very much unlike iOS, has unfortunately caught up to it's users and rendered Android phones very unsecure. =/

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General Chat / Re: Discontinued support of windows XP
« on: March 16, 2014, 04:16:37 AM »
I'm with you with the XP love. That platform was amazing and incredibly efficient for it's time.

But I think I should point out that all tech platforms have limited support lifetimes.

It's just a fact of the industry as all sides of it continue to rapidly evolve and expand with new technology to succeed the old. Other than being unable to afford it, there's no reason to stick with old tech when the new tech is accessible. This applies to operating systems as well. Before too long XP users will start to see a lack of software support (Games for example) from developers due to a lack of framework/API updates on the platform. Heck, we're seeing that already... gen 8 games such as Watch_Dogs and Titanfall, just to name two, don't support XP in their specified minimum requirements. I may be wrong, but I believe a handful of gen 7 titles also lacked XP support, but I wouldn't know any right offhand...

Windows 7 will suffer the same fate on January 14, 2020. Windows 8.1 support ends on January 9, 2023. Vista's support ends sometime in 2017, I think. Microsoft supports their operating systems for a reasonable amount of time, while Apple doesn't even specify the precise support lifetimes for OS X 10.X variants (But really, they're about the same as Microsoft. In all likelihood you'll upgrade long before your previous OS X version loses support. Currently 10.6 is the oldest supported version, the current iteration, Mavericks, is 10.9). I think it's kinda cool that Microsoft goes through the extra effort to specify a specific product lifetime from day one. If you look around you'll notice that this is rarely done, support lifetime is only implied/inferred through release patterns.

While I'm not necessarily saying that I support Microsoft for dropping XP, the market share is surprisingly large, it's just that the majority of people using computers will naturally shift to the newer generation tech as it comes out. Right now, Windows 7 is the most used Windows OS, having ~47% of the net market share, whereas XP still has an astonishing ~29% market share. (Ignoring 8, 8.1 and Vista, they only make ~14% of the market combined) Source Oh noez, Wikipedia as a source?!?!

I can't condone Microsoft for dropping support for XP due to the large userbase that remains and the overall huge success of the platform, but at the same time I just can't criticize them for it. 2001 - 2014? Impressive, perhaps, but it wouldn't be too unreasonable to expect a couple bonus years out of it. (Just like how it's not too unreasonable to stop it now)

Microsoft may be betting on enticing the remaining XP users with Windows 9/Threshold this winter. That's just my guess.

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General Chat / Re: Discontinued support of windows XP
« on: March 13, 2014, 01:47:00 AM »
Quote
and Windows 8's suckiness can be mostly nullified by a simple custom shell to fix the UI for desktops again instead of tablets. (ClassicShell is great one to try if you're using Windows 8/8.1)
Cool, thanks.
Was actually going to look this up the other day, but was far too lazy.
Although I have other minor issues with this OS, this was on the top of my list for some reason haha
I assume, because it feels that it takes away from the usual Win experience as you stated.

You also made some other fair points regarding the business side issues.

I personally use OS X Mavericks and Windows 8.1 in a dual boot on my MacBook. I'd rather use Windows 7, but for technical reasons regarding some new .NET features I need to use Windows 8. Some of the newer .NET 4.5 features are exclusive to the platform for the sake of pushing the OS. >n> Anyway, yeah, I use Classic Shell and it helps a ton to get the normal flow of things going after a bit of tweaking and fine tuning. I never see that horrid Metro screen anymore, which is awesome.

Thanks. It'll be interesting to see how the enterprise side of things handles this from here on out... time to pay a little bit of attention to OS statistical data?

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General Chat / Re: Discontinued support of windows XP
« on: March 12, 2014, 08:23:21 PM »
The only real problem is at the utility and enterprise/business side of things, not necessarily the consumer. That's what people really need to be concerned about. Like what labs said, the only real loss from the drop of support is the discontinuation of security updates. Over time it'll become a problem for consumers, but not for quite some time. For businesses and utilities, though?

As exploits are found and business continue to neglect upgrading to a modern operating system, critical infrastructure such as power grids become extremely vulnerable. For businesses, corporate and customer data becomes vulnerable to hackers and, more importantly, script kiddies. The world is run by software and much of that software is still, unnecessarily, Windows XP. I'm concerned about the long term implications of corporate and utilitarian neglect towards modernization; Microsoft's discontinued support will almost certainly bring the consequences to light.

Windows 7 is fantastic, almost as great as OS X, and Windows 8's suckiness can be mostly nullified by a simple custom shell to fix the UI for desktops again instead of tablets. (ClassicShell is great one to try if you're using Windows 8/8.1)

First off, This post was about the fact that they actually gave me a warning window informing me that support will end soon
You never made this into a debatable item, I mean at least they warned you right.
Pretty much.

Tech. Support:
This is no big deal, people are smart.
Again, self-explanatory. Not much else to say on this...

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General Chat / Re: Discontinued support of windows XP
« on: March 11, 2014, 02:29:38 AM »
This isn't news. The drop of support for XP was announced well over a year ago (They were talking about it long before that, as well) and it's astonishing that they've supported it up 'till now. Literally the only reason why they supported the operating system for so long is because it was very deeply integrated in enterprise platforms all over the world. Companies just refused to upgrade their systems over the years, but now the shift away from XP is finally happening. Now they can allocate that waste of resources towards the more modern platforms.

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Upload Discussion / Re: F2F Technogoly
« on: February 20, 2014, 03:34:52 PM »
It's pretty similar to some alternative protocols floating around, but I'm with cube; it's not really worth it.

it sounds like its fully encripted and that no goverment can spy on it.
Just a sidenote.
Before you roll with that assumption, keep in mind that any encryption can be broken. It's just a fact that there's no such thing as total security on the net, no encryption is perfect. Just one example of many: people thought Silk Road couldn't be decrypted or spied on, yet it was. Quite pervasively.

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Wii Help / Re: Homebrew Channel not connecting to server
« on: February 17, 2014, 05:22:12 PM »
The Homebrew Channel is the only decent one that I'm aware of, however GBATemp (Which has apparently adopted the use of FileTrip sometime over the past couple years...) is a great source for up-to-date homebrew/emulators and flash cart firmware.
http://gbatemp.net/

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Wii Help / Re: Homebrew Channel not connecting to server
« on: February 16, 2014, 07:19:54 PM »
I can't connect to their site either. Either it's temporarily down (There has been an enormous string of DDoS attacks all over the net lately) or Team Twiizers actually did just call it quits out of nowhere. Their wiki is still up though, so perhaps it's their hosting.

It would be news to me if they did just drop off the face of the earth.

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Random / Re: Our latest acquisitions
« on: February 14, 2014, 12:20:08 AM »
Dang Chatterx, your collection puts mine to shame. Was thinking of taking fresh pics of the whole set for you guys but now I'm not so sure. =P Loving the JRPG collection there... do you just about have a complete set of Final Fantasy titles there? It looks like you have nearly everything. Honestly I've never the time to dive into the series for one reason or another, so I wouldn't know for sure just from memory.

Do you sell something of the pictures Virtus? :P

I currently don't have plans to sell anything, but that may change sometime this year.

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Random / Re: Our latest acquisitions
« on: February 11, 2014, 02:52:43 AM »
If we're including some non-gaming items in here, then lemme toss one up here. Google Glass XE, got it back in November.



As for actual games, I acquired a large assortment of Pokémon games and other merch last year. Might as well show off the whole collection.



Each of those boxes includes their respective game cartridges inside and most include all manuals and inserts. All are fully functional.

More pics.
Spoiler (click to show/hide)

Japanese copies of Blue/Red/Yellow/Green/Gold/Silver, got those last summer at a convention and I got another batch just this December. [NTSC Red/Blue/Gold/Silver/Sapphire/LeafGreen]
I'm still missing several titles, maybe I'll fix that after I finish building my new PC.

If I have some time I'll grab some of my other recent scores and toss them up here.

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