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mr. ed

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Posted: 01/22/20 07:39pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I've been using Brave browser quite a while now on Windows 10. I don't know if XP will support it, but thought I'd mention it, anyway. I'm pretty sure you'd like it if you tried it.


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Brave browser says XP not supported. UC Browser is supported on XP but I've never used it.


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To the OP - don't continue to use XP and the Internet. You put yourself and others at risk.

Ever since I tossed my 486/33MHz system in the trash, a system I paid $3500 for in the lat 80's, I've wrapped my head around this tenet:

Computers are the only things, as far as I can tell, that can still perform their original functions flawlessly but become worthless overtime.

That 486/33 machine was working as well in 1998 as it did in 1989. But it was *worthless*.

No charity wants an old laptop.
IDE drives that aren't supported.
A BIOS that can't boot from USB.
A screen that maxes out at 1024x768.
A power supply that sucks 90 watts.

For $5, I can buy a Raspberry Pi Zero W that kicks an old laptop's b*tt by every measure. If I wanna splurge, I'll pop $35.


I hate throwing away old hardware. It pains me.
But those things become worthless - $0.00 or worse.

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As others have said- its old, hardware not comparable with newer OS, slow, etc... You dont need to 'throw it out' but save it for when they have electronic recycling day in your area and take it there.



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pconroy328 wrote:

Computers are the only things, as far as I can tell, that can still perform their original functions flawlessly but become worthless overtime.


XP is still used by quite a few companies for specialized applications. Companies invested millions of $'s and labor to develop custom software for XP. When MS comes out with new OS's that are not fully backwards compatible it is painful for these companies to start all over again. Of course this doesn't affect the casual home or office user so few realize the significance of such problems.

I have a multitude on PC's running every OS including good old DOS! One runs native XP, another running XP under HyperV on Windows 10. Working on redeveloping software but it will take time.

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You have an OS?? Luxury!!

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mileshuff wrote:

pconroy328 wrote:

Computers are the only things, as far as I can tell, that can still perform their original functions flawlessly but become worthless overtime.


XP is still used by quite a few companies for specialized applications. Companies invested millions of $'s and labor to develop custom software for XP. When MS comes out with new OS's that are not fully backwards compatible it is painful for these companies to start all over again. Of course this doesn't affect the casual home or office user so few realize the significance of such problems.

I have a multitude on PC's running every OS including good old DOS! One runs native XP, another running XP under HyperV on Windows 10. Working on redeveloping software but it will take time.


Running XP is fine on machines behind corporate firewalls, watched over by IT experts, or for computer geeks who know what they're doing, but for the average Joe to do his banking and bill paying, not to mention surfing those "questionable" sites?

Nope. It's a disaster in the making.


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I quit using XP when Windows 7 came out because I was gaming at the time, and games ran better with the hardware available to Windows 7 machines.

But after reading quite a bit about the "dangers" of XP, I do wonder if the danger isn't maybe overdone a bit. One of the first stories I read was from 2014 when they said XP, wasn't immediately dangerous to use, but it would be in the near future. Now it's 6 years later and except for the issue with Internet Explorer, not actually XP, there have been no horror stories about XP usage.

So much of us depend on other sources to keep us informed, and if those sources are biased a bit we have few fact checking places to check. Most computer services and computer businesses are served well by people buying new machines, and probably prefer the old stuff disappear.

Maybe they're like Apple: "Newer is best, old is bad, buy new this year so you don't get left behind".


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There is information in this recent article about the end of support for Windows 7 that also apply to Windows XP.

https://askleo.com/how-to-keep-using-windows-7-safely-after-support-ends/


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drsteve wrote:

Running XP is fine on machines behind corporate firewalls, watched over by IT experts, or for computer geeks who know what they're doing, but for the average Joe to do his banking and bill paying, not to mention surfing those "questionable" sites?


Key to that is 'Know what you are doing'. I agree with that but the more they make Windows idiot proof the more difficult it is for those of us who do, to make it do what we want. Custom settings buried deep or removed completely etc. Windows 10 is more difficult from an IT standpoint than XP was for managing dozens of PC's. MS programs such as Office are clunky and buggy. Worse with each update. Younger IT staff won't know the difference though.

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