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  1. I wish... The PHP boards I've been on do include a "legacy" theme. Don't understand why the IPB folks find that so difficult to do.
  2. The software they give you for your modem is more often-than-not bloatware that only adds another program to the system tray at boot and does absolutely nothing to help. My suggestion is to use some sort of "sacrificial" Windows installation if some software installation is required, otherwise, use the web configuration interface via "" or whatever your user-guide tells you. The other suggestion is to get a proper router that accepts the connection from your modem and can then send it out via A/B/G/N wireless or ethernet, the modem is then put into a "bridged" mode where it simply passes on data to the router, whose WAN port assumes the IP address of the modem. All this is in very, very simplistic terms, but it gives you an idea.
  3. I found the same thing too... This makes me wonder how long it will be until a concerted effort is made to lift these legacy-OS sub-forums to another platform. FWIW, PHPBB's "subsilver2" theme that I use on another site works exceedingly well even on IE6 on my Windows 2000 system. NoScript is a very big part of my browsing these days, especially on a laptop where battery life is important (even though this 2011 MBP spends it's life hooked to mains...), and on my main system. The modern web is just too infested with folks wishing to bombard you with BS, attack your computer or slow it to a crawl for no particular reason.
  4. Personally, I have given up on Firefox these days given the insistence on "rapid releases" and the "Asstrails" user interface. Until recently, Chrome seemed like the appropriate choice, with Pale Moon as an alternative on my Windows 7 system. With the "impending doom" of Chrome on OS X Snow Leopard I switched over to Sea-Monkey, which is essentially Firefox and found it to be far more agreeable than other browsers. And its seemingly more stable, too.
  5. Drivers were a bit of an effort, although the system is based around in i440BX/ZX chipset (on either an Acer or AOpen motherboard), ESS sound solution and Number-Nine (Really S3) graphics. I seem to have found the correct drivers, although haven't yet gotten around to reinstalling Windows. I gave up on archived drivers from IBM quite quickly, and initially thought Intel had pulled the 440 Chipset INFs - although it turns out they call it a "400-series chipset" these days. Fingers crossed this all works. I haven't found a source for the original IBM software, and was initially going to use a Direct-Cable-Connection to accomplish a transfer. Then I realised the system was probably still victim to a trojan infestation of some sort (judging by entries in MSCONFIG) and thus elected against doing that.
  6. Picked up an IBM Aptiva system recently, and will have to do a clean-installation to clear out the remnants of some sort of infestation (Windows as a whole is being temperamental, and there are torrenting applications installed). I've used Autopatcher successfully in the past, but how does this (now-discontinued) packaged stack up against the more recent "Un-Official Service Packs" developed for Windows 98?
  7. That is REALLY interesting. Last year, I began working on a guide on the Un-Official Updates, plus how to get Windows up-to-date before installing them. Having checked just now on the page, I see that my SP4 and Update Rollup 1 links are dead. (If anyone would like a link to my page - they are most welcome to PM me. The site is presently mirrored on someone elses home-grade internet connection, and I would prefer not to capitalise on this). I wonder what this means for the Windows Update service? Can it still be trusted to provide a complete set of patches after an installation of Windows 2000, or not? (I did an install on my system with it last year, after updating the WuA and nothing else. Having installing Update Rollup 1, Gurgelmyer's SP5 I had about 127 updates). Look, for the record - I too am more than happy to test out SP5.2. My Windows 2000 machine is still used in a home production setting, as its just so much quicker and easier than diddling with my Macbook or Windows 7. I have a couple of hardware platforms this might work on, too. Not to mention the ability to test in VirtualBox or VPC2007. My suggestion would be for anyone and everyone to get what they need/want STAT before more of M$'s archive is lost to the winds of time.
  8. I completely agree. A lot of modern software, websites and such are all style, and no substance. The few that are left with a simplistic interface that works with nearly any browser are becoming increasingly fewer and farther between.
  9. On a somewhat-related note, am noticing under Sea Monkey (version 2.40) on OS X Snow Leopard that the board keeps announcing that it uses cookies to me. I suppose this is related to the fact that I have No-Script installed and running most of the time for browsing.
  10. For me, I might consider it a mixture of all of the above. Growing up Windows 98 was still king. Loved using that OS on hardware of the time. My first computer was something like an AMD K6 on a tiny HD with a pathetic amount of memory. Actually ended up with a system like this in 2007 for a short while. Interesting to tinker with This was followed by an AcerPower Pizza-Box style machine with a P2. Big leap forward, and eventually went on to run Windows ME, 2000 and finally XP on it (<- this was back when XP Gold/SP1 was king and XP worked great on P2 systems). During the 2004/2005 period, I was excited to see XP finding its way onto more and more machines. Eventually, it was so ubiquitous having on older OS or computer became a necessity, a dream I've realised since 2010 in varying means. These days, Windows 2000 is where its at a lot of the time for me (Same with OS X Snow Leopard on my late-2011 MBP 13"). I'm familiar with it, its reasonably fast and its solid as a rock. Can't get much better than that, in all honesty. Vista and 7 I can and (in the latter case) certainly do work well with, but again, too ubiquitous in the business world nowadays. Windows 8 and 10? These are completely and utterly unmitigated disasters from Microsoft. This is what happens when Windows is made "free," when Microsoft tries dumbing down their OS to iOS levels of stupidity and functionality, when Microsoft ignores the requests of Power-Users for a lightweight, adept OS that doesn't pack in stupid amounts of unnecessary bloat. When the day finally comes that I can no longer use Windows 2000/7 or Snow Leopard, then I am abandoning what is fast becoming "The Wreck of 'Ol 97" and headed over to the *nix pastures. Despite all its shortcomings, there is at least a flavour for every taste-bud and none of the troubles that plague Windoze these days.
  11. Maybe new links, but the old ones I put in myself are still quoted above.
  12. It did its stupid, one-line preview of the post. Done that for *every one* of the MSFN posts I've tried linking. Its rather frustrating. People can go and look for themselves. They don't need the forum to do it for them.
  13. Thanks for posting, and your tip seems to be working (for now, at least!) The issues have been noted for about 2yrs now, although I hadn't felt compelled to write until now. Perhaps that feature was there before and I didn't notice?
  14. Interesting. The question is whether all that will be fully realised in time, or not, or whether its just "senselessly verbose" as you put it. Turns out using the "old way" of doing things still seems to work (i.e. the world "quote=" encased within '[ ]' followed by [ slash quote]) My other gripe, of course, was using all these glitzy symbols that aren't really easy to use, to imbed images, attach URLs or whatever.
  15. IIRC, Realtek cards and "Linux" (or *nix, or Linux+GNU etc, whatever floats your boat) do not play nice and never have. Personally found with W98 and a Netgear WG111v1 USB Wireless dongle that the wireless utility would cause epically dysfunctionality (<- apparently that isn't a word?) with Explorer, to the point of strange fonts, odd behaviour and system hanging. The other issue was W98 wouldn't boot with the device connected, and would sometimes epically screw itself over for 2-3 reboots. The solution was to boot with it disconnected and once the Wireless network was all setup, ensure that the Netgear utility was disabled from opening at startup and only using it when necessary. This helped a great deal. This issue and my hardware's general sluggishness (plus W98 going nuts when I installed older games or software) meant I was glad to ditch it and go for 2K instead. Period hardware has its benefits when using W98, in my humble opinion. Going too much newer and you open a whole new can of worms.