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🎉🎉🎉 Happy Birthday Madotsuki! 🎉🎉🎉

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Hey everyone, I hope this is the right board… I have an important announcement.

There is a new kid on the block. The name is


And, although still in beta, I am inviting you, yes you, to join in. peace out!
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>ct work on main page
yeah not, couldn't you just tell who made it?


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>brony subforum



honestly if you don't even care enough to drop $10 on a domain name odds are i won't care about your bullshit


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>its like your chan is at the other end of a glory hole
>and all the dicks are waiting to put their tinyboard(tm) condoms on


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Cringeworthy/funny/horrifying computer stories, such as times when you were using the computer and fucked shit up, had a computer that was just already fucked, or someone else fucked shit up.
I have one, it's not that great though.
>childhood friend has a decent laptop, sometimes go on it when I'm hanging at his house
>he's really nice but has the computer skills and common sense of a potato
>managed to coax him into using chrome which has autofill urls
>every time I type a letter there's a shitty porn site that pops up in the suggestions
>he's downloading porn too
>thinks he's being sneaky about it
>flash forward a couple months
>"hey X can I check my email" "sorry bruh, my computer locked me out"
>"oh that's fine man, i can take a look at it if you want!"
>friend suddenly looks terrified like I'm gonna look at his porn folder or some shit
>thinks I'm aiming to blow his cover
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>Mother calls and ask if I can fix ancient 10+ years notebook
>K, mom, let me see what I can do
>Turn it on and wait for the boot
>shit is not booting.
>not even BIOS is loading up
>Okay, if the hardware is well, the machine works, it's on, and the BIOS does not boot, something is wrong with BIOS. Considering this shit is older than booger, it must be the BIOS' battery. Gonna check out and discard retarded theory if I'm wrong
>Start unscrewing
>holy shit I've never seen so many screws
>still unscrewing
>35 screws in my table and I'm still unscrewing
>fuck this shit, these fucking chinese people just inserted as much screws as they could just for fun and to shit somebody's day ARGHH I REALLY HOPE THEY GET AIDS FOR THIS.
>There are hidden screws and you have to figure out where they might be
>Finally, after 3 hours of painful unscrew, everything is off.
>When I try to open if, there are more hidden scews
>I fucking want to kill someone
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Notebooks/laptops are to be thrown away after they exceed their life expectancy tbh

They're literally made to be pieces of shit to fix on purpose


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>Discarding notebook just because BIOS' battery ran out
>Discarding 40GB of extra data storage I could use
>not wanting ancient computer to feel like a pro-1337 h4x0r
>implying you could install gentoo and it would work 11/10
>implying mother just wants it to write her book and articles, not to hax the NSA
>implying it still works perfectly to accomplish the purpose she needs it for

That notebook just requires to reinstall the OS and shit would work perfectly well.




>few years back at school
we had all the jazz your own username and password
>used to change my password everyweek for the fun
>got exams coming up
>dont know my password anymore
>not asking to get it changed
>my passwords were stuff like adolfaboartedhiscock - teachername+cancerousfaggot
>used some others kid username and password to make my exams


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Is there a way to change the color of the page in Microsoft OneNote 2010 to something dark? I found the interface's option for page color, but it only lets you pick from a palette of really lightly-tinted colors, which really aren't much better than white. I was wondering if there was an easy way for me to modify the program's files to change the available color palette. If not, is there a similar note-taking program that has an actually useful page color option?

I use OneNote for my dream journal because I like the tab/section feature, and I spend a lot of time writing in MS Word. But after such a long time using dark-themed websites like Uboachan and the 'Tomorrow' color scheme on 4chan, it's become annoying to look at the blinding whiteness that's custom everywhere else. I've realized it's just way easier on my eyes to read light-colored text on a dark background, but very few word processing programs seem to have a feature to facilitate that.


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Try changing windows' default color and test if it also changes the OneNote's color.

>but very few word processing programs seem to have a feature to facilitate that.

Almost every word processing program I've ever used had this feature. However, they're normal word processing programs rather than one-shot style software. I suppose you use it for the "reminder" purpose (it shows up a message once you boot your OS), right? Because if you're needing something which saves text files (a normal word processing soft), then even word can be changed in with windows default colors.

Pic related, Word and PDF in my win partition. I changed the whole layout colour palette to be some kind of dark-blue, but I haven't tested if the light blue from Word can be changed. I suppose you can, google how to.


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Another color change + my layout.
I suppose this is what made me want to code Rei/Zero theme. Working during the night with dark background has been my routine for quite a few years.


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Changing the Windows default colors would allow me to display the files in a darker color, but it wouldn't change the actual file itself… So if I opened the file on a different computer that didn't have my color settings, I'd be looking at a white background again, right?

Oh well, I suppose that's not a huge problem. Thanks a lot for the solution—this'll be a huge help.


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>Changing the Windows default colors would allow me to display the files in a darker color, but it wouldn't change the actual file itself… So if I opened the file on a different computer that didn't have my color settings, I'd be looking at a white background again, right?

Yes. It will only change how it is displayed in your computer.

>Oh well, I suppose that's not a huge problem. Thanks a lot for the solution—this'll be a huge help.

You're welcome.

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Wallpaper thread? Wallpaper thread.
No offensive pictures please


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Here's my Yume Nikki-related wallpaper.

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So a few days ago, my parents learned that Microsoft will no longer be supporting Windows XP in terms of updates for protection and all that jazz sometime in April.

My dad asked me what they would have to do. Based on what I've read, they (or me or someone else) would have to either update their OS or get a new computer if the computer is unable to support any recent OS.

Now the thing about our one and only computer is that it is from 2005. It has an AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core CPU, NVIDIA GeForce 6150 graphics card, 1024 MB of RAM, and a 200 GB hardrive.

Is it possible to update to Windows 7 on the computer?

The only concern, other than "What about our files/photos?!", is if it is possible for my family to buy a cheap desktop or the OS for Windows 7 (Other than, you know…). Yes, I know $200 isn't much for most but for my family, that isn't the case. I'll spare the rant and just leave it at that.

Anyhow, I would appreciate any answers.
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So pick the parts and (if things are ok) a local PC store will build it for you. This would be cheaper than buying a prebuilt one at any store. Is that what I understood? If so, sounds good.

I'm still concerned about how my parents think of all this; what with being in the lower-middle class (I heard my dad maybe mentioning us being below the poverty line).


yes, you got it.

If spending $200-$260 on a whole pc is too much, look into replacing the CPU and GPU only. You should be looking at 2-3gb of ram, 3 being optimal for win7, but again, whatever you can afford.


I've got win 7 on this shitty laptop.
CPU: Intel Atom X86 N455 1.66 HGz
RAM: 1Gb.
Graphic Card: Intel Graphic Media Accelerator 3150.
160 GB HDD.
Dualboot with Loonix sabayon.

As you can see, your computer seems to be more or less in this situation too, except for the processor. AMD is shit.
Winwound 7 works fine here, although it has its moments when the lags comes. But overall, it works, and I think your family is not going to run heavily memory dependent programs so it should be ok.
I'm not too exigent with my vidya. I can run all Touhous except the last one, but that's because ZUN updated the C++ library. Unity games run like crap, but I'm not a big fan of 3D.
I don't have anything to complain. I use this partition for games after all, and loonix for my other shit.
If you're going to build a new computer I recommend you to try installing W7 there. If it does not work then go for it and build it.
It's actually not that hard but if you want to send it to a technician, it's up to you.


>Intel Atom X86 N455 1.66 HGz
My fellow negro of African descent. All you really need is a netbook with 2GB of RAM. Past that, it's all luxury.

The new thing now is tablets with attachable keyboards. I suggest the Nexus 7.



Hey, I know it's absolute shit, and I am trying to save money to buy a real computer, but by the meantime I just use this crap.

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Don't know if this is the best place for this, but the worst thing has been happening and i have no idea how to fix it.
On both chrome and firefox when ever i try to go to google, it sends me automatically to the https version and it says this page comes up(see picture). It only does this for a few sites, but ones like this or even deviantart work fine.

I have no idea what is happening and i really need this fixed. Please help.


man in the middle attack

download a clean browser install from another computer and transfer it over, see if you have the same problem

pick up malwarebytes too


im using a mac, but i will try and get a new browser


so yeah i fixed it nvm, it had to do with a proxy my school's wifi is using.

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Guy's I'm having technical problems with the pop ups.

I can usually get rid of them by disabling extensions,but when I go to disable them it says I have none. Someone help me please.


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>I can usually get rid of them by disabling extensions

What? You usually get rid of pop-ups by enabling extensions.
What browser are you using?

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I have always turned off my PC at the end of the day, even switched the PSU off.
What are the benefits if any to leave a PC running in hybernation?
I switch it on the first thing every day anyway.

Maybe it's just me but I've noticed lightbulbs have a longer life if you just leave them on instead of switching them on and off every day.

Sure it might save electricity but how much really? If say a PC is running in hybernation five nights a week alongside a smaller lightbulb.
It's not gonna make that much of a difference in my mind.

But about the PC components, is there some consensus about their longevity and performance regarding sleep/hybernation and switching on/off?


I've never heard of a computer getting too old to function, laptops excluded. If you don't drop it the only part that could stop working are hard disks, cd and floppy drives and fans. All the rest is solid state, after all, and if you don't let your computer overheat they won't change. Humidity could damage your motherboard, but it has nothing to do with switching on and off.

Fans aren't supposed to get damaged, I've never heard of CD or floppy drives failing, and a hard drive is one of the best ways to store data because it rarely fails and will keep the files theoretically eternelly. SSDs get damaged and should never be used imo. Rewrites wreck SSDs and there is nothing anyone can do about it.

I believe switching on and off is more straining to HDs because they require more reads than sleeping.

Are you gonna keep your computer till the day you die or something? This kind of stuff doesn't really matter because computers get outdated before they really 'die'. Excluding laptops, because they get into accidents.


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the love for a PC is eternal and you speak the lies of a devil



you describe the results of an optimal scenario: low use, low humidity, a constant mild temperature, no power surges or outages, etc. fans, hard drives, and disk drives all have moving parts which can fail. capacitors on a board can fail, as well as batteries. dust build-up is also a thing and I have had spiders camp inside pcs before. degradation over time is inevitable for everything but proper care and maintenance always helps

I have a 14 year old laptop in my closet and a tower in the living room that's like 16… both still work somehow and I know the tower was rarely maintained and not shut down properly until it was given to me… and I commuted with the laptop for a few years

it blows my mind when people tell me their computers only last them like two years. what the fuck do they do to these machines?

I leave my computer on most of the time because it doesn't hibernate properly thanks to a trash motherboard. and the noise of the fans helps me sleep better

in the past I thought about setting up remote access to it since it is on all the time, but I'm always at home these days so there's no point

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What the fuck can I do? Some two months ago I took my grandfather's laptop to fix it. It's really ancient and has serious trouble running XP, so I thought I could install Gentoo. That didn't work because the graphics card is so old it's driver's source isn't compatible with current xorg It could be patched if I studied xorg or C.

So then I tried with Arch so compilation wouldn't be a problem, but grub-mkconfig crashes and now I can boot neither the installation or even the live CD (wtf is wrong with it, suddenly?). Is there anything I can do except for learning C and rewriting the goddamned Xorg along with its drivers?


>arch or gentoo for elderly people
Give the man Linux mint and install FF w/ adblock


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I would never let him do anything with any system, anyway. Arch or Gentoo will be fine if only I get to have root privileges. All he needs to and can do is open browser and text editor and use them.

Never seen my Mint dvd act like this… Before it froze to this it gave some sort of missing firmware error right after loading the splash png. Pressing power button didn't change anything but the fan noise. I think I'll just use gentoo cd to get his files safe and call it quits.

…but only momentarily. It's on now. I WILL make a working computer out of it ONE WAY OR ANOTHER


Give crunchbang a whirl. Debian based, so you have plenty of support/packages and it's intended for squeezing efficiency out of older computers or laptops. It also has a build for non-modern PCs.

Only thing is the DE is very shortcut heavy, so you'll probably have to play with openbox to make it more familiar for an older person.


Oh dog I am actually patching the SiS driver to match xorg. Also learning C.

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What sort of computer are you using _right_now_?
What's your browser?
How much free space do you have?
Etc info dump?

All I know is I'm on an Acer craptop made for people who think Facebook and YouTube are most of the Internet.
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Creepy, they look like actual bones.

Too many Marias! It creeped me out that she had an obsession for her bewbs in Judgement. Just wasnt in character.


A late 2010 Dell Precision M4500.
Firefox 20, decked out with ABP, NoScript, and HTTPS Everywhere.
Onboard 250GB 78.9GB left. External 2TB with ~369GB left.


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Pic related is my setup, I built it back in November last year.
My browser of choice is Firefox.
On my main hard drive, I have like 434 gigabytes free. On my anime archive hard drive, I have 300 gigabytes free. Both hard drives are 1 terabyte in size.


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Five years old.
With 7 years old graphics.
I can run War Thunder on lowest quality with minimum of 15FPS during battle.
And KSP without texture compression with good FPS.
I love my computer, he was my best friend for so many years, and he's still with me now.

Partition 0
Partition ID Disk #0, Partition #0
Disk Letter C:
File System NTFS
Size 39,1 GB
Used Space 18,8 GB (49%)
Free Space 20,3 GB (51%)
Partition 1
Partition ID Disk #0, Partition #1
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HP G56 Laptop
Firefox/IE (for alt FB)
110GB free of a 216GB drive

Win7 Home Premimum

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