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  • Microsoft to start nagging Windows 8.1 users in July about January 2023 end-of-support date

    Fri 7:03pm By Thom Holwerda
    There aren’t many Windows users still running Windows 8.1 these days. But those who are may (or may not) know that support for the 8.1 release is going to end on January 10, 2023. Just to make sure Windows 8.1 users do know, Microsoft is going to start…
  • Windows 98 system inside ESA’s Mars water-finder is finally getting an upgrade

    Fri 7:01pm By Thom Holwerda
    Windows 98 was released by Microsoft back in 1998 which means in 2022 today, it’s more than 20 years old and something that most have forgotten. However, a recent major announcement by the European Space Agency (ESA) has brought Windows 98 back to the…
  • Finding the hardware compatibility list for the MIPS, Alpha, and PowerPC versions of Windows NT

    Thu 6:21pm By Thom Holwerda
    After our post a few days ago about running Windows NT for MIPS with Qemu, I was once again reminded of just how much fun it would be to own a MIPS, Alpha, or PowerPC machine from the mid-’90s that can run Windows NT 4. However, after some trouble finding a…
  • Google is releasing Fuchsia for the Nest Hub Max, starting in Preview Program

    Thu 6:21pm By Thom Holwerda
    Roughly a year after launching on the original Nest Hub, Google is making the Fuchsia operating system available for the Nest Hub Max. For over five years now, Google has been quietly toiling away on Fuchsia, an operating system intended to replace and/or…
  • Because cross-compiling binaries for Windows is easier than building natively

    Wed 5:34pm By Thom Holwerda
    I want Microsoft to do better, want Windows to be a decent development platform-and yet, I constantly see Microsoft playing the open source game: advertising how open-source and developer friendly they are – only to crush developers under the heel of the…
  • What would a Chromium-only Web look like?

    Wed 5:31pm By Thom Holwerda
    Many argue that browser engine diversity is the backbone of the open Web – assuring not only interoperability and user choice but also a bulwark protecting the Web from centralization. So my ears perked up when I recently heard from a well-placed contact…
  • Running Windows NT 4 MIPS on Qemu in 3 easy steps

    Jun 20, 2022, 8:08 pm By Thom Holwerda
    Today we will be looking at how to run Windows NT 4 for MIPS on the Qemu emulator. I didn’t really have a reason to try this but it seemed like a fun weekend project. In the process I’ve learned a lot about how some systems booted, got even more angry…
  • Making the Master System a master of speech

    Jun 20, 2022, 6:35 pm By Thom Holwerda
    The Intellivision Voice Synthesis Module was released in 1982, giving the 16-bit console the power of speech. But unfortunately, most other consoles weren’t quite as lucky. Sure, some systems, like the PC Engine CD and Nintendo Famicom, have the ability to…
  • Intel’s Netburst: failure is a foundation for success

    Jun 20, 2022, 6:33 pm By Thom Holwerda
    In the world of today’s high performance CPUs, major architectural changes don’t happen often. Iterating off a proven base is safer, cheaper, and faster than attempting to massively rework the basics of how a CPU fetches and executes instructions. But more…
  • Text consoles and framebuffer consoles in Linux

    Jun 20, 2022, 6:31 pm By Thom Holwerda
    And the second post by Chris Siebenmann, this time about how the Linux console has gotten slower over the years. If you’ve been running x86 Linux servers for long enough, you’ve probably noticed two changes in the kernel’s text console. On the one hand,…
  • How we wound up with Linux’s kernel mode setting

    Jun 20, 2022, 6:28 pm By Thom Holwerda
    I’ve got two fantastic posts about Linux today, from the same author – Chris Siebenmann. First, the history behind kernel mode setting in Linux. In the older days of Linux, the kernel didn’t know very much about graphics (at least on PCs). Instead,…
  • Internet Explorer 11 has retired and is officially out of support

    Jun 15, 2022, 3:06 pm By Thom Holwerda
    After 25+ years of helping people use and experience the web, Internet Explorer (IE) is officially retired and out of support as of today, June 15, 2022. To many millions of you, thank you for using Internet Explorer as your gateway to the internet. You hear…
  • KDE Plasma 5.25 released

    Jun 15, 2022, 3:04 pm By Thom Holwerda
    This new version brings many improvements: the accent colour can now be set based on the prominent colour from the current desktop background image (it updates if you use slide-show wallpapers) and it applies to more graphical elements. The global theme…
  • Doom ported to Xenix – last year

    Jun 14, 2022, 3:44 pm By Thom Holwerda
    After our last story about porting Doom to weird versions of UNIX, I suggested porting Doom to Xenix should be the next challenge. Well, as cb88 pointed out – it’s already been done, and even improved upon. I should have known.
  • People on unsupported hardware were being offered Windows 11 22H2 upgrade

    Jun 13, 2022, 5:03 pm By Thom Holwerda
    Yesterday, Microsoft released Windows 11 build 22621 to Windows Insiders enrolled in the Release Preview Channel, marking another step towards general availability of Windows 11 22H2 which is scheduled for release sometime later this year. However, it seems…