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    • in reply to: Long term viability of Mint full install to USB #1957790

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      One other option would be to convert your Windows 7 install into a Virtual Machine that can be run in VMWare. Here’s a link https://www.howtogeek.com/213145/how-to%C2%A0convert-a-physical-windows-or-linux-pc-to-a-virtual-machine/

      (Put it on USB hard drive not attached to your PC)

      Once you’ve done that, you can format the whole drive to Linux Mint, install the free VMWare player for Linux, then just copy and run Windows 7 VM(you’ll need sufficient Ram, best to have 8 gigs installed). That way, you don’t have to worry about dual boot, and you can isolate the W7 VM from the internet (as well as having a full backup if things go wrong).

       

      I have virtually done the same with Windows XP after end of life. But using VirtualBox, which is similar to VMWare.

      That Win XP VM has been run successfully on a dedicated Linux host under the Linux version of VirtualBox. Has also been run as a VM under a Windows 7 and Windows 10 host running the VirtualBox for Windows.

      I think Win 7 as a VM would be a great way to keep it around after end of life.

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    • in reply to: Long term viability of Mint full install to USB #1955968

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      Oscar

      That’s a good article. I found another, similar one here: https://smallbusiness.chron.com/boot-laptop-externally-44299.html

      It seems to be a common requirement that the external drive that you choose in your BIOS must already have a bootable image of some type installed. That step would need to be accomplished first using whatever OS you were already using on the machine, such as Windows, Mac, Linux, etc.

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    • in reply to: One of the main problems #1955163

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      Fascinating … 🙂

      I wonder which will happen first: time travel; sentient AI; or faster than light travel?

    • in reply to: Backups and Ransomware #1955157

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      My strategy is to run a full system drive image every evening, M-F, to an always attached USB HDD.

      But since ransomware can encrypt any drive path that is accessible when the computer is running, I keep a second USB hard drive offline, and then once a week I make a full image to that as well, then unplug it when the image task is finished and store that drive in a safe location.

      I probably should also store a 3rd copy offsite, or on a cloud storage service in the event of a theft or natural disaster, but I haven’t crossed that bridge yet…

    • in reply to: Long term viability of Mint full install to USB #1954546

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      I would really like to know how this goes after you tried using an external mass storage device other than a pen drive — if you actually manage to try that. Or if you learn of some reason why doing so is not a good idea.

      Right now, your idea of installing another OS in a bootable external drive of some kind looks like a capital one to me.

      I would guess that if there is a catch, it would be that does your UEFI or BIOS allow booting directly from a USB device other than a thumb drive. I don’t know the answer to that one…

      If that was an issue, I imagine there are some workarounds with dual-boots and having a boot loader installed on an internal hard drive.

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    • in reply to: Alternatives to Adobe Flash Player #1949620

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      If I go to that animated radar page using a browser with the Flash plugin uninstalled, it defaults to HTML5 and runs ok. But if I use a browser with Flash installed, but disabled, the site will detect the presence of the Flash plugin and request that it be enabled.

      This is the only site we use asking for Flash- is there a reason not to remove this app?

      Up to you!

      I removed it here, and no pain yet! 🙂

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    • in reply to: Alternatives to Adobe Flash Player #1949493

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      Just out of curiosity, what page at the NWS site is asking for Flash? I visit that site regularly without Flash and have never had any issues with pages rendering correctly.

      https://radar.weather.gov/ridge/radar.php?product=NCR&rid=box&loop=yes

      This is the animated radar- previously used this for years on Firefox (and previously Chrome) without having to activate Flash each time.  I think this new step has been added since updating FF to ver. 69.

      Ah! I see now. 🙂

      If I go to that animated radar page using a browser with the Flash plugin uninstalled, it defaults to HTML5 and runs ok.

      But if I use a browser with Flash installed, but disabled, the site will detect the presence of the Flash plugin and request that it be enabled.

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    • in reply to: Alternatives to Adobe Flash Player #1949438

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      A big thank you to all who responded to my question.  I am (obviously) a non-tech trying to navigate the web while avoiding the potholes of security breaches and the like.

      As such, I appreciate the explanations in terms that I can understand.

      Since Flash is still a big potential security hole, unless you intend to update it on a regular basis, it would be best to completely disable it.

      Current browser is Firefox v.69.  One of the sites we use daily is the National Weather Service site on which we are now asked at each visit to enable Flash.  Is it a risk to retain Flash for the moment while updating it when updates are offered?

      Just out of curiosity, what page at the NWS site is asking for Flash? I visit that site regularly without Flash and have never had any issues with pages rendering correctly.

    • in reply to: Alternatives to Adobe Flash Player #1949428

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      NWS should be OK, as I have never seen them host 3rd party content or ads.  And as was previously mentioned with “ask to run”, just keep Flash patched to the latest version.

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    • in reply to: VirtualBox Install Issue #1948212

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      You might try searching for your question over at the official VirtualBox forum. It is possible that somebody else has already solved your issue.

      Otherwise ask your question there.

      Make sure to first read the sticky about posting, as the moderators there like to run a tight ship, but they are usually very helpful. https://forums.virtualbox.org/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=8208

      VirtualBox on Windows hosts:

      https://forums.virtualbox.org/viewforum.php?f=6&sid=15cff2cfc6855ab6649ea28ed70d5d8c

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    • in reply to: Alternatives to Adobe Flash Player #1948197

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      Online with Firefox

      Firefox blocks flash content by default even when the flash plugin is installed. The flash plugin is also run in disabled mode by Firefox. It only activates and uses it when you want to run a website that has flash content. You can store your preferences on a site to site basis.

      Mozilla says this about it:

      Mozilla explains that once Flash has been disabled by default in Firefox, users will not be prompted to enable Flash, but they will be able to activate Flash on certain sites using browser settings.

      The second final step for Flash on Firefox is due in 2020 and will see Flash support completely removed from consumer versions of Firefox. Flash will continue to be supported in the Firefox Extended Support Release (ESR) version until the end of 2020. In 2021 Firefox will “refuse to load the plugin”.

      Some websites are creating there own Flash players to enable the use of Flash when support ends.

      Flash still has a lot of use. Even my payslip is generated in flash.

      Since Flash is still a big potential security hole, unless you intend to update it on a regular basis, it would be best to completely disable it.

      I would be worried about the integrity of any home grown Flash players. They are less likely to undergo the scrutiny of security experts that have identified a constant stream of vulnerabilities in the Adobe Flash player.

      Maybe some security by obscurity, but still …

      Flash needs to die. And anybody that still uses Flash for business processes needs to migrate now.

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    • in reply to: VirtualBox Install Issue #1947618

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      Did you try re-installing VirtualBox with the installer for the version that you were originally running? If that works, then try running the uninstaller. Just thinking maybe something got corrupted in the original installation that could get sorted by overwriting it with a re-install.

    • in reply to: Alternatives to Adobe Flash Player #1947531

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      Hi Slowpoke, I’ll try not to assume your experience level and explain that most users encounter Flash while browsing the World Wide Web. All the answers you’ve read address that by suggesting Chrome or another browser equipped with the appropriate extension. And others have observed that the burden to adapt to new standards belongs to the sites that offer that content.

      What may not be obvious is that if you have content locally on your own system then you may be worried you cannot run it. Maybe you created it yourself as a project while learning about Flash, or received a useful gadget from a trusted source long ago. The same solution might work. Consider the browser of your choice as a little container, a mini operating system, and see if you can ‘open with’ your browser to launch the doohickey. This is the same kind of workaround many use to read PDF pages in a browser, rather than use a standalone reader application.

      I may have read more into your question than you meant, and I’m not entirely sure this would work in all cases. But I hope it is helpful.

      You raised a good point about offline content. That will be helpful to somebody. I had assumed from the OP’s post that the question related to website animations and video clips. 🙂

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    • in reply to: One of the main problems #1959170

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    • in reply to: One of the main problems #1956541

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      Yep, I was wondering about force fields/shields during transit to avoid catastrophic hull failure in a spacecraft at near light speed.

      Not to mention the effects of radiation during long distance space flight. As we will need to solve that even before sending a human crew to Mars aboard conventional 21st century spacecraft.

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