• Mothy



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    • in reply to: MS-DEFCON 1: Pushing off Copilot #2591600

      A web browser’s built-in update mechanism is often a day or two behind from when an update is actually first available. So it’s not the quickest method to ensure a web browser is updated, instead it’s more so of a fail-safe method that the web browser will eventually receive the update.

      So whether Linux or Windows, if you want to ensure your web browser is always updated to the latest version ASAP there is always the option to download and install it yourself. There is no need to rely on the web browser’s update mechanism at all.

      This is what I do with Firefox (ESR) with Linux Mint on my personal systems and with Windows 10 at work where the latest version is available for download from the Mozilla FTP site a day or two before it shows up in the web browser’s update mechanism. Also at work I use a similar method to update Google Chrome myself. So all my web browsers are often updated days before either their built-in update mechanism or our IT Department’s deployment tools can push out any updates.

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    • in reply to: MS-DEFCON 1: Pushing off Copilot #2591557

      Thank you for the great info on what needs to be done to neuter Copilot and take back some control and privacy over one’s Windows computer. Although it goes without saying it’s a daunting task for most to even consider but is an option if one chooses to pursue.

      Another option if one can do it, would be to forgo Windows all together and take back complete control of your hardware from Microsoft by installing/using something like Linux Mint instead. Then there is no need to remove unwanted “features” like this or take any kind of extensive measures to try to control your computer or worry about what information is collected from you and your system or about future updates breaking something because Microsoft is always changing things to constantly attempt to monetize you. Instead as stated on the Linux Mint website:

      “Home rule

      It’s your computer, your rules. This is a key principle at Linux Mint. We don’t collect data, we don’t work against you. You’re the boss. Your operating system is designed to do what you want without getting in your way.”

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    • in reply to: Finally updated to Thunderbird 115 #2591225

      I have always thought the Thunderbird UI looked old and dated. It was one of many reasons I never considered using it when I was on Windows and used Outlook instead (always had access to a licensed version via my employer). Then when I switched to Linux Mint and actually started using Thunderbird it was even more apparent how it not only looked old but also operated like old software in particular the calendar. So I welcomed their efforts to rebuild and modernize the UI and installed 115 when it was first available and then used most of the steps in the guide below to enable the new Supernova UI. Of course backed up my profile first so I had something to restore/fall back on if needed.


      The ONLY item I really didn’t like was putting the search option in the title bar, something that Microsoft also has done recently in Outlook 365 that I have to use at work. But unlike Microsoft, Thunderbird allowed me to easily change/modify it to remove search from the title bar, along with numerous other options to customize the Thunderbird UI to my liking/taste including dark mode that blends perfectly with dark mode of Linux Mint. Also really like the changes to calendar, it looks and operates a lot better.

      Granted Supernova is still a work in progress, as the Thunderbird development team has made clear from the start. But to me, the new UI not only looks better but overall is more functional. So I look forward to see what they do going forward. Below is taken from the blog post that I linked to above on the rebuild/redesign.

      “Improvements to the UI and UX will continue for the next 2 years, with the objective of creating an interface that can adapt to everyone’s needs. A UI that looks and feels modern is getting initially implemented with version 115 in July, aiming at offering a simple and clean interface for “new” users, as well as the implementation of more customizable options with a flexible and adaptable interface to allow veteran users to maintain that familiarity they love.

      A renewed attention to usability and accessibility is now part of our daily development process, guaranteeing easy discoverability of all the powerful features, as well as full compatibility with assistive technologies to make Thunderbird usable by everyone.

      And yes, absolutely: the constant addition of new features that some of our competitors have had for years, as well as the creation of some amazing and innovative solutions that will improve everyone’s experience.”

    • in reply to: Microsoft Backup triggers help-desk calls and confusion #2591147

      I think it will only get worse as Microsoft management is either incompetent and/or they just don’t care. Their only interest any more is using their Windows as a service (WaaS) model or Application as a service (ex. Office 365) to try to monetize the end user as much as possible.

      I feel bad for their software programmers/engineers, many of which are most likely very talented but are forced to create and put all these unwanted “things” into Windows (and other Microsoft applications) at the behest of their incompetent management.

    • in reply to: Finally updated to Thunderbird 115 #2591131

      I guess it depends on your use case. For years, I have turned off the menu bar in many applications, especially Thunderbird and Firefox (ESR) as I prefer to have the additional screen real estate for displaying content (thus Firefox is always in full screen mode). But it’s also because I use keyboard shortcuts a lot instead of the mouse that can bring up the menu bar or functions on it when needed. Examples: pressing the Alt key shows the menu bar, then use arrow keys to navigate. Or Alt+letter of menu function (ex. Alt+F for File, Alt+V for View, etc.) then arrow keys to navigate.

      Also see this Thunderbird blog post and video for information for the major rebuild/redesign:


    • in reply to: Windows 11, Surface, and Windows Copilot #2590016

      I’m relatively new to the Linux world having switched to Linux Mint on my personal systems 9 months ago. But from what I have seen and learned so far, I would be very surprised that the FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) community would integrate any kind of AI into a Linux distro. There would most likely be a massive uproar and backlash against it.

      With that said though, lets say that perhaps Ubuntu may attempt it. But that does not mean distros that use it as their base such as Linux Mint would accept it. Instead they would most likely strip it out like they do with various other things (ex. Snap package system, any kind of telemetry, etc.) or they could switch to LMDE (Linux Mint Debian Edition), their distro based on Debian in the event something were to happen to Ubuntu or it becomes too burdensome to continue to strip out unwanted things from the Ubuntu base.

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    • Below is more info on what was seen when visiting the ghacks website:


      I rarely go there anymore and was not aware of the issue (long ago deleted my browser bookmark for it) since after it was sold to Softonic the quality of the content started to drop dramatically and many new authors were added where most of their articles read like they were created by AI. There was also the issue with the comments section frequently getting messed up and showing old comments from previous or other unrelated articles, not to mention the annoying cookie consent that would always overlay the entire screen and had to be acknowledged (or deny all cookies which took more effort) before able to see the site.

      So this is just one more reason not to visit the site anymore. It’s rather sad as it used to be one of the top tech websites.

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    • in reply to: LMDE – Software Update #2588530

      Well my LMDE is running on a P4! I assume it’s a 32-bit processor. Is there a Linux command to check?

      Along the same lines, my other laptop with an i-5 is running 64-bit LM21.1. It is being offered the same file amd64-microcode. Should I install even though I have an Intel chip and not an AMD?

      The Linux kernel includes support and drivers for various possible hardware configurations and their dependencies (ex. Intel/AMD cpus/microcode/firmware, system board chipsets, 32/64 bit, etc.). During boot the kernel scans your hardware and only loads what is needed. So it’s important to trust Update Manager and install all available updates to ensure system security and stability.

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    • No surprise that a web browser created by one of the biggest ad companies in the world would do such a thing. Just another reason to call it what it is: spyware.

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    • The point was to provide more context and make it clear that while it’s not affecting your device, it is affecting many other end users hiding important default features such as copy.

    • Per the article,

      “Users’ major frustrations revolve around the ‘copy’ function. A commonly used feature, Android users are used to long-clicking on text to copy it. However, recent updates have hidden this feature with Microsoft’s tool.

      In our tests, we observed a similar behavior. The new buttons hide other important features like Copy or Select in the menu, at least on Samsung phones. If you select a text and click “Microsoft 365 Note”, it will open the “Notes” section of the Microsoft 365 app with the selected text already there.

      It’s not possible to manually change the order of the options in the menu, but if you go to the extended menu and click the ‘copy’ button instead of Microsoft 365 Note, your Android menu may automatically adapt to the behavior, and the ‘copy’ button will surface instead.”

    • in reply to: Ask Microsoft: Are you using our personal data to train AI? #2585228

      D’oh! No need for lawyers, privacy experts, etc. Of course Microsoft is going to use your personal data for whatever purpose they want. They are an unscrupulous company!

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    • in reply to: MORE of your worst Windows 11 irritations solved #2585161

      I see that sentiment often on the Linux Mint forums since I switched to it from Windows 8.1 back in Dec. 2022. Every week there is often at least a couple of new users to Mint that say they have had enough of Microsoft.

    • in reply to: Edgebashedon #2585159

      Thank you, great info. I’d be very tempted to use this on my work PC (Windows 10 Enterprise) to get rid of Edge and in particular Webview2. However they block .bat files from running (for security purposes).

      I have no use for Edge as Google Chrome is the company’s chosen default web browser and Firefox ESR is used as a secondary browser. As to Webview2 I know it’s tied to Office 365 install and will randomly spawn numerous processes even though I do not use any features in Office that need it as I can kill it via Task Manager without any negative effect to any Office functionality (it takes repeated attempts to end task it before it goes away). I can uninstall Webview2 via Add/Remove Programs in Control Panel. But at some point it gets re-installed by some Office 365 process/task and will start spawning numerous processes again like malware and takes repeated attempts again to end task it.

      I despise Webview2, Office 365, Edge and even Windows 10 as well. Never had any of these issues when we used Windows 7 and Office 2016. They were much more reliable and worked so much better without all these extraneous random processes always attempting to run and bogging down the system.

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    • in reply to: Where is the memory going? #2584900

      You were attempting to resize it instead of shrink it. The resize command can only expand/increase size not reduce it as stated on the VirtualBox website:


      Specifes the new capacity of an existing image in MB. You can use this option only to expand the capacity of an image. You cannot shrink the capacity of an image.”

      But as Sueska mentioned above I think you’re confusing the size allocated to the VDI to the high memory use that caused the performance issues. They are not the same. So there really is no point in trying to shrink the size of the VM unless there are free space issues on the E: drive or you just want to clean up the VM and reduce its size. To be clear, even if you were to shrink the size it will only go down from the current actual size of 48.85 GB (from your screenshot above).

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