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Microsoft Windows / Re: Windows 11
Last post by Shadow.97 - Yesterday at 06:48 PM
Quote from: humbert on May 24, 2024, 04:45 AM
Quote from: Vasudev on May 24, 2024, 12:01 AMReleased my final Win 7 SP2 Base and May 2024 ISOs with Ultimate Edition and it's not pre-activated! Linked Here

Who still uses Windows 7? I'd guess only someone with old hardware because it's financially impossible to upgrade.


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Chit Chat / Re: Single board computers and...
Last post by humbert - May 31, 2024, 06:03 AM
Quote from: Daniil on May 30, 2024, 09:18 PMBy his investigation, during year 1937 4 millions of denunciations was written. This denunciations was written by Russians, against other Russians (in a lot of cases against family members, colleagues and so on).

This sort of thing is very common in a totalitarian state. The government, using terror, manages to create a situation where everyone is an agent. To make it worse, either you denounce them or they'll denounce you. History has many examples of such a thing.

Quote from: Daniil on May 30, 2024, 09:18 PMSo, we shouldn't think that Russians was opressed preys, suffering under contol of communists. They totally deserved communistic repressions. And now they totally deserved putinism. That's what I tried to say.

The Russian people have had to endure over 1,000 years of dictatorial governments who have everything while the people of Russia have nothing. In recent history you have 304 years of Romanov rule, followed by 75 years of Communism, followed by 20+ years of Putin. Not much has changed. The people of Russia deserve freedom and democracy. 1,000 years of punishment is too much for anyone to endure.

Now I clearly understand the problem with the passport picture. You explained it one way, I understood something else.
Also, this is probably a translation error too, but let me mention it. In every other country a "foreign" passport is one that's issued by another country. Here in American, there are American passports and "foreign" passports, i.e., one that is not American. In other words, "foreign" means "not from our country".

Quote from: Daniil on May 30, 2024, 09:18 PMIt's not easy. Now we can only get residentialship (i.e., papers allowing to stay here for long time). To become a citizens we need to live here for about 10-15 years. But be just residents here is better then stay in Russia.

Do you already have legal residence or are you in the process of applying? I hope your chances are good. With legal residence you and Annie are safe. BTW let me ask: how is life is Kazakhstan? Was it easy to find an apartment to rent? Are you OK with work? I believe you said Annie was working with you. Also: with respect to language, they speak Kazakh among themselves but speak to you in Russian? You said Kazakh is difficult and different from Russian. Have you learned any?

As for citizenship, may I ask: how old are you? About 40 or something? Those 10-15 years will fly by fast and you'll still be young enough to be a Kazakh citizen.

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Chit Chat / Re: Single board computers and...
Last post by Daniil - May 30, 2024, 09:18 PM
Quote from: humbert on May 27, 2024, 06:06 AMI don't understand something. Doltalov denounced 4 million people to Stalin and his NKVD, and yet he has anti-Soviet? I would think he would do anything he could to aid Stalin's enemies.
You understood me incorrectly - probably because I explaining things in Russian way (how I'd tell it using Russian language). I'll try reformulate this. Dovlatov was a novelist and historian, escaped from Soviet Union to USA at 80's. He studied time of Stalin's power. By his investigation, during year 1937 4 millions of denunciations was written. This denunciations was written by Russians, against other Russians (in a lot of cases against family members, colleagues and so on). So, we shouldn't think that Russians was opressed preys, suffering under contol of communists. They totally deserved communistic repressions. And now they totally deserved putinism. That's what I tried to say.

Quote from: humbert on May 27, 2024, 06:06 AMdid Annie get a biometric passport> You said there were no chips
Yes, she got biometric passport. Most funny and stupid thing that we sent a requests for passport together through internet (with about 2 minutes difference in time of request). But - you already know how things went next.

Quote from: humbert on May 27, 2024, 06:06 AMHow did you manage to get out of Russia and into Kazakhstan with someone else's picture on your passport? If the face doesn't match it's usually considered forgery, which is very serious.
Again, you misunderstood my words, probably because I explaining things in too Russian way. I need explain procedure of getting "foreign" passport in details to help you understand.
To get "foreign" passport, you need:
1) Send a request for it through government site.
2) They will check your criminal record, tax payments and loan (credit) history, and then will send back to your email "an allowance" - official paper with requirements what you need to do. This requirements, in a nutshell, are:
  • pay small tax
  • prepare your photo, standard format. Let's name it "first" photo.
  • get to passport office at ordered day
  • follow orders of passport official
So, you need to do this all.
3) In the office, after a long queue, you'll reach an official. They'll bring you to special room, where they'll record your biometry - like, skull proportions, eye pattern, fingerprints and so on. During this they'll make an additional photo of you - black and white, specially for biometry. Let's name it "second" photo.
4) After this you need to sign official papers that you need a "foreign" passport, and give this papers and "first" photo to an official.

After this you may left passport office and wait while they'll make your passport. In passport should be your "first" photo.

But in my case, and also in Annie case, this morons glued there our "second" photos. That's it. So, in my passport is my photo, but not nice and color, but ugly, grainy and black and white.

Quote from: humbert on May 27, 2024, 06:06 AMHave you asked around to see if you and Annie can become citizens of Kazakhstan?
It's not easy. Now we can only get residentialship (i.e., papers allowing to stay here for long time). To become a citizens we need to live here for about 10-15 years. But be just residents here is better then stay in Russia.
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Chit Chat / Re: Single board computers and...
Last post by humbert - May 27, 2024, 06:06 AM
Quote from: Daniil on May 26, 2024, 02:33 PMYes, sleeping without air conditioner is not so good in that climate, I can agree. But we slept a few nights without it (such big temperature change in short time was too contrast for us caused reaction like running nose without getting cold). And... Well... It was not so comfortable but acceptable.

What do you estimate the temperature and humidity was in the room you were sleeping? Would you say 25°C or less? If so you'll sleep. However, if it's higher than that and humid, sleeping is difficult. If you run into that situation again, buying a fan will help tremendously.

Quote from: Daniil on May 26, 2024, 02:33 PMAlso, I need to ask you about water consumption and wound care in such climate. Rebecca taught me and Annie, that it's absolutely required to control our hydration in such hot weather. Like always have two bottles of water with us and consume it in time. And also we always need to have strong antiseptic with us, because even small scratch in such climate would inflamed easily and fast. Her advice worked well, but, maybe, you can add something? What sort of sanitizer would be the best? We kept sanitizer spray with us, it's strong and careful enough.

The rule is simple: water in, water out. If it's hot and very humid you're going to sweat a lot. This is especially true if you're moving around. You won't have problems staying hydrated because your body will ask for water. Give it as much as you can. Don't overdo it. The body will tell you when it doesn't want water.

While certainly it's never a bad idea to carry disinfectants, I wouldn't worry too much. The body is well prepared for cuts and injuries. Having lived in the tropics most of my life I can tell you that cuts aren't very affected by the climate.

One thing I forgot to tell you about: INSECTS! In the tropics they're everywhere including all kinds of different species. Add to this spiders and worms, which are not insects. In every tropical place you visit, ask around if there is an outbreak of mosquito-borne diseases such as dengue and yellow fever, not to mention malaria. Most mosquitos just bite you but don't carry any of these diseases. Most insects are just unwanted guests who want to live with you in your house or apartment for food and shelter. You might want to hire a fumigator to fumigate the place every few months.

I don't understand something. Doltalov denounced 4 million people to Stalin and his NKVD, and yet he has anti-Soviet? I would think he would do anything he could to aid Stalin's enemies.

I agree with your characterization of Putin in that he's more a Nazi than a Stalinist (not as bad as Hitler, of course). This thing that happens in Russia of everybody denoucing everybody else is nothing new. All dictatorships work like that. They deputize their own people as police agents. And, of course, fascists are notorious for their over-reliance on patriotism. Not being loyal to the dictator is the same as not being loyal to the motherland.

With respect to getting passports, did Annie get a biometric passport> You said there were no chips. The story you told me about getting yours is truly incredible. Just one question. How did you manage to get out of Russia and into Kazakhstan with someone else's picture on your passport? If the face doesn't match it's usually considered forgery, which is very serious.

Have you asked around to see if you and Annie can become citizens of Kazakhstan? Sadly Russian citizenship today is more a liability than an assets, thanks to Putin.

Quote from: Daniil on May 26, 2024, 02:33 PMShe definitely is! But not making an official marriage is our both decision we made together. You should understand us - if we'd marry, what would be the difference between us and those who stay there in Russia? We doesn't want to be like them. We declining any way of slavery, even under name of marriage. Annie is free person. If she wants, she can go away any second. I am not holding her, and I have no right to hold her. That's how it works.

I strongly agree with you. In my opinion marriage is just a scrap of paper that brings nothing more than trouble. I only mentioned it because of your strong connection. I also love your attitude that Annie is free to be with you or not. That is true love! For all intents and purposes Annie is your wife, only with no scrap of paper signed. Once again I offer my congratulations!
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Chit Chat / Re: Single board computers and...
Last post by Daniil - May 26, 2024, 02:33 PM
Quote from: humbert on May 20, 2024, 05:33 AMBe sure you have air conditioning. If you don't, sleeping at night is going to be next to impossible. If you must move to someplace near the equator, find a place that's high.
Yes, sleeping without air conditioner is not so good in that climate, I can agree. But we slept a few nights without it (such big temperature change in short time was too contrast for us caused reaction like running nose without getting cold). And... Well... It was not so comfortable but acceptable.

Also, I need to ask you about water consumption and wound care in such climate. Rebecca taught me and Annie, that it's absolutely required to control our hydration in such hot weather. Like always have two bottles of water with us and consume it in time. And also we always need to have strong antiseptic with us, because even small scratch in such climate would inflamed easily and fast. Her advice worked well, but, maybe, you can add something? What sort of sanitizer would be the best? We kept sanitizer spray with us, it's strong and careful enough.

Quote from: humbert on May 20, 2024, 05:33 AMWhat you told me about Russia is absolutely shocking! I once said Putin was a Stalinist. He is exactly that! He has become a Stalinist despot who has managed to change the way the people think.
I don't think that's stalinism, mr.Humbert. It's more like German fascism (but also not exactly the same).
I may explain my point of view.
First, I already said to you, that Russian people was deceived at XX century at least 7 times and, after my experience, I understood that actually they wanted to be deceived. That is slave (not slavic, but slave), barbaric psychology as it is.
Next, as you probably know, communism was invented not in Russia, but in Europe (and it was logically wrong, but pretty progressive idea for its time - for mid XIX century). Stalin and other communists (who in most cases was not genetically Russians) consumed this progressive european ideas and changed their mindset.
Next, Stalin and other communists definitely knew typical Russian psychotype, that slave psychology I mentioned. And as a bearers of different psychology and ideas, tried to fight it. Notice very well - I'm not excusing Stalin, who was a bloodthirsty bastard and personally subscribed orders for liquidation of thousands of people. But try to think - WHO WROTE 4 MILLIONS OF DENUNCIATIONS? That number was named by Dovlatov, very anti-soviet writer and historian studied Stalin's repressions (so he could be objective!). And REAL number of denunciations are officially top secret even now (so, probably, it's much bigger)!
Now, Putin, because he is Russian and has SAME psychology as most of them, just sharing their way of thinking. HE DID NOT CHANGED THEIR WAY OF THINKING - HE SHARE IT!
Conclusion: modern Russia dictatorship is not a stalinism. But Russians totally deserved such leader as Putin.

Quote from: humbert on May 20, 2024, 05:33 AMSo let me ask: given all those difficulties, how exactly did you and Anna(Rebecca) manage to obtain passports and get out? Did you bribe somebody? Seems like the only way.
And - you're wrong. Ways to survive in Russia are not so straight, mr.Humbert. It's a kingdom of bend mirrors. Bribes are not working on lower levels. You need to understand that punishment for a bribe are greater than for murder (7 years in jail for murder and up to 15 for bribe. For both - who give and who get). And you need to understand also that everyone watch each other. So if you try to give a bribe, all the time there will be some attentive person who will write a denunciation same evening. So bribes are mostly for big business (where amount of profit greater than price of life). If you're an average man, the only way is to develop new decisions all the time, use opportuities, be smart, be stubborn, lie and swirl like an eel.
For a passports - to Annie they gave a passport relatively easily. With me, as I said, they asked a lot of questions - why outside, what business, and so on. So I had to lie that I need to go to Kazakhstan because I am a programmer and I was sent by my company to teach Kazakhstan programmers of Kazakhstan department of Yandex. That was half-truth - I was a programmer, I made a Unity3D and object oriented programming traning courses, and I worked at Yandex - but not the same time and not at moment when I tried to get passport. Then they said that they will call me when everything would be ready.
I wait for about a month and they didn't call. I went to passport office again, there was a croud of people, and passport officials said to us all - nobody can get a passport because we lack of biometric chips.
OK, what if I get passport without that biometric data? That's not supposed - they answered - because we converting all "foreign passports" to biometric. But we have lack of chips for them - they said - because of sanctions (chips for russian passports producing OUTSIDE of Russia).
What if they can't find new chips? Nobody knows, they answered, but you should to pay an additional tax (a fine) - if you don't want to change your passport to biometric, you need to pay a fine. Just in case - because if we can't find a chips we must to give you common, non-biometric passport, and that means that you declined to change your passport to biometric. And better to do this faster - who knows, how situation could change? Maybe tomorrow from Moscow they will send an order to suspend provision of passports, for a time. Or something else could happens.
They wrote me a fine. You need to understand - that wasn't a hidden bribe, everything was very official. How to pay? Only through governmental-controlled bank, by getting personally into their office. Maybe with an online bank transfer or some other way? No, not allowed, only personally with fine ticket. And where is the bank? Oh, there (not so far from passport office, but you can't get there in time). I, running as a boar (russian eufemism meaning rushing fast), got to that bank. Could I pay through my Mastercard? No, you can't, only cash or russian card of our bank. God saved me, I had a cash in wallet. I payed it, got back to passport office - but it was closed. Next day I brought them receipt, they said OK, we will give you an non-biometric passport. When? Well, some time later, about a month or two.
After two weeks they call me and said - suddenly in Moscow they found somewhere a number of chips, come quickly, we have a passport for you. OK. I dropped all my work, came there, got my passport. It was with other photo - not one I gave them on a request, but one they made themself. On this photo I'm not looking like me, which later caused questions from Russian customs. But I took it (because the other option was wait until unknown date). And I was lucky - because a lot of those who made a requests for passports with me, didn't got them (nor biometrical nor common), at least at the moment when I took mine.
What about that fine, you can ask? Nothing. No refunds, you can try to requrest it back, but you can get a tax office decision about returning it only next year. What fall - that is lost. Russian proverb. I said myself where they can go (you understand what I mean), and forgot about this. Actually, it's relatively cheap price.

Quote from: humbert on May 20, 2024, 05:33 AMBased on everything you've been telling me about Anna, none of this applies to you. I see absolutely NO ulterior motives anywhere.
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That, my dear friend, is the only thing that justifies marriage. I strongly advise you DO NOT let her go. She is one in a million.
She definitely is! But not making an official marriage is our both decision we made together. You should understand us - if we'd marry, what would be the difference between us and those who stay there in Russia? We doesn't want to be like them. We declining any way of slavery, even under name of marriage. Annie is free person. If she wants, she can go away any second. I am not holding her, and I have no right to hold her. That's how it works.
#7
Microsoft Windows / Re: Windows 11
Last post by humbert - May 24, 2024, 04:45 AM
Quote from: Vasudev on May 24, 2024, 12:01 AMReleased my final Win 7 SP2 Base and May 2024 ISOs with Ultimate Edition and it's not pre-activated! Linked Here

Who still uses Windows 7? I'd guess only someone with old hardware because it's financially impossible to upgrade.

#8
Microsoft Windows / Re: Windows 11
Last post by Vasudev - May 24, 2024, 12:01 AM
Released my final Win 7 SP2 Base and May 2024 ISOs with Ultimate Edition and it's not pre-activated! Linked Here
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Microsoft Windows / Re: Windows 7 Component Store ...
Last post by Vasudev - May 23, 2024, 11:58 PM
Final update cycle for Win 7:

Used Ultimate Edition and not pre-activated.
ISO Size: ~4.2 GB
Unofficial SP2 with just convenience pack integrated to get updated Base ISO for applying future updates through Simplix:

Win 7 SP2 Base ISO
SHA256 Hash

Win 7 SP1 w/ May Updates 2024 ESU through Simplix. Added Firefox ESR since IE11 was pointing to MS Edge Chromium which was never being integrated or being downloaded.

Win 7 SP1 May 2024
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#10
Microsoft Windows / Re: Windows 11
Last post by Vasudev - May 23, 2024, 11:52 PM
Quote from: humbert on May 01, 2024, 04:27 AM
Quote from: Vasudev on April 30, 2024, 09:00 PMAny incompatible hardware or drivers? Is secure boot enabled? If not enable secure boot and try the upgrade. Windows 11 is getting buggier than initial RTM version released last year. Brief stutters or slowdowns etc.
Try latest GPU drivers and see if it fixes the unresponsive explorer or maybe disable HAGS (Hardware Assisted Scheduling).

Don't you hate trial and error  :) ? The problem with this is the highly unusual symptoms. It boots with no issues. It's when you hit right click on Windows Explorer that everything freezes. When you try to get Powershell or the command prompt windows, nothing happens. About 60 seconds later it comes up.

You know what? 22H2 works OK. I think I'm going to stay on 22H2 until I upgrade my hardware. Maybe one of these days I'll go crazy and try to build myself a new PC. For this a clean install is the way to go.
It could be due to some GPU driver. Faced them and after multiple Intel and nvidia driver retries I've settled on very old Intel iGPU driver that fixes from yours truly MS Update.