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Isaiah

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  1. @Ross Scott Could you post your Windows 10 setup To-Do list in the Upgrading to Windows 10 topic? I can probably create a custom script for you based on it, to automate most of these tasks.
  2. But what exactly made you feel the need to create three (40+ minute) episodes in the span of a single month and release them all within a few days of each other?! It's very impressive but also reckless. One Halloween episode would have been more then enough, and even if you still had to create all 3 at once for some crazy reason, you could have released the others over a few months, instead of days. Why are you hex editing this stuff anyway? Why not just use a GUI tool like dgVoodoo instead? Much easier to use, less prone to errors and also lets you override texture filtering and anti-aliasing settings at the same time. 1440x1080 also works just fine:
  3. I have not found any definitive evidence that Comodo is mining data. Using open source alternatives is just a basic rule I'm trying to follow now to avoid that as much as possible. Sometimes you just can't avoid it, like with ShadowPlay which requires GeForce Experience garbage. Of course a good firewall can help negate data mining. Simplewall is not as comprehensive as Comodo or even Privatefirewall, but I like the idea of using a set of smaller utilities that do a single job well instead of larger tools that do multiple things okay. It also gives you much greater control of resource allocation and avoids having a single point of failure. So far, simplewall is working perfectly as a replacement to Comodo's firewall but is much, much more lightweight. I finally got Windows sandbox working. I was probably just missing a Windows update/feature that prevented it from starting. It actually runs on Hyper-V which I already had working and I actually thought required Intel Virtualization Technology? I guess by "AMD64 architecture" they just mean a 64-bit processor because according to this Hyper-V only requires second level address translation (SLAT) which is available on both Intel and AMD 64x processors. But it may have only supported Intel at first because I seem to remember reading that somewhere years back.
  4. Comodo is still a good program and has a lot of great features, but as with many "free" programs/services, it's free because they make their money by collecting and selling user data, and I'd like to avoid this data mining as much as possible. One feature I found very useful was the sandbox for running shady programs in isolation, but Windows 10 pro recently added it's own built-in sandbox. Unfortunately I haven't been able to get it working on my system and this is probably because they state you need "AMD64 architecture" and I'm currently using Intel.
  5. Firewalls Comodo firewall is something I've used for years because I loved the ability to monitor and block programs that want to connect to the internet. But lately I've been looking for an alternative because Comodo mines data, and Windows firewall is not great. simplewall seems pretty great. It's completely free, open source, very lightweight (less than 1MB!) and allows you to block many Windows services including Windows update. I'm currently testing it out. Office OpenOffice is a program I've also used for many years but recently I discovered LibreOffice. It's actually a fork of the original OpenOffice.org but is more actively maintained than Apache OpenOffice fork and not owned by any large corporation. Now it does have a modern flat theme, which Ross will probably hate, but it also supports custom themes. So you can make it look however you like.
  6. That is of course a risk with any random thing downloaded off the internet. So you should always do some research first. However, scripts are the safest because all the code is visible, which makes hiding malicious stuff in them impossible. At least for those who can read the code. So when you see thousands of people using a open source script from a public repository on github, it's probably pretty safe. But there are of course other issues you can run into as well. Again, it all comes down to how much of a trade-off you're willing to make between security/ease-of-use and privacy/control. I'm personally more than satisfied just using a debloat script and have had no issues with it so far.
  7. Wolfgang did a complete tutorial on creating a custom Windows AME install with only the tacked on garbage you want. There may also be a way to edit the install script on the prebuilt image too. The setup and maintenance process (as with any image optimizer) is very involved. Which is something I don't personally find worth it. Again, if I was this concerned about privacy I'd just switch to Linux because it's probably going to require the same amount of work but give me much better control and support. But to each his own. The official site also says DX12 games usually don't work on AME, but Wolfgang tested a handful of DX12 games in a follow up video and they all worked just fine. I suspect this is because he created his own AME image using the latest version of Windows (and therefore DX12). So it's still possible that newer games may not work unless you manually update/reinstall AME, which is a pain.
  8. @RaTcHeT302 Just disabling/removing Windows features/apps using a debloat script has improved system performance for me on multiple PCs, so I would not call them useless at all. Also lots of little quality of life improvements too, like disabling those useless start menu bing search results.
  9. A script can always do more and is much more customizable than any GUI program ever could, because it gives you full control through scripting. I think you really mean "easier to use", which is true for more novice users. However, the strange thing here is you seem to be dismissing these deboat scripts for the same exact reason you thought I was dismissing your recommendations; too much work. But If you don't want crap on your PC, you'll have to go the extra mile, lad. Again, this is strange because you're saying an optimize-offline (PowerShell) script is superior and offers easy customization compared to a pre-configured iso. Which is kind of the opposite argument you're making for W10Privacy vs debloat (PowerShell) script. So by your logic we could also say W10Privacy is a pile of crap compared to what I suggested. And no, the use case here doesn't affect it. Scripts are always more powerful and customizable in any situation. As for Windows 10 Ameliorated (AME) having tacked on "garbage": First of all, certain "garbage" like classic shell is required because removing Cortana makes the start menu nonfunctional (classic shell is recommended by optimize-offline itself). Secondly, you can fully customize AME to contain only what you want, just like optimize-offline. However, the advantage of AME is that it's already been optimized to remove as much bloat/spyware as possible while still functioning. With optimize-offline you have to figure out all that yourself and who knows how long that will take. The funny thing here is that using optimize-offline/AME renders all other recommendations on rentry.co/fwt completely useless. No need to get a special version of Windows when you're already stripping out features yourself. No need to use Windows activator when Windows activation is already removed. No need to run debloating app/scripts when all bloat has already been removed. So it seems whoever created the rentry.co/fwt page doesn't exactly know what they're doing and just throwing a lot of things at the wall to see what sticks, which is really inefficient and wasteful. Again, people are free to use whatever they like, but I would recommend either use AME/optimize-offline or a debloat app/script, but not both because that's pointless. Now if we're talking about running debloat apps/scripts after an update, that's different. But if you have to do that than what was even the point of using optimize-offline in the first place?
  10. This opinion vs fact example you made was done in direct comparison to what the developer said and how journalist covered it. So you were very obviously equating this to the "same level" as what the developer said, and this was not from "failure to clarify". In other words, the claim that you didn't mean to equate 2+2=5 to what the developer said is a bald-faced lie and Just an attempt here to backtrack without admitting any real fault. You're now being both dogmatic and hypocritical. I never said you literally said that, and by "anyone" I meant any game PUBLISHER or JOURNALIST who uses the term without your "clarification". This is completely correct as you have just said yourself. Exactly, I "think" you're being dogmatic here because you are being dogmatic, as you yourself admit.
  11. Understandable. I might record a test eventually to show what I mean, but I just don't have any time now.
  12. Movement speed and direction. An analog stick just gives way more precision vs a keyboard (mouse is still better for aiming). You just push the stick in the direction and distance you want. With keys you have to constantly tap and combine them to get a rough proximity and the only reason it's not constantly jerky is because the values are smoothed by the engine. I think you're imagining this as much more involved than it is. But I will admit holding a gamepad with one hand is awkward and that is why I also mentioned using a joystick because that would be most optimal. It would allow you to use your whole hand instead of just a thumb and give you access to more buttons.
  13. I have already tested it, but it's also self-evident. An analog-stick gives a far greater range of values than 4 keys ever could. That's just a fact. But I don't understand why you are so against this. Do you actually like the jerky motion in the episodes? Will just knowing Ross didn't use a keyboard upset you somehow?? You're not actually playing the game you know.
  14. @RaTcHeT302 I'm only talking about using a gamepad/joystick for player movement (left-hand). You would still be using the mouse to aim (right-hand). This also has nothing to do with the how the game actually plays, just how the motion actually looks in the finished recording because that's all that matters. And analog control is just superior over digital in this case.
  15. @Ross Scott The jerky and/or too fast player movement has always been a bit distracting and disorienting to me. Have you ever thought about using a gamepad/joystick for player movement instead of the keyboard? An analog input would vastly improve smoothness and also allow for much greater control of player speed to fit any particular situation. Mouse aiming is also a bit too jerky for me, but I'm not sure there is much you can do to smooth that out and I know this is kind of the only way you can emit any kind of body language for Gordon.
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