Monday, August 7, 2017

Windows 10 Explorer Shell Crash

I had some issues after installing Windows Updates in 1607 for June 2017.  My Explorer shell crashed constantly, and I had to go into Task Manager and restart it 3-4 times per day.

After using Process Monitor and looking at the event log, I was able to narrow it down to Microsoft Office.  I had Office 2016 installed, but also Visio 2013.  I uninstalled Visio 2013, ran a repair install of Office, and upgraded to Visio 2016.  I haven't had a problem with it since.

It looks like Windows Update was trying to upgrade Visio 2013, but the install was either corrupted or conflicting with my Office 2016 install.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Facebook Shadow Profiles

Facebook has tons of info on people who never made an account on it, it's called shadow profile and it's all thanks to stupid friends.

FB collects phone numbers from phones of people who download their shitty apps and cross-references them with their database of phone numbers. Phil has a number 123-456 in his phone address book assigned to Frank Walcott. Mary has number 123-456 in her phone address book assigned to Frank Walcott.

Also, Phil and Mary have each other's phone numbers, so FB can with 99.99% certainty know Frank Walcott's phone number, even though the guy might have never made an FB account and thinks he's safe and anonymous. The same process can be applied to names of WiFi networks, for example. In fact, just having the ability to know the names of available WiFi addresses precisely pinpoints the user geographically.

FB collects so much data, it boggles the mind. Downloading any of their apps is like putting the phone through a data juicer, it just collects everything.


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

No mouse cursor in games

Here's a simple fix.  I would launch games in full-screen mode and my mouse cursor would disappear.  Internet articles said it was related to mouse pointer trails being enabled (they weren't).  In my case, though, I fixed it by closing the Magnifier application.

VMware Audio Latency

 I was having a problem with audio latency in VMware Workstation on my Windows 10 guest.  I found an article that helped me fix it. Ever sin...