Google Android Operating System – Tracks You Via Cell Phone Tower

Google Android operating system has been tracking smart phones via cell phone towers. This has been occurring since early January of two thousand seventeen. What makes this even more perplexing is that Google Android operating system users with location services disabled, have been tracked as well.

As a matter of fact even individuals with Google Android operating system devices without Subscriber Identification Module installed. Your location information has been sent back to Google servers. You must have an Internet connection for this to occur.

Local cell phone tower data has been transmitted back to Google since early January of two thousand seventeen. Individuals at Google have admitted this practice. They claim that this practice of collecting cell tower location data will stop by the end of this month.

“In January of this year, we began looking into using Cell ID codes as an additional signal to further improve the speed and performance of message delivery. However, we never incorporated Cell ID into our network sync system, so that data was immediately discarded, and we updated it to no longer request Cell ID.”

Google Spokesperson

Why would gathering location information via local cell phone towers improve speed and performance of message delivery? Google did NOT notify any of their device users, including myself, that this type of data was collected. I happen to have an HTC 626s Desire Android running marshmallow operating system.

Individuals at Google claim that this company does not use this data for their own purposes. Even if you were to restore your Google Android operating system back to factory, this data would be sent back to Google. As of this blog post creation, there is no way to disable this feature, until Google shuts off this data collection later this month.

For now, you have to disable Wifi so that no data is sent back to Google headquarters. Also, you could power off your Google Android device, and then take out the battery. Since Google failed to notify anyone of this data collection you were not allowed to opt out of this practice.

Internet Net Neutrality – Repeal Planned by FCC

The Federal Communications Commission is planning on repealing the Internet net neutrality rules. I do NOT waste time in participating in politics. The Democrats and Republicans to me are the same.

Having said that the current Donald Trump administration is meeting with the Federal Communications Commission to over turn net neutrality. Internet Net Neutrality was first imposed in 2015. Basically, Internet net neutrality was designed to heavily regulate Internet service providers.

These rules blocked Internet service providers from throttling bandwidth, blocking applications or websites, and generally meddling with customers Internet access. These types of regulation would be removed and the Internet would be monitered similarly to before 2015. These Internet service providers like Comcast, Level 3, Verizon, etc. would have to report their actions.

For example instead of being barred from throttling Internet traffic, Internet service providers would have to report this Internet traffic throttling. The Federal Trade Commission would step in and regulate these Internet service providers instead. For the first 20 years of the Internet, basically, the Federal Trade Commission monitered the Internet.

Under Internet Net Neutrality, the Internet was considered a public utility. Now, the Republican led Federal Communications Commission wants to repeal this decision. The current Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai is a Republican.

Three out of the five Federal Communications Commission members are Republicans. Like I stipulated earlier I do NOT participate in politics because to me it is rigged. However, it is interesting that now Internet Net Neutrality may be repealed after just two years.

Perhaps, you might want to read the proposed changes. The original Internet Net Neutrality regulations encompassed 400 pages. The five Federal Communications Commission commissioners will vote on December 14, 2017.

Even if they entirely repeal Internet Net Neutrality, future lawsuits could delay the repeal. The Internet Net Neutrality repeal to me would just revert back the way the government was regulating the Internet before. Also, these Internet service providers would supposedly become transparent with their decisions.

The current Internet as we know it was created by the United States military, more specifically the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

Microsoft Security Updates – For Windows 10 Version KB4048955

Microsoft Corporation released cumulative update KB4048955 on November fourteen two thousand seventeen. This update resolves twelve issues. This update does NOT include any new features.

There are two known issues after installing this update. After installing this KB4048955 update, Internet Explorer 11 endusers may have difficulties opening up a drop down menu via a scroll bar. This applies to those users whom use Structured Query Language Server Reporting Services.

A work around is to NOT use document mode 11. This issue only affects document mode 11. You can enable document mode 10 by pressing F12 key. Select the "Emulation" tab and then selecting 10 on a "Document mode" menu.

Another problem after installing this KB4048955 update is that some Epson Serial Impact Dot Matrix and TMPOS printers will NOT print. This problem is NOT a drivers issue and installing older drivers will NOT solve this problem. Microsoft is aware of both these issues and is working on a future fix.

* mixed reality portal stops responding
* microsoft directx games black screen switching between windowed and full screen mode
* android and or ios digital video recorder game playback compatability
* microsoft designer keyboard function keys stopped working
* universal serial bus and head mounted displays connected standy mode
* trusted platform module vulnerability
* get storage job report failure
* Unexpected error from external database driver 1. Microsoft JET Database Engine
* application tiles missing from start menu
* microsoft edge wait timeout stops responding
* universal windows platform javascript applications may stop working
* additional security updates

If you have been keeping up to date with Microsoft Windows 10 security updates then this will become only update available for install. However, if you have gotten behind or skipped some updates, those updates will also be installed. You can obtain this update via Microsoft Windows update or Microsoft Update Catalog website.

This update applies to Windows 10 and Windows 10 version 1709. This update does NOT replace any previous update.

Open Source Broadcaster – OBS Studio 20.1.3 Released

Open Source Broadcaster

Open source broadcaster software maker Open Broadcaster Software has released version OBS Studio 20.1.3. I use exclusively Open Broadcaster Software's OBS studio for my Youtube live streams and videos. I successfully installed this update without any issues.

OBS Studio now has an automatic update service. You will get prompted whenever there is a software update. You are given three choices.

* update now
* remind me later
* skip version

In order to update your OBS Studio software, click on "Update Now". This software will check for and download an available update. Eventually, you will see that this process has completed.

You will now be given an option to open Open Broadcaster Software OBS Studio. I have tried selecting the "Remind me Later" option. However, it does not seem to remind me.

I am not sure how long this software waits until you are reminded to install any updates. You can always choose "Help" from the main menu. Now select "Check For Updates". This version of OBS Studio 20.1.3 includes one bug fixe and the two following changes.

* x264 plugin not initializing
* advanced vector extensions 512 optimizations instability
* life is feudal game capturing crash

You can always download and install the latest version of Open Broadcaster Software OBS Studio. You can download a full version installer, zip file, and from torrent.

WordPress Version Latest – 4.9 Tipton Update

WordPress on November fifteen two thousand seventeen released maintenance update 4.9 and named Tipton after a jazz musician. This is an update for all previous versions of WordPress. This update includes various new features.

* improved customizer workflow
* code enhancements
* updated widgets
* new gallery widget
* building site improvements

You can update your version of WordPress to 4.9 Tipton by clicking on your "Dashboard" if not already there. Then select "Updates". Finally click on "Update Now".

If your WordPress site was configured with automatic background updates, then you should already be updated to 4.9 Tipton. Also, you can download update 4.9 Tipton directly from Finally, check out this WordPress 4.9 update blog post for more details.

Acer Laptop Computer – Aspire E1-470P-6659 Hard Drive Removal

Acer Laptop Computer Hard Drive Removal

I received an Acer laptop computer with operating system problems. This Acer Aspire E1-470P-6659 laptop had Windows 10 home edition installed. I concluded that Windows 10 operating system was corrupt to the point I needed to reinstall this operating system.

The customer had some important data they needed off their hard drive. These are intructions on how you can take out the hard drive for data recovery. There are twenty one screws that you will need to take out.

This laptop has just one bottom cover that you must remove. Also, you need to take out the battery. The Acer laptop computer battery has a release hole near it.

You place a screwdriver or possibly paper clip into this hole and then push the opposite direction to release the battery. Once this battery is removed, there are two smaller screws that you must remove underneath the battery. Now once you have all twenty one screws removed you can pry apart the bottom cover from the laptop base.

You might need a computer pick or even a guitar pick to help you seperate the two plastic pieces. I do NOT recommend you use any metal screwdrivers, as you will most likely start scratching up the plastic. Also, you want to be careful to not just rip apart the back cover.

You see the keyboard and mouse pad are connected to the motherboard via two ribbon cables. If you pull apart the bottom cover too much, you might damage one or both of these ribbon cables. I was able to extract the hard drive without removing the keyboard and or mouse pad.

The SATA hard drive was attached via a SATA hard drive adapter cable. Pull the hard drive out of its location and then pull of this adapter. You have just successfully removed the hard drive out of an Acer laptop computer Aspire E1-470P-6659.

One Plus Release Date – For 5T Smartphone

The One Plus release date for the OnePlus 5T smartphone is November twenty first two thousand seventeen. This smart device retails at $499. This device comes with dual cameras.

One 16 megapixel and one 20 megapixel camera. The body of this smartphone is made out of aluminum. You get an 18:9 Active Matrix Organic Light Emitting Diode display.

The Google Android operating system installed on this device os OnePlus's oxygen operating system. Qualcomm's 835 Snapdragon processor powers this device. This OnePlus 5T supports two Subscriber Identity Modules.

You can connect to two networks at the same time. OnePlus claims that you can charge thiw smartphone in 30 minutes and have enough battery life for the entire day. Sales begin for the One Plus release date for the 5T on November 21, 2017.

This device comes with up to eight gigabytes of Ramdom Access Memory and one hundred twenty eight gigabytes of storage space. The operating system shipped with these devices is OnePlus Oxygen operating system based off of Google Android Nougat 7.1.1.

Acer Laptop Computer – Aspire E1-470P-6659 Keyboard Removal

Acer Laptop Computer Keyboard

One of my computer repair customers brought me an Acer laptop computer, model Aspire E1-470P-6659 that might have a failing keyboard. Some of the keys stick when pressed. It could be the operating system, since Windows 10 has other symptoms like missing drivers, will not mount a universal serial bus flash drive, and over all system slugishness.

I still think it could be a faulty keyboard hardware wise. I will describe how to take this Acer laptop computer apart so that you can either disconnect and reconnect the keyboard to the motherboard or replace the keyboard. There are a total of 21 total screws you need to remove.

This Acer laptop computer does not have normal release latches. Instead there is a release hole closest to the battery. You can use a screw driver or perhaps paper clip. Once you insert the screw driver or paper clip then pull the opposite direction.

Once you pulle this release the opposite direction, then you can pull out this battery. I have never come across a release like this for a laptop battery. Also, you want to remove either the optical drive or dummy blank.

My customer's Acer laptop computer model Aspire E1-470P-6659 did NOT have an optical drive but did have a dummy insert. Now you can disconnect the keyboard ribbon cable from the motherboard. If you are just going to disconnect and reconnect you don't need to disconnect the accompanying mouse pad ribbon cable.

Reconnect the ribbon cable for the keyboard and then reverse your work. Also, you can now replace the keyboard with a new one or used one now. Reverse your work, making sure to put back the optical drive or dummy insert.

Also, make sure to tighten down all 21 screws. You don't want to forget the battery. Now you can boot the operating system to see if your Acer laptop computer keyboard works correctly.

Acer Laptop Computer – Aspire E1-470P-6659 Slowness Diagnostic

Acer Laptop Computer

A computer repair customer brought me an Acer Laptop Computer with issues with slowness and sticking keys. This model is the Acer Aspire e1-470p-6659 laptop with Windows 10 installed. The customer complained of sluggish performance, system freezing, and having to reboot this laptop.

Also, he showed me some of the keys were sticking. I recommend that you run virus, spyware, malware, and system scans. I use Ccleaner, Malwarebytes, Superantispyware, and sometimes Combofix.

This Acer laptop computer would not mount my universal serial bus flash drive. I know this flash drive is healthy because I was able to mount and remount this device on another computer. This is an indication that perhaps there are malware, spyware, viruses, corrupt windows installation, and or trouble some hard drive.

Now that I cannot mount a flash drive, that has all of my software tools, I will have to download Ccleaner, Malwarebytes, Superantispyware, Combofix, and or additional anti-virus software from the Internet. I am NOT able to boot into Windows safe mode, because of those clowns at Microsoft have disabled the advanced boot options menu in both Windows 8 and Windows 10. There is a way to enable this menu, but I will save that for a different blog post.

I prefer to perform malware, spyware, and virus remediation in safe mode. However, I will run these program scans in normal windows mode. Also, I run chkdsk and sfc scans as part of diagnosing a slow computer.

You can kick off one or both of these commands at a command prompt with administrative rights.

C:\>sfc /scannow
C:\>chkdsk c: /f /r

When running the chkdsk command you want to type a Y for yes when warned about a file is in use message. You will need to reboot your computer in order for a chkdsk scan to begin. Depending on size and health of your hard drive a chkdsk scan can take hours to complete.

Finally, I run an anti-virus scan. I reccomend Avast or AVD antivirus, but you can certainly use which ever antivirus you prefer. Also, you may not be able to download and or install anti-virus on a really problematic computer. That is when you might have to use Microsoft's built in Windows defender.

If you are having problems mounting a flash drive, downloading software, installing software, getting safe mode to work, etc. you may need to burn a CD-ROM with a portable anti-virus version of software. During my Acer Laptop Computer troubleshooting the slowness issue, both Malwarebytes and Superantispyware did NOT detect any negative objects. Also, I could not install Combofix on Windows 10 as this program does NOT support Windows 10 yet.

Also, I noticed both C and M keys stick and fail to work the first type I tap them. This could be a drivers issue, but I am leaning towards a possible loose cable or even failing laptop keyboard. I am going to enable the Windows 10 advanced boot options menu, so that I can see if booting into safe mode will allow the keyboard to work properly.

This would indicate a drivers issue, when Windows 10 boots into normal mode. The last thing I will do is to reseat the laptop keyboard. Also, I will test the hard drive for failure and or bad sectors if an anti-virus scan does not detect any viruses.

Also, if the chkdsk scan does not fix these issues, then reinstalling the operating system on the hard drive after it tests good will be the final solution.

Firefox Software Updater – Mozilla Version 57 Quantum Web Browser

Mozilla Corporation on November fourteen two thousand seventeen officially released Mozilla web browser version 57 which they have named Quantum. This latest version includes hundreds of performance improvements via Firefox software updater. There are too many improvements for me to list them all.

I will highlight the main Firefox improvements for you. Over 369 bugs relating to performance were fixed in this Mozilla Firefox web browser. 1,190 software bugs were fixed in this Mozilla Firefox Quantum web browser.

* 2 times fater than Google Chrome
* uses 30 percent less memory than Google Chrome
* 1 year to develop
* 75% of code impacted
* largest firefox update in over 10 years
* new engine
* new design
* faster page loads
* 1 combined address and search bar
* advanced micro devices vp9 video decoder support

This version of Mozilla Firefox includes multiple operating system processes, which is supposed to increase speed of this web browser. You can install Mozilla FireFox 57 manually by selecting "Help" then select "About Firefox". In about Mozilla Firefox you will either see that your web browser is up to date or click on an "Update to 57" button.

You can download and install Mozilla FireFox version 57 Quantum. Another way to upgrade Mozilla FireFox is with automatic updates. Click on "Tools" then select "Options".

Click on "Advanced" tab. Select an "Update" tab. In update you have three options:

* Automatically install updates
* Check for updates
* Never check for updates

Ths brand new Mozilla Firefox Quantum web browser was developed for Microsoft Windows, Apple MACintosh, Linux, Google Android, and Apple iOS operating systems.