Windows 10 Start Menu Fix for Right Clicking the Start Menu not working -Can’t Launch device manager, command prompt, computer manager, disk management, event viewer? Solved! Start Menu Troubleshooter

WinWash  It has been months since Microsoft’s Start Menu Troubleshooter stopped being available, despite being the number 1 solution to a miraid of problems detailed on the internet.   As far as I can tell, most of the Troubleshooting utilities have been moved into the help system in Windows, which I will detail below.  I  however, frequently run into a problem that does NOT get resolved by the the baked in troubleshooters that are part of Windows 10.  

The problem I frequently run into is the start menu stops working entirely when you click on it, OR when you right-click on the start menu, you get the list of admin tools, but none of them will launch when you try to click on them.   The only failproof work around I could find is to use Task Manager (CTRL – ALT – DEL)  then click on FIle –> Run New Task.   Check “Create this task with admin rights” if needed, but you will need to know the filename and path of the utility you wish to launch.

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There are many reasons this problem can manifest itself, but of the many solutions mentioned online, there is one that I have not seen that solves it every time when it happens to me. To say I am a power user would be an understatement, so I do use quite a few utilities and programs to get work completed and to be creative.  This means there are plenty of programs that add context to right-click to “help” me; however, these sometimes are the source of the problem.    Since you right-click when you open the windows start menu, these get evaluated and cause conflict.  The hard part is finding what app is causing the conflict.   Th easiest solution I have found thus far is an old freeware utility that has  been updated to work with windows 10 from NirSoft called ShellExView.   ShellExView provides a table of all extensions loaded with each property and company associated and you can easily enable / disable all or some to quickly identify which utility is the cause of the problem.   In some cases, just disability and reenabling these will fix the problem for you.

Check this tool out, see if it works for you.  Let me know your thoughts, and at the very least, add this to your bag of tricks.

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Vaping saves lives? You decide

I’m not an advocate for vaping, but in daily life friends or overhear smokers asking about vaping vs. smoking.  I would rather see any smoker transition to vaping.   It has transformed so many smokers into non-smokers who no longer inhale hundreds of toxic chemicals in addition to the nicotine. Yes, there is the pg vg used as well as flavorings, but these substances are ingested daily.    Read this person’s opinion and let me know your thoughts in the comments. 

I will never smoke again

Imagine the chaos: FOX loses power to production truck for 2015 World Series Game 1 Royals and Mets – Program Manager’s perspective

I’ve had the ‘pleasure?’ of being involved when, well things go very wrong like they are right now on Fox network. Their production truck lost power and it has been offline for over an hour.  For this outage to be this long means this is no simple fix.   I can’t imagine there isn’t backup power available.  I don’t know how long it takes to reboot the production truck, but I KNOW it isn’t this long.

They have completed risks assessments for situations like this and know what to do when they happen.   This outage didn’t seem to be on the list.   Losing power, the #1 reason for outages, not covered?  I’m not buying it because being down is not an option.

I can’t help but believe what happened was intentional by someone who wanted to keep this from being broadcast.  A search of Google came up empty, but I did read that Google fiber apparently has a problem in KC as well that is preventing folks from watching this in their homes.  Two outages covering this game isn’t likely, but we will see what unfolds.  I have experience doing production work specifically as a sound engineer for broadcast and there are backup options.  The game was stopped because apparently this outage also meant the replay was no longer an option.    According to fansided.com both coaches agreed to continue to play without replay.  This outage could impact the outcome of the game.  It’s interesting to witness.

I friend of mine is doing audio for the game.  Here are some photos taken today prior to the game:

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Here he is with his credentials:

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Apparently Game Creek Video normally handles these critical games like the world series, super bowl etc.   Check it out here: http://www.tvtechnology.com/broadcast-engineering/0029/getting-the-game-on-us-open/276836

Photo from http://www.tvtechnology.com/broadcast-engineering/0029/getting-the-game-on-us-open/276836

Breathing Lithium Ion Batteries Store 8-10 times the Power

An early demonstration model of the St Andrews air cell. Air enters and leaves via the porous circular membrane in the centre (Image: Peter Bruce/EPSRC)

http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn17159-breathing-batteries-could-store-10-times-the-energy.html?DCMP=OTC-rss&nsref=online-news

 

  Interesting find

The lithium ion batteries used in laptops and cellphones, and tipped for future use in electric cars, are approaching their technological limits. But chemists in the UK say that there’s a way to break through the looming energy capacity barrier – let the batteries "breathe" oxygen from the air.

A standard lithium ion battery contains a negative electrode of graphite, a positive electrode of lithium cobalt oxide, and a lithium salt-containing electrolyte. Lithium ions shuttle between the two electrodes during charging and discharging, sending electrons around the external circuit to power a gadget in the process.

The problem with that design, says Peter Bruce at the University of St Andrews, is that the lithium cobalt oxide is bulky and heavy. "The major barrier to increasing the energy density of these batteries is the positive electrode," he says. "Everyone wants to find a way to push up the amount of lithium stored there, which would raise the capacity." 

New LASER can detect certain cancers in a patients breath?

Apparently it is true.  Using molecular markers by looking at wavelengths that are reflected can be used to fingerprint compounds.  This similar technique is used to determine the makeup of a distant star or planet.  Impressive

Photograph of Ioachim Pupeza and a colleague with the new laser system

http://physicsworld.com/cws/article/news/2015/sep/30/new-laser-could-spot-signs-of-cancer-in-exhaled-breath

Is there trouble brewing in the land of DevOps?

Does your organization use Agile project management?  Are you deploying new capabilities on very short intervals to your infrastructure?   Does your organization use middle-ware ‘service’ layer to help standardize your software product line? Is your organization such that this middleware is provided by a separate team?

It may behoove you to ensure there is compliance with time-tested documentation and proper change control.  Any middleware subsystems created as components used on new technologies but are not well documented, packaged, or maintained may suffer in the future and negate the benefit of being componentized.  This is “technical debt” that eventually will fall upon your organization.  All systems that use this middleware will be tied to a system that eventually will be unable to be updated unless the talent that created them are keep employed. This technical debt can bring down a company with a ‘market leading product’ quickly when the competition brings a new product to market.  New products can industrialize your organization’s product.  Your organization is quickly put into the position of having a legacy product, and management will need to invest heavily to bring your product up to the level and quickly to the new generation of product.

I follow gardeviance’s blog pretty regularly because he is the only source I have found insightful in IT leadership and how prepared organizations are for future success. This blog is gold for any CIO.

It is worth the investment in time to read. You may want to reserve time to read related content, but once you do he brings a unique perspective on new technologies coming to market, such as Amazon’s dash button.

I’d love to hear your thoughts.

TIL that scientists in Florida plan to release genetically modified mosquitoes into the wild. The males still mate with females, but the hatchlings die before adulthood due to the presence of the new genes.

http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2015/01/28/382168407/florida-health-officials-hope-to-test-gmo-mosquitoes-this-spring

Brilliant!  Help me understand why this is a bad idea?