Microsoft Teams Streaming Desktop


I don’t own a webcam. Or a mic. I joined an 80-person Teams meeting from home to watch a presentation. 15 minutes in I got a text from my boss saying I was sharing my screen. I immediately closed the program, which really only minimized it to the taskbar.

After a lot of digging, I later figured out that if you don’t have a camera Teams will, under a specific set of circumstances, stream your desktop as your avatar by default. If you’ve ever used screen recording software you want to check if your camera is set to “screen-capture-recorder”.

Root cause

It was ShareX, which I had indeed uninstalled. It is a screen recording software. It was not longer listed under Programs and Features, but I found a directory

C:\Program Files\Recorder Devices for ShareX
Ran unins000.exe

I still think cameras should be disabled by default. I’ll die on this hill.


EVGA RTX 3080 FTW3 Ultra Hybrid [SOLVED]

  1. EVGA GeForce RTX 3080 FTW3 ULTRA HYBRID GAMING, 10G-P5-3898-KR
  2. Cannot access BIOS. No signal.
  3. Re-seated card twice
  4. Reinstalled GTX690 and performed clean install of latest 3080 driver (rel. June 10)
  5. Checked for sag. None noticed.
  6. Board code is AA. Successful boot and system turn over to OS. No signal.
  7. Checked for latest BIOS. Already had it
  8. Disabled fast boot
  9. Disabled CSM
  10. Tried all Disployport and HDMI ports
  11. Ran DDU
  12. Set CSM to auto
  13. Booted into Safe Mode
  14. Clean install of NVIDIA driver
  15. Yahtzee!
  16. Nope
  17. RMA
  18. New card worked first time

Pioneer Head Unit Mystery


I always remove the negative battery terminal when work on my 2017 Toyota Tundra. I did this about a month after installing a Pioneer AVIC-W8400NEX and it quit working. Totally dead. Blank screen. I checked the fuses under the hood. I checked the fuses under the dash. I even checked the fuse on the back of the head unit. All of them were good. I requested an RMA from Pioneer and swapped the OEM head unit back in which worked straightaway. A few days later I swapped the Pioneer back in and it powered on. I removed the negative battery terminal and it died again. So, here’s the solution: you must remove BOTH the positive and negative battery terminals to get this Pioneer head unit to unfuck itself. I can’t say how long they need to be removed, but pop them both.

UPDATE #1: I have a feeling that the iDatalink Maestro is the problem in this scenario. I flashed the Maestro’s firmware and the head unit went dead again. I removed the battery terminals for 15 minutes: still dead. I pulled the 30 and 20 amp “Rad1” and “Amp” fuses overnight and the head unit turned on the next morning.

UPDATE #2: The iDatalink Maestro was (sorta) the problem. There were actually two problems. Perhaps three. First, the pin in the wiring harness for the reverse indicator was bent. I bent it back into place and hoped for the best. Second, the fuse on the iDatalink blew at some point so I replaced it, reset the unit, and everything started functioning normally. Lastly, you are not supposed to flash the firmware with the iDatalink connected to power (see below).


Update #3: Almost everything is working now. The OBD displays are functional except for the tire pressure. They all read N/A.

Things I’ve tried:

  1. Flashed the Maestro via the head unit. No joy.
  2. Reset the TPMS system. No joy.
  3. Unplugged and plugged in the OBD reader. No joy.
  4. Removed the Maestro, flashed the oldest firmware available, plugged it back in, and reset the unit using the physical button on the unit. Finally works!
  5. This post is full of lies. I did not perform any additional wiring

3M Paint Protection Film (PPF) and Classic Plasti Dip Don’t Mix

I had 3M Paint Protection Film installed on my Toyota Tundra a few months after I purchased the truck. A few months later I accidentally put a scratch in the rear quarter panel and decided to have Plasti Dip applied to the entire truck.

Some Google searches indicated that Plasti Dip could be safely sprayed over 3M film. I found this to be true, generally speaking, but it is not entirely correct.

I had the entry-level Classic Plasti Dip product applied by a professional installer in Orlando, FL. Within weeks I noticed a problem on the truck’s hood. The Plasti Dip along the film’s edge began to pull away and curl. The same occurred along the top of the windshield. Based on the problem areas, I suspect they were affected by wind resistance.

The next step is to peel and respray the hood with Performance Series, Autoflex, or another brand such as Raail.

Covercraft versus Covering

I recently purchased two car covers; one for my Toyota Tundra and one for my wife’s Honda Civic.

I chose Coverking for the Civic because they listed the specific model that we own where Covercraft did not.

In addition to the car cover, I also ordered a cable with lock and a storage bag for each vehicle. Covercraft also offered gust clips, which I highly recommend.

The Covercraft order arrived in a handful of days whereas the Coverking order took a few weeks. Advantage Covercraft.

Although it takes some patience and room to work, I am able to fold my Tundra’s cover and return it to its storage bag. Conversely, although I can stuff the Civic cover into its storage bag the zipper will not close. I would have fared better purchasing a generic bag at a local store. Advantage Covercraft.

Lastly, the credit card charge from Coverking showed up as “Overdraft fee/Bank fee”. This caused Mint to freak out and send me alerts.

So, although the product quality is very similar, the winner is Covercraft.

Cannot Log Into ArcGIS Server

When attempting to access my Esri ArcGIS 10.0 Server Manager I received the error message “Your login attempt was not successful. Please try again.”


There are several solutions offered to this problem on Esri’s GeoNet Community, but there is one other potential solution. If someone fat-fingered the ArcGISWebServices password a few times, Windows may have locked the account (depending on your configuration). Simply unlock the account and you will be back in business.


Oracle CPU Kills Esri

Just applied the October 2014 Oracle Critical Patch Update (CPU) to some Esri geodatabases and the results were not good.

After applying patch 19618575 patch 34 to several ArcGIS 10.0 geodatabases ( all Esri products ceased to function properly. You may receive an error message stating “ArcMap has encountered a problem and needs to close.” In addition, ArcGIS for Server map services will stop and return the error “Unable to Start service Server Object instance… creation failed on machine” if you attempt to start them.

The only way we found to fix this issue is to perform a rollback of the patch, taking the databases back to their default state, then apply the Oracle CPU released in July 2014. The instructions for performing the rollback can be found in the patch’s readme file.

UPDATE #1: It took them over a week to respond, but Esri has finally acknowledged there is a problem with the latest Oracle patch. The details can be found in Knowledge Base Article ID 43293.

Update #2: Instead of granting the select privilege on v_$parameter to each database user we created a new default role, granted the select privilege on v_$parameter to the role, and assigned the default role to each user via Oracle Enterprise Manager. This provides admins with a quick method for adding other privileges in the future.

Really CompTIA?

I just learned the hard way that CompTIA CEU’s do not roll over from one cycle to another. I will withold my opinion on this matter, but I wanted to share this info in the hopes of helping others. Here it is straight from the horse’s mouth:

If too many units are submitted within a CE cycle will those extra units carry over into the next CE program cycle?
No. Nothing, including overpayments and excessive units, will carry over from one CE renewal period to another. Each time a new CE cycle is started the participant starts over.

Oracle Enterprise Manager Backup Failure

Following a server reboot, Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c automated backups fail with the message:

ERROR: Failed to create command process Error while streaming The pipe is being closed

C:oracleproduct12.1.0agentcore12. execution failed: The system cannot find the file specified.

For an unknown reason, the backslashes in the agent monitoring configuration are being removed. To correct the problem in the short-term navigate to the agent’s home page, select Agent > Target Setup > Monitoring Configuration, and reinsert the backslashes. I am still searching for a permanent solution to this problem.

While your paths may differ slightly, they should resemble the following:



Agent EMDRoot

Agent Oracle Home

Oracle Home

Perl bin directory

Sony Xperia Z2 (D6503) Magnetic Charger Issue

After only one month of use the magnetic charging port on my Sony Xperia Z2 (D6503) separated from the body of the phone. Put another way, it fell out. I am not the only consumer who is experiencing this problem. I found others on the XDA Developers forum and some others on Reddit. This page chronicles all of the steps that were taken to get my phone repaired.

The warranty that came with the phone states:

Limited Warranty
Subject to the conditions of this Limited Warranty, Sony Mobile Communications AB, 221 88 Lund, Sweden, (“Sony Mobile”) or its relevant local affiliate warrants this product to be free from defects in design, material and workmanship at the time of its original purchase by a consumer, and for a subsequent period of one (1) year (“Warranty Period”). Should your Product need warranty service, please return it to the dealer from whom it was purchased or contact your local Sony Mobile Contact Center (national rates may apply) or visit to get further information.

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2014-05-23 Received Phone

eBay came through.

2014-06-29 – Contacted Sony Xperia care

I browsed over to and submitted the following e-mail.

My message:
Unfortunately, after only one month of ownership the magnetic charging port on my Sony Xperia Z2 has separated from the body of the phone. The first time it happened I simply placed the piece back into the phone and it continued to work. However, when I remove the phone from its DK36 Magnetic Charging Cradle the piece remains stuck to the cradle. I have shared a photograph of the phone to better illustrate what I am experiencing. I love my Z2, but how do I get this resolved? I must assume that this has compromised the water resistance of the phone.

2014-07-01 – Sony Responded

Sony’s response:
I am sorry to hear what happened to your device. The model of your phone is not release in the USA, so unfortunately we can not have it repair. I would recommend you to contact the vendor or contact Sony Xperia in Greece since your phone was released for sale in Greece. I am sorry for the inconvenience this may cause.


Unfortunately, the Xperia Z2 is not listed on the Sony Greece support site and I bought the phone via eBay. It’s not the eBay seller’s fault that the phone fell apart.

2014-07-02 – Contacted eBay seller

The eBay seller was good enough to respond to me and suggested the following:
We recommend buyers to get 3rd party warranty in case something happen. eBay offers 3rd party warranty with SquareTrade (see below the item price). You can also buy CPS central extended warranty.

2014-07- Posted to Sony Xperia care support forum

Only one lame reply.

2014-07-10 – Turned to Twitter

2014-07-14 – Called Xperia care

I spent 10 minutes on the phone with Xperia care this afternoon. I recorded the call for quality assurance purposes and I’m still working on transcribing the ridiculous conversation I had.

2014-07-23 – Called Xperia care (again)

I spent 32 minutes on the phone with Xperia care this evening. I got an RMA number.

2014-08-07 – Voicemail From Sony

I received a lengthy voicemail from Israle or Israel (sp?) at Sony’s Logistics Center in Laredo Texas. He explained that the phone seemed to be working properly and he would like to know more information about the problem.

2014-08-07 – Called Israle

This would prove easier said than done. Oddly, the 239-245-6245 phone number that appeared on my phone originates in Fort Myers Florida. I placed a call to this number and spoke to Jerry(?) at Sony Xperia Support. He informed me that there were no updates to my RMA and made no attempt to put me in contact with Israle.

2014-08-08 – Call Israle Directly

I jumped online and found the direct number to the Sony Laredo Logistics Center is 1-866-357-6230. I spoke to Jeff(?) who asked for my work order number, Event ID, phone number, serial number, tracking number, RMA number, and name, but could not find record of my existence in his IT system. After 11 minutes of haggling Jeff suggested I call back with the FedEx tracking number.

2014-08-08 – Israle Calls

Ten minutes after hanging up with Jeff, Israle called back. He suggested that the charging dock might be defective. I explained that the dock was not the problem. He called back 5 minutes later and acknowledged that he saw the problem with the charging port.

2014-08-13 – Received Repaired Phone

Ran it under water, submerged it, and it seems like the phone is repaired.

2014-08-14 – Visited AT&T

I stopped by my local AT&T store and found that Sony failed to include the SIM tray with phone when they returned it.


2014-08-14 – Contacted Sony Xperia care

I browsed over to and submitted the following e-mail.

My message:
I just received my repaired Xperia Z2 back from the Laredo Logistics Center, but the tray for the SIM card was not included with the phone. Please send a replacement tray as the phone cannot be used without it. The RMA number was 72314319821.

Thank you,
Craig Booth

2014-08-15 Ordered SIM Tray via eBay

I had a bad feeling Sony was going to royally fuck up again so I spent $14.41 to purchase a SIM try from an eBay vendor in Wickford, United Kingdom.

2014-08-18 Sony Responded

Sony’s response:

We apologize for the delay in our response. In regards to your inquiry, we are sorry to hear you are missing the SIM card holder of your Xperia™ Z2 but I will be glad to assist you. Please keep in mind that it would be normal for the repair center to not include any removable content of the device as these are advised to be removed before sending the device for a repair.

In this case, we will be glad to send you a replacement SIM card holder, however, that requires that you call in for continued support on placing a repair order. Please contact 1-866-766-9374 and provide the Interaction number #-########## to the Support Agent you speak to.


2014-08-18 Called Xperia care

This shit is getting old.

2014-08-22 Received Order Confirmation

It took 96 hours, but I received confirmation that Sony was sending me a replacement SIM try… in the next 14 business days.

A fully functioning accessory should be mailed to you within 14 business days from the date the order was created. Please note that this time estimate is only an estimate and any shortages in exchange stock may increase the time for your item to be delivered.

2014-08-25 Received SIM Tray via eBay

eBay saves the day again.

2014-08-29 Received SIM Try from Sony

This insane adventure in shitty customer service is officially done.