Not a Good day at Hurstville

Coming home from a couple of SIG meetings, this afternoon:

Home just now — a death on the Southern Line at Como, apparently.

The Police naturally blocked the line for TWO HOURS.

What an absolute abuse of power! The Railways should insist on no more than 15 minutes delay. How long does it take to make 50 photographs and remove the body with dignity? Not two hours.

We were huddled outside Hurstville Station in the rain, waiting for buses for an hour and a half — NOT ONE RAILWAY BUS ARRIVED. They were all School buses or regular Shopping buses (destination Miranda Fair etc).

Finally a Railway spokesman came out to tell us that the trains were back. It took 30 minutes for the crush to turn around and push our way down to the platform.

Not a good day.

Windows 10 Build 10122 Stuck – With Error Message

After 24 hours, VMware gives an Error Message about an “unrecoverable error: (vcpu-0)” and points to a log file (in the host OS, Windows 8.1) for explanation:

C:\Users\bob\Documents\Virtual Machines\Windows 10 x64\vmware.log

2015-05-25T13:37:09.197+10:00| vcpu-0| I120: CoreDump: ei->size 18300928 : len = 18300928
2015-05-25T13:37:09.197+10:00| vcpu-0| I120: Backtrace:
2015-05-25T13:37:09.338+10:00| vcpu-0| I120: backtrace[00] frame 0x06f8ee98 IP 0x7ff714e7f14e params
0 0xfe19d480 0x45086e0 0x6f84546 ??? [C:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\VMware Player\x64\vmware-vmx.exe base 0x7ff714e30000 0x0001:0x0004e14e]

2015-05-25T13:37:09.338+10:00| vcpu-0| I120: backtrace[01] frame 0x06f8f7c0 IP 0x7ff714e592e0 params
0x7ff7154dd548 0x7ff7155e72d0 0x5f1 0x6f8f840 ??? [C:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\VMware Player\x64\vmware-vmx.exe base 0x7ff714e30000 0x0001:0x000282e0]

2015-05-25T13:37:09.338+10:00| vcpu-0| I120: backtrace[02] frame 0x06f8f800 IP 0x7ff7151ce195 params
0x10fb300 0x10fc180 0x1 0x110011c opus_repacketizer_destroy + 0x14ac15 [C:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\VMware Player\x64\vmware-vmx.exe base 0x7ff714e30000 0x0001:0x0039d195]

2015-05-25T13:37:09.385+10:00| vcpu-0| I120: backtrace[03] frame 0x06f8f900 IP 0x7ff7151ce570 params
0x4508340 0x1100100 0x81013f6b 0 opus_repacketizer_destroy + 0x14aff0 [C:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\VMware Player\x64\vmware-vmx.exe base 0x7ff714e30000 0x0001:0x0039d570]

2015-05-25T13:37:09.385+10:00| vcpu-0| I120: backtrace[04] frame 0x06f8f980 IP 0x7ff71501450e params
0x7ff7158ac710 0x7ff700000000 0x6f8f9c0 0x7ff7158ac710 ??? [C:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\VMware Player\x64\vmware-vmx.exe base 0x7ff714e30000 0x0001:0x001e350e]

2015-05-25T13:37:09.385+10:00| vcpu-0| I120: backtrace[05] frame 0x06f8f9b0 IP 0x7ff7153d3752 params
0x168 0x38a0000 0 0xa36313833 opus_repacketizer_destroy + 0x3501d2 [C:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\VMware Player\x64\vmware-vmx.exe base 0x7ff714e30000 0x0001:0x005a2752]

2015-05-25T13:37:09.385+10:00| vcpu-0| I120: backtrace[06] frame 0x06f8fa00 IP 0x7ff71540ecfe params
0x33000000 0x168 0 0 opus_repacketizer_destroy + 0x38b77e [C:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\VMware Player\x64\vmware-vmx.exe base 0x7ff714e30000 0x0001:0x005ddcfe]

2015-05-25T13:37:09.385+10:00| vcpu-0| I120: backtrace[07] frame 0x06f8fb70 IP 0x7ff7153d3a1c params
0x7ff71555acb0 0x7ff7155272fc 0x3 0x7ff715a8b810 opus_repacketizer_destroy + 0x35049c [C:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\VMware Player\x64\vmware-vmx.exe base 0x7ff714e30000 0x0001:0x005a2a1c]

2015-05-25T13:37:09.385+10:00| vcpu-0| I120: backtrace[08] frame 0x06f8fbd0 IP 0x7ff714feb686 params
0x7ff714feb5c0 0 0 0 ??? [C:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\VMware Player\x64\vmware-vmx.exe base 0x7ff714e30000 0x0001:0x001ba686]

2015-05-25T13:37:09.385+10:00| vcpu-0| I120: backtrace[09] frame 0x06f8fbd8 IP 0x7fffe18313d2 params
0 0 0 0x7ff714feb5c0 BaseThreadInitThunk + 0x0022 [C:\WINDOWS\system32\KERNEL32.DLL base 0x7fffe1830000 0x0001:0x000003d2]

2015-05-25T13:37:09.385+10:00| vcpu-0| I120: backtrace[10] frame 0x06f8fc08 IP 0x7fffe1985444 params
0 0 0 0 RtlUserThreadStart + 0x0034 [C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\ntdll.dll base 0x7fffe1970000 0x0001:0x00014444] 2015-05-25T13:37:09.401+10:00| vcpu-0| I120: Msg_Post: Error

2015-05-25T13:37:09.401+10:00| vcpu-0| I120: [msg.log.error.unrecoverable] VMware Player unrecoverable error: (vcpu-0)
2015-05-25T13:37:09.401+10:00| vcpu-0| I120+ NOT_REACHED d:/build/ob/bora-2700073/bora/devices/ahci/ahci_user.c:1521
2015-05-25T13:37:09.401+10:00| vcpu-0| I120: [msg.panic.haveLog] A log file is available in "C:\Users\bob\Documents\Virtual Machines\Windows 10 x64\vmware.log".
2015-05-25T13:37:09.401+10:00| vcpu-0| I120: [msg.panic.requestSupport.withoutLog] You can request support.
2015-05-25T13:37:09.401+10:00| vcpu-0| I120: [msg.panic.requestSupport.vmSupport.vmx86]
2015-05-25T13:37:09.401+10:00| vcpu-0| I120+ To collect data to submit to VMware technical support, run "vm-support".
2015-05-25T13:37:09.401+10:00| vcpu-0| I120: [msg.panic.response] We will respond on the basis of your support entitlement.
2015-05-25T13:37:09.401+10:00| vcpu-0| I120: ----------------------------------------
2015-05-25T13:37:09.401+10:00| vcpu-0| I120: USBGW: Write arbitrator op:13 len:19

And good luck deciphering that lot!


Build 10122 Stuck - With Error Message
Build 10122 Stuck – With Error Message

Windows 10 Build 10122 Stuck – CANNOT SHUT DOWN

Somehow, this build has got stuck. I cannot bring up the Start Screen either by hitting the Windows Key, clicking the Start Button or by hitting Cntrl + Escape.

I also cannot bring up the Notifications screen to flip in and out of Tablet Mode. This usually brings back the Start Screen.

A final resort: Since I am running Windows 10 under VMware, I can click the 3-squares-icon (Send Ctrl+Alt+Del to virtual machine). This succeeded in bringing up the blue shutdown screen, but none of the options (like Shut down, Restart or even Cancel) have any effect.

********** THIS LOOKS LIKE THE END OF WINDOWS 10 **********


Build 10122 Unable to Close
Build 10122 Unable to Close

To add insult to injury, I can turn on Narrator and it dutifully tells me what I am doing — AND THEN THE OS DOES NOTHING !

Build 10122 - Narrator On, but still unable to Close

Build 10122 – Narrator On, but still unable to Close

Lost in Google Earth

I was just using the latest Google Earth — I’ve loved using it for many years. The best feature is Street View. If only it was easy to navigate in.

I was looking for a local computer shop in a nearby suburb. Its address was given as a certain number, such-and-such main Road. The store itself is at the side of a building fronting on that main Road.

I know — I’ll use Google Earth to get a look. Well, the plan view was excellent, but as soon as I used the “little yellow man”, I could hardly control the navigation at all. It would swoop around out of control and freeze with typical “speed motion” smears like the following:

Where is my computer shop
Lost in Google Earth

Oh well, back to practise more with Google Earth. The store? MSY.

New Opera Browser (17.0) has same bug as in Chrome

My current Opera version is shown as:

Version 12.16
Build 1860
Platform Win32
System Windows 7

“Check for Updates” gives “Opera Is Up-to-Date” without saying what that version is.

Well, when I saw the new version 17.0 was available, I thought I would try it.

It installed properly, but it has the same bug that has been in the Chrome Browser for several years. I was amazed. How was this possible? Then, on the new “About” page it announces that it is:

Made possible by the Chromium open source project and other open source software.

Well, that explains it. And here’s the bug:

Html pages with tables of large integers can be made to “wrap” around when the page size is reduced (either by reducing the width of the window on a PC or actually viewing the page on a phone or tablet). The way to do this is to insert “­” (or soft-hyphens) into the long strings every ten characters or so.

That all works correctly in Chrome, the old Opera and the new.

However, when you copy and paste any parts of these strings with an invisible (or visible) hyphen, these strings appear with the hyphens visible in Chrome and the new Opera. Incredible.

So, if I want to select any of these strings, I now have to drop them into say, Notepad or Wordpad, edit out the hyphens, then paste the result into the target application.

The old Opera did this without including the hyphens, the new one does not.

I will now uninstall the all-new Opera 17.0 and continue to use 12.16 from now on.

Try copy and paste on this number and you’ll see what I mean:

p46 = 5467851482­5724108732­8008167414­2305529138­322441