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May 30, 2016

How to find a lost dog on the internet

Tonight, it was reported that some dogs went missing and I wanted to see exactly where the dogs went missing from, to determine the probability of the dogs being near us..

Often times, we don't have the exact address. Obviously having the exact address of the home where the dog normally lives helps us to determine the probability of the dog being in our general area.

One thing I got pretty good at when I was putting together the map of the neighborhood, is how to find out where people live using existing sources on the internet that are currently available to the general public.

So, tonight, the "missing dogs" post came from a Facebook group that I've been banned from. (I was banned over some housewives calling Fish and Fur which resulted in some wild animals being euthanized, which I'm personally against in a big way.)

So, in any event, some woman posted today in a Facebook group that her dogs were missing. And, I couldn't see the page, due to being banned. And, they gave the woman's name, but not her address. And I needed know what her address was so I could assess the probability of the dogs being in or around our neighborhood.

So, here's what I did. The message said essentially that the dogs belonged to
"Renee Wyatt . We live in the Timbers off of North Turkey Creek."

But, I'm not clear where "the timbers off of North Turkey Creek" is, exactly. So first, I searched for "timbers north turkey creek morrison":


From this, I determined that the zip code of the area in question is 80439.

Now, we go to the online voter registration database for the zip code 80439.

Now, you just search for the person's name, and we see that Renee Wyatt lives at 7156 TIMBERS DR, EVERGREEN, CO 80439.

From this, I was able to determine that the probability of a couple of missing lap dogs missing from this address have essentially zero chance of showing up at my house, as they're over 4 miles away, and the dogs are the size of prairie dogs.


Posted by Rob Kiser on May 30, 2016 at 10:15 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

Apple Sucks So Hard

Now, I'm trying to get my MacBook Air to connect to my shared drives on my home network over WiFi, and this is what I get:

"Diskstation" can't be opened because the original item can't be found.

Like that makes any fucking sense.


To fix this problem, you simply need to relaunch the Finder, and it will re-populate the list of shared devices. To do this, you can do one of the following:

1) Hold the Option key and right-click the Finder icon in the Dock, then select Relaunch.

2) Press Option-Command-Escape or choose Force Quit from the Apple menu, then select the Finder and click Relaunch.

3) Log out and log back in to your user account.

Posted by Rob Kiser on May 30, 2016 at 11:26 AM : Comments (0) | Permalink

Peaceful Hills

Posted by Rob Kiser on May 30, 2016 at 11:02 AM : Comments (0) | Permalink

May 8, 2016

I hate Windows 7 So Much There Aren't Words

So, the main thing I hate about Windows 7 is that the morons up in Redmon managed to break something that used to work perfectly. Somehow, they have fucked up the thumbnail cache so bad that no one can get their thumbnails to appear. There are countless posts on this issue, with many different solutions. But, as the old adage goes, "if there are many cures for a disease then, sadly, there is no cure."

My problem is that the thumbnails in question are on mapped drives. Mapped drives are as follows:

S:\ Synology Diskstation NAS
T:\ Buffalo Terastation NAS
W:\ WD ShareSpace NAS

I don't get thumbnails on any of these NAS devices.

I'm also not getting thumbnails on my local drives:
D:\My Pictures

I seriously want to strangle those stupid dolts up in Redmond, Washington. See...this used to work. And, if it didn't work, you could just right-click and select "Refresh Thumbnails", and it would fix the thumbnails. But don't you know those dimwits in Redmond weren't happy with that. They had to go and screw it up.


"In Windows XP, this was built right into Explorer. You could right click any image or video and click Refresh thumbnail. Unfortunately, this feature was lost with Windows Vista as it redesigned the way thumbnails are stored. It now stores them to a centralized cache for images and videos stored locally on the hard drive. So if a thumbnail fails to generate for some file or it is showing an incorrect thumbnail, there is no built-in way to refresh it."

So, let's start here:


Windows - R
Select drive C
Click OK.

"Disk cleanup is calculating how much space you will be able to free on OS (C:) This may take a few minutes to complete."

OK. I scrolled down and selected Thumbnails. Says it will free up 3.0 Mb. Woohoo!
I said OK.
Disk Cleanup will now clear the thumbnail cache and close.

So, it went away. I can't tell anything different, of course. I certainly don't have any thumbnails now.

Now, the second part:

To Clear and Reset Thumbnail Cache using a BAT File
1. Click on the Download button below to download the BAT file below.

OK. I downloaded the bat. Ran it. I still have no thumbnails. Nice.

Now, I'm creating a new entry in the Registry which will disable thumbnail cache, in theory:


User Key: [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\
Value Name: DisableThumbnailCache
Data Type: REG_DWORD (DWORD Value)
Value Data: (0 = enabled, 1 = disable cache)

Open your registry and find or create the key below.

Create a new DWORD value, or modify the existing value, called "DisableThumbnailCache" and set it according to the value data below.

Exit your registry; you may need to restart or log out of Windows for the change to take effect.

So, I rebooted. Not clear what it did, but I still don't have thumbnails. So there is that...

The other thing that I do is I go to Windows Explorer, and hit Tools - Folder Options - View - Display File icon on Thumbnails. I have no idea what this means, or what it does, but I check it on or off, periodically, always hoping for the best, mind you.

But this doesn't help, at this point. Still no thumbnails on my C or D drive. Nice.

Apparently, there is a free 3rd party app:

A third party free app called Thumbnail Refresh Tool lets you refresh thumbnails.


Download Thumbnail Refresh Tool from this page.

But the tool isn't there. Nice. And the articles I see are all about how to uninstall the virus called "Thumbnail Refresh Tool"...so I 'm not going there.


1. Check Windows Explorer Settings to see if thumbnails are disabled
1.1. Open any folder in and click ALT+T on the keyboard, then select 'Folder Options'

Folder Options Screenshot1

1.2. Click on the 'view' tab. Make sure that the checkbox next to 'Always show icons, never thumbnails' is unchecked. If it is checked, go ahead and uncheck it.

Oh Lord that fixed it. Thank God.

I now have thumbnails on my C: drive and my D: drive. And my S: drive.

Posted by Rob Kiser on May 8, 2016 at 9:19 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

May 5, 2016

KTM cutting out

This year, I noticed a problem with the KTM. I might have had this problem before, I can't really recall for sure. But basically, after I've been riding for a while, I notice that the bike is cutting out. Like, if you dump on the throttle, it's just not there. When it should jump up and run like a scalded dog, instead, it just sort of sputters and limps along. Eventually, I have to stop, or sometimes it just goes away.

I've tried various things to solve this issue. I'm not clear what it causing it, obviously. I was thinking it was bad gas or maybe it was overheating. I could never decide what was triggering it, really. And, the weirdest thing is that, if I pull the clutch in, then the bike runs fine. It will tach right up. But as soon as I let out the clutch, it starts sputtering and acting like it wants to die.

Finally, I decided to try something different. I decided that, when it started cutting out, I'd turn off the ignition, and then restart the engine to see if that fixed the problem. Yesterday, I did this and, surprisingly, it solved the problem. Like, I'm not saying it isn't still an issue, but I don't scratch my head and wonder if the engine is overheating, or the fuel filters are clogged, or the air filters are clogged. Turning then engine off and back on, while riding down the road, makes the problem go away immediately, so therefore, it's something wrong with the computer and or the sensors, it seems to me.

I will try to contact KTM and see what their thoughts are on this issue. In the mean time, I'll try researching in on the intertubes. Seems like I'm not the only one having this problem.


Update: Yesterday and today (5/7 and 5/8/16), I noticed that the problem did not occur. On both of these days, it was freezing cold, and the temperature bar/indicator never got above the 1/2 way mark. So, when it's cold, this isn't occurring. That makes me think it's not related to the battery at all. I think it's occurring when the bike gets hot, for whatever reason.

Posted by Rob Kiser on May 5, 2016 at 12:34 PM : Comments (2) | Permalink