Google: Local Guides level 5 – You’re a Local Guides pro

Level 5: 500+ Points

As a Level 5 Local Guide, you can:

Get access to test new Google products before public release
Apply to attend our Level 5 Local Guides summit

 

This is the highest level you can currently achieve with Google Local Guides.  Other levels have nice Benefits.  Like 1TB of Google Drive storage.  I travel a lot for work and I tried to writing on a lot of different sites like Travelzoo, yelp, etc.  I fixated on maps.google.com mainly because it is ubiquitous and fairly easy to add info.  I hope you enjoy one of my piratical posts on any of the several hundred locations.

 

 

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Resolved: Microsoft Office 2010 Copy and Paste Stopped Keeping Source Formatting if Skype Click to Call is Installed

Written in 2011 – http://myitforum.com/myitforumwp/2012/06/19/resolved-microsoft-office-copy-and-paste-stopped-keeping-source-formatting-if-skype-click-to-call-is-installed/

 

I noticed recently that my copy and paste in Microsoft Office 2010 stopped keeping the source formatting.  It was only allowing the paste of text only.  If you were to check for paste special it would show only a capital A.

I noticed that if you closed all internet browsers except Firefox the issue would resolve.

Turns out SKYPE Click to Call Plug in is causing the issue

Uninstall SKYPE Click to Call.

Everything works well again!

Marriott and SPG: Better together if you have Status

As of September 2016 Marriott purchased SPG.  If you have status  with any of the following (high enough) then you have status at them all!

  • Marriott
  • SPG
  • Delta
  • United

Marriott Platinum or SPG Platinum gives you the other. http://Members.marriott.com

Marriott Platinum Status gives you United Silver – https://mrrewardsplus.com

United Mileage Plus Gold or Higher Gives you Marriott Gold – https://secure.unitedmileageplus.com/reg/rewards_plus/index.htm

SPG Platinum gives you Delta Silver –https://www.starwoodhotels.com/preferredguest/account/benefits/delta/confirm.html

Delta  Diamond or Platinum Medallion  gives you SPG status – https://www.delta.com/profile/spgLanding.action

Uber gives you SPG points – https://www.spgpromos.com/uber/?EM=VTY_SPG_UBER_PROMOTION?iataNumber=33707800&wps=96635464&siteID=76t2eiQKcUU-gphD_XQGfwK95PBXt1sp4A

Basically it is a very good day for domestic travel.

Windows 10 FIX: WebEx does not support IE 11 or Edge

Looks like WebEx does not yet work with Edge nor IE11 in Windows 10.  WebEx only says it should work.  Yet some people have issues.  The follow is the workaround

WebEx says not Supported https://support.webex.com/MyAccountWeb/knowledgeBase.do?articleId=WBX87246

Issue

W10 WebEx IE11 Error

Fixes

Chrome

Use the Extension IETab

IE11

  1. F12 (Developer Tools)
  2. Emulation Tab
  3. Change “user agent string” to “Internet Explorer 10″
W10 WebEx IE11 work around
W10 WebEx IE11 work around

Edge

  1. F12 (Developer Tools)
  2. Emulation Tab
  3. Change “user agent string” to “Internet Explorer 10″
W10 WebEx EDGE work around
W10 WebEx EDGE work around

Windows 10 Event 10016 Fix: The application-specific permission settings do not grant Local Activation permission for the COM Server application with CLSID {D63B10C5-BB46-4990-A94F-E40B9D520160} and APPID {9CA88EE3-ACB7-47C8-AFC4-AB702511C276} to the user NT AUTHORITY\LOCAL SERVICE SID (S-1-5-19) from address LocalHost (Using LRPC) running in the application container Unavailable SID (Unavailable). This security permission can be modified using the Component Services administrative tool.I a

Ran into a lot of DCOM (DistributedCOM) errors on Windows 10 machines after upgrades.  Looks like the TrustedInstaller from a previous application and the RunTime Broker did not give System and Local Administrators permission during a Windows 10 upgrade.  It just an annoying thing but also slows down a windows 10 Login.

The Error

The application-specific permission settings do not grant Local Activation permission for the COM Server application with CLSID 
{D63B10C5-BB46-4990-A94F-E40B9D520160}
 and APPID 
{9CA88EE3-ACB7-47C8-AFC4-AB702511C276}
 to the user NT AUTHORITY\LOCAL SERVICE SID (S-1-5-19) from address LocalHost (Using LRPC) running in the application container Unavailable SID (Unavailable). This security permission can be modified using the Component Services administrative tool.

Background

It would appear that an Apple application was installed on these machines at some point and that it did not do a proper install.  The W10 upgrade exacerbated the issue due to missing security accounts after a W10 upgrade.  The fix is to give local administrators and System rights to the DCOM.  To do this you have to modify premissions on two registry keys and then change the DCOM premissions.  Pretty easy to do.

FIX

Regedit Take Ownership

You will need to take ownership then set rights against two different keys.  The keys are:

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AppID\{9CA88EE3-ACB7-47c8-AFC4-AB702511C276}
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{D63B10C5-BB46-4990-A94F-E40B9D520160}
  1. Open Regedit with Administrators privileges and navigate to the keys above (remember you have to do this twice)
    1. WinKey + X >> Command Prompt (Admin) >> Type in Regedit
  2. Right click the key >> permissions
  3. Click advanced
  4. At the top change the Owner to COMPUTERNAME\Administrators
    1. Please note if you are domain joined you’ll have to change where you are searching from to your local computer
  5. Look in the Permission Entries field
    1. If the local system administrators group is listed ensure it has full control
    2. if the administrators group is not listed add it and give it full control.  (note you can only do this if you are a member of the administrators group and it is now the owner)
  6. Click okay a lot >> Ensure you apply permissions to all child objects

Change DCOM Permissions

Need to ensure DCOM permissions are setup

  1. Open DCOMCNFG as an Administrator
    1. WinKey + X >> Command Prompt (Admin) >> Type in DCOMCNFG
  2. Navigate to Component Services >> Computers >> My Computer >> DCOM Config
  3. Find the RunTimeBroker  >> Right Click >> Properties >> Security Tab
  4. Launch and Activation Permissions >> Edit >> Add System and give it full control
    1. I also added the Administrators group just for testing

While changing permissions I was prompted several times to remove bad account references.  I did this as the computer knows which accounts have been removed.

Summary

At this point you should have sorted the DCOM errors.  Give your computer a reboot and away you can go.

Windows 10 Upgrade Path is Language Specific

The silent upgrade of Windows 10 is dependent upon matching languages.  This may seem obvious when thinking about English versus French.  How about US-EN (409 or 1033) versus EN-GB (2057)?  Turns out that the CB, CBB, etc version you download will really matter.  As the error provided by SMSTS logs are opaque to say the least.  Mike Terrill discovered the issue by running the upgrade in a loud (non silent) mode.

Unfortunately this means that you need even more versions of the ISO on your Distribution Points.

The WQL query for checking the language upgrade for EN-US

select * from Win32_OperatingSystem where OSLanguage = "1033" and OSArchitecture = "64-bit"

The WQL query for checking the language upgrade for EN-GB

select * from Win32_OperatingSystem where OSLanguage = "2057" and OSArchitecture = "64-bit"

Microsoft ConfigMgr and the over ambitious percent complete

The Percent complete of the Task Sequence popup rounds up.

I discovered this working through testing Windows 10 upgrade and bare metal.  That means Microsoft thinks any action is at least 1%.  it also means that an action is not complete until 101%.  This explains why so many progress bars in the past showed 100% complete yet they are not.  I wonder if anyone knows the reasoning and background story.

notice that the transfer of files via 1E Nomad shows accuracy to 3 decimal points yet the Progress bar rounds up.
notice that the transfer of files via 1E Nomad shows accuracy to 3 decimal points yet the Progress bar rounds up.