Monthly Archives: December 2014

Spam Login Accounts

If you are a human reading this, I appreciate you checking out my blog. Also, if you have registered for an account on the site, and it was deleted, please accept my apologies. Every few weeks I have to delete around a hundred or so spambot email accounts from various domains. I have plugins to attempt to foil these idiots, but of course it’s not foolproof. If you have attempted to create a legitimate account to comment on posts and it was deleted, please send me a message and I can watch out for your account.

It’s sad that such a thing is necessary, but it’s the world we live in.

Windows 7 – Unable to start or stop services

If you’ve read past posts, you know that I run Synergy to connect my Windows 7 desktop to my Linux desktop, with the Windows box being the Synergy server. Although previously I found a way to not make my entire game minimize when my mouse crosses systems, I still need to disable it from time to time, because especially in some FPS games, moving the mouse to the right will cause the cursor to move to my Linux system and then in the game I’m playing, my character freezes until I move it back. Effectively I’m unable to turn or sometimes look to the right.  To prevent this, I disable Synergy.  After a recent fresh reload of Windows 7, I attempted to disable or enable Synergy, and received the following message:


Now the first obvious question was “Is my account an Administrator?” and yes, it certainly was. After some unfruitful searching, I noticed another uncommon sight. On the “Processes” tab, the button that says “Show processes from all users” was available:


The shield icon told me that Administrator privileges were required. I clicked the button, which of course showed all processes, and then tried to disable Synergy again — and this time it worked! It turns out that clicking that button somehow authenticated my ID within the Task Manager application, so now I had enough access to start and stop all the services I want. For some reason, every time I open the Task Manager, I’m still presented with that button, and it must be clicked in order to accomplish my goals — why it doesn’t persist between invocations is still a mystery — that’s how my previous Windows 7 installation performed. Either way, it’s a quick fix to a big issue.