A week with the Panasonic Lumix GX80 / GX85

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Micro Four Thirds, mirrorless camera released 2016

I recently picked up this nifty ‘new’ camera, the Panasonic GX80 (or GX85 if in USA), after getting the notion into my head that I wanted to do more photography, but noticing that I often neglect to bring my Nikon D7100 with me on more occasions. I’ve lamented on a few occasions not having anything more than my phone with me, and whilst that’s better than nothing, my OnePlus 7T Pro really doesn’t give me what I’d like.

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Kaspersky Removal Tool (still) breaking Volume Shadow Copy and System Protection

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Windows

Spent tonight troubleshooting why my PC hasn’t successfully managed to do a System Image Backup in a few weeks – Event Viewer indicating an error 0x8000ffff and Backup indicating error 0x81000019. If you’re having problems with System Protection and have used Kaspersky for your antivirus, read on.

A merry dance ensued, the usual suspects ran (SFC, DISM). For a while, I thought the backup drive was just corrupt – a CHKDSK turned up a bunch of stuff. Sadly, not a solution in any of the above cases.

The real key turned out to be that I noticed that System Restore was also not working; error 0x81000203. This could be seen in the System Properties > System Protection tab. Some googling indicated possible issues with a tool called TuneUp Utilities, which I had used but a very long time ago. Those pages also tried to suggest turning off your antivirus.

On a hunch, I did some more searching based on my antivirus, Kaspersky. I found this old blog post – https://rjcuk.blogspot.com/2016/09/kaspersky-removal-tool-bug.html – and true indeed, I had used the removal tool to repair an issue I was having with my Kaspersky installation. So, despite the age of that post, and other links asserting that this bug had been fixed, it has not, as can be seen from my screenshot below.

The important hive path highlighted, with the offending key circled; it should include Windows’ own “volsnap” entry in addition

Appending ‘volsnap’ at the end manually was enough, after a restart, to fully reactivate System Protection and System Image Backup. Note, a restart is required – adding the key was not effective immediately.

Post-repair hive entry; all working!

Anyway, making this post mainly in case anyone else finds this issue and needs another search hit for the solution, especially a more recent example. If it saves someone a few hours, then I’ll feel more justified!

New design, new focus for 2018

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Hi again after a long time of neglecting this site!

I have given it a bit of an overhaul and still some changes to make as time goes on, but the intention is for it to focus on photography and programming projects; I have a 2018 aim for 3 new apps to be on the Google Play store so that’s something, and I have a few ReactJS and NodeJS projects in the pipeline.

Feel free to drop me your comments!

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Pokémon ‘NO’ – launch issues and first impressions of Pokémon GO!

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Pokémon GO

How do you mess up the launch of a huge franchise like Pokémon? It’d be hard to, really, it’s one of the most popular gaming franchises out there and when a new game is out, all people want to do is pick it up and play.

Which is exactly how Niantic and Nintendo screwed this up.

As we speak, it still seems like the servers are down. There are thousands of third-party installed APKs on Android, and the rest are clamouring in fear of bans, bugs and of fearing being left behind in a persistent world, being the have-nots in a world of haves.
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Divided Kingdom – the Referendum

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Buckingham Embroidery

The referendum is over; I’m so very disappointed right now. The United Kingdom, collectively, has decided in its referendum; that a fraction over half the country would prefer to leave the EU, rather than stay. Most people, including the leave campaigners, seem fairly taken aback by this, some of them going as far as to say if they knew it would really happen, they’d have changed their mind. The less said about such protest voters the better.

Buckingham Embroidery

I have never felt less British; indeed, I woke today feeling that the term ‘United Kingdom’ meant nothing to me anymore, those last few strings emotively tying me to that term have been cut. I feel profoundly sad that the remain campaign focused so much on the negative things, and failed to sell the vision of a prosperous, cultural, united Europe. The Europe of people and places and diversity, where we felt proud to be European in that way and felt like we were part of something bigger. I feel that those who have already benefited from the best parts of the EU, as well as their lifetime of free education, strong pensions, have now decided that because too many new people seem to be arriving they want a new generation to be pulled away; a generation that overwhelmingly fell on remain when they voted. Read More