Saturday, September 16, 2017

Disable Microsoft Windows 10 Telemetry

I had been using LibreOffice, and decided I would try Microsoft Office 356 ProPlus. After installing, but before I had opened any Microsoft Office programs, I noticed high disk usage. I opened the Task Manager and noticed Microsoft Telemetry was at the top of the disk usage column.

The Telemetry base program is at C:\Windows\System32\CompatTelRunner.

To turn off Microsoft Windows 10 telemetry, follow these instructions.

Press the Start button and type: gpedit.msc

Run the Local Group Policy Editor

Choose: Computer Configuration --> Administrative Templates --> Windows Components --> Data Collection and Preview Builds

Double-click: Allow Telemetry

Choose "Disabled" and press OK.

Disable the Microsoft Office Click-to-Run Service by pressing the Start button and typing services.msc
Find the Click-to-Run service and set it to Manual (so it will be able to run when a Office program tries to start it) and Stop the running process.

Press Start button and type: Task Scheduler
In the Task Scheduler application, in the left panel click on Task Scheduler Library. Look under Microsoft and disable any scheduled (if there are any) Telemetry tasks. Right-click the scheduled task and choose Disable.

While you are doing this, you may also want to disable the Geolocation Service. Press the Start button and type: services.msc

The Services application will start. Under the Name column, look for Geolocation Service. This process may be started even when it is set to "Manual". Double-click Geolocation Service. Change Startup Type to "Disabled". Stop the service if it is already running.

Microsoft Office stores usage and telemetry info about the Office products. Click the Start button and type: telemetry. Choose "Telemetry Dashboard for Office 2016". This will open an Excel document which shows the telemetry collection workflow.

Read more about Microsoft telemetry data collection at this link.

Sunday, September 03, 2017

Bitcoin Reading List, Part 3

These two posts have two prior Bitcoin reading lists.

The original Bitcoin Whitepaper, by Satoshi Nakamoto, is a short read.

This is a good podcast to learn more about wallets and specifically the beginner-friendly Exodus wallet.

Saturday, September 02, 2017

Ethereum Mining Backup

With the size of the Ethereum block chain always increasing, it is important to occasionally back up your copy of the ledger. In case your PC crashes, you will not have to start downloading the block chain from block zero.

Shut down any running geth processes

Make a backup of your keystore:
C:\Desktop>copy %APPDATA%\Ethereum\keystore\* .
1 file(s) copied.

Mentally make a backup of the password for your keystore.

Back up the downloaded Ethereum blockchain:
C:\Users\Desktop>geth export ethereum_blockchain_20170830
INFO [08-30|12:38:28] Allocated cache and file handles database=C:\Users\AppData\Roaming\Ethereum\geth\chaindata cache=128 handles=1024
INFO [08-30|12:38:30] Loaded most recent local header number=4220763 hash=39eda3…fd5e71 td=810099527882589796805
INFO [08-30|12:38:30] Loaded most recent local full block number=4220763 hash=39eda3…fd5e71 td=810099527882589796805
INFO [08-30|12:38:30] Loaded most recent local fast block number=4220763 hash=39eda3…fd5e71 td=810099527882589796805
INFO [08-30|12:38:30] Exporting blockchain file=ethereum_blockchain_20170830
INFO [08-30|12:38:30] Exporting batch of blocks count=4220764
INFO [08-30|12:49:53] Exported blockchain file=ethereum_blockchain_20170830
Export done in 11m22.8688061s