Matthew's Law: If a bug exists, I will encounter it

The story of how I hit every single technical issue imaginable and am possibly cursed

I seem to have a weird ability to break software, and encounter issues with any technical device I use. This is a growing list of these experiences, populated as they happen. A small number of major ones are mentioned from before this page was started, however I forget most due to the frequency at which these issues occur.

  • My bank account got de-synchronised

    Status: resolved

    I used to have a credit card with a local bank, that I used for a few re-occurring bills. One month I noticed that my payment wasn't going through, despite it stating it was successful. I also had a late payment fee from the prior month, when I did not miss the payment.

    After going into a branch of this bank, they realised that the credit card department and accounts department had become de-synchronised. My credit card was receiving the payments fine, but the accounts department had no record of the transactions taking place. On the credit card side, there was no late fee. On the accounts side, there was.

    After an hour in the branch, they had resolved the issue. Despite it being resolved, I kept getting phantom credit interest charges which they were unable to explain until I closed the account.

  • I received a false-positive Valve Anti Cheat (VAC) ban

    Status: unresolved

    VAC is a fairly well known Anti-Cheat used by many games on the Steam platform. In 2014, I received a ban in the game Rust. A game which was at the time using another Anti-Cheat known as EasyAntiCheat. Meaning I got a ban from Anti-Cheat software that the game was not even actively using.

    VAC bans are notoriously permanent, and getting any information about them is next to impossible. Due to this, I can only speculate on what caused it. My running theory is a software debugger as I used to develop software whilst idling in Rust. I no longer write software while playing games that have Anti-Cheat systems.

  • Chrome DevTools breaks the internet for me

    Status: unresolved

    There are numerous websites that do not function correctly for me when using Chrome DevTools. This is across multiple Chrome profiles, multiple computers, and even multiple operating systems. I can create a new profile on a new computer, and these issues will occur.

    A significant example, is the Clipchamp Create video editor. This is software that I work on as my occupation. No one else in the company experiences these issues, and we've been unable to debug why I in particular encounter this issue. If any Chrome developer reads this, the website starts loading until first paint, and then refreshes. Closing DevTools allows the site to load correctly, and it can be used fine if opened after loading has completed.

  • My >6k+ member Discord has been targeted with a permission-bypass twice

    Status: unknown

    On two separate occasions, bugs in Discord have been used to spam my Discord guild. The first was a bug in the way Discord handles Webhook permissions, allowing `@everyone` to be used. The second allowed a user to just use `@everyone` as themselves, not much is known about the cause of this aside from it being used on a few Minecraft-related Discord guilds at the same time.

    This isn't too big an issue, however members of the guild go absolutely crazy every time this happens. The first time, I had someone PM me to let me know they were reporting me to the FBI for "gross negligence" 😂.

  • Sometimes my Mac thinks I only have hearing in my left ear

    Status: unresolved

    Every so often my Mac decides to slowly set the sound balance to the far left for all my audio devices. I can usually notice this rather quickly, but it's the most peculiar bug with macOS I have ever encountered.