24 October 2018

Wordpress static front page without the scroll

Some people don't like to have to scroll too far to get to the footer of their static site and by default the Wordpress twenty seventeen theme adds extra pages. The answer provided by the kind guy at WPColt is to add a few lines to functions.php to increase or decrease the number of sections on your front page.

9 October 2018

GMail issue

The old GMail calendar

Okay, it's only a little thing...
I am subscribed to NASA's email feed for when the ISS passes overhead for me. I've been subscribed and I've viewed the ISS loads of times (it has been noted on my calendar 34 times for this year so far, and I've been on the mailing list for at least ten years) and it was always easy to add to my calendar:

Grab the date and time of the passge:

Click the Add button at the bottom of the calendar gadget and type "ISS", then paste the copied text from the email. The calendar gadget then sets up a calendar entry with the title "ISS Visible:" at the correct time, with the duration right, too.

All this has changed now with the new "improved" GMail. For a start, I have to just have a list of meetings, etc. to the right of the mail - not in a calendar format. Secondly, if I click New Event in this new calendar it does title the event SpottheStation, but has a stupid time and I cannot simply paste the text from the SpottheStation email because the new GMail calendar add-on cannot parse it.

This means that I need to spend time in here sorting out the calendar event in a longwinded fashion. I know you, dear reader, will say "Pfft, first world problem! That's not so difficult..." and I agree, but it was working brilliantly already and now has taken a huge leap backwards.
It doesn't even have alarm settings on the Add Event page, meaning you still need to go into the full calendar to change that.

PS. I clicked Post and was recommended I share the good news of my post with _all_ my followers on Google+ (which got closed down today)

22 February 2018

New Wordpress site

It's been a long time since I did paid website work, but I am pleased to say I have created a Wordpress-based website for Sebastien here: http://clave-immo.com

31 October 2017

Adding PlexPy to Plex

PlexPy is a really useful set of Python scripts to track your Plex usage (in a kind of overly needy way). I have set it to start on Windows startup using the instructions provided on PlexPy'sGitHub wiki page as a Windows Task Scheduler task. Hopefully, it will work well but I am writing this post as a reminder in case it fails and I can't remember where to look.
The cmd created is in the E:\Git folder as PlexPy.cmd and Task Scheduler is started with %windir%\system32\taskschd.msc

18 April 2017

Firefox Tinkerings 2

An update on the previous version of this subject. It seems that at some point between then and now, Mozilla has removed the browser.search.showOneOffButtons setting. To regain the original search bar type an add-on called OldSearchFixed is needed. Here are some other things that I have done today following a Firefox refresh:
  • Added Context Search X to enable RMB search menus
  • Moved CutyFox to the URL bar
  • Reauthorised KeeFox
  •  Other add-ons seem to get re-installed, but it looks like NoScript has lost all its settings

31 January 2016

Setting up VirtualBox

There are times when a virtual machine comes in handy and I did set one up last year for LightWave-related mularky, but removed it because I had no need. I need it again and find myself needing a refresher on how to do it, so I thought I'd document this time to make the next install easier.

Firstly, my installation of VirtualBox was only going to allow me to install a virtual 32-bit machine, even though it's running on a 64-bit machine. This was resolved with an update of the BIOS to the latest version. Right now, I'm installing my Windows 7 DVD, although it's taking a while (would have been faster to get https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/software-download/windows7).