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Fixing circular login failure commenting on Wordpress blog

Wed, 11/04/2018 - 10:52 -- James Oakley
Gravatar and Wordpress

Here's a technical problem I encountered a while back.

Someone wrote a blogpost using the Wordpress platform. I wanted to post a comment. I wrote my comment, and entered (as requested) my name and email address.

I then received a message that I have to log into my Wordpress account:

"You are being asked to login because {my email} is used by an account you are not logged into now."

So I enter what I thought was my Wordpress password, and I discover that I have remembered wrongly.

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Overcoming memory issues installing Drupal with Composer

Tue, 27/03/2018 - 16:34 -- James Oakley

Drupal 8 uses Composer for package management. You can still install a Drupal 8 site by downloading a tarball, but we're all encouraged to use Composer to download Drupal core and other dependencies and to keep things up to date.

I'm just starting to get my head around how Drupal 8 works, so that I can reach the point where I can build new sites in 8.x rather than 7.x, and in time migrate existing sites over. Composer is part of the learning curve for this.

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Beware fake domain invoices

Thu, 15/03/2018 - 12:00 -- James Oakley
A fake invoice received by email

There are many scams doing the rounds. People must fall for them often enough to make it worth the criminals' time to keep trying. Here's one which you'll likely meet if you ever register a domain name. If you've just registered your first domain name, there's a risk that your lack of experience will make you vulnerable to panic and respond. So I'll post this to unpick how this works, and to put your mind at ease that you can safely ignore these emails.

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Finding the privacy leak: CrxMouse

Thu, 22/02/2018 - 10:00 -- James Oakley
CrxMouse

I run various websites, and I keep a distant eye on which bits of them are popular and things like that. I'm always on the look out for anything that's not right, or any errors. I'd want to fix them; if you're going to have a website it needs to work properly so that people can use it, otherwise why bother?

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Facebook: Page or Group

Wed, 19/07/2017 - 10:56 -- James Oakley
Facebook - Page or Group
Image Credit: Facebook

A friend recently asked on Facebook about whether to use a Facebook Page or a Facebook Group for his newest project — or indeed whether to run both.

For what it's worth, here was my advice (now elaborated upon):

General Rule of Thumb: Choose

My general rule of thumb (which may be flawed) is that groups and pages have different pros and cons.

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Problem Ejecting USB Mass Storage Device - Try the Task Manager

Wed, 12/07/2017 - 10:34 -- James Oakley
USB Drive

Almost every Windows user is familiar with the problem. You have an external hard drive, or a pen drive, attached to your computer. You know the correct way to eject the device: Don't just yank out the lead, because it could corrupt data if the computer was in mid-write at the time. Instead, use the "Safely Remove Hardware and Eject Media" tool in the notification area of the taskbar.

But then comes the problem:

Problem Ejecting USB Mass Storage Device

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