Linux: Changing your password from the CLI

by Paul Joyce

We all know that passwords are some of the most important pieces of information we have to remember, but on top of that we’re told we should change them regularly. This is all well and good, but do you know how to change your Linux password when you can’t get into the X windows manager? […]

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Raspberry Pi Day2: Setting it up

by Paul Joyce

So unlike most of the computer I’ve bought in the past, the Raspberry Pi doesn’t come with its own operating system pre-installed (which actually saves me the time of removing, what is usual, Microsoft Windows). In fact the reason you can’t just plug in the Pi and boot it up first time is that the […]

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Raspberry Pi Day1: Introduction (Model B)

by Paul Joyce

So I finally bit the bullet and purchased a Raspberry Pi. I was hardly quick to jump on the bandwagon as the first model of the Pi came out in Feb last year (2012). I managed to get my hands on the model B version for only £30 from Amazon, quite a bargain even though […]

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Chrome locking up with .pki/nssdb directory error

by Paul Joyce

After re-installing Ubuntu 12.04 back on my laptop I noticed that Google Chrome was quite unstable. I was using version 28.0.3, but every time I opened it up it asked if I wanted to set it as my default browser. Every time I clicked yes. Every time it failed to remember it when I came […]

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Checking if an element is hidden with jQuery – the correct method

by Paul Joyce

Over the last couple of days I’ve been reviewing code submitted by other programmers for an external project. Two of these developers, who shall remain nameless, were checking whether elements in a form were visible or not. This is quite a common scenario, jQuery is often used to hide, add and remove elements dynamically these […]

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Secure those WordPress 3.5.1 exploits

by Paul Joyce

Yesterday WordPress released version 3.5.2 of its famous blogging platform, patching many WordPress 3.5.1 vulnerabilities and exploits, but is it really worth the hassle of upgrading? I mean we all have better things to do at the weekend than go around fixing WordPress. Don’t even get started on those Monday mornings either! Well first off […]

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Broken WP dashboard and stats panel

by Paul Joyce

Another week has gone by and another post needs to be written to explain why some people are probably seeing errors on their WordPress dashboard. Having trouble seeing your site stats from Jetpack, or being asked “Are you human?” … likelihood is your suffering the same Heart Internet ‘problems’ I am. Have you recently started seeing this […]

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How to secure WordPress: 4 tips to help lock it down

by Paul Joyce

With the recent spate of brute force attacks hitting WordPress installations around the world, its not surprising that hosting companies such as Heart Internet have taken some steps in protecting its users, even if it does raise a few eyeborws. But what can we, as users of WordPress, do to help protect our own blogs or […]

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Suspicious www.webhostingstatus.com popup for WordPress Admins

by Paul Joyce

Like me you’ve probably seen a lot of activity in the media recently about WordPress being targeted by hackers for weaknesses. Well today I looked at my WP installs dotted around the virtual world and saw that some of them had a suspicious popup appear before I could log in to the admin section. The […]

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How to order and group custom WordPress posts by their custom taxonomies

by Paul Joyce

Working on a project for a client, I needed to group an archive of custom post types by their categories. To complicate things further the categories were implemented as a custom taxonomy. On top of this the taxonomies had to be ordered alphabetically. After a lot of experimenting with loops and different configurations of arguments, […]

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