Chrome 45 attacks WordPress admin menu

wordpress-chrome-broken-mergedChrome has taken a turn towards the dark side and has attacked the WordPress admin menu. Luckily there’s a simple workaround and a bug report has been filed which will hopefully lead to a fix soon!

The bug is specifically Chrome related (you can read more here) and they are currently working on a fix that should see it’s way into version 46 stable.

There are several fixes for this bug, rated in (my) order of best solutions:

  1. visit: chrome://flags/#disable-slimming-paint (<< unclickable, you’ll have to enter it yourself :) ) in your browser and select ENABLE (from comment #42). The quickest and easiest solution.
    Screenshot 2015-09-10 08.09.28
  2. Add the following action to the WordPress’ functions.php file (from comment #37):
    function admin_menu_fix() {
      echo '<style>
        #adminmenu { transform: translateZ(0); }
    add_action('admin_head', 'admin_menu_fix');
  3. Collapse and re-Expand the Admin menu is a temporary fix, as is refreshing the screen, but that’s a PITA.
  4. There is also a chrome extension that also deals with this issue: more can be found out here
  5. There is also WordPress plugin, and it will ALSO do the trick. I don’t mean to detract from the developer, but I am very anti installing unnecessary plugins if you really don’t need to. But the fact I haven’t provided you a link only means you’ll spend longer looking for it than you would have spent if you just go and change the option in Chrome settings.
  6. Wait for a fix, which SHOULD be in appearing in an update near you soon :)

#3, and #6 really aren’t options. #4 and #5 are workarounds that will only help users who experience the problem with WordPress and no other sites that are also affected (although this does appear to be somewhat limited), leaving #2 (which is also only a WordPress fix) and is way too much overkill.

And the winner is?

The best solution is #1 and this will take you all of about 5 seconds. It is the BEST solution because this fixes other areas the bug affects (which for me) is my gMail menu where things haven’t been right for a while but a refresh fixed it. In fact, refreshing the page in WordPress also fixes it, as does collapsing and expanding the admin menu.

Anyway, you AND I have spent far too long on this post! So go ahead, open the above in your browser and fix the menu :)


Bluetooth connecting to Phone Audio only, not Media Audio

beats-studio-wireless-headphones-xlHas this ever happened to you??

It was annoying me today. I was going for a long walk and I wanted to enjoy my favourite game (Ingress—come join the resistance!), but the audio wouldn’t come to my headphones. I had to sit down and work this out.

I’d realised recently that my car was only playing Phone Audio through the bluetooth which left the phone’s media on the phone. I remember thinking at the time, “I don’t remember doing that”, but since it suited me (I don’t play phone media through my car stereo), I didn’t pursue it. In fact, I’d seen the setting before and just assumed that at one time, I must have actually changed it.

But when I check the Beats headset, it was also set to Phone Audio only.

No problem, I tapped the Media Audio checkbox and waited… and waited… and it times out, unchecking the box.

Strange, I “forgot” the headset and repaired the two.

Still no media audio.

I then turned off the headphones and turned them back on, reconnected them and STILL no media audio.

I had initially thought it was a problem with the headset, so I’m googling Beats Wireless problems, then I thought about the phone, Samsung S5, but I was drawing a blank. Then just googling bluetooth problems generally with phone and media audio I find that I am certainly not alone!


Fix: Reboot the phone! 

Sure enough, I reboot the phone, reconnect the headphones and Media Audio has returned.

I then went about fixing the amount of green that had begun to pollute my area. :D

How to STOP the Incessantly Annoying Picasa Web Album Notifications!

GalleryIf you’ve wound up here, then I gather you too can’t stand the annoying Picasa Web Albums notifications on your Android device.

I thought I’d tried EVERYTHING but inevitably they return, and I have several Google accounts and as such, I get one notification for each of them. I have long since turned off all syncing options for photos, and numerous done a FORCE STOPs, yet these notifications persist, time after time after time.

If you’re anything like me, you’ve searched high and low on the Interwebs and tried everything you’ve ever read in every forum post, blog and comments… But theykeep coming back :(

Short of rooting your device and removing the Gallery app, or in some other way mod them from not appearing, here’s how I got rid of them. Continue reading “How to STOP the Incessantly Annoying Picasa Web Album Notifications!”

Change iTunes Language and Store Location

I had the need to setup my sister-in-law’s phone today from an iPhone 4 to an iPhone 6. In the process we needed to change her iTunes AppStore language from her default to English, and also change her store location. Even though her language settings had already been changed to English in the usual settings location, iTunes still had her in a foreign store with her home language.
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I can’t sum it up any better than the author already has:

I wrote a little tool for OS X to alleviate a constant pain point for me, the lack of click through on multi-monitor setups. You know how when you have an application in the background on OS X, you have to click the application once (to give focus), then click again to do something? This annoys me to no end on my multi-monitor setup, because I can see the thing I want to click on, but I have to click it twice to make it register.

XClickThrough solves this problem by capturing your click, figuring out what you were clicking on, setting that application front most, then clicking on the target element for you.

Just a couple of points to note:

  1. depending on your security settings, if the application doesn’t load up because it comes from an untrusted source, simply bring up the context menu (right click or two-finger click) and hold down Option as you click the menu option: Open, and
  2. as mentioned on the author’s page, on Mavericks, you’ll have to enable the app in Accessibility Security & Privacy Settings.



Screen Capture an Active Application Window in OSX

Here’s a handy little feature I didn’t know about it OSX. To take a screen capture of an application window use COMMAND + SHIFT + 4 then SPACE then move the cursor to the area to be captured and CLICK.

This is very handy. I use COMMAND + SHIFT + 3 and COMMAND + SHIFT + 4 all the time, and I had bumped into the clipboard copy by accident at one time, but the SPACEBAR shortcut is something to keep in the memory banks.

Here’s a complete list.

Command+Shift+3 Capture entire screen and save as a file
Command+Control+Shift+3 Capture entire screen and copy to the clipboard
Command+Shift+4 Capture dragged area and save as a file
Command+Control+Shift+4 Capture dragged area and copy to the clipboard
Command+Shift+4 then Space bar Capture a window, menu, desktop icon, or the menu bar and save as a file
Command+Control+Shift+4 then Space bar Capture a window, menu, desktop icon, or the menu bar and copy to the clipboard, mydomainwebhosting, mysql and localhost

I recently thought I would try a new webhost. I’ve been with my current one for a number of years, and the relationship, whilst not perfect, has stood the test of time.

I have opened up a web hosting account, mainly because the second ever domain (and every other–bar one–domain purchase has been through them). As a Domain Name Service, I haven’t had much to gripe about. In fact, the only thing I would like to see is a way to have a permanent number of domains show in the backend for administration. The default is 20 and I have more than that many domains, so to see all my domains I must reload the page with a higher number of domains to show… Nit picky, but it all takes times…

I have digressed…

I recently installed a wordpress installation on a mydomainwebhost. Whilst it was reasonably painless (it wasn’t without pain), it worked. I needed a call to customer support for a PHP4/5 support query, but otherwise, the install went ok. Until it came time to put in the MySQL server name.

Have you ever tried searching google for things involving “mydomain”? You get 1000’s, 100,000’s search results where people are asking questions about their domain and when they quote it, what do they use as an example domain name? “”. Which essentially makes it impossibly hard to find suitable and proper answers to your problem.

What did I find? doesn’t use the default “localhost” name for their mysql database server. It uses a lesser known (and hard to find) name of: ““. That is the name I found elsehwere on the net, and it worked for me. It SHOULD work for you.

Facebook Privacy–does it really exist?

I have toadmit, I am not really a facebook aficionado but I do concede that this is the way the world is going. I DO NOT like the attitude facebook takes with regard to privacy, and we have seen a lot of problems over the years… Everytime facebook changes their policy, we find ourselves having to change some very remote setting somewhere…

And, in September, 2011, it still hasn’t changed.

Do you like the new ticker? I have to admit, it’s cool for some things, but for everything you see someone do, they can see the same things you do–unless you have your privacy settings set correctly.

What is correctly?

Who knows. Only facebook knows what is truly behind their settings, and where they’re even hidden. But what I’ve found so far is that regardless of what privacy you had set before, now you have to do MORE to keep what little privacy you have left, safe!

So how do you do it?

Well, I’ve pretty much kept my (facebook) online presence reasonably quiet. But now it is screaming to everyone, briefly (and succinctly) all I can say is, change your settings again!

Ok, from what I’ve witnessed so far (and I’ll add to this post later), but for now:

click on the down arrow (top right screen), and
click on Privacy Settings
now you have to go down to “Apps and Websites” and click on “edit settings”.

At this point, you should see a “Apps you use” section. click on “edit settings” (again)…

Now, for EACH AND EVERY…. I’ll say that again… FOR EACH AND EVERY app you have installed in facebook, you MUST (I repeat) “MUST” go into each applications settings by clicking on the “Edit” button.

This time you are taken to an options screen and it is here the damage is done. Down on the bottom of the main area is a title: “App activity privacy”. Under this section there is an option that dictates who can see what from this application.


Prior to the ticker, people only found this info if the “app” posted to your wall. NOW, that is not the case. Now, if you want to keep anything “private” on facebook, you have to hide it from everyone.

What is the problem here?

The problem is that, IF you choose Friends of Friends (or even just friends) for any setting, then anything your friends do (in relation to YOUR action) will be visible to everyone else. This includes the simple act of playing a facebook game. (Do you really want your boss to know you play poker when you didn’t want him to know? Well, if he is a friend of a friend of yours, he will…


What you HAVE to do is change APP ACTIVITY PRIVACY to ME ONLY…

BUT to do that, you must first check the option to “CUSTOMISE” and then, in the next window, you should check “ME ONLY”

This is only going to half protect you from me, but really, you should do it…

Facebook security should really be called Facebook INSECURITY, because, really, there isn’t any!

Freeze rows/columns in OSX’s Numbers spreadsheet

You can’t easily freeze rows or columns in the “Excel sense” in Numbers–Apple’s version of a spreadsheet.

But what you can do is create header rows and header columns (the default grey ones) that ARE frozen.

In Numbers:
>> open the document inspector
>> table inspector (3rd option for me, looks like a yellow table)

There are three “headers” and “footers” drop downs. At the bottom of the first two is an option to FREEZE that element. This only applies to header and footer rows/columns, but that should about solve the problem. It’s not as nice as excel’s approach (which in my opinion is a little ‘cleaner’), but it works.

accented characters in osx

selectable accents for the letter 'a'
selectable accents

UPDATE: I upgraded my OS X to Mountain Lion recently and I am not sure if it is as a result of the upgrade, or some other setting change I may have made, but now if I hold down a letter key for a short period, I get a tool-tip style box (right) that then allows me to select the appropriate accent. This doesn’t work for all letters, but it does make it more convenient.

I had a need to be able to print accented characters on certain letters, mainly being vowels, but potentially others as well. Most character sets have a limited set of accents, and most of them only apply to certain letters, and others don’t have the accents I want.

For example I want to print 5 main types of accents, being:

à á ā â ǎ

another example

x̀ x́ x̄ x̂ x̌

I’m using a macbook pro and pages in OSX, although this applies to any application, this is how I did it:

Open up System Preferences >> Personal >> Language and Text >> Input Sources

Once there, add a new keyboard, in this case I added “US Extended”.

Now to add some accents, I need to type the accent first, and then the character, but this only works for some letters (I suppose those that can be normally accented), but as you can see above, I have accented the letter ‘x’. So achieve this you must type the letter first and then [option]+[shift]+[code]. Not too hard, the five I need are:

  • a bar over the letter – ā – [option]+a then type the letter
  • a ‘v’ over the letter – ǎ – [option]+v then the letter
  • a ‘^’ over the letter – â – [option]+^ then the letter
  • a ‘`’ over the letter – à – [option]+` then the letter, and finally
  • a ‘ ́’ over the letter – á – [option]+e then the letter

^ <– is [shift]+6
` <– is the back tick, or key with the tilde (~) on it
́ <– is the quote mark key with single and double quotes [‘,”]

It was that simple :-)

note: I am learning the thai language and it is a very tonal language and inflections on letters are necessary to determine the tone of the word, hence I need this ability. These 5 marks above fit the bill perfectly, although the bar one really isn’t needed, but at least now I have the option of including it, or not including it.

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