A few days ago one of my Nintendo Wii remotes started doing some crazy things. It seemed like there was a problem with the remote’s gyro, as you couldn’t get any response from swinging the remote in the bowling game (instead, you just took everyone’s legs out with the ball!). Anyway, I found a strange fix which involves wacking the remote, button side down, against your palm several times. I wacked the remote hard enough to “fix” it, but not too hard as to break it. I guess it must have dislodged the remote’s gyro because it started working again like normal.
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WPA2 is the latest standard in Wi-Fi security, and it’s considered fully secure (for today at least). It’s a good idea to run the highest level of security you can, even on a home network. I won’t go into the benefits, but as far as I can see there are no reasons not to move to WPA2 - you won’t even notice any difference, but your connection will be more secure.
If you’re using a CMS or blog app, like Drupal or Wordpress (even if you’re not) chances are you’ll probably want to enable clean URLs (sometimes called search engine friendly URLs). This cool little feature uses an Apache module called mod_rewrite, and if you’re developing your site using XAMPP this is disabled by default (possibly for security reasons).
I’ve been taking a few Firefox add-ons for granted, so here’s a little nod to some excellent add-ons which have made my life easier. I’m not going to list 50, simply because I’ve found either some do the same thing, or I don’t end up using them as much as I thought. So here they are:
- Web Developer Toolbar
- Dummy Lipsum
- IE Tab
I ran into a spot of trouble recently with img_assist, in that it only displayed alt text if there was also a caption below the image. Img_Assist takes the alt text from a combination of the title and description, and these fields are filled by default from the title and body of the image node. Although there is no real need for a caption below each image, you will almost always need alt text.
The problem was that Drupal wasn’t wrapping the caption in a span, which meant no easy way of hiding it without digging into the module code. This is the HTML output:
<img class="image _original" width="200" height="75" title="Sunset" alt="Sunset" src="http://example.com/files/images/sunset.jpg"/> <strong>Sunset</strong>
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