Music Remixes

Those of you who know me know that I am a huge fan of old-school video game music – especially remixes, which is largely why I founded 8BitCool.  Well, maybe it’s just retro music, in general.  I recently came across a Doo-Wop version of “My Heart Will Go On” and it is pretty good. Then there…

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Hiding WordPress backend menu items

I’m reworking a client’s site and am replacing their functions.php.  In there, I found a function that I wrote to remove specific menu items from the WordPress Administrative area.  For future reference, here it is: /** * Several menus items are shown to non-Administrators, but really should not * be displayed. Hide specific menus unnecessary…

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A call stack for PHP

So, I’ve not come across any useful tool, like VisualStudio, that has an interactive callstack.  Next best thing?  This function from PHP: debug_print_traceback.

Give it a go.  Besides just a bunch of echo/die statements, you might want to use debug_print_traceback to help identify from where a common function is called.

Odd SSL forcing

I’ve been with my wife at the hospital today and have been working on the BluePrint-Q Tones while she rests.  Inbetween sessions, exactly one of the websites that I develop on localhost stopped loading properly.  I saw a ton of errors like this in the browser console: GET https://localhost/tbs/wp-content/plugins/bpq.banners/bpq.banners.css?ver=1.4 net::ERR_CONNECTION_REFUSED Eventually realized that all of…

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Surface resolution

I’ve been working with a Windows Surface Pro 3 for the past year now.  Speed is great for my work, I’m able to play some of the latest games, and it is super-light.  However, its biggest detractor is this flimsy keyboard that makes it difficult to work with on my lap – I truly need…

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Bootstrap navbar overflow strategy

Although it can be complicated markup, the Bootstrap navbar does have lots of features.  Unfortunately, the component does not handle menu overflow, as stated within a warning box on the official Bootstrap site. Generally, the content wraps decently except for when the navbar contains specific navbar-left and navbar-right elements.  When that happens, the navbar-right element appears…

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Flip your upside-down screen

My mother-in-law just called about an issue where her computer screen was displayed completely upside-down.  It was not just the desktop image, but also the icons (and everything).  She felt like it happened when she was logging out. Turns out that Windows XP has a shortcut combination that does this – Ctrl + Alt +…

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Handling todo lists

I deal with a number of todo lists.  When coding, I place sentinels throughout the source that typically look something like this: //DAN-NOTE: do x, y, and z //DAN-CONTINUE: when picking up on this, consider these //DAN-DEBUG: get rid of this once done fixing blah Then, when I want to run through all of my…

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In the market for headphones

Years and years ago (when Circuit City was still a thing), I purchased a pair of Sennheiser headphones that sounded great and (most importantly to me) felt great.  Specifically, the piece that touched my ears was made of velvet – it was well work the $200 price tag back then.  Unfortunately, those eventually broke and…

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