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WordPress xml sitemap noindex errors – Google Search Console (aka Webmaster Tools)

If you notice Google Webmaster tools console flagging up the following…
Error – Submitted URL marked ‘noindex’ for http://site.com/sitemap.html

You can easily prevent these HTML files being created by the “XML Sitemap Generator for WordPress” plugin.

This is NOT in your site’s robots.txt file but instead it’s a meta tag in all html sitemap pages generated by the plugin.
The only page Google needs is the sitemap.xml file these extra html files aren’t needed.

  1. Login to wordpress (ofc)
  2. Go to settings > XML-sitemap
  3. Find and un-tick “Include sitemap in HTML format”
  4. Make sure to apply the change by scrolling to the bottom of page and click [Update options]

This article is specific to “XML Sitemap Generator for WordPress” https://www.arnebrachhold.de/projects/wordpress-plugins/google-xml-sitemaps-generator/

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Outlook imap send/receive – folder sync taking ages?

Is outlook taking forever when doing imap send/receive or synchronizing subscribed imap folders?

I had the same problem when trying to connect to imap using gmail accounts.
Here’s how I resolved the issue..

In outlook…

  1. Navigate to File >> Options >> Advanced
  2. Scroll down to the “Send and receive” heading
  3. Click on the “Send/Receive…” button on the right.
  4. On the right hand side of the send/receive groups window that opens click on the “Edit…” button.
  5. Un-check “Get folder unread count for subscribed folders”
  6. Under “Receive mail items”, select the option “Use the custom behavior defined below”
  7. In the “Folder Options” list below that displays your imap folders just select inbox and leave the others unchecked.
  8. Click “OK” and then exit out of options.

Now do a send/receive to test if it is now working a bit quicker. Hopefully it is and your imap speed issues are sorted!

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Google Hangouts Emoji Keyboard Shortcuts

I’ve been annoyed that i couldn’t find emoji keyboard shortcuts on Google Hangouts (on mobile or gmail in web browser), i was specifically looking for the thinking face emoji.

You can copy and paste from this list but keyboard shortcuts are so much easier

Naturally i did the geeky thing and tried to find it.

Here’s the geeky stuff…
The code for keyboard shortcuts is buried in a javascript variable “J7a”
To see the javascript yourself: make sure you have a hangouts chat open in gmail then…
right-click  > inspect > sources

Here’s a snippet of the javascript…
(more geeky stuff)
J7a={“!:)”:128579,”!:-)”:128579,”(=^..^=)”:128568,”(=^.^=)”:128568,”(N)”:128078,”(Y)”:128077, …
[REMOVED A CHUNK – THERE ARE A LOT OF THEM!]
…u_u:128532,x_x:128565,”}:)”:128520,”}:-)”:128520,”}=)”:128520,”~@~”:128169}

What you’re seeing there is each keyboard shortcut “:)” and the corresponding Unicode character in decimal.
e.g. 128053 is decimal for the hexidecimal value 0x1F435 (monkey face U+1F435) .

Here are the emoji shortcuts…
Without further delay, here’s the full list of all currently available Google Hangouts emoji keyboard shortcuts…

:C frowning/sad face (U+2639)
:) or :-) smiley (U+263A)
<3 heart (U+2764)
-<@% honeybee (U+1F41D)
:(|) monkey face (U+1F435)
:(:) pig face (U+1F437)
(Y) or (y) thumb up (U+1F44D)
(N) or (n) thumb down (U+1F44E)
(]:{ man with turban (U+1F473)
</3 or <\\3 broken heart (U+1F494)
~@~ pile of poo (U+1F4A9)
:D or :-D grinning face (U+1F600)
^_^ grinning face with closed eyes (U+1F601)
:”D laughing face with tears (U+1F602)
=D laughing face open mouth with happy eyes (U+1F604)
^_^;; laughing face open mouth with tear (U+1F605)
O:) or O=) O:-) angel face (smiley with halo) (U+1F607)
}:) or }=) or }:-) devil face (U+1F608)
;) or ;-) winking face (U+1F609)
=) blushing smile (U+1F60A)
B-) smiley with sunglasses (U+1F60E)
:, or :-, smirking face (U+1F60F)
:| or =| or :-| neutral face (U+1F610)
-_- expressionless face (U+1F611)
o_o; downcast with sweat (U+1F613)
u_u pensive face (U+1F614)
:/ or =/ or =\\ or :\\ or :-/ or :-\\ confused face (U+1F615)
:s or :S or :-s or :-S confounded face (U+1F616)
:* or :-* kissing face (U+1F617)
;* or ;-* face blowing a kiss (U+1F618)
=* blushing kissing face (U+1F61A)
:p or :P or =p or =P or :-p or :-P face with tongue (U+1F61B)
;p or ;P or ;-p or ;-P winking face with tongue (U+1F61C)
:( or :-( or =( dissappointed face (U+1F61E)
>:( or >=( or >:-( pouting / angry face (U+1F621)
:'( or ='( or T_T or ;_; crying face (U+1F622)
>.< or >_< persevering face (U+1F623)
D: frowning with open mouth / worried (U+1F626)
:”( loudly crying face (U+1F62D)
:o or :O or =o or =O or :-o or :-O or o.o face with open mouth / shocked (U+1F62E)
O.O astonished face / gasping with shock (U+1F632)
X( or X-( or X-o or X-O or x_x dizzy face (U+1F635)
:3 or :X) or =^_^= or (=^..^=) or (=^.^=) grinning cat with smiling eyes (U+1F638)
!:) or !:-) upside-down face (U+1F643)
>:(X person gesturing no / crossed arms (U+1F645)
\o or o/ person raising hand (U+1F64B)
:)X or :-)X or >:D< hugging face / open hands (U+1F917)
\m/ hand horn sign / ‘rock-on’ (U+1F918)
V.v.V crab (U+1F980)

Annoyingly, as you can see in the list, my original search for a keyboard shortcut for the thinking face emoji proved fruitless…
There isn’t one  … yet

For reference here’s the current Unicode full emoji list.

I hope this helps you and saves you from diving into the javascript source.
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B4508 Road Closure near Watchfield- 6th Nov 2017

[19/12/2017] UPDATE:
The road has now re-opened. So the road is back to how it should be with no traffic calming and lovely new two lane bridge!


The B4508 Highworth Road, Watchfield, Oxfordshire, my usual route to and from work is closed.
Google yielded no answers so here’s why and when it’s closed…

Map of roadworks on B4508 at Westmill bridge / watchfield

B4508 Highworth Road, Watchfield, Oxfordshire roadworks at Westmill Bridge from 6th November 2017

Highway Authority: Oxfordshire County Council
Location: B4508 Watchfield. From east side of Westmill Bridge westwards to end of road.
Description of works:
GFRP (Glass Fiber Reinforced Plastic) bridge deck repair.
Resurfacing.
Removal of traffic islands. (Yay! about time to)
Closure:
From 6th Nov to 15th Dec
24 hours a day 7 days a week.

Works ref: KE400999998777

Current status: Work in progress

Work info last updated: 00:00 on 06/11/2017

Latest up-to-date info on interactive map: https://roadworks.org/

Data source: Oxfordshire County Council

Connect Tablet Front/Back Camera Not Working – Intel AVStream Camera – Error code: 0xA00F4243(0xC00D3704)

I bought a cheap (£39.99) Connect 8″ Tablet with Windows 10 from eBuyer. It’s pretty good considering the price.
One problem i have had, when switching between front and back cameras, is getting the following message…

Close other apps
It looks as though another app is already using the camera.
If you need it, heres the error code: 0xA00F4243(0xC00D3704)

After much searching online and reinstalling the camera/driver not solving the issue, there are two ways to get this to work:

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Method 1: Install Windows 10 Anniversary Update…
(Recommended)

Visit this URL on the device:
https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/software-download/windows10

Click [Update Now]

Method 2: A basic workaround…

  1. Hold down the windows button and tap the power button (This is the same as holding Ctrl + Alt + Delete) (home button on other devices)
  2. Tap the [Cancel] button.
  3. BOOM! camera works!

Note: You will have to do this each time you switch…Annoying but at least it works without updating!

I believe it does this because the camera app itself is the “other app” mentioned in the error message. As the camera is already in use it fails to switch.

Performing Win + PWR (ctrl+alt+del) stops the current camera and allows it to switch.

Updating to the latest version of Windows 10 fixes the camera app issue.

If you had this problem and it helped you out please tweet or comment below stating the Tablet/Phone model you had the issue with hopefully it will help someone else.

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Why ALL4 Advertising Sucks – Worst implementation of online advertising ever?

All4 (Channel 4’s online catch-up tv service) sucks and here’s why….

We all know and understand that content providers especially commercial channels make their money from advertising.

Advertising isn’t that much of a deal, we’re all used to it, but when that advertising gets in the way of service users actually accessing the content they want to see, that’s when it becomes an annoyance, and in this case it’s a massive annoyance!

Here is an example of an experience with All4…

To view a catch-up video I have to sit through 6 minutes of ads at the start. (6 minutes! and unskippable! – How anyone can think this is acceptable is crazy)
As i already watched the first 45 minutes of the show a few days previously on live TV I click to skip to the last 15 mins of the hour long show to catch up on the bit that i missed.
I then get hit with 3m45s of more advertising!  (total time wasted = 9m45s)
I then go to pause the video and accidentally hit the skip back button… and get hit with another 3m45s of ads (total time wasted = 13m30s).
I then skip forwards to get back to the spot where i was watching and get 3m45s of EVEN MORE ADS!!

So after watching the last 15 minutes I wanted to catch up on i’ve been subjected to a total of 17m15s minutes of bloody adverts, making my entire viewing experience take more than double the time it should!

This is the most shockingly poor implementation of online advertising i have ever experienced.
On top of all this the video quality is rather poor.

Dear Channel 4 / All4, If you see this PLEASE end this insanity and change your service to make user friendly. At least allow users to skip ads if they’ve already watched at least 3mins of advertising.

I’ve sent Channel 4 a message so will be interesting to see what their reply is.

Update: Here’s a handy tip to save you sitting through 10+mins of ads… http://benjaminpeters.co.uk/removingskipping-adverts-on-all-4-4od/

How bulk delete multiple photos from iphone 6

 

Turns out you can no longer delete photos from your iPhone on your PC…

THIS IS A FULL “STEP BY STEP” GUIDE TO BULK DELETING A SELECTION OF MULTIPLE PHOTOS AND VIDEOS FROM YOUR IPHONE

PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU HAVE MADE ANY BACKUPS OF PHOTOS YOU WANT TO KEEP BEFORE DELETING THEM!

1. Open Photos App

2. In camera roll make sure you are in “Albums” (bottom right)

3. Scroll up/down to where you want to start deleting from (if you want to keep your most recent photos and videos)

4. Tap “Select” (top right). Then tap the last photo you want deleted and drag your finger across or up (to select more than one photo)

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5. While still holding your selecting finger on the screen, Tap the top of the screen (where the clock is) with another finger.
This will automatically scroll you all the way up to the older images at the top of your camera roll and select everything in between.

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6. Tap delete (Bin / Trashcan Icon) and confirm, wait a few seconds and the photos will be deleted (almost)

How to bulk delete multiple photos from iphone 6
Naturally you would be expecting this to have removed the photos and videos freeing up valuable space for more lovely photos, videos and apps wouldn’t you?

WRONG! THERE ARE A FEW MORE STEPS TO ACTUALLY DELETE THEM…

7. Tap “< Albums” (top left) and scroll to “Recently Deleted”. Then tap “Select” (top right)

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8. Tap “Delete All” (bottom left) and then confirm you really want to delete the photos completely.

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Of course Apple have made this SO intuitive you could have easily figured this all out for yourself, right? ;)

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McDonalds Scraps 5p Charge for Sauce/Dips?

Just picked up a deliciously juicy breakfast from a local McDonalds and it was 5p cheaper than usual…
The guy at the drive thru said that they are no longer charging the silly 5p surcharge for sauces and dips.

Free sauce for everyone?
Unfortunately this isn’t the same in McDonalds restaurants nationwide..

Comment below or tweet me (@alanhart) if your mcdonalds charges or not.

Pin .bat Batch File or Shortcut to Start Menu / Taskbar with Custom Icon – Windows 7, 8 & 10

So you want to pin a batch file or shortcut with a custom icon to the start menu / taskbar in Windows 7, 8 and 10?

Easily add a batch file (.bat) to the taskbar by following these steps:

1. Rename your .bat or .cmd file extension to .exe
2. Right click the newly renamed .exe file and select pin to taskbar
3. Rename the file extension back to .bat or .cmd
4. Shift+right click the newly pinned .exe taskbar icon and choose properties
5. Change the file extension from .exe to .bat or .cmd and change the icon as needed. (for lots of system icons here use the path: “%SystemRoot%\system32\SHELL32.dll”)
6. The shortcut will work immediately you’ll need to reboot or just kill explorer.exe in task manager and re-run it to update/refresh the icon if you changed it.

I use the method above to launch .vbs scripts from the taskbar.
Here’s how to create a .bat file to run vbs scripts…

Open notepad to create a blank text file and add one of the following lines
wscript.exe yourscript.vbs (wscript just runs the vbs as a Windows process)
or
cscript.exe yourscript.vbs (cscript runs the vbs in a command/console window)
then save the text file as a .bat file in the same folder as the .vbs script file.

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Super Dangerous Dungeons – All Hidden Gem Locations – Where are the Secret Levels?

Here’s how to find all the secret levels and get all the gems on Super Dangerous Dungeons…

Every Super DD dungeon has one secret level containing a hidden gem.
Each gem is located at the end of a secret / hidden level.

Below is a complete guide telling you where to find each secret/hidden level.

Stage 1 – Grass Dungeon

You can access the hidden level in this dungeon on Level 6.

You just need to play the level as normal but double back (see first screenshot below) to where the saw blade starts

you can then walk through the edge of the level and into the secret hidden gem level. (see second screenshot below)

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Stage 2 – Water Dungeon

You can access the hidden level in this dungeon on Level 18

Just drop down the gap to left of red button where the torches are lit. (see screenshot below)

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Stage 3 – Fire Dungeon

You can access the hidden level in this dungeon on Level 25

This one is probably the easiest to spot, just go up middle platforms and jump out the top of level. (see screenshot below)

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Stage 4 – Golden Dungeon

You will find the hidden level in this dungeon on Level 36

Make your way to the switch and ignore the key. Flick switch to reverse the moving platforms. (first screenshot below)
Go back up the way you came to get to the first moving platform at top of level and stay on it.
The platform will take you through the left edge of the level – just below where you started (second screenshot below)

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The Final Level

Once all gems have been found the final level door is unlocked.
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Have fun playing!

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