Advanced Custom Fields 5 – Could not connect to update server

March 7th, 2015 by Richy B. No comments »

Running Advanced Custom Fields 5 Pro for WordPress and getting the “Error. Could not connect to update server” message? Make sure your firewall can access connect.advancedcustomfields.com (for example, if you are running Bytemark’s Symbiosis software, add that to /etc/symbiosis/firewall/outgoing.d/50-reject-www-data

Tech: Allowed characters in names

February 10th, 2015 by Richy B. No comments »

Inspired by Scattermoon’s tweet and Your Last Name Contains Invalid Characters, I just thought I’d make a quick “public service” announcement that British and Irish names can, and do include the following examples (all from current living people who are Irish or British born):

  • Apostrophe: Chris O’Dowd
  • Double-barrelled: Jane Heathcote-Drummond-Willoughby (technically Nancy Jane Marie Heathcote-Drummond-Willoughby, 28th Baroness Willoughby de Eresby): and it is technically valid for her to have the email address [email protected]
  • Long: Red Wacky League Antlez Broke the Stereo Neon Tide Bring Back Honesty Coalition Feedback Hand of Aces Keep Going Captain Let’s Pretend Lost State of Dance Paper Taxis Lunar Road Up! Down! Strange! All and I Neon Sheep Eve Hornby Faye Bradley AJ Wilde Michael Rice Dion Watts Matthew Appleyard John Ashurst Lauren Swales Zoe Angus Jaspreet Singh Emma Matthews Nicola Brown Leanne Pickering Victoria Davies Rachel Burnside Gil Parker Freya Watson Alisha Watts James Pearson Jacob Sotheran-Darley Beth Lowery Jasmine Hewitt Chloe Gibson Molly Farquhar Lewis Murphy Abbie Coulson Nick Davies Harvey Parker Kyran Williamson Michael Anderson Bethany Murray Sophie Hamilton Amy Wilkins Emma Simpson Liam Wales Jacob Bartram Alex Hooks Rebecca Miller Caitlin Miller Sean McCloskey Dominic Parker Abbey Sharpe Elena Larkin Rebecca Simpson Nick Dixon Abbie Farrelly Liam Grieves Casey Smith Liam Downing Ben Wignall Elizabeth Hann Danielle Walker Lauren Glen James Johnson Ben Ervine Kate Burton James Hudson Daniel Mayes Matthew Kitching Josh Bennett Evolution Dreams BBC News article
  • “Profanity words”: Brian Cox, Martin Hancock

And don’t forget there is Westward Ho! (and, yes, the exclamation mark is part of the place name) and “Arsenal” and “Scunthorpe”.

That’s just names in “standard English” with British/Irish roots: and ignoring Irish names (such the Irish for Belfast which “Béal Feirste” or “Bó?ar na ?Fáll” or Llandygai which is in Welsh “Llandygái”). If you can’t handle the above, forget about internationalisation!

People – please read https://www.gov.uk/service-manual/user-centred-design/resources/patterns/names and http://www.w3.org/International/questions/qa-personal-names before handling names.

VMWare Workstation Feature Request: Better Raw Disk Access

January 23rd, 2015 by Richy B. No comments »

I’ve made the following feature request to VMWare to improve the handling of raw disks under virtual machines in their Workstation product and was wondering if anybody else felt it’ll be handy for them:

Practically everytime I start a VMWare Workstation VM on Windows7 which uses a raw disk partition/physical disk, I receive the “Partition table changed” message and have to manually reset the hard disks for the VM. Can I therefore request a feature which will prevent this from happening (or, at the very least, make it easier to sort out).

Ideally, I’d like the VM to use the drive’s UUID to identify the physical drive instead of using “PhysicalDriveX” – this means that it shouldn’t matter if they drive is read by Windows reads the physical drives in a different order, the same drive will be found.

When adding a physical disk, could the drop down be modified to provide useful information – so instead of just:
Device:
* PhysicalDrive0
* PhysicalDrive1
etc
it is:
* PhysicalDrive0 – CRUCIAL M4-CT256M4SSD2
* PhysicalDrive1 – HITACHI HTS727575A9E364
(so make and model of the drive)
or at the very least the drive size or the partition count:
* PhysicalDrive0 – 689.64Gb (3 partitions)
* PhyiscalDrive1 – 238.47Gb (5 partitions)

This will make it easier to spot which drive and partition I’m after instead of manually selecting each drive to see which partition I need to reattach the 2 drives needed for my VM.

Finally, if there was a way of reordering the drives in VMWare Workstation, it’ll be appreciated (in case of reattaching the drives in the wrong order).

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