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Advanced Custom Fields 5 – Could not connect to update server

March 7th, 2015

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

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 jame.heathcote-drummond-willoughby@eresby.uk
  • 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

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).

Farnham hotel prices compared

August 5th, 2014

Please bear in mind this post was written for my own research purposes/notes and prices/availability and your needs will differ.

Checked on the 5th of August for a one night stay 12-13th August for a double room for a single guest. Walking distances given from the hotel to GU9 7NJ (Borelli Yard, Farnham) via Google Maps.

  • Mercure Bush Hotel, Farnham – £129 non-refundable. £139 cancellable up to 2pm on arrival day. Board only. Free parking. Free wifi. < 0.1 miles. [I have stayed here, centrally located, quite a bit of free parking available for guests, but can be a bit of a maze]
  • 1 Park Row, Farnham – £88. Free continental breakfast. Unclear cancellation policy. Free wifi. No parking. 0.2 miles. [I have stayed here, it’s a nice little centrally located B&B, but only has 5 rooms and no parking – nearby parking is £10+ per day]
  • Bishops Table, Farnham – £120 cancellable up to 4pm on day before. 2% credit card fee. Board only. Free wifi. 0.2 miles
  • Hotel DeVie – £95. 48 hour cancellation policy. Free snack bar/cereals/toast (possibly free English breakfast: unclear). Free parking. Free wifi. 0.6 miles
  • Princess Royal – £96 non-refundable. £107 cancellable up to day before. Board only. Free wifi. 1.6 miles
  • Farnham House Hotel – £70 cancellable up to 4pm on the day before. Board only. Free wifi. 2.1 miles
  • Premier Inn, Aldershot – £87 pre-pay, £91 cancellable up to 1pm on arrival day. £2 credit card fee. Board only. Wifi: £3 for 24 hours. 3 miles.
  • Hogs Head, Farnham – £69 non-cancellable. £79 cancellable up to 12 noon day before. Free parking. Board only. Free wifi. 2.5% credit card fee. 3.8 miles
  • Holiday Inn, Farnborough – £141 non-refundable, 7 days in advance. £155 cancellable up to 4pm on arrival day. Board only. Wifi £16. 4.9 miles.

Jobs ahoy!

May 2nd, 2014

I know of quite a few companies currently recruiting – so if you are job hunting and think any of the following are of interest to you, please get in contact:

Leicester based
Senior Magento Developer
Senior Digital Designer
WordPress Developer
Account Manager

London based
Account Manager
Big Data Engineer
DevOps Engineer / Big Data SysAdmin
Machine Learning Specialist
Partnership Development Manager?

Guidford based
Sales Executive
DevOps Engineer
Python Software Developer
Systems Administrator

Brighton based
Java Developer
Head of User Experience and Design (UI / UX)
Senior Designer/UI Developer
Accountant
Senior Accountant
Trainee Account Manager (Finance Industry)
Outbound Sales Advisor

UK (contract/remote work)
WordPress Developer (up to £30/per hour)
Senior WordPress Developer (up to £45/per hour)
Symfony Developer

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