How do I remove ALL apps from Facebook in one go?

Ok this has been bugging me. I recently got a notification from Facebook saying I had been blocked from creating Open Graph things for a day. Honestly couldn’t think of any reason as to why. As for you folks out there that just want to get to the part where I tell you how to remove all apps from Facebook in one go just jump down underneath the images it’s there under its own heading. I do apologise for waffling it’s just that without typing a bunch of stuff Google doesn’t care about your content so you never get listed anywhere on its search engine. Hence this story. Such is life.

Anyway check this out.


Just out of the blue I get this notification. No explanation of what it’s on about or what’s caused it or what an Open Graph action is even.

You’re temporarily restricted from creating Open Graph actions until tomorrow at 15:54

Oh great yeah cheers Facebook. Few questions.. What’s an Open Graph, why am I blocked from using it. Why do I care? What’s caused this? Nothing. No information at all. Even that link “Learn more” didn’t really say anything. It just explained that I basically couldn’t send any links or whatnot. It goes on further than this.


See now I have a virus! What? On my iPhone?? Nah. It says this on all devices. You wouldn’t believe the embarrassment I’d have if I managed to get myself a virus. That’s just not the kind of guy I am. It’s not me. In any case I’ve scanned the buggery out of every computer I access Facebook from. I also managed to disable all apps on Facebook in one go – Which is the point of this post so I’ll get on with it.

Disable and remove all apps on Facebook in one go

I’m sure if you’re like me you’ve Googled every combination of how to disable all apps on Facebook – I found nothing of use at all. There’s a bunch of old outdated information but they don’t work anymore or worse, they tell you to click the “x” on each app until they’re gone. Nah. I had like 320 apps that’s not even an option I’m willing to explore.

Long story short. Go into your settings (That’s the top right, that dropdown icon)


In the menu that opens you’ll find “Settings”. Give that a click. Now you’re after “Apps” on the left hand sidebar


Give ‘im a click. Now you’re looking for the “Apps, Websites and Plug-ins” box. Click the Edit button in there.


Now you should have this screen. The “Game Invites and App Notifications” modal dialogue that just popped up. Here you want to click “Disable Platform”. NOW FREEZE! Hear me out a moment


It’ll waffle on about a few things. You really should read this one.


Mainly that last bit I’ve underlined a bunch. At the time of writing this DID NOT remove posts by apps, despite what it says. I’m not sure if it’s supposed to but for example it didn’t remove any of my instagram posts or my IFTTT posts. I don’t know if this will ever change but be aware it might. What we’re doing here is the nuclear delete all apps option.

If you don’t want to remove all apps, this is the last chance to back out! Don’t worry about sites where you’ve logged in or registered as we’ll re-enable it all shortly (minus the apps we just removed) so you can log in to other sites with your Facebook creds.

Ok so you just clicked Disable Platform. Great. Now what? Looks like nothing happened right? Oh yeah? Click on that App link again


Boom. All the apps are gone. Sorted.

To re-enable logging into websites and all that jazz, go back into the platform settings and re-enable the platform.


So there you go. You’ve managed to disable all apps on Facebook in one go. Hope it helps!

The source code that got Apollo 11 to the moon

Blast off! Oh that’s cheesy. If you’re into your code and you’re into your space you may be interested in hearing that the source code for the Apollo 11 guidance computer has been put up on GitHub: Apollo 11 Guidance Computer source code.

Of course the internet is having its way with it right now, filing issues such as adding a pull request that provides an extension pack for picking up Matt Damon. There have also been some important typo fixes that were missed originally that the internet of course has now fixed.

Other issues include a request to modernise the code by adding a Dockerfile. Finally there’s also a request to tidy up the repository, as having all of the source code in the top level is disturbing.

In all seriousness, it is quite an interesting one to have a look around even if you don’t understand it. Just to see how much (rather, how little?) code it took to get man to the moon. This is a part of our history here nerds. Browse it, read it, love it!

My screen keeps going black whenever a video plays and its really annoying

Like most of the posts on this site something’s been bugging me for almost years at this point (ok, a year.. probably less) and it’s finally pushed me over the edge to try to fix it. – My screen keeps going black, seemingly randomly whenever it decides it wants a breather. Let me preface I’ve got an NVIDIA GPU of some sort for the gaming and whatnot. It uses the NVIDIA GeForce control panel to sort its inner workings. If you’ve not got that you might be able to play along here but also you might be out of luck. Let me know in the comments if this helps either way.

The quick summary is up there in the title. Whenever a video plays my screen goes black for a moment and comes back a second later and plays the video as normal. Now this hasn’t really been enough to give me that pure nerd rage that results in fixes until the likes of Facebook and Twitter started playing videos automatically as you scroll about 20 times a day trying to find something interesting to look at.

So of course every few pages worth of scrolls (and increasing) my screen would flicker black and then when I’d gone past the video it would flick black again. Repeat like 300 times as I scroll through Facebook far too frequently.

Anyway as it turns out it’s really easy to fix. The problem comes in when your computer decides “oh snap, I’d like to run this through the hardware rather than work this out using my CPU” (or something along that line) so all you really need to do is tell it not to do that anymore.

Open up the NVIDIA control panel

NVIDIA icon in the tray

Flick on over to the menu “Adjust desktop colour settings”

NVIDIA Control Panel

Change this setting here from whatever it is now (Probably “Auto-select (recommended)” if you’re having this problem) – change it to “Desktop programs”

NVIDIA Control Panel

Hit the old Apply button that’s now appeared in the bottom right corner. Boom, issue resolved.


Passcode Requirement – You must change your iPhone unlock passcode within 60 minutes.

Just now I opened up my iPhone and had an ominous message window pop up “Passcode Requirement – You must change your iPhone unlock passcode within 60 minutes.” and an option to do it later or right now. As you may have guessed as you’re here, this was a bit odd. Was it some background app trying to get at my passcode, a cheeky website trying to exploit something?

Nah, it’s just Apple. Basically it looks like they’ve upped the passcode strength from a 4 digit code to a 6 digit code. It seems all safe enough and whatnot but if you want to be absolutely sure tell it you’ll do it later then manually head on over to Settings -> Touch Code & Passcode. From here you can change your passcode without being worried that it’s some dodgy app or something messing around.

To note the message originally says Passcode Requirement – You must change your iPhone unlock passcode within 60 minutes the featured image I’ve got on here only says 20 minutes as I took a moment or two to figure out what was going on!

Unfortunately (fortunately for me!) I didn’t let it get to the point where it ran out of time, I can’t say what happens if you don’t reset the code in time. Strikes me as odd they’d put a time limit on this sort of thing – In fact the urgency of the time limit is what lead me to believe it was dodgy in the first place!


What is a thud?

It’s a loud sudden noise, hyuk hyuk.

But no seriously Thud is a livestreaming website I’m working on with my bud Fox. Why make a livestreaming service when others exist? Well the absolute first reason is because we want to see if we can! Aside from that we want to make something that’s a bit better, a bit more ‘modern’ than what’s out there currently.

Right now you see things like transcoding limited to the bees-knees of streamers. Great and all as you then only need the processing power for the topmost streamers but in all honesty is it the streamer who cares? It should be all about the viewer. Every streamer matters to us but additionally every viewer matters too! Why should John Joe keep buffering out every few minutes because they’re stuck on mobile data? Because they decided to watch a less popular streamer? That’s silly!

I’ll probs update this bad boy with more features as and when, likely in their own posts as things progress or fail but for now the best place for updates is over on Thud itself, the horses mouth if you will

If you ever break your hip, don't do it before Christmas

Oh man. Whoo-boy. I have tripped over.

No I don’t mean the event that caused the actual hip break, I have a full on post about what happened there in the works but it’s a wordy boring one.

Christmas with a broken hip. Not a good idea! Whatever happened to the days when people would give you shower gels, deodorants and socks? This year it was all chocolate! No word of a lie I wouldn’t be surprised if the amount of chocolate in the house right now weighs more than me!

With Christmas comes time off work, with time off work comes too much resting. You combine that with the amount of food knocking about during Christmas time and you get a very lazy fatman with a healing hip on pause.

There’s not really much to say here – just if you’re in the same position please do keep up with your recovery! I went back in to work today and I swear I could hear my not-yet-rebuilt muscles creaking and groaning.

Christmas was good though! 😀

Just to real it up a bit the majority of the falling back was more depression related than Christmas related, honestly breaking your hip and then having surgery to fix it really sucks. It especially really sucks when you’re barely back on your feet 6 months after the fact. It’s not the end of the world and it does get better but there are those days.. those weeks.. where it just doesn’t feel worth the effort.

Featured image is by frankieleon

Laravel 5.1? Easily upgrade to PHP 5.5 on CentOS 6!

I’ve been using Laravel a lot lately. Like seriously, a lot. I’m using it for Pdcast as well as a project in my day job.

Part of the draw to using Laravel was that there’s a LTS (Long Term Support) release available now, version 5.1! This version requires PHP 5.5.9+, however that’s not included in your bog standard CentOS or EPEL repositories.

Nice and quickly then, lets get the latest PHP installed so we can use the new Laravel. We’re assuming you’ve already got PHP installed, if not then replace the following “update” command with a yum install php command, keeping the enablerepos intact.

yum install
yum update --enablerepo remi --enablerepo remi-php55

You should now be at (at the time of writing) PHP version 5.5.26. Get your Laravel 5.1 on!

Jetpack thinks I'm lucky. xml_rpc -32700 Try connecting again.

Well here’s one to get into straight away! Recently tried activating Jetpack but had this pop up instead?

Your Jetpack has a glitch. Something went wrong that’s never supposed to happen. Guess you’re just lucky: xml_rpc -32700
Try connecting again.

Error Details: The Jetpack server could not communicate with your site’s XML-RPC URL. Please check to make sure is working properly. It should show ‘XML‑RPC server accepts POST requests only.’ on a line by itself when viewed in a browser and should not have any blank links or extra output anywhere.

I’m betting either you have indeed blocked the xmlrpc file (and if you have why would you be here, you know what’s wrong!) or you are using CloudFlare?

Basically the problem is that CloudFlare is blocking access to the URL


Screenshot from 2015-03-31 14:44:56

Unfortunately the only quick solution would be to disable CloudFlare, enable Jetpack and re-enable Cloudflare. I’m uncertain if Jetpack ever really tries to reconnect via this endpoint however, so i might be the case later that your Jetpack plugin stops working again if you do this.

If you absolutely need CloudFlare enabled, I’d say contact their support and see if there’s anything they can do to help you. Otherwise it might be worth either dropping either Jetpack or Cloudflare as unfortunate as that may be.

I’ll check on this in a month or so to see if there’s anything else out there on this issue! Let me know if you have found any other workarounds! Oddly enough it just worked on one of my sites while testing for this article, but not another site. Very odd behaviour. Just to note I’ve currently tried adding a page rule in to bypass caching/security on this specific URL however that did not resolve the issue. I’ll keep trying! 🙂

How to remove all videos from YouTube's "Watch Later" playlist even if unwatched

In response to a question on how to remove all videos from your Watch Later playlist on Reddit I posted this up. Thought it may (theoretically of course, read on) help you folk out too!

Firstly, navigate to your Watch Later page

Disclaimer: You really shouldn’t run random code provided by randoms on the internet. You should probably never open your browser’s console unless you know why you’re doing it. I take no responsibility if this doesn’t work, etc, etc.

If you understand that and also understand that I might be a lying loser on the internet trolling you (I’m not, but could easily be), open up your browser’s console (ctrl+shif+j in chrome, ctrl+shift+k in firefox) and paste the following into said console. Again I can’t stress enough how silly it is to run random bits of code if you don’t know what it’s doing

var el = document.getElementsByClassName('pl-video-edit-remove');
for (var i=0;i<el.length; i++) {

To sum up what it does, it finds every button with the HTML class “pl-video-edit-remove” – the button to remove the video from the playlist. It loops through all of them, “clicking” on each. This nukes playlists for sure. I have no idea what effect it’ll have on other pages. Be careful where you run it.

If you get what it’s doing and can see how it’s doing it, hit enter

Wait while it loops through clicking on the “Remove from playlist” button for each vid. I dunno if that many videos causes YouTube to paginate or anything so you may have to do it a few times to finish him off.

Wait a few seconds before navigating away when it’s done too, it takes a moment or two to submit all of the requests 🙂

I know I’m repeating myself but please, please, please – don’t run random bits of code in your console. Lets just say this is here for theory’s sake (although I tested it a few times myself and it worked perfectly)

If you’re still unsure as to what to do or what this is doing I would highly recommend just sucking it up and clicking remove on each video manually

Are your Steam downloads slow? Fixit fixit fixit!

Well colour my face egg-white. I was complaining a bunch about Steam downloading slowly and it turns out there’s an easy fix if it’s on  Steam’s end and not your own.

Now I’m guessing everyone and their dog knows how to solve this but in case you don’t know I thought I’d chuck up a little thing here. It’s quite a simple fix.

Click up top of the Steam program “Steam” menu option and then Settings and then go to Downloads. Just change the server to another one that’s near by. For me the server it auto-selected was UK – London, which I’m guessing is overloaded as the piles of nerds such as myself download games and updates on a Friday night.

Switched it to UK – Manchester and restarted Steam, my 7 hour download is now going to be done in 15 minutes.

So yeah.. Steam downloads slow? Have a fondle around with the settings, it’s a lot easier than complaining! 🙂