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.

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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.

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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 There’s a bunch of old outdated information but they don’t work anymore or worse, they tell you to click the “x” on each app until they’re gone.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)

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

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

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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

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

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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

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

 

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 http://rpms.famillecollet.com/enterprise/remi-release-6.rpm
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!

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++) {
el[i].click();
}

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! 🙂

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