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.

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 https://icnerd.com/xmlrpc.php is working properly. It should show ‘XML‑RPC server accepts POST requests only.

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.

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.

Chattin Bull

This one actually isn’t a programming related project, it’s a podcast!

Windows 8.1 is here! Hopefully it'll fix some issues.

While I’ve not been able to get it just yet, reports are that Windows 8.1 is being rolled out as I type this. If you’re already on Windows 8 have a peek in the Windows Store and it should be there as an update. Fingers are very crossed that this fixes the issues we’ve seen in A fix for my Windows 8 laptop dropping wifi connection. Most notably of course the wifi dropping out for no apparent reason.

Installed OpenVPN in CentOS 6 – Can't find easy-rsa directory anywhere!

Just a quick one I came across today – I’ve installed OpenVPN but I wasn’t able to find the easy-rsa directory that simplifies the process of creating a server hugely. If you’re here for the same reason, it’s because it’s not delivered with the install anymore. Good times! As pointed out by a user in the comments.. it’s in yum just in a separate package. Can’t believe I missed that trick!

Dynamic backend servers with Varnish 3.0

Note: This only works in Varnish 3 – Varnish 4 removed the DNS director and we’ll have to wait on a VMOD or make one ourselves to get this working in version 4! Let’s say you’re wanting to host multiple websites on multiple backend servers and you want a single caching reverse proxy in front of all of them to make them super speedy. For example each of my sites lives in its own OpenVZ container for security purposes as well as super easy backups and restores if needed.

Webserver down: "Invalid command ‘php_value’"

Well this one took me by surprise I’ll say. It’s never fun when Zabbix lights up saying half of your websites have dropped out! Starting httpd: Syntax error on line 31 of /etc/httpd/conf.d/php.conf: Invalid command 'php_value', perhaps misspelled or defined by a module not included in the server configuration [FAILED] Firstly DO NOT comment out the bottom two lines as some sites have recommended. The reason being this will allow your webserver to start up however PHP will not be processed, dumping all of your site’s code into the browser as plain text for anyone to see!

A fix for my Windows 8 laptop dropping wifi connection

Plagued by the constant disconnecting from the wifi whenever I wandered off for a few moments to do something in meatspace I had to find out what was going on. Then I procrastinated.. and completely forgot about it. Then it did it again so I started searching. Piecing together giblets of information from the internet I figured out Windows 8 likes to switch off power to the wifi adapter if the computer goes idle for long enough.