Category Archives: Software Tips

Reviewer plugin: php version may not be greater than 10 character

While trying to activate the “Reviewer” plugin by evoG, I encountered the following error: Thankfully, after a little looking around I found where the PHP version is passed to the activation routine. By manually specifying a short PHP version (< 10 char) I was finally able to active the plugin 🙂 Here are the relevant sections to edit: /wp-content/plugins/reviewer/admin/includes/class-license-page.php NOTE: I recommend backing up your file before editing. If you encounter an error like this, I hope these tips will

[SOLVED] Moto G 3rd Gen (2015) SD card not accessible via USB

If you have a Motorola G3 (2015) phone with Android 6.0 and a microsd card installed, you may find that the card is inaccessible via USB/PC: Here is how to fix it: Go to Settings, Apps, 3-dot menu, select Show System (to show system apps) Scroll down thru apps to External Storage, select that, pick Storage, pick Clear Data (which also clears the Cache). Go back to the app list and do the same for Media Storage, as you did

Printer connected to WiFi but shows offline [SOLVED]

Q. I have a printer that is connected to my home wifi network. It has an IP address and I can access its web interface from my PC. Sometimes I can print just fine from my Windows PC but other times it reports the printer is offline even when I know it is online. Can you help me? -email from Evan Thornton A. Hopefully! It sounds like a Windows printer driver configuration issue. Specifically, if your printer is getting its IP from a

[SOLVED] Can’t paste because the Copy area and paste area… [EXCEL]

Q. I cannot determine what is causing the following error: Can you help me determine what causes this, I am working with some large Excel spreadsheets and it is driving me mad. Thank you. -Shelly A.  Hi Shelly! Since you are dealing with large Excel spreadsheets, the problem is likely that you are near the one million row count and that the pasted cells push you over the limit. It is absurd that Excel throws the wrong error message for this

Show SKU in cart and checkout [WooCommerce]

Recently I have been setting up a quote only WooCommerce site. Specifically, the site needs to have SKUs listed and quantity info but not pricing. Here is a method to get SKUs listed throughout the cart/checkout pages: Step 1. Setup child theme Step 2. Copy the templates from /plugins/woocommerce/templates/cart/cart.php and /plugins/woocommerce/templates/checkout/review-order.php to your child theme folder, with the result being similar to this: Step 3. To add SKU to Cart and Checkout (Order Review) Edit your cart.php template, where appropriate add: <?php echo

Troubleshooting a Ruby production application

I am by no means a Ruby expert, but I have been tasked with troubleshooting an existing Ruby application. Specifically some end user DB tasks were failing to save records and the application was throwing a generic error message to the user. By enabling debug logging and viewing the Ruby log file, I was able to see that the application was failing when attempting to send an email confirmation, then it would roll back all the DB changes since the overall

Deleting system/protected/recovery partitions from SSD [SOLVED]

The various system vendors (Dell, Lenovo, HP, etc.) generally use a large number of partitions on their SSDs and HDD. Here is an example from a recent Windows 10 laptop with a 256GB m.2 SSD boot drive: Partition 1 Recovery Partition 2 System Partition 3 OEM Partition 4 Reserved Partition 5 Primary Partition 6 Recovery Wow, that is a ton of partitions! Normally that many partitions is not a big deal, but if you want to quickly re-purpose an old