Category Archives: Computers

Crazy Keyboard Glitches!

I pride myself on keeping a nice neat, and clean keyboard. As such I was shocked when the number pad on my external Logitech Wireless Internet suddenly stopped working! However it appears I shouldn’t have worried.

A quick google and look what I found:

Basically you need to:

Click on System->Preferences->Keyboard
Open Mouse Keystab.
Uncheck “Allow to control the pointer using the keyboard”

and then it works perfectly! Thanks GeekoZoid!

Released bbPress Favicon

I just released bbPress Favicon the companion plugin to WordPress/MU Favicon. It does exactly the same thing WordPress/MU Favicon does except does it for the bbPress sitewide and the bbPress admin pages. You can see the Changelog for those that are interested!

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  • First Release
  • Working with 1.x

Added A Page for WordPress/MU Favicon

After being told off by mercime for not having a page for WordPress/MU Favicon, I finally got around to pulling it’s page out of Drafts and updating it to show the latest information regarding version 1.1. 🙂

It appears that it took me long enough to pull it together, but hey, I was busy. Anways better late then never.

The homepage for WordPress/MU Favicon is here.

And for anyone interested, here is the changelog:

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  • readme.txt fixed


  • First Release
  • Working with 2.8.4

New bbPress Admin Updated… Again!

I released version 3.0 of New bbPress Admin today! This version is mainly a bugfix release with no new functionality. You can see the changelog for more details.

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  • Successfully stops the Login/Logout Problem
  • Successfully stops the Headers Being Sent Problem
  • As Far As I Can Tell, It Is A Bug Free Release
  • Works with WP/WPMU 2.8.x and bbPress 1.x

2.1 Beta

  • Attempts to solve the Login/Logout Problem
  • Attempst to solve the headers Being Sent Problem


  • Second Version of bbPress Admin. It has been adapted to have a backend interface to set the forums directory.
  • Looks Neater and is much easier to use.
  • Works with WP/WPMU 2.8.2 and bbPress 1.0.1


  • First Version of bbPress Admin. It is very simple and rudimentary at this point.
  • Working with WP/WPMU 2.8.1 and bbPress 1.0.1

You can view the plugin page here. Or download directly from the WordPress Plugin Repository here.

Currently version 3.0 is the most stable version with no bugs that I know of!

Enjoy 🙂

Changing Screen Saver Options on Ubuntu 9.04

For all the user benefits it offers, Ubuntu seems to lack a lot in the Screen Saver options. Sure there may be hundreds of them to choose from but any user of windows (argh) can tell you that any good screen saver is supposed to have user configurable options. At first glance, it appears that Ubuntu doesn’t have any screen saver options. I have to admin I was flabbergasted. Of course, I turned to my favorite tool, Gnome DO to search google. Interestingly enough, It turned out that the software used for screen saver is Gnome Screensaver with no config options. However you can install xscreensaver and use it to configure the options for gnome-screensaver. Seems a little roundabout for my liking but it works.

WordPress Changes Guidelines for Plugin Authors!

Taken from here:

We feel that all software should have a changelog that details, at a high level, what changes have been made in each version so that the user can make an informed decision about when to upgrade and how much testing they should do with their site.

In order to make this an easy and open communication channel we have added support for a Changelog section in the plugins readme.txt file.  This changelog information is then displayed as a separate tab in the plugin directory and also in the back end of your WordPress blog when you view the details on a new version of a plugin.

I personally agree with this decision of the Automattic and the WordPress team because I have found some annoying plugins which don’t state why a plugin is updated. This should solve that problem rather nicely!

Spam Update!

From here:

Thanks for the pingback. It was appreciated and I have responded in turn! I agree that reCAPTCHA is a pretty cool web application and it certainly beats all of the current spam tools except for maybe Akismet. My only gripe with them as I mentioned is that I would need an enterprise key which I don’t really want to buy obviously. Therefore in terms of any plugins with captcha (really the only way to go) is with the reCAPTCHA plugin. Highly Recommended! 5 Stars!

Annoying Spam Problems Have Been Dealt With!

This is an exact copy of this blog post for my personal blog.

Well over the last 24 hours we had an increae in spam. I was seeing around 10 spam posts in a couple hours. I realized now that Akismet wasn’t gonna work because I would need to buy a corporate license. Looking through my options for spam protection on WordPress MU, I found this interesting looking captcha plugin that uses reCAPTCHA. Obviously, I was just a little bit intrigued because reCAPTCHA is a pretty amazing web application.

It worked better than I expected, since reCAPTCHA was installed and added it’s captcha’s to the sign up and comment form (registered and logged in users don’t see it), I have seen 0 spam! Obviously, this reCAPTCHA is some pretty good and interesting software. I may end up using it for some other projects I have been working on.

We’ll see how it goes!


The ZYROT Administrative Team!


Just got Gravatar!

I just got a gravatar and have found that it works perfectly with my blog (this site) with no plugins or anything needed! I have to say, I’m very impressed with the gravatar system from Automattic (makers of wordpress) and just wanted to state that if you don’t have a gravatar go get one from

Just a quick update 😀