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Posted by on Sep 22, 2014 in Web | 0 comments

K2 Additional Category issue – (on clean Joomla v3.3.3  installation). My error: 1064 You have an error in your SQL syntax; check the manual that corresponds to your MySQL server version for the right syntax to use near ‘)}’ at line 1 SQL=SELECT `catid` FROM y2wsa_k2_additional_categories WHERE `itemID` = {intval()} Fixed thanks to: http://getk2.org/community/English-K2-Community/176183-Error-1064-after-Joomla-30-to-31-upgrade Their error: 1064 You have an error in your SQL syntax; check the manual that corresponds to your...

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Finding lost iPhone photos from an iTunes PC backup

Posted by on Apr 19, 2014 in Tech / Equipment | 0 comments

Finding lost iPhone photos from an iTunes PC backup

(The short answer – use Picturescue.) The challenge: To retrieve photos from a damaged itunes backup when an Apple Store had wiped the phone back to factory settings and restoring the phone from the old backup was no longer possible. The answer: Take the itunes backup files (which in this case happened to be from a pc) which contain all the random file-name files (info.plist, manifest.mbdb, manifest.mbdx, manifest.plist, status.plist) and copy them on to a Mac. The lost photo files are readable / viewable as graphics but finding out the...

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Mac – show hidden files

Posted by on Apr 19, 2014 in Tech / Equipment, Web | 0 comments

Mac – show hidden files

How to show hidden files on Mac: This is a reminder for me but you may also find it useful. Terminal Command: Mavericks 10.9 defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE 10.6 – 10.8: defaults write com.apple.Finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE   After either of those you may need to restart your Mac, or at the very least type: killall Finder If you don’t feel comfortable using Terminal, try a Google search for software such as: InVisible 1.2.1 Show Hide Invisible Files 1.6 iShow Invisible 1.6.5 Show Hide Invisible Files...

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When WordPress just goes white

Posted by on Apr 16, 2014 in Internet, Web | 0 comments

When WordPress just goes white

If you are an admin of a WordPress site, maybe a community or charity site, and one day the site just isn’t there.  What do you do? Well, if there are no error messages displayed and the page is just as white as a sheet (and possibly your / your clients face), this might help. I recently had this issue and found it was due to a plugin using up all the available memory on the (shared) server / space.  So it’s a plugin – but which one?!  And you probably can’t even log in to the site to disable anything. You probably...

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Synergy KM

Posted by on Feb 28, 2014 in Tech / Equipment | 0 comments

Synergy KM

I have long been a fan of Synergy KM.  For those not in the know, if you have two or more computers (in my case currently a desktop and a laptop, but I have used it in the past across two desktops: 1 mac, 1pc and a laptop), Synergy lets you use the same keyboard and mouse across both computers in an almost seamless way. I finally got round this morning to checking if there was an update as although Synergy was great when it was working, it was a bit flakey on my macs running OS 10.8. I found this version, which although had a lower version...

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iPad Sheet Music Apps

Posted by on Jul 12, 2012 in Music, Tech / Equipment | 1 comment

iPad Sheet Music Apps

Since various people have asked me, here is some information about apps that I have found useful for viewing sheet music on an iPad for live/rehearsal band use – and why. This isn’t a comprehensive list and there are other features for each app that I probably haven’t mentioned – but then I probably just don’t use that feature (yet). If you know of a music viewing app that isn’t mentioned that you think it brilliant, please let me know. forScore This is the app I use most for displaying PDF’s of sheet...

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Twitter badge update for Guitarlodge.co.uk

Posted by on Jul 12, 2012 in Internet, Music, Web | 0 comments

Twitter badge update for Guitarlodge.co.uk

Guitarlodge.co.uk, the total guitar & amplifier repair service, regularly uses Twitter to post pictures of the latest guitars and amps they are working on. Although in the past I had added a Twitter badge to the homepage, the regular Twitter badge doesn’t display the image in the tweet, it just displays a link to the image. I was asked if it would be possibly to display the images in a redesigned badge – a challenge! In my research I came across this post: Create a Twitter Feed with Attached Images from Media Entities which...

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Alesis iO Dock

Posted by on Feb 10, 2012 in Music, Tech / Equipment | 0 comments

Alesis iO Dock

So what I’d love to know is… has anybody yet found a use for the Alesis iO Dock for live / on stage use? Yes I’ve seen people use it in the studio on videos on the Alesis site, and people talking about using it as a scratch pad for musical ideas (although it isn’t battery powered and would you have that much equipment already plugged in at the time?) but what about live? If anybody has any useful hints and tips on this please let me know.  

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