Facebook logo squareFacebook introduced their long-awaited video autoplay feature a few months ago, and apparently it’s been wreaking havoc with mobile data plans ever since. Autoplay is switched on by default, so when a video appears in your feed and you pause momentarily on it, the video will start to play.

Here’s the kicker: It’ll do this regardless of whether you’re on 3G or connected to wi-fi.

The fact is, if you’re downloading lots of video content over 3G, you’re going to very quickly hit the limit of your data plan. If you’re on a contract, you most likely won’t discover this until you get your next bill. Let me predict your next thought: how do I switch this autoplay feature off?

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Felt Android MascotI’ve recently given in to temptation and bought myself a Google Nexus 7. Having come from a predominantly Apple/IOS background, I was bursting to try out an alternative mobile operating system. Especially one which seems to actively outperforming Apple’s product.

I won’t go into a feature for feature comparison right here. Suffice to say, when I wrote my guide to setting up an alarm clock on the Nexus, I suddenly realised I had no idea how to take a screenshot on the device!

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Google Nexus LogoIf, like me, you’re just starting to get into Android through Google’s fantastic Nexus products, you’ll probably have spent some time looking for the alarm clock functionality. Trust me, it’s well hidden! I initially went looking through the Nexus settings, but had no luck. Guess what? Once you discover where to look, setting up multiple alarms on the Nexus is actually a doddle. Let me talk you through it! These instructions should hold steady on any Nexus device, though I’m using a Nexus 7 with Android 4.3.

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So, you’ve got a brand spanking new MacBook and you want to configure the default apps to connect to your Gmail account and other Google services like calendar and contacts? Step this way, I’m going to show you how.

iPhone & iPad Users: You might be tempted to try the Microsoft Exchange trick that your iOS device can do which seamlessly connects Mail, Calendar and Contacts with Google automatically. This will not work on a MacBook!
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Something I’m going to share with you today is how to delete a batch of files in Linux (a CentOS distribution in this instance) using the built-in find utility and some regular expressions.

Use case: It turns out that the backup utility for WordPress doesn’t delete old backups that it stores on your server. As these files build up, they typically consume a lot of space, and eventually fill up your hard disk.

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WordPress logoAs a blogger, the URL field in the WordPress comments form is a constant pain – either spammers are using it to drop shady links, or readers feel compelled to fill it with garbage just to fill in the field. Either way, it’s a nuisance. But how do you get rid of it?

Well, I spent a long time searching for the solution to this problem last night, and I’ve written up a solution for removing the URL field that takes into account a number of different scenarios you might encounter!

Obligatory warning! Never apply these types of changes to a production site – I keep a copy of my website themes on a testing server and make changes there. I suggest you do the same! Continue reading