How to stop the ringer vibration on your iPhone 5 alarm

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Like everybody else in the 21st Century, I use my smartphone as my alarm clock. And generally I’m happy with it, except for that panicky, frenzied vibration that the iPhone gives every time the alarm goes off.

So, how do you stop your iPhone alarm from vibrating and waking you up in a cold sweat?

I’ve got two solutions. One is a sledgehammer solution – you switch off all vibrations on your phone. The other is gentler – it involves switching off the vibration on just your phone’s ringtone. Either way, you’re going to be losing the vibrate when your phone rings, but if that’s acceptable to you, read on. I’m going to walk you through both methods.

Switch off the vibration on your ringtone only

This is my preferred solution. At least this way, you keep vibrations on other types of notification.

  1. So, on your iPhone, browse to the Settings app and go into Sounds
  2. Scroll down to Sounds And Vibration Patterns and click into your Ringtone.
  3. You should see an option for Vibration. It’s usually set to Alert (Default), but you should go to the bottom of this screen and choose None instead.
  4. Now, test this out by going to your Clock app and testing the ringtone on the Alarm settings. It should sound the ringtone you’ve selected, but not vibrate. Set the volume of the ringer to your desired level by using the volume buttons on the side of the phone.

Disable Vibrate altogether

This is the all-consuming solution that I talked about up top. You may be fine with switching off your iPhone’s vibrate function altogether, so here’s how to do it.

  1. Open your Settings app and browse to Sounds.
  2. The Vibrate function is at the top of the page. Simply switch off Vibrate on Ring and Vibrate on Silent and this should effectively stop your phone buzzing, including the alarm.
  3. Once again, I suggest you test this by browsing into your iPhone’s clock settings.

That’s my solution to silencing the annoying vibrating alarm clock in iOS6. If you’ve discovered a better way, feel free to share it in the comments below!

Set a keyboard shortcut for Launchpad on Mac OS X

You know what would be handy in Mac OS X? If you were able to activate Launchpad with a keyboard shortcut. But for some reason, that’s not how it works on my MacBook. (Update: in later versions of Mac OS X, the F4 key will bring up the Launchpad menu.)

But there’s light at the end of the tunnel. You can assign a shortcut key for Launchpad very easily. Simply open your System Preferences and click the Keyboard item. It should start in Mission Control, but flick to Launchpad & Dock and you should see an option to Show Launchpad.

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Mac OS X Tip: How to switch between windows in the same program

Apple MacBook ProIf you’re a power multi-tasker, switching between open application windows is essential. On a Windows machine, ALT+Tab is your friend here, allowing you to switch between any open applications.

While COMMAND+Tab still works on Mac OS X, you’ll find that it doesn’t work when you try to switch between windows in the same program. For instance, if you’ve got two browser windows open – one for researching, one for drafting. Or maybe you want to switch between messages and the inbox in the Mail app.

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WordPress: Deleting comments on old blog entries

WordPress logoWe recently decided to clear out old comments on blog entries on one of our WordPress sites. We have almost six years worth of comments and data on this particular blog, most of it pertaining to old news items. While the discussions were interesting and engaging in their day, they now represent tens – maybe hundreds – of thousands of lines of database entries.

Data purists may shriek in horror, but we decided to prune these old comments rather than keep them for what little historical value they had. There’s a fairly handy line of MySQL code that can be run to delete old comments:

delete from wp_comments where date_sub(now(), interval 360 day) > comment_date ORDER BY comment_date ASC LIMIT 4000;

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Quickly upgrade to Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal

Ubuntu logoIn case you missed it, the latest edition of Ubuntu was released this week, Natty Narwhal (or 11.04 if you prefer).

It seems to have been one of the most popular releases ever, because I can’t connect to the Ubuntu website to upgrade!!! What’s happening is that because Canonical’s servers are so busy, the upgrade assistant can’t download the release notes for the new version. And so the upgrade fails. Continue reading “Quickly upgrade to Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal”

How to delete custom about:config entries in Firefox

Firefox LogoFirefox can be customised in many ways using the about:config URL. But sometimes, you may mistakenly enter a value or you may want to reverse an entry completely.

However, if you’ve ever tried to delete a custom entry, you’ll know there’s no option labelled “delete”. It’s actually the “Reset” option you want to choose if you want to remove a custom entry. Here’s how it’s done: Continue reading “How to delete custom about:config entries in Firefox”