Yearly Archives: 2019

How to add Category Descriptions in TwentyNineteen

Some themes implement the WordPress Category Descriptions, others do not. Often they’re not necessary, but sometimes they are. Here’s how to add them to the TentyNineteen theme.

Make a copy of the archive.php file and call it category.php. There’s a block of comments at the top, I recommend changing the description to remind you of what this file is in there for. Leave it at the root level of your (child) theme.

Find line 22 (or thereabouts), starting with the_archive_title(). This line is pulling in two lines Category Archives and your category title (Project Diary in this example).

To remove the top line, and simply print a title to the category without it becoming a URL, we can use this little workaround trick to replace the_archive_title() with this:

To add the description underneath, we can use the_archive_description() function. It’ll print out the text we set, inclusive of any formatting we choose. TwentyNineteen has several options to choose from. I’m going to use the block quote style, but feel free to use any class you like.

Hope this helps!

How to tweak the featured image filter in TwentyNineteen

Last year’s WordPress TwentyNineteen theme does nice things with the featured image in more than one level. The default wasn’t exactly what I was looking for though and some tweaks were necessary for me to feel happier. In particular I felt that the way featured images are displayed needed an adjustment.

There are three areas we can adjust:

  • the colour overlay
  • the opacity of the overlay
  • the darkened filter effect

The Colour Overlay

The colour overlay can be changed in the Theme Customiser. Under Appearance – Customise – Colors there’s an option to set the accent colour, which is also applied as an overlay to each featured image. Untick the box and the colour won’t be applied to your images.

The Overlay Opacity

By default the image is darkened quite a bit to make the white headline font more readable. They’ve overdone it a bit I think, making every image a hard contrasty shadow of its former self. That’s especially annoying if you’ve spent a lot of time crafting your own colour scheme and contrast. To soften the whole thing, we can adjust the opacity of the darkened image to make it look a little lighter, while not deviating too much from the character the theme authors had intended.

Add this piece of CSS and adjust the opacity value to your liking (I find that 0.9 or 0.8 work quite well).

The Dark Filter Opacity

While the above trick works on the whole (darkened) image, we can go one step further and leave the image opacity intact and only influence the dark filter. By making it less intense, more of the original image character will come out. Again, I find an opacity value of 0.9 or 0.8 works nicely. The lower you make it, the more dark filter gets removed. Choose 0 to get rid of it entirely.

I hope this was helpful.

How to export a Clip from Twitch to YouTube

There’s no direct way to export your Twitch Clips to YouTube, or download the material like we can do with Highlights or Past Broadcasts. However there is a way to turn any of your Twitch Clips into Highlights, and those can be downloaded or exported.

Let me show you how this works.

Head over to your channel, then select Clips at the top of the screen. You’ll see a whole page full of clips if you or other users have made any. Now select the big purple button that reads Manage Clips.

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How to access someone else’s Dashboard in Twitch

Twitch has an interesting feature that allows one user to manage a channel that isn’t theirs. It’s done using the Editor Role. It’s a tad complex to figure out where to do what, so I thought I’ll write it down before I forget.

I’m using the “old” in 2019 and have no idea where these settings are in the “up and coming” dashboard that’s gradually being rolled out. Figuring all these things out is a game in itself, isn’t it?

Before we get started, we need to grasp the concept. Let’s say you’re Channel A. If you want to manage another channel (say Channel B), then the owner of that channel needs to make you an editor. Once that’s happened, you can access a cut-down version of their dashboard and edit the stream title, game info and set markers. You can also create Highlights and things like that.

It does not automatically work the other way round, so if you want this relationship to be mutual, you’ll have to do this procedure twice. Here’s how to do it:

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How to setup AirPods (1st generation) with a MacBook Pro (2011)

I really like my first generation AirPods. I use them on my 2012-2018 devices all the time, but I had never tried them on my old MacBook Pro from 2011. I had always assumed they probably use some low-energy version of Bluetooth 4 or whatnot, expecting they won’t work. But I was wrong! They DO work – it’s just that the setup process is slightly different than on my other devices.

Here’s how I could connected them successfully.

What usually happens

Ordinarily, iCloud seems to take care of spreading the connection love. That is, AirPods connected to my iPhone will automatically be “seen as available” by my iPad and my Desktop Mac. All I have to do is to head over to the little speaker icon on the Mac, then select my AirPods from the list.

On my MacBook Pro 2011 that doesn’t work. There’s no AirPods entry. I had to pair them manually.

Make the 2011 MacBook see the AirPods

So what we need to do then is this:

  • switch Bluetooth on (obviously)
  • put the AirPods in their case
  • open the lid
  • press the pairing button on the lid and leave it open
  • take the AirPods out (but leave the case open)
  • wait a moment to hear the connection beep

Now we can close the case and listen to the AirPods. The pairing process takes a little longer, and oddly enough there’s no AirPods entry to select in the list of audio devices. Be that as it may, they are indeed connected and can be used to listen to audio now.

Why that is I do not know – and perhaps I don’t need to either. All I know is that they’re working fine under macOS High Sierra. Hope this helps!

UPDATE: After restarting my MacBook, the AirPods did indeed show up in the Bluetooth menu, so now it behaves just like my Mac Mini. Even Macs need restarting every once in a while.

Creating New Emails in Split View on macOS

I’ve discovered that when I respond to emails on my Mac Book, the default Apple Mail programme started opening my new message windows in a split screen view. Previously this wasn’t happening, and instead a new message would be presented as an overlay on top of the whole mail window (I believe they called it a Modal Dialogue).

Don’t get me wrong, I like the split screen thing – but I always wanted to know where this setting was, and why it was now magically switched on since I wasn’t involved in this design decision. I’m a bit of an stick-in-the-mud sometimes and a tad pernickety about preserving my user experience.

Thankfully it’s easy to find – but in case you’re stumped, here’s where to enable/disable this experience. In Apple Mail, head over to Preferences – General (the first tab). At the bottom you’ll see a tick box labelled prefer opening emails in split view when in full scren.

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How to delete a Windows Recovery Partition

I re-utilise my hard drives from time to time, and as such I need to re-purpose partitions when I do. Operating systems have a habit of adding additional protected partitions when they’re installed as a boot drive, and when we want to use them as storage drive we don’t need those. So let’s delete them.

Thing is, protected Recover Partitions aren’t so easy to get rid of. In this article I’ll show you what worked for me on Windows 10, using a second drive that once was a boot drive.

Disk Cleanup (Prep Work)

The first few partitions (System Reserved and the Primary Partition) can be removed with the Disk Management Tool. Search for it in the bottom left hand corner to find it.

In this screenshot I’m dealing with Disk 1, and I’ve already removed the two additional partitions simply right-clicking on them and choosing Delete Volume. This doesn’t work with the Recovery partition though. We need to use a tool called DISKPART for this.

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So I’ve picked up NO MAN’S SKY – and here’s what I think

I’ve heard so many mixed reviews about NO MAN’S SKY that made me wonder what all the fuzz was about. On the surface the game seems to be something I might enjoy, combining exploration on a vast scale, building, crafting and handsome looking graphics. The asking price of $60 promises a AAA title, so when it was on sale the other day, both on Steam and on GOG, I picked it up and had a look at it.

I’m coming into this game cold, not knowing what to expect. I literally had no expectations, other than the hope of having a good time. Sadly that didn’t happen. It can be like that with complex games though, you have to give it an hour or two to get into them, learn the interface, understand what you’re supposed to do. Good games (like any good software) will help you make this a welcoming experience.

NO MAN’S SKY doesn’t do that. It’s not even trying.

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Where does CONTROL store Game Saves

I came to this interesting “retro” type area in CONTROL, the one in which Jesse is dressed as an FBC office assistant. I thought this woudl be a great area to explore further with Photo Mode. However, there was really no way to save my game in that section – at least none that I could think of. CONTROL uses an auto-save feature, which means that when I reach the next section, it may not have been easy for me to go back to where I currently was.

I decided to investigate where CONTROL stores its save games and found they’re in this folder: C:\Users\you\AppData\Local\Remedy\Control\Default-Epic-User

Replace you with your actual Windows user name. Note that I have the EPIC version of the game, so this location may change when installed from other marketplaces (in which case, please let me know in the comments). The folder contains several sub folders. Copy them all somewhere save (don’t drag and drop them; right click and select copy instead). This will preserve your current game state at the last save point.

When it’s time to return to that spot, simply copy all subfolders back, overwriting any existing items in the folder above. When you relaunch the game, you’ll see a warning from the EPIC Games Launcher, telling you that your local game save is older than the last cloud save.

Choose Upload to Cloud to play with your current settings (i.e. the one you’ve just restored). Download to Machine would overwrite everything and start your game from the last save point, just in case you’ve made a mistake.

And that’s that! Now we can save multiple games in progress. You can pickup CONTROL on EPIC Games – and if you liked this article, you can use code JAY-VERSLUIS on checkout to get me a small commission if you like šŸ˜‰

Where does CONTROL save shots from Photo Mode (on Windows)

Remedy and 505 Games did a good job implementing Photo Mode in CONTROL across all platforms yesterday. While they did a great job telling everyone about this feature, they did a lousy job telling us where those screenshots are actually saved. It might be more obvious on games consoles where you have limited places to investigate, but I spent half an hour exploring my Windows hard disks without joy.

Until Leuncode on Discord answered my puzzled question and said, “it’s in the Documents Folder”. Thank you so much for clearing that up!

Photo Mode can be activated from the Pause Menu (Start Button on the CONTROLler, or press ESC on the keyboard). We get several adjustment options and settings, a seriously important one is to hide the UI. The implementation isn’t great, and essentially CONTROL simply takes a screenshot of whatever is on the monitor – including the UI if it’s there.

If you want to give the game a whirl, head over to the EPIC Store and grab it. If you hack in my creator code JAY-VERSLUIS I’ll get a small commission šŸ˜‰