Category Archives: Podcast

Catch The WP Guru Podcast where Complex Stuff gets made extremely simple. These are audio versions of my screencasts on a variety of tech topics, such as WordPress, Dreamweaver, web based services and a lot of other super complicated stuff.

I have several other podcasts too, check them out here.

Blue Yeti vs ZAFFIRO – Microphone Comparison ASIN B07BVRQD8G

I was looking for another desktop USB microphone for my second desk. Currently I’m using a wonderful Blue Yeti with my Mac on my main desk (or Studio A as we like to call it), and every time I do a screencast or podcast on my Windows workstation (or Studio B as we’d like to call it), I have to bring over the Blue Yeti.

So I discovered the ZAFFIRO Desktop USB Mic, for over $100 less. I thought I’d give it a spin – and I really like it. Here’s what I found after a couple of weeks of working with it.

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Ruipu Power Bank Review: 24000 mA⋅h with Solar Panels (and how to use it)

Last year, in September 2017, I ordered a RUIPU 24,000 mAh Solar Power Bank in preparation for Hurricane Irma here in Florida. I’ve had a whole year’s worth of experience with this gadget and decided to buy another one.

This thing rocks! Let me tell you all about it, and how to use it in this review.

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ZAFFIRO Lapel Microphone comparison B074SF96X9 vs B0765NGK4N

In this episode I’m taking a look at two lapel microphones by ZAFFIRO. They’re both called “Lavalier Lapel Microphone”, and the description is more or less identical on both items – yet there are significant differences between these products.

I bought both of them back in March 2018, and given the sound quality and amount of accessories you get, for less than $20 each, these mics are good bargains for casual users. But no matter how detailed (or vague) their shop descriptions are, and no matter how hip the people in those pictures look, you can only really judge a microphone by what it sounds like.

In this review I’ll tell you all that I’ve learnt in my six months with the ZAFFIRO lapel mics.

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WordPress 5.0 and Gutenberg: What does this mean for you

In this episode I’m explaining the implications of the new default text editor in WordPress 5.0. It’s called Gutenberg, named after the man who invented the printing press (and hence revolutionised how printed books were duplicated and distributed at the time).

I’ll also show you how to test drive the Gutenberg editor in WordPress 4.9 and earlier, and how to bring back the Classic Editor if Gutenberg is not for you.

I’m not going into details on how to use the new editor, this is just an explanation what Gutenberg means, where the change will happen and how to remedy your WordPress instance if you feel lost with it (like I did when I first tested it last week).

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How to take pictures with Photo Booth on macOS

In this episode I’ll show you how to take pictures with built-in and external USB cameras using Photo Booth on macOS. Photo Booth is the equivalent of the Camera application in iOS.

I will also explain how to export your images, where they are stored on the hard disk, and what you can do if the built-in camera gives you an error message.

For Ivy-Jo.

Troubleshooting

As I’ve explained in the screencast, if Photo Booth or any other app is giving you grief about there camera “not being available”, you can try to reset the VDCAssistant process on macOS.

To do this, open the Terminal app, then type the following:

Provide your administrator password when prompted, and without a reboot, Photo Booth should be working as it should. Thanks to Turn It Off And On Again for this tip!

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How to embed images in GitHub Readme Files

In this screencast I’ll show you how to add images to your GitHub Readme files. You can use the Markdown or HTML syntax for this, I’ll show you both versions. Make sure to upload images to your own repository and provide the relative path to them.

Here’s the syntax:

In Markdown

In Markdown syntax, use the following example to embed an image:

In HTML

GitHub also supported the HTML syntax, which uses the standard IMG tag. Pasting HTML code in a website is always a little tricky, but let me try:

Should you have spaces in your file names, you can replace them with %20, just like in standard HTML (like “file%20name”).

Now go and make those Readme.md files look handsome!

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What is my YouTube Channel URL

In this episode I’ll show you four ways of finding your YouTube Channel’s URL. I’ll also explain why there are three types of YouTube Channel URLs, and what the query parameters are that you can append.

Just in case watching videos isn’t your thing, or you’re in a hurry, I thought I’d include some written instructions as well 🙂

Continue reading What is my YouTube Channel URL

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How to turn off PayPal Notifications in the Facebook Messenger App on iOS

In this video I’ll show you how to switch off those super annoying PayPal notifications in the Facebook Messenger App in iOS on my iPhone 6s Plus. I’ve recorded this video on iOS 11 in March 2018.

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How to fix the “Occasional White Screen of Death” Error in WordPress

In this video I’ll show you how to fix an odd phenomenon I’d like to call “The Occasional White Screen of Death”. Here’s what happened: Continue reading How to fix the “Occasional White Screen of Death” Error in WordPress

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How to install a free SSL Certificate in Plesk Onyx

In this episode I’ll explain how to add a free SSL Certificate for web traffic in Plesk Onyx.

First we’ll enable the Let’s Encrypt extension in Plesk, then we’ll create the certificate and prepare our subscription for SSL traffic. And finally, we’ll tweak two values in the WordPress database so that all requests will be directed to https rather than http.

Note that Let’s Encrypt SSL Certificates can only be used to encrypt web traffic between your server and a client’s browser. They cannot currently be used to secure email or Plesk itself (but who knows what the future holds).

Enjoy!

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