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Who is ZmEu?

An image showing ZmeuThe name Zmeu (no capital E) is the name of a fantastic creature of Romania. There are so many stories that there isn't a clear understanding of what it is... but it is human like, can spit fire and wants to marry young women.

If you're wondering, it is generally a bad guy.

ZmEu Attack

Today, I noticed a lot of traffic on one of my servers. Looking into what was happening, I immediately found out that an attacker was looking for a loophole in that system. That attack was being performed from China.

Changing the U-Design RSS Peel image(s)

I have a customer that uses Wordpress with the U-Design theme. It's pretty cool, but it does not give you the possibility to change the RSS feed shown at the top-right corner and in 2017 the RSS feeds are kind of dead (so not useful to be shown prominently, really.)

My customer also has an ebay account so he put his ebay link in that RSS, which you can do, but without changing the image, it just looked all wrong. (i.e. no one would click on that link, trust me!)

So... I create a quick button, "FIND US ON ebay", and replaced that corner from that RSS peeling thing to an ebay ...

Wordpress Twentyseventeen Theme Menu hidden by default!?!?

Screenshot of a Wordpress website with the problem fixed.I have a website where I use Wordpress as the CMS. It's good enough for  that website (frankly, unless you want a blog, it's rather limited to my point of view, but I'm crazy...)

In 2017, they created a theme called Twentyseventeen, which looks good and has most of the functionality I need. However, there is a huge bug:

The front page has a smartphone menu at the bottom of the page which opens HIDDEN. That's just plainly wrong. Either you put the menu at the top or you make sure that the menu gets shown, somehow.

Since I'm a programmer (at times I forget) I decided ...

Desktop Google Calendar now defaults to Agenda because I have it on my Android...

Since I got my Android phone earlier this year, I got a huge problem with Google Calendar.

I use the calendar mainly on my Desktop. Big screen, easy to read and use. But on the Android, the format is Agenda to make it possible to use at all.

Somehow that has a really bad side effect: the display is now always forced to Agenda on my Desktop too. Really annoying!

Tere is actually a very easy fix! It took me months the discover it and it's actually very easy.

I have the Calendar link bookmarked so I can just click one button to get it open.

All I had to do is add the following anchor at ...

Add or subtract to a Time field in LibreOffice

Today I was working on a spreadsheet where I added a time for a calendar type of sheet.

What I wanted to do is have a column where time increases without having to type each time manually.

So I needed to add 15 or 30 minutes to the first time.

Say my first time is 7am, it appears as 07:00:00 AM.

In the next row (B4), I wanted to do something like:

=B3+"15 minutes"

The fact is that LibreOffice saves time and date as a double number where 1.0 represents 1 day.

So to add just 15 minutes, you need to divide your number by the number of minutes in a day:


Or if ...

Bottom bar animation depending on scroll position

Today I got a little challenge trying to get a bar at the bottom of the SMS From Me public pages.

I was thinking to use CSS to animate size. Already here there is a trick to know about. You cannot use the height (or width) parameter. However, you can use the max-height (max-width) to make the transition work as expected.

So my CSS transition included the following important parameters:

  padding: 0;
  margin: 0;
  position: fixed;
  bottom: 0;
  left: 0;
  right: 0;
  max-height: 0px; /* at the start, it is hidden */
  transition: max-height ...

How do I force my viewport scale to 1.0?

I just spent hours trying to understand how the viewport functions. You can change it dynamically, but only once. That is. set it to a certain value and let the GUI take that new value in account. Then later you can change it again with another value, if you'd like.

What I was looking to do is reset the zoom back to 1.0 after a user clicked on an image and very likely zoomed in and out to better see the image. At the time the user is done, he clicks the image once and it comes back to the website. Only, the zoom remains the same by default. Which somewhat makes sense since the browser ...

Wordpress 2017 -- how do you get a summary in your Category and other lists?

I now also work on a Worpress website with theme 2017 (twentyseventeen) and I noticed that when I go to the Caegories or some other list of posts, I get the full posts.

Looking into it, I could not really see anything about it on the Internet. Strange.

The fact is that all you have to do is go back to each post (yeah, a tad bit tedious if you have hundreds already) and add the "Read more mark". The fact is that Wordpress does not seem to automatically add a feature to automatically calculte the summary of your posts. Maybe I missed it or I would need to install yet another plugin.. ...

REST hook trigger needs a polling url (ZSE007)

As I'm working on a Zap application (see Zapier). I got this error about my triggers:

REST hook trigger needs a polling url (ZSE007)

So... I understand that they want to have a URL to do a poll and they even have documentation that explains why they want to poll in case of a REST hook Zap: Whenever the user wants to test the Zap, the application will get some data using the polling method. That way they can get that data specifically for one test and not force you to generate an trigger. One problem with testing with an actual trigger is that any other Zap listening to the same trigger ...

tar: .../public_html/wp-content: file changed as we read it

I created a little script to generate a daily tarball as a backup of a customer website.

Everyday, though, I would get the following error:

tar: .../public_html/wp-content: file changed as we read it

As you can see, the website is using Wordpress.

The error, though, I could not replicate when I would run the tar command by hand. What gives?

Looking closer into it, I noticed that my crontab setup would actually run the cron.php at the same time as the backup would run:

# m h  dom mon dow   command
  0 3  *   *   *     /.../backups/

*/10 * *   *   *     cd /.../public_html ...
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