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Attacks by ZmEu or w00tw00t robots

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.

I checked another server, and sure enough, that other server was ...

I see many login attempts on my Wordpress website, yet I'm the only user?!

This happens on all websites. It's not specific to Wordpress.

However, this is when hackers are trying to gain access to your website. They do two or three things. First they choose common user names such as "admin" or your .com name (i.e. I have https://stargazerrock.com/ and they used "stargazerrock" as the username!) I have see "administrator" as well.

One way to protect your administrator account immediately is to change your username to something that they are not likely to guess. Say your surname is "giraffe", you could use that. Or even ...

Wordpress extension for Facebook graph loads partial image and White Screen of Death as a result!

Today I tested one of my Stargazer Rock blog pages and got a WSoD... Not the first time, but last time I fixed the problem by loading and resaving a PNG and changing an SVG to a PNG. Not the type of things I really want to do while bloging.

So I search into it, there is a plugin I use, called "Facebook Open Graph, Google+ and Twitter Card Tags" which attempts to load an image but only the first 32Kb. If that loads fine, then the author attempts to get the image dimensions and save that to the open graph meta data.

Somehow, some images will actually break that process because the ...

Google understands the "Allow:" keyword in robots.txt

At times you have to prevent users from seeing files under a certain folder such as the /admin/ or /wp-admin/ folder.

The easiest way to at least avoid having Google index those pages is to add a Disallow line in your robots.txt file. For example:

Disallow: /admin
Disallow: /wp-admin

This is great and 99% of the time it does exactly what you want. Only once in a while a programmer does it wrong and places a file that should be searchable under such folders. For example, maybe someone placed a style.css file which is access by pages other than just pages under /admin. In that case, the ...

stream_socket_client() fails with no errors...

Today I had a weird one.

The PHP function named stream_socket_client(), used to create a socket to communicate with another computer over a network, may return $errno = 0 and $errstr = "".

The PHP reference actually mentions the problem:

On failure the errno and errstr arguments will be populated with the actual system level error that occurred in the system-level connect() call. If the value returned in errno is 0 and the function returned FALSE, it is an indication that the error occurred before the connect() call. This is most likely due to a problem initializing the socket. ...

Setting the color of a cell in LibreOffice Calc depending on the cell value...

Introduction

This is not the first time I try to look into getting a color in a cell when the value of the cell is such and such, not just smaller than 0 and it becomes [RED]... which is a default available in your formula.

The fact is that you need to create styles that you're going to reference either with the STYLE() function or using the Conditional Formatting window.

So...

Creating New Styles and Formatting

First select a cell. You probably want to use an empty cell where you can enter a number or some text and then change it's format with the Format Cell... option. ...

Changing the U-Design Wordpress Theme 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.


Update:

Today Google Calendar asked me ...

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:

=B3+15/60/24

Or if ...

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