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OS X Server 5 Shenanigans

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OS X Server 5 for OS X 10.10. and 10.11, while a significant improvement to Lion Server for OS X 10.7, still behaves oddly when mixing SSL and non-SSL requests. Whereas before it wanted every request redirected to the SSL pipe, now it will let you do either. It won’t, however, let you do both.

WordPress will try to do both. Why? I dunno. It should work, and did on plain Apache 2, but OS X Server 5 puts up a proxy to the WAN and serves from a different port. This is not presented upfront to the Server.app user, but is most likely in the docs. RTFM much? Ha-ha! No.

The affect this had on my WordPress install is instead of logging in being presented with a page that merely stated,

You don’t have permission to view this page.

Or some such equally helpful information. A little web searching turned up the answer. To overcome this the following can be added to wp-includes/http.php

/* Adding this BS for OS X Server 5 being a dick... */
if ($_SERVER['HTTP_X_FORWARDED_PROTO'] == 'https') {
  $_SERVER['HTTPS']='on';
}

I saw a post on wordpress.net that said to put this into config.php, but that did not work for me. Neither did the mod_rewrite mumbo-jumbo in that thread and apparently it didn’t for the OP, either.

I admit being ignorant to what HTTP_X_FORWARDED_PROTO is, but it appears to be a HTTP header from an Apache mod Apple is running. Unique to them or something well known? I dunno. I don’t pretend to try to keep up with this stuff any longer. That’s why I went to WordPress; So I wouldn’t have to.

Hide thumbnails of certain users content on Flickr

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Using CSS you can identify and hide thumbnails from users. Makes it a bit easier to skip past or ignore people who can’t help but taint your favorite groups with inappropriate or offensive material or idiotic political themed collages. Nothing kills my buzz like having the local flora, fauna, and other interesting things interrupted with fear mongering hate rhetoric.

/**** A-holes on Flickr ****/
a[href*="/USER_ID/"]:before {
  content: "NUTJOB ";
}
a[href*="/USER_ID/"] img {
  display:none !important;
}

This does not hide the actual content on its own page or disable any links. It just lets you easily identify items to avoid while hiding the thumbnail.

The USER_ID can be culled from the URL the item resides at. For instance my ID in context: http://www.flickr.com/photos/strawhousepig/ Keep in mind that not all IDs are human readable. The default value is a seemingly random string.

Netflix search bookmarklet

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Drag this link to your bookmarks, or copy paste the URL.

Search Netflix

What it does: Takes the current selected text and sends it to Netflix.com as a search string. If no text is selected a prompt window will pop-up allowing you to manually enter a term. Also, if you are browsing The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) when you select it the title of the page will be used as the search string.

What it is:

is_imdb=/\.imdb\.com/;
if(is_imdb.test(document.domain)){
  q=document.title.split(' - IMDb',1);
}else{
  if(getSelection()!=''){
    q=getSelection();
  }else{
    void(q=prompt('Enter search term (Netflix)',''));
  }
}
if(q){
  window.open('http://netflix.com/WiSearch?v1='+escape(q));
}

Mac ready “lightbox” close widget

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I use a Mac, you use a Mac. Our close window button is in the top left corner of the window so it’s convenient when a JavaScript pop-over puts the “button” there, though most don’t. A few I run into I’ve decided to throw some CSS at to fix them.

/**** Mac ready "close" widget ****/
/* Wordpress admin "More info..." */
div#TB_ajaxWindowTitle {
  position:absolute;
  top:0px;
  left:25px;
  float:none !important;
  display:inline !important;
}
div#TB_closeAjaxWindow {
  display:inline !important;
  float:left !important;
  clear:left !important;
}
/* Amazon */
div.ap_close {
  left: 24px !important;
}
span.ap_closebutton {
  float:left;
  clear:left;
}
/* "Fancybox" */
a#fancybox-close {
  left:-15px !important;
}
/* "MultiBox" */
div.MultiBoxClose {
  left:-26px !important;
}
/* Disqus profile */
a.dsq-modal-close-btn {
  position:absolute !important;
  top:10px !important;
  left:10px !important;
}

This would of course go into your user defined CSS file. Which in Safari can be added at Safari > Preferences | Advanced – Style sheet:

Nintendo’s Tech Support Forums: How do I get what I pay you for? [UPDATE]

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[UPDATE]The “November Update” of 2011 has rectified this situation. You can now add only the amount necessary to make a single purchase. Way to go Nintendo. Very happy to be able to use it again. My wallet not so much.
………………

Nintendo’s Tech Support Forums: How do I get what I pay you for?.

Me bitching about the way the 3DS eShop works.
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Search suggestions are the devil

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I hate them. It’s not bad when you can turn them off, but when the software you’re using tries to outsmart you and hold your hand, all the while using processor cycles building a list of irrelevance, it’s highly annoying and completely un-welcomed.

So they can go to hell and die.