laranitas free content source – for real?

The title should be “laranitas free content source – is this for real?”

This service commented on this site so I wanted to see what they wrote. The comment was in broken english, so I made the title reflect their comment.

This service takes / scrapes content from other sites, rewrites it, and posts it back on to your site.

My content comes from my experiences, and is written so I remember how to fix thing or helps someone else fix things.

This site is built with WordPress, and I have been getting a lot of spammed comments in the past few months. No harm on the site …yet.

Asido PHP image processing solution – resize not working

I was given a project that uses Asido PHP Image Processing Solution. I couldn’t get the Asido to work in the recent version of WAMP 2.5 or on my CentOS virtual server. I did get it to work on another machine running WAMP.

Turns out Asido works with PHP 5, but not 5.5. The major issue is was “allow_call_time_pass_reference” was set to off. This function is depreciated in 5.4. I uninstalled WAMP 2.5 and installed 2.0 which uses PHP 5.3 and Asido worked.

Here is a link that sort of lead to the right path.

I hope this helps someone else.

Chrome won’t reopen – chrome.exe *32 process still running

Had a friend with an issue with Chrome not opening. In the task manager the “chrome.exe *32” process was running. I ended the process. Chrome would open, but unable to browse to any sites.

I found this link and fixed the problem.!topic/chrome/tdlOv4V4jDk[1-25-false]

Basically, unhide all files so I could get the “C:\Users\username\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome” and deleted the “User Data” folder.

Restarted Chrome and everything worked.


I had a second client with Chrome suddenly just not opening. I ran through the first process and deleted the “User Data” folder, and Chrome would open but wouldn’t complete the action of displaying the page.

I uninstalled Chrome, ran ccleaner, and reinstalled Chrome and it all worked again.

I hope this helps someone else….


Find your facebook ID

In setting up a Facebook Plugin for WordPress I needed my facebook ID. It is no longer just in the URL.

Go to your facebook page and change the “www” in the URL to “graph”. Here is an example.

This did not work for the first time I tried, but eventually it did give me this.


I found this article which helped me locate my ID.


In addition, I needed a customers ID and I used this link to retrieve it. I just used the URL of their facebook page.

Joomla “read private message” or “Tracks” in url

Recently migrated a Joomla 1.5 site to 3.3. Some but not all of my category blog links worked. It resulted in a “404 – Category not found” error. I would get various messages in the url. There would be “” or “ Private Message/thepageIwant.html”

I googled and found my answer here.

Basically delete the menu item and make a new one. Worked perfectly for me.

It gets better I found a “rebuild” button in the menu section. I checked the links that were giving me the 404 and they worked.

Hope this helps someone out there.

Disable or Override bootstrap css in Joomla version 3.x

Add this line to your index.php file of your template to disable bootstrap.

<?php unset($this->_scripts[JURI::root(true).’/media/jui/js/bootstrap.min.js’]); ?>

It worked for me till I updated my version of Joomla to 3.3 through the back end. Bootstrap.css gets updated. I needed to do a core override. Here are the steps.

  1. Add this line to your index.php of your template.
    <link rel=”stylesheet” href=”templates/<?php echo $this->template ?>/css/bootstrap.css” type=”text/css” />
  2. Copy bootstrap.css from “/media/jui/css/”, and paste it in the css folder of your template. Make sure to include it in your template.xml file if you are listing your css in a file index versus listing just the folder.
  3. You can strip out what you don’t need in this new css. I only need to keep the styles for the breadcrumbs.