My screen keeps going black whenever a video plays and its really annoying

Like most of the posts on this site something’s been bugging me for almost years at this point (ok, a year.. probably less) and it’s finally pushed me over the edge to try to fix it. – My screen keeps going black, seemingly randomly whenever it decides it wants a breather. Let me preface I’ve got an NVIDIA GPU of some sort for the gaming and whatnot. It uses the NVIDIA GeForce control panel to sort its inner workings. If you’ve not got that you might be able to play along here but also you might be out of luck. Let me know in the comments if this helps either way.

Thud

What is a thud?

It’s a loud sudden noise, hyuk hyuk.

If you ever break your hip, don’t do it before Christmas

Oh man. Whoo-boy. I have tripped over.

No I don’t mean the event that caused the actual hip break, I have a full on post about what happened there in the works but it’s a wordy boring one.

Christmas with a broken hip. Not a good idea! Whatever happened to the days when people would give you shower gels, deodorants and socks? This year it was all chocolate! No word of a lie I wouldn’t be surprised if the amount of chocolate in the house right now weighs more than me!

Laravel 5.1? Easily upgrade to PHP 5.5 on CentOS 6!

I’ve been using Laravel a lot lately. Like seriously, a lot. I’m using it for Pdcast as well as a project in my day job. Part of the draw to using Laravel was that there’s a LTS (Long Term Support) release available now, version 5.1! This version requires PHP 5.5.9+, however that’s not included in your bog standard CentOS or EPEL repositories. Nice and quickly then, lets get the latest PHP installed so we can use the new Laravel.

Jetpack thinks I'm lucky. xml_rpc -32700 Try connecting again.

Well here’s one to get into straight away! Recently tried activating Jetpack but had this pop up instead? Your Jetpack has a glitch. Something went wrong that’s never supposed to happen. Guess you’re just lucky: xml_rpc -32700 Try connecting again. Error Details: The Jetpack server could not communicate with your site’s XML-RPC URL. Please check to make sure https://icnerd.com/xmlrpc.php is working properly. It should show ‘XML‑RPC server accepts POST requests only.

How to remove all videos from YouTube's "Watch Later" playlist even if unwatched

In response to a question on how to remove all videos from your Watch Later playlist on Reddit I posted this up. Thought it may (theoretically of course, read on) help you folk out too! Firstly, navigate to your Watch Later page Disclaimer: You really shouldn’t run random code provided by randoms on the internet. You should probably never open your browser’s console unless you know why you’re doing it. I take no responsibility if this doesn’t work, etc, etc.

Are your Steam downloads slow? Fixit fixit fixit!

Well colour my face egg-white. I was complaining a bunch about Steam downloading slowly and it turns out there’s an easy fix if it’s on Steam’s end and not your own. Now I’m guessing everyone and their dog knows how to solve this but in case you don’t know I thought I’d chuck up a little thing here. It’s quite a simple fix. Click up top of the Steam program “Steam” menu option and then Settings and then go to Downloads.

Chattin Bull

This one actually isn’t a programming related project, it’s a podcast!

Windows 8.1 is here! Hopefully it'll fix some issues.

While I’ve not been able to get it just yet, reports are that Windows 8.1 is being rolled out as I type this. If you’re already on Windows 8 have a peek in the Windows Store and it should be there as an update. Fingers are very crossed that this fixes the issues we’ve seen in A fix for my Windows 8 laptop dropping wifi connection. Most notably of course the wifi dropping out for no apparent reason.

Installed OpenVPN in CentOS 6 – Can't find easy-rsa directory anywhere!

Just a quick one I came across today – I’ve installed OpenVPN but I wasn’t able to find the easy-rsa directory that simplifies the process of creating a server hugely. If you’re here for the same reason, it’s because it’s not delivered with the install anymore. Good times! As pointed out by a user in the comments.. it’s in yum just in a separate package. Can’t believe I missed that trick!