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The miscellaneous postings section is where I put stuff that doesn't categorise well anywhere else.

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iTunes could not connect to the device error

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When attempting to connect to an iPhone 4s running iOS 7, we kept getting the error message "Could not connect to the device" or "iTunes could not connect to this iPhone. The device does not recognize this host." This post has a solution which worked for us.

Getting back onto Facebook emails

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Occasionally I get "Getting back onto Facebook" emails, which I thought was some weird attempt by FB to get me to engage more, but it appears that these emails are sent when login attempts using your email address fail.

iPhone 6 and Responsive Web Design

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So Apple have announced the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, featuring bigger phones than before. As a web developer creating responsive websites, does the size matter?

Facebook screws over pages, yet again

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Facebook has for some time now been attempting to monetize posts from "Pages" and generally prevents too much Page content appearing in users' feeds, unless the Page is prepared to pay to boost their posts. In yet another news feed algorithm change, they've made it even harder for Pages to reach their users.

Facebook link not downloading thumbnail image, title, description

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Sometimes when you post a link in a Facebook status update, all you get in the little preview box is the website address that you typed in, and the thumbnail image, meta title and description are missing. This can be due to issues on your website, communication between Facebook and your website and so on. This post shows the simple way to fix the issue so Facebook downloads the information again.

Opting out of LinkedIn invite emails when not a LinkedIn member

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So you don't have a LinkedIn login or profile and you keep getting invites and followup reminders from people you don't know via LinkedIn inviting you to join? Have you noticed there's no way in the emails to opt-out of these emails? This post shows how to opt out of these emails.

Web server setup, DNS and Email Hosting, Domain Registrars

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I have two VPS servers, one in the USA and one in New Zealand. This post explains a little bit about my current VPS providers, web server setup, DNS and email hosting, and the domain registrars I use.

Disallow the Internet Archive from your website using robots.txt

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The Internet Archive runs the "Wayback Machine" at www.archive.org to archive pages from websites maintaining copies of them at several points in time. If you do not wish to have your website archived in this way you can prevent this using a robots.txt file.

Change your login and/or password at GoDaddy

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GoDaddy is a domain registrar, web host, email provider etc. I recently needed to change the login name and password for a GoDaddy account but couldn't work out where to change it. After a little messing around with their options I found it in the "Account Security Information" section. This post looks at how to change your login and password at GoDaddy, along with screenshots showing how to do it.