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Where is the ODB diagnostic port on a 2017 Mazda 3?

The ODB diagnostic port is used by garages and dealerships to connect your car to their computer systems, checking for any reported errors as well as check various engine values.

Just to check and clear an error message can cost £30+, yet ODB readers can be bought for not much more than £10 and phone apps can then be found for free to then display the output.

Some car manufacturers make the port difficult to get to, often they’re found under the bonnet. But on the 2017 model Mazda 3 it’s ridiculously easy to access.

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How to switch off the “Try Gutenberg” callout

When WordPress 4.9.8 hits, it will include a callout to try Gutenberg. It’s a great way to bring it to the attention of those who may not already be aware of it. However, for those who already are, it may be unwelcome.

It can be dismissed easily but if you’re managing a number of sites you may not want it to appear in the first place, save getting a lot of questions from users.

There is a plugin available to ensure it doesn’t appear but, tbh, it’s a lot simpler than even that.

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How to check for a minimum level of PHP within a WordPress plugin

Oh my. It’s been a long time since I’ve felt such hate from users. What horrendous thing did I do? I change one of my plugins so that it now required PHP 7 to work, instead of 5.3.

You know PHP 7… which itself goes out of support in the next few months. PHP 7 also being the recommended minimum level of PHP for running WordPress.

Anyhow, I’ve written a short function which, when added to a plugin, will check for the current level and fail the activation if it doesn’t meet the requirements.

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My WordPress plugins and PHP support

I recently updated my Plugins List plugin and the minimum PHP level requirement moved from 5.6 to 7. 

Let me explain my reasoning and what my plans are for PHP support.

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Guess the film from the review

Try and guess which film this is a review of (I’ve edited it to remove anything that may give away the answer)…

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WAN-IFRA – Heading back to Lisbon!

WAN-IFRA is an organisation of newspapers and news agencies from around the globe. Each year they have a big gathering – for 2018, this was in Lisbon, Portugal.

WordPress.com VIP were a gold sponsor for the event, including sponsorship of the WAN-IFRA phone app, so I returned, for a second time this year, to Lisbon. This time with shirts.

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What’s in my bag? 2018 edition

Last year, I revealed, after just a few months working and travelling for Automattic, what I carried with me in my backpack. A year on, and many more trips, and that content has changed.

The theme for this year is “brown leather”.

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New WordPress plugin – Tidy My Menus

Don’t you just hate it when WordPress plugins are just a rule to themselves when it comes to adding new menus to your installation? Those slick, and well thought out, menu positions are now, seemingly, randomly dotted with plugin menus jostling for attention.

Well, hate no more. Tidy My Menus is an automated solution to all this. Install, activate and watch your menus tidy themselves up.

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Embedding code in your WordPress posts

When adding code to a WordPress post, you may find that it gets modified (particularly when using the visual editor). For some years now, a popular plugin of mine, Code Embed, has allowed you a way to achieve this without any such modification. However, the plugin has had many features to it, making it a lot larger from what it first was. And that first release did it just a few lines of code.

So, dusting those lines down, bringing them up to VIP coding standards, here they are for anybody to easily add to their site, for example, via their functions.php theme file…

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WordCamp London, Take 2 – The Diary

It’s been a year since I went to my first ever WordCamp – WordCamp London. And now I’m back for a second attempt.

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