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I’m currently working on a website for my local Scout group and I decided to use the excellent Bootstrap framework.

My issue was that bootstrap didn’t conform to the Scout branding guidelines. So I decided to extend the classes myself to bring the style of the site into the guidelines.

Once I got started I realised that others might find it useful; so I developed it into a separate style-sheet, wrote it in LESS to compile with Bootstrap nicely extend the classes.

So here it is!

Scoutstrap: A bootstrap extension to develop on-brand websites for the Scout Association.

It’s my first proper use of GitHub, GitHub Pages and LESS so any issues, then add it as an issue and I’ll get around to fixing/sorting them. This is aimed at Bootstrap Version 2.3.2 and not the recent Bootstrap 3.0 which I aim to develop for in the near future.


Remove password protection from Office 2010 Documents

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I was given a word 2010 docx document the other day to edit, only the issue was that it had protection added to stop people from editing it which I needed to remove.

I spent an hour searching for a document password cracker / remover with no luck until I happened across a post on spiceworks which gave a easy working solution to remove the password from the word 2010 file.

So here’s the solution, for future reference:

  1. make a copy of the original file
  2. right-click and rename the extension to zip
  3. extract the files
  4. open the extracted folder and look for word\settings.xml
  5. right-click and edit
  6. find a string with “w:documentprotection”, it’ll be after the “w:proofstate” group
  7. cut/delete the “w:documentprotection” area of the xml file and save
  8. drag your new settings.xml from the extracted folder to the zip folder
  9. rename the zip folder’s extension with the edited .xml file back to docx

LittleBobaFooFoo ~ Spiceworks Forum

this 100% worked to remove edit protection from word 2010 docx but it should work with any office 2010 file and as they share similar file structures, it should work with office 2007 too.

Stop targeting devices!

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Responsive Web Design is here to stay, it is now regarded as the way to develop sites and contain the same core content across devices.

In many cases and I have done this myself, Responsive Web Design has been explained and sold as a set of views one for mobile, one for tablet and one for computer but this is not actually the case and it shouldn’t be explained like this at all as it gives the wrong impression of what the technology does.

This type of web development shouldn’t be to target specific device types or even specific devices i.e. different views for iPad and nexus 7 or mobile and desktop but rather to give accessibility and similar experiences to all resolutions.

The key here is that is requires a change in mentality for the designers and developers as we’re not working to a specific device set or even towards a set view at set resolutions but rather a layout that flows and changes as necessary with graceful degradation when viewed on strange resolutions.

We also need to consider working in pixels has become kinda irrelevant due to high DPI (retina) grade screens where a single pixel is only half or even a quarter of a pixel on standard screens.

Overall designers and developers need to start using terms such as small screen and large screens instead of mobile vs desktop along with considering a small screen physically might be classed as a large screen pixel wise.

How to install iftop on CentOS

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I’m keeping this short and sweet…

iftop isn’t in the CentOS repo by default which is a shame, luckily there is an rpm on repoforge available; just run this little bash command/script to install the correct version depending on arch or display saying it’s unavailable.

if uname -a | grep -q "64"; then rpm -ivh; elif uname -a | grep -q "86"; then rpm -ivh; else echo Not available for your arch.; fi

This should work on Fedora and Red Hat too.


Services being retired…

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As part of the ongoing development of my site and services, there will be some services that will be discontinued within the next few months.


Services Portal

This is really just a very static web page which probably isn’t used, it’s a pain to maintain and really just a waste of disk space. This service will be removed on 6th April 2013. If you use this service then please book mark the pages you require from the services portal.


Filestore turns to Cloud Files

As some users of my filestore system may know, the uploading method isn’t very simple and overall the hosting of files can be much easier on other services, this is why I have overhauled the filestore system.

The current filestore system isn’t going away just yet but will be migrated to a better solution. The new filestore will be more cloud-like with the ability to store calendar and contact information, along with a sync tool for computers (Mac, PC, Android and iOS) and a simple new interface. The same interface will be available for file sharing and a directory list will continue to be available.

This new service will be under the files subdomain and not filestore, this is to help the transition be smooth, I will be contacting the relevant users when this change will come into effect.



The web manager will also go through a change, mainly to give users more control over their services but to also be more mobile compatible. This change won’t effect any files and migration will be made once all the new services are ready to be used. This will however mean that some interfaces will change, so don’t be surprised when everything’s suddenly different; we will leave the old manager available for a short period of time as things transition.



This service is going to be retired in the near future. It shouldn’t be being used and I don’t wish for it to be publicly available anymore. This is really just a courtesy notice in case anyone is using it.



Anybody using the backup system that I provided will be migrated to the private cloud system which will be a similar system to the successor of the filestore (above) but it will be contained on a separate server, require different credentials and also have limited sharing abilities.


Services Already Removed

The (very) old static blog site that was left up for historical reasons has finally been removed; along with a small server list containing servers that are no longer active.


So overall there’s some exciting new changes being made in the near future.