Remove Search Bar in OnePlus or Cyanogen

26/01/2015 10:56:51
Luke McGrane

To remove the Google search bar at the top of your home screen tap the options button while at the desktop and select the three dots above "widgets" then turn Search Bar off (highlighted here in yellow).

The OnePlus uses Cyanogen so this should be the same for any device that also has the same OS version.

Delete Xamarin Bonjour Service After Uninstalling Xamarin

25/01/2015 21:25:14
Luke McGrane
The Bonjour service is an Apple product used by several applications to discover other devices on the network. It seems to be useful if you use Apple products but it became a problem when I uninstalled Xamarin and found Bonjour was throwing errors into Event Viewer. The service was not removed by uninstalling Xamarin through Programs and Features so I did the following:
  1. Open command prompt as administrator
  2. Confirm Bonjour is installed, whether running or not, by typing: sc query state= all | find "Xamarin"
  3. Once you have the SERVICE_NAME, which should be "Bonjour Service" type: sc delete "Bonjour Service"
  4. Finally, navigate to %PROGRAMFILES% and delete the Xamarin directory

ScanMyServer Security Tests

19/11/2014 10:58:17
Luke McGrane

I've been looking at server security, testing things on my own web server, and recently found a company called Beyond Security who do free site testing. It looks like they go pretty in-depth with their automated checks and they give you this seal (which doesn't always seem to load so it might look like a blank space):

Vulnerability Scanner

Their site is a bit flakey and the report you see when you click the seal as a website visitor doesn't really reflect anything but as the site owner you get a detailed list of potential vulnerabilities.

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