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Downloading all your Facebook Photos for Google Plus – In Linux

Okay so, with Google Plus just being released to a select few (and invites) you might be wanting to export all your Facebook photos, tagged and albums you’ve uploaded to Google+. There are several ways of going about this, a few webapps, apps and through Facebook itself, the problem is that most of these don’t work in Linux making it a little more tricky to do without switching to Windows or OSX or borrowing some ones laptop for a while.

Through Facebook Route:

This way is actually pretty easy, which came as a surprise to me since I would have though it be in Facebooks best interest to keep users there just because it’s too much hassle to change.

First head over to Facebook.com, login and make your way through the labrynth that is Facebook settings to
‘Account Settings’ > Next to ‘Download Your Information’ click ‘Learn more’ > click ‘Download’.

This way you’re going to have to wait for Facebook to process all your data, they’ll then send you an e-mail once it’s done to a download link. This is a compressed (ZIP) file which contains all your information from Facebook, in the Photos folder you’ll find all your pictures which can then be uploaded to Google Plus.

The problem with this way is that it can take a reasonable amount of time (a couple of days depending on how much information you have..) and I’ve had it fail on a couple of occasions.

Alternatively you can use the following:

The PhotoGrabber Option:

For this you’ll need a couple of dependencies installed, it’s a desktop app that downloads the files for you.

Install dependencies:

sudo apt-get install python python-tk

Install PhotoGrabber:

svn checkout http://photograbber.googlecode.com/svn/trunk/ photograbber-read-only
cd photograbber-read-only/
./pg.py

Once you’ve ran all that and the ./pg.py bit it should load up with the following:

Click Login and then proceed to login and allow PhotoGrabber to do its thing, once you’ve done that you’ll get to a screen similar to below with a code:

Copy and paste that into the PhotoGrabber window (you’ll need to use Ctrl+V no right click to paste) and then it’ll let you choose which photos to take. Once you’ve picked, hit Download and watch them download to the folder you specify. There’ll be a lot folders, one for each place you were tagged. Once it’s done you can upload them however you want to Google Plus otherwise just keep them.

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HowTo: Fix “Briefly unavailable for scheduled maintenance. Check back in a minute.”

After installing an update to WordPress I received the error:

“Briefly unavailable for scheduled maintenance. Check back in a minute.”

I was unsure if this was down to my hosts servers being temporarily down, going down during the update or if WordPress had simply failed to update whatever it was updating. Turns out it was the latter and it’s really easy to fix, first log on to your ftp, file manager or whatever for your hosting and browse to your wordpress install, in the root of this there should be a .maintenance file, just delete this and everything should be back to normal. Once back in the WordPress dashboard you may be asked to reinstall whatever failed however sometimes it will have completed the install and just not managed to delete this file.

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HowTo: Make WordPress 3.0 Default Theme (Twenty Ten) Single Column Full Width

The new WordPress default theme, Twenty Ten, is awesome but one thing that annoys me about it was the fact it’s single column template isn’t full width but instead just removing the sidebar and centering the content. It’s really easy to change that though so here’s how I did it:

  1. Under Appearance click Editor to open the theme editor
  2. If it isn’t already click on “Stylesheet (style.css)” on the right hand side (somewhere near the bottom)
  3. Now look for the following section of code (Ctrl+F will come in helpful here to find it) and change the width here from 640px to 900px then hit the Update File button:
/*
LAYOUT: One column, no sidebar
DESCRIPTION: One centered column with no sidebar
*/

.one-column #content {
	margin: 0 auto;
	width: 640px;
}

Now when you view pages which use the one column template they should fill the same amount of space that both the content and sidebar usually do.

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