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So seems to have removed the Preferences > Sidebar > Additional Options > Show the Quick Switcher setting. Problem is I must have accidentally enabled this before it was removed and now I can't get rid of it?

ACF field groups with the same option position can be ordered by setting a key value. Key values starting with underscores are shown first. Field groups without keys are displayed inconsistently depending on the user role.

WordPress Canonical URLs for Category/PostName Permalinks

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When the permalink format is set to %category%/%postname%/ then a post is available under category/postname links for all categories, as well as under all parent/child/postname links.

If you use Yoast SEO and have set a primary category, that  becomes the canonical URL that's used for SEO. If you don't then the postname for whatever category has a lower ID (was created first) becomes the canonical URL.

What is the meaning of a site's Last Updated property?

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When running a WordPress multisite, in the site directory each site has a Last Updated property. I previously incorrectly assumed this reflected  when the site's metadata changed, for example the site's attributes. However, archiving and deactivating a site does not change the Last Updated value, so what does it do in WordPress 5.2.1?

As usual the best place to look is the WordPress codebase. It turns out that, on a multisite, this value is updated whenever a post is updated or deleted. It reflects the last content update, not the site's metadata.

By inspecting the html and looking up the property name, we find that the function that updates this is called wpmu_update_blogs_date and there is an action hook wpmu_blog_updated that receives the site_id variable. This function can be called whenever we want to update the value. It isn't used anywhere else.

If we're looking to update this date whenever the site's status changes, then via the same process it appears that he actions to hook into site attribute updates are in wp_maybe_transition_site_statuses_on_update so one could write a quick mu-plugin that updates the Last Updated property whenever these fire.

Where is the tin-foil-hat emoji?

I think I finally figured out how to use Apple News: subscribe to topics; unsubscribe from all publications. I use an RSS reader to follow sites.

The subjective safety of a place is expressed well by its reaction to people loitering.

Keyboard lag in SecondLife was caused by Popclip. Zapp!

Safari Web Content's high CPU usage was caused the Pocket extension.. Maybe downloading articles in the background? Zapp!

Fix for Google Chrome Bouncing Forever in the macOS Dock

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I had the issue where it was not possible to launch Google Chrome. It would bounce in the dock forever without actually starting. Trashing the application and associated files (with Hazel) did not work.

Other people had the same problem:

The following instructions will help get Chrome back up and running.

The Fix

The solution to this issue is to remove all application settings. Start a terminal:

cd "/Users/`whoami`/Library/Application Support/Google"
mv Chrome Chrome.old
mkdir Chrome
open "/Users/`whoami`/Library/Application Support/Google"

Now start Chrome. If it starts correctly, trash the Chrome.old folder. 

Restoring the folder

If the fix did not work in your case, use the following commands to restore the original folder.

rm -rf Chrome
mv Chrome.old Chrome

Good luck!