Remove date and time from Joomla Menu link URL

Was making changes to one of my Joomla websites' menu system when bumped into a strange issue.

There were types of menu systems, both two levels deep. First menu level in both cases level External URL

  1. index.php/category/subcategory
    Links to Category List layout
  2. index.php/category/article
    Links to Single Article

With first type of menus everything was fine, however, second (linking to single articles) was producing links in format:
index.php/date_time/article i.e. index.php/2012-08-01-14-25-15/article

Checked and doubled checked all aliases for menu items and categories and none of them had any text in aliases.
After some testing and experimenting found where the problem was.

Removing hidden online poker link from Joomla template

SPAM links in free Joomla templates

Just to make it clear up front, this article is not about removing author credit links from templates with Creative Commons licenses. Authors do deserve credit for their work and their links should be left intact or adjusted to match site's design.

A friend of mine asked to create a simple website for him. We chose Joomla CMS and Gambling template for Joomla (gameon) from Quality Joomla Templates. Although his site had nothing to do with gambling, we liked template's structure and were going to heavily customize it anyway.

Once website was almost ready we noticed that Google had already indexed it, which was a good thing. What was not so good, Google from somewhere pulled text "Thanks to online poker sites" and was displaying this in site's description.

Quickly checked website's source and surely there was following html:

 
<p>Thanks to <a href="http://onlinepokertool.com" title="online poker sites">online poker sites</a></p>
 

The link was hidden and was not appearing as a visible text anywhere on the website.

I run a text search through all template files and there was no references to poker, gambling or anything similar. It was clear that template's creators (or somebody who modified template afterwards) somehow obfuscated the link so it's difficult to find and remove it. I've seen similar behaviour when authors make it difficult to remove credit footer links, which some may justify some may not. This, though, had nothing to do with legitimate credit. Credit link was at the bottom where it should be, and online gambling thing was a sneaky attempt to conceal a hidden spam link into somebody's website.

A short investigation revealed how this was setup.

Joomla - make pagination horizontal

Joomla - vertical pagination

 

If pagination on your Joomla website appears vertical instead of horizontal you need to add following code to your template CSS file:

 
.pagination ul li
{
display: inline;
padding: 0px 5px 0px 5px;
}
 

Joomla - horizontal pagination

Reboot Linksys / Cisco SPA VOIP Phones remotely

Cisco SPA 504G

One annoying thing with configuring Linksys or Cisco SPA VOIP phones remotely is that web administration interface doesn't have option to reboot the phone. There is a little trick which allows to do exactly this though. Simply add /admin/reboot to the phone's IP in web URL (e.g. http://192.168.0.51/admin/reboot) and providing there are no active calls, phone will reboot.

SPA will reboot when it is idle

Tested on:
Linksys SPA942
Linksys SPA962
Cisco SPA504G

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