Stop Autoplay Videos in Google Chrome

In upcoming versions of Google Chrome, Google promises to make it easier to disable autoplay on videos. For now, however, it’s not quite as easy to get to but still available if you know where to look.

To stop the autoplay nonsense in Chrome yourself here’s what you need to do:

  1. Go to chrome://flags/#autoplay-policy in your browser
  2. Under Autoplay policy select Document user activation is required.
  3. Click RELAUNCH NOW at the bottom of your browser screen.

That’s it, you should now get far less annoying videos playing automatically as you browse the web.

I should add that I did this in the latest build of Chrome 63 on my computer. If you don’t see the option yourself make sure your copy of Chrome is up to date.

Goodbye 2017 and Hello 2018: Goals, Hopes and Spoiled Plans

Doesn’t everyone love writing end of year posts (or in this case, beginning of the year posts)? I had some pretty lofty goals last year, some I did well at and others, not so much. If there was a theme of this past year it would probably be disconnecting from work, at least from working too much anyway. That wasn’t a bad thing. With a little luck it will continue this year with an added focus of improving my own health. Continue Reading

Why I Worry About Net Neutrality

There’s a lot of talk, understandably, about Net Neutrality right now after the FCC’s vote the other day. Some of it is legitimate, some of it is garbage and all of it, as with any other major change, leaves a lot of unknowns. More than most issues these days the issue of Net Neutrality worries me both professionally and personally due to a number of factors mostly centering on the potential implications it could have on our society as a whole over the course of the next few generations. Here are a few of my own thoughts as someone who has worked both in tech as well as some of the most regulated industries in our modern economy including aviation, healthcare and education. Continue Reading

Standardizing Our WordPress Plugin Development

We write a lot of plugins at work. On average I seem to build one or two a month myself and I’m one of a team of developers working on our site. With that much code getting built keeping all that code maintainable can be quite a chore. To make that chore a bit easier I’ve introduced the team to WordPress coding standards and other tools but it can still be a challenge to keep all the plugins organized. Continue Reading

Experiments With Gravity Forms and Secure Data Storage

One of the best aspects of my job at UF Health is we get to experiment and push boundaries if it means advancing the interests of our customers (in our case “customers” are the departments, labs and other units that build sites on one of our WordPress platforms.

One of the tasks I’ve been asked to look into involves two parts:

  1. Allow for personal data to be accepted via Gravity Forms while meeting full HIPAA/FERPA compliance
  2. Allow for individual groups on our BuddyPress intranet to handle personal and other sensitive data to meet HIPAA/FERPA compliance.

While the latter is, I must admit, still a work in progress I have been able to make a working proof of concept that would allow for secure storage of Gravity Forms entries that will, hopefully, be able to meet our regulatory requirements.  Continue Reading