Howdy!. My name is Joey and I am a Code Wrangler at Automattic. I work on partnerships, third party integrations, APIs and other projects for WordPress.com. I contribute to several open-source projects including WordPress.org plugins and WordPress core. I’m an avid coffee drinker, dog lover & enthusiastic world traveller. This blog is a collection of cool stuff I want to share with the internet, travel logs, work related items, presentations I’ve given and more! I also publish a photo blog over at photos.jkudish.com.
This project is pretty technical and niche, so won’t apply to most of the people who will see this, but it was a fun project to work on and it turned out really nicely. I am proud of my coworkers and I who worked hard on this. I am excited to see developers working on our platform. Hopefully this encourages more usage of the WordPress.com developer APIs.
Originally posted on Developer Resources:
When we make a change, we measure its impact and use the metrics to make data-informed decisions. For example, we recently improved how our Publicized posts look on other services. Using our own data as well as data provided by our partners, we made further improvements and tweaks to increase click throughs to your posts.
Our partners and those building on our platform should have the same ability. That’s why we spent the past few weeks creating tool to support them: WordPress.com Insights.
Check it out in the short video below:
I’m currently staying in a hostel in Maui. I’ve been here for 6 nights, and am here for 5 more. After that I’m going to the island of Kauai where I’ve also booked a hostel. I actually think they are great as they allow you to meet awesome people and become friends almost instantly in a very relaxed and casual, traveler-friendly way. And because everyone is always on the go, there’s not really a strong pressure to be or do anything at any particular time or place. The particular hostel I am staying in offers free amazing tours everyday which is great for seeing amazing stuff whit a great group of people. They’re also really really cheap. Staying here costs me less per night than it would be to pay rent back in Vancouver — in other parts of the world they are even cheaper.
They are not for everyone. If you need a lot of personal space, or like things to be clean, or don’t like sharing a kitchen/bathroom and in most cases a bedroom with others, you won’t feel comfortable at all in a hostel. It’s worth the sacrifice though.
That being said, it’s definitely tricky to be working while staying in a hostel and to remain productive. So I thought I’d share a few tips (some of these are not hostel specific necessarily):
- Security should always be in mind at a hostel, both for the physical gadgets you have and for the digital electrons you send into the cyberspace. So proxy your traffic always and use https everywhere. For the physical stuff: keep everything in a single bag, always keep it with you, sleep cuddling your bag if you need to. I don’t trust common safes like the ones they have in the lobby here. Despite everyone being super friendly here, there’s assholes and thieves everywhere; and you don’t want your multi-thousand laptop to get stolen.
- If you can, get a car. They are super practical for several reasons: the trunk is a safe place to keep your stuff when you don’t want to carry your bag around; they are a quiet place you can take conference calls from; sometimes you just need to get far away from your hostel, so you get in and drive somewhere else.
- Work anytime you have a free moment and try to plan ahead a few days. There’s always something going on at a hostel: a party, some joke being told, a hike somewhere exciting, etc. You will want to do all of it. There’s some FOMO (fear of missing out) and you may want to do everything. Set some hours aside to work; get up early to work; stay up late to work; whatever it takes. My hours have not been consistent while here, but that’s OK, that’s why I work at Automattic
- ABC: always be charging. If you are near a power plug, charge. Buy a couple portable chargers for your mobile devices too. Seriously, you never know when you might be next to a power plug (and an available one at that!) again, so it’s important to always be as charged as possible.
- Have a good pair of headphones with you. With them, I can work almost anywhere, and just block the external distractions. This post comes to you from the loud patio at my hostel, but I’m listening to music and in my own bubble.
- It’ll be impossible to always work from the hostel, so find a cafe, a library, a coworking space — whatever you can to get away and focus for a few hours.
- Enjoy it; Most of us web workers have the flexibility, the money and the ability to travel, so just do it! I get annoyed when I tell that to friends who have the same opportunities as me and make up weird excuses and then say they are jealous of me. I think traveling and adventuring while working is amazing, but it won’t come to you; you have to make it happen. All in all, Hostels are a great way to do it. I won’t always do hostels when I travel. Sometimes I just need a quiet space of my own far away from everyone with a super clean bathroom; but in a lot of cases hostels are just fine and provide a great environment.
If you want to travel & work like I do, Automattic is hiring
Great travel tips from my colleague and friend Justin. I pretty much follow all of these myself, and would recommend these tips for anyone who travels.
Originally posted on BinarySmash:
First I would like to share a quote by my coworker. You can see some more awesome stuff at the original post .
Nobody warns you that you will feel so far away from everyday regular life that it will feel like it doesn’t even exist..
Here are my tips, list style:
An amazing year for WordPress.com and Automattic. Excited for 2014!
Originally posted on WordPress.com News:
13,704,819 new blogs in 2013
That’s a 36% increase from 2012, during which you created 10 million new blogs.
489,281,136 posts in 2013
That’s 12 times the number of books in the Library of Congress!
667,675,929 comments in 2013
That’s an average of 21 comments per second for the entire year.
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Today I drove from Geneva, Switzerland to Milano, Italy. It was a really beautiful drive, with a range of different views and scenery. I started off going through the city of Geneva, and saw same of the Swiss country side. Then proceeded into France, and into the mountains. Stopped to take a few pictures of the Mont Blanc, and then drove through the Mont Blanc tunnel, which was actually kind of mundane; mostly long and slow.
Then I got into Italy and was enjoying the picturesque view of small towns, with beautiful churches and castles. I decided to pull over into one of the towns to see if I could find some food and to take a few pictures. At the highway exit, after paying the toll, the federal italian police were doing controls, checking every car. By “luck” they decided to pull me over and look at my papers. I rented my car (a lovely Audi A4 TDI) in France and have a Canadian Driver’s License. Apparently a combination that the Italian police didn’t really like. Specifically they requested I had an international driver’s license instead of just my Canadian one. I later looked into this, and turns out that they were right, Canadians are required to have that to drive in Italy, but not in France (where I had actually looked up the laws ahead of time).
Anyways… I spoke my best Italian (not that great) with them and tried to explain, but unfortunately they weren’t taking any excuses. The missing international driver’s license combined with a lack of snow tires on my car (something that again, is required in Italy but not France and my car had 4 season tires) landed me a very hefty 341 euro fine. Which I had to pay right away and in cash!! Can you believe that?
So the cops escorted me to the nearest Bankotomat (an ATM) and I pulled from two different accounts the money they asked for. They put it in a little envelope, delivered me an italian novel (my very detailed fine) and drove off.
Combined with some pretty expensive tolls along the way down from Switzerland, this has made my trip into Italy very expensive. I’m also nervous that I’ll run into police again — hopefully I can show them the fine and tell them I’m leaving Italy before I get a chance to fix the situation. I’ll be back in France Sunday night.
What’s really annoying is that the international driver’s license isn’t even that special, require any extra tests nor give you any additional benefits. It’s literally just a piece of paper you pay a little extra for saying you can drive abroad. Why does it need to exist?
So, lesson learned; take the train next time. Though I really did enjoy the drive.
Oh and by the way, I never even ended up getting the food or pictures in that town
When I got to Milan, I (naturally) had trouble finding parking. Finally parked, then got lost trying to find the Airbnb I’m staying at. Ended up at the wrong apartment building, which just like my correct building, had a doorman named “Antonio”. It was all a bit confusing, and by that point I just wanted to drop my bags off and go have some pizza. Finally was able to reach my Airbnb host, find the right place, and get in; but the whole process took some time.
The night was finally made better by having pizza with my coworker Sara Rosso, who lives here in Milano. One funny thing was that earlier in the day, I texted her that “I had a not so fun run in with the italiano polizei”, and that line ended up in one of our work IRC (chat) channels.
PS: As I travel, I’m posting mostly photos on instagram (cross-posted to my photo blog) and a few personal updates on Facebook. But once in a while a story like this is better shared on this blog. Thanks for following along!
I’m currently on a fun little tour of Europe and I got invited to speak at the WordPress Meetup in Geneva, Switzerland this evening. I joined a group of about 20 developers, of all levels and talked about WordPress plugin development. We then opened up the floor for questions and had a great ongoing conversation about development in general, the WordPress ecosystem, the open-source nature of the project, multilingual solutions and I even taught the group some Quebecois swear words
The presentation is almost identical to one I gave in Winnipeg in the spring, the slides are available as a PDF from here.
A great little snippet on Security. So important, and yet so few people pay attention to this on a regular basis…
Originally posted on Upward Spiral:
A colleague, Ian Stewart, was kind enough to share an email he sent to someone who confessed to using the same password for everything. I think it hits a number of great points and tips on passwords and security best practices, most (all?) of which are outlined in Automattic’s internal docs/handbook. Definitely a good read if you want to tighten up your online security.
tl;dr Use 1Password for everything and two-step authentication for everything.
Alright, this went long but … let’s prevent you from getting hacked!
Never ever give your password or “passphrase” (I’ll get to that) to anyone. Even if you give one to someone like me who’s helping out, change it as soon as we’re done.
No two passwords should ever be the same even if they’re “temp” or “throwaway” passwords.
To manage all your passwords use 1Password and never have to worry about remembering all your passwords.
You can get it for your iPhone and iPad too. Once you start using it you’ll only really need to know your computer, iphone, iPad, and Gmail passwords. (I like to always know a mail password for backup in case 1Password goes kablooey.)
Yes, you should have a password for your iPhone and iPad. They’re pretty easy to lose or get stolen.
Stop using passwords. Use completely random passphrases instead. This comic explains why better than I ever could:
Never use a phrase from any song or book or anything that has been published anywhere ever. It should be random and unique for any passphrase.
Once you get 1Password set up take an afternoon as soon as possible to reset all your passwords everywhere to a unique, strong password generated by 1Password. Use it’s password generator for everything from now on.
This is a big one: Use two-factor or two-step authentication every single place that you can. This means that every time you log in some place new a text message will be sent to your phone to confirm that you’re trying to log in somewhere. A hacker would have to have your login details AND your phone in this case. Here’s a list of places to enable it.
When you set up two factor authentication for each service you’ll get some backup codes. Don’t store these anywhere online or on your computer anywhere. Print them out and store them some place safe.
Likewise with your “master” passwords. Write those down and keep them some place safe.
Install anti-virus software on your mac. Sophos has a good free option. It’ll catch a lot of Phishing attempts.
… those are the big ones. If you do the above you’ll be light years ahead of everyone else.
I’ll leave you with some horror stories that are great reads.
A writer hires hackers to investigate him and they basically take over everything:
Another writer loses everything including all his photos of the first year of his daughters life because hackers thought his twitter account would be cool to take over:
While this email is Mac-specific, there are a number of cross-platform password managers similar to 1Password. The one I use is LastPass, and for just $12/year you can upgrade to premium and get access to your passwords on your phone.