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.
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.
One of the great things about working at Automattic is the flexibility that it allows. As a company, we work on many different things and we’re split into roughly 20 teams working on various projects and maintenance tasks. Occasionally a new team is formed to take over an existing set of projects or to start something new. Recently, a new partnerships team was formed at Automattic, and I decided to join it. As of last week, I’m officially part of the new team.
As part of the partnerships team I work on all the third party integrations that we have on WordPress.com and Jetpack; this ranges from things like connecting your blog to your Twitter or Facebook account, to making sure that if someone pins your blog on Pinterest it looks as good as possible! In addition to third party integrations, the team is also working on many of the APIs that we make available for developers to integrate with our systems.
Finally, I’ll also be doing more evangelizing for our platform; promoting our APIs and encouraging others to work with us and our platforms.
On a personal side, I’m excited for the change; it’s nice to work with new people once in a while, and it’s good to focus on more “project-y” type work as opposed to the daily grind of maintenance which I did a lot of previously.
I’ve updated the theme on this blog and given it a new look. Trying a new theme the WordPress.com theme team, called Writr. I really like it’s very clean focus on the content and the blogger and that it otherwise stays out of the way. I want to start posting more content here and I’m hoping that the new theme will help bring it to light.
Also, if you don’t already, make sure you follow my photo blog too
This is about the coolest thing ever. Automattic’s office (as in the inside) is on Google Maps.
Everyone at Automattic works from wherever they are (home, cafe, or what not) but we have lounge in San Francisco for hosting local Automatticians as well as events and get togethers.
A photographer came in and mapped out the entire building, including the upstairs lounge area. It’s really neat to be able to showcase the office like this.
Here’s the upstairs:
The image above was taken during our annual company meetup a few weeks ago. If this is cool to you, or you like how the office looks, you should apply
Just completed the update to OS X Mavericks. In a geeky way, I am particularly excited about the new mutli-display capabilities. Finally I can full screen things on my laptop display and not get a giant grey linen on my big thunderbolt display. The smallest things can make a huge difference!
Something pretty amazing happened yesterday. All the women of Automattic had dinner together to talk about something incredibly important to us: getting more qualified women to apply at our company.
We are lucky. Automattic makes sure that an open position goes to the right person, regardless of gender. A lot of companies work hard at this, and many are getting it right (at least most of the time).
This is a great video showcasing not only the beauty of Vancouver but the sounds of the city that I hear every day. I love Vancouver!