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.
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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!
The full day event will feature three tracks and will cover topics of interest for WordPress users, designers, and developers of all levels from beginners to experts, and all those in between.Expect plenty of exciting topics from industry experts.
We have an amazing roster of more than 20 speakers this year. So grab your tickets and stay tuned!
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I hope to see some of you there!
I am giving a presentation at WordCamp Winnipeg today. The presentation is pretty similar to the one I gave at WordCamp Victoria back in January; with a few small adjustments.
I’m showing power users and novice developers how to get started with plugin development. I think a lot of people don’t realize how easy it is to get started with plugin development or just how small and simple can be. It doesn’t require 100s of lines of code…
Many WordPress tutorials out there talk about copy this or that to your functions.php file in your theme. However, it’s just as easy to create your own functionality plugin; which makes for easier to maintain code in the future that isn’t theme dependant. I begin this talk with the basics of what a plugin is and how it’s structured. I then explain the hooks (actions and filters API), followed by a very simplistic demo. I then give some pro tips and talk about some of the most commonly used WordPress APIs in plugins, as well as promote coding standards. A second more in-depth demo is then presented. Finally, I discuss security in plugins and share some resources for developers and users to further learn from.
Here are the slides from the presentation, which you can also get as a PDF.
On the first of May, I started a new job at Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com. I was hired as a “Code Wrangler,” but to date I have not written a lick of code. This is because for the first three weeks new employees must participate in a customer support rotation. I know what you are thinking: “Let the software engineers communicate directly with customers?