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.
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).
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?
We've recently made some updates to the REST API which is available here on WordPress.com and for any Jetpack-enabled site that have the REST API module activated. The API now has full read and write support for custom post types and post metadata.
We think it's important that you own the content you create online, which is why we make it simple to import or export all your data -- you wrote it it, it's yours, and you can take it where you'd like. If you want to become a part of the WordPress.com community but have been posting on Tumblr, Blogger, LiveJournal, Posterous, or other services, you can…
New Tools for Restaurateurs
Between starting the demi-glace and getting the case of chickens out of the walk-in for stock, the last thing we think you should be worrying about as a restaurateur is whether the guests showing up to your soft-open can actually find your phone number and location on your web site. Can phones do Flash yet? How long has that osso bucco been braising?
I just got back from an exhilarating, week long Automattic company meetup in San Diego. We've now done 9 full company meetups over the last 6 years (plus dozens of smaller team ones), and I wanted to write down some tips on how to run a company meetup while it's fresh in my mind:
1. Focus on connecting people: We call our get-togethers meetups - instead of off-sites or retreats - because our primary goal is to get everyone on the team to meet and to get to know each other better (not to get away or retreat from our office).