MacManX.com in 2015

According to this report from the good folks at Jetpack, 2015 was another big year for MacManX.com. Along with some interesting stats, the report sums it up best: The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 16,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney […]

WordPress 4.4 Released

WordPress 4.4 has been released! This release introduces the new default theme Twenty Sixteen, responsive images, post embeds, the basic infrastructure for the upcoming REST API, and more. 466 volunteers contributed to this release, lead by Scott Taylor. That’s a new record for WordPress, almost doubling the last release! At the time of writing this, […]

The WordPress.com Desktop App

There’s a new desktop app for WordPress blogs, this time from the good folks at Automattic, the people behind WordPress.com. I know many of you have heard me say that WordPress.com and WordPress are two entirely separate entities, so let me clear this up right now. You can use this app with both WordPress.com and self-hosted WordPress(.org) […]

WordPress Security and Auto-Updates

WordPress 4.3.1 was released six days ago and included three security fixes. If you haven’t done anything silly to disable auto-updates, you would have been automatically updated within an hour of the announcement (and in some cases even before the announcement). If you have disabled auto-updates, your site was publicly at risk until you manually […]

WordPress 4.3 Released

WordPress 4.3 has been released! This release introduces menu and site icon controls to the customizer, formatting shortcuts to the editor, stronger password enforcement, and more. 246 volunteers contributed to this release, lead by Konstantin Obenland. At the time of writing this, WordPress 4.3 has been out for a bit over 2 hours and has […]

WordPress 4.2.4 Released

WordPress 4.2.4 has been released. This is a critical security release, addressing 6 security vulnerabilities, as well as 4 bugs (including a few you may have run into during the last security fix). A huge thanks to the folks who kept us all safe by responsibly disclosing the security vulnerabilities. If you have not done […]

Small Twitter Victory

While my tiny corner of the world is being loomed over by the type of room-shaking thunderstorms it rarely experiences, I did find a tiny ray of sunlight. MacManX on Twitter is finally mine, after spending the last five years trying to wrestle it from the clutches of a long-abandoned tech news account. I don’t […]

Going Webmail-Only

Last week, I mentioned that I was de-prioritizing email in my life. So far, it’s been great, and I’ve had some amazing success avoiding email in general by only using webmail. Webmail is harder to get to than launching an app, which means I don’t use it as often. Most importantly, webmail is simple and […]

De-prioritizing Email

Many years ago, when the internet only made this sound, I opened my first email account at Excite (and yes, it still works). Back then, I thought that email was both the most efficient and the most polite way to contact someone. Unlike sending a letter, you had the possibility of an immediate response. Unlike […]

Automattic: The WooThemes Awakens

There has been an acquisition. Have you felt it? Automattic has acquired WooThemes, a leading developer of WordPress eCommerce solutions. The acquisition was announced just a few minutes ago, and I’m very excited that we’ll have a hand in continuing to grow this powerhouse of eCommerce tools alongside 55 new colleagues. If you’re already a […]