David Artiss

WordPress and Update Signing

So, you’ve created open source software to make it easier to provide update signing. It requires auditing but  you ask WordPress to implement it with their system but, for now, they decline, simply because it’s not something immediately planned. However, Matt Mullenwegg agreed to donate towards getting the audit done.

What would you do the next day?

I’m guessing it wouldn’t involve posting a massive rant about WordPress, but specifically aimed at Matt, about how much WordPress doesn’t care about security, even to the point of trying to make popular a hashtag of #StopMullware? Well, that’s just what Scott Arciszewski did, via Medium.

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Is the UK Government removing the subsidy for blood test strips?

*really important*
I would like to highlight the government removing the subsidy for blood test strips. Diabetics need very frequent blood testing 5+ times a day. The cost of strips is £70.00 outcome reduced blood glucose testing and more hospital admissions from hyper or hypo glycemic Diabetes . . . I am asking if everyone could put this as their status for 1 hour. I’m pretty sure I know the ones that will. Think of someone you know or love who has or has had diabetes. My hope is that in 2017 a cure will be found. Will you post it for 1 hour? To honor those who have fought or are fighting diabetes.
Hope to see it as your
status. Copy and paste, don’t share

Have you seen this status posted into Facebook recently, with that last line to try and get you to share the same information? As with many of these ‘please share’ stories, it’s not true. Well, no, that’s not true either. This is actually a story from Australia, where, yes, this has been the case. But not in the UK. Snopes has, kind of, covered this but only where it’s been changed to look as if it’s a US news story.

Personally I hate the type that try emotional blackmail to get you to post something too…

Will you post it for 1 hour? To honor those who have fought or are fighting diabetes.

If anything this is LESS likely to get me to post it. And, let’s be honest, is sharing that post going to help diabetes? Not a jot, it doesn’t even educate the reader on the subject. If it wanted to do anything it would suggest funding to one of the many charities, raise a petition or, as I say, educate people on the disease.

BTW, do you spot the spelling too – ‘honor’. Kind of gives away that this may have been modified from another (non UK) source.

Anyway, ‘just say no’ friends. This is the kind of ‘fake news’ that gets dangerous, sex-pests elected as Presidents.

Photo: Jill Brown, Flickr

Give us this day our daily walk

The one problem with working from home can be the lack of movement, which is not good for health. So, mid-morning I go for a walk. Today’s was, shall we say, bracing but I had a lovely walk along the canal path and took some lovely pictures across the misty scene.

Although I was wearing headphones, a house-boat owner made a point of waving and saying ‘good morning’ to me, which was a very friendly gesture. As the warmer weather approaches the walk should get even better.

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I’ve moved. Again.

Only a few weeks ago I moved the site domain and now the hosting has moved too. Tsohost, a UK hosting company, has great support and is excellent value for money. But you get what you paid for and I’ve remained frustrated at speed problems with my site.

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Barcelona – my first Automattic meetup

Last week I was away at my first Automattic meetup – in this case a meetup for the VIP team.

I left, via East Midlands Airport, on Sunday 29th January and returned to Birmingham Airport (yeah, I know, but it’s complicated) on Saturday 4th February. The meetup itself was the 5 weekdays in-between.

A main venue was arranged which had bedrooms on the 1st floor along with a casual area that we often met-up at, particularly for lunches, and even a very nice lady who helped with any arrangements that needed making.

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Resetting WordPress Two-Factor Settings

The Two Factor plugin for self-hosted WordPress sites is an excellent way of improving the security of your site. There were plans to move this into Core last year but this hasn’t happened – to be honest, I suspect it may be due to how unfinished it currently is, in particular it’s not very user-friendly.

One such “unfriendly” feature is that once you set up a third party authenticator app (which you do via a QR code) there’s no option to do it again – switch phones or apps and there’s no way to set this back up again.

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Project Vegas

So, this is the weirdest thing. I was perusing Twitter earlier and saw the hashtag #HuntMustGo was trending. What was that about? I clicked on it and noticed a top post was from the comedian Johnny Vegas. I clicked through to his account, for no particular reason I’ll admit, and noticed that he’d been in Stoke today.

Now, Stoke is where my daughter goes to University, where she is a comic book art course. I then noticed the banner at the top of his Twitter account appeared to be related to 2000 AD – it’s genuinely hard to make it out entirely but it appeared to me to be that. So I tweeted him, just to let him know about the Uni course, as they have close ties with 2000 AD. To my surprise, Johnny replied.

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What Happened to the Lupo Investment?

For those who watched Dragons’ Den on Sunday you will have seen Peter Jones invest £100k in Lupo, a company that produced a smart gadget tracker, similar to Tile. However, the next day it was confirmed in the media that after “due diligence” he’d withdrawn his offer. It’s not been said why but a quick search shows a few alarm bells, any one of which may (or may not) have been the reason.

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How to extend the battery life of an Oral-B toothbrush

Oral-B toothbrushes are certainly very popular and both my wife and I use them. However, as with many modern battery products, you’ll find that, after a while, they stop recharging quite so well. However, you can revive it rather than resorting to repair or replacement.

After your next recharge, run your toothbrush until it’s fully discharged – i.e. the head no longer moves when it is switched on. Once that’s happened, fully recharge it. Depending on your toothbrush model it should take between 14 and 22 hours to fully recharge – personally, I leave it charging for a full day, just to make sure.

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