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An Automattician Am I

I’m pleased to announce that on the 22nd December I accepted a role  working in the WordPress VIP team at Automattic. My resignation letter at Boots was submitted the same day, and I officially finish my current job on the 20th January.

I’ve been working for Boots since I left college, 27 years ago, so it’s not a decision I’ve taken lightly but I’ve been thinking about for a while. It’s time for a change, and the Automattic role will definitely be that!

I’m definitely excited about what the future holds 🙂

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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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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My Year in WordPress – learn more about how I contributed to WordPress in 2016!

Changing the Battery in a mid-2012 Macbook Pro

Some time ago, I detailed how to replace the hard drive in a mid-2012 Macbook Pro and, now, after 4.5 years of use, it’s time for the battery to be replaced.

Apart from the battery you’ll need 2 screwdrivers to do this – A Phillips #00 Screwdriver and a Y1 Tri-wing Screwdriver. Some kind of plastic “spudger” will be needed as well.

The battery I purchased from Amazon came with both the required screwdrivers and I had a spudger from a phone repair kit.

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