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Hacks Life

Suddenly working from home? Survival tips

Thanks to COVID-19, a lot of people are finding themselves, unexpectedly, having to work from home. And it’s a shock to the system.

I work for Automattic Inc., a fully remote company – that means we don’t have any offices, so each and every employee (over 1000 and counting) works from home, the coffee shop or wherever they want. In my case, I work from a small box-bedroom-cum-office at home. And I’ve been doing this for over 3 years.

In this article, I want to give advice to help those out who are now in this position – either now or may be in the near future.

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Health Life

AirPod Pro? It’s the original AirPod for me

The original iPhone earphones, the EarPods, were, shall we say, not very good. When the AirPods came out, though, their much improved sound quality ensured I bought a pair. And when their batteries finally give up… I’ll be buying the same.

Don’t get me wrong, I’d love to have the AirPod Pro, with their noise reduction and even better sound. But they’re not for me.

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Health Life

The state of vegetarian food

In the past, I’ve mentioned how, for a number of years, I’ve reduced my meat intake (and was even totally veggie for 3 months). To do this, I’ve made use of meat alternatives, such as those provided by Quorn.

But as the vegetarian and vegan lifestyle is becoming more popular, the supermarkets are finally trying to compete with these well known brands. However, the quality of these products are, shall, we say lacking – if it’s not battered, it’s covered in breadcrumbs. There’s a lack of anything that you’d add to other ingredients – it’s all meat-free chicken nuggets and the like (just take a look at the picture above). And, sadly, the quality of the Quorn products has dropped significantly too – seemingly to match.

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Automattic Life

Time for an office facelift…

Kind of. I’ve been at Automattic now for over 3 years and my home office has remained much the same. Thanks to COVID-19 I’m stuck here even more than usual, so I thought it was time to spruce things up a little, clearing down a lot of the clutter and adding new items that will provide to be useful for my day-to-day. Oh, and lots of dusting and general tidying.

And the picture above is the result!

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Hacks Life

Book buying bargains

I buy a lot of book – if not for myself, as presents. And I do like a physical book (although I’m not a stranger to Kindle). Equally, I like a bargain.

Here’s how I save money on all of this…

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Gaming Hacks

Improving the Bluetooth on a Playstation 4 – Part 2

Okay, so my first attempt at doing this didn’t go well. However, now armed with the correct tools, will it go any better?