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.

Life Opinion

Clapping and partying

Ok, I don’t usually write anything political or, generally, anything outside of the WordPress world which may be considered particularly controversial. But there’s a first time for everything.

Hacks WordPress

Jetpack: Add the modules screen to the menu

For those who use Jetpack regularly, you’ll probably appreciate that, in recent years, the old screen that listed all of the modules has disappeared, to be replaced by a series of tabbed settings screens. Which is great, except some of the modules aren’t included (including some of those which default as switched on).

The modules screen is still accessible but a link to it is tucked away at the bottom of the current settings screen.

So, I’ve created a quick (slightly hacky) script to add it to the main Jetpack menu.

Hacks WordPress

Gutenberg: Add a reusable blocks menu

I love Gutenberg. I also love using reusable blocks too. What I don’t love, though, is having to go into an existing post just to access my reusable blocks list.

So how about a quick and easy method to add them to your admin menu?

Gaming Hacks

Improving the Bluetooth on a Playstation 4 – Part 3

Yeah, I thought I was finished with this too but it turned out that it wasn’t as simple a fix as I thought.

All was fine until later evening when Bluetooth problems would start again – I’ve checked Bluetooth signals in the vicinity – nothing kicks in my side at that time but there’s an awful lot of WiFi and Bluetooth coming from my neighbours.

Anyway, you’ll be glad to hear… I’ve found a fix. Properly this time.

Opinion WordPress

We need to talk about menus

Specifically, we need to talk about the administrator menus in WordPress.

Activate a plugin and you may find yourself bombarded with admin messages (some dismissible and some not), feature pointers, new menus of all hues and some even divert the installation process immediately to their own screens i.

Over a series of posts, I’m going to look at just one of these – the menus – and explain what’s going on, why they’re so wrong, and bombard you with that thing that politicians hate: facts.

  1. and some of these interrupt any bulk activation process too, preventing other plugins – temporarily – from activating[]