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Beeping Drivers

Rule 112

The horn.
Use only while your vehicle is moving and you need to warn other road users of your presence. Never sound your horn aggressively.

The Highway Code

Sadly, most drivers use the horn for the one thing that this specifically says it should't be used for (i.e. to express aggression). As a result, when it's used properly most people now assume otherwise. And this was brought home to me last year.

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VIP in Lisbon – A Diary of a Meetup

Or rather, the VIP Triage and Development teams.

Yes, it's time, again, for a support team meetup and this time we're in Lisbon, Portugal.

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Dying for Jekyll & Hyde

I will, once again, be treading the boards shortly, after some time off to change careers. In May I will be performing in Jekyll and Hyde and, arguably not the first time, I'll be dying on stage.

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The curious case of iTunes and ripping CDs

With an external CD drive connected to my CD-driverless 2016 model of MacBook Pro, I've noticed an issue when ripping CDs. And some experimentation has shown an odd issue – iTunes and newer MacBooks appear to have a problem.

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I will never stop learning

That heading is the first line of the the Automattic Creed and now that it's 2018 it felt a good time to review what I've learnt over the next year, as well as look forward to the coming year.

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WordPress Plugin No Self Pings gets an update

A WordPress plugin, named No Self Pings, has been around since, seemingly, the dawn of time (2006). Indeed, Matt himself added it to the SVN repository.

Since it's release it's only had one update (in 2007) and, more recently, has been plagued with users reporting that it didn't work anymore.

And then, yesterday, this happened…

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So long, farewell… my New Year plugin resolution for 2018

I have had a lot of plugins. 19 as of yesterday. And managing to keep them maintained, let alone adding new features, can be difficult. With Gutenberg around the corner and the changes that will be needed as part of that, it's a burden that's now impossible. 

Many have been around for many, many years and there are far better alternatives now available. Many have few users (less than 10 in some cases). So, with a heavy heart, I've decided to reduce that burden.

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One Year at Automattic!

Today marks my one year anniversary working at Automattic and, yes, it's been a hell of a year.

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Two for 2017

Instead of the standard 'year in review' post, I thought I'd so something different and create a list of "twos" for 2017. These can be 2 good things, 2 bad things or a mixture. But just two.

And, yeah, sorry it's taken a while – thinking and writing up all these things has taken some serious time to do.

And in no particular order…

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