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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 However, the next day it was confirmed in the media that after “due diligence” he’d withdrawn his offer.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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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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My Goals for 2017

Well, I’ll be honest, 2017 is already getting off to an amazing start but that doesn’t mean there isn’t anything I want to achieve this year.

However, my new job has a big impact on all of this and some of my goals for this year are simply to continue existing things, but finding where to fit them around my new role.

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Responding to an earthquake near Scarborough, one resident was quoted as saying…

I had some oil in my frying pan and as I moved it across to the sink I lost all control of it all of a sudden. The oil went all over the carpet in the kitchen.BBC News

It’s all happening in Yorkshire.

Replacing the Battery in a Nexus 5

A few years since purchase, the battery in my daughter’s Nexus 5 was, shall we say, ready for replacement (it was fully draining within a couple of hours). Although without an officially replaceable battery, replacing it isn’t too difficult.

In preparation, I purchased 2 things – a new battery and a phone repair kit, the total costing less than £14.

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