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Automattic Life

What’s in my bag? 2020 edition

Back in 2017, I revealed, after just a few months working and travelling for Automattic, what I carried with me in my backpack. 4 years on, and many more trips, and that content has changed.

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, none of us have done much travelling lately and that may not change for some time. But rather than not post it this year, I thought it was just as important to do so – if nothing else, we all have time to plan and tweak for when we can meet and travel once more.

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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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Life

Visit to a weird planet

Sorting through a cupboard recently, I stumbled across an iPod Touch that I haven’t seen for many years.

It’s a 4th Generation iPod Touch, which were made between 2010-2012. Looking at the photos on it, the first photo is dated 2012, so I’m guessing I got it around then.

What’s interesting, though, is turning it on and seeing what a great time machine it is.

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Automattic Life

What’s in my bag? 2019 edition

Back in 2017, I revealed, after just a few months working and travelling for Automattic, what I carried with me in my backpack. 2 years on, and many more trips, and that content has changed. I don’t carry everything with me at all times and will modify the bag contents based on where I’m travelling (travel light, you know!).

What has massively changed is the amount of tech I now carry, as I was always lacking a cable or adapter. A much bigger cable organiser bag has allowed me to put all of this in one place but I’ve also taken the opportunity to review what I have and why.

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Automattic Development Life

Privacy screen battle: 3M vs Kensington

About 18 months ago, I bought a 3M privacy screen for my Touch-bar model MacBook Pro 13″. It was one of the few (from a known brand) on the market for this model at the time. However, I’ve now also purchased a Kensington model – 50% more expensive than the 3M version. But is it any better?