I recently discovered it’s pretty easy to trick myself into reading more books and wasting less time looking at my Twitter feed. A lot of my phone usage is just a habit and habits can be changed.
So here’s the magic 3-step program:
- Move social media apps into a folder or off the home screen of your phone. Or even better, remove them completely (which I have done to Facebook and Instagram a while ago)
- Replace with stuff you actually want to be doing. For me that means iBooks for various ebooks and Pocket for saved articles.
Over on Daring Fireball, John Gruber has some true words to say about those pesky floating sharing bars (or “dickbars” like he calls them) used by Medium and others.
Next week, The Paciello Group is sponsoring a 24 hour live stream of webinars on Accessibility and Inclusive design for the fourth consecutive year. The videos will presumably be available on YouTube after the event too, at least I hope they will. 🙂
More info: Inclusive Design 24 (#ID24) 9 June 2017 sponsored by The Paciello Group
My main source of scientific news since childhood has gone independent. The future for the magazine looks bright I hope.
We are pleased to announce that New Scientist has been acquired by a company set up specifically to publish the magazine. This marks a return to independent ownership and operation for the first time in several decades.
I might even go back on my words in this tweet:
On Tuesday, Daniel Bachhuber published a list of advanced tips on using WP-CLI. My favourites in his list are
wp rewrite list --match= (for debugging rewrite rules) and
--prompt (when you don’t remember the arguments). If you’re a WordPress developer and don’t know what WP-CLI is, stop everything right now and go to wp-cli.org.
Sam Biddle wrote for the Intercept on the recent WannaCry malware disaster. According to Sam, it’s not possible to name a single culprit for what happened, but militarism and greed are the two main forces at play here. This bit stood out to me:
Microsoft also did not create WannaCry. But it did create something something nearly as bad: Windows Vista, an operating system so horrendously bloated, broken, and altogether unpleasant to use that many PC users back in 2007 skipped upgrading altogether, opting instead to stick with the outdated Windows XP, a decision that has left many people on that decade-and-a-half-old operating system even today, years after Microsoft stopped updating it.
I recommend reading the full original article here: https://theintercept.com/2017/05/16/the-real-roots-of-the-worldwide-ransomware-outbreak-militarism-and-greed/
Can’t remember a Spring like this.
In other news: it’s a girl!
I was a guest on the 7th episode of the only Finnish-language WordPress podcast around, Se Alkuperäinen WordPress Podcast . We chatted about attending WordCamps, organizing WordCamps and the upcoming WordCamp Helsinki in particular. This year I’m not on the organising team but I’ll be giving a lightning talk on the WordPress Customizer.
Jakso 7: WordCamp Finland
Some very sad conclusions regarding Brexit by analysts working for Algebris Investments on the World Economic Forum website.
Brexit is a symptom of Britain’s deeply rooted economic imbalances: a growth model too concentrated on finance and services and dependent on foreign goods, human and financial capital; record-high social and wealth inequality; a lack of investment in infrastructure and education; and monetary and fiscal policies that have helped create a property bubble and excess household debt.
In their attempt to create a fairer and more equal country, Britons sought to sever ties from what they saw as a weakened partner. The reality is that Brexit will likely make Britain weaker and, ironically, is making the EU stronger.
I recommend reading the full article here: https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2017/04/brexit-european-union-negotiations/