I think this is brilliant! Behind video scenes is also available.
When I found out that REMOTE was available for pre-order, it didn’t take minutes for me to make a pre-order from Amazon. I have read Getting Real, and it’s inspiring. Or, you probably have read REWORK.
And, yesterday I got an email informing that the book is available. Here is how the book is described:
As an employer, restricting your hiring to a small geographic region means you’re not getting the best people you can. As an employee, restricting your job search to companies within a reasonable commute means you’re not working for the best company you can. REMOTE, the new book by 37signals, shows both employers and employees how they can work together, remotely, from any desk, in any space, in any place, anytime, anywhere.
To find out more about this book, or read some sample chapters, go to REWORK’s website. Also, I received a notification from Amazon.com about my pre-order status. I made the pre-order on August 10, 2013 for $13.80. Yeah, more than two months ago. It’s estimated that I will have this book — together with another item from Amazon.com — in the mid of November.
Actually, I also want to have the ebook version from Apple’s iBooks Store. But, it seems that it’s not yet available for the Indonesian Store. You can buy from iBook Store for $12.99.
WordPress is actively being developed by great developers. I always tried to keep my WordPress installation updated by running update process — which is very easy. But, right now, I want to write down about the latest release. Not that every update provides an improvement, new features, or bug fixes, but this version 3.7 (codename: Basie) has few good things offered.
The first useful feature is the background updates. It means that you do not need to worry about having an outdated installation when a new release is available. So, if your self-hosted WordPress-powered blog is not yet upgraded to 3.7, it’s a perfect time.
Having an automatic upgrade is good, it’s a worry-free situation. Of course, there might be some bugs or features that you will not be familiar with. But for me, having everything updated is a good thing. If you’re using some plugins, they might not compatible with the latest updates. Not always, but it might happen. Since I don’t have critical plugins installed, having some broken plugins should not be an issue. I just simply disabled them.
How to turn off automatic updates?
You can, but you have to maintain your updates. Or, if you don’t care about this updates (or worse, you don’t care about your blog), you can just ignore it. The easiest solution to disable the core updates is by modifying your wp-config.php file. It’s located at the main root directory. Add these following lines:
# Disables all core updates: define( 'WP_AUTO_UPDATE_CORE', false ); # Enables all core updates, including minor and major: define( 'WP_AUTO_UPDATE_CORE', true ); # Enables core updates for minor releases (default): define( 'WP_AUTO_UPDATE_CORE', 'minor' );
If you want to for some details, go to Make WordPress Core website.
Some others features introduced in this updates includes the password strength checker. Do you always have a not-easy-to-guess password? The other one is about a better search. Since I’m maintaining some WordPress-powered sites, I think I will update them all right now.
Recently, Yahoo redesigned its mail service again. I’ve talked about Yahoo Mail last August. I hoped for an improvements. Recently, on its 16th birthday, Yahoo gives a new look for its mail service. Quoting from a release published at Yahoo’s blog:
We redesigned Yahoo Mail to be more efficient, too. Things you do all of the time like search, starring, and deleting are now one-click actions that appear when you hover over an email. We also wanted to give you more breathing room in your inbox, so you can collapse the left-hand toolbar to be more productive.
I’m not a big fan of Yahoo email service actually, I’m sold to Google Mail. I use Gmail web-based interface on my daily basis. So, what Yahoo offered on this redesign this time?
1 TB of storage to handle email and attachments.
Yes, that’s huge! Currently, Google ‘only’ offers 15 GB of free storage (shared between Google Drive, Gmail, and Google+ Photos) with some detailed conditions. The 1 TB storage is tempting for marketing purpose and by number. Do I really need 1TB? I can live with 15 GB Google offers. By having 1 TB of storage, it can handles more than 54 million of emails.
Previously, if you’re a Flickr user, Yahoo also offers 1 TB of storage to store more than 500,000 photos in original quality. This one is really a good deal!
I’m not a fan of themes for email service. I left my Gmail in the standard look, without fancy themes. Yahoo — since it also owns Flickr — brings some selected photos from Flickr to choose as the background theme. Here how it looks.
For the web interface, I choose the of of the clean theme styles.
Dealing with side loads for heavy-traffic website sometime can be painful. But, of course there are some common practice to deal with this kind of situation. For example, you can take advantage of cache system, offload to other service to reduce server load/bandwidth, or using CDN (Content Delivery Network).
For WordPress-powered sites, you can take advantage from its Jetpack. This free plugin offered lots of handy features to help you work with your WordPress installation. One of them is a featured called Photon.
Give your site a boost by loading images in posts from the WordPress.com content delivery network. We cache your images and serve them from our super-fast network, reducing the burden on your Web host with the click of a button.
That’s right. You should see some big hints there: content delivery network, cache, super-fast network. To activate this feature, just hit the “Activate” button, and you’re set. All your uploaded media files will be served using WordPress.com infrastructure. After having this feature activated, all image URLs in your posts will be modified. For example:
- Original URL:
- New URL:
If you are interested, here is an example of the image header served from WordPress.com network.
HTTP/1.1 200 OK Accept-Ranges: bytes Cache-Control: public, max-age=63115200 Content-Type: image/png Date: Sun, 06 Oct 2013 17:06:28 GMT Expires: Wed, 07 Oct 2015 05:06:26 GMT Last-Modified: Sun, 06 Oct 2013 17:05:27 GMT Server: ECS (sin/47C6) X-Bytes-Saved: 8597 X-Cache: HIT X-Content-Type-Options: nosniff X-nc: HIT iad 90 Content-Length: 46456
Nice people care if you like them; good people care about you. Nice people stretch the truth; good people don’t. If you tell a nice person to do something evil, they might do it because they do not want to upset you; a good person will refuse to do it. Nice people will allow you to hire them even if they know they are not among your best candidates; a good person won’t let you hire them unless that is what is best for you.
Giphy — a search engine for animated GIFs.
This game is called “Dots“. It’s very basic. No complicated how-to’s, tutorials, levels, or scores. I need to connect two or more dots (in same color). I can do it horizontally or vertically. But not diagonally. And, that’s it. It’s about connecting.
Anyway, according to the statistics, this simple game has been downloaded more than 1 million times in one week, and 25 million games has been played.
This month, I finally decided to buy myself a new MacBook. And, I chose MacBook with Retina display (15-inch model). It was not an easy decision for some reasons. The first reason is that it’s pretty cheap (compared to the other laptops in the market). The second one was about a decision whether I need to fix my old MacBook or buy the new one.
What happened was that my old MacBook Pro (13-inch model) was not working for the hard drive reason. One day, it stopped working. I could not get into the system. I tried to boot in Safe Mode and did some initial checking. The hard drive was not detected. Not good. Last year, I got the similar issue, and got it fixed by eStore (one of the Apple Authorised Service Provider) in Jakarta — I bought my MacBook Pro there too — by replacing connector cable. Everything was working great since then.
About my old MacBook Pro
I bought my first MacBook Pro (and, it was my first Apple product) when I was in Jakarta, replacing my old Toshiba laptop. I worked at Fashionese Daily (It’s Female Daily Network now). It boosted my productivity, helped me working with my jobs. I spend hours in front of the computer everyday, and having had a good device is not an option.
When I had another role at another company, worked with some coders (in Jogja and Jakarta), it still helped me with my jobs. The most important part is that: my MacBook Pro improves my productivity. Period.
But, why MacBook Pro (with Retina display)? Isn’t it expensive?
When Apple introduced MacBook with Retina display last year, I was thinking of having one one day. Anyway, I like the fact that the display is great. Before Apple came up with iPad 3 (with Retina display), I had a plan to buy an iPad 2. I was curious how the display comparison between iPad 2 and the New iPad. After seeing with my own eyes, I would blame myself if I chose the iPad 2.
When I visited Jakarta and while I’m in Jogja, I visited some stores selling Apple products. And, I looked and compared the MacBook Pro products. Yes, they’re different. The display IS different. Not only that, the technical specifications are also better.
Using it for about two weeks, so far it works really great. Probably, the most “annoying” part is some applications/images are not beautifully displayed — since it’s not working great with the Retina resolution. But, I have no complains with the speed, bigger screens, and details.