• Goodbye Sharon

    A week ago I wrote this: Goodbye Sharon. You were the best Mom this exchange student could wish for. I am devastated to learn of your sudden passing, and I will miss you dearly. You see, a little over 30 years ago I was an exchange student in the United States. My exchange family were […]

    Read More »
  • Assume your audience is international – not American

    I see this all the time. Newsletters dropping in my inbox referencing something super specific to the United States. Like Thanksgiving, for instance. And it excludes those that don’t subscribe to your point of view. If you don’t know where the person is from, assume they are international. Don’t go for that default (American) approach […]

    Read More »
  • Stop Chrome from hiding full URL

    Chrome 86 adds yet another obfuscation. Slugs are no longer visible and only visible upon hover. Chrome has been trying for ages now to hide the full URL in its address bar – Ominbox in Chrome’s own terminology – and I find it annoying as hell. There are so many reasons for me to always […]

    Read More »
  • Newsletter Glue, is it for you?

    Sorry about the corny click-bait title, but it’s the mood for today, so I’m just going to roll with it. Over the summer I saw Lesley Sim tweet about a new plugin she was introducing and it peaked my interest! It solves a very particular niche, but one that needed a better solution than what’s […]

    Read More »
  • WordProof awards €1M grant by European Commission

    This week was an exciting week a friend of mine, Sebastiaan van der Lans. His Dutch startup WordProof, as they were awarded a €1 Million prize by the European Commission. With this contest, Europe aims to stimulate the use of blockchain technology to solve social problems. WordProof, founded one year ago, managed to leave 175 […]

    Read More »
  • How To: Restart Your Camera in Mac OS X

    Working from home, for most, includes a fair amount of video conferencing. But, what if the camera on your Mac produces No Connected Camera errors and effectively won’t work or has suddenly stopped working with apps like Facetime, Skype, Zoom or Google Meet? Well, you can either go for a full reboot of your computer, […]

    Read More »
  • Koko Analytics for simple Stats

    Years ago, when you needed a simple way of displaying stats in your WordPress Dashboard, the only set and forget option was WordPress Stats which later got incorporated into Jetpack. And for years, that’s exactly what I installed in WordPress sites. But besides the fact of Jetpack slowing your site down, its Stats module is […]

    Read More »
  • Force re-downloading plugins and themes with WP-CLI

    Recently I found myself needing to force download all plugins and themes in a WordPress installation. Now, the old way would be to download them, upload them via SFTP. Very laborious, no fun. Enter the fun way: WP-CLI. If you’re unfamiliar with WP-CLI, it’s the command line tool for WordPress. And as all sites on […]

    Read More »