Remkus’ Rambling 055 – A short story & little bit of AI

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Hello 👋🏻!

Can you believe it’s the second week of the year already?! And a Friday the 13th to boot. But fear not, this newsletter will only bring you good luck as yours truly is born on the thirteenth of the month. You know, double negatives and all 🤓

While we’re on the topic, I would very much appreciate your input. I’ve gotten some feedback on the publishing day of this newsletter. Questioning whether Friday’s are the best day of the week. Please cast your vote here.

But, let’s get to it. Let’s get into this week’s newsletter.

🗞 WordPress News

This felt like a relatively quiet week in the World of WordPress, but I think that’s mostly because everybody was booting up their work (pace) again. But, nevertheless, I have some to share with you.

Remember that blog post I did recently about What is a WordPress Contribution? Here’s a small story about how a thought, a tweet led to another type of contribution. Let me explain.

The last couple of months I’ve seen a few things pop up on my radar about some really old tickets live in WordPress’ ticket system. Trac, for the initiated. When I say really old, I’m talking well over a decennium. Which is half of WordPress’ age, basically. And I think that’s crazy long. Ridiculously long, even. So, I tweeted the following:

https://twitter.com/remkusdevries/status/1612886569676902437

And in the tweet below, I tagged a few folks. Because, in my mind, doing this as a bug cleaning exercise does two things. Clean up and improve. Cleaning up bugs in WordPress and open tickets. Improving morale among WordPress users, developers, core committers.

The tweet sparked an interesting conversation to which Matt Mullenweg eventually answered the following:

I’d be happy to look at one of those a month this year. Let’s plan it out.

– Matt Mullenweg

Which is awesome! It’s a great example of how raising an idea can lead up to seeing the change you want to see. Jb Audras is working on a post on the Make WordPress Core blog that will come up with a plan based on my suggestion.

  • 10up released an update to their Ad Refresh Control Plugin. It allows publishers to enable the refreshing of their ads without needing to make any modifications to their existing ad implementation.

Great example of a plugin that generally goes under the radar, but that is a wonderful tool for those working with publishers and ad platforms.


🚀 Performance

Performance optimization of your site is way more than just optimizing CSS, JavaScript and images. A lot more. An often times overlooked element is preventing bad actors to touch your server at all. For me, that’s where Cloudflare shines with its Web Application Firewall (WAF).

💡 Interesting finds


🔆 WordPress Highlight

InstaWP is an interesting service that allows you to create WordPress websites for testing and staging. They also have a plugin that helps you with that. Check it out if your hosting doesn’t have built in staging.

📖 What I am reading

As mentioned in a previous newsletter, I have read James Clear’s Atomic Habits again. I do this every now and then when I feel like it would beneficial. To read James’ words is wonderful, but to hear him talk is even better. And in that context, I’d love to share James’ appearance on Tim Ferriss’ podcast with you all. Learnt so much more there, and hope you do too!


🎁 Bonus

Technically, the year of AI started last year IMO, but we ware seeing a flood of cool new AI tools, aren’t we? Here’s another one called restorePhotos.io. If you have old and blurry face photos, AI can restore them. Four out of the five images I tried came back MUCH better. I’m impressed. Go and check them out!

Please vote for the best day!

That’s it for this week’s ramblings. Thanks for reading!

Best,
Remkus


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