Aubrey Portwood

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31.1 Nahko

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Nahko 31.1 Screenshot

This time I went a little wild with some of the changes to my site, but that’s just because some of the recent changes to my life have been a bit wild. I kept most of the re-design from 31.0 Trevor Hall, but added some…funk? The theme and colors chosen are based on my recent landing of my dream job with WebDevStudios and a little splash of a New Mexico sunset.

Who is Nahko?

Nahko (and Medicine for the People) is an artist I have been listening to lately. There’s something infectious going on with his music, I think it really speaks to my spirit and where I am in my life right now. I would be lying if the music didn’t also help inspire the changes to my site!

The embedded video above is one of my favorite songs right now.

“I believe in the good things coming.” – Black as Night

Especially after joining WebDevStudios this repeated verse (in the song) really speaks to me. You really do have to believe in good things coming your way to really go out there and make them happen for yourself.

Nerd Notes

I also did something new. Usually, with my site, I would clone down WordPress and clone down the Publish-pwd theme into the themes directory. But, I’ve opted to version control my entire site and include WordPress.

The proof-in-case situation happened last night. I updated WordPress (the new way, by merging the 4.2 branch into mine) and found out 4.2 had a bug a plugin had a bug that broke my site (link to come later). I was easily able to revert that merge and all was well again.

The other reason is to keep track of the plugins and themes I use and version control those as well. So that’s new…

I know it’s wild, but that’s the intention. Makes me wonder what 31.2 will look like.

Provisioning’s a Bitch

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timeWhat am I most excited for? Never having to run vagrant up --provision again. Spinning up a new build everyday can be time consuming! Simply, I was starting to feel like VVV was just getting in the way of being productive. I got things to do!

Those are My RAMS (Performance)

VVV will take up about 1GB of memory working or not (and don’t try and lower it). This isn’t really VVV’s fault, mainly my own. I bought a new Macbook Air and started with the lower-end hardware. Though things ran faster (because of the SSD), I had less RAM’s and less HD space now. On my Macbook Pro (may it rest in peace) I never had to worry about RAM, but as soon as I started hitting projects all day it became apparent I needed all the resources I could get out of my machine.

I’m probably not even using VVV all-the-way!

Ultimately, this is what it really comes down to. I just haven’t felt like it was that much better than a MAMP or XAMPP solution. Ever since I fired it up I haven’t really found anything great about it far from other solutions (except that it’s Linux), but that’s probably my fault anyways. I just don’t use a lot of the powerhouse things Vagrant probably does and I feel like I’m sacrificing a lot.

XAMPP

When I first broke up with MAMP for VVV, it seemed like a good fit (and it was the hip thing everyone was doing). I thought the right thing to do was run my dev environment in a box that worked most like the Internet does, on Linux. But, after using it for about a year, and throwing that --provision switch a few hundred times, I’m trying out XAMPP, which just runs Apache, PHP, MySQL. That’s all I really need to do what I do and sudo xampp restart gets it done in under 10 seconds!

We broke up, but we’re still friends

But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try out VVV! People swear by it, and there’s a reason, I’m just not sure if I’m aware of it yet… It was also built by very smart people that work on very smart projects. And, It’s still on my machine! Anytime I need to test a site outside of the typical Apache box (with NGINX becoming more and more popular), it’ll be there for me.

VVV probably does a lot of great things, but you better have a slow coffee machine–provisioning is a bitch!

I Landed a Dream Job at WebDevStudios!

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TL;DR: I totally landed a dream job with WebDevStudios! It’s late, I know….

2007, I download WordPress

When I downloaded WordPress to create my first site with it, I had no idea it would become such a huge part of my life. It was easy, it had plugins, it had themes, it was something I could work with. That’s how it all started. As the years went on I would go on to push WordPress as “the future,” and it was, especially for me. I would use WordPress to build many sites, it’s in everything I would build.

2007+

For almost a decade WordPress would be the center of most of the things I did. I can’t express enough how happy I am that WordPress is Open Source. My love, and of course need, for Open Source software is what pulled me to WordPress in the early days.

During this time I’d work building WordPress sites for lots of people, friends, and even family. Towards the end I would finally start working on my own WordPress themes and plugins.

…2014, I meet WordPress addicts

I attend my first WordCamp (#wcphx) and see all these WordPress addicts, thinking how lucky they are to get to do WordPress day in and day out and work with other WordPress people.

I decide to make a change. I need to work with these people, I needed to be a part of a community who are crazy about WordPress like I am. I set out to find a dream job, one of those “do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life” deals.

I aim high hoping for anything I could get my hands on. Let’s just say it was a trip and I learned a lot along the way. But I noticed WebDevStudios needs a front-end developer. I think it’s a long shot, but knew this would be huge if I were able to get a job with these guys…

2015, …and I did!

It was a big deal when I got the call from Dre telling me I had got the job. I’m pretty sure I said something in reply like, “This is great. I can’t wait!” But what I was really thinking was, “Holy shit! I got the job!”

It’s been an amazing couple of weeks. WordPress is now what I do and I’m excited to work and learn with the great people I’ve been getting acquainted with over at WebDevStudios. They’re a crazy bunch, but that’s right up my alley, and I’m honored to be associated with such a prestigious company.

Thank You’s

A lot of people helped me along the way, especially family and friends with their encouragement and support. They truly know the “journey” I was on trying to make WordPress what I do, especially my patient and very understanding fiance Ashley.

But, most of all, as cliche as it will sound, I do owe a lot to the WordPress community itself. Because they make a great open source platform like WordPress, they’ve opened up this opportunity for me.

WP NoteUp

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I’ve been waiting for a while to publish a new plugin! I have a few, but they are old and outdated. I’ve learned a lot about making better WordPress Plugins (coding wise) and I’ve finally got a plugin with something more modern.

Screen Shot 2015-02-20 at 5.11.20 PMWhen I set out to develop a new plugin I wanted to build something I wanted. I’ve tried other note taking plugins, but nothing has been simple and exactly what I needed.

WP NoteUp is inspired by Simplenote and aims to be as like it as it can be. Simple and right to the point, just text.

A Pro Version

I have plans, though, to release a Pro version of the plugin that features some vanity items like note backgrounds but should also feature more features like Markup or the Visual Composer.

I know people want more than what WP NoteUp does out of the box with today’s release, sometimes I want more out of Simplenote too. So, the Pro version will have these things and give people that want more…more, and if you just want simple just go with the .Org version.

Note sure how much, not sure when I’ll get it done. But when I do, I’ll post something here.

How to fix issue where external drive (non-NTFS) is being mounted as Read Only

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This is what I did anyhow…

Here my external disk is Sling and it has the proper permissions root:admin. Before it had root:wheel which wasn’t allowing me to write to the disk as I did before.

To get the right permissions I used sudo chown root:admin Sling/. I thought that this permission would only apply one time, but I ejected and re-mounted and it kept the permission.

Hopefully this helps.

31.0 Trevor Hall

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I’m super pumped to release the latest version of my site (which is always changing!).

I’ve included a few screenshots, because I’m sure things will change. The theme is a child theme based on my favorite theme Publish by Konstantin Kovshenin.

It features a Twitter-like mast head I’ve always admired and my favorite WordPress wallpaper which I’ve been using in most of my profiles. The main menu has been given a little more focus with a border, categories in the sidebar are easier to follow with a border too, the edges of everything have been rounded some, and it’s a bit wider.

I’ve also decided to start a new repo for my site using Mark Jaquith’s WordPress Skeleton which should always be on Github now. I’ve marked this version as 31.0 Trevor Hall.

I’ve also decided to let versions [of my site, not this theme] follow my age, so I’m 31, so starting in October this year I’ll move to 32.0. Names will also follow my favorite music at the time, so that will act as a good log of my tastes in music as things progress so that should be fun.

Trevor Hall

Trevor Hall just started popping up in my Spotify and I was totally hooked. You’re really surprised to hear him sing once you see him, it’s almost like his voice shouldn’t be coming from a dreaded skinny guy. His music is relaxing, inspiring, and very alternative. Soon after listening to his music on repeat, I started to look into him more.

His recent music is inspired by some of his recent travels to India, and for the past few years I’ve been really connecting with Buddhism and eastern religions and so I gravitated to his lyrics and story. I consider myself a multi-religious person and Trevor seems to be as well, very open, very grey, very accepting.

His more tame stuff is the best, I think, but he has a wide range of music. Lime tree is one of my other favorite songs. He also has this funny duet with his sister you can check out too, he’s a pretty good freestyler.