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WP Engine now has HHVM ... and a bunch of others stuff

Awesomeness! HHVM + geo-redundancy. Not bad. So excited for all my friends over at WP Engine and the release of "Mecury". I know they've been working hard for months to make their vision a reality and to finally be able to tell people about it must feel great! And I love love the name. ( Hat tip Chris Lema

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MySQL: Inspect Table Sizes

Discovered a database was stupid big? Need a quick break down of where all the junk is? Here's a quick mysql example to help: 

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WordPress 4.0.1 Security Release

Just updated to WordPress 4.0.1 over at Pantheon. While it's labeled a security release it apprears 4.0 was not vulnerable to particular issue that's getting patch. And really if you haven't upgraded yet then ... well that's an issue. There are also a bunch of cosmetic/minor bug fixes in this release. If you want to see the full deets you can check out my commit at Pantheon.

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WordPress freemiums getting a little out of control

I've spent the last two 2 - 1/2 years working for WP Engine and Pantheon, both managed hosting solutions for WordPress. And it's been nearly that long since I've actually built a site using it.

Weird I know. But I generally just do straight PHP these days and lately I've been playing around with Drupal some. 

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Bash Tips: find your server's IP address

So an effort to complete exploit everything I do in my life I've decided to start posting simple bash tricks. This has the added benefit of helping me catalog these so I can forget them and always make it back. 

Ever need to very quickly find the IP address of the server you are working on??? 

ifconfig eth1 | grep 'inet addr:' | cut -d: -f2 | awk '{print $1}'

Keep in mind that the 'eth1' argument may vary depending on your server platform. In most cases eth0 is your private IP and eth1 is your public. But this may not always hold true.

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Derp. GMAIL Desktop Notifications

I feel a little silly for just now figuring this out. But it's still awesome. Gmail can give you desktop notifications!

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Hanging out at WooConf today

I'm impressed by how well organized and well attended WooConf is. WooCommerce claims 5,000,000 downloads. Impressive. Looking forward to Joshua Eichorn's scaling talk. 

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Stuck in time

It happened imperceptibly. I just started listening to old 80's and 90's tracks. Some Pixies here, a smattering of Depeche Mode and The Cure there. Then it was deep dives into all the old albums. Doolittle, Psychocandy, Disintegration, Bleach. On Spotify I built a playlist of hundreds of songs from the before 1996. Then I found it was all I was listening to. I started wearing baggy jeans again. No Doc Martins, but the clunkiest shoes I own. I spotted a flannel at the local consignment, bought it. Combed my hair down in my eyes. Complained about corporate rock.

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Vimcasts! If you don't know what vim is then don't bother

Oh my, I think I'm in love. This is some serious nerd porn. I think I'm in love with this guy.

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Tech companies paying for you to have kids ... later

This kinda creeps me out a litttle: Apple and Facebook Pay for Female Employees to Freeze Eggs.

I'm not really sure why exactly. I suppose any "benefit" a company provides is a good thing, so I'm all for it. But it just kinda stinks of "Hey, why have kids now when you can put it off indefinitely?". And since shareholder corporations generally act in their financial best interest, I'm curious what the angle is. Have they done the math and decided this will lead to fewer pregnancies on company time and so it's worth the expense?

Not that anyone should be having children mind you. They're disgusting little germ traps!