Category Archives: Reblog

3:10 to YouTube – Navigating the Wild West of Native HTML5 Media

Derek Springer:

Check out my WordCamp Orange County presentation on HTML5 media in WordPress!

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Big Island of Hawaii: Part 2

Derek Springer:

More poaching, hurray for reblog!

Originally posted on Adventure David:

Sampling the local cuisine is always a big part of an adventure.  Following are the places we have visited and recommend in that regard:

Sam Choy’s – Great open air setting that is reportedly the place to experience a Kona sunset.  The pork loin, macadamia nut crusted chicken, the braised beef short ribs, and the three fish combo were all excellent and the Molten Lava Flow drink was especially delicious.

Lava Flow at Sam Choy's

Lotus Cafe – Very interesting Pan-Asian menu.  Gluten and GMO free offerings.  100% solar photovoltaic powered and organic.

Basik Cafe – Good place for breakfast fruit bowls with an interesting selection of fruits such as acai.  Most are gluten free or can be so modified.

Kona Brewing Company Pub – A “must see” for the craft or home brew enthusiast.  Tours available.  Good selection of soups, salads, pizza, sandwiches, nachos, steak, pork chops, prawns, lasagna, etc.  About a dozen beers…

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Big Island of Hawaii: Part 1

Derek Springer:

Poaching my father-in-law’s awesome post about our trip to Hawaii. All of the benefit for none of the work!

Originally posted on Adventure David:

For Marcia’s birthday (a big one) and JJ’s birthday (almost a big one) we traveled to the Big Island of Hawaii (how appropriate!) for some fun in the sun.  Glad you decided to follow along on our adventure.

We rented a condo in Kona overlooking the ocean with a fantastic view of the Banyan Surf Area where large numbers of surfers congregate from first light to dusk.  Following are views from our lanai.

First light from lanai

Lanai view

Here’s a view of our condo from the beach area, with JJ and Derek engaging in an early morning hug.

Early morning hug

We love turtle-watching and there were several in the tidal pools outside the condo.  Here’s my favorite shot.

Turtle friend

There are some very good snorkeling areas on the Big Island and we’ve sampled two so far:  Pu’uhonua o Honaunau (Place of Refuge) and Kahalu’u, which we preferred for the number and variety of fish and which is shown…

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Derek Springer:

What is this, an update for *ants*!?

Originally posted on News:

The big news on the internet the last couple of days has been that seminal RSS reader Google Reader will be shutting down on July 1, 2013. Google Reader had lots of fans, including many of us here at Automattic, but it’s time to move on.

Speaking of moving on from Google Reader, did you know that you can import your subscriptions directly from Google Reader into the Reader? We launched the Reader about 18 months ago; it’s responsive to fit any size screen, you can like and reblog content without leaving the news stream, and if you run out of new posts to read, you can discover new content in the Recommended Blogs section.

To import your subscriptions, just visit the Reader import page; you’ll be reading your feeds in the Reader in three clicks or less, or your money back.



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Derek Springer:

After almost six months my father-in-law is finally posting to his blog. My personal opinion is that he forgot the most important adventure travel essential: the #1 son-in-law.

Originally posted on Adventure David:

Following are the elements and tools that help make my adventures more satisfying and fun:

1.  A partner/traveling companion with an adventurous spirit – Many people travel solo with great success, but my travel almost always includes my wife, Marcia.  We’ve been wandering together for almost 40 years and hope to continue for many more.  It’s great fun to see new sights together, try new foods, and meet interesting locals or fellow travelers, creating memories to last forever.

Dinner in Vernazza, Italy
Dinner in Vernazza, Italy

2.  Versatile, reliable transportation options –  When travelling in this hemisphere, we have several tools at our disposal, including:

a.  Pickup/truck camper combo – 2007 Chevrolet 2500HD, diesel, 4WD, extended cab pickup with 2007 Northstar Laredo SC truck camper, which allows us to park about anywhere a normal car can fit, travel off-road and boondock if desired, and tow if needed, while providing a queen-sized bed, wet…

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Derek Springer:

Rebel against your pants-enforcing masters, come work for Automattic!

Originally posted on News:

Merry band of comrades seeks nice, hard-working, diligent, motivated, fun-loving people to join their mission: to democratize publishing and make the best it can be. Work with us.

Last year at Automattic (’s parent company) we hired 48 people:

  • 19 developers/systems folk — those who write code and make sure servers are running.
  • 14 Happiness Engineers — those who support our users in the forums and answer requests for help.
  • 6 themers and designers who create beautiful themes and sites.
  • 8 in business and operations — those who work internally with Automatticians and with our VIPs.
  • 2 in editorial curating Freshly Pressed, and inspiring bloggers to keep on blogging.

We expect to hire 60 new Automatticians in 2013. We’re a distributed company: Automatticians work from home, their local coffee shop, co-working spaces — the location in the world where they’re most comfortable and productive. Our hiring pool…

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Derek Springer:

I’m not gonna lie: this might be one of the greatest product launches of all time. But where’s the option to turn everything into a static .jpg?

Originally posted on News:

New Tools for Restaurateurs

Between starting the demi-glace and getting the case of chickens out of the walk-in for stock, the last thing we think you should be worrying about as a restaurateur is whether the guests showing up to your soft-open can actually find your phone number and location on your web site. Can phones do Flash yet? How long has that osso bucco been braising? We think the latter is probably a much better thing to take up your time, so we put together a few key tools to help get your mind off your website and where it belongs – on the food.

Introducing Confit

When looking at common restaurant site problems, one of the first issues that sprang to mind was how often broken animations, inaccessible information and bloated PDFs are foisted upon us when using our smartphones, when all we really need is a phone…

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Derek Springer: now accepts Bitcoin! This is pretty rad, actually.

Originally posted on News:

At, our mission is making publishing democratic — accessible and easy for anyone, anywhere. And while anyone can start a free blog here, not everyone can access upgrades (like going ad-free or enabling custom design) because of limits on traditional payment networks.

Today, that changes: you can now buy upgrades with bitcoins.

PayPal alone blocks access from over 60 countries, and many credit card companies have similar restrictions. Some are blocked for political reasons, some because of higher fraud rates, and some for other financial reasons. Whatever the reason, we don’t think an individual blogger from Haiti, Ethiopia, or Kenya should have diminished access to the blogosphere because of payment issues they can’t control. Our goal is to enable people, not block them.

Bitcoin is a digital currency that enables instant payments over the internet. Unlike credit cards and PayPal, Bitcoin has no central authority and…

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Derek Springer:

Your actual home’s home away from home.

Originally posted on News:

City administrators: Don’t spend thousands of dollars on a proprietary system for your city’s website. We’ve launched as the go-to place to start a site for your city or other municipal body, and there’s no charge to get started. (“Free” is a price that will get every taxpayer on board, and since has been approved as a hosting site for federal government agencies, you can be sure we take security seriously.)

To supplement the impressive stable of existing features like custom domains (i.e., a .gov or .com of your choosing), we’ve added a couple of new ones to help you build the best site you can for residents and visitors alike:

Starter Content

When you sign up, we automatically create the pages most commonly needed on city websites, such as Parks & Recreation, City Hall, and Law Enforcement, and add them to your site’s…

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Derek Springer:

More fine work form my WordPress amigos–it’s like strapping *two* jetpacks to your blog!

Originally posted on Jetpack for WordPress:

The past nine releases of Jetpack have started to reveal our vision for next-generation features that will boost WordPress’ incredible success by making it more social, more connected, more mobile, and more customizable.

Over three million downloads later, we’re excited to report that the community has embraced this seemingly impossible vision for combining the best of hosted and non-hosted WordPress. This tenth release brings some of the most-asked-for features into the hands of millions of Jetpackers.

Publicize to Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Tumblr…

You no longer have to jump through hoops and developer portals to connect your blog to your friends on your favorite social networks. Through Jetpack and your account, you can connect to each network with just a few clicks and broadcast to your audiences and followers across several networks, making WordPress your true digital hub. Activate Publicize from the main Jetpack page in your dashboard, then go…

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