United Wifi: How Can It Be So Bad?

United-WifiI just flew United non-stop from Seattle to Washington D.C. (Dulles) and back. I realized too late after booking the trip that this was the airline on which I had never successfully connected to their in-air wifi. Since it was a five hour flight, I decided I would bear down this time and finally fix the problem (after all, I’ve worked in the Internet business for over 20 years).

So, on the outbound trip, I literally spent TWO HOURS trying everything I could to get a connection. Absolutely nothing worked. After I gave up in frustration, a helpful flight attendant (who I could tell had spent many hours trying to debug wifi connections for passengers) make the suggestion to forget the United wifi network at the end of the flight.

So I did that and then tried to forget all about the whole experience—too many other things to worry about after missing

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Using Herb Vaporizers with Tobacco

Fact that most if not all herb vaporizers are designed for vaporizing cannabis made it difficult to get reliable information for tobacco use.

Tobacco Types

I tried three types: RYO is closest to tobacco used in cigarettes. I found it best for daily use. Pipe tobacco is very rich taste, too rich for frequent use. I typically use it before sleep, best with a glass of finest. I found Cigar tobacco to be the most difficult to use with herb vaporizer because they taste best when properly humidified but many vaporizers are not designed to vaporize wet herbs. And dry cigar tobacco is brittle, shedding tobacco particles when you vape. Best parts are cost and variety.

Vaporization Methods

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Search Blogs

While thinking about search functionality aspect of WordPress Atlas, I was reminded of Search Hat and MSN SearchPoint ideas which I blogged about in 2004. MSN team seemed receptive but Google implemented it first then dropped it for various reasons. In context of the Atlas, the idea is best described as as Search Blog. But, ironically, this term is difficult to search for obvious reasons. John Battelle even uses it in his blog’s name. Maybe someone will come up with a better name. Search Blog is a blog about other blogs/websites. It’s primary function is to provide a search context. Simple, seemingly familiar yet distinct in usage. Don’t remember if Yahoo directories allowed each directory to be used as search context. It’s an obvious idea in hindsight. Jury is out on whether it’ll be popular however. Atlas needs to be a Search Blog as well.
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WordPress Atlas

Disclaimer: This is a personal side-project, not an official Automattic project, and in no way reflects official plans. In Beyond Future of WordPress Platform, I wrote:
WordPress Atlas – uses data-science to pull blogs and websites into neighborhoods, towns, and cities based on topics, interests, and relations. Intention is to use real world metaphors to make discovery and sense of community more natural and explicit than, say, blogroll or news aggregators.
I now think the Atlas without data-science. How?
Using what we already have: blogs, bloggers, blogging tools, and WP community. So WordPress Atlas is just a loosely-coupled network of blogs using a new class of themes, themes that displays blog contents in a way that looks map-like. Atlas blog contents are information about other blogs. Yes, Atlas blogs are like Linklogs but more visual-centric. What does it look like? Rather what does this reminds you of? screenshot_265.png Pinterest!
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Beyond Future of WordPress Platform

This is how I envision WordPress platform evolving beyond what I outlined in Future of WordPress Platform. The vision is essentially a projection of what I had in mind with Teleport Network venture but did not get a chance to realize (old chicken and egg problem). As to why I’m doing this, it’s because WordPress has the scale and unrealized ideas are like orphans. New vision starts with: WordPress Studio – is the client-side application I outlined in the previous post on the subject. It’s not unlike VSCode in that much of its functionalities are derived from plugins. Plugins should be stackable the platform itself can be extended to support theming and financial transactions. Theme support, for example, needs HTML and PHP generators which in turn may need digital signature support to secure assets pushed to server. End goals are to a) reduce dependence on server-side changes to add features (a la serverless mindset), and b) create a
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More Posts Restored

This morning, I restored 400+ more blog posts from late 2005 to early 2008 by scraping from Internet Archive. Some 80+ posts and most of the images referenced by the restored blog posts weren’t archived however so they’re lost. Only remaining restoration tasks are fixing cross-post hyperlinks and remove missing image tags.
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Future of WordPress Platform

While restoring my old blog post, I started thinking about WordPress as a platform. WYSIWYG web site creation services like Wix, Weebly, Squarespace and others are gaining attention and growing fast but they are more services than platforms. WordPress on the other hand has an immense collection of plugins and healthy community of developers and designers behind it. Main problem I see with WordPress as a platform is that its plugins run on the server-side, creating a compelling long-term incentive to host your own WordPress server to take advantage of features offered by those plugins instead of using WordPress.com. Allowing user-chosen plugins to be installed on WordPress.com creates a gaping security risk and management headaches. 16189100439_84d30fe08f_m.jpg I think the answer lay with WordPress.com desktop app which currently doesn’t do much beyond what browser version offers and seemingly neglected. Key idea is to add client-side plugins support to the app, plugins that
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Old Blog Posts Restored

As Monthly Archive links in the left-side bar shows, I uploaded old blog posts last night. Restoration wasn’t perfect of course.
  • Posts from between late 2005 to 2007 is missing. If they are not among backups, I’m going to extract them from Internet Archive.
  • Comments weren’t uploaded. Still on my todo list.
  • Permalinks weren’t restored so links coming in will 404 until they’re fixed.
  • Deadlinks, missing stories and downloads.
  • Category extractor had a separator bug, creating nutty categories like general;technical.
Hope to address them all eventually.
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Processing Old Posts

Spent a couple of hours converting my old posts from XML with custom schema to JSON. Scrubbed some obvious spam comments (any comment with more than 5 hyperlinks). Result was a 7MB JSON file containing 1756 blog posts with comments. Hash of IP addresses were not archived so they’ll all be treated as self-proclaimed foobars. Next step is to POST them as well as assets they reference to WordPress.com via REST API which should take another couple of hours of hacking since I haven’t bothered to convert the posts to RSS.
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Need A Good Theme

This blog goes way back, all the way to 2001. First 7 years of it was the most hectic but they’re archived and need to be restored. Fresh start calls for a fresh theme. Something that’s simple yet easy to read. No gray text. I may just bang one out from scratch but would rather start with a good one like t his Rewritten Hemingway theme then tweak (post titles looks tad too big and too dark). Update: That theme lasted only 5 min of staring at it. Let’s try Independent Publisher theme.
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Blog Name Change

I’m preparing myself mentally to return to blogging, at a slower pace. To that end, I’ve renamed this blog to Weekly Habit. Blogging daily was exciting back then. I still want to but am wary of blogging for the sake of blogging. Anyway, stay tuned. Best,
– Don  
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What He Said (about Sovrin)

phil-windley-headshotI joke with Phil Windley that half my blog posts are about his blog posts. But there’s a good reason for that. Phil’s a prolific blogger because he’s a prolific thinker, and there is a very high signal-to-noise ratio in those thoughts. Lately what Phil’s been thinking and blogging about is self-sovereign identity— specifically Sovrin, the new public permissioned ledger for self-sovereign identity that was announced last month at the Ctrl-Shift Personal Information Economy Conference in London. Phil is chair of the Sovrin Foundation Board of Trustees (I am Secretary), and in that leadership role he’s published a series of blog posts that stake out the philosophical, political, technical, and practical underpinnings of self-sovereign identity. Here’s a quick guide to these posts, in chronological order (oldest-to-newest):

Even Just Two Days Can Be a Vacation

“Summer vacation” this year consisted of just two days—the only two days my two sons could free up to take off with my wife and I. There wasn’t even enough time to go out of town, so finally we had a real “staycation”. The first day we did classic Seattle tourist gigs like Waterfall Garden Park, Pioneer Square, the Underground Seattle Tour (a real hoot), the Seattle Center Chihuly Garden and Glass Exhibit (mind-blowing), and dinner at the Pike Place Market (Shiro’s new place Sushi Kashiba—fantastic). The second day was even more domestic: together we disassembled one of the icons of the boy’s childhood—the treehouse we spent a whole summer building fifteen years ago (but which now had become a full-blown hazard due to a rotting floor). reed-treehouse.png Yes, there were some sad moments—but all of us sweating together on it (it was a record-breaking Seattle afternoon) made it more of a wake than a funeral. And we left the
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Zootopia Is My Happy Place

ZootopiaI don’t think I’ve had such a good time at the movies since Little Miss Sunshine. If you just want to smile—and laugh—and clap—and feel like dancing all over the theatre—don’t miss this. And don’t watch it at home (which you will want to do a thousand times) until you’ve had the full movie theatre experience. As my wife and I were walking out, one of the ushers said, “This movie should be required viewing in America.” To which I said—with a completely straight face, “I can’t believe it only got 98% on Rotten Tomatoes”. It’s a 100.

The Offer Letter of Your Dreams from eShares

eshares-offer-letter-coverIronically, this post has nothing to do with my company going live with eShares online equity management service yesterday. The only connection is that it may be the reason (in some scary way I haven’t figure out yet) that this Medium story from eShares CEO Henry Ward appeared at the top of my Medium news feed later that day. No matter—this post is about the most stunning offer letter you have ever seen. One that is sure to set a new standard across the startup industry. I don’t want to spoil it for you by showing/telling more—it’s a quick read, so just click through and take a glance. You will immediately see why I recommended it. I’m impressed by eShares as a cloud-based equity management tool so far (it’s not perfect—we’ve already caught and reported a few bugs—but it’s 1000x better than handing cap tables and stock certificates the old manual way). But now I’m even more impressed with eShares the
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The Boys in the Boat and the O-Ring Theory of Development

boys-in-the-boatI can’t keep track of the number of times I’ve done a post just to point at one of Phil Windley’s posts. But there’s a good reason: Phil’s a highly discriminating thinker and writer who hits some nails right on the head. This particular nail is actually Phil recommending a 20 minute video on the O-Ring Theory of Production. It’s one of those great explanations of something you may have intuitively sensed before—that great teams can produce results dramatically better than teams only slightly less capable—but now can understand with startling clarity. As society and technology grows increasingly complex, the O-Ring Theory of Production has very important implications. I certainly know it mirrors my own experience of technical teams. As I read it, I had one more revelation of where it applies: eight-oar crew teams. For a spellbindingly good example, I can’t recommend The Boys in the Boat highly enough. Yes, I’m biased: it’s set in Seattle and features
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