Using the REST API with self-hosted sites via Jetpack

As of Jetpack 1.9, the REST API can now access self-hosted WordPress blogs with the Jetpack plugin installed.

Instead of just building for the platform, you can build awesome applications that interact with WordPress in general. Any applications built using the API for will automatically work with Jetpack-enabled sites running Jetpack 1.9 or higher.

Using the REST API with self-hosted sites via Jetpack

A Day at the office

I received a GoPro camera for my birthday. I have already posted about the great things you can do with a GoPro, but since I am not ready to jump off a cliff just yet, I thought I’d play a bit with the Time-lapse features of that great little camera!

One of the camera settings allows you to take one picture every 1/2/10/30/60 seconds. I used it to take pictures every 30 seconds for a complete day at work (read: in my kitchen). Not much happening, I know, but I got to play with my new toy a bit, and I also learned a bit more about iMovie in the process. Stay tuned for more videos of me jumping off a cliff trying to catch my mouse! I will also try to build a Time-lapse tool from an egg-timer, to get a bit more movement!

Bonus: the GoPro Hero3 is just out, and honestly, the promo video is stunning!

J’ai reçu une GoPro pour mon anniversaire ! Et comme je ne suis pas encore prêt à sauter d’une falaise à skis (rapport au manque de neige), j’ai décidé de créer un Time-lapse d’une journée au bureau (dans ma cuisine, en ce moment).

La GoPro a un mode Time-lapse qui permet de prendre une photo toutes les 1/2/10/30/60 secondes, que j’ai utilisé pour prendre des photos toutes les 30 secondes pendant une journée. Rien de bien passionnant pour le moment, mais c’est un début, je commence à me familiariser avec la caméra et avec iMovie, le logiciel que j’ai à ma disposition pour le montage.

Prochaine étape, la construction d’un outil pour faire des panoramas, avec un minuteur de cuisine ! Je pourrai ensuite m’attaquer à la préparation d’une vidéo comme celle-ci !

Jetpack 1.8: Mobile Theme

Jetpack 1.8 is out, and brings yet another new feature from to self-hosted WordPress blogs: a Mobile theme!

According to very respected research, it’s estimated that approximately a lot of people browse the Web via a mobile device. When those people view your site, are they seeing your site in the best possible format for their small screen? With the new Mobile Theme in Jetpack, you can be sure that they are.

Jetpack’s Mobile Theme displays your content in a clean, uncluttered interface, making it easy for mobile visitors to scan your site.

Jetpack 1.8: Mobile Theme

My .gitconfig file

I recently updated to Mountain Lion, and had to install a few more things to get Git to work properly.

I also realized that Git GUI stopped working. A quick addition to my .gitconfig file did the trick, but I thought I’d take the opportunity to share my .gitconfig file with you; it could be useful to someone, and I will be able to come back to that post next time I change my computer :)

	name = Jeremy Herve
	email = my_email_address
	user = jeherve
	token = my_token
	branch = true
	ui = true
	diff = true
	status = true
	s = status
	ci = commit
	co = checkout
	ls = branch -a
	oops = reset --soft HEAD~1
	rh = reset --hard
	save = stash save
	pop = stash pop --index
	gui = !sh -c '/usr/local/git/libexec/git-core/git-gui'
	lol = log --oneline --decorate --graph -n 15
	lola = log --oneline --decorate --graph -n 15 --all
	autocorrect = 1
	editor = nano

That’s it. If you have any advices or remarks, let me know! I am always looking for more tips!

Preparing my flashtalk, and discovering Impress.js

Last week and after 9 months working for Automattic, I met most of my colleagues for the fist time. We all travelled to San Diego, California, and spent the week working on team and getting to know each other.

Flashtalks are an important part of this annual grand meetup. Each one of us gets to stand up in front of everyone and talk about the topic of their choice for 5 minutes.

As it turns out, that’s actually quite difficult! First of all, because I had never talked in front of that many people, but also because I respect and admire the talented people I work with. It makes it harder to pick a topic that could be interesting and valuable for all the people in the room.

I spent quite some time thinking on the best topic; I wanted to talk about something I was passionate about: your presentation is always better if you are really passionate in your topic (see this talk by Scott Berkun to help you choose a good topic). That made things more difficult for me: I am interested in many things, as long as I feel that I am learning something in the process.

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Why don’t you try a standing desk?

When we moved back to Europe, I started thinking on getting a proper work station. Instead of working from the kitchen table and a really uncomfortable chair, I am now able to set up my own home office, with a real desk / chair. But is that really what I should be looking for? Some of my colleagues seem to have given up the standard desk, and are now using standing desks. So why not giving it a try?

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