My Next Chapter At Automattic: VaultPress

When I first joined Automattic, I was a member of the VIP Team which is in charge of helping our enterprise clients host their large websites on our platform. After doing that for three and a half years, I got a bit burned out and was given the opportunity to switch to our Janitorial team. Janitorial is the name of the team that handles all of our internal tools and other things that slip between the cracks at Automattic.

Now it’s once again time for something else. As of tomorrow, I’ll be joining the VaultPress team who are in charge of our backup and security product for self-hosted installs. I will be helping both with development as well as any technical issues that arise from our support requests. It should be quite interesting and exciting — I’m looking forward to it!

LaFerrari Unveil

I was lucky enough to get to see the 1.3 million dollar latest Ferrari supercar earlier this week. What an amazing car! Here’s some photos I took:

I also took some video of it revving (forgive the momentary sideways video):

If you want to see even more photos, here’s some from better photographers:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/122085736@N06/sets/72157651309345995/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/the_stig63/sets/72157651340170995/

Five (And Three Quarters) Years At Automattic

Yesterday, March 8th, was my official fifth year anniversary of being hired at Automattic. I say official because I actually started my trial the previous June and by that fall was doing fulltime regular duties. However no one at the company except perhaps HR realized that I hadn’t been hired on fulltime. I just kept submitting invoices and doing my job. Automattic was a lot more unorganized back then, both with trials and the onboarding process!

It’s been a wild ride and I have no plans whatsoever to go anywhere else. I’m here for the long term and I absolutely love it. It really is a dream job for me. Did I mention we’re hiring? :)

Here’s to the next five years!

Lastly for fun, here’s a photo from the first Grand Meetup that I attended with 40 of my coworkers:

2009 Grand Meetup in Quebec

Compare that to the latest Grand Meetup last fall when we had about 260 people there! We’re up to 306 as of this post.

2014 Grand Meetup in Park City

Spectacular Jet Fighter Videos

The first video has about 30 seconds of black and white bomb footage from Afghanistan. If you’d rather not see that, skip to 2:10.

My WordPress-Branded MacBook Pro

After four years at Automattic, you are given an awesome MacBook that has been customized by ColorWare to have a glowing WordPress logo instead of an Apple logo as well as being painted any color you wish.

My four year anniversary of being officially hired was last March (I was also on contract for 9 months) but as one of the handful of Windows users in the company, I originally opted to pass on the custom MacBook and stick with normal Windows laptops. I’ve used Windows for 20 years now and my primary machine is a very powerful desktop computer that I’ve built for gaming.

However I recently tried to use a Mac for something and realized that I had absolutely no clue how to use it. I didn’t even know about Finder! Yeah, pretty bad.

Additionally I saw some very cool looking customized MacBooks at my company’s annual full company meetup that made me want one too.

So I decided to get one after all and I’m super happy I did! It’s absolutely beautiful and I can install Windows on it so that I can use both operating systems.

Specs:

  • 13″ MacBook Pro with Retina screen
  • 3.0GHz Dual-core Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 3.5GHz
  • 16GB 1600MHz DDR3L SDRAM
  • 1TB PCIe-based Flash Storage

Here’s how they do the custom logo: