Maiden Voyage of our Quadcopter

My son and I took our quadcopter out for its first flight. The controls are incredibly touchy, still a lot of tuning to do, but we managed to only fly it into a tree once and a rock wall once – and nothing broke :)

Its controller is a HobbyKing KK2.1 the code for which is also Open Source GPL!

More details soon – need to get this thing stabilized before we take it much higher :)

Meet Eva

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I always told the kids they would have electric cars when they were adults (and that gasoline cars would be relics), but I never imagined we’d own one quite so soon. Meet Eva Maxwell, our new 2014 Nissan Leaf. This is a picture we took at the West Coast Electric Highway DC Fast Charging station outside Sultan, Washington. It’s a most appropriate car for an up-and-coming High School Physics Teacher, no?

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Schedule Photos to Post Automatically with Postbot

Allen (allendav):

Load up the photo hopper and let it run! New from WordPress.com :)

Originally posted on WordPress.com News:

We’re big fans of photography here at WordPress.com, and we know that a lot of you are, too. Sometimes we’ll take a bunch of photos and want to post them, one at a time, spread over several days. Doing this manually is time-consuming and, let’s be honest, a little boring.

To help this situation we created Postbot, a photo scheduling app that allows you to quickly upload and schedule multiple photos.

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Postbot will create a post for each photo and schedule it to appear at a certain time over a given number of days. This is the ideal way to share a lot of photos without having to manually create and schedule each one.

Postbot is a stand-alone application that works with your WordPress.com blog, and your Jetpack-powered WordPress.org blog. You can use it from your desktop or mobile browser.

How to use Postbot

To use Postbot, go to postbot.co

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This is Not Your Grandfather’s WordPress.com

Back in 2010, I remember teaching an “Intro to WordPress” class, at the library in little old Sultan, Washington (not far from where parts of Harry and the Hendersons was filmed.)

I remember at one point, early in the class, encouraging people to sign up for a free blog at WordPress.com, make it private, and just experiment and learn on it until they were ready to “graduate” to a real website with self-hosted WordPress.

That was then. This is now. How times have changed.

Full disclosure: I now work for Automattic – the team that builds WordPress.com, but I really, truly mean everything I’m about to say.

I just moved a second website of mine from self-hosted to WordPress.com, and here’s why:

Domain mapping – maybe this existed on WordPress.com in 2010, but I dont’t think so – instead of having .wordpress.com at the end of URLs, which felt kinda cheesy geocities like, I encouraged people to go self-hosted so they could have a more professional presence – with their domain name. Now, with domain mapping, you can have a proper domain and be hosted on WordPress.com

Email forwarding – I had kept my hosting account around because I had email accounts for my domains that I wanted to keep around. Now that WordPress.com supports easy-to-setup email forwarding when domain mapping is purchased, I don’t really need the hosted accounts any more, and just forward to gmail.

Themes and Plugins. In 2010, the fact that you could not run any theme or plugin you wanted and that there were a limited number of built in ones made self-hosted an obvious choice. Fast forward to 2014, and yes, you still can’t upload anything you want, but the built-in plugins and theme selections on WordPress.com are much, much more comprehensive. Astonishingly so.

Updates. I don’t have to update anything on my sites now that I’ve moved them back. Not core, not themes, not plugins. I also don’t have to worry about what sort of things other users are running on the shared server.

Downtime and performance. My old host did an above average job, but the boxes with my sites on them would still suffer if another users’ sites acted up. With the more controlled, curated WordPress.com eco-system, this seems to be far less a problem.

CSS Customization. In 2010, you couldn’t customize themes on WordPress.com. Now you can.

e-Commerce. In 2010, you couldn’t sell stuff on WordPress.com. Now you can.

Fighting for free speech. Automattic is serious about democratizing the web, and pushing back on corporate and governmental censure of free speech. I like supporting that.

The REST API. There are so many interesting possibilities this opens up, from IFTTT to data sources for native apps – across multiple blogs – I can’t wait to experiment more.

There’s more, like the seamlessness of the notifications, the tight integration with the iOS app, the concatenation of JavaScript to speed page loads. I love it all, I love working on it, and I’m glad to see how much WordPress.com has evolved.

So I’m tickled to not just be an employee, but also a happy customer.

Viva WordPress.com :)

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Interested in Adopting Seamless Donations?

Hi everyone!

This is allendav – the author of Seamless Donations – and I am looking for an experienced developer to adopt the Seamless Donations plugin – I simply cannot stay on top of the requests and give this plugin the support and attention it deserves.

If you are an experienced developer interested in adopting Seamless Donations, please send me an email at allendav at allendav dot com and include a link to your wordpress.org profile so I can check out your other work and see if you’d be a good match.

Thanks and cheers…

…Allen