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The Year Without Pants — September 17, 2013

The Year Without Pants

ywp-cover-largeToday is launch day for Scott Berkun’s new book: The Year Without Pants: and the Future of Work.

I’ve been waiting on this day for a while, I’m really excited that it’s out in the wild. It’s a fantastic read, Scott not only does a great job painting a picture of how we work at Automattic, but also expressing the culture within the company.

I was part of “Team Social” that Scott led for over a year, we had a lot of fun, and at the same time produced some high quality work. It’s quite strange reading a book about experiences that you’ve had in person, it’s like comparing a book to a movie. I think Scott nails the little details that made those experiences great.

If you’re interested in how a distributed company works, what it’s like to manage people at a distance, or how we get by on almost zero emails per day, this is the book for you.

You can buy it on Amazon starting today, go grab a copy!

WordPress 2.5 is Out! — March 29, 2008

WordPress 2.5 is Out!

WordPress 2.5 was released today along with a completely new site design.

If you haven’t seen or tried 2.5 yet, I really recommend upgrading. It contains a huge number of updates as well as an excellent administration area overhaul.

I’m particularly happy with the new visual editor that now leaves your HTML untouched. This is going to make using WordPress as a CMS a whole lot better.

A lot of work has gone into this release, thank you to everyone who helped out, a fantastic job well done.

Another Andy at Automattic — March 3, 2008

Another Andy at Automattic

Today is my first day working for Automattic! For the past several weeks I’ve been talking with Matt and Toni about the direction of BuddyPress and what I did last year with the ChickSpeak project. They have given me the opportunity to come on board and concentrate on the development of BuddyPress under the Automattic umbrella.

The talent they have on board at Automattic is incredible, some of the brightest minds in the game. I’m really excited to have the opportunity to work with everyone on a daily basis and soak up some of the tremendous knowledge available.

I’ve been all consumed in WordPress for the past two years now, I think almost every single site I’ve built since working as a freelancer has used WordPress in some way. To get the opportunity to concentrate fully on WordPress everyday, and also the chance to help mould WordPress in new ways is a fantastic one not to be missed.

Also, the domain is in the process of being moved, so further updates on the project will be available there once the move has been completed.

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