As a WooCommerce Happiness Engineer at Automattic, I spend some of my time directly helping customers. I also get to travel quite a bit, to different conferences and to meet my colleagues all over the world. I'll focus on a day at home (just outside of Stockholm, Sweden), because the other days are anything but typical.
When I joined Automattic, I found that using different keyboard layouts like Dvorak and Colemak are common and encouraged - as are most things that will help you be more efficient.The idea is that if you spend so much of your day at your computer, you might as well be efficient at input. The idea seemed neat, so why not?
Note: I'd actually hidden this post for a while, thinking it was way too personal to be sharing on the internet. And what if people were embarrassed that I was talking about this? So I've opened it up again. The post expresses my thoughts well and ultimately has a positive note. I'm filing this experience under … Continue reading Did she fake those Fitbit steps?
I always wanted to shave my head. I just never dared. At a certain point, though, I had so many reasons to. It didn't seem fair that guys could have such an easy hairstyle, while I was stuck with a mess of curls. It never looked neat and put together, not matter what I did … Continue reading I shaved my head and it was awesome.
Hi! My name is Hannah and I'm a WooCommerce Happiness Engineer at Automattic. Automattic is the company behind WordPress.com, WooCommerce and many other products. I successfully completed my trial for Happiness Engineer on WordPress.com. During my trial, I read as much as I possibly could about other people's experiences. Good, bad, it didn't matter. I … Continue reading Automattic: my journey from application to hire
While I was doing my Automattic trial, I came across information about using alternative keyboard layouts - Dvorak and Colemak. if you look at the distance your fingers travel to type the same words, QWERTY is much less efficient than Dvorak or Colemak. In my typical "why not?" approach, I challenged myself to learn Colemak … Continue reading Results after 100 days of Colemak: 100 WPM
I used to joke that I was really fast at typing because I could hit the backspace and fix my mistakes really quickly. Backspace is an inefficient key, if you're looking at distance travelled when typing. Part of the Colemak layout involves mapping the caps lock key to be backspace: it's much more efficient and … Continue reading Embracing Colemak’s caps lock as backspace
I wanted a nice, thick pair of raggsockor so I knit myself a pair. And then I cast on another pair, yet another and finally one more. I'd waited a week or so to write this post, just to see if the rush was over, but I'm eyeing that grey-marled yarn for another pair... these … Continue reading The Great Sock Rush of 2016
Last fall, we both bought DAS Keyboard Ultimate keyboards with Cherry MX Blue switches. While Fred seems to be a fairly light typist, I can make a lot of noise with my keyboard. It turns out that I am bottoming out (hitting the bottom of the keyboard) on each stroke, which is loud. Seriously, loud. … Continue reading Using dampeners to quiet down my mechanical keyboard
Ever since I saw this keyboard on Lifehacker many years ago, I wanted it. There was something about having blank keys that appealed to me as a typist - after all, if I didn't need to look at the keys, then why bother having any labels? Last fall, Fred and I looked at each other … Continue reading Introducing my keyboard, the DAS Keyboard Ultimate