Automattic: my journey from application to hire

Automattic: my journey from application to hire

Hi! My name is Hannah and I'm a Woo Support Ninja 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

Results after 100 days of Colemak: 100 WPM

Results after 100 days of Colemak: 100 WPM

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

Embracing Colemak’s caps lock as backspace

Embracing Colemak’s caps lock as backspace

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

Using dampeners to quiet down my mechanical keyboard

Using dampeners to quiet down my mechanical keyboard

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

Introducing my keyboard, the DAS Keyboard Ultimate

Introducing my keyboard, the DAS Keyboard Ultimate

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

The Sound of Silence: a song with oomph

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9Dg-g7t2l4 Every Sunday morning, we drive over to Barkaby to do our weekly grocery shopping. Fred has started a playlist for this drive (we're huge Spotify listeners) and he's nice enough to not play death metal while I'm still waking up.🙂 Last Sunday, a song caught my attention and it turned out to be … Continue reading The Sound of Silence: a song with oomph

The Great Cape Adventure

The Great Cape Adventure

Last fall (as in, October 2014), I became fascinated with the idea of a cape. It might be because of my complete failure to sew up a proper coat - I can sew, but getting stuff to fit my hips, bust and larger arms is a challenge. Enter a cape - this should be easy, … Continue reading The Great Cape Adventure