Author: Hannah Swain

When good manners and equality clash

When good manners and equality clash

I've never thought very much about all of the different angles around the concept of men opening doors for women. I mentally shrugged my shoulders, thanked people when they held the door for me, held the door for others and went on with my life. Sweden is very much into gender-equality, so it hasn't come up. After a few days of having multiple men hold the door for me as a polite gesture, I'm surprised at just how surprised and startled I am by it.

Automattic: my journey from application to hire

Automattic: my journey from application to hire

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

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