PayPal Security Sucks; or, Why Two Factor Authentication is Worthless Without Strong Account Recovery Policies

by Ian Dunn

Even though two-factor authentication isn’t the silver bullet many make it out to be , I’m still a big fan of it and think that it should be offered by any web service that wants to be taken seriously. It’s completely pointless, though, if the service doesn’t also have strong account recovery policies , or if their customer support staff doesn’t enforce them . PayPal is a great example of this. When you login with your username and password, you’re prompted for your one-time… [more]

Challenges for the WordPress Community as it Matures

by Ian Dunn

Mike Jordan’s post on the WordPress community has some great insight and challenging thoughts. The truth is, however, that our community does not have these rare traits simply because its members are just that awesome. The primary reason that our community is so approachable, is that for the first several years of its life we had to be approachable to encourage growth. Now that… [more]

Automatically Refresh Browser When CSS Changes

by Ian Dunn

LiveReload is an app that will watch files on your local development environment and automatically update the browser when CSS changes are made. I can’t believe I didn’t hear about this years ago.

Hide PHP Warnings and Notices from Poorly Written Plugins

by Ian Dunn

Update: Zack Tollman wrote a plugin called  Ostrichize that does an even better job of this, so I’ve reverted my version out of my functionality plugin skeleton and will use his in the future. Pro tip: search for existing code before writing new code ;) * * * There are a lot of WordPress plugin and theme… [more]

The Values Behind Startup Culture

by Ian Dunn

What Your Culture Really Says is a compelling peak behind the startup culture curtain. This is not a critique of the practices themselves, which often contribute value to an organization. This is to show a contrast between the much deeper, systemic cultural problems that are rampant in our startups and the materialistic trappings that can disguise them.

Making Xdebug Pretty Not Ugly

by Ian Dunn

Xdebug is an essential development tool for me, but, to be blunt, the default output style is kind of hideous. I looked for a way to customize it through xdebug.ini, but there doesn’t appear to be one. You can, however, use a browser extension like  Stylish  (FireFox) or Stylebot (Chrome) to override the default styles with CSS. That will come out looking… [more]

WordCamp Seattle Call for Speakers

by Ian Dunn

We just posted the Call for Speakers for WordCamp Seattle 2014 . If you’ve got some knowledge or experience you’d like to share with the WordPress community in Seattle, check it out.

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