It’s the time of year, again, to take inventory of what I’m working with and share it for others who might be looking to update their own toolbox. This is the 7th year (2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012) I’ve been doing this and this year marks one of the bigger changes in my tooling since I started the series.
Tomorrow I hit a big milestone in my life. I turn 40. Normally birthdays aren’t something I think too much of but this one hit me a little bit harder than I expected. My life today is, I must admit, vastly different from where I thought I would be at this point when I hit 20 or even when I hit 30. It’s even so much different from what I thought it would be even 5 years ago and, for the most part, that’s all a very good thing.
For the last four and a half years I’ve poured an awful lot of time into my local development environment which has morphed to one of my most popular projects of all time on GitHub. Primary Vagrant was my first real devops project that helped me learn technologies from Puppet to Ruby and from Vagrant to server architecture to a level of detail I never thought I would need.
Today it is time for me to announce that I have shut down the project.
This weekend I had the honor of returning to near where I started my WordPress career by giving the opening keynote presentation at WordCamp St. Louis on Building with Community. The talk was an overview of building Better WP Security and other projects and how the WordPress communities helped me along the journey and, eventually, how I managed to build a successful community around the plugin. Below are my slides from the talk.
Back in December I wrote about an experiment I was doing where I had started using a Google Pixel 2 XL on Google Fi along with my AT&T iPhone 8+. Five months later I’m happy to report there was a clear winner in that little contest. In fact, within weeks it became clear to me that it wasn’t really a content at all and that my iPhone really couldn’t hold a candle to my Pixel.