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Hi there, .blog!

One of the “Christmas gifts” that was awaiting me after being on leave for a few weeks, was my own .blog URL. As of now, you can visit my website on job.blog. Easy to remember, easy to search. No worries, jobthomas.com will still be available too. If you want to get your own .blog address, […]

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WooCommerce in Real “Live”

My slides for the very first WordCamp Harare are now available. I spoke about my experience of setting up my first live WooCommerce store after having worked with WooCommerce for 2 years in testing environments.

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Zwarte Piet and My Own Racist Blind Spots

In 2011, I met my South African wife in Belgium. Her friend Crystal was visiting the town where we both lived in late November that year. Both of them were absolutely shocked when they saw Zwarte Piet (or Black Pete). Blind spots Up until that point, I had never ever considered the racist implications of […]

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Afrihost, or How Customer Service Should Work

Update: Two years ago I wrote this post about the great customer support of @Afrihost – currently, I've been overcharged, and have been waiting for 3 months for my issue to be resolved properly. This post is now getting a disclaimer that this is no longer valid. https://t.co/xzRU5FsmxK — Job Thomas (@jobtex) September 14, 2018 […]

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Automattic, in 2016, in Whistler

Our company is getting pretty big.

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Contributing to Code without Coding

I’ve been working at Woo for over almost two years now. During that time, I’ve learnt a lot. While working with the different plugins, themes and extensions we offer, it is normal to encounter bugs: small (or big) things in the software not working as they should. Using Software and Reporting Bugs Just using the software […]

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WordPress Customisation for Dummies (Like Me): Workshop WordCamp Cape Town 2016

A lot of beginners encounter all sort of tutorials on how to add some custom code to the functions.php file or even more basic: change the layout beyond what the customizer allows. Aspects In this workshop, I introduce WordPress beginners to some good standards in terms of customisation. Choosing a plugin that allows custom CSS […]

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Routers Scare Me (So Here’s a Tutorial for Myself)

I work for a web company, and because of that a lot of my friends and family expect me to know everything about the Internet. Well, I don’t. I’ve just learnt to use Google efficiently. And for that very reason, routers scare me. Because when I’m trying to configure the connection to the Internet, I […]

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My Biggest Problem with Creationists (and Evolutionists)

My biggest problem with “Creationists” and “Evolutionist” is how much they simplify reality.

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From (Too) Long Talk to Workshop That Works

To Really Work Very often, when conferences list workshops, what is offered is not an actual “workshop” but just a long talk. There are several reasons why you should avoid that. First of all, you’re communicating to the audience that they’re attending a workshop. As the word says, there should be work involved. If your audience […]

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Say hello to WooCommerce 2.6 “Zipping Zebra”

I’ve updated all of my test sites already and have been playing around with the newly added “Shipping Zones” for a while. WooCommerce 2.6 is an amazing update and you should get it for your store as well. Read the post on our development website on how to update safely. Oh, and I even made a […]

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Field Notes: Grow Leadership Academy 2016

Last week, I wrote my first post on the official blog of WordPress.com. It’s a report of the great teaching experience we had at the Grow Leadership Academy in Athlone, Cape Town.

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Ethical Consumption in South Africa: Chocolate and Coffee

When I arrived in South Africa about three years ago, fair trade was not really a consideration here. Very few brands were offering clear information about their supply chains and the control or transparency of those chains by external organisations. In the last few years, there has been quite a big change. Why should you care? […]

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ScaleConf 2016: Scaling Support by Education Customers

A few months ago, I spoke at ScaleConf 2016, which was quite intimidating. It’s a developer conference, and I’m not a developer. I posted my slides a while ago, but now you can also watch the video as well. I hope you like it! I really enjoyed infusing Thomas Kuhn’s theory of paradigm shifts I learnt […]

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James K.A. Smith Quote

In its truest sense, eros signals a desire and attraction that is a good feature of our creaturehood. . . . To be human is to have a heart. You can’t not love. So the question isn’t whether you will love something as ultimate; the question is what you will love as ultimate. And you […]

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Thrice – Black Honey

Very much looking forward to the full album.

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Nicholas Wolterstorff Quote

Disrespect, and thereby also wronging, is determined, on the one hand, by the actual worth of the recipient, not by what agent or recipient happens to believe to be that worth; and on the other hand, by whether or not the respect-disrespect import of the action is such as to befit a person of this worth, […]

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What’s on Tap? My (Menu)bar Apps

I always find it interesting to see what software people use. The menubar in OSX gives a good overview of what people have open all the time. Here is my list. First of all, I use Bartender to limit the amount of apps visible. All apps that aren’t visible at first glance are just in […]

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Bono & Eugene Peterson: The Psalms

The Psalms Fuller Theological Seminary, with several famous theologians on staff–including Richard J. Foster, Miroslav Volf, and Joel B. Green–has documented a meeting between Bono and Eugene Peterson. Bono has never hidden his Christian background; he reached out to Peterson when The Message translation of the Bible was released to say thanks and invite him […]

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Field Notes: CMS Africa Summit 2016

My colleague Marjorie wrote a great recap of our trip to Uganda two weeks ago.