WPTavern: FSE Outreach Round #11: Going on a Site Editing Safari

Anne McCarthy announced Round #11 of the FSE Outreach Program on November 11. The latest test, dubbed Site Editing Safari, calls on volunteers to run through a step-by-step list to find strengths and weaknesses around the upcoming WordPress 5.9 site editor. Volunteers are still welcome to provide feedback until Tuesday, December 7. This is actually my second attempt at Round #11. The first was right when the testing began nearly a month ago. As always, I was excited to jump in…

WPTavern: PHP Foundation Gains Momentum with $280K Estimated Annual Budget on Open Collective

At the end of November, prominent members of the PHP community formed a new PHP Foundation as a non-profit organization, “to ensure the long life and prosperity of the PHP language.” The founding members include Automattic, Laravel, Acquia, Zend, Craft CMS, Private Packagist, Tideways, PrestaShop, Symfony, and JetBrains—a group of companies with products that rely heavily on PHP. In just 11 days, the Foundation has has secured an estimated annual budget of more than $280,000 through donations and monthly commitments using…

Finding the STAMP of Human-Made Pollutants in Seabird Eggs

How can one deny the majesty of seabirds soaring over the ocean or diving underwater to capture prey? That said, collecting seabird eggs to preserve them to learn about contaminants in the environment is not what I thought I would be doing as a marine biologist. Nor is it what comes to mind when one thinks about a national measurement institute such as the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Yet, for two decades, seabirds have been an important component…

Kyle Rittenhouse’s Reputation

When I started practicing law in 1970, my father-in-law, an enormously effective and successful litigator with a leading New England “white shoe” firm, gave me a short lecture on the duty that I would owe to future clients. Since he was the smartest and scariest man I had (and have) ever known, I listened very […]
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Ecommerce Product Releases: November 30, 2021

Here is a list of product releases and updates for late November from companies that offer services to online merchants. There are updates on live-stream shopping, holiday shipping, drone deliveries, direct-to-consumer marketing, buy-now pay-later services, cloud training, and sustainable ecommerce.…

WPTavern: Gutenberg 12.0 Focuses on Cleanup and Minor Enhancements

Last week, contributors to the Gutenberg plugin wrapped up the version 12.0 release just ahead of the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday. Most work is being pushed toward the upcoming WordPress 5.9 release, which has been postponed to January 25. As a result, Gutenberg 12.0 has fewer bells and whistles and more bug fixes and maintenance. However, the latest update has a handful of enhancements. The most notable features are an overhaul of block styles previews, grouped paragraph typography options, and block icons…

11 New Social Networks for 2022

Here is a list of new and emerging social networks to explore in 2022. There are networks for developing professional relationships, messaging in real-time, sharing experiences in audio, and exploring augmented reality. Several of these networks offer ad-free environments with…