Category Archive for: ‘Tech’

The ManageWP Affiliate Program

Play Smart with ManageWP from ManageWP on Vimeo. Recently, I reviewed ManageWP for Tuts+ (coming soon). I was incredibly impressed with the quality of the service and its benefits — namely, the ability to update WordPress, themes and plugins for a network of sites with a few clicks from a unified dashboard. Turns out, they offer a compelling affiliate program …

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Capital One Credit Card Fraud Detection Stupidly Shuts Down Accounts

Update: I received the following response from Capital One through my media team query: Thanks for forwarding, Jeff, and I’m sorry for the inconvenience of your card being blocked for suspected fraud when you were trying to make an international, online purchase. Capital One has tools to help alert customers to fraud declines, and rather than the email alert, perhaps a …

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Seattle’s Coming ‘Amazocalypse’

Amazon’s male programmers struggling to find bathrooms will soon be able to walk home to pee.

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Seattle Traffic Has Grown With Amazon

After reading John Cook’s The worst cities for traffic jams: Where booming Seattle and San Francisco rank at GeekWire, I decided to chart my earlier estimates of Amazon’s employee headcount against INRIX’s Seattle traffic studies. The amount of time a Seattle resident spends annually in traffic roughly parallels Amazon’s employee growth that past five years. INRIX reports the average Seattle resident …

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Amazon’s Terrible on Diversity (The Seattle Times is Wrong)

While I greatly appreciate Nina Shapiro’s front page story on Amazon’s impacts on The Seattle Times, I disagree with her coverage of the company’s impact on Seattle diversity; in fact, her reporting contradicts two other statistical reports from The Times’ Gene Balk. Her story focused on Amazon’s self-reported worldwide workforce diversity: 37% female, 60% white and reports on Seattle’s supposedly increasing …

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How to Import a Compressed MySQL Database From bz2 Format

If you have a compressed MySQL database in bz2 format that you need to import, just do the following: bunzip2 < db_filename.sql.bz2 | mysql -u root -p target_db_name

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Amazon Misleads the Associated Press About Seattle’s Affordable Housing

arly in July, Amazon PR told the Associated Press (AP) that it had “given the city [of Seattle] tens of millions of dollars for affordable housing” for a story that appeared on more than 300 news sites including The New York Times, The Washington Post, ABC News, The San Francisco Chronicle, Seattle PI,, The Times of India, The London Free …

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