This girl is my favorite

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One of my favorite things to do is being silly with Cece. I’m amazed at how much of her personality we can see developing even at such a young age. She’s making up songs, dancing, creating scenarios while playing with toys, and even giggling at her own “jokes”. This age is so much fun!

What did you do today?

After getting an email the other day from IFTTT about the Heartbleed OpenSSL Bug I realized I had nearly forgotten about the service. I decided to check it out again.

What is IFTTT?

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For those who don’t know, IFTTT is “a service that lets you create powerful connections with one simple statement: if this then that”. The idea is to link channels/services like Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Gmail to create relationships between them. Each connection has both triggers and actions to make up a “recipe”. If you’re interested in more of the details you can check out their about page. It’s pretty cool stuff.

Never again will I forget to take the trash out thanks to a tweak of this recipe that sends me a text message reminder every Monday night.

So how did it help?

A quick brainstorm of how to use IFTTT to improve productivity brought me to a conclusion of creating a personal work log. I’m usually forgetting the next day what exactly I accomplished the previous day, let alone a week or two later. Note-taking apps have failed me as a log because you have to remember to actually open up the app. That’s where the power of IFTTT comes in.

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By creating two recipes I now have an email coming to my inbox every day at 4:45pm asking what I did today. Then I can send an email to a trigger email address to create a post on a WordPress.com blog I created as a personal work log. The benefits of using a blog vs. a simple Google Doc is the work log is now searchable.

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The only thing that would make the workflow better is if I could simply reply to the incoming email, but the trigger email address is different than the from address. But, it’s served me well so far.

Besides increasing productivity, there’s a lot of cool stuff you can do with IFTTT. Just check out some of the shared recipes to get an idea of what can be done. If you use the service I’d love to hear what kind of recipes you have.

Heartbleed Security Update

Originally posted on WordPress.com News:

Last week, a very serious bug in OpenSSL was disclosed.  OpenSSL, a set of open source tools to handle secure communication, is used by most Internet websites.  This bug, nicknamed Heartbleed , allowed an attacker to read sensitive information from vulnerable servers and possibly steal things like passwords, cookies, and encryption keys.

Was WordPress.com vulnerable to Heartbleed?

Yes. WordPress.com servers were running the latest version of OpenSSL, which was vulnerable. We generally run the latest version of OpenSSL to enable performance enhancements, such as SPDY, for our users. The non-vulnerable versions of OpenSSL were over two years old.

Has WordPress.com fixed the issue?

Yes. We patched all of our servers within a few hours of the public disclosure.

Has WordPress.com replaced all SSL certificates and private keys?

Yes. Out of an abundance of caution, we have replaced all of our SSL certificates, along with regenerating all of the associated…

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Help provide clean water to the world for my birthday

charity: water is a fantastic non-profit organization bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations. I did a birthday campaign last year and, after pausing a moment during my daughter’s bath time to think on how simple it is for us to turn on a tap for clean water, I decided to do it again this year.

I’m blessed to have access to the necessities to live a happy and healthy life, and more than enough material stuff. So this year I don’t want presents. I want clean water.

Clean water for the millions of kids around the world don’t live to see their fifth birthday because they don’t have access to clean, safe drinking water. Clean water for the women and children around the world who walk hours every day to collect water for their families. Clean water for the one in nine people in our world doesn’t have access to the most basic of human needs. One in nine is too many. We can help change that.

I’m asking for my age in dollars from everyone I know. Every penny of the money raised will directly fund clean water projects in developing countries. Even better, charity: water will show us exactly which projects we funded once they’ve been fully completed (which takes about 18 months). That means we’ll know the locations and names of the communities we helped.

Help me reach my goal. Please donate to my birthday campaign!

Photo credit charity: water