The case for not charging

When it comes to car tyres I’m not an expert. My skillset includes changing a flat tyre, but that’s about it. So when I find one of my tyres has a screw through it, I take it to a tyre shop to deal with it.

I’m able to admit that when I go to other service-based business and pay them to do something for me either because I don’t know how or don’t have time, that I sometimes wonder if they’re taking me for a ride. How would I know?

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Flying to Los Angeles in Business Class with Fiji Airways

On my most recent trip to the US, I flew with Fiji Airways (Formerly Air Pacific) from Sydney to LAX via Nadi (Fiji) in business class. I wanted share a couple of nice pics from the flight and the pros and cons of flying this way, rather than direct from Australia to the United States with Qantas or Virgin, etc.

Positives

The planes that operate the Sydney – Nadi – Los Angeles flights are essentially brand new Airbus A330s – the old Air Pacific B747s are well an truly retired.

The evening flight from Nadi to LAX is really pleasant. The Australian based flights all leave mid morning and arrive into LAX first thing in the morning. Leaving Fiji at 10pm, and arriving into LAX at 1pm was incredibly pleasant. Sleeping 8 hours on the flight over, being able to check into a hotel straight away, and only having the afternoon to fill in Рcompared to a full day  was nice.

The Fiji Airways crew were very good. I know some frequent fliers would not appreciate the more casual or laid back service, compared to Qantas or Virgin, but I personally didn’t mind the more casual yet incredibly friendly crew.

The cost was approximately half of what flying Qantas or Virgin would be considering the only real trade-off was a 3 hour layover, I think it was sensational value.

Being a Qantas Frequent flyer, I was happy to receive all the status credits from NAN – LAX as Business Class and 50% standard Business Class status credits from Sydney to Nadi.

Negatives

The layover in Nadi isn’t great, but it does break the trip up a bit, and a shower after waking up on the flight home is a nice treat.

Nadi Airport isn’t the most efficient airports going around – so manage your expectations.

Weather into Nadi can be troublesome, so while I had no delays, I would factor it in – especially in cyclone and storm seasons.

To mix things up, I sat in 4A from Nadi to Sydney, and realised that the legroom and space isn’t as great in those 3 three rows, compared to my regular seat for SYD-NAN-LAX-NAN in 1A, although there were more storage bins in rows other than Row 1.

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Database migrations & deployments with WordPress

One of the most common reasons new developers and perhaps existing WordPress developers resent WordPress sometimes is because of how it stores so much application configuration in the database, and most commonly, stored in different structures and in different locations.

More traditional web applications would be coded up and the database is essentially stateless. By that I mean the database only contains content, and users. It means traditionally, you could run a web app locally and on the production server, and not really have to sync the database and forth (unless there were schema updates etc).

This isn’t completely WordPress’ fault. Most developers are are comparing an application built in a framework like Laravel, to an application built on top of WordPress with a CMS included. This is an entirely different argument, one that is best left for another day.

The point remains, that if you do professional WordPress development, you’re going to have to deal with database migrations. … 

Speaking at WordCamp Auckland 2014

Last week I flew over to New Zealand to speak at WordCamp Auckland 2014 – an event I’d been keeping my eye on for a little while.

The Auckland WordCamp was put on by the same people who run the WordPress meet up over there. I was told early on in the piece, that the group was built up of a lot more power users / users / newcomers compared to say Sydney and Melbourne where there is probably a closer ratio of WordPress developers compared to WordPress users.

It’s a pretty big trip to make to present a 30 minute talk, but I really do like Auckland – it’s one of my favourite cities, so I had no issues in making the trip across the Tasman. …