Default to text (HTML) editor in WordPress

The visual editor in WordPress is generally very good and helpful, but if you have code or special formatting on some of your posts, the visual editor can sometimes screw up the formatting.

This little snippet solves that by defaulting to the text (HTML) editor every time you open a post, while retaining the ability to use the visual editor if needed.

Customer service: the right way

I’m in the process of relaunching The WP Butler and when I do, I plan on codifying my customer service charter, based on an article I recently read by a company called Fog Creek, identifying the things they do to make their customers insanely happy with their products. These had already been many of my guiding principles, but it’s good to note them down and make them “policy”, as I will be doing soon.

Shaping your workspace and environment for productivity

Jason Fried discusses how the very places that were meant for productivity and work (offices) are in fact very detrimental to our ability to perform.

Jason Fried discusses how the very places that were meant for productivity and work (offices) are in fact very detrimental to our ability to perform. A lot of very good points about how to tweak your workspace (whether you work for a corporation or for yourself) to improve your productivity and ability to work. Continue reading “Shaping your workspace and environment for productivity”

The power of faking your body language

Amy Cuddy discusses how you really can “fake it until you make it”, becoming more extroverted simply by consciously adopting more high-power poses.

Amy Cuddy gives a talk that’s very encouraging to anyone who considers themselves an introvert. Just by adopting high-power poses, you can fake it until you internalise the attributes of the person you desire to be, and there will be a eureka moment, when you realise that you have become more extroverted and aren’t afraid to do things that you once were. Continue reading “The power of faking your body language”

How to add custom buttons to TinyMCE in the WordPress editor

Some plugins provide buttons in the TinyMCE WordPress editor to provide quick access to frequently used shortcodes and styles and this is how to add one.

Some plugins add additional buttons to the WordPress editor to make life easier for functions such as entering a shortcode into the text editor without the user having to remember the syntax, or applying a specific style to a selected portion of text and this guide shows you how to do with relative ease.

My long road to becoming a licensed Professional Engineer

Becoming a Professional Engineer in the States is quite difficult for foreigners, particularly in Florida. Thanks to the state of Texas, I was able to become a PE in Florida and this is my story of how I did it.

I studied Civil Engineering at the University of Brighton having been born and bred in Brighton. As is standard in the UK I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in three years.

While I was at university I met and fell in love with an American who lived in Florida (her name is Marti by the way). Since I was a little more easy-going than her I made the trek to the US rather than the other way around so I now found myself, recently graduated, living in the States.

Work permit and green card issues aside I finally got a job working as a Civil Engineer with Black & Veatch. It wasn’t long before I started investigating what needed to be done to become a professional engineer in Florida. After all, in order to get anywhere in your career it’s somewhat expected/required (as is becoming Chartered in the UK).

As I have a foreign degree the Florida Board of Professional Engineers makes you get your education evaluated, which as I recall, cost about $250. It required getting my university and even my A-level exam boards to send transcripts of all my results directly to the evaluator (they cannot come through you). Several weeks later, I got a letter from them describing all the courses I had taken and how they compare to an ABET degree, which requires 32 credit hours in higher mathematics and basic sciences, 48 credit hours in engineering science and engineering design, and 16 hours in humanities and social sciences.

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