Lance Cleveland

Ethereum Moves Towards Proof Of Stake

As a computer scientist, I prefer the design of Ethereum over most blockchain technologies. It as a significant improvement over older peer computing compensation models. Ethereum is a peer computing network with a fair compensation algorithm.

However it is not perfect. The people behind Ethereum know that and are moving to improve that.

Ethereum 2.0 will be a new blockchain based on Proof Of Stake. Proof Of Stake means the companies adding transactions to the chain must offer some of their currency to be given a transaction to process. If they are caught cheating the system they lose their stake.

Personally I prefer this model for many reasons. The biggest benefit is the reduction in compute power needed to process transactions. Bottom line – it is better for the environment.

I’m hoping this gets done in 2019 and gains a strong following.

Learn more in this detailed article from IEEE.org

spectrum.ieee.org/computing/networks/ethereum-plans-to-cut-its-absurd-energy-consumption-by-99-percent

WordPress.com Video UX Needs Work

For those that are not aware, Automattic and the entire WordPress “stack” have been moving more-and-more toward an all-inclusive SaaS model. At every turn Automattic’s Jetpack and WordPress users are pushed toward creating a WordPress.com account to manage “all WordPress affairs”. With the recent recommended to use the WordPress.com SaaS as a workaround to a partly (ok, mostly) broken video process in Jetpack, the message is clear — WordPress.com will be the hub for all things WordPress.

WordPress.com SaaS dashboard

The problem is the user experience over at WordPress.com needs some work. In many ways it is cleaner and simpler than the somewhat outdated WordPress admin panel many are used to. It also lacks many of the details that have been honed over the past decade to make daily work in WordPress easier.

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Automattic was not ready for WordPress 5

The problems with uploading Jetpack videos in WordPress 5 is just one example of many as to why I continue to recommend not upgrading to WordPress 5 at this time. It is clear that Matt and the folks at Automattic rushed WordPress 5 to market too quickly. Many seasoned WordPress developers including the folks at Yoast — asked Matt to wait.

The ONLY reason they pushed WordPress 5 out to the public was to show it off at WordCamp US 2018 — the big annual event that runs the first week of December.

I get it — who doesn’t like all the “oooh’s and aaah’s” when up on stage a big event. It is a big adrenaline boost.

But it is a bad business decisions that impacts millions of customers, business partners, and vendors.

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Uploading Jetpack Videos on WordPress 5

If you are uploading Jetpack videos on WordPress 5 you are going to need to go through some specific steps to get that to work. The built-in Video Block of WordPress 5 will not work.

If you have not upgraded to WordPress 5 yet, don’t. Wait for WordPress 5.1. WordPress 5.0, 5.0.1, and 5.0.2 still have a myriad of high-importance bugs like disabling CSV imports and exports for many plugins.

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Selenium IDE if element exists

Did you know you can tell Selenium IDE to execute certain commands only if a specific element exists on the page? The if element exists trick makes your web app testing scripts far more interesting. Here is a quick example using Selenium IDE 3 — the “new” Selenium IDE.

Log out a standard user

In this use case a WordPress multisite standard user is logged in. We can only execute our commands if we are a super admin. When trying to open a URL that is only available to the super admin an error page shows up. Thankfully this page also comes with an easily identifiable body ID set to error-page.

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