Articles by Vanessa Harris

Author, poet, technologist. Currently working at Google. I'm a Wordpress enthusiast and enjoy pushing Wordpress in crazy new directions.

Quitting the WP Engine Habit for Good
Leaving WP Engine for the First Time

Leaving WP Engine for the First Time

It started innocently enough. A little hiccup in one of the more popular sites I run. As page load time spiked to more than 15s I reached out to the WP Engine Support team to get it fixed. Page views had remained stable, and nothing significant had changed in my WordPress configuration. For weeks I had been battling extremely slow…

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Google is freaking me out

Google is freaking me out

Last week Google acquired Skybox, a satellite imaging company. This is hot on the heels of acquiring Titan Aerospace – a drone company, Boston Dynamics – a robot company that had military contracts at the time of acquisition, and Deepmind – an artificial intelligence company with technology so powerful they forced Google to setup an ethics board before they would sell it.…

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Tesla wraps shrewdness in altruism

Tesla wraps shrewdness in altruism

I have a little more cynical take on Tesla’s announcement. I think it’s a play to get other auto makers reliant on Tesla’s infrastructure as a way to: 1. Give them scale to build charging stations and batteries 2. Make electric cars more compatible so they can grow the pie of electric cars vs gas cars (rising tide lifts all boats)…

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