Plugins I’m running in my WordPress blogs

Not that anyone asked.

When it comes to the plugins on my blog I like to think I’m a bit of a minimalist.

No Plugins
I don’t have any plugins currently running at

My “professional” blog at is running bare bones WordPress, on the occasion of a new version update I’ll run WP-Optimize to clean things up a bit then uninstall it. I’d keep it around if I had more things going on over there.

Four Plugins
On this very site I’m running four. Jetpack, Akismet, VaultPress and a brute force security plugin in the Must-use folder that I’m considering removing as it’s a little redundant alongside Jetpack.

I get some grief from friends for using Jetpack but find many of it’s features worthwhile. Video CDN, automatic backups, comment spam filtering.

Edgar Allan Poe: Marginalia

The concept of writing in the margins of a printed text has always perplexed me. Not that it’s defacing the tome. Rather that if I come across it again years later I’ll look at the notes and think.

“Well, that was silly of me to think that”

I’ll check out this link later and see what Edgar thinks of the subject. Could even change my mind.

A week with the System76 Galago Pro

System76 Galgo Pro 2018

My new System76 Galago Pro arrived last Friday and I promised to use it for at least a month before typing up a review. So for now here’s a few photos and a list of what I’ve been up to with this new computer.

  • Used Libre Office Writer and Calc at the office
  • Used Vim and gEdit for extensive coding
  • Installed WordPress
  • Added Rhythmbox for locally stored music playback
  • Copy edited a magazine in Evince
  • Tested WordPress 5.0 Release Candidate 3 and filed a bug report
  • Spoke at a meetup and presented on WordPress’s new release
  • Wrote this quick post 🙂