๐Ÿ‘‹ I’m Derrick, and this is my WordPress Blarg.


I’m an Enterprise Engineer for WordPress VIP. I’ve been with Automattic/VIP since 2015, and enjoy it every day!

On this site I mostly post WordPress and web technology related things, with a mix of whatever else is on my mind.


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  • Nano: The One True Editor

    Nano: The One True Editor

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    Forget about vi/vim/edlin. Nano is the only editor that you need in the console. Sure, it may not be perfect, but with a few extra steps in .nanorc it can really be a great experience. Here’s my .nanorc with some comments showing what’s changed:

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  • Quick Tip: Export WordPress SQL output via WP-CLI

    Quick Tip: Export WordPress SQL output via WP-CLI

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    If for some reason you can’t run wp db query, but need to export SQL output to a CSV or other file, then have a look at this small WP-CLI command I whipped up that should allow this: I’d add an example here, but I don’t have any right now that I can share ๐Ÿ˜ […]

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  • phpMyAdmin and MariaDB with Docker

    phpMyAdmin and MariaDB with Docker

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    I used to run a MariaDB server on an old Linux machine for working with database dumps and other things, but after moving all of that to a new Raspberry Pi 4, I never really set it back up. So instead I thought I’d play with this fancy new Docker stuff all the cool kids […]

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  • Pi-hole, Google Wifi, and Device Names

    Pi-hole, Google Wifi, and Device Names

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    One of the things that bothered me for quite some time with my Pi-Hole was that using it with Google Wifi (first gen), it wouldn’t automatically detect device hostnames. I’d done a lot of googling and never could get it to work even after a lot of different trials with multiple settings. Eventually I gave […]

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  • Converting CSV to SQL

    Converting CSV to SQL

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    I was recently working on an issue that required me to dig through gigabytes of CSV files to look for patterns and data points. I had no intention of bringing all of this data in to Excel, because there’s not enough RAM on earth for that to work. Instead I thought it would be easier […]

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  • Quick Tip: Looping a command in bash

    Quick Tip: Looping a command in bash

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    I recently came across the need to watch my disk space while running a slow program to make sure I didn’t run out. If I did, the command would fail silently and I’d have to start over again. This can easily be done with this short snippet: The important part here is disk1s5, which is […]

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