“Fixing” a Belkin iPhone dock

I probably should have read more reviews before buying this Belkin iPhone dock, as it turns out, it won’t work if you have a case on the phone. The “Fits most phone cases” line item in the description is rubbish, the lightning cable leads aren’t long enough even for a very slim case.


I could have returned it, ranted on Twitter and left a bad review (which I still plan on doing) or perhaps just order something else, but it’s here. And I want to use it. So… powertools.

First order of business, take it apart to get at the cable:


This is the little bugger that’s causing problems, the flat edge of the cable is preventing a solid connection by millimeters.


An exacto blade would probably have done the trick, but I opted for a heavier-handed and much more rewarding option.


After a minute of cut, smoldering plastic flying around on my workbench and another minute to reassemble the dock, things are looking good. And yeah, that’s a small bit of metal exposed now. Think it was just for stability, multimeter doesn’t show any voltage across it.


Boom. Fixed. Charging.


Off to the next project.

A (redacted) day in the life on the Akismet team

Many of my colleagues have recently posted about their workdays, which you can follow here. This inspired me to share a little about my days, and what I work on.

So, as many of you know, I work on the Akismet team at Automattic. We battle spam across all of WordPress.com, countless self-hosted WordPress sites, and quite a few other major comment platforms such as Disqus.  Below, I’ve outlined what I work on from day to day.

As much as I’d like to be more forthcoming, all I can say is that we eat, breathe and sleep spam. Akismet is a little different from the rest of the company, in that we’re not quite as transparent, and for good reason. Spam is an ever-evolving thing, an epic battle between good and evil. As they adapt, so should we, but not at the expense of exposing how we actually get things done.

So, that’s my day in and day out. For things that we can share, check out the Moderation Queue blog.