Author: Josh Sherman

  • Mocha tests hang after tests have finished

    Recently, while revisiting a Node.js repository I haven’t contributed to in ages, I encountered a new problem: the Mocha tests would hang instead of exiting. When I asked about the error, it seems it was recently introduced and nobody had pursued tracking down the root cause of the issue. Conveniently, this issue was only happening…

  • How often should you update Arch Linux?

    If you run Arch Linux, or any rolling release system with frequent updates, you have probably asked yourself how often should you be updating it. I’ve run Arch Linux off and on over the last decade and have been through a myriad of update frequencies. Recently, having come back to Arch Linux yet again, I…

  • How to generate a JSON compile commands database with CMake

    Generating a compile_commands.json file, a JSON database of compile commands, using CMake isn’t something I run into as a web developer. But as somebody that’s recently gotten bitten by the game development bug, this was one of the first things I happened to have run into. I’m not going to bore you too much with…

  • VPS Showdown – January 2024 – DigitalOcean vs. Linode vs. Vultr

    DigitalOcean vs. Linode vs. Vultr — Don’t call it a comeback. It’s been over a year since I decided to step away from doing my VPS Showdown posts. Recently, my curiosity was reignited. Linode was acquired by Akamai. DigitalOcean saw a leadership transition. Vultr, honestly not sure what they’ve been up to, hence my curiosity…

  • Bitcoin price tracking widget for iOS with Scriptable

    Of the crypto apps I have used, I’ve yet to find one that provides a Bitcoin price tracking widget to my liking. I’m not interested in the current price of Bitcoin, as I am interested in how my holdings (HODLINGS) are doing. Thus, enter Scriptable, an automation app for Apple devices. It allows you to…

  • Update single package with pacman on Arch Linux

    There are times I need to update a single package with pacman, even though I try to update my Arch Linux regularly, once per week if possible. Typically, this happens with packages that are network connected and a minimum version is required to run. Discord, the chat service, forces this need very regularly. Risks involved…

  • New user 2FA with Google Workspace

    Onboarding new users should be simple, yet the default settings for 2-step verification (2FA) within a Google Workspace can be problematic. When you enable 2FA for an organizational unit, new users encounter an error when they first log into Google Workspace by default: Your organization’s policy requires you to enroll in 2-step verification. Please contact…

  • Home Accessories Battery Drain on iOS

    Recently the Home Accessories app went rogue and was quickly draining my battery on iOS. This coincided with our recently acquisition of an Apple HomePod, which isn’t even our first HomeKit accessory. The Apple HomePod is replacing our primary Amazon Echo. Over the last year or so, Alexa has seemingly become more ignorant. Amazon’s suggestion…

  • Steam Deck Dock Not Working: Easy Step-by-Step Fix Guide

    While the Steam Deck has become my primary gaming device, the dock not working has become my least favorite game to play. Fortunately, it’s only one of a small handful of issues I run into regularly with the Steam Deck. The official Steam Deck Docking Station not working is exceptionally frustrating because you usually run…

  • Content Pruning for SEO: Less is More

    As I’m attempting to take my blog and writing more seriously, I decided it was time to do some content pruning for SEO purposes. Going into this, I knew that the SEO benefits of content pruning, like much of the dark arts of SEO, are anecdotal at best. Google once said it was a good…