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Using goals to create habits

Goals are absolutely worthless if they don’t help you to establish habits or virtues. That said, I love goals and consider myself somewhat of a goal-centric individual. Goals give me something to work towards and a wonderful sense of accomplishment when I achieve something I’ve set out to do. But […]

Saying goodbye

I didn’t cry this much when my mother passed away. For my momma dog though… I was a fucking wreck. Reason being? At first, I thought maybe just maybe it had something to do with my own emotional growth over the last few years. After an emotional day and taking […]

Missing in Me

One of my goals this year is to write a book… …and I’m doing a superb job of fucking it up by not prioritizing my time around writing and accomplishing this goal of mine. With that, I figured I may as well put some of my words out there, maybe […]

Charity starts on your hard drive

I’ve never been a charitable person. There, I said it. It’s not that I don’t care enough, it’s that I’ve always been somewhat selfish with my “hard earned dollars”. That said, this past January I read Dave Ramsay’s The Total Money Makeover and one of my main takeaways was that […]

June Challenge: Improve Posture

Last year I took the month of June to immerse myself in Jazz music in an attempt to find some appreciation for it. I still think jazz sucks but Jazz June has turned into a mid-year opportunity for me to challenge myself. This year, I’ve decided that I should go […]

Just drive

We did a thing today. We got in the car and drove to the largest Buc-ee’s in the great state of Texas. Nay! We drove to the largest Buc-ee’s on the planet Earth. Why? Why the fuck not. It’s quite interesting. Upon telling folks that we were going to take […]

Changing personality types

Since late 2015 and every 6 months or so after, I have been taking a Myers-Briggs test by way of 16Personalities. Can’t really remember, but I think the reason I originally took the test was because my Dave had asked me what my personality type was as a way to […]

How to calculate Mother’s Day in JavaScript

One of my favorite features of PHP is the strtotime function. It takes a string and gives you the equivalent time in return. Unfortunately, there’s not something similar for other languages. There are other ATTEMPTS to duplicate the function, but nothing I’ve ran into that works quite as well. With […]

The Alchemist

You may have noticed that I stopped doing a ton of book reviews. Down to nearly zero as of late, actually. At my reading pace this year, it was becoming overwhelming and I started to feel like I was phoning the reviews in. With that said, I recently read The […]

Effective use of screen real estate

I’ve been secretly judging really hard recently as I’ve been observing how people, specifically developers, use their available screen real estate. I’m a huge proponent of using 100% of my screen and like Jeff Atwood, I don’t care about having some flashy wallpaper because I don’t intend to ever see […]

Speed Comparison: GitHub vs. GitLab (2017)

It’s been just a bit over a year since I did my original speed comparison of GitHub and GitLab. There’s been a lot of moving and shaking from both companies over that period. Some of it has been good, like GitHub changing their pricing and private repo offering. Then there’s […]

How to install Tmux 2.x on Debian 8 "Jessie"

I’m happy to admit that I’m a bit of a Debian novice. Coming from a decade of using Ubuntu, I still have a bit to learn. My recent dilemma was with the version of tmux I had on one of my servers. Nothing wrong with tmux 1.9 but it was […]

Switching from Ubuntu to Debian

After a short stint with openSUSE I decided to give Debian a go instead of going back to Ubuntu. Why? First and foremost, I was sick of regularly receiving “Sorry, Ubuntu has experienced an internal error” messages. I was drawn to Ubuntu because of regular release cycles but the constant […]

Vertical alignment is a waste of time

As I’ve gotten older, code formatting has become less and less important to me. When I was younger, it was the world, but as of late, it’s a nice to have. What’s truly important to me is whether or not anybody is using the things I’ve built. I’m still fairly […]

Upgrade to PHP 7.x on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

Upgrading to PHP 7.x (7.0 or 7.1 as of the time of this writing) is just as easy as it is to upgrade to PHP 5.6! Before we install PHP 7.x, I would recommend getting your system up to date: sudo apt-get update Next you will need to add the […]

Lawn mower won't start after winter storage

Last year was the first time in a while that I mowed a lawn. The decision to mow the lawn myself was because I couldn’t stand the idea of shelling out at least 160$ per month for something that I could knock out in around an hour on a Saturday […]

Getting suspend in Linux working on a MacBook Pro

A lot of my distro hopping as of late has been due to my inability to get my daily driver, a MacBook Pro 12,1 (2015) to suspend correctly. Each distro resulted in the same. Close the lid, the Apple logo goes dark and within a few seconds, it lights back […]

A week with openSUSE Tumbleweed

Since coming back home to Linux, I have been in search of a new distro. No, not a new distro, I want the perfect distro. Or just something better. Better would be just great. My go-to distro, Ubuntu, for the most part, has been decent to me. Sadly, it’s always […]

I beat PHP and so can you!

By request from Bill Martin, an abridged history of my relationship with the bastard child of programming languages, PHP. Ahh PHP. I love it. I hate it. For well over a decade, I slung PHP day and night. I got into PHP at the tail end of version 3. Prior […]

Two weeks with Firefox and DuckDuckGo

In a post-Snowden world, it’s hard to not be concerned with privacy and security. I wax and wane with my own interest (and paranoia) and recently decided to give Firefox and DuckDuckGo a shot for the month of February. Unfortunately, a full month ended up being a bit too ambitious […]

The 48 Laws of Power

After listening to and enjoying the hell The 50th Law I decided to circle back and listen to Robert Greene’s earlier work, The 48 Laws of Power. The structure of the chapters was quite formulaic, but were easily digestible. Each chapter started off by stating the law and then goes […]

$5 Showdown: Linode vs. DigitalOcean vs. Amazon Lightsail vs. Vultr

Updated on March 6th, 2017 since Vultr has updated their $5 offering. The data tables have been updated and the applicable sections have updates near the end of the section. Usually I wait to run fresh benchmarks on all providers, but the comments section has been blowing up about Vultr’s […]

You may not need Oh My Zsh

I’ve been on pursuit of less with my dotfiles. This isn’t about me hating Oh My Zsh, it’s just about relying on less code. Less code means less bugs. Less code usually means faster execution. It means more control. In turn, more control means more time researching and learning. More […]

Survivor: A Novel

Chuck Palahniuk is one of my favorite authors. At one time, Fight Club was one of the most important / impactful books and movies in my life. Last year, I started down the path of consuming all of Chuck’s novels. I read Choke and Lullaby, the latter being one of […]

The 50th Law

I figured since one of my goals for 2017 is to have a high profile Twitter feud with rapper turned actor 50 Cent (a/k/a Curtis Jackson), I should probably get to know my enemy a bit better. Loljk, just seemed like an interesting read and had some solid customer reviews […]