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$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 […]

My favorite tech purchase of 2016

I know what you’re thinking. Why the hell would I be posting about my favorite tech purchase of 2016 in February of 2017? For that matter, why didn’t I include this nugget of information in my 2016 recap post? Glad you asked! The reason I waited so long is because […]

Breaking up with Bank of America

Today, after nearly twenty years with Bank of America (formerly Nations Bank) I gave them the boot. Was kind of sad. My relationship with BOA predates so much in my life. But all things come to an end. Except this relationship wasn’t that good. It wasn’t like the horror stories […]

Zero to One: Notes on Startups or How to Build the Future

Zero to One sat on my reading last all through last year. I went back and forth with reading it because I had heard so many mixed reviews on the book. I wanted to get it knocked out this year, sooner than later. Definitely ended up being sooner as the […]

Unable to connect to WiFi in Linux

I was on the verge of giving up on going back to Linux because of wifi issues. Things would be working fine, then after a while, I just couldn’t connect to wireless networks anymore. At one point I couldn’t connect to my home wireless but work wifi still worked fine. […]

The Divine Comedy

I am a glutton for punishment. I had originally set out to read Dante’s Inferno as it’s on my list of books I never read in high school. Since I was able to pick up a free copy of the entire Divine Comedy on Amazon, I figured may as well […]

Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, from Missiles to the Moon to Mars

Rise of the Rocket Girls as the name suggests, is about the women (and some men) that worked at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The story chronicles the JPL from the 1940s all the way up to more modern times. I do want to mention that this book is not the […]

My Kombucha Smells Like Nail Polish Remover

I’ve been keeping a batch of the booch on the counter for quite a while now. My first SCOBY was gifted to me by one of the wife’s friends and my SCOBYs rode first class in the front seat when we moved from Tampa to Austin last spring. While still […]

The Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness

Have been asking around recently for books on personal finance. It’s a subject I’m not terrible with, but also a subject I don’t learn more about year over year. I’m sure you’re thinking, “damn, Josh must be in debt”. Not really the case aside from an auto-loan and some zero […]

The Final Redesign

You read that headline correctly. What you’re looking at right now is the final redesign for my blog. Nothing could be better than this. Okay, you got me. I know that there are better designs out there. Freezing my blog’s design has nothing to do with how it looks and […]

Small Giants: Companies That Choose to Be Great Instead of Big, 10th-Anniversary Edition

Sometimes it’s great to read books when they come out, sometimes it’s better to wait. Having not read Small Giants before, I’m glad I waited until now to get to it as the 10th anniversary edition packs in a lot of additional content. Want to thank my boy Anton for […]

The Great Gatsby

Not too long ago, I read on Reddit of all places a post by somebody that had read The Great Gatsby for the first time. Their story was not unlike my own. A bit older, not much of a reader but trying to pick up reading more. The said that […]

Reading Calculator

I recently had a conversation with somebody (a few people actually) about how much time I have to put in to read as much as I do. The short answer is, a lot. The longer answer is that it really depends on the individual and how you want to approach […]

The Girl on the Train

For the last couple of months, the wife and I have been swapping book recommendations. It’s starting to turn into the Sherman family book club over here. The last recommendation I gave the wife, was Dark Matter: A Novel (which we both loved) so I figured it was time for […]

2016 Recap

A few months back I outlined my 2017 goals and figured it would be good to touch on some of the highs and lows of the past 12 months. The biggest thing on the list from this past year is that we moved from Tampa, Florida to Austin, Texas. My […]

Tenth Anniversary of Weeks‑a‑pizza

For whatever reason, 10 years ago the wife and I decided to start eating pizza every night for dinner between Christmas and New Year’s Eve. We obviously like pizza. Five epic nights of pizza it is! Over the last 10 years, Weeks-a-pizza has evolved from us just being lazy and […]

Reading List - December 2016

Figured since I’ve read so much this year, and am planning to read a ton next year that it would be fun to start reviewing what I’ve been reading. Nothing too crazy, just some brief thoughts on the books that I’ve read over the last month or so. Hoping to […]

8GB Showdown: Linode vs DigitalOcean vs Amazon Lightsail vs Vultr

Earlier this month I posted yet another of my $10 Showdown posts comparing Linode, DigitalOcean and the newcomer, Amazon Lightsail. The response was freakin’ amazing, I got a ton of great feedback and I figured I may as well follow up with a comparison of a larger plan. Instead of […]

I survived the 30 day plank challenge

November’s a pretty hard month for me emotionally, so I figured, may as well put my body through a little hell too! On November 1st, 2016 my daughter and I set out on a 30 day planking challenge. The challenge starts at 20 seconds on day 1 and you work […]

Striking while the iron is hot

Right now I’m sitting in Mexico, enjoying great weather, greats friends and some great sips. Yesterday was fairly hectic with an early flight, a bit of a layover and quite the drive to get to our house for the week. BTW, I’m in Mexico on a work retreat with SumoMe […]

$10 Showdown: Linode vs. DigitalOcean vs. Amazon Lightsail

Yes, Linode announced a $5 plan. You can check out the $5 Showdown: Linode vs. DigitalOcean vs. Lightsail vs. Vultr Yes #2, Linode made some changes to their $10 plan, increasing the storage a bit and kicking up their network out. I have updated the post to reflect the network […]

My 2017 Goals

Without goals, we are aimless. I thought I had come up with a great opening line for this post only to find out that it’s actually a quote from a book I have never read. Thanks Google ;) My lack of originality aside, I do believe in goals. Goals are […]