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How to exit Vim

I’m sick and fucking tired of being asked if the reason that I use vim (currently using nvim) is because I can’t figure out how to exit. I get it, you saw some stupid shit on Stack Overflow and you think everybody that uses vim is incapable of knowing how […]

How to upgrade from Debian 9 (Stretch) to Debian 10 (Buster)

Debian 10 is finally here. Time to upgrade all the things!!! The upgrade from Debian 9, code named Stretch to Debian 10, code named Buster is a fairly painless process. First, it’s good practice to make sure you’re completely up to date on your current version by running: sudo apt […]

VPS Showdown - July 2019 - DigitalOcean vs. Lightsail vs. Linode vs. UpCloud vs. Vultr

Switching it up on y’all this month. By request by one of my dear readers, I’ve included Vultr’s new “high frequency” server in this month’s comparison. Traditionally these posts have been all the same price point to keep things apples to apples, but for a buck more per month, it’s […]

Managed WordPress Showdown - June 2019 - Flywheel vs. Kinsta vs. WP Engine

Wow, can’t believe it’s been 4 weeks since I started venturing down the path of reviewing managed WordPress hosting. Since this still a new post series, things are a bit all over the place, and I’m still working out some kinks. Fortunately, this month is going to have a few […]

A guide to working by the pool

Being a Florida Man in a past life, I absolutely crave the water. Not the beach per se, I can do without the sand. I’m talking about that sea breeze, the salt in the air, and of course the angry seagulls. Being landlocked in Texas the past few years has […]

How to downgrade Terraform to 0.11.x on Arch Linux

The latest minor version of terraform, the 0.12.x series, dropped recently and in true bleeding edge Arch Linux fashion, I’m already running it. Thing is though, the latest release of terraform, even though it’s a minor point release, does include breaking changes from the 0.11.x series. If you’re running Arch […]

VPS Showdown - June 2019 - DigitalOcean vs. Lightsail vs. Linode vs. UpCloud vs. Vultr

Wow, pretty big news week for DigitalOcean last week, after some strongly worded accusations about ruining somebody’s business. If we learned anything, it’s that off-site backups are an absolute must, especially if you’re serving Fortune 500 companies and/or providing SLAs. Okay, now that I got that out of the way, […]

Managed WordPress Showdown - May 2019 - Flywheel vs. Kinsta vs. WP Engine

Due to my ongoing efforts on my VPS Showdown series, I’m regularly being asked if I have any recommendations on hosting for WordPress. As it turns out, I don’t. Sure, you could leverage my existing reviews to pick a host to slap WordPress on, but what if you want to […]

Slow and steady doesn't win the race

The moral of Aesop’s fable, The Tortoise and the Hare isn’t a terrible one, but I’m sick of seeing it cited as a way to justify slow developer output. There’s nothing wrong with being a slow developer, but saying that you’re slow because you’re writing stable code that’s entirely bug […]

Explaining vs. Communicating

This isn’t a post about mansplaining or anything like that. I’m simply taking about explaining things instead of communicating them. In regard to project management, explanations tend to be a reactive act. Explanations are a way to justify why a project is behind. You could easily swap “explanations” for “excuses” […]

VPS Showdown - May 2019 - DigitalOcean vs. Lightsail vs. Linode vs. UpCloud vs. Vultr

Changing it up a bit this month. No new providers have been added, but by request, I’ve moved the entire operation overseas to test out data centers in London. Incidentally, every provider covered has a data center that’s actually in London so there’s no concession on location by having to […]

How to install Node.js v12.x on Debian and Ubuntu

Feels like barely a week goes by without a new release from the Node.js team. This past week v12.0.0 was released promising speed improvements. It’s an important release because it’s slated to become the long-term service release in October 2019 with maintenance ending April 2022. If you’re starting a brand […]

Get Rid of Your Kids

Kids, they’re expensive. I don’t even what to think about how much it costs to raise a child from birth to age 18. And then there’s college. Hopefully they graduate and get into a decent career. Fingers crossed they aren’t in debt from student loans. Fingers and toes crossed they […]

30 Days a Vegetarian

Never thought I would utter the words “giving up meat” and “for religious reasons” separately let alone together in the same sentence. Yes, I did give up meat for a bit, for the majority of the Lent this year. Nearly made it all the way to the end, roughly 40 […]

How to address an envelope

Recently while dropping by my locally owned and operated UPS store, I got to overhear a question asked by an adult that appeared to be around my age. They asked the clerk where the recipient’s address was supposed to go on the envelope they were mailing. I was kind of […]

Stop asking for handouts

Rarely a week goes by that I’m not hit up by somebody asking me to do them a favor. By favor, I actually mean handout. Why do I mean handout? Because favors tend to be something that can be paid back and from where I’m sitting, there’s no way for […]

VPS Showdown - April 2019 - DigitalOcean vs. Lightsail vs. Linode vs. UpCloud vs. Vultr

No April foolin’ here, it’s a new month AND I’ve added another provider to the mix, UpCloud. Based on the fact that UpCloud doesn’t currently have a New York data center at this time, I went ahead and opted to pick west coast data centers for each of the providers. […]

Always find the time

The last few weeks have been a bit of a struggle. Deadlines, unexpected server problems, support duty. And that’s just been at work. I’ve mentioned it in the past, but I have a ton going on. Family time, running this blog and freelance writing as well as running a few […]

Solo developers should still do code reviews

As a single developer on a handful of projects, I’m a huge proponent for establishing systems and best practices, even if they don’t seem practical as an army of one. In the past I’ve written about making sure version control is in place even if you’re the only developer on […]

Unsolicited Relationship Advice

Relationships… What was it that Chris Rock said? Oh yeah. “You can be married and bored, or single and lonely.” Oh Chris, you rascal! You’re a true romantic! In month of March, sixteen years ago, I met the boy, joshtronic. I won’t bore you with all the details, but it’s […]

There's no harm in asking for a refund

If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you know that I am big proponent for giving kids an allowance. It’s not something we couple with chores because the way we look at it, as a member of Team Sherman, [it’s your obligation to help out][dinner], even if you’re not […]

$5 VPS Showdown - March 2019 - DigitalOcean vs. Lightsail vs. Linode vs. Vultr

New month, new batch of benchmarks! An FYI for the folks that send me requests to include different providers, I want you to know that you are heard I’m feeling like I’ve optimized my workflow enough that adding in a new provider or two soon wouldn’t take much additional time, […]

Google Price Protection

The of saga continues… First my phone stopped connecting to the cellular network. Then I casually reset my phone, unknowingly locking myself out of my Authy account. Then after pulling the trigger on a new phone, the Pixel 3, the Googs ran a promotion to get 200 bucks off a […]

Yoga pants and your camel toe

Yoga Pants and Your Camel Toe… it’s just not SFW! Hello, it’s thatgirljen, aka the wife, just taking over joshtronic.com once again. Love is in the air. Happy [belated] Valentine’s Day. Now, I might have been the master-mind behind the boob post, so for those who are not personally acquainted […]

What to expect when you reset your Authy account

I’ve been an Authy user for a while. I switched to it after I had lost some accounts in my Google Authenticator app when I had switched phones. This was never an issue with Authy, and on the off chance I didn’t have access to an authorized device, I was […]