$10 VPS Showdown - June 2018 - DigitalOcean vs. Linode vs. Vultr

By Josh Sherman
5 min read
reviews
hosting
digitalocean
linode
vultr

It’s already that time again! This month, I’m comparing $10 VPS offerings instead of the smaller $5 plans. Linode recently upgraded all of their “standard” plans and I wasn’t entirely sure if their $5 instance, deemed a “Nanode” qualified as standard. Didn’t help that their blog post announcing the resource […]

Unique indexes with MongoDB and Mongoose

By Josh Sherman
4 min read
nodejs
mongodb
mongoose

Even though I’ve been using MongoDB for the last few years, I’m still very much a noob when it comes to a lot of things. One of those things would be unique indexes. Generally speak, I interact with MongoDB three different ways: I write code that explicitly creates something with […]

Set Vim background based on your terminal's background color

By Josh Sherman
4 min read
vim
linux
cli

I’ve been spending more time at the pool lately (sorry, not sorry) and I’ve found myself manually switching between a light and a dark gnome-terminal theme. This was all well and good, but my .vimrc includes set background=dark so regardless of which theme I’m using in the terminal, vim has […]

$5 VPS Showdown - May 2018 - DigitalOcean vs. Linode vs. Vultr

By Josh Sherman
5 min read
reviews
hosting
digitalocean
linode
vultr

Switching it up yet again on y’all! This month, we’re back to looking at those east coast data centers, but also, Ubuntu 18.04 LTS is out and this is my first set of metrics run on the latest long term release of Ubuntu. Sadly though, sysbench was throwing shade while […]

Coping with writer's block

By Josh Sherman
2 min read
blogging
introspection

It’s 5:55 PM on a Sunday afternoon and I am succumbing to the fact that today I have writer’s block. I don’t think it’s that I’m blocked up completely (although I am admittedly a bit constipated right now) but I have definitely hit the wall on the post I had […]