The Distrohopper, or There and Back Again

By Josh Sherman
3 min read
linux
debian
arch linux

In a town in East Texas there lived a distrohopper… To catch you up, I’m a Linux user from the mid-1990s that was hot for Slackware had a brief affair with Gentoo on an iBook before settling into the ease of Ubuntu. Then I took a tragic detour into the […]

How to !important inline styles in React

By Josh Sherman
1 min read
development
reactjs
css

If you’ve ever used Bootstrap, you probably know that it’s pretty aggressive in it’s use of !important in it’s styles. At CrowdSync we love Bootstrap, having ditched Foundation for it, but the overzealous approach to !important does get in our way sometimes. Similar to our post earlier in the week, […]

Using <style /> blocks in React

By Josh Sherman
1 min read
development
reactjs
css

Every once in a while you are faced with a scenario where the best course of action is to slap a &lt;style /&gt; block in the middle of your code. For us, it was that time we wanted to set an arbitrary width (selected by the user) on a component, […]

VPS Showdown: DIY Edition

By Josh Sherman
1 min read
reviews
hosting
digitalocean
linode
vultr

My very first “Linode vs. DigitalOcean” post dates back to a simpler time back in February of 2013. Over the past 5 years of doing these posts, the benchmarks have evolved and subjectively “improved”. Now I used to post the commands I was running with each benchmark but since I […]

URL routing in PHP

By Josh Sherman
5 min read
development
php

The other day I was checking out what folks are querying to get to my site. Of course a ton of people get here looking for VPS comparison, but what surprised me was the volume of queries for “PHP routing”. Back in 2015 I had posted a basic page rounding […]