How to tell if your shell is a subshell of Vim

2 min read
vim
linux

If you’re like me, you use Vim. If you’re like me, you use :sh[ell]. If you’re like me, you forget that you used :sh and open Vim again. I’ve been getting better about it, but every once in a while I end up with 2 or 3 nested Vim processes […]

5 tips to help you find the confidence to start blogging

4 min read
blogging
retrospection

Spent some time catching up with my buddy Will this past week. We both started new chapters in our lives around the same time last year and he had was curious if I had any input on things he could do to help him get to where he’s going. Starting […]

Minimalist git prompt

3 min read
command-line
git
bash
zsh

For as long as I can remember, I have had some sort of git status as part of my shell prompt. Early on I had used the canned git prompt scripts that are floating around out there. I felt they were way too bloated with the 42-some-odd glyphs that they […]

VPS Showdown - January 2018 - DigitalOcean vs. Linode vs. Vultr

5 min read
reviews
hosting
digitalocean
linode
vultr

As promised, I am trying to get a new VPS Showdown post out on a monthly basis. I wasn’t sure if I was going to do them at the beginning of each month or not, but I am glad I waited as DigitalOcean shook things up by doubling their RAM […]

PHPUnit with multiple versions of PHP and HHVM on Travis CI

2 min read
development
php
hhvm
travisci

Recently I was updating my PHP Lorem Ipsum library in an attempt to get it testing on HHVM on Travis CI alongside the other versions of PHP I was testing against. Incidentally, the last time I had worked on the project, I had to work out some kinks with older […]